What is my chance of Success as a Nigerian in Internet Biz?

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I have been trying in this internet biz for too long without a single sale so please someone should tell me; do I lack any thing or b/c am from Nigeria.

I understand that so many people out there think that black man has nothing to offer especially when that person is not from the US or London

What is my chance?

John Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author Theory5
    How can someone determine the chance you will have simply based on the fact that you are nigerian? I have heard a lot of Nigerian princes strike it rich :-P
    But all kidding aside, as long as you study, and work very hard you will succeed. Read whatever you can find relating to your field, and just keep trying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Duncan
    John,
    I wouldn't worry about that....

    You can certainly make money using Internet Marketing from any country in the world.

    It may help to get some feedback on what you are currently doing...as in what steps you have taken already that aren't getting results.

    I think that's where the real story is...and likely has nothing to do with being from Nigeria.

    All the best,
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    • Profile picture of the author Damian Benko
      What you can conceive, believe you can achieve...

      Now with that being said you still need to learn from people that will actually show you what works instead of promising the world and delivering nothing but BS and crap.

      The best way to sell anything online is to create an online presence and provide value. The more you give the more you receive is as true in life as it is in business.

      Get people to like and trust you and they will buy from you!

      There is NO free lunch or get rich schemes out there. Study and IMPLEMENT and you will find the answers. The key i've found to success is always keep moving forward. You only fail when you quit!

      BTW, where you're from is just a cop out. It means absolutely nothing to your success. It will only effect you if you let it.

      No excuses! Just make it happen....
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Location doesn't play a role on "teh internets". It's all global. Whether you are in nigeria, india, pakistan, EU or US...you can make money
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Location doesn't play a role on "teh internets". It's all global. Whether you are in nigeria, india, pakistan, EU or US...you can make money
      This is true. After all, internet marketing is all about being able to make money from anywhere you choose, isn't it?

      However, with that being said, it may be more difficult and there could be certain obstacles you'd have to overcome in order to engage in internet marketing in certain countries. These obstacles are not impossible to surmount, though.

      If this 20 year old girl from Iran can do it, don't use your location as an "excuse" not to do IM!

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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Martinez
    The great thing about IM is that it dose not matter what your race is or where you are from/live. As long as you have an internet connection and computer, you’re set to go. Your chances of success have nothing to do with your race, culture, birth place, religious background, or anything like that. It is all about your determination and productivity in your work. Learn a little about different fields try some things. Find what works best for you what you like best and charge full speed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chloe Clado
    Being from Nigeria is a huge strike against you in the eyes of many. You'll need to work harder than someone from the US in order to counteract and overcome the negative associations many people have with Nigerian online business.

    Not fair, but true.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Martinez
      Originally Posted by Chloe Clado View Post

      Being from Nigeria is a huge strike against you in the eyes of many. You'll need to work harder than someone from the US in order to counteract and overcome the negative associations many people have with Nigerian online business.

      Not fair, but true.
      People do not need to know that you are from Nigeria in you IM business. If you are throwing out there that you are Nigeria then yes that will have a negative effect on your business but don't do that. As long as you have good business ethics you have nothing to worry about.
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    • Originally Posted by Chloe Clado View Post

      Being from Nigeria is a huge strike against you in the eyes of many. You'll need to work harder than someone from the US in order to counteract and overcome the negative associations many people have with Nigerian online business.

      Not fair, but true.
      I agree. There is a reason that everyone has heard of "Nigerian scams" and, unfortunately, that does reflect poorly on millions of other Nigerians who would never think of doing such a thing.

      I have to admit that, if I were a potential customer, I would be very nervous, so I would suggest trying to work even more closely with your customers and trying to re-educate them by showing them that most Nigerians are honest, able businessmen, just like everywhere else.

      If you have a website, maybe you could make a page for the sole purpose of addressing this issue. Let them know that you are aware of this problem, you understand their concern, and these are the reasons why they don't have to worry about doing business with you.

      Regardless, I would not let it deter you, though. Best of luck, Believers Time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Believers Time
      You hit the hammer on the nail. I know that the “Nigerian things”, I mean their involvements in other internet scams have become oppositions to most of us that are doing legitimate biz from there. Take for instant; I personally observed that most of our clients quit the moments they out where we are coming from.

