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Get Started Online the Smart Way

get started online“Get started online” must be one of the most asked questions online.

In a sea of complete confusion and information overwhelm with more than 760 million search engine results why would I even bother to add my paltry 2 cents worth to this HUGE topic?

Why? Because despite all those 760 million results I am still getting asked that same question.


AND more importantly, if they trust me enough to ask me then it behoves me to provide the best answer I can.

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From sites like Quora and via email I’m got so many questions lately about the best ways to get started online. 

And they usually involve things like…

“Hey Peter what can I do to make some money online?”
“Peter how can I best get started online?’
“Hey Peter can you show me a simple way to get started online?”


They know I’m no multi-millionaire marketer but it makes me feel good inside that these folks really do want to know what I think about topics like this.

You can roll all these questions into one that’s simply…

“Hey Peter what’s the best type of business for me to start online?”

Get Started OnlineIs this a question you’ve got running around in your head right now?

If you’re just getting started with your online journey then more than likely you have had these same thoughts and I want to help you answer that question as clearly as I can.

The question about the best type of business to get started online with comes with some amazing statistics that you MUST be aware of.

Want to know why?

Well when you look at some available stats it would make you wonder why any of us ever bothered to give making money online a shot in the first place!

The success results are staggeringly poor! Shameful really.

We all start out as enthusiastic beginners trying to get started online and the real message I want to leave with you today is learn from those who have achieved success online.

See what they do, never be afraid to ask questions and never stop learning.

Now as far as the statistics are concerned I know my latest figures are a bit out of date but at last look there were more than 700 million websites and the number is growing rapidly.

Stats Never Lie Or Do They?

At the end of 2014 there were nearly 24 million online stores or businesses but less than 650,000 of these ever made more than $1000 a year and that was in annual sales not money in your pocket!

Many, many people try and fail with their online attempts and it’s highly likely that you, as a beginner online, will become one of those statistical failures.

You may not like me saying this but if the statistics are right then you will fail as less than 10% of new online marketers even make it to the 120 day mark.

Some figures thrown around have the success rate of only 3% for people who want to get started online. Whatever the right figure is the message is clear…

Very few ever started online successfully.

Most beginner marketers have well and truly given up before the 3 month time period and gone looking for some other “overnight success opportunity”

But if you’re one of these then let me tell you. You’ll probably come back and try it again, and again, and again.

I know for sure as the stats also tell me that more than 73% of those who fail the first time come back and try again (and again!).

The thing that grinds me here is that so many beginners never listen and never learn until it’s too late.

Let Me Digress Please…

Stick with me here as this bit is important and don’t miss my video at the bottom of this post.

Before we talk what’s the best type of business for you to get started online with let’s get some reality and honesty into our conversation.

I’m not really digressing at all but if you’re thinking about how to get started online with anything then you really need to hear what I’m about to tell you.

And not just listen to my “pearls of wisdom” but act on them and save yourself a fortune in lost time and money.

So Why Do So Many Beginners Fail Online?get started online

That’s another great question that has been answered many times by those entrepreneurs who have made it online.

But sadly most beginner marketers either didn’t get the answer or more likely they did get it but simply ignored it in their rush to make money overnight on this “magic carpet” we call the internet!

So as you drag yourself out of bed to check out my thoughts on this topic before making your boring commute to your JOB, you are probably thinking that there must be a better and easier way to make a living.

Yes you read just the other day about some ordinary guy who “made it” and is now raking in millions. They quit their boring “real world job” and became their own boss working with their laptop in the comfort of home.

This powerful dream is very attractive to many people.

If you’re unhappy with your work then the internet business option becomes an obsession.

Sadly most people simple jump right into the first internet marketing opportunity that comes their way.

Think about this for a moment.

If you’ve never been your own boss before, never been held accountable for your actions and success, never run a business before…then how in the heck do you expect to suddenly operate a successful internet marketing business?

