My Story: From Broke To 6 Figures A Year Online

In the past couple of years I’ve been focusing on doing product reviews on this blog for you guys… but today I decided to go back to the roots and actually do a straight up blog post. I want to share my story with you – how I went from having a full time 9-5 job and knowing NOTHING about making money online to making 6 figures a year in profit. I hope that this will inspire you to take action, if making money online is something that you’re trying to do but you’re still struggling. It’s easier than you think and when you’ll read my whole story, you’ll see that my beginnings were quite humble.

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Back in 2007 I tried making money online for the first time… I just got my BA degree in English and I thought that I wanted to work as a translator. Little did I know that when you sum up all the hours of work of a freelance translator, including looking for jobs, applying, being constantly online to be able to win a bid with hundreds of other freelance translators – the money is NOT that good. You’re being paid around $8-$9 per page and translating one can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour. I did quite a few jobs but in the end I found it very energy draining, time consuming and the payout wasn’t that great – so I moved on.

Why I’m even mentioning it? Because it was the first time that I actually made money online – all I had to do is turn on my laptop and got online payments after finishing the job :)

After that I took a long break from making money online – 5 years. Yes, I didn’t really try again until 2012. At that time I was trying to grow my offline business, but that’s a whole different story. Me and my wife were really struggling financially in 2012 – I was working full time and on my days off I was trying to grow my offline business, yet we were still living from paycheck to paycheck. That’s why I decided to try this “make money online” thing again – just to make an extra $600 a month to help to pay the bills. I didn’t really have a ton of free time so I knew it had to be something I could to in around 30 minutes a day.

I won’t bore you with all the different systems and formulas that I tried and failed with… but there were many. I have to mention that apart of not having much free time, I also didn’t really have much money to invest… I mean, even $20 at that time was a lot – it was either an online course or groceries for a couple of days.

Finally – a light at the end of a tunnel! I stumbled upon a site called Fiverr.com – and I instantly knew that I will be able to make money on it. $5 a pop for doing micro-jobs… that was perfect for me. I didn’t really need any special skills and these “Gigs” could be delivered in a few minutes. So I started testing – seeing what kind of gigs sell and which ones I would be actually able to deliver.

Like I mentioned before – I have a BA in English, so I felt comfortable with writing “gigs”. That’s exactly how I started making CONSISTENT money online for the first time – writing articles, blog posts, re-writing stuff, writing emails, testimonials etc. I knew I wasn’t going to make millions with it – but an extra $300 a month was a great start! Then it grew to $600, then to $1000. My goal was to make a consistent $1500 per month – at this point I knew I would be able to quit my 9 to 5 job and focus on my online business.

Then it finally happened – in November of 2014, I quit my job and started making money online full time. Remember – at this point, I was making $1500 a month, which allowed me to quit… AND something absolutely crazy and unexpected happened… the next month I made $2000 in profit, and the month after that $3000! How was that even possible? Well, simply because I had tunnel-vision, I was able to focus on making money online and nothing else – that’s when I started to see all the different opportunities I didn’t even have time for before.

Long story short – apart of making money on Fiverr, I created an online course showing people how to do exactly what I was doing… I was super fortunate to team up with a famous marketer and we sold over 1000 copies. At that point, I took it to the next level and started offering 1-on-1 coaching to people who just like me wanted to start making money on Fiverr. Since everything I was doing was working, I was simply doing more of the same – over and over and over and… by June 2015 I was making 5 figures per month in profit and I haven’t slowed down since!

I’m not writing this to brag or anything – I just want to show you that it is possible for ANYONE to make money online, no matter their experience, income or country of origin. Trust me – if I was able to make it, anyone can!

Anyhow, I hope reading this helped you in some way – either inspired you or gave you an idea on how you can start making money online… Please leave a comment if you have any questions or if you’d like to share your own story!

Click Here if you’d like to grab my course on Making Money on Fiverr/as a Freelancer

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5rr Enigma – get a Free Copy

Do you know how I started making money online? Well, one day I stumbled upon a site called Fiverr.com and it literally changed my life! I started making money with simple gigs in my spare time and here I am, fast-forwarding to 2015 – making a full time living from the comfort of my home! :)

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Click Here on the 17th of December at 9am EST for an Early Bird Discount!

If you want to win a Free Copy of 5rr Enigma, please leave a comment below!

It can be about anything – but if it will be about me, I’ll definitely smile & feel good about myself :)

I will be giving away free copies according to the number of comments – 10% are winners, so 50 comments will mean 5 free copies, etc.

