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by David Garland in David's Blog

I get this question all the time: “David, if you were starting from scratch building an online biz, what would you do differently?”

While everything is a learning experience and I wouldn’t take away years of trial and error, here are three things I would definitely consider if I was starting from scratch.

Questions or comments? Make sure to leave ’em below the vid. You know how I roll. I will answer as many as I can personally.

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  1. Great video DSG! It’s great your Dad helps you out,

    It’s great to learn from the best to get ahead faster. I didn’t think much about building a product being new to the online world, but what you say makes sense. It also builds credibility if you got an information product out there, so I’ll have to definitely start getting on that.

    Thanks David

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      For sure. GOTTA do the product

  2. Took me a freaking long time to figure this one out (creating products earlier). Right now I’m building my first product and I already made another mistake, I didn’t focus on solving just one problem so my training got huge… but oh well, I just want to release it now and move on to either making it better or creating something smaller, more specific and easier for me to do.

    Thanks for the advice though! 😉

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Ah yah, first one is rarely perfect. Learn. Do. Fix. Move on. Boom.

  3. Alexa Hart says:

    Excellent points, David! Creating products/services earlier and the emails lists are biggies! Gotta get something out there to peeps.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      BOOM! I say you start with a paid webinar interview. Seriously.

      1. Alexa Hart says:

        Why are you so damn helpful?! 😀

  4. Darlene Hildebrandt says:

    David, I really wish there was a volume control on the videos or way I could go watch them on YouTube directly. I try and listen while I’m at work using headphones and when I open your videos I just about go deaf they are so loud! I can’t adjust the volume on my headphones so I end up skipping listening and I don’t have any other time to do so.

    It’s a bit annoying the controls aren’t visible. Thanks.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      I would just turn it down on your computer if I bring too much awesome noise wise 🙂 New player doesn’t have the controls. Sorry!

      1. Karen Moysi says:

        David, I watch your videos on YouTube so I can change the setting control to 240P as I don’t have a good signal strength.

  5. Blaine says:

    Thanks David!

  6. Vesone says:

    Not sure if this is the right place for this question, but I’ll ask anyway. This episode was awesome and it’s exactly what I needed to hear, I’m in the process of launching my own site.

    I just listened to your recording on TheTalkToTheTop and just your session alone was worth the price of admission dude, awesome stuff!

    Ok finally the question, if you’re just starting out do you start out with a product almost immediately after or during the launch if you want to be a premium brand?

    The reason I ask is because I’ve read over and over that having a lower priced product attracts a certain type of customer, but if you just starting out and you want to ‘just get something out there’ I would imagine it probably be a lower priced product just to get your feet wet.

    So if you want to eventually be a premium brand but you want to get your feet wet with product creation and let your audience know that there WILL BE products for sale on your site which direction do you go?

    Wait to create a premium product or create your initial product (potentially dealing with a lot more support and etc) to get your name out there?

    Sorry for the long question, haha.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Awesome to hear. Talk To The Top is rocking! I don’t see any reason getting your feet with a lower priced product is necessarily bad, but think about this….Louis Vuitton didn’t start with cheap purses and then start one day offering expensive ones. It started as a luxury brand.

      Bottom line, get something out there. Making a little bit of $ is better than making no money.

      1. Vesone says:

        Thanks, good point about Louis Vuitton.

        Btw that has to be a record for fastest response, I appreciate it.

  7. BizSavvyDiva says:

    Whoa! How the heck did you get an email opt in box at the end of a youtube video? I’m googling and searching youtube for that feature now, but to no avail…

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      You like that? Through my buddies at LeadPlayer (special affiliate link) it is epic

  8. This was an amazing video. Keep them coming !!!

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