7 Deadly IM Newbies Mistakes

7 deadly newbies mistakesAre You Guilty?

It’s been soooo hard for me to keep a blog post schedule. I am really struggling to write a blog post every week. That’s only 1 a week! And I can’t keep up! I finally took time to just sit and review what I’ve done, trying to work out where I’ve gone wrong.

I’m trying to make money online because I thought I would still be able to do it while taking care of the kids…. and everything else. But it’s just so hard to focus and do anything when you hear your kids calling you every 2 minutes. It seems like everyone needs something from me every second of every hour of every day.

It is very and truly exhausting. Add hyperthyroidism and I have the perfect storm. Please bear with me, I’m NOT giving up! It just means things have to go on a much slower pace than I like….

Anyways, these are my findings… I am so guilty of these deadly mistakes that I have been just wasting my precious time online instead of being productive.

My 7 Deadly Newbies Mistakes:

  1. No Goal

    I know people just keep on saying goal setting is very important. Because really if you don’t know where you are going…. well, you’re not really going anywhere.That’s what I’ve been doing so far. Without a goal in mind, I really don’t have a clear objective as to what I need to do, or if I’ve achieved anything.

    I thought once I’ve got my mindset and I’ve got my why then I can start. Turns out it’s not as simple. Goal setting should be the next thing you do.

    Have a goal, make a blueprint, set milestones. Then it will be easier to take a step by step approach towards your goal. It is much more likely that you will reach your goal too.

  2. Lack Focus

    “Shiny Object Syndrome” rings a bell anyone?

    In my defence, it’s really hard to focus with two little kids running around, breaking and messing everything, and yelling all the time.I don’t have much time in the day to do what I want to do. When I do, it is hard for me to focus on the task and just get it done. Excuses, excuses. Well, I’m trying my best to keep up with everything, stay afloat….keep learning…. start earning… :) (and if I can do it, I’m sure you can do it better!)

  3. Not Organized

    I am not an organised person (and my husband, on the other hand, is a ‘clean n tidy’ freak. I suppose that’s why he’s my better half. Opposites do attract – Just a side note). So, it gets even harder for me to focus and finish the task at hand because everything’s everywhere. Where did I save that image? Now where’s that video… or the instructions on how to do what…?
    I should really start to get organised. Keep everything in one place, with clear tabs! (note to self).

  4. Procrastination

    Need I say more? I am supposed to be writing a year’s worth of email sequences for my dear subscribers. But I still haven’t got around to do it. I get scared, don’t know what to write…I get distracted…everything seems more important…then I just never do it. Same thing with blog posts…. and a lot of other things.Just do it! There’s never a better time, and nothing else is more important.

  5. Always Looking For Shortcuts

    Trying to avoid the learning curve. If there’s a shortcut, why take the normal long winding road? But sometimes, once you’ve learned how to do things properly, then you know how to do it, and you can do it faster and faster…over and over.Sometimes it is worth the time and the learning curve.

  6. Wanting Too Much Too Soon

    Why am I still not getting the results that I want? I thought I’m taking shortcuts and all, I should be at the top already! I don’t have the patience and I get stressed out. I want the shortcuts to save me time… but instead, I’m going nowhere. Sometimes it’s true what they say… good things come to those who wait :) (don’t just wait around though… keep learning and taking massive actions!)

  7. Inconsistency

    Another one of my weakness. Has always been. I should have a plan. Write 10 posts in a sitting, then just publish one every week. Ha! I’ll be free to do other things for 9 weeks. I’m trying guys…. please bear with me….

Are you guilty of any of those? I know I am. All of them. If I don’t do anything I’ll never get anywhere now. I suppose these are all necessary learning curves for me.

This blog post is more like a note to myself, but we can all learn from each other, and that’s why I decided to write this as a blog post. Plus I don’t know what else to write and a blog post is overdue :)

I hope you enjoy reading this post and get something out of it.

