I've made a LOT of mistakes. It is part of what made me a success today. That doesn't mean that you should suffer the same mistakes, especially if they are common mistakes that can be avoided. Granted, you will still make mistakes. However, why suffer basic mistakes if you don't need too? Wouldn't you want to speed things up, even if it only saved you a few months?
The first phase of building a business online is exactly that – building.
Most people spend time building their websites. Part of that building involves adding content.
Content is not just writing – it's
- and more.
How about…. Install a comment feed; it allows people to discuss your blog topics. It builds a community on your site. Static websites, websites that don't change, serve their purpose, but supplementing it with a blog that is updated regularly with good content is the best way to start getting visitors to your site.
First mistake – Spending too much time building. The money is in the promotion. Stop tweaking your website's color schemes or your website title. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't be building your blog with excellent content, but spend a fair amount of time promoting it and driving traffic to it.
Second mistake – Not promoting your website or blog. There are many ways to promote a website. Some of the ways I use are
- social media
- content websites
- article directories
- pay per click.
For example, I use Facebook to post links to blog post and articles that I have done. I use YouTube to post videos and then I have a link from the videos to my blog post. I can use Squidoo or Hubpages to post articles that I have done, and I also use article directories. These are outside of SEO and Google and they can send me a lot of traffic. This is all part of promotion.
Moral of the story is that you don't have to have the perfect blog in order to succeed. The polished, glossy websites you see are the results of large teams of experienced people, all working together under an established mission statement with set rules and guidelines.
You are you, by “yourself”. You have an advantage over large, faceless corporations. You are small and fast, and you can move quickly when it comes to trends and changes in the online business landscape. There are plenty of bloggers out there who have large followings of raving fans. They don't have teams of people working under them – they simply have a decent computer, an internet connection and the ability to churn out content that grabs the hearts and minds of the masses.
Many people succeed online. It takes hard work and dedication. And they MAKE IT WORK.
The beauty of being online is there is virtually no competition. You can form partnerships with other bloggers, form joint ventures and you both benefit. It doesn't take away from either of you. The old way of thinking that if you build a business you are competing with other businesses and taking business from them virtually does not exist online. This is because there is so much business online, that there is plenty to go around for everyone.
One way to avoid mistakes is to USE systems and learning from sources that PROVE to work in the industry.
Check out this video (BUTTON BELOW) as an example of pushing your traffic to tools. This is where I send my guests as an exposure to what I build as my primary business.
10 Video On Marketing And A Profitable Business Online
Video 1 – Start Marketing Any Time
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Video 2 – Discovering Your “Why”
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Video 3 – Into The Future About 10 Years
Look at where you want to be in the Future, Your Goals. Are you moving towards it today? If not what's stopping you? (Click Here)
Video 4 – Does Working From Home Really Work?
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Video 5 – How Making Money Works Online
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So what is working currently and how you should setup your system. (Click Here)
Video 8 – Visual Explaining – The System I Use
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Video 9 – Mistakes Made In Online Businesses
Learn how to avoid the bigger mistakes I've personally made that cost me thousands in profits (Click Here)
Video 10 – Trends, Masterminds, and Mentoring
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Cedric · November 12, 2015 at 5:41 pm
So it’s ok to start off with just few mistakes that you will eventually learn from. For instance spending to much time on building with pictures and trying be perfect.
Carlene · August 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm
One request, just reply ‘one word’ one single word that will give me an idea of ‘good content ‘ one word’ I’ll get it
😉 Promise I’ll get it
ps. ‘two words’ if there is no way you can put in into ‘one word’. . .haha just saying maybe
orlando · May 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm
Hey Lawrence, I met you at my first empower event in nashville, thank you for being real and your natural self, I love that… after speaking with you I decided I want to blog, I had spent too much time on building and then on content trying to make everything perfect and barely ever promoted so thanks for the videos. I want to do videos with each blog post 🙂
What would be the best way to reach you if I needed a quick advice?
Lawrence Tam · May 2, 2015 at 6:59 pm
i’m on facebook a lot.. you can ask me questions on my posts there… but if you are in my team we do a weekly Wednesday hangout for the entire team
lsantan12 · February 14, 2015 at 10:38 am
I’d really like to see a video explaining where you get your images for your blog/site. I have a lot of content I’m eager to post but hit a road block when I realized you could get sued for just grabbing images off of Google. I know in most cases you have to buy them from stock photo sites but I’m wondering if there are alternatives for people just starting out. I’m kinda scared to continue until I figure that out.
I know it’s always good to mix it up with some of your own creations but making every single image can be a bit time consuming. Effective but not efficient.
Also, you do great work! You’re one of my favorites.
Lawrence Tam · February 15, 2015 at 3:47 pm
create your own… and yeah.. if you take a photo without consent.. just put proper annotation.. if you don’t… most will just ask you to put annotation or remove it… most are pretty nice about it
Christer · September 9, 2016 at 11:37 am
Free stock photo sites are available, and free video clips, too. Even Google has free content inside YouTube as Creative Commons, etc.. Also see www SlidesCarnival.com for free Powerpoint slides!
Joshua Wiesler · November 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm
So make my blog functional and then start promoting and produce good content. Simple enough. Time to produce. great analogy with the house
Lawrence Tam · February 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm
gotta build the house or no one would ever come over 😉
Milena · October 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm
Yes, I learned this the hard way. By thinking of how to perfect my speech, I forgot to speak whatsoever…and then got frustrated that there were no results. Speaking of mistakes… You learn best from them!
