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Are You A Doer Or A Doubter?

Are You A Doer Or A Doubter?

There are so many people online trying to make money but very few of them are successful and I believe there is something very tangible that distinguishes between those who do succeed and those who don’t. Putting it simply, the ones who succeed are the doers and the ones who don’t are the doubters. The doers see an opportunity and grab it whereas the doubters see it but don’t do anything about it. A lot of the time they hesitate because they want to research it some more or merely because they don’t believe it to be a viable proposition.

This has proven to be the case with a lot of the readers of this blog, the bulk being blog hoppers who comment only so they get a link back to their site. You’ve probably seen them commenting on your own blog. They usually crap on by telling you what a wonderful blogger you are and usually finish of by stating that they’re going to join or buy whatever it is your promoting but never do. They are the same ones who promote stuff on their own blogs and bitch that no-one is clicking on their links. Perhaps if they actually invested in the products people would be more inclined to purchase from them.

Honestly, would you buy a theme from someone who is promoting it on a Blogger blog? I know I wouldn’t because I would have no faith in someone promoting something that he does not personally use. How could they possibly write about the pros and cons of a product when they don’t have a first hand knowledge of it?

I’ve promoted a lot of products and services on this blog and the ones that have made me money are those that I personally use and recommend. This is because I know what makes them tick and I can give an honest breakdown of the positives and negatives of owning them. Another reason I get an income from promoting them is because I get in early. Have you heard the expression ‘the early bird catches the worm?’

Why The Early Bird Catches The Worm

why the early bird catches the worm

This is so true of Internet Marketing. The reason being the longer you wait the smaller the market you’ve able to sell to. Not only that, by waiting you miss out on all the easy sales. While there may still be a market out there the prospects are a lot harder to sell to. Waiting also increases the competition. Getting in early means you’re competing with fewer marketers who are selling the same product. Another problem with waiting is not only is there more competition, you’re now competing with those more adept at marketing than you are.

Take Andy’s CommentLuv Premium for example. The vast majority of the sales was realised by those who got in early. Those who waited too long made very little or no sales at all. The same happend when Andy launched it again a year later. From my personal experience sales were no where near the original launch and I reckon most marketers had the same result.

This is one of the reasons why I count my lucky stars for finding JVZoo, because I now have my finger on the pulse when it comes to new WordPress plugins. When one comes to my attention I’ll buy it and I’ll do a post about it. Those who read it and see the value in what I’m promoting will will get in on it early while those who don’t will sit on the fence to see what eventuates. This is cool because there have been times when I’ve purchase a dud, which luckily hasn’t happened all that often, and I understand people don’t want to waste their money. Hasn’t bothered me though because every time I make the right choice the sales easily make up for the loss of the dud.

Why You Shouldn’t Lie

What I find very distasteful is when people comment telling me they’re going to take my recommendation and then fail to do so. It’s obvious they’re crapping on when I check to see if anyone has clicked on a link. If no-one has then I know they lied to me and I usually end up delinking their comment. If it’s exceptionally bad I will spam it and as far as I’m concerned it serves them right.

Naturally, these are my personal opinions and I’ll be really interested in what you guys have to say on the subject. You know the drill, leave a comment, and make sure it’s not just to get a link back because you know what will happen then don’t you?  :devil_tb:


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  1. What you say is true in two respects, as born out by my experience as a multiple storeowner at Cafepress. Had I gotten in early (perhaps 7 years ago instead of 2 years ago), I would’ve had a much larger fraction of designs available on Cafepress. My sales would have been much easier, and more established designs would sell better today. Fortunately, I’m a doer and not not too bad a doubter, so my persistence has finally paid off and I’m making a decent income. But I often kick myself that I didn’t get started sooner!
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    1. I can say the same thing when I started my BBS all those years ago. Had I started it when the opportunity first became available I would have made a hell of a lot more money than I did.
      Sire recently posted…Friday Funnies #49 For Laughs GaloreMy Profile

  2. Twitter:
    Sire, I’ll agree and disagree, and of course I’m now going to tell you why. lol

    I agree with you on these fronts. If you get into something early you might make more money than waiting around. Also, I’ve had lots of people tell me they were going to buy stuff, even my books, and never once bought a thing; like you, I check stats. People will tell you all sorts of stuff to get on your good side, but reality hits when you’ve made no sales.

