This topic may end up being quite controversial, but it must be addressed. When I came online at the end of 2005 I knew almost nothing about building a business on the Internet and online marketing. Within a year I was making some money, and within 18 months I had replaced my former income as a classroom teacher and real estate broker/appraiser. Was it luck? Intelligence? Knowing the right people? None of these. I was able to make money because I paid for training and took action on what I was learning.
I now know many people who came online before I did and still proudly refer to themselves as newbies. They are reluctant to spend any money, worried that people on the Internet are not trustworthy, and still work at their day jobs. Their closest friends are also newbies and entertain the same belief system. Something is very wrong with this picture.
If you want to make a living online, then act like it. Find people you trust and learn from them. Take action on what you learn. Choose a niche. Start a blog. Create a product. Attend live events. If you are approaching marketing online in a cautious way, you need to take a look at what that means about your approach to starting a business.
My guess is that the people who continue to be the ‘rookie of the year’ year after year will never be successful in business or in any area of life. Get to work and stop complaining that everyone wants to take advantage of you. Starting an online business is like starting anything new; learn the skills and put them into place so you can make some money.