As you read through the seven levels of marketers provided below, I want you to know that successful marketers have been at almost every single one of them. It was only as their knowledge and experience increased that they were able to upgrade to the level where they are at today.
At some point while reading the descriptions of each level, you will probably recognize where you or other people you know are.
I recommend while reading you write down where you currently are as you discover your level, to help improve your awareness of your current strategy. This will also help you realize where you need to go.
Here are the seven levels of Internet marketers.
Most Mooches don't have a clue about Internet marketing. If you ask them what the Internet is for, they'll say, "to chat" or "to e-mail friends" or even better, "to watch porn". You know, something useless.
Most Wanna-Be marketers have heard of the Internet and know people who make money on the Net, so they are easily excited about opportunities. Unfortunately they spend most of their money on MLM and other moneymaking scams rather than chasing real opportunities.
Most Pretenders are waiting for the perfect time to start a new business. They don't realize the perfect time is NOW. They talk talk talk about starting an Internet business but lack the guts necessary to DO IT. Many have successful offline businesses and spend lots of their hard earned money attending seminars and buying e-books about Internet marketing.
A good example of a Pretender is a successful overworked doctor who spends $20,000 on info-products but doesn't develop a website. The Pretender doesn't understand a key principle of this industry: You don't have to get it right the first time, you just have to get started.
There is hope for the Newbie. They feel excited and probably have read a few books about Internet marketing. Unlike Pretenders, they are willing to invest a lot of time in themselves. They buy resale rights, reprint rights, licenses of many products, but lack the know-how about how to market them.
understanding of marketing, copywriting and traffic generation and have a clear sense of what their audience is looking for. They are often leaders within their niche and make good money.
They enjoy a comfortable living. The problem is they are sitting on their "ass-ets" and thinking what they have accomplished so far is all they can do. They fail to realize there is more opportunity available if they are willing to put in a little extra effort.
Master marketers are millionaires, or at least making 6 figures a year. They are leaders in their industry. They are well versed in direct response marketing and can teach others. They have a vast amount of knowledge both online and offline and have experience working in different businesses.
Most have experience working with adversity. They are high performance people who make great mentors. Most understand traffic conversion and traffic generation.
The Master marketer can get into any niche and make money, even if they don't have any affinity or experience working with a niche.
They recognize the Internet is nothing more than a medium they can use to make money. They integrate online and offline marketing. They possess a solid understanding of copywriting, testing and tracking. They build a team of experts around them and delegate responsibility to talented people.
These are the people taking their companies public. They are raising capital and selling it to the public, to shareholders, but not to customers.
They have an exit strategy in place before starting something new. They recognize the purpose of a business is to sell it or put it on autopilot so they can enjoy their lives to the fullest. This is where you want to be.
Example: ebay.com, google.com, yahoo.com, etc.
So now I ask you, Which one are you? Which one do you want to be? The people you know, which level are they at? Are they realizing their dreams? Why or why not?
You have to ask questions, have a firm understanding of where you are NOW and where you WANT to be soon if you want to succeed. Don't just charge ahead blindly, but don't sit on your ass either.
If you want to succeed, take charge of your life and your financial future. Find out where you are, and what steps you need to take to be where you want to be.
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