You Cannot Earn Money Online Working From Home - E-Commerce

You Just Got Interested In Making Money Online!

You've seen it all on those expertly designed web pages. You have seen dozens of web pages with pictures of mansions, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, yachts, private jets, pictures of the guru sipping a drink lying on a hammock, pictures of many a vacation with the family and friends, playing golf, riding a magnificent horse, and many more pictorial records of events designed to evoke the envy of even the richest of men.

Where do you fit in? Well, you clicked on a link of which the anchor text said something to the effect of you being able to have as many vacations as you please, drive a Ferrari, play golf whenever you feel like it, and so on.

The moment you read the header, you got interested. Interested in what? Well, interested in following the same lifestyle as that young guy in the picture is enjoying. He is only 30 years old and has all these luxuries. Of course he has. You are seeing them with your own eyes, right? Besides, he works only two hours a day.


e-Commerce, Huh?

Is he a magician? ... Oh no! He's not! ... A swindler? No way! ... Well, then what the hell does he do ... working just two hours a day ... ?

Well, he does online marketing. He knows exactly how to earn online. He knows many ways to make money online!

You mean he does part time jobs on the Internet ... like website marketing?

Well, you really don't understand. He does business online, I mean on the Internet. He has an online job. It's his own business.

All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. Or a laptop with a connection to the Internet.

Is that all? ... Well, a little bit of brains would help too!

You mean anyone can succeed like he has? ... Sure, look at those pictures. They are real!


His Business Online - Before And After

What you are seeing are the "after" pictures.

The "before" pictures are not available because he was so downright poor he could not even afford to pay for a photograph.

Now read his life story ... pathetic! A real tear jerker indeed. Enough stuff to make an award winning movie.

But he chose to rake in his dollars using his computer "with an Internet connection," as he puts it.


Oh? He's One Of Those Stay At Home Dads?

The story of his success would definitely be a best seller. They would even want to make a movie about him.

It would be a box office smasher for sure! His fortune would also bring him fame. He could play "himself" in the movie.

Hollywood is not the place for him, says he. He wants a quiet life with his wife and two lovely daughters.

The older of the two is on the verge of entering university. He has selected the best university on planet earth for his daughter's education.

She deserves it. Thanks to the riches he has made online he can afford it twenty five times over.

Daughter? University? Well, wait a minute, if his daughter is entering university, she must be at least eighteen years old! Well ... well, thirty minus eighteen is twelve!

Hey Guru, you goofed!


The Message - Work Online And Reap The Benefits Of Home Jobs

Oh, that happens sometimes you know. Over-enthusiasm in getting the message across.

He wants to somehow convince you that your 9 to 5 job will just not get you anywhere.

He badly wants to get you off the rut you are in, and place you in the same grove that he is in, at any cost at all. What a nice guy!

He cares, he really does. He wants to somehow convince you. So he has commissioned one of the best ghost writers alive to write the content for his sales page.

That's why you kept saying that the text on his web site is really powerful.


Go Ahead And Make Money With Your Computer - Quit Waiting!

You decided to check it out one day, and take action too. Today is the day. You clicked on a link on an e-mail you received, and what a pleasant surprise awaited you!

You arrived at the very web site you had decided to check out one day! Wow! This must be a good omen! So get on with the rest of the page.

However, it is the graphic artist who really grabs your attention. Macro-media Flash and Adobe Photo-shop together can pack a pretty punch indeed.

The versatility of Adobe Photoshop is such that it can show you how to superimpose Charlton's Lamborghini on to a picture of Yul's mansion with you in the vicinity.

Macro media Flash can show you close ups of the mansion and zoom out to bring into focus your picturesque garden and move on to the stables where you keep your horses and on to the runway where your private jet is parked.


Planning - Cool! An Online Job For Me Too!

You fell for it, right? Moving pictures and text which tugs at your emotions.

You scroll right down and continue to devour the delicious rags to riches story, being thankful that you already have a head start.

After all, you are not in rags, right? That means you have a head start. Having a head start means the journey won't take all that long. Wow! You can hardly wait!

Now you're planning. When success strikes, the first thing you will do is, go on a cruise.

What a pleseant surprise for your wife! The kids deserve it too.

They've been patient all these years. All those gizmos that they wanted will be theirs at last.

