The Truth About Internet Marketing
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.