Can You Make Money Online Debunking The Myths

Can You Make Money Online Debunking The Myths

Millions have tried,​ millions are trying right now and millions will continue to​ try in​ the​ years ahead. There is​ so much misinformation out there regarding making money online,​ that you​ can easily be forgiven for thinking that all these millions are enjoying unbridled success.

The real truth of​ course is​ that the​ vast majority are failing. Their hopes of​ earning a​ healthy living from home are usually shattered before they have even begun. There is​ no single reason for this. It's usually down to​ a​ combination of​ factors,​ and I intend to​ look at​ some of​ the​ reasons for the​ now infamous quote,​ "95% of​ people fail in​ their online business". Some of​ the​ things I list below will doubtless be contested by many people but the​ harsh facts are that making money online,​ whilst entirely possible,​ is​ not the​ cakewalk that a​ lot of​ people will try to​ convince you​ it​ is.

So,​ let's get down to​ debunking some of​ the​ nonsense - hopefully this will save a​ lot of​ people a​ lot of​ time and frustration.

1) Affiliate Marketing - so much rubbish is​ spouted by so many people who have never made an​ affiliate sale in​ their lives. the​ affiliate marketing model is​ indeed a​ powerful one and has made a​ number of​ people very wealthy. However,​ you​ are very unlikely to​ succeed with affiliate marketing without going through an​ arduous and sometimes lengthy learning process.

A huge swathe of​ articles you​ read about affiliate marketing are no more than rehashed PLR articles being used by lame hopefuls who are incapable of​ writing anything original on​ a​ subject that they are hoping to​ convince you​ they know all about. you​ can spot these peddlers of​ fifth hand information easily enough - look at​ the​ sites they link to,​ check their traffic rankings. Ninety Nine times out of​ a​ hundred you​ will find a​ cookie cutter website just like thousands of​ others or​ a​ direct link to​ an​ affiliate program that they foolishly believe you​ will sign up for having read their blindingly convincing pitch.

Are they the​ people to​ look to​ for advice? Think before you​ answer.......

2) Freebie Seekers and Freeloaders - this encompasses so many people it's laughable. They talk about their "business" and seriously expect others to​ follow their blind lead. the​ term "business",​ at​ least to​ my mind,​ indicates some sort of​ investment on​ behalf of​ the​ owner of​ that business - both in​ terms of​ time and money. Those most guilty of​ this faux pas are usually those who sign up to​ a​ free program,​ usually in​ the​ network marketing or​ MLM arena,​ and use every useless and pointless form of​ promotion as​ long as​ it's free.

Much is​ said regarding failure rates in​ MLM schemes being so high,​ but one of​ the​ biggest is​ the​ freebie mentality. Don't get sucked into believing you​ will ever make money online this way. the​ freeloaders are kidding themselves,​ but don't let them kid you. the​ programs they sign up to​ for free often offer a​ paid upgrade and they live in​ hope (if they ever manage to​ recruit a​ single person of​ course) that they will grow fat on​ the​ subscriptions of​ others. Naturally this rarely happens,​ simply because they advertise to​ other freeloaders who have no intention of​ spending any money on​ their "business" either,​ and so the​ vicious circle continues.

If you​ don't believe me,​ visit any free traffic exchange and look at​ some of​ the​ webpages circulating there. These people are dreamers - they will never make money online until they accept that they are eventually going to​ have to​ spend money to​ make money. Let's get real here - when you're looking for potions or​ energy drinks or​ some other latest greatest product that is​ no more than a​ copy of​ an​ already well established brand,​ is​ the​ first place you​ think to​ look going to​ be a​ free classified site on​ the​ internet? Maybe you'd head for the​ closest traffic exchange? Think - you​ don't have to​ do it​ for more than a​ few seconds to​ see why these things do not work!

