Random Musings from a Sleep-Deprived Internet Marketer

It has been a little while since I posted anything here. Not because I have nothing to say, it’s just that there seem to be so many thoughts and ideas running through my head that I don’t know where to begin. I kept waiting for a clear thought process, a clear focus, for this post to show up before I posted. Finally, I realized that if I didn’t start writing, I might never write again! That’s when I decided that I’d better just do it, and hope the action of writing will create the results of what I want to say. How’s that working out? We shall see…

Let’s deal with the “sleep-deprived” issue first. Why am I sleep-deprived? That’s one I haven’t fully grasped an answer for just yet. When I wake up in the morning, whether it’s 4 a.m. or 7 a.m., I MUST get up. My brain and my body just won’t let me luxuriate in the peaceful morning “sleeping late” privilege. At night, sometimes I might take a rest for a couple of hours in the mid-evening, 8ish or so, but after I’ve slept, I get a second wind and I’ll come in here and work more. Basically, I sleep around 4-6 hours a night. Tops.

Now, that random thought brings me to one that I heard Thursday night. Mike Paetzold was talking about how people have different sleep patterns and needs. He is a morning person. He knows that he is most creative early morning. People who work with him in this industry do not bother him during that time frame, don’t talk to him, they know to leave him alone… he’s busy. Sunny Suggs is a night-owl and is at her best during the late night. The beauty of this Internet Marketing business is that you can work whenever your mind and body work best. But what you need to do, Mike pointed out is be sure to do your most creative work during your most productive work period. Grunt work can be done when you are feeling dull or lethargic or just plain lazy. Grunt work would be things like posting ads, surfing, that type of ‘mindless’ activity where you don’t really have to be plugged in. So, take that time and make good use of it. Here’s a great piece by Brian Tracy called The Golden Hour.

Launches, pre-launches, soft launches, pre pre-launches. WOW! There seem to be more things coming at us every day on the Internet. It’s really hard to know what is good and what isn’t. Here are a few suggestions… if it is another program to jump into because it’s going to make you a bazillionaire overnight, stay away. You KNOW that ain’t real! If it’s a juice, pill, or potion that just been discovered by some guy doing charity work in the deep dark forests of the Amazon or on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, and it’s going to cure everything from pimples on your butt to arthritis to cancer, AND it’s going to make you a bazillionaire overnight, stay away. You KNOW that ain’t real either. Now that you have that firmly in your head, don’t be dissuaded or distracted by those things ever again. So, that leave us with this matrix and that cash gifting program and you never have to lift a finger or recruit a single person and the TEAM is going to do all the work for you and give you 5, 10, 15, 20, 100 paid signups just because you sign up. COME ON…. Stop with that gimme, gimme, gimme attitude. It’s time to stand on your own two feet and become a real Internet marketer who offers something of value.

I firmly believe that if you offer something of real value, you will be successful. Successful without all the hype, bullwhip, lies, schemes and scams that seem so prevalent. There is real value in traffic, tools and information. Of course, just like anything else, those things come in all forms, some worthless and some with incredible value. But at least if you’ve thrown away the notion that you need to look at every other thing on the Internet, you can sort through and pick out the best resources in traffic, tools and information.

I do want to warn you about one thing though. Be careful (watch for pickpockets). Let me explain what I mean. I’ve been on some great training lately but every time the trainer has a call, they’ve got their hand out. You’ve got to buy this software or you’ve got to take this advertising package, or sign-up for this. And what happens, people get caught up in the hype, even the peer-pressure of seeing others on the call jumping on board. There was even one instance where someone did an auction for some banner advertising. And in all the hype, I ended up paying $35 a month to have a banner put on their site. Someone else paid well over $100 for another banner advertising slot there. That’s not just crazy, that’s STUPID to pay that kind of money for that. And YES, me included. That’s what I’m telling you. Be Careful. It’s too easy to get caught up in the moment. So, just be aware and don’t let yourself be sold.

Now, there are a lot of incredibly AWESOME people out there too. I’d like to take a moment to express some heartfelt gratitude to some special people. I’d like to recognize my great new friend, Sunny Suggs, who answers my questions, boosts my spirits and quells my insecurities. Rick Katz, who keeps me laughing, was a great sounding board for my eBook, telling me what I needed to hear and making me listen to his voice of experience. Both Cenay Nailor and Mike Paetzold straightened me out on some blogging issues, and helped make this blog better. Eric Lafontaine and Carl Bailey, in addition to Sunny, helped me launch my site by putting out the message to their lists. And last but certainly not least, Arnold Lindstrom volunteered to create banners for my site.

And to my wonderful friends and colleagues, subscribers, and readers…. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Now, if you would, PLEASE, post a comment to let me know how you felt about this post. Should I just write and see what comes out? Is it worth reading? Let me know your thoughts. Go post a comment now about these random musings from this sleep-deprived but nonetheless clear-headed (?) Internet marketer.

Don’t Give Up…Follow Up

Following is an article by Rick Katz.  Rick is one of my favorite people here on the www.  He really knows what it takes to succeed online and off.  I was going to just quote a little of his article here, but I couldn’t decide what to keep in and what to cut.  So, to give you the best information I can, I’m including the whole article.  Enjoy!

Don’t Give Up…Follow Up

advanced list training article

by Rick Katz

“The fortune is in the follow-up”

I don’t know who coined that phrase. But, truer statements are rare to find.

Now, I know you understand how important it is to build a list. That is why you are a Member of List Builder Mastermind Group.

However, the key, most significant, most vitally important use of your list is for FOLLOW UP. If you are merely building a list to just keep sending advertisements to it, your list will be of little value. If you have a great system (like we have with LBMG), you need to wisely and steadily continue to entice the people on your list who haven’t joined us yet, to get off the fence and get on board.

The majority of people will not join you the first time around. There are a couple reasons why they won’t.

They may not understand it at first.  But, as you follow up with them and continue telling them about the benefits of joining, they may begin to understand. A light may suddenly go on and they decide they really do need our system. They may not be able to afford it…yet.  But, as you continue to follow up, maybe next week, maybe next month, maybe six months from now, they do have the money available and they are ready to go.

But, if you give up and don’t follow up…they will be joining something else or worse…someone else!  There’s another lesson here too. If YOU give up on the system, YOU will miss out on all the people you got to opt-in, but when they’re ready to join, you’re no longer in the program. That is why, it is so important not to just be a program hopper. You need to give things time to work.

I haven’t yet found a way to get rich overnight. And I’ve been an entrepreneur for decades now. I joined my first MLM company over 25years ago. Getting rich in network marketing or Internet marketing overnight is as rare as hitting the lottery. So, don’t count on it. Instead, get better and better at what you do. And just KEEP AT IT.

1.  Make a commitment first to yourself that you aren’t going to quit. You’re going to keep at it.

2. Two to three times per week you are going to send a broadcast email to your list about our system. Explain a benefit. Tell about a new aspect of the program. A new lead capture page we may have. A new article or feature. Tell about the success YOU are having with the system (don’t lie, be honest). Or the success someone in your upline or in our program is having. Etc.

3. Understand that for many people on your list, they will not be joining until weeks or months down the road. You need to be persistent and carefully groom them. Treat them as if they are already on your Team.

4. Become a Leader. Offer to help people. Give them your personal contact information. Think of ways to help them get started. Maybe offer to help them promote. Offer to put them in your advertising rotator. A leader is always thinking of ways to help the team, not just themselves.

I hope that you enjoyed this article by Rick.

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