Wednesday, March 22, 2006

My Favourite Newsletters

Internet Marketing for Newbies, A Collection of Articles Written from a Newbies Perspective

It's a Triple Axle! The Relationship of Internet Marketing and World Figure Skating

What in heaven's name does a triple axle have to do with Internet Marketing. You'd be surprised.

First of all, I just couldn't resist the temptation to plug the World Figure Skating Championships that are being held in my home country, Calgary Canada. I am as passionate about figure skating (as a spectator only, although I can lace on a pair of skates, I'm no Elvis Stoyko that's for sure) as I am about pursuing my online business.

There are some great comparisons to be had between the two. First of all, you need to learn the basics before you even attempt to leap into the air and land on your feet. The great figure skaters of the world don't do it on their own, they have a great deal of help from the experts in their field.

To master even the very basics of their sport the need to have a great deal of determination, drive, ambition and passion. It takes long hours, bruised bones, frustration, sacrifice and the willingness to hand over your trust to someone else. Not to mention the start-up costs for equipment, rink time and of course world-class coaches.

The lessons are the same with Internet Marketing. Too many people think that their is a magic formula to success with their online business. They get caught up in the hype of rewards without effort or cost. They are told they don't need a website to succeed, they don't need to know how to build an opt-in list and they don't need to invest any money into their success. If you are willing to give just 20 minutes a day, you too can be on a sunny beach in Mexico while your business runs on autopilot. Baloney!

My question to you is, how do you think that you can succeed if you are not willing to educate yourself in this business?. It takes time, long hours with bleary eyes at the computer and it takes personal fortitude not to just throw your hands in the air and say "that's it, this is just too hard, not for me, I'm not smart enough" or whatever excuse you have for not just sticking to it.

Do you think that the Canadian Dance Champions, Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon gave up after their horrendous fall at the Olympics and just walked away from their sport. Absolutely not, they picked themselves up, although somewhat bruised, and carried on. They are at the competition in Calgary and poised for Gold. A true sign of a world champion.

Are you a champion?.. Are you bruised and battered with the hype, promises and relentness netcommercials that insist that you must buy, buy, buy or fail, fail, fail. If you have hit a dead-end, don't give up. Find the information that you need in order to obtain your own gold medal. You don't have to spend tons of money, but be realistic, you do need to purchase basic software and informational e-books to succeed.

Information is king in this business and I would strongly recommend that you sign up for several different newsletters. These marketers will be your mentors so to speak, they are very generous with their information, their recommendations, and they all have an arsenal of freebies that they give to you just for being a subscriber.

Of course, they are also trying to make a living online and will point you in directions that will also benefit them, but that's okay. If you develop a trust and respect for these individuals then you won't mind the advice. It takes longer to build your informational library when you don't have deep pockets and your success will be slower, but that's okay.

Just like the figure skater that is learning a new twirl or twizzle, they won't get it right the first time and probably not the second, but they eventually will and when they do, it's a wonderful reward for their tremendous effort and work ethic. When you make your first money online, I think that it must be as equally rewarding. I am not there yet, but I know in my heart that one day, I will be jumping triple axles in the air when I start cashing my online cheques.

You need to be in touch with professionals in the industry and here are a few newsletters and mailing lists that I belong to. You might want to check them out. They have been instrumental in moving forward my business and I can't emphasize enough the importance of joining them and yes, the sign-up is free.

1) NetProfits Today, Rosalind Gardner- yes this is an affiliate link, I only receive credit if you buy anything in the future, not my intention here, just visit and sign up, one of the best newletters on the net.

2) Marketing Magic, Ian Traynor - excellent free download library, very knowlegable, kind gentleman, go to the site and sign-up via the pop-up when you first land on the page

3) Marketing Tips, Derek Gehl-Internet Marketing Centre, one of the most respected online companies on the net

4) ezSEO Blog, Dr. Andy Williams- extremely well written, in-depth, easy to read articles

5) Home Business on a Budget, Denise Hall - as a newbie, I just like her style and she always has great advice and freebies

6) Dropship Marketing Newsletter, Tim Knox - a must for anyone thinking of making money on ebay or wholesale dropshipping, excellent business articles, well respected, go to the site and halfway down the left-hand column you will see the sign-up

These are my top 6 ezines (internet magazines, newsletters), there are many more great ones, I choose to only follow a few religiously because of time constraints. If you have a favourite then visit My Favourite Newsletters and leave your comments on my blog.

Well that's it, I'm off to pour a glass of wine and enjoy my favourite discipline in figure skating, the Dance competition. Of course I'm rooting for the Canadians to win, would you expect any less of me?

I will leave you with this final thought:

Fail Forward, Fail Fast, Untill You Fail No More!

Jackie Bigford
Newbie Profits Now
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