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Learn The Basics Or You'll Be Chasing Your Tail Forever

Mar 2, 2008
Everybody wants a shortcut, a quick fix to their money problems.

I have actually heard this more than once, "I need to make x amount in the next two weeks to pay my mortgage. I know nothing about Internet marketing. Will your program do that for me?"

I think people have seen so many headlines that read, "You can be an overnight success without lifting a finger," that they actually believe it's true. And they keep buying product after product thinking they'll eventually find the one that works.

I've asked the people who requested refunds what they didn't like about my Affiliate Cash Secrets system. The reply is always either, "It's just the same old stuff," or "I don't think I can do it."

The truth is, they're just too lazy to make it work.

I'll be the first to admit. Affiliate Cash Secrets is based on the same marketing principals that have been working for direct marketers on and off line for the last 50 years!

1.Get a list of leads in a target market
2.Sell a product that the market wants
3.Follow up with related products and services

Just about any decent marketing system will get you into profit, but you have to actually take action if you want to see any kind of success.

Learn The Basics Or You'll Be Chasing Your Tail Forever

Here's what that means...

First of all, you simply have to get your own domain and hosting if you ever want to be successful online. Period.

Sure. There are a lot of automated websites that claim you can just "point and click" your way to wealth. Don't believe it. You need to be in control of your business. And when you finally realize it, you'll have to move everything over (if they let you) from "easy street" to reality and start building a real business.

If you want to set up a squeeze page, you have to learn:

- How to use an HTML editor
- How to use an autoresponder
- How to integrate your subscription form
- How to use FTP software

All that is "basic" stuff. Unless you have deep pockets to pay somebody to do all this for you, these are skills that you MUST possess if you want to ever get anywhere with your business.

And guess what... you don't have to pay anything to learn this stuff. You can find dozens of free tutorials online.

Just go to Google and enter: video tutorial topic (where "topic" is what you want to learn about).

If you want to sell a resell rights product, you have to learn how to set up a ClickBank or PayPal account. There are tutorials for that...

If you want to create a PDF document you have to learn how to use a word processor and PDF Printer. There are tutorials for that...

I you want to make your PDF viral, you have to learn how to use Viral PDF. There are tutorials for that...

When I first started online in 1997, there were very few tutorials. There were no forums. I had to learn almost everything through trial and error.

I spent at least 10 hours per day learning how to use Microsoft Word, FrontPage, Photoshop, and WSFTP. I learned how to build websites and use autoresponders and eventually how to program in Perl, JavaScript, and PHP.

I put in over 200 hours before I ever made a dime.

Fortunately, you won't have to spend that much time learning because there is so much more information available today to help you get started.

Ten years ago, there were like three ebooks on Internet marketing that you could download. The rest were expensive home study courses - actual printed manuals!

ClickBank didn't even exist back then! Want to see what their site looked like when they started in 1999? Go to archive and type in their domain name.

The point of this article is this: if you've been "chasing your tail" trying to find the "magic bullet" that will build your business for you, it's time to get back to reality and learn the basics so you can finally get started.
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Derrick VanDyke is the author of "Affiliate Cash Secrets." If you would like to get on his mailing list and receive tips, articles and information about affiliate marketing, visit:

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