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Starting Online Business? Watch Out

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Are you interested in starting online business? Years ago when I lost my business and home in a painful divorce and couldn’t get a high enough paying job I determined starting online business was the way I would learn to make money from home. As so many others have, I got stung a few times with internet marketing scams. Ouch! In this article, I show you what to watch out for.

How to Tell If You Are About To Be Scammed

I’ve been making a good living with affiliate marketing and an online business at home since 2009.  But it wasn’t always that way.  In fact, when I was first starting online business, I lost money on a few internet marketing scams. It was money I could not afford to lose but I figured it was all part of my learning what to do to achieve online marketing success and mostly, what not to do.

You’ve probably seen some of the same marketing schemes or been flooded in your email inbox with giant ads and annoying videos promising you the moon and the stars if only you sign up for their one-click wonder program.

Most of them make it look as though you don’t have to do any work and you could be the next internet millionaire.  They promise mansions and endless vacations and all the expensive toys you’ve ever wanted.

Here’s an actual screen shot I made for you of yet another internet marketing scam.

Internet Marketing Scam

Let me break this down for you so you can learn how to avoid internet scams. I want to help you do that because saving money is a big part of how much money you end up with for your effort. I know if you are reading this article it’s because you want to learn how to make money online.  The last thing you want to do is lose money to a marketing huckster.

So, what’s wrong with this picture? Here are five things to watch out for.  You’ll know that you’re about to be scammed if:

-1- The headline starts off with the word “WARNING” in big bold letters followed by an outrageous claim. There is nothing scary or wrong about attempting to warn consumers about bad products but when you use the term, “warning” to grab attention, the rest of the headline and copy should be about some danger to watch out for. Instead, this ad makes an outrageous claim.

-2- The huckster lures readers with an unsubstantiated, outrageous claim to make money. Sure, everyone wants to make money from home with a legitimate online business. But give me a break.  Do you really think you are going to make a million bucks online without using Google (or other search engines) just by spending money on one product? Get real. There is no magic product or instant success button!

-3- “Just added $39, 014.56” is another tip off that this is an internet marketing scam to watch out for. This is another blatant attempt to push your greed button.  Who doesn’t want to be rich?  And, who doesn’t want to get rich overnight? But the truth is, it takes hard work to make money online.  I can show you how to build a money making business but it will not be an instant one-click wonder.  It will take work and dedication on your part to start a legitimate home based business. And, sorry to burst your bubble, but you are not going to make $39,000 a day with affiliate marketing.

-4- “You can still make TONS of money with Affiliate Marketing”…another exaggerated money claim that cannot be substantiated.  One of the ways internet marketing scams work is to keep you wondering what the marketer is doing to make so much money so fast but notice, they never give you any real product information. Worse yet, you’ll whip out your credit card and buy the first product for $17.97 and then find out it doesn’t really deliver.  Then you’ll be offered the next product for $67 but that ones really for sissies because the really, really big product is what you need to “make TONS” of money and it’s only $197…but wait…buy it today and you can get it for $97!!!!

Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with offering multiple levels of products.  Big merchandize stores do it all the time. You can buy their economy car, their family sedan or their luxury SUV but the difference is, you know exactly what you are getting.  Nothing is hidden.  Everything is fully disclosed.  If it’s not WATCH OUT, you’re about to be taken for an expensive ride.

-5- You have to enter your contact information before you know what you are getting. And if you do, you’ll “get these other killer awesome things to download”. In this ad, the huckster asks you to submit personal information just to get his video that shows you how he is making $39,014 a day.  I didn’t give him my email address and you shouldn’t either.  This is a bad case of “curiosity killed the cat”.

Offering a quality eBook or online marketing class or a free report is a good way to build your credibility. Well-written eBooks and such help to establish you as an expert in your target market niche. I encourage all my coaching clients to create a high-quality free offer. I have downloaded several free eBooks. But, you need to know more about the person behind the downloads before you jump in.

Take a good look around my website.  You’ll see a good deal of quality information that you can put to use for starting legitimate home based business.

Learn the Right Way to Start Home Based Business

Now, I love online marketing, but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. I’ve been making a living with affiliate marketing and online business marketing for a few years now.

I started out thinking all you had to do was get someone to build a good looking website and like magic, the money would come pouring in.  But then I found out it’s not magic, it’s not luck, it’s knowledge, skills and hard work that makes a online home based business successful.

 “It’s not magic, it’s not luck. it’s knowledge, skills and hard work that makes a hone based business successful.”

And here’s some really good news.  Anyone can learn the skills to make money online with a home based business.  You don’t have to be a genius and you don’t have to hunt and peck on the internet to learn how to make money online.

I can give you the knowledge, the strategies and the tools to start online business from scratch. But, I can’t give you the hard work.  That’s something you have to do for yourself.

But, look at it this way, you can either work hard to make someone else rich or you can work just as hard to make yourself rich. I don’t know of any self-made millionaire who got there with no work.

Anyone with desire, determination and patience can learn to make money online. There are several steps to master like learning how to choose your niche, how to build a website and how to get traffic but once you master those steps, you can build as many successful online home based businesses as you want. It only takes one good website to make a five to six figure annual income from home.

I have an eBook and a 6-Day email course that will help you start online business the right way. It doesn’t take a lot of money to live the laptop lifestyle, but it does take learning new skills which takes time and effort.

Get my Free eBook, “Time Rich Money Rich Business From Home…How to Start and Grow an Automated Online Business”.  In it you will learn:

  • Getting Started the Right Way
  • How to Niche Your Passion Into Profit
  • The Secret to Marketing Products That Sell
  • My No-Fail 6 Step Blueprint for Online Marketing Success

Plus, you get access to all the tools, resources and skill building online classes I use to build my home based online business.

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