If I had to start over from scratch…

People have asked me this question A LOT during the years I’ve been teaching online business:

If you had to start all over from scratch, what would you do?

Well, now I’ve got a really good answer. I actually did it, with a lot of people watching, over the course of the last few years. After I left StomperNet, I basically WAS starting over.

And now, after a really successful and gratifying “Video Boss” launch, I think it’s safe to say that I’m back in the game. I’ve got paying customers, I’ve got a list, and I’m good to go!

I’m sure you want to know what I did to get from there to here and WHY I did it. So, I made a short list of things I knew I needed to get started with right away. I’ll share those with you now:

1. Blog - The first site I built once I was settled in on the west coast was AndyJenkinsBlog.com. I needed a place for people who knew me before to find me again. And, I needed a place for people to discover me.

Having been on the web since before blogs existed, I have to say it’s my preferred “personality platform”. I can post my content, get comments, branch off into social sites, like Twitter, and build my list all right from the same site.

And, you DON’T have to get fancy, either. Sure, I’m using a “premium” theme, but it’s hardly personalized at all. It’s about making it WORK, not making it PRETTY.

2. List - As I mentioned above, if you want true leverage in an online business, you can’t depend on traffic sources you don’t control directly. They always say “the money is in the list” and dang it if “they” aren’t right in this case.

The 2nd thing I did on my blog was to add a list opt-in and start getting subscribers. I didn’t have my product ideas for Video Boss finished, or even fleshed out, but I knew I would need a list when I did, so I started early.

Since my product wasn’t ready, I needed something to engage my visitors and viewers with in the meantime. That’s why I needed:

3. Content – Obviously, a blog is no good without content. So, I did a couple of rock-solid freebies that proved VERY popular out there on the web. I posted them to the blog and emailed my list to come and get it… and share it.

It worked. Bigtime! I’m talking about a list of 10K subscribers built BEFORE I ever got ready to launch Video Boss. Built entirely on the strength of the content of the blog.

If you want to see the kind of content I mean (and if you’re new here) I recommend this Post.

http://www.andyjenkinsblog.com/2009/09/04/oh-hai-i-mind-mapped-ur-biznezz/

It was important that I demonstrate 2 things to my audience: First, that I know what I’m talking about. Second, establishing my core values so that people know what I’m all about.

These two things are important because they build up reciprocity and responsiveness, which is where the “money making” part comes in.

4. Offers - Now, as I pointed out earlier, Video Boss was far from ready all those months ago. I knew I couldn’t just build up an audience based on freebies because, without offers being made periodically, people would resent being marketed to later.

Of course, selling stuff and getting paid is a good reason to make offers, too. :)

Without anything ready in my own product line, I promoted some great stuff that was in line with the values I’d already established in my free content.

There are things that I know are important in online business and I promote products that will help my students reach those ends. I promote the BEST ones I can find.

But, there’s an ulterior motive there, too. The people who offer the best products ALSO have high quality lists filled with customers who care about excellence… and are willing to pay a premium for it.

In other words, the folks who I was an affiliate for were all ideal affiliates for Video Boss when it was ready. So again, you can look at this as a reciprocity “pay it forward” strategy, rather than a typical anonymous affiliate relationship.

I got in touch with those partners and STAYED in touch. I even helped with some of their launches, supplying some BOSS-style video. So, OF COURSE those guys were going to promote my product.

They knew Video Boss was going to work because they’d worked with me and saw what I could do when I helped them out. So, once I was ready, I knew THEY would be ready to help ME.

5. Product – If you’ve been paying attention this month, you’ve seen me launch my Video Boss coaching program. I developed this in the background the entire time I worked on other things.

But, you’ll notice I didn’t start with the product first. I began building an audience, and a JV promotional channel, and a list building platform SIMULTANEOUSLY.

The interactions I had with my partners during their launches, and with my blog and list subscribers, HEAVILY influenced the development of Video Boss. So much so that, if I look at it now and compare it to my first notes, you wouldn’t even recognize it.

This is VERY IMPORTANT… I listened to my market and my affiliates and created my course to conform exactly to what people NEEDED, packaged in a way that gave them what they WANTED.

That worked on the affiliate side, too, because the product was built to appeal to them as well as my market. Big payouts, solid reputation for quality, happy customers, and they already knew I’d been a good affiliate for them, so they knew they weren’t just going to LOSE subscribers to me.

6. Repeat – That’s really all there is to it. I’m going to take care of this class of Video Boss members and, while I do that, I’ll keep posting great content (like this) to the blog and email list.

I’ll keep engaging you in conversation, collecting comments, and thinking about what my next product will be. I’ll keep looking for tools and offers that you can use to grow your business.

I plan to keep helping you and, in exchange, a lot of the people I help will support me through checking out my offers. It’s not rocket science and I deliberately tried to keep it simple here because it IS simple.

Don’t get bogged down in the technical side of things, choosing the best blog software or the best list software, at first. You can always improve down the line – it’s about getting started and getting some momentum.

Once you have that, keeping that momentum going gets easier and easier. Especially if you’re treating your audience as well as you should. I’ve got a secret formula for that too! :)

7. Be a good guy – This one isn’t required, sadly. There are lots and lots of fortunes built on slimeball tactics and leaving others worse off than you found them.

I just can’t knowingly operate that way. There’s WAY too many bad guys out there. Be a good guy. Strive for it. Bend over backwards for your customers. Be good to your partners.

Are you going to make mistakes? YES. Work hard to make them right, because that’s what a good guy does. The harder you work to make things better for everyone around you, the more and more rewards life will send your way.

I don’t mean to get all “deep” on you with “The Secret” style stuff. But, I’ve found the truest of some of the sayings I’ve heard is that in order to get what you want out of life, help others get what they want.

Steps 1 though 7 above are how I try to work every day and I think I’ve been pretty successful at it so far. Most of the people whose success I admire the most also subscribe to them. Though maybe with different tools, the underlying frame work is the same for all of us. There’s enough room in this model for you to put yourself into it completely. And, if you do, I have no doubt you’ll succeed.

Until next time,
Andy

P.S. How would YOU start over from scratch? Did I forget anything in my list? Let me know in the comments.

Subject: If I had to start over from scratch…

People have asked me this question a LOT over the years I’ve been teaching online business: If you had to start all over from scratch, what would you do?

Well, I’ve got a really good answer now, and I actually did the whole thing in public over the course of the past several months.  After I left StomperNet, I bascially WAS starting over.

And now, after a really successful and gratifying “Video Boss” launch, I think it’s safe to say that I’m “back” in the game.  I’ve got paying customers, I’ve got a list, and I’m good to go!

I’m sure you want to know what I did to get from there to here and WHY I did it so I made a short list of things I knew I needed to get started with right away.  I’ll share those with you now:

1. Blog – The first site I built once I was on the west coast and settled in was AndyJenkinsBlog.com.  I needed a place for people who knew me to find me again.   And I needed a place for people to discover me.

Having been on the web since before blogs existed, I have to say it’s my preferred “personality platform” nowadays.  I can post my content, get comments, branch off into social sites like twitter, and build my list, right from the same site.

And you DON’T have to get fancy, either.  Sure, I’m using a “premium” theme, but it’s hardly personalized at all.  It’s about making it WORK not making it PRETTY.

