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11 Steps to Cultivate Your Internet Marketing

This post was most recently updated on February 22nd, 2014

                               Imagine This:

donnamerrilltribe.comIt is spring time and you want to plant grass seed in your garden.



1. You have to turn the soil – a very back breaking job, but you have the shovel in your hand and are becoming in tune with the soil as you are doing it. Your awareness begins that the soil is important for anything to grow.



2. It occurs to you that the soil needs its proper nutrients. So you go to your compost pile and mix those nutrients into the soil. (all organic of course) Now you are feeling that energy of that good dark soil. It hits all your senses, especially the sense of smell and you are satisfied with this accomplishment.


3. Now, you have to plant the grass seed. Hmmm we don’t want it to be bird food so you do something like put little steaks in the ground and tie rags to it to deter the birds from having the feast of their lifetime.



4. You have invested a pretty penny for that seed, so you want to be careful spreading it around evenly and you do.
You look at it and say to yourself “wow…this pile of dirt will soon be green.”



5. You care take it. Watering it evenly every day with a soft sprinkle of water, not to knock over the seed into clumps.



6. You realize the expression “I’m watching the grass grow” and laugh to yourself because you are full of anxiety to see it happening, but know that it will take time.



7. After two weeks, you see tiny little greenery in your garden. Little baby grass born with the Sun and the tender watering you have be laboring every day. This gives you a jolt of excitement. A new hope. A new beginning. Your emotions are high.



8. After a few weeks, this tender grass is taking root, but you still must be careful no to stomp on it or let your dog out on it to dig it up. It’s not strong enough yet to be a tough turf.



9. Your first mowing. You sense it is getting stronger and the roots are inter-mingling with each other to stand strong. Almost ready to walk on.



10. Time has come and it is ready. How beautiful it is to walk on with your bare feet. The dog is running around and rolling in the cool grass.



11. Are you done? Of course not. You have to watch it like a hawk for weeds you must remove on your hands and knees, not to put toxins in the earth. This you know will be an on going process. You also have to make sure it has enough water supply for the rest of its life. But it is your accomplishment and you get to enjoy it.





When you are an internet marketer, you “know” it will take time to cultivate your business. You chose someone to follow to learn. You spend many hours studying and applying procedures. You set up all the networks for your business. You have 3 or so webinars every week to keep up your learning abilities. And you start applying them.


You are growing, but also cultivating yourself.





You have to realize, just like growing grass, you are growing your business. Good soil, with good nutrients is the foundation – that is your mentorship.
Tending to that garden of your business can sometimes be frustrating because you are not getting instant gratification.


Why? because it doesn’t work that way in organic marketing. So go do something else in your life for your instant gratification to feed that void. Finish a home project, do your nails, go to the gym, etc.


You must keep in mind that you must tend the gardening all the time to prevent weeds coming through, so that pertains to keeping up your part of writing good content on your blog, being on FB, Twitter, etc.
You also need to step back a little and not “watch that grass grow” It will in it’s own time with proper care.


When you get your first lead, it is like the first sprig of grass you see..gentle and vulnerable. So you give your all to that lead and be the leader to help him/her through. Remember You are in charge of your garden.


Over time, all the work you put into your business starts to blend together like rooted grass. It becomes stronger and stronger, but you still need to water it. You still need to coach your followers and give to them.





With each step of each faze, we must stop and enjoy it. Like walking barefoot in the grass. This will connect you with each little accomplishment you have earned. But keep in mind that this is YOUR FOUNDATION that YOU have created with your whole soul.


That cannot be taken for granted. Keep in the moment of GRATITUDE all the time so you can enjoy your business.

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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18 Responses to 11 Steps to Cultivate Your Internet Marketing

  1. Emenike Emmanuel
    March 11, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

    Awesome! I just love the way you explained internet marketing.

