Are you an easy mark? It's IMPORTANT that you read this

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This is an email that I sent to my list this morning, I think it is applicable to many people though. I didn't really think it out much before sending it so hopefully it makes a little bit of sense lol

The message was the result of a conversation that I had with a guy this morning whose wife left him last night due to the amount of money he was spending on products, etc - he estimates he has spent over $30,000 in the last year and a half and has made a grand total of $263.

I believe that many people fall into the same trap he did...If you see yourself in anything at all that is about to follow - it is time for some serious thinking and reevaluation.

Hello Everyone,

As much as I love Internet Marketing - the way it works, the creativity
behind it, the whole process - I really dig it from beginning to end!

BUT...There are parts of it that I don't like. Let me tell you a
little story and give you a bit of a rundown here...

I've always tried to make myself accessible to people. Sure, it's
gotten harder in the last 6 months, but I still try to be as available
as possible. Because of that, people talk to me about things. They
tell me when stuff goes right, wrong,etc...

In the beginning, I would get a couple of messages a week or so from
someone saying: HELP - MY HUSBAND/WIFE IS GOING TO KILL ME BECAUSE I KEEP BUYING PRODUCTS AND NONE OF THEM WORK. or something along those lines anyway.

Here lately though, the number of those messages has jumped BY A TON!

Seriously, I bet that just this week alone, I have 10 emails that say
something similar to the example I gave.

Do you know why it happens to so many people?

Well, I'm not trying to offend anyone if you are in the category that
I'm talking about but, people make themselves easy marks!

Inherently, we all want to believe people - we all want to believe
that they are telling the truth and not just out to fleece us.

BUT

A good percentage of the time, that is exactly what they are doing -
TRYING TO FLEECE PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR CASH!

You have some people out there that are cranking out 4 products a week
telling you how you can make $500 a day on auto pilot....and hundreds
and thousands of people buy every last one of them week in and week
out.

Basically, they are PROFESSIONAL EBOOK BUYERS - NOT INTERNET MARKETERS!

Is that you?

Before you BUY ANYTHING - You should walk away from your computer for
a minute and think to yourself..."self, do i really believe that this
guy/gal is making $500 a day each with 25 different methods" or "self,
do I really believe that this person is making 150K a day or more?"

I guess the point that I'm getting at here, is to use some common sense
before you run to paypal or bust out your credit card. At the end
of the day, you have to decide whether you want to be an ebook addict
or a marketer...I honestly don't believe that you can be both.

With all that being said, information is still definitely vital to
your success in the aspect that there are always nuggets to be picked
up here and there OR whole systems out there that can help you
both simplify and increase your profits online.

BUT

You have to carefully determine who you think is actually using and
perfecting the methods that they are selling, and who is only making
money by selling ebooks to sheeple.

Every one of us has a path that we can follow to get everything
that we want from life - Money, happiness, stability, and good
strong relationships. Finding that path though ALWAYS includes hard
work and good decision making especially in the beginning of the journey.

So, if you are someone that is guilty of buying every single thing
that you see, I challenge you to do a couple of things over the weekend.

1. Make a list of Marketers whose products and services you trust and
unsubscribe from everyone that doesn't make that list.

2. Promise yourself that you will ask yourself some questions like
the examples I gave above before you buy anything.

3. Give yourself a fair shot at success by working more and reading
less.

Don and I have personally seen SO MANY people in the last year go
from making ZERO to making five figures a month, so we know it is
possible for ALL OF YOU to do that, but sometimes it takes some
serious soul searching and being brutally honest with yourself about
what you are doing, and not doing.

Anyway, sorry for such a long email. I'll close this thing out by
wishing everyone that is going to be celebrating the holiday this
weekend a great holiday, and wishing everyone more success than they
ever thought they could attain - It's there for the taking.

Jeremy
#easy #important #mark #read
  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    That's exactly the way it works.

