I'm Ready To Quit Internet Marketing

A few days ago I received an email from an affiliate who was seriously considering giving everything up.

He wanted me to recommend a course to him that would allow him to finally succeed in Internet Marketing.

The questions he asked me were quite common, so I decided to post my answer to him here as I figured other affiliates may be interested in my thoughts.

I don't like to hold back when I'm giving advice about something as important as trying to improve your life.

What you're about to read is my opinion based on my experiences and of the observations I have made of the many incredibly successful affiliates I am fortunate to know.

Here's his question:

Hi Mike,

I have been trying  to make money online for 'some time' now without any success.

But after so many broken promises and unfulfilled claims from so called gurus, I'm about to throw in the towel!

You seem straight to the point and have an air of integrity about you.

What would you recommend to a guy like me who, by the way, does not have much of a budget?


Here's my answer:

Hi Laurel

This is a common question I get and I wish there were an easy answer.

The thing is that everyone is different and everyone learns differently.

Add to this varying levels of motivation and determination, and often a low budget, and it becomes harder and harder to say what will or won't work for a specific individual.

The longer I am in this business, the more I think that when people say that they've bought 'a ton of courses and none of them work', this is just so unlikely.

There are a lot courses out there that don't live up to the hype they create but within even the most basic of courses is usually an idea or an angle that if followed and pursued will make good money.

I remember buying my first Internet Marketing guides on Clickbank and getting frustrated because they 'didn't work'.

I genuinely wanted to succeed but felt like I was overwhelmed by all of the different options: PPC, SEO, PPV, etc.

But then I changed my approach to it all:

I decided I would get really good at just one small skill.

I figured if so many people were making money from pretty much all aspects of internet marketing, then all I had to do was get good at one thing and eventually I would make money.

It was a decision that changed my life forever.

At the time, one of the hottest ways of making money as an affiliate was paid advertising on Google (PPC).

It took me months of hard work to get to grips with this one skill.

I applied trial and error. I made some mistakes. I lost some (but not too much) money. And slowly, slowly... I started to turn a profit.

I am fortunate that I have a philosophical perspective on life and that I am a very determined person.

I saw the time and effort, as well as the relatively small amount of money, I was investing as nothing compared to the costs of starting a 'real' business.

Compared to opening a shop or selling physical products, internet marketing was incredibly cheap.

I had no rent, no staff, none of the huge debts that many new companies get themsleves into in order to begin trading.

For a few hundred dollars I was up and running and 'in the game'.

Mostly, my efforts cost me time.

It was mostly a case of being determined to succeed, believing in myself and that it truly is possible to make great money as a Clickbank affiliate.

I had many moments of doubt but was helped by a strong belief that I could succeed if just got better at Internet Marketing, one skill at a time.

I gradually became VERY good at this one apsect of IM and realised that I could give up the day job if I wanted to as a result of the skills I had developed.

It's important to realise that this didn't happen overnight.

It was the result of hard work, trial and error and determination.

It was also based on one simple thought: if it can work for others, it can work for me.

This brings me back to the original question: can I recommend an aspect of Internet Marketing that will work for a specific individual?

I may be cheating myself out of future sales here, but I'd say for many affiliates you've proably already got the answers in front of you.

If you've bought 2 or 3 guides, you've probably got the foundations of your business already.

I found success from one page, yes one page, of a guide I bought.

It explained one simple aspect of PPC advertising, in which you promote another company's product in exchange for commission.

Now these days Google has made PPC advertising a lot tougher for affiliates with the introduction of the Google Slap. But that's Internet Marketing.... things change.

These day I have moved my focus to other areas but the basic principle still applies: I get good at a skill and once I've really 'got it', I may consider getting another.

An important point here is that when I was a struggling affiliate, all it took was one page from a 100 page guide to give me the start I needed.

One simple idea to follow and pursue.

I got very good at ONE thing. I accepted the costs invloved - more time than financial - and figured that even if this one skill didn't make me rich, it would be a skill that I would always have (my philosphical perspective).

At some point I might be able to use that skill for SOMETHING positive and at least I would be able to say: 'I can do xyz, now I want learn something new'.

