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5 Biggest Mistakes People do in Internet Marketing and Webpreneurship

internet marketingI recently received interesting newsletter from Ewen Chia that pretty much sum up the reasons why I decide to focus on my Top 5 websites to produce me online income.

The newsletter is about the biggest mistakes people do in Internet Marketing, and it’s pretty much describing why my online revenue is unable to break through the rooftop.

Inspired by Ewen’s newsletter here are the 5 mistakes people do in Internet marketing and webpreneurship:

Mistake #1: Trying to do too many things at once

I followed the path many take on online entrepreneurship – build or buy as many websites as possible with a hope that one or two will strike gold.

I am a follower of “fail fast” principle – the more you fail, the faster you will find your success. In this case, I have wasted thousands of dollars trying to find what works – and I realize that there is very little or no shortcut to success in Internet marketing. It’s all hard work, and hard work pays off – either online or off line.

How I fail? It’s because I try too many things at once. I don’t have all the resources to support plenty of websites, so I fail miserably at website management.

Mistake #2: Just try everything possible

Related to Mistake #1, I just want to try anything to see whether it works or not; it won’t. Why? Because I’m not focused to grow every single website I own.

You need to focus your effort on your top performing and top potential websites, while keeping your website building efforts as a hobby – seriously.

Mistake #3: Trying to reinvent the wheel

I wanted to be unique – I wanted to build a cookie cutter site that will hopefully end up like Twitter, Facebook and the likes. I failed – miserably. In internet marketing, I try to do things differenty – for some reasons I can’t understand today.

Why didn’t I get it? Just follow the lead – and, again, don’t reinvent the wheel. When a top Internet Marketer say, “You should do list building,” then off you go – start building a list. If an Internet Marketer say, “reviews work best for affiliate program,” why are you insisting on displaying large banner ads on your sites without actually pitching to your prospects via your genuine reviews?

Mistake #4: Doing something that even you don’t know what you are doing

This is related to #3 above, and one reason why you need to follow the lead: You need a plan. Doing marketing and promotion blindly will only waste your most valuable resources – time and money.

I often work on a website just because I think it’s interesting, that’s all. I wasn’t doing any researches to prove that what I’m trying to do is still worth doing; I was shooting blanks.

If you haven’t found your own formula to build an online business empire, learn from the others who have done it on regular basis.

Mistake #5: Limiting yourself

There are practically thousands of ways to make money online – the opportunities are out there, up for grab. With Internet Marketing and website ownership, you need to expand your horizon; your target market is the Internet – never limit yourself thinking that one particular target market or type of web business will take your there.

Also, I advise you to throw away your “I can’t do this” attitude, as it’s limiting your life and your potential income; Internet marketing and web business ownership requires “can-do” attitude.

I hope this blog post helps you to take your online entrepreneurship journey to the next level.


Ivan Widjaya is a webpreneur and an owner of a site network. He actively runs Noobpreneur.com, a small business tips blog, and CBRdigital.com, a cloud business blog .

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