    It can take a while to figure out what business model (or revenue model)
    you want to do. The important thing is to make up your mind and
    then go out and work hard at marketing the thing you want people
    to buy. There aren't too many dramatic short-cuts, the marketplace
    is competitive - most people don't grasp that you really have to be
    pretty gonzo about taking action to make it happen for yourself in
    marketing. The principles aren't that complicated, but knowledge and
    skill are not the same thing. You can consume a lot of information
    about marketing and still be unskilled because you haven't actually
    done the work yourself.

    As skill develops, things that were once tedious and painful become
    routine and quick. Then you start to gain advantage through
    efficiency, but you will not get it in for example, working with FTP,
    unless you do it enough to learn the short-cuts.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      As a recovering ebook addict myself, this is spot on.

      The only thing I can think of to add would be a reminder that the balance in one's PayPal account is not play money. It's real money you could be spending on real world things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
    Great post, man.

    It's shame posts like this don't get the replies they deserve while others bragging about how they made $4.58 in under 72 hours get loads of thanks and adoring responses.

    ...I think a big thing is that a lot of people who did alright in '09 due to the re-bill craze quickly realized that when you take away the re-bill they can't be profitable doing PPC and it's not worth it with SEO (because they never developed the skill - they just set it up and ran with it).

    They see the easy money being made in IM launches and they think that they know a thing or two - which they don't - and they make a sh..tty product that helps no one and in all honesty is no worse than buying some Google bizop.

    Before I buy anything, not necessarily a product but maybe a service like expensive copywriting, I always write down my current feelings in a word doc, print it off, pop a few sleeping pills and take a nap for a few, or ten, hours.

    ...When I wake up I re-read what I wrote down. Usually I find it's very emotional. I want to buy for an emotional reason and clearly wasn't thinking logically. Then I usually have a pretty good sense of whether it's worth doing xyz or not and then I do it.

    If I'm not sure I go work out, catch a movie, or do something else to distract me and so I can ponder things a little more.

    A few weeks ago I was looking at spending 3k on a domain. I was about ready to pull the trigger, at 2am, when I decided to sleep on it and hope that it wouldn't be snatched up in the meantime. When I awoke it struck me that the domain wasn't really worth the 3k in my mind (maybe 2k). I offered the guy $500, he took it, and I saved myself $2,500.

    Now whether or not it's even worth $500 is a different story.

    Zach
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
    Well thought out post Jeremy. I think it can become an addiction just like gambling or anything else. I think (and I mean no disrespect to these people) that a lot of beginners buy into the "I make 5 figures a month and you can too" mentality. Sure, there a lot of people making five figures a month online, but they didn't get there overnight--and beginners shouldn't think they can either.

    This "thing" we do isn't a game; people shouldn't mistake it for one. It involves setting up a firm business foundation--not riding the wave of every flavor-of-the-month get rich quick scheme that comes out. It involves hard work, sacrifice, research and planning. Those not willing to do these things simply will not succeed, no matter how many programs they buy in to.

    It's like anything else--when you see someone else making tons of money it's easy to think--hey, I can do that too! I was talking to a friend yesterday and I used the analogy of golf. You can watch the pros on TV and say, hey--I could do that too--it looks easy. But you put a golf club in the hands of a beginner and tell them to hit it 320 yards right down the freakin' middle of a narrow fairway lined with trees, water, and sand traps--and well, it just ain't that easy. It can be learned, but it takes guidance, research, and practice--just like Internet marketing.

    Thanks for the insight Jeremy! --Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    The trouble with so many "ebook addicts" is that they're always buying and reading and never doing. If they actually do put anything to action at all, it's only until the next "greatest system ever" comes along and they abandon what they started to buy another product, thinking it's the easy ticket at last.

    If they'd just stick with one thing and give it a fair chance, many would find they actually do begin to make money. They'd find they start to understand how marketing works from a larger perspective, rather than from within a single system. They'd find they can then buy more, learn more, and apply more to their current systems and make more money because they no longer view money making systems in isolation, but as distinct parts that contribute to their greater understanding of marketing.