2. List – As I mentioned above, if you want true leverage in an online business, you can’t depend on traffic sources you don’t control directly.  They always say “the money is in the list” and dang if “they” aren’t right in this case.

The very 2nd thing I did on my blog was to add a list opt-in and start getting subscribers.  I didn’t have my eventual product ideas for Video Boss finished or even fleshed out, but I knew I would need a list when I did, so I started early.

But since my product wasn’t ready, I needed something to engage my visitors and viewers with in the meantime.  That’s why I needed:

3. Content – Obviously, a blog is no good without content.  So I did a couple of rock-solid freebies that proved VERY popular out there on the web.  I posted them to the blog, and I emailed my list to come and get it and share it.

It worked.  Bigtime!  I’m talking about a list of 10K subscribers built BEFORE I ever got ready to launch Video Boss, built entirely on the strength of the content on the blog.

If you want to see the kind of conent I mean (and if you’re new here) I recommend this Post.

http://www.andyjenkinsblog.com/2009/09/04/oh-hai-i-mind-mapped-ur-biznezz/

It was important that I demonstrate 2 things to my audience: First, I know what I’m talking about.  Second, establish my core values so that people know what I’m all about.

That’s because it builds up reciprocity and responsiveness, which is where the “making money” part comes in.

4. Offers – Now as I pointed out earlier, Video Boss was far from ready all these months ago.  I knew I couldn’t just build up an audience based on freebies because without offers being made periodically, people would resent being marketed to later.

Of course, selling stuff and getting paid is a good reason to make offers, too. :)

Without anything ready in my own product line, I promoted some rock solid stuff that was in line with the values I’d already estabilished in my free content.

There are things that I know to be important in online business, and I promote products that will help my students reach those ends.  I promote the BEST ones I can find.

But there’s an ulterior motive there too.  The people with the best products being offered ALSO have high-quality lists filled with customers who care about quality… and are willing to pay a premium.

In other words, the folks who I was an affiliate for were all ideal affiliates for Video Boss when it was ready.  So again, you can look at this as a reciprocity “pay it forward” strategy rather than a typical anonymous affiliate relationship.

I got in touch with those partners and STAYED in touch.  I even helped with some of their launches, supplying some BOSS-style video.  So OF COURSE those guys were going to promote.

They knew “Video Boss” was going to work because they’d worked with me, and I helped them out.  They saw what I could do.  So once I was ready, I knew THEY would be ready to help ME.

5. Product – If you’ve been paying attention this month, you’ve seen me launch my “Video Boss” coaching program.  I’d been developing this in the background the whole time I’d been doing the other stuff.

But you’ll notice I didn’t start with the product first.  I began building an audience, and a JV promotional channel, and a list building platform SIMULTANEOUSLY.

The interactions I had with partners and their launches, and with my blog and list subscribers HEAVILY influenced the development of Video Boss.  So much so that if I look at it now and compare it to my first notes, you wouldn’t even recognize it.

And this is VERY IMPORTANT because I listened to my market and my affiliates and actually created my course to conform exactly to what people NEEDED, packaged in a way that gave them what they WANTED.

And that worked on the affiliate side too because the product was built to appeal to them as well.  Big payouts, solid reputation for quality, happy customers, and they already knew I’d been a good affiliate for them, so they knew they weren’t just going to LOSE subscribers to me.

6. Repeat – That’s really all there is to it.  I’m going to take care of this class of Video Boss members, and while I do, I’ll keep posting great content (like this) to the blog and email list.

I’ll keep engaging you in conversation, collecting comments, and thinking about what my next product will be.  I’ll keep looking for tools and offers that you can use to grow your business.

I plan to keep helping you, and in exchange a lot of the people I help will support me through checking out my offers.  It’s not rocket science, and I deliberately tried to keep it simple her because it IS simple.

Don’t get bogged down in the technical side of things choosing the best blog software or the best list software at first.  You can always improve down the line – it’s about getting started and getting some momentum.

Once you have that, keeping that momentum going gets easier and easier.  Especially if you’re treating your audience as well as you should.  I’ve got a secret formula for that too! :)

7. Be a good guy – This one isn’t required, sadly.  There are lots and lots of fortunes built on slimeball tactics and leaving others worse off than you found them.

I just can’t operate that way knowingly – there’s WAY too many bad guys out there.  Be a good guy.  Strive for it.  Bend over backwards for your customers.  Be good to your partners.

Are you going to make mistakes?  YES.  Work hard to make them right, because that’s what a good guy does.  The harder you work to make things better for everyone around you, the more and more rewards life will send your way.

I don’t mean to get all “wishy-washy” with “The Secret” style stuff on you.  But I’ve found the truest of those kinds of sayings is that in order to get what you want out of life, help others get what they want.

Steps 1 though 7 above are how I try to do that every day, and I think I’ve been pretty successful at it so far.  Most of the people whose success I admire have done pretty much the same thing, though maybe with different tools.

The underlying skeleton is the same, but there’s enough room in this model for you to put yourself into it completely, and if you do, I have no doubt you’ll succeed.

Until next time,
Andy

P.S. How would YOU start over from scratch?  Did I forget anything in my list?  Let me know in the comments.  See you on the blog!

  • http://www.dvdrepairtips.com Dvdrepairtips

    You are a good guy Andy.

  • http://www.beachhouseadvertising.com Kevin Browne

    Andy is rare. While most internet marketers sling their slanted language and their screenshots, Andy KNOWS that when you give it away it comes rushing back.

    Keep up the amazing content, Andy…the web needs it.

    Kevin
    Beach House Advertising

  • Martin Bellinger

    HI Andy

    You have just saved me ton of work :) l am just starting with buddy who is an enterainer but hardly any IM skills etc . He is about to launch a book and l have trying to show him this very same process. SO just .. it just forward the email/newsletter and let them do it for me.

    Have great day Andy and looking forward to watching your journey.

    Regards
    Martin Bellinger

  • http://www.incanswers.com Vern L

    I dig your style Andy. I’m one of the good guys too – and hopefully that shows through in my blog.

    If I had it to do over? Hmm. I think I’d start producing content immediately and forget about building the traffic side. There are so many places where traffic can be found. Leverage those that have the traffic already because that’s the hardest part.

    Create something as unique as you can, as helpful as you can, and be as friendly as you can. That’s how I’d focus if I was starting over!

    Great post!

  • http://underconstruction.com John Klein

    I’m trying to get started but I’m stuck big time on the technical, which packages to use (that I can learn), and having a turn-to guy or gal to help me out when I’m stuck, technically. I have an internet hosting service setup and have purchased aweber, wordpress and flexsqueeze (on one persons reco) but I don’t know how to tie everything together on the web site.
    Can you direct me to someone who can help? Thanks.

    • http://thelifekey.com Steve

      John, are you serious? If you are drop me a line via http://www.thelifekey.com and I’ll give you some pointers.

  • http://LindaFeinholz.com Linda Feinholz

    Andy,
    This is beautifully put – and as relevant for off-line as on-line life. I’ll be passing this forward to the entrepreneurs and small business owners I work with who wonder why they’re stalled in business. For easily a third of them, they’ve goofed up at Number 5 – they’re putting all their efforts into what they ‘believe’ should be in the market place, without spending any time in relationship with the people they believe they’re serving to discover what they REALLY want!