When you try to make a success of anything online with no education or experience behind you, no real preparation for what’s required for success online and no planning then let me share the truth with you…you have no hope of success.

You will most definitely fail.

Please hear me out. Don’t glaze over this statement.


If you are now aware of this real possibility and are prepared to learn from this then let me tell you…

Now you have a better than average chance of succeeding online.

Yes you can most definitely join that 10% ( or 3% ) of online marketers who actually “make it”

get started onlineKey Factors To Get Started Online

Just know that your success will happen because of some key factors:

Educate yourself, implement what you learn and then share with (or teach) others.

Get your expectations right – be realistic and do not expect to “get rich quick” even though the very thought of this makes you excited.

Hey go buy a lottery ticket for this thrill requirement!


Let patience and persistency be your guidelines for your online business.

Become a smart boss!

Now you have the most difficult and challenging work colleague you have ever seen…you

Don’t fool yourself like so many others that now you are working from home, you can simply work when you feel like it and still make a success of your new opportunity.

Don’t think that an internet business you no longer have to get up and go to work. You can’t simply work when the feel like it and still make a good living.

And yes your business needs you.

Understand and accept that any business will need your 100% commitment to work hard and sometimes work long hours.

Sorry if this bursts your “online dream” bubble but far better to hear it from me now rather than discover it for yourself later when you’re in the hole for thousands of wasted dollars.

Your success as an internet or affiliate marketer is far more than having an attractive website and naming it with some fancy domain name.

Don’t think like this – it’s not reality!

No More Shiny Objects Please!

There is no magic-button to internet wealth…trust me on this and stop buying those “shiny objects” that make these sort of promises. OK?

I know this is not an easy request to make of you as the sales pages (and the amazing promises) of these “short-cuts to success” offers have been created by copywriting masters.

They craft their enticing messages right at you if you are an unsuspecting beginner marketer and they’re very hard to resist – but you have to. 

I must admit to you that in my early days I spent way too much money chasing success this way and this ended up causing me huge grief with my credit card debts. True story.

Also understand that if you can commit to a daily schedule of “income producing activities” and put in the effort then you WILL reach a level where you can enjoy the results of your actions.

Just now that your business does not run on auto-pilot but over time you can create ESI – extra sources of income that will greatly help you level out your monthly earning potential.

You may start off as a blogger selling affiliate products then over time add other sources of income like coaching or even writing your own ebooks.

Just remember it takes time and consistent effort. Understand this important principle and give yourself and your business the chance to build momentum.

Get Your Beginner Head Around This

As a new online marketer you must have the right mindset or “attitude” if you want to succeed.

Be prepared to put the work in

Be patient and persistent

Be prepared and have a plan

Become a great “boss” who takes action, always follows up and delivers what is promised…every single say!

So now back to my original question…

What’s the Best Type of Business for You to Get Started Onlineget started online

Here’s some broad choices for you:

Buy items at wholesale prices and sell them online at places like eBay

Sell other people’s products. This is called “affiliate marketing”

Sell your own products

Give away “free offers” like ebooks that show people how to get started online and then follow up with paid offers that relate to the original “free offer”.

The “free offer” strategy is also a common strategy used to build an email list which is something EVERY internet marketer should do from their very first day online.

Which one of these do I recommend to a beginner marketer?

My answer… the short video right to the end for my strongest recommendation. 

Essential Steps To Get Started Online?

In this brief video you’ll get lots of important stuff like “target audiences” and best platform to use for your new online business plus my answer to the question of the day re what you should be doing when starting out online.

      Your Link to the Beginner Affiliate Club Solution


It’s Your Turn

I know just how busy you must be so many thanks for taking the time to leave me your comments.

Have you ever tried to make money online before? If so what happened?

As a beginner marketer which of the tips did you find most helpful?
Are you having problems choosing a niche?
Are you still confused or lost? If so leave me a comment or connect with me.

