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How To Make Decisions Faster And Better

October 9, 2007

The other day I talked about how it was important to be flexible, but that doesn’t mean you should be indecisive. Today I am going to talk about the importance of being decisive and how to become decisive yourself.

Why Do You Need To Be Decisive?

You need to be decisive in business or it will be hard for you to ever accomplish your goals! Indecisiveness is a productivity killer. If indecisiveness is inherent in your personality or if you have just developed the bad habit of being indecisive NOW is the time to change that.

How To Make Decisions Faster And Better

First of all I want to start out by saying, that I have not been the most decisive person in the world most of my life. Let me be brutally honest here. Like most people with an INTP personality type, I HAVE BEEN UNBELIEVABLY INDECISIVE most of my life. However, there are things that you can do that will help you make better decisions and to make them faster. Making fast, informed decisions will greatly increase your chances of being successful in business.

1. Create A Prioritized List Of Your Goals
If you don’t have goals and they aren’t prioritized, how in the world will you truly know what is important to you? In order to make good decisions, you need to know where you want to go and what your priorities are.

2. Set Timelines
Ask yourself the question:

“How important is this decision?”

Give yourself more time for the more important decisions and less time for the less important decisions. You might even want to rank your decisions on a scale of 1 to 10.

For instance, let’s say you are choosing which shirt to buy – the red shirt or the blue shirt. This decision might have a ranking of 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, whereas what house to buy might rank as a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. Set a specific amount of time to make that decision based on the rank on the scale. In the case of the shirt, since it has a low ranking on your scale, make the decision quickly.

I set myself a time of 2 days to pick a new web host for a site I wanted to put up. In the first day I narrowed my list down to three web hosts. In the second day, I contacted the web hosts with questions and then made a decision based on the responses I got back. Now, I could have spent months researching web hosts, but what else could I have been doing during those months? Time is money, you can’t spend months trying to pick a web host if you want to make money online. It just doesn’t leave any time.

3. Stick With The Timelines
Now that you have made a timeline for making decision, you must make a commitment to stick with the timeline. Sure there are exceptions to this rule and unforeseen circumstances that can mess with your timeline, but barring a natural disaster or some other unforeseen circumstance you MUST do everything in your power to stick with your timeline.

4. Set Up Rewards and Consequences
To help you stick with your timelines you should reward yourself for sticking with the timeline and/or give yourself a consequence for not sticking with the timeline. In the example above, I could have rewarded myself for choosing a web host by letting myself play an hour of my favorite video game, Civilization. If I had failed, my consequence could have been that I couldn’t play Civilization again until after I picked a web host. You can substitute playing Civilization with something you really enjoy doing, like watching your favorite tv show, playing your favorite sport, eating your favorite food, buying a gift, etc. I learned this technique a long time ago from Anthony Robbins and it really does work.

When is it bad to make decisions?

Whenever you are in a bad state of mind, it is best to postpone any important decisions that you have to make. If you are angry, sad, emotionally distraught, feeling jealous, feeling vengeful, desperate, fearful, depressed, anxious, etc. then if at all possible wait until you are in a better state of mind to make the decision. I know whenever I am in a bad state of mind, I don’t always make good decisions.

Final Thoughts
Don’t get me wrong, decisions are important. Some decisions are incredibly important and do require more time to think about. However, at some point you just have to decide!

The Things You Never Did Before Online

October 8, 2007

For those of you who’ve never attempted an online business, you’ll have to come to terms with a few of the things you’ve never done before online.

In fact, one of the biggest obstacles to your success will be the fear of doing things you never used to do. And in the spirit of helping you to reach online business success, I’m going to try and take away some of the unknown.

First off, you’ll have to become comfortable working online. This differs from simply surfing and buying things, because you’ll have to work the ‘manager’s areas’ and back rooms of the online services you need.

Examples of this are

  • Pay-per-click ad services

  • Web hosting management pages

  • And email marketing list maintenance.

While they’ll be more extensive than casual surfing or online shopping, remember that these services intend to keep you as a customer. Instructions and assistance are available for you, and they aren’t going to automatically do things behind your back that’ll hurt or cost you.

