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[6 YEARS ON BHW] 4 Things You Need to Do to Be Successful in 2017

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  1. IGKing

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    4 Things You Need to Do to Be Successful in 2017
    AKA: The 4 Things I Wish I Knew During the 4 Years I Sucked at Internet Marketing


    I’ll get straight to the point because I know most people have the tendency to drift off while reading these types of posts. I joined Black Hat World when I was a very young teenager – over 6 years ago. I was an ambitious kid who just wanted to make enough money online to buy the toys I wanted in real life. I tried just about every method, bought about every useless product, and failed at just about everything I did up until about a couple years ago. It took me about 4 years of failure (for the most part) to earn 2 years (and growing) of internet marketing success. So, knowing what I know now, let me tell you the things I wish I learned 6 years ago when I first joined Black Hat World. Hopefully, these tips will give you the best chance for having a successful 2017!


    1. Admit that you know nothing, and then dial in on something that interests you.

    I wish I didn’t have such an ego when I started. I was a little brat when I first joined this forum (maybe I still am?). I really thought I knew just about everything because I knew how to create a website. Seriously.

    I didn’t know how to create any products.

    I didn’t have any services to offer.

    I didn’t know how to sell anything.

    I didn’t have any visitors to my websites.


    I didn’t really know anything except how to upload a ripped HTML template onto a server, and yet I went to bed every night thinking that tomorrow I was going to wake up and something was going to be drastically different. Spoiler alert: Nothing changed.

    It took me about 4 years until I realized I needed to finally sit down and master something. I needed to master something I was interested in. I was just chasing the money up until this point. I have been a jack-of-all-trades but a master-of-none for far too long. I sat down, learned everything I could about Instagram, and that’s when I started becoming successful.

    Understand this: The things you enjoy in life are usually the things you are naturally good at. We all tend to cling to things that naturally click with us. If you are going to make money online, try - in some capacity - to do something your passionate about. When you incorporate your passions and interests into your daily work activities, you will find that those normal, mundane activities become much more enjoyable, and you will be more willing to do things you normally wouldn’t do.

    You’ll be more willing to make one more phone call.

    You'll be more willing to make one more backlink.

    You'll be more willing to obtain one more sale.

    You’ll be more willing to go the extra mile to obtain success.


    For me, what I was passionate about was fitness, and one of the best avenues for fitness was Instagram. So, I learned everything about Instagram marketing because I knew I wanted to work with fitness one day, and I figured Instragram would be a great start. Guess what happened next? Before I knew it, I was managing million-follower fitness accounts, and I was making more money than I could imagine by doing something I actually loved!

    How did that happen?

    I didn’t mind posting about fitness – I enjoyed it!

    I didn’t mind following hundreds of accounts every day – I enjoyed it!

    I didn’t mind researching the latest fitness trends – I enjoyed it!


    Everything else I’ve done up until that point was a chore. It was boring. I didn’t enjoy making websites. I didn’t enjoy SEO. I didn’t enjoy learning about ClickBank. So every time those methods required me to go the extra mile, I was far more likely to ignore it and give up. When I started doing things I enjoyed, it was no longer viewed as a chore, but an interesting, exciting activity that was also making me money. What gets better than that?

    Commit to something you a personally interested in. Forget about what makes money and what doesn’t make money. If you are passionate enough in a specific niche, you will find ways to make money.


    2. Ordinary hard work doesn’t mean anything anymore. Innovative hard work is absolutely key for success.

    In all honesty, hard work doesn’t mean anything anymore. Almost everyone is expected to work hard. You will amount to nothing if you don’t work hard at internet marketing – period. If you go through the motions in life with a passionless, lack-of-desire attitude – you’re going to get the results you rightfully deserve. Anyone can earn a living online if they work hard and are knowledgeable enough in what they are doing. I am a firm believer in that; however, if you want to make it to the top, you need to do so much more than that. If you want IM to generate you a full-time income, you will need to be an innovative hard worker.

