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You’re NOT The Only One…

you are not aloneThe road in setting up any business – online or offline – is very bumpy indeed.

What I’ve learned since I started out in my 3 years online is that yes there are easy ways and shortcuts and it is worth investing some of your time and money in learning and receiving good advice from those who have gone before you.

However, it’s just impossible to eliminate all difficulties from your life and whatever you do these bumps in the road will still keep “coming at you”.

For many people starting out I’ve noticed they can get severely diseffected and demoralised by the problems they face and many of course, just give up blaming either bad luck, bad timing or simply themselves (“I’m just not up to this”).

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I’ve Moved….

Location Independence Internet LifestyleOne of the key benefits of having your own online business is supposed to be location independence.

In the extreme it’s the notion of sitting on the beach and having an “F5 refresh” party watching the money rolling into your bank account.

Of course, this is far from reality:

1. Most web business owners either work from home (as I have done since late 2010) or have their own office that they work from.

2. In order to sit back and watch the money roll in, you’ve got to put in a lot of time and effort first (funny how some people forget this isn’t it?!)

Now, this said, during my time online I have run my business from remote locations. I’ve sat in hotel bars and reception areas with my laptop and a coffee making quite a bit of money in locations including New York, Miami, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Montpellier.

However, I could only do that because I’d put the work in first before I jetted off!

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What I Would Do Differently If I Had To Start Again

What I Would Do Differently If I Started AgainOne of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, “If you had to start over, what would you do differently?”

It’s a great question and one that I’ve asked of other people as well.

If you’ve been a subscriber of mine for a while you will probably know that I had a pretty rough ride when I began my online journey in 2010. I had lots of failed websites (around 10 in total) and didn’t make any money for a good 7-8 months.

So what was I doing wrong, what should I have done differently and what can YOU learn from this to avoid the mistakes I made?

Here are the answers to those questions:

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Take 5 Minutes To Do This And Save 10 Minutes Per Day, Every Day

time spent on the toiletAccording to Wiki Answers we each spend between 1 and 4 years on the toilet during our lifetimes.

I have to say this doesn’t bother me particularly and that’s good because there’s probably not a lot I could do about it if did.

However, what does bother me is wasted time whilst sat at my computer working.

Whether you are making your living online (as I do) or in a regular job (as I used to do) we all know that there are many inefficiencies that just basically waste our time.

Recently been having a “regroup” in my business and one of the things I’ve been looking at is how I can identify and remove some of these bad habits and practices to increase my productivity.

One of these in particular I think applies to all of us and that is keeping track of usernames and passwords for different websites.  Continue Reading →

Pull the Trigger!

I am typing this on my laptop whilst sat at the back of Sarah Staar’s live internet marketing seminar in Central London.

I’m due to speak on stage in a couple of hours but in the meantime I’m observing around 130 or so attendees who are watching, listening and taking notes.

The content is good, really good. In fact I really wish I’d been fortunate enough to come to a seminar like this when I started online in 2010.

So, there’s no doubt that people will leave armed with top quality, cutting edge information.

How many will take action and implement all this?

A significant minority, I hope. But I have no doubt it will be a minority not a majority.

This is not news, we all know that most people just don’t implement and indeed, we are ALL guilty of that ourselves occasionally (I definitely am!).

However, I’ve recently started to notice a more intriguing and subtler phenomenon….

It tends to happen to people who are action takers but they seem to have a complete failure to “pull the trigger” once their project is ready to launch.

For example, I recently was helping someone who had successfully, researched a niche, created a valuable free gift and a squeeze page to advertise it, configured their email autoresponder and created a series of content.

Pretty impressive right? Certainly big action here!

But at this stage they stalled. They start to have doubts and wonder if what they have set up will actually work. Rather than move forward and test what they have created they decide more adjustments, research and tweaks are necessary.

At first I was surprised to see this happen but after considering it further I think I’m beginning to understand.

It’s the same feeling I had after putting work into my own products and then getting ready to launch them. Suddenly, I became fearful of failure.

An awareness is a great thing so I wanted to write about this in case this is you! If so, you’ve GOT to push forward and remember that you’ve got nothing to lose and unless you do so you won’t get the rewards that you deserve.

I can’t remember who first said this but: Ready, FIRE, Aim is always better that Ready, Aim, FIRE.

So don’t stall and just pull the trigger! You can tweak later.

Does this sound like you? What has stopped you taking action and completing projects in the past? Please let me know you thoughts below… 🙂

A Shocking Email & 10 Awesome Little Niches That Make Thousands

findinganichelogosmallYesterday I received an email from a new subscriber of mine. Here is a snippet from it:

“I seriously have my doubts that anyone can emulate your success in such a short time unless they went and did stock trading or were lucky enough to find some really hot trendy niche market.

I challenge you to prove me wrong.

This is a very fair question and something that echoes the sentiment of many people who wish to build a residual income from the internet.

So although I’ve replied in full to this subscriber personally, I thought we’d bring this issue out in the open here on the GHG blog.  Continue Reading →

How To “Do” Internet Marketing Without Your Computer

how to practice internet marketing without your computerIf you’re like me then your experience with internet marketing started with your eyes locked on to your computer screen for hours on end.

This, along with information overload, is somewhat of a rite of passage for all of us.

And there’s no doubt that it can be a pretty lonely experience to begin with.

But there is GOOD NEWS!

There are LOTS of things you can do to practice internet marketing when you’re NOT in front of your computer screen. These things can really give you great ideas of how to make more money online.

As you’ll see it’s all about observing rather than just looking! For example, here are some things that I do almost every day when I’m out and about:  Continue Reading →

The 80/20 Rule? More Like 95/5…!

The 80/20 Rule or the Pareto Principle as it’s also known, is a much talked about idea among business people and especially internet entrepreneurs.

If you haven’t heard of it then basically it says that “80% of the results come from 20% of the causes”.

This idea came about after Mr. Pareto (an Italian economist) noticed that 80% of Italy’s land was owned by 20% of the population.

But in terms of running a web business, what does it really mean?

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Are You Thinking Yourself Into Analysis-Paralysis With Internet Marketing?

Analysis ParalysisThe last job I had was analyzing and managing investments in the financial services industry.

Now, to do this work effectively it was really important to analyze company financial statements and stock market information to make decisions.

Luckily, I do have a naturally analytical mindset so I was able to perform my duties effectively and enjoy the process too.

However, whilst this was an advantage in my last job it became a real disadvantage when I started my online business.

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How To Use Chunking To Massively Boost Your Productivity

Chunking To Improve ProductivityIf you’re anything like me then from time to time you ask yourself, “What did I ACTUALLY achieve today?”

Alarmingly, the answer often comes back, “Er… Not that much really!”

If you can relate to this then this post is for you.

If you’re serious about making money online and developing a lifetime web-business then sorting out your productivity is absolutely crucial.

There are many techniques that self-improvement gurus talk about but there’s one I’ve been using recently to great effect. I’d like to share it with you here as you’ll be able to put into practice right away and get some super results just as I have.

It’s called CHUNKING. Continue Reading →