6 Reasons Why Internet Marketing Is Not For You

Internet marketing can be a horrendous experience for somebody who doesn’t have a clear business plan. It is extremely simple to start an online business and start making money provided you follow a proven system and know what exactly is to be done. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel or, experiment on what works and what doesn’t. All you have to do is follow what thousands of other successful internet entrepreneurs follow.

All said and done, internet marketing is not everyone’s cup of tea. It might probably not be yours too. Here are six reasons why Internet Marketing might probably not be the best thing for you.

1 – You don’t like to dream

The beginning of a successful business is always a dream. If John Chow has a successful blog today, it is because he chose to dream – dream of a life that he has control over. You probably do not believe in a dream and you don’t like dreaming. An internet marketing business is probable not for you then.

2 – You like working fixed hours decided by others

What you probably like is fixed working hours and that too decided by others. You miss the 9-5 treadmills where you know that you have to go to the office at 9 in the morning and you will only be able to come home after 5 and that too, only if your boss lets you go. If you are somebody who wants to work fixed working hours in the above said fashion, then Internet marketing is not for you.

3 – You want to do away with the hard work of deciding your own paychecks

You are happy letting others decide your paychecks. Why get into something when others can do that for you? A fixed paycheck at least has a guarantee that it will be there in your bank every month even if there is no guarantee to the fact that the job will remain.

4 – You love driving in traffic

I love driving, only when I am on a long drive with my wife and kid. I do not have to drive to work these days and I hate driving in traffic. But if you love driving in traffic and the pleasure of driving to office in traffic everyday then you should not even think of starting and online business. It is definitely not for you.

5 – You hate working with technically illiterate people

I find a lot of technically illiterate people like me, around me every day in my internet marketing business. They still managed to make it big in life because they believed that they had the skills to make it big. I love being in company of such illiterates. You might be too qualified to be amongst people like me who are technically challenged and might not want to be in such an embarrassing situation. If so, then I would suggest that you better not think of starting an online business.

6 – You don’t believe in business without investment

When I first gave my visiting card mentioning my profession as “Internet Marketing Business Owner”, to one of my relatives, the statement he said was, “There cannot be a business without investment”. That is absolutely right. All business requires investment. The only difference is that conventional business requires money whereas an online business requires time and commitment. If you think investment can only be in the form of money, then don’t even think of starting an online business.

For me, my family and the time that I can spend with my family was important. I was not willing to compromise on these. Moreover, I did not want somebody else to be quoting a price for my hard work and writing my paychecks. That is why I started my business. You might want to find a reason why you want to start your own business. Remember, is you are not able to find this reason, you might never be able to succeed in your internet marketing business.

The post is written by R Kumar, who is an internet marketer and blogger. If you are wondering how to start an online business, you might want to read this post on how to make money online at his blog. The readers of John Chow, can get a free copy of his “how to generate traffic” videos, today. This is exclusively for readers of John Chow.

63 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why Internet Marketing Is Not For You”

  1. When I first read #4 (“You love driving in traffic”) I thought — Wait, I do love driving in traffic!

    Then I realized it’s a different kind of “traffic” we’re talking about! 🙂

    Great article, it really helps put the motivation to be an independent entrepreneur in perspective.

    1. d3so says:

      I thought the same thing lol.
      1. I dream way too much 😛
      2. I hate working for others.
      3. I don’t care for fixed paycheck just as long as I make enough to get by. I don’t mind writting my own.
      4. I dislike driving.
      5. I haven’t seemed to notice any technically illiterate people. It’s not like they advertise they are 😉
      6. I believe in investment. I spend more hours working for myself than for others.

      1. Exoclyps says:

        Yeah. Same thing here. And this isn’t just for Internet Marketing. There is a lot of different business out there where you can decide your own time and all the likes of it.

        I like to dream about a bright future. So far it’s always seemed so far to get where I want.

        I can’t honestly get myself to work for others like it’s needed. I can, if they hire me. But I can’t make them hire me if I’m not dedicated about the job.

        For me, having a lot of money is not important. What I want is to share my love with my girlfriend and do what I enjoy doing.

        I can’t drive yet, so can’t really say. But who likes sitting still in the morning traffic thou’?

        I believe that you need to invest for it to work. But who says you have to invest money for it to work. All you need is dedication and your own time. Just like d3so says. Invest, but with time.