    What are you doing differently that sets you apart from everyone else in your niche? And trust me, there are numerous other people doing something similar to you. There are 800,000+ people registered on Black Hat World alone. These forums have grown to the point that almost every money-making thread here is almost useless if you follow it exactly to the point; however, almost every thread on here can still make money if you do something out-of-the-box with it.

    “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

    If you are a creative, innovative person – you can make almost anything happen, and you can sell almost anything. All it takes is the right platform, with the right timing, with the right technique, and obviously hard work.

    In addition, Innovative hard work allows for innovative smart work. With everything you do, you should always think about how to do things smarter.

    How can I automate this?

    Does it make more sense to have someone else do this?

    How can I evolve this idea?


    In my own field, I’ve learned how to take normal, everyday tasks and automate them to where I only need to check on them once a week. With enough experience within your own niche, you can take a 40 hour workweek and compress it down to a 4 hour workweek with enough smart work.

    Now, understand this: You don’t begin with the smart work. You don’t begin with learning how to do everything in as short amount of time as possible. You learn how to do things normally. You then learn how to perfect certain tasks within your niche, and then you learn how to do things better.


    3. Find people who will say: “You suck!” Don’t surround yourself with “Yes” men/women.


    I think one of the biggest reasons businesses fail is because the owners surround themselves with people who are afraid to tell them the things they are doing wrong. I see this all the time on this forum, specifically when people post journeys. While encouragement in the right doses is great, you need to find people who will confront you on the things you are doing wrong.

    Remember when you were a young child and you showed your parents one of your drawings? Or you showed them a tower of blocks that you built? Or you showed them how “well” you colored inside the lines of a coloring book? Do you remember that?

    How did your parents always respond?

    They were always so proud! They hung up your pictures on the fridge. They gave you compliments like you just discovered the cure for a disease. They loved it!

    DON’T GO TO PEOPLE LIKE THAT FOR CRITICISM.

    Find people who are willing to look at you in the eyes and tell you what you’re doing wrong. Find people who will say “YOU SUCK”. You have to find people who will be honest with you. Here’s a quick snippet from one of my earlier posts:

    “Let’s say Jane opens a restaurant because she thinks it’ll be fun. Jane hires her best friends to work at the restaurant with her. Jane keeps pushing bad ideas, and her friends agree because they don’t want to offend her. What happens? Customers see the bad implementation of ideas, and Jane goes out of business.

    So, what’s the solution for Jane? She needs to surround herself with people who will tell her that her ideas suck. She needs to find people who will openly reject and confront her about her bad business practices. If you want to be successful, find people who are going to consistently challenge every thought and idea that you have. It may be irritating. It may piss you off, but you will benefit from this tremendously.”


    One thing I should add: Don’t listen to the people saying “you suck" if you absolutely know, without any doubt, that you have a good idea. Don’t ever fall victim to groupthink. Don’t compromise on things when you know you are right. This is incredibly important; however, you must be open to hearing ideas from all angles if you want to achieve success. Surrounding yourself with people who are willing to challenge your ideas is a great thing. Don’t put yourself in an imaginary box!

    Here’s a quick true story from my own personal experience: After a couple of months of monetizing on Instagram, I had a close friend openly bash my monetization methods; I’m glad he did, he was absolutely right. He tore down my ideas, insulted them, gave his advice, and told me I was going to make way more money implementing his ideas. His passion and enthusiasm convinced me that I needed to do exactly what he was prescribing to me. A couple weeks later, after implementing his ideas, I was making (no joke) 10 times the amount of money I was previously making.

    Go out and find people who are willing to do the things my friend did for me on that day. Don’t conform to bad ideas, but definitely implement good ideas when you hear them.


    4. Write down your goals and time-frames, and renovate them on a daily basis.

    Finally, here’s my last tip:

    Start writing things down.

    Write down everything.

    Write down things that motivate you.

    Write down your own goals and ambitions.

    Write down every step you need to do to achieve your goals and ambitions.

    Write down the time-frames you’d like to complete things by.

