When “free” is not free.

A Letter to Mark Joyner

Mark,

I really do like you and I like your courses. I love your bald head, I think you are cute and have great sex appeal.

But what I don’t like is when you say something is free when it is not free. If you want to use the term “free” then it must be free or you are not being honest.

A money-back guarantee is not “free.”

“Make us a video if you succeed and you will get your money back…”  is not free either. I am betting you are using these videos for something. What you are doing is buying the videos for $97. For some people making a video is work. If you use the video for advertising or training or anything then they are working for you.

Its not free. Following the course and doing “as instructed” and if you don’t succeed you can get a refund sounds good, but a person has no idea what you are going to instruct them to do or how much time it will take. Time is money. My time is valuable, as I am sure yours is to. Its not free.

As I write this, I have no idea if you will even read it. Most big shot Internet gurus don’t answer or read emails. They value their time. They claim to get thousands of dollars per hour for consulting. Big deal. My time is also valuable, I am not impressed.

There is my two cents. Have a nice day.

Gloria Jean
www.infinitevisionstarot.com

What some people will stoop to make 97 thousand dollars.

What some people will stoop to make 97 thousand dollars.
Product launches.  Oh I guess I’m about sick of them now.  Enough is enough.  First there were courses sold to thousands about how to do a product launch and now there are thousands of products launching all over the place.  Its all about money, and making it fast and all at once.
Give me a break goo-roos!
I can’t believe so many people fall for these tired old canned sales pitches over and over again.  When are people going to wize up?  Here are some of them:
Only a limited number of these courses will be sold!   I just got an email telling me that only one thousand of these $97.00 digital courses will be sold and there were only 90 or so left.
What does this translate to?  It translates to” “You better hurry and get yours right now!!”  Rush rush rush, so I can make my 97 thousand dollars.
I don’t believe this garbage.  Here is what I don’t believe.  I don’t believe they already sold 910 of these courses.  I don’t believe they are limiting themselves to selling 1000.  Its more like their goal is to find 1000 people to spend $97.00 dollars on a digital book about affiliate marketing.  But I am sure their are probably are that people who would do that.
What I don’t like is that these people are full of hype.  Who do they think they are kidding with their high pressure sales pitches?  Their business depends on the idea of competition, get there first, blah blah blah.
Affiliate marketing has been around for quite a while now and there is tons of information about it all over the place that can be had for free and yet they are still trying to get people to rush rush rush and buy their over-priced book.
What disturbs me even more is that there are tons of books for sale teaching other people how to lay on these same hyped up sales tactics.
What ever happen to honesty?  What ever happened to just selling a good product for a reasonable price?  I don’t want to learn how to be like you, so take your sales tactic seminars, how-to books and get rich quick schemes and  prey on someone else.  Yes yes, you are laughing all the way to the bank.  I don’t care.  You aren’t a real person, you are hype.

Product launches.  Oh I guess I’m about sick of them now.  Enough is enough.  First there were courses sold to thousands about how to do a product launch and now there are thousands of products launching all over the place.  Its all about money, and making it fast and all at once.

Give me a break goo-roos!

I can’t believe so many people fall for these tired old canned sales pitches over and over again.  When are people going to wize up?  Here are some of them:

Only a limited number of these courses will be sold!   I just got an email telling me that only one thousand of these $97.00 digital courses will be sold and there were only 90 or so left.

What does this translate to?  It translates to this:  “You better hurry and get yours right now!!” Its always ” Rush rush rush,  so I can make my 97 thousand dollars.

I don’t believe this garbage.  Here is what I don’t believe.  I don’t believe they already sold 910 of these courses.  I don’t believe they are limiting themselves to selling 1000.  Its more like their goal is to find 1000 people to spend $97.00 dollars on a digital book about affiliate marketing.  But I am sure their are probably some people who would do that.

What I don’t like is that these people are full of hype.  Who do they think they are kidding with their high pressure worn out, over-used  sales pitches?  Their business depends on the idea of competition and telling you that you must  get there first before you are left out. … blah blah blah.

Affiliate marketing has been around for quite a while now and there is tons of information about it all over the place that can be had for free and yet they are still trying to get people to rush rush rush and buy their over-priced digital e- book… as if they had anything new to add.

What disturbs me even more is that there are tons of e-books for sale teaching other people how to lay on these same hyped up sales pitches and tactics.