 

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What Matters Now

On the last iPro Partners’ webinar, Dean Holland gave us a homework. It’s called WMN – What Matters Now. It’s such a simple but very powerful exercise that I feel I need to share with you guys. All who have done this WMN exercise claims all sorts of wonderful things. They are raving about how this WMN exercise has helped them moving forward in life, and in their business.

The steps to this exercise go like this:

  1. First take a pen and a piece of paper (yes, we’re going offline) and sit down somewhere comfortable. Take your time to relax, and make sure you don’t get distracted or rushed while doing this.
  2. Draw a vertical line in the middle of the paper. You will use the left side for your “brain dump” area (explained in the next step), and the right side for “What Matters Now” area.
  3. On this step I want you to write everything down, and I mean absolutely everything that’s been floating around in your head / mind. This is called a “brain dump”. Dump all your thoughts onto the paper.
  4. Take a look at all those things/thoughts on the brain dump side, one by one. Move the things that you consider priority to the “What Matters Now” column.
  5. Now that you have a list of things that matters to you most, you should prioritize them.
  6. That’s it! It’s time to take action.

 

When I first did this exercise, after I did my “brain dump” step I felt clarity. My mind was getting calmer. Then as I sorted and analysed my thoughts, I realised the things that have been making me busy unproductively. Things that I have spent time on without clear objective.
I can now just focus on things that matters. You have no idea how relieving this feels! As a result, I get to use my resources (time being the most valuable) much more effectively. I am more “here and now” then when all those thoughts are jumbled up in my head. Spiritually speaking this is a HUGE breakthrough.

So, because I feel this WMN exercise can really benefit anyone who’s willing to give it a try, I’m sharing this with you :)

Do this once in a while… do this as often as you’d like… just do this. Make time and do this. Then you can feel that you actually have more time to do more things that matters to you most.

I hope this exercise will benefit you greatly as it has helped me. Don’t forget to share with me your thoughts…. or if you’ve done this, how did you find it :)

 

 

 

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My First Sale !

Wow! It’s been waaaayyyyyy too long since I last wrote a blog post. Apologies. It was winter here, and in winter time everyone get sick A LOT. So, after a month of gastro and flu medley…. finally…. my husband got shingles!! Geez… no break. This year’s winter has been full on. But hey spring is here now.. the weather is warmer. So I’m finally back :)

I know I’ve got a lot to catch up on but I’m not giving up!

First…. I’m sooo excited to tell you that I got my very first sale yesterday!!! YAY!!! I feel giddy like a school girl on her first date… it’s really indescribable (do I spell that right?)

This is a big milestone for me. I haven’t been blogging for the past month, but I have been continuously learning and driving traffic to this specific offer. It’s called the Big Commission Blueprint by Dean Holland, a seven figure Internet Marketer from the UK. (ok..ok.. I sense a review coming up!)

If you want to check the offer that got me my very first commission online, here’s it:

Anyways, as they always say… your first sale is very special… because up until then, you can’t really feel sure that this Internet Marketing / Making Money Online thing can work for you. Can you ever make it online? Sure it was only about $20 in commission, but to me this is HUGE!!! I was feeling kind of desperate already… thinking if I can ever do it… when should I just give up.

Then yesterday I opened my email to see something that looked like a receipt. Automatically I thought “Now what have I bought?” (yes, I have been shopping a lot online). It really took a while before I realise what it was!!! Then I got those butterflies in my stomach… still feeling this is so unreal! Then I checked my email every minute or so… just to make sure the buyer doesn’t change his/her mind and refund it straight away :) He/She might still refund it, but I guess it’s time to just work what worked and get over it. No point worrying.

Fingers crossed this is the first of many more to come.

To Financial Freedom! Onwards and upwards guys, cheers :)

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Turning Weakness Into Strength

Since starting on my Internet Marketing journey, I have fallen victim to the more savvy Internet Marketers. Basically, I’ve been a wso junkie. The lead magnets look oh so *bling bling* in my eyes and I can’t help but enter my email address in exchange for it. So I’m on their lists… and their retargetting lists.. and I start buying one wso after another. If you want to read about it I made a confession.