    Sales pitches get them excited. Doing the actual work doesn't. Therein lies the problem for many.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    Jeremy, keep posting helpful public service messages and people might start to like you. You're going to ruin your reputation.

    Personally, I no longer buy ebooks. Fishing season opens in three weeks and I decided I'd much rather piss my wife off by buying a boat.

    John
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      • Profile picture of the author Adam Nolan
        I don't necessarily think its the # of products that people buy that is the issue. It's the lack of activity. People believe that there is an easy solution to this. That internet marketing is the goose that lays the golden egg and then you're set for life.

        IT'S A BUSINESS!!!

        There are 1000 different models out there, but if you don't follow any of them through to completion, you're a collector, not a marketer, as the OP said.

        I know (and have been guilty of) just buying WSO's out of interest and not following up on them. You have to find something and pull all the stops, balls to the wall, go for it. Because, I'm sure a good majority of the WSO's WOULD work, if YOU worked.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Russell
    Jeremy - Thanks for posting. Definitely something to keep in mind, no matter how long you've been doing this stuff!
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
    Amen to that brother.

    You got to admit though...it is very easy to fall into that buy shiny object trap.

    I consider myself pretty resilient to that type of stuff, but every now and then I buy a product in the $197 range and after buying it I'm like 'man what the hell, I didn't need this at all...'

    When it comes down to it, it's simply fun to buy new products.

    There definitely comes a point though...like if you are dropping $30k on products and making no return.

    It should be the other way around. Spend $250 on products and make $30k in return.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    $30,000? That's insane. I am nowhere near that amount, but I did make a big mistake more than a year ago and buy a hugely priced coaching product, but it was nowhere near $30K, but was over $1k. Live and learn, but I think I'd learn before I spent that much!

    But this is great advice, and I think a surprising amount of people really need it.
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  • Profile picture of the author activetrader
    The way I look at it, there are two categories of folks who make money online:

    - those who make money selling stuff to consumers

    - those who make money selling money making products to those who want to learn to make money online

    The first makes good money.

    They don't teach others their strategies for two reasons - one is that they make a lot more money selling stuff to consumers, two - they don't have the need to sell $7 products teaching how they sell high end products.

    The second makes money by teaching others how to make money, but because most of them at the exception of few don't really know how to make money, they can't really teach anything.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      Originally Posted by activetrader View Post

      The way I look at it, there are two categories of folks who make money online:
      Actually, there are 3 I'll hit you up with the 3rd towards the end.

      Originally Posted by activetrader View Post

      - those who make money selling stuff to consumers
      Well, technically we are all selling things to consumers, but I know what you mean.

      Originally Posted by activetrader View Post

      - those who make money selling money making products to those who want to learn to make money online
      Very lucrative niche indeed - Very rewarding too if done right. I can honestly say that most of my "feel good" comes from selling Information products in the Make money online niche.

      In no other niche that I've been involved in have people been so responsive, and so willing to interact with me. BEST OF ALL, when you sell products in this niche, the amount of people that are literally willing to let you into their lives is INCREDIBLE.

      Originally Posted by activetrader View Post

      The first makes good money.

      They don't teach others their strategies for two reasons - one is that they make a lot more money selling stuff to consumers, two - they don't have the need to sell $7 products teaching how they sell high end products.
      Another reason that they don't sell their strategies, is because they don't have the desire to deal with people on that level. A couple of people that I've talked to in the last month or so, say that they would actually like to share their systems by selling them, but have no desire whatsoever, in dealing with thousands of people or having thousands of people knowing who they are.

      Originally Posted by activetrader View Post

      The second makes money by teaching others how to make money, but because most of them at the exception of few don't really know how to make money, they can't really teach anything.
      I think you would really be surprised at just how many people selling info products to the make money crowd are truly making a killing in niche marketing and with the CPA networks out there.

