10 Reasons Why You’re Never Going to Be Successful (Part 1)

Maybe this post will pull on a few heartstrings. Maybe it will offend a few. But maybe (and what I’m hoping) is it will enlighten and open the eyes to some of you who may be suffering from a scientific term I call “zerosuccessitis”. There’s no hiding the fact that 98% of ALL marketers online are struggling to make any money at all. It always will be this way. It’s a sad truth but it’s a truth all of us must face if you’re looking to make any sort of income or have any sort of success online. At the end of the day, the KEY to having success anywhere in your life begins with you. It begins with a mindset. While I could go on for days about how to achieve a positive mindset. The best way to take the proper steps to success; is to avoid taking the wrong ones. 10 Reasons Why You’re Never Going to Be Successful 1.) You Refuse to Sacrifice. Starting a business online requires you to sacrifice in the short term so you can benefit in the long term. I’ve lost count at how many deaf ears/eyes this falls on. Perhaps part of the blame can fall on the WSO’s and other making money online products; who spout how you can make $10,000 in your first 7-10 days without doing any heavy lifting. What it all boils down to though…is if you’re going to be successful. You need to devote and commit your time to build a business. How much you sacrifice is entirely up to you. The advice I’ve given my coaching students in...

The Step by Step Guide to Success

We’ve all seen it, we’ve all wanted it. We’ve all asked for it (yes I’m talking to you). So prepare for a little tough love… Step by step guides to making money online are LIES. It doesn’t matter who you are. It’s the honest to God’s truth. I’m not saying you can’t follow steps to achieve success or seek out a mentor to coach you in strategies. But following a “step by step” guide 100% and to the letter will get you absolutely NOWHERE. Here’s why (and it’s a pretty simple truth): If there was a step by step guide to making money online that actually worked. EVERYONE WOULD BE RICH. The smart, the not-so-smart, mediocre and the extraordinary would all be financially independent and the world would be a very strange place. To understand why step by step guides don’t work is to look at them like this: Think of them as a hand drawn map that leads to a buried treasure. You follow the path, you climb the mountains and traverse the jungle. But chances are, when you get the to the end…the treasure has already been dug up by someone else reading the same map. On top of that? Everyone interprets things differently. That “tree” the maps says to take a left at, may look like a bush to you. Perhaps the tree was cut down recently? Perhaps the fork in the road has disappeared and been replaced with a new path. At the end of the day, AVERAGE people follow a step by step guide. The steps to success are as follows: Action – Connection...

Multitasking is Bad for You, Mkay?

Why is Multitasking bad for you? Let me start with a story that happened to me today. At 3:45AM, I grabbed my suitcase and laptop bag, kissed my beautiful wife, got into my car and made my way to the Moline, IL airport. I checked in, went through security, got to my gate and sat down. I pulled out my tablet, opened up my Kindle app and started reading another book a mentor of mine suggested entitled, “The One Thing” by Jay Papasan and Gary W. Keller. (I highly recommend it). In one of the chapters, it talks about how Multitasking is a lie. I won’t go into a review of this book. That’s not what this article is about. It’s what happened on the plane that really got me inspired to write this article. So I’m heading to Atlanta to make my connecting flight to Birmingham 30,000 feet above the ground. I’m sitting next to a guy. He’s neatly dressed. Suit and tie, you know the kind. All the while I’m reading The One Thing on my tablet. Half way through the flight, the guy asks me what I’m reading. So I explain to him the name of the book and what it’s about. I talk to him about the “lies” the book explains like multitasking (which is backed up by scientific research, I might add.) and how profound of an impact the book has already made on me. It was then that this guy started to get a little snarky. He starts rambling on about how self-help books don’t do anything to help because they tell you stuff...

How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t; life controls you.  – Tony Robbins All too often, I see people doubt themselves. This inevitably results in them never taking action and never being a success they had initially dreamed and aspired to become. In this video, I explain a simple little exercise to overcome that negative way of thinking....

10 Myths About Making Money Online (Part 2)

In the last article, (10 Myths Part 1), I went over 5 myths about making money online. I discussed product creation. I talked a little about coaching. I even explained why “Push Button Software” is a crock. So to conclude this 2 part series, here are the last 5 myths I wanted to cover. Myth #6 – Solo Ads Are a Cheap Way to Get Traffic For those of you who aren’t familiar with what a solo ad is. Here’s a brief summary. You pay a solo ad vendor for “clicks”. These clicks represent the solo ad vendor’s subscribers “clicking ” on a link that they send to them. So essentially, if you were to pay let’s say $70 for 200 clicks. You’re asking the vendor to deliver your email/his message with your link to enough people where you’d receive 200 clicks. In other words, you are paying them $70 to have 200 eyes view your offer. It sounds pretty lucrative. You pay money, get people to see your offer and convert them into leads which convert them into sales. That’s actually how I started my marketing career nearing the beginning. I used solo ads all the time. Here’s Why It’s a Myth: Now, I never said Solo Ads WON’T work. They can and they do. In fact, I will still do a solo ad now and again to test an offer to get a general idea on how it may convert. But solo ads aren’t cheap. You may see solo ads for $10. You may see cheap click offers, etc. But at the end of the day, the quality...