I know I said since I joined the Quick Start Challenge I’ve stopped buying. That’s true… but somehow after the challenge finished I have found myself started buying one wso after another…. again!

I always see this as a weakness of mine. Some addiction that I need to recover from. However, as I progress in my journey, now I understand that it’s not necessarily a negative aspect. How so ? (asked my wallet) Well, for one, I can do an honest review of all the products that I buy. Therefore other people can benefit by having a more informed decision. So I can really turn this weakness of mine into strength… and help people on the way.

I know it is hard and rare in this industry to find an honest review of a product. Because all those reviews are basically created by affiliate marketers who are trying to sell you a product. Lately I have been buying products that have glowing reviews only to find out they really don’t live up to the expectations. Once or twice I do come across marketers who do honest reviews, and I really respect them for it. I think it’s a really good way to stand up and be different in this industry. Although it may mean you won’t get as much commissions, but I do believe in doing what my heart tells me… and asking people to buy something that is of little or no value.. feels like cheating. It’s just not right.

Now I have to admit I have my challenges. I’m relatively new to this industry and so I understand that it might show in my review.

But I promise you that I will do an honest review as best as I can to provide the most values to you, my readers.

One last thing, I do come across some cool things that I can get for free (yay!).. and I will pass those on to you too! – pinky promise 😉

 

 

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How Much Does It Cost To Run A Blog?

So You Want To Make Money Blogging?

Whether you want to supplement your income or replace your income entirely, making money online has been a choice a lot of people made. I know how good it sounds being able to make money and still be there for your family, or being able to make money no matter where you are in the world (as long as you have a laptop and a good internet connection). What some people don’t know or sometimes overlook is the cost associated with running a profitable blog.

Sure everyone can have a free blog, but when it comes to monetizing your blog, unfortunately, you have to spend some money first. Ironic, I know, but don’t let this discourage you to start blogging for profit, it was never my intention. I want you to have a more informed decision on what you’re getting yourself into. So please take notes on what or how much is it going to cost you to start and run a blog.

 

The Cost Of Blogging For Money

1. Domain Name and Hosting

So how much do you need to start a blog? What do you need the money for? First, you need a domain name and a paid hosting account. If you’re asking why you can’t use the free blogger site or wordpress instead, please read this post by Ramsay from Blog Tyrant. He explains it much better than I can.

You can purchase a domain name through a domain registration companies such as GoDaddy, or Namecheap (they seem to be the favourite). If you are looking for the best domain name for your blog, read my tips in this post and hope it helps.

The next thing you need is a hosting account. From my research I learned that Bluehost and HostGator is the top choice for newbie bloggers because they have affordable plans, easy to use (1-click WP install), and good customer service. It’s a good idea to sign up for a hosting plan that allows you to have unlimited domains. Sometimes when you buy your hosting plan for a year or more they will throw in a domain name for free.

So, to have a self-hosted blog to start with, you need about US$10/year to buy a .com domain name and about US$60/year for hosting.

 

2. WordPress Themes and Plugins

Assuming you install and set up WordPress on your blog by yourself, the next thing you want to do is install a WP (WordPress) theme and plugins. The nice thing about WP is that there are so many free themes and plugins that when you only just started, you don’t really need to pay for anything. However, again with all things in life,  when you purchase the premium themes and plugins, they come with customization options that will make your life so much easier. If you want to market your brand or just making your blog or website so much more professional-looking, then I suggest you install a premium theme. At the moment I’m still deciding on which theme would be best for my blog.

You can find some very nice and professional WP themes here: Elegant Themes, Genesis, Woothemes, Themes Forest, Thrive Themes. When purchasing your theme, you should also be aware of the license – whether you get a personal license for just 1 website, or an extended license, can you use it on your client’s website, etc.

For a premium WP theme, you can expect to spend between US$60 per theme or $147/year for Thrive Themes.

Now the plugins. There are myriads of WP plugins available in the market, free or paid. I’m still trying to get by not buying plugins, except for WP InstaLegal (it just made it so much easier to CYA – cover your *ss – pardon my french).

