Are IM Aliases Shady?

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What do you think?
#aliases #shady
  • Profile picture of the author marchenzo
    Depends on what the intent behind them is.

    Lots of people use sobriquets online, for a variety of reasons, none of which may be shady.

    If you intend on branding yourself personally for list relationship etc purposes, then you need to step out, but lots of good reputable marketers use different persona's for different niches.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    There are times when it is ok, people have been using pen names since writing began after all. Personally, I think that aliases and pen names are ok until you are trying to sell something to somebody. If you want someone to put their money into your pocket, then at the very least they deserve to know who you really are.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Well, you need some shading to give it a more natural look.

      But, the natural look wasn't what I was going for. I wanted a more cartoonish appearance, so I told the illustrator "NO SHADING PLEASE!"

      I've been happy with the results.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

        Well, you need some shading to give it a more natural look.

        But, the natural look wasn't what I was going for. I wanted a more cartoonish appearance, so I told the illustrator "NO SHADING PLEASE!"

        I've been happy with the results.
        What??? I'm getting kind of scared that I'm on your list now lol...

        Originally Posted by Mick Meaney View Post

        Sometimes it's smart to use pen names when you're in different niches.

        The last thing you want is someone entering all your niches copying your entire structure.
        That's a point I hadn't thought of; but what happens when they buy your product, and lets say on paypal they get to the end and see its going to an account with your name, not the pen name. How do you handle that situation?
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        • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
          There are sock puppets everywhere!

          I find it highly disturbing.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
            Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

            I find it highly disturbing.
            What I find highly disturbing is that, as a War Room member, I still only get to give 25 thanks per day like non-paying members, instead of 50 or 100.

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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
          Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post

          That's a point I hadn't thought of; but what happens when they buy your product, and lets say on paypal they get to the end and see its going to an account with your name, not the pen name. How do you handle that situation?
          I use 2checkout on around 50% of my sites, it just displays a business name.
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post

      There are times when it is ok, people have been using pen names since writing began after all. Personally, I think that aliases and pen names are ok until you are trying to sell something to somebody. If you want someone to put their money into your pocket, then at the very least they deserve to know who you really are.
      When you buy a Microsoft product, is Bill Gates' name on the receipt? Se up a legitimate company and put that name on the receipts. Then you can use all the pen names you want in your sales copy, articles, and love letters to Justin Beiber.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

        When you buy a Microsoft product, is Bill Gates' name on the receipt?
        I'm pretty sure it was Mike Rowe's name on the receipt.
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

        Then you can use all the pen names you want in your sales copy, articles, and love letters to Justin Beiber.
        That's a very wise advice (the bold part, I mean!)
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

        When you buy a Microsoft product, is Bill Gates' name on the receipt? Se up a legitimate company and put that name on the receipts. Then you can use all the pen names you want in your sales copy, articles, and love letters to Justin Beiber.
        I got my shots, never had to deal with Beiber Fever! You make a good point though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    Sometimes it's smart to use pen names when you're in different niches.

    The last thing you want is someone entering all your niches copying your entire structure.
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  • Profile picture of the author davezan
    I trust the OP is using his/her real name instead of an alias?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by ballhogjoni View Post

    What do you think?
    If they're using it to hide something unethical then the answer would be a resounding "yes". If it's to simply have a pen name or stage name like Carmen Electra or Stephen King (who has used more than one pen name) or to keep identities / businesses separate like a David DeAngelo or Christian Carter, then "no".

    Another thing to think about is that everyone has different comfort zones when it comes to privacy. Some are very zealous about it while others prefer the lime light, and everything in between. I know I've gotten a bit more careful about where and when I use my full real name after having someone on my e-mail list show up at my previous residence asking to be coached!

    Some people use different pen names for different niches and very different reasons. The act in and of itself is not shady at all, it's the actions and intent behind it.

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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I don't think they are really all that shady, but I could be in the minority here. I use one on this very forum, but could probably convince someone that I've actually changed my name to "BloggingPro!"

    It's not that I'm trying to hide anything, but I liked how BloggingPro sounded when I signed up. Plus, I felt it was more "professional sounding" than "ShakeA$$ForMoney!"
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  • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
    I think alias is not much different from a pen-name which a large percentage of authors use and which is completely legitimate.
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