Okay, scroll down some more. This guy in a flowered shirt, sipping a drink will give you step by step instructions on what to do and how to do whatever he did in order to be where he is now. All this for only $47.95.

Where do I start?


The Costing - Phew! After Much Research Online!

Now, how on earth did he arrive at that figure? He probably added the value of all the components of the program and divided it by his date of birth so that he could arrive at a price that YOU will be able to afford. He has YOU in mind, as always.

There is a 49 day money back guarantee as well! If this program does not work for you, you can get 100% of your investment back. The refund is guaranteed by the affiliate marketing company which handles all the online sales of this product.

You see the "buy now" button directly in front of your right eyeball.

More encouragement is on the way! You just need to scroll down to see it! Did you hear that? The first 250 customers get these additional gifts too! The "250" has been slashed, and a hand written "47" appears above it.


More Yachts Please! - More Stay At Home Mums And Dads And Others Are Starting To Work Online!

This suggests that 203 people have already purchased a copy of that e-book and are well on their way to making a fortune online.

Hey there yacht manufacturer! 203 more yachts please!

How about you? Get on the bandwagon maan! Get rich! Now, let's check out what those additional gifts are,

BONUS - 1: An e-book on how to lose weight by skipping all three meals.

actual value $275.00. - But today it's yours absolutely free!

BONUS - 2: A complete guide on how to make the best use of your insomnia

actual value $375.00. - But today it's yours absolutely free!

BONUS - 3: A step by step guide on how to get out of debt by robbing Peter and paying Paul all that you owe him. With a special introductory chapter by Ayam A Fruker.

actual value $430.00. - But today it's yours absolutely free!

All these gifts having a total value of $1080.00 is yours for free today only if you make this purchase before midnight today!

Here is the Buy-Now button.


keep your eyes on the target at all times ... for years if needed
keep your eyes on the target at all times ... for years if needed

The Options - To Earn Online Or Not To?

$47.75? Hmmm ... well if I buy it now, what if I don't understand how to work the program?

What a shame it would be to call someone and ask what a target URL is, and what a destination URL is.

I guess the program involves that you require a thorough knowledge of all these. It must be difficult to operate. What if it does not work?

$47.75? Hmmm ... mmm ...

Who the hell wants to laze on a yacht in the Mediterranean? ... and lie on a hammock dressed in a flowered shirt sipping a drink full of sodium mono-glutamate?

Should I not feel ashamed to lay on a beach, appearing lazy when all my friends are doing something productive, real busy participating in some economic activity in their work places, talking marketing crap at board meetings, discussing business at the Sheraton ballroom using overhead projectors, with power-point presentations showing bar charts, pye charts, figures, talking marketing slang while doing so, or conducting their own business and boosting the economy right along.

Who wants to give up that delightful 9 to 5 job in an office where you get to tease all those women every single day, to go out to lunch in groups, attend executive meetings where the Boss shows off his newly acquired knowledge of recently coined marketing terms, straight from Goyter D Frucker's latest best seller, to look forward to those birthdays of office mates, those weekends with office friends, that occasional surprise buffet at the Boss's house.

Wow! I would not give up my office job for anything. Certainly Not me. No way!


Leave The Site At Once - Part Time Jobs Online? Nah! Not For Me!

Then you scroll right up and once you've reached the top, look for that "X" on the right hand side to click on and bring about a halt to all this wasting of time and all this madness ... you locate the "X" and you click ... wait a minute, a pop up appears.

"Connecting to Agent ... You have been connected to Mag Nysia ...

Mag Nysia Says: Hey Wait! Before you go, I have just been authorized to offer you a discount of $10.00.

This offer will be valid only if you make your purchase within the next sixty minutes.

Mag Nysia Says: When you are ready, just type in 'Hi' and we can get started..."

At that moment you notice in small white script at the bottom of the page, the words "affiliates click here." You click on that instead, and you come to a page which says, "Affiliates Earn 75% Commission Reselling This Product."


Now, That's Interesting, I Mean Advertising On The Internet! I Am Good At It, I Really Am!

An awesome sales page, with convincing content, super graphics, powerful sales message, I guess this would be easy to market.

After all YOU nearly purchased it did you not? There would be many who like you would scroll right down to the buy-now button.

