This is somewhat of a somber article because it involves being ripped off by internet marketers who know better.
Have you been scammed by a “make money online” product?
Online make money scams are everywhere. What is troubling is that the one that I believe is the biggest scam holds itself as not a scam…and even the big name marketers will sell it. Why? Because of huge commissions.
First of all, let me clear the air….
There are thousands upon thousands of make money online programs, everything from data entry and online surveys, online mlm programs, online gambling, to even – and this is where it gets closer to home – clickbank ebook and video series.
Many of these are legitimate and offer real proof of earnings. Others are a bit shady and the salespages look too hypie, and the testimonial earnings look pathetically fake. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “If it quacks like a duck…it is a….” Hopefully the new FTC rules will straighten all this out and give consumers more confidence.
(side note: online gambling is a huge scam to me, and I would avoid it at all cost)
What I do want to point out to you is what I believe to be a online scam that is appearing more in the internet marketing community. It looks like a sheep, but it’s really a snake. It appears to be legit, and the promises of making a fortune are very appealing, but at the end of the day, it will leave you more broke. Sure, there may be 1 out of 10,000 who make money, but it will be highly unusual…meaning this person worked the program plus added something else.
In a nutshell, the biggest make money online scam is:
“Buy My Program/Software And It Will Make Money For You On Autopilot.”
These tricksters offering huge returns for your investment are expert marketers. Not only will they convince you to pull out your wallet and buy, but more importantly, they will convince you that the reason for your failure with their program is your fault, not theirs.
There are many forms of this scam:
- “I will make money for you”
- “Push One Button Automated Money”
- “This ‘New and Never Been Revealed Tool’ will make you a millionaire”
- “Automated Money System”
There are a lot of variations in the sales presentation, but the scam is the same. They want you to believe that their software or program is a “one button” solution to automated money, and will basically make money for you while you sit on the beach somewhere.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The truth is:
- Making money online is hard work
- Making money online takes great marketing knowledge and skills..which cannot be purchased
- Those who make a lot of money online have years of experience…it is a building process.
- Those who make a lot of money have built an entire team with outsourcers
- Those who make the most online “personally brand” themselves, and this takes time.
- Those who make the most online have a huge subscriber list of repeat customers and buyers.
Be very leary of being sucked into the “let me make you money with my ‘one button’ software that has never been revealed before.”
If you do come across this type of scam, and still wanting to test it, make sure there is a money back gaurantee, and that the person’s reputation is such that they will back up their guarantee.
But, at the end of the day, even if you tried it out and failed, the time invested is still money to you. And, if it involved PPC or media buying, you are out of more money too.
Hence, don’t spend your last dollar based on these types of products, hoping that “this will be the one” to make you a online millionaire in 12 months.
Instead, take the steady approach, and build your business from the ground up. Learn the marketing skill-set yourself, like I teach in IM Niche Formula. Then, you will not be dependant upon any guru or automated money system. Why, because you have become an independent internet marketer.
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Yours in knowledge,