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Three Areas of Internet Marketing Success – #1: THE MARKETER

December 10th, 2007 by shawn · 9 Comments


While there is no “one” real answer for how to be successful at making money online, it sometimes can facilitate learning about how to make money by breaking the task at hand into small chunks. (Like eating an elephant, or eating one of those huge burritos from Chipotle.)

I’ve been more and more successful each month in my quest to make money using my trusty computer, and I was trying to figure out what I’ve learned since starting out. I figured that the keys to success involve three main arenas, namely the marketplace, the marketer (me), and the guy who ultimately buys the product.

So what have I learned about all this? Well as it turns out, things are pretty basic and fairly simple when I broke it all down. I’m gonna talk about me (or you) right now – the marketer. The person who is trying to make money, and who has a dream of quitting the dead-end day job and sitting at home watching the daily CJ.com sales rack up.

Marketing success for the marketer necessitates that the marketer do three things. I really mean it – three things. It doesn’t matter what membership sites you pay for each month, it doesn’t matter which keyword tool(s) you use, and it doesn’t matter how young you are or how old you are or which scripting language you think might be the best.

Here’s all that matters, at the very core of your being:

You stay hungry for success. First and foremost, you need to have the drive to succeed because without it you’ll quit when things aren’t fun or when you get bored. You need to want those sales and you need to envision getting more sign-ups each month and more clicks each day. I was watching the World Poker Tournament last night, and Moneymaker was on there setting up. Him and some other guy at the table each had their headphones on, and it turned out that they both had the exact same cheesy 80′s music (Eye of the Tiger) so they’d be pumped up.

Hey that’s cool – whatever works. Christ Moneymaker won the tourney a few years ago, so he must know a thing or two. And whatever you find works for you, you should do it. Stay motivated and always be hungry for success because it’s out there and someone’s going to attain it.

(Oh yeah as a side note: think about the fact that there are millions of dollars being spent online each day. People have money. And they spend it on tangible products that they order, they spend it on ebooks and downloadable software, they spend it on videos and pictures, they spend it on MP3s, they buy all kinds of crap cool stuff. And all you want is $100 or $200 a day outta all that dough. So come on…it can be done. Should be easy right? The money’s out there.)

You stay thirsty for knowledge. Sure, when you go to an inner-city school you better act like you hate books or you’ll probably get beat up/laughed at/killed or something – but now that you don’t have to act like everyone else for the sake of safety you can act smart again. And you should – because one of the hallmarks of success in this arena is that you’re apt to learn new things on a regular basis. Every week or so, there’s SOMETHING new I come across, and I have to either 1) ignore it and never take advantage of it or 2) look it up and read about it and maybe USE it to make more $$$.

It could be something as simple as a term you never heard before, say…”cookie stuffing”. At first you believe it to be a delicious dessert but then you realize it’s a blackhat aff marketing technique (which is almost equally delicious).

Or maybe you think up a new technique you want to try out, but you don’t know how…so you go to w3schools.com and look up the PHP functions you need and you hammer out some code.

Whatever. If you’re gonna make money online, you need to keep learning. Sure it gets boring to read nothing but PHP books all the time, so maybe read something purely entertaining once in a while like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

You stay active. I need to take my own advice more often, but here it is for you: always be building. There’s nothing more simple than that, right? Just keep making websites. Make a bunch of them that auto-update. Make a couple that you update by hand. Make a bunch that are on WordPress. Make some that use Joomla. Throw up a directory site and put up a search engine. Make a bunch of sites, and make them on a regular basis.

Why would you want to do that? Because the more hooks you have in the water, the more fish you’ll catch. And you’ll also lose hooks on a regular basis,  not to mention that some hooks will just not catch fish because the fish won’t bite. And I’m going too far with this analogy. But in the world of aff marketing and making money online in general, numbers are all-important. You’re counting on a percentage of hits to result in sales, and the more hits the better. So build more sites, and keep building them, and your income will increase. This, probably, is the only proven thing that just plain WORKS in the world of aff marketing.

So there you have the three habits of a successful money-maker. Oh yeah, and look both ways before crossing the street and don’t take candy from strangers.

Stay tuned for part two…

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    9 Comments

    Comment by takeoffzone
    2007-12-11 22:36:39

    We also need to be consistent, persistent and regular in what we are convinced works in Internet marketing: Submitting, posting, commenting, writing, etc… I disagree with the idea of building more websites, although your analogy makes sense. In the end, we might end up having lesser positive result, because we were not focusing our vision and energy on a single entity or goal.

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    Comment by Andy
    2007-12-12 01:45:07

    Nice points, agree with them all. Though the problem for me is staying hungry and staying active. Because it gets really boring and i get unmotivated. I always take a few breaks and then come back refreshed. Im sure i do have habits in being a money maker, i just need to use them.

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    2007-12-15 03:17:15

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    Comment by Clark Financial
    2007-12-26 03:54:52

    “Staying hungry for success” and “thirsty for knowledge” will bring you success much more often than not. Apply those principles to anything you do, and it’ll probably work out well.

    Great article!

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    2008-02-17 21:41:34

    Yes, some people forget that when they are trying to make money online that one of the most important parts of marketing is the marketer. Personal development in this area is essential if one is to survive and thrive online. Many times it’s not about the “Big Idea” but rather about the one who has many small, worthwhile ideas over time and builds up their business based upon that.

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    Comment by bucalo
    2008-06-18 08:11:12

    Well said. Great artcile with loads of information. Will surely help those that are starting.

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    Comment by Werbemittel
    2009-04-16 14:50:08

    internet marketing is very wonderful fields. Marketing success for the marketer necessitates that the marketer do three things.

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    Comment by Miami Condos
    2011-09-03 06:01:30

    Be ‘hungry’ and ‘thirsty’. Totally agree. That’s all it takes. If we don’t have the desire to succeed then don’t even try to take the first step. I found very good points in this article. Good job!

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    Comment by Val Brasier
    2011-10-14 14:08:15

    magnificent publish, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite experts of this sector do not realize this. You must proceed your writing. I am sure, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

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