First i would like to say thank you to my friend and internet marketer John Yeo for this email interview. I am glad to have the opportunity of sharing my experiences with you guys out there. Read on and also remember to check out John’s website for more useful information on internet marketing.
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1. Please introduce your name, who you are, which country are you staying in and your area of IM expertise
Hi John, My name is Connie Ong and I am an internet marketer living in Singapore. I am honored to be the first female marketer interviewed on your website.
I have been exposed to internet marketing for more than 2 years and doing it now on a full time basis for slightly over a year already.
I build my main online business on eBay selling merchandise like watches, t-shirts, accessories. I find eBay to be an easy portal of starting out for beginners and it is a more straight forward approach to earning your first dollar online.
I also have income from other sources like affiliate marketing and blogging.
2. Share with us your first success in Internet Marketing and how did you do that
My first success encounter from my online business was during the months of November and December 2008 when I achieved my first 5 figures income online.
I guess due to the holiday season the income level had a great boost up and I was really happy to see the potential level of income I can achieve.
I was listing items like mad over eBay USA as well as eBay UK and sales went up rocket speed. I pay regular visits to the local post office as well as my suppliers for stock.
Just need to make sure that I send the items out after payment received promptly and being a responsible seller, your customers will be happy to buy from you.
3. Share with us one obstacle which you have overcome and you have learnt alot from it
I guess every marketer have their own problems and I had too many obstacles to overcome. The one which taught me to see my business in the real light was when I had all my eBay accounts suspended.
That incident wasn’t my fault at all and I had never violated any eBay terms and regulations. The person who caused the incident was not really helpful either even though he promised to help me restore my accounts.
I learnt that you can never trust anyone except yourself in business, even though that person might be your closest friend. I let it go and move on from scratch again from ground zero on my own.
4. Share with us one mindset tip you would like to share with others, especially those who find IM hard
I used to think that IM is hard too. When you read all the hype-up sales letters and all the high amount of money you can earn, you want to believe it. But when you start to do it, you wanna give up because you dun see results coming soon enough.
I say give yourself a time frame, set yourself a target of the things you need to do, how you are going to achieve the targets. I believe that time is not the issue here. You can do it at a slow but CONSISTANT pace.
After sometime, you will see results coming. My mindset? “There is nothing such as you put in effort and see no results, If you put in effort you will surely see results!” You are the best person to judge for yourself as you know it in your heart.
5. Share with us about the uniqueness of one of your products.
As mentioned my main business is selling physical products on eBay. So I think I will suggest selling items that are in demand, products that people wanna buy.
Ask yourself, when you want that ipod touch, iphone or just simply wanna buy a retro design kind of watch, would you find the cheapest price for it? And you want more varieties to choose from too right?
If I have the available item that suits my customer’s requirement, I will get a sale! So you must know how to make your products unique. Uniqueness can come in forms of listing method, pricing and demand of market.
Not necessary to be that the item is a unique item like thousand years antique.
6. One project you are working on right now and you would like my readers to know
I have no current projects but I do have an idea of writing an ebook on how I am able to make 5 figures online selling physical items. I might get to it once I have the time.
7. One last tip you want to share with my readers
If you would like to be an internet marketer earning a living from the comforts of your home, then read up on internet marketing and choose an area of specialty you would like to get started.
Then go deep into that field and practice on it. Only people that take action will succeed. My mottos “ Pursue, Persevere, Passion”
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