Most affiliate marketers that tell me they've bought 'a ton of courses and none of them work' seem to be lacking in one fundamental thing: confidence that they really can succeed.

Because of this they seem to quickly say that a course doesn't work, even when I know for a fact that it does.

Just to be clear, I'm not criticising anyone here. I think it's easy to have negative thoughts when all you have in front of you is a computer screen and no commissions...

But I believe that if many affiliates were able to get good at one aspect of Internet Marketing and really take some time to master it, their opinions of many courses would change.

The six and seven figure affiliates who I meet in this industry are no different from you or me.

They aren't more intelligent.

They aren't more naturally skilled.

But they all have one similar characteristic: determination.

Can I recommend a specific course that will work for everyone: no.

Can I recommend a course that works for many people: yes, there are lots of them.

Ultimatley the only person who can make a course work for them is the person who buys it.

I know for a fact that my courses work because I talk to people making great money from them.

I also know of affiliates making a killing from the many other courses out there.

When somebody says a particular course 'doesn't work' I think: 'fair enough'.

But in reality what they often mean is that it didn't work for THEM.

Why? Impossible for me to know. Maybe they didn't try hard enough.

Maybe they didn't read all of the materials. Maybe they wanted overnight riches and gave up too soon...

All I know is that you can make money from almost any aspect of Internet Marketing.

I know this to be true because I see people doing it every day.

In my opinion, your job as an affiliate is to find some aspect of affiliate marketing where you think 'yeah, I'd like to learn that' and GET GOOD AT IT.

It doesn't matter if it's Banner Ads, PPV, SEO, whatever... get stuck in and really give it a go.

I think a lot of people fail to have success because they give up too soon or they think a product is a 'scam'.

I've heard affiliates call even the best guides and products available this word.

I dont have a problem with people saying something is a 'scam' but it does seem that some guys are too quick to point the finger of blame at a course before they consider if they did their best to make money from it.

I think it's 100% OK to try a course out and not like it. But even if you've really worked at a course and had no luck, it doesn't necessarily mean the course was 'bad'.

I've tried many aspects of IM and found some appealed to me more than others.

This seems normal to me and I think it's important to have an open mind when you're trying to build a business from scratch.

It's not easy to get really good at Internet Marketing Stategies and to be honest the guys who I know who are making millions from it aren't amazing at all aspects of it.

They got good at one or two skills and quite often stick to those few skills and build a business around them.

This is my advice to anyone trying to make it in IM: buy a few guides, try a few things out and be realistic in your approach.

You're likely to need the following: time, determination, imagination, curiosity and the big 'P'... patience.

If you're struggling to make it online, know that the skill you will need more than anything is probably determination, but without patience you will find it harder to reach your goals.

If you haven't tasted affiliate success yet, I would encourage you to quickly decide what aspect of IM you wnat to learn and get very good at it.

Once you have achieved even minor success, more success will come: again and again.

I know it's hard as a newbie and I know it's hard to continue if you've tried several course with no success, but please look at HOW you apply yourself to the courses you buy.

Have you tried ALL of the ideas in the course?

Have you tried promoting a range of products in various markets?

Have you followed course guidance to the letter?

Have you dared to improvise and try a few things out just for the hell of it?

It may be a cliche, but here goes: if at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again...

I know a lot of internet millionaires and they are all determined to succeed. That's it. No more no less. Not geniuses, not magicians, just determined...

I wish I could say with 100% certainty to affiliates: 'follow this course and you will succeed', but hopefully you see that this just 'aint possible.

If you've got to the end of this message, then you are probably keen to achieve the kind of success you see the gurus enjoying, but please remember that most of them didn't get there overnight.

One skill at a time... it's good advice :)


To your success

Mike

 

Mike Auton is now a "retired" teacher and successful affiliate.

Recently he turned his attention to helping other affiliates kill the day job using the techniqes, training and software he has developed to make things that bit easier for newbies and successful affiliates alike.

