This Progress Report is going to be slightly different to the first one!
Reason, comfort zone (or lack of!).
You see, when I posted my first Progress Report, everything was shiny, exciting and well within my ‘comfort zone’. I lured myself into a false sense of security and thought I was going to become the next Internet Marketing ‘Guru’ overnight. I was very wrong…
So, lets start with the good, talk about the bad and finish off with a bit of hope. I think they call that the ‘Bath Tub Effect’?
Since the first progress report, the Blog has been progressing very well.
The really great news is that I’ve never enjoyed writing so much! It really is a joy to be able to put what you’re thinking into words on the screen and share it, for a long time…
What’s also really great is that I’m beginning to get some very encouraging traffic to the Blog and some fantastic comments on my posts from very knowledgeable Internet Marketers. I do feel like I’m in very good company.
Some of my more popular posts have included:
Finding an Internet Marketing Mentor
I really wanted to introduce the Partnership To Success course to all my readers and this post says it all! After all, I couldn’t believe how far I had come in such a short time.
Here I posted about my success with a Content Creation service called iWriter. Not that I use them for my personal stuff you understand (like this blog) but their services are great if you want content created for your other online ‘activities’.
This 5-part series in Traffic generation developed a lot of interest and it was brilliant to write. Once you get started it’s amazing what you actually know!
So, the blog was going well.
The Not-So Good
I called this the ‘bad’ in the introduction but that’s not really the case. I just lost a bit of Internet Marketing confidence and that ‘Rose Tint’ disappeared for a while!
This was the start of the Product Creation stage of the Partnership To Success course.
I think this was a lot to do with Human Nature coming into play. I really was at the top of my game with the Blog and writing regular content on it, as well as visiting the blogs of fellow Internet Marketers. When you get going you feel invincible and then…CRASH.
So what went wrong?
I was being too critical of myself and self-doubt was starting to creep in!
During the first phase of Partnership To Success, I felt I was making fantastic progress and I even started to help other members, a brilliant feeling. Then I stalled with my Product Creation ideas and even though help was readily available on the Facebook Group, all I could see was everyone else running to the finish whilst I had tripped over the starting line.
Back down to earth with a bump…
A New Hope
A poor Star Wars reference and in an Internet Marketing Progress Report, has Jon gone mad?
Well possibly but there is real hope here. Unfortunately, it took me a few days to shake off the product creation doom but I’m now fully back on track!
So what did I do?
I took the following steps:
- I walked away from the computer and had a few beers, well actually more than a few beers but I managed to keep my clothes on, didn’t steal any traffic cones and didn’t tell a complete stranger “I really love you mate”. I think that counts as ‘Drinking Responsibly’!
- The next day I got serious but was too tired to do anything…
- Day 3 was when it really happened. I reviewed all the advice I had received in the Partnership To Success Facebook Group, looked at what I had done in Internet Marketing for the past 2 years and then it hit me…I really did have a set of skills which I could market as a Digital Information Product and help others achieve what I have.
- I then put these ideas into a Mind Map and it just kept getting bigger and bigger. In fact it got so big, one chapter of this Map will most probably be a product by itself, great success.
So what have I learned over the past few weeks?
That’s a very good question. It’s so easy to get carried away when things are going so well but eventually everyone is going to hit a stumbling block and sometimes that can be quite a fall.
What’s really important is having someone to turn too when the going gets tough, for me that’s the Partnership To Success Group.
The Way Forward?
It’s great when you can take stock of what you know, identify how you can add extra value to that knowledge and then go full steam ahead!
That’s what I’m doing now.
My advice to anyone attempting a similar venture is to take action but make that action count…
If you have doubts, take a step back and work out what you need to do to get to where you want.
Do you need to research your niche a bit more and fill in any skill gaps?
Hit the Forums! Find questions that are related to your product idea, can you answer any of these questions? If not, get researching again…
But most of all, make it happen.
It would be great to hear about how other people have managed to overcome this mental ‘barrier’!
Maybe you tackled things a bit differently to me, if you’re not a member of an Internet Marketing Group who did you turn to for help?
Or maybe you don’t know what all the fuss is about (love to know your secret)?