      2. R Kumar says:

        Thanks for that. In fact, I often find that it is the lack of motivation that leads to a failure. Some things are so simple that we often tend to ignore it, just like an evening walk. Lack of motivation with the tendency to postpone things together is the best recipe for disaster.

        1. Yes if you have passion for something than you do not need any kind of motivation. Because such passion can force you to deliver the quality stuff.

  2. siteviewz says:

    i agree with him,you have to have a dream, a vision that you must fuel.An online business require less money to startup but requires more time and commitment.I total agree.Cool

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, it can takes years to get your online business going. Most people don’t make it past one year.

      1. Robin Gupta says:

        Every business need at least one year to get matured.

        In such year you will have to keep nourishing it.

        People wants to make money from the very first day or first week or first month and that’s where they fail.

        1. Well said Robin.

          Patience and working on right path is the key factor.

          These are the quality which every businessman should and must have.

  3. dotCOMreport says:

    If the desire to keep at it and aim for success starts to fade, all an internet marketer needs to do is come here and read this post.

    Awesome post!

    1. d3so says:

      They need to do more than read this post. They need to take action.

      1. Robin Gupta says:

        Taking action is important in all field.

        Even if you want to take lunch than you will have to perform many action.

  4. Harshad says:

    Same reasons why I left my day job.

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, I want to kill my day job so bad. I’m sick of it because I know there’s something better.

      1. Robin Gupta says:

        Freedom … interesting life style.

        For me most interesting thing is we can do this business from anywhere … we just need laptop and internet connection.

      2. Dan Lew says:

        With some blogs you see they are worked on very little you can tell they are not blogging full time or have day jobs, anyway good luck I hope one day you make it happen

      3. Harshad says:

        If you know you can do better then go for it, what’s stopping you?

        1. It’s not possible always what you thinks to do because situation blocks the road to move on …

  5. i do share most of the points with you ! i believe that being successful in this field in that easy thing and knowing more and discovering many skills and tricks is needed , so that’s why what you mentioned was piratically very useful for everyone ,! thank you for sharing this , i do think not having goals and not believing in what this business can offer means no success :!!!

  6. Hey John,

    Interesting title, it’s sa bit of a downer though until one reads the post.

    1. d3so says:

      Why’s it a downer? It’s true. I gues the truth does hurt.

      1. Robin Gupta says:

        I think this one is interesting and attractive title … though content can be more attractive.

        But however nice read and enjoyed it.

        1. D3so,

          It’s a bit of a downer if you just read the title. Did you notice what else I wrote after that?

          It would be a downer for someone who just got excited about starting an online business. He or she wants to find everything in support of their excitement.

          Reading a title like this would be a downer if they couldn’t read the post.

  7. These reasons have been the reason on why I have wanted to focus on running an online business.

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, I respect people who can go through all that five days a week. I consider it torture.

      1. All people have their own tastes and own life style.

        if people wants to meet new people everyday than they will choose such kind of profession.

        If all people will turn into this business than this is also not good for us.

        So better keep them with their business …

        1. You are feeling unsafe … lollzzz

          But yes quite agree with you that if you are good at something than you should get into that profession.

      2. Lucian says:

        But why respect ? If they had courage they moved away. They use the “play it safe” but they didn’t heard that “playing it safe is risky than taking risks”

  8. Good article. I personally couldn’t have someone else be my boss again. Those days are over.

    The funny thing is you listed a bunch of things that a lot of people are still going through & complain about. They should probably look into doing other things.

    1. d3so says:

      I’m stuck in that situation but I work part time. I swear I don’t think I can work full time because I want the dot com lifestyle badly.

      1. The dot com lifestyle is definitely better because it gives you more freedom. There’s no limit as to how much you can make, whereas with a regular job, you can only make a certain amount whether you get a promotion or not.

        1. You can not compare a job and business.

          1. Some business owners just get themselves into doing a job, so yes you can compare a business with a job.

        2. Lucian says:

          The most important about a job, if you stop doing it you are left with no money. You depend on the job and this is very bad

  9. Donny Gamble says:

    Nowadays it seems like everyone is trying to be either an Internet Marketer or social media specialist. The Internet is saturated with a bunch of people running around with their head cut off not getting anywhere.

