13 Devastating Mistakes Killing Your Internet Business at a 99.6% Failure Rate

by | Last Updated on September 14th, 2021

13 Devastating Mistakes Killing Your Internet Business

Have you ever felt confused, stuck or overwhelmed by information overload? Are you not quite sure where to begin or what it really takes to create a sustainable cash flow?

There are 13 blunders that are disastrous and almost always result in business failure. These 13 marketing mistakes you are about to discover expose the true causes of the 99.6% failure of Internet businesses.

13 Blunders Killing Your Internet Business – EXPOSED!

These 13 blunders are based on time-tested marketing principles that, if done correctly, you can apply to any business that is marketing anything online.

#1 – Shiny Object-itis

There is so much garbage floating around online that it is hard to keep up with, what is legit and what is not. With the onslaught of so-called “experts,” there is no shortage of bright new shiny objects crawling around in your email box every single day.

Some may be good, but others are just another “Flavor of the Month” tactic.

The problem is that when you are jumping from one to another, you’re are just chasing the income fairy – dabbling in this or that, and never committing to follow through.

You’ll just end up spinning your wheels and not getting any closer to generating multiple streams of income and living the life that you dream and desire.

Related Article: Is Shiny Object Syndrome Keeping You from Success? Here are 9 Tips to HELP Dig You Out of the Abyss!

#2 – The “Needy Nelly”

If you want to kill your credibility in a millisecond, then continue doing what you are doing.

Let me explain… if you happen to be one of the 90%-er’s out there that continually pitches their opportunity to all their Facebook contacts & groups, spams every forum imaginable or goes on a commenting rampage shouting from the roof-tops that you have the greatest product since slice bread, then be prepared to lose trustworthiness with your readers.

DON’T be this person! The days of the pushy salesman is long gone. Nobody wants to do business with a person that is pushy and self-centered. Instead, learn how to attract others with your leadership… you can do it without all the hype and self-promotion.

#3 – Scatter-Shot Advertising

One of the monumental mistakes made by Internet-based businesses are messages aimed at the wrong audience. You MUST know your audience, and know what is best suited for them, prior to promoting your opportunity. You must be in touch with their needs, there inner most desires for change. You must know what drives them to want a better life.

Not targeting the proper audience will cause you to burn a hole in your financial pocket tossing your hard-earned cash and energy towards the tire-kickers and looky-loos.

If you really want to get maximum results from your marketing efforts, then you need to find people that are hungry for what you have to offer, people that are searching for a solution and will gladly pay for it.

#4 – A Crappy Sales System

Most of the business opportunities and cookie-cutter affiliate programs out there simply SUCK at converting leads into sales. This is one reason that many Internet marketers are scratching their heads wondering why they are not making money.

If you want to make money in Internet marketing then you MUST have a marketing system in place that will sift, sort and sell the product or service for you. Without one, you will most likely spend yourself broke. It’s like throwing mud against the wall, hoping and praying that something sticks.

#5 – Sales System Crutch

Do you have an interest in breaking out of the pack and making your efforts stretch further?

It’s simple. STOP doing the same thing every other Internet Marketer is doing. There is a time when you need to remove your training wheels and learn the proper ways to market your business.

When you hear of a program that offers to solve all of your Internet marketing issues while you sit back and watch the money roll into your bank account, RUN, don’t walk, but run the other way. These fly-by-night marketing schemes are just CRAP.

You’ve heard the old saying “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Even with a system that does all the work for you, you will still need to learn how to market and promote your opportunity.

Without some very basic marketing skills, the Internet lifestyle will always be just a dream.

#6 – The Technology Poison Pill

The great thing about technology today is that it allows you to leverage your time and efforts… as long as you use it the right way.

Most people find that they have landed into the trap of a hair-pulling frustration and wasted, countless hours spinning their wheels.

Follow the Link for an article that will reveal a simple software that will help you stay on track and put the brakes on the aimlessly spinning merry-go-round: This Secret Software of Mike Dillard, which is found on every computer, HELPED him build his Online Empire.

The bottom line is this: using technology the right way will save you a boat-load of time, money and energy. On the other hand, use it the wrong way and it’ll just cause you more frustration and little to no progress in your Internet marketing business.

#7 – Value Deficit Marketing

Here is one way to guarantee that your marketing efforts will suck and make you look like a complete clown. NOT understanding the single most important part of your sales message.

Every part of your marketing that requires a person to take action, whether it is by clicking on an ad, opening an email, or the call to action for a person to purchase your product, it is an offer. And the only way to motivate a person to take action is to make your offer valuable.

