A good friend of mine, Gary Simpson, recently wrote about a saddening new trend in the Internet Marketing world… Internet Marketing zombies!
What am I talking about? It’s those professed “guru” IMers that are launching a new product just about every single month. You know what I’m talking about… headlines like:
“Factory Worker Earns $347,819 Per Month Within Just 8 Weeks…”
“Newbie Makes $1,672 Per Day With New Clickbank Software!”
It also talks about email marketers that use every trick in the book just to get you to open an email and click the links. You’ve seen the subject lines before…
“PayPal transaction number 3298720098”
“Your download link…”
“Congratulations on your purchase…”
The people that are suffering most (and being exploited) by this deceptive marketing is those new to making money online. A classic example of these totally deceptive tactics is a new Clickbank product called Stripped Down Profits. It’s so bad that I don’t want to give it the dignity of a link from this blog!
On the site you’ll see an actual video of a young woman who claims to have been a stripper (or something like that). Somehow she ends up finding out some secret “make money online” strategy from a bunch of guys that frequented the club she worked at. A short time later she owns a couple of big fancy properties and is living the rich life.
And there’s photos to prove it!
But if you do just some basic research you’ll see that all the images that she uses (and claims to be her actual home, etc) are just standard stock photos that anyone can use and are all over the internet.
It’s amazing that many marketers are using these tactics… and some even with their own name. They may make some money right now but they won’t last long. No one that has a reputable following will continue to promote products for internet marketers like this. You can’t; as soon as you do, you lose the trust of your subscribers and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.
My advice to budding Internet Marketers is to be straight-forward with your products, your promotions and with your followers. I’m not saying that your sales copy should be boring – you won’t make any sales that way – but don’t be deceptive. It’s just not worth it and will ruin everything for you in the long run.
Recently, I did an adswap with a certain individual who scammed me. He sent false clicks and optins. When I discovered this I confronted him but he denied it. Not only that, he pressed me to send him more clicks to match the fake ones he sent me (can you believe that!).
Anyway, I made a video of my Aweber account showing the stats and fake email accounts from our adswap and warned everyone in our adswap community. Soon there were others that responded that they had checked their stats from previous adswaps with this guy and found the same results.
To make a long story short, this guy was suspended from Safe Swaps and his reputation is in tatters. No one in their right mind is willing to do an adswap with him. And if you can’t do joint ventures in this business you won’t go far.
Here’s what I’m driving at… if you want to be successful as an Internet Marketer (or in anything else in life), you need to follow the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
I highly recommend that you read Gary’s report – download it free here: “How NOT To Be An Internet Marketing ZOMBIE!“. Enjoy 🙂
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