About TommyPotter
Joined February 2010
How I Got Started in Internet Marketing

I do not remember exactly how I got the idea of internet marketing. I remember that my intention was to find an activity that would allow me to earn enough money to devote to what I like to do that is to medicine and science. As I was finishing the fourth year of medical school I became involved in network marketing sponsored by Amway but I never became convinced that business model and therefore never really devoted the attention it required, plus I was about to start my internship and should having to move out of town and also to be full time in the hospital without the possibility of attending meetings, seminars, conventions, etc.

When I left the network marketing I sought information on alternatives that would allow me to generate income without affecting my medical career. Perhaps the first book I found that was referring to getting rich was precisely "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. Although I think a great work of personal improvement it really didn't tell me the what? and how? To make a business (at least not as I wanted.) And so, I passed through different books almost all about personal enrichment, although motivated me about having great ideas not give me a practical guide to take something to suit my needs, i.e. making real money having little time.

As I said, I do not remember exactly when I got the idea that it could be done business online, the fact is that around 2000 I found a book by Jason Kelly called "The Neatest Little Guide to Making Money Online". I think this book is still sold on Amazon and elsewhere I guess but not if it has been revised and there are new editions. The copy that I own now seems quite outdated, considering the dizzying speed with which advances the internet. Already were written several key issues of internet marketing as having a web site to promote own products and services, making affiliate marketing, etc.., on the other hand there were issues that now seem rather primitive as "Connect to internet" or "Buying the right computer. "

Yet Jason Kelly's book introduced me to a world very interesting and exciting as it appeared at that time the internet marketing. There were links everywhere and going here and there I began to receive more information (perhaps more than I wanted and could handle) and since then offering the "best way to get rich online." I have to confess that several times I was tempted to follow these deals but there was always something "mysterious" or "hidden" with them until one does not pay to receive all information. So I think that spent a few weeks until I started buying some of these systems.

Once downloaded the "new and wonderful" system, I devoured it hoping to capture every detail to start as soon as possible to make money online, but I would say that 100% of cases, something stopped me. After have spent on a program that apparently taught me step by step to build a business, I discovered that I had to pay for the hosting of a website or design of it, or by software to search for keywords, or software for writing articles, etc.

So frustratingly I spent several years in which I did not find really that "secret" to develop an online business, let alone make me rich but at least I consistently generate any profits. To be honest, at the end just wanted to find evidence that I could at least make a sale on the Internet.

The first test I had about the internet really works to sell gaves me a kind of mexican Ebay: MercadoLibre. Through this platform I finally have evidence that an Internet advertisement lead to a sale to someone elsewhere in the world, but who deposited real money you can get in your hands once the sale process is concluded.
But who has used eBay knows you have only limited options the site gives you and also (most importantly), the other aspects are like those of a conventional business to keep an inventory, packaging and, courier and parcel services, etc.

It was not until I found the One Week Marketing method of Jennifer Ledbetter (PotPieGirl) where I realized I could have a really "step by step" system to allow me develop a campaign promoting a product as an affiliate, making use of just free online resources.

When I started to follow that plan surprisingly within 1 month and had done my first three sales on the Internet, with an affiliate product and most importantly allowed me to know Wealthy Affiliate University, which was really a pleasant surprise to realize that there was a real online school that taught a formal approach on every aspect of internet marketing, many of which I had been knowing or deducing in a more or less incomplete way for years at various sites.

However, when I thought I had achieved my goal finally lowered my guard. It was a period of intense work as a researcher in science, now in charge of a research laboratory so I stopped doing hard work on 8 campaigns that I already had running based on the PotPieGirl's One Week Marketing program. I stopped creating new sites, I stopped doing research into new niches, I stopped writing posts and articles, so I thought created campaigns would mature alone over time and that never happened. In fact what did occur is that in two or three of these campaigns traffic increased in various sites that I had created, from the higher ranks in search engines, but since the contents were not updated, people coming to those sites simply do not follow my affiliate product offer.

Also, my first step on Wealthy Affiliate University was brief because, since I was not committed to constantly spend time each day, it also seemed at the time that if I didn't use it was not worth to continue paying for the service and canceled it.

It took several months for me to resume again both the One Week Marketing plan as to re-enroll me in Wealthy Affiliate University since had been shown the importance of both in the internet marketing like any other activity to keep up updated, to stay active and most importantly, a new term I learned that make a radical change of attitude in my view of the business, I learned the importance of CONSISTENCY.

This explanation has been long but it is just to highlight two very important facts that should be taken into account for those who want to engage in internet marketing:

1) It is a real business with real good conditions and with potentially much larger than a conventional physical business.

2) It is not a business that generates profits immediately, it requires a learning curve and requires a lot of work. The difference in this business against a conventional one is that once established can be kept running on auto-pilot, that profits can grow logarithmically depending on the position of business on the internet, and also the time you have to keep spending may be much lower compared which is dedicated to a professional activity or conventional business.
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I would be more than happy earning $5,000 a month because that amount doubles my present salary so I would decide if following working on it or quit it.

I would be ecstatic if I could earn $10,000 a month because that amount would allow me save some good portion of it, pay my bills and still have a big piece to spend on improving my family's lifestyle

Definitely I would be willing to invest 5 hours a day working on internet to reach those goals.
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I would be more than happy earning $5,000 a month because that amount doubles my present salary so I would decide if following working on it or quit it.

I would be ecstatic if I could earn $10,000 a month because that amount would allow me save some good portion of it, pay my bills and still have a big piece to spend on improving my family's lifestyle

Definitely I would be willing to invest 5 hours a day working on internet to reach those goals.
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jiran777 Premium
You will definitely achieve your goals! Just be positive and never quit! =))
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Kyle Premium
Your goals are totally realistic and when you achieve the first one, it will be just a matter of scaling to reach the second one. The Internet works wonderful when you have your formula for success down which you are going to be getting from the training here at WA.

Once you get this formula down the sky is truly the limit Alfonso! I look forward to working with you and seeing you make your goals a reality. :)
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Gintama1112 Premium
Hello. You seem to be earning quite well so far, why would you want to change that? Anyway good luck.
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TommyPotter Premium
Kyle, thanks a lot for your motivating words!
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TommyPotter Premium
Hi Gintama1112, my income now it's ok however it's not enough for many things I want to achieve and I'm not talking about just material things but even money to invest in my career. I'm medical researcher and grants for research, scientific meetings, publications, etc are getting shorter globally. So I would like at least have financial freedom to push my career but also to enjoy with my family without working to death, what do you think?
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Gintama1112 Premium
Well I think that if you put it like that, it's a great idea. Good luck in succeeding in your career, but most importantly, being able to spend time with your family is ultimately the most important thing, and since you seem to have a rather demanding job, this can get quite hard sometimes, so I really wish you the best of luck in managing to get this extra money.
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