This isn't a test or anything, just a few simple questions to ask yourself before jumping into the internet marketing arena...
Do you like to learn new things?
- Even if they make you crazy trying to figure them out? If you like to stay where you're comfortable, warm, and happy, then you're not going to want to break out, try new things, get soaked a few times, and get to the spot where you're making some righteous coin. If you truly want to embark on this internet marketing path, expect to learn new things - a lot of new things - and expect that some of them will be hard for you at first. You have to challenge yourself to grow.
- Realize that everyone is afraid and has doubts at some point in their career as an internet marketer. Take action anyway. Don't be that guy who works hard to create his first ebook, and it's really good, but won't actually put it out there for sale because it's not perfect. The problem is not that it's not perfect, the problem is he is afraid of failing.
- Failing is part of learning. You need to pick yourself back up after your screw up or fail at something, learn from your mistakes, and go forward. Yes, you might want a band-aid for that hit you just took, but you should develop the mindset that you just paid for some valuable education and you know what to do now. You also need to know that it's not personal when your product fails to meet your income expectations. Learn as you earn.
- Many wannabe marketers tend to reach for the latest product that pushes their buttons. They believe the marketer and just know it will work for them this time. They spend a lot of time reading sales letters and buying products, and very little time focusing on one business model and working it 200 percent until it's making them a good income.
- Successful internet marketers start off pushing themselves much harder than any boss ever did. They realize if they want to make the big bucks they have to work hard in the beginning, and smarter later. You have to be able to tell yourself "no" as in no TV, no MySpace, no online games until the work you set out to do is accomplished.
- Whether it's researching an answer on or offline, or reaching out to a person in the know, you will need to find answers to the puzzling issues and problems you come across. Sometimes the answer is a simple YouTube away, but if you don't look for the answers in the usual and unusual places you're going to end up dead in the water.
- This is big. No matter what product you create, you are going to have to sell it. You can't get anywhere being the "apologetic marketer" but you don't have to push your agenda down people's throats either. Find a happy medium where you can be true to yourself, but also actively sell your product.
- This one is tough for many people. They want to do everything, control every aspect of their business. But in reality, handling all the minute details is holding them back - preventing their business from growing. Find outsourcers you trust and build your team. Please forget that you can do it better yourself.
- Internet marketing is not about going it alone, even if you are the only person working in your little home office. You need to build relationships with other marketers, not only so you can converse with people who "get" what you're doing, but also so you can help each other out. They'll give you constructive criticism when you ask them to look over your product, throw pointers your way regarding your copywriting, and help you with your marketing funnel ideas. In turn, you do the same for them - show them how to install that script or give them a testimonial for their latest product.
Again, this is not a test, but some questions you should ask yourself. Be honest with your answers and go from there.
To Your Success!