Many of them, especially those who know how to insert a banner HTML code into the source code of a web page are certain to buy.

All I have to do is to blast a few e-mails. Yes, e-mail marketing should work now. I mean those safe-lists which I have not used for months, let me try them once more.

You had given up safe-list marketing after purchasing a program which claimed to be able to blast your message to 10000 safe-lists and reach millions each and every day. Your tracker did not register a single hit after mailing to ten thousand safe-lists with just one click.


Internet Marketing ... Here I Come!

You tried it out for several days without even one single hit. So you withdrew your membership and gave up e-mail marketing completely.

Afterwards you did not even use the free safe-lists you were a member of, the ones that used to get at least 0.1% hits to your mail.

Now you think of using them once more. This time this particular program you have chosen to market looks so lucrative, anyone would buy it. After all, many people know how to insert an HTML code into a web site's source code.

They all know what destination URL is and what image location is. So they are all qualified to work this program. Why not make a buck on it?

Besides, you can write that very special "killer sales letter" that you are so very good at doing, and that would further enhance your chances of making sales, right?


Lets Get Cracking On It

So you start off once again. You first sign up as an affiliate, get your affiliate code and cloak your affiliate link.

You now create a splash page for the product. Sit back and write an article highlighting the product's plus points. Thank GOD you can write.

You tweak this article five times to generate five different flavors, you hurriedly check out all those PDF files on SEO that you have in your collection, revive some memory on the proper use of SEO, apply this refreshed knowledge with renewed vigor, and then you forward each of them to five top article marketing sites with your splash page link on it.

You now create a blog describing the product in brief, and insert your cloaked affiliate URL into a powerful anchor text in the content.

Now you begin to think smart. Optimizing every action is your target. "Get the best out of it" you say to yourself. So you even insert your AdSense code to this particular blog.

Cute! A skyscraper 120 x 600 on the right, that's where the eye of the reader will go. Next a 728 x 90 leader-board at the very bottom, with a dark blue background and cream colored text, and in between, a 250 x 250 square, employing eyecatching red text against a yellow background. Wow! Real cool!

You never ever thought you were capable of such brilliance. "Necessity" you say to yourself, "brings out the best in me."


Cool! So Many Ways To Make Money On The Internet!

The blog looks great! Contains text that is brief and up to the point, links positioned well, you have made the best use of all the images that you were permitted to, as an affiliate. And those AdSense ads ... will never miss a single eyeball!

Now you ping it, you digg it, and even fff... it!

You have also selected fifty top classified ad sites and have already planted your URLs in each of them with fifty different phrases as the anchor text.

Now, like Clint Eastwood seated in the cockpit of Firefox, you sat down and blasted your e-mail messages containing that "killer sales letter" that you composed, to thousands and thousands and thousands continuously ... with links pointing to your splash page. You even enrolled with some new safe-lists and blasted e-mails to all their members.

You then add the link of your splash page to all the surf programs that you are a member of, and you start surfing like hell.


If You Really Want To Earn Off The Internet, You Need To Really Do A Whole Lot Of Research And Work Online. There Is No Other Path To Success At All. Especially On The Internet.
If You Really Want To Earn Off The Internet, You Need To Really Do A Whole Lot Of Research And Work Online. There Is No Other Path To Success At All. Especially On The Internet.

Exausted? Do You Find This Work Pretty Much Difficult?

For five full days you have been working hard. You are patient too. Really patient. You did not check your affiliate sales stats at all for five whole days.

Now at the end of five days, having written five really good articles, having blasted your e-mail messages to thousands and thousands of safe-list members, having forwarded your blog URL to all the social sites on earth, and having forwarded both your blog URL and your splash page url to 50 selected classified sites, naturally you are entitled to be full of expectations.

You worked so hard and diligently, and obviously you expect an avalanche of sales at least this time. "At least this time!" Ah! in the past you have been trying to make money online and have failed miserably!

The way you said "at least this time" indicates that this is so! Of course this time you have done everything right and have been consistent. For five full days.

The Rewards For Your Efforts

Now you hold your breath, log in to your account and check out your stats.

In your mind is the picture of the JPEG image of that guru's affiliate earnings.

You expect something similar. Oh well, you would settle for something even half as good!

