There is one promise, one dream, that is the most alluring of all, in our industry.
The promise of easy money.
The hope for easy money brings floods of newbies into the fold of online marketing, entrepreneurship, digital nomadism etc.
Bold-faced promises of a simple trick to make money easily is the domain of (rather obvious) scams aimed at the naive and underinformed. However, everywhere you look in online marketing, there are echoes of the promise of easy money. From headlines of trending blog posts to the sales messages of even the most serious and enterprised-focused marketing tools, the implication is always that this will somehow make you more money, more easily.
Is it just an alluring trap? Or can making money truly be easy?Continue reading
ClickBank, popular affiliate network and cesspool of scammy make-money-online offers, have recently announced (kind of) a new set of guidelines. These guidelines could mean a very serious crackdown on said scammy offers. Is this the end of the “infinite upsell” era? Will some dignity and accountability finally return to this particular section of the ClickBank marketplace? Probably not.
Read on to see all the details of the new guidelines and learn why it probably won’t make a difference.
Admittedly, I always say negative things about products that are bad and I do occasionally point and laugh at silly marketers. But I don’t want product-bashing to be “my thing” and I know that there’s more value in providing useful information that can help you move forward than in railing on about everything that’s wrong in the Internet marketing space.
Having said that, there are times when people need to be warned and when a rant is in order. Now is one of those times.
Here’s just a quick video I put together on how you can, in many cases, recognize scammy and useless Internet marketing products by just taking a quick look at the sales-page:
This video is definitely made for newbies, so if you're one of my seasoned readers, there's gonna be no news for you here. Hopefully, the video can help some beginners steer clear of a bad experience and help them not get scammed out of their money...[note title="Note"]
Andrew Hansen has a very well articulated and detailed post about this topic. He provides some actual quotes from people who create these newbie traps and gives some interesting insight into what goes on "behind the scenes". Highly recommend you check it out: Internet Marketing Scams.[/note]
In today’s post, I want to share a video with you and I hope that you’ll share your thoughts with me after you’ve seen it. You see, this is very much a work in progress. It’s probably one of the least planned and least professionally made videos I’ve ever published, but the subject is one that’s very important to me and about wich I just needed to share some thoughts.
What it really comes down to is that I’m working on finding a way to bring good, solid marketing skills and authenticity, honesty and integrity together in my marketing messages. Watch the video below to see exactly what I’m on about:
I have a confession to make: There are several products sitting on my hard drive that I wanted to review on this blog, but never got around to it. Actually, “never got around to it” doesn’t describe the real issue. I didn’t want to review these products once I had a closer look at them.
In this post, I explain a big problem I see with “Make Money Online” guides and what I want to change on RQR because of this. Also, in case you’re wondering why I didn’t post for a long time, I’ll briefly explain at the end of this post.
Every Friday, I list all of the best sites, articles, and cool stuff I found online about online marketing. The emphasis here is on quality over quantity, so you might not find a ton of links, but their all worth following.
See this weeks selection after the break.
An upsell is when you offer extensions, expansions, “gold-memberships” or related products to your customers. Often this is done right after the initial purchase (instant upsell) and the reason upsells are so popular is that they often work. A customer who has just agreed to buy your initial offer is quite likely to be willing to shell out a little more cash for the next offer as well. In my reviews, I rate upsells and especially instant upsells as scammy. In this article, I explain why.
Get-rich-quick products are almost synonymous with scams. Many people believe that this entire market is one big scam and that the only way to make money in it is by ripping off poor, gullible victims that believe you will show them how to get rich. Whether this is true or not is not the subject of today’s post. What I will focus on in this article is the fact that the word “scam” is very often misused and why it’s important to distinguish scams from bad products.