I'm not done for the year yet, but I thought I might share my thoughts on progress at MasonWorld for 2008 with you now (before I get stuffed with egg nog and fudge.)
It's hard for me to believe that it was just over a year ago that I really got serious about Internet Marketing as a night-time hobby, prompted by a love for computer technology and a 5 minute segment on NBC's Today Show. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since November of 2007, and I am proud to count myself as one of the small percentage of Internet Marketer that have not tried, failed, and quit.
In Internet Marketing, Failure Is Progress
Now, don't get me wrong. I have failed over and over again. I have lost money toying with PPC (that is a rite of passage, I think), I have posted blog posts that I later decided to take down, I have launched products that did not do very well, and I have spent time on lots of things that did not pan out. I even launched MasonWorld.com on the “wrong blogging platform” and had to migrate to WordPress.
But learning and progress require a certain amount of failure (ask Edison). So, one thing that I plan to do in 2009 is actually “fail faster.” Get out there, try stuff, and move on (keeping the stuff that works).
I also spent lots of time and money reading Internet Marketing stuff. I have a sub-directory on my hard drive in my “Internet Marketing” directory that is titled “Courses and eBooks.” As of this writing, that folder has 474 files (91 folders) containing 4.96 GB of Internet Marketing eBooks, audio and video that I have downloaded for free or purchased. Amazing.
With Failure Comes Success
Most important to me, I have learned a ton about Internet Marketing. I am really not interested in working on things that don't allow me to learn. The cool thing about Internet Marketing is that it is a nice mix of technology, marketing, small business, and people skills. Lots of varitey.
Of course, I have had more than my fair share of successes. I also have some profitable niche AdSesne sites, MasonWorld.com is growing, I have some affiliate products that are making money, I released a couple of profitable products, and I have a nice start on an email list.
My tip for you in 2009: Take action and don't be afraid to fail. The only path to success is through action. With action comes risk. So, take some risk in 2009 — you'll like the results.
So, The Bottom Line Is Thanks!
Most of all, I have been able to make some great friends on line (you know who you are), who have helped me get up to speed. And, I have a great following of MasonWorld.com regular readers. I really appreciate those relationships — so thanks to all of you.
I hope you have a great Holiday Season and get everything that you wish for in life in 2009.