Plus, you’ll also have to learn how to outsource online. This is where you arrange for extra freelance assistance strictly over the Internet. This includes email correspondence and the fact most of your paperwork will be in the form of email. And if you can’t learn to do something you need or don’t have the time, you will need to outsource to have it done for you.

Last, remember that you are not alone. You aren’t the first to travel this particular path to success, and you can find help at forums like The Warrior Forum and other places. Blogs like this one have information for you too, and you should never let your knowledge fall behind.

My imagination was scarier that most of the realities when I first began, so once you have a plan in place, don’t be afraid to work it. Take your time and know your options, and you’ll do just fine.

Seriously, how do you make a beautiful, sellable ebook? Find your answers today with The Ebook Walkthrough!

My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m the co-author of Can I Make Big Money Online.

The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Buying And Selling Web Sites

October 7, 2007

In response to my recent post about how much you would sell your website for, I had quite a few comments asking about the how and why of flipping websites. That’s why I find it so timely that Stompernet’s Ed Dale is launching a new program about buying and selling websites.

Anyone interested in learning about flipping websites should check out Ed Dale’s free videos on the subject.

Click here to find out some of the biggest mistakes people make when buying and selling websites.

Let me know what you think…

PS. You can check out all the videos by clicking here.

3 Popular Mistakes in Internet Marketing

October 7, 2007

Guest post by Marco Richter

As nobody is really perfect, even experienced Internet Marketers keep making mistakes. The industry is changing fast and it can be hard to follow the development sometimes. Your users’ habits may change from time to time and new techniques are being invented – and used – which are attracting more customers and may pull them away from your site.

Some mistakes can easily be avoided and therefore increase the success of your online business. An old rule of improvement is not to make the same mistake twice, so you can save time by learning from you own mistakes. Here are some very common mistakes, which I have made in the past.

Forgetting the users
I often see websites that are obviously built just for the purpose of ranking high on search engines. Nothing wrong with that. Good ranking can drive tons of targeted traffic to your site. But by taking a closer look, there is nothing a potential user would be interested in reading or seeing. Ask yourself if the content on your site actually is what your target audience wants. If they don´t want it, you won´t achieve any goal you might have set for your business. Your search engine ranking won´t make you a dime if you fail to meet your user´s needs.

Try to make your site fit the needs of the audience and make it fit search engines’ needs second.

Focus on SEO only
This is similar to the first advice. A highly optimized website might get you top positions on Google, Yahoo or whatever search engine you prefer, but will it attract users to stay on your site? Will they keep coming back to it time and time again or even subscribe to it or make a purchase on your site that will pay your bills?

Sure, most visitors – especially new visitors will probably find the way to your site via search engines. It is your task not to make their first visit their last visit. Make your content attractive enough to make them stay and come back again.

You´re on the winning row if you manage to make them recommend your site to others.

Not monitoring your niche
Things sometimes change overnight, making it important to stay on track of what´s happening in your niche. It is easy to monitor popular blogs and websites that cover the same niche as your site. Follow important developments in your market closely and take action to implement them in your business. Make this decision carefully, as you will be better off not following some developments. Evaluate the pros and cons of developments and check whether they fit your customers’ needs.

Become a winner and try to stay one step ahead of your competitors.

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Web 10/5/2007

October 5, 2007

Here are some good articles I read this week that I thought you would enjoy:

Get Your Guest-Posts Here
Chris Garrett is offering guest posts for some of us who link to his blog. Chris is such a great writer, I highly recommend that if you have a blog you go check out his post.

New Blog Design – What Do You Think?
Chris also has a new blog design. I like the direction he went with it, what do you think?

Exploiting Passion for Profit
Aaron Wall has also changed up his site a little. I like the changes he has made. Anyway, his post about passion is something I have been thinking about a lot lately. In his post, Aaron gives what I consider to be some great advice that will help you make more money online.

23 Ways To Differentiate Your Blog & Transform It Into A Full-Fledged Website
This was a good list of ways to convert your blog into a website. More and more bloggers are heading this direction. (found via Wendy).

