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August 16, 2011

Hello there. Hope you are having a great day so far.

In an attempt to help you better, I'm trying to find out the things that you need help with the most.

So, in order to find out, I'm giving away a FREE Coaching Session, where we can talk about your business in great detail.

I will also give you practical advice on what you can do to take your business to the next level – even if you don't have a business as yet.

To enter, all you have to do is answer one question:

  1. What kind of content do you want me to talk about in my podcast? Another way of asking the question is “What is your biggest struggle when it comes to building your online business?

I want to make sure that I'm covering what you want to hear, so go ahead and leave your suggestions below, and be creative.

The best suggestion will be selected and announced in my next podcast, and we will have a Coaching Session that, if you act on, will help you to grow your business.

The winning entry will demonstrate – as specifically as possible –ideas that will make this podcast the very best Internet Marketing Podcast available.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday August 23rd!

I can't wait to hear all the great suggestions . . .

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20 Comments

  • Don says:

    Hi Leslie,

    A coaching session is a great idea.

    My biggest struggle when it comes to building my online business is figuring out why I have not had more success.

    Yes, I am guilty of chasing the next best thing, I have tried many different business models. I have followed many different marketers and their advice.

    After many years and thousands and thousands of dollars spent, I am now very knowledgeable about SEO and have multiple first page rankings on google for keyword phrases that I targeted. However, I have not figured out why my income is still so pathetic.

    I have considered filing for bankruptcy but I just to not want to give up my dream.

    You have probably heard the ol’ cliche “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

    I am ready. 🙂

    *****

    • Ahh yess, good suggestion Don. I guess it comes down to defining what it takes to have a successful business. Great idea for a podcast episode. Thanks for your input!

  • Cassel says:

    One question that i am wondering and struggling with in a way is how to create the need when the need might not be obvious. I have seen some very successful sites that are selling things that are so far from the very obvious basic or frequent needs. Seeing that, i would guess that there is a way to either find the target audience or create a need when there might not be an obvious one.

    Hope you can answer this one sometime!

    Cassel

    • Hi Cassel,

      I’m not sure if you truly meant “create a need”, but an important thing to remember is that creating a need is nearly impossible. The real power comes from identifying needs that a group of people already have, and then fulfilling that need.

      There are countless ways to find out what your market needs, and I’m sure Leslie has many more.

      1. Be a member of your target market. If you pick a market that you are a member of, then your needs are their needs.

      2. Survey your audience (assuming that you have one)

      3. Search forums dedicated to your topic. What problems and/or urgent needs are being discussed? How can you solve their problems and/or satisfy their needs?

      4. Do a twitter search on your topic. What are people talking about, complaining about, writing about?

      5. Find products on the sites of competitors that are doing well. Can you build a better one, or re-purpose it for your audience?

      Hope this helps a little. Best wishes!

      -Matt

    • Thanks for the suggestion Cassel. I’m also going, like Matt said, that you mean how to identify a need and then fulfill the need. Great topic, and thanks for suggesting it. Matt gave some great tips, and I will definitely cover this in a podcast episode.

  • Rochelle says:

    I probably won’t win with a comment like this, but my biggest struggle is that i have so much to learn!! You have to walk before you run and i just wanna start running right now! lol I can see the finish line, and i know that if i want to get there, i constantly have to force myself to remember that quality and value are the most important things, and that focus is key. It’s hard to focus when you’re learning about EVERYTHING all at the same time. That’s my biggest struggle.

  • Hey Leslie,

    For me the biggest problem at the moment is lack of focus…

    Sometimes it is really very hard to overcome it. You get an email from a marketer, you look at that product, you want to buy it.

    Matt Poc

    • It seems like every entrepreneur I speak with has struggled with that, myself included. But there definitely are ways to deal with it, many of which I’m still learning. Thanks for suggesting the topic. Will definitely deal with it.

  • Jonathon says:

    With affiliate marketing there seems to be two schools of thought.
    (a) build quality content sites (ie: 5-10 TPDs and several blog categories); or
    (b) build dozens of mini-sites – 2-3 pages.
    Couple of super affiliates I’ve spoken with suggest having a mix with say 2-3 quality sites in specific niches that require regular content adds plus daily backlinking tasks and then a few (5-15) mini-sites within those same niches each one dedicated to one product.
    Perhaps you could write a discussion of the pros and cons.

    • Oooo, I like it. Thanks for the suggestion Jonathon. That will make for a great episode. It actually gives me a cool idea, but I won’t share it yet 😉

    • Jonathon says:

      Just got an email today from another IMer re Global Success Club. Hadn’t come across it before but then again since I’m focused on the health and relationships markets I don’t spare much time to look at IM products that tend to be 99% hype and little real substance. Do you have any knowledge of or personal views on GSC?

