I'm just making this post to express what I think, and to tell you my story.
I came here after spending a number of years at the DigitalPoint forum, where I spent hours each day doing design work and making minimal amounts of money. Straight away I decided to join the prestigous 'War Room' section, in the hope of being able to start off something in the Internet Marketing world that seemed so attractive.
After browsing through various threads, I was quickly won over by bold claims of huge earnings for little effort, and embarked upon my first project. I wont go into details, but it didn't work out. $100 of investment plus the $47 war room fee, and nada. No result. The program claimed that poor performers would pull in $2-4 a day, and yet I made nothing. The niche I used was suggested to me by a fellow warrior, and I wrote all the content I needed to exacting specifications. Yet nothing.
A few weeks later I came back with a fresh mind, looking to start again. I repeated what I had done before, but I did some better research this time, and yet I still got no results. Meanwhile there was nothing but success stories back at the thread, and I was left at the back - without a single cent. 51 clicks, 0 conversions.
Now it was time for me to really throw in the towel and say that this wasn't for me. I decided to look at another thread to try out, and again I've had no results. Nothing I do works, I thought I wasn't cut out for this and became jealous of all those who have succeeded. Nothing much has changed since then.
One thing that just strikes me is the greed and dishonesty that Internet Marketing can bring with it. It's all about squeezing as much money out of people as you can - and there's very little honestly or true kindness. For example, most of the threads in the 'War Room' require you to sign up to their email lists and I still recieve half a dozen emails a day from people who decided to 'kindly' give away some information for free. Truth is, they just found a different way to make money.
I recently bought a WSO here that had pages of good reviews and had more of the dazzling claims of fortunes on it. I read a few pages of the book and realized it's pretty much just a few War Room posts strung together into a book. I posted what I thought, and the thread creator and I took it to PM where he confronted me about what I said - apparently his sales had fallen 50% after what I said and he wanted me to post on the thread to get these back up again. Again, it's all just about sales and money. He did offer me a refund, though.
I also bought some software recently that I saw online. I won't go into specifics, but it didn't actually work. I've tried to contact the seller, but I somewhat doubt that he's the real seller anymore - it was probably some sort of affiliate system because he's posted it and run away, having pocketed $40.
My experience at the Warrior Forum has made me rethink my whole perspective on money. As far as I'm now concerned, money just turns people into desperation, and sometimes as far as greed and dishonesty. Either I'm a magnet for failure, or things just aren't as nice and shiny as they seem - and people only make money here by selling eBooks that tell you how to make money.
All around this forum and others like it are people preaching trickery. Whether it be tricking search engines or people, it's just not fair.
I suppose if I want to leave one message to whoever has read this far, it's to remember that there are people behind those sales and profit numbers. There are people that will be putting their hard-earned money into what you sell, and there are people who's lives you are making harder by trying to make a quick buck.
Every time you claim a system to make $x per month, you raise someone's hopes - and exploiting their human nature to respond to that hope when you know it's not possible is just inhumane.
N.B. This isn't a complaint at WarriorForum in particular, and I hope it isn't against the rules to express my opinion. I would be overjoyed to see someone come and make me change my mind on this issue.