"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A. Edison
What do these people have in common? Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Joanne Rowling (Author of the Harry Potter books), just to name a few.
Well, I'll give you a hint. You might say they all attended the same school. Took some of the same courses, in a manner of speaking.
Oh sure, circumstances played a part. Had not World War II happened along, Winston Churchill would have remained a has-been rather than becoming one of the world's most famous statesmen. Had Abraham Lincoln caught a fatal disease in his youth, we would never have known his name, and how much of our world would be different?
I've never met a person yet who joined a program and was making appreciable amounts of money in just a few days. I've HEARD about such things, and I am sure that there are a few who have either had the skill or luck to create a huge network business practically overnight. However, it doesn't happen to most of us.
The sad part is that most of these people do not truly become "failures" until they give up. Yes, some will never be successful, but that is true about everything from brain surgery to law to flipping burgers. Some people are just not going to be good at certain things. Some people are going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time almost every time, but that does not mean that they are failures or should be branded as such by themselves or by anyone else.
It is necessary to see the obstacles that a new marketer faces as training experiences, not as insurmountable or immovable objects.
The sad part is that so many people recruiting for network marketing programs go out of their way to play up the potential gains of the business while failing to prepare the new player for the difficulties of the game. Many of us who have achieved varying degrees of success in network marketing or internet marketing can tell many of the same stories. We tried all kinds of programs, methods, and techniques. We bought, or bought into, all kinds of books, programs, software, and miscellaneous mumbo-jumbo. We did it because we were ignorant, and perhaps a little greedy, but eventually we learned, and eventually we succeeded.
I have spent so much time following the wrong paths, and so much money (my term is "accidental tuition") buying things that did little or nothing for me. And yet, I cannot truly regret all that because I never gave up the idea that some day I would succeed, and each "failure" was just another lesson learned. Eventually, all those lessons reached the point where one day my wife looked at me and said, "You know all those ads you used to read to me about making a six-figure-income?"
I replied, "Yes. What about it?"
She said, "You are."
I had graduated from the school of hard knocks, at least for the time being, but I did not graduate because I was brilliant. I graduated because I didn't give up.
Wow! Me and Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln.....! Okay, I'll shut up now, but I started with a quote and I'll end with one.
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." - Walter Bagehot
What are websites? Are they sales tools for vendors and service providers, or are they electronic guidance for potential customers? Put simply, are you selling or are you helping?
Your answer to this question may determine the success of your website. So think carefully.
How we define what a website is all depends on which side of the fence we're on. I suspect that most - if not all - vendors and service providers would say their website is a sales tool. But this is a fundamentally flawed perspective. Adopt this position, and sooner or later you'll pay for it.
A website that helps them buy when they want to buy. Helps them understand when they want to understand. And - most importantly - a website that helps them decide when they want to decide.
If you really want to build trust, credibility, authority, and site loyalty, helping visitors is the way to go. Of course, that's not to say you have to do it for free. We're all in business to make money after all. In fact, the main aim of many of your visitors will be to buy something. But it's important that you focus on them, not on you. For example, your visitors don't want to know what you have to sell. They want to know what they can choose to buy. If your primary focus is sales, your visitors will pick up on it.
The key to successful online help is to always try to answer one simple question: What does the reader want to know? Do they want reference information or how-to information? Do they want to know how to get started or how to get out of trouble?
Sure, when you're writing for a website, the subject material is different, but the question is still the same. What does your reader want to know?
Obviously, the answer to this question will be different for everyone, but there are some common questions you can ask yourself which might help you decide:
Whether you do some real research or just make some educated guesses, it's important that you know your visitor very well. Then, and only then, can you help them. And only when you help them will you start to realize the true sales potential of your website.
Here are seven simple yet POWERFUL ideas for you to reflect on. This will assist you adjust your marketing strategies...which can provide STRONG results on everything you sell.
3. You don't tell people to come back and visit. Customers may not purchase the first time they visit your website. The more times they show up, the greater the chance they will buy.
6. You don't make your website appear professional. It should be easy to navigate through. The graphics should be related to your main theme.