    Never can be reminded often enough to start by being in relationship and communication with your clients and customers first!
    Linda -

  • Michael

    It’s way toooooo early, lol, but of course I had to leave you a comment, :) You hit it Andy! I always look forward to your posts. :) :)

  • http://www.socialmediaprofitschool.org Craig Filek

    Exceptional post Andy – a clear example of the philosophy & practice you are writing about. I’ll be reposting this for my fans and followers (another clear example of what you’re writing about ;-)

    Cheers,

    Craig

  • http://www.merchantcorner.com Eamon Rodeck

    Amazing post Andy! I love the transparency.

    My favorite line is “I deliberately tried to keep it simple because it IS simple”. It’s so true, but most people get caught up in the details, and the complexity they think needs to exist to succeed. It’s all about the principles, not the details.

    Once again, wonderful post! I look forward to the “REPEAT”.

  • http://www.internetyexito.com Sebastian Saldarriaga

    Andy, this has been one of the best post I have read in a long time. Thanks so much for being so open and YES… you are one of the good guys!

    Congratulations of such great launch!

    Sebastian

  • http://www.chrisaevans.com Chris Evans

    Andy you are the man. You’re freeline is better than most peoples sold products. You really raise the bar my friend!! I think you should put together some videos (wink, wink) of list building LIKE-A-BOSS!!

    Your Friend,
    Chris Evans

  • http://www.noisefreeheadphones.com JEFF MEIER

    Truly one of the better people in the IM arena, and a person who has a story of life that we can all relate too as well. I always knew you would come back stronger and better than before, and you truly know what your talents are and share them with us all through your teachings.
    Remember if Andy Jenkins is talking….you should be taking notes! (good advice!)

  • Noel

    Hi Andy,
    Love the post. I have a product online I have a number of ideas for blogs content that would supplement it . How would you suggest i get traffic to it ? Its an online tool that helps people remember for exams, interviews etc..
    thanks
    Noel

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul Aguiar

    It really is all about the list and the relationships with partners and your readers.

    That has been proven over and over again, one without the other wont work.

    Great Post

  • http://www.money-while-you-sleep.biz Lex

    Funny I wrote to someone along these exact lines a couple of days ago. Here’s what I put (exact quote):

    If I had to start all over again I knowing what I know now… I’d say the most important things to understand are –
    picking the right niches to focus on
    building an email list
    not trying to conquer too many niches or try too many different things at once
    keyword research and the adwords keyword tool
    getting the traffic
    not giving up your job until your online income can support you!!

  • Josee

    What an AWESOME post Andy,

    I spent thousand of dollars in the past months on many great courses.
    What you give here is exactly the success formula others charge a K or 2 for.

    Paragraph 4 and 5 is pure Gold

    Thanks for your dedication I’m proud to be one of your clients

    Josee

  • Bruce

    Hey Andy:
    What can I add to the glowing comments? It’s so refreshing to see your great attitude at the top.

    Good to see “Tubby” Nerd (aka Ed Dale), Frank Kern, and John Reese gabbing about you. You DESERVE the best!

    I can see you up there on top of Mt Everest, but I’m still hiking through the foothills.
    Catchin’ up with you (I’m IN your program) and see you up there.

  • http://change-career-with-purpose.com Chaplain Paul Slater

    This one comment on item 5 impressed me most:
    And that worked on the affiliate side too because the product was built to appeal to them as well. Big payouts, solid reputation for quality, happy customers, and they already knew I’d been a good affiliate for them, so they knew they weren’t just going to LOSE subscribers to me.

    There are so many internet marketers who ask me to promote their product, but I know that to do so is to send my customers away for life. The ones I like to support somehow make it possible for affiliates to receive commission on all their products. I assume this is what you are referring to in your comment above.

    • http://www.andyjenkinsblog.com Andy Jenkins

      That’s one way to look at it. I also meant that since I’ve been an affiliate for these vendors BEFORE I ask them to promote my stuff, they can safely assume that I will promote again. I’m not just scraping people away from them, but providing yet another channel they can put people into that will make them look good down the line.

  • Ellie

    I’m reworking my website and blog. I’m not ready for your VideoBoss program (plus it’s sold out right now). But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE (yes, I’m pleading) put up those instruction/teaser videos for those of us still trying to figure it out. I’m so upset that I didn’t download them. Please!?!?!?!? I absolutely love the way you teach and share. Thanks so very much. From a ‘grandma newbie.’ :-)

  • http://www.googlewindfall.com dadibattini

    This is what required for people. Being fair to people and going ahead with the flow of content is the king, which one has to understand. TRULY it make sense.

  • http://www.debtcredittips.com/blog/credit/credit-repair/how-to-repair-your-credit-step-by-step-part-1.html Credit Repair Relief

    First off Andy, I want you to know what an inspiration you have been. I have learned a lot from you and have already had some successes from the information you provided. THANK YOU!

    As for starting over, there are way too many things that I could list here, but if I were to choose one little thing…well…

    I would change the way I leave comments on blogs. Rather than just leave my name, I would use a keyword for one of my sites, as you can tell. No, my name is not Credit Repair Relief.

    Also, most people who submit blog comments submit it with a link back to the home page of their site. Rather than linking to my home page, I’m starting to deep link further into my blog to one of the blog posts I’m trying to promote. Wouldn’t that help with SEO rankings??? We’ll see.

    I also wish I would have written and distributed more articles. I can keyboard at about 60 wpm so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem, which leads me to another thing I wish I had changed earlier…stop being so damn lazy.

    Joeseph Nykoluk

  • Russ Reynolds

    Hey Andy – great post!

    Could you do a follow up post like this..

    What I Would Do If I Had To Start All Over Again From Scratch And I Was A Nobody Instead Of An Internet Rock Star

    Not being facetious at all – I would love to know how you would do things if you didn’t already have tons of cred and JV partners etc.

    Cheers,

    Russ

    • http://www.andyjenkinsblog.com Andy Jenkins

      It would be short – do the exact same thing. But it would just take longer – my very first product might not be such a premium deluxe affair. I might start out doing smaller coaching groups or webinars to build up that reputation you’re talking about. But it’s the “Repeat” part that’s key. You cycle through this getting more of an audience each time. The people who have used your previous stuff start influencing others on your behalf and you can catch it all because of the blog and list setup.

      • Riczhard

        Thanks Russ for asking my question and thanks Andy for the clear answer.
        I do hope that your Pre-Launch videos to “Video Boss” will again become available.

      • Russ Reynolds

        Stand up guy…stand up response.

        Thanks.

  • http://www.FettMarketing.com Chris Kauza

    Andy,

    If I were going to start all over again I would focus even more on what the customer’s BUSINESS problems are and how to solve them. It’s always worked in the past & is what works now.

    Having something that you try to get people to buy? Not the way to go. Help them & focus on them first…

    Chris

  • http://www.i-leadonline.com/podcast Andy Kaufman

    My 15 year old son had the opportunity to compete for a scholarship, and one option was to do a video essay. We both watched the Video Boss episodes and decided to try out your formula. While many of the competing submissions got in the low hundreds of views, my son’s is nearing 1,000 in less than a week. We find out today if he won, which he has a reasonably good shot at!

    Here’s the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57G60CY4Hz4

    Regardless of whether he wins or not, we feel we’ve won because we’ve learned a great way to whip out an awesome video, thanks to the Boss!

    With gratitude,

    Andy and son Barrett

    • http://tech-informer.com Ron

      Wow Andy, your son Barrett did an amazing job!

