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Posted By: Sandi Bowman In Response To: CHASING THE INTERNET DREAM (all by your lonesome!) (Ms. Realistic)
Saturday, 11 February 2006, at 6:33 a.m.
In Response To: CHASING THE INTERNET DREAM (all by your lonesome!) (Ms. Realistic)
> Okay, so I don't care too much for my 9-to-5 job (I am a teacher at an
> inner city school and it is less than bearable) so approximately 3 months
> ago, I decided to check out this elusive thing called "making money
> on the internet". I enjoy my computer, so I figured the concept
> deserved some research and reflection. Well, suffice it to say that it's 3
> months later and I am more than just a bit "perplexed". All of
> the self-proclaimed "gurus" seem to have quite a few unsettling
> things in common:
> 1. They all tell you that you can make great money online "doing what
> you love", or "following your passion". Funny thing is, all
> THEY seem to be peddling is "how to make money on the internet"
> 2. These guys and gals are all "buddies". They shower each other
> with sugary praise, and cross-promote each others "products".
> Care to join the mutual admiration club, anyone?
> 3. My inbox is CRAMMED daily with wonderful free "gifts". Yes,
> out of the sweet goodness of their hearts, these wise gurus are handing
> out thousands of dollars worth of "gifts" just because they are
> such great guys. Aw, shucks, that tickles my heart, folks! The strange
> thing is, though, all of these little freebies are just a bunch of useless
> crap... (Basically, just a long-winded sales letter with some pep-talk
> prose and an offer at the end to purchase their "Gold Coaching
> Membership" or some other similar "hot product".
> 4. Okay, now on to something very POSITIVE..... the internet has many
> opportunities for those who are creative and persevere. I have come up
> with a few ideas I would like to implement in the very near future. And
> you know what????
> I DON'T NEED ANY GURU'S HELP, THANK YOU!
> YOU, DEAR READER, CAN DO THE SAME!
> GOOD LUCK!
Welcome to the GAME. Now that you've grasped some of the unwritten rules, you can move on to the next phase.
You'll soon see that lots of folks are working smarter, not harder on the internet. Then you'll wonder how they do it all. Next it will dawn on you that they're utilizing some very clever software to do more in less time and with less effort. So, you'll purchase a bit here, a bit there.
Finally it will dawn on you that learning to work with some of the gurus or just plain folks on the internet will help you reach your goals faster, easier, and with less stress.
In the next go-round you'll discover that joining a few choice newsletters will help you stay abreast of things you need to know and offer you bargains on some very helpful tools for your business.
Next will come the realization that doing it all yourself limits your options and money-making opportunities...and your free time to enjoy what you've earned.
You need traffic to make more sales, so you consider JV-ing with some of the established gurus and other folks, too.
Welcome back. It's a syndrome that is often seen on the internet.
Oh, there is another way to go and that is to set things up so you can handle things yourself...and be happy with the modest returns you can enjoy...if you can find the time.
The answers are in automation and in choosing the least time-intensive forms of product acquisition and marketing. There will come a time when you realize you need to learn from (and profit through) others, not to be exploited by them, but to help your business grow. Either way, you'll either burn out or get wiser than you are right now. I wish you well.
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