What to Buy Online – For Beginners
I recently referred my subscribers to a good product that I’ve used and has great success with. And since I don’t recommend other products very often, I got a lot of questions from people, such as:
Should I buy this?
Is this for me?
Should I trust the person who is selling this?
Why are you recommending something that is in competition with your course?
So I’ve decided to publicly answer these questions on my blog.
Today I’m going to address just one specific topic – what to buy if you are new to internet marketing or not making money online.
Please feel free to comment below or ask questions, and we can take it from there in future blog posts.
So let’s start from the beginning and address a different question first:
Should you buy anything in the first place? Do you have to do that to succeed?
So – I think the answer is no, you don’t have to buy an IM product to succeed,….
But it sure helps!
The fact is, you don’t HAVE to buy anything. There is a lot of free information available in forums and other places online. And you can learn a lot that way.
But buying a good course or coaching program has the potential to really accelerate your success.
As long as you buy the right thing, it can be a really wise investment.
So what are the options?
If you are new and not yet making money online, you need to have a system you can follow that will show you how to make money online.
That is the type of product you should buy: a course or coaching program that teaches a proven system you can replicate.
There are many such systems. Here are some examples:
- affiliate marketing of info products
- affiliate marketing of physical products
- drop shipping physical products
- building websites and selling them
- buying websites and selling them (flipping)
- building websites and putting ads on them (adsense)
- creating your own products (either info-products or software)
- offering services such as article writing, link building, etc
- offline marketing – helping businesses get online
These are all legitimate ways of making money online. They are all proven and I personally know people making good money with all of them.
They all have their advantages and disadvantages and each is appropriate for different people at different times.
One does not exclude the other, and I know people who make money from more than one. I do too.
And by the way, none of them are “dead” as others who are selling one specific type of system will lead you to believe.
Now, even within these methods, there are various ways to get things done.
For example, many of these methods require that you get traffic to your sites for them to be successful.
So there are different ways to get traffic, such as:
- article marketing
- video marketing
- social media
- and more
They are all valid ways to get traffic. Some work better than others – depending on what you are trying to accomplish.
The point is – there are so many ways to make money online, and so many directions you can take. And what you need to do is pick one way that you think is right for you.
There isn’t just one right way.
Different courses are right for different people at different times
Let’s compare affiliate marketing and having your own product.
These are the two that I spend most of my time on these days, so it’s easy for me to compare.
- with affiliate marketing – (if done right) you can start making money right away even if you are a newbie
- affiliate marketing requires little time
- affiliate marketing requires little investment
- there are none of the headaches associated with attending a help desk, communicating with customers.
- you are not commited to anything, and can basically work whenever you want and as much as you want
Having your own product, though, is different.
It requires more work, and some investment (for me it was mostly spent on graphics and copywriting, but for others it could include programming as well).
You don’t see results right away because you have to set up your product and site before you make a cent, and you also risk not seeing results at all with your first product.
But – for many reasons – the profit potential for having your own product is much bigger than affiliate marketing.
And if you believe in your product and if it helps people – the satisfaction you get is also much bigger.
So 2 years ago – when I was home with 6 kids, one of them being a baby and home with me 24 hours a day – I had very little time.
The best I could do was work ½ hour to an hour at a time when the baby was sleeping and the other kids weren’t around. Sometimes, in the evenings, I could work more.
At the time, the right thing for me to do was affiliate marketing for physical products. With affiliate marketing I could work short chunks of time and still make money. In ½ an hour I could write an article, create a webpage, research products and prices, or think of ways to improve a campaign. I had no obligations to customers or anyone in particular, and could go weeks or even months without working, if I wanted to, and still make money.
When my youngest child started going out in the mornings, I had the morning to myself. Now the time was right for me to have my own product. I had something valuable to give over (my own affiliate marketing method), and I was able to commit more time, and didn’t mind having to log in every day and answer questions for help. So now it was time to add another type of system to what I was doing.
Had I tried having my own product 2 years ago – I would have failed.
Had I stuck to doing only affiliate marketing this year – I would have made much less money.
So you need to pick for yourself the right system at the right time.
And that’s how to make your decision
When you come across a new course, coaching program, or training product, ask yourself if the system taught in this course is what you want to be doing right now. And is it appropriate for your skill-set, and the time and money you have to invest.
In other words – is this the right thing for me right now?
If it is, you need to check a few more things before you buy.
Is it step-by-step and easy to follow?
Does it include everything you need to know from start to finish?
Is the person selling this someone you can trust? Was he or she recommended by another trusted marketer or in reliable forums online?
Does it have a money-back guarantee?
If the answers to all these questions is yes – then get the course.
If not – don’t. You will always be able to get it or something similar at a later time.
Here’s what to do when I recommend a course
If I recommend a course to you, you can rest assured that the product is good and the seller can be trusted. But only you can decide if it is the right thing for you right now.
Ask yourself if this is something you want to be doing right now and get it only if it is right for you.
What do you think?
Did this post help you? Do you have any questions about this? Let me know in your comments below!