Why Your Internet Business Is Failing

There might be a few reasons why your internet business is failing. Here’s a few of the reasons why I failed in the past. Successful online business owners aren’t afraid of failure. In fact, they see failure as ‘feedback’ rather than failure. If you continue to fail for long enough, you’ll eventually learn what not to do and therefore learn to use strategies which work. Ultimately, it’s easier to quit and blame whatever strategy you are using. It’s much harder to keep going and accept that you simply didn’t use the right strategy, or use it in the right way. Keep learning and never quit, you can’t fail if you stick to that mentality!

Why Your Internet Business Is Failing

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So what’s the main reason why your internet business is failing? One of the main reasons I failed so many times was that I simply didn’t know what I was doing. I was all enthusiasm and no knowledge. The idea in my mind was that I could make money very quickly online. I soon learned that this wasn’t the case. In my mind, I thought I could make money by just throwing up a website and letting it find customers for me. My ignorance soon caught up with me though. I learned through many failures online what didn’t work. Putting up a website is no guarantee of success. Think of your website as a tiny little store in outer space and you’ll come somewhere close to how many people will actually visit it, without you working at it.

1. Expectation

Are your expectations too high? Are you expecting an online business to be easy? I expected people to come running to my websites because there were there. It took a long time for me to realise that the key to making any kind of success online is by getting people to your products through your website, if you have one. If your expectations are too high for your online business, and you’re looking for quick success, you will likely be disappointed.

Any business takes time to build up. Don’t expect to make it big in only a few months. Would you expect that from a normal business. Of course people so have huge successes online in less than a year. However, they massively commit to their business in more ways than one. Could your expectation be too high for what you have put in? Could this be why your internet business is failing? What have you beed spending most time on in your business? Are you growing personally and professionally?

2. Lack Of Specific Knowledge

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I started out with a lot of enthusiasm and no knowledge. Seeing how little I knew took a lot of the shine off the idea and by the time I realised how much work was ahead, I was already pretty committed. Had I known how difficult it would be, I might never have started! Getting the right knowledge upfront is key.

I jumped around from one system to another, never really getting the continuity of training and expertise I needed. It was always the next “shiny object “which promised more riches in less time. I bought into the idea because of my lack of knowledge. It took a long time for me to realise that it was a long term business, like any other.

3. Shiny Object Syndrome

Because the internet is so accessible, it’s also very easy to become overwhelmed with information. There’s always something better than what you’ve already got. Someone is always there to promise the unobtainable. If you’re struggling with one direction, there’s always someone promising you an easier path. This is known as ‘shiny object syndrome’. Sticking to a path and finding a community and good mentors is key to avoiding this pitfall.

4. Commitment

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How committed are you to your internet business? This may be a reason why your internet business is failing. I thought I was committed for a long time, but it turned out I was only committing my time and I was only prepared to do certain things. I wasn’t prepared to commit any money because that was my problem. It became like a self fulfilling prophecy. I had no money to give, so I couldn’t step from my comfort zone and pay for more training, software or products which would help me. So I stuck to working for hours at a time blogging.

Much of my time was spent learning various strategies. But the real problem was I couldn’t get any traction with my online business because I didn’t want to step out of my comfort zone and spend money to get things moving. The fastest way to get an online business working is to invest both time and money. Paid advertising strategies can very quickly change your circumstances with the right business model. Free content marketing strategies take much longer. You need to commit both time and money if you want to escape your job within less than 2 years.

Why Your Internet Business Is Failing – Own Your Business

If you’re not taking ‘ownership’ of your business, you’re expecting it to simply work without your input. While this is part of an internet business, the ability to automate it, you still need to asses every part of it and look for improvements. The main part of your business is you.

If you’re limiting yourself by going it alone, not seeking out help and not committing to your own personal growth, how can you grow your business? Seeking out successful entrepreneurs who can help you is a massive factor. I kept doing the wrong activities for years and it wasn’t until I changed my actions did things begin to change. This was after finding a community and getting involved in the regular online meetings.

Develop The Owner Not Just The Business

Not developing the owner is probably one of the major causes for why people fail with their online businesses. After all, pretty much anyone can start up online without any previous experience. Most people are not entrepreneurial. This can mean they bring their own mindset to their online business with them. I made this mistake too. I worked a job and expected that if I worked really hard for long enough, results would come.