What do you think is your biggest challenge for success online?
Would you like some help with your internet or affiliate marketing?


Peter Beckenham

I'm an Aussie entrepreneur who lives and runs his online sales & marketing coaching business from a remote Thai village. I help small businesses to build authority, attract quality leads and generate sales If you enjoyed your visit with me then SUBSCRIBE TO MY TRIBE where you will get lots of tips, ideas and practical, down-to-earth information about how to make the most of your online business journey.

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    • Hello again Hai,

      Dropshipping and affiliate marketing can be profitable but I much prefer to use digital products for my affiliate marketing.

      The “free offers” I was talking about in my post related to lead magnets that you can use to have visitos exchange their contact details for – part of your list building process. Understand? If you’s like some help to create some free lead magnets then please reach out to me – more than happy to help you there.

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

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    • Hello Amit and welcome to my place.

      I appreciate you leaving me a comment but please net time you visit with me (and I hope you do) can you explain a little more about how my post was of help or interest? In that way then your comment will not be caught by my spam filters and I will find out how I can help you more. Deal?

      Best ishes from the remote Thsai village marketer

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  1. Online is the best place to get start with your business or anything you like. But if we don’t do it in a right or smart way, it would be a backward thing.
    You just did a great job by giving the right tips in the right place. Thanks for the writing.
    Sourav recently posted…Sandeep Maheshwari BiographyMy Profile

    • Hello and welcome Sourav,

      I am pleased you found the post helpful. Care to share with me what tips were the best value for you?

      I’d love to know so I can create more of the same for you and my other readers.

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  2. I think affiliate marketing is probably the easiest way to make money for people who are new to the whole concept of making cash online. But it still can be quite complicated. I have been working online for quite sometime but I’m still learning about it. Still, the foundation remains the same, find a good product to promote as an affiliate, write articles on your website, and link back to the affiliate product. The standard way to make cash with affiliate marketing on your website. I think that’s the easiest model for beginners. Great post.

    • Hello and welcome back Timothy,

      Totally agree with you re affiliate marketing being one of the easiest ways to get started online.

      It’s fine to promote your affiliate products on your website IF you have the credibility, authority and the traffic that makes this a worthwhile venture.

      Otherwise as a beginner marketer I believe it would be far better to use your blog as a place to build your community (your email list) and then with follow up email marketing promote your relevant affiliate offers as part of your on-going valuable content that you provide to your subscribers.

      Many thanks for your excellent comment Timothy that really added to the value of this post.

      By the way here’s a simple, free and fun way to build subscribers – enjoy

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  3. Hi Peter

    Very well thought and well researched post and you covered all the points that one should ponder before starting an online business.

    No more shiny objects is the wonderful advice and it made me recall the initial days of my struggling when after publishing every post I was expecting heaven would fall on me and I would become talk of the town. It never happened and now I came to know like offline world success has its own cost in online world too.

    Many thanks for sharing this eye-opening post for especially those who take earning money online like a magical trick and that is why don’t succeed in it.
    Bhanu Uday recently posted…How to earn money online as a teen?My Profile

    • Hello and welcome to my place Bhanu,

      Its always great to be able to welcome a new visitor to my blog so thank you for stopping by – I appreciate that very much.

      The shiny object syndrome effects all of us at some time in our online journey. I’m just hoping that any beginners reading this post and comments like yours can learn some important lessons. Hopefully they can then reduce their potential frustrations and loses by chasing anything new that comes along.

      Heck I know just how easy that is to say but how difficult it is to implement as many of these shiny new attractions have sales pages created by some of the best copywriters in the world.

      But to succeed online you must have FOCUS and be persistent in following through on each and every plan you put into action…now that’s advice that I wish someone had given me years ago!

      So if you’re a new online marketer reading my reply to Bhanu please view these sales pages as a marketer NOT as a consumer.

      See if you can work out the trigger points they use to grab your attention, your emotions and your credit card!

