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An Open Letter to Internet Marketing Newbies To Help You Succeed

Profile photo of redtiger Submitted by redtiger March 13, 2016

If you are sitting in a room right now, look around you. Everything you see originated in one place: the human brain.  Someone thought it was a good idea to make a chair and made one. That’s why we have chairs. For the same reason we have desks, walls, window frames, computers and little blue plastic elephants in the kiddie toy box. Somebody thought they would be a good idea.

My point? The human brain is immensely powerful – and you have one.

The fact is that the first step to creating anything is taken in the human brain. The brain gives birth to dreams – including the dream of success in our endeavors.

This dream ends well for some and in disaster and even poverty for many. At first glance the reason for this seems to be a mystery. As human beings our brains are roughly the same as far as medical science can determine. Logic as we know it seems to tell us that the town genius and the village idiot should have the same intellectual capabilities. It does not work quite like that, but you don’t have to be a genius to master Internet marketing. The average brain can easily grasp the concepts and processes involved.

Roadmap

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As newbie Internet marketers we buy a five dollar product at the Warrior Forum and learn that we must:

* find some products to sell

* buy hosting and a domain name

* set up an auto-responder

* plan properly

* create great content

* promote our content

* do some on-site SEO

* interact with others to build relationships.

That is great and let me put it on record that I agree wholeheartedly. You should indeed do all of the above. It is the tried and tested roadmap to Internet marketing.

However before you do any of the above, remember that everything, including success, starts in the brain.

Your roadmap does not make provision for that. Put it to one side for now. You first need to do the following:

1. Adopt an attitude of doing whatever it takes … and it takes quite a bit.

You must be willing to show your face and name on the Internet. You must create content and display it for the whole wide world to see and risk criticism. In short you must come out or your comfort zone. Talk to people and face reality. Comfort zones are bad for your growth as a marketer and as a human being.

2. Make an unbreakable commitment to yourself

When somebody offers you a job you sign a contract in which you undertake to work for your employer to the best of your ability with full commitment every day. If you choose to go into Internet marketing you must still sign that same contract of commitment even though you will be your own employer. If you break it, you should have the guts to fire you and join the ninety percent of former Internet marketers who failed. Internet marketing is a career opportunity – not a game.

3. Start learning all you can about marketing online.

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This will take some time but you are in no hurry. You can only do a job well if you know what you are doing.

4. When you know the basics you can set up your site.

Now look at your five dollar map again. Weave each of the last four points on it into a schedule. You don’t have to write a blog post every day but you do have to promote and interact at every opportunity. Use social media for that. Follow your schedule every day with an attitude of determined commitment. Never stop learning. Give it your all and you will see results.

One final point.

Adopting the right attitude is not easy. Buying a five dollar product reflects the wrong attitude. Most people can afford to lose the $5. It is no big deal. To move into the right mindset you need to make it a big deal.

If you read what many of the great Internet marketers have to say, you begin to understand why they succeed. More often than not things changed for them when they decided to get the services of a mentor. Mentors do not come cheap. They ask the sort of money that makes you sweat and gives you nightmares. They turn your purchase into a big deal because you can’t afford to lose the money. You have bought a driving force. You must succeed. That is when your comfort zone is not so inviting anymore.

A word of warning:

If you are considering getting a mentor be careful. You get good mentors and bad ones. The good ones often have a whole range of products for you to sell and pay around 90 percent commission. They also give you decent training and make you part of their community where you can talk to others. Shop around, ask questions and find one.

In case you have failed with your marketing efforts up to this point: You fail not because you are ignorant or stupid because you are not. You fail because you have got the wrong attitude.

Henry Ford, one of the greatest car-making pioneers of all times said: Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right. Henry Ford knew what he was talking about.

 


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43 Responses to “ An Open Letter to Internet Marketing Newbies To Help You Succeed” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Kevin Ross Profile

    Good post. I think many newbies will learn a lot from this post if they take it seriously. I also like how you didn’t lie that it will be easy. It really takes quite a bit but if newbies adopt the attitude of doing whatever it takes, as you advised, success will happen, eventually.

    Making an unbreakable commitment to oneself is also very important. This type of unbreakable commitment can keep anyone going on, when it gets tough, and it must.

    Regarding the third tip though, of learning, when do you think is good enough to slow down on the learning and start taking action? I think many people never seem to stop learning, even when they have learned enough to take action and get results. It’s easier to keep buying course after course instead of taking action. What do you think?

    • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

      Hi Kevin

      You make a very valid point.

      Learning is something that can distract you from actually taking action. Once you start concentrating on some interesting new topic, it can throw your whole strategy into chaos. I suppose the answer will be to set aside the last two hours or so of every week on your planner and try researching some new topic. Who knows you may even get good at it and get some traffic from it or use your research for a blog post.