But being an owner is different to a job. Affiliate marketing or drop shipping or any online business is performance related. If you don’t get things done, you don’t get paid! Working on the wrong activities can mean you never get paid, if you never make any sales. You need to take an overview of the business as a whole and focus on the best money producing activities, not just those activities you are good at, or enjoy. You also need to learn the things you’re not good at.

Self development is key to success with an online business. Both in terms of your online business education and your motivations

Who Are Your Friends?

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Another key reason why so many fail with their online businesses is that their friends and family don’t support them. If your 10 closest friends are opposed to your internet business, the changes are pretty good that they will subtly (or even not very subtly) attempt to undermine your efforts.

An internet business can be very lonely without some support. Again, this is why a community is good to find. Remember too, that your income can be determined by taking an average of the income of your closest 10 friends. “Birds of a feather flock together”.

Your Self Image – Why Your Internet Business Is Failing

If your self image doesn’t allow the concept of success to be a part of your life, you’ll self sabotage and default back to your comfort zone. This is a very important realisation to make. Unless you can get all parts of you mind ‘on board’ with your highest purpose and achievements, you’ll hold an inner blockage which you can’t get past. If you’ve ever felt like there is an ‘inner wall’ which blocks your success, it’ll be very likely to be your self image.

Your self image tells you ‘who you are’. If your continually reminding yourself that you’re not up to it, or that you can’t do something, it’ll be very difficult to move past this to create a successful online business. You need to find out this inner saboteur and take steps to remove its influence to your subconscious mind. Read Maxwell Maltz’s Psycho-cybernetics and get Stuart Lichtman’s book “How to get lots of money for anything fast“.

Why Your Internet Business Is Failing – Your Unconscious Saboteur

There’s a good reason your internet business might be failing because of your unconscious behaviour patterns. While consciously you want your business to succeed, you may be sending your subconscious mind conflicting signals which maintain the current status quo, or, which block you from achieving the success you desire.

If despite your best efforts you feel as though you can’t succeed, it’s probably down to your unconscious inner blocks to success. Removing these is possible by first noticing your thoughts, words and actions. What contrary thoughts do you have about success or money? How do you talk yourself down, against your best intentions? See how to train your subconscious mind for success.

Frustrated And Want It Now?

Another reason your internet business is failing is simply down to you being too impatient. Perhaps you’ve had some success already, but it’s not at the level which you want. Remind yourself of the 80/20 rule – Pareto’s principle. This basically states that most of your success comes from only 20% of the activities which you have done. By concentrating on the 20% of actions which give you your best results, you can make more progress than working twice as hard and twice as long, on the wrong kinds of actions.

So, if you’re frustrated and want more success, it’s entirely possible that you are focusing on the wrong actions in your business. If your actions are “slow burners”, like article writing, v’logging or organic traffic generation, you will have to accept that success will come much slower than if you can use paid advertising. Paid advertising takes time too, but you can scale it up very quickly once you’ve learned it. You can’t do this with organic content generation.

Working At The Wrong Strategy

It’s entirely possible that you have wasted your time on the wrong business model too. I did this several times over. I built websites which were supposed to rank on Google and make money from both affiliate marketing and Google Adsense. The problem was always traffic but I was also using an outdated strategy.

I learned from a course which was outdated. It taught how to rank websites on Google. The problem was, it didn’t work. Or, at least it didn’t work for me. Google is constantly changing and despite the strategy working several years previously, after I had bought a ‘how to’ course, it was no longer a viable strategy.

Why You Fail – Working on The Wrong Activities

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A common cause of failure with an internet business is through working on the wrong activities. You can also get ‘stuck’ in learning mode too and spend endless hours watching “how to” videos without actually applying that knowledge. If you’ve been working really hard, but haven’t seen any results for 6 months, it’s likely you’re working in the wrong direction. Of course you should get an idea of your timeline according to your strategy.

If you’re building a niche website which you hope to rank on Google, you’re going to have to do a lot of work before you see anything happen. On the other hand, with paid marketing strategies, you can start to see sales come in much more quickly. This will also depend on the training you get and your ability to take an overview of what you are doing. I made the mistake of expecting results far too early in the grand scheme of things.

