I initially posted this on another forum, but did not get much replies, so I'm posting it here for Warriors.
I'm not an advanced marketer yet nor am I newbie -- by newbie, I'm referring to those who are just learning how to create squeeze page. I'm somewhere in between -- an "intermediate"?
Here's what I learn so far and my advice if I were just starting...
3 problem/solution tips
1) Focus on one project/task at a time
The myth here is, the more projects you're working on, the diverse your income sources are. You most likely heard of the phrase, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Why? Because if you're mainly using blogger blogs as your main source of income, what if your account gets shut down? What if you only use Squidoo lenses and your account gets shutdown, too?
Thus, you may feel that you need to work on 7 projects at a time -- web 2.0 properties, product sites, membership sites, blog sites on blogger/wordpress/self-hosted wordpress, mini adsense sites, and affiliate sites in 10 different niches.
It's fine to have many projects, but the key is to work on them one at a time, as opposed to working on multiple scattered projects and not completing any.
Too much tasks can be a distraction.
When you are overwhelm with so many things to do, you either do nothing or procrastinate (checking emails every 10 mins, checking your stats, reading blog posts, etc). You delay and avoid working on your real task out fear of failing.
Procrastination is the anxiety that you cope with for doing the things you have to do that's overwhelming.
Break those tasks down and focus on what you can do first. One practical task at a time.
I remember reading about the difference between the multi-tasking method vs. stacking method. What is the stacking method to my interpretation? Well, you focus on a grand plan first (even if you have a lot ideas), and then you categorized them into long-term plan, mid-term plan, and immediate plan. You start to work on your immediate plan first -- one at a time until completion and then move on to the next one (removing the stack).
Every time you have a cool/profitable idea, you just write it down somewhere and later categorized it as either long-term or mid-term goal (adding to the stack).
If you can break your bigger long-term goals into various mini-immediate goals, then you'll be less overwhelm. Plus, by working on those tasks one at a time until completion, it's more easier to manage.
If you do not complete those mini tasks, you can rollover it to other days while still keeping the bigger plan in mind.
We are more productive when we concentrate on one task at time especially when we give it 100% of our commitment.
2) Be realistic with the value of a product
Everytime there's a new IM product launch, the hype builds up quick. Those type of pre-sell launches will get you to join their mailing list, show you videos of "how I did it", and ask you to comment (as a form of interaction).
I notice many of the comments are like, "Wow! I can't wait to try your new product. Surely, it will pay off my bills, mortgages, car payments, groceries, and paid off my all my debt for 10 years" and then 3 weeks later, those people refund or never use the product.
Then those type of people will complain the product creator is a scam artist-- "If he's making millions, why is he giving it away for $77??? Scam! Fraud! Con-artist!"
Eventually, those type of people might give up IM altogether from wasting thousands of dollars due to so-called false promises.
Why? Unrealistic belief that the product itself will make you rich. It's not the product by itself that will you make money, it's YOU! No, I'm not here to blame you as a person, but blaming your belief that there's a magic pill that will make you rich overnight or 3 months.
If you're still struggling to make at least $100 a week, how can you make $10K a week that quick? And even if you could, will it be consistent for at least 6 months?
Find the products that fit your current level of knowledge and skills.
Some are catered towards newbies, some towards intermediate level, and some towards really advanced gurus.
If you're a newbie, advanced products might confused you. If you're an intermediate marketer, you'll think newbie products are a waste of time.
Do not buy every product -- assess your level of skills and knowledge first.
Many people get too excited falling in love with the product itself, and not the realistic actions to take.
What do you do with so many new product launches and the latest "FREE" stuff out there?
Sacrifice - do not buy so many products. Who cares if it's going to sold out to the next 50, 37, 2 people left? Sure you could be making $10K a day month with that new product, but at least you're being realistic with making real money first then moving on the next "latest and greatest" toy.
You should be focusing techniques you learn first, apply it, and test to see if they work or not. And testing takes time.
Would you try to risk buying product after product hoping to the hit the jackpot or be realistic at earning $50 a day in passive income first? Once you earn a realistic amount, you save it and reinvest it for other products/services. You scale using the profit you made first. And if you want to buy the "latest and greatest products", it should be from the money you earn as a profitable reinvestment.
Can you make at least $1 day online in passive income for 14 days? If so, you already got the foundation to make $1,000 a week in passive income online. All other products/services are just variations of the same thing to speed up the process...a bit.
So, if you get an email with something like, "Hey Bob -- want to make $10K week quick? My friend Bob2 has given me the secret access code just for your FREE!" -- DELETE IT -- especially if you got other projects on your plate that's not completed.
Are you being realistic with your action first?
3) Take guided action first
You're probably familiar with the 80/20 rule.
80% information first, and then 20% action? That's the old rule.
Many newbies spend 80% of their time reading new information, looking the BEST Internet marketing products/services and time-wasting activities. Then they spend the remaining 20% on profitable action and result-oriented activities.
The mistake lies in waiting for the perfect opportunity to take action. By taking action until you're 100% prepared, you'll go nowhere since you can never have all the information to know everything. The Internet changes constantly and it's better to know just a little bit first and then taking guided action.
Do not spend too much time reading just for the sake of information -- you'll suffer from "paralysis analysis" or "information overload" if you do not take immediate action.
There is no perfect opportunity -- it is NOW. Reading for the sake of information is fine, but transformation is the point. Take guided action first and then improvised by taking a little more information at a time to steer yourself on the right path. It's 80% action first..and then 20% new knowledge just to be up to date, not the other way around.
Also, be eager to fail. In fact, the more you fail, the better. The difference, however, is you're failing forward and knowing what works and doesn't work. Information by itself won't help, but how you implement them.
My rule -- 80% action, 20% reading. Action is primary, reading is secondary.