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The Truth About Internet Marketing

Updated on September 1, 2012

Excited about getting into Internet Marketing? Want to build a website and make lots of money from it? Read this first to get the truth about Internet Marketing.

I have been into Internet Marketing for almost two years now and I really love it, but it is much different than what most "gurus" will tell you. I wanted to tell the truth about this business, so that if you decide to go into it, you won't be disappointed.

The main idea is that you can build a website, or many websites, and make money. Most of the courses advertised will warn you that it is hard work, but if you put in the work, you can achieve the same success they have. From there it is "passive income", meaning you won't have to do anything else.

I have to say that there are undoubtedly people who have had tremendous success with the very first website they ever built, but this is rare indeed. This is not the norm, believe me. I have taken two very good Internet Marketing courses and can tell you that most of the members do not have instant success.

So, here are some of what I believe are the "truths" about IM from the experiences of myself and others who have decided to try this crazy business.

First of all, they say anyone can do it. You don't need special talents or knowledge about computers and such. Well, while it's true that you can learn what needs to be done, it will take a lot of time if you are computer clueless, like I was. I have learned so much, but it took me many frustrating months. I have to disagree that "anyone" can learn this. We all have our areas of strength, and not everyone could grasp some of what you need to learn. Some people just don't have a strength in that particular section of their mind. That's not to say their stupid by any means, just that they might not be able to get coding and stuff like that.

The main point I want to make is that once you build your site and it's ready to publish, then the real work starts. That work is called: getting traffic. You can have the best website or blog on the Internet, but you have to get people to find it and look at it. Simple as that.

However, it's not simple at all. This, in my opinion, is the absolute toughest part of this business. There are many ways to get traffic. Some are article writing, joining forums, using answer sites, doing press releases and of course, HubPages. These all take time and work and a determined mind set.

You have to work on this part continuously and it's very frustrating sometimes. You can write many articles and participate in forums, etc...and get very little traffic. If you can't get traffic, you can't make any money. So many people give up after a few months.

Unless you are very lucky, it will take a long time to make real money from a website or blog. This is something that is not really made clear when you get into these courses. That's why I wanted to write this article, to warn people that it is not as quick as they make it out to be. If I had known then what I know now, it would have saved me a lot of stress and feelings of failure.

I still think Internet Marketing is exciting and am sticking with it, so if you want to try it, go for it. Just be aware that it's a long term project and you are not going to make substantial money right off the bat. One last piece of advice. There are so many really great sites out there that will teach you how to do this for free. One that I love is by Amy Lynn Andrews. So check around and find some free "gurus." Above all, stay positive, keep learning and be patient.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      TToombs, if you have a successful blog, then I'd say go for it as far as the website. You probably know the ways to get traffic and all of that. You will just have the advantage of knowing you won't be making tons of money right away...unless you're very very lucky! Good luck with it.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Some very good advice, Catgypsy. I had been toying with getting my own website since my blog seems to be picking up. Guess I'll have to think on it a little more. Thank you.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Haha, that's a good one! Thanks for reading and commenting neophonic!

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      Jakub Dubec 5 years ago from Europe

      What an article, full of true. Maybe i will once write a book "how to tell your girlfriend what are you doing and from where the money comes" :D

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Thanks Cashmere for the comment and the voting, sharing, and ratings! I wish I had known this when I started and thought it might helps others. I would still be doing what I'm doing, but I wouldn't have had such high expectations and be so disappointed and discouraged in the beginning. It's always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      You are right on the head with your advice with choosing this idea. This is highly useful and I found it refreshing to read. Voting up, sharing, and rating useful and awesome :)

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      You're so right Sally and Google is making it harder and harder these days. That's why it's important to try to get traffic from other places so you don't have to rely totally on the search engines, but that's easier said than done sometimes too! :)

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      Sally Branche 5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Yes, it's very hard to get people to look at your website. I think you have to add a huge amount of content on an almost constant basis to get any attention from the search engines! Voted up and useful! ;D

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      awle, I have 5 websites and a blog and no money...haha! But I keep hoping! Good luck to you!

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      Al Aber 5 years ago

      Yeah, it looks like it is so easy, it is not. I have learned much and now know how to build a website ready for business in under an hour....did i get rich? Hah...there is no money yet....keep on doing what you love though, the satisfaction is worth doing by itself. Thanks for the hub