      Yet you are right. Once you are on a roll with taking action, avoid distraction.

      Thanks for commenting.
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      • Profile photo of Kevin Ross Profile

        Thanks for replying and answering my question. You answered it really well, too much learning can certainly distract one from taking action.

        Also, maybe some people keep learning because that’s easier to do than taking action. They can lie to themselves that they are busy doing something, and they are, but what they are doing is not the much needed thing that will bring them the much needed success. But sadly that’s human nature, even lying to ourselves to avoid doing what we need to do.

        Thanks for an interesting discussion.

  • Profile photo of Judith Chang Profile

    Hello redtiger,

    I like this and I think even non newbies will benefit from this letter.

    You are correct about success starting in the brain first before newbie Internet marketers buy different five dollar products at Warrior forum or other places which teach all types of Internet marketing techniques.

    Without having the right attitude and having the right fundamentals, mentally, it’s hard to succeed at Internet marketing or any other endeavor.

    Most of all, I like how neat this post is, with good images and clarity of presentation from start to finish.

  • Profile photo of Gary Waldrep Profile

    Hi,

    This is a good open letter to newbies to Internet marketing.

    Adopting the right attitude of doing whatever it takes is very true, without that success can be hard to achieve.

    I have read of people who failed not because they didn’t have the right ideas or right stuff but because they had the wrong attitude.

    I think even just the right attitude is good enough as it will make anyone committed to learn all they should and take the necessary action to help them succeed with Internet marketing.

    That said, I think you started with the right point, which is having the right attitude.

    Thanks for writing this.

    • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

      Hi Gary

      Great comment. I am a great believer in the power of attitude. It you want you can.

      On the other hand if you go into a venture half-heartedly you will fail. Commitment comes with responsibilities. If you are not willing to take them on, do not commit.

      I would have loved to buy a little shiny object with a button that you press and success comes to you in abundance. It does not exist. Success starts in the mind and as you rightly say true commitment can take you a long way.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.
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  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hey redtiger,
    Successful internet marketers are those who have gotten “breakthrough” despite the odds and challenges that pose as threats to them.

    Newbies coming into the fold can follow the road or ways of those who has gone before.

    What one thinks reflects on his reality. As an Internet marketer, it is important to readily concentrate on the “bliss” of success so we generate the energy and correspondence that will make things work for us.

    A strong and willful attitude gives the Internet marketer the power and attraction to success.

    Thanks for this letter, it is inspiring and instructing!
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      Hi Sunday

      Very true indeed: “What one thinks reflects on his reality”. Be negative and you will attract negative results. It can be difficult to keep the wolf of negativity from the door at times. Yet it will get you nowhere. Smile at the world. It may just smile back at you.

      You mention a very important strategy to add to the roadmap to success. Do what the successful people do. Learn from them and copy their techniques. You are not the first person to try and make money online. Try your best to follow in the footsteps of those who have succeeded. That in itself is a learning experience.

      Thanks for a welcome comment.
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  • Profile photo of Sherman Smith Profile

    Hey Redtiger,

    You are right about success starting out with the mind!

    For many that’s going from full time employee to entrepreneur this will be a big leap when it comes to their mindset. They must have the right attitude and be very committed despite all the obstacles that get in the way.

    For me it took a long time, but I finally opened my mind up to see the options that I have and constantly imagined the life I want to live. This is what it takes to keep moving forward. Always see the great options you have, have a great attitude, and keep your imagination alive when it comes to your future success.

    Thanks for sharing Redtiger! Have a great week!
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  • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

    Hi Sherman
    Sometimes it takes a dream to wake us up.

    I can relate to what you are saying. It’s so easy to go to work in the morning nad have your day planned for you by others. You know if you do not do as you are told the boss will not be happy. Yet when you are your own boss its so easy just to give yourself the day or the week off.

    Then it is time to remind yourself of your dreams and of what you stand to lose with the wrong attitude.

    Success is to see your end goal clearly in your minds eye and press on.

    Thanks for a great comment
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  • Profile photo of george Profile

    I write to express my appreciation for your helpful and informative post. The post which chronicles the tools and and steps needed by newbie internet marketers for online success has been a compass to me in my online journey.

    Personally, I have abandoned(not failed) my dreams many times over simply because I lacked the commitment to pursue them to success. My mindset is that of ” I can do it” but I am unable to sustain that spirit long term. Why? I do not know. May be because of my comfort zone. Added to this is my dependence mainly on free stuff online.

    Having picked some nuggets from your post, I am making spirited efforts to step out of my comfort zone – which is not comfortable anyway. With the correct mind set and with persistence and being in a good neighborhood, my online fortunes will witness a turn around.

    Thanks
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    Hi George

    Thank you for your kind comment. I think many of us have been there, trying to rely on the free stuff. The problem with that is that they normaly teach you one aspect of Internet marketing and you never see the whole picture.

