When is FREE a bad thing


So many websites on the internet offer “freebies”. Free downloads, free gift offers, even free vacations.
When you sign up for something free, there is (almost) always a trade off.
Here’s a list of some of these freebies, and their reason for being free.

1. Free Samples.

We’ve all sampled free food at grocery stores with little to no “catch”.  But on the internet, or at trade shows, there is usually something they want in return.

Many places will want you to sign up for a free sample and most of the time, they will indeed send you something free. But along with that free certificate or voucher comes a catch: your information gets sold to third parties who will send you offers that you may, or may not want.

2. Free insurance quote.

 

Steer clear…if you really want a quote, you would do better to call several of the major insurance claim companies, unless you want insurance agents from EVERYWHERE calling you day and night.

3. Free email.

We all know about this, but what most of you don’t know is that many free email accounts have a clause in their “Privacy” (hmmph!) policy, that says they can show your emails to anyone they choose. It’s usually marketers who don’t know you personally and use your information for market research purposes. Harmless, probably unless you just happen to be one of those people who think that your personal emails should be… well,…personal

4. Free information.

This can be good or it can be a nightmare. Most people who send you free information are hoping to keep you “in their loop “ so that you will return to their website and think about buying their product. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will ever visit their website every again, once you get that free download; but they hope you will.

Well, that’s the innocent side. But the very, very invasive side to free information are the people who shamelessly sell your email address to third party vendors who flood your email with unsolicited offers.

It is illegal for anyone to sell your information without your permission, unless they specifically state in their “terms of service” or “privacy policy” that they may do just that. So read the fine print.

Do you have any crazy stories about not really free samples? Would love to hear your story or comments

Internet Marketing for New People (don’t have a lot of internet marketing experience_)


My story
Hi. I’m Sue. I’m a mother of three, an artist, and an internet marketer. I have the joy and privilege of teaching my children at home, so I am big on self-education. I think to be a success as an educator, you need to teach the student how to teach themselves; asking the right questions; doing their own research.

This is exactly the philosophy I followed when learning how to market on the internet…..self-education.

Many of you are the same way. You scour the internet for hours looking for free (albeit, disconnected) information. Maybe you sign up for numerous free “news”letters, hoping to glean info in between the sales pitch. Maybe you listen to other marketer’s stories and try to emulate their sales style. I understand your frugality. With so much free info on the web, why would you ever pay for any? I mean, it’s free. The only problem is, you wind up with files full of marketing puzzle pieces from hundreds of different puzzles; it just doesn’t work. Some seem to “snap together” but in the end, the picture doesn’t look like anything but a big mess.

If you are super intelligent, you will insist that you can crack this marketing code. Alone. Maybe you are analytical. Or good at sifting through the minutiae to find the bottom line of a system. Well, how is that working for you? If you are like most people (including myself) you may find that pick and choose marketing training can leave you with a lot of loose ends, and disjointed pieces that don’t fit together.
I understand your frustration

I’ve tried it all; the affiliate marketing programs, the “Rich Jerk” guide to wealth, Perry Marshall’s Adwords guide. All of those were pretty good. But there were still gaps.

One thing that most programs never teach you is how to go from point A to point Z., You buy one “all inclusive” marketing course and find out there are a whole bunch of steps to take that they never told you would be needed–like, how to drive real traffic to your website without spending a fortune in time and money; or how Adwords is a ruthless monster that will lop your financial head off if you aren’t seasoned at it. Most of these things cost serious time and money. Something people never level with you about is the necessity of funding your success. To really build any business there are expenses. But most beginning entrepreneurs don’t have a lot of money. So. How does someone like that ever get past the “I can’t afford it” hurdle? I cover all of this and more in my internet marketing program, “How to Sell (almost) Anything Online”.

In it, you’ll learn you how to profit immediately, while you learn this “internet thing”. You will discover a real, tangible system that brings results right now so you can pay the bills while you build your platform for success.

We’ll cover the basics like finding the right platform to sell your product on. Then, together, we navigate the trail of finding the best and easiest payment methods that aren’t a hassle.

After that, I’ll explain which are the best marketing systems for producing success. You’ll learn about templates and customization in webdesign, and when it’s okay to be simple when time is limited and you need results now.

From beginning to advanced and the processes in between, I cover what you need to know to get good results.

I know it can be tough in the beginning, with all of the information overload So I take it all and reduce it into bite-sized chunks you can actually process; one concept at a time.

It’s still beefy. Just more complete and thorough, what a person actually needs to know; getting started with webhosting; domain names, and what you don’t even need, when you first begin. I actually show you how to start making money immediately, so you can buy the webhosting, 800 numbers, etc. Which to avoid. Which to avoid right now, while you work on vital things. How to not be sucked into the squeaky toys and gadgets that these companies tell you that you must have. And how to build traffic that converts into sales. Without any advertising. Really.

What this course will and won’t teach you.