Entitlement – The Hidden “Cancer” Of Your Internet Business

I’ve definitely made this mistake too. Being ‘entitled’ means you think that just because you’ve paid for a course, or have taken a certain action, that you must get a certain result. This thing about an online business is that absolutely nothing is guaranteed.

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Mindset is everything

Although a healthy expectation gives you motivation and is necessary, too much of an expectation can become entitlement. This is the idea that success should just come to you because of something you are or something you have done already. This can bring a huge amount of disappointment with it. Keep taking a step back from your internet business and ask yourself “how am I getting in my own way?” “What can I do to move things faster?”

If you’re bringing an entitlement attitude towards your internet business, you may be doing less than you can to bring about success in the long run. If you expect results to come, without doing the right actions, you’re going to be in for an unpleasant awakening.

Until you have the results you want, consider yourself to be the main reason why, instead of placing the responsibility on someone else or on a strategy or system. Until you take 100% responsibility for your life, there’ll always be an element of blaming someone else. This means you’ll shirk taking charge, because you can diffuse the blame!

Why Your Internet Business Is Failing – Your Why?

There’s many reasons which could explain why your internet business is failing. One of them is your “why?” Unless you have a strong enough reason to make your business a success, you can easily give up before you have given it a chance. I’ve heard a lot of reasons why people simply just give up. “Not enough time” was a recent one. This is quite ironic, since something an internet business can give you is time.

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But if you don’t have enough of a reason to put time in, you won’t get any of the benefits out of having a profitable internet business. If you don’t believe it will work over the long term, it will be hard to maintain the actions required to make it a success.

Unless you absolutely despise your job, have huge financial problems, or are in a situation you can’t abide by anymore, you may not have a good enough “Why?” to motivate you to take the right actions for long enough to replace your current job and provide a growing income for the future.

What’s Your Motivation?

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Is your “why?”, (your reason for starting an internet business), good enough to motivate you towards success? If life is “ok” and you don’t have a strong enough compulsion towards creating more time and financial freedom, or, you don’t believe it’s possible for you, you’ll create excuses in your mind before you even get any traction.

Could this be why your internet business is failing? If any of these ideas have hit a nerve, it’s likely that it relates to you and your business. If you want to build an online business and learn from mentors within a community, access a 7 day video series here to learn more and get started.

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So the internet business..what’s that involve exactly?

So many times I get asked about my internet business so here I am writing to explain what exactly it is. How exactly do you make money and what do you do day to day?

Firstly I started looking into affiliate marketing several years ago when I needed an extra income to balance out the film work which I would get sporadically. I needed an income stream which I could pick up and drop at a moment’s notice. Working without a boss and on my own steam was what I wanted and I had the time to put in and needed the flexibility of a ‘job’ that I could do for myself.

I learned a few techniques building websites in order to sell other people’s products – this is affiliate marketing. Selling products from Amazon or Ebay is something everyone can do simply by joining the affiliate programs of these companies. However they will need a platform to bring in visitors and send them through to the products. This is where a blog or a website comes in.

Thousands of people now write blogs on a regular basis – blogging or writing about things which interest them and for which they have a passion. They write their blogs and bring in visitors to their sites through various means like Google, Facebook and other social networks. People visit their site or blog and are presented with certain relating products or services. If they go on to buy these products or services, then the owner of the blog/site will earn commissions based on that sale.

One friend of mine who has an online business sells car hire through his site and earns weekly commissions based on these sales. The key factor in building sites like these is getting enough visitors to them in order to make the sales, and of course your content needs to be compelling enough to drive customers through your site.

Once you have a site up and running and making a profit from affiliate commissions, you can either create many more of these ‘niche’ sites or pay to advertise them. Providing you are earning more than your advertising, you are on to a winner!

For a long time I created ‘niche’ websites which would rank on Google and provide a free source of traffic. However, this has become more and more difficult to replicate and there is a lot of work involved now in ranking sites high on Google. Particularly with recent updates which have made it harder to rank smaller sites.