    A free book may tell you how to drive traffic. Let us say you sell a diet pill and you become an expert at driving traffic.

    It sounds like you are set up for success but the truth is that you will have to sell many pills just to make pocket money.

    Internet marketing has many tentacles. In the end you need the guidance of someone who has succeeded online to see it in the right perspective. Online marketing is a career opportunity and should be treated as such.

    Thanks again for the comment. I believe you can do it and wish you all the best.
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  • Profile photo of David Profile

    This is very well said. And I think that if you smudged across a dozen words in the article, this could serve as solid advice for anybody jumping into a new field of activity, whether business or personal.
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      Hi David

      Yes I never thought of it that way, but its true. Approaching any challege in life with a positive and determined mindsetis the recipe for being successful – if you stay a hundred percent committed.

      This is true in business and in our personal life. Negativity is draining to thse around you. It scares people. Positivity on the other hand attracts and inspires.

      Thanks for a great comment.

  • Profile photo of Adam D. Mason Profile

    Hey Redtiger,

    Great article, I like what you said about finding a mentor. There are many great mentors willing to help new people succeed.

    But, you need to spend the time and the effort to find the one that works best for you.

    Finding the right mentor may be just what you need to kick that mental attitude in it’s rightful place.
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  • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

    Hi Adam

    The field of Internet marketing is just too wide, complicated and intimidating to waltz into with a song in the heart and an innocent sparkle in the eye.

    The danger of online marketing is that it looks so easy. Find a product and sell it. Yet there is so much more to it. You need to walk the road with someone who knows the highways, byways and pittfalls.

    Of course, as you rightly point out when you set out on your journey do so with the right mindset. It there is one thing that guarrantees failure, it is arrogance.

    Thanks for the welcome comment

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  • Profile photo of Sarah John Profile

    Hey redtiger,
    Indeed, it takes a lot to succeed as an Internet marketer. However, with the right attitude and commitment the effort we put will readily yield reasonable results.

    The most dangerous thing for a newbie is not to attempt to commit to success from the onset. The brain is wired in that whatever we think of momentarily is triggered to manifest soonest.

    So, newbies should readily start thinking of success and with this attitude the will and commitment to success will follow
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      Hi Sarah John

      Thanks for your comment. I agree with you. The sooner we come to terms with what we are trying to achieve online and create the right mindset, the better.

      Thik of the end result. That should always be the motivator. he right mindset is so powerful. The moment we realize exactly what marketing will require from us, the better.
      Good point.
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  • Profile photo of Celine Profile

    Hi redtiger,
    This is inspirational! Successful Internet marketers can be attained by newbies only if they envision their future, use their passion to drive actions that have been planned.

    The process begins with good learning and the determination to succeed no matter what challenges comes along.

    Most times its easier said than done, but success can be achieved if newbies are HIGHLY DETERMINED to succeed!

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      Hi Celine

      Knowledge coupled with the determination to succeed is always an unbeatable combination. Follow your dream with passion and you just may make it a reality.

      I believe it is tough, especially in the beginning to keep your eyes focused on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is a powerful motivator. Do your work with commitment day after day and it will become a powerful habit.
      Good comment. Thanks.
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  • Profile photo of Maketta Profile

    Hello Redtiger,

    You are definitely right. It starts with having the right attitude. You have to make up your mind that this is what you want to do and you will do it no matter what. It is a full-time commitment.

    Consistency is key when it comes to internet marketing. I have seen so many internet marketers say that this was a major factor in them getting results. Many times people don’t see the results they want in the beginning so they quit.

    It can be tiring but you have to keep going. Also, knowing what goals you want to achieve is extremely helpful. When you know exactly what you want it is easier for you to take the steps to get it.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!
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      Hi Maketta

      I agree. Knowing your goals, the determination to achieve them and consistent hard work will take you a long way.

      Yes, it can be tough. There is no button that you can press to attain success.

      Some people fall for unrealistic claims from people trying to sell training or products. You don’t make handfuls of dollars in two days by doing nothing. Not on this planet.

      Thank you for commenting. Highly appreciated.

  • Profile photo of Shamsudeen Adeshokan Profile

    Hi Redtiger,

    The first lines really got my attention, honestly, I did look around me and I’m actually inside the room when reading this post.

    Yes, everything around me was made by Man and it all started with an idea gear up in the brain.

    Not only in Internet marketing, having a mentor ( good one for that matter) is essential for success and the journey of life.

    Life will knock you down and push up many times than you can count, having a great mentor by the side can help provide positive decisions and steps to follow during needs.

    But one has to be very careful in choosing a mentor or people you look up to for professional advice as there are lot people who claim what they’re not.

