When you’re starting out with internet marketing, it’s common to experience mistakes or to develop bad habits.

Even as a seasoned internet marketer, we may find ourselves struggling with these common pitfalls.

Here they are some of the most common and how to avoid them:

Waiting For things To Happen

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen newbies download a system or product and then let it sit on their computer and collect dust.

Even worse…

Someone who takes one look at the materials and then decides it’s too complicated for them, so they decide to purchase another system.

This cycle continues until they have a bunch of systems they could take action on, but they won’t because they’re now stuck in information overload or they’re just looking for that next shiny object that will make them money at the push of the button (there’s no such thing).

Don’t be like them.

If you really want to develop the proper mindset, you need to realize that every successful entrepreneur was successful because they took action.

Never sit around and wait for things to happen.

Make things happen.

Targeting the Wrong “People”

I mentioned early on in the introduction to internet marketing that you want to be sure that you’re targeting the right people.

This means the people who are actually interested in what you have to offer.

This also means realizing that you are creating value and offers for actual human beings.

Not some robots or search engines.

It’s the people who will pay you if they think you’ve offered them value.

Not the search engines like Google or Yahoo.

Remember that.

Not Staying Focused and/or Setting Goals

Focus and setting goals go hand-in-hand.

You can’t have one or the other.

In order to be focused, you need to have some sort of goal in place, so you know where you’re trying to get to.

Only after you’ve established a goal can you develop a laser targeted focus that will help you overcome and avoid any obstacles that may get in the way of reaching that goal.

Alternatively, you might set too many goals and try to achieve them all at once.


Say you’re trying to get more traffic to your website.

Do you want to try blogging, AdWords, viral marketing, PPC?

The newbie might think that more is better (it’s not) and decide to go after all of those- all at once.

The seasoned marketer will tackle only one of those things for a certain period of time and make calculated changes or decide to try an alternative after some careful testing and analysis.

There’s more pitfalls to avoid, but in my own personal experience, these are some of the most common I see pop up over and over again.

When you’re ready, proceed to the next chapter