Time for another entry…
First, you may have noticed I’ve moved the Blog to the Blogger.Com Service. This is free, and it can be used directly on your site without advertising. The old blog-script seemed to mess up the dates, and create weird archives. The other reason is the Blogger.Com service is incorporated directly into the Google Toolbar and Blogger.Com blogs are searchable and linked, maybe increasing traffic
Visit the following link to see the old weblog:
The last week hasnt been so good business-wise. The EBEI Autoresponder was down, and since I rely on that for most of my communications it was a bit of a blow. It happened as I was supposed to send a paid-ad too, so that didn’t look very professional.
I may have to move from EBEI, even though I’ve been happy with it. My whole web business suffered and I became a little demoralised with the entire Net Marketing thing, but I’m back on track now with a smile on my face – heck, where else can you make money and help others to do the same, and for little effort (compared to real world jobs)?
This isn’t my entire income, though. I do have a “real world” job, as I’m not quite to the pack-your-job stage yet It’s not as common as you’re led to believe, and neither are the ridiculously high claims of incomes. I believe it is quite possible to supplement your income and build to a replace your income but it takes time.
One thing I’m beginning to see is the core tasks needed for a successful web business. It shouldn’t be any surprise to you to learn that they are (A) Create your own product, (B) Own your own site, and (C) Build your own list. THEN you supplement that with back-end sales via JVs and Affiliate programs.
MLMs and Network Programs are a different kettle of fish. These need you recruit and train, as well as sell. I’m beginning to see that even if their POTENTIAL incomes are much higher than traditional marketing MOST people will NEVER make a good income out of them. BUT the trainers/recruiters will always try to convince you that you CAN, and use the spillover claims and the “just recruit x people” claims. Beware.
The only time I see MLMs/Downline/Network programs worth using is if their offer a product that will help your business. Hence the EBEI, Kiosk Leads and Push Button Publishing programs I promote. EBEI provides my autoresponder, so it’s worth promoting the affiliate/downline part of it to make money from something you use anyway. PBP provides another responder, my hosting and my resell products. Kiosk Leads provides the Leads and the conversion of these leads. My advice is only promote a MLM/Network program if you use the product, and stay away from those that have products just to keep the MLM legal, unless you’re a good recruiter!
Finally here’s a good quote I heard on TV last night, on the BBC program “Hustle” (about con-artists): You can’t cheat a honest man. Find someone who wants something for nothing, and give them nothing for something.
Now, I’m not advocating you go out and cheat anyone, I’m warning you about expecting something for nothing. If you do, you’re the one who will be cheated!
See ya next time