    Thanks Redtiger.
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    • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

      Hi Shamsudeen.

      Thanks for a great comment. I am glad you have enjoyed the post.

      Internet marketing unfortunately has gained a reputation of something that can make you money on “autopilot”. This is so wrong. Even the great marketers still have to put in some work.

      It does help if you are in a position to use the so-called “paid traffic methods” and money to spend on tools that can automate your tasks. No tool can however write a blog post for you and interact with your social media friends. You need the human touch and that translates into work.

      You make some good points. I whish you all the best.

  • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

    Hi redtiger,

    You are right in all you have said. I want to add that for every newbie that desires the reward of what they are doing, it is important to have self belief.

    Yes, believing in oneself will help the newbie to be inspired to think and act well in the online business journey.

    Of course, this should be supported by finding a good mentor!

    • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

      Hi James

      Of course. Thanks for mentioning this.

      I find that so many people lack the self-belief that brings confidence. That can mean the end of an online business before it even started.

      Its impossible to thrive when you hide in your comfort zone. The Number One rule of successfull nternet marketers is to make friends, form tribes and promote each others’ content. That you can only do if you have the self-belief and confidence to go out and connect to people.

      Great pont
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  • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

    Hi redtiger,

    Newbies need to learn and put into practice what they have learned to succeed in Internet marketing.

    This road map you have presented is inspiring.

    It is important for the newbies to leverage on these advice to make a difference. Thanks for this food for thought!

    • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

      Hi Amit

      You are right. Enter your marketing with the correct mindset, learn to make sure you know what you are doing and then put heart and soul into your business, consistently day after day.

      By all means read and follow advice but realize that hard work is what will bring you success. If someone promises you a shortcut, don’t believe him. The world is built on centuries of hard work. It is the only success recipe we know.

      Glad you found the post helpful.
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  • Profile photo of darrellantonio Profile

    Hello Redtiger

    Great post Your post really layed out some of the challenges that us newbies have faced and still face.

    Those are some really great points and you definitely didn’t sugar coat any thing.

    Personally I’m already in the “all in” frame of mind so your post was motivational for me and very relevant.

    Keep up the outstanding work and keep sharing.

    Thanks

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  • Profile photo of Carl Profile

    Hey redtiger,

    Hmm! Henry Ford’s words really struck me after going through this piece : “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

    His words reflects the reality of the attitude of today’s people.

    Success is not something ‘wished’ for. It must be practicalized with the right attitudes and the right actions!

    • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

      Hi Carl

      Attitude is so important. Hunger is important.

      How hungry are you for success? If your answer is “enough to do whatever it takes” you have tilted the scales in your favor. If you can follow that mindset by taking the necessary actions day after day success wil wait for you down the road.

      Never wish. Go out and do.

      Great comment
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  • Profile photo of Paul Profile

    Hey redtiger,

    The advice you gave in this post is handy. Having the right attitude would make a newbie succeed online.

    Learning all it takes to succeed and putting into practice all that is learned brings about quick success.

    Yes, I agree with you, care must be taken when choosing a ‘good’ mentor!

    • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

      Hi Paul

      I am glad you find the advice of value. The one big misconception of Intenet marketing is that it is easy extra money – something you do in your spare time.

      No. Those sort of opportunities do exist on the net but Internet marketing is not one of them. Internet marketing is a full-time job not an opportunity for a quick extra dollar.

      You are so right about the mentor. A good mentor is your lifeline. Without one online marketing is a struggle.

      Thanks for a good comment.
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  • Profile photo of Black Profile

    Hey redtiger,

    Thanks for sharing this advice to us. A word is enough for the wise. For newbies who wants to make progress and succeed with Internet marketing, this post should serve as trigger!

  • Profile photo of Marius N Profile

    Hey Redtiger,

    I find the most difficult part is knowing where to focus. I have information and training coming out of my ears with more arriving in my inbox every day. How to sift out what really works is the most difficult to get going.

    • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

      Hi Marius

      I am actually itching right not to put my teaching hat on and try to tell you all I know about creating a strategy.

      However, I don’t really know exactly where you are in your marketing journey. Have you got a blog and products? Have you got a list? Or a free product? I think anything I say will only add to information overload.

      The one thing I can say that will make sense is to take a good look at the money you have available and if possible get yourself a mentor. Internet marketing is too difficult to master without the help of someone who have already succeeded.

      Those emails will only tempt you to buy more products that will still leave you very much in the dark because they usually cover only one aspect of a very complicated field.

      Most Internet marketers just starting out try to learn by buying the cheap stuff but later cheap becomes expensive. Rather get a good mentor from the start. Internet marketing is a career. Careers require real study with guidance from real teachers.

      I have sent you a friend request and hope to talk to you more about this soon.

      This is a very good question that all newbie Internet marketers should ask.
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