7. You don't test and improve your ads before going online. You have to continually test and improve your ad copy to get the highest possible response rate.
The first two steps to successfully marketing online and through your website have little to do with online marketing itself. However, it’s critical to complete them before your campaigns begin. These two steps are Setting your Website Objective and Defining Your Online Target Market
“drive more sales”, “get more leads”, “reduce product support demands”, “gain access to new markets”, are a few of the more common responses. We then take a look at their site. It will often focus on who they are, their history, their commitment to customer service; all noble things, and usually all without a strong call to action that matches their now stated objective.
Setting an overall website objective is not easy but the benefits are huge.
Not easy: Real estate on the web is cheap. Add a page, add 100 pages, there is still plenty of room to expand. So it’s easy to quickly develop multiple objectives for your site.
If the objective is to drive more sales, then the Home page must be geared towards that. It will need to highlight and focus on information and calls to action (CTAs) to take web visitors down that path.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still link to support and careers sections. You just won’t focus on them on your Home and other main section pages.
Get Specific: Now if “Drive more sales.”, is your first-cut objective, you need to get a little deeper, more specific. Will you be closing sales over the internet (a la eCommerce), or are you driving the new prospect to call you or email you? What level of knowledge should the prospect have before they contact you? Should they know the part number or should they just know that your company is the one they need to call?
Thus, your objective may evolve to “Drive qualified prospects to contact us to get detailed information on which of our products best suits them.”
Huge Benefits: Once you’ve set your objective, everything becomes easier. Writing content (often the biggest challenge a company has), becomes clear. The path with which you lead visitors through your website becomes clear (e.g., entice, inform, qualify, call-to-action). Site architecture and layout become clear.
You can now focus your efforts and resources around fulfilling that main objective. The sections that are not directly relevant to your main objective still support that main objective.
Now that you’ve clearly set your website objective, the next step is to know who your target audience is and it may not be who you think.
All these questions and a lot more need to be asked and answered. Initially, you’ll use this information to help with the design of your overall site. You’ll want the proper balance of images to text. You’ll want to set the text level at the appropriate level of detail. You’ll want to write to their probable education level.
Ultimately, the answers will drive the theme of your site. They’ll drive the type of online advertising you’ll use. They’ll drive the design of advertising landing pages. They’ll drive the keyword phrases you’ll target in search engine optimization. They’ll drive your call-to-action.
Now you’re ready to start your marketing. Knowing what you want to accomplish and whom you want to accomplish it with, you’ll be able to structure the right ads, emails, keyword phrase targeting, etc. You’ll be able to focus resources on the proper additional web media (e.g., blogs, podcasts, more web pages, flash demonstrations, etc.).
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, this will be the end of the beginning of your online marketing strategy, and you'll be ready to begin a productive and effective online marketing campaign.
While providing a service for people is good, it is often the most time-consuming of the three. For example, if you write resumes for people you only get paid if you work. But if you sell an already-made product, such as an information product or an affiliate product, after you are set-up you can set up your website on autopilot and make sales with little work on your part.
Your product does not have to be long, especially if it is a specialized product. For example, a well-written 5 page how-to article on grooming your dog could sell for $15-$20 dollars.
Think about it: People are looking for your information because they do not want to go to the groomer’s (probably because they think it is overpriced). If they normally pay $40 per visit, and they visit once per month, they pay $480 yearly to the groomer.
On the other hand, if they buy your information, even at $20, you will have saved them $460 (minus the cost of grooming equipment they will have to buy) and quite possibly gain a customer for life.
You have provided your customer with a very well-written explanation of how they can save money by grooming their dog at home. Even though they have saved money, they still need grooming tools and equipment.
You can research the various grooming tools, looking for best price and best value, and add one or two pages to your booklet recommending these. Add value to your business by setting yourself up as an affiliate for those products, and recommend your affiliate link in your booklet. Then, when your customers click on the link to buy the grooming tools, you make a commission.
Congratulations! You just experienced multiple streams of income, as you were paid twice: once on the purchase of your info product, and again on the purchase of the grooming tools you affiliated for.
This is how to parlay your experiences into multiple streams of income online.
