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  1. Hey Hugh,

    Yes, my domain name is WAY too broad but it seemed a good portal-idea at the time; it is still empty because…

    Big obstacle #3:

    WP seems a PIG to set up and manage with too many choices for plugins but no clue as to which ones work best synergistically and which ones kill us, sooner or later. An example of the latter is Better WP Security which looks amazing until you see that only a programmer’s programmer can interpret the advisories, and backing out of it can cripple your site. It did just that. Even though we are given ‘fair’ warning, there is nothing to do. Just one frustration after another; what balance do we maintain for an optimized ecommerce web site? What is enough? Is there a complete free theme that one can totally edit in WP to get the ecomerce-info site I need? If you say the only way is a pro theme, I think I’ll take another look at SiteBuildIt after a 10 years hiatus, even though their manuals overwhelmed me, and they didn’t have a blogging function when that is what I needed for a trading advisory I was setting up. I read a lot but totally lose focus when in a manual, and I am beginning to admit that 68 IS a tough age to try to keep up, let alone get ahead. DIY indeed.

    Big obstacle #2:

    Having to do absolutely everything from the get go and for as long as it takes, from papa to pimp, in order to create a little cash-flow that can be plowed back in for traffic generation and/or outsourcing.

    Bib obstacle #1:

    Breaking old habits, like doing everything willy-nilly and not doing the site building chores first thing ever day, before opening third party emails. Not stepping outside my comfy-habit zone because STRESS LEVELS and DOUBTS would increase; so ‘flight to safety’ always wins over ‘fight the unknown’.

    Knowing that we cannot actually stop reading the damn promos everyday to not miss a G-algo change or a miraculous software solution or whatever that will shoot everyone else ahead of us if we don’t keep up today. Amazingly, more virtual garbage makes the producers richer and keeps the rest of us in the muck of the trenches. So become a producer you say? Maybe so, but the brass ring for me would be automation and residual income; I think that needs a website first.

    Thanks for caring,

    Ed Tario

  2. Really struggling to make any money. The main obstacle is getting traffic as well as managing everything that needs to be done.
    – deciding which of my six or so sites to focus on
    – I seem to have plenty of tools etc but I guess a need someone to provide coaching which is not expensive, having spent too much already.

    Thanks for the ongoing contact and commitment.

  3. GOOD EVENING HUGH,

    My biggest problem is INFORMATION OVERLOAD !

    Theeare so many system softare,pdf booklets tht my computer as well as e-mail boxes are just choc-a-block with the aforemntioned materials.
    More oftn than not,I just do’t know where to start.In the end,I do’nt make a start.

    As you can now imagine,the back-log just increases and motivation whilst not diminishingjust becomes harder to achieve.

    Regards,

    ALEX.

  4. I love Ed’s comment and appreciate your openess and candor with your story. I have great ideas that I know will work for sales funnels, but lack the technical skills to make them happen. Can’t get the 1 hr of actual mentor time that I need to get past each road block encountered. I am muddling through, but it takes so much trial and error and e mails to support desks that go unanswered. Show us what theme to use with which plugins (even if they’re your afflt links), HOW TO INTEGRATE OUR AUTO RESPONDERS through the whole funnel, etc,etc,etc. and I can rule the world, lol.

  5. Hi, I haven’t done a web site yet, but would like start doing Kindle, Dont know how to build a site??
    Would also like to build a music site for my grandson thats really in to music so he make some $ with it.
    dont know to build that ether?

    Thanks Keith

  6. Hi Hugh. First of all thanks for a great program. ICCPro is the easiest program I have found. Finding content is so easy and quick, but I, too, have an issue with Word Press. Most of their tutorials are way over my head technically. Perhaps I am missing something? Thanks for all the on-site training. Keep up the good work and I am hoping to make my first money online in the coming months.

  7. I did a great job of building up my business to have many streams of income. Then this year, for many reasons including Google Penguin, I have seen stream after stream dry up. I have lots of ideas, but not sure which direction to go in, as I have devoted a ton of time and money to some ideas that gained me nothing. I feel that so much of this business is pure luck.

  8. Hugh,

    Getting all the pieces together, at one time, in the same bucket, rolling along to make it. OK there is the problem.

    Let me say that i think that most of my opportunity is in the technology, of putting it all together.

    Got tools, got ICC Pro but a step by step, in as few words as possible, or a mind map way of doing things, check off list.

    The next biggest thing is not knowing what is broken, I have a site: looks good, works good, adsence in place, and nada, nothing.

    About the time I think I understand wordpress i get stuck and nada. The cycle goes round and round.

    I hope this helps you to help US!

    Thanks!

  9. I’m in the same boat as Alex. I’m making some money online, but focus is problem for me because of the info overload. Every time I buy a WSO I end up on 3 more email lists that sell me more WSOs that I don’t have time to fully explore or utilize and buying more of them turns into IM crack. I think I need to unsubscribe from most lists and work on content, period. I appreciate your video Hugh and do like the ICC Pro.
    Bill

  10. Hugh,
    The insights as to what you refer to as… “your new perspective” re: Internet Biz
    would be very valuable, indeed. I believe such an ‘overview’ from above, with the
    discoveries that you’ve apply that have worked for you, would be fabulous!
    … all the best!
    -michael

  11. For the longest time it was overwhelm, not knowing where to take a hold of the elephant. Not even sure what the elephant looked like.
    WSOs that assume you know the basics before you even know how to get a toehold on where your domain is, what nameservers are, how to change them, difference between domain holders and hosting, problems with simple installs and making the mistake of getting worthless cheap hosting. Baby steps. Finally building a few WP sites. Now the biggest problem is time and learning curves. Only money I have made is building websites for friends. Being seduced by all the nifty WSOs. Distractions. Having to do it all, at least in the beginning, just to understand it all. Google keeps changing their algorithms, before I even understand the version 4 iterations back. I know why people quit, especially those of us who are not technically oriented. Not knowing what really works and what is just fluff thrown at me to make someone else money. There is no one obstacle. If I had to pick 1, initially it was overwhelm, now it is time and not knowing where to focus.

  12. I had a stroke almost 2 years ago. I had to let my outsourcer go. But before she went, she wreaked havoc on my 4 wp blogs.
    I can’t even get into them since she changed the passwords. Even if I could access them, I’m not so good at tech stuff.
    Now that I’m better, I’m starting over and it’s rather daunting. Their are large gaps in my rememberer so I’m laboriously watching
    pile of wp vids to get my brain back on track. So my obstacle isn’t something you can fix…I just need to try not to get frustrated
    while relearning everything.

    I sure hate to lose those domains and all the time/work, though!
    Smiles across the miles,
    Diane

  13. Hi Hugh,

    Good intention on your part. I buy programs and classically fail to follow thru. It may be a memory thing or it happens that a 1st sale doesn’t occur. So it becomes a why do something that doesn’t work. Then I forget or loose interest altogether.

    I hope you will help those to whom you offer assistance.

    Doc

  14. Hi Hugh,

    Most important thing to me is getting my website set up with the proper plug-ins and being able to monetize the site correctly. After that I need some help setting up a very good funnel to my auto responder. I haven’t mastered how all this goes together but I am starting to study how its done. I have built several websites but don’t know how the best way to optimize them. I am looking for some help with setting up a squeeze page with a good funnel for getting leads…

    I think the biggest thing holding me back is getting someone to take the time to draw out a step by step blueprint as how to start from scratch building a list and going through the correct ways to incorporate it with a good sales funnel.

    Other than that I thing I can do it…LOL!!

    Many thanks for helping me out the other week. I do appreciate you and your time.

    Many blessings,

    Gerry

  15. Hi Hugh,
    Thank you for a very inspiring approach by you.

    I have also been to your webinars, and they are awesome.

    Well, what is my problem?

    I guess like many other marketers I suffer from being an information junkie 🙂

    This often leads into tapping into various new systems and approaches, and sometimes I just pick the surface without really digging
    into the things and commit myself 100%.

    I have asked myself why I do this, and the answer I came up with is because I often not believe a vendor even I purchased a product.

    There are so many false claims, fake reviews and bogus about making money just by pushing a magic button.

    So if I have a feeling that “this might not be working,” I move forward to something else – simply because I don’t want to waste my time for several months without any results.

    Yes, I have been making money – I used to start some years ago, and pulled about $500 a month, but these days I make about $200-400 a month.

    I guess I feel that I need a solid blueprint I can stick to, and don’t try to focus on a lot of different strategies.

    Some of the thing I hate about many of those shiny IM products is that you never know if a review is genuine. A lot of people on Warrior forum are ready to state everything for a review copy – or else the vendor has just bought some video reviews on Fiverr.

    I know a lot of people would love to have a mentor, and in fact, I also have an idea for you how to do it.

    Think about this…

    If you mentor some people as you stated you would, but in return would be able to use those people as real human testimonials.

    So others could verify that they are actual people and real customers with genuine results.

    I have seen a lot of coaching programs being offered for several thousand dollars, and honestly. I would never spend that kind of money on a product from a guy I not trust.

    Imagine this, if you teach people how to get real results, then after it might be the web’s most powerful testimonials.

    Then, launch a paid master class – I think a lot of people would love to pay a small monthly fee if they could cancel any time. Why should they not stick as long as they get results and new ideas? A member site where people could share their progress.

    Looking forward to hear more!

    Regards

    Brian

  16. Not able to turn these sites around to make them profitable. Looking for the answers and getting caught with another WSO that takes me in another direction. Now I have 5-6 sites and no ROI.

  17. I paid good money to have a drop shipping site but it has not worked properly from day one. I cannot get any help from the supplier and it is always some one else’s fault. I use ICC as a article supply to a blog and enjoy it very much.

  18. I recognize some of my trouble in Ed Tario’s comment.

    I have five blog websites that I set up about three years ago that are automated via WP Mage – even though I was employed then, the $1,000 or so that I paid for WP Mage seemed ridiculously high.

    However, I was new to owning and working on websites back then, and I got caught up in trying to re-work the various automated posts because they almost all needed it. Sometimes, all I had was a post title – WP Mage could could find no content whatsoever to put into it.

    My favourite website relates to the Isaan area of Thailand – weeks can go by before something shows up as content that is more than a post title and a YouTube video. I struggle constantly to fill those empty posts with content.

    So I spend hours each day just editing one post on that website, plus one post that is chosen by alternation on the other four websites. It is impossible to amend a post on each of them daily – I am physically unable to supply the endurance to sit and put in the hours that it would require.

    To make money with WP Mage, it is necessary to have scores and scores – even hundreds, if possible – of these automated blogs. This little nugget was not clearly explained in any of the hype that led me into buying in. I was in no financial position to be doing that – buying all those various Domain names and paying the fees to keep them active.

    I will turn 63 next month. Just as Ed Tario said, I seem inflexibly devoted to working on my five websites, and I cannot seem to divorce myself from my routine and commitment to them – I have tried so diligently to make a success of at least one of them. If I added any more, the compunction to oversee the new ones would kill me. Or render me blind. Spending the hours a day at my computer that I already do is ravaging my weak eyes.

    I have essentially turned my back on the Warrior Forum, for I am at a place financially where I can no longer afford to venture on tutorials that I will only set aside for some indeterminable “later” when I have the time to apply myself to them – a time that is probably never going to come. I also have software like yours and some of their related website memberships that I know I have forgotten – I see various folders on my cluttered desktop that are no longer even remotely familiar to me.

    There are even one or two reportedly good products that I know I have bought, but I am unsure just where on my desktop they might be. I don’t bother taking the time to look for them because I don’t have the time to spend on them.

    I am not prepared to abandon my efforts because I still cling to the desperate hope that success will come. And why would I embark upon some new endeavour that I have no experience with – perhaps with nothing more than the assurance of some ‘guru’ who may or may not have been freakishly lucky to be where he or she is today? I have become too disbelieving and skeptical.

    I know I have attended my last webinar. I think I have only endured a little more than a half-dozen of them in the past couple of years, but they all seem to run well beyond the hour that they are projected to be. And every one of them proves ultimately to be nothing more than a bloody commercial for something I cannot possibly afford any longer. It is so crushing to find that I was suckered yet again into yielding up a valuable hour or hour-and-a-half of my limited time to being presented with some huckster’s next big money-making venture.

    My obstacles:

    No time and a pronounced inflexibility where my time, attention, and credulity are concerned.

    A starkly limited income.

    No ideas nor imagination. This part of my mind seems to have entirely petrified over the years.

  19. I’ve been trying to make money online for several years, I’ve come close a few times, but have never really cracked it. My two biggest problems seem to be:

    1. Finding the right product/opportunity/offer.

    2. Getting responsive traffic to whichever of the above I am currently promoting.

    There are obviously numerous other shortcomings in my knowledge/skills/methods, but the above two are probably the most serious.
    Your input and guidance would therefore be invaluable and appreciated.

    Oh, yes there is one other problem, I have difficulty understanding most of the “Back Offices” I join, ICC included, to the point where I have been in since day one, and still can’t work out what it is all about.

  20. Money!!! And believe me I’ve wasted plenty of it trying to learn this Internet Marketing thing. I know the saying goes: “A prophet is worthy of his hire.” But do they all have to be False Prophets. I don’t know, maybe I’m reading too much into it

  21. Where am I? My business sucks.

    I’ve been messing with this blogging thing for almost 4 years now, and have 4 blogs and 20 more blog auto blogs. The first two years, with the first two blogs, I didn’t give a damn about making money, I was just sharing my opinion with the world…LOL.

