Many times people begin doing internet marketing excited about their dream of making lots of online money. Who doesn't want to make enough money online to be able to quit their job? It's the dream of lots of people.
But perhaps you've been doing internet marketing for a while now and you're not making the big bucks the gurus do.
What separates them from you? What do successful internet marketers do that you don't?
Do you have a business model?
It has been said that being a successful internet marketer is not rocket science; find a business model that works for you and work it hard. Yet how many times do you start to follow one model, then abandon it for the next model that comes along with great promises? Stick with one until you're making money with it, then either ramp it up on a large scale or find another stream to add to your income.
Do you work on your business or in your business?
This question catches a lot of people. They're so busy working in their business that they don't have time to take a step back and make the BIG plans for the business. They need to get help, such as finding ways to automate their system or outsource some of the work.
Do you have a list?
You need a list, plain and simple. When you start out, that should be your aim. Without a list, you have to rely on constant traffic as your means of making money. With a list, you have a ready-made group of people to market to - and they're more likely to listen to you.
Do you drive traffic to your site?
It is important to have a plan in place regarding driving traffic, and you have to work it every day. You can use social bookmarking, backlinking, article marketing, forum commenting, Twitter, etc.
Do you have your own product?
A good number of internet marketers start out by selling other people's products because it's easier and cheaper to get started with, and the learning curve isn't so steep. Affiliate marketing can be successful, but you may make even more money with your own products. You can do both - sell affiliate products and your own products.
Do you know how to do videos, podcasts, teleseminars, etc?
Don't feel you've reached a dead end because you don't know how to do something. Jump in, figure it out as best you can, ask for help in forums, watch instructional videos, contact support, etc. No excuses here.
Have you built relationships?
Do you have friends? Not only is it more fun to have internet marketing friends, but you can help each other out. Answer questions, get yours answered, form profitable joint ventures, and have ready-made affiliates.
Do you have a sales funnel?
This is what separates the men from the boys, the big earners from the wannabes, in the internet marketing world. Don't just sell a product; sell it, make money on an upsell, cash in with a backend product, etc.
There are many more questions such as these that you could ask yourself, but I think you get the idea. Take a good, hard look at what you've been doing and figure out how you can do better in each area. Make the improvements and you should find your income increasing.