Reader, do you ever get the feeling that you are doing the same thing, but not seeing results? There’s a story of a man who was in a prison camp, and he kept turning a crank that was attached to the wall. His captors told him that it was his job to grind wheat, and that if he did it long enough and hard enough, he’d eventually earn his release. After the war, his emancipation came. His rescuers took him to the other side of the cell and there he saw it….the crank had NOTHING attached to it. His whole time in captivity, all of his labor was for nothing. Nothing! The man was very disheartened to realize that all of his labor had been in vain. But had it? Do you think that having something to do helped him to cope? I do. And a lot of you are like that too. You spend hours working on dead end tasks, checking likes, and gaining followers, and it feels good. But at the end of the day, you need to ask yourself: What’s on the other side? All internet marketers need to ask themselves this question: Is what I’m doing making me any money. Will it eventually be making money And if so, when. You desperately need the answers to these question. Otherwise, you are turning a dead crank.
Reader, did you ever post on article on your blog, and get a gazillion likes, but no sales? Or maybe you got some followers on Facebook, but none of them were your target market, meaning, no moolah came from your fame.
One of the hardest things to let go of in internet marketing is the dynamic of being a slave to “the rules”.
Here they are:
“If I just get enough likes, people will like my product”
The truth: people may be “liking” your post, because they are your competition, and they are hoping others will click on their thumbnail.
“If enough people comment on my article, it will show my readers that I’m legit”
Well, it might, unless your readers are primarily your competition, scoping out your site to see what is different from theirs before they leave a comment with a link to their site.
See, a lot (read: most) of thes suppossed rules are outdated or over-rated. They may work at getting you noticed, but not necessarily from customers.
Okay, we’ve talked about what doesn’t work, but what does work…as in, attracting buying customers.
Well, the first thing to do is to detox completely from everything, and I do mean ever y thing that you’ve been doing.
like, posting on facebook everyday and building back links.
The truth is, most of you are working WAY to hard at what you’re doing, essentially pushing rocks uphill all day.
When you do that, it’s no longer being an innovator, and entrepreneur or a thought leader. See, when you follow these cookie cutter templates, roadmaps to success and supposed rules, your just working a job, punching a time clock of mindless tasks—which may be what your were actually getting out of when you began this insternet marketing deal.
If you are tired of being a slave to your computer, then listen to some fresh wisdom on Internet marketing.
- Identify your goal. It should be, making money.
- Be clear on exactly HOW you are going to make money. This is your internet marketing strategy and it should be concise, like, ” I plan on making money by selling items online” or “My goal is to make money by being an affiliate” or ” I’m going to sell ad space on my content blog” Okay, now once you identify the WAY your are going to make money, you need to super, super super define the exact steps you are taking. For example, if you are going to be an affiliate, then you need to know how you are going to present your affiliate offer. Is it through links? Off your own website? Off your Facebook page? And then, pick just one avenue and give it all you’ve got. If you don’t get any results at all in a month, go on to another strategy.
- Be real with yourself….if you’ve been online for months and have sold nothing, you may need a new product, a new strategy or a new platform altogether. It doesn’t do you any good to live in denial if something isn’t working
- Finally, get a second set of eyes on your strategy. Mentorship is priceless, but be sure that the person who is giving you advice isn’t profiting from the “resources” that they refer you to. Find a mentor who will give you unbiased advice without profiting from referrals.
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The second most important thing for a blog to be successful
The third most important thing for a blog to get noticed, read, and adored:
What is your blog probably lacking?
Well, probably passion. Unless, you love what you blog about.
Reader, tell me something…do you love what you blog about?
Do you wake up in the morning excited about blogging, or do you dread it?
Do you blog because you want to…I mean, you really really want to? Or do you blog because everyone else is, and someone told you that you, or your business, need to?
It’s time to get the passion back into your blog.
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Reader, how many times have you looked at some marketing strategy that seemed to be making everyone else rich, but it made you uncomfortable?
Maybe it was the way that their ad had these huge red screaming letters shouting at you, or dollar bills blowing on the screen; and it just seemed… forced; cheesy; shady…
Did it feel right? because if it didn’t, that was your gut telling you, “beware”.
When you search around the net looking for a way to succeed online, you are going to find a bunch of people telling you that they did this, this and this and they were rich.
They are lying. Believe me.
Because, now think about it…if all they had to do was, that that and that, do you really think that they would be selling the “how to” of it for such a low price?
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We all do it.
But why? Why do we put off doing what we know we need to do?
Let’s cover the “why” and then the “how”.
5 Reasons why you procrastinate
Reason number one for procrastinating:
You don’t really want to do it
Let’s face it, sometimes a task is so gross, so gnarly, so time-consuming or so entirely complicated, that it just cramps our brain even to think about it. This is one of the reasons why some people shove the task to the back side of their brain…it’s just too painful to think about.
You want to do it, but you are overwhelmed
Yea, I think we’ve all been at this place. Overload is a key reason for putting things off, even when we know it’s important.
Procrastination reason number 3.
You don’t think it’s a big enough priority to do it now..
“Why do today what can be done tomorrow?”
Many procrastinators think this way. Unless their backside is in flames, they prefer to wait….and wait…and wait. The good news is, many of these midnight hour, crunch-time types actually work better under pressure (which is not very comforting to more rigid-personality type planners, but it works for them).
Some people who are accused of procrastinating are not actually procrastinators. It’s just that, they have no intention of ever doing the task. But somehow, they know that society expects them to
Go back to school
Lose 10-pounds or even
Clean that top shelf
So to make people empathize with them, they join the ranks of “someday I’m going to” stop smoking, get rid of this old piece of furniture, or…whatever it may be. Probably, they are not bothered all that much with their habit, weight, or less than perfect lifestyle. But it makes them fit in to complain with the others and set resolutions they have no intention of reaching…or even trying to.
Reason number four:
Sometimes people procrastinate doing something, because they want attention…
We’ve all heard the story of the kid that misbehaves because they are being neglected by Mom and Dad. In relationships, some adults do this, because if their partner never had a complaint, they’d both never talk to one another.
…Or because, they resent having to do it.
This is not to say that the task is something that they dislike, or even that it is something that they wouldn’t cheerfully do, if weren’t for…the grudge. Yes that’s right, many heel-draggers consciously or subconsciously put off a task that they really don’t mind working on, just because they resent being told that they must do it. Sometimes the request is a reasonable one, but the person asked to do it, doesn’t think it’s fair. Or sometimes, the reason that the procrastinator won’t do the task, has nothing to do with resenting the task, but with driving the other person crazy….because of a long standing grudge that they have toward that person. That’s called Passive Aggression, and you can learn more about that here
How about you; do you ever procrastinate? Would love to hear your comments!