So…you have a product to sell, or you want to get more people reading your blog, or watching your videos, or retweeting your tweets…how do you do it? It’s deceptively simple.
We live in an instant world, where people seem to get famous on YouTube overnight, and we hear stories of people like E.L. James writing fan fiction for Twilight and then becoming a best-seller, and people like Tai Lopez whom no one ever heard of, and then suddenly everyone is talking about him. The number one thing you need to understand if you want “internet fame,” is that these things did not happen the way they seemed to happen.
Earl Nightingale says it perfectly: “our rewards in life are in exact proportion to our contributions.” This has been said thousands and thousands of times in thousands and thousands of different ways. “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” “You get out what you put in.” “You can get everything you want in life, if you just help enough other people get what they want.” I’ll stop here…but seriously…I could go on for hours.
These overnight success stories had months, if not years of work behind them The law of the Universe is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, meaning…you guessed it…what you put in will come back to you as a reward.
So here’s the first rule to gaining internet fame: put in the work! You can’t expect to half-ass something you’re doing and have people gobble it up and not notice it was half-assed, especially if you’re asking them to pay for it.
The second rule is to start small. “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” Get your eyes off of the prize. Don’t look at someone who has 6,000,000 followers and think they did that in a day. Guess what? In order to get to 6,000,000, they needed to get to 5,999,999, and before that they needed 5,999,998, and all the way down to ONE. Everything starts small. Work on building actual relationships with people. This is really why the internet exists, to connect us and get us to work together. So connect with people on a personal basis, and eventually, if you put that work into your product or service or blog or channel, they will sing your praises to others. But you should always focus on getting just one more subscriber, not 6,000,000.
The third rule is be honest. If you say you’re going to do something for someone, do it. Keep your promises. And be honest with who you are too. If you pretend to be someone or something different or bigger than you really are, people are going to notice. I know it’s super cheesy, but be true to yourself. People will admire your honesty.
So that’s it. I wanted to split this up into two posts, but I got excited. Take these to heart and I promise you will notice a difference in your internet presence. Stay connected!