    I disagree with you, somewhat, on the “doer” versus “doubter” thing. Remember with IJS early on I was the guy joining everything so I could test it and write about it. I was the ultimate doer, if you will, but in almost 3 years I made nothing… well, literally nothing, from all those sites I signed up for and products I marketed. You were my best client and you only bought one thing; isn’t that amazing? lol Therefore, you might be correct on some, possibly most, of the doubters, but being a doer doesn’t necessarily mean you make any money either.
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    1. Hey Mitch, I agree that you are a doer but I reckon that perhaps where you went wrong was the services and products you’re promoting. I know because I probably promoted a lot of the same ones with relatively little success. Take the MailWasher program for example. A great product but since promoting it more than a year ago I’ve only made one sale. :waiting:

      Most of the money I’ve made is from theme and plugin sales. I’m not making a fortune mind you but then this is not a huge site. I can say though, except for one plugin that I’m promoting they’ve all paid for themselves and are now generating a profit.
      Sire recently posted…How To Make Money Blogging Practice Makes PerfectMy Profile

      1. Twitter:
        Can’t figure out why Mailwasher isn’t more popular though. I use it, used it for years, it’s protected me against viruses all those years, wrote about it twice, and nothing; that’s an odd one.

        So, it shows that it’s not always writing about good stuff or stuff you use that will get through to people, which is unfortunate but that’s life.
        Mitch Mitchell recently posted…Do You Need A Certificate To Prove Your Blogging Worthiness?My Profile

        1. I suppose it’s because they don’t have a real need for it when they read the post. If on the other hand they were offering a special deal that was going to run out it would spark a little more interest. I think that’s why Andy’s CommentLuv premium and those plugins that are introduced a at a dime sale sell so much better than those offered at full price.

          Another problem is although you’re using it they can’t see it in action. That’s why my theme sales etc goes so much better because people can see what they’re getting.
          Sire recently posted…Friday Funnies #49 For Laughs GaloreMy Profile

  3. Twitter:
    I am new to the business and my blog is not doing well, thank you for the information you have shared. I am on the verge of throwing in the towel, after reading this I will try again, harder.
    Anita Simmons Kearney recently posted…Made some cashMy Profile

  4. Honestly, I am hearing this expression for the first time “Why the early bird catches the worm?” Nevertheless, I liked the meaning behind that. I truly agree with you, getting early to the market can let you get hold of lots of traffic. I have experienced this thing with my business. Enjoyed reading your post! Glad you shared it!

  5. You got a point. I always buy the affiliate product myself that I want to promote, because you can’t convince someone to buy it, when you can’t convince yourself.
    The early bird think is hard to realize for beginners. My first page didn’t make a dollar for about half a year and now it’s exploding. The market was tiny, but now I’m the only one in :)

  6. I am a mixture of these two) More a doubter than a doer. 60 to 40. And I can’t do anything about it. I think I need a personal trainer to make me more confident and solid in my decisions.

    1. Hey William, you’re nearly there mate, all you gotta do is change those figures around :wink:
      Sire recently posted…Why I Love WP Zon BuilderMy Profile

  7. Hi Sire.. I won’t lie to you (see, I did read your post.. LOL!) You make a good point about being an early adopter of new affiliate products although I don’t believe it’s quite that simple in order to be successful.

    Many people look for established products that have been proven in the marketplace, and that they can trust won’t disappear after a month or two. I definitely fall in that group and that’s the reason I usually don’t buy new plugins until they have a critical mass in the market.

    If you’re good at spotting what’s going to be a hit AND you personally have enough credibility in the market then I think your approach will be more likely to be successful – but *both* those things need to be in place. Otherwise you’ll like be a ‘doer’ with no results!

    1. Hey Pratish, nothing is ever that simple in real life, but it sure does help a lot being the first one promoting a product that turns out to be popular.

      The trouble with waiting too long to promote any given product is that you may be trying to sell to a saturated market, and that is never going to be easy.

      I have made a few hits and am very happy with the sales, considering my traffic and all.
      Sire recently posted…Why I Love WP Zon BuilderMy Profile

  8. “By waiting you miss out on all the easy sales.”

    I’ve seen many companies which spend amazing amount of time preparing their launch whereas their product could be launched on the market far sooner.
    Bernard recently posted…PrestamailMy Profile

    1. And I’ve seen a company who had the idea but let the competition beat them to it and are now playing catchup.

  9. I’m a typical Doubter then, I’m blogging since 2 years, earning pretty decent amount, but not made any remarkable changes since months. You have shared a good post, thanks a lot for sharing.

  10. If you promote something but don’t use it yourself, no one will ever trust you. This is a very common mistake people make. Another very common trend is lying, people will say that they have used a particular service when they have no idea of what it is all about.

    1. People lie about a lot of things to get a sale, a lot of the times they will mislead people about their actual earnings in order to influence others to buy something they are promoting. I could never do that.
      Sire recently posted…Are You A Doer Or A Doubter?My Profile

  11. Twitter:
    I can feel your frustration when it comes to those who do not take the time to learn the ins and outs let alone use their own product or service and then try to sell it to others. That is clearly a red flag to many consumers. Also, I agree with you when you say “the early bird catches the worm”. These days, everyone and their Mothers are getting into Internet Marketing. It is getting so saturated that you have to really know what you are doing to be successful.

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