What ever happen to honesty?  What ever happened to just selling a good product for a reasonable price?  I don’t want to learn how to be like you, so take your sales tactic seminars, how-to books and get rich quick schemes and  prey on someone else.

Yes yes, you are laughing all the way to the bank, and you don’t care.  Well, I don’t care either.  You aren’t a real person, you are just a bunch of worn out hype.

Now I am not apposed to buying good sound educational material and learning all about Affiliate marketing, but learn what you can about it for free first before you spend your money.    It might even be a good idea to take a course on the “How to” of Internet hype so you can familiarize yourself with these underhanded sales tactics.  Of course they probably won’t call it a “How to course on Internet Hype.”

Well maybe one day they will, just to attract attention to it.  Actually maybe I should write it myself.

Why Mark Joyner and Simpleology Annoys me.

I have spent money with Mark Joyner I give you that, and there is nothing really wrong with his Simpleolgy concept.  Its simple, what else can I say about it.  It makes sense.  If you can follow instructions and jump through the hoops it might work for you.   I still get emails from this guy because I do like him.
But this is what I don’t like.  Him and many other Internet gurus like to claim that something is “free” when it is not really free.  It does require you to pay for it up front  first and then do something in return in order to get a refund or to get your money back.  Excuse me, if something is “free” then it is “free” period.  It does not require you to pull out your credit card or jump through any hoops to get your money back. Stop calling this stuff free. Its not.
Also the “try this free for X number of days” and if you don’t like it you can get your money back is NOT FREE either.  That’s simply a guarantee.  A guarantee is not “FREE” and the word “free” should not even be used.
Every time I want to check out something via a link  that Mark Joyner has sent me in an email I end up having to log into my simpleology account with a user name and password and the last time I tried that I could not remember or find my password.  So I went on to other things. I just did not have time to jump through those hoops.
Going to a landing page for a new course or cash map he is promoting always means pulling out your credit card and paying for something regardless what he is promoting as “FREE.”
And these “cash maps” what are they?  They are simply a list of things to do to get to a certain point. You are left with having to learn to do them or buying a course telling you how to do them.  Here is an example of my cash map for someone who is homeless and out of work:
Take a bath 2. Get some clean clothes  3. Get an address of some kind 4.. Look for a job.  5. Don’t give up.
That’s my “simple cash map” for someone who is out of work.

I have spent money with Mark Joyner I give you that, and there is nothing really wrong with his Simpleolgy concept.  Its simple, what else can I say about it.  It makes sense.  If you can follow instructions and jump through the hoops it might work for you.   I still get emails from this guy because I do like him.

But this is what I don’t like.  Him and many other Internet gurus like to claim that something is “free” when it is not really free.  It does require you to pay for it up front  first and then do something in return in order to get a refund or to get your money back.  Excuse me, if something is “free” then it is “free” period.  It does not require you to pull out your credit card or jump through any hoops to get your money back. Stop calling this stuff free. Its not.

Also the “try this free for X number of days” and if you don’t like it you can get your money back is NOT FREE either.  That’s simply a guarantee.  A guarantee is not “FREE” and the word “free” should not even be used.

Every time I want to check out something via a link  that Mark Joyner has sent me in an email I end up having to log into my simpleology account with a user name and password and the last time I tried that I could not remember or find my password.  So I went on to other things. I just did not have time to jump through those hoops.

Going to a landing page for a new course or cash map he is promoting always means pulling out your credit card and paying for something regardless what he is promoting as “FREE.”

And these “cash maps” what are they?  They are simply a list of things to do to get to a certain point. You are left with having to learn to do them or buying a course telling you how to do them.  Here is an example of my cash map for someone who is homeless and out of work:

Take a bath 2. Get some clean clothes  3. Get an address of some kind 4.. Look for a job.  5. Don’t give up.

That’s my “simple cash map” for someone who is out of work.

Now he is promoting a new course!

And a claim like: “Just keep doing this and you will make money.” is one that is supposed to grab your attention. (A gimmick)   Okay now to find out what ‘this’ is that you are suppose to ‘keep doing’ requires you to listen to his podcast and then  ‘try his course’ and get your credit card out for that.

Hey I will tell you a few things that you can do to keep making money. First, KEEP WORKING for starters. Keep producing. Keep advertising, Keep driving traffic to your website etc etc. There are many books you can buy on Amazon.com that cost $20.00 or less that have a lot of great advice for making money and for positive thinking and abundance etc. Yet some Internet guru thinks he knows something no body else knows and that it’s worth $97.00, and you can get that back if you create a video for him about your experience, which I am quite sure he will use in further promotions.