    People need to start realizing to follow their passion, instead of following every new trend that they see.

    1. d3so says:

      Or trying to make it big talking about making money online when they don’t even know how.

    2. Agreed. I’m not into those things because I’m not genuinely interested in doing them. It seems like a lot of people call themselves these things because they think it looks “cool” or think they can make quick cash that way.

  10. Great post, though some of these points are pretty obvious.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Great post, but one thing to consider… In my opinion, it’s not an either or decision. Why not make money with a full time job AND run an IM business?

      1. This is an option for you because your job is working online as well. For someone that works physically and even shifts that change every week it’s very limiting to also run a business online.

        There are only so many hours in a day.

  11. Robin Gupta says:

    I always believe in dreaming and visualising myself at big platform.

    Just dream and give your 100% towards that dream and believe me you can achieve it.

  12. I am agree with the very first cause to achieve any goal of the life because there should always be a internal motivation to achieve the same.

  13. Dan Lew says:

    I think what will happen in the future is it will get tougher and tougher for those starting out cause there is more and more competition, the ones that have been around the longest and are already strong will be the ones that do it easier than the rest will find it very hard to catch up!

    1. That is partially the case but it’s also a limiting belief.

      There are new companies being started offline and online all the time and some of them overtake the old established ones.

  14. Dan Lew says:

    You love driving in traffic is a good one, hahah!

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, I thought that was funny too!

      1. Aaahh … he is talking about gas smelled, sound pollution based traffic.

        Otherwise we internet marketer always prefer to have tonnes of traffic.

    2. Lucian says:

      In my country, most people who have jobs use the subway, bussiness mans use their cars

  15. Lea Sadler says:

    This is a great take on bullet points many of us are familiar with. It’s great to start the day with a bit of humor! 😉 Seriously–like commenter Kevin Delayney, I love driving in traffic. No, wait a minute…THAT’S RIGHT, I DON’T!

    I assume the dreaming part should not be done while driving in the traffic? Seriously, that’s almost as bad as texting.

    Thanks for a great post!

  16. PPC Ian says:

    There are corporate jobs that offer some flexibility and a taste of the dot com lifestyle… However, if you want the ultimate power of flexibility, owning your own online marketing business is a great option.

    1. But at the end of the day that will be called as JOB.

      That means you are answerable to your seniors or to the company.

      Here we are only answerable to our readers.

  17. James Rose says:

    Working from home would totally save me the headache of driving rush hour traffic to my Boston IT consulting job. PPC Ian makes a great point because it is a total freedom that not many people can experience. This is a great article and the points are totally valid!

  18. Mara says:

    I loved to read this post. I had to say – I do! to all points, so I am not subscriber as a member for whom Internet Marketing is not right, meaning I’ld love Internet Marketing and at the end: This blog post was not meant for me. – But I would have missed something not to have read it!

    1. Congratulations, you are already close to the top, it seems.

      So what would you have missed had you not read it?

  19. Chris says:

    I love to dream and I never want to stop to dream. And then, let me add one point: If you find that competition is important and if you enjoy any kind of war, if you are not happy with peace and happiness, Internet Marketing is not made for you, because Internet Marketing is about helping each other and people who are in the same industry help each other with their launches. Internet Marketing belongs to the new future.

  20. Caleb says:

    You don’t believe in business without investment..

    I’m almost 100% positive this is the main reason internet marketing is not for most ppl. And it doesn’t help when they see a guy trying his hardest to succeed at this MMO stuff by ONLY using the free methods of generating traffic..

    ..not saying that those free methods don’t work, but once your momentum starting flowing it’s a wise idea to invest some advertising dollars 💡

    1. Lucian says:

      I’ve done websites starting from scratch with no investment, but since i got an online income i skip some steps and i put the money into new projects. It helps the growth

  21. John Cente says:

    These are reasons for taking a shot at Internet Marketing, a kind of reverse psychology.

    1. Yes, I think you are right. John used the title to grab attention.

  22. As Aziz says:

    I agree with u John…Great article!

  23. Farouk says:

    that article is very inspiring, especially points 1 and 2 🙂

  24. Useful Tips, thank a lot.

  25. Lucian says:

    I hate to talk with technically illiterate people, but i want to adapt and fix this.

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