Top Ten Things I Would Do Differently To Grow My Business Online

Looking over the last 17 years online and after generating millions of dollars, I have to admit that I still have a lot of regrets about the way I have done things.

If I could turn back time, here are the top ten things I would have done differently.

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1. Stop Doing Everything And Outsource

I thought that I could be the “Wal-mart” to every aspect of my business. That was dumb. There are thousands of talented people online that can get things done for you and for cheap. Just check out Fiverr.com where you can get full-blown radio commercials done for as little as $5.

I can’t believe I actually bought a book a few years ago to learn how to do my own XML coding. {Duh!}

Building a business online is not only about achieving financial freedom, but also the freedom to do what you want to do with your time.  If you want to do “everything”, kiss goodbye to time.

2. Start A Continuity Program

There is nothing better than recurring income. I started IMstealth.com a few years ago, but should have started it much sooner. Having a continuity program in your marketing funnel allows you to make recurring income every month without having to worry about doing a new product launch. Product launches are not a business anyway, they are simply a short-term promotion.

3. Promote Only High-Ticket Items

I made a decision to only promote high-ticket quality programs in the future and I now laugh back looking at the emails I sent in the past to make a measly $7 commission.

It is much easier and profitable to sell one product that pays a $1750 commission then to sell 250 units of a $7 commission program to generate the same commission payout.

From now on, I have decided to try and only promote products that pay at least a $90 commission.

4. Stay Focused

Ah yes, the classic “shiny-object” syndrome that almost all of us have suffered from. I can’t count how many webinars I have attended touting the next greatest thing online when those hours could have been put into working on what was already profitable for me.

Don’t expect to see me attending any “Bitcoin” webinars anytime soon.

5. Upgrade Your Computer

I was one of those guys who believed that you run your computer to the ground. Every time I upgraded my computer to a faster processor and more memory, I couldn’t believe the increase in my productivity. Sure it can be expensive to upgrade, but you will make if back with the increased efficiency.

6. Create Systems

Almost everything can be documented into a system. I wish I had done this earlier so the transition of a task to an employee or outsourcer would have been much easier.

7. Trying To Please Everyone

I like to be a people pleaser, but it can be time consuming when you have to deal with negative people all the time. There used to be a time when I used to reply to every single negative email trying to help people.

The reality is that some people can’t be helped and it is a more efficient use of my time to work with people who have a positive outlook on growing their business and life in general.

8. Email More Often And Get More Personal

I personally believe that I don’t email as often as I should. Sometimes two weeks will pass between emails and I feel I lose touch with my “tribe.”

A few years back, it got real bad and I hadn’t mailed out for five months. When I did, I got those “who are you again” replies.

I also wish I could have created more personal emails that talked about my life and insights.

9. Exercise More

A healthy body is a more productive body. Article after articles state that you are much more productive when you eat and exercise regularly.

You might feel productive because you worked ten straight hours sitting on your butt, but the reality is that you probably could have accomplished all those tasks in half the time if you took better care of yourself.

I am sure my “Internet lifestyle” is an indirect reason why I ended up in physiotherapy a few times.

10. Focus On Building An Email List

This is my biggest regret. I wish had put more of an emphasis on building my lists earlier and more efficiently.

When I refer to efficiently, I mean by testing opt-in forms and squeeze pages to dramatically increase conversions.

My email list should be at least double or triple the size it is today had I focused on that on Day 1.

Do you have any regrets? List them in the comments section.

Thanks

Gauher

32 comments

  1. Ted

    Gauher, usually when someone post a post like this I can find one or two things that affect me,but this time its 10 of 10.

  2. Konstantin

    Thank you, Gauher, for your advice. Appreciate.

  3. Sam

    Hi Gauher
    You’re doing an excellent job specially on number 8 because you don’t spam people very often and you give very excellent tips and sure i open and read you emails alot often.
    I just started my own blog and i’m enjoying great tips from you.
    Yes high tickets sales and recurring income is better but sometimes it’s hard to find those …or to get approved if someone just started like me.

  4. Hello Gauher,
    very good article. I think one of the main points is the disciplin. Often we give up, before we reach our goal. In the past I did only 90% and wondering that I hadn´t earned money. In this year I decide to finish my jobs and at the end of the year I can proofe the results. Again thnak you for this article.

  5. Al

    Great Insights G, I am going to take a couple of these and get them going now! My only regret is stopping working to learn paid advertising. I was successful (meaning I made a profit) on my first go at it a couple of years ago, with some good coaching from the PPC Domination program by Jim Yaghi, but I stopped. Now I have to learn it again, whereas I could have been a pro at it by now.

    I also have not worked on building a list and that’s the one that’s going in now, now, now!

    Al

  6. Sohail Sarfraz

    Well said Gauher!

    I can relate to nearly all those points.

    Thanks again

  7. I can related to building a mailing list.
    Especially considering I already had a 2000+ mailing list back in the days when Getresponse was still offering free autoresponders.

    I just let it sit there and expire, not realizing at the time that those filled autoresponders were pure gold 🙁

  8. Teiko

    Gauher,
    this are priceless insights.
    Thanks for being so transparent and helpful.

  9. You are the most introspective marketer online that I know.Could have saved a lot of money and be much further along if I deleted all guru emails but yours.
    Still trying……

  10. Lex

    I wish I had got a mentor earlier! It would have saved me a lot of $$ and headaches.

    Also of course I wish I stayed motivated more. But now I am in the right direction.

