How The Hell Do You Know What I Need?

by Jeremy Kelsall 8 replies
Interesting story....

So, I log into the Warrior Forum a little earlier tonight and see that I have a new PM - Cool, I think, so I check it out. Then I see that it is from a fairly well known marketer here - Damn, seems like it is getting even better, right?

WRONG!

I open it up and start reading it. About half way through I feel my blood pressure rising and start to get a little bit irritated. Basically, he was telling me what I am doing wrong with my business.

WRONG?

Really? This is news to me. I've been marketing for under a year and make enough already that I don't have to leave my house for employment or rely on any other income other than what I make online and support a family of 5 to boot.

Now, I by no means think that I am doing everything right. As a matter of fact, I know for a fact that there are at least 3 areas in my business that I can improve on greatly and I am working on them daily. What irritated me is the fact that he does not know what my business is. He essentially doesn't like the fact that I am earning a bulk of my money through Article Marketing and think it is a waste of time - because after all, your time is worth money right?

Consider this though, many people that come online with hopes of making some cash and don't have any money. Why don't they have money? Most of the time it is because the jobs that they are working at right now pay little to nothing for wages. Believe it or not, a large majority of the population works for minimum wage. Therefore, guess how much their time is worth, in a work environment. six to seven bucks an hour. After taxes it is more like 4 or 5, so for people starting out in this situation Article Marketing is a viable and profitable business model.

When I started out, I started writing articles at night when I was sitting on my couch watching TV. How much was watching TV worth to me? Not a damn thing.

I guess the moral of the story especially for me is that nobody should assume what people need to do or want to do with regards to their business.

Hopefully, this does not come across as me being an a-hole because that is the furthest from the truth. I just found it absurd that someone that I have never talked to in the past would assume that they knew the magic pill for my business, especially because I'm not looking for one.

Jeremy
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  • Profile picture of the author PatDoyle
    I think it is rude of them to offer you advice, when you did not ask for it. They were probably trying to sell you something.

    There are plenty of people on these forums who ARE asking for advice. Why single out someone who did not ask for any advice?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      True.

      Trust me, when I need advice, I'm the first one to ask. I have been given some GREAT advice here on this forum from some really great people that have helped me tremendously. I let those people know frequently how much I appreciate their help and how much it has helped me.

      To get something like this out of the blue, like I was some how messing up, irritated the crap out of me lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Jenni Mac
        Jeremy,

        you and I started about the same time here/IM and I'm not making enough to support me and my little one yet! Nowhere near!

        But EVERY DAY I'm working my bleep bleep off to get there!

        I just wish I'd been doing ALL the wrong stuff you've been doing with your business, with my business, I'd be in a much better position today!

        Thanks again for your recent advice!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Hmmm, I don't blame you, to receive advice in that way I think it would irritate the crap out of me too.

    I'd just delete and forget about it, its not worth letting yourself get stressed over it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vyliss
    Wow... that's rude... on the other hand.. this person must have felt very passionate about "helping you" and probably only wants the best for you. Or else why would they even bother in the first place? I wouldn't be too hard on them yet, unelss all they were doing was giving you a sales pitch.
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  • Profile picture of the author One Inch Punch
    That reminds me of a guru list I subscribe to. I like the guy and respect him (that's why I'm on his list) but one thing he does kind of makes me smile. He has said many times he has only read one book, a very good book indeed, that was responsible for his success (along with the relationships he has made). Then he proceeds to send me offers on a near daily basis for some new book that "I have to buy if I'm serious about making money online."

    I'm on a marketers list, so I expect to be marketed to, that's not an issue at all. For my money though, he'd be better off with a more genuine approach.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      I can't imagine getting all ones knowledge from one book. It's diversity of information and sifting the wheat from the chaff that gives you the best ideas.



      Originally Posted by One Inch Punch View Post

      That reminds me of a guru list I subscribe to. I like the guy and respect him (that's why I'm on his list) but one thing he does kind of makes me smile. He has said many times he has only read one book, a very good book indeed, that was responsible for his success (along with the relationships he has made). Then he proceeds to send me offers on a near daily basis for some new book that "I have to buy if I'm serious about making money online."

      I'm on a marketers list, so I expect to be marketed to, that's not an issue at all. For my money though, he'd be better off with a more genuine approach.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Hi Jeremy,

    I'm not surprised you're irritated - I would be.

    There's nothing more annoying than someone patronising you so much that they feel the need to 'help' you when you're not asking for it.

    I hate getting emails from people making less than me telling 'why you're struggling' etc..

    Anyone who tries to tell you how to run your business without knowing you or your business is an idiot. It's as simple as that. I mean, for all they know you're doing the things they think you should be, but they can't possibly know what's right for you just because they know what's right for them.

    Many people make money by selling 'how to' information to others and thinking that they really do know it all, when in fact all they know is what they know - no more, no less.

    I've been doing IM for 10 years and I wouldn't assume what works for me has anything to do with anyone elses business. I know for a fact that some of my revenue comes from doing the exact opposite of what some experts have told me to do (i.e whatever it is they're doing must be the best way - yeah right).

    Now that we agree on that - let it go and move on

    Andy
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    nothing to see here.

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