Here's a fact: You already have the resources you need. You do not need to buy into anybody elseís program. For that matter, you don't even need to buy into mine. All you really need to do is remember one simple word, 'network'. Just network. Here are a few ideas to help bring it into focus.
This is one reason why I refuse to throw my website on auto-pilot. I want people to know that there is actually another living, breathing person on the other end, and I want to be accessible to those people who choose to do business with me.
Then, help your friends succeed. Trade banners, trade links, and really get into the business of promoting each other. Contribute to each otherís newsletter. Do what's right and good for both, and don’t be afraid to take chances. Try something new.
Just remember to make friends, not business partners.
These hopeful masses hail from the full spectrum of financial status, from six-figure earners to minimum wage employees. Likewise, the newbie-networker can be an individual with an extensive background in traditional business, or a high school graduate with no clue about the dynamics of commerce and marketing.
I've observed an interesting progression among marketers who came onto the scene without a road map, and with little idea of how the microcosmos of internet marketing worked. Or maybe I've just watched my own journey, and it makes me feel better to assume others have shared my experience.
Either way. Indulge me in a few more paragraphs, if you will, as I lay out what I like to think of as the evolution of an internet marketer.
However, when that dark day of realization comes, and it looms evident that one must work this business if he/she hopes to see any results, the strong of the networking gene pool sprout their working legs and move beyond the fog of delusion. Supremely confident in the knowledge they have surpassed those lazy sluggards who squeeled and fled at the suggestion of buckling down and putting some hard work in, the survivors of Stage One move onward and upward, where surely they will be rewarded for their tenacity.
But they still aren't making any freakin' money. What's more, they are starting to see past the free web hosts, free classified ads, and free trial memberships. All the good stuff seems to cost money, but our Stage Twoers had hoped to put off any kind of monetary investment until they could create at least some kind of income to offset such expenditures.
And so another enormous batch of inferior networkers dies out. The thought of putting some cash into their web-business was more than their fragile little hearts could bear.
But, as always, those more suited to the challenge live on. With a deep breath and a good look at their monthly budgets, the survivors of Stage Two determine they will invest as much money as needed to keep their operations afloat until they are able to become self-funding marketers.
Buying every ebook that comes down the pipe, upgrading into programs they login to once a month, and hitting every buy now button they can find, they cruise through cyberspace on a mission to buy their way right to the top. "I'm not afraid to spend money on *my* business." they tout.
Lots and lots of money goes out. Considerably less revenue comes back in.
Inevitably, the moment arrives when those who have made it to Stage Three see the folly of their current direction. Maybe it's when the credit card bill comes, or perhaps it happens when they are balancing the checkbook.
Once again, the brutal process of selection strikes down those without a heart for further trials. Uncountable numbers of washed-up, would-be internet marketers sink beneath the sludge of this stage.
And once again, that fraction of the whole with the guts and gumption to keep going grows stronger than ever before. More than a regimen of hard work and a willingness to invest money is needed here, they resolve. On the verge of a real breakthrough (they can feel it in their bones now), those who have thus far refused to fall decide a well devised plan for all future endeavors is in order.
This carries on for some time. Until another moment of clarity is reached.
A question is posed...
"Is all of this work really worth the small amount of money I am generating?"
Or, more often...
"How is it that I'm still not making any @#$%! money?!"
This stage progresses rapidly into the next. Many specimens are lost in the transition, but due to the great speed with which Stage Four becomes Stage Five, a surprising number of marketers make the jump.
As you might readily imagine, droves and droves of networkers die out over the course of this stage.
But those who are able to survive this particularly crucial stretch of development will find the arduous journey has paid off. For in the breathless, weary aftermath of their well-earned tantrums, an epiphany is born.
Nobody cares how much money we invest, or how many hours we spend each day in front of our computer. Competition is fierce, expectations are high, and the only thing that matters is whether or not we can penetrate, deliver, and get the sale.
This is a pretty far cry from what most of us want to hear. But lessons that are worth learning usually have a bitter taste.