      Talk about a quick learner!

  • http://www.AllAboutHealthNetwork.com john william johnson

    What a post Andy. I could take this and make a course out of it! i got tired just reading it!
    When you are a master, it’s easy to lay things out as though anyone could just follow the steps and do it. And in a way, that’s true. Masters always make things easy.
    Personally, i have no desire to start over! But if i did, it would be a lot of fun videos, and a way to post easily and effortlessly. And some killer offer to get people to sign up for my posts.
    Thanks Andy. Thank god i made it into you video boss program. What does that make me? a bossee? a bosseur?

  • http://RoseMis.com Rose Mis

    Andy…

    Once again you have given more away for FREE with this blog post than most people give in their paid stuff. This is a very simple actionable road map that if followed…will produce results like crazy. You don’t have to have everything in place..you just have to get it going…all the rest follows exactly the way it is supposed to.

    Focusing on the development and nurturing of relationships is what separates the winners from the wannabees. Alot of “veteran” marketers have been doing alot of list burning recently… it will be interesting to see where they all end up…

    Congrats on the “Successful Super Boss” comeback…Video Boss is an incredible product… it’s a liquid Master’s Degree in Video POURED into folks….

    PS and BTW… I had to start all over again…offline to online … the principles are the same… it is all about relationships….value and service FIRST… creating RAVING fans who in turn support and promote YOU to others…. simply the BEST way to do it !!

    Blessings to YOU..

    Rose

  • http://www.KeySleepAids.com Chris Adams

    Great timing Andy,

    A friend is just starting out in IM and earlier this week he asked for a road map on how to proceed. I like your thoughts better than mine. However, you missed a biggie. My list:

    1 Get on the mailing lists of “reputable” pros and take advantage of their blogs. I’d suggest you create an email account just for their newsletters. People I trust: #1 guru Andy Jenkins… (Yes Andy, this is the actual quote from my email)
    2 Research a market
    3 Research several niches within this market
    4 Identify the niche
    5 Determine the keywords
    6 Build web site
    7 Build blog
    8 Develop quality related content
    9 Sign-up with affiliate directories
    10 Generate traffic
    11 Develop an email program

    Keep up the great work my friend,
    Chris

  • http://www.BigValueDepot.com/store/index.asp?affSponsorID=249373 Bruce

    Hi Andy,

    All those years building your skills and participating in research and helping others build their businesses has cemented your reputation as a great and entertaining source of info. I wonder however, about your steps to ‘starting from scratch’. I bet your results would be very different if you were to market under a different name ie Lou Groutham or some other anonymous name. Your name and your previous work helped you build your list and achieve your JV deals. Kudos to you. Psst, hey, I’ve got a startup eBay-like store I’d like to show you that is sneaking up on the bigger players. If you have something to sell – affiliate products,boats, cars, collectibles, medieval swords (hint hint), furniture or real estate or even website services or video cameras, check out this website. You even get 5 free lifetime listings if you type in my special code 249373 .

    I look forward to getting your stuff. Later.

    • http://www.andyjenkinsblog.com Andy Jenkins

      You’re absolutely right that my reputation certainly helped me get started all over again. But even if I DIDN’T have that established reputation, I’d still follow the steps above. It’s a cumulative, scalable system. The more I keep repeating the above, the more profitable it is each go round, because the “pool” of people I can influence continues to grow.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • John

    Hi Andy.

    Just to tell you that i am very happy to see your succeed. My online bussines and my life are now very VERY good, thanks in part for your content and life example.

    Really man, thanks for all.

    God bless you!

  • Walter Daniels

    As usual, you show the way. Honesty and ethics are always the best way, even if not the fastest. If you don’t put the customer first, even before you sell them anything, they will know it. People have been conditioned by scammers to look past hype, and ignore those who use it. Andy, you are one of the master teachers, who make the complex simple, and remind us of the basics, which we need to remember. I hope I can be known as one too, someday.

  • http://www.BeInspired-blog.com Sean M Kelly

    Hi Andy

    Absolutely excellent post! Well as it happens I am starting from scratch yet again on a new website/business. So what am I doing?

    1. Purpose – Decide on some purpose/cause/need you want to serve. There is no shortage of needs to be addressed in our world. So pick one that resonates with you and best of all that you love. As Steve Jobs said at his Stanford presentation – “The only way to do great work is to love what you do”

    2. Talent – List your talents/strengths/gifts and ask yourself how can you use them to serve this purpose.

    3. Vision – Create a vision which is heart centered and use your head to decide what goals need to be set and what actions need to be taken to begin to realise that vision.

    4. Focus – Most importantly these days keep your attention/focus on what you’re doing – stop wasting time on whats unimportant like reading hundreds of emails/blogs/websites etc every week. Decide very quickly what is useful and what isent.

    5. Measure – review daily/weekly your progress – do it at a set time maybe at the end of the day/week and do it only for max 3 minutes. Also plan the next day/week at the end of the next day/week.

    6. Gratitude Never stop feeling grateful as it unfolds and for the lives you touch in a positive way. As the twelfth century Christian mystice Meister Eckhart said “if the only prayer we were to ever say was ‘Thankyou’ that would be enough.

    Be Inspired!
    Sean M Kelly

    ps: If you’d like to know when the new website is launched (next 2 weeks) subscribe to the Be Inspired ezine at http://www.BeInspired.com

    • http://OutsourceOuttakes.com Howard “OutSourcerer” Tiano

      Excellent comment, Sean!

      I’ll be printing this out along with Andy’s post! :)

  • kalem

    I’ve bought many ‘guru’ courses. And most presented the same road map as you. However, witnessing your Video Boss launch was an excellent lesson that solidified the lessons of the gurus. Your article puts the process in context and outlines key timing steps (it would seem the ‘normal’ thing to do’ would be to have a product first).

    I wasn’t able to buy Video Boss, this time. But, if it presents content in the manner that you have in this article, you’ve launched a great product – and taught great lessons in the process!! (you probably made a couple of dollars, also)

  • http://the-group.intranets.com Owen Doonan

    Andy,
    Given what we know technologically today vs my start interacting at 1800 baud on Arpenet which as us old timers know subsequently became the Internet. I would focus on developing an interactive audio visual dialog that engages existing members in dialog and entices new members to join in and dialog with the membership. Dialog based tools like Skype and Dim Dim can be taped and re-played facebook style on the blog to kick it up a notch;-)

    FYI, I was formerly the VP of Video Sports Network. Currently as a member of my state vocxational rehabilitation Council, I am focused on enabling people with disabilities to start or return to work which further enables them to live independently!

    Cheers from a young minded senior Internet citizen,
    Owen

  • http://www.webnamaste.com Radhakrishnan KG

    Great Post.. Now i am glad i subscribed to your blog!

    I really believe in the 7th point – being a good guy.. That’s something you don’t witness much in the online realm. It’s too darn easy to get scammed online, or being delivered substandard products/services.

    What if you screw your chance to provide value, TRY Hard to provide value to your audience. That’s the way to go forward. What you GIVE comes back to you in multiple fold.

    I liked your blog very much.. Thanks a lot!

    Radhakrishnan KG
    Founder, WebNamaste.

  • http://www.amitsharmanetwork.com Amit Sharma

    HI Andy,
    Awesome post ! Very inspiring and as always, great content. You’ve opened up the eyes of many ‘newbies’ (and ‘oldies’ for that matter!). You’re a legend! Keep it rolling buddy !