    Write down the tasks you need to complete today. Tomorrow. Next Week. Next Month. This year.


    Writing my thoughts down and seeing them in words has helped me out tremendously. I couldn’t even imagine my Black Hat World success without this. Once I completed a goal that I wrote down, I would put a huge check-mark next to it and move on to the next one. There’s no better feeling than doing that!

    But. BUT. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned was that I could never be constrained by my own goals or my own time-frames. Even though I really enjoyed seeing my thoughts in writing, I knew I would have to adjust them daily. Re-evaluating my goals every day wasn’t a measure of compromise, but it was a reality check that forced myself to get things done. By consistently renovating my short term objectives, it quickly made all of my long-term goals more plausible as time went on.

    Don’t let time slip away from you. Internet marketing is full of distractions. If you don’t have a structured agenda on what you should complete everyday, you will soon find yourself wasting each day watching YouTube videos, reading pointless articles, and streaming Netflix.

    That’s all for today. Start doing these things now.

    I wish you all the best 2017! Now it's time to make some money!


    Cheers!

    IGKing
     
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  2. badasscoder

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    Wow! That was soooo... long
     
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  3. eaglehunter

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    way too long but motivating for sure

    Thanks!
     
  4. Valhalla1

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    Nice post! Good tips.
     
  5. larcha

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    Happy New Year, great share.
     
  6. jerocarson

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    Great, wish I joined BHW long time ago. I believe the Chinese parable that says the best time to plant a tree was 20years ago and the next best time is today.

    Anytime someone wakes up is the person's morning.

    Thanks for sharing your insightful experience...
     
  7. MacRichard

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    All those fitness pages made me think how much fit tea have you consumed over the past years? Haha great post. :)
     
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    Awesome tips, buddy. Thanks for that and let's hope that 2017 will be successfull for us :D
     
  9. MaGiicoo14

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    Thanks for share this! I always enjoy reading articles like this!

    GIVE THIS MAN A MEDAL
     
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  10. seo dean

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    Thanks for sharing the good tips. May have great success in 2017.Happy New Year op.
     
  11. kindarthur

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    Thanks for sharing your amazing thoughts. But its so....long :D lol
     
  12. Android Tipster

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    Great points raised in there
     
  13. swon

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    Absolutely right!

    I started writing down my daily goals a night before and started working on them every morning. and like you said, i put a check mark on each completed task, it has a positive psychological effect. And to rewrite the list at the end of the day ready for the next day. My productivity has increased by atleast 40%.

    Another good thing about doing so, is, when you are being lazy and procrastinating (and we all do), and you tell yourself you have shit to do and get the reply of "but what should i do? Where should i start?" - these questions are answered with a checklist right under your nose and you start working off each task. No more room for excusing yourself.

    Do good to yourself, feel good about yourself. Good luck with 2017 everyone!
     
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  14. bleedsix

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    Inspiring, and really motivational. Thanks a lot for this!
     
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    Thanks for the effort and thoughts, with a statement that looong, you sure are really good at it. Keep it up and may you have a happy New Year.:)
     
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    @IGKing - I read every bit of your post, and you are so correct about everything written there. Every individual should know that knowledge is money and they should master something in order to start making cash. However, monetizing a niche you are not interested in is pointless, irritating and hard. Find something that you love and start doing it. It doesn't matter whether you are doing 3,5,10 or 30$ at the beginning of your journey, as long as you see progress. I started making money at the age of 15 using Facebook as I had most knowledge there. Two years later, Facebook was no longer an option for me and I decided to open a content writing agency, which started making good money for me after I made a reputation of my own. Now, three years later I have a content writing agency, a clothing company and I'm starting an appliance e-commerce and I already have an established market for it :) Remember that first you have to learn to earn
     
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    Great post OP.

    Best takeaways - 1) Innovative hard work and 2) staying focused by writing stuff down.

    Also, just get started. It's okay to fail but you won't get anywhere if you keep planning and planning and don't execute anything.
     
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    good stuff
     
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    wow
     
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