Internet marketing neophytes form the largest portion of those who fail to make a living from online work. This article is to help newbies not only survive but succeed and ultimately make a living online. If you are one, chances are, these characteristics describe you.
- You dream of making a lavish, full-time income on the internet, mostly on autopilot. This gives you the freedom to live the kind of lifestyle you desire without financial worries.
- You are on lists. Many, many lists. Every internet marketing guru out there has your name and email address on their lists. As a result, you get bombarded with at least a dozen emails from these guys everyday.
- You do research every day, trying to figure out how to run a successful online business. You probably learn new things almost daily. You are constantly watching videos, listening to audio or reading e-books learning the newest money-making system on the internet.
- You buy more info-products, software, scripts, systems, ‘how-to’ methods etc than you actually use. As a result, you have tons of PLR, MRR and RR e-books, the latest software and scripts, memberships to all sorts of programs that promise to be the silver bullet that answers the basic question, “What Must I Do To Succeed On The Internet?” sitting in your hard drive gathering virtual dust.
The combined effect of these characteristics is information overload and analysis paralysis.
In other words, you hardly take any action based on what you already know or have in hand. You may think this article is irrelevant to you because you do take action.
If that’s so, then why are you not succeeding beyond your wildest dreams? And why is there such a high failure rate (some say as high as 95%) among internet marketers?
The reason is that ‘take action’ is far more than just putting up a webpage, setting up your autoresponder, writing some articles, bidding on keywords in Adwords, advertising on Craigslist or even creating your own product. All these are necessary, but the way to making money online is far more than that.
Here’s what to do:
First, reduce the number of lists you’re on.
Don’t worry about losing out on the latest information. You already have enough to put yourself on the path to success if you just use whatever you’ve got now instead of perpetually reading, studying and learning the so-called latest method in internet marketing.
Do you think the gurus got to where they are by constantly reading e-books without doing actual marketing?
Second, use your time so you get maximum returns every day.
Reading e-books, watching videos and listening to podcasts are good, but they don’t make you any money in itself (not to mention it takes half a day for some videos to download). Website design and creating graphics do not make you money by itself.
All these activities are essential but if you spend too much time on them, you drastically minimize your income potential. You must proportion your time wisely between that which actually makes you money and that which doesn’t.
Third, focus on taking action, one step at a time.
Every internet marketing project involves roughly the same steps. Find a profitable niche, identify keywords, create your own or find an affiliate product, create your website with a lead-capture form, drive traffic and track your progress.
Then, build a relationship with those who subscribe to your list through a series of emails. Do not merely shove offer after offer down their throats but be personal and give good tips and contents that would benefit your subscribers.
Most internet marketing gurus say that making money on the internet is not rocket science. Actually, it’s true. The steps above are simple but if done regularly, will produce results sooner or later. It sure beats all the hit-and-miss efforts that so many newbies make, that result in ultimate failure. Online success comes by doing the right things the right way.
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