      Once again many thanks for your visit with me Bhanu and for adding to the value of this post.

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  4. Hi peter,
    Got on your Blog after a long time but I think it’s worth it. As an online marketer I have failed many times in the beginning but somehow got success after learning those things which didn’t worked for and the things that worked for me.
    Moreover, I respect your opinions and will be following them as much as possible.
    thanks for the share.
    Robin Khokhar recently posted…How I grew My Blog in Six Months (One of the blog visitors asked me)My Profile

    • Hello and welcome to my place Robin,

      I am delighted you made it here. It’s great that you can share the truth about your online journey so far.

      Yes we all make mistakes but when we can learn from others we can also avoid making many of these mistakes in the future.

      That’s why I truly believe we must always be learning as that will lead us to even greater success.

      Thank you for your kind and suppiortive comment Robin. I very much appreciate my readers taking the time to not just chek out my posts but also making that additional effort to leave me your feedback.

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      PS. If there isd anything in particular I can hel you with then please don’t hesitate to ask me. OK?
      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

    • Hello Gurunath and welcome to my place,

      Yes you are absolutely right – nothing is impossible but for success online you must have dedication, persistence and consistentcy.

      These are the real key secrets to your success as an online marketer – there are no short cuts.

      However, your earnings potential online is only limited by your imagination and your work rate.

      Many thanks for your comment Gurunath – very much appreciated

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

    • Hello Hemant,

      I’m delighted you liked my post
      Care to tell me exactly what is was that made your day as I’ve given you the benefit of the doubt re a possible spam comment.

      Tell me what it was and I’ll leave your comment here. Fair deal?

      Best wishes from Thailand

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  5. Those are some really sobering stats Peter!

    They sort of remind me of the most recent stats for
    the MLM industry!LOL!

    Where maybe, all of 3% or less, ever
    earn any spendable income, no
    matter whether they primarily market on or offline!

    And just like you pointed out, if any newbies jumped online,
    because they were dissatisfied with their current jobs,thinking
    they were going to strike Internet riches right away, if at all!

    Those misplaced fantasies are quickly replaced by the all
    too sobering reality, of what lies ahead!LOL!

    I admire your courage to simply tell it like it is!Better than
    hear it from an experienced teacher upfront, than to
    make this discovery, one month after they quit their job!

    Great job! And thanks for being the voice of reason!!
    Mark recently posted…How Some Extremely Savvy Entrepreneurs Use Free Stuff To Create Huge Long Term Profits!My Profile

    • Hello Mark and welcome back to my place,
      I always appreciate your excellent comments and this one is no exception my dear friend.

      Sadly the failure rates of both MLM and internet marketing in general are very similar – and the reasons are probably along similar lines as well.

      Lack of focussed action, persistency and consistency being 3 key factors that many beginner online marketers fail to do.

      Hopefully this post will reach many beginner marketers BEFORE they make their plung online as I wrote it specifically to help these folks.

      If you are a beginner marketer reading this post and this comment then please connect with me if there is anything you’d like to talk about – anything that is worrying you or confusing you in any way. OK?

      Thanks again Mark – awesome contribution to this post

      Best wishes from Thailand

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  6. Hello Peter,

    Thank you for the inspiration. I am ready to face the challenge.

    I am ready to learn, practice and teach.

    I will follow you and learn from your wisdom.


    • Hello J-P,

      Many thanks for your visitwith me and for your very kind comment.

      We all have to “learn, practice and teach” every single day but it kereps us young. Agree?

      I am delighted you found the ost so helpful and look forweard to seeing your progress online.

      My very best wishes from a remote Thai village

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  7. Hi Peter. I enjoyed your post and the video. The failure statistics for online businesses are astounding, and I think it is because people think it can provide them a get-rich-quick opportunity, much like network marketing. A lot of the times, both are advertised the same way. People need to approach it as a real business, something that they need to invest their time and energy in. It’s going to take time to get it going, and most quit before that amount of time.