How to use the computer

Let’s face it, if you just bought a computer yesterday, then you have a slight learning curve ahead of you…but not a steep one. Almost every public library offers free beginning computer courses. Bite the bullet and take one, or, pal around my free site for practice.

How to find a product.

Before you order this program, you need to have a definite product to sell. You need to know absolutely what item you are selling. If you sell a service, then you need to have a definite, specific service or suite of services to market.

How to replace your regular income overnight

While I can teach you how to make enough money to help cover your advertising expenses and online business expenses, I can’t guarantee you that you are going to replace your current income from your day job immediately. All of this is going to take time to implement. However, you will learn how to make money as you grow, so that you don’t spend money that you can’t afford, while building your online business.(takes time).

Who this program is NOT for

If you are trying to make money and lots of it immediately, than this program is not for you. It’s for people who want to build a business (which is how you make money). Your focus needs to be on building a profitable business.

If your goal is just to make lots of money, you’ll risk be tempted to be unethical and to rip people off. Instead of focusing on “money, money money”, your goal needs to be to build a profitable online business. That’s called being diligent and it’s the only way to create real, lasting wealth.

The internet is full of spammy people; they have glaring, garish ads that promise to make you a millionaire overnight. And all you have to do is to sell their product that tells others how to make a million dollars overnight, by selling their product (you get the picture).

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Internet scams like these have very short shelf-lives because people get tired of them (aren’t you?); and, they’re not ethical, because they aren’t selling a product or an opportunity–just a gimmick. Also, these fly-by-nighters aren’t usually making any real wealth; what they do make is short-lived when Google shuts them down or the government prosecutes them for being unethical.

The truth is, there aren’t any shortcuts, but there are specific, time-effective ways to build a successful online business.

All businesses have certain guide posts that must be followed in order to be successful; If you follow these guideposts, you will succeed.

If you are starting out with absolutely no funds, this program will teach you how to become successful.

It is written with the beginner in mind, and takes you to a truly profitable online business– And fills in the gaps for all of the rest of you who have some marketing knowledge but still haven’t made any money online… yet.

I’m the woman who comes along, takes you by the hand, and threads together all that disconnected info you’ve been collecting over the years.

I show you what’s important right now, what to do in what order, in which way,

to get you back on track.

You’ll learn what it really takes TODAY to succeed online

If you find your days are spent piddling around from one opportunity to another, dumping each one for a better one, if you feel like chicken little running around screaming, then it’s time for a genuine stick-to-it-plan.

Outshine the competition

Outshine the Competition


Bruce Wilkerson writes the following in his book: “The Dream Giver”

He defines what a “gimper” is, and how the definition of being a gimper changed his life;

“A  gimper is someone who always does a little more than what’s required or expected. In the furniture business, for example, gimping is putting the finishing touches on the upholstery, patiently applying the ornamental extras that are a mark of quality and value”.

 

So, the question I want to ask you today is, Are you a “gimper?” Do you do the bare minimum in your business, or do you consistently take time to go above and beyond the competition?

Here are some ways you can shine in your industry

Customer service:

always be there for your customers. Don’t make them wait for a response if they contact you. If you use voice-mail, be sure to answer all requests with 24 hours, always. Two hours is a better response rate. Ten minutes or less is ideal. Why is getting back to your customers so important? It shows them honor. And if you are on of the few businesses who takes response time seriously, you will be a gimper.

Another way you can be a gimper is to regularly: get feedback from your audience. Rather than running test after test and paying for market research, determine what your customer wants by simply asking. When you make use of polls and surveys, you keep your pulse on the desire of your customer so you can better serve them.

Few business owners rely primarily on public demand for forming their business strategy. When you do, you’ll be a gimper.

Do you have any tips or tricks you use in your business to delight your customer? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section !

Want to know the secret of success? Click to learn my internet marketing story and how to make money online

 

Internet Marketing Plan (what’s yours?)


Are you tired of spinning your wheels with internet marketing?

Do you find yourself jumping from one project to the next, with no game plan or purpose?

How long has it been since you made the kind of money you know that you deserve?

These questions should help you know one crucial thing:

DO YOU HAVE A MARKETING PLAN?

When you have a marketing plan, you have a road map that you are sure will get you to where you are going.

But most marketers have no idea whatsoever if they are even on the right track!

Aren’t you tired of throwing new marketing gimmicks at the wall? If few of your tactics are working, it’s time for a real plan.

You’ll find it here.

Ordering your day.


Charles Schwab who owns the famous investment company which bears his name, tells a story he had with a mentor. Mr. Schwab asked the mentor to tell him how to be more productive. Rather than scheduling a mentoring session, the advisor simply told him, “Mr. Schwab, I will give you one piece of advice, and if you think it is worth anything, you can pay me $10,000.”
Charles agreed. One week later, Charles wrote the advisor a check for $10,000.
What do you think his advice was? (CONTINUE READING)

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