Mandy Allen – What Would You Do Differently And Why?

Jul 18

It’s guest post time again…..

Today’s guest is Power Up Your Potential author…AKA – Mandy Allen from Learn-To-Blog.org

I asked Mandy what she would do if she had to start her internet marketing journey all over again.

Here’s what Mandy had to say…..

I had to think long and hard to answer this question because in reality there are a great number of things I may well do differently if I were to start over again.

I would try to be far more focused in the first instance on a niche, but maybe that comes with experience and practice rather than a  conscious effort to tie yourself down to one finely tuned topic from the start.

We can often only build successfully on the foundations of the mistakes we make.

The alternative is the mistakes come much later, maybe at a catastrophic point in our career.

If I were to start all over right now what I would do differently most of all is not be swayed by all those ‘great’ offers with hyped up sales pages.

The ones that convince you that all you have to do is press a few buttons and you’ll be sailing the Med or driving a luxury car up the driveway to your mansion that you paid cash for last week.

So why would I not invest in these great opportunities? 

Well, not only because a lot of them are hyped up nonsense, but also because a great many of them only work if you know what you are doing already…

And learning the skills to put them into a money making practice takes time.

It’s mostly the high priced items that I found the hardest to use in the beginning.

A lot of them are not really aimed at new Internet Marketers, they’re aimed at people who already know much more than the basics.

The products I have that I use and are of the most value to me are actually lower priced products, and they do exactly what they said they’d do.

They are much more simple to understand and easy to use.

So I, like many others both before and no doubt after me, have ended up with a great number of products I have never used, probably don’t even know why I’ve got them now or what they actually do.

I’ve certainly missed the boat in terms of making any impact with them because they’re either old hat already or everyone else now has them too…

Or someone has already designed something that works much better.

It can be very easy to get sucked into believing that everything you buy WILL help your business efforts.

The reality is a lot of it won’t.

It’s true that there are a lot of scammers out there who lie about their earnings, but there is also the fact that of the products that do work someone else beat you to it.

They made the killing, all you are often doing is trying to recreate their success with something everyone has already seen.

I don’t think there is any Internet Marketer who has not bought something thinking it will change their lives but never used it or put it into practice, for whatever reason.

We do all have to learn from our mistakes, and often it is those mistakes that are far more valuable to our learning than the numerous successes.

But if I had to start over I really wouldn’t get sucked into buying so many ‘good ideas’!

Enjoy the journey

Mandy

 

 

 

www.Learn-To-Blog.org

 

Thanks for that Mandy!

So…..

Are you guilty of buying products that you don’t use?

Have you fell for the push button solutions that promise to make you a millionaire overnight?

 

Would love to know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

 

Coming Next…

What would Jacinta Dean do differently and why?????

 

Also…..

Don’t forget to check out all the other guest posts in the What Would You Do Differently And Why series by clicking on the links below.

 

Sally Neill  

Barry Wells

Kathy Dobson 

 

Take care and I’ll catch up with you all soon.

Dawn

 

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23 comments

  1. Hi Dawn, I hope you’re well. Another great post in your series ;)

    Hi Mandy, You’ve raised a terrific point here.

    I think most of us have been suckered into buying these type of products at some point in our journeys. The salespages are carefully worded in such a way that they build upon our desire and we believe this is it I’ll finally start to earn a living online.

    I once bought such a product and what a nightmare I had with it. Just after buying it I had a period of bed rest so didn’t try getting into the product until a few weeks later. When I did eventaully try I couldn’t log in so I tried getting in touch with the help desk only to get messed around.

    This was at a time when I had wasted my time trying to build my website, not that I knew i was wasting time at that point, but the product sounded like the answer to my prayers. I had my home made website online and wanted to progress.

    It took me months of trying before I finally got someone that actually tried to help (from the help desk of the product) and i finally gained access to it.

