Week 1 – In the beginning….

By | July 9, 2015

I’ve read my own story over and over again on the Internet. I’ve seen it on Facebook, on blog posts, sales pages, on the warrior forum and listened to it on videos.

The names, dates and locations are different but it goes like this:

177430I started my internet marketing journey with such high hopes and dreams. I think the first product I bought was a mail order CD called “The Golden Back Door” and it was 2008. I don’t remember what it was about or why I didn’t follow through with it.

I think the word golden must have appealed, because I bought a high ticket program from Mike Cheney called the “Golden Thread” -. this one I do remember.

I got all my sites set up, then did something really stupid. I was in such a hurry to make some money that I thought I would just run some paid traffic to them3products. Looking back, obviously, at this point I knew nothing about traffic and bought it from some lowball reseller of junk. I got zero optins, which led me to the conclusion “well, this clearly does not work!” I think some of those sites are still dangling, lonely and unattended in cyberspace.

And so it went on… I “took action” on the courses I bought but never had any STICKIVITY.

I’d get bored. I’d get frustrated. I would think – hmm I really don’t like doing this so why would I want to do it instead of my job.

Maybe one of the critical differences in my story is that my back has never been against any wall. I have a good job, with good pay. Unfortunately, that seems to have bred complacency in me. I never really HAD to choose something and get the money coming in. I’ve just been obsessed with learning. The good thing is that I DO love IM. It turns out that I HAVE found my passion, I have just never figured out the right path to apply it.

It hasn’t all been wasted. I don’t blame gurus or product owners or sales techniques. I won’t try to connect with you on that level, like so many sales pages try to do.

I have probably the equivalent of a Bachelors Degree in IM.?? I know what I need to do.

So although there has been. nothing quick about my start – I’ve started this blog while following along with the quick start challenge program. Yes, yet another program, but am going to see this one through and welcome you to check back on my progress!

I’m not sure how you landed here, but if you have time, I’d love to hear your story in the comments below.

When did you start? Have you succeeded? Why or why not?

14 thoughts on “Week 1 – In the beginning….

  1. Steven Lucas Internet Marketer

    I must admit, I’m very much like you. Stick a website up here, let a few low quality people know about it and then be surprised that nothing much happened. Build it and they will come, they said. Build it and be ignored is the more real situation.

    But giving them somewhere to come to is the first step. There needs to be some gold for them to find and our websites need to be the rainbows that lead them there.

    I have some good hopes for QSC3 and I hope that you and I (and everybody else on the challenge, of course) will find the success we wish for.


    Steven Lucas

  2. Ron Barker

    Hi Heather…

    I like your post. Sounds like we are identical twins… I bought all the courses, tried local marketing, etc…… and never made any money. Locally, I was told – get leads and companies would buy them. So I got leads and no one would buy the qualified leads I received. arrgghh!!

    Am now going to start other-than-local, hence this website (and some others).

    So many people not making money – I wonder why. A little info from this course, a little from that course….pretty soon you become “knowledgeable”.

    Anyways… I find I ramble. I hope it all works out for you. I’ll follow you on your journey with the Quick Start program.

  3. Ryan Thompson

    It seems most of us in the quick start challenge could have a bachelor’s degree in IM but for whatever reason we can’t quite figure out how to apply that knowledge correctly in the ‘online workforce.’ It’s nice to be in a group of like-minded people who all have the same goal. I wish nothing but success for you on your journey.

  4. igor Griffiths

    Hello Heather

    As a fellow QSC3 member here is my potted history. It’s all my accountants fault, in 2006, create a 2nd company income they suggested, started with eBay then Amazon physical products. 2010, information marketing commenced and now here we are.

    Like you I have tried many courses and fallen at many first hurdles, assuming it must be the course and never my application of the material provided. Reluctance to ask for help is one of my biggest failings and one I need to resolve because no one ever succeeded truly on their own. There was always at least one unsung hero in the background filling the skill gaps that this person lacked.

