Here is a question I received recently…

I am just curious on how long you worked on online marketing before you quit your full time job? What was your strategy to get yourself out of the trap?

I know the pain of being in a job you hate.

Before I came online I had one dead-end job after another.

There are two motivations behind every action: pain or pleasure.

For me, pain has always been the stronger motivation. The pain of delivering pizzas for a living was enough to motivate to take massive action.

Once I discovered the possibility of getting started online, I pretty much dedicated every waking hour outside of work to making this ‘Internet thing’ profitable.

It only took me about 30 days.

I’ve seen others do it as fast, but that is NOT normal.

You have to remember I was only replacing an $8 an hour job…where I had to pay for my own gas.

It was closer to 6 months before I was earning what you’d call a ‘respectable income.’

For people starting out, I tell them to plan for at least a year or more.

And don’t even consider quitting a good job until your online income is greater than your job income for 3+ months in a row.

By giving yourself a realistic goal, it’s easier to believe…and it’s easier to face the struggles everyone faces along the way. Let your job finance the start-up of your internet business.

As for my strategy, I stumbled into it in the beginning.

The best thing I ever did was start building a list my very first week online.

It was all about email.

It is still all about email.

Each month my income grew right alongside my list.

It took me around 6 months to notice the trend that my monthly income was directly proportional to the growth of my list.

Today we’re surrounded by BSO’s (Bright Shiny Objects).

One of the biggest challenges is staying focused on what works.

Attract buying traffic.

Get those visitors onto your list.

Send emails and make offers.

But you can’t just send any kind of emails.

You need emails that position you as a trusted adviser in your market.

This is about more than just content.

You also need to point subscribers onto the correct path.

Guide them. Let them get to know you. And build a community around your message.

The methods I’ve used to build these lists have changed throughout the years.

Originally I built my lists through forums and free-for-all links (you’re old school if you know what I’m talking about here).

I’ve built lists using SEO, PPC, affiliates, and everything else you can imagine.

Search engines have fallen…and new ones took their place.

But email has continued to be the ‘killer app’ to online profits.

Right now Facebook ads are one of my favorite list building strategies.

That may change in the future.

It doesn’t matter.

What matters is knowing how to convert subscribers into sales.

That’s what you’ll discover in Autoresponder Alchemy

Once you develop this skill, you can weather the storms that inevitably come to every business.

I’ll even give you 80 of my best email marketing templates you can model to get started quickly.

Terry Dean
Terry Dean

Terry Dean has been in full-time internet business since 1996 and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get started online through his articles and products. He lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife and 2 dogs. Find out more about how his step-by-step courses can help you today.