3) Throwing up a​ blog on​ a​ free platform and filling it​ up with Adsense or​ other PPC ads is​ unlikely to​ deliver much success. This applies whether we are talking one blog or​ fifty blogs. Adsense is​ great,​ but it's also a​ numbers game - you​ need big numbers in​ terms of​ pages and visitors to​ make big returns. By big,​ I mean big - tens of​ thousands of​ pages receiving tens of​ thousands of​ visitors and you​ will probably start making a​ nice income. Throwing up fifty,​ a​ hundred or​ more useless blogs or​ splogs won't work even if​ some people tell you​ that all you​ need are a​ couple of​ Adsense clicks a​ day on​ each one and you'll be raking in​ the​ money. Great theory,​ but you​ won't get the​ traffic to​ even generate those occasional clicks in​ the​ first place. Throwing up such poor quality free pages will achieve nothing - in​ fact,​ you're more likely to​ get banned from Blogger and Adsense to​ boot if​ you're not careful. Oh,​ and don't think you'll be smart and use auto surf sites to​ rack up huge numbers of​ impressions - using any kind of​ traffic exchange in​ conjunction with Adsense will get you​ banned very quickly.

Our freebie seekers of​ course will tell you​ otherwise,​ expecting you​ to​ believe that their PR0 blog with no comments is​ really generating a​ thosand dollars for them every month,​ and that all you​ need to​ do is​ visit this or​ that site,​ where you​ can learn to​ do exactly the​ same. you​ will naturally be directed to​ a​ page through an​ affiliate link - Clickbank or​ similar - to​ purchase an​ ebook that the​ freebie seeker has naturally never laid eyes on,​ let alone read.

4) Making millions with PPC advertising. This is​ a​ no brainer - all you​ have to​ do is​ pick some keywords,​ write a​ snappy ad,​ link to​ an​ affiliate program and gve your credit card details to​ Google,​ Yahoo,​ MSN or​ whoever. you​ will wake up rich beyond your wildest dreams.

OK,​ maybe too heavy on​ the​ sarcasm,​ but it's really not that easy. Ask anyone who has rushed blindly into PPC and lost their shirt in​ the​ process,​ paying for a​ truckload of​ clicks but generating nary a​ sale. I have a​ little more sympathy for these types than the​ freeloaders; after all,​ they have accepted that they need to​ spend money to​ make money,​ but unless you​ do your homework,​ it's likely to​ prove costly. Even if​ you​ do your research beforehand,​ there are no guarantees that PPC campaigns will work for your business. Having said all that,​ PPC can be a​ very profitable tool,​ just don't believe overly hyped claims from the​ totally inexperienced.

5) Start a​ blog and you​ will soon be collecting checks on​ a​ regular basis. Don't believe this one either. There is​ a​ lot to​ be said for blogs as​ a​ marketing tool,​ don't get me wrong. Blogs can and do increase your exposure tremendously,​ but apart from an​ elite few,​ blogs are usually not their direct revenue generators. a​ blog is​ a​ tool,​ and used wisely it​ will help an​ online business to​ grow,​ but it's unlikely to​ pay the​ bills all by itself.

6) Article marketing - another area where a​ lot of​ ill informed and overly hyped prose is​ written. as​ a​ long term strategy,​ carried out correctly,​ article marketing can be hugely beneficial to​ a​ business of​ any kind,​ but it​ takes time to​ see results and there is​ a​ learning curve to​ go through.

I actually saw someone advocating the​ tactic of​ blanket bombing article directories with PLR articles and slapping affiliate links into the​ resource box. This was in​ an​ article submitted to​ one of​ my directories. They even went as​ far as​ to​ claim that this would guarantee a​ huge number of​ hits and sales. This is​ just one piece of​ foolish nonsense from a​ clueless fool,​ who,​ no doubt is​ wondering why article marketing is​ so useless,​ whilst trying to​ tell others how rich it​ will make them. it​ is​ a​ fact that most article directories do not permit linking directly to​ affiliate programs in​ the​ resource box! it​ follows that this is​ hardly the​ way to​ proceed.

7) Work from home opportunities have become a​ breeding ground for scams and hucksters the​ world over. Global oppportunities for peddlers of​ schemes and tricks to​ make themselves rich have never been more plentiful.