10 Myths About Making Money Online (Part 1)

Over the next two articles, I wanted to cover 10 Myths About Making Money Online. I know I tend to be a little prejudice towards the Warriorforum… but seriously, when it comes to what NOT to do in internet marketing; it’s laden with perfect examples. These myths aren’t necessarily in any particular order. All of these myths, if truly believed to be fact; will help you never succeed in online marketing. So if never making a dime online floats your boat, by all means visit the Warriorforum and buy a few WSOs (like I did my first 9 months struggling to make any money). With that said, carry on my wayward son. There is peace when the reading’s done. Myth #1 – You Can Make Thousands of Dollars a Month Through Micro Niche Sites For those of you who aren’t familiar with what these are…be thankful. Here’s a summary of what a Micro Niche Site is: You find a niche. This niche could be for furniture for example. You then find a “sub-niche” around furniture. It could be a specific brand of furniture. Or perhaps furniture only made in a specific country, etc. You decide on your niche by doing research and factoring in what sites are ranked on the first page of Google for it. If the niche seems viable, you start building a site. So let’s say after researching, I came up with the micro niche of Stressless Furniture (I’m adding the manufacturer’s link here out of respect. They do make wonderful furniture lol). With that niche, I decide to make a quick blog site via wordpress with...

Successful Marketers Know This One Life-Changing Tip

Let me set the stage if you will. You’re sick and tired of working for someone who doesn’t appreciate you. You’re tired of not making the money you feel you deserve…so you have an idea. You think to yourself, “Maybe there’s a way to make money online.” You get online, you start doing some research. You start looking at forums, websites, message boards. You take notes, you reach out to people and you peruse products. But most (if not all) of these products have the same message: “Make Money Online with as Little Work as Possible.” So you have high hopes, you invest money. You scour the product over and over again. You get excited. You get motivated. You get focused. You apply what you learn….and? You have absolutely nothing to show for it. No money, no progress, no results…only wasted time. You start asking yourself, “There’s got to be something I’m missing. What the hell are these guys doing to make all this money that I’m not?” Well, I’m here to tell you the answer. Are you ready? Read/listen closely… They are making money because they are selling you THEIR product. I ask that you read that above sentence again. Because it is truth. It is justice. It is law. (I like being dramatic). So the question still remains, “What am I doing wrong?” My dear readers, the above sentence is answering that question for you. You see, nearly all of these product are promoting these generic, “Get Rich. Make Money Overnight. Work From Home” piles of steamy dookie that you’ve been researching and studying so diligently. I’m...

Why Making Money Online With Email is a Load of Crap

Before I get a few people upset or confused with the title of this…allow me to explain. There are many people who have been lead to believe that all it takes to be successful is to find a product and have some people opt-in to their squeeze pages while their follow up sequence does all the work for them. …can we get any more lazy? Seriously, I could make a product that teaches you how to set up an autoresponder, promote a product and create a follow up series. Then sell it for $97+ and I’d be the ONLY one making money. First of all… What good is your product if the “traffic” you’re sending it to sucks a big fat one? How are people making money online with email? Let’s do a quick numbers game here… On average, when sending a broadcast to your email list, you’re going to have an average of a 2-5% open rate. What that means is for every 100 subscribers you send an email to, only 2-5 of them are going to actually open it. Furthermore, when it comes to a “click-through rate“. You’ll be lucky to get a 5-7% click through rate of those opened emails. What this means is that every email you have that has a link inside of it. For the people who opened it, only 5% of those people will actually click the link. Even further… An average conversion rate from a click to a sale is roughly 2% in the IM industry. (NOTE: These numbers aren’t 100% accurate, I’m doing this for the sake of simplicity.) So...

How to Brand Yourself in 5 Steps

The greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves. – Neil deGrasse Tyson Today, we’re going to talk a little about Twitter. More importantly though, we’re going to talk about the subject you are most educated in; yourself. Think about every marketer, every CEO and any other successful person. Other than the accomplishments they have achieved, how do you know them? Do you know them by the product they’ve created? Or by their name? I’m willing to wager that you know them by their name – then their product. It goes to show how important branding really is. Do you want to brand yourself? Or your product? You Want to be Branding Yourself! So this begs the question, how do you brand yourself? Well, the good news is that you have LOADS of options. You can brand yourself by blogging, social media and even posting your face on a billboard (many successful insurance agents do this.) But there’s one thing I really, really want to drive home. It’s not WHO you are that you’re branding. It’s the MESSAGE that you want to be branded for. Now, the steps below are pretty simple and generic. For those of you already on Twitter, you may or may not be doing these steps. But if you’re struggling to get followers or recognized. This may help. With that said, here are 5 simple steps to begin branding yourself: 1.) Create a Twitter Account (I’ll Assume You Already Have Facebook) Something I’d like to make clear here…make sure you are using your name...
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