Here are the winners of the Free Giveaway (we had 80+ comments but I decided to give away one extra free copy – a total of 10 :)

1) Elliott Bower

2) Sheela Kalawar

3) Johnny Chaname

4) Linda Rogers

5) Andy Palmer

6) Sandra Hails

7) Juan Antonio Maseda

8) Dlynn Saumer

9) Yudistira Nara Zerta

10) Ken Carmody

Winners, please email me at art@artofmarketingblog.com and I’ll email you back with the access link. Congratulations! :)

Click Here at 9am EST on the 17th of December for an Early Bird Discount!

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Get my new course for Free! Simple Profits System – how I make $410.23 per day

I was getting ready to release this course for a long time… I literally worked on it for a few months! It’s called Simple Profits System and inside I’m sharing ALL of my secrets when it comes to making money online – I’m talking hundreds of dollars per day! And you know what? You can win a Free Copy of the course :)

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Click Here on the 20th of September at 9am EST for an Early Bird Discount!

If you want to win a Free Copy of Simple Profits System, please leave a comment below!

It can be about anything you want – internet marketing, me, you or the weather :)

I’ll give away free copies according to the number of the comments – 10% will win, so 50 comments will mean 5 free copies.

Here are the winners of the Free Giveaway (we had 50+ comments which means I’m giving away 6 free copies):

1) Michelle Cord

2) Bea Vilelia Sanchez

3) Phil Waters

4) Penny Chow

5) Rod Doiron

6) Caldwell Jackson

Winners, please email me at art@artofmarketingblog.com and I’ll email you back with the access link. Congratulations :)

Click Here at 9am EST on the 20th of September for an Early Bird Discount!

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Why you’re failing over and over again?

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Today I wanted to touch on a subject that is not directly connected to internet marketing or making money online… but it is! Success vs failure

Most people don’t really know what it is they want… Many define what they want by stating what they don’t want. As a result, they get exactly what they don’t want. Why? Simply because instead of focusing on what they do want they are focused on what they don’t want!

If you focus on the things you don’t want, you are going to get what you focus on. Where focus goes, energy flows! Now that might seem like it’s backwards but in reality that is exactly what many people do and they don’t understand why they continually get the results they get. Your mind attracts to you that which is the center of your focus. If your focus is on what you don’t want you will get that which you focus on.

It is extremely important to be specific about what you want as well. It is not enough to say you want more money; you must be specific about the amount of more money you want. If you make $50,000 a year, your subconscious mind thinks that $50,001 is more money which it is and therefore you have reached your goal. Your efforts to get more fail because you’re now thinking I don’t want $50,001 I want more.

Now you might be thinking “I want to make more money and in the back of your mind more money means $60,000 a year, but all you say is more money. See the difference? You must be specific and say next year I want to make $60,000. You must know exactly what it is you want or you will fail to get it.

Here’s what will make all the difference in the world:

You must know exactly what it is you want!
You must know every detail, how having what you want will make you feel. What having what you want will do for you, give you more status, more prestige, raise your standard of living. You must know every detail or you will stumble along the way and feel like a failure.

You must have a time frame in mind!
You need to set a date by which you expect to have gained the object of your focus. If you desire to fit those designer jeans by springtime and you need to lose 15 pounds, set a date by which you expect to have lost the weight. Then using a series of smaller goals, affirm to lose 1 to 2 pounds pre week by mapping out a diet to cut out 500 calories a day.

Your goal must be measurable!
First start out with the end result clearly in mind. You should start out with a series of smaller obtainable goals. Success with these smaller goals fuels your confidence towards achieving a larger goal. Then have something to gage your success by. Starting with the end result, work backwards in detail until you get to the starting point where you will set out to achieve you goal. This gives you the exact steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Each step should lead you closer to obtaining your desired result. This becomes your ruler, check to see if you are on course.

You have to write down your goals!
Writing your goals out is another way to check if you have strayed from the course. It gives you something to follow. Write your goals out and read them daily. We have billions of thoughts per day and a goal is just another thought. Writing it down helps to keep that thought in mind instead of it being replaced by one of the other billions of thoughts. It also helps with your commitment to your goal. Seeing it daily reaffirms it in your mind.

Evaluate your progress!
Are you making headway? If not, why not? Adjust your plan to meet your long-term goal. Are you meeting your weekly or monthly weight loss goals? If not, determine what might be the problem. Add another half hour of walking each week or cut out second helpings.

Challenge yourself through adversity!
That means work hard, push yourself and feel a little discomfort if it means helping you reach your goals. Understand and acknowledge that change is not easy. If it were, you would have already achieved your goal. We tend to revert to previous behaviors when change gets difficult. Now is the time to develop new life behaviors.

