You know when I first started online and didn’t really know what I was doing – most know that I started off in Ebay and made ok there – nothing to brag about – so you start to expand out. Some of the first webinars that I attended all I heard about was a list – you have to build a list – the money is in your list.
Well, I sure wish I had got that into my head sooner but what they didn’t explain was that you don’t just need a list – you need a targeted list – a list of buyers that are willing to buy from you. A list – well I thought that was useful info and at the time did not realize that everything about your business revolves around that “list” and that you have to take care of yourself first.
Then what happened is I joined some affiliate programs and started getting referrals – wooooooohoooooooo I’m building my “list” and this is going great and I really thought this is not bad. Well, I started learning to promote all over at the time just by talking to some friends and listening to what they were doing instead of doing my homework and researching about list building.
As time went on, my “list” grew and I was just thrilled – and a little money was coming in from the commissions that I was earning from the affiliate sites. So I’m thinking to myself – this may take some time but I can do this and I was off and running. To my surprise one day, I got to the computer – went to sign in to the site where I had been doing so well at and was going to check my referrals to see how many I had as I was averaging a few each day – the site didn’t come up.
Well, dummy me didn’t think anything and just figure that they had some problems with their server and I’d check back later. Later came and still nothing – and to tell you how uneducated at the time I was – after mentioning this to a friend and they tried – I was quite surprised when he came back and said that the domain can’t be found. Well that part I knew as I had seen the message – but I thought that was server issues – I didn’t realize that overnite the owner took the site down and was gone.
Oh my and all my referrals gone, my list of people that I had spent hours and days accumulating – GONE Talking about a knock the wind out of me – oh my what am I going to do now and oh crap attitude that was boiling. That my friend is when my friend gave me the quote that you hear me repeat so much – It’s not what happens that really matters but how you handle it will make all the difference
So anyone that is just starting on your “list” take the extra time to make sure that’s it YOUR list and that you have control of the people that you are getting. This is why you will see people asking for your name and email addy for a free report, for more info, for their secret, etc. – they are making sure that YOU will be on their list that will be there to continue to receive maybe another report, more info, more of their secrets and yes maybe get a super deal on a launch of their product.
But always remember, take care of yourself first when you are building your list – don’t rely on an some affiliate program or any other source that YOU don’t have control over.