Dear Struggling Internet Marketer,
Can I have your attention for a moment and speak candidly with you?
Life as a internet marketer is fun, exciting, and full of possibilities…the sky truly is limitless to how far you want your business to grow.
However, life as a struggling internet marketer is down right horrible, full of empty promises and dreams unfulfilled.
In fact, not only can you lose your self respect as a struggling internet marketer, but also the respect of your friends and family members.
I can still remember my dad calling me on the phone and him asking, “So, what are you doing for work?” The answer goes something like this, “Hum, well….I’m making money online, and selling stuff on the internet.” Meanwhile, I’m asking him for a $1,000 loan to help pay my rent.
That is brutal…true story too.
I get emails from people wanting to make quick money online. I understand that sentiment.
My issue is the way people are going about “how to make money online.” Let me give you the facts, and please understand, I’m being candid.
Fact #1 – Buying template affiliate sites, and thinking you are going to quit your day job selling affiliate products from them, is a surefire way to kill your internet marketing dream.
Cookie cutter affiliate sites, template sites, ‘one button’ website creators, are nothing but a marketing tactic to get you to buy their affiliate templates. Who makes the money? The template seller or the template buyer?
Fact #2 – It is NOT about your website. Being successful as a internet marketer has absolutely nothing to do with how well your site is designed, what your template looks like, your graphics, or any other cosmetics…. In fact, look at this website. Pretty plain if you ask me.
Internet marketing success is about YOU, your ability and desire to help people, and not your website.
Fact #3 – Do you really thinking writing articles all day and putting your affiliate site/link in the resource section and submitting them to EzineArticles.com is going to get you to the place to quit your day job?
Wake up and smell the coffee!
How many successful internet marketers spend all day writing articles and submitting them to article directories? Out of 10,000 maybe 1…and they’re probably asking themselves if there is a better way. And there is.
Don’t get me wrong. I love article marketing, and it is a source for traffic and seo backlink purposes, but you will not quit your day job any time soon if your focus is to sell affiliate products using article marketing.
How much money do you really think you will make by submitting articles to a template affiliate site on a $47 Clickbank product on weightloss…and you make 60% of the sale? Let’s get real. You’ve been lied.
Fact #4 – Successful Internet Marketers do four things:
(1) They learn the art of affiliate marketing and make some initial sales
(2) They create their own products after they learn some affiliate marketing skills
(3) They build their subscriber list at every level of their business – dividing their list between prospects and customers
(4) They use the power of leverage (ie, ‘other people’) to help them build their business, whether it is jv partnerships, affiliates, and/or outsourcing of projects.
Most importantly, and in the terminology of Seth Godin, successful internet marketers create their own “tribes” and use their own products and the art of personally branding themselves as their entry.
If you want to stop chasing the dream and living it, then you simply have to become a product owner and use the art of personal branding as your launch pad. Owning your own product gives you leverage with both affiliates and other product owners, and cements your credibility in the internet marketing community and to your subscriber list.
Fact #5 – You must become highly skilled and a pro at “one thing” if you want to make a name for yourself as a internet marketer.
There will be a reason why people follow you and open up the emails you send to them. They will listen to your advice and buy products from you because they perceive you are a expert in a particular niche or topic.
It is never too late to become a expert. Study everything you can on your one topic, and in 4-6 months you’ll have your own Ph.D. in that topic. Apply it, get some successes under your belt, and then communicate your successes to help others. It really is that simple.
Fact #6 – A personal branding site, using a wp blog, is the best launching pad to help others and get started as a internet marketer (as opposed to buying another template affiliate website).
Stop following the masses, and start trailblazing your own path and journey. Focus on One Thing, and become a PH.D. in that One Thing. Personally brand yourself, and stop buying those cookie cutter template products. Become a product owner and cement your credibility. Be good to your subscriber list, and your list will be good to you.
I’m sure you’ve had to discover some unsettling facts yourself – look back on where you’ve been before now – did I leave any out? Did I get any wrong?
Let me know with a comment (I read them all!)
Yours in knowledge,