You hit the enter button and wait! ... you watch the hourglass on your screen.

Then, slowly ... and dramatically the page launches. The drum-roll was playing in your mind. Here is the moment you've been waiting for.

The page has launched! It's now on your screen ... well, just in front of you!

Well? ... Well ... what have you earned so far?

... Nothing! ... ¡Nada! ... Neechyevo! ... Rien! ... Gar nichts! ... Shen mei ye mei you! ...

Why not? ...

Simple! It is just because YOU cannot earn money online working from home!


Why Not?

Why not? Because you belong to that 97% of e-commerce enthusiasts who fail. Only 3% succeed.

What about that guy in a flowered shirt, sipping a drink seated on a hammock hung between two coconut trees, facing a glorious beach, sipping a fruit drink? ... probably fresh fruit juice!

He Lied!

When? Where? What did he lie about?

His daughter, and the "rags" part in his rags to riches story!

He has just one daughter, and that kid is only five years old, and he was not in rags when he started exploring the Internet to find something by means of which he could earn a decent living.

That was five years ago when his kid was born. He wanted an additional income with the new kid around. That's when he started exploring online.

Of course, everything else is real. That yacht, the luxury car, the beach, those holidays, golf ... that's all real. Even the fact that he works only two hours a day is true. Absolutely true.

Then what's up really?

Nothing. It's just that he belongs to that 3% of successful Internet marketers and you simply don't!


Lucrative Indeed Is An Online Job. Just Think Of All The Benefits.
Lucrative Indeed Is An Online Job. Just Think Of All The Benefits.

What Did He Do That I Did Not?

Well! ... well! ... well! ... What did he do that YOU did not? Nothing at all! He did the same thing that you did! The very same thing!

One exception is that he did not install his AdSense code in his blog. Why didn't he? Because he was wise, that's why.

Is that all he did differently? Well, not quite!

Are you confused? Well ... let me explain.

Five years ago this guy came online and started exploring the Internet. He browsed, clicked on links, checked out several money making blogs and sites.

He subscribed to every possible free e-mail course which involved online earning. He clicked on virtually every link he received via e mail.

He did not hit the spam button as often as you did. He did not want to miss anything at all.

Although he understood nothing in the very initial stages, by prolonged exposure and by context he began to gradually understand a little bit about affiliate marketing and most other online earning methods.

He found himself getting addicted to browsing the Internet and was gradually beginning to understand affiliate marketing and online advertising methods. His understanding was getting better and better with time.


In Order To Earn Online You Need To Really Get Involved. Guidance, Your Own Research, Experimenting, Application, Patience, Are The Main Ingredients.
In Order To Earn Online You Need To Really Get Involved. Guidance, Your Own Research, Experimenting, Application, Patience, Are The Main Ingredients.

Website Marketing - Why Have I Not Succeeded?

The fact is, even if you are not making money, it is really interesting to explore. When you do explore you end up learning.

That's just what he did. And when you experiment with what you have learnt for a prolonged period of time, results come your way.

By the end of the twelfth month of exploring, he thought he'd make use of his present knowledge by experimenting a bit with affiliate marketing.

So he signed up as an affiliate of a certain product. Just like you signed up recently to promote his product.

From there onwards he did exactly what you did ... but not for a mere five days. He went on for three full months, tirelessly, before he began to see some results.

Then he continued for many more months and slowly started gaining momentum. All along the the way, he continued to learn.

He was able to tweak a little bit here and there and optimise the results he was getting. By the end of the twenty fourth month, he was earning a reasonably good income online.


Tell Me More

Now he went on to write an e-book on how to make money online.

In this e-book he clearly and honestly stated exactly what he did to get to where he is.

Or better still what he did to get to where he was just before he wrote that e-book.

That's the one you nearly bought, but decided to become an affiliate instead and promote it for a commission, just because you did not know how to insert a banner code in the HTML source of a web page.

The very same e-book you tried to promote and failed miserably. In that e-book he explains in detail exactly what he did to generate an income for himself online.

Now, in addition to what he was already doing to earn a decent income online, he started promoting his e-book.

By sheer experience he knew if he could get affiliates to promote his e-book, he could earn more while working less. So he started offering 75% commission on each sale for affiliates.

