Saturday, July 26, 2008

Did You Know You Were Born as a Marketer?

Don't get upset with the word marketer. For some, it is a dirty word. At least, it was to me some months back. I hated sales people. But now I realize we are all into selling something or other to others - spouse, friends, family members, children, boss, colleagues, etc. - on everyday basis. We do sell our ideas, wants, desires, etc. to someone or other. Don't we? Now read the interesting story in Digg to discover how you were really born to sell...

read more | digg story

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Beware of Internet Frauds!

While Internet is a great source for generating income by conducting genuine business, there are several fraudsters working full time to have their share of easy money.

If only they would spend the same money, energy, time and efforts on developing a genuine business (instead of indulging in frauds)... how nice it would be! They would gain even greater profits. They would be blessing to one and all.

Unfortunately, these wolves among sheep work hard in cheating people with false promises in their sales letter in order to garner money. That not all people ask for a refund works to their advantage. They know it and are simply taking advantage of it.

Anyway, such elements are minority and everyone may come across them once in a while. Not everyone can recognize them. Only experienced people who have been cheated earlier will think twice before clicking a link on them.

Even some reputed Internet marketers indulge in cheating practices (they may think it is their clever marketing ploy, while actually it is outright cheating. It is just that they have lost their sensitivity to ethics. Or, could it be that it is the handiwork of their business management staff?

My suggestion is, if you are sure you have been cheated (please read the sales letter again and again to read any fine print before taking action), please do not hesitate to ask for a refund. Write to them politely that you did not get what you were promised in the sales letter and that you want an immediate refund.

I have been cheated by at least two. One of them comes under a so-called reputed category. That's why I thought I should send out warning bells. After getting the refund, now one of them is sending out all spammy mails to me under different names to promote similar fraudulant products. I keep unsubscribing them. Finally, it stopped.

Beware of data-entry jobs. They are the most fraudulant ones. They often promote actual business which involves copywriting and business skills which the ordinary individual is unlikely to have. They promise $200 per day income with data entry jobs!

There is nothing wrong in promoting a genuine business. What is wrong is promoting it to ordinary average individuals who are likely to fail and lose their money. Because, in this type of profitable (for 5% of people) copy-writing (what they call data-entry) business - that is actually Google Adwords to be exact - one is expected to invest heavily and it involves risks. About 95 percent of people are failing in this business due to lack of knowledge and experience in doing it right.

Will you agree a "data-entry job" that makes you lose $200 per day can be called data-entry? That's plain cheating.

Adwords is a high-risk and high-return advertising & marketing business for only the knowledgeable and those who are willing to learn the ropes and take the risks along the way.

You should be also beware of MLM schemes. A vast majority of them are after your money. Study any MLM program. They will tell you calculations of how many millions you will make in a few weeks. There will be hardly any mention of the products and their benefits which you will have buy and sell.

I 'm not saying all such programs are bogus. A majority of them.

To learn more about Internet frauds, where to complain about them, how to identify them, etc. you may please go to this US government website which gives out very detailed information.

That said, I want to invite you all to write your comments below if you have ever been cheated in a sales letter.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Seeking answers of peace for the global economy | csmonitor.

"People are hungering for solutions. We encourage everyone to seek that aid and wisdom that lie beyond human abilities..." says an article from Christian Science Monitor.

The monster recession is slowly eating into the economy and peoples lives. Is there a solution? For problems, solutions have to be found within and not without.

READ the Digg article.

What I want to say...

What has Internet marketing to do with recession or global economy? Well, for one thing, Internet is global. Even if one part of the world is affected by recession, the rest of the world not affected by it, is still favorable to Internet marketing.

In any case recession mostly affects poor people. With all their low-thinking they attract low-quality things around them.(Believe it or not, it is a fact). Secondly, people who buy regularly over the Net are not generally poor like the average citizen. They buy things as and when they want - recession or no recession.

And there are recession-proof products and services - like health products for example. Internet marketing is something any one can do from home. It is recession-proof. That's one reason I encourage anyone to take it up. There is room for every one. Internet is a give-and-take global economy. It is not one way. So it will always flourish.

Now back to Monitor's article: Read it here...

read more | digg story

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Advantages of Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is ideal starting point for beginners wanting to enter online business. While the advantages are many, beginners have to work hard at it in the beginning. If done in the right way it is really a gold mine. After all, where else can you start a business without your own product! It can be also a testing ground for you to check out whether you are capable of succeeding in it. Here is a small list of advantages to look at.
  • easy and simple to join as affiliate
  • possibility of earning from day-one if done right
  • can be done without any investment or low investment also
  • can be done without website and related expenditures
  • with investment and websites, affiliate income is lucrative
  • learning curve is not very steep; fit for average Joe
  • business can be gradually expanded
  • can be done part-time, full-time or casual basis
  • can be run on auto-pilot basis after thorough testing and tweaking
  • does not require everyday routine attention after successful run.
However, it is important that you put your heart and soul in it while starting out. That way, you can not only reap good results and enjoy what you are doing. You will slowly learn what to do and what not to do.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Affiliate Marketing - Lucrative & Easy Path to Online Success

Affiliate Marketing Series

"I don't manufacture products and I certainly cannot create information products like
e-books. I am not an expert in that. How do I do online business?" - some people may ask. Nothing to worry on that front. If you have an eagerness to sell online and make money but no ability to write books or enter into manufacture, that in fact can be an advantage.

Because you will focus all your efforts in marketing and in getting products done by others. Here is your chance to sell other people's products and make money online. If you are already comfortable in creating or learning to create info products, then, your focus should shift to how to maket your product yourself and by recruiting affiliates.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Selling other people's products is known as affiliate marketing. You join as an affiliate (aka partner, associate) for a company or individual who has a product. It may be physical products like travelling goods, DVDs or service like travel booking. It could also be a digital product like information products such as ebooks, software or digital downloadable music.

There are thousands of companies seeking affiliates. There are also thousands of individuals like writers, programmers, artists and other professionals looking for people to sell their products such as ebooks, software, services, etc. So there is no shortage of products or merchants
to deal with.

In today's Internet-driven world, it's easier than ever to have a comfortable living by using the web. Affiliate marketing provides one of those great opportunities to make money.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Are Affiliate Programs Reliable?

Most affiliates do not make any money at all. They are there on paper. They sign up and then don't take the necessary action to promote what they signed up. Apathy or skepticism takes over them after a while. It is important for every affiliate to learn more about affiliate marketing secrets in order succeed. Books that explain secrets of affiliate marketing are plenty and cheap. Every newbie must own at least one in order to succeed. The techniques for implementing effective practices are given out in the books and you simply need to follow them.

Are affiliate programs reliable?

It is reliable because everything is managed by computer programs. Moreover, there are a few companies specializing in the management of affilliate programs. Most affiliate programs are managed by such companies. Whoever wants to run an affiliate program has to register
with a company of his choice and make payments as defined by the company.

These companies specialize in tracking sales done throughyour link and arranging to make the payment as per your affiliate program's terms and conditions.