I was an Internet Marketing Sucker

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

in Online Jobs

Are you tempted by all the Internet marketing emails and ads you see? I was, and I spent $2,000 in just one year chasing the dream.

I am not proud of my stupidity but perhaps I can help you to avoid the same mistakes I made.

What Is Internet Marketing?

You have probably seen the ads for the dream lifestyle that goes with being an Internet marketer. The reality is very different.

The people selling the dream are leeches: They suck the money out of your credit card account and give you nothing back. They sell you a silver bullet solution that promises a fortune for zero effort in just a few weeks.

Internet marketing silver bullet

The silver bullet only costs $47, a reasonable amount for the key to riches, so people buy it. I did, too. It’s like a lottery ticket, except that you have less chance of coming out in profit.

When the silver bullet doesn’t work, you think you must have done something wrong, so you still buy the next “better” silver bullet when you see that a few weeks later.

What about all those “proofs of income”? That is because they have sold thousands of silver bullets and pulled in lots of suckers who hope to change their lives with a $47 “investment”.

Why Doesn’t It Work?

There are two main reasons why none of these get rich quick silver bullet schemes work.

  • They get rich selling the idea to you; who are you going to sell it to? You have no email list to pester every day, no hot prospects to sell to
  • They only ever give you half what you need. If they gave you the whole package for some ridiculously small sum then you would be competing with them . . .

 

Do You Even Want to be a Leech?

Have you a conscience? If you have then forget all these silver bullet plans that steal money from people under false pretences. Do you want to steal their dreams?

Why Was I a Sucker for so Long?

I am an optimist and always believe the best of people. I really wanted money in my bank account. I was prepared to work for it, too. I kept thinking that I must be doing something wrong and kept buying the next, even better silver bullet that came along.

I also suffered from “information overload”. These programs were coming at me so thick and fast, every one with a very limited deadline that I just yanked my credit card out and paid, so I did not miss the boat. I had 30 emails a day with “learning”, “education programs” and the like. I needed 28 hours a day just to take in all that information. Paying for the next silver bullet was a way of alleviating the stress I felt.

I also needed backup plans. I had so many backup options I could not even remember what they were.

Is it Possible to Make Money Online?

I am doing it.

Not from any of the silver bullet plans I bought, but by hard graft.

I am not going to show you photocopies of my bank statements or PayPal account because I have no need to do so. I am not trying to sell you anything, so I don’t need to prove anything.

I work hard. I start at 5am most mornings, sometimes as early as 2am. I work through the day until 8pm and go to bed at 9pm. I have an hour off here and there through the day but basically work an average 14 hour day, 7 days a week.

What Do I Do?

I write articles and edit others’ articles for a living. It started slowly as I built my reputation and developed relationships. Some relationships became profitable business relationships as people came to trust me. I earn my money by providing services to people who need them. I will never be rich, but it’s a job with lots of advantages:

  • I choose who I work with
  • I don’t need a car because I no longer drive an hour each way to work
  • I work hours that I choose
  • I enjoy most of what I do
  • I can grow my business by outsourcing more

Could You Make Money Online?

Yes, if you have a service to sell that others need. Forget all the silver bullet plans and Internet Marketing hype.

The Internet is a worldwide marketplace. I live in Ireland and sell my services worldwide. I have clients in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and India. You could do the same . . .

Have you wasted money buying Internet Marketing hype?

Have you any skills that people will pay you for?

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