Top 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was First Starting Out Online!

Looking back after almost six years as a full-time Internet marketer working from home, here’s the top 10 things I wish someone had told me when I was first starting out online.

1. Stick to One Program

There are so many ‘make money online’ opportunities out there it’s not funny! There’s literally a new product being launched every single day!

Some products are good, but unfortunately, most are dodgy or just rehashed information. It’s not surprising then that the biggest issue most newbies have is information overload.

Why do most people fail online? They spread themselves too thin doing too many things at the same time and never have success in any one program. They get frustrated after working so hard and getting no results. They quit.

I’m not suggesting that you take up the first program you come across. Do your research into the different money making opportunities that are available. Once you have found one that you understand and are comfortable with, stick with that strategy until you achieve success with it.

2. Find a Mentor

Finding a mentor is important. I did this early on in my Internet marketing career and it keep me going on the right track.

Knowing that I was following a proven path gave me peace of mind and the confidence to go ahead fully with my plans, and not fear. This meant that I didn’t hold back and was able to achieve great results.

Many people don’t get ahead in their business because they have the inner fear of putting in a lot of effort and then failing. Having a mentor eliminates this hurdle.

3. Set Realistic Goals

Don’t rush to achieve success. Success is a process. You need to get into the right mindset.

You also need to have a balance of goals. Don’t make your goals just about finances. Have goals for your health, relationships, education and spirituality also.

Your goals must be realistic and emotional for you. Don’t think about money, think about what you will be able to do with that money and financial freedom. For some of you, spending time with your family is what you want and are passionate about. For others it might be the opportunity to travel. For others it may be getting out of debt or buying your dream home or car.

Write down your goals. Have a 5 year plan and break it down until you have daily tasks to do. Keep a daily to do list and follow it. However, don’t overbook yourself. Make sure you leave enough time in the day for all the unexpected events that come up in life.

Read your goals every morning.

4. 15 Minutes a Day

Consistency is key. One thing I do to help me to be consistent is to do a least one thing every day to build up my business. This is important, especially if you’re working a full-time job, etc and you don’t have a lot of time.

If you don’t work on your business regularly, your vision will fade and you won’t reach your goals.

Just spending 15 minutes a day on your business adds up quickly and you will achieve great things. The reason why I like to tell myself to spend 15 minutes a day on tasks is because it’s such a short period of time, you know you can do it, and you most likely will…

…and once you start (which is the hardest part), you won’t want to stop 😉

5. Start your own blog

Doesn’t matter what niche you’re in, you need to have your own blog. Start your blog as soon as possible so it can build up in authority and traffic over time.

Don’t be concerned, in the beginning, about the look of your blog. Content is king. Publish content to your blog as regularly as possible, at least once a week. The more you can publish, the more traffic you will get.

Over time you can change the look and feel of your blog, add banners, fancy headers, etc.

6. Build a List

Early on in my Internet marketing career I realized that all the successful Internet marketers had a list. No matter what niche you’re in, make sure you build a list.

Having a list gives you more control over your business, and the value per subscriber is higher on a list because you can develop relationships with them easily and promote products as often as you like.

You can use your blog to build your list. In fact, everything you do should direct people to go to your squeeze page.

7. Create Your Own Products

By creating your own product, you instantly gain credibility and authority. It’s not something you have to rush into, but it is something you want to ponder about and work towards.

Everyone has something to offer, yes, even YOU! You don’t need to be an expert on a topic to create a product, you can learn as you go. This process will MAKE you an expert… and that’s how it works 🙂

Types of products you can create are ebooks, audio programs, one-on-one consulting, coaching packages, live events, etc.

Don’t think you can create your own product or don’t have the time? Simply spend 15 minutes a day on this task and you’ll be surprised just how far you will go!

8. Don’t Be a Perfectionist

Don’t be concerned about getting things done perfectly because that’s never going to happen. Just get things done!

You can tweak things later. One of the most important things you can do is take action.

9. Traffic is King

If you can master traffic generation, then the rest of the stuff is easy. No traffic, no profits!

Even if you have the best sales funnel in the world, if you have no traffic, it’s no good to you, you’re not going to make any money.

On the flipside; if you are getting tons of traffic to your site but are not making much money, you can easily turn it around into a highly profitable site by simply modifying your sales funnel. That’s why traffic is king.

10. Give, Give, Give

If you have the mentality of providing exceptional service then you will always have success. If you serve others and provide value then you will always have customers and a healthy business.

Have an abundance mentality. Don’t be afraid to share what you have with the world. There’s enough, and to spare, for everyone.

One of my favourite quotes is by Zig Ziglar, “You can have anything in life that you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want.”

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12 thoughts on “Top 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was First Starting Out Online!”

  1. Great article, really. As targeted traffic is one of the most important components I would add – don’t be afraid of paid traffic as pure ‘free traffic’ takes time and is not the most reliable

  2. Nice post John, having a mentor is definitely a big advantage. It can save you a lot of time and effort because you can follow a proven path. Its is always good to have someone who has been on the journey before to guide you.

    1. Thanks Lee! Yes, mentoring is a must. At the very least you want to buy a study course from someone that is having the kind of success in the area you want to achieve success. The best case scenario is if you can have one-on-one mentoring from that person.

  3. Hi John, great post! Yes you are so right about sticking to one course, it can be so easy to get distracted but if you do you just end up chasing your tail, spreading yourself too thin and not really getting anywhere. One more thing I’d like to add is it would also be useful to know the different strategies for making money online and the pros and cons for each in the beginning before you start out so you can make an informed decision on which path would suit you best

  4. Hi John,

    Great insights, as usual. Each of the 10 items are right to the point.
    It is so true to have a bigger scope than just making money for itself.
    I also know first hand about the need to avoid spreading oneself too thin.

  5. Hello.
    I want to tell the world about what you are doing.
    So I am telling the world about what you are doing.
    I regularly include your insights in my blog, emails, and so on…and give you (I hope) proper credit for it.
    I believe that what you are doing is helping people to make money online.
    And that you are doing this is a thoughtful, creative and intelligent way.
    You are rich on content, and low on hype.
    Thank you, John,
    Robert Farmilo
    skype: robert.farmilo

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