 

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Colin Brennan said:

Great advice. Learn and perfect one aspect at a time - it is the best approach. Once you have that down to a tee, move on to something else and focus on it until you have it perfected also - all the while continuing with the aspect that you first conquered. The only truly difficult part of this method is deciding what to focus on first. While building my site at www.internetsalesmadeeasy.info I focused on each aspect in the order that I needed them. Market research first, keyword research second, product selection third, and so on. Your method does work, good post.
 
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Barry said:

I've been only moderately successful. After reading your article, I feel inspired to re-invent myself and take action. Thanks!
 
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Frank said:

Hi Mike,

you've touched on some good stuff here and I can see how right you are.

Having said that, I can also understand how easy it is to get distrated by all the different aspects of Internet Marketing.

I've just come home from an IM seminar in London and the pitches from the speakers for their 'magic bullet' solutions were relentless. No wonder IM beginners eand up chasing their tails and getting frustrated.

Luckily for me I was attracted to Copywriting 10 years ago and have spent all that time trying to perfect it.

It's starting to bear fruit at long last, so I'm glad now I stuck at it.

So I do think you're right in what you say, otherwise you'll achieve very little.

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yakov said:

thanks
you are right and very big
i agreed with you
how can you help making money
your report reflecting me faild and try over and over again
regards yakov angluster
israel
 
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John Delaney said:

A solid post with sound advice. I think what trips many people up is that do the one thing and start to struggle. Then, before really giving it a chance, they gravitate towards the next IM course and do the same thing over and over again. Until you have had some success, it is difficult to really believe any particular method can actually be successful.

Learning how to manage this uncomfortability with risk and having some initial success I believe are some of the most critical things an IMer or entrepreneur must learn. It is funny because after you get that success, you will start to see the potential in everything whereas before you just saw the potential failure.


 
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autonmike said:

Great comments :)

The question of how to become successful in Internet Marketing is clearly an importnat one.

I agree completely with John Delaney, once you have a taste of success all you see is opportunities because you know it's actually REAL.

I know how hard it is to get started but I know from contact with successful affiliates that you don't need to be a rocket scientist to succeed.

Determination, drive and belief play a massive part in affiliate success.

Stick to one aspect of IM and get very good at it. Once you taste success it getes easier to believe and things start to happen...
 
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Sharon said:

Thanks for the great advice. I am in the process of trying to stick with one thing until I see some profits. It's tough to do when there are so many enticing programs out there that sound like they are good ideas. Focus, focus, focus. Thanks again!
 
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Giselle said:

Hello Mike

In my opinion,what holds many people back is simply themselves. There are numerous very good courses available, of course some are better than others....

However anyone who wants to succeed online should seriously put them into PRACTICE CORRECTLY. I haven't made a lot of money so far but my conversion as affilliate is @ present 4.5%. That is only due to the excellent training I have received.

Hard Cash Hijack is definitely one of the best and although I haven't completed it yet I would recommend it to everyone.

Best regards to all 3 of you!
Yours sincerely
Giselle


 
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luke said:

Yes i am a newbie,so i can appreciate your comments ,hard work and patience will pay off,thankyou
 
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Thomas said:

Bravo Mike! Excellent advice...and thanks for sharing it with me. Like you said, you have to believe in yourself and you must have determination & patience while pursuing your goals. So, it really boils down to "If it's to be, then it's up to me" ~ Robert Schuller

thanks again and I wish you all the best
 
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Maria said:

I thank you very much for everything you have taught me.The only thing the have hold me back was computer language and one of my friend give
a computer dicionary.But your explanation about how to work in computer are very clear. And your honeste above is absolutly fantastic.
thank you
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autonmike said:

It's great that so many people are connecting with this article.

Keep the comments coming. Not only do I read them all, but other visitors to the site.

I think it's also powerful to hear from people in a similar position to yourself, sharing their experiences and perspectives.

To your internet marketing success (and life in general)

Mike
 
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Laurel said:

Wow!!! Imagine my surprise as I'm reading this blog on 'I'm Ready To Quit Internet Marketing' and then I realise...that's MY email...I'M THAT GUY!!!

