6 Things You Need To Be Successful Online

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I would credit my success online down to 6 main things: -

1. PMA - "Positive Mental Attitude"

If you have a negative attitude to being successful then you're going to end up sabotaging your own efforts.

Likewise if you listen to others with a "that will never work" attitude, then they will have a negative influence on your efforts, so don't do it.

Instead start seeking out and mixing with people who have the same positive attitude and are interested in the same things as you, see No. 5 below.

I posted a great example of how a self defeating negative outlook can be recently here: -

Nothing Works Part 2

Warning - it's a LONG read!

2. Investing in your own education

If you wanted to be a Doctor, Engineer, Lawyer or any other high paid offline "professional" you would have to spend a small fortune getting the education you need.

Why should you expect to get the REAL knowledge you need online to be for free?

Yes, you can learn a lot for free, but it will take more time and effort, paying for the education from someone who has already become successful will save you a LOT of time, effort and heartache!

3. Taking Action

There's no point in spending money on the knowledge you need if you don't actually make use of it...

There are many, many people who spend all their time (and money) jumping from one thing to the next, without actually putting what they've learnt in to action.

Don't be one of these people!

Make a plan and start working on it now.

4. Persistence (or "bloody minded stubbornness" as my mother calls it)

Things will not always go right, you will stumble and fall along the way, we all do, even with the best education, mistakes still happen, it's part of being human, the point is we can learn from our mistakes, pick ourselves up and forge on...

If you expect to be an overnight success online then perhaps you're in the wrong business, maybe you should go try out for one of those Pop Idol or X-Factor shows instead.... lol

I know many people who are now earning a very good living online, many are now good friends of mine, and I don't ever remember hearing a single one of them say it was easy or happened overnight...

Any business that is worthwhile is going to take some time and effort to build up, marketing online is no different.

The fantastic thing about an online business is that providing you are willing to put in the effort, there will come a time when you end up in a situation where you can spend less and less time "working" and still increase the money your business makes, you just have to be persistent to get to that stage, so keep your goal in mind and push on!

5. Getting out and meeting people (aka "networking")

I mentioned in No. 4 above that I know have many good friends who are successful online marketers, most of those people I met by getting out from my home office and going to "internet marketing" events.

This is something that I can't recommend strongly enough!

The people you meet can not only become great friends, they can also become great joint venture partners and help you to make your business a success!

At one of the very first events I went to I met a great bloke who became a joint venture partner of mine, and the very first promotion he did for my product a few days later more than paid for all the costs of me going to that event, even the bar bill! 🙂

Don't be afraid of getting out there in to the "real world" and meeting people, it will help push your online business forward by leaps and bounds!

[UPDATED May'09] Side Note: there's a great chance to get together with a whole bunch of top class Ineternet Marketers in Musiccity, Tennessee in the US on June 19th -21st!

go take a look here: -

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Note ++>> there's a "2 for 1" on the tickets at the moment, so you can split the costs with a partner, if you're quick! :grin:

6. Getting the answers I need, when I need them

The other very positive benefit of attending seminars and workshops for my business has been to build a network of other "experts" who can help me when I get stuck on something.

We all get stuck on something now and then, so having this kind of network of people to help me when I need it has been worth an absolute fortune to me and my online business, but as a "newbie" internet marketer it can take you a while to build up this kind of network, so those seminars and workshops are even more important!

However, there is now another answer...

Another marketer (who I also met at a seminar I was attending) realised that this is one of the biggest problems most internet marketers face, especially when just starting off, so he's spent the last year building a site that allows any member to get the answers they need, when they need them, from experts who actually know the right answers!

The site has only just launched and there are already 500+ people getting the answers to the questions that were holding them back, from over 100 proven online marketing experts, you can join them today...

go watch this video to see how: -


To the success of your online business!


6 comments on “6 Things You Need To Be Successful Online”

  1. Cool list of tips Matt...
    I couldn't have done a better job myself!
    I think you've got the first one in the right place...mindset is everything.
    Your attitude can determine your all round performance on all the other things.

    Stuart Stirling

  2. Hey Matt,

    Nice post. I definitely agree with the whole mindset thing. In my opinion it is one of the most important factors that will determine your success (not just in IM but in everything that you do in general).

    If you start with wrong mindset then you'll always be blaming others and finding excuses when things don't go the way you wanted.

    Welly Mulia

  3. 5 years ago I started going to conferences… the first one was Search Engine Strategies in San Jose. I was not making much money at the time but was making enough to support myself. I attended every session and had 2 notebooks full of notes. It made all the difference in the world to me. That was 5 years ago though. Since then I have attended over 60 various industry events and I would say the 2 that have stuck out in my mind the biggest was that first one and then last year at the techcrunch40 conference.

  4. Hi Matt,
    I really enjoyed your article and do agree with it all but I must admit I think your points 3 & 4 are among the most important in the post because without persistence or the ability to take action just where would you be?
    Great post - keep the info coming!

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