Starting any new career is daunting! But taking on the role of an online entrepreneur for the first time can seem even more nerve-wracking. Luckily, there are many entrepreneurs who learned how to succeed online — before you — and who can point out the pitfalls to avoid.
Being an online business owner means you have the world at your fingertips:
Not only in terms of a global audience, but also the topics and interests you can tap into online is almost infinite.
And that’s part of what makes Internet Marketing so attractive.
Table of Contents
- How To Succeed Online
- 1. Willingness to Learn New Things
- 2. Courage to Implement Even When Nervous
- 3. Desire to Help People Improve Their Lives
- 4. Commitment to Be a Leader in Your Niche
- 5. Ability to Silence Your Excuses on an As Needed Basis
- 6. Don’t use money (or lack of it) as an excuse, either.
How To Succeed Online
There are five core principles you need in order to make your Internet journey a profitable and successful one.
Some might come easy to you, while others will require you to work on making them an ingrained habit.
When you add these 5 core principals of online success to a structured blueprint to get you started from the ground up— Success must follow.
1. Willingness to Learn New Things
There’s no way around it:
All successful online marketers absorb new information on a regular basis:
Constantly Preparing for Success.
They crave it and enjoy devouring new concepts and strategies. If learning sounds grueling to you, then you have to consider two things:
It could just be that you haven’t had the right teachers to inspire and educate you in a way that you enjoy.
Learning can be fun with the right people and courses guiding you. Luckily, I’ve already done the research and found the best place to steer you through your efforts to learn affiliate marketing.
If you want to learn how to create a blog, for example:
You’ll need not only plenty of pre-made courses and videos, but the best results come from a live and interactive chat board and very regular new courses and videos to keep you up todate. You simply have to find the right place to turn to.
But there’s another thing you personally should consider.
If no one ever meets your requirements for teaching:
Then you could just be averse to learning in general. You might be the type of person who needs a step-by-step job that never changes.
If that best describes you, then you might not want to pursue an online marketing career – because it is always evolving and changing.
Affiliate marketing is thrilling to many people who hate routines that become stale:
But for others, it’s either too intimidating to consider, or they’ve never learned to follow simple directions.
The great news is:
That there are many media formats you can learn from. You can utilize certification courses that takes you step by step training all the way from the very beginning. If video is your things, you can watch pre-made tutorials along with the weekly Videos that cover specific topics in real time.
One of the most useful things on Wealthy Affiliate is the search engine right there at your finger tips. You have literally thousands of courses and short blog post to explain every thing you can image concerning every step of the online marketing adventure.
2. Courage to Implement Even When Nervous
Learning is one thing. Implementing the advice and strategies is another.
Not everyone has the courage to face their fears and do the tasks required to be a successful online marketer.
There are many people who prefer to be wallflowers and never be “seen” or “heard from” by strangers.
That might be your downfall as an entrepreneur – but creating a pen name or business persona to operate under could give you just the anonymity you’ve been searching for?
What are some common fears people have when it comes to starting a career online?
Leading a niche in general is intimidating to many.
1. They don’t feel like they have the experience to label themselves an expert.
The good news is, you don’t have to have a PhD or some sort of certification to lead an online audience.
Many people prefer to learn from others in the same boat, so simply blogging about your journey can help you build a formidable audience who loves that you’re leading by example.
2. Another fear is that their website doesn’t measure up.
That’s actually a common fear of beginners, as they begin researching for their niche post and articles.
But the truth is that no matter how long you’ve been online, you will always be in awe of someone else’s website design.
The good news is that you’ll have plenty of guidance at Wealthy Affiliate, along with more than enough live encouragement from the chat board and private messaging to help you succeed where your at.
You’ll be amazed at how many people flock to those who are one step above them on the rung of success:
And how many will always be one step behind you, waiting for what you have to offer.
3. Social networking is important to building a rapport with your audience:
And getting free traffic to your site and offers.
But this, to some people, is terrifying. You might ask, “Why would anyone care what I’m doing this weekend?”
The reason people personalize and share a little piece of themselves online is because it’s what we do with friends :
Talk about insignificant things to help paint a picture of who you are.
So go ahead and snap pictures of your meals, share a cute video of your pet being silly, and yes – talk about the weather.
It’s the little things that bond us as humans.
4. The thought of making videos may frighten you?
Yes, you can stick to text if you want to. But eventually, you should start utilizing video since a large percentage of the population prefers it.
You don’t have to put yourself on camera, though. You can use screen capture video like Camtasia and a slide show presentation using a tool like PowerPoint and your audience will love it.
3. Desire to Help People Improve Their Lives
Enjoying to process of helping others live a more fulfilling life is the core of succeeding online!
You’ll be addressing what’s known as their “pain point,.”
That could have to do with actual health and pain, or could just as easily be:
Pain points having to do with making a simple purchase online, or how to take blogging to the next step.
A pain point is something that the audience wants improved.