    It was just as you said here Mandy, far to advanced for me. I couldn’t understand the first steps I was ment to be taking as it was written for the intermediate/advanced marketer and not the newbie as promised on the salespage.

    I know people still fall into this trap and have seen many people throw the towel in as a result of trying one after the other and never really getting anywhere.

    Which I think is the reall shame of it all as many of the people have got themselves online and put the work in but never succeed as they’re chasing the false promises.

    Great post Mandy, I hope that it saves people making the same mistakes that we have made.

    Respect and Regards, Barry
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    @Barry Wells, Hi Barry, thanks for visiting. I believe you have made a most valuable point here about people giving up because they can’t use the products they’ve bought and get no help from the seller. That is such a shame as they might have made a good business had they persevered and realised that this maybe was not the product for them.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  2. I know in the beginning we’re all tempted to buy all sort of systems and programs that promise money. We all want to get rich fast.
    The thing is, most of them work, but we need to focus on just one or two to achieve performance. If we try to work with too many programs we’ll find ourselves in the situation where we can’t find time for all of them, and without time we’ll simply fail.

    When i first started i had no money, so i didn’t buy any programs. But i did browse the forums and blogs, and i got overwhelmed by the number of programs that actually made money if used right. It took me months just to settle on one of them.
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    @Martin@CDL Exam, Hi Martin, thanks for visiting. Good point, Martin, we do tend to take on too much at once, particularly in the beginning when we are looking for that ‘magic button’! I do still think some of the products are aimed at more than just a basic knowledge though.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  3. Mandy,
    Wow…I could not agree with you more!

    My favorite line:

    “Well, not only because a lot of them are hyped up nonsense, but also because a great many of them only work if you know what you are doing already…
    And learning the skills to put them into a money making practice takes time.”

    Could not have said it better myself. I bought so many things that other classmates and marketers surrounding me bought just because they bought it at the time and it seemed a good idea.

    Things like “Butterfly Marketing” because it was the rage when I was in class and everyone was buying it so I did to…cost me a bundle in the end…and I never used it. Not because it wasn’t a great product…but because I wasn’t ready for it.

    And, believe me it is far from the only one.

    Those are the things that now fit into this category that you wrote about:

    “I’ve certainly missed the boat in terms of making any impact with them because they’re either old hat already or everyone else now has them too…
    Or someone has already designed something that works much better.”

    Oh my gosh…I laughed when I read that. Exactly my thoughts.

    Thank you…this is wise advice that newbies should take seriously. It will save them a lot of money!
    Kathy
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    @Kathy Dobson, Hey Kathy, thanks for visiting. I was laughing out loud while reading your comment. I know you think the same, I know a lot of people do too, someone just needed to say it. I have to admit, I had to delete a lot of this post before I sent it to Dawn because I got on a bit of a rant! Hope your contest is going wll and you’ve found some gems amongst the sub line entries.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  4. Hi Dawn / Mandy

    I hope all is well with you both? This is another great post in the series Dawn.

    Great point you raise here Mandy, one which we all have fallen foul of at some point.

    To be honest I am truly fed up of getting these sort of promotion emails in my inbox, they are full of hyped up promises which I think you have to be the next Einstein to understand them! :-)

    I must have at least 4 of these so called rags to riches products that I have bought in the early years, and wasted money on them only to put them to one side for them never to see the light of day again!

    I learnt very quickly and have not bought any since. I buy products now that will help my existing business grow and only from recognised and honest people who care about your success, and who are not just lining their own pockets!

    My advice to anybody starting out online is to find a good honest mentor / teacher one that will teach you how to build a successful business online, and to stay clear of the so called “Turn Key Push Button offer that promises you riches within 24hrs for doing nothing!

    Great advice Mandy and great post, thanks for sharing.

    Take care, catch up soon

    Ian
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    @Ian Ieba, Hi Ian, thanks for visiting. I agree, there are too many ‘turn key’ offerings, and they really do not work for the majority of people. It isn’t to say that someone once made a lot of money from them, but the reality is most people will not make a bean.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  5. Hey Dawn & Mandy

    Fab post, I have to say I am the MASTER of mistakes, but I love making them lol.