      The third group and probably the most dangerous to both consumers and others that are on the selling end of the MMO niche are the **opportunists**

      These people are little more than crooks and they are all over the place.

      Usually, they just search forums, blogs, etc that deal with Internet Marketing - Pick up an idea from someone elses post and come to market 24 hours later with a product...that goes something like this:

      "How I Make $500 A Day With This Insane CPA Method That Will Explode Your Bank Account"

      They sell a couple hundred copies of that on Monday, and then on Wednesday, they stumble across another blog post, forum post, or see a trend in what's selling - they then all of the sudden come out with:

      "How I Easily Make $300 A day Setting Up Simple Membership Sites"

      Again, they sell a couple hundred copies of that. And again, they stumble across someones information or trend spot something about adsense, and then......

      "How I Bank $250 a Day With Simple Adsense Site Magic"

      Two days later, that is followed up with...

      "My $10,000 a Month Clickbank Sneaky Tactics"

      Three days after that:

      "CPA DESTRUCTION - HOW I MAKE $200 A DAY ON AUTO-PILOT"

      These people are what I like to call opportunist, and while some people might say that they are "just marketing" - I say that they are ripping people off.

      The worst part is, the people that buy from them, know that they are being lied to - They just don't want to believe it, they want to believe that the bullet they need is right there, ready to be snatched out of thin air.

      It's just like the whole facebook thing. One person came to market with a good product, and before you knew it, you had 5 people all trying to sell courses on it. The only problem is, if you knew anything at all about facebook, you knew that the seller of the course had no clue within 10 minutes of reviewing the product.

      I know that is "business as usual" and I probably blew the **** out of proportion, but after having the conversation I did this morning with that guy, it actually gave me a sick feeling in my stomach.

      Sellers have a responsibility to be ethical, the problem is, everyone has a different perspective on what is ethical

      Buyers have a responsibility to make smart decisions, and ultimately anything that they purchase, is of their own decision, I'm sure everyone agrees with that.

      But, for the most part, sellers are at a BIG advantage. If they can position themselves to "have a clue" they can sell whatever they want in this niche and as often as they want...basically, they can write their own check until someone calls them on what they are doing, and let's face it, that just doesn't happen very often.

      However, as a buyer, stop and think to yourself for a minute:

      "how many ways can this guy/girl make $500 a day"

      "If this person is really making $200 a day 10 different ways, why are they using a free auto-responder"

      "If this person is really making $10,000 a month, why are they using a free membership script"

      As a buyer, use common sense, and don't assume that everything that you read is true. Actually take the time to think about exactly what your buying, who your buying it from, and then look at circumstances - make sure everything lines up.

      I'm not hatin here, I'm not knockin anyones hustle, I was just affected in a "weird" kind of way after talking to a guy that had lost his wife due to the fact that he couldn't separate real from fake - Realistic from a pipe dream

      Well, I think I've filled my quota of "sappy" for the year. So, back to work for me. Happy Holidays everyone.

      Jeremy
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

    This is an email that I sent to my list this morning, I think it is applicable to many people though. I didn't really think it out much before sending it so hopefully it makes a little bit of sense lol

    The message was the result of a conversation that I had with a guy this morning whose wife left him last night due to the amount of money he was spending on products, etc - he estimates he has spent over $30,000 in the last year and a half and has made a grand total of $263.

    I believe that many people fall into the same trap he did...If you see yourself in anything at all that is about to follow - it is time for some serious thinking and reevaluation.

    Hello Everyone,

    As much as I love Internet Marketing - the way it works, the creativity
    behind it, the whole process - I really dig it from beginning to end!

    BUT...There are parts of it that I don't like. Let me tell you a
    little story and give you a bit of a rundown here...