    • I’ve never heard of it, but just did a search and didn’t seem to interesting to me. If you are focused on the health and relationships markets, then don’t bother to purchase another IM product that has nothing to do with helping you to do better with what you are doing. Just stay focused 🙂

    • Jonathon says:

      If you’d never heard of them either I don’t feel quite so ignorant:) Every day in one of my gmail accounts I get 150+ IM emails. Usually pick five to read and delete the rest. With GSC I noted their $1 offer for an inside look so when I’ve completed my current project and taking a break I may have a look so I can write a valid review.

    • Wow dude, I’d say that you need to do some email pruning. That’s way too much crap to sort through. I’m probably subscribed to 5 lists and don’t really get much from them. I tend to only subscribe to people who only send out value and avoid ALL the rest. That way, I’m not inundated with too much info to cause info overload.

      You should consider doing the same.

  • joanna says:

    How to make your first $1000 on line without a list…what are the correct 123 or more steps, can you repeat those steps for continuity?

    • Thanks for the suggestion. Although, I struggle with that a bit. There are so many people out there claiming that you can make a bunch of money without a list, fast. I tend to go the other route. I tell people start a site, build a list, put in the HARD work, work your BUTT OFF, and then hopefully, you can have a successful business.

      I know it’s not as glamorous, but it’s what has worked for me. I like to give more realistic expectations, but still push people to reach for the stars.

  • Matt says:

    Hi Leslie,

    I’ve been learning with you now for a couple of weeks, and I thoroughly enjoy your humor and honesty.

    I’m an accountant, and though my job may not be the most thrilling one in the world, I’m blessed with the opportunity to spend nearly all day listening to podcasts. (I feel like we talk daily; well I guess you talk and I listen :)) Something that was mentioned in a recent episode of Internet Business Mastery really vexed me, and I haven’t heard an adequate answer on the subject.

    I believe it was Jay who said that in his early days he tried to develop sites in a couple of niches that he subsequently left because he dubbed them as unprofitable. He and Sterling then proceeded to laugh and chuckle about it because it turns out the niches are quite profitable even to this day, and people have made tens of thousand of dollars.

    My question is this – How do you know when your stunted growth or lack of traction with a particular muse is a result of an opportunity that you’re not pursuing, versus a niche that’s just not profitable? I mean it’s really not economical, or possible in terms of time or money to try every last thing before giving up to pursue what seems like lower hanging fruit. Then again, there are those who will never succeed in internet business simply because they‘re always metaphorically hopping from yard to yard because the grass on the other side keeps looking greener. On the other hand, hundreds of people out there are clinging blindly to sites that are just dogs, but they just can’t bear the thought of throwing all their effort away. Vexing…

    Some gurus point to case studies where individuals have made thousands of dollars in their first month. Are these people just stupid lucky, too good to be true liars, or are they really that good?

    I’ve often heard critics call internet business a new age pyramid scheme. The gurus are telling people that there’s gold in the hills, and we’re all happy to shell out thousands for the seo shovels they’re selling. A small percentage of diggers find some gold and become wealthy, but the shovel sellers are buying exotic cars and sipping Mai Tias in countries most of us can’t even find on a map.

    I know countless online business hopefuls who’ve been hammering out content for a year or more, and they’ve not made a cent. They may have thousands of unique visitors a month, but their bank statement is still showing goose eggs. When you ask them if that bothers them, 95% of them say that they’re not blogging or running their websites for the money. I’d say at least half are liars. In my opinion they’re only saying this because they believe that saying, “I do this because I like it, and if it makes money that’s ok too” frees them from the reality that they’ve failed in their pursuit to monetize.

    I think that traffic is great, but the single biggest jump any internet business hopeful can take is to do something that starts making money. That’s when a blog becomes a business.

    I apologize for the length of this comment. Can you tell I’m vexed?

    Thanks for helping us find some gold dust; at least it keeps us digging.

    -Matt

  • Wow, tell us how you really feel Matt 😀

    Hey, thanks for the thorough comment. It was very interesting, and I hear you fully. Great questions. That can make for a very interesting episode. I’m pretty sure I’ll have fun with that one. Just wait and see 😉

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  • Rachel says:

    Hi Leslie,

    I am trying to figure out how to design my website. I am in the process of looking for WordPress Themes but I’m at a loss as to how I should set up the actual site with pages and content. I haven’t found a whole lot on this on the internet other than looking at other blogs for ideas. I want it to be effective and aesthetically pleasing.

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