Problems people have with internet business
Problems people have with internet business
The problems most have when creating and establishing their
presence on the world wide web are:
1. Thinking they can achieve high income with little or no
investment in a short time- Somehow this myth is still believed
even today. It is propagated by scam artist that tell you they
got X amount of dollars just by doing a simple thing in a couple
of weeks. AND for a price they will show you how to also. What
many of these actually do is sale the information, give you an
affiliate site, an E-book, a software program, or something of
that sort and advise you to do the same. Let's face it, those
that do this are not serious. They are chasing a desire with no
foundation. ANY business requires investment of money and time,
and as your presence on the web is your website, then this
should be as professional as you can afford or have the ability
to create and/or edit. If you want to do it yourself, OK, but
expect to spend quite some time in the 'learning curve' mode of
trial and error.
2. Failure to have their very own domain- Many think a website
is a website is a website. They have one given to them by their
ISP and consider this as the platform to use for their business.
These are called 'home pages' and they do not know or refuse to
think that the fact that search engines will not accept them
applies to them. Homepages are used by internet surfers to find
and give information about other members of the ISP family they
have in common. They think that their homepage will be given
more attention by their ISP than those that pay for the
advertisements at the ISP landing site, or those from 'General'
searches on the internet. As far as the internet considers them,
they do not exist anywhere except at the ISP server, which is
3. Using their home PC location as their business site- This is
what the 'hackers', ad-ware and spammers are looking for in
order to do what they do. You should keep your home PC as far
away from this sort of problem as you can. The way to do this is
by getting your site 'hosted' and using your associated
'web-mail' as your 'firewall'. Only use your personal e-mail
address for friends and relatives. Even still, there are
'Trojans' that will ping your home PC's IP and attack you from
the web. You will need to put up a firewall, install a good
anti-virus program and anti-ad ware ( or spy ware ) program that
will screen any attempts to attack you to load upon your
starting your PC and monitoring as long as you are connected to
the web. The average time it takes to be attacked on the web is
about thirty seconds from the time you access it using any
Once they have corrected the above, many still fail due to their
lack of the investment of time. The internet has spoiled people
with it's speed, the promise of instant returns, and it's volume
of growth. It has also made people think they are invisible from
others by the use of 'nicknames' ,etc. People hide behind this
curtain and think they will be taken serious. IF you can not use
your 'real' name than who will take you or your business
serious? When was the last time you purchased something from
(not a real e-mail address) 'email@example.com'?
On the average, it will take at least two years to show a
profit, if you really work at it and follow a business plan. Can
it happen earlier? Yes, but on very rare occasions ( the odds
are better winning the lottery ). Just getting your site listed
on the major engines takes weeks, months or longer, if they will
list it at all. People get discouraged and either give up or
blame the product or services they are offering INSTEAD of
themselves. They do not want to admit that an internet business
is NOT for them. They instead cry and moan and blame everyone
else for the lack of achievement. The sign of being an adult is
that you can admit to yourself and others that you fail, take
measures to correct the problem and move on. You have to know
what your abilities are or are not, don't try to achieve your
internet goal by doing more than you really understand. You can
get into BIG trouble very easily by being over zealous and
letting your desire outweigh your common sense. This is why we
have plumbers, electricians, programmers and other various
occupations in life. You can not do it all yourself or think you
can do the same quality of work as someone with expertise in the
field. If you don't know how to do something, ask for and get
sound advice from an expert in the field before you attempt it
yourself, or even if you should.
More money is being made on the internet today by selling items
on E-bay or other on-line 'stores' than by associate websites.
Is there still a 'niche' for associate sites. YES, but these
type of programs take an even longer period of time to establish
'downlines', and the pay-outs normally come from the paid
associates you sign up or refer after a certain dollar amount
has been reached. The secret to associate programs is getting
sign ups and training them to do the same. Don't worry about the
'time wasters' that always have an excuse for not doing things
themselves. There are no free rides and everyone must do their
part for all the achieve their goals with an associate program.
However, when done correctly, an associate program will produce
income with many making a good living doing so today. Find one
you like and stick with it and it will pay off for you. You will
still want your own website with a link to you associate
programs, never advertise your associate program directly. If
you do change programs, all the time and effort you have spent
is lost and you will have to start all over. Get your site
established and the content will take care of your programs.
Set up a budget and time-table. Stick to it and don't put things
off. Once you get a schedule, then the couple hours in the am
and/or in the pm doing your promotions is all you need to do.
Spend other time doing research, getting training or advice on
what you want to achieve next. THE INTERNET IS ADDICTIVE.
Knowing when to get off is just as important as anything else.
Always remember: Never invest more than you can afford to do
without. Any business is a gamble and most that make it on the
internet have done so by many failures, overcoming them and
moving on, trying not to make the same mistakes over and over.
Example: I would love to have a Rolls Royce but can not afford
it. Instead I own a Chevorlet. I own three vehicles, with each
being paid off before I purchased another. It is better to own
than to rent ( the modern buzz word for renting is leasing ).
However there is a catch. The more of a down payment you make
the less your monthly payments are, so make as large a down as
you can afford but don't borrow to do so.
Invest wisely, you don't have to spend a lot of money on
programs or tools for your website and it's promotions. What you
should look for are 'packages' of tools of various types, each
that will do certain things for you. Example: Use a good e-mail
program for your 'newsletter' such as 'Infacta' and not rely on
auto-responders to do all the work for you. Use 'networked'
submitter programs instead of going from site to site submitting
your domain's url. There are so many ways you can do things on
the internet and you have to determine which avenue you want to
use. As your income increases, roll over your profits into '
up-grading' existing programs instead of getting new ones, until
you can afford more.
If people purchase a package of internet tools from me, I will
give them on-line, live training on them, if they so desire. Not
only did I spend the time to learn the programs myself, their
proper application and what to expect in return, by using them
and checking the results over a period of time ( as we often
expect more from something than it is designed to deliver ), I
also have taken a course called 'train the trainer' so I could
learn how to train others correctly. This course cost me money
and time to complete. It taught me methods and presentations.
The subject can change, just like your website and it's content.
I am amazed at how many enter this training that do not know how
to 're-size' a window on their PC, how to copy and paste, etc.
Every set of windows comes with a tutorial on how to do the
basic functions, or you can take classes. They just don't want
to take the time to learn or practice enough to become able to
do what they need to do in order to do things correctly. They
are in way over their heads and are not really serious, instead
they are 'time wasters' for the other's in the class.
In other words, do your homework, be prepared and the test will
be a snap. Don't expect to get a one hundred on every test.
Maybe in your studies you put more emphasis on the wrong things
and the test asks for answers to questions you thought did not
pertain at the time. Learn from your mistake, re-study and
re-take the test. This works both ways however as a test result
also shows the teacher how well they have presented the
information how well the students understood the subject. A lot
of poor results means the wrong approach was used and the
students just aren't getting the message correctly and will have
to be re-done.
WORK and PLAY. These are the two most important words on most of
our lives. The first makes the second possible but you should
devote time to both. Other than your family, they are what is
really important in life. Keep them both in proper prospective
at all times.
LIFESTYLE: This is how you live with what you have left over
after all the bills are paid. This is what you want to increase
by your work or you internet business.