Are You Living Your Internet Marketing Lifestyle?

November 14, 2013 in Guest Posts, Internet Marketing Lifestyle by Perry

When meeting new people, the inevitable question soon pops up “What do you do?” This happened only last night in the Gold Coast Airport departure lounge when I was waiting to board a plane to Kuala Lumpa. I of course have many answers to this question depending on who’s asking, but for those who really want to know we often end up in a long discussion about the benefits of the Internet Lifestyle. Many of these people express to me that they to would love to have the freedom I dearly love and to live a laptop lifestyle but few take the action and make it happen. I really don’t know why, so I recently put the word out in the IM Lifestyle community and asked the question “What barriers deter people from living the Internet Marketing Lifestyle? The responses make interesting reading.

Here’s what some had to say:

Nathaniell Brenes – One More Cup of Coffee

Nathaniel BrenesNo doubt there’s lots of hype around the “Internet marketing lifestyle“, and there are many ways to get there. Some of them are practical, some of them not. Whatever path you choose to make money on the Internet or leverage online business to work from home, there are 3 common barriers I see to actually achieving ones goals.

1) Managing Expectations

Unfortunately there are lots of programs, books, videos, networks, blogs, websites and any other form of information out there that have promoted the idea that an Internet business can be automated. There are some parts of the business that give an illusion of automation, but very often there is a whole lot of hard work sitting behind the ‘system’ that is set in place.

And even then, most of what is done behind the scenes of a great Internet business is not automated. It’s outsourced. Simply said, you need to be WORKING on your business. If you are not, you need to hire someone to do it for you.

Money comes from customers, and customers want stuff. They want products, they want information, and they want to get their moneys worth. Someone has to deliver it.

The other huge misconception with expectations is how much and how fast you can make money. I honestly don’t know why people turn to the internet as a last resort to make money. I get emails almost weekly from folks saying that they don’t have a job, are in debt, have bills to pay, and need to start making money by the end of the month.

Sorry, but the Internet will not solve your money problems by the end of the month. Develop a 6 month plan, then revamp and look another year into the future. You can do a lot in a year. You can’t do jack in two weeks.

2) Independent Work

Another huge thing that’s holding people back from even starting their journey towards that glorious first internet payday is, well, not even getting started. Most of what you need to know about how to set up your business is available online, and available for free. It’s easier than ever to reach the experts, talk to them, ask them questions, and pick away at the huge bank of knowledge you’ll need to get things moving.

I recently wrote a review about a scammy product, warning folks to stay away from it. Within the body of the review I explained very clearly that this was not a product I recommended, but linked to legit ones where visitors could start their training. I like to related blog posts, and even outlined the basics of how I make money with my own blogs.

But I still get comments like these:Living the Internet Marketing Lifestyle

And when I receive these, it’s very obvious that they not only did not read the review in detail, they didn’t follow any links, and they didn’t read any of the other comments.

These visitors were looking for a simple answer. They want me to say, “Yes, here is the product. It’s free. And you will start making money by the end of the week. No previous skills necessary. Full automated, $5,000 per week.”

I can’t help you if you can’t even read the information that’s sitting in front of you.

3) Commitment

The biggest factor preventing internet entrepreneurs from realizing their dreams is commitment. Like anything else, it takes time to get your bearings and become good at what you do. As mentioned in the “manage expectations” topic from above, people set goals of weeks and months, when they should be setting goals of years and decades.

I see people make comments like, “I will try it for a month, and if it doesn’t work, I know it’s a scam”.

But how do you learn to play an instrument?

By that definition, guitars are a scam. Try for a month, and I guarantee you won’t be able to play anything well.

And foreign languages are a scam too. Try learning one for a few hours per day for 4 weeks and you will be seriously disappointed.

There are many paths to success. Pick one, and stick with it. Hone your craft, better yourself, and above all, don’t quit. You never know when success is right around the corner, and if you quit today, you’ll never know if tomorrow was going to be your first breakthrough.