Seek out people who are successful in this field, and find out what they are doing. Watch them. Ask them questions. Take notes. Absorb as much knowledge as you can, then put that knowledge into practice.
The effectiveness of an online marketing program is dependent on the extent to which it succeeds in reaching the intended target audience at a time when the marketing message is relevant to the target. Initially it was believed that the web, with its data mining capabilities, would open up dramatic new opportunities to marketers, but the initial enthusiasm has proven exaggerated, largely because marketers were unclear in how they defined relevant and bombarded consumers with automated marketing messages that proved to have little genuine relevance to the site visitor.
The real way to guarantee relevancy is to allow the user to determine what is relevant to him or her at any given moment. It's true that this is being done to some extent by having a presence where relevancy might occur. Still, the challenge for online marketers is to create new tactics or new twists on existing tactics that will serve the interests of online marketers by serving the needs of online buyers.
Search engines allow online users to declare relevancy by electing the topics to which they wish to be directed. Registering your site with search engines will help drive traffic to your site. Effective registration is a three-phase process. You need to (1) be identified by the search engines, (2) be placed relatively close to the top of the search list, and (3) get selected by the searcher.
You can then use the knowledge of their presence to welcome them and offer a level of personalized assistance. This will allow the consumer the chance to indicate their relevancy as they enter your website, giving you the chance to work on suggested products and impulse buys.
Merchandise - traditional retailers use a variety of physical elements to promote the sale of goods in their stores. Some of these include scent machines, music, lighting and shelf placement. Your online entity needs to merchandise its goods without the benefit of these subliminal influences. It is therefore essential that you present your products in an orderly and logical manner. Make sure to incorporate sophisticated search engines that provide the consumer with the ability to search regardless of their perspective of the product. Also, when presenting merchandise it is best to offer a photo, as well as in-depth product specifications. Some sites also offer consumer reviews and product of the day. Both of these are effective and useful merchandising strategies.
Have Good Web Architecture - when designing the architecture of your site, keep in mind the consumer experience and strive to construct a site that provides the greatest possible levels of convenience, information and comfort. The way products are presented is only part of the puzzle. You must also pay attention to the user path, the check-out and payment process, and the placement of special offers. You are aiming to create a gratifying and enjoyable consumer experience. Design your website to deliver.
Use e-mail - mail can serve as a valuable marketing tool provided you structure your messages well and avoid engaging in spam. Use your e-mail campaign to develop a relationship with your shoppers, allowing them access to special offers and updates about new product offerings.
Practice Loyalty Marketing - loyalty marketing is valuable because it creates a bond between you and your customers and gives them an incentive to come back and buy from your website again. Some loyalty programs allow buyers to earn points that can be redeemed at a variety of network-affiliated websites. Other programs allow points to be converted to cash. You also have the option of developing your own incentive loyalty program, although Tudog does not recommend this unless you are prepared to provide extremely attractive rewards. There is a consumer perception of added value in programs that allow for redemption through multiple sites or as cash. The important thing to keep in mind is that loyalty programs show customers that you appreciate their business and they in turn reward you with repeat purchases.
Develop an Affiliate Network - affiliates serve your site by creating points-of-awareness at various websites of similar or related interests. They can serve to create credibility through association that can lend exposure to your affiliate efforts.
Once you have clicked ads and links posted to a site, its owner is already making money out of your generous clicks. They are now among the thousands of individuals who are called the great affiliate marketers.
The name of their game is Internet affiliate marketing program, and they are making tens to hundreds of dollars per month. Moreover, there are affiliate marketers who are making a full-time living out of Internet marketing and they are generating a 5-figure income every month.
Just attract potential buyers to your website and redirect them to the affiliate link. Once they have purchased the products or services you have endorsed, you will be able to receive commissions from every sale that you have made. You will be paid depending on the percentage agreed upon on the affiliate contract. Basically, the commission that you will receive varies from 10 to 75 percent.
For instance, you are selling a certain product that is worth $67 and the affiliate commission is set at 60 percent. It means that you will get paid $40.20 for every sale that you make from that product. Remember that it is just on a single product alone.