That could be something like literal pain, but it can also be something as enjoyable as wanting to improve their knitting skills or learning how to ask a woman out on a date.
Helping others is one of the most rewarding aspects of launching your own online business.
You’ll have people contacting you with their issues and asking for help.
Not only will you get to help them, but you can make products out of those ideas that help many others in the same boat, too.
The highest degree of wealth is the ability to help others.
Sometimes, you’ll be helping people with serious pain points.
Maybe their bills are out of control and they need debt relief and credit repair advice so that they don’t live every hour of every day in despair.
Helping people like that, who turn their lives around thanks to your advice, is very rewarding on a personal satisfaction level.
Sometimes, this part of the job can be difficult for some people. Depending on what niche you get into, it can be heartbreaking opening yourself up to that type of topic day after day.
For example, if you were in a niche for depression, you might feel sad interacting with heavily depressed people on a continual basis.
So consider that when you pick your niche.
You might flip the concept and turn it into a happiness niche, teaching people how to pursue more happiness in their lives, rather than, “how to treat depression.”
Slanting it is key to the type of audience you’ll attract and be interacting with regularly.
You want to make sure you have the type of personality that doesn’t belittle others and their concern for their problems.
Sometimes, you may not personally realize the depth of your subscriber’s pain, but if they reach out to you, assume that it’s a big problem for them.
Then gently guide them to a solution.
It takes a lot of courage for them to seek you out and put themselves out there by reaching out to put themselves out there with a blunt request for help to make things better.
4. Commitment to Be a Leader in Your Niche
Being a leader in your niche is something every online marketer should strive for.
If you’re putting in just enough effort to get by, you’re letting the success of online marketing pass you by.
Consumers are looking for cutting edge, current marketers to lead them – regardless of what their issue is.
They want someone who is always learning and sharing and coming up with innovative ideas that maybe they haven’t heard yet.
Regardless of the name you represent yourself with, you need to be committed to leading your audience.
That means showing up to serve regularly.
Don’t start a site and then disappear for months and expect to resume your communication with those people whenever you feel like coming back.
There are many competitors who will be there for them on an on-going basis, so if you’re the type of person who might be flighty – then your leadership skills may need some tweaking.
Leaders are always devouring new information
They pay attention to what’s in the news about their niche:
And they come to their audience with those facts – whether or not they agree with them.
As a leader, you have to be willing to step up and have a vocal opinion on what they should and shouldn’t do.
Be willing to say, “I don’t agree with this, and here’s why…”:
Because most marketers won’t do that – they’re too scared to speak out.
The best leaders are in the trenches with their audience. The stay tuned to their customers’ needs and reactions.
As a leader, people will come to you asking about things you may not know?
Can you honestly let them know you’re not informed about it – and be willing to find out more and report back to them?
That’s what a good leader does. You don’t have to pretend or avoid communication.
That’s what some people do when they’re approached with a question they don’t know. They hide.
Don’t be a leader who hides.
Get out there and ask questions and dig around until you expand your knowledge and can address whatever issue it is that you were previously uninformed about.
5. Ability to Silence Your Excuses on an As Needed Basis
Excuses kill successes.
They’ll create roadblocks to keep you from further growing your income:
so you must learn to silence them to continue making progress with your business.
Your mind will come up with all sorts of reasons why good things can’t happen – or won’t.
- It will tell you that you don’t have enough time to do something, or that you’re too old or not attractive enough to be a leader in your niche.
- It will try to make you believe that, because there are already dozens of competitors in the niche, that your voice is not needed – or welcomed.
The best thing you can do is not believe a word of fear that your mind tries to tell you. We have a way of sabotaging our own success. Maybe we grew up with it, thinking we were just being humble – but it’s not an attractive quality in a niche marketer.
Self Confidence is a Must for Success
In fact, you have to continually nurture your own self confidence and make sure that it’s growing steadily, along with your knowledge.
If your problem is something like time:
Then make a plan of action that addresses that issue.
Instead of just being too busy to succeed, how about rearranging your schedule or multitask in some way, shape or form?
And start saying no to people who infringe on your time (especially since you “work at home”).
Ask your spouse or someone else to take over some of the household tasks or errands. If you have to run around, download a lesson and listen to it on the go instead of listening to music or talk radio.
Some people want success so much that they get up an hour early or go to bed an hour later :
After the kids are asleep – so they have some peace and quiet to concentrate on their business.
6. Don’t use money (or lack of it) as an excuse, either.
There are many ways to start a business online with nothing.
You can also do it on a shoestring budget where all you’re paying for is a domain of about $10 a year and hosting of about $10 a month.
What could you sell or give up to have that money you need to get going?
You know it’s doable:
But are you willing to do what it takes to launch an online business that could change your life?
Becoming an online marketer can be intimidating in some ways, but it’s also a most rewarding career, both personal and financial.
Starting your own online business puts you in control of your own destiny:
And that’s a great place to be for many people!
How about you? Are you ready to change your destiny?