    For the last two years I’ve been trying to make money online, and after making some good decisions and some bad ones, I now have all the necessary tools (too many probably, with a lot of it wasted money) and now I come to what I should have known would be my biggest obstacle:

    Organization. Organizing all of this “stuff” into a workflow that makes a one man show be manageable and productive. At any given time I have 10 things that are my absolutely MUST be next on my to-do list.

    So…how do you organize all this stuff?

  22. Hi Hugh, i have 5 live sites currently but can seemed to get them ranked to get traffic, I seem to hanging around 2nd and 3rd pages for everything. I had one cigar site ranked on 2nd position before and I was making around 100 dollars a month on a CPA offer which wasn’t much. My average spending a month is well over that amount on software and proxies. I find it so hard to keep organised just completing one thing as I feel there so much to do everyday on the sites and also I, constantly monitoring rankings reading mails and buying the next amazing wso which is never amazing- that’s directed at u Craig mako. Money grabber. What I need Hugh is direction and a list might help. I have being IM for a few years now and have spent an absolute fortune on products I actually feel I know so much now but still can’t manage to make a decent income. But I’ll never give up until I succeed because I love doing it. Any help would be really appreciated. C’mon people keep the comments coming in.

    Thx

    Gmac

  23. 1. I need my own product. Something that people want with a high profit ratio. The best way to learn out to outsource plugin creation, etc.
    2. I need to know the best way to sell domains and websites. I need to focus on just the websites making money.
    3. I need to know step by step method using WordPress to create a payment gateway with funnel using Paypal and best plugins and themes, etc.
    4. A complete and comprehensive outline that is completely linear with step by step instructions from start to finish. ;- )

  24. Hi,

    Thanks for the video.

    I have a ton of PLR stuff on my computer, on various subjects. I woeld like to take it and maybe put together an ebook, for say Kindle.
    A big problem is how to organize it. What goes where, etc.

    Of course some rewritig, etc. always needs doing on 99% of PLR,

  25. Amazing story Hugh. You are clearly a VERY genuine person. thank you.
    I am putting up sites in the affiliate marketing sphere. Yup – I am often tempted to look at other areas like CPA and Facebook and am excited to have a go at kindle as well but want/need to focus on one thing at a time.
    I have seen some results, nothing amazing but results nevetherless.

    I do seem to make heavy work of getting the sites up. I have the ideas but turning them, into WordPress sites is another thing!
    Which theme should I choose ? Should I be using pages or categories or posts? How do I drive this thing through the Admin area? What should I stick up in the navigation menu?
    All that before even getting content sorted. I’m sure I’m overcomplicating everything. The typical perfectionist.

    Looking at some of the comments before me it seems others are having similar issues with finding their way around WordPress backend too.

    I need to get to point of just being able to come up with the ideas and throw up a site.

    I am managing to avoid buying into 99% of the stuff that’s being peddled online realising that in the majority of cases it’s purely clever copywriting designed to seduce people into following their agenda. I need to focus on mine thank you very much. Can’t help reading the emails sometimes though just in case, just maybe, it might contain a silver bullet

    I will be very interested to hear what you come up with Hugh. Star man – thanks.
    Brian

  26. That’s a great life story you have and quite a journey. You said leave a detailed comment so I will. I worked hard all my life, done everything from fight forest fires, to logging to farming. Along the way I also did some marketing. Did direct mail, sold insurance, real estate, did some mlm and worked as a telemarketer. I was all over the board. But never thought about making money online and kick myself for not starting sooner.

    But in 2009 I was hospitalized and almost died. When I finally got out my job was gone and to top things off they told me I was disabled and couldn’t work. After over 30 years of working for others I had nothing to show for it. OK I did have a pot to piss in but that was about it. I decided no matter what I wasn’t going to work for anyone else ever again. I didn’t know Mr Egghead but started thinking how I was going to get out of this mess and came to the conclusion I needed an online business where I could work for myself from anywhere in the world. So I dug in in late 2009 and have been at it ever since. The first year was mostly learning curve because I knew little about computers and nothing about building a website or anything else.

    Eventually I had about 32 websites and was starting to make money promoting clickbank products. Then Google launched Panda and 30 were deindexed. Back to ground zero. I started looking for a new business model and started building Amazon affiliate sites. They were doing ok and then came Penguin. My sites were not hit directly by Penguin but as Google shuffled all the big stores and big advertisers to the top my traffic started to dry up. Today you pretty much need to go to the second page and beyond to find a site written by a real person instead of a big corporation.

    I do make money every month which puts me ahead of 95% of people online. But I don’t earn a decent living at it. I am frustrated. I don’t want to blame Google entirely, and I don’t want to blame lack of traffic entirely either. Some niches I chose were duds, others lots of traffic but all tire kickers. I don’t feel I am getting anywhere near the return I should for the amount of effort I have put in. I see others succeeding and sometimes it makes me feel really dumb. Like I am missing something. I think more than anything I wish someone knowledgeable could look over my business and my sites and tell me if I need to keep going or change directions. I wont quit but I feel like maybe I am missing the forest because I am tangled up in all the trees. Sorry for such a long post but your video really struck a chord.

    Steve

  27. Biggest issues: Finding the right niche that keeps my interest and gets the traffic. Learning how to convert the traffic to cash without taking advantage of people, i.e. by giving them something that they really want/need and at a great price.

  28. My pauses:
    1 – Google – I don’t trust
    2 – I don’t embrace WordPress
    3 – Lots of time spent . . no money made

    Do Pinterest . . . Do Facebook . . . Do Backlinks . . . Do Twitter . . . Do the latest fad . . . Be Social . . .

    Google won’t let me spend my money to advertise with Adwords and their help it the pits

  29. Hello Hugh,

    thank you very much for your video, great customer support and your intention to help those who really need it.

    As many others, I can’t manage to make any money with my online business. The niche is very specific, but I’m sure it can be profitable, as I’ve personally worked for a company making millions in this very niche. The problem is that I’ve always worked for market leaders managing multi-million Internet marketing budgets and never bothering about getting traffic (money attracts money – that’s for sure, and it’s amazing what you can buy for it).

    But now here I am – working for myself and failing to get any targeted visitors to my website.

    My project has a history: I started last year and launched a project for UK market. I even invested $15K of my savings in advertising campaign (lead generating and PPC). The agency was shocked – my subscription rate was very high (I had a strong and a very high-quality free offer), but I failed to convert any subscribers into customers. I collected 10 orders within 3 months in general:-). After paying some more money to the agency for their research on “what I’ve done wrong” I decided to drop UK market and my old website (CMS was frustrating), but not my optimism and faith in my prosperous future.

    So I completely rebuilt the website on WordPress for US market and decided to focus on SEO. I bought Ultimate Demon for link building, testing Magic Submitter for the same purpose; bought tens of WSOs (don’t use 90% of them); writing good content with ICC and by myself with SEO in mind, but interesting and useful for my visitors in the first place. I try to use UD and MS smartly (I don’t want to be a spammer and care about my content quality), work 10-16 hours per day, post new content and update my website on daily basis, support activity in social media, read and learn about new IM approaches, etc…And nothing happens. My link building endeavors resulted in hundreds of spammy comments and approx.70 visitors per day. Rankings don’t improve (I’m still nowhere), Google blocked my Adsense account for whatever reason (I don’t care too much, because I have a shop with my own products + Clickbank for monetization, but still it is very discouraging), sales = 0.

    Apparently, I’m doing something wrong and I don’t know what. As I’ve already mentioned, my whole business idea should work (there are some successful competitors out there), I think my website is not bad (there are really low-quality website in my niche, so I have a comparison), I’m sure my products are good (they are from top suppliers in the niche, the quality is great).

    So I have 3 main obstacles:
    1) I can’t manage to generate traffic to my website (not to mention converting traffic);
    2) I would like to know what I should and shouldn’t do to make the whole Google Zoo happy;
    3) Some case studies and best practices including step-by-step guidelines starting from the website launch to generating the first $$ (for non-Adsense websites) are what I can’t find or get from those who promise it. These how-to’s would be really helpful in not losing the optimism…
    4) No idea what to do if Google doesn’t like my website and I have no intention to invest in PPC – basically, how to generate traffic via alternative channels and if there are any to get free traffic from.

    Thank you again for everything you do.

    Regards,
    Margarita

  30. Hi Hugh, thanks for the video.
    There’s something in the video I cannot define, something good, perhaps your voice, the way it flows or just my imagination, perhaps your martial arts pictures. As a retired electronics technician, I enjoy the mental stimulation the Internet provides and consequently have built a few websites for businesses using Site Build It. Then the local Rotary Club asked me to build an online money making website. So I read some books and purchased several WSO’s only to be overwhelmed by it all and now suffering mental overload. Yes we made some money with eBay, some with commission sales and a trickle with Facebook but nothing to crow about. My next venture is a public relations WP site about/for this Club using the ICC Pro I purchased from you. Yes, there’s a need for a tutorial/guide for making money online, because when first contemplated it looks so easy but when you get into it, it becomes a time and resources sucking monster.
    Thank you from Australia,
    Henry

  31. Long story short,
    My number 1 obstacle is I have not seen a single developer help affiliate to make some good money.
    When I said help us to make some good money, I meant a system scheme of which:-
    -Start from low entry. E.g $9.00 per month recurring fee.
    -Affiliates earn 20-60% from the monthly recurring fee.

    Scaling up:-
    Bundle with a complete system include at least:-
    (1) Keyword Research Plus Niches
    (2) Choosing A Domain Keyword
    (3) Content Creation
    (4) Install Theme, Configure Plus WP Plugins
    (5) Content Posting
    (6) Quick Indexing

    Lastly, list out how to generate traffic steps by steps.

    IMO, only a great developer like you might be able to come out such a system
    Cheers!

  32. Hi Hugh and………
    Thanks for all that you do and have done for us. Especially this opportunity to comment.

    Firstly, I got here when there were only a few comments. I have waited to respond so that I could read through what others are saying.
    ……….Ed Tario – ditto
    Len -ditto
    Alex and Murray -ditto
    Felicite -ditto
    And on and on and on……..

    Information overload, fear, time, shiny IM objects, technology. Wasted money. Poor niche choices, Concentration, Focus.

    I have been at this for 5 years and today I made .13 in adsense. I used to get up at 4 a.m. and work until time to go to my job but I have retired now and can work all day. And many days I do.

    I can’t write. That’s strange because my entire professional life was spend writing grant applications, grant administration manuals, and all types of reports. And now I can’t write. I just cannot write a product review. It bores me.

    It seems as if many of your first commenters may be older or even seniors. Could it be that we continue because we need it to work for us just to survive?

    And lastly, do we have to be “social”?

    Thank you again for asking.

  33. Hello Hugh,

    I’ve been in I.M. for almost 4 years now and in that time I
    have made exactly “2” sales.

    Al the rest f my time and money have gone into buying
    new “shiny objects”, listening to mountains of hype
    and, to be blunt, pure bullshit.

    Briefly, I’m 61 years old, living, (just barely), on Soc. Sec.
    benefits.

    I am a retired, full time musician, (lead guitar & vocals), and worked
    out of Nashville, probably with a lot of names you’ve heard before.
    I also worked at WSMV TV, the NBC affiliate station in Nashville,
    on live TV for about 2 1/2 years.

    My biggest obstacle since day-one in I.M. has been traffic.Where and
    how to get it, (on a shoestring budget), and how to convert that traffic
    into sales.

    I’m just now starting to work on my website, (which I have because I’ve been
    told thousands of times by “Experts”, “Gurus”, etc. that you have to have a list,
    and I’ve tried at least a dozen and maybe many more methods of getting a
    list, all of which have done nothing but cost me time, money and disappointment,
    time after time after time.

    I guess if I had any sense i’d have quit long ago but I can’t stop believing that
    of the thousands of “gurus”, there’s got to be just one person who
    genuinely cares and really does want to help other people to succeed.

    That’s what I wish I was doing right now. Yes, I definitely need the money but
    for all the times I’ve been conned and lied to, there have to be hundreds of
    thousands more, like me, who have fallen for the hype but still hang
    in there, hoping and praying that I will come across an honest,decent
    company or person who knows I can not afford $2,000.00, $1,000.00,
    or even $500.00 out of the little bit of money I’ve got at the end of the month.

    I watched the webinars on content curation with the doctor you had on. He was
    fantastic but how can anyone say that they truly want to help the “little guy”,
    when they’ve Got to know that most of the people, like myself, would give anything to
    have an opportunity like what he was talking about.

    In closing, Am I looking for a free-ride or a hand-out?

    Hell No!

    But I’ve thought right from the start that if your program is so great and
    guaranteed, why wouldn’t they give the person a chance and then as the money
    comes rolling in, (Guaranteed), let them pay their way and not have to go without
    food or medication just to get into “The Secret Private Club”?

    Thank You for your time Hugh.

    Hope I haven’t bored you to tears.

    Sincerely,

    God Bless,

    George

    P.S. I bought I.C.C. but have never really been able to grasp exactly
    what it does or how to use it.

    Maybe sometime in the future I’ll catch on.

  34. I’m getting lots of visits, but not making money.
    Most of my sites I have bought. Most of them are done with the AOM system from Amazon. Can’t find any way to SEO it.
    I also find it confusing with so many things being offered as the very best method to get traffic & make money.