      All I need is for the world to know that we are honest and should be giving the kinds of chances that those in US have.

      We including myself have a lot to offer but I hate to be seen as a fool b/c of the wrongs of those that lack principles and honesty which without it no one can succeed in internet or any biz.

      I started IM since 2008 but it is a pity that up till now I ve not even a made a dime, not even s single sale. So my friend said it was due to the fact that I refused to claim a foreigner like most of them do. But how can I lie to the extend of pretending to be in London while am right here in my father’s land- South.

      Thanks you,

      John Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author V12
    You've got about as much chance as a pilot with no arms:


    It just shows what you can achieve, no matter what the odds.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author funkynassau
      Interesting assumption. I dont know what colour you are, nor do I care. If you have something to sell that I want, I will buy it. However if I see you are located in Nigeria, all bets are off. It's not your fault there's all those Nigerian email scams are going around, but they do put a negative view on anyone from that country. I guess until the Nigerian scams are stopped permanently you are going to have a problem unless you move elsewhere.

      I dont live in the US or London and our small biz is doing well. You dont know what colour I am, nor does it matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Dybka
    Originally Posted by Believers Time View Post

    I have been trying in this internet biz for too long without a single sale so please someone should tell me; do I lack any thing or b/c am from Nigeria.

    I understand that so many people out there think that black man has nothing to offer especially when that person is not from the US or London

    What is my chance?

    John Mark
    You have the same chance as anyone else in the world,an online business is just that,online.
    All you need is a computer and a connection to the internet to get started.
    Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Good Luck with your online venture


    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    Being from Nigeria might make getting paid more of a hassle, but it shouldn't affect your online business at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    A great thing about internet marketing is that it's all over the world.

    Buyers aren't only from Nigeria, nor the United States.

    Ones location won't stop them from succeeding for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
    I live in a non Internet Marketing friendly country since we canot accept Paypal money and cashing a Clickbank cheque is an odyssey. I suggest you use 2Checkout or Plimus to accept payments.

    If you plan to stay here I suggest you show your real face and name. That can add to your credibility
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  • Your chances of success are what you believe them to be!! No matter what nationality you are, THE WORLD IS FLAT on the internet. Everyone is pretty much on a level playing field.

    You just have to be persistent, and try different things, if they don't work try more, and keep trying. One thing is for sure, the internet is built to weed out people that give up easily.

    Easy come, easy go. Success will not come easy. But when it does, it will be worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam31
    Like others have stated, don't say you are from Nigeria. Wrong as it may be, the first thing an American will think of is a scam. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Pretty much everything has been said already. The biggest hurdle is your nationality, to be sure. Nigerian scams have been going on for such a long time, it's increasingly difficult to find someone who has not heard of them. Consequently, they are nervous. I know I am, the moment I see Nigeria in an offer.

      I would add that it might benefit you to examine those Nigerian scams. Notice how they present their "offers". From what I've seen, they all reference terms related to "God", "Blessed", "Dearest...." "My Beloved" something or other. They also use a lot of ALL CAPS in their letters. They also contain poor grammar.

      Such emails use a certain "tone" that is unnatural to those of us in the West... an overly sweet, dear, caring tone. If you compare such a letter to any other letter from a stranger, you will soon see the difference I'm talking about.

      Avoid sending those signals at all costs.

      Eliminate those catch-words from your content and emails.

      Have someone proofread your material if you are not 100% sure of your English (written and otherwise). That person should have a good command of the language, preferably with experience in editing. Even better if they are native English, although that's not always necessary. Many non-native English have an excellent command of English.

      Set up a "real" business - which includes real contact information on a stable site on a good hosting company. Make it easy for people to check you out. If you have a domain, put pertinent information into the registration so it shows up in WhoIs. Sketchy information leads to suspicion.

      Add an About Us page on your site and provide your background, education and expertise in whatever business you are offering. Be specific, like if you have a degree from an established college in your country, provide that name. Give a real address where you can be located, along with a viable phone number as your contact info.

      All these things will help to alleviate people's suspicions. Plus, they give the impression that you are serious about your business.

      You might even include an FAQ page with typical questions people might have about your offer and perhaps even some questions about why they should trust you.

