How to go about finding an online mentor?

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Hi All,

First post here, so please be gentle. I'm new to the IM game and am finding the signal to noise ratio pretty high. It seems about 90% of people are offering to teach other people how to succeed at online marketing rather than doing it themselves.

How do you go about finding someone with a proven track record of IM (not selling get rich quick schemes) that is willing to mentor a beginner?
#finding #mentor #online
  • Profile picture of the author Alast
    First you need to discover what you want to be mentored for, I think. Article marketing? Paid methods?

    The only advice I can really offer is to not only establish what area you want to learn, but also to be cautious of the masses of PM's you're about to receive, and possibly research online for mentors?

    Maybe you could observe the forums and PM those who provide quality information asking for help in certain areas? Be observant of those who simply want people to click their signatures, though.

    I don't think you will receive one objective answer - because there really is no one answer to your question.
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  • Profile picture of the author kudos100
    Hi Alast,

    Thanks for your message.

    In terms of mentoring I guess what I am after is someone who has been successful with a variety of different sites, revenue streams and methods. The bigger picture stuff, rather than the specifics of how to build a list or copywriting etc.

    I'm fairly confident I can learn the different bits of the puzzle (learning software, writing articles, seo etc,) but putting them in the right place and keeping on track with the longer term goal is something I may need help with.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    How do you go about finding someone with a proven track record of IM (not selling get rich quick schemes) that is willing to mentor a beginner?
    Try here: Internet Marketing Coach Directory | Home
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  • Profile picture of the author tomhunt88
    Kudos, great question, also looking for a mentor.

    Thanks for the advice guys
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Mann
    Simple. Find out what's working right NOW and hire someone who is extremely good at it.

    For facebook ads Donald Wilson/Chris Blair

    SEO? - Alex Becker/Alex Cass

    P.S. Good mentors aren't cheap . But consider it an investment.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by Sam Mann View Post

      Simple. Find out what's working right NOW and hire someone who is extremely good at it.

      For facebook ads Donald Wilson/Chris Blair

      SEO? - Alex Becker/Alex Cass

      P.S. Good mentors aren't cheap . But consider it an investment.
      Yes and I would say finding a mentor needs to be done correctly...as in are you ready to work, your tail off to get results.

      Most of our students come but are not prepared to put the hard work in. Those that do, well, quit their job and get huge results.

      So its really up to you, if you are ready to actaully do some work, you will see results.

      But I agree, to get good at something, pay someone who is where you want to be in business. It will help you not to make their mistakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author play2win727
    Kudos to you for trying to shorten the learning curve!

    I was stuck buying Wso after wso until I decided to stick to one thing and to get a coach in that area.

    My advice is to pick what you want to do, there are many ways to make money online so find the one that works for your style and personality and find who is a leader in that industry and plan on paying some good money for the help.

    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author sudo rank
    I don't really rate the whole "mentor" thing.

    IMHO just get out there, read as much as you can and be prepared to learn 24 / 7.

    No mentor is going to give you the keys to the castle (Some don't even have the key Anyway)

    Just learn, test, learn again - it's the only way.
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    • Profile picture of the author helpandinfo
      Originally Posted by sudo rank View Post

      I don't really rate the whole "mentor" thing.

      IMHO just get out there, read as much as you can and be prepared to learn 24 / 7.

      No mentor is going to give you the keys to the castle (Some don't even have the key Anyway)

      Just learn, test, learn again - it's the only way.
      Totally agree - too many people come into the online world not knowing much and hoping somebody else will show them rather than going out there and trying to build something.

      1, Identify a demand (don't do anything until you've done this - too many people build something then find nobody wants it!!)
      2, Determine what you'll need to do to make it work.
      3, Learn how to do the simple stuff (Wordpress and the like)
      4, Outsource the difficult stuff (programming etc) if you need some
      5, Get Traffic to whatever you've built.

      As they say in the UK - Simples!! - (it's not really that simple but if you have a plan and stick to it you can achieve something - I personally think the hardest part is the lightbulb moment - or getting the original idea..)

      Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author kudos100
    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    Seems like the vast majority are selling shovels in the IM goldrush. I'm trying to avoid this and find people who are regularly digging up gold themselves.