    For the people I have worked with shiny objects are a big problem. Most people don’t realize that if those programs teach you anything at all, and some don’t, it is just gimmicks. Tricks that may work for a few months until they become overused and no longer work. In the end, you haven’t build your business at all.

    Another challenge I have seen with people is that they become so fixated on what their competition is doing that they don’t actually take any action in building their own business. Spend a few minutes looking at what other people are doing to see if their is something you can learn to apply to your own business. If there is, great. If not, get back to building your business.

    I guess the short answer is to manage the distractions and stick with your business long enough to give it a chance to get some traction.

    Thanks for sharing the post and video Peter.
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    • Hello Ben,
      What an awesome comment my friend.

      You hit the nail right on the head as there are way too many folks expecting some sort of “instant success” to happen when they start their online journey.

      Both you and I know that’s a pipe dream but you really can make your online journey very profitable if you simply take the time to implement all the steps required. And yes this means having to take consistent action and do some work!

      People who worry too much about what their competition is doing will never successfully create their own unique brand. That is so sad because its the one thing your competitors cannot copy…THE UNIQUE YOU.

      Many thanks for your inpired comments Ben – very much appreciated

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  8. Hey peter,

    I must say every newbie must read this before starting anything.

    I belong to a developing country. I first learnt about this online earning thing through an advertisement on a website 8 years ago. At that time I thought as if my whole country including me was sleeping. I thought if it was so easy, why didn’t anybody make a blog, earned a few millions and gave it to our government.

    When I recall that, I literally laugh at myself and at those that make such ads to trap newbies.

    Your posts is an eye opener for many newbies.

    Well done Peter.
    Nabeel Shamshad recently posted…How To Build Profitable Amazon Affiliate Sites-Complete TutorialMy Profile

    • Hello and welcome to my place Nabeel,
      Your comment made me laugh re your first impressions of earning some money online. If only it were that easy!

      However, I must tell you that there are legitimate and proven ways to make very good incomes online. But as you now know there are no “overnight success in the millions” opportunities that you may have thought possible 8 years ago. There are no No substitues for hard word, consistency and persistence online

      Enjoyed your company today Nabeel and I look forward to your next visit

      Best wishes from the remote Thasi village masrketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  9. Hi Peter

    Very well thought and well researched post and you covered all the points that one should ponder before starting an online business.

    No more shiny objects is the wonderful advice and it made me recall the initial days of my struggling when after publishing every post I was expecting heaven would fall on me and I would become talk of the town. It never happened and now I came to know like offline world success has its own cost in online world too.

    I worked online without earning single penny for one year and meanwhile I received a comment from my mentor if someone else would be struggling in place of me he might have committed suicide for waiting that much long time to receive the rewards of his benefits. The most happiest thing is that I have braved that hard time and now earning full time from my a few online businesses.

    Many thanks for sharing this eye-opening post for especially those who take earning money online like a magical trick and that is why don’t succeed in it.

    Have a great rest of the week.
    Mi Muba recently posted…How to turn your flop product into a best seller?My Profile

    • Hello and welcome back Mi,

      Thank you so much for your honest sharing of your personal experiences online.

      Wow waiting a year for some sort of return is quite some time so you truly deserve the success you are having right now.

      Its great to have your comment Mi as any beginner marketer reading this post can learn so much about “expectations” from comments like the one you have provided. Thank you so very much for your awesome addition to my post content – very much appreciated

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  10. I totally agree. I think one another reason is that they just don’t really know how to make money online. Like, some people say they need to make a website, and then they make a website, but they don’t know how to make money from the website. At least, I think that’s what I struggled with when I first started. And most people feel that creating a product and sales pages is far too complicated for them. Awesome write up Peter!

    • Hello Timothy,
      I think you’re right. Many people just don’t know how to go about making money online.
      You can spend hiundreds or even thousands on creating a website presence only to have no one find you online.