Hi Mike,
It's Laurel here and due to the comments posted I think it's only fitting that I include my reply to your [surprisingly] detailed response to my 'throw in the towel' email.

So here it is:

"Hi Mike,
I am extremely grateful to you for taking the time to answer my question, and so comprehensively at that, as I'm sure you're very busy!

You touched on some very important issues regarding Internet businesses and attitude...and you're absolutely right!
I know how important it is to keep focused, be determined and have patience...I KNOW THIS!!
But I guess somewhere along the way I stared looking for the quick fix.. a lack of that big 'P' you mentioned!

"You definitely struck a chord and I found myself saying "...true, true, true" as I read your email in it's entirety.

I said to you that I'd reached a junction, the proverbial 'fork in the road'...however after reading and re-reading your response (plus some soul searching) I've realised it's not about whether I'm going to 'throw in the towel' or not but whether I'm prepared to continue...with renewed commitment!

Please forgive me if this is beginning to sound like a letter to Oprah but I think I've had an epiphany...I really 'get it'!


Thanks again Mike,
Much appreciated, you're definitely one of the good guys.

Best regards
Laurel "
 
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autonmike said:

Hi Laurel

Thanks for posting you reply that you sent me via email.

I'm very happy I was able to help you continue to work towards the dream :)

I firmly believe it isn't your destination that matters, but how you get there.

May you reach your goals and have the belief to get through life with a smile on your face, knowing you did it "your way"...

It's a great feeling :)

Mike


 
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Laurel said:

Thanks Mike,

I CAN DO THIS!

...watch this space.

 
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Anand said:

Great post Mike...it all boils down to a Dream ..a goal..which at times we lose track of..but saviours like yourself get us back on our feet !!..Nice work again !!
 
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autonmike said:

Loving the positive energy :)

Mike
 
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Sandor Kiss said:

It is true. This is the separating line between being successful, or not. Deciding to realize one aspect until success of it. The one can make it scaled up, or can try something new aspect, and make it until success.
I must do this too, to get my first online income, and I am on it, really.
thanx
Sandor
 
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Carl said:

I am so thankful to a friend for sending me a link to this article. You have really addressed alot of issues that I have been battling with regarding my future in internet/affiliate marketing.

Thanks for the great input and my new chant try try and try again.

Thanks
Carl
 
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Bryan said:

try, fail, adjust, repeat. got it. :)
 
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Mark said:

You MUST get good in ONE thing!
That is the basic.
Just as in normal business, it's better to be the best in ONE thing than being just average in many...
Choose one from what Mike told you.

The "best" with not much money to start is SEO. It can be article marketing, video marketing or just normal link building :)
 
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Robert said:

i really like how you put that mike that is a very great way to learn one skill at a time thanks for the info
 
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Jan Smith said:

Mike ~ Thank you. This is a really, really great post. I wish I had read an honest answer like this years ago.

I have found that it is better to concentrate on one thing at a time. Stay focused and really 'get it' down pat. Then rinse and repeat, repeat, repeat as they say.... :-)
 
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Ken said:

Good advice. The problem is that you start learning someone's 'system' you try a few things, try to market something, make mistakes, then try something else, before you know it, you've SPENT money on traffic, leads, PPV, PPC, or other marketing and you haven't made that money back. If you're like me making $30k/yr, by the time the car, house, bills, food, gas, groceries, are paid for, it leaves little time and money to keep trying things....

See what I mean? It's not that it doesn't work or that I/we are not willing the try, but we don't have the capital to 'keep at it'.

K
 
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autonmike said:

Hi Ken

While you're right that the more capital you have, the easier it can be, i truly believe that if you've got 3 or 4 systems you should try to get very good at just ONE first before you even think about moving on to the next thing.

It's less a financial problem and more about determination and belief in your own skills.

It's hard when you're sat in front of a computer by yourself to have this kind of discipline but it really is worth it in the long run.

