The #1 thing you can do to succeed on the internet…

I was recently at my in-laws home during the holidays and happened to pick up the local newspaper. On the front page was a feature story of new years resolutions of some of the local residents of this small town.

I started reading some of them and was shocked. Here are a couple of excerpts from their resolutions:

“All the things that I accomplished this past year, I want to try to keep them going. Like I got help with my rent. I got a better place to live. I stopped using substances, stopped drinking. Going to my groups and stuff like that…”

“I forget them about a week later. I decided not to do one anytime anymore, I did quit smoking. That was about 30 years ago. That was probably the only one I remember I ever did. I used to smoke two, three packs of cigarettes a day. I just decided it was time to quit. I didn’t know if I was going to do it or not, but I did do it. I’m glad I did do it. If people want to smoke, that’s up to them. It pays off if you don’t smoke; I can tell you that.”

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There were other resolutions that were just as bad in the newspaper and I thought to myself, no wonder so many people go through life and don’t fulfill their dreams.

My key to success: If you want to be successful in life set very specific goals and then work towards those goals every single day.

One of the goals I set for myself several years ago was to make $8333 a month from my online businesses. I then broke down each website that I owned and set a goal to how much I wanted each site to make every month to help me get to that goal.

Then I created a daily tasks list for each site that would help me reach the goal for each website. As I did those daily tasks I watched as my income continued to grow to the point that I was making a great full time living online.

The other great thing that happened is that because I had a goal for myself i built momentum and eventually surpassed that goal with ease and had to set new goals.

My advice to you is this: No matter what you are trying to accomplish in life, whether it be in business, religion, personal life etc, set specific goals and you will be more successful and have a much more fulfilled life.

Adam White is a 20+ year entrepreneur having built and sold 18 internet businesses. He currently runs JustReachOut and SquidVision, a new type of landing page optimization software for SaaS companies, and does SaaS and SEO consulting at He lives in Tennessee with his wife and kids and in between SaaS businesses he writes and directs feature films.

8 comments On The #1 thing you can do to succeed on the internet…

  • Awesome!

    Would you mind sending me that daily tasks list for each site?

    I’ll set a new years resolution of doing everything you did. :P

  • Petr Macek (internetový marketing)

    I guess that’s an issue with most of us, we make resolutions but we don’t go one step further to make them more specific, tangible, measurable.

    I made the same mistake myslef, for this year I said I want it to be better than the last one in terms of my business revenues but what is better? I know, I need to go a bit further with this :(

  • Petr, you are right. Being better is impossible to quantify. Being 50% better is much easier to target.

  • In the final paragraph, why did you list religion before personal life? Are you saying religion comes before personal life/family? What religious goals would one set out to accomplish?

  • The Dude, thanks for the question. Yes I would say that my relationship with God comes first but my family is right up there in importance. A specific religious goal would be something like, I want to memorize 20 passages of scriptures in the next 4 months.

  • Goal setting is vital to a person’s success. The plan is the blueprint. Either a person walk through life not knowing the direction they’re heading in, or they design and follow the road map to the destination they want to arrive at. Advice: See it, then achieve it. Your goals are your steps along the way, set your steps in place and climb them.


  • I believe in setting goals. A goal not written is only a wish.
    I have set many goals in my lifetime and have achieved them. One of my goals is Link building.

    Good comments in this post to focus on.

  • Great secret.

    Set a specific goal and work toward it every day. Check your progress and make corrections as needed. Specificity and action over time are key components.

    Thanks Again.

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