    I can recall one time I bought this pre-made Yoga website that promised to make me thousands in adsense commissions, it never got a single piece of traffic (I didn’t know how to get traffic back then) but I was completely new and wasn’t aware I needed traffic too – DOH!

    So I used to chase the hyped up nonsense too!

    The very first ebook I bought at 99cents gave me the idea of selling ebooks (even though it was how to cheat fruit machines ha ha) so I guess that’s a low price product that inadvertently helped me.

    Have to say, the most expensive product I ever bought was Alex Jeffreys coaching and it has been the best purchase I ever made and was a real help to anyone who got it, no matter what their level was.

    I think it all depends on the teaching style, if done well, anyone at any level should be able to follow the teachings and find success – but like you said some marketers often neglect the newbies.

    Seems like you have been on a whirlwind of a journey online, and you have a lot of value and tips to share, so go strut your stuff and get it out there to help those people you feel are not served well.

    Catch ya later

    Sally :)
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    @Sally, Hey, Sally, thanks for visiting. And thanks for those words of wisdom. I do think you have made such a valuable point about getting a teacher/mentor who will guide you through this stuff, although I think a lot of them just want you to buy their course and they aren’t interested in giving advice about other products unless they’re getting an affilate commission from them. Cynical? Maybe, but it’s a reality out here.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  6. Hi Mandy & Dawn -

    Great post Mandy and excellent idea for this series Dawn.

    I can only agree with the above comments. I doubt seriously that there is any marketer, especially beginners, that can say they haven’t done this. Having a limited budget helps (and no credit cards).

    My constant reminder to myself is only buy what you need right now. It will be around when you need it.

    The other thing that I do that helps, is everything is very organized on my external hard drive. All of my internet marketing material is carefully filed by subject.

    When I look at a book that is PLR, MRR, or RR, I decide right then if I want to keep it. If I would not want to send it out, I delete it. If I keep it, it is entered on my spreadsheet along with pertinent information that I might need. This can be sorted in any way I wish. It makes the book that, much faster to find when I am wanting to use it.

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    @Carol Smith, Hi Carol, thanks for visiting. That sounds like a really good system you have there. I usually only get PLR for ideas as I’m not a fan of the constant flow of regurgitated stuff that people seem to deem acceptable to sell on, and I get the impression you don’t use it to sell on either. Good for you. Quality unique content is the only way to go.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  7. Yes, the best way to learn is to analyze our mistakes and by making sure not to make them happen again. We can see this quality in every successful person’s background. So it is really a good thing to learn how those people worked towards their success. Good work.

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    @Anjana@Online Casinos, Hi Anjana, thanks for visiting. I have heard recently that people who make lists are more successful than those who don’t. Probably saves some of the mistakes too if you have something to follow!

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  8. Hi Dawn, Hi Mandy,

    What a real no hype post Mandy. I like these type of posts when you know the author very well. You really learn a lot. In fact if you were to put out a product that I know I would need, I would pay attention only because I know about you.

    Knowing about who is putting out the product is a great way of knowing if the product is going to be worth its while.

    How do you get to know about someone or even a product? Well one fast way would be to go to the Warrior Forum and look up the product and see what others are saying about it.

    Another way would be building relationships with good people with like interests and when they put out a product that you know you need you’ll know you are not buying crap.

    How do you build a good relationship. Well the first thing that comes to mind is blogging. Blogging works for me.

    Anyway, I believe buying from someone you know is reputable is the best way to buy an informational product.

    There is a lot of hype out there in computer land and it’s very easy to fall into the Internet Marketing traps. As Barry Wells stated it can lead you to get discouraged and just give up.

    The more you know from reputable sources the better. Good Knowledge is power. Thanks for sharing your good thoughts with us Mandy.