  35. Like many other folks here, I do suffer from Information Overload, staying clear of the next shinny objects, not knowing what still work in 2012, not being a techie, and too much money spent on WSOs.
    Since I’m still working 4 part time jobs, I would like a blue print to start working on something small –
    Small steps, small results but doing something to be moving forward. I’ve been reading and studying IM for the last 2 years. It’s like I’m waiting until I get a PhD in IM (and I’m not young) before I can get started. I do not lack motivation just directions.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

  36. Pick one method maximum 2 and create step by step method.
    I request plugin creation.

    I really dont believe that you can give people success( they have to move through their own stuff)
    But sharing is good.
    Thanks

  37. I echo the sentiment of many here. I have made a few bucks here and there.

    Niche websites, Adsense and my eCommerce dropship website.

    Nothing consistent that ever amounted to more than $500 a month for a total of 3 months combined. Overloaded with info and little time.

  38. Hi Hugh,
    I think it is self discipline and that is pretty much something you have to take responsibilty for yourself.

    Great video btw and apreciate you honesty and sincerity,
    Best wishes,
    Carol

  39. I enjoyed your video Hugh! You have an interesting life!

    I am mostly interested in the ICC although I haven’t done anything with it yet.
    I need to concentrate on setting everything up and making the most out of the information I have.

    I’ll probably have more questions when I start doing that.

    Thank you for making your self available, I really appreciate your sincerity.

    Fran

  40. Hi Hugh

    I’ve been chasing the IM dream for about 18 months now. Ihave 5 sites – 1 Amazon and 4 Adsense.
    My first was the Amazon site – using a mentor. I ranked about 5 keywords in the top 10 at one time but was slapped by Penguin and only ever managed to total about $150 in sales after about a year. ( The mentor sold the course as being able to hit $1000 a month within 6 weeks! )
    My next site was Adsense which I got the main keyword to #1 and was achieving $45 a month – after 2 months it got hit by Panda/Penquin – I still get a little money from it ( approx 100 views per day.)
    My 3rd site was another Adsense – I was ranking #3 for a strong keyword I wasn’t targeting – this lasted for 3 months before it got the Panda/Penquin slap. The best month earnings were $90 and now it is about $25.
    I built 2 other Adsense sites that I just could not rank at all ( 1 of which has never even indexed )
    Almost certainly the 3 sites that have been hit by Panda/Penquin were due to over-optimised Anchor text ( which is what I was taught to do )
    So, my main problems are 1 – selecting the correct Niche & keyword 2 – What backlinking to carry out with the latest Google algorithm changes. 3 – How to carry out backlinking without spending half your lifetime doing it !!

    Regards

    Barry

  41. Hugh, thanks for all of your musical work with Corneliusmd.com
    I am looking to promote a new approach to fundraising for schools, organizations and churches. I have several sports sites and a nonprofit organization that link together youth sports, raising money, athletic scholarships, men and women’s sports. I feel that marketing and exposure are obstacles I am facing. I have many years of expertise in this area and have worked with national champions and professional athletes.

  42. My first 6 months I bought Clickbank products for making money, after watching 20+ min videos – of course I had to buy the OTO to get all of the benifits… well a couple of those might have been good but I really didn’t know what they were talking about, and actually each just offered a special way to do a small part of the big picture (so I was not ready for that). Others were mostly crap.
    My next 10 months were spent on the Warriors forum and I discovered I could get WSO products for $7 or $27 (and more with the OTO if I got that), so this was exciting. Yet again these were mostly all little pieces of the puzzle…. and like also offered many ways with many paths. And I do want to do many of these!! (someday?)
    That got me to where I had to swim in 30 to 60 emails a day…. and read new WSO offerings, which left no time to read the stuff I had purchased…. (so sad and stupid and sick and true). Like I have several “Curation” products, even more than one software. Well I have dozens of Amazon pdf and video courses and dozens of SEO and a few Panda and Penguin… only a few Adsense, and a few Clickbank. This in cludes many WP plugins and free themes (one package was 56 themes, some are just 3 or 5 themes…).
    So number 1 problem is how to stop reading email and start doing. Number 2 is what to do, I want to do Amazon Associate sites but does that make me any money in undr 4 months? And how many “blender” or “BBQ Grill” websites does the universe need? That is problem 3, what is going to work, do I really have a change with Weight Loss CB products if everyone else does those?

    Hugh, I am not certain what you do that you can help us with? we are not going to do music sites like you, so what are you offering us = Hobby Niche Sites based on what we like to do and know??

    wondering with hope

  43. Hugh, Thanks for the opportunity. #1 Can’t seem to master the flexsqueeze theme to get the articles up over the top of the header. Went to the site,got their explanation, may as well be greek to me…

    #2 What are proxies? How do we use them?
    #3. Is SEO as important as it used to be?
    What; besides killer content- will get you ranking and traffic to make money online? Is it a big secret that the gurus protect for their own gain?
    I have bought so much that is just pure shit; I am really discouraged. (Not Yours-it’s Great) just have a few hurdles to learn.
    Thanks for listening. I hope others will come on and comment. Thanks for your help. Deb

  44. Hey Hugh,

    I am really delighted with your video and what your are willing to do for all of us that respond to your simple request. I am hoping that you will get the number of comments that your are looking for.

    I would say that my biggest obstacle for success for me is developing good unique content which will lead to better SEO and better rankings for my sites that I am working on. An other area that needs work is building a responsive list. I must add that I had purchased Peter Garety’s WP RSS curator. I feel that this is the perfect compliment to your ICC Pro software.

    Thanks,

    Gary Wittmuss

  45. Hugh,

    First of all that I love ICC, it is great for finding content and putting it up easily, as I have a very limited amount of time to dedicate to my sites. I use iThemes and it integrates well with it. I have had sites for years and have made very little money. My biggest obstacle is the list. For someone who is getting started and building a list, the cost is prohibitive, it seems like I’m just supporting the list hosting company.

    Second would be traffic, believe it or not I used to get loads of traffic (and pretty targeted) from articles and now that is not providing much traffic. So something on traffic would be great.

    Thanks
    Jim

  46. Hugh,
    Enjoyed the video and learning a little of your experiences. I think we all have gone through some of those same things just with a different twist.

    Probably, the biggest obstacle I have experienced is information overload. I see several others have the same problems. Trying to find that shiny new tool or system that will be the break through. Also, it seems like every ‘new’ approach is nothing more than left overs of a worn out system that is released to cash in on what might be out there. A little cynical I know.

    It would be great just for once to receive some coaching and help from someone really interested in helping and not just cashing in on someone’s desperation. Maybe you can be that person. Fingers crossed.

    Thanks for caring,
    Randall

  47. High Hugh

    First off, thanks for all the help and advice you are prepared to pass on to us poor folk! It seems that there are a few old farts here, me included. I too have been trying to make money online for at least 5 years, and I think my biggest problem, like Alex, is information overload.

    There are so many different opinions out there depending on who you follow/listen to. One person will tell you to have a whole army of sites and try and make a bit of money off each one, while someone else says to concentrate on one site and make it an authority site. One person says affiliate marketing is easy (NOT) while someone else says you MUST have your own product. It seems to me that info products are in decline – maybe I’m wrong.

    Personally I am trying the authority approach, and to answer Ed, I have gone back to SBI and am gradually building a site there. In just a couple of months I have seen this go from no rank to 730,000 in Alexa. Incidentally, Ed, you can use WordPress with SBI. You just have to have it hosted with a different company and redirect it to your SBI site blog.

    I also have a couple of other WordPress sites which I am concentrating on using ICC Pro for content. They are also in the 700 to 800,000 Alexa range.

    Another problem I have is building backlinks. First off it’s a boring job but one I know has to be done. And also we just can’t go building links willy nilly anymore thanks to Google.

    And don’t get me started on list building!! I have had an on again off again relationship with Get Response as I keep thinking I’ll give it just ‘one more try’. I’m trying to build a list on my new SBI site (again) but that is a big fat zero as yet. I’ve taken the sign up forms off my other sites in exasperation.

    I’m also lured by shiny WSO’s until I end up going round in circles until I look back on the day and realize that I accomplished absolutely nothing. I’ve been retired for a year now so I have plenty of time to spend on my business, but many a day it’s not time well spent. Plus making money online would come in REALLY handy right now!

    So yes, I empathize with a lot of the folks who have added their comments here and will still keep pushing ahead.

    Dave

  48. Hi Hugh,

    Thanks for the transparency of your video.

    I’ve been in IM since 2009 have spent over 10,000 on products and courses and have made no money. I think I’m in your target audience.

    Here is what would be helpful to me.

    1. I need to connect the dots between attracting traffic to a niche blog and then to the niche money sites I own. This is a formula that seems mysterious and has eluded me.
    2. I need a point by point process that I can apply for 1-4 hours/day to make $1000/month in a timely manner. This would allow me to keep my present job while I build a business and then eventually transition to full time IM as I make more money.
    3. The whole keyword in content process is a problem for me. Simply put how do I find effective keywords in my niche then what do I do with them once I find them?
    4. How can I get my web sites optimized so they don’t look so lame and become effective in having authority? ie. what plugins and themes do I really need to negotiate the wordpress jungle.

    I can summarize all this in this statement. I need a simple system to apply today that can make money tomorrow.

    Thanks

    Robert Miller

  49. Hey Hugh,
    Thanks for your detailed info about yourself and how you have overcome life with many obstacles along the way. I am in that situation as well now and I am still struggling to make a breakthrough. Hope your training will really help us get back to the right path. My biggest obstacles is traffic generation and information overload until a point where I don’t know what I am selling and earn a living via the internet. So many of the courses, software, gurus but I find that none of them really into helping people. They just want to sell their stuff. Eagerly waiting for your mentorship soon. Thanks.
    William

  50. Choosing the right business model tops the list.
    Not having a product means affiliated promotion for online
    but choosing the right niche and using the best traffic model is daunting

    I do make some cash consulting local businesses and building websites
    but this is just part of the learning process and not the goal of having an on line biz

  51. Doing well before Google Panda and Penquin. income between $1500 and $3600 a month.. Now down to $500-$700 a month. Need to regrow the business with new tools. It take a lot of time to make use of tools on larger sites and most tools do not work. Lots of effort with not much of a return.

  52. Hello Hugh,

    As a former working musician, I really enjoyed your video about your background. Thank you for ICC Pro and your desire to help others.

    After purchasing ICC Pro, my goal is to build a number of authority sites that will replace my income as an over the road driver.

    My obstacle is first, a lack of time (which I know is not really something you can help with). With that being said, my obstacle that I would like help with is finding a niche that can rank quickly and begin bringing in a little income to get the ball rolling. Just getting to a consistent $100 to $200 a day would change my world to be able to do less driving and more time building my business.

    In particular, finding a profitable niche, direction in a good premium theme for a magazine curation site (I started with the free Magazine Basic and I’m not really happy with it), some guidance on how to target profitable keywords when also using the curation model with ICC Pro, and direction on profitable ways to monetize in the beginning so as to “get over the hump” to begin to produce income and allow more time for my business and less time driving.

    When I had a little glitch with the last ICC Pro update and contacted you for support, your fast and friendly response was amazing, even though you were facing a possible brush with a hurricane. Thanks for all you do.

    John

  53. First of all, thank you for ICC Pro. Just like most others, I’m also suffering from information overload and several $$$ later, still can’t find the key to generate effective and converting traffic.Thanks

  54. Biggest obstacle is just getting the traffic. I’ve done backlinks, wrote articles, did blastes, but only
    a trickle of traffic and very few sales. I am using ICC Pro for curation, but traffic seems minmal as
    do sales. I was number one for cat product reviews keyword and now that has even vanished.
    So I guess a lot of us in same boat; need traffic.

  55. Greetings Mr. Hitchcock,

    Information overload, buying damn near every WSO that looks good and is referred by someone such as yourself who has credibility. Then starting to learn about said programs and not sticking with them long enough to get all that I can from them. Then moving on to the next program so that i can see if i should invest the hours and hours to master( get to know) etc., etc.

    Also time constraints of working the swing shift and 50+ hours a week to pay the bills.

    To much info, too many programs and I do not have the knowledge base to know how to put it all together.

    Thank you for the offer of help. I accept that you are a sincere man with not only the willingness to provide the help but the knowledge to ferret through the maze that is IM and provide good direction.

    Robert Gage

  56. A True IM Coach. My biggest obstacle to overcome is to find an internet marketing coach with abundance mind (IM coaches with scarcity minds are everywhere). I have wasted 1 year on studying and buying $thousands of IM products & services (with missing links, saturated or phasing out strategies). Unaware of ‘shiny object syndrome’, I was addicted to buy WSOs. Every offer sounds very important to my success. A lot of my time and money were invested to get me more confused. Unfortunately, I understand one thing now – IM newbies are goldmines for experienced IM Marketers. Don’t worry if they got confused, because they can become better goldmines! I have become very choosy to read emails now because of this and already unsubscribed many. I really need a coach to guide me. Having tried some of them, I understand another thing – cheap coaching program is an excellent IM strategies to sell hot ticket products/services to newbies. I hope I can find my dream coach soon before depleting all my resources. I am almost broke and exhausted 🙁

  57. Hi Hugh

    Thanks so much for your ‘background’ video. You worked for Royal Caribbean I sell them and other travel, so I have the product. My main problem I guess is keywords so that I can rank high enough for people to find me organically and then to stay there. Then, should I use social media and if so which ones as there are so many?

    I think once you can get the ball rolling traffic wise it then doesn’t take much to keep it rolling along.

    Regards
    Anne

  58. Hello Hugh

    Thank you for reaching out to us. I believe am different than most of your followers in that I am a health care provider primarily looking to expand my reach to my local sphere of influence. However, a secondary source of income via IM would be helpful in these difficult economic times. I believe I suffer from the “shiny object” syndrome and need to focus on learning and using the tools I already have obtained over the past four months via WSO’s. Your ICCPro tools is a good example of an excellent product simply gathering “electron dust” on my computer, since I have been getting distracted by the latest and greatest next WSO being offered, and fail to utilize what I already have. Looking forward to your insight.

