The basic cycle we’ve covered here will serve you well from Novice to Expert. Keep experimenting, testing your assumptions, and researching for new experiments to run. If you keep learning and testing this way, and keep being diligent about not letting yourself get lazy in your learning, you can easily land a digital marketing role at a company, or be able to market your own products in less than a year.
Great question! Think about this… How many people would have a Facebook profile, if it wasn’t free? How many people would do searches on Google if it wasn’t free? How many people would use Skype, if it wasn’t free? Did Facebook, Google and Skype do great, while being free? Yes. We also believe, that free stuff is great. That’s why, all our courses are 100% free.
As for what should your sandbox be, you have a few options. The easiest is to start a blog. That’s what this site was started as: a sandbox for learning content marketing, and it only became my full-time job on accident. A blog is a perfect sandbox for learning digital marketing since you can test almost all of the tactics on it, it’s low-cost, and you’ll improve your writing in the process.