      You certainly can succeed online if you approach it the right way. Don't try to hide. Speak to your visitors and customers in a friendly manner so they feel comfortable as soon as you make contact, either when they read your web copy or you send an email.

      Get your site listed in as many reputable places as you can. This will show people that you are a viable company and will not be disappearing in 24 hours, as happens with the Nigerian scam offers. They send their emails, nab some gullible individuals and then shut down quickly, only to reopen under another name somewhere else.

      If you can show that you are stable, you will gain their trust. But it will take time and that extra effort on your part.

      When you're done, you will have a good reputation and will succeed.

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  • Profile picture of the author ONEWOLF
    With respect to the internet, No one can tell if you are white, black, yellow or purple! Dont let your race or country of origin stop you from dreaming or achieving your goals.( If you are marketing to the english speaking part of the world, make sure you use proper grammer/spelling) When we are up against a wall, we all tend to try explain our poor results. But instead of that, focus on one product and make sure it has gravity and fits your targeted niche. Keep chopping wood uintill a fire starts.
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  • Profile picture of the author scriptstar
    No one has cleared his concerns properly. Without Paypal on his side, it is not easy to sell/buy products. We all been take it for granted cause we can open a bank account or a paypal account so easily and make transactions without blinking our eyes twice but being in Nigeria it is out of question. I think it is his main concern.

    Friends, he needs an advise on alternative payment methods. But unfortunately I am not sure other acceptable payments for this country.

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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Well, it's easy to presume that he already has some such system in place, since he's already been trying to sell something for awhile. He couldn't have been doing that if he didn't have a method of taking payments, unless he expected people to send him a cheque or a bank draft for their purchases.

      Since he doesn't specify what he means about being in Nigeria, we can only offer random advice. Someone already did mention an alternate form of payment beyond PayPal. If there are other marketers here in that part of the world, maybe they can offer more options in that regard.

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      • Profile picture of the author scriptstar
        Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

        Well, it's easy to presume that he already has some such system in place, since he's already been trying to sell something for awhile. He couldn't have been doing that if he didn't have a method of taking payments, unless he expected people to send him a cheque or a bank draft for their purchases.
        Sylvia
        Believe me if he is selling something then he would have had atleast 200-250 posts on his name in this forum. Really, next time if you see someone and telling you that they have a successful service or product in IM then ask their warrior forum username. It is THE BEST litmus test to avoid good and bad. lol I am genius all I need to do is put that into action.

        Ofcourse he did say he was struggling, again that is down to his count. You need to be here to get what is going on and buy some 100 to 200 products and it will strike your head one day like a thundering blitz and you start to build your own product which is mish-mash of all those 100 to 200 products pulp. lol I got the success formula as well.

        Anybody wants to pay for this then I will make a pdf of this post and sell it for 50 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author jayshankard
    Believers Time, If you would like, then I may be of help in getting your first sale. I have some experience in IM. If you tell me what you have been doing till now then I may be of some help.
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  • Profile picture of the author brandon2664
    Originally Posted by Believers Time View Post

    I understand that so many people out there think that black man has nothing to offer especially when that person is not from the US or London
    Poor excuse. Maybe your product or service is sub par. Maybe your product or service is great, but your website looks like a joke. I really don't think its because you are nigerian.
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  • Profile picture of the author premiumplr
    Color has zero effect because no one can see you. I think quite a few of my customers would be surprised to know I was a black woman. I don't mention it and they don't ask. It has no bearing on the service and if it does then I don't want to do business with them

    However location can be a problem because there are so many scams originating from Nigeria. To be honest when I was selling on ebay I stopped accepting bids from Nigeria for this very reason.

    But in this business no one really has to know your location unless it's fundamental to your service or product.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoingSomewhere
    For you to make it as a Nigerian, you have to
    have the heart of a lion.

    You will meet with scorn, rebuff, dishonesty,
    scam, etc. But you have to prove yourself
    otherwise more than any other citizen in other
    countries.

    You can make it.
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    • Profile picture of the author bitriot
      Your nationality does not matter. Your ability to write fluent English does - if you are marketing to english speakers. If your sales copy is not written in a normal English way, people will zone out immediately.

      Otherwise, no one knows what the nationality is of the person behind the screen. It is immaterial.
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