  59. Hi Hugh
    Where to start….
    Been self employed one way and another for about 40 years… having started many different small offline (Green field) businesses or bought a few along the way. Most of them eventually made a profit or I was able to improve the ones that where purchased. Got to a point where things where going well enough to be able (I thought) to pay for knowledge rather than slog it out each time you start a new business where you go backwards for a few years ($ Cost & cashflow wise) before getting your capital back and making good $ money
    Unfortunately invested many,many thousands $ with the wrong people and organisations in the Internet marketing field (Which by the way from my experiences so far is a very complex business/industry to get into) …Not even remotely simple like the GURU’s try and make out you only have to look at the fact that so many of us fail at it for so long (Compared to a basic offline business to see that must be the case)

    So for me it is going back to basics / simplify the complex (Which IM is) and trying to avoid all the B’s that IM is saturated with
    then concentrating on 2 or 3 sites max at any one time (At one stage I owned 300 domains) but my IM business concept was clearly flawed and now only have 20

    If I had the right mentor (that was the RIGHT fit for me) that I could TALK to when I needed to (within reason when I NEEDED to) ….not by email a day later if youre lucky etc ….But ?? who would that Mentor be ?? The right one for me may not work so good for the next guy

    Having said all that I hold MY hand up and take responsibility for where I’m at…..And I will perserver and become successful at this IM gig as I have always managed to eventualy do with my other businesses

    Ps…… yes I have made a couple of thousand $ in sales so far but that’s a joke compared with my investments in time & money$

    Kevin

  60. Enjoyed the video – hope you’re able to create more products comparable to the ICC Pro. I honestly believe ICC has helped my website’s rankings. I’d like to see more traffic to my website and less traffic to my inbox – :> Although I’m learning to weed out those “latest and greatest” get rich quick schemes. I have no desire to market “how to” internet marketing products because I’ve found that so many of them (99.9%) are scams. (How can they possibly think people believe they’ve made “millions as an online marketer”, yet their still trying to sell me a PLR product????? Additionally, I don’t have time to learn 16 modules of “training”. I need software that is reliable and effective for the purpose intended.
    Thanks,

  61. thank you for your offer of assistance. The technical stuff is the biggest obstacle holding me back. I would like to be able to deploy quality sites with relevant content that is up to date/updatable. I believe I can find quality niches in the health/wellness market place. I then hope to be able monetize these sites. I’m not asking to be a millionaire, but I would like to be thousandaire. I would also like to build an e-mail list without spending an arm and a leg.

    With your background as a software developer/programmer, your strengths are my weaknesses. I’m starting to slog my way through WordPress and all the various options which can be a bit confusing. I purchased the ICC Pro software as well as the WP RSS curator through your link. I hope this helps automate the process, and I am looking to concentrate on marketing, and would like to do more of a fill in the blanks approach to site building.

    Best wishes for your endeavors and hope to hear from you soon.

  62. Thanks for you story, very interesting.
    Quick my issues are, getting SEO right even tho I work with an SEO expert, and that is a long story.
    The mechanics of setting up the shopping cart and last damn aweber is such a pain in the Axe I can’t even tell you. I really dislike them, as I have even told them that I find it complicated & not as easy as they tell you, and they just don’t even respond.
    If I seem a little angry, your right and that is not meant to you or any one of your readers, just major frustration.
    I am in the process of setting up ICC Pro on about 3 different sites and am loving each step as it looks better each time I work on it.
    Thanks for such a great program.

  63. I have been online for 5 years and during this time had gone through many courses, themes plugins etc.

    The key area I continue to generate consistent income is on our 4 E commerce websites, with one of the sites selling $1000 – 1500 every week in the skincare category with only120-150 visitors per day.

    We get the order, pack it and post it, its as simple as it gets. And you have a real business to sell if you choose to

    Now this is different to earning passive income via affiliate sites and that’s the rub, and there are still many people claiming to making large amounts of money this way which is well in good, but I don’t know many people who have created wealth that way. And for the same amount of work you can rank a site and sell real products.

    Yes you have to find money to get the stock etc as per any normal business but for every dollar in stock you will always double your money.

    For those few who live the passive life style good on them and that would be the ultimate, I just think the affiliate model is way to speculative and time consuming with poor results.

    I just think selling real products is far easier and you get a huge buzz every time some one orders from you.

    The other option I have had success in is building business specific directory sites and selling advertising, plus website design and SEO stuff.

    That’s my 10 cents worth, from a traffic point of view SEO and Paid banner advertising or guest blogging. if you have the time and skill to learn Google adwords etc that would exceptionally beneficial as you will need to learn copy writing a key skill you need for conversions.

    So for me, find a product or service and market it…….no more amazon affiliates sites or click bank sites etc

  64. Hi Hugh,

    Really enjoyed your video and hearing your life story. As an amateur rock guitarist I have used music as an emotional release in my life but did not have to earn my living from it. I actually went to medical school and spent 20 years working as a doctor and then kinda reached a dead end in my life. So 3 years ago I decided to re-invent myself and go to “internet marketing school”. My experiences were very similar to many folks who have commented here already – spent a lot of money buying crappy products, listened to many marketing “gurus” and tried to use their outdated methods, got information overload and periods of analysis paralysis, eventually found those 10% of good teachers online and started learning the nitty gritty of IM.

    So where am I at right now? I have 5 websites (3 affiliate sites and 2 e-commerce stores), I have some page 1 Google rankings (some are steady but some vanished with Panda & Penguin), I make a small amount of money online ($500 – $1,000 per month) but I have experienced the thrill of seeing my sites on page 1 and making some sales and that’s what’s kept me going. But I am nowhere near making a living online – my experience so far has taught me though that it can be done. But forget the “quick money online” dream – building an online business takes dedication and focus and can be just as tough as building a brick and mortar offline business.

    So where to from here and what obstacles do I need to overcome? What have I learned and what’s holding me back?
    – problem #1 has to be getting enough traffic to my sites and converting that traffic into sales
    – problem #2 is lack of focus, but I’m getting better at ignoring all the hype & BS and picking out the good stuff
    – problem #3 is deciding on the best way to get traffic: Google (organic search/SEO), Amazon, Clickbank?
    – problem #4 is getting a handle on what IM methods are working NOW, because Google 2012 is a completely different animal to Google 2009. I realize now that I got into IM at a very difficult time when the goal posts were constantly shifting in terms of methodology.
    – problem #5: how to give Google what Google wants? I suspect that Google has been telling us all along what they want but we have not been listening? But I think I’m getting close and your ICC software and content curation methods are helping a huge amount. Thanks Hugh!

    Am I discouraged?- No. Am I ready to quit? – Never. Look at it this way – the internet is massive and it’s not going away. It’s the biggest market by far in our lifetimes and as intelligent human beings surely it’s possible to make a living from it? What we all need is to find good, genuine teachers to show us the way. Thanks Hugh for sharing your story and triggering my own thought processes. I’m excited, I’m not going anywhere and I look forward to the challenges ahead!

    Thanks & good luck to all,
    Bert – Cape Town, South Africa.

  65. Hi Hugh, thanks for the video “an interesting history.”

    It looks like all of us below are senior, all trying to get a grip on IM and the so called possibility of making money online with a basic residual income. I have purchased just about every WSO, JVzoo out there. Been at this for around 10 years or so …. and guess what ….. still not making money. Used to have static sites but moved over to WP. I find your software easy to use. Purchased Peter Garety WP RSS Curator through your link but have not set-it up yet as I am waiting for your and Johns RSS feeds listing and training.

    My wife has now banned me from purchasing any more dreams as she calls it. (6000 bucks over the last 2 months). If only some one says first do this. Then do this. and so on. The so called Gurus showing us how much money they make with proof on income, and saying they want to give back and so on is all a lot of bull …… but I keep falling for it. We all require a set out plan, that’s easy to use and follow. BUT it must work.
    Regards

  66. Hey there Hugh,
    Congratulations,your one of the FEW IM authors that comes across as genuine,compassionate and trustworthy!
    And from what you’ve described your also capable and while it’s unfortunate that I live in Australia; I sure wish this 81 year old pensioner,trying to make a few hundred a month(to pay the utility bills ontime) could hop across town and share a beer with you,mate.
    Now to business – Been at it,namely purchasing(what I could afford) a wide range of products(like everyone else) to the point where I’m in INFORMATION overload – oh,I know its my fault,I should have stopped a year or two ago and focused on something – the problem is that all the sales pages are that good(at selling) that one keeps thinking that this new thing will surely work;and so before one has time to put it into ACTION or realise that it just does’nt work;the next new thing arrives. Part of my problem is I’m totally non-techie and often cant connect the dots;if’n you know what I mean?
    So I guess in the words above we can say that they also represent the OBSTACLES to any success,right?
    I mean on top of the recent CURATION concept(to get indexed by Google,I guess) there’s been a spate of the MOBILE thing and while I worked as an mechanical engineer in marketing all my working life;I can appreciate that local businesses need a mobile website and more recently a mobile App,in order to get buyers pouring into their store or too buy online?
    Right at the minute Hugh I need to generate an income of around 6-7000 dollars a month,because I want to help my eldest daughter(who made a bad decision with the man she’s just thrown out of her life) because she needs around $4500 a month to support herself and two teeenage children;so that she can leave her Supermarket checkout chick job and return to University to complete her Teaching Degree and do what she was born to do. As for me I’d like to own a modest car and own my own house.
    I trust my response and that of others will allow you to proceed with your aims.
    Sincerely,
    Laurence Chilcott

  67. Hi Hugh, I really don’t know where to start. I’m 58 years old and got hurt on my job in October 2010. Due to that injury I lost my job and have been living on our savings ever since. In April of this year I bought a video course online and started trying to get a web site together. After google took down my adsense ads because part of my site wasn’t working properly I found out that the study course that I bought was 2 years old. I am still trying to get my site up and running and still have not made any money. Part of the site was based on auto posting content , which the course taught and our friend google hates, I didn’t know about until it was to late. I am working on replacing the auto content a little at a time with curated content. It is still an up hill battle because of my overall knowledge when comes to building websites. I have spent a ton of money on different things trying to get this started. I am not going to give up. I want to thank you for your honest and sincere concern. It would be hard for me to pinpoint any one area that I need help but if I had to name any one are it would be the correct way to put links on your pages and help with back linking to drive more traffic to my site, Thank You, Mike

  68. Hey,

    I make some money on the internet, but indeed …i think the most struggeling is Comssion Overload!

    One say, DO THIS , then you do that….

    Then the other say, NO, DO THIS……after hearing that a few times , We Don’t Know What To Do Anymore…

    And the Importenst Off all , THE TRUST IS GONE!

    Because Those D*MM NON marketers (Acting like gurus) Are trying to learn US things that AREN’T TRUE….THEY make money from that BS WSO’S….BUT We Sink DEEPER And DEEPER Losing Money time after time!

    I wan’t a BLUEPRINT , telling me step by step what to do…that is allready proven to work! No BS, For residual income, and a few “Make Quick $$$” ….that would be nice 😉

    Thank You

  69. Thanks for what I consider to be a very personal video,
    My main problem is me,,,,I do not know what to do next,,,how to monetise my site, and as I am 61 years old I struggle with the technical stuff,
    Do I open a normal website and then start blogs to support my site,,,or do I just start with a wordpress site,,,,I urgently need to make money now as I have been signed off long term by my GP and do not think I will work again..

    So any training would be very very helpful Many thanks Hugh Kind regards John Nephin (J No F)

  70. Hi Hugh,

    All I can say is that I echo what others are going through.

    * WordPress with all its intricacies
    * WSOs coming out of the wooodwork left right and centre
    * Information overload
    * Crap products (Not yours)
    * Hard drive full of useless software
    * Hard drive full of Private label products

    Thank you for your incredible offer… I for one will be overjoyed if there is a light at the end of the tunnel for us wannabes.

    Thanks again for your genuine concern over folks that are just not getting it.

    Vic
    Spain

  71. Hello Hugh,
    Thanks for sharing your life experiences, after reading other comments I can see why 95% of us fail in this business.
    I also come to realize from these comments that I have the same issues.
    Buying to many offers, not following through with those offers, lack of focus or procrastination, and way to many emails in my in box
    that eat up my time, even when I unsubscribe new ones flood in.
    I am ready for some guidance on how to put it all together for success, rescue me!

  72. Hey Hugh,

    Very interesting and inspiring post!

    Like many people trying to establish themselves on-line, I am making pennies but spending my hard earned capital to find all the pieces of the jigsaw to achieve a living income on-line.

    My obstacles are:

    1. Incomplete systems (i.e. vital details are omitted so that you need to buy additional resources like a WP theme, xyz plugin, OTOs, traffic etc. etc.)
    2. Systems lack completeness (i.e. exact step by step instructions through “over the shoulder” training) or are too fluffy (pdfs or videos are stuffed with general filler content).
    3. Lack of a mentor who can genuinely empathize with you AND guide you to realize your on-line goal.

    Hoping that, finally, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Ki

  73. Some of the comments here are really pertinent – and I like William’s clear solution, though I think many would be wary like me of spending money on stock and then trying to shift it, however profitable it MIGHT end up being. Problems of sourcing, delivery, pricing, packaging…

    But Ed’s comments are best suited to my situation. I have websites, freshly rejuvenated thanks to ICCPro, which rarely get visitors/sales; and tho’ they were all page 1 for a good while initially, they are now lost somewhere in cyberspace for the keywords they used to rank for. All content on them is original and painstakingly created by me, so it’s not a matter of duplicate or garbage content – perhaps I just haven’t built them up enough? I’m not sure whether to simply dump them and start over.

