If you start searching for online money making sites, you are going to get hit with numerous opportunities.
Unfortunately, there are some programs out there that are intentionally deceptive in nature. This is due to the facts that since there are thousands of people selling opportunities; it is difficult for the authorities to regulate them all.
And with the advent of the internet, it has become increasingly difficult to regulate anyone. Having participated in the direct market industry, I have encountered numerous programs offering opportunities.
Some were good, some were not so good. The ones I would like to share with you in this article are the ones that you should avoid. These programs have an extremely low set up cost and usually say, ‘all you need to do is so and so’ and then you will become rich beyond your wildest dreams.
Enticing Sales Letter
The sales letter for the program you are thinking of trying sounds so convincing. It tells you how millions of people are waiting for this offer, and that your potential market is limitless. It even gives you a convincing illustration showing you how your little investment of a few dollars can make you hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars! ‘Wow!’ you tell yourself, ‘there it is, right on paper.’ You think that even if you only get a portion of the people to respond, you will still make a bundle of money!
The truth is that most money making programs are based upon principles that have been around many years. There is no ‘secret’ or ‘never seen before’ method, only variations of system that have already been established.
Be on the lookout for deceptive offers. Remember if you do not know exactly what it is that you are buying, do not waste your money without investigating further. Legitimate companies are proud of what they offer and will have no problem supplying you with additional information!
Before you sign up for an offer that seems too good to be true, look for these clues
- Not clear as to exactly what it is you are buying
- Often uses high-pressure sales tactics
- Sounds too easy, claims ‘anyone can do it’ or ‘little or no work involved,’ or ‘require little commitment’
- Claims you can make huge amount of money in little time using their ‘secret method’ or gimmick which is not revealed in the advertisement.
- Makes wild claims, says little about the product, and promises great riches instantly.
- Uses trick or confusing headlines and copy to hide what it is that they are actually selling.
- Claims offer is legal.
- Claims to be a ‘one-of-a-kind’ product, or available for a limited time only.
- Claims to be a ‘secret’ product or plan.
- They will not answer questions or inquiries until an order is placed.
- The company is hard to find or get in touch with.
- Uses outlandish testimonial, claiming success
- A ‘conditional guarantee’ is offered that is confusing.
- Company offers one product for quick sales, with no repeat business necessary.
- Offers a believable product or service, clearly tells you what you are buying.
- Does not use high pressure tactics.
- The offer sounds workable, takes time and effort, and requires commitment.
- Says you can make a ‘reasonable amount of money’ in a reasonable time period.
- Is based on a known method, or one that seems workable with serious effort on your part.
- Avoids wild claims – clearly explains product benefits.
- Does not need to state the legality of the offer-it is clearly legal.
- The product is available when you request to see it.
I am going to talk on some class of programs I have come across that you should avoid.
When I first started online, the first program I signed up to made me believe that all I needed to get started was around $66. So I loaded my prepaid debit card with $150 ready to start on a very comfortable note.
Upon signing up with less than $50 for webhosting and one other affiliate program, I was presented with a onetime offer of $89 to get 10,000 guaranteed visitors delivered to my new website once set-up. As a novice, I didn’t want to lose out on such a juicy offer that I believed would get me some quick sales.
Once my website was set-up, they delivered the 10,000 guaranteed visitors to my site but I made no single sale! I later discovered that I needn’t have bought those visitors. They weren’t targeted visitors. So I got 10,000 visitors to my site, some of whom didn’t even stay there for up to 5 seconds and I made no single sale.
A few days later, I discovered I had to pay for an auto responder, I had to pay to promote and have people opt-m to my auto responder needed to pay to get articles ghost written for me since I was new and couldn’t write articles myself or better put I didn’t know what to write about.
I also needed to pay to have my blog moved & hosted on my site, since I also couldn’t do it myself. And the lists of payments where endless, and guess what, this guy that was supposed to help me build my internet business was earning commissions for each payment L made because he was merely recommending things he was promoting for a commission. He didn’t care if his recommendations were helping me. All he cared was, he was being paid. I later discovered all the payments were not necessary. All I needed was training.
Days went into weeks and before I knew it, it was one month and I needed to pay my monthly subscription for hosting my site, my auto-responder and the other paid programs I signed up for. And because I didn’t have extra money to advertise, I didn’t get any sale that would have helped reduce my bills. Before I realised it, my second month had passed, 3rd month, 4th month and I had not earned a dime, I was just spending! That spelt doom for my finance. I was unable to keep myself in school, I wasn’t feeding-well, and sometimes I would wake up having neither food nor money to meet my needs.
I decided to re-strategize because I was not ready to quit. I knew the business was genuine only that I had not yet put in place what I needed to succeed. I stopped every form of payment and I concentrated only on my website hosting. I also upgraded my membership in one of the affiliate programmes and concentrated on promoting it. That took place on the 30th of my 4th
month in business. By the 10th of my 5th month, my first commission of $ 13.93 reflected in my account. It’s was very little but better than the $ 0 of the previous 3 months.
So let no one deceive you about any automated money making machine.
If you’re getting a website, you’ll need an auto-responder to handle your opt-in list, some are free but with limited features.
You’ll need traffic to your site which will cost you some money or time if you choose free sources like article writing, search engine optimisation (SEO), blogging etc.
You’ll also need to build a list. If you’ve saved some money to start a home business say up to $500 or more, it may be easier for you as you’ll probably pick-up faster. If you’ve not got enough money to maintain a site, an auto-responder and to advertise, get a good affiliate program and concentrate on building it. You could use offline promotions to complement the online promotions you do. When you start earning from that programme, you could then re-invest in getting your website. It’s very necessary to have your own website if you want to make serious money online.
When you’ve trusted someone to guide you, you must watch him closely. If the person in promising so much for little or no effort at all from you, then you should know that he’s one of those hungry sharks out there.
Take it from me; you don’t earn a commission until you’ve made a sale or you sign-up someone depending on what you’re promoting. And that requires a lot of effort. Usually it’s tough at the beginning but with time, it gets easier. This is the whole truth: you get some tough times at the beginning, and then things begin to get better until they’ve become enjoyable. They always do get better. There’s no other TRUTH than this.
Feel free to drop your comments and questions below and I’ll be right back to respond to all of them.