What's the #1 thing you have learned in 2011 on WF?

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I thought it would be fun as we enter 2012 to reflect on what 2011 brought in terms of professional growth on this forum. I have learned an incredible amount in the few months I have been a member. Hopefully I have provided a little useful info to others from my experience as well.

However, of all the great info I have taken away, I have actually learned the most by answering people's questions. There have been a lot of great questions posed on subjects that made my think how I would resolve that problem myself. What has been really great is I have had situations arise that I answered and already knew the solution I would want to take as I had spent the time thinking it out on this very forum.

What is the most important piece of info you took away from WF this year?

Most importantly: Happy New Year and I wish a healthy and prosperous 2012 to everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author ECarroll
    Not to trust anyone, that's what i've learnt.
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    • Profile picture of the author BusinessGuru
      Originally Posted by ECarroll View Post

      Not to trust anyone, that's what i've learnt.
      While I mostly agree, I would add to this response by saying that I have learned not to take anything at face value. For example, we are bombarded with new marketing strategies and I feel it is important to step back and remember that there are only so many proven marketing strategies and that at least %80 of the stuff on the internet is truly useless.
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  • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
    Too many things to list. Participating in this forum regularly is like getting a college education in marketing every year. I particularly like the offline and mobile marketing sections of the forum. Its hard to believe they were not even around a year or two ago.

    If I had to choose one thing I learned it is probably the fact that rule of reciprocity really does work. When you focus on giving, it always comes back in some shape or form.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    I learned that when it comes to SEO and website setup, I know as much or more than so-called experts who do it full time.

    I also learned how to price my copywriting at the right level, which is making it possible for me to concentrate on that more.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Pitts
    I learned alot from this forum. The best thing I learned is to take action now and learn as you go. That has been the best thing as I am still a newbie in alot of ways but I get clients like a pro
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  • Profile picture of the author Dexx
    I learned I spend way too much "free time" on the forum instead of on productive tasks!

    Going to be fixing that in 2012...

    ~Dexx
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    • Profile picture of the author David Miller
      Originally Posted by Dexx View Post

      I learned I spend way too much "free time" on the forum instead of on productive tasks!

      Going to be fixing that in 2012...

      ~Dexx
      I was just about to say that!
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by Dexx View Post

      I learned I spend way too much "free time" on the forum instead of on productive tasks!
      Going to be fixing that in 2012...
      ~Dexx
      yes it one of the biggest things to getting some work done + 1 as it makes a big difference.

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  • Profile picture of the author Hugh
    Not sure whether I became convinced in 2010 or 2011, But this
    year I became totally focused on residual income. Sold some
    websites, gave a few away. I will NOT spend any time or effort
    on ANYTHING that does not yield residual income.

    Hugh
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  • Profile picture of the author Social Guy
    1. Hit the "unsubscribe" link in every e-mail you get after you downloaded the WSO
    2. Never trust an WSO with an "hidden" (or very good masked) OTO in it

    I know you asked for 1 thing but these 2 should be on #1
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  • This year I learned to use artisteer to create facebook fanpages, awesome skill to have. Selling it to businesses : )
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  • Profile picture of the author rbecklund
    Early in the year, over in the Adsense section I learned how to make Adsense mini sites and learned SEO - some really helpful people over there. Then I read some stuff from John Durham and understood that picking up the phone was probably the best and fastest way to get business - he is right. In the process I have learned that just sticking with one simple marketing method and working it is the best way to go. And in the last couple months read some of Jason Kanigan's stuff and see that his methods might be really helpful in the future to get bigger clients.

    All in all, it has been a good year. Thru what I have learned here, I now support myself and my son and have started a business with my partner, who is my girlfriend and an awesome webdesigner/graphic designer/publication designer.
    Here's to a killer 2012!
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  • Profile picture of the author focusedlife
    This year I learned that offline is definitely where its at in the short term. If you are looking to get your business off the ground quickly and simply want to circumvent the hard stuff while trying to get rid of your day job then you need to be doing some offline marketing with your online skill set.

    I totally hope to contribute more as my schedule allows.