Earning money through affiliate programs is quite simple, considering the fact that you do not have to create the best-selling product, compose the best sales letter to potential buyers, provide after-sales support to customers, handle concerns and problems, and others.
What you need here is real people who will patronize the affiliate products or services you are endorsing. Once you have failed to draw more people to the assigned affiliate link, your dream of earning a huge 5-figure income in an affiliate program will remain to be a dream forever.
To succeed in affiliate programs, you must be aware of the use of affiliate marketing tools. There are several tools you can use and some affiliate companies you are working with will offer some of these tools. You may use attractive webpage banners or online advertisements. These tools will help you achieve success in joining affiliate programs, so do not ever forget them in your priorities.
Be one of thousands of affiliate marketers who have earned more than what you can expect by maximizing your ability and using effective strategies in your Internet affiliate marketing program.
1) You start signing up for everyone's email list to "learn for free"
2) You start seeing what everyone is doing and you think to yourself... "I should do that"
3) You finally get the courage to start pursuing something but you start pursuing everything. You go in all different directions and only make a half-assed effort one way or the other.
4) Because you didn't experience "ultimate success" the first go around, you start buying products and information on IM.
7) Because sales aren't pouring in, you decide to buy some traffic from Google Adwords.
8) After your Google Adwords account gets run up and you've blown a whack of cash AND still don't have that many sales you start to get a bitter taste in your mouth about IM.
9) Then it hits you... I'm all over the place and don't have a plan at all.
This story repeats itself time and time again.
I'll never forget the moment when a well known internet marketer shared an ENORMOUS tip that this year has helped many people make thousands of dollars.
To make this work, you first need to close your mind mapping software with those "million dollar ideas".
It may seem confusing but let me put some sense into it:
Create a flow chart to help you clearly understand the "steps" in the process. Then focus on each step and either master them yourself or find reliable outsourcing partners who can take care of certain "steps" for you.
3) Start taking consistent action!!
This is where most people drop the ball. They jump in too quick, lose some money and get out. It takes consistent action of doing the same things over and over. Build momentum over time.
4) Focus on who you like learning from.
In the beginning, when you narrow down who you learn from the process becomes clear a lot more quickly. Zero in on two people first and then slowly (very slowly) branch off once you have a grip on where you are heading and have implemented what you've learned.
Follow this earlier and your life will be a heck of a lot easier!
Here's to your 'early days' being more lucrative!
Virtually anybody can succeed with their very own successful home business, and yet the majority fail with their home business.
Why?...Three main reasons why people fail.
Same with your home business, you will have falls, it is all part of the learning curve, you will learn more from these slight setbacks than from your successes enabling you and your business skills to develop.
not really believe in your home business how will you convince anybody else too. Believe in your business and other people will as well, believe, and your business will thrive.
What motivates somebody to start their own home business, desires, pleasure. Millions dream of the benefits of owning a successful business, financial Independence for one and with that comes personal freedom. Figures out there indicate that on an average day, six million residents in America alone search for home business opportunities, but desires and dreams of a better lifestyle are not always enough to motivate somebody into action. The biggest motivator of all is often pain, losing one's source of income, or a reduction in income for whatever reason. The emotional pain that comes with trying to exist on a reduced income level has motivated thousands of people into starting their own successful home businesses. Don't let pain be your motivator, instead let your desires and goals motivate you and your business, allowing you and your family to live the lifestyle you deserve and dream about.
Once you have made the decision to start your own home business, just keep focused on what motivated you to start your home business in the first place, this will provide the drive required to push your home business forward. A final thought, what if you were to take the action required today? What might your lifestyle be like in a year's time?
Keyword research for your site is a must. Find and use some kind of keyword research tool to select the perfect keyword phrases for your site and to also check what phrases your competitors are using.
You will want to get a domain name that is no more than two words and that is relevant to your content. If you are selling rubber baby buggy bumpers then you might try "safebaby.com" or babybumper.com. You need to create your brand and your domain is where your brand begins.
After choosing your great new name and having found as many relevant keyword phrases for your niche, then take the plunge and get it hosted somewhere. I love godaddy and have used them for years, but you may not. Just get it out there in front of new eyeballs at your host of choice.