Some of them who saw his page signed up as affiliates, and started promoting the e-book.

Unlike you, most of them did not stop after five days. They went on and on for months and months and even for a couple of years until success hit them hard on the head!

He then found that he was signing up affiliates at the rate of about five a week. Ten months later he had 200 affiliates. 100 of them were like you!

The rest were not. Out of the rest, each of his affiliates made a minimum of two sales a week. That amounts to 28 sales a day for the author.


Business Online Is Possible Indeed. Millions Of Transactions Take Place Each And Every Single Day!
Business Online Is Possible Indeed. Millions Of Transactions Take Place Each And Every Single Day!

Well, He's Making Money - What About Me ... What's My Fate?

At the end of two years, he had a total of 570 affiliates, out of which 200 of them sold one book every other day. That makes 100 sales a day.

At the rate of 25% on each sale, the guy wearing a flowered shirt, sipping a fruit drink while lying on a hammock makes a minimum of $844.00 each and every day only on the sale of his own e-book, thanks to his affiliates.

In fact he does not need to work at all right now to generate this income. In addition, new affiliates are signing up every single day.

So what on earth does he do "working online" for two hours every day?

I really do not know. I guess he's probably trying some advertising to get more and more people to sign up as his affiliates.

Achieving all this is a result of working very hard for several hours a day continuously for five years!

Does he not deserve that yacht? That Ferrari? Those holidays? He sure does!

What is it that he has that he does not deserve?

YOU as an affiliate!


End Of Part One And A Summary

Judging from most of the comments I have received, I guess many have not understood the message I have been trying to convey via this article of mine.

I am certainly NOT saying that work at home programs are scams.

I am only trying to highlight the fact that whether you follow the instructions laid down in a work at home program, or whether you select the option of exploring online and experimenting all by yourself, you need to put in a lot of work.

I cannot stress enough the fact that you need to put in many hours of work and you simply cannot meet enormous success within just a couple of months by working only a few hours a day.

In this hypothetical situation the guy in the yellow flowered shirt explored online for a very long period of time and then he started experimenting.

He experimented with affiliate products trying to re-sell them for a commission via the various online free advertsisng methods that he had come across.

At first he signed up to sell a particular affiliate product. Then he used e-mail marketing to try and make sales since free e-mail marketing known as safe-lists is available in abundance on the Internet.

He then went on and used free advertising methods like surf programs. In order to sell affiliate products via surf programs you need to have a splash page. He got himself a free splash page and started surfing.

He checked out all the free classified sites online and forwarded to them the URL of his splash page.

Next he created a free blog with a description of the product he is selling and forwarded the URL to many social bookmarking sites.

He went on promoting his splash page via safelists, surf programs, via his blog, and using free classified advertising sites as well.

While doing so, he also continued to explore various other legitimate methods of advertising free on the Internet. He experimented with many and found success with some.

He measured his success and went on to figure out what area in his advertising he needed to strengthen in order to maintain a continued success.

He worked several hour every day and continued that way for several months. Then he began to see some sales. He continued working in the same lines while tweaking his methods to optimize results.

One of the most important things he did was to read carefully the TOS in each and every program that he enrolled with.

Being grateful for all these free advertising methods that were available online he dilligently followed the rules and continued to succeed.

Then after a few years had elapsed, he decided to write an e-book about how he succeeded in making money online.

In this e-book he detailed the exact methods he used to earn online. When he launched this e-book he offered an attractive commission to affiliates.

He now started promoting his very own e-book on how to make money online via affiliate marketing using free advertising. He chose to sign up affiliates and succeeded in signing up dozens of them.

Now he as over two hundred affiliates who make sales for him regularly. They do all the hard work and so right no he needs to work just for about two hours a day to maintain the momentum.

... end of part 1 ...


Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a cool way to make money online since it does not cost anything at all to enroll as an affiliate with some of the well known affiliate marketing organisations.

So is selecting a product and promoting it using the services of free advertising that is available in abundance on the Internet.

Here is a hypothetical case where a raw beginner or a newbie is taught the mechanism of affiliate marketing, and some methods of free advertising.

For starters he is given a list of thirty two safe-list programs, also known as e-mail marketing devices.