    I look forward to hearing how you utilize the content of this challenge and of course how it allows you to achieve your aspiration to help others.


    1. Janet

      Pat you are so good for the soul! You make my thoughts and feeling seem so valid that I can’t but feel better for putting them out there. And thank you for all the pr;yres&#8230aI do believe the work to save the world all the time.   Merry Christmas you wonderful soul, Sheila

  5. Phill Waters

    Hi Heather,
    I started my IM journey so many years ago that I really don’t remember when did the Amway thing then the Herbalife thing only to find the investment involved and the time it took to build these into a sustainable business was absolutely life draining. I have done numerous courses on setting up websites and have set many up only to make a little of my investment back what with googles constant updates just trying to keep track was enough to drive a person mad. Anyway have been stricken with the bright shiny object syndrome and have hard drives full of products but have never followed thru on much either from time issues of lack of technical knowledge.
    But along comes the Quick Start Challenge and what do you know I love it and the community that it provides of like minded people who all want to succeed and make a new life for them selves, I am excited and hope you are to and I wish you all the success in the challenge.

  6. puggly

    I think what your suffering from is information overload 😉 we all get it that and shiny object but the hardest lesson to learn is frankly we spend all the time getting things set up, trying to perfect them before releasing anything when in reality its better to just launch something and fix it later if it proves viable or not. the other lesson is learning not to put everything into one launch many do because the expense of multiple launches have a big cost.
    Aim to learn how NOT to do it before focusing on how to do it. Focus on putting the steps in place and getting into the habits i think thats the first lesson everyone needs to learn the same as the QSC seems to try and teach from what i have seen so far.

    Backpocketbuddy.com (BPBCREW- Real superheroes don’t need capes)

  7. Steven Brough

    Hi, its Steven here from QSC,

    Inspiring post! A person won’t be successful if he hadn’t experienced failure at least once in his life.

  8. mark myers

    Hi Heather, I enjoyed reading your posts.

    I have been involved in Internet Marketing for a few years as well. And I too have been guilty of many starts and stops and chasing after the next shiny object.

    At one point, however, I dug deep to try and understand why I did that and came to the realization it was because in many cases I had questions on how to do something and had no idea where to get the answer. And with no answer I would give up move on to the next shiny object. Sound familiar?

    Now, I go to YouTube and type in what ever I don’t have an answer for and in most cases there are videos there that answer my question.

    I have persisted and today, actually make a small amount of passive income online from my efforts. I share that not to boast but to show that it IS possible. It’s not a lot, but enough to cover my house payment.

    The best advice I can offer (in addition to where to find answers) is to find one thing and STICK with it. Most people give up too soon. When I started taking my own
    advice that is when I started making money.

    I live by the motto “never stop learning.” That is why I am involved in the Quick Start Challenge, like you.

    So together lets stick with it and make it happen!

    I wish you much success with your Internet Marketing journey and look forward to following your progress.

  9. Christopher Thompson

    Hi Heather,

    You did a great job on your post and video as well. My story is that I have been doing internet marketing for two years. Only for the past year have I taken it seriously. Even with the blogging, I’ve built blogs in the past but just let them collect dust on my servers.

    Much success to you in the QSC and your future endeavors.

  10. Roy Miller

    Heather, I like your “witness protection” dodge to keep from being on video. One suggestion, try to look into the camera. I think it give you more credability. If you have a bachelors degree in IM, I have a couple of PHD’s! I too, have made the same mistakes.

  11. Steve

    Great discussion here…I had some success but built my business model around quick methods and SEO hacks which did not last. I’ve always been guilty of chasing shiny objects and not putting all energy and focus into one thing 100%.

    I can tell you that a laser sharp focus on one goal and consistency will get you where you want to go. Looks like you have a great start here. Stay with it, share your experiences and keep it steady!
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