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Despite having some success with my ‘niche’ sites I continued to look elsewhere for more information on building a sustainable internet business and I was lucky enough to find the SFM. The Six Figure Mentors showed me how to scale an internet business through advertising and the main reason this was possible was because of the high ticket sales. Previously the products I have sold have been around the $100 mark which meant I made around $40 on each sale. The SFM have products which sell for up to $20,000 which is a real game changer as far as advertising budget goes.

It means that one sale can not only cover an advertising budget but also put you immediately in profit and able to scale up your advertising budget.

So what are these products which I sell? The Six Figure Mentors have put together an exclusive community of entrepreneurs who are led by co-founders Stuart Ross and Jay Kubassek. They offer training courses which teach the affiliate marketing model and hold conferences around the world personally teaching the specific skills they have used to build a ‘hands off’ internet business.

You don’t need to travel to these conferences although they are available for their members and training courses are recommended. Instead they are offering the opportunity to learn from your own laptop or home computer how to build a full time internet business within 3-6 months which can completely replace your current income. Anyone with the drive to succeed can accomplish this. There are just a few skills which you will need to learn.

The SFM offers a means to not only sell high ticket commissions but also to build a business on monthly membership commissions and other affiliate sales. The tools needed to build an internet business such as auto-responders and landing page builders can also bring in commissions once you have joined their affiliate schemes and promoted them.

The internet offers a means for anyone to learn a set of new skills and build an automated sales funnel which they then promote. Once set up this funnel can work day and night bringing in new visitors and making sales to a certain extent ‘on autopilot’. This leverage allows the scaling of your business which is only limited to your own individual budget.

On a daily basis affiliates can do anything from content creation via blogs or videos or creating adverts to direct traffic through any number of advertising platforms on and off-line.

To learn more about the Six Figure Mentors, high ticket commissions and affiliate marketing, click this link for a free 7 day boot camp series of videos.

Keeping your business alive by aligning your values

‘If you have a business you don’t want to run, sell it.’

This was a quote from a business book I read once – It is sound advice. Often we end up in businesses which we feel obliged to turn up to even though they are not giving us the energy we need. In order for a business to start working for us, we need to put enough energy in so that it gains momentum and delivers some results. But if we are not passionate enough about it to create the momentum,or maintain it, chances are that we will flounder long before the results start coming our way.  Better that we start something we are passionate about or change our business so that we can inject our passion into it – running it in such a way that it is sustainable. The bottom line is – we need to enjoy our business.

If we hate what we are doing it doesn’t matter how much money we make – we are still miserable! If we have passion we can overcome more obstacles despite our financial difficulties. Our drive keeps us going despite any difficulties. If we are just chasing the money, the drive can dry up as soon as we get to the point where the money doesn’t matter. It really depends on our motivation.

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I recently went on an NLP (neuro-linguistic-programming) course where I discovered that I had what is called an ‘away from’ motivation. I was motivated by fear rather than love. In a business context what this meant is that I was only motivated to work hard when I saw the looming credit card bills and overdraft limit on the horizon. When the bank account was looking healthy, I had less incentive to work! I wasn’t motivated by millions in the bank, rather I was motivated by having ‘no worries’ about money. As soon as my bank account was healthy, I put my feet up – until it was unhealthy again. My sporadic work pattern reflected this ‘away from’ motivation. I lived like this for years before noticing that it was my internet pattern which was creating the results which I often lamented.

Only by finding a reason which was bigger than money did I start to learn to overcome this cycle. When your values are in line with your business then you have the energy to create a sustainable business. If you don’t care about the business you are in and it’s just about the money, it’s much harder to maintain your enthusiasm for it. To get to know yourself better write down some of your core values about life and what makes you tick. What would be the best possible life scenario for you? Here are a few of my own reasons for having an internet business which are in line with my core values.

Now on day 15 of the 30 day success challenge, Stuart Ross has reminded us all on this challenge that creating a sustainable online business is as much about aligning your values and being your authentic self, as it is to do with building a profitable business. In fact to sustain it, it is more to do with what you bring to the world than what you take from it! Learn more about Stuart Ross and creating a sustainable online business here. 

My top reasons for owning my own internet business

When you’re running your own internet business from home it can be tough at times. There are highs but also definitely there are the lows also. One thing which helps is getting clear on your ‘WHY’? The reasons that you keep doing it and not doing something else. Here are my reasons for running an online business.