Lawrence Tam · February 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm
mistakes don’t have to be a bad thing.. .it’s a great learning tool
John Whitfield · September 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm
I remember doing everyone of these mistakes without ever knowing how to fix it. I’d get caught up on taking too much time on learning and building that I would be so tired of working on it I’d miss out on making great content and promotion.
It got to the point I stopped doing it at all because I burned myself out worrying about if it was perfect or not.
Lawrence Tam · September 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm
yeah… being perfect will stop you in your tracks..
i found out years ago I make a TON of mistakes… but what is cool.. I’m doing pretty well even with the mistakes.. and you can too
Jenny Ceballos · September 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm
Still asking myself where to start…
This is very interesting, I´m convince to get in!
Lawrence Tam · September 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm
start first with …
why do you want to make more money..
all the “HOW TO” and “SYSTEMS” won’t matter if you really don’t want to make that extra income
razan · September 5, 2014 at 2:26 am
good way to marketing internet
Qaisar Khan · August 23, 2014 at 11:31 pm
hey Lawrence, you told me to comment on each video to see if im ready for help. i am really struggling right now and i need your help. i need more people to join wakeupnow which i join 2 weeks ago, thank you!!
please help me. i really need.
Lawrence Tam · September 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm
smh…. i wanted to know what was in your head
Jason Counts · August 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Thanks Lawrence! I’m just trying to absorb all of this in! Wow! I’ve got a whole notebook full of notes! I’m going to keep watching and learning! Thanks for taking the time brother!
Lawrence Tam · September 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm
let’s get ready to apply!
Faheem Abrahams · July 23, 2014 at 5:42 am
this was AWSOME, do appreciate the effort and time you make to better educate people. thanks so much for letting me in
Lawrence Tam · September 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm
this free 10 day video series is to help ground people on the basics… really the basics of running a home business. Everyone should know them
Demy Watts · July 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm
Thanks Lawrence, still taking it all in, 3 core steps with lots of elements to each one. Need to focus on content and promotion asap – like you say, no one wants to get rich slowly! Thank you for this!
Lawrence Tam · September 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm
being rich slow is like eating soggy cereal… I guess some might like it.. I don’t and normal people shouldn’t either.. we want the crunch!
Peter de Vera · July 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm
I am happy to be a student by learning, listening, and apply. This video 9 is very good to keep handy so I can really explode for profits online.
The force is with us!
Peter de Vera
Andre Kotze · July 10, 2014 at 12:32 am
We made both those first two mistakes as well. It took us nearly a year to learn to do everything ourself.
It was stressful and time consuming and although we learnt a lot it would’ve been better to earn a lot!
Lawrence Tam · September 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm
it’s the growing process 😉
Elvira Longoria · July 6, 2014 at 12:40 am
So now I learned we need not spend too much time on building that website, but just start promoting, promoting, through facebook, blogging on EN website, paid traffic and or SEO, after we get good at writing good heart grabbing content. I know I still don’t have a perfect website, cuz I still don’t even know where the menu is, like the one you see on the 15k formula, I got stuck there too. So I have not made many changes to the default settings that the EN website comes with, I wanted to change the tabs and still don’t know how. But OK one more video to go and we will go on to the next phase. Can’t wait to find out how easy promoting can be. Thanks LT.
Lawrence Tam · July 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm
@Elvira… come blog on our FREE team blog as a supplement to your own blog… i have some unique features in it that will help as you get your blogging skills up -> teamprojectmayhem.com/blog
Joel Gomez · June 6, 2014 at 11:34 am
It’s funny I was stuck in the building process for a while!!
I finally got passed that stage but I’m stuck on the promotion.
Lawrence Tam · June 16, 2014 at 11:07 am
promotion is easy… you will see 😉
Kamal lakhr · June 4, 2014 at 10:33 am
We learn from mistakes hh that call experience ^^
Thank you for that lawrence
Kamal lakhr · June 4, 2014 at 9:23 am
hhh that make me remember some words robert kiyosaki say
“In military they wasn’t teaching us by success they was teaching us by mistakes to learn what we will do in case of this mistake happen on real war and that what make us alive ”
Love that Lawrence ^^
you are the best hh
karen · May 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm
going to start making a change i am all new to this
Martin · May 25, 2014 at 6:58 am
I have spent too much time in the building phase in the past, this is really hitting home for me.
PeterThankgod · February 23, 2014 at 7:07 am
That’s the due process….Thank you
andilerner · January 17, 2014 at 7:09 am
Yes – promotion is the key, nothing works without it. This is the most critical activity – Thanks for driving this lesson home.
spooon · December 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm
AustinHayes first learn how to index a website.. google search that. next i wouldn’t worry about the brand until you can prove you know what your doing… proof is in the pudding.. 😉
AustinHayes · December 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm
I am stuck in the building stage of my website! Trying to get it to look as professional as possible so that the clients know that I am serious. Also, I feel like my blog posts are valuable to artists and rappers, but when I try and google my blog, it doesnt even show up. why is that?
Jaynae · December 16, 2013 at 6:36 am
I agree with you.
alecia_mlmleads · December 1, 2013 at 12:10 am
I didn’t realize how many don’t get this process. It really does take experience in doing this several times to get it. Thanks for sharing!
Lawrence Tam · December 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm
i hope people are taking notes