  11. Anders

    Great advise Gauher 🙂

    I regret falling for the “free traffic” methods. Paid traffic is the way to go. I don´t have enough fingers to count the number of times I´ve been scammed by “respected” marketers who let people to believe google could be tamed with silly software, silo structures and meta tags.

    I´ve seen mentors of mine change and become fanboys of certain dubious marketers. that makes me sad -but we all have to move on, I guess.

    There will be enough people who´ll try to distract you so keep your hands from the email inbox. It is very healthy IMO. If you leave it alone for a couple of days – you´ll see what I mean 🙂

    Yes – I agree…. a healthy lifestyle- work intensively on your business 3-4 of hours a day. Keep focus and connect with your audience! 😀 They are not clicks or impressions. Believe it or not some have a heart and mind 😀

    -Anders

    P.S. I bough a blazing fast Lenovo 3 months ago- but I miss my old Imac. Gonna get me a Macbook Air when the new update is being released 🙂

  12. simon

    I’d add to the list:

    Spend time in nature daily (it balances out the artificial energetic environment of time spent in front of the computer).

    Take a few minutes for meditation to relieve stress and calm the mind every day – I use transcendental meditation.

    Eat well, don’t skip or rush meals to meet a deadline. I prefer to eat organic non-GMO food where possible.

  13. Great post I emphasize with all 10!
    Top of my list is remember to make money you HAVE to spend some money. The more I talk to very successful Internet Marketers in all walks of this internet life, this is very true. But at first we all try to do everything and spend nothing, take a risk. As they say if you do not take a risk you will end up working work for someone who did!! 😉

  14. Azudi

    I am just starting to look into internet business. I wish I had been there already making good income. I also fail into most of your above regrates. Thanks for your insight.

  15. Awesome post Gauher! I believe most of the tips you shared i can relate to most of them and being guilty of making those mistakes. Specially your first point of delegation and out sourcing is very very important. Thanks for writing this post very useful and powerful.

  16. Ruben

    Gauher,
    Please continue dropping knowledge bombs like these as this was a great wake up call on numerous points. Thanks for all you put out.

  17. cyberbrowski

    I would be really interested in learning about high paying offers. Traffic seems easier than finding non-scammy things to promote.

  18. Stewart Kelly

    Thanks for sharing Gauher. I know outsourcing is going to make the difference for me but some tasks I’m not sure how I would approach. Building a website is different than say designing graphic for an ad campaign. I appreciated your insight about staying in contact. I remember that time you mentioned. I was sure you had been kidnapped by aliens and were being held captive on Planet 51 🙂

  19. Joanna

    Hmm, my comment??

    Why haven’t I started YET? (have been dreaming the deam for the last 8 yrs! …
    Thanks for the inspiration) NOW to start LIVING it!!

  20. Vishal

    Very well said Gauher! So, glad you took the time to share your personal insights – much appreciated. And they apply to anyone doing their own business, whether on-line or off-line.

    I find your emails very insightful, because in many cases I find they apply to business processes in general, and, of course, to those doing things on-line in particular.

    Best wishes

  21. Vishal

    Stewart, they way you could apply outsourcing techniques even in your business, is perhaps by breaking down some graphic design tasks into elementary tasks,and building a team of outsourcers that regularly execute those tasks for you.

  22. Hi Gauher,
    As usual, goodies from you. While it is true you do not e-mail too often 🙂 when you do I usually open and read it because you have something interesting to say.
    Thanks again for your great work. Hopefully one of these days I will attend 1 of your seminars but Calgary is definitely not the closest location to my country; but someday I will!
    Kindest regards,

  23. You hit it on the head with this post Gauher. My biggest regret is thinking I had to know everything when I should have outsourced. Just think of all the time I lost over the last 16 years!

  24. I really appreciated urging us to develop a continuity program, I am just working towards my first product but need to remember that a membership program would bring in cash every month. And that list building – that has to be my focus. The main take away however is to watch your body, and I would add your soul – I read about a woman who in an Internet Millionaire but has terrible chronic neck pain from the hours in front of the computer. We are not a machine to run to the ground. Thanks for the excellent suggestions.

  25. Great list and thanks to Tom Beal for sharing. The one thing I wish I’d learned how to do earlier would be split testing. I’ve been online since 1999 and Google Analytics has been around just about as long and I really wish I’d learned to use their Goals / Experiments earlier. My business partners hated my obsession with analytics so I let myself get shouted down and got lazy. However, looking back at all the brainfarts I had, changing things on a whim and not tracking the effect on results, I could kick myself! Not any more, I’m tracking and tweaking, testing and tracking. Easy to do with things like Leadpages building in the split testing even!

  26. Great share!

    You have wonderful and insightful thoughts, Gauher. Perhaps there’s someone who can relate to you, and I’m pretty sure that they’ll be many.

    Surely there are things that you might regret doing yesterday, but it’s not frustrating though. Here’s today for you to change and be better for tomorrow.

    These things that you might do if ever you could only turn the time back are all remarkable. Numbers 4 and 5 catches me. I’ve also realized them recently.

    I want to be productive and effective in my work, that’s why I focused more and upgrade my laptop for better use. 🙂

    Best,
    Ann07

    By the way, I found this post shared on Kingged.com

  27. Gauher,
    I appreciate your honesty. I am trying to develop my list. I need to start sending more personalized emails instead of articles that me and my team wrote.

  28. This is a great list.

    Great points. Each point is critical to online success.

  29. Promoting Only High Ticket Items is more profitable …I also made mistake earlier by promoting cheap products ….

  30. I totally agree with the first one –> Stop Doing Everything And Outsource.
    Doing those coding on the website very headache job and it will be easy to outsource and get it done immediately.

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