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How To Get Beyond The Newbie Stage Part 2





downloadI would like to follow on from my last post and continue to talk about how to get beyond the newbie stage.




If you’re the kind of person who finds it very difficult to create a plan, or to
stick to a plan once it has been created, then you might find it useful to
find an experienced mentor who can make sure that you stick to the right


Find a mentor


Unfortunately, whilst finding a mentor is a very sensible tactic that will
definitely help you to be successful, it is not always that easy to find
someone of suitable experience who would be willing to mentor you.
You will occasionally see a new program launched wherein a top level
professional marketer offers to take on a small handful of newbies who they
are willing to mentor to success. The two major problems with most of
these mentoring program offers is that, firstly, they are usually massively
oversubscribed and, secondly, there are generally very expensive as well.


As you are reading this, I will assume that you want to progress from being
a newbie in the internet marketing business to being someone who
might be described as an intermediate level marketer.


This being the case, whether you are using your own plan or want to engage the services of a mentor, you must be focusing all of your attention on working on one project or with one product only. You will need to understand that the best person to mentor you will be dictated by the nature of that project or product.


This is where choosing the correct niche for your business is important, you can read more in my post How To Choose A Niche. Once you have come to a decision about what you want to do, then there are various ways that you can look for someone who might be interested in working with you as a mentor.





One way to find a mentor is to look through your blogging connections that you have made and see if there are any experienced people that you have built up a good relationship with that would be willing to become your mentor. I would not just ask anyone that you have connected with, make sure you have built up that all important relaionship before you appraoch them.


Another way is to get involved with forums, become a member and make an active and useful contribution to the forums in question, over time, other members will become aware of you. In fact, you may even be able to befriend other more advanced marketers in your niche through these forum sites. Because of this personal relationship, it will be considerably easier to approach them with a request for mentoring a little further down the line.



Create a daily ‘mini-plan’


Before you close down your computer at the end of every working day, write
down a list of everything that needs to be done the next day. Then, put those tasks into the order in which you’re going to do them and make certain that you list either the most difficult or least pleasant job first, or simply the one that is the most important.


From there, prioritize everything else that needs to be done the next day,
and make certain that everything that is of importance is featured early or
high on that list. In that way, if you have been over-optimistic about what
you can achieve in the day, the tasks that will remain undone at the end of the day will be the relatively unimportant ones.


Keep every one of the daily plans that you create for a period of a week or
two. After that time has elapsed, you should be to able to see some kind of
pattern emerging of what you’re doing every day, and, more importantly,
where what you do every day is taking you.


Is that the direction that you really want to go in?


If so, then that is great news, because what you have in front of you is a
plan ‘blueprint’ created over the previous week or two based on actions as
opposed to ideas, or words. If not, then you now have a detailed
breakdown of where the most precious commodity that you possess (your
time) is being frittered away whilst taking you no closer to the objective that
you want to achieve. In effect, what you’re looking at is an ‘anti-plan’ and
if nothing else, that will show you all of the things that you do every day that
you must stop doing.

This too represents a very effective planning tool!


Look out for Part 3 in my series of posts on How To Get Beyond The Newbie Stage……………coming soon!


If you have any thoughts on this subject I would love to hear them, so please leave your comments below and don’t forget to share using the Social Networking buttons.


To your success

Thanks for reading



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Pauline – has written 124 posts on this site.
I am an English lady living on a Greek island. I work from home as a Bronze Team Leader with SFI Strong Future International.

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  • George Nieves says:

    Hi Pauline,

    What a great post! I have a mentor, but I hadn’t heard the idea about keeping your “mini-plans” as a blueprint before. I am going to work on that this week!
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    April 30, 2013 at 3:33 am
  • Corina Ramos

    Great post Pauline, so nice to see you back!

    I never start my day without a plan. So many things can go wrong without one :)

    It’s funny but even after a year of doing this, I still consider myself a newbie. I’m always finding something to learn.

    Finding a mentor is right on. I was lucky that I had several people who have taken my under their wing and taught me so much. And then there are those bloggers, like you, who teach through their blogs, it’s great.

    Looking forward to reading part three :) Have a great week!
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    April 30, 2013 at 4:11 am
  • Tonya Stephens

    Hi Pauline,
    Great tips on how to get over the hump from newbie into a more experience marketer.
    I do like you tip on writing down your goals for the next day before you end your day. This is a great help. What i hadn’t thought about was keeping this list for a while and seeing what pattern developed…that is brilliant. I will add this step to what I’m doing.
    Finding a mentor is another step that is hard to determine. I have several mentors I follow and some have given my direct instruction that has really been of value. I am now paying it forward and beginning to help others who ask. That’s the best thing in the world..helping someone who really wants to learn.
    Thanks for your great blog post.
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    April 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • Joy Healey

    Hi Pauline

    Useful tips thanks. My days can so easily go off track if paying clients come up with problems or work that needs doing urgently.