    It’s true. For an internet marketing business to grow, we need to tend for it. And dedicate ample time to care for the business lest weeds takes it away.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. admin March 13, 2010 at 2:31 am #

    Thanks Christy
    Patience and faith sometimes slip away from us on a daily basis.
    Analogies are good reminders. I am so glad we connected Cristy.
    Thanks for the comment

  3. admin March 13, 2010 at 2:30 am #

    David thanks for responding. Tony Robbins is awsome. And YES…we must take a part of ourselves and associate that to material. I like telling stories. I believe they stick in our minds better than instructional stuff. But, that’s me lol

  4. Christy Dutilly March 12, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    Love the analogy. This relates to growing any kind of business or even relationship. Patience and faith that your actions will create the garden of your dreams if you do the work with discipline, action and persisitence.
    Glad we have connected Donna. Can’t wait to know more.

  5. David A Haines March 12, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    Donna, what an awesome way to put this. I was watching a Tony Robbins video the other day about how people learn. They do it by associating the new material with something they already know. Your example in this article is a perfect way for people to understand the steps they need to do with their business. Way to go!

    David A Haines
    Because Your Success Matters!
    (215) 268-6696 Anytime!
    .-= David A Haines´s last blog ..Managing Expectations =-.

  6. Raisa Garrido March 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm #


    Very good paralell, we need to take care of our business like if it were the garden of our future, followwing necessary steps with patience and dedication.

    And very important reminder “to enjoy the journey”

    .-= Raisa Garrido´s last blog ..Plugins útiles para WordPress =-.

    • Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

      Yes Raisa, If we are not enjoying our journey, we are on the wrong path. 🙂

  7. Sharon Hartman March 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    I love how you showed the correlation between taking ‘steps’ to growing your garden and growing your business.

    Even thought they are completely opposite ends of the coin, one must take the propper steps in order to achieve the results they want. If the first step is overlooked, how does one expect anything to grow correctly?

    Its all comes down to patience and perserverance.

    Awesome Donna!

    .-= Sharon Hartman´s last blog ..The Vicious Cycle of Fear and Procrastination =-.

    • Anonymous March 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks Sharon, I try to make my statements “hit home” to people so they can relate better to what is going on in the internet world.
      Some concepts are vague until you do them. It’s a step by step process and one that needs nurturing. Growing is Growing no matter what you are doing with your life.
      If your are an Attraction Marketer on the Internet, you must realize things take time, but in the end it is worth it! Thanks for the comment. Hugs, Donna

  8. admin March 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Great analogy Krista. I believe we can see that big old weed immediately because it is bigger than the rest and so easy to pull out by the root. (what are we poets now?) tee he
    Luv ya

  9. David Merrill
    March 11, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    Sounds like it’s just about the right season to start planting the seeds for our new business. I think I’m in the right place at the right time!
    Only problem is, I have about as much patience for seeing my online progress as I do watching the grass grow. But I know they both will happen despite my impatience. As long as I keep watering and weeding!

    • Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

      David david david…..Patience is a virtue. lol

  10. Marie March 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Thank you for confirming what I suppected all along! I have lots to learn but it’s fun doing it.

    • Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

      Thanks Marie
      I always advise my clients when they ask me “what should I do?” to ask themselves what do I enjoy doing. Whatever it is one enjoys doing can be capitalized on one way or another.

  11. Krista Abbott March 10, 2010 at 3:34 am #

    This is great information Donna. I appreciate the reminder that our business is much like a garden, and requires cultivation and patience as we watch it grow and bear fruit (yield results). It is certainly important that we keep the weeds out of our garden so they don’t steal the nutrients from the good seeds of our business. I needed this reminder this week. 🙂


  12. admin March 9, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    Thanks Val,
    Patience is something I’ve written down with a sharpie and hung up in my workspace. I have to keep reminding myself that Organic Marketing is just like Organic planting. We sometimes get frustrated waiting for the fruit to grow, the flowers to bloom, etc. But when that first crocus pops out of the ground through the snow, you know you have your first hit of spring. Just like that first person that opts into your sales page. It’s so great you want to jump up and down, only because you have waited so long.
    I find that the best things are worth waiting for.

  13. Glyna Humm March 9, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Great analogy! I hope all of our businesses grow like grass:) That means it will grow like crazy and it will never stop growing as long as we take care of it.

  14. Val Wilcox March 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    What a great analogy Donna,
    I like the part about waiting for it to grow. That is where I can get impatient and try to rush things.

    Thanks for a wonderful post that also reminds us that Spring is on the way!
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..The Power of YOU! =-.

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