A World of Copycats and Echochambers…

You know, the internet is a funny place these days.  It seems like everyone has an opinion on everything, whether they know what they are talking bout or not.  Maybe it’s the false sense of anonymity, I don’t know.

What I do know though is if you are listening to people’s advice because you are trying to accomplish something…

…you need to be very careful who you listen to.  The fact of the matter is, it’s a copycat world out there in the realm of internet marketing and online business.

You have some people actually doing something, some more people trying to do something and following the action-takers, and a bunch of people just talking.

The problem is they are ALL out there giving their opinions on the same subjects. 

As soon as somebody does something that works, they will have a bunch of people trying to copy them, most times to mediocre results, and a bunch more people just talking about the strategy and not even bothering to try it.  They are just looking for some content.

I could go on and on about this because it’s really running rampant but you know who said it best?

Morpheus (you know…the guy from the Matrix movie said it best.)

There is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.

Meaning that there is a difference between just knowing how to do something, and actually doing it.

Experience outranks everything.

So when it comes to who you listen to online to advance your business or online endeavors, I think it’s important to take the advice of people who are currently doing the thing that you want to be successful at.

Multiple sources are fine.  There is almost always more than one way to succeed online at everything.  However, when it comes to who you listen to and take seriously…

I don’t mean someone who was successful at it 3 years ago or even last year but got out of it (because things change quickly online…)

…I mean the guy or gal who is doing it right now, successfully.

It’s not that you can’t listen to other people and their opinions.  I mean, hey sometimes people have interesting and valid things to say.  However, I am saying that you have to be judicious about who you take seriously, and who you just listen to casually.

And when you start to feel confused about an issue, always drop the advice from the casuals first.  Always consider the advice of people actually doing the thing you want to do, the most important. 

Often times that is the person you are paying to help you.  If it’s not, it should be.

People love to lie.  People love to brag.  People love top talk about things they know next to nothing about.  It’s important to be able to look past all that if you want to succeed online.

Tomorrow I want to get into some modern-day SEO practices type stuff, in an effort to get solid organic traffic, but for now, take some time and reflect on who you have been listening to online.

Are they currently doing the things they are talking with you about?

Are you sure?

Is their advice free of charge?  Often times that advice means very little.  If they have no vested interest in your success, how can you truly take them seriously?

Just some things to think about.  I’ll see you in the next post!

Dominus Owen Markham

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