Setting out to learn about internet marketing can be very overwhelming and frustrating because it tends to be a self-learning journey not often or easily shared with many others in the beginning. If you are unfamilar with how to sell online the techniques, terminology and all of the so-called ‘experts’ can be very confusing.

If you embark on the learning process without much of a time line, goal or means to measure your progress, the chances are pretty good that you will find yourself on one bunny trail after another. After many dollars are spent you will be scratching your head wondering how you got there. The terrain seems oddly unfamiliar and quite unlikely to get you to where you wanted to go. It will only add to your frustration and confusion. Too many people get to this point and give up on internet marketing~Too many people get to this point and give up on internet marketing}.

So what can you do to prevent this from happening to you?

You should have a plan or idea in mind of what it is you actually want to accomplish.  For example, do you want to learn to put up your own website and sell other people’s products as an affiliate marketer? Or do you want to sell a product of your own and eventually become an expert in order to sell your own expertise? You can prevent the likelihood of getting sidetracked, by setting a goal and developing a plan of how to get there.

One bunny trail could take you into pay per click too soon, another into learning outsourcing, all while you haven’t yet learned the beginning fundamentals to get you headed towards your own intended goal.

It is a good idea to have a budget in mind for the limit you will spend on training materials. Some internet marketers lure you with free gifts as added incentives to purchase their programs. If you can find a couple with information you need, buy them – as long as they don’t blow out your budget.

In the early stages of learning internet marketing you will also be easily persuaded into wanting to purchase every product offered because the sales letters are so effective. They make you feel like you will miss out on this valuable product if you don’t buy it right now. So you need to have some self-discipline and this is also where your goal and a means of measurement towards that goal are very helpful.

Before you begin to learn about Internet Marketing

If you have decided to learn about internet marketing in order to build your own stream of income online, then approach it like a business venture from the beginning. Have a plan, know your intention, your budget, and how you would like to measure your progress.

Keep track of your steps and use these as encouragement when you might feel like this is taking too long or you feel like it isn’t getting anywhere. Obviously you will be further along than when you started. Stay encouraged, keep your eye on the goal and don’t let too many things distract you.

Soon you’ll be the one teaching others who want to learn about internet marketing.

About Ryan Perry

Ryan Perry has taken his 10+ years of business ownership and hands-on marketing skills and focused them on online marketing. In April of 2009, he started Simple Biz Support with an emphasis on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Ryan is propelling local business websites to the top of Google, Yahoo and Bing resulting in increased market exposure and revenue for his clients using a variety of internet marketing tools including blogs, article submissions and video. Additionally, Ryan speaks and vlogs (video blogs) about internet marketing, educating business owners how to effectively use various SEO tools and techniques to promote their business on the internet. Ryan currently resides in Santa Rosa, CA. Connect with Ryan on Google+