    Robert Miller has best summed it up, I think: I need a system today that can make money tomorrow. Or at least a precise path I can follow which offers the genuine possibility of reward at the end. If I can find a way to make a consistent $10 a day, then I will be able to make $100.

    Thanks for what you (and John, who doesn’t live too far from me) have been offering. I’m sure I’ll be able to take a lot from your training.

    Best wishes,
    Chris

  74. Hi everyone..
    I have recently, finally, drawn some conclusions on the IM game. First, almost all of the so-called Gurus give you just enough information to hook you into buying the next product, or next WSO (that I figured out a while ago) I feel I have a PHD in the IM industry with all that I have purchased and learned. However, knowledge only goes so far…implementation is only one of the keys.

    Another lesson: setup your website, and BUY traffic!..I’m finally getting this through my thick head…I always thought..it’s too expensive, or I can’t afford it..If I ddn’t spend the thousands on all of these courses, focused on only 1-2 sites and drove traffic using PPV or JV partners, I would be well on my way to making money.

    Another lesson: Stick to only 1 website until you make money with it, using the strategy above. After testing, and tweaking, getting your list together, and autoresponder series set to sell more products, then and only then move on to another website…

    Another lesson: Offline marketing is NOT as easy as they say…many businesses don’t have money, are pounded with offers from the US and abroad…unless you setup a system where you are giving away a service to develop a relationship..you are pretty much wasting your time…or develop a system to sell leads…again lots of work involved and a system is required.

    Select a business model, Focus on that model, implement and engage your customers…that is what I have finally learned over the past 3 years of not making money.

    I hope this helps some of you here..

    Valerie

  75. We have finished building a website that instills trust. Now we need traffic. Am trying to generate traffic. Traffic is the main problem. Am using ICCPro and will continue.

  76. Traffic traffic traffic and then more traffic.
    I cannot seem to generate any worthy amounts of trafic to any of my sites. I have no problem with setting up and monetizing my sites, since I am a qualified web developer, but using social marketing, back linking, free/paid advertising, safelists, pinterest, mailing lists, SEO and what have you, I cannot seem to generate converting traffic at all!!!

    I have spent so much money on products and plug-ins and advertising and domain names and hosting and and and, but I haven`t given up hope. I only made $150 the past 2 years.

  77. That’s a cool story you have there Hugh you have an obvious intelligence for understanding the mechanics of the online industry and passion for the human side of marketing and connection with your audience.

    I have a very similar story to many of the commenter’s with the trail of broken paths to riches promises, sold by slick marketing and manipulation of the hero’s journey story.

    I know enough about direct marketing on the web to realize it is about traffic and conversions I know the story of committing to something until you get a result then keep tweaking it until you get a ROI that is representative of the value of the particular market you are in.

    This is where the wheels fall off, when you have thrown money at something you are on the first page for your keyword but still no cigar where do you go to for advice on what is the next move. I have paid a $2000 fee for ” mentoring” to be told after the results of an adwords campaign were analysed ” Oh that’s not good” Duh… Yeh tell me something I don’t know.

    I think for me it would be to have somebody I can say to look at this please can you suggest the next course of action, what do I need to do to tie it all together. Having the ability to remain on task and focused is difficult when you slog away at something and see no return.

    Like most commentators here I like the online medium not just for “fabulous wealth creation” but the thought of a consistent income providing a good service doing something creative and not having to be part of a traffic commute and the working week syndrome.

    I hope more people bump up the comments to the magic 200 you are after Hugh, I would be very interested to see what sort of perspective your unique view would be to be able to deliver on your wish to help people master this business model.

    Regards Russell

  78. Hello Hugh,

    Thank you so much for opening up. Your story was actually very motivating for me. One because I have always been attracted to programing but I just never seemed to be able to nail down the code and learn just one language. Two, because I have been there and also decided to make it on the internet so that I can live the life I know is out there. Its been such a struggle for me and my wife. Don’t get me wrong I have a beautiful family with two boys and two girls, there grown now and one has already made me a grandad. Its just that my internet world/business seems to always start and then fizzle out. Google panda and penguin destroyed my money making website with Adsense and now I have managed to get one of my niche sites making about $30 to $100 a month through amazon. If I could figure out how to get my sites back on the first page of Google that would certainly help out a lot. Other than that I just can’t seem to get it going. So anything you can pass my way to get me over this hump would be much appreciated.

    Regards,

    Tim

  79. Few sales. One here and there that keep teasing me. Hard to rank. make headway and then Panda….etc. Not enough time to do it all and keep at it to get over the hill. Want to get some atuo-pilot income (few thousand/month) so I can spend more time with my family and do some other things.

  80. Hugh:

    I like a lot of people keep chasing the next shinny object. I seem to be inundated with emails from many marketers everyday claiming “The next best thing since sliced bread”. I spend hours reading emails and getting nowhere. I do have about 10 sites that are monetized in different ways but I am only generating about $50 per month and I need to get to around 10K per month. I guess I am ok with WP but I do struggle with how to get traffic to my sites. I also spend a lot of time deciding if Adsense, Amazon, CPA, etc. is the best way to go. I know behind everyone to some extent is the fear of failure and also the fear of success. Hope this helps you help us!

  81. Hey Hugh,

    Wow, you sure took on a task here!! Thank you for your interest and background story [we all have one]… I can truly say that I also echo many of the comments mentioned here, especially those left by Ed Tario, Garnet and Vic – what I also find difficult is to actually START SOMETHING worthwhile, which is mainly due to knowing a little bit about a lot of things but not enough to make them all work properly.

    I’m financially strapped – I spend [waste] too much time on my computer – I get caught up way too much with WSO’s and the next biggest and best thing going… it really is madness. I could probably go on for way longer but enough said I think.

    Again thank you for allowing us to express and for your offer to help.

    Regards, Graeme

  82. Hi,

    What I am looking for is a road map to success using
    ICC Pro. I believe that timing is very important to being
    successful (ranking high in Google search). Automating
    my blog is helpful in getting things done in a timely
    manner, but doing things too quickly is NOT good
    because Google will penalize you for not drip feeding
    your content in a slow and non-automated fashion. If
    you could put together a video tutorial that has all the
    details of creating an authority site, with a time schedule
    that makes automation look like non-automation and all
    the tools (plugins) needed to create a profitable site first
    time around, this would be helpful, not only to me, but
    many of the people who are on your mailing list. You
    would have to give your information lots of thought and
    research every detail with nothing, and I mean nothing,
    left out. If you can do this free of charge to all of your
    faithful customers, then you will have the loyalty that
    most of us only daydream about.

    Joe

  83. I have been in the game for at least 7 years now. The first 3 years I put in thousands of hours doing the “right things” for the time. I made some money and some progress. I was only looking for supplemental income and I worked very hard.

    Things did get much more difficult as everyone knows. I still managed a pleasant supplemental income until last May. I had just spent some money at a couple of very credulous and popular linking programs. Unfortunately I could not have done this at a worse time. It worked against me big time.

    I have dropped to almost zero income. After years of working hard and coming up short, my drive has diminished but has not disappeared. As always, somebody always has the magic answer. I still look to the new path but I just can’t go “all in” on the plan suggested by some of the currently successful people that I respect.

    I can’t engage in a “one year plan to success” in the current environment. Things change far too often.

    Another problem that is my own – I hate all the crap emails that I receive daily simply pushing products day after day and I cannot engage in the practice myself. The old saying “the money is in the list”, basically is telling me – if I don’t get into the auto-responder and constant emailing crap, I will make no money.

    I do not aim to become a millionare. I just want to supplement my income a little bit. I am a 65 year old retiree. I have learned a lot over 7 years and I still have a dozen websites indexed and somewhat respected by Google. Am I dead in the water because I refuse to use the “list system” and have tired of writing unique content and posts on a frequent basis?

  84. Simple answer?…TRAFFIC…complex…BUYING Traffic.
    Leonardo da Vinci would still be waiting for recognition,had he painted on a shed wall that nobody ever visited.

    What do I REALLY need ?…Simple,concise,’watch over my shoulder’ instruction on how to achieve this in double quick time….achievable by a team of one in the ‘SPARE time’ left after the day job,which also doesn’t swallow up the day job earnings.

    Don’t think you can do much about ‘grumpy husband’s/partners who think you are just wasting time and money trying to reach your goal and prove them wrong!.

    Some advice for other commenters on this thread,…..there is a website called Warrior Forum Sucks,which you might do well to visit before you invest any more funds in WF….which is no longer the trusted place it once was…
    forget Google love,there is no such thing,unless you happen to be Google,my Adsense account was disabled months ago,and buried in their vault along with my earnings and am still waiting for a response to my emails, as to why….
    STOP reading promo emails…unless they happen to be from ICC of course!
    Best ‘Moneymaking’ wishes to you all Jenny A

  85. I am also suffering from information overload. I have a few websites that have earned me very….and I do mean very small amounts of money. Adsense earnings way to small for a payout yet. Amazon – only about $25 so far. Clickbank less than $25, and I have been working online for about 10 years. Not much to show for it except a huge credit card bill for all the shiny buttons I have purchased over the years.

    I am to stubborn to quit, which my family are urging me to do. So I have decided to focus on one site at a time and build it up using ICC Pro, plus adding my own content around it. I realize the money is in the list, and if I can earn enough to cover the monthly cost of an auto responder I will start to build lists.

    I get so many emails about the next great WP plugin that it’s very confusing to sort out which plugins you really need as opposed to the ones you can get along without.

    Between Penguin, Panda, and now I am hearing that SEO doesn’t work as well as it used to????? I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels confused.

    I would be a happy camper if I was earning $500 – $1,000 per month. That would supplement my pension nicely, and who knows maybe I could actually afford a few days vacation…..

    Thanks for your insight Hugh.

    Renee` Kratz

  86. Hi Hugh, It’s refreshing, although somewhat of a surprise, to find anyone these days who would be so candid about their range of experiences on a “first date” LOL. However it is very much appreciated because it leads me to believe you are sincere in wanting to help. And help is what I need.

    I have found a small group of dependable service providers to solve most of my traffic getting issues, however, my conversions suck, especially on my most active sites like Amazon review/sales sites (5000 visits a month) and respectable 150 visits a day in a Pinterest type of site.. (zero revenue from either after 5 months). Most likely the challenge is the massive amount of competition for these niches and my failure to achieve 1st page placement on the big “G” or “B” search engines.

    Since I’m not sure how on page SEO affects Amazon review sites or Pinterest styled sites, deficits here could be the issue. However, my observations tend to indicate that having an experienced team of backlinkers and article writing-social networkers posting updates across FB…Twitter…Stumbleupon… and several others, supported by a $5K or so monthly budget would solve my problem within the next 12 months.

    If I am correct in the above assessment, and you have a lower cost solution or recommendation, you’ll have my sincere and singular focus and loyalty. In any case, you have my sincere appreciation for your generous offer.

    All the best to you,
    Sable

  87. Hi Hugh,

    I would like to see a follow up/complementary product for ICC Pro . Something that goes into more detail on using curated content for making a valuable authority site for various niches.How to rank the curated site… And then delving into some creative ways to make money with the site…even possibly leasing the site to a leader in the industry.

  88. Hi Hugh,

    Thanks for the interesting video and the offer of help. You have definitely led an interesting life.

    This is my second go at IM. Back in the late 90’s to about 2005, starting with Net Detective, and ending with a large Amazon related site(60K pages indexed in G, 4000 unique visitors a day), I was earning decent money. I had a good number of fondly remembered $600+ days. Google (I would love to never hear, write, or say that name ever again) slapped me a couple years in a row right before or during the Christmas shopping season, and then Amazon changed it’s Amazon Web Services feed, which together with an elderly parent for whom I became a caregiver, pretty much brought everything to a halt.

    I do not have a problem with tech stuff. I taught myself Perl and some database management for the large Amazon site, and had a lot of fun doing it. I am no Photoshop master, but can produce acceptable looking graphics, and WordPress is simple compared to coding raw HTML. CSS is also very understandable for me.

    My greatest problems now have been described here over and over again… WSO shiny object syndrome (partially related to the fear of missing something new), time management, information overload as to what’s working *now*, not following through on stuff that probably will work, and having too many unrelated irons in the fire – Amazon review site, autoblogs, Kindle book, and Pinterest being the major ones.

    Although it was well worth it in this case, it took me 45 minutes to get through the posts here, but there is an enormous amount of time to be wasted in checking out WSOs, blog posts, and videos. What’s funny is that even the productivity courses I’ve taken are unnecessarily long winded.You can’t skim a video.

    Without going into all the gory details, I absolutely need to make this work – soon. I am also confident that I will, but I’m still looking for the solution at this point.

    I would appreciate anything you have to say about focus, practical time management, and avoiding information overload. When I say “practical,” I mean something that doesn’t involve spending an hour a day to manage your time to gain an hour a day. LOL Seriously, it’s amazing to me how some time management courses and books lay out a system that seems to take more time to implement that what you gain by doing so.

    I’d also like to add to other people’s sentiment here that I get a very good, genuine vibe from you. That is a rare commodity in the IM field. Lots of pretenders out there.

    Thanks for giving a damn,

    Mark

  89. Hugh,

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to us sturggling wanna be successful online marketers.