    Amit

  • http://blog.robertperrett.com Thomas

    How would I start over? If you could tell me that everybody you ever gave advice to or coached succeeded then I’d be inclined to try what you advised.
    Nevertheless, right now I’m thinking about trying some of the things you suggest along with a grain of salt.
    In brief, your blog sure makes for good reading. Keep up the good effort.

  • Sharyn

    Andy,
    You have a fine ear for the rhythm of the conversation. Yesterday I was missing the Andy Jenkins communications — feeling even wistful for the conversation the Video Boss folks must be having.
    And in my email this morning — a new blog post from you about just what I want to focus on!
    So thank you again — for the community, the conversation and the knowing you share.

  • Anon

    Andy, you are the reason why I join StomperNet in the first place (Now Leaving! StomperNet will never be the same without you! Its totally Suckin…)

  • http://www.mdz.ca/stompers.html Manny Zarate

    Hey Andy,

    Manny Zarate here, a stompernet member and a follower of yours.

    Andy, you are one of the very few good guys in the internet marketing business, and I am glad you are back!

    To all of you reading, Andy is capable of helping you change your life, for ever! He sure helped me. See, in 2008 thanks to a lot of SEO stuff I learned from stompernet where Andy was one of the teachers, my company made over $8,000,000 for my customer and my own ecommerce stores. That is huge to me, and that was thanks to a lot of the work that Andy did in stompernet, and I tell you why…

    I am a very visual learner, and Andy videos inside stompernet made a huge difference in my learning, without the videos it would have been impossible for me to learn as much as I did and be able to reach my goals.

    Thank you Andy and I hope this short testimonial will help your followers to understand that you do REALLY can change people’s lifes.

    Take care my friend, and send me an email if you ever need me to record a testimonial for you.

    Manny Zarate
    SEO Blueprint

  • Harry Gilliam

    Start over again from scratch? It’s an interesting question. Though I can’t answer WHAT the business would be, I can definitely say HOW it would be.

    For me, it has to be something I love doing; something I have passion about and fun with. Tried businesses that were all about they money. After awhile, it got agonizing to go to work every day. Every business is gonna have its challenges, ups and downs. If I love the work, I’ll come to work no matter what. But in a loveless bidness, I am outa there.

    So, like you, Andy, I would simply repeat the process in an arena I love. And that’s what sustains me in my current business. As long as it’s a fun challenge, and especially because my fireworks customers are the most fun on the planet, I just keep building.

  • http://www.affiliatemarketingresources.com.au Rosemary

    G’day Andy from Sunny Queensland

    Just to add my congratulations for your success with Video Boss, and say thank you for what you shared and continue to share with us lesser mortals *s* I learnt heaps, but my view is that your personality and presentation style sold your product as much as your skills.

    As for starting from scratch that’s exactly where I am at right now. Having been a web designer in a former life means setting up blogs and sites is doable. But the stumbling block is finding the right niches, mastering the making of videos for interesting content and just getting one subscriber for starters would be nice. *s* However it’s said persistance or is that patience is a virtue? Whichever “P” it is I hope there is a payout soon *s* cos being broke isn’t much fun *s*

    Just some food for thought when you are planning your next project, though your pricing was more than warranted for what you offerred it was too expensive for many newbie marketers and we exist in droves.

    But we do spend lot’s of money we don’t have *s* so you might consider developing a modified down program for the masses or maybe taking a newbie over there in hand from A-Z and showing your subscribers how someone really can make money with what you teach. The advantage you have in doing that is your credibility is well established so, 1. you benefit with a bigger following of supporters and buyers (the power of multiplication) and 2. New marketers will have a bit of faith restored that they can make money and not everyone is just out to con them.

    Wow that was bit of a rave amazing how clear sighted I can be at 2:30am
    Have a great day…Rosemary

  • http://www.mikestenger.com Mike Stenger

    If I had to start over from scratch, I’d probably not lie to myself, make excuses, and get involved with a bunch of bs. I wasted a lot of time doing that and it’s very harmful if you truly want to make things happen.

  • http://www.etaylamoneymakereviews.com Peter

    Andy – you’re an inspiration and a great entertainer and trainer. Keep it up.
    Stompernet was the first BIG launch I followed as a newbie, and Video Boss was every bit as entertaining and informative. Style-setting for sure, and

    Video is HUGE right now.

    You asked, “did I leave anything out on my list? Well, as the subject was ‘starting over’ I think there’s one really vital thing. YOU knew what you were good at, so you started over in your field of expertise. But for most wannabees, trying to decide which IM field to go into is potentially fraught – and expensive. So I would add to your list as a precursor: “Review all the options before you start, and align them with your budget, your strengths, your interests, your technical and personal skills, and your talents. Then decide what you are going to do – and do that one thing only. Go deep into your niche and market before you even think about going wider into other niches.”

    Of course, that could be spun out into a entire internet course! But, as you asked…

    Thanks again for keeping the high-end of internet marketing alive and thriving.
    Peter Merrifield

  • http://www.andiepetoskey.com Andie Petoskey

    Andy,

    This is “Andie”! :)

    What a great post! I am sure all of us do not want to think about what we would do if we had to start over. However, it is all about relationships… developing, cultivating, and keeping. If you have done this along the way, re-building will be easier than completely starting over from scratch!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Andie Petoskey
    Success Coach

    “I am transforming individuals, small businesses, corporations, and the world… one video, one audio, one book at a time.”

  • http://NicCoventry.com Nic Coventry

    Great post, thanks for the information. You Rock!

    - Nic Coventry

  • Randy Hanson

    Hey Andy,
    Thanks for the good info. I am wondering if you are planning on doing another
    Video boss in the future. The time was not right for me to join on this go round
    but hope to catch it next time if there is one.

    Thanks – Randy

    randy.gm@gmail.com

  • Randy Hanson

    Hey Andy,

    Thanks for the great info. I was wondering if you will be planning a second Video Boss
    training in the future? I was unable to be a part of the last one, but would love to catch
    the next one if there is a next one.

    Thanks – Randy

  • http://dooster.net Ed Parry

    Thanks for yet more A grade content Andy

  • http://thewebfirst.com Joe Kindred

    When anyone asks my wife what I do she replies “He starts over”! Check this out at
    http://ucanstartover.blogspot.com/
    Andy – you are spot on right, AND we are all ALWAYS starting over.
    You are a genius – I always agree with and applaud your “stuff”

  • http://www.ShellyAllenOnline.com Shelly Allen

    Hey Andy!

    If I had to start over from scratch…

    Which I have SEVERAL times…

    About the ONLY thing I would have done differently…

    Is enjoyed the process more with the understanding that SUCCESS is in the JOURNEY…NOT the final destination!

    So GLAD I ‘get’ that NOW!

    Makes life more FUN!

    Peace OUT Andy…

    I’m enjoying your newsletter…

    THE Shells…;)

  • Steve

    Andy, thank you for your post . . . most inspiring. It leads me to a question.

    The steps you have outlined are excellent and very “doable” by anyone. But I wonder how critical it is to be in a niche market that lends itself to commercial success. I sense that there are many “good guy” marketers out there that have essentially followed your outline but are still struggling to make ends meet.