You have a choice in what you get or don’t get. You choose to have success or you choose to have failure. There is nothing in between the two except you. What you choose to think about will be what you get. Focus on failure and no amount of effort will bring you the success you desire. The thing to do is focus your mind on success.

Chat soon :)

Art

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7 things you probably didn’t know about me…

7 things you probably didn’t know about me…

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Today I wanted to write a blog post that is a bit different… Most of it has nothing to do with Internet Marketing or Making Money Online (at least directly) but I hope that it will help you to understand where I came from and where I am now and hopefully get some inspiration!

Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about me:

1) Now I’m working as a Full Time Internet Marketer but I had a 9 to 5 job for over 13 years… I started working as a Bartender when I was 18 (yes, in Europe it’s legal) and my last real job was as a Bar Manager in a 5 star resort, here in the south of Portugal. I went through the typical career ladder, as you would as a blue collar worker – I was a bartender, supervisor, assistant manager and finally manager. Most people would be happy to reach a management position but I always knew that I wanted to do something else and not be working for someone else for the rest of my life…

2) Apart of my Online Business, I’m still running my offline business – an Events Company. We work mainly when the touristic season is in it’s full, which makes us work around 5 months a year. That is a perfect mix between my online and offline work because of how flexible my online working hours are! I literally couldn’t be happier with how everything fell into place.

3) I have a 17 month old daughter named Laura. After she was born I had to change most of my work habits but it all worked out for the best! I used to work very late (10pm-3am or so) but after she was born I was simply too tired in the end of the day to do any creative work… Now I’m waking up before she does (around 4-5am) and going to bed according to her schedule (9-10pm). This was a major change for me, especially having worked as a bartender for all these years but I’ve actually discovered that early in the morning is when I’m the most productive and creative!

4) I have a degree in English and I actually worked as an English teacher or a few weeks – but totally hated it :). This has pushed me on a path of making money online – I made my first money using the internet doing translations and proofreading jobs. I never really wanted to do that full time for a long time but it was great to see that you can make money using nothing else than your skills and a laptop – this opened a whole new world of possibilities for me.

5) I live in Portugal since 2008 (I’m originally from Poland) and over the years I’ve also lived in the US (in Cleveland, Ohio) and the UK (in Oxford). My wife is Portuguese so I’m definitely staying here :)

6) I have a younger sister and a younger brother… My sister is finishing her Law degree and she wants to work as a Judge and my brother just finished High School and still tries to figure out what he wants to do (maybe I can push him on the amazing path of online business!)

7) The first online course that I’ve officially released was about making money on Fiverr. I believe in only releasing courses that are backed up 100% by my own experience – no fluff or BS. Unfortunately not all of the marketers out there believe in the same principals… that’s why before I promote anything, I always go through the whole course to make sure that the quality of the information inside is up to my standards!

That’s it… hopefully you managed to get to know me a bit better and understand where I’m coming from :)

I’d love to hear about your story, so make sure to leave a comment below – if you have any questions, I’ll make sure to answer them ASAP.

Chat soon,

Art

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Do you really need an internet marketing coach?

Do you really need an internet marketing coach?

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I just realized that I didn’t post anything on my blog since December… Yes, I’ve been busy with product launches but that’s not an excuse to forget about blogging, right? :)

The idea for this blog post was following me for over a month and today I’m finally putting it all together. But let me start from the very beginning of my internet marketing story, so you can have a better idea of where I’m coming from.

So like most people, I’ve been struggling for years before I started making money online… I had success with making money offering different services online but I always wanted to start an online business instead of exchanging time for money as it was limiting the online potential – I knew that that was only means to an end for me.

After getting tens if not hundreds of different courses, trying them out for a while only to move on to something else after a couple of days I started seeing a pattern with people that were successful online – all of them had an internet marketing coach.

I was attracted to the idea of having a coach but for some reason (actually a good one, like for most of us – money) I decided to figure things out on my own. Needless to say – it took me much longer to succeed (to a certain extent) and I was lucky enough to encounter people on my way that I was able to learn a ton from and apply their knowledge and expertise to what I was doing.

Last year, I became clear about my plans regarding my online income – I was going to turn it into my full time income and do nothing else but this. I knew that I needed a coach at that point and I finally started to gather the money for the investment to get one.

Picking the right coach isn’t easy – not only do you have to make sure not to pay someone who is a scam artist but you also have to find someone who you’ll actually enjoy speaking to and learning from. I had calls with 5 different coaches but unfortunately none of them was 100% compatible with me and my needs.

I decided to take a different approach – see who is successful when it comes to the upandcomers and than see who is coaching them. A pattern that I saw was that it wasn’t only one coach that was responsible for the success of different individuals – these successful individuals had a coach who created a Mastermind for the students, so they can interact and support each other as well!