    First and foremost for me is the technical side things. Everone says that WP is easy but my brain just can’t seem to wrap around it to make it work for me. I also having a major problem with the auto-reponder programs and setting them up.

    There is so much overload in this business and so many people selling products that just aren’t what newbies need. It would be great if there were a step by step program on how to get started and what is most important as a beginner. I’m sure we all know about niches, research, etc. but it’s the actually what next.

    Anyway, thanks again and look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Georgean

  90. I have a list I make some money by sending offers to my list….

    I need new subscribers buyers traffic…how do you find the traffic…

    yeah I have a few blogs they do not make any money…yes I use the icc software which make content a breeze( thank you)

    but how do I make money from that site sell affiliate products on it? Then how to amp up the traffic?

    Yes opt in box for a free gift gets them on your list but need more subscribers…

    My goal is to make 2000-3000 online a month consistently
    and I do not want to make my own product would not know where to start….LOL

    I own my business a salon for 12 years now and always trying to get new clients also…
    Life has just been a total douche bag for the last 4 years…
    just keeping my head above water like the rest of America!

    Thanks for your time and energy I think everyone on your subscriber list including me
    would love to have any training or insite that you are willing to give.

    Thanks
    Scherie
    from Florida

  91. Biggest obstacle: is Staying focused on selected idea or project. So many distractions from emails promoting latest and greatest. Don’t always have the confidence that my chosen path is the right one, so I check out and usually buy new WSO’s, then never have the time to study the majority of them anyway. Afraid of missing the next big thing, or putting too much time into just one project that might fail, so I tend to have 3-4 projects on the go at one time, and of course then nothing gets finished.

    Thanks for offering this

    Pat

  92. I started my site roughly 3 months ago. Also have a Facebook page. My original goal is to sell my site in the future if I can get money coming in from it and a good opt in rate.

    I have been placing ads on Facebook to get my traffic that way to my main site. Which is adding up very quickly. I’ve set up several different monetary ad types on my site as well as an opt in box. I’m slowly getting opt ins, but the monetary ads aren’t catching on.

    I’ve had sites in the past, but I can’t seem to get it right No money yet. I believe that I get overwhelmed and a touch of ADD. Hopefully you can get us in the right direction.

  93. Hi Hugh,

    you’ve certainly had an interesting adventures life and its great that you’ve found your special place in it.

    As far as obstacles go I have many associated with time and when time is an issue focus becomes hard. I’ve been at this for around two years now exploring the possibilities of I.M with a platform that would suit my family situation and of course what little brain cells I’ve got left.

    I think most people looking for I.M work from home businesses aren’t looking for shiny objects (hate the term which every marketing knowhow “person” is using (Guru has also become a disliked word) nor are we “opportunity seekers”. Since time and focus is a factor we are looking for a good fit business that once found we can run and maintain without a steep learning curve.

    I have not found a product that focuses on narrowing options for different types of individuals and abilities, nor any advise on what might be the best route to take. (good WSO product)

    I also join the ranks of the not big on WP (easy to sue my —-) sometimes I’m afraid to touch the thing in case I break something.

    Thank you for what you are trying to do it is very appreciated and again you surprise me.

    Sue

  94. Hugh,
    Most of my business is offline selling seo ppc mobile websites etc. Doing okay Would like to make money on line but which is the best way
    Affiliate Marketing, Building a list etc etc. Would love to learn about your approach.

  95. Hi Hugh –

    Thanks for the interesting video and your concern to truly help others succeed. Seems today the majority of the folks I come across are typically looking just to sell you another course and be done with you, at least till they have another course to sell you anyway.

    For me it seems my biggest issue, like a few others I’m sure, is information overload and focus. I’m trying to do too much at once which means I have half a dozen pots on the stove at once with just a few ingredients in each one but none of them ever get completed. And of course I’m guilty of being distracted by the next new shiny object that comes along to make the job a little easier or the results even better.

    Sad part is I realize the problem as you can see. I just have not been able to cure myself as of yet. Not sure you have a solution but I am willing to listen.

  96. Thanks for the video and sharing. I have half a dozen websites, I know how to produce content, they are either my e-books or affiliate products, I am getting some traffic but few conversions. I have on E-mail list of 1,400 + getting regular e-mails and offers but nothing seems to happen. I know I need to get higher -quality subscribers and more of them but don’t know how.

  97. my main obstacle is not getting enough traffic to my sites and making much money if any at times yeah i can build some sites that rank well in top 5 at times but the traffic doesn’t seem to be there even thore i go through the keyword research and the keywords seem to have decent traffic its very frustrating at times so then I’m buying more info products on different traffic techniques and time and time again traffic overload kicks in and I’m back to square one.

    Craig

  98. The main obstacle for me is that I am a total beginner, and I wish to know where I can start. Then I wish to try a simple system, test it, and improve it.
    Thank you for your help.

  99. There seems to be no real road map to selling online and the steps that are given are incomplete. I personally don’t have the time to do all the tasks that it takes to get the traffic needed for sales. There are so many people trying to get you to buy SEO systems that it’s difficult to figure out who really has a viable method that can be applied in a straightforward manner. Most of the “gurus” are making their money by selling people systems that only a few can put to use. If you can give people a clear map to success that includes good outsourcing steps that are affordable you would be doing people a real service.

  100. Hi, Hugh –

    Thanks for doing this. My biggest obstacle is two-fold… two things that are relate, I think. 1.) Getting traffic to my sites and 2.) Information Overload as to what is the best way of doing that. It seems that all I’m doing is making everyone else on the Warrior Forum rich by buying their products. One product says do this… another product says no, that method is no longer successful and instead I should be doing this. One person says article marketing is dead… the next person says article marketing is the way to go. One marketer says make money with affiliate sites. The next says affiliate sites are dead and instead I should content curation. First it’s all about auto blogs, then it’s all about authority sites! The contradictory information has my head spinning… and the information overload prevents me from moving in any direction! How does one handle it?

  101. I really need to make my family’s dreams come true before they grow up and I die. My wife and kids depend on me and I really want them to have a good life and make up for the bad things that we have had to go through.I need to make enough money and not be beholding to anyone. I know its possible just need a way.

  102. Hello Hugh.

    Thank you for sharing these important aspects of your life with us.
    Seems a good reminder that we actually do have the ability to create safe places where we can thrive in, or fall in.

    Thanks also for your generous offer to help us to overcome roadblocks that may be in the way of us being successful in an online business.

    Some peeps in this group have commented on the importance of trust in whomever they are learning from. I sure agree with that, yet also believe we need to come to a place where we trust ourselves to sometimes make the make the final judgement on the ways or the means to take. – it is not about blind trust?

    What I have appreciated in reading the comments so far, is how people seem to be able to be both vulnerable and to also state their strengths. For me, that goes a great way towards generating trust in others.

    We are not going to have a problem in exceeding the 200 comments, as we can copy paste if needs be.(or even curate the comments in here!) Have not seen a single rule that says we cant do that!

    As someone commented earlier, we really can apply ourselves and learn any next steps by researching and weighing up the facts.
    However, without good support, this is truly an onerous task. How nice it would be for someone experienced and trustworthy to just keep an eyeball on things and offer guidance?

    My biggest roadblock is also perhaps my greatest asset, and I really struggle with getting a balance here.
    On one hand, I can data gather and do analysis until the cows come home, yet when it comes to application/action I get close to paralysis.
    I know many others share this position but that does not comfort me! I do not hold to any notion of perfection, rather am wanting to persue excellence, so I never do anything much, until I can get it right enough!
    Seems that unless I can get a sufficient grasp of the ‘whole’, I can’t properly do any of the parts. When I do intuitively get the overall process, then I can function fine. It is a tedious way of learning but it has worked well for me until I can find a better way of doing it.

    I am fortunate in that I live in New Zealand where we have a universal superannuation retirement scheme ,so I won’t go too hungry for lack of any other income, but I do want/need quality of life, (as do we all ) so need to do work for supplementary income as offline work is no longer available for my qualifications and experience.

    In the meantime, hey, life is good. Yeah.

  103. Hey Hugh,

    I know you guys help out a lot of people and you have recommended some really good products and also created some really good products. I have not had time to even implement ICC Pro as I have to much going on and not enough time in the day it seems any more. It seems a lot of people here are looking for ways of making money and moving past a few road blocks.

    From what I read some people have struggled with adsense, amazon, click bank, local businesses etc. I am not the most successful in some of those areas as I am just getting started in Adsense, amazon and clickbank . But I have only been at it for about 6 months on amazon and made some money on a few sites that have very good conversion rates. I have been relatively successful online and I have many websites ranked post Panda and Penguin. One of the biggest things I can recommend to people is SEO is still very much alive and dont stop building links. You also need to keep building sites as well, dont stop at 3 adsense or 2 amazon, keep building. That is just my 2 cents. At any rate, I just wanted to drop a different note and if I can be of some help let me know..

    Majestic Warrior

  104. Hi Hugh, Just wanted to add some more, I have tried nearly every program, software, tools, new beaut shiny object that comes out to try and make some money online, I have worked hard at this and nothing seems to work. Keyword research, Niche research, all the latest and best plug ins for WP, but still no $$$ coming in. I have bought the software that sets websites up and adds content etc, I even have one of my sites on the first page of Google for a fairly competitive keyword, and still no money. It is monetized, I am at my wits end wanting to know where I’m going wrong.

  105. Hello from Thailand Hugh,

    1. We have an online handmade Thai silk business. We are doing OK but would like to do a lot better

    2. Biggest obstacle is getting more targeted website visitors that would improve conversions.
    Actually we have NOT really come up with a CLEAR IDEAL CUSTOMER PROFILE

    3. Our mission and objective is to succeed online so we can improve the poor lifestyles and education opportunities for the children of our remote Thai village.

    Thanks for creating this thread as it was interesting and helpful

  106. I have been doing quite a bit online trying to make money…. “Trying”. My weakest point I think is getting traffic to my sites. I think that is my biggest obstacles.

  107. Great video Hugh!

    More on ICC would be great. New technology ideas.
    Now I’m starting to see “site spinning”.
    A sales funnel overview would be helpful.

    Keep playing!

  108. Hi Hugh,

    One of my biggest things is lack of confidence, afraid of screwing up, making a mess of a website & not knowing what is the right system to use, with all the WSO’s out there that promise to be the next best thing to make it “crush the competition.”

    Have ICC pro, but I’m overwhelmed by the instructions, guess I don’t have much of a grasp on a lot of the computerese.

    I hope the training you will be giving will help overcome some of these things so I can start making some $$$$

    Thanks
    Ken

  109. Traffic.

    Period. I know, sounds so simple, the one thing missing. I can sell if I have customers. And I don’t mean door-to-door. Depending upon Google is detrimental to your income – SEO all you want, but Google uses so many changing factors that you’ll never know if you’re still going to be in business tomorrow.

  110. My biggest obstacles are lack of focus and lack of time management.
    I start on one project, then go no to another without finishing the first.
    Ihave wasted so much time and money and have yet to make
    $1 from my efforts.

  111. Hi Hugh,

    I think the main thing to be successful online comes down to getting targeted traffic, getting targeted traffic is the way to make money. Without traffic it does not matter how much your know or how great your websites are, or how great your products are, without getting targeted traffic you will not make any money. If you get traffic it turns everything around, because money will come in and everything starts to pay off.

    I make about $2,000/mth because I get a great deal of traffic to my sites, when I was not getting traffic I was making $0, and I am not any smarter, and my sites are not any better, the only difference is that I started getting traffic, then started making money the same day and everyday since the traffic started.

    Internet marketing is very simple. Targeted Traffic + Targeted Offer = $$$$$

    The Targeted Traffic part is where I would like to know more, because the more targeted traffic the more money can be earned.

    Cheers,
    Kyle

  112. Hey Hugh,
    I really like your style and will continue to stay on board.
    You are one of those that care about his customers and
    give an honest opinion and great customer support.
    That means a lot to me and I am sure a lot of others that
    have commented. I have lots of experience and have been
    online since 1999. Seen a lot of things change over the years.
    Here is my list of pain:

    #1 obstacle
    Going after the latest shinny object.
    #2 obstacle
    Spreading myself too thin and not completing projects.
    #3 obstacle
    Putting too many eggs in one basket and the basket gets a hole in it.
    All my hard work now seems to be for nothing when I really put in my
    best effort. Everything is going fairly well and then the hammer hits. For
    example I was doing nicely with Amazon then our governor brought down
    the Amazon law hatchet putting me out of business. That really hurt. Am
    now working around it but it took a long time to get back in order.

    Other ones were back in the early 2000’s when I paid a lot of money to get
    into a program and a few months later they went out of business leaving me
    high and dry. I was in on a national infomercial in which the company sold
    pre-made websites and complete merchandise malls that went
    belly up. I got flamed all over the Internet for being associated with the
    company for years. Was a great idea but management messed it up by being too greedy.

    Some systems that worked for me were ones that had a daily checklist
    of things to do on an Excel spreadsheet. You could have multiple projects
    at various stages but at least the system was proven and each day you just
    checked off that box. As you went through the system your projects moved
    through the phases. Worked pretty good for me especially for let’s say a
    30 day plan. After that you should know what to do to go to the next level or
    maybe flip the site. Depends on your business plan.