A contribution by Nathaniell Brenes of One More Cup of Coffee fame. He has a great website and videos and has a lot of experience teaching people how to start making money online. I recommend you check out his Youtube Channel here and jump right in!

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Richard Marriott – Clambr

Richard Marriott1. Fear of Failure

You will fail more times than you win in life, but it’s the ability to get up and try again that will eventually lead your to success.

Too many people are deterred from living the Internet marketing lifestyle simply because they are afraid. Some are not just afraid of trying, but even afraid of succeeding. If you’re reading this post you must want to live the dream and you probably also know how to build a profitable lifestyle online, the question is what’s stopping you?

If it is fear that’s holding you back and nothing else, learn to confront it and deal with it. It’s good to be afraid and that will drive you to push towards your goals, but you should never let fear become so dominating that it literally stops you dead in your tracks. After all, fear is just a human emotion. Once you realise this, and how trivial it is, you can learn to laugh it off and move forward.

2. Social Conditioning

So you want to take the leap into the IM lifestyle but everyone around you is telling you otherwise – “but what about your career?”, “why don’t you just change jobs?”.

Society conditions us to follow by its rules, creating a flock of sheep rather than a pack of wolves. The sheep will murmur and baahh to keep you back in the pen. The thought of not having stable employment scares them and they will constantly warn you against quitting the 9 to 5 and living the Internet marketing dream because life outside the pen frightens them.

Sheep live out their days in a closed off, protected environment, with a steady flow of food and shelter and will stay there until they die. They are happy with a stable pay check and know nothing of the freedom the outside world offers. Their 2 week holiday allowance is enough for them. They don’t yearn for more.

Wolves can go for days without eating. They walk for miles, encounter many dangers, fight off other wolves and must adapt to survive. They live a fulfilling life and will grow their territory by the more they pursue.

My advice is to ignore the sheep. They will do nothing but cloud your mind with doubt and negativity. Seek advice from wolves. They don’t live behind fences. They are free and know it’s possible and far more fulfilling to live life out of the pen.

3. Too Much Conflicting Information

There are two types of advice on the Internet: The advice that will help your dreams come true, and the advice that will crush them.

When I started out looking for ways to make money online I was conned by a number of “get rich quick” schemes and almost gave up on the idea that building a comfortable lifestyle online was even possible. It’s easy to lose sight of how achievable the Internet marketing lifestyle actually is and if you go down the wrong path you will be doomed from the start.

The key is to trust in yourself, not in others to provide a quick and easy solution. You must create your own empire and seek information that will help you build something for yourself.

Don’t get distracted by “get rich quick” schemes. Block anything like that out of your mind. Learn to ignore it and focus on what you should be doing:

Building an authority site in a niche you can write about, love and has a masses of wallet out buyers ready to both learn from you and buy from you.

That’s it. It’s no magical formula, but it works.

Richard Marriott at the time of writing, is holed up in a secret French Alps location building a $9k a month authority site in 90 days.

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Tom Coleman – MobiDigital

Tom ColemanMindset

The 1st and most important thing for me is mindset as most people are conditioned from a young age that they have to get a 9-5 job, so it is very hard to break free from that type of thinking that it is possible to make a full time income from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. It’s even harder When everyone else around you has the same conditioning too.

Risk Factor

2nd would be the risk factor. Most people are too comfortable in there current situation and too afraid to step outside the comfort zone and take a risk.

Self Doubt

3rd is self doubt and negative thinking. You need to train your mind to focus on the solution instead of the problem or focus on the positive outcomes rather than the negative outcomes. Focus on success and living the lifestyle you want to live instead of focusing on failure.

Tom Coleman is is an Australian who likes a good walkabout. Currently CEO of Mobidigital.com.au/ a Google Adwords and re-marketing company.