Mike
 
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Barry Newton said:

Hi Mike,
There's positive thinking in your post and quite right. We try to be a 'Jack of all trades' when really we should concentrate one one aspect. Step by step we'll get there.
Barry
 
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Tony said:

Hi Mike

You're so right, I think a lot of the trouble is people are sold a dream of overnight riches everyday in their in boxes, we know in anything else you need to study and learn and yet here we all want instant gratification and guess what it doesn't exist

People must get one thing working before they move on to the next Tony

 
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Rod said:

Good Post & some very sage advice for novices and experienced alike. I took your words seriously, gave myself a pep talk and have chosen one skill and been working that to the bone. Starting to see results already.
Thank you.
http://www.rodjellison.com
 
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autonmike said:

Great stuff Rod... get good at ONE thing then move onto the next :)
 
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shera said:

Hi Mike Thought i write another request before you make the videos,There is a big problem on MCC and it is that the edu URL addresses it comes up with don't have any place to put the post or the link only worked on a couple of blogs and that's it can you please take some time and create a video how you put your links and make posts etc and what do you do when you cant put the links.that would be great help.
 
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sally said:

WOW....I am just getting started so I am very lucky to have read your advice, Mike as well as that in all of the other posts. Sharing thoughts, ideas and advice can be so effective at keeping one from "burning out"...thank you so much.
 
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autonmike said:

you're welcome Sally :)
 
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DEBRA said:

IM IN THE SAME BOAT AS THE FIRST GUY. I HAVE READ AND READ AND BOUGHT INTO SO MANY. I DONT KNOW WHERE OR WHAT TO DO NEXT. IVE LEARNED ALOT BUT I ALSO HAVE SEEN ALOT OF NEGTIVITY. LIKE ONE OF THE GUYS SAID . IT IS HARD TO STAY FOCUSED ON ONE. THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE.
 
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Pat said:

Hi Mike,
Like Debra, I went crazy buying "make money online" schemes (6)and then drove myself crazy by trying to get my head round it ALL. I know they work, but it's "can I do it." it's doubting myself that is my problem.
I wish I had £30k for a wage (sorry Ken), I get £600 a month and between us we get a lot less than £30k without any handouts, but we cut our cloth accordingly, no luxuries or cars on HP. So money is tight, but guess what, I treat it as 'paying' for a course. If I had to go to seminars to be given all the information you and the other guru's out there give, it would cost me a LOT more money, so I consider it payment to be more knowledgeable and get me where I want to be - setting me up and pointing me in the right direction so to speak.
Mike I have to thank you for your honesty, I LOVE the way you put things over and I know for a fact that this article alone has inspire so many of us to carry on ..on step at a time. I'm at the top of the list because I was beginning to doubt myself and what I'm doing, seeng no results. I was worried about which 'one' to study next as time is ticking by, well, they are all filed. I'll go through everything you've got because I like your work ethics and integrity - rare qualities in this day and age:)
Thanks again
 
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autonmike said:

Great comment Pat. very inspiring :)

mike
 
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Eric said:

I am still trying,Have't made money ,But like I told my Wife.I will not give up.
 
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autonmike said:

Nice one Eric :)
 
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Joseph said:

Tremendous advice Mike. I like the fact that you were honest and straight forward without trying to sell your own product.

Thanks
 
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autonmike said:

thanks Joseph :)

Mike Auton
 
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Kirston Murray said:

Dear Mike,
Thanks for all your advice, I used to be a pretty impatient person years ago but realised things don't happen straight away.
I did try IM some time back and then gave up due to other comittments, I took up a writing course and feel through my stories I have learnt to be patient as you have to spend time in your thoughts, it certainly has helped me to be patient.
I have started your course just yesterday and I am determined to persevere, I have gone this long without earning much on the internet so, if I do persevere, one day I might start making a good income.
When you google any internet business these days nearly all of them have a scam shield next to them which makes you apprehensive of joining, I often wonder if all of them are really scams and only what other people have made them to be.
I really thank you for your time in helping all of us understand about IM as not many organisations that I know of would do this
they just expect you to know it all.
Your system is easy to follow which is important to everyone.
Thanks again for all your help,

Best regards,
Kirston Murray.