Safelists

First of all he enrolls with an affiliate marketing company, selects a product to market, and gets his affiliate link. He then checks out the sales page of the product thoroughly, and creates a very concise but precise sales letter describing the product.

In the beginning he joins just five of the safe-list programs each of which has one thousand five hundred members. He then blasts his sales letter which contains his cloaked affiliate link, to the members of the five safe-lists he has enrolled with.

His message is very likely to reach seven thousand five hundred people. Now, according to statisticians, 3% of e-mails received by safelist members are opened. 5% out of the 3% who open such mail also click on the link and view the website of the product being promoted.


Advertising Online

So, going by statistics, the affiliate product that this newbie is promoting gets viewed by eleven people as a result of his first marketing campaign.

The same statisticians say that the sales page of a product has to be shown to one hundred and fifty people for one sale to be made.

They also go on to say that anyone buying a product online does so on the seventh time he is shown the advertisement.

Does that mean that out of the one hundred and fifty people there is bound to be one who is seeing the ad for the seventh time?

I really do not know.


Internet Income For The Newbie

However, by some fate, out of the eleven people who view the newbie's affiliate product, one of them decides to buy. This action will defy the theory of the statisticians.

This can be explained as the good fortune of the affiliate marketer which is very much similar to the good fortune experienced by the winner of a lottery.

So the story of the newbie goes on to say that he became an affiliate in the morning, set up an advertising campaign in the afternoon, and by evening he had already made a sale.

The logic that follows is that all he has to do is to rinse and repeat as many times as he wants, in order to make as many times as much money as he made the first time.

Unfortunately it does not work that way at all! The Internet is a game of numbers. The more people whose attention you attract, the more you increase your chances of making sales.

Attracting the attention of people online is of course via online advertising. There are dozens of legal ways by means of which you can advertise online. Examining as many of them as you can is advantageous indeed. Understanding them and their terms and conditions is a must.

Likewise, the more you understand the intricate mechanisms of advertising online, the more you qualify to succeed. The best way to find out is to actually participate actively. The longer you stay online and explore, the more you learn. The more you learn ... The more you get to earn!


Conclusion - Ready To Launch Your Home Office?

Okay you read my entire article and have hopefully understood why you cannot make money online working from home. If you had been able to fully accept the reasons for net being able to succeed online even when you are doing things right, you will certainly be able to figure out all by yourself how you can make money on the Internet.

Remember the Internet is a vast playing field. More than two billion people are online. Business worth billions of dollars takes place online. You too can become part of it and grab your share of the profits.

Affiliate marketing is what I have been talking about in this article. However there are many other ways to earn online too. You need to explore, understand, and most importantly take action. Your success will come sooner or later. The important thing is to take action with a positive frame of mind.

Even if you cannot make money online working from home, I believe YOU can! However, you should have started yesterday! ... If you had not, then tomorrow is not too late either! Hey! How about today? ... How come we missed it?

... concluded

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Now, Could You Kindly Answer Some Questions? Would Appreciate If You Do.

Have you tried to earn money from home, working online?

  • Yes I have, and I am really successful as I did a lot of online research for a couple of years and my success is attributive to my own hard work and trials.
  • I have been trying for the last couple of years but have not yet made any money. I know I can, but I just cannot get my act together.
  • Well I have been trying hard and I am exausted and disappointed, but I have no choice but to keep on at it. Good that I have a regular job.
  • I have purchased many e-books from many online gurus, but none of them is clear enough for me to even get started. They do not respond clearly to queries.
  • Well I have been trying various programs but cannot focus on any. I guess that's called information overload.
  • Who me? I am glad you asked. I thought you were going to leave me out of this. You see I have a lot to say on this topic, so I'll just scroll down and leave my comments.
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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Yes there are way too many scams going on in the name of "make money". I am surprised how many people still believe in these things when a simple search like the company/product & scam/review would lead to tons of links to highlight about it. I see that RichJerk add too often and those Nigerian oil money emails are a classic. Thumbs up for a good thoughtful hub.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

LOL! ... Countrywomen, thanks thanks for your visit. :)


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BeatsMe 7 years ago

Hmmm. Interesting hub. I agree, it takes tons of hard work to achieve success. That is, if it ever comes to that. Some people are luckier than others and know their way better than the rest