    Do you believe anyone can follow his/her passion (as a niche choice) and make a good living online? OR Is it a better strategy to seek out a “money niche” and join the space as a newbie competitor? I value your experience and opinion. Thanks.

    Steve

  • Greg Porter

    I’m actually stealing this from one of John Reese’s last printed newsletters: I would become more focused. I became interested in too many things before I really knew how to do anything (aside from buying products, that is).

    I am finally starting to actually narrow–five years into the whole thing–and selling off some of my cognitively scattered sites.

  • http://www.helpfulhintsandreviews.com Tony Bright

    Andy, this is a great post but unless I missed it I see no reference to how you drove the traffic to your blog to build that list. That’s cool in how it worked for you starting over but it’s not exactly starting from scratch. You had skills and credibility and probably some list already to start with.

    How would a new person starting from scratch do something similar?

    A blog, sure not that difficult to set up
    Content, well that’s a bit more difficult especially to stand out
    Optin in form a little technical but not too difficult
    A quality product to sell, not too hard to find
    Targeted Traffic, now here’s where the rubber hits the road
    and where it stops for most people trying to make money online

  • http://www.superomedia.com Tom

    Great blog post as always! Respect!

  • http://www.healthwithhypnosis.com John Petrocelli

    Andy:

    A few weeks ago, I was clueless as who to the heck was this
    Andy Jenkins character.

    Yea, I heard of Stompernet … but after a year or more of listening to
    the likes of the ‘so-calld’ gurus , Yanik and the rest .. and heard the
    little innuendos sneak into their training compilations
    (yes, I bought them)

    … and how they let slip about how FELT about the their
    customer base or what suckers their customers were …. and
    how they were going to teach us to do the same …

    well … the only guys I cared to listen to were guys that provided
    value and expressed an honesty in their marketing efforts, like
    Mike Stewart, Dave Kaminisky … just a small handful.

    My email box was inundated from your affiliates for VideoBoss.
    I watched your videos … and btw, I can’t believe I sat through
    the whole thing … normally 30 seconds is enough to have me
    attempting to drive knitting needles into my brain …
    but this .. what … 20 minute video kept me ‘entranced’.

    I’ve watched those 4 videos like dozens of times now.
    I picked up a lot of neat tricks … They are also ‘UPBEAT’,
    like popping in a motivational tape ….

    You come off as a very likable, talented guy that
    gives a flying #*#* about what he’s talking about and
    teaching … and that passion is rare ….

    Keep up the good work …. And if I need an uplifting
    idea today, I’m going to click on the Video Boss Vids
    that I downloaded to my IPhone.

    They are really the best examples of internet
    marketing out there … Did you really do the video
    portion with your 150 buck Kodak zi8 ? :)

    JP
    hypnoclass.com

  • Michael G.

    Thanks Andy…great post.
    Always great advice and straight to the point…just as it was was when I first came across you in Stomping the Search Engines!
    I’ve always felt you’re a natural teacher as well…you have a great way of getting your message across and I love your humor.
    Quick question for you; I wasn’t ready for Video Boss but there was a lot of stuff in Little Boss that I could, and would, like to use. Any chance we could get access to the Little Boss videos, even for a fee?
    Thanks, and keep up the great work.

  • http://bestheartratemonitorwatch.net Debbie Lattuga

    If I had to start over, I’d start sooner. I’d still make mistakes, lose some money, but I’d be in the game.

  • http://OutsourceOuttakes.com Howard “OutSourcerer” Tiano

    Andy,

    You certainly are one of the “good guys!”

    Thanks for sharing that well-thought-out post, I will be sending out a link to this post to my list in hopes it will keep them (as well as me) grounded when the going gets tough.

    Congrats on your well-deserved success with Video Boss, I’m sure it will raise the bar for marketing videos in the Internet marketing community.

    Glad I got to know you “back in the day” Look forward to crossing paths again soon!

    Howard

  • SerryJW

    ENOUGH with the compliments…ANDY’s HEAD is going to get TOO big! Yes, he is wonderful and talented and I thing it is fair to say…..WE are so happy you are back. NOW, For all of us that saw the VIDEO BOSS videos and were so computer challenged that we didn’t download them…….PLEEEZE HELP! I want them. Can you PLEEEZE open up the 3 videos for 2 days so we can download them, learn the material and be your customer NEXT time you do VIDEO BOSS??

  • http://chef@yoursmartkitchen.com yogiwan

    The seven steps work. It’s what I have learned over several years and it is what Stompernet taught me as well. But it is not that easy.

    Andy Jenkins can start a blog and put an sign up form and will get 10,000 registered followers. Yogiwan can start a blog with a sign up form, add a newsletter with some good content (with a sign up form) and so on and get may 300 followers. So it is not quite as easy as you make it sound Andy but the process is still the best process.

    It may take some of the rest of us 10 years to get the name recognition so the “starting over” will be a lot easier than starting.

    But the rules you state that must be followed include provide valuable content and be honest. Not doing these two things may not stop you from getting started but will stop from be successful over the long haul.

    Keep it up Andy.

    Terry Retter aka yogiwan
    Your Smart Kitchen

  • http://rapidnichewebsites.com Jeff Walters

    Andy

    Have always enjoyed your material – from your early Yahoo Store Profits days. You have a wonderful knack of delivering excellent and useful business material in an entertaining way. Love the blend of humour with very useful material. Makes learning the important stuff fun!

    Thanks once again for sharing a very doable business model that is grounded in reality ( systematically delivering value first to others to get value back ). Such a huge contrast between what you produce (paid and free) and what some other lesser IMers shovel out into the market.

    I wondered what you would come out with after leaving Stompernet. You didn’t disappoint with Video Boss – well done on an excellent launch ( and thanks for the huge value free videos ).

    Looking forward to more gems from your fertile brain …

    Jeff

  • http://www.onlinebusinesscoach-phil.com/if-i-had-to-start-over-from-scratch-what-would-i-do/ Phil Powdrill

    Andy

    What a fascinating post! I think that you’ve answered the question that most of us would like to ask of you or any other successful person online.

    Like an earlier poster, the one thing that I would like you to expand on is how you drove traffic to the opt-in list. Somebody starting from scratch with very little money would take a long time to get some momentum going and create a steady stream of traffic. I’m guessing, but I expect you weren’t exactly destitute when you left Stompernet :-)

    I’m only joking, but I would like to know how you would go about getting traffic if you had little to spend, and were not an household name on the internet marketing scene – This is the situation that faces most newbies.

    Anyway I think that you’ve provided us with a great business model that anyone can follow, and I too will be sharing this post with my list.

    Cheers
    Phil

  • http://www.appliedhealth.com Bill Evans

    Andy,
    How would I start over from scratch, you ask?…
    I sometimes feel like I am starting over from scratch, every day, as it is.

    When I began my company, way heck-n-gone, back in 1997, I started a newsletter simply because I had so much to say and no one to tell. Back in those days, I didn’t even think about building a subscriber list to market my products. I was just delighted someone wanted to read my opinions, and frankly, I was doing it for cathartic reasons just to get the noise out of my head so that I could move on to more pressing matters.

    Now days, with these blog-things, I would start putting my thoughts in the blog, using a more casual tone than I used back in the early days. I also would not be so resistant to having occasional marketing-type content. You are right, it is much harder to introduce it to your audience later.