    I've always tried to make myself accessible to people. Sure, it's
    gotten harder in the last 6 months, but I still try to be as available
    as possible. Because of that, people talk to me about things. They
    tell me when stuff goes right, wrong,etc...

    In the beginning, I would get a couple of messages a week or so from
    someone saying: HELP - MY HUSBAND/WIFE IS GOING TO KILL ME BECAUSE I KEEP BUYING PRODUCTS AND NONE OF THEM WORK. or something along those lines anyway.

    Here lately though, the number of those messages has jumped BY A TON!

    Seriously, I bet that just this week alone, I have 10 emails that say
    something similar to the example I gave.

    Do you know why it happens to so many people?

    Well, I'm not trying to offend anyone if you are in the category that
    I'm talking about but, people make themselves easy marks!

    Inherently, we all want to believe people - we all want to believe
    that they are telling the truth and not just out to fleece us.

    BUT

    A good percentage of the time, that is exactly what they are doing -
    TRYING TO FLEECE PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR CASH!

    You have some people out there that are cranking out 4 products a week
    telling you how you can make $500 a day on auto pilot....and hundreds
    and thousands of people buy every last one of them week in and week
    out.

    Basically, they are PROFESSIONAL EBOOK BUYERS - NOT INTERNET MARKETERS!

    Is that you?

    Before you BUY ANYTHING - You should walk away from your computer for
    a minute and think to yourself..."self, do i really believe that this
    guy/gal is making $500 a day each with 25 different methods" or "self,
    do I really believe that this person is making 150K a day or more?"

    I guess the point that I'm getting at here, is to use some common sense
    before you run to paypal or bust out your credit card. At the end
    of the day, you have to decide whether you want to be an ebook addict
    or a marketer...I honestly don't believe that you can be both.

    With all that being said, information is still definitely vital to
    your success in the aspect that there are always nuggets to be picked
    up here and there OR whole systems out there that can help you
    both simplify and increase your profits online.

    BUT

    You have to carefully determine who you think is actually using and
    perfecting the methods that they are selling, and who is only making
    money by selling ebooks to sheeple.

    Every one of us has a path that we can follow to get everything
    that we want from life - Money, happiness, stability, and good
    strong relationships. Finding that path though ALWAYS includes hard
    work and good decision making especially in the beginning of the journey.

    So, if you are someone that is guilty of buying every single thing
    that you see, I challenge you to do a couple of things over the weekend.

    1. Make a list of Marketers whose products and services you trust and
    unsubscribe from everyone that doesn't make that list.

    2. Promise yourself that you will ask yourself some questions like
    the examples I gave above before you buy anything.

    3. Give yourself a fair shot at success by working more and reading
    less.

    Don and I have personally seen SO MANY people in the last year go
    from making ZERO to making five figures a month, so we know it is
    possible for ALL OF YOU to do that, but sometimes it takes some
    serious soul searching and being brutally honest with yourself about
    what you are doing, and not doing.

    Anyway, sorry for such a long email. I'll close this thing out by
    wishing everyone that is going to be celebrating the holiday this
    weekend a great holiday, and wishing everyone more success than they
    ever thought they could attain - It's there for the taking.

    Jeremy
    Awesome post Jeremy! You know Ewen Chia spent $50,000 on "how to" stuff before he realized he had all the knowledge he needed and he just needed to take action. Needless to say, his wife was quite angry with him!
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  • Profile picture of the author WikiWarrior
    I think I've spent about $500 on info products over the last couple of years. I can definitely empathise with the shiny object syndrome which almost became a routine when I first started researching IM. For the first 6 months I felt like Indiana Jones trying to uncover all these 'secrets' and that lead to a magical mystery adventure tour of the whole 'make money online' industry. By the time I said 'enough!' I was signed up to about 20 lists and was getting over 30 emails a day with special reports, pre-launches, scarcity baits, free 24 hour video courses etc. All great stuff I'm sure but there isn't enough hours in the day to digest all this content! I'm just glad I found 'the best' resources fairly quickly to flick that productivity switch from consumer to doer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      Originally Posted by paulbarrs View Post

      Here's an easy way to explain it...