      Targeted traffic is one of the keys but not only that you also need a site that “converts” these website visitors as well.

      How does a beginner marketer with no track record, no reputation and no money come up with a highly convering website thats attracting thousands of highly targeted visitors? Simple answer – they don’t.

      You have to build your presence step by step by being persistent and consistent in your actions and activities online. That’s why I keep saying that to get started online is never going to bbe an “overnight success story” despite whatever shiny objects you are foolish enough to invest in.

      Many thanks again for your contribution Timothy

      Best wishes from the Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  11. Hey Peter,

    You need a standing ovation for this post. I love the message within the blog and the video you put out.

    Failure is hard to swallow and if you’re new to the online marketing world, 9 times out of 10 you’re going to fail over and over again. That’s the harsh reality.

    But if you’re only going to look at it as a harsh reality eventually you’ll quit.

    Failure doesn’t have to be looked upon like this. As a matter of fact it can be a great thing if you look at it as a learning experience. With each step anyone takes, you definitely want to learn from all the mistakes you make. This is how you grow and become a better marketer.

    I like the fact that you pointed out if you want to make it with a home business to find something you love doing whether it be videos, blogging, podcasts, etc.. The passion will definitely carry over to your audience and you’ll become more believable in your approach.

    We have so many options when it comes to the online marketing world that it can become overwhelming. But the message I got from this post is in order to be successful with your home business is to be a person of value and the person that enjoys what their doing. With that said, you’ll attract success to you.

    Thanks for sharing Peter! I hope you’re having a great week!
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    • Hello Sherman.

      It’s great to have you visit my place sharing your wisdom and expertise.

      You know the failure rates of beginner marketers really do bother me because I know just how close I came to being one of those “failure statistics”

      So close it still makes me shudder!

      But you really can make it online and I also want that message to be heard loud and clear.

      Thank you for your very kind and supportive comment Sherman – that means a lot to me coming form such an experienced and sccessful marketer like yourself.

      I truly hope as many struggling and beginner marketers as possible discover this post that I wnt out of my way to make sure it was TOTALLY REAL AND HONEST.

      Yes I agree with you there are so many options available that even making the choice of what’s best can be completely overwhelming.

      Hopefully this post has taken some steps to overcome some of that confusion and info overload.

      Awesome comment and such a valuable addition to my post Sherman – thank you

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  12. Awesome post, Peter.

    I reckon this one is your best yet. And thanks for telling it like it is. In a way, it backs up what I’ve been saying for years.

    Ninety-five percent of people fail online for a whole host of reasons but in my experience, the reasons are usually more to do with the personal failings of the student than something inherently wrong with the program they were trying to promote.

    I think you hit the nail on the head with this comment:

    “If you’ve never been your own boss before, never been held accountable for your actions and success, never run a business before…then how in the heck do you expect to suddenly operate a successful internet marketing business?”

    Right on brother!

    One of the problems is that many folks are attracted to get rich quick promotional messaging. This is because our dark selves love the idea of finally making easy money with little or no effort. (Yes, I too am guilty as charged governor.) And it’s not just a recent phenomenon either.

    In times past, hoards of people flocked to the gold fields looking for instant riches. Holland experienced the mother of all get rich quick phenomenons in the 1600’s with the tulip mania boom. Seemingly sane people were paying ridiculous money for tulips in the hope that the buying frenzy would continue long enough for them to make their fortune. (At its zenith someone could trade a single solitary tulip for an entire estate.)

    Other people jump onto the stock market when it’s red hot. Same comments apply to hot property and commodity markets. So it is now in the online era.

    The ‘make money online’ space attracts large numbers of non-business types – usually wage slaves – who have little or no understanding of business, entrepreneurship and what it takes to succeed in a commercial endeavor. Rather than put in the hard yards to acquire the skills necessary to prosper online (long term), greed kicks in and they go for the easy option.

    As you have so eloquently pointed out, the easy option doesn’t work. It never works.