1. Time freedom – One of the main reasons I choose to run an online business is that I can choose how I spend my time. Of course I need to prioritize my time so I am running an efficient and effective business, otherwise I won’t achieve anything. I can work at any time I choose and if I’m having a difficult day I can take time off and do something different. My time is my own and if I decide to take a week off I can do so without having to check with ‘the boss’. My days are my own and if something comes up I can down tools and take off at a minutes notice.

2. Financial freedom – Of course time freedom isn’t so appealing without money. Without money you are limited to certain activities like sitting around the house and worrying about how to pay the bills! The whole reason for a business is usually in order to make money and pay for the necessities of life – and hopefully a few luxuries too. However financial freedom is something different to simply covering your costs and keeping you in the circumstances in which you find yourself. Having a job usually keeps you in it. You become accustomed to your lifestyle and learn to depend on your job. You live to your means or more likely slightly above them and this keeps you in a perpetual state of ‘mental’ poverty – always spending more than you earn. Financial freedom for me means living below your means and building wealth but you often can’t do this with a regular type ‘job’. Financial freedom for me means not having to worry about money, being relaxed enough to enjoy a lifestyle of your choice, without limitations. This is what the internet offers – a way to leverage your time and ultimately it can offer an income which is only limited by your own thinking.

3. No boss – Not having a boss is something which is so appealing that it is a ‘no-brainer’ for me. I have always wanted to be my own boss. I have had many jobs where I did have a boss but having no boss means you have no-one to answer to except yourself. Which means you can just be yourself. One thing I struggled with when having a boss was the constant feeling of trying to please. I found it exhausting. I couldn’t really please myself and my boss at the same time and the sense of conflict within myself became really demoralizing for me. Being your own boss allows you to choose who you want to be in a much less inhibiting way than when you are making choices based on what someone else wants.

4. Self development – What I find fascinating is learning new skills and developing as a person. I have always been interested in self development books and have been reading them for years. Making an income from the internet has forced me to look quite hard at myself and into the reasons behind my results – or lack of them. This is an aspect of SFM which has truly helped me move forward in leaps and bounds in my internet business. I was never very motivated towards working 9-5 in a ‘normal job’. For me that never held any long term appeal. I liked the pressure of having to find a solution myself to my financial issues. It was me against the computer! I have had to learn and grow as a person to make this work and when it wasn’t working I had to look into my beliefs, attitudes and thoughts in order to better understand my limiting ideas which were holding me from success. The real success is the personal growth and not simply the money which is often regarded as the end product. A sense of achievement and real ‘growth’ as a person is something you can’t put a price on.

5. Helping others achieve – Although an internet business can be quite a lonely pursuit, having overcome my own personal obstacles and fought through some tough times, I am definitely better prepared to help others on the same journey. Being able to make a living through the internet is a huge achievement and although I am still learning and developing as a person and an internet marketer, one of my motivating factors is to help others overcome their own financial problems by using the internet to create income.

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How I Wasted So Much Time Trying To Build An Internet Business

I wasted a lot of time trying to build an internet business. When I began, I was pretty overwhelmed with information. I found several “get rich quick” courses which promised the world but proved to be fruitless in most cases; at least for me.

One of the problems with internet courses is that by the time they are produced and sold the internet has already evolved past them. If 10,000 affiliates are doing the same thing for traffic generation and optimising ‘tactics’, or trying to ‘trick’ Google, it doesn’t take Google long to figure it out and update their algorithms accordingly. Google ultimately wants quality and that’s what you have to give.

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Trying To Build An Internet Business – Overwhelm

By the time I had learned much of the material and implemented the ‘plan’, the internet had evolved beyond the system I was copying. I built several websites with a certain keywords in mind in order to rank them on Google. By the time time I figured out it wasn’t working, I had spent hundreds of hours working on it.

I would then ditch the system and try something else; signing up to a new course or ‘system’ which would “hopefully” prove more productive. Some of them had sound ideas but ranking quality sites on the organic search engines takes time, particularly now. To make money this way you have to work hard for a long time before you even see the results. If your belief is uncertain it is almost a given that you will give up before you see any tangible results.