      When they say "That (product) doesn't work...!"

      I reply with "Did you?"

      - Paul Barrs
      Obviously, if the person that buys the course doesn't work then they won't get any returns - that is a given.

      The thing I'm getting at here is that you have a fair amount of people selling information in this niche that have yet to make substantial amounts of money with the methods that they are selling.

      So, if the seller themselves hasn't made any money with their methods, it might be safe to assume that even if someone who bought their information put the full method to the test, and worked their ass off that they still might not make any money.

      Now, you have a certain crowd that will say: "That's what the money back guarantee is for - if it doesn't work they can just get their money back"

      BULL$HIT

      You can't refund someones time. And the person that bought the information can't refund the 4 hours a day that they spent on the product to their family, or other obligations.

      With that being said - Even the best information coming from the mouth of someone who has walked the walk won't get every person that buys it significant results or any results at all in some cases. Certain methods just don't match up well with some people and with most methods and systems, even a **small** mistake in setting things up, regardless of effort put in later, will ultimately result in failure.
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      • Profile picture of the author Robert Oliver
        Jeremy,

        Thanks for a great thread. At one time I was into penny stocks, commodities,
        network marketing, vending machine routes, looking at franchises when my wife
        got hold of me one month and said I had to quit. She had supported me up until
        this time. I was outlaying cash , charging up credit cards all in the name of finding
        the perfect business to make my millions from. I had no success. You see all that
        I had gotten into were things I got into on the emotional side.

        Stepped away for awhile and let the dust clear. Along comes IM. This vicious
        cycle starts again. Promises of millions overnight for just writing 2 articles a week,
        build 1 site a week for a month and make 12K per month. Reminds of walking down
        Las Vegas Blvd. with all the neon flashing lights.

        It is very easy to come in here, get overwhelmed, doubt the system you are
        currently building, just to jump to the next best thing only to find out there is no
        next best thing.

        I buy lots of things just to be buying, to see what is legit and what is not. I hate to
        see people get scammed, so I have helped many not to fall prey. I will tell everyone
        here now to be careful about what you are buying in the wso forum. If I cannot get
        a method to work it is unlikely someone else can. There is so much crap being pedaled
        in the wso forum it is not funny. Like Jeremy said above, make you a list of trusted Warriors and stick to it. I have got 2 wso's I bought recently that I have not been able to get any results. Cannot get the OP's to even answer my pm's or post. I seem to have the worst failure rate with wso's with the unknown Warriors.(Hint)

        The wait till 24 method does work. Pick a Warrior that puts out great products, follow them and focus on what they teach, and only buy products that will help you with the method you are focused on and that will help save you time as you build a business.
        Be sure and take time to enjoy your family. Get away from the computer an go do something. You will find the home life will be much better and you will actually get more
        done in your business when you return.

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  • Profile picture of the author reynaerde
    Great post! That's exactly what a newbie like me is going through: so many posts telling me that their program is going to make me a millionaire.. still, it's quite hard to weed out the 'good' from the 'bad' when you don't know a lot about IM. Anyways, what I do is try to stick with realistic expectations: can I make 1000$ a day overnight? probably not!
    Can I make 1$/day per blog.. hmm, that could be reasonable..
    In the end though, it will all be up to you: how much energy do you put into your work, how much trial and error can you take and how persistent are you? I still (want to) believe that you can make good money when you have learned enough
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  • Profile picture of the author l23bc
    i have been reading up on the coments in here and there are some truth in alot of the posts.

    But i think in General that the line between buyers buying and sellers selling the product then the buyer realising they have bought the product an is not working for them is down to addiction on the buyers part i mean someone in the warrior Forum could write a pdf in a font five times in bold showing what to do to make there model of business work and if nothing is put into action then it is wasted energy on the buyer behalf.