    I can easily see myself jumping from one thing to another, so hopefully communicating with someone who has already succeeded will help me to avoid this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Athey
    This is one area where you need to put in your due diligence: WF makes it easy to see a person's entire post and thread history, and if you're considering approaching someone for mentoring it's a simple matter to get a handle on everything they've written here.

    To check someone out, click on their name. It'll load their profile page. Then, click on the "Statistics" tab. From there you can run either "Find all posts by <username>" or "Find all threads started by <username>".

    Read through a dozen posts or so of theirs and you'll quickly get an idea as to whether they're competent and their general attitude. You want to screen for two things: 1) do they actually know what they're talking about and will be able to help you, and 2) do they seem like someone you'd mesh with. You don't need--or even want--to be best buddies with a mentor, but it's important to get along or it's going to be a frustrating experience for both of you.
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  • Profile picture of the author titfortat
    Hi. I started working with John Thornhill. I was in the same boat as you are and wasn't going to spend 3 yrs trying to figure it out. You can reach him @ Non Member &mdash; John Thornhill's Partnership to Success
    Please let him know Joan sent you
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  • Profile picture of the author mubashir
    I have listen Alex Becker for SEO. He is good on his subject. You might join his program if you want to learn SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author renhoek
    A mentor can save you a lot of really hard work and getting lost along the way. Having said that it usually requires a hefty investment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zanesta
    Why would you need a mentor? There's so much information available, this forum is a great place full of resources you can read, why "follow" someone and not create your own path? Just my two cents, good luck to you
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  • Profile picture of the author tiedribbon
    by google you can find.
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  • Profile picture of the author adenclark
    The best way to learn is by doing. Get out there and make mistakes, just dont make the same mistakes twice and learn from everything that goes wrong, just approach in a different way.

    Start off by thinking about what type of business model interests you the most, then do as much research in that particular area and see what other marketers are doing. Get on their lists, see what their mailing, how they communicate, how they build trust ect.

    There is nothing you cannot find on the internet, its a case of searching for the right thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    Take a look around and study the people that you think you would like to be coached by

    There are a lot of people around that tell you one thing but do the opposite. Anyone that has an ethical business will 99% of the time be easily findable online and they will have plenty of platforms online for you to go to to learn more about them

    Also look at their track record and the type of stuff they put out there

    If you're going to invest in a fair bit of money for coaching then it's up to you to do your research before handing over an money :-)

    Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author David Rosa
    there are tons of ways to make it in the IM world, the problem I had when starting was choosing one or any for that matter.

    I would suggest understand and try some specific ways to make a difference (not just make money) and add value.

    Can do Seo, Copywriting (should learn regardless), Offline, CPA... etc

    See what really appeals to you, then find the best people in that niche who are crushing it and can actually teach it. Do your homework and shell out as much money as possible to get the best person.

    Or you can spend years trying, but getting good experience on your own.

    It's your choice. I'd go with mentoring if only for accountability and increasing your circle of influence.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kirill Vasilyev
    Instead of focusing on what you don’t have—a one-on-one, traditional mentoring relationship—focus on what you do have: more opportunities than ever before in history to learn and grow. If you simply expand your definition, you will find there are mentoring opportunities everywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author serdan
    1 Decide what specific role you'd like your mentor to provide.
    2 Make a list of possibilities.
    3 Think about what you'll say.
    4 Start approaching your potential mentors.
    5 Make plans to meet.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheShark
      Kudos,

      On other idea to consider - I didn't come up with it, a person I mentored over 22 years ago (offline marketing) - came to me and asked to help me in my offline business for free in exchange for teaching her. She has since purchased the business I mentored her in. She even still pays me to mentor (now online as well).

      Consider trading for mentoring if you are in a geographic area.

      IF you have money - make sure the mentor isn't going to just take it - (I've seen this often).

      Finally, know your outcome - I'd pick "an area" to be mentored in. I have several people I mentor (no, not looking for you business because I have very specific niches I mentor in) - a few have challenges in that they refuse to just master 1 area ("an area") at a time.

      Good luck in your search.
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