Trying To Build An Internet Business – Blogging Is Slow

The thing to keep in mind and what kept me going is that trying to rank a site on Google’s organics search results, ultimately can give you an income source for life! Not only that but a passive income source which has almost no costs attached – apart from hosting and domain renewal. Not many businesses offer such a possibility. And if you can achieve a passive income from one website you can create multiple websites all doing the same thing – giving you a potentially unlimited source of income.

Trust Is Rare Online

The main problem is trust. It took me a long time to figure out what works online and by that time I had already learned several skills which ultimately I didn’t really need. If I had found the SFM years earlier, I would be much further along the road.

One of the main problems with the internet business is overwhelm. There are simply thousands of ‘Guru’s’ and ‘experts’ charging you for their advice. If you only follow a certain method for a short while before giving up and looking for another ‘magic bullet’ of internet success, your long term results will be zero. Unless you stick with something long enough and put enough effort and time in, you will never really get anywhere. Ultimately your belief has to carry you forwards. You have to want the end result badly enough to keep pursuing it.

An Online Business Course

What the SFM course has taught me was the missing piece of the jigsaw, ultimately my own limited thinking. I was reluctant to spend any money on my online business at first. So I simply put in loads of time because, well that’s what I had. I went for the organic searches method which took a long time. I now earn a small trickle income from this method from a couple of websites which I managed to rank on Google. What I have learned through Stuart and Jay’s mentorship program far surpasses this in terms of income. I have already earned in a month what I get from 3 months of my other top ranking sites.

The method they teach is still affiliate marketing, which I have been doing already, but they taught me to opt for high ticket sales and use paid advertising instead of trying to rank immediately through Google’s organic search results. Organic search is a longer term strategy. This tactic seem so obvious to me now but for a long time I was trying to sell items like books on Amazon and rank in the organic searches. I make about £0.20p for a book sale through one of my sites if someone buys it through my link. It’s hardly even worth my effort.

Paid Marketing Works Fast

Yes, if I had thousands of people visiting my website it might pay off but I don’t have anywhere near enough to make that kind of commission work. Also if I was to advertise my site in order to sell these books I would be paying more in advertising than I could possibly make in book sales.

However if I had a product worth 1000’s or more then it would make sense to pay to advertise it. Not only that, but once I had figured out how to make a sale by spending less than I earned, I could simply increase my advertising spend. I wouldn’t need to wait for more traffic by writing articles forever and hoping that one day my site would move up a place or two. This was a lesson hard learned.

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Working on yourself and not just your business

If you are a business owner you can easily get caught up in the running of things without looking at the bigger picture. The limits of your business will be defined by your own limitations and vision. Chances are you are holding some limiting beliefs which keep your business where it is. So how can we step back and look at ourselves in order to make the most positive changes?

What are limiting beliefs?

We all have some limiting beliefs which can hold us back from achieving what we truly desire in our lives. Our beliefs might stem from our upbringing and those of the people closest to us. We all have them and they are inherited from our parents, our culture and our community. Our beliefs are what shapes our world and are the main blockages to our moving forwards towards an goal or desire.

How can we change them when we can’t see them?

Changing our beliefs takes time. First we should become aware of those limiting beliefs which hold us back. One simple way of doing this is to write down all of your most lofty goals. Go wild and really dream. Remember all of the things you believed you could do when you were a child. If your business could be unlimited what would you aim for? Make a list of 10 or more goals which you would like to achieve personally and professionally.

For example:

1. I would like to double my income in the next 6 months.

2. I would like to lose a stone in weight, become fitter, healthier and have a great figure in 3 months.

3. I would like to own a brand new car in a year.

And so on..

Next to each goal write down why you haven’t achieved this goal yet. Go to town with your reasons and explain why you haven’t achieved the success you really desire yet. You are probably used to saying these things and this is your inner reality or the ‘story’ you tell yourself. These are also your limiting beliefs about yourself which stand in the way of your success.

For example:

1. I am too busy to try something new, I don’t have any other skills, there is a limit to what I can earn, I’m too old, etc. etc.

2. I’m lazy and like my food too much, I don’t have time, I’m not that fussed really, there’s more important things to do with my time.