    Your advice is priceless. It’s good to know that people can visit your blog and get good, honest information they can trust.

    I hope people take on board your recommendations (in text and video form).

    Thanks Peter

    Kim Willis recently posted…How to Turn Everyday Events Into Potent Marketing MessagesMy Profile

    • Hello Kim and wow….what can I say.

      Your awesome comment has blown me away and I am most grateful for the time you took to leave me such an indepth response.

      And by the way many thanks for the history lesson re “quick riches.”

      Yes I was aware of the gold fever syndrome but the tulips story was a complete revelation to me.
      Hard to imagine 1 tulip being enough to purchase an entire estate.

      Just goes to show that the lure of easy money will probably be around us for ever.

      Kim you are right about the “make money online” attracting non-busines types or at least people with no idea of entrepreneurial skills.

      Actually I’m planning to create a series of simple posts based exactly on that concept. I am going to aim it for beginners so they can at least get the basics in place before they dive into whatever money making opportunity turns them on.

      However, I think knowing the thinking of this target audience my real challenge will be to get them to even read it.

      Hopefully some will if I can create content that is brief, to the point, easy to read, easy to understand and most importantly easy and quick to implement.

      Maybe I’ve just given myself a heap of homework but I’m excited about a challenge like this.

      Kim your visits and feedback are always very much appreciated.

      Best wishes from the remote (and humble) Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  13. Hi Peter,

    Love this message you have given and also seeing you on your video! You reveal the truth about starting a business online. We cannot shout this out too much because of the many “black hat” marketers out there telling people that they will get rich quick!

    Because I’ve had my own business forever offline, it was easier for me to come online and start a business. Coming in disciplined with time management, taking the most difficult thing first every day and completing it and so on. That is one thing in business that many struggle with.

    So glad you mentioned in your video to create an email list when starting a blog. That is key to engage with your list. After a while whatever you are offering, they will opt into it eventually.

    You sure put it so well of how to start. I’ll spread this around!


    • Hello and welcome back Donna,

      Totally agree with you re those so called “black hat” marketers – I have another name for them but I dont want to use bad language in my comments!

      Its truly amazing why so many beginner online marketers think that they can simply get started online with absolutely no thought to the very basics of business.

      As you mentioned your move to online marketing was relatively smooth and succcessful because you applied the successful business disciplines you had used offline.

      Even things like being prepared to take action consistently and persistently seems to escape many new marketers who are just looking for the “quick fix” solution. This is so sad and so stupid.

      List building to me is one of my key business growth factors and I agree with you Donna that every beginner marketer should make this a priority from day 1

      Awesome comment and so much appreciated Donna

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  14. Hi Peter,

    Your post underscores why you need to do the online bit from the inside out to start it smartly.

    Stay away from shiny objects. Such objects derailed my online career for years because I attached to outcomes and totally mucked up my energies. Creativity could not flow to our thru me because I obsessed over blogging outcomes.

    Tough to blog like a champion when you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, desperately trying to make ends meet as you repel people, opps, money, and hell, everything 😉

    Do your homework. Do the online bit to have fun and to free yourself. Your authenticity will shine through and success will find you. Like you Peter. You have your voice and story and no one in human history has each, so keep telling that story and rocking it out online!

    Thanks for your share.

    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…3 Things Molly the Wonder Kitten Taught Me about BloggingMy Profile

    • Hi Ryan and welocme back to my place,

      Always great to see you make the time to visit with me here as you live your Island hopping lifestyle mate.

      Those “shiny objects” have to be the bane of so many online marketer’s lives that for sure.
      As you said if our creativity is crushed in any way then how in the heck can our authenticity ever shine true.

      Yes it is tough to blog freely and like a “champion” when you are desperte for results.
      At times like this you want to get any sort of results just to justify your actions – even if those results eventually prove to be meaningless!