Paid themes and plugins are optional. If you’re on a shoestring budget, you might be able to skip this first.

 

3. Autoresponder

If you intend to blog for profit, then this is a must. The market leader now are GetResponse and AWeber. Why can’t you go with something cheaper or free at first? People say if you go with any of the two mentioned before, your emails are more likely to reach to hard-earned subscribers. I think this is very important, because….. ever heard the phrase “the money is in the list”? That’s why.

I go with GetResponse because their rates are a bit cheaper, and they don’t charge if people unsubscribe from your list. But I know some bloggers who swears by AWeber and would not go with anything else. So it’s your choice :) As long as you go with any of the two you can’t go wrong. That’s my personal opinion though.

For GetResponse the lowest price is $15/month (for up to 1,000 subscribers)
For AWeber it’s $19/month (for up to 500 subscribers)

 

4. Content creation

Some people choose to write themselves. I do, mainly because I don’t have the money yet to spend on outsourcing my content. But as your business progress, or if you think you’re better at planning, doing business strategies, etc. then why waste time on writing your own content. Your time is valuable and can be used to do something more of value. Depending on the quality, this could be expensive. I have no experience so I can’t really tell you how much this would cost you. It would depend on where you outsource, the length of the article, the quality.

 

5. Traffic

Again, because time is of the essence, and traffic (that converts) is the Holy Grail….people can’t wait or no longer want to depend on SEO to do its magic and bring their expensively outsourced content on page 1 Google. Not to mention Google’s another animal update (would it be phoenix…panther?) that might bring all the hard work crashing with it. Of course you need to look into social media sharing and SEO to get free traffic, but sometimes this is not enough. Then there’s always paid traffic. How much does paid traffic cost? I believe it can be as much as you want to spend on it. It really depends on your budget.

 

6. Other supporting software and equipment

Included in this category is stock photos.

You might want to take your own photos, so you’ll need a camera.

At the very least you need a laptop or a desktop computer (I suppose you can use a tablet or a mobile phone though really not my preference).

You need storage for backup, might need keyword planning software, etc. The list is endless.

 

There really is no upper limit to this blogging budget. You can go as extravagant as you like. On the other hand if you’re like me, bare bones blogging, then in my opinion, at least get your domain name, self-hosting package, and an autoresponder.

I wish you every success in your blogging journey. I hope you’re still as excited now about starting a blog after reading all the costs involved. Happy blogging…. and please say hi!

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10 Tips For Choosing Best Domain Name For Your Business

10 tips for choosing the best domain name for your business So now you’re ready to create your online presence. That’s great. You need a website, and you need a domain name. Choosing a domain name is a process, just like anything else. Easiest pick would be using your name or a variation of your name. If you don’t want to go with your name for whatever reason, brainstorming and writing down everything might be a start, but how to choose one that would be best for your business? The possibilities might seem overwhelming at first, but following these tips would surely narrow down your choices – and hopefully find the best domain name for your business.

