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Hi. I am in the process of starting an Internet Marketing business. I've heard a lot of people saying that they make a substantial amount of money (or a decent amount of money) on autopilot. What kind of autopilot software would you recommend for this? Thank you very much!

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Hi Miss Susan.

I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no "AutoPilot".  That's a buzzword used in sales copy, but in real life it just doesn't happen. I suggest you research some interviews with some real internet marketing stars - there will be a recurring theme, and that is - IM is a lot of work!

There is no free lunch.  Running a business - ANY BUSINESS - require a lot of hard work, and IM is no exception.  Does that mean that you cannot implement systems, outsource tasks, and automate parts of the business to make it easier?  Of course not.  But finding out what works (now) is the hard part.  There is no shortage of 'gurus' who'll sell you their 'secret sauce' for success, but truth be told - most of these jokers make their money selling a pipe dream, and few actually do the work they're telling you to do.

I wish you good luck, but I'm afraid you'll need it.  There are a lot of people in the IM space, all trying to do the same thing with the same tools using the same methods, all chasing the next 'shiny object'.  It's sad.

I hope this helps, just sorry it couldn't be a more positive note.

Regards,

Ken

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I've been developing websites for almost 20 years. If you have questions like these, I can help! Should I try this myself or hire a professional? What tools do I need? How do I sell products online? How do I make money with my website? Can I create a website without buying expensive software? How do I design a website FAST? How do I market my website? Is a BLOG a website? How do I put video on my website? What is website hosting? When will search engines find my website? OK, I've found a site I like - but now what? Can I make my website a subscription site?

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I have over 20 years of practical experience with web-related issues, and some military computer training. I've worked for a computer manufacturer, and own a small technology company specializing in web-design, hosting, and internet media production. I am the webmaster of several sites, and e-newsletter editor for Rotary District 6760 which is comprised of 65 clubs throughout middle Tennessee.

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I'd like to say a diploma from a revered educational facility hangs on my wall, and perhaps someday it will. In reality, everything I know has been self-taught, much of it done so in the hallowed halls of that venerable institution called "The School of Hard Knocks". (I have taken courses at a local community college, and received military computer programming training as well.)

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