    Regards

    Los
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  • Profile picture of the author GemFranco
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    I've learned to focus on what I am doing. Stop purchasing tons of WSOs since it may break your focus may get you want to try new things.

    When I started IM I choose Adsense, after a week I switch to Amazon, then Clickbank, then CPA Marketing. And in 3 months I just wasted $500-$800 without earning a dime. Then I figure out the problem and it's information overload. So I started back again with Adsense and I've been doing it now for 6 months and earning decent income.

    What I learned in 2011: Focus on things that you have started, finish it, meet your goals and expectations.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjbmedia
    Dont believe the hype!
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    Mike

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  • Profile picture of the author moiurbd
    you will get a lot of useful information from this site
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    • Profile picture of the author kbailey1734
      That making over six figures a year is easier to achieve than everyone believes.
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  • Profile picture of the author kea55
    It's ok to to spend money on some things, but just don't waste money. I.E. some courses you buy will help you save a whole lot of time in the long run and time is money.
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  • Profile picture of the author InspireGuy
    I learned no mater how great your site looks, without proper SEO and quality contect, it's dead in the water.
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuraiKat
    It is more important to take action than to keep learning. IM is organic. There will always be more to "learn". It takes action to make money. Also you are not in the business you think you are. Whether it is SEO, Social Media, Mobile, etc. being good at them does not bring in new customers. Being good at marketing is how you bring in more customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author wrench
    I've realized nearly all the WF "offline marketers" are completely clueless when it comes to anything about marketing to increase profits for offline businesses.

    I went from from 2k a month to 10-12k a month when I stopped coming to WF for advice and insight. I then joined a group where people REALLY know what marketing is and how to apply it to offline businesses.

    So good bye WF as its done nothing for me except point me in a more valuable direction for my offline consulting knowledge.
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    • Profile picture of the author Derekj58
      Originally Posted by wrench View Post

      I've realized nearly all the WF "offline marketers" are completely clueless when it comes to anything about marketing to increase profits for offline businesses.

      I went from from 2k a month to 10-12k a month when I stopped coming to WF for advice and insight. I then joined a group where people REALLY know what marketing is and how to apply it to offline businesses.

      So good bye WF as its done nothing for me except point me in a more valuable direction for my offline consulting knowledge.
      So wrench What is the " group where people REALLY know what marketing is and how to apply it to offline businesses"
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    • Profile picture of the author jamesvick
      Originally Posted by Shappire1 View Post

      Focus on a project!
      same here bro. half of the time i lost focus with failure and used to change priorities. Now when i work on something i make sure that i stick to it no matter how long i keep failing in it
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  • Profile picture of the author georgedinmore
    I learnt a valuable skill this year.

    Don't come to the WF until you have done all your work for the day.

    This place i have learnt so much from, but it takes too much time up.

    I have earnt loads since visiting here less.

    So for 2012, visit here once a week at the most.
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    That I have a highly sought after skill at the exact moment it is in high demand. Don't let anyone convince me otherwise.

    Monetize that skill ALWAYS!

    Everyone's scared, do it anyway.

    Think big!
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    I have no agenda but to help those in the same situation. This I feel will pay the bills.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gilgul
      I learned that people have the tendency to over complicate things. I found a few real gems here over the past year but in many of them, participant over complicated things rather than sticking to the outline given and quit before they even started. Which leads to the second thing I learned whereby even when good concepts are shared, the possibility of a real competition of other people implementing is slim to none.
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  • Profile picture of the author TGforever
    Local SEO Is not so easy! Its a pain to get my sites anywhere on google. They said it was gonna be easy... lol
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
      Originally Posted by TGforever View Post

      Local SEO Is not so easy! Its a pain to get my sites anywhere on google. They said it was gonna be easy... lol

      It is easy

      Focus on the size of the city/competition

      Medium Sized city (100-200K) in Utah will be easier to rank for than L.A. , CA Dentist. Those smaller to medium sized cities need SEO people to

      Ryan
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      • Profile picture of the author TGforever
        Originally Posted by ryanmckinney View Post