3. New cars are a waste of money, I would rather go on holiday, my current car is fine, I don’t need a new car, I can’t afford it.

How to change your limiting beliefs

Now you have a list of your limiting beliefs as your excuses for not getting what you want out of life! So how can we change them? Chances are you have been telling yourself these things for a long time so it might take some time to undo all that work! First of all you need to become aware that these thoughts are going to stop you moving towards your goals. Yes some of them might be true but you will find a lot of them are subjective and many of them can change given a change of circumstances, knowledge, motivation and/or direction.

Whenever you notice yourself talking in terms of your limitations, stop and become aware of it. Change your speech to include the possibility of change. For example you are chatting away to your neighbor when you catch yourself coming out with an excuse for not achieving something or doing something

“Well it hasn’t been easy and I struggle with learning new things, I just don’t have the time”.

Notice the limiting belief and replace it with something less definite such as: “But I can make time if I decide to, these are just excuses really”. By doing this and becoming aware that your thoughts and speech are programming your subconscious, you are shifting your limiting beliefs and then you can replace them with more positive thoughts and words.

If you have been telling yourself the same story for a while it will take longer to shift the belief as it will be a very ingrained way of thinking. The way you talk about, think about and perceive the world ultimately becomes your reality. Henry Ford said “Whether a man believes he can or he can’t he is right”.

Changing your thinking and becoming aware of your limitations is especially important when running your own internet business because you can be largely on your own with it. You can get ‘stuck’ mentally and continue doing things which don’t product the best results.

If you already have an internet business or would like to learn how to start one Stuart and Jay have prepared what I consider one of the best online training courses available for internet entrepreneurs and marketers. Not only do they show you from the ground up how to start an internet business but also they concentrate on developing the owner and not just the business. They know that the limitations of the mind are the largest obstacle to your online success. Try this free training boot-camp and learn more.

 

 

 

Why list building is so important for an online business

There are many ways to make money with an online business and I have tried many of them – some with success and some not! One of the courses I took was based on making money from Google’s adsense program and this is a rather long term strategy. It basically requires you to rank an authority type site on Google’s organic search results and make money from people clicking the adverts placed on your site. You need a lot of visitors to make money from this method and Google can change their algorithm at any time (and frequently does), and also they can close your account for any number of reasons at any time, (and frequently does!). If you are earning a living from this method and get closed down this can be potentially disastrous as you can lose your income overnight.

Then there is affiliate marketing – selling other people’s products or promoting products from ebay or Amazon, for example. This is a good method again and you can either find your customers through the organic traffic of Google or pay for advertising to get visitors to your products/services. The main factor really is finding enough customers or visitors through to your site. The organic search results are of course free but it takes time and effort to rank a website on Google and find customers. Advertising costs money and you need to make sure you are paying less than you are making to turn a profit.

Even if you have the best website in the world you still need customers and this is the major commodity when it comes to making money from an internet business – visitors.

List Building

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You will have seen many email capture pages throughout the internet and maybe even entered your details in one or two of them in exchange for a free e-book or some other tit-bit of ‘free’ information. If so, you have subscribed to a bloggers/company’s email list. The reason why list building is so important in building a long term sustainable internet business is that you are building an audience and a relationship with your customers/visitors. Once you have built this list you are no longer relying on advertising and free search results for ‘passing trade’. You can then communicate with potentially thousands and hundreds of thousands of people by the click of a mouse.

Imagine that you sell a product from which you make a small commission. With a list you can sell thousands of items in one day with one email sent out to your list. This is without having to pay for advertising and without having to rely on Google ranking your site. You already have a list of subscribers who are hungry for you products or services. Without a list you are relying on the ‘passing trade’ through your business either from the organic searches or paid advertising. This is why list building is such a powerful strategy which has the potential to skyrocket your business.

When visitors come to your website they may click away and you have lost that customer forever. When you start building a list you can potentially connect with your customer for years to come, offering them valuable information and valuable products which they are really grateful for. List building turns a ‘flash-in-the-pan’, occasional sale online business into much more a sustainable and profitable business model.

Grab your copy of listbuilding for profit and take advantage of this internet marketing phenonenum now!!

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