      Reality is a sad truth that many online marketers have to face sooner or later. Hopefully they will find their voice and their passion to get over their challenges and allow the success they are saeeking flow to them as a result.

      Thanks for sharing these awesome insights Ryan

      Best wishes from the remote Thai vilage marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

    • Hello Gerhard,

      Thanks for your visit and comment mate.

      You are absolutelt right about the “easier said than done” aspect of getting started online.

      However, I think its more than just motivation – its also takes commitment and lots of action taking.

      Thanks again for you feedback mate

      Best wishes from Thailand

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  15. Great post Peter – as ever.

    As a beginner (although I’m not really a beginner as I’ve been trying to get started properly online for several years – and failing) I’ve found the hardest thing is to find someone who is actually honest about the process. It’s not as easy as a, b, c, d … It’s really hard and requires real dedication. So many ‘gurus’ and product launches promise to make this business a doddle – just press a few buttons on our new ‘Instant Profit Machine’ and you’ll be making thousands in your first month, or, ‘Join my super duper Marketing Masters group for $150 a month and you’re guaranteed to succeed’.

    There really is so MUCH lying crap out there it sometimes makes you want to give up. I know I’ve been so disheartened at times I’ve walked away from the online world for several months. Then you stumble on a blog post or an email that rings true, the person behind it seems genuine, and you start off again.

    I really hope I’m on the right track with what I’m doing at the moment. I’ve joined a business called The Affilliate Club and joined several facebook groups where I’m coming across genuine people like yourself, Peter, and it’s helping a lot. I’m learning about Blogging, Social Media, Sales Funnels and the value of perseverance. I feel I am making progress – I’ve earned my first commission online and that was a wonderful feeling.

    Keep up the great work and thank you


    • Hello and welcome back to my place Patrick,

      I can definitely relate to what you are saying. There is a lot of crap and unfortunately very poor advice and guidance shelled out in the internet marketing and make money online niches.

      Its a sad fact of life that there are marketers just waiting to getr their hands on unsuspecting beginner marketers who eyes light up when they hear all about the so-called “overnight success” stories.

      Patrick I see you have joined The Affiiate Club and I must tell you that is one of my strongest recommendations to all my readers if you are a beginner or struggling online marketer.

      I am sure you will do very well and really bloom in their extremely supportive environment.

      Great to hear about your first sale already – well done mate. May to go from success to success.

      Please come back again soon and share your thoughts about your Affiiate Club experiences. I’m sure my readers would love to hear about this.

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  16. Great post, with the most important point being about putting the work in!
    Magic bullets, tricks, secrets, shiny objects will get nowhere.
    A solid plan coupled with hard work, it’s pretty much the only way it’ll ever happen.

    Thanks for the reminder,

    • Hello Gordon and welcome back,

      You are absolutely right – there is no substitute for putting the right amount of effort into your online business.

      Nothing comes easy unlike what many new online marketers think when they are so often mesmerized by the “shiny Objects” that promise “overnight success and badass riches”

      Great to have your thoughts as always Gordon

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  17. Great post Peter.

    For me the most important part is mindset.

    Temper this with patience & consistency & success will follow.

    Be prepared to fail & fail often…..or as i prefer to say it, there is no failure….only varying
    degrees of success.

    There is no ” overnight success”.

    It takes time…months ,years & consistency of will to succeed

    This is why people “fail”…..because they give up at the first hurdle.

    All the best


    • Hi Darren and welcome back to my place,

      Many thanks for your valuable feedback as always and yes, mindset is critical to the success of any marketer – beginner or otherwise!

      The sad fact of life is that way too many beginner marketers get started online with all the wrong expectations.

      When they don’t see their PayPal account bursting after 2 or 3 weeks of hard work they start blaming everything and everyone.

      But the truth of the matter is it takes time, patience af persistence to build the momentum required to get your new online business up and going as you want. Something I know you are well aware of Darren

      Thanks again for your contribution – always appreciated mate.

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

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