  1. Think about what you want to accomplish. Are you trying to brand yourself? Or just for the search engine friendliness?If you want to brand yourself/ your business, the domain name that you choose won’t have to serve as a source of leads. You want something that would impress your potential customers and is easy to remember.If you’re just selling a product, then you’d want a domain name that relates directly to the product/the customers’ plight. You have to be careful, however, if you’re an affiliate marketer and want to use the product name as your domain name. The vendor will not like that and they might sue you as a result.
  2. Make it memorable and easy to spell. Keep the length of domain name 15 – 25 characters at maximum (only if it can’t be avoided), and keep it to 2 – 4 syllabus (also, at maximum). If you have a business name that long it might not actually fit in your business card anyway. You want your domain name to be simple and easy to remember.
  3. Do a keyword research using Google’s Keyword Tool and Google Trends . More and more people are using Google to find what they need. This is equally important for both online and offline businesses. Put yourself in your potential customer’s shoes. What might they search for? What terms are top-of-mind? What are the keywords that have buyer intent? Try to write down a few keywords that are associated with your business and check their availability with a domain registration company such as GoDaddy and Namecheap. If you hit the right notes you increase your chance of being found.
  4. Choose .COM extension if you can. It’s the most popular. Stick to convention. Exceptions are for international domains like .CO.UK, .COM.AU and the like. If you’re trying to brand yourself, you might want to get the other extensions to, like .ORG and .INFO of your domain name. Just to make sure noone else would use the same name.
  5. Avoid using hyphens, dashes and other special characters. They-just-make-your-domain-more-difficult-to_find*.
  6. Try to be creative. People would remember something catchy, like those songs you can never get out of your head. If you can find a domain name that is in association with your products/services/ideas and already resonates with what’s inside your customer’s mind, you’ve found a winner.
  7. Try to be different. What I mean is try to pick a domain name that is NOT too similar to another site or business. Avoid Goodle, for example.
  8. Would your domain name violate any trademarks? Again, you have to be careful or you’ll learn it the hard way.
  9. If you choose a domain name according to trend, will it still be in style later? I would avoid anything “Gangnam” if I were you. Seriously.
  10. Pick words that are NOT often misspelled. Dyslexics are everywhere, and they’re often the best of customers. This way you don’t have to think about buying the misspelling version of your domain name to prevent confusion.

Those 10 tips are my best pick for you to choose the best domain name for your business. I hope that those tips have somehow shine the light for you.

If you’re still stuck, check out some domain name generators like Name Mesh, Nameboy, or Panabee.

Another option is to go with an expired domain names. More on that later 😉

That’s it folks! Good luck hunting!

 

 

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Confession Of A WSOholic

Hi, my name is Christine, and I was a WSOholic. I don’t even know what WSO stands for, but I felt the need to keep buying them. Every time I bought them I feel I’m closer to that magic push button that can make me rich overnight.

The first thing I did in the morning was open up my emails to see the wso offers for the day. I would normally believe the hype, and bought the dimesale product. Sometimes I bought the OTO too. If they said they’re going to charge a monthly fee for something, and I’m one of the lucky ones who get to have it for a tiny one-time investment, I just have to have it. It’s too good an offer to pass, isn’t it?

Confession of a wsoholicI would or would not read them, sometimes even forget I ever bought them. They are to be sitting in my hard drive collecting cyber dust never to see the light of day again. Now I have the information, I can always take action tomorrow and get rich the day after. Just after this next very lucrative sounding wso…..

Sound familiar? I hope not. I hope it was just me. I’m on rehab now. Just got my one-month wso free badge yesterday. Never been so proud.

I still haven’t made a single dollar online, but at least I’m no longer splurge my hard-earned money (or worse, my husband’s) on one shiny object after another.

I was always too scared of anything technical, and that’s why I’ve been trying to find a short cut, or a way around it.

I really have the Quick Start Challenge to thank for my rehab and recovery from this so called shiny object syndrome. You see, this program provided me with a simple step-by-step and structural guide to take the correct and necessary action to build an online presence, and eventually…. make money.

I was a complete newbie, and a technically challenged one. With following some simple steps, and the help of friends that I found along the way in this journey (the Quick Start Challenge community), I’ve actually gotten this far. I’ve never imagined I would have a proper blog, with an opt in form and everything.

This is only the beginning, but it has been a remarkable one so far. More than I could ever have bargained for.

I just would like to thank the Quick Start Challenge staff, especially Dean Holland, Craig Crawford, and Robert Phillips, and also everyone in the QSC community that have been ever so helpful. I’m no longer a wso junkie.

I know now there’s no magic push button (even if there is it won’t be a dimesale :P). I know now if I ever want to get there, I do have to put an effort, take action, keep learning, and never ever quit. I also know that I need and would love nothing more than to share with other people in this making money online journey.

To our continued online success!

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The Mindset For Success

Have you got what it takes?

