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Info-Marketing Blunders & How to Avoid Them

by Pete Godfrey · 4 comments

Info-Marketing Blunders & How to Avoid Them

Over the past few years, there’s been a flood of new people jumping on the Information Marketing Bandwagon.

From e-Books, to sophisticated coaching groups, and all shapes and sizes in between; the Info-Marketing ranks are swelling. Many have been lured by the sweet siren of easy money, blinded by the fool’s promise of gold for the taking, seeking riches without effort; reward without sacrifice.

I get to hear the real stories here on the inside, the real numbers some of these people are doing. And it ain’t pretty. Worse, some of the behaviours are inexcusable.

I constantly see 3 BIG mistakes.

First, a complete lack of understanding about what niche they are really in. When asked about the major players of their niche, many give me the blank stare, caught-in-the-headlights kinda look. They haven’t a clue.

Second, they have no understanding of and no desire to understand and study those who have travelled the path before them; those old timers of the niche, the players that made their fortunes.

Third, unrealistic expectations of success. Look, if it was that easy to slap together a sales letter and bring in the money everyone would be rich. Trouble is, it doesn’t work that way.

So here’s a quick fire plan of attack if you’re thinking of getting into the Info-Marketing arena.

1: Study those in your niche that are doing well. Study the old timers of the niche. What are they teaching? What angle do they take in their promotions? How do they structure their front end? What’s the back end? These are just a few of the many questions you MUST answer if you want to have any hope of success. You MUST thoroughly immerse yourself in what came before and what’s happening now.

2: What core skills do you need? Even with outsourcing, there are a variety of skills you’re gonna need to grow and sustain a thriving Info-Marketing business. Get them! The most valuable of ALL skills is copywriting.

3: Build a team of qualified people to outsource work. For example, website designers, copywriters, graphic artists, third party order taking services, printers etc and so on.

This is the absolute MINIMUM you must do before starting out. There’s plenty of other things needed doing, but they are the basics. And it’s these basics that many are ignoring. In some ways, I blame the people selling their money-for-nothing-lies for this epidemic in ignorance. However, the true answer lies deep in the subconscious minds of those that get sold this crap. Deep down they believe there is a magic pill, an easy road to riches and they desperately defend so-called Gurus, even when their own realities clearly show what they’ve been fed are lies.

To paraphrase Kennedy, they confuse participation with achievement.

Building a successful Info-Marketing business takes time, commitment, marketing funds and a ton of self-belief. Sure there are shortcuts and folks to steer you in the right direction. But it all begins and ends with you. Thinking somehow you can side-skip these fundamental truths is foolish.

POST SCRIPT: A key trait found in most successful Info-Marketers I work with and study is they are all insatiable students; and they feed on a variety of information. Variety is the key word here. It’s important when working in one niche not to become myopic, not to always be looking in. You need to be looking outside your niche for profitable, transferable strategies. It puzzles me when I meet successful Info-Marketers that have given up being students; as if because they are now teachers, there is nothing more to learn.

Flawed thinking.

This is a business that needs constant reinvention. Staying relevant and interesting should be your number one priority.

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Gary Hobley April 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

Hi Pete,

You are (as always) right on the money. I am busy with life but always check in to see what you are up to because I see success where you are. I want success and so I look to successful people.

I have been guilty of confusing participation for achievement as you say in the past and I am now chasing results. If there aren’t any then I move on. Justin Herald puts it nicely, “You need to know when to strategically quit”.

In my experience it is one thing to be loyal to your decision and push towards a goal however sometimes we push despite insurmountable opposition and expend an enormous amount of energy just trying to break even. Strategic quitting is about knowing when to give in and move on. Not in a defeatest kind of way, just letting the idea go because now may not be the right time/climate etc. Its not that the idea is wrong either, just that circumstances are prevailing against it.

Anyway, I feel a ramble coming on so I will just say, thanks for being open and inspirational.

Cheers
Gary

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Gary Hobley April 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

PS. As for relevant and interesting… definitely describes you.

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Nobby April 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

Hey Pete, once again, – you’re right on the knocker.
Too many people think that because everyone else is supposedly doing well, it must be as easy as pushing the big green GO button.
Trouble is, no-one knows where to find it!
It’s hidden in the words of education, work and action.

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Bret Thomson April 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Timely post Pete…
It all comes down to commitment too. Most people won’t follow those three rules because it takes too much work – outside of what they thought it would take.
It’s like someone saying to you, “Geez i wish i had the gift of writing copy like you Pete.”
But we know that natural talent only goes so far! – it’s the early hours of studying… the thousands of dollars on education… the constant hustling in the early days… It’s THAT kind of commitment level (that most people won’t do) that stops them from success. And those three points you made are perfect examples of what the serious players are committed to doing to get their results. Great post buddy 🙂

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