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Stephen Wilson – Twisted Gigolo Media

Stephen Wilson

Fear

1: I do not think the problem is a new one. It is basically the same dilemma as any employed individual faces, whether it be online or offline – the fear of going it alone and giving up the reliance of a set regular income. Sure, working online gives you a lot of freedom, when you make it work, but the bottom line remains the same – some people are willing to take the plunge were others are not. Why? Next point….

Time

2: Maybe current responsibilities i.e. not having the time due to employment arrangements and family commitments. Maybe some people are not willing to embark on a long term transitional or trial period of the business idea (essential) and not willing to sacrifice the necessary time for what is still the main ingredient of success (online or offline) – hard work.

This is my eighth year working in online marketing and I still have a constant stream of projects under development, knowing that not all of them will enjoy the success that I originally envisaged. While I still hold a number of position 1 and page 1 site rankings, the reality is that few of us can really rely on just one income stream to fuel an online lifestyle, which may discourage some, so be prepared to have broad shoulders and keep developing quality new ideas in niche areas. If one works, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy what you’ve worked for, but don’t become complacent. Whole workforce’s have been laid off over night just because of algorithm changes. Similarly, relying on a large social following is a mistake, many of those people may already have the current product or service you are marketing. So to have all your eggs in one basket is never a good idea, but especially online!

The Plunge

3: The continuing increase in competition in all online sectors is understandably going to make people think twice about ‘the plunge’. This together with Google’s recent pandering to big corporates in the hope that they will drive more people to their Adword platform – will no doubt been seen as a possible barrier when people are researching their market. On a positive note, us publishers can greatly improve our chances of success, if we aim towards what Google still holds above all else – original content via an engaging site.

The reality in my opinion is that more and more people are taking ‘the plunge’ to some degree and for those people it’s not only the hard work ingredient that they must bring to the table – but a mixture of constant research and development in an ever-changing online landscape which, despite the evolution and importance of social media, still boils down to the domination of Google search and how it favors your online aspirations. Oh and again, point number 1! : )

Stephen Wilson is the Managing Director of Twisted Gigolo Media

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Brigham Dallas – Fat Boys’ Launch Pad

Brigham Dallas - Internet LifestyleLiving abroad barriers:

a) – The Unknown – people fear it. We embrace it. Adventure, the idea of exploring outweighs the danger of the unknown and fear of imperfect expectations of the future.

b) Friends and family connections – we give up a lot living abroad – the comfort of seeing a family daily or being close to those we currently care about. my friends circle has grown every time i move countries though.

c) Cost – this is the one that people think they can’t overcome… how on earth do you live abroad – it’s so costly? The truth? I’ve spent less on my lifestyle than you do on yours! imagine how much cheaper life would be if you didn’t have to pay $80 phone bills monthly, $1k house bill, $500 car payments, $250 in gas bills, and $15 every time you go out to eat. The fact is, 3rd world countries are cheap and if you have the luxury to work from your computer, you can pick the best and cheapest places to live.

d) Instability of the Region – What if i get sick overseas? What if i get in trouble? True. You could get injured, sick, abducted like on the movie taken, or thrown in prison for marijuana smoking in Malaysia (that’s would be worse than a horror movie!). But the truth is you could also get injured, sick, hit by a car, and shot in your backyard. Be careful, learn street smarts and don’t push yourself too hard at first. If the food looks shady, don’t eat it, don’t walk down a dark alley alone if you can avoid it and be constantly aware of your surroundings. Risk is always there, even at your own home, but intelligence mitigates some of the risk. And my experience has been that the benefits way outweigh the risks.

Barriers aside, traveling and learning from talented and passionate people from around the world has been the greatest education I could have acquired. You being one of them Perry, thanks for teaching me what I needed to get started on my career path in life.

Brigham Dallas recently launch Fat Boys’ Launch Pad.

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If you enjoyed reading this, do you agree? What’s stopping you from starting over, leaving the rat race for good and living the life you want to live? I’d love to hear your stories.

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