That’s just annoying,  I’m sorry.

But I would like to add, that there is nothing wrong with what he is doing.  He is getting into affiliate marketing, plain and simple.  Well, at least he is selling a course on how to make money on affiliate marketing.  He feels the Internet needs yet another course about affiliate marketing Mark Joyner style … where he makes it simple.    He claims that building websites, driving traffic, picking products and selling them for others ….. is simple.  Okay.  If you believe that,  go for it.   But it will take a lot of learning and a lot of work.  If you are familiar with a computer, and the Internet maybe it will be simple.

Mark Joyner does make things simple.  I know that if you follow his instructions, you will succeed.

Its about time he got into affiliate marketing.   You can check out his new course at www.webcastspecial.com and no that is not an affiliate link.

Owning your Authority

Perry Marshall wrote an article titled “Owning your Authority” and of course I had to go read that one because it was talking about something I believe in. That is, that people should take hold of their own authority and use it in their business and personal lives.
He said: “We’re afraid to fire the employee who isn’t performing. Afraid to say no to the pushy time-share salesman. Afraid to tell our co-worker that the guy she’s dating is a total sleazebag. Afraid to step into the world and assert what we know, what we can do.”
Of course his article was about promoting and marketing your products or services but I am more interested in the ideas on how we could own our authority on a daily basis in our daily lives.

A telemarketer called me yesterday. He knew my name because I had bought a product from his Internet company. He said he wanted to talk to me about my “on-line business” and began asking me several personal questions, which were really none of his business. I guess most people just start blabbing back to him revealing all of their problems with their Internet business and that gives him the opening to sell his coaching package, which I happened to know is very pricey and they try to convince you to put it on your credit card, calling it “investing in yourself.”

I basically told him I was not interested and I did not want anyone “looking over my shoulder” (which were the words he used,) while I worked on my Internet business. I told him for me, it was just sort of a hobby. (Which for now, it is, as I am busy with other things.)

I have studied a lot about what is going on in Internet marketing and I have seen most of the better hype. I get tons of so-called “news letters” which are mostly sales letters and spam trying to get you to buy something. Most of it is useless drivel and most of it is annoying. There are a few newsletters I do like to read. There is Drayton Byrd and Perry Marshall who actually give out a lot of good information. And of course there is Steve Pavina.

Back to the title “Owning Your Own Authority.” When you do, it feels good. You are a decision maker who knows where you are going, knows what you want, and you are familiar with the detractions. You are a person who knows how to say ‘”No” and how to pick and choose what your are doing, and how much you will be paid for your services. You don’t let people lead you around by the nose, distract you, and you are not just drifting. You are not waiting to be “discovered.” You are not thinking that it is all about you. You realize that nobody cares about your website. You don’t go around thinking you are a celebrity, but you do know who you are.

When you own your own authority you know what you believe, you know what you can do, and you know where you are going. You are the final authority in your life and in your decision making. Even if you believe in a higher power, you have your own personal understanding and relationship with that and you don’t allow anyone to manipulate you or your life with guilt or fear. The buck stops with you, because you are responsible and you have accepted that responsibility.

Try it, you’ll like it.

 
 
 

 

The Key to Being a Success is to Find Something You Are Passionate About!

The key to being a success is to find something you are passionate about! Everybody knows that, its no big secret.

The key to Internet Marketing success is to get or find a product you would like to promote and are/or passionate about and focus on selling that or else you will get tired, run out of gas, and quit before you make a cent.

Can you honestly say that Internet Marketing success for you would be to sell a rip off product to millions of people and take the money and run? I don’t think so. Sure, you are making money but are you actually helping others to make money doing what they love and enjoy? Are you building the reputation of someone others can trust?

There are many “take the money and run” Internet programs out there, but a sustaining Guru eventually has to face the music and the people who made him wealthy by purchasing his products. In this blog, I am speaking to the Internet Guru, but with the knowledge that he probably is not reading this blog at all. He’s much too busy to bother.

I speak from non-experience where so-called Internet success goes as I have not made millions on the Internet so I am just guessing here. But for me, success is to cultivate personal relationships that can benefit both parties in a business venture and even a friendship.