Top 25 Web Design Blogs
My friend, Daniel, made a list of the top 25 web design blogs. Since I enjoy web design, I plan on checking these out soon.

How to start blogging in 5.401 words
Marco Richter wrote a really nice beginners guide on how to start blogging.

The Top Five Online Business Killers
Normally I wouldn’t link to a post on my own blog in my “Internet marketing tips” post, but I just wanted to point out Ryan’s first post as a co-author on this blog. It’s a really good read, go check it out.

That’s it for this week’s reading…

The IM-Myth Report By Russell Brunson

October 4, 2007

I meant to mention earlier this week that I got an email from Russell Brunson about a new report he has released called the IM-Myth Report. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but so far it is a very good read (I am about half way through it). In the report, Russell reveals how offline marketing has made a huge difference in his online success.

The other cool thing about the report is that you can make money online from this report by letting other people know about it. When they download the report using your affiliate link you earn a dollar. Russell is using the same technique that Scott Boulch introduced to the Internet Marketing community when he released (and others copied) “The Death of Adsense Report“. It seems like a great technique for building a list… if you have the money to pay for that many people to join your list.

Anyway, I suggest you go check it out and pass it along to your friends if you like it.

Click here to go download the IM-Myth Report now.

The Top Five Online Business Killers

October 3, 2007

I can go all over the blogosphere and read about things you need for a successful business. Now talking about them is good, because if what you needed for success was common knowledge, there would be more successful businesses. But what I don’t see many people discussing is what your business can do without.

So to keep it short, I’m going to list the top five business killers I know.

  • Fear: There are two ways fear can kill your business. The first is that it paralyzes you so badly you take no action. The second is panic, which is nasty because panicked people make every decision required to bring what caused the panic to pass. Refuse to give in to fear in either case, even if you have to stop long enough catch your breath.

  • Procrastination: Businesses don’t start or grow if everything can wait until tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, a procrastinator will still wait until tomorrow. This causes a vicious Catch 22: tomorrow is never tomorrow when it arrives and you can wait another day. So if you want to get anything done, get rid of your procrastination.

  • Politics: Even if you work alone, businesses don’t exist by producing politics. Your visitors or customers don’t want to argue who’s right or wrong, or listen to you find new ways to parse your latest screw-up. Businesses exist to produce results, and if all you can produce is politics, you won’t be around long.

  • Lack of planning: Businesses require a strategy and a plan to make them grow. Bouncing around randomly is a good way to waste time and money, and a lot of people conclude that ‘well, this just doesn’t work’ for lack of a plan.

  • Excuses: The most empowering philosophy I know is ‘no excuses’. I’ll grant that my background in philosophy is a bit limited, but ‘no excuses’ has worked well for me for as long as I’ve used it. Get out of the habit of making excuses and instead, look for solutions. It’s been a big boon for me.

Those are the top five ways I know to thoroughly wreck your online business. If you have something you want to add, feel free to comment.

Seriously, how do you make a beautiful, sellable ebook? Find your answers today with The Ebook Walkthrough!

My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m the co-author of Can I Make Big Money Online.

If You Want To Make Money Online Be Flexible But Not Indecisive!

October 2, 2007

If you want to make money online, it is important to be flexible. This does not mean you need to be indecisive, just flexible!

I have been working on this “secret” project with my wife Jill that was originally perfect to promote through this blog. However, the plan has changed A LOT since it’s inception. Jill came up with a great idea, but after doing market research we realized that there was competition. Also, after doing market research and after talking with several VERY successful business people, we decided to both broaden and change our target market. We have even made changes in the marketing strategy and the software we will be using.

In other words, we have been VERY flexible.

We were willing to change our plans because of the market research we did. If you listen to your market, you are much more likely to succeed. However…


The definition of indecisiveness is to be prone to indecision. While changing your mind may seem indecisive to some, it’s not. It’s being flexibile, which is a GOOD thing.

On the other hand…

Indecision is bad!

More on indecision in a future post…

For now, just remember to be flexible and listen to your market, otherwise you may wind up making a big mistake.

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