Want to succeed in Internet marketing? Learn how to create irresistible offers by injecting them with value.

Additionally, your marketing message needs to catch the attention of your potential lead… it is required to pull eager prospects into your sales copy where they can be educated about the opportunity you offer.

#8 – NOT Building a List

The biggest asset any business can have is a list of prospects and buyers. Successful companies know that it’s all about building a list, fostering a relationship, and offering solutions.

The problem with many Internet businesses, the network marketer is throwing leads over the wall and building OTHER people’s businesses by not creating their own list.

Simply put… without a list, you don’t have a business.

#9 – Lackluster Follow-Up

The big secret to success in marketing and sales is in the follow-up. And it’s no different online. The truth is, people will buy when they are ready to buy, when the timing is right. Everyone whose problem you can solve, secretly wants to buy from you. Sometimes, so secret that they don’t even know it themselves.

A good follow up system, coupled with the proper message that will continually push their emotional hot buttons, will make YOU stand head and shoulders above the sea of hype and sameness… making you the obvious choice for your prospects.

And, email is just one of the ways to do it. There is also social media networking, direct mail and even mobile marketing.

The more marketing channels you can use, the more places you will be available when your prospect is ready to jump in and buy your solution.

#10 – Little or ZERO Cash Flow

Want to know how to quickly demotivate yourself, feel like a complete failure and end up quitting your business? Consistently miss out all of your target income goals… nothing kills motivation faster. And it’s due to all the hype and B.S. out there giving the impression that getting rich on the Internet is fast and easy.

Here’s the deal… there is NO “Magic Bullet” or “Push this Button” and watch the money roll in to your bank account, solutions. They simply don’t exist.

#11 – The Lone Wolf

Talk to any successful network marketing professional, and you will find out that there isn’t a single person that has created successful thriving business on their own.

You need support. You need the right training. You need help when you get stuck.

One of the fastest ways to grow your income is to surround yourself with other like-minded people who are already achieving or are aspiring to achieve more success.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ~ Jim Rohn

#12 – Freebie Seeking

It is a well-known fact that you always get what you pay for. Yet some people insist on getting as much as they can for free.

Here’s a little secret… “FREE” is the most expensive 4-letter word in the English language. The reason some things are cheaper and some are more expensive is usually because of the value that they offer you.

When you don’t pay for something, you simply don’t put any value on it. Successful people will always pay top dollar to get the best advice when it comes to business and financial affairs, which is why they are successful.

#13 – Stuck in Stasis

Here is the BOLD Truth! The Winners JUST DO IT… they take action and execute the plan.

Most people just hoard information and get stuck in the “paralysis of analysis” mode. They have to know every single detail, and never get around to implementing it.

Knowledge and training is important, but it’s completely worthless unless you apply it.

TIP: Make a decision today to develop a habit of taking ACTION. Do that, and I promise your income will skyrocket as a result of that one simple change. Here is the simple method that has helped me Stay on Track and Remain Focused.

Closing Comments About the Devastating Mistakes Killing Your Internet Business

It is crucial that you go through these mistakes one by one and identify the weakest links that are holding you back.

The quicker you get on track to correcting these mistakes, the faster you will experience a breakthrough in your business.

NOTE: These ’13 Devastating Mistakes Killing Your Internet Business’ were conjured up by the brilliant mind of Tim Erway… you can find his training here.

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About the Author -

Blogging since 2010, John has found his true calling at JohnEEngle.com. He's a serial entrepreneur and business owner, who helps ambitious individuals find freedom through blogging - to start, grow & build a sustainable, money-making blogging business!

Comments (2)

  1. Rubel says:


    Thanks for sharing these vital marketing Mistakes.

    Well, after working in this field for about 1 year, The biggest mistakes for me personally, which I am already working on

    to improve, are :

    #1 – Analysis Paralysis : I must admit that I fall victim to this sometimes too! 🙁

    #2 – Not tracking analytics properly – it’s true that it is SO VITAL to do this, but most people don’t do this.

    #3 – Selling Without solving – this is also vital, cause when you focus yourself on solving other people’s problems,

    you’ll sell automatically later in the process in a lot of cases.

    These mistakes are very costly, and can have huge impact. I regret I did these marketing mistakes, But Now, I am on my way

    up and I hope sharing this will help many more.

    • John Engle says:

      Hey Rubel,

      We all make questionable mistakes, it’s all a part of the learning curve…

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to share your experience.

      John Engle

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