 
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Kirston Murray. said:

Dear Mike,
I would like to firstly thank you for your amazing easy to follow course.
I used to be a very impatient person years ago and expected results immediately.
I must admit I did try IM and gave up pretty rapidly but only due to a venture I always wanted to do.
I took up a writing course for childrens stories and articles which gave me tremendous patients through spending time in my thoughts.
I have just signed up today for your course and I am determined to give it time, I never gained much revenue through any programmes in the past but if I do stick to one thing and not keep moving to another I shall maybe one day be successful.
I know when you google any IM programme these days nearly most of them have a scam shield next to it, it really makes me wonder if they are scams, people always seem to slander anything that dos'nt work for them that may work for others, which makes people apprehensive and skeptical.
I would like to take the opportunity of thanking you for all the information that you have put out for us all, people must take heed in listening to someone that knows all about it.
I know there are alot of organisations out there that only take your money and run, leave you in the dark, it's these people that are killing it for the so called genuine ones.

Thank you once again for your kind support and hopefully, heres to my success.

Best regards,
Kirston Murray.


 
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Tom Bennett said:

I to want to thank you also Mike for the blog.
I'm the same, following alot of different courses and getting no where. Always hopeing that the next one I can do.

The most problem I have is getting my questions answered.I'm 65-66 in July and I don't have a whole lot of computer savvy and although alot of courses say they will take you by the hand (it just hasn't happened for me).
I'm not a quitter and I just joined your
team and what I have experienced so far is really easy to comprehend.I've had questions and they were answered right away.

Looking forward to working with you.
Lord Bless! Tom B.
 
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Anil said:

Hi Mike,

Great Advice! All points are true. Thanks for your honesty. Warm regards, Anil-Sri Lanka.
 
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scubaritchie said:

Hi Mike,

This is some of the best advice i ever recieve on internet marketing. This is more motivating than some of the ebooks i bought. I spent a lot of money online, and have nothing to show for it. But never think of giving up.

You spoke on the side of the buyer, but lets look on the side of the sellers. On their sales page they offer you the world, they say you need to click a button 1, 2, 3 4, etc. You need to work fifteen to thirty minutes per day, and the money will come rolling in and you cant stop it even if you try. When he goes to the members area it is a complete different story they are asking you to do.

Things like these are crushing for newbies. they are lied to by these Gurus, they feel scammed, and betrayed. There are those looking for easy way out, and they are often time the one who suffer the most.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MIKE????????????

Kind regards

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Kuuipo said:

Research does have its plus points, and yes many, many people are searching for ways to make money online. Most are not computer savvy and deciding and choosing what system to buy can be difficult. Most systems get purchased by how much money you can make! showing all those clickbank sales, and how easy it will be. In the past year, every sales pitch started exactly the same, and as the buyer you assumed that was all you had to purchase, but again, and again they want you to purchase another system that will make the first system work towards making more money and when does it stop! when your already in for $47.00 (1), $67.00 (2), $97.00 (3)even charging you a monthly fee. Thank goodness for refunds....Okay, the bottom line to all of this is customer support. I agree each system could make you money, but every money making system I got into had NO SUPPORT, time wasted waiting for support. Now lets end that there and just a few days ago I got Commission Hijack....and if you been in and out of money making systems stop! These guys have there act together...Finally, easy steps for every step and customer support I need not say more. Thanks Mike & Team
 
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autonmike said:

@ Kirston
@ Tom
@ Anil
@ Kuuipo

THANK YOU so much for your kind words :)

I'm VERY happy you're enjoying the course and find it easy to follow.

Commission Hijack is aimed at newbies and it seems to hit the spot :)

Wishing you MUCH success

Mike Auton
 
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Jim MacDonald said:

Hi Mike,
Thanks a million for the ideas in the blog. They ring of Truth and honest advice.
I am another who had given up in IM and am having a last go. Thank goodness I found Hard Cash Hijack, at last I can see light at the end of the tunnel.
I have had my 80th birthday recently, so I need to make a success this time. Your advice really reassures me.
Many thanks,
Jim
 
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Shadow Rodriguez said:

Hi Mike!
I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in. First, what you say is very true but, I can relate to the terms it didn't work too. Alot of the programs and software that are being advertised seem so simple. Just 4 clicks, you will be up and running in 20 minutes or my 4 year old can do this. These so called guru's prey on people that are new and write their scripts to target them. As some of the new marketers are so desparate to make money on the internet they will buy theses products, they can't even follow the directions as they are so complicated let alone understand them. Four year old my foot! If one sticks with the basics and thinks positive, you will begin to see the cash start flowing a little more each day. Rome was not built overnight neither will your internet business! Thanks!
Shadow
 
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Kenneth Ford said:

Hey Mike enjoyed the article, may have read it at an opportune time as well. Using your Commission Hijack, getting great clicks (budurl) as a g;e of list size, and would like to find CPA offers to promote there, ideas are welcome.
 
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autonmike said:

@ scubaritchie

good questions...

while you are right in what you say it's important to be realistic about the world you're trying to make money in.

marketers market and that means making your product sound as good as possible.

marketers always have and always will stretch the truth and use illusion to tempt you to buy.

lats time i checked citroen cars don't really turn into transformers but the adverts show that it does...

take salespages with a pinch of salt and have realistic expectations = it will save you a lot of disappointment.

all the best

mike auton
 
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Suhaila said:

Thanks for the great advice. It brings me up on my feet again.

OK, let's so this again and again and again and again!
 
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KenSpong said:

Ahh, just when I thought I was the only one - desperation, constant hammering on the walls - been at it for 20 years - zip. This methodology gives me hope. About to get stuck in.
Thanks for the considered thoughts, Mike
 
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fouzia said:

hi How are you

Dear**Mike**Thank you it was a huge
 
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Eddy Jai said:

Hey Mike,
Great post!! - Thanks for all great advice. After years of several unsuccessful attempts and actually taking a 4 yr "break" from all the IM stuff, I can certainly relate to all you say, when you wrote,

"...It was the result of hard work, trial and error and determination... if it can work for others, it can work for me..."

I am now DETERMINED to succeed and getting back into the "IM game" and looking to apply sound advise in my online business by setting things up at www.NetTrafficPlus.com -- Much success to all. -- Eddy Jai
 
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Peter said:

This is a brilliant post. Unfortunately a lot of it describes me to a T. I try, it's too hard, I give up,I don't persist and succeed.
Well after reading your article I am determined now and will apply myself.
Thanks for the wise words Mike you have set me on the right path. Best wishes to all
Peter Virtue
 
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peter said:

Dear Mike thanks for the wise words it is a brilliant post. Unfortunately a lot of what you say applies to me. I try, its too hard, I dont understand, I give up. I really felt that I was a failure, now after reading your post I am determined to apply myself fully and I WILL SUCCEED. It is what I needed, to look at myself, to see and accept my weaknesses. You have done me a very big favour my friend.
Bless you
 
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Amparo said:

Thanks to y'all young guys. My spirit hang on. I am at the end of the rope. See it's the last millimeter. My very old repurbished lap top in technicolors every now and then..wew...just terminated in the job I had for 17 years; zero in computer knowledge and skills. Hah, I don't even know how to type using standard finger positons;could not use hard drives, etc nor understand terminologies that you are talking about. But I believe in God. I believe that His angels abound and He will lead us all to success. Thank you Mr. Mike for such wonderful light that you are sharing.
Smile, everyone, God loves us all.
 
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rus said:

well said,i did the same thing bought 1 product in 2009,and was trying to learn everything that i needed from it.then had my head twisted around to look at all the rest when i seen all the others out there.it. was like affilate marketing on crack the last 2 yrs.i quite yrs ago but now im back at it cause i believe theres an opertunity in im you just need the determination.
 
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Robert Le-Gay Brereton said:

I found everything you said to be true not only for me but others i know.I also started on one area of im and are now reaping the rewards.
http://www.Generate-income-noe.com
 
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luiz carlos oliveira santos said:

it´s good!
 
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Matt said:

I just had an epiphany:
From my own experiences, (and confirmed by other Internet Marketing friends) I think a big part of it is: Just getting through the material, and not being sidetracked.