Your Site Won't EVER be finished. Don't let getting ready to get ready to get ready doom you from the start, just jump in the waters fine.
I don't buy the saying "knowledge is power" but I would if it said knowledge combined with action is power.
Anyway, on to the next step.
Bring on the main course for those hungry little spiders with 20 to 30 pages of really relevant content containing all of your relevant keyword phrases for each page. The spiders will be happy and you will have given them a good reason to pay you back with good search results.
You may want to stay away from slam bam graphics and flash in your site design. It is easier to keep your visitors on your site if it is simple and easy to navigate. If they wanted entertainment they would be watching TV.
Keep the navigation the same on all pages ie.. graphical interfaces on the left or top with a text version at the bottom.
Don't let that visitor slip away too quickly by grabbing their attention with bold headers because when they first visit your page they're just scanning or window shopping, not reading.
Build a site map that links to your pages and stick it in a text link at the bottom of your pages.
Remember I said your site is never finished and now that you have built the foundation for your business, it's time to add some goodies. Write a new content page every two to three days, say around 200-500 words to keep visitors coming back for your words of wisdom.
DON'T use tricks such as keyword stuffing and doorway pages leading to useless garbage, it will cost you in the end.
You need a blog to get to know some of the millions of wonderful people (buyers) out there and to show that you're a human being that they can trust. post at least once per week.
Stay away from reciprocal links and link farms, but do submit your site to appropriate webmasters and ask them to link to you because it will benefit them in some way.
Track your visitors. track your sales. track your links, track your tracks, and if you don't know where you're at, you sure won't know how to get where you're going.
Pay per click sites such as google adwords work to keep your brand out there, and are a good investment in your business. You did know that there would be some overhead, right? Good then, I'm not writing to someone in la-la land.
Keep up to date on new trends and write an article once a week and submit it to as many article directories as possible.
Study your traffic patterns after 60 to 90 days so you can determine how best to guide them through your site and also check the search engines and directories that you submitted too and resubmit if your not found.
Press releases are great for new products or service announcements and for new content, why not offer RSS feeds to your visitors?
If you do these things consistently and persistently and keep your content fresh, you will almost be guaranteed to have a successful website this time next year.
This may have to do with your current job, a job you used to have, a hobby you enjoy, an art form, a sport, or anything else that you happen to enjoy in life.
You never know; the idea you write down right now might not seem like much, but when you read it over later, it might stir much bigger thoughts.
Put all of these things into a logical order, and then break them down into smaller parts which are then arranged in their own logical orders.
Once you have some substantial ideas in front of you, consider showing them to your friends and family. Listen carefully to their thoughts and opinions and let them inspire you for further ideas and details. You might be surprised at what the people around you might think of that may never have crossed your mind.
Another great resource is the internet. Do some research around your topic and prospective product(s), finding websites of general interest and potential competition. This will give you some great ideas about what’s out there and an understanding of what people are really looking for. It will help you to better polish your idea or develop a whole new one that you think is better.
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.
Every day thousands of people go online to make money but most of them fail miserably because they either truly believe one of the 6 Internet Marketing Myths or or all of them. You can read them below and discover the grain of salt in all of them.
The fact is, it's never ever too late to start anything and that includes internet business. I firmly believe that the internet is not going anywhere and you should too. Every year the stats will show you the number of people shopping online is increasing, their spending dollars are growing and the number of people going online is increasing also.
If you are willing to take the necessary action to make 'big money' happen for you - it will. It takes time. You can criticize, be skeptical and sure that 'big money' can't happen for you - and it won't. Sit down and write a financial and sound business plan. The Local Chamber of Commerce can give you all the info you need to get started. If you believe that you will succeed you're right, if you believe that it won't work, you're right also.
To summarize, you have heard people's stories about how they're making a fortune on the internet and how easy it is but the reality is some stories are NOT out of this world or unrealistic but it just doesn't happen overnight. You just have to apply a bit of common sense into it, find what you love to do, have a game plan, stay focused and you, my friend, might find the right opportunity to make all your dreams come true.
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