I’m getting tired of squeeze pages, one time offers, and “You can’t afford me” marketers, or “you have to spend money to make money” bull crap designed to separate you from your cash, then designed to be so much busy work that you feel over whelmed and inadequate and not even worthy of a refund. You are simply a failure.

Bull crap.

So far the only consistent money I have made is from google adsense and that is a small amount per month with my hometown website and that will probably go down with my new compact design because I can’t find room enough for the ads. Oh well, I dislike a lot of ads on my home town site.

I told my sister that if she does not love spending time on the computer, don’t even go in with the attitude that you are going to make money easily or fast. Usually that does not happen.

I say usually, because I don’t want to rule out that it might happen. We all have to have our dreams.

Thanks for stopping by.

The Twitter Pond is Teaming With Paranas and Twitter Traffickers

After reading a few direct messages from Twitter users whom of course, I don’t know, I have recently noticed something. They are usually after one thing. They are looking for customers or driving Twitter traffic to their websites. The Twitter pond is teaming with hungry fish and they all want you as their next customer or sign up or visitor to their web site.

I am beginning to understand what the excitement is about Twitter as far as business is concerned. Everyone is out there selling their wares. The problem I am seeing is that there are a lot of sellers and not enough buyers. What if someone opened a flea market and all that came were sellers? That’s what it looks like on Twitter. I’m no different. I have my websites and I have my products and yet on Twitter I somehow feel lost and unheard amidst a roar of Twitter chatter.

So what will happen? I suppose Twitter will evolve, but I don’t think it will be going away any time soon. Maybe the sellers will end up striking deals with other sellers and forming alliances in their effort to attract new fish to their part of the Twitter pond. The frenzy to sell products and promote websites is at such a pitch on Twitter at this time that I feel like a tiny voice amidst the roar of the mighty Twitter chatter waves.

But I did find another use for Twitter that makes up for my dilemma, and for now, that is what I am using it for. By placing a script on my website I can update it easily with Twitter posts with bits of news and relevant information or comments anytime, from anywhere, even using my cell phone. It is a script that posts my tweets to the front page of my website as soon as I post something on Twitter. I can see great possibilities for an episode of Law and Order where a person is kidnapped and the kidnapper posts their ransome demands on the front page of some website from a cell phone.

I am also learning how to condense an entire article from my local newspaper into 140 characters. If you are from my small town and you read my Twitter posts on my town website at springfieldcolorado.com you can save a lot of time as I have condensed our entire local weekly newspaper into tweets. As the detective the old series “Dragnet” used to say, ” Just the facts mam!”

So the thought in my mind at present is that if it were not for that handy little twitter tool, I would probably get out of the hungry twitter pond of sellers or twitter twits who post about how they are bored or that they had a subway sandwich yesterday on third avenue.

The One Time Offer

And Why You Should Pass on Them

Okay so I am out to learn everything possible about Internet Marketing and how to be a success on the Internet business band wagon, but I have reached a breaking point where it comes to one time offers. (OTO’s)

Dedicating yourself to learning the business does not mean that you have to buy every training manual and ebook out there, even if it is from someone you respect.

I have been coming across a lot of tempting offers that I am considering for future purchase but those one time offers are just starting to rub me in the wrong direction.  Timing is everything for me, and sometimes I am just not ready for certain products and I get fairly annoyed at someone telling me that this is my only chance to get this product or at this reduced price.

Okay if that’s the way they want it, that is the way they will have it.  I used to have a strict policy that I would not be high pressured into making any purchases and somewhere I have let that policy lag and given into pressure and gotten sucked into that one time offer. Where did I go wrong and why do these Internet Marketing Guru’s have to resort to these kinds of sales tactics? They disappoint me once again.

As Wallace D. Wattles states in his book “The Science of Getting Rich” you should never be in a hurry.  If you are in a hurry you are operating in the competitive mind and not the creative mind. People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition.

“Man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind.”

“Every man who becomes rich by competition throws down behind him the ladder by which he rises, and keeps others down; but every man who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to follow him, and inspires them to do so.”

So remember the next time you feel pressured to make a purchase what Wallace D. Wattles teaches about the true Science of getting rich.   It’s competition and fear that fuels the one time offer, not creativity or honesty. One time offers are simply gimmicks to get you to make a purchase now while they have your attention because they know as soon as you leave their pitch page, they will probably loose a sale.