        It is easy

        Focus on the size of the city/competition

        Medium Sized city (100-200K) in Utah will be easier to rank for than L.A. , CA Dentist. Those smaller to medium sized cities need SEO people to

        Ryan
        Oh Ya, see I just went and took a big bite out and got the biggest city in my state to set up 60 sites. All are about 4months old and im constantly doing SEO work on them, just waiting till they rank to rent them out! Wish me luck everyone that I dont go insane in 2012!
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        • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
          Originally Posted by TGforever View Post

          Oh Ya, see I just went and took a big bite out and got the biggest city in my state to set up 60 sites. All are about 4months old and im constantly doing SEO work on them, just waiting till they rank to rent them out! Wish me luck everyone that I dont go insane in 2012!

          Good luck! SEO is patience and work! Once you see those sites ranking it feels cool to know you ninja'ed your sites to the top. :p

          Rock 2012!
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  • Profile picture of the author SirThomas
    Don't ever hesitate to ask for a refund!
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  • Profile picture of the author tupai
    Don't be afraid to use the phone to make cold-calls.
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    • Profile picture of the author dwalter
      I've learned quickly that WF is like the US television series "Gold Rush" -- There's Gold in them thar hills -- you just have to do the work to find it, and then start the harder work to get to it. I'm looking forward to 2012 to contributing as much as I can in the WF, and continuing to learn as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Not to argue and debate with people... Its worthless and harmful, even if you are right.

    Be about what you are about, and if someone wants to be foolish, let them be foolish, ignore it, and go on being what you are about.

    The best way to deal with foolishness is to ignore it out of your existence, not fight with it and draw the energy to yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shoot
    I learned there is a lot of misinformation on here, so I decided to be more active.
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  • Profile picture of the author Somali
    I learned that there are many things to learn here to change my life and to increase my earnings online..
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  • Profile picture of the author bikramksingh
    In 2011 I began collecting pieces together to form a cohesive picture, and WF helped a lot in that.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
    The biggest thing that I learned is that I know a lot more than I realized I know, and I can use that to my advantage with business owners.

    The second biggest thing I learned was to take action.

    And that was in just a couple of short months on here.

    Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Lavoie
    in 2011 I have found out that i'm really made for this kind business and now I have to find a way to quit my job in the next 2 to 3 years... Ninja-leaving is not an option
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    I have found the WF very helpful to get my questions answered. I realize that its impossible to know everything and I come here to not only give back knowledge but to also learn from others.
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  • Profile picture of the author danielsteven
    The more time I spend on here, the less time I spend on my business.... ya gotta take what you learn here and apply it right away
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  • I haven't been here that long but I learned there is better info in the forums than what you pay for in the WSO's.
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  • Profile picture of the author LiorN
    Wow I learn so much from this place

    but the #1 thing is that I know a whole lot more that I thought I did
    & that people are willing to pay money for what I know & can dor for them
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    Ignore 99% of the WSO section. And spend less time on the forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author ish
    Thanks to this forum, I've made $1200 since sept 2011 from scratch...a good start considering i've never done IM before...now I see a way out of my job.

    Also asking questions is good, as you will get usually helpful answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author saras
    The 2 mains things that I have learned is that

    1) I need to start building a list (have started that as of today)
    2) To stop looking for the next "shiny object" and implement a system (still working on this one)

    Cheers
    Sara
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  • Profile picture of the author gecko1
    Learned to:

    Focus on creating my virtual empire
    with site rental, selling leads and website hosting.

    All this is residual!

    and stop spending too much time learning and go and start earning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Thompson
    I think in a way, the most important lesson/element of my 2011 learning curve was to keep whatever im delivering SIMPLE, DOABLE, HIGHLY PROFITABLE and ENLIGHTENING to the end user!

    Great thread btw! Thanks. )
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  • Profile picture of the author davidbritt76
    Whatever you learn better to implement it soon...
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  • Profile picture of the author Somali
    Learned a lot of things most specially about CPA.
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  • Profile picture of the author spymobiles
    In 2011 i have leaned that a part from SEO, Social media also important now.
    We need to focus on both of them if we want more results in less time.
    Now am getting good amount of traffic from social media sites also
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