  113. Hi Hugh,
    First I would like to thank you for the genuine story in your video that’s a great venture with an awesome future. Now for my biggest obstacle it would have to be monetized traffic, I know how to get a site to rank but the problem is consistent traffic that will make me money. My latest thing I thought I would try is adsense so I build a simple and ugly website got it to rank number 1 in google search for the main keyword that has 4 million plus competing pages and I believe around 35-36 thousand in title and many other keywords in various positions on the first 5 pages of google. The site makes me some money but I can’t seem to get a consistent amount of traffic to it with that said I would like to learn how to correctly monetize the site and get the targeted traffic needed to make a consistent income. Now I’ve been trying a couple of the new things with content and to be honest your told “it’s easy enough a 5 year old could do it”…RIGHT…You get the thing and it takes you 3-4 weeks just to half ass figure it out and by that time you loose interest in it, I don’t know about you but I just don’t have that kind of time to put in to something to end up being disappointed and pissed off in the end. Then you try reaching out only to get knocked down by the vary creator/promoter of the product you just purchased from them, I just need to find someone that is genuine, honest and upfront about this whole IM thing (help the little guy make it in the IM world that’s full of bullshit lies.)
    Thank you for your time Hugh I truly appreciate it.
    Tom D.

  114. Hi Hugh,

    Information overloaded! I read a lot of ebooks ,attended a lot of online webinars and bought alot softwares/plugins but still I do not know and and kind of lazy to start any project. Maybe I am just too complacent with I have now, not in a kind of hurry attitute. But someday I know I have to start somewhere coz what I have now will not be there forever and will not be enough. Those are my weaknesses…

  115. Greetings Hugh,

    Thanks so much for this opportunity pause the daily grind and stop to re-asses where I actually am at. I have only been in IM for less than 1 year so there has been a lot to learn in a short time. I did have the advantage of working as an IT Systems Engineer for 20 years and also spent some time as a Programmer so the technical stuff was not a great issue.

    My number one issue, like most people, is Traffic. About 3 months ago my oldest (and almost forgotten) site suddenly shot to page 1 on Google, some traffic started to flow and so did a few dollars, very exciting time. I did some more on the site, cleaned it up a bit, added great content, made sure SEO best practices where being followed, etc (why i did this i am not sure). The site suddenly disappeared from Google rankings a few weeks ago, I think its on page 246 now. Non of my other sites rank no matter what I do. Very frustrating.

    Number two is that I have been completely overwhelmed by WSO’s emails, OTO’s and all the rest of it. I have been a great customer for the IM as I have purchased about 200 products that would supposedly make me a millionaire. Some I have never even looked at, most are over-hyped crap, many are available in a different form for free if you look hard enough, and there are a few gems, like ICC Pro, WP RSS Curator, and 1 or 2 others. Most of time has been spent getting up to speed with Plugins, Themes, SEO etc and very little time is left for creating content. I have researched my Niches very well and have some great content but just don’t get time to Post it because I am bogged down with the mechanics of everything. Playing around with Themes is a huge time buster! Best advice i can give anyone getting into IM is to decide on a Theme, and then stay with it and create content. In the last few days I have opted out of most of 200+ emails I was getting every day, cancelled my warrior +, and got rid of anything else that was wasting my time.

    My number three obstacle, and i feel that this a big one, is Social media. I just can’t get it to work for me. Of particular concern is Facebook pages. Despite buying wso’s, reading everything I can on the subject, and spending countless frustrating hours, I just can’t get a Facebook Page to happen at all. The whole Facebook interface just doesn’t make any sense to me at all, and I am sure I am missing something basic somewhere, and I have given up in disgust! I see this as a major obstacle to my IM at present and no way of resolving it.

    On a positive note, I found Peter Garety’s recent webinar on structuring an authority site very enlightening and a great relief from all the hype that gets promoted. I am building a new content rich site using Peters methods and that will be my last foray into IM, if no result in 6 months or so, i am out of here, something that will make my wife very happy.

    Thanks again for the opportunity,

    Mike.

  116. My problem: I’m afraid of failing — so I’m having a hard time getting started. From 1999-2008 I ran a very successful Internet ecommerce website — but had to give it up when my husband passed away. So now I have a “day job” but want to start either a restaurant directory, write a Kindle book on WordPress, a green building blog…I have lots of ideas but am having a hard time picking one thing and sticking with it

  117. Hey all, thanks for sharing your stories.

    I started in the IM world 8 months ago, and can relate to most of the stories here. I have gone through those phases myself:

    1. Chasing new shining objects syndrome – buying WSOs left and right most of which are crap and no one needs them
    2. Information overload and lack of focus and direction: no definite business model
    3. Subscribed to too many “guru” lists that sell you more crap

    It took me a couple of months and a couple of thousand dollars to figure it out: unsubscribed from 99% of the lists, Hugh is one of the handful of people I get emails from. This stopped the WSO madness, I don’t spend a cent on a product unless I really establish I need it – trust me if you are not sure then don’t buy it, you don’t need it. Choose one area, one specific business model and stick to it!

    After over 80 projects, anywhere from dentist sites to lease to local businesses, to amazon affiliate sites to sell vacuum cleaners, to e-commerce sites to sell my own products, I didn’t have much to show. Then I paused, stepped back and looked at the business, and realized that I needed to focus on one thing at a time before losing my sanity. My wife and I decided to build a website on a topic that she’s genuinely passionate about. We wanted to develop a brand rather than just a website. She writes the content for the site and I take care of the technical aspect and online marketing. It’s 100% white hat, with no automation (no auto blogging), I don’t build backlinks and don’t use any SEO software, such as senuke, etc, so it’s as white hat as it gets. We do lots of content curation. We do use the social media platform heavily, every single post gets published on facebook, twitter, and 40 other social media sites automatically. Today was another record, we broke 2.5K unique visits and 4K pageviews, and our end of 2012 goal is to reach 10K unique visits a day (300K a month). This is a very targeted audience, mostly coming from US, and some from Canada, UK. One thing I did is I focused on long-tail keywords, which are easier to rank for and brings more targeted visitors. Currently we have hundreds of long-tail keywords on the first page, most we dominate the whole page with 3-4 results per page. I stay away from anything that gives any kind of information to Google, I don’t use Google Analytics (I use three other free tools which are as good), no Google Webmaster Tools, and no AdSense. And I have private registration on all my domains. So far with every tropical animal algorithm update Google has been giving us more love (more traffic).

    I’m not too worried about the monetization model at this point, I’m testing different ads and I’m tracking progress, but most importantly I’m just enjoying the experience of growth. A couple of big name sites have approached us with partnership proposals, we are thinking about it.

    Hopefully my story helps some of you a little. Start it today, stop buying anymore products, jot down a solid business plan, doesn’t have to be complex, and stick to it until it’s completed, don’t ever give up!

  118. Hi Hugh,
    I am not making any money on line even though I have spent many thousands of dollars to set up sites. Maybe I have have picked up the wrong niches. I have several interests and I have a few sites that are extensions of my hobbies. I have a number of sites but alas.
    I suspected it might have had something to do with one of my plugs in by Yoost. Maybe I have picked up the wrong plugs. I use WordPress.

    John

  119. Hey Hugh,

    There’s been a stream of wp-sites getting hacked lately. What is the best way to set your site up and to keep it secure?

    J

  120. I have many WP websites. I haven’t started using the application yet. My biggest problem is using the time I have wisely. Too many of the WSO are more complicated than they appear so I start to use them and then stop because they are taking to much time to learn. Also too many of them use video as the main learning tool, step by step written instructions would be more helpful as you always have to view the videos over and over which waste a lot of time.

  121. Hey Hugh,

    Great Idea! I hope you come through with it. I am in Colombia, South America, and the main problem has been getting paid by PayPal which does not send payments to Colombia, but change is definitely on the way via another company.

    I have great hopes that ICC will be the solution to my traffic problems.

    By reading some of the post, I see there is great need within the community for someone to help around. That’s the theme of one of my sites, but in order to really help someone you need to have free time which is very scarce in this business. I´m willing to help someone who is in dire straights, but my capacity is limited. One condition, the person helped must return the service by helping someone else.

    In closing, I wish you well. I heard of good intentions before, but little about delivery. Since I purchased ICC from you, I have been opening all your emails, and I sense your honesty. I will keep opening them and hope I will never be disappointed.

    I do have quite a few “gurus” in my list whose emails now just get erased without opening.

    Regards

    Hector

  122. Hi Hugh,

    Thanks for this kind opportunity. One of the things I struggle with nowadays is the way to set up our websites. An exact blueprint of all the plugins you use, which theme,h1 tags,h2 tags,h3 tags,internal linking structure,site structure,content and image optimization,tags etcetera.

    And how you connect your twitter,facebook and Google+ accounts with your website! With all these changes Google has made I am feeling a lot more uncertain than a year ago.

    Thanks

  123. ____/\________/________ Shark attack!!!

    Hey Jarvis,

    Wow .. somewhat similar story with me. I can also highly relate with the recent few comments below (from my POV), especially Ed Tario. I built my 1st computer in 1982 and have been enchanted ever since. I’ve only recently (12/2011) decided to make some additional income streams. I’ve made a little money, been through Information Overload, recovered, problems with focus then drew up a plan and just started (not cheaply) with a similarly spiritual mentor with a million name list. So, I am on my list building journey now and it seems to be the imperative. Nevertheless, I love learning SEO and you teach it so well. Please just keep doing what you’re doing, be yourself and enjoy the giving part .. it’s always going to be the best! I’ll see you there soon.

    You are a wonderful person. I’m just grateful to be by your side.

    “There is no royal, flower-
    strewn path to success. And if
    there is, I have not found it.”
    – C J Walker
    ~~~

  124. Hi Hugh, thanks for the plan to help.

    I don’t have an online business yet so I believe my biggest obstacle is not having a proven and a very, very, very detailed step-by-step blueprint to create a scalable money-making authority site, or sites if need be, promoting products from amazon, cj, linkshare, etc.

  125. I can relate to Ed Tario’s post.

    My Three biggest obstacles are:
    1) Doubt: What is a good niche, skills, will it work, it.

    2) Resources: The tools, skills, niche, etc.

    3) Persistence: Trying to keep going when not much is working.

    It would be nice to have a team to work with.

  126. hi Hugh,

    Main problem is retention, and thus staying focused. Into my seventies, and recall not good. Doc says I am OK.??

    As an old fellow, I am way past the technology generation, so struggle to comprehend the tech stuff. Explanations on setting up, though usually well intentioned, lead me further into the morass of confusion.

    Jim

  127. I really try but I can’t seem to find the right product, I can never pick the right keywords and the traffic is always low. But I will keep pressing on because I need this to work. I won’t give up, it’s just not easy. Thank you for the video, you are an inspiration.

  128. High Hugh,
    Well
    I was making money with one of my blogs but some months i make money other months i get punished by Google. I usually am doing seo and article marketing, sometimes i make money with a dutch websites.. I think my obstacle is creating my English blogs and promoting them i am basically. whenever i make money with my dutch blogs i am trying to do it again, perhaps i am overspammng them. I learned my boyfriend doing Seo, our dream is to make music, (we are musicians also) travel around the world and at least make a good amount of money every month with our online businesses together 10000 or more. Maybe i think that we are stuck with the traffic, i also have mallware infections on my account from hostgator every month… i am creating hubpages but they seem to get refused, also with writing articles and stuff.. I have bought like more then 60 domains but i only built 20 of them. 3 were making money but them 2 of them where hit by google for some reason.

    We really would like to leave our dayjobs and only doing internet marketing. Because with my dayjob i have work for a period, i pay for my traffic etc but later i havent got work

  129. Hugh,

    Thanks for all your efforts so far, I decided to join the commenter’s for help in going forward to really make some decent money. Money trickles in but there isn’t any constancy. Really need to know where i’m going wrong.

    Regards.

  130. Hi Hugh,
    My main obstacles where do I start:

    1. information overload
    2. bright shiny object
    3. technophobe
    4. always something missing
    5. no set plan
    and on and on.

    Cheers
    Phill.

  131. Dear Hugh, I have just watched your video and want to thank you for taking the time and trouble to make it for us; I really liked your easy going approach.

    As you can see, I do have a website but I ‘cheated’ and paid $997 for someone to set it up for me; it hasn’t been handed over to me yet but I will probably stuff it up when I do get my hands on it. I must admit to you that I am my own worst enemy and my biggest obstacle is myself; In the past I have bought anything and everything that remotely sounds as though I might be able to actually start making some money but as yet I have not made one single red cent; I desperately need to start making some money so I can get myself, my dog and my cat back to England.

    Writing articles, SEO, building lists etc sound pretty complicated to me even though I know that there are people available on the internet that will do most if not all, of these tasks for a fee. I am suffering from information overload – you are probably thinking that ‘this stupid woman should get a grip’ and you are probably right but I definitely could do with some help.

    Thank you again, Anny.

  132. Hi Hugh,

    My goal is to be able to replace my job using the Amazon affiliate system. There are 4 challenges which I need to overcome.

    Challenge #1

    I think that my main problem is getting top 3 positions on page 1 of the search engines so I can get traffic. I know that I need a step by step guide on how to do this;

    a) That works long term (even with the various Google algorithm changes)

    b) Does not require me to spend hundreds of dollars (without really knowing if its working or not)

    c) A blue print that allows you to control the back links you create (I say this because I have bought WSO’s which tell you to buy Gigs on Fiverr where you have no clue what links they have built for you and where. This means that if the links are bad you cannot even remove them)

    d) Gets results quickly

    e) Does not take too much time to do (I work full time and have a wife and 3 kids like a lot of people i’m guessing)

    Challenge #2

    Building a strong/real business

    I really love the idea of making money passively which is why I choose the amazon affiliate website model, but since I have made little progress with it I am wondering if it has all the elements of a real business. Ie is my business model more like a three legged stool?
    So I really need some guidance on how to construct a good business model that has already been proven to work.