When I finally decided who my coach is going to be, I was thrilled! I invested 4 figures and joined the mastermind and to be totally honest – I wasn’t sure how I was going to make that money back… but my coach made me $1700 in cash in the first 2 weeks, literally with one simple advice – do this instead of that type of thing!

Of course that was only one piece of advice and since than I was able not only to make more money but also meet new people, learn new things and be exposed to different opportunities that I would have missed if it wouldn’t be for my coach!

Bottom line – if you want to make money online and/or step your game up – get a coach! Yes, you can do it all alone and if your persistent, you’ll eventually get there but a coach can catapult you from where you are to where you want to be in no time.

The number one thing that you can invest in is in yourself and a coach will not only teach you new things and show you all the shortcuts but he/she will also push you, to make sure that you reach your maximum potential.

In the words of Anderson Silva (an MMA fighter) – “That’s it”! Now if you are serious about succeeding online, get a coach and accelerate your growth. :)

Art

P.S. If you want my advice on which coach you should pick, just shoot me a quick email – artofmarketing@live.com

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Best Internet Marketing Forums – Top 5

Best Internet Marketing Forums – Top 5

Best Internet Marketing Forums

Best Internet Marketing Forums

Best Internet Marketing Forums – Here’s my Top 5

Internet is a Big place and you can find information about virtually anything in a matter of seconds… but it can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to look. When it comes to internet marketing, online business and making money online there is a lot of misinformation out there – some people would even call it straight up Scams (and in some cases they are right).

Fortunately for all of us there are a few places where not only can we find good quality information for free (or almost for free) but also connect with like-minded individuals! Just think about it – how many internet marketers or people that are making money online are living in your neighborhood? Maybe there are even a few but the chances of you two running into each other by accident are slim to none.

Best Internet Marketing Forums have came a long way, since the first ones started to emerge and what initially was a meeting point for a few enthusiasts, now is a full-blown business – and I think that this is absolutely a good thing.

Now there are more possibilities than ever for an average person not only to create an extra income stream online for them and their families but even to take it much further and create an online business which allow them to make much more they ever would in a 9-to-5 job, while working from anywhere they want in the world. Internet gives us truly limitless possibilities!

But if you are only starting out and are not familiar with these internet marketing communities, here’s my Top 5 Best Internet Marketing Forums:

1) Warrior Forum – an absolute number 1! It was created in the 90’s and since then grew an awful lot. Of course on the forum people can exchange their opinions, chat about latest events etc but it is also one of the biggest internet marketing marketplaces! Warrior Forum has changed lives of hundreds of people over the years and if you’re still not a member, you’re missing out big time! It has recently been bought by Freelancer.com and they’ve made some interesting changes – of course for the better :)

2) Digital Point – very similar to Warrior Forum, it is simply a good alternative. There are people that prefer one or the other but you can learn a TON from both!

3) Wicked Fire – another great forum focused on affiliate marketing and SEO – a true goldmine of information!

4) V7N – Any online entrepreneur should visit this forum! Lots of great info on web development, online business, internet marketing and an active marketplace as well!

5) Affiliorama – this forum focuses mainly on affiliate marketing but since it is an awesome way to make money online, the forum is very relevant. Oh and Click Bank recommends it as one of their best resource…

I purposely didn’t mention and Black Hat forums on the Best Internet Marketing Forums list – some people might argue that they contain some good info as well but I simply come from a different place when it comes to my internet business… Integrity first and money second – I guess for some people it is the other way around.

Ok, so that’s it – my Top 5 Best Internet Marketing Forums! Join one, a couple or all of them and become a member of the community.

Looking forward to speaking with you on one of them :)

All the best,

Art

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Writing under a Pen Name – Kindle self published eBooks

Writing under a Pen Name – Kindle self published eBooks

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 Writing under a Pen Name – Kindle self published eBooks

A few days ago I’ve asked my subscribers about what they’d like me to write my next blog post about and that made me realize something… Despite of the fact of having published a Kindle course, I’ve never really write about Kindle here on the Art Of Marketing Blog and it is finally time to change it!

I could have written about a variety of subjects concerning Kindle self published eBooks but today I want to focus on writing under a pen name – a thing that seems to be confusing for many authors and/or future authors.

There’s no one single answer to the question ‘Should I be writing under a pen name?‘. There are a number of reasons to use a pen name but writing under your own name has certainly its undeniable benefits as well…

The 3 main reasons for using a pen name are:

Writing in different genres – if you are going to write books about things that aren’t really connected to each other, it is probably a good idea to use a pen name for each genre. For example, when I write about wine I use one pen name but when I write about survival knives I’m using a different one. You don’t want to confuse your audience when it comes to what you are an expert in. When someone will look up your pen name, what you want them to see are all of your books from the same genre and not All of your books, right?