There are several "opportunities" circulating at​ the​ moment that are borderline illegal and when they disappear into the​ ether there will no doubt be plenty to​ replace them.

Promises of​ overnight riches rarely hold much water if​ you​ examine them even superficially. Just because you​ see a​ video of​ someone opening envelopes full of​ cash does not make it​ so. One "gifting" program of​ this nature has obviously sucked in​ a​ fair number of​ gullible souls who really believe that people will be queuing up to​ send them three thousand dollars just because they show them a​ poor quality video on​ a​ traffic exchange.

Have you​ ever managed to​ sell a​ product online for three thousand dollars or​ more? I'm guessing the​ answer in​ most cases is​ - probably not. if​ you​ fall for this kind of​ scam,​ you​ probably deserve to​ get rooked - after all,​ how difficult is​ it​ for someone to​ get three thousand in​ cash (there are plenty of​ ways),​ go to​ FedEx,​ mail it​ to​ themselves and then film it's arrival and subsequent opening on​ a​ webcam. if​ that's all the​ proof it​ takes to​ convince you,​ you​ have some painful lessons to​ learn.

Whenever you​ read outlandish claims offering boatloads of​ money and retirement before you've even started working,​ in​ conjunction with proclamations that you​ don't have to​ sell anything,​ don't have to​ advertise,​ don't have to​ do anything at​ all really,​ other than sit back and watch the​ money roll in.....and you​ find yourself believing it​ - my advice is​ to​ seek professional help.

8) Making money with sites that pay you​ to​ read ads,​ emails,​ visit sites,​ sign up for free offers etc etc etc I'm not saying that none of​ them work but in​ terms of​ time expended set against financial reward,​ they are usually a​ dismal prospect. Would you​ go and do a​ job for $20 a​ month?

There you​ have just eight of​ countless things that you​ should not believe. Trust me there are plenty more.

If you​ are serious about making money online,​ you​ are going to​ need a​ plan. you​ are going to​ have to​ spend some money to​ get yourself set up to​ do business. you​ will need a​ website of​ your own for starters (unless you​ intend to​ buy a​ hundred ebooks and courses telling you​ how to​ succeed without even this most basic of​ needs). This means hosting fees. if​ you​ are starting from a​ position of​ very little technical knowledge,​ you​ will have to​ dedicate a​ lot of​ time to​ learning the​ ropes or​ you​ will have to​ pay for the​ services of​ others. With most things online,​ the​ sooner you​ bow to​ the​ inevitability of​ having to​ lay out a​ little cash as​ you​ go along,​ the​ sooner you​ will start to​ open up some real possibilities.

There are countless ways to​ make money online,​ there are many people who are living proof of​ this,​ but try not to​ get caught up in​ the​ rubbish.

I have not mentioned things like stock or​ currency trading simply because they are not scams. Trading online can be lucrative and you​ won't need a​ website of​ your own for this kind of​ venture but you​ will need capital,​ and you​ need to​ understand the​ risks,​ which are not insignificant.

However that's all a​ subject for another day. as​ grandpa said,​ free advice is​ often pretty much worth what you​ pay for it. Just be careful what you​ believe in​ your quest for online wealth and you'll avoid a​ lot of​ wasted time and disappointments.

There is​ plenty of​ free information on​ the​ internet and there are also plenty of​ free tools and software and services that may help you​ - but - you​ are starting a​ business and business means you​ will need some business capital to​ get off the​ ground. if​ you​ think otherwise and persist in​ looking for the​ elusive,​ no cost magic bullet,​ you​ are destined to​ fail and I don't care what any rehashed nonsense some self help book tells you​ about irrefutable laws of​ nature or​ anything else. you​ need to​ do a​ lot more than just dream about online success if​ you​ wish to​ achieve it.

A closing thought - money may well make the​ world go round. if​ nobody spends any,​ nobody receives any. if​ you​ can find me something that disproves that 100%,​ tell me where to​ sign up.

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