    But most of the phycology of marketing comes from people looking to better them self in a internet based overload of infomation,The magic bullet they seek has so many people online with a cloak and dagger attached to there own products, For example Google "make money online" and the newbie Buyer is thrown into the sharks of pages saying "make ££££ in a day" or "make $$$ while you sleep"

    My dad used to always say when i was younger,a fool can be parted from his cash quite easy.I guess in some terms he was right. Excellent post its got me thinking alot of what are my targets online and how to acheive them...that sort of mindset.

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Zack Lim
    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for posting this excellent thread.

    Another good reminder to stay focus on just following ONE proven system and take consistent appropriate action.

    Making money online is important but spending time with family is equally important. I feel the main purpose of making money online is to have the ability to provide better lifestyle for family.

    If the process of making money online causes family problems, I think it is time to start reviewing the things that causes this problem and stop making the same mistakes.

    Zack
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    I think this is something that everyone has to learn in the early days. Before you know that a OTO isn't really one at all and you are taken in by the various scarcity tactics. I know I spent more money than I needed to last year on courses and products that are just gathering dust on my hard drive. I think that the trick is to just find a forum like this one and soak up as much free information as you can until you know which path you want to follow and then invest in a course that carries the recommendation of someone you trust.
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    • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
      You know guys, it's true. I've never in my life paid for an ebook or any information product. The information is available all around the web for free. I only pay for useful software (Senuke for instance), hosting and domains, maybe some services like Aweber.

      The most useful information I have ever gained is not from ebooks but from people who trust me this information. My advice is - make more connections
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  • Profile picture of the author indexphp
    Heh

    What can you expect when every single person in this forum wants you to buy their next eBook?

    I am completely floored that so many n00bs around here think the only way to make money online is by selling an eBook - There's a world outside eBooks people! The average n00b doesnt even know this. Because the information they need is theirs if they just "buy my new eBook that is about that".

    If you make your living in the WSO section selling "how to make money" products, and you rely on sales of said eBook to put food on the table, you are the problem.

    I dont have any problem with info-products that are put out by BONA-FIDE experts, who actually do this stuff. But the sad truth is that some people exploit this market to the fullest.
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  • Profile picture of the author kongming
    Great email, much much value for me to learn.

    I've been in the make money online game for a year and a half now, and have spent around 3000 dollars buying programs, ebooks, and "systems". Honestly speaking, some of the purchases that I made were totally irrational, which reflected ugly on the results. There was a time when I literally bought a new product to avoid doing what's required from the previous one, hmmm...

    Again, thanks so much for sharing a lucid email like this. Great lesson learnt.
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  • Profile picture of the author aandersen
    jeremy you know when I read your email yesterday my first reaction was "oh man, I wish gmail had a thanks button"

    haha now i can lol


    I am really glad you posted this here because this was something that needed to be said. Additionally, I am glad that it was said by someone that is respected enough to be listened to.

    one thing that is sad is that these Opportunists gain a following and people actually praise their products again and aain

    "another great product as usual"
    "once again you over delivered"
    "you did it again!! All your methods are sooo great!!!"
    etc...

    some of these guys are held on a pedestal as "great marketers"

    this of course leads to more buyers, more followers, more products, and the cycle continues on and on...


    now that i am not as newbish as i was in the past i think about some of the stuff i bought when i was just starting out and wish i could go back and slap my self. i remember the adrenaline rush feeling i used to get by reading MMO product sales pages. It is very similar to the feeling you get from drugs or gambeling. I have a very additicive personality and luckikly i stopped my self. Now looking ack I can see what it was i was doing.


    there always has been and always will be people exploiting this market. I just think that it is important that there are people like you out there to bring topics like this to light from time to time.


    I also think it is the job of the IM community to be more selective of who we hold in high praise as we are essentially condoning this behavior
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