    In the early days, I was a purist, who felt any sort of self promotion would come across as charlatan. I wanted to ensure my audience the content was sincere and from the heart… and I minimized my squish-butt factor for potential negative reactions for those who might think, “Oh, well, no wonder he has that opinion… he has a product to support it!!”, when in fact the opposite was the typical, where I developed a product as a “result” of my opinion.

    Now, with that said, I have to add that I would now plan to have a greater utilization of video, as well. Watching your fun videos has inspired me because there are a lot of concepts in my field (nutrition) that just cannot easily be conveyed with merely a written word. I believe I lose a lot of influence by not having the inflections and nuances of my voice heard when I am trying to explain something. It is also much easier to convey the sincerity I feel for a topic.

    So, yeah, would I do anything different today than I did when I first started back in ’97?…
    You’re darn tootin’ I would.
    Bill Evans
    President
    Applied Health Solutions, Inc.

  • David

    G’day from Australia

    You left out one important item here Andy.

    When you started your NEW blog – people might have heard of Andy Jenkins so it was easier to find you.

    Having followed your steps above (for many years) you have to realized that nobody is going out of their way to find Joe Blow or Rick Feroda? <– Fictitious names I think!

    So would that make a Huge difference in getting all the other steps (like list building) and JV partners etc?

    Dave

  • Alan

    Andy J.,

    We dont live in the same planet
    ;o(

    There are some great posts that make me feel like an idiot, like someone ignoring (how to master) almost every step to a successful online journey.

    Beginners have little time & money.

    I work as hard as as I can but when I read such posts I realize my oods to become “very” successful are slim.

    What do I (already) have in your 7 ingredients list?

    1. Blog
    3. Content not too bad but not extraordinary either
    7. Being a good person

    This week I learnt I wasnt targeting the right keywords…

    I have to find a brilliant doctor to help me live 2 centuries, this way may be I will succeeded in learning how to add the 4 remaining ingredients.

    Lets get back to work & try to make more affiliate sales this term!
    Every day is a challenge.

    I sincerely wish you all the Best!
    Alan.

  • Affiliate Rob

    I read your list of things you would do if you had to start over again, and I personally can do 1 – 3. It’s the 4th one that for me, and probably others, is the speed bump – PRODUCTS.

    You had all these relationships with the high-n-mighty gurus from back in the day. They all knew you, many had worked with you, and you leveraged these relationships when you launched VIDEO BOSS. Guess what? These gurus don’t know me from Jack! They’re happy to sell me stuff but when it comes to promoting my product or even returning an email, I’m up [blank's] creek.

    How do you start a relationship with a guru who doesn’t want to meet you, but is happy to be introduced to your credit card?

    • http://www.andyjenkinsblog.com Andy Jenkins

      Hey Rob. I wasn’t born with those “guru” connections, you know. I got their attention in a lot of ways, but one of the best ways to do it is to do exactly what I said here. Build your own list by doing your own thing, and regularly expose your readership to the work of the people who you want to eventually partner with. Sometimes that alone will get their attention.

      Sometimes I just butt in and offer to help people next time they do a launch. Sometimes I’ve approached people with the numbers behind a product I’ve done a private launch with to my own list, to show, hey, you could probably make some money with this. You know what those “gurus” want? Great products with big commissions that their lists will love to buy and won’t make them unsubscribe.

      If you’ve also got a big list of your own that you can reciprocate with? So much the better. And every time you go through the cycle I described, this gets exponentially better and better. Your list grows, your sales grow, your network grows, etc. etc. Hope that answers your question, Rob!

  • http://www.successbychoice.info Sara Lees

    Hi Andy,

    I think no matter where you go or what you do, you speak from the heart and that helps you get what you will always need ……….exactly what you said by helping others ! You rock

    Sara Lees

  • Eric

    Andy,
    Everyone that’s followed your career knows you’re a good guy.

    As for starting over… let’s just say I’m lucky I still had my 24 hr day job as the last site I had didn’t fly. (retail site) Of course it mostly didn’t fly as I didn’t know anything about the product, and couldn’t think creatively enough with it – pot and pans – ’nuff said.

    I think you’re going to be totally on track with the Video Boss program, I think it is right up your alley, being the video guru and all.

    All the luck to you , and hopefully I’ll be ready for the next installment of Video Boss!

  • http://www.easycaregiving.com Donahue

    Andy, Hate be Nelly Negative here. But you seem to have lost touch with what it was like to be new. (You are not the only one, so don’t feel too alone, you can add your buddies Frank, Mike, etc. into that group). Because with #2 the list, the rest doesn’t matter, nobody will ever see my product and my services. (unless I can afford an expert on organic SEO)
    It doesn’t magically appear! Like Dave said above, you are Andy Jenkins – you are very well known. If you don’t have a list already, you have the resources (make sure you include finances in that word), to quickly build a big f***ing list in no time.
    What the hell? How is Donahue supposed to match that? I thought Video Boss was great, I wish I could have afforded it. But I already spent my wad on those other two guys I mentioned above. And as long as you (and they) are packaging every killer technique under the sun to sell us, until we can build a list we are sunk. And trust me, I am willing to work hard and I am willing to build slowly, but dude, help me with that part, help me build a list. Because I am just starting out, not starting over. respectfully, Donahueg
    p.s. do you read these?
    (i learned the p.s. trick from Frank)

    • admin

      Cousin Donahue, I wasn’t born an Internet Marketer – just like EVERYONE, I worked my way through it – learning the rope, learning the moves, and learning from my mistakes. In NO WAY was that little article meant to encompass the entirety of my journey – it was meant as a illustration of my principles – it’s what consistently has worked for me over the last 9 years – the biggest difference between 2000 and 2010 being SCALE.

      No, I wasn’t born an expert, or an SEO dude, or a Conversion Dude, or a teacher – but over time my skills improved to a point where I could COUNT ON results as long as I did what I wrote.

      Imagine a time where you’re a nobody and you have a $47 ebook called Yahoo Store Profits and it’s 2001. What do you do?

      That was me, 9 years ago. And within a year, it was top 10 in ClickBank, #1 for Build Yahoo Store, and sold about 20 units a day consistently. The journey between then and now is simply a matter of not-giving-up.

      And yes, it IS really as simple as that.

  • http://LEXXtech.com Zahida

    wonderful, Andy … what did u forget in starting over???

    ‘ you forgot to thank you mom n dad’ :-)

    • admin

      Aww shucks – I try to thank them every day.

      Ya see, they work for me.
      :)

  • http://www.heavydutyblender.org Don

    Hey Andy just wanted to say thanks I’m a newbie saw the Video Boss and loved it but there was no way to come up with that kind of money so I will have to learn slowly like most everyone else I have seen a million post on your blog from people asking for you to re post the first three videos I sincerely hope you do sure there might be a small cost for you but heck guy you need something to write off on the taxes if you should re post i have now found your blog it is refreshing, I see most other people hear won’t say it so I will 95 % of all the ie Guru’s are nothing more than con artist who are just rehashing crap they and the others have already burnt up just churning under-educated people out of there money I’m with you on this one I have to live with myself Carma it does go around I will build my web sites on principles

    Thanks Andy I won’t give up

  • Bobby Earle

    Hey, Andy…

    You come across as a stand-up-citizen, a guy we used to call “solid,” someone you know is giving you it true to as he understands it. Good to have your around,Bro. I’m out here paying attention and, when things get just a little better in the world of cash-flow, I’m coming at you with a sub (not the kind you get taken down under by) and I’ll be looking to learn from the best. Good to know you’re there….