There was at least 3 times throughout this post where I wanted to click on something else that attracted my attention.

I had to manualy resist that feeling. I recently read that being focused means you're not allowing your brain to run in autopilot mode.
We can learn from that..
I think several Internet marketers suffer from a lack of focus. I've talked about this with friends. It seems to be an ongoing issue. We will start out with a task and an hour or two later realize that we have six for seven webpages open and most of them have absolutely nothing to do with our initial task. And I think that's why Internet marketers miss key procedures and courses.

Multitasking is like 10,000 tiny razor blade cuts.

Simply been aware of being focused on what you're doing will help you say "NO" to the distractions and allow you to finish that ONE thing..
 
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autonmike said:

@ Matt - interesting post :)

Mike Auton
 
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Lyn Batty said:

I agree with so much of what you say. But the huge problem i had was, i would buy into so much and then realized i had created 39 websites that are mine, most of these are lost in the system. I am a member of your cbc code, which i am glad of, it covers free traffic for some of my url's. But it is true you have to stick with things. In my opionion it is highly unlikely to make money overnight, it does take time. But i have noticed that all of my url's that i am putting through your autolinker have at least 1 click on them in the atalytics area of my clickbank account, so it is obvious to me that my url's that are being submitted into the autolinker of cbc code are being found, it is only a matter of time before i start making sales. I just need to be more patient. I am a member of income hybrid software suite which is a fantastic tool to get free traffic to any offer, so i am going to put through all 39 url's through this income hybrid software and see what happens.
Lyn
 
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autonmike said:

@ Lyn - love the attitude :)

patience, positivity and PERSISTENCE...

Mike Auton
 
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todd said:

I'm just started a couple days ago and i agree with everything you said. Business is like a baby ay frist you need to learn how to crawl before you can walk or run.

God bless you

Todd
 
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Maureen Hulyer said:

Hi Mike
Just a quick note. I appreciate your comments and get where you are coming from regarding "giving up". I have been trying for 2 years to make even a few $$$ on line but the one thing that has stopped me (and it was not lack of persistence or patience) but was rather the lack of support when I needed it. I think with almost every system I have tried over the last 2 years the support has been "a bit thin on the ground", but, hey, although I am a complete newbie OAP I will keep on going because I know I can do it!
 
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desmond said:

Thanks a lot for your straightforwardness. MUCH APPRECIATED.I just think people are put off when the product is so advertised as to make it look so easy and promises of quick success and then the reality of being confronted with one's inability to make it work unless you willing to put more time and money in. Shawlom
 
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@todd - baby steps is defo the bets way :)

@maureen - great attitude and i hear what you're saying about support. we've stepped up ours a LOT to give newbies extra support...

@desmond - i hear you... it's important to remember that salespages give the highlights and that results vary for all systems...
 
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Dinah said:

Thanks for the pep talk. I have been overwhelmed by the onslaught of possibilities. Time invested and education has led to some understanding. I am a muti-tasker so I am taking advantage of a few ideas I can do, then will evaluate the success. I joined a reputable organization that has all IM instruction and live 24/7 help,as well as, every 48 hours my website is reviewed to assure success. I will invest the time and am glad to understand that determination will lead to success. I look forward to hearing from you again.:)
 
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C D Kowalski said:

Wonderful and truthful advice Mike. I too have used the excuses put forth by the person whose comment you expounded on. I have had what I know are good programs, but could not find the right way to construct the parts to make the whole.

Also, there are those of us who would benefit greatly by a real "lead by the hand" mentoring program, but cannot afford it. Nevertheless Mike, thank you for the straight forward advice.
 
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earl nason jr said:

Hi Mike i have tried and failed many times and i guess its time to stop thinking a few steps down the road and time to concentrate on one step at a time...thank you
 
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The Robdog said:

Im also a "newbie" at this game and havent made any money at it yet. Ive learned a lot of school of hard knoxs lessons but to damn stubborn to quit.I like your posty and it has a lot of good advise.Im going to keep trucking on until I "get er done"!
 
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Nandalal Bhattacharjee said:

It is very nice. we have also learn a lot.
Thank you
 
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