You're Gonna Suck, Before You Rock!

Last Update: December 06, 2021

I haven't really promoted WA for a while so it was a pleasant surprise when one of my referrals from a while ago decided to grab the black Friday deal and become a premium WA member.

As their designated mentor it has been interesting for me to look at things from a novice's perspective again and it has reminded me of how daunting some of the things, which many of us probably take for granted, can be.

I thought I would share some thoughts, as much for my new referral Naomi, as for any other new member here at WA.

In short, there is a lot to learn before you become a successful digital marketer. However, with experience it becomes easier and your skills will get massively better.

It doesn't matter if:

  • Your first website sucks
  • Your first blog post sucks
  • Your first images suck
  • Your first video sucks
  • Your first pin sucks
  • Your first tweet sucks
  • Your first FB post sucks
  • Your first Ebook sucks
  • Your first email sucks

By the time you have done 10 of them you'll be better.

By the time you've done 50 of them you'll be rocking it!

But you can't reach this stage until you do the first one of each, and then the second, and so on.

So don't worry about screw-ups and failures. Learn from each and get better. Keep pushing forward until you achieve your goals.

To your success

Dave

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etseil20 Premium Plus
Hi Dave,

I love this post so much. It reminds me of some of the most successful marketers in the world today.

There are a few I follow who said their first time creating content (i.e. YouTube video, Podcast episode) was terrible. But overtime, they got better and now have big followings.

Your post is a great motivator. Also, congrats to your referral upgrading to premium. All the best to her and with you guiding her as well.

Thanks for sharing- all the best :)

Regards,

Eric
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Dave07 Premium
Hi Eric

Yes when I look at some of my early content I cringe with embarrassment sometimes. However it was all a step along the road.
Thanks for your kind comment and have a great weekend.

Dave
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JeannineC Premium
I always try to tell people that their first site will be like the first pancake you make - the first one is always the throwaway, but you learn! That's why when people start their first site about Wealthy Affiliate, it's often a failure because they can't tell someone else how to be a successful affiliate when they've never done it themselves; it always just sounds like a book report. Try a different topic first, then do a site about WA when you actually can speak from experience!
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Dave07 Premium
Hi Jeannine
This is great advice. I see a lot of people jump straight into promoting WA but as you say, how can you promote something that you haven’t been successful at yourself. It just sounds hollow.
Better to gain some experience in something closer to home and develop your skills first.

Thanks
Dave
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Jenny28 Premium
Absolutely! Plus, you can always go back to your very first blog posts and improve them!
Practice makes perfect.
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Dave07 Premium
Hi Jenny.
I agree about continuing to practice and as you say, you can always go back and improve or adapt what you’ve already done.

Thanks
Dave
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ElodieF4321 Premium
Congratulation on your referral signing up on Black Friday deals.
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Dave07 Premium
Thanks Elodie. It was a very nice surprise.
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Newme202 Premium
Spot on and inspiring!
It really does not matter
As long as you are consistent and focused in all your tasks and activities
You will achieve success
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Dave07 Premium
I totally agree Simone.
I created some awful stuff initially but I've learned so much from all my mistakes.

Thanks
Dave
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Newme202 Premium
Likewise :)
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philmedia Premium Plus
So right and great comment. I often think my first year was a dry run!
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Dave07 Premium
Yes a dry run is a good way to think of it.
My oldest site has evolved a lot over the years. I thought about deleting some of the old stuff but I keep it as a reminder of how far I’ve come.
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