  • Holly Gould

    Thank you once again for the time you have taken to give some very good SOUND advice. you could have gotten more soppy with the law of attraction stuff it, like it would not have bothered me. Well I love your blog and I love your videos shame i didn’t have the funds available this time to do your course but I will soon as I can so look out in the future for my name on your list!
    Cheers to you Andy
    Holly Gould

  • Faith Ellis

    G’day mate
    As a tryinghardtogetstarted newbie twud be awesome if I could get a copy of your mind map of ultimate woes … please … beg … grovel! :-) Tried the link & it didn’t work! :-(

    Missed out on your first Traffic Boss despite thinking I was being vigilent. Guess I was just not ready. Will hopefully do better next time! :-)

    Not sure about the “less than”, comments, guess my philosophy, “where there is a will there is a way”, motivates me to continually think more creatively. Keep the great content coming and thanks soooo very much for your generosity, tis no wonder you get rewarded you deserve it all.

    Cheers from Australia
    Faith

  • http://www.lifecoach411.com Gary Carter

    Very good stuff … except for one thing. For a trusted name like Andy Jenkins to start from scratch he would have to change his name and trash all his previous relationships and his built up political capital. (No mention of StomperNet allowed.) Basically, you weren’t starting over! But starting from the ground up is also hard – even for people with existing credibility. So – Go Andy Go!

  • http://www.yourleaderinsuccess.com Charlotte Brown

    Great stuff Andy. Enjoyed it immensely. Looking for more in the future. Good luck along the way. May you have many success!

  • http://highlyvisiblewebsites.com Michael Hobach

    Andy – Thanks for all the great info… not just here, but ‘Video Boss’ and other more obscure places. I doubt that the picture I have of myself with a big red clown nose would get me the same attention as your outfit (must be from those early drinking days – wink).

    Starting over isn’t easy mentally. Some of us – yep me too – were involved in things that made a lot of money before the change in the economy. Things are different now in a lot of ways. I can’t remember who told me this a couple of years ago (online), but I wish that I would have paid more attention then – staring over while you have someone really working makes it a bit easier. What I was told back then was that providing a ‘real’ (tangible) product or service would prove to have staying power through tough times. I have seen this first hand with the things that I’ve been doing online. The truth hurts!

    So here I am – a techno geek from way back who loves Internet technologies and who can see how to apply things that others would never see. I’m building a business on this concept. In fact, I just did a soft launch of a program showing how to use the WordPress framework for just about any application online. I’ve been using the technology for several years now, and I’ve decided to share what I know. And it’s an amazing discovery.

    So what is the main issue I see in starting over? It’s a mindset – not doing what we know won’t work in the long run because it’s just money. Passion is the main ingredient to a successful business. Now I realize that making money can be a major passion, but once you have that, what are you going to do? Do what we really love to do!

    So now that I have my head straighten out, and I’ve removed it from an orifice we won’t mention, I am moving forward. Thanks again – it really helps to see someone else do this… it makes it easier…

    To your continued success!

  • patrick

    Andy, how can i get a copy or get to see the three free videos u did for the video boss, i would really like to see the videos again if it’s not to much trouble for you, thanks for your time

    • patrick

      Andy, how can i get a copy or get to see the three free videos u did for the video boss, i would really like to see the videos again if it’s not to much trouble for you, thanks for your time

  • http://www.HypnoticState.com Marc Carlin, The NYC Hypnotist

    Hey Andy,
    Kudos on following the philosophy ” in order to get what you want out of life, help others get what they want”

    This is an extremely rewarding approach to life for those of us who use it. You can make money without it, but I find life becomes a lifeless struggle without helping
    others in the process.

    I found the info that you released in your launch very informative and valuable. I’m sorry I missed video 3 because of internet connection difficulties. Any chance they might become available again soon?

    Marc

  • http://www.firstbabyparty.com Murray

    Andy: Your’re the best of the good guys. Starting over isn’t all bad. The world can take away everything that you own but your knowledge. As long as that is in tact, you can do it over and over again. Once you have made it to the top, you can do it again and again as long as you retain the knowledge that got you there the first time.
    BTW – loved those videos.

  • http://egbert.cloudprofile.com/ Egbert Oostburg

    Dude, you ROCK! Thanks for supplying my daily dose of AWESOMENESS! Looking forward to more of your rants and raves sprinkled with random nuggets of genius.
    Best,
    Egbert in San Diego

  • http://actionequalswealth.com Joe

    Yes Andy you did start all over again, but the big difference is you are “known.”
    You already had a name, a reputation, the know-how! You’ve paid the price! You know the “ropes.” I am not saying this in a bad or demeaning manor. but the difference between you and me, you are “known” by want-to-be marketers, established internet marketers, and your own past customers. There are millions of us struggling to make not only sales. but that first affiliate sale! This is not an easy business! But, I am going to keep trying and have fun doing so!
    Joe
    Action Equals Wealth

  • Alex G.

    Andy,

    Good to here that you’re back. Really like your post and the information.
    If I had to choose who to trust and follow or who to help earn a living Andy
    let me say you sure would be on the SHORT list. Hope your dreams are realized.

  • http://www.caryellis.com Cary Ellis

    Andy – thanks for being so GENUINE!!! I just wrote down the points in this post to hang on my wall with mind maps that help me. I could use some help in the #2 – #3 area – if you’re starting out with a small list and don’t know a ton of people with big ones – what are steps to get movement out there, bring people back to comment & help develp product ideas. Obviously it’s an art – but I believe one that can be learned. I understand the principle, not quite the implementation. I’m guessing KW optimized articles and videos to drive people to optin, and then… am a loyal fan of yours – and I think that’s what we all want, is loyal fans – will do my best to model what you’re doing here. Thanks! :) Cary

  • chi

    Ello Andae maan
    You are an internet videographer/stuffographer and
    I am a musician/videographer
    Go figure?
    Want some funky tunes or flicks?

    Love and fun

    B

  • Dan

    Hello Andy!
    Great post! I am really curious on how you setup your blog so nice. I know you are using Thesis theme, but your blog has an extra “crisp” & “clean” look – Which font do you use?

    Thanks Andy!
    Dan

  • Tina T

    I have to admit that I’ve been so intent on building traffic that I didn’t work on building my list. At first I was under the impression that traffic would automatically mean money, but once I built traffic I realized that I was dependent upon my visitors to purchase then and there since I wasn’t getting them to sign up on my list. Now I’m playing catch up getting with getting a list built, but I would definitely be list building from day one if I could start over. Oh well, hindsight.

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  • http://clydebatton.com Clyde Batton

    Hi Andy……..

    I enjoy and look forward to Your posts and to Your coaching. I feel that I receive something of value from You every time I read or review something You have put out on the web. I look forward to whatever comes next because I know by now that it will be good for me.

    Clyde Purple Cowboy Marketing

  • http://www.josepholiverostranscription.com Josephtrans

    Hi Andy,

    These are helpful tips. Thank you very much.

    Joseph

  • Lonnie

    I am a “new” addition to your “list” and just wanted to say in hindsight, mission accomplished for you.

    Based upon the goals you established in this post, what you’re doing is working. Even for the most skeptical among us.

    Congrats to you Andy…