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A perspective outside the Internet Marketing "cage"

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by SebastianG, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. SebastianG

    SebastianG Junior Member

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    Allow me this rant because it comes hard on me. It comes hard to accept that a kid within my city is making $8.000 a month from locking cheat codes and other people's e-books within File Ice and then promoting them with bots on Facebook. That's just hard to accept. It's hard to see internet marketing as a long-term job, I can't imagine myself sitting at home, 45 years old, selling e-books with clickbank or selling them to my e-mail list. It's hard to cling on something so dependent, like a search engine or an ad network as your main source of income.
    And even if you invest and diversify, there's still a certain limit to how much you make (a limit that is probably comfortable to most of you).

    Not all of us are Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, not all of us can reinvent, let alone invent something to make the billions. But as one of those people who've set themselves a similar goal, how do you think your way out of this cage that Internet Marketing seems to be? Yes, there are people who just want to bring bread on the table, who just want to survive, to make money and spend, to easily produce somewhat more than a little and consume it all. I am not talking about you guys.


    In order to keep my sanity in this absurd sphere of IM, I've developed the following perspective:


    Internet Marketing is a highly accessible source of brilliance, knowledge and experience for the young entrepreneur. It is not a lifestyle, it is not a definitive state but it's an incredibly powerful launching pad. Now I say that for the following reasons:
    1. All you need is an internet connection. After that, you just join a community and start learning. It's free and accessible.
    2.You learn how to manage money and how hard it is to actually make ends meet to get a profit, while having very little to lose (assuming you just reinvest the inside profits).
    3.You Learn to think, Internet marketing is not for idiots (though you can be an idiot and make money with a method created by someone else, assuming you are lucky enough to be in a unsaturated niche) Internet Marketing makes you struggle, research, think to create something useful. Something profitable.
    4.You learn to work. There's many techniques out there but there's also a lot of people that aren't making money for the single reason that they're not doing anything serious about it. If you learn how to motivate yourself and start working seriously on a project, then you've already been influenced in a great way.
    5.You build up relationships with other entrepreneur-minded people, at some point you have to surround yourself by smart minds that are doing it instead of wishing it.
    6.You get to make things happen instead of hoping for things to be happening to you.

    These are just the passive benefits, now I'll list the ones that I believe to be very important.


    => You learn to invest. Money makes money, marketing makes money, advertising makes money. You get a habit with making your money work for you instead of gathering it all up for your consume. Many offline-business starters have this immense (in my opinion) handicap.

    => You learn efficient advertising. You make research, you target your market properly instead of splashing a bunch of ads on everyone hoping some of it would stick and convert. You highly maximize your efficiency. Many offline-business starters also have the handicap of NEVER really asking themselves about the people they're selling to. They simply don't understand their customer pool.
    => You gather capital. All the knowledge you get for free, by simply being willing to learn and progress as an entrepreneur is invaluable. But if you're like me, you have no support or any kind of funds. This aspect is quite a saver. You get hands-down no-debt capital to invest when time comes to create a physical product for a big market in need.

    My conclusion is nothing more than an attempt to motivate you all on this basis: If you're not making money, remember you're here to learn, not to become rich overnight. Keep at it. All the time learning now for free means a lot of money saved later. Test. Work. Do mistakes while it's still cheap because mistakes are not that affordable in the big league.

    (footer note: excuse me if this is in the wrong section, I was quite unsure where to post it)
     
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  2. AdGate

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    While you may not be locking cheatcodes at the age of 45, you're still 100% right. There is a lot to learn in the process of doing these sorts of things. With that said, I think I'll still be involved in internet marketing at that age. It will just be different. I imagine many of you will stay in the field as well. This a growing field and many big companies are getting involved. You can make a legitimate business on the internet. You don't have to sell clickbank products forever =)
     
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  3. SebastianG

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    Indeed. What I imagine myself doing, still involves internet marketing on some levels... just something a little bit more useful, more mind consuming, more smart, less limited.
     
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    you are 100% right 7 years ago I started the route of IM with the only purpose of raising some capital to do other projects now I'm slowly moving to the tech startup arena but I found that my IM knowledge is a great asset esspecially in the area of saving money on marketing budget
     
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    You are right bro, but as others already said, you don't need to sell Clickbank products at age of 45. Assuming you are in your 20s, in 25 years you will probably find some method that is a lot more stable and mature than spamming facebook.

    I believe that IM is what I want to do with my life, and if I do so, I will figure out by the age of 45 how to make money w/o content locking fake stuff and selling clickbank, if I want to.

    But anyways, I dont feel like it'd be so unacceptable to do these thengs at my mids. Why not if I'm making tons of money? + by that time you will just know what works and wont spend that much time setting everything up etc
     
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  6. SebastianG

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    I'm not saying that it's inappropriate, it's just that the idea of doing that as a final plateau that sort of scares me. I want my limits to be less visible when setting up for internet marketing. I need to know that I can make it big and that internet marketing will grow me greatly during this journey, that I am not wasting my time at all. That what I am learning here is much more valuable than making a few bux with clickbank :)
     
  7. bigfoot1

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    I see your point. In my opinion the Internet's gonna be around for a long long time, and its not going to go away in our lifetime. The guys who learn Internet Marketing and become excellent at it will be making money for decades to come. The methods may change, but always being adaptable, flexible, and aware will lead to lots of cash.Another big thing is providing value in whatever you do. When I came into IM I was making shitty niche sites that made me no money. IMO the real skill is learning how to provide value that people will pay for. IM teaches you how to work hard, and most importantly how people think.

    You're essentially learning marketing skills that are incredibly useful.These are real life skills that are immensely useful. Even if you don't want to be doing SEO sites there are tons of ways to make cash through the skillsets you learn online. For example, Offline marketing.Also keep in mind that IM will develop your general business skills that you can use to go for the big fish(large companies). I view Internet Marketing as a second education(that is also highly profitable). The more you put in, the more you get out.
     
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  8. SebastianG

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    I like your thinking. the Internet will always be here, maybe not as we know it, but regulate it and another form of interconectivity on a global level will appear eventually. The benefits are too big to have a world without the internet. This remembers me of Eddie Obeneg and his Ted speech called "Smart failure for a fast-changing world", which, put in perspective, gives us a lot of advantages as internet marketers. We can afford a lot of smart failure and in this fast changing world, we might actually be among the very few that have an idea on what they're really doing.

    Here's the video if interested by the way
     
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    this motivate my ass off to get out of lazyness
     
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    yeah do not confuse short term cheating with long term business growth.
     
  11. SebastianG

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    Good one, I've started considering it morally con, basically, you use someone's else branding to sell something it doesn't exist. It just passes as "ok" because, oh well, you don't steal anyone's money, you just mess up with other people's time. Oh well, moving on.