    I’ve been making myself mini-goals for the day, but they were on scraps of paper. I’m going to log them on the computer in future so that I can keep better track of them!

    Glad to see you back and look forward to reading more from you.

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    April 30, 2013 at 11:55 pm
  • Donna Merrill says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Great tips here, not only for the newbie, but also for the seasoned bloggers and marketers.

    I just love writing down that plan! I usually have “the plan for the week” and then do a day by day plan. It starts with some masterminding with my husband/business partner. We plan every hour of the day to get things done.

    Without a plan, we can go round in circles! As for a mentor, I do believe you need one when you first start. I did and it gave me an edge on what I had to be doing.

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    May 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm
  • Ian Clarke

    Great ideas Pauline. Maybe you should look for several mentors with expertise in different topics rather than going back to the same person again and again. To do lists are great, but I would advise making them several hours before you go to bed,otherwise, if you are like me, you will wake up in the early hours thinking what you should add to the list!
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    May 2, 2013 at 11:47 am
  • Adrienne

    Nice to have you back Pauline and another great post.

    I definitely agree with having a mentor, something I wish I’d had in the beginning. But the mini plan is something that I was taught early on and I can’t tell you how helpful that was. Even if you can’t see the bigger picture yet, take hold of the daily activities you need to be doing to get you further to what you would like to achieve. Even if you’re not sure what that looks like yet. I still do that to this day, it’s a great habit to have.

    Thanks for this post and I’m sure all the newbies out there thank you as well. Have a great weekend celebrating.

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    May 2, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  • Andrew Stark

    Hi Pauline,

    I went on a course recently, and the biggest thing you can probably be to get beyond the newbie stage is to just decide that for yourself that you’re going to become successful.

    It won’t be easy, and getting a mentor / writing mini plans will help, but a huge unbelievably gigantic goal will also help. At the moment I want to get back up to where I was before the credit crunch, and to do this I need to update an old product and get affiliates on board.

    My weakness is going out and giving it the big JV hussle, so when you see people mailing out for me then you’ll know I’m getting closer to my HUGG

    Lastly I will try to write you that guest blog I promised earlier this year. I guess that guest blog posting falls in the same concerns about self promotion on other sites.


    May 3, 2013 at 12:31 am
  • Neamat Tawadrous

    Hi Pauline,

    Great post Pauline, so nice to see you back!

    I want to get into the habit of making a plan everyday. I always start my day with a plan in my head but I am not consistent in writing it down. I really want to develop this habit and I am sure it will help me a lot to move up to the next level.

    I am still newbie as I always discover new things to learn and I get caught but I would definitely love to move up to a more experienced marketer.

    Thanks Pauline for a great post and looking forward to reading part 3. Have a great rest of the week!

    Be Blessed,

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    May 3, 2013 at 1:22 am
  • Larry Rivera says:

    I remember when I was at the newbie stage. I remember it being a grind and half.

    …I loved this post

    Out of all the suggestions I believe finding a good mentor can really shortcut the learning process..

    Tip: Always try and personally connect with a person before getting involved with what they are doing. In this way you can make sure the person is a good fit for you…

    Great article!
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    May 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm
  • Tim Bonner

    Hey Pauline

    I’m terrible at keeping to plans and I could really do with something that helps.

    I’m not one for writing things down particularly, so I’m going to try and find something online.

    A mini-plan sounds ideal; something that I work towards each day and so I can also see how much I have or haven’t achieved each day.
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    May 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm
  • Martin says:

    Mini plan)) if Plan A didn’t work, you still have здуттен ща letters ahead)) Good points , Thanks for sharing!
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    May 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm
  • Robin J Emdon says:

    Hi Pauline!

    Yes, absolutely, getting a mentor is an absolute minefield! Worth it though, IF you can find the RIGHT person! An alternative is to seek out (or even create!) a Mastermind team!

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    June 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm
  • Lisa

    Pauline, excellent advice, I always have a couple of mentors I look up to and ask questions of along the way. I like the “plan” too. Something I am working more on and I want to find a great forum to join. I’ve put it off because I’m in so many groups on FB, Google+ and LinkedIn. It can hard to draw the line. Look forward to your part III.
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    July 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm
  • Michael Belk says:

    Pauline, I have not considered getting a mentor. That is a good idea. I need to find some one with my similar focus.

    I write a travel blog, but I concentrate on small business. thanks for the ideas.
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    July 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

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