I have been bloghopping, and just reading posts from other Internet Marketers a lot lately. One word comes to mind – Mindset. Hence the title of this blog post. It seems to be one key to achieving success, if not “the” key. Our mindset can really be the difference between making it or breaking it.

mindset for success

From what I’ve learned, there are a few important points to have the mindset for success:

  1. Positive thinking – this is to do with the law of attraction. If you think positive, you will attract positive things your way.
  2. Taking action – stop procrastinating, stop thinking about the “what if”s. If you don’t do anything now, you will stay where you are now. If you take action, even if you fail, you would have learned something valuable.
  3. Stop making excuses – stop telling yourself and others why you can’t. These excuses grow on you and are holding you back. Believe that you can do it.
  4. Move out of your comfort zone and push yourself forward. Make it so uncomfortable being in your comfort zone that you would have no other choice but to move forward. There’s no turning back.
  5. The least, but probably most important – find your WHY. Once you’ve found your WHY, the HOW is easy. You can learn the HOW, but if you don’t know your WHY, it would be so easy to just stop or turn back. WHY will push ourselves forward to success.

This has nothing to do with WordPress or anything technical, but for me, I think it is important to have a strong underlying foundation. Once you’ve got the Mindset for Success, there’s no stopping you to get there.

The next step is to set a goal. This provides a direction to help us focus. This is an essential step for me so I can overcome my shiny objects syndrome. For example, if you wish to do offline consulting for local businesses, then you would probably just skip that next wso about cpa or fiverr although they come with one million dollars worth of bonuses and a promise to make you rich overnight. On the other hand, a new wso about generating leads for local businesses might be a tool for you.

Once you’ve set your goal and direction, and have the right mindset to get there, time management comes to play. I believe with time management you can use your time more effectively, thus make you more productive. You are bound to get there sooner.

Lastly, I would love to hear your opinions about this. Please share with me what you think about these things I’ve just learned. I hope together we will achieve success.

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Breaking through! – Quick Start Challenge Video

So there, done and dusted. A short 40 seconds or so video, uploaded to Youtube.

I have finally created a video of myself as part of the Quick Start Challenge week 2 assignment.

I feel good now that I’ve actually done and get this over with.

For you guys who still procrastinate, please just do it. I didn’t think, just blurted out whatever came out, just for 40 seconds, and I’m done. Uploaded without even checking.

All about taking actions…correct actions…and getting out of your comfort zone.

Just a quick note:

By default YouTube will show suggested videos after your video finished playing. Since you don’t have any control whatsoever over these videos, I  recommend you to disable the suggested videos from YouTube.

There’s two ways to go about it:

1. Via YouTube

When you go to your YouTube account, after you uploaded your video, you will have an option to share the video.

You go to “Embed” to get the URL, then click on “Show More” and untick all the boxes.

 

2. Via WordPress

Once you get the embed URL of your YouTube video you can add ‘?rel=0’ behind the code.

 

Hope this little tips help 😉

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I have a dream

I Have A Dream

I never had to worry about money before. But now with a mortgage, kids, and having to live on a meagre single income (still it’s a blessing that hubby has a job), I find it hard to make ends meet sometimes.

I’ve been looking to find a way to make money for a while now. Something I can do while still being able to take care of my kids and do other domestic duties. So naturally I look for a way to make money online.

I tried writing on Squidoo, Bubblews, and a few other platforms. Sold a few items on Ebay. Tried to post a few gigs on Fiverr. Tried this and that with no obvious result. Buying one wso after another. I’m sure some of you can relate :) I literally have spent thousands of dollars (please don’t tell my husband) and make almost nothing. I’m desperate to make just that first dollar online.

Then The Quick Start Challenge came to my attention and I just knew this is what I’ve been looking for. It will give me the learning curve that I need (I’m no techie), it will give me a direction (helps me focus), and support. Best of all, I get to make new friends along the way :)

Now I know this is just the beginning. It’s my first blog post on my first blog, and I don’t know where this road will take me. I just know now I want to stop dreaming. It’s time to wake up and greet the sun. It’s a brand new day after all  :)

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