    Challenge #3
    I am still unsure on how to find a really good Niche.. every WSO I read tells me different things

    Challenge #4
    I seem to be spending most of my time editing wordpress and writing content for back linking and not much else. I was thinking that a good business will have lots of customers and that I should actively be seeking out or at least engaging with the customers I have. At the moment I don’t know who my customers were, I don’t have any way of engaging them and other than ranking in the SERPS I have no way of attracting more customers.

    Thanks

  133. I need steady actionable direction because I get so overloaded with information till I’m going in different directions and never quite finishing what I start. I’m a single mother and work part-time and go to school part-time, so time is something I’m a little short on. I know most of the steps to getting started however when it comes to uploading the sites, I don’t know which to do, put them in a directory or should they just go up into the \public_html folder. WordPress is another beast which i’m slowly trying to tame. And forget about traffic, I’m totally clueless on that. I’ve never signed up for any real training because all the coaching memberships are way over my head in terms of money. But I continue to try things that are quick and not to time consuming like posting ads on craigslist, and ebay classifieds, which I haven’t had to much luck with. Don’t really know what I’m doing wrong. So there you have my conundrum. One other thing, could you please check out my site and let me know what I can do with it, because I started it as an information only site and didn’t think about the monetary side of it. I just wanted to help people who needed it.
    Thank you for caring.

  134. Hi Hugh this was really an interesting video. Thank you for sharing that with us. I think my biggest obstacle is getting traffic and the second biggest is converting that traffic.

  135. Hello to all,
    I have read almost everyone of the comments so far (134), absolutely fascinating!

    The number 1 thing that comes through is, just how many of us are struggling to make it on-line and yet we keep on going; we must be a really resilient, tenacious bunch!

    The key point I have discovered from reading this is: – WSO’s – we’ve all been there, looking for the holy grail of success in internet marketing.

    I would like to know how many people have found it from a WSO, very, very few would be my guess.
    * This would make for an extremely interesting survey.

    There are so many of them telling you to remove yourself from all of these useless email lists: “I am the real deal, no more B.S!”

    Then what happens is that they start to flood your inbox with every new ‘WSO’ that comes out. (Magic-Bullet syndrome, I call it) Is there any cure? I am sure the Guru doctors are working on one now, something else to sell us.

    A little about me,
    I have been working in internet marketing for about five years now, first few years getting to grips with how everything works, I started with zero knowledge, so it took quite a while to get to grips.

    Making money is still the big issue for me, I can build sites, I can create content, I can manipulate images and graphics, I have a working knowledge of ‘HTML’ , the list goes on.

    So, the thing that would make a difference for me would be a blueprint to work from, in a step by step method, all the way to making some money.

    When you prove to yourself that you can do something successfully, you have a way to repeat your success.

    Good luck to you all, you will definitely need it!
    Regards,
    Myke

  136. Too much distraction – ie warrior forum etc

    Too time consuming to produce good content

    Not enough hours in the day to update sites – if you have a real day job!

    Rgds

    Mart

  137. 1. Information overload + shiny new object syndrome – I need to opt out of many, many lists I am on.
    2. Lack of focus on one thing, trying to do too many things at once – see #1
    3. Getting traffic, building backlinks
    4. Writing content, which I dislike, although ICC Pro has helped a lot for some of that.

    I began building some sites in Feb. of 2011. One was a movie trailer site and I made money from people downloading a video player (no content lock, just voluntary downloads) and after about 8 months I was #2 on page one of Big G for 1 keyword and #3 for another. I went from $50 the 2nd month to $2000+ the 7th and 8th month, then Panda hit, and I dropped to Page 2 and earnings dropped drastically, then Penguin – nowhere in sight. My only traffic for months is from Yahoo and Bing, and I do still make about $500 per month. I add fresh content weekly.

    I also built 5 Amazon review sites about the same time, and made about $30 the 2nd month, then gradually went up to a high of about $600 after 6 months. The same thing happened, I had been on page 1 or 2 for 2 of the sites and a little farther back on the other 2. Traffic dropped considerably, and my sites are nowhere to be found unless someone searches for an exact keyword review. I actually made $200 in June, the highest in several months, then only $50 in July and $28 in Aug. So traffic is my biggest problem. My sites convert pretty well if I could just get some traffic again. I really only had traffic to 2 of those sites, that made some money. Two of the sites got a few sales, and one never made a dime so I will probably just drop that one.

    Appreciate your offer of help.

  138. Hugh,

    Love your work!

    3 roadblocks

    1) Too much noise, not knowing what works and what doesn’t – there is so much conflicting advice.
    2) Getting more traffic to my sites
    3) Knowing what to do next

    Steve

  139. There is no secret formula guys. The best model in Internet Marketing is this 5 step sequence in my opinion:

    1. Build your website
    2. Create a free give away (eg. ebook/pdf report, training video, mp3 audio guide, email mini course)
    3. Make an opt in page using an autoresponder
    4. Write a sequence of emails for the autoresponder
    5. Build your list by doing whatever it takes to send traffic to that page.

    It’s hard work when you’re holding down a job and have family commitments but there really is no short cut to success.

    Sure you could go for quick wins with affiliate marketing for example, but it’s far more sustainable to build your own business which you do through building your list. I’m not by any means an old pro in this, I’m still learning myself but that’s what I’ve realised through my own mistakes. For me, the biggest issue was being able to find the right mentor.

    Just like most people, I bought packages that only gave 1 piece of the puzzle or that tried to upsell you once you were in. I feel like I’ve now invested enough to get most pieces of the puzzle and now it’s just a question of time available to apply everything. Last year I made a mistake by going into the wrong niche and I lost several months and hard work out of it. But I don’t regret it, the learning experience was invaluable and I’d now like to share something valuable with all of you about what I’ve learned.

    You’ve probably heard this a 1000 times but you must focus. Which means ‘follow one course until successful’. Don’t get caught up in the shiny objects. Focus on one area and go in really deep to become the expert in that. My expertise is in seo and reputation management. But that alone isn’t going to bring me customers so I’ve also been learning local business marketing because that’s where my primary target market is.

    Additionally, you need to make sure you give tons of value in your free report (I spent over a week re-writing mine) that you could justify selling it for $47 or whatever price on somewhere like clickbank and still be proud of the value you’re giving. I know in my heart that my report gives so much value, it could save a business with bad reviews from going ‘out of business’ if they followed the methods I teach step by step. You can’t put a value on that. If you want an example of my work you can click on my name to the left and download the report from my website. This isn’t a plug, as the report is aimed at local business owners not fellow Internet Marketers, it’s just to help you guys so that we can support each other. In fact, I’d also welcome any feedback you could give me to help improve the report.

    Then you need to look at it from your customer’s perspective. Why would they be interested in your report to give your their email address? My report is about ‘protecting your online reputation’ but people aren’t always interested in doing this unless they’re in pain (ie. suffering with bad reviews online).

    So I adapted my book and renamed it ‘How To Dominate Your Niche In 5 Steps’ because with reputation management, that’s a side effect of what I’m teaching them. To perform reputation management, you need to create mass exposure for your customer which ultimately helps them in their marketing and to get seen in all the important places online.

    Also make sure that you give tons of value in your emails autoresponder sequence to differentiate yourself from the IM’ers who just try to scam everyone. People have wised up and have got burned so much that they’re much more wary of anyone who is new. Which means you have to work so much harder to build that trust. If you can show that you’re genuine, you’ll create trust within your audience and they’ll be more likely to accept your mistakes later on.

    Then you need to start building relationships with other IM’ers as well as your list because it’s not about who you know online, it’s about who knows you. When you put your name out there, when you have a decent list size, and you behave like a good guy/gal then opportunities will come. That’s how I see things and what I’m working towards. It’s a slow process to build all of this but I know it’ll be worth it eventually.

    I’ve written this post to help everyone and also to learn from you all too.

    Sam

  140. Hi Hugh,

    I don’t get genuine traffic, I get lots of spam traffic instead.

    I need an alternative to amazon affiliate marketing, so other affiliate programs that gives me alternative link other than amazon.

    Biggest problem is to get permission to use pictures from other websites or manufacturers to use on my website without paying $$$

    thanks for any help you can give

  141. Since I’m just starting and am in the final stages of setting up a web site I can say that it seems like the number of things you have to learn can be overwhelming. I can say for sure that setting sites on one item to focus on is probably the number one area that a newbie like me needs to overcome. I’m looking forward to the “insider training”….thanks

  142. Biggest obstacle: Sales Funnel Setup.

    Since time is so valuable to all of us, I skimmed the report in about 7-10 minutes, reading headlines and text that stood out, and often times stopping to read complete sentences slowly enough to comprehend the point of what was being written.

    This report has touched on the most important items to have in place to build a real business. It is hard hitting and very truthful, revealing information a lot of marketers most likely preferred Hugh did not. This is usually a great sign someone cares about our success.

    This report will help us remove the shiny object syndrome, get us working on our plan and having us in execution mode in very little time. The different ways Hugh shows us how to make money will apply to people from various experience levels, offering a few different ways to make money, and these ways have been proven to work time and time again. He also shows which business models are better than others models, and which ones, depending upon where you are at, would be best for the individual.

    The PayDay Gateway report is solid business building information that you can act on. I am planning on reading it line by line just because I was astonished by the great advice and information from just skimming this report!

    If you want to build a real business online that will eventually make money on auto-pilot; after the system is in place, or gateway (not too difficult) – this is an absolute must read for anyone not earning what they want online.

    I don’t know Hugh, but this report is a great piece of work that will hold your attention all the way through where you will see the end coming in sight, that end of… Working once and Making money over and over again – where you can scale to your hearts and pockets are content!

    I’ve read thousand dollar Guru reports before, and this report from Hugh is hits that target for us, for free?

    Thanks a million, Hugh!

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    I will definitely be back.

  144. Hi,

    I enjoyed your video, it was so genuine and personal. I have great difficulty in finding the right niche to concentrate on and have finished up not being able to do a good job on any of the ones I have started. Don’t know if anyone can help with this! Traffic building for me is a huge difficulty.

    Thanks again for a fascinating video.

  145. Hugh, After reading these messages, I’m tempted to say “all the above”. These comments almost bring me to tears, as I’m in the same “boat” with most of the members who are struggling so hard to get ahead. We all know it can be done, but it just doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards for us. I too, have invested thousands of $$ in software, courses, programs, etc.., with no success so far..Thank you for this sharing opportunity. Best wishes to all.

  146. Hi Hugh and Fellow IMers
    I placed my comments yesterday and have been reading everyone else’s comments this morning. I know this is supposed to be a forum where we are meant to express what we think is our biggest problem but I can’t help commenting on what I see here from everyone.

    I know absolutely everyone including myself will say we don’t get enough traffic. Well I would say that is a given even if you ask Hugh or Peter or any other IMer.

    That is a problem resulting from other problems though.

    What do I see? We obviously need to settle into a plan and work at that plan. I am sure that many of us have spent far too much money on the latest “answer to our problems”. So when do we decide that we don’t need the latest “thing out”. I have been ripped off big time over the past 7 years and it has made me bitter about some of the so called Gurus. I have blacklisted probably 80% of the so called big names. You might have noticed the number of magic bullets that previously sold for big money at $197 or similar prices have diminished considerably in recent times.

    I am also surprised to see that there are many older people like myself still working at it.

    I have learned wordpress inside out, work with two premium themes that I know very well and have narrowed down the number of plugins that I feel are essential. You can produce just about any look for your website if you do that.

    I will probably draw a lot of discussion with my next statement. With the exception of some real biggies, I think niche selection is over-rated. If you do the right things, I think you can make money in nearly any niche. You can disagree but please don’t go into a rage about that statement. Just do what pleases you personally.

    This narrows down the things on our mind if we use wordpress, use 1 premium theme to do it all, get some direction about the essential plugins and just pick a niche. We need the longtails to target for that niche.

    If we accept the fact that we have the afore-mentioned issues decided, then we need to know how to add content (unquestionably in my mind – curation), how often and what theme for the content, how we should announce the content to the WWW, the best way to get visitors to return to our website after their first visit, how to keep visitor interest at our website when they visit and finally after we have resolved those issues, we can finally decide how we should monetize it.

    I guess if we resolve all the things I have mentioned – our traffic problems will be resolved as well. I hope this comment is not considered inappropriate for the purpose intended by Hugh here. It may be a bit over simplified but I have been thinking about everyone’s problem and trying to roll them into a ball here. We need to get it all together to develop an action plan that we feel confident will work under any conditions and then maybe that will provide the confidence to stick with the chosen plan long enough to experience some success. At that point the success should feed on itself and keep us going with that chosen plan.

    This pretty well summarizes what I see in a high percentage of the comments I am reading here. I believe in Hugh and he obviously is searching for the best way to help the most people so that is my 2 cents. Remember, this is only an opinion and a comment and I am certainly no Guru and not an authority. I am just an old retired electrical utility worker.

  147. Biggest Obstacle #1: Driving affordable traffic to my sites

    Biggest Obstacle #2: Avoiding interruptions while working on a project–“Shiny Objects in Inbox”. Along with this–determining when to unsubscribe from a list when it stops adding value to what I am working on.

    Biggest Obstacle #3: Dealing with spouse’s frustration that there is no money coming in, but I am spending a lot of time doing what “gurus” say will work.

  148. P.S. – Regarding MY COMMENTS
    I know this is not meant to be a discussion forum. Please don’t try and turn it into that because of me. Read it and take what you want but drop it after that. That is not the purpose of this exercise.