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    @Terry Conti, Hi Terry, thanks for visiting, and thanks for such an insightful reply. I do agree with you, it’s very easy to get carried away by comelling sales pitches without knowing the person, and it could land you in hot water. I loved your tip about WF too, thanks for that.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  9. Hi Mandy & Dawn

    Mandy great post.

    I think most people have bought products that at the time sounded life changing but due to lack of expertise and experience were not able to get the full use out of their purchase.

    When you are new its not easy to find a direction and people that are hype free :)

    I stumbled on to the right road when I encountered John Thornhills Master class program, this really gave me the basics to get up and running and the understanding of what was required.

    Prior to that I was just buying hyped push button software…that needed website, a list and traffice but some how that was never mentioned :) lols.

    However live and learn, now I have a pretty good idea what is hype and what is possible in the real world, just doing it at my pace now.

    The best thing ever is having met yourself, Dawn, Sally and Randy etc listening to other peoples experiences and learning from them.

    Regards

    Zahid

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    @zahid, Hi Zahid, thanks for visiting. I do agree that a great number of products really need a much higher level of expertise to make them work, and you are right – it does not say that in the sales pitch. Once you find a good bunch of people who will look after you though you know you are finally on the right road. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  10. Hey Mandy,

    Thanks for your great post!

    It is all a learning curve when you first come online. If fact I am still learning all the time!

    It is so easy to look for the quick fix and simple money ideas. What you do not realize is that there are snakes in the grass and from time you time you will get bitten.

    Once you have made a few mistakes in buying a lot of crap, but there is also some very good product out there that will help.

    But of course if you are not focused and dedicated to following through you will feel every product you buy even the proven winners will not work for you.

    My Hard Drive has become a digital product land fill over the years. But the best type of product or training is from personal coaching. Ok this is more expensive you but over the years you could have easily spent this on buying product after product.

    If you can’t afford this type of training follow know marketers that are successful and find out why they are good at what they do and copy their strategies

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    @Craig Sowerby, Hi Craig, thanks for visiting. I love that phrase ‘my hard drive has become a land fill’. Excellent way of describing our ability to store quite useless stuff we often don’t even look at. I went through some older plr I had stored recently and realised it is completely wasted space on my drive. The products are not worth keeping at all.

    Great advice about mentors and quality courses. I guess the only draw back is sometimes you may pay a lot for a course then realise that it either is not for you really, or the content isn’t what you expected, and often you are out of guarantee by this stage.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  11. Hi Mandy & Dawn,

    Mandy that is a great post!

    I don’t think there is anyone out there that has not gotten sucked into all of the “to good to be true push button” offers.

    I know I was and am still tempted. The sales pages are good and really convincing.

    I learned (learning and not buying are two different things for me – I am working on the latter) a long time ago that most of that stuff is exactly what you said, it all hype. It either does not do what they say it will do or someone else has already done it and I am to late.

    I think a lot of times these push button products that are supposed to tell you just what to do to make a million dollars instantly are just theory.

    Now I look at a product and think is the person who created or is selling this product doing what they are telling me to do when making their money or did they just create this really great sounding product and are making their money off of the sales of the product but never really did what they are promoting others to do.

    I am trying to stick with the people that are teaching from experience instead of promoting some fabulous product that does not work.

    Yes I have my share of products that I wonder why did I purchase this and what does it do.

    Dee Ann
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    @Dee Ann Rice@Online Marketing And Blogging Basics, Hi Dee Ann, thanks for visiting. Glad you too are learning, as we all must. You are right, we have all fallen foul of these sales tactics, and I despair of the great names that promote their mates products without really looking at them. My understanding is they don’t even write any testimonial given, it’s all done for them. How misleading is that!

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  12. When you’re tight with money you invest time in finding the right product for your needs. But eventually that requires some experience, you need to know what to look for. It’s only natural to buy wrong products when you’re first beginning, we all do it.
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