Limitations of the Real Name – many authors choose to write under a pen name, simply because their real name is complicated to pronounce, it doesn’t stay in your memory and can be easily misspelled as well. Names like ‘Joseph Conrad’ are much easier to remember then ‘Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski’… Many times it is actually the publisher that will advice the author to use a pen name but with Kindle self published eBooks it is totally up to you.

Protection of the author’s identity – authors want to keep their privacy for a number of reasons: political matters – especially in countries that are under strict regimes, working for a government or official organization or simply avoiding a situation where everyone that knows you can very easily look you up and see what you’re writing about.

If you are going to choose writing under a pen name you have to be aware that it will actually take some extra work to make it worth a while…

– For each pen name you’ll need a different website, facebook page, twitter account, google profile etc – are you sure you have the time for it?

– You will have to be able to switch identities when writing under different pen names and not everyone is comfortable with doing that.

– You will limit your opportunities for creating your brand with your real name and create an even bigger following.

So in the end of the day you’ll have to ask yourself a question – will it be worth it to write under a pen name and what is actually better for you and your brand. Pen names are something very popular and I actually use them myself but each author’s case is different…

All I hope for is that I’ve helped you a bit on taking a more conscious decision about using a pen name (or not).

Good luck :)

Art

P.S. If you still haven’t see my Kindle Passive Income course, you can do so by clicking here…

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How to Make Money on Fiverr and how I made $824 last month…

How to Make Money on Fiverr and how I made $824 last month…

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 How to Make Money on Fiverr?

I’m super happy because I just had my Best Month since I’ve joined Fiverr! :) I have three different accounts but one has literally exploded two months ago (I made $588) and this month – $824. How did I do it? Well, let me give you some key points on what you have to focus to achieve similar results!

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1) How to Make Money on Fiverr - Join Fiverr! You actually have to join Fiverr and publish a few gigs first… Many people fail to take action right here because of many different reasons but it is like with anything – if you won’t take action, you can’t expect results!

2) How to Make Money on Fiverr -Take Massive Action – taking action is a good start but if you want to succeed faster and get better results you’ll have to take Massive Action – you can create up to 20 gigs per account, so use all of them. If you have different PayPal addresses, you can create different Fiverr accounts for even more exposure! Don’t think that you’ll see success by publishing only a couple of gigs and hoping for the best…

3) How to Make Money on Fiverr – Optimize your gigs – in order to get people to buy you will have to stand out from the crowd! Upload a good looking image (images of beautiful girls work great – don’t ask me why!) and a professional looking video. Optimize your gig description and add the right tags – if you’re not sure what to write, just check out the best selling gigs in the category your adding the gig to and try to mimic them – but don’t copy word-for-word!

4) How to Make Money on Fiverr – Contact your future buyers – if your Fiverr account is brand new you’ll have to get a few initial sales to get it off the ground. Contacting people directly on Fiverr is considered spamming if you only send them your gig url and trying to sell and you can get in trouble for that. Instead, you can go to ‘Sales-Buyer Requests’ and send your gig to people that are already looking for a similar service.

5) How to Make Money on Fiverr – Over-deliver! This is a Big One, especially in the beginning – you’ll be competing with people that have tens if not hundreds Positive Reviews on their gigs and the way to win over a customer is to offer more than your competition! If you have a writing gig and everyone else is offering 300-400 words for $5, make it 600-700! Initially you’ll spend a bit more time delivering gigs but once you’ll get some Positive Feedback from your buyers, you can change that.

6) How to Make Money on Fiverr – Send your customers a Free Gift – apart of the over-delivery, send your buyers an unexpected Free Gift when delivering your gigs. People love it and you’ll stay in their memory for a long time… Guess who will they contact the next time they’ll need some work done? You, of course! :)

7) How to Make Money on Fiverr – Ask for Feedback! Positive Feedback is Everything on Fiverr and you should aim for a 100% (I personally buy gigs only from sellers with a 99-100% rating). Over-delivering and Free Gifts will help you with that but you’ll also have to ask for it – people are busy and if you won’t tell them what to do, they won’t do it. If you feel comfortable with it, you can tell them you’ll send them a 2nd Free Gift if they’ll leave feedback – but don’t ask for ‘Positive Feedback’, just ask them to leave a comment and if you did a great job, it will always be positive!

So these are my 7 Golden Rules when it comes to Making Money on Fiverr… You can apply these to any kind of service you want to offer. If you think that you have no skills and that you could never sell services online, think again! People are willing to pay you for something that they can’t do but also for things that they don’t have the time for…

If you have no idea where to start HERE you can get my FREE Fiverr Course – ‘Fiverr Treasure – 5 Ways to Make Money on Fiverr’ 

If you’ll need any help, just send me an email or contact me on Facebook and I’ll do my best to help you out :)

Good luck :)

Art

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5 things I wish I knew before I got into Internet Marketing

5 things I wish I knew before I got into Internet Marketing

5 things I wish I knew before I got into Internet Marketing

Today I have a very special post for you… it is a reflection on my internet marketing journey. I want to give you an insight of my mindset before and after I started Making Money Online. It is actually quite funny because, probably like anyone wanting to get into internet marketing, making money online or online business, I started with a similar approach of wanting to make millions overnight. The reality of it all is a bit different and I guess you have two kinds of people that will take different actions after they realize that fact – the ones that stop after a short while of having little to no success and the persistent ones that continue their journey, despite the failures and money lost…

Before I made a decision to dedicate myself to internet marketing and really make things work I had a similar mind frame – I wanted to Make Money Fast and without much work. It is very interesting how I’ve (and many other marketers) changed in the process…

Here are the 5 things I wish I knew before I got into Internet Marketing, without any particular order:

–          No-one gets rich quick! In the music industry they have a saying that any overnight success takes at least 7 years of work… When it comes to internet marketing, it is definitely less than that but it really depends on how dedicated each individual is. More dedicated people that are willing to put in the hours to learn and master different methods and actually implement the strategies that they’ve learnt about are more likely to succeed faster. People that are sort of ‘hanging around’ will probably never make more than a few dollars online and they will be the ones to say that ‘this stuff doesn’t work’!

–          You will work more rather than less! Many people get into online business with the ’30 minute work day’ in mind. The reality is that to master anything, it will take much more than 30 minutes a day, in fact it is more like several hours a day, every day! Once you have gained the skills and you’ll have the right systems in place it is possible to automate your business and run it on autopilot but… many internet marketers continue working 12h days – but the big difference is that this is their choice, they don’t Have To do it! Frank Kern once said something in the tone of ‘Why would you stop working if it’s so fun’ and I couldn’t agree more.

–          Working at home isn’t easy! I loved the idea of waking up at whatever time I want, working in my pajamas and taking brakes without asking anyone for permission and yes, it is a much more relaxing work environment than a busy office, for example. But the truth is that you have to be quite self-motivated and organized to pull it off! There are no schedules, no supervisor to make sure that you’re actually working and not browsing YouTube or Facebook and there’s also your family that will interrupt you frequently! Without creating a system of working at home, I’d be probably 75% less effective during my work days – especially with my 6 months old daughter which needs constant attention!

–          Relationships are everything! Before I saw any kind of success online, I foolishly thought that I could succeed on my own. In the ‘real world’ you need contacts, connections, friends and business partners in order to succeed and that’s nothing new, right? Well, the online business world it is actually exactly the same! I had some success on my own but it was only after I started to connect with other internet marketers, helping out each other and learn together in the process, I was able to take my online business to the next level. And the best part of it is that I treat my ‘online friends’ as I’d treat any real life friend and they do the same!

–          You can’t do it all yourself! When I first started I wanted to control everything in my online business and do it all – create websites, content, graphics, video, audio etc. Firstly I did it because I really like learning new skills and secondly to save money, especially in the beginning. Soon I found out that even after spending 10 hours trying to create a simple banner in Photoshop for example, the results weren’t even close to what I had in mind… That’s why I learnt to outsource things I’m not an expert in and focus on the things I like doing and am good at! Even if I’d be very good in all of these things, there are just so many hours in the day and delegating is one of the most important skills in this business if you want to achieve massive success!

So that’s it, these are the five things I wish I knew before I got into internet marketing… I really hope that this article will help you in some way – I wish someone would write something like this and send it to me when I was first starting out!

Please share it with your friends if you found it interesting or valuable :)

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or maybe you’d just like to say ‘Hi’, send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Catch you later,

Art

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5 Reasons why Business People are Failing Online

5 Reasons why Business People are Failing Online

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An online presence is essential to any business, large or small in today’s world. Business people are spending more and more time learning about online marketing but most of them are still making many basic mistakes! These mistakes are often a result of not understanding how online marketing works and trying to apply the marketing ideas from ‘the real world’ to internet.

In my opinion these are the Five Biggest Reasons why Business People are Failing Online:

1. Lack of information.

In the Online Marketing world you have to learn and be creative all the time or you’re be out of business in no time. Trying to apply old ideas that ‘used to work’ can put your business in jeopardy. Unfortunately many clueless business owners are trying use these decade old concepts and are hoping for success. When promoting your business online you have to stay on top of the game at all times as everything is shifting constantly.

2. Listening to the wrong people.

The second reason is related to the first one. When it comes to promoting a business online, there are many so called ‘experts’ that will take advantage of you, promising ‘results for a great price’. Even if you will see any results (and there’s a chance you won’t) they will probably be very inconsistent and  short term. Also what people are not realizing is that using the wrong tactics can leave your business in worse shape than even before starting the marketing campaign!

3. Unwilling to wait for the results.

Results online are not instant but if you are doing the right things they will come. If everything is in place it might take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. However, if you will try to speed up the process, it might actually hurt your business. So the bottom line is that you’ll have to be patient but the results that will come will be long lasting and you’ll be able to build a solid business over time.

4. Unwilling to invest in their online marketing success.

In today’s economy everyone is looking for cost-effective solutions. You can’t limit your budget too much though simply because you can end up with amateurs managing your business, instead of professionals. Not willing to invest can save you a bit of money short term but in the long run you will limit the opportunities for your business.

5. Failing to see the Huge Potential of online marketing.

Unfortunately some businesses are still not ‘getting it’ when it comes to online marketing. They either think online marketing doesn’t work or they had some bad experiences in the past and are not willing to try again. In both cases they are just limiting the opportunities to make more business now and in the future.

If you think that anyone of the things mentioned above might be affecting you at the moment, take action now! Find a reputable expert or company to help you with the online promotion (done the right way) you deserve.

Good luck :)

Art

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Multitasking – does it Increase Productivity at Work?

Multitasking – does it Increase Productivity at Work?

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Multitasking – More and more professionals are trying to complete more tasks in a shorter period of time. They might do it either because their managers are so demanding or because they simply try to ‘save time‘ and be more productive. Is multitasking a good idea and does it really work?

We’ve all seen people trying to drive, talk on the phone and eat a donut at the same time, right? They might think that they are doing great but we all know they are not, simply because they can’t focus and execute any of the tasks they have at hand. Different studies show that the better someone thinks they are at multitasking, the worse they are in reality. If people are not able to focus on one task at a time and complete it perfectly, then adding more things to do in the same time seems almost impossible.

It is human nature to be efficient when doing one task at a time, and we shouldn’t try to do more if it is not working… So what should we do then?

We should be focusing at one thing at a time and remove any distractions. Don’t try to answer to your emails, talk on the phone, eat and listen to music at the same time, you are actually lowering your productivity! When on a meeting, focus on what is being discussed and leave your phone for a bit. You should control yourself and show maturity and professionalism.

So what’s the conclusion? Well… multitasking does not increase productivity at work or in any other environment for that matter. You should avoid it and focus on one task at a time. You will actually find yourself completing the tasks faster and being more productive throughout the day this way.

Good luck :)

Art

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Motivation – 5 Proven Ways to Find it…

Motivation – 5 Proven Ways to Find it

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Motivation and ways to find it is surely one of the main factors when it comes to achieving success. Whatever you are trying to achieve or want to get good at in life, there will be times when you will be tired, stressed, overwhelmed or without faith in yourself and these are the moments when you have to find motivation to keep going. The level of success in your life is in direct proportion to the level of determination you have to motivate yourself! It is not always easy and that is why I’ve compiled these 5 proven ways to find motivation for you!

1. Ask yourself why – Often times people are setting up goals but they don’t really know why do they want to achieve them. A goal of ‘making a million dollars’ will only motivate you so much… At some point you’ll have to realize why do you want the million dollars and you might come up with something like ‘I want financial abundance and freedom for me and my family’. This will motivate you much more than a simple ‘I want XYZ’.

2. Remind yourself the goals daily – Once we have our goal set up we might be focusing on it with full intensity for a few days or weeks but eventually it might fade away a bit. That is why you have to surround yourself with ‘reminders’ in your daily life. You can set up a board with your main goals,  daily write about them in your calendar or add pictures reminding you about them to your computer’s background. That will keep you on track and will help you with fighting procrastination.

3. Stay positive – this is one rule that people often tend to misunderstand. It has nothing to do with positive thinking and forcing yourself to ‘be happy’ or anything else. It’s about finding something positive, even in horrifying situations. Always ask yourself a question: ‘What have I learnt with this?’ and most definitely you’ll be able to find a positive aspect of virtually each and every situation in your life.

4. Learn to walk again – Sometimes children can give us the best inspiration when we look  and compare them with ourselves. When a baby is learning to walk, it is failing numerous times again and again but it simply doesn’t stop until it starts walking. No wonder everyone in the whole world walks – it is a Magic Formula! This is the most important lesson for adults – never quit, doesn’t matter how many times you will fail and in the end of the day you will succeed.

5. Forget about the outcome – you have to learn to appreciate the way, not only the achievement of the final goal. A wise man once said: “Success for me is when I’m pleased and happy with my efforts”. You see, we don’t always win in life and the faster we’ll understand that we can learn from our failures and mistakes , the closer we’ll going to be to our ultimate goals and succeeds.

I also found a great motivational video for you!

Enjoy :)

Talk to you later,

Art

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Success Mindset

How to Achieve a Success Mindset

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The area which I always try to develop, not mentioning my online business of course is my personal growth. There’s a very important lesson to be learned with trying to improve anything in your life – having a Success Mindset  – you are the essence of all the events happening in your life and business so if you’ll better yourself, you’ll business and life will grow as well! What people have a hard time understanding at times is that life is a circle and unless you are satisfied in all of the areas of your life you won’t really grow within any specific one! For example, if you are super focused on your career but your family life is not doing so great, it will affect not only your career but all the other aspects of your life.

So what should you do in terms of a Success Mindset ?

It is simply your capability to think positively and believe with no distrust that you will thrive at whatever you want to achieve and what you have in your mind, notwithstanding of the happenings that may seem that are working against you.

If you want to achieve success this is an essential for you to understand. If you’ll have a good understanding of what a Success Mindset is, it will help you in achieving it and your goals greatly. What you will need is passion and the stick-to-itiveness to whatever goals you set up in your mind.

The question you might ask is ‘How do I achieve a Success Mindset?‘ The answer to it is very simple and can assimilate straight into your present life nonetheless of your situation in life. The most proficient way to achieve a successful mindset is to surround yourself with people and situations that will reinforce it. Not only will you need friends and family members that will support you and not bring you down around you but you’ll need to feed your mind whenever possible! Reading posts like this or different books is a great example! There are lots of videos you can easily find online that will ‘keep you on track’ so watch them daily!

The conclusion of it all is to simply take charge of your life. Everyone gets distracted at times but you have to avoid it in the long run. You have the capacity to create whatever is that you want so just decide…. And do it now!

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How to get into Internet Marketing in 5 Not-So-Easy Steps

Internet Marketing in 5 Not-So-Easy Steps

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So everyone seems to want to start making money online nowadays, isn’t it? Especially in today’s economy people are not only looking for ways to make an extra income but to find a whole new career in internet marketing.

For me personally the journey began a bit similar, simply typing ‘How to Make Money Online’ into google. If you’ll do a similar search you’ll get tons of articles and blog posts on how to make money in a few easy steps…

Well the bad news is that these steps will not be so easy as you’ll need to put in a lot of work and effort into learning things you have no or little idea about…

Here is my take on How to get into Internet Marketing in 5 (Not-So) Easy Steps.

1) Set up an autoresponder and focus on building your list – the first part might seem easy but to actually do it the right way takes a bit of time and experience definitely helps. You have to pick the right products to promote, know when to stop promoting and give away some free stuff etc. The second part is even more time and money consuming but ‘the money is in the list’ right? Well it can be but again you have to do it the right way…

2) Start a blog, a review website, a products promoting website etc and start working on the SEO – pretty easy, right? While you can set up a website in a couple of hours (assuming that you have experience doing it), ranking it in Google is a much harder task. It takes consistency and a lot of knowledge on how to do it the right way, especially with google releasing updates to their search engine more and more often nowadays. What worked a few years back, simply will not work today and you have to stay on top of things if you want to get results…

3) Get involved in Forums – this is a great way of putting your name out there, bring in traffic to your website and helping out people like you. Again, you have to do it the right way, meaning no spamming! This will get you banned quickly and your reputation can be on the line as well, because the forum communities are very strict  about it. You’ll have to be aware of one thing – it can be very time consuming so you’ll have to control yourself!

4) Go Social – Social Media is totally taking over the internet and not only because the social part, getting traffic, promotion etc. All of this is super important but what is also worth mentioning is that the search engines are using the social media websites to check the relevance of their searches. It means it doesn’t only come down to the number and quality of backlinks you have pointing to your website but also is it being shared in social media. This might very well be the future of search engines…

5) Be consistent – that might be actually the hardest part – you can’t get caught up. In the beginning everyone is super excited when they are starting their internet marketing business, they spend hours upon hours trying to learn new things, set up things properly, blogging everyday etc.  97% of these people unfortunately quit after a few months – they don’t really see any great results with what they are doing or they simply jump from one thing to another, never mastering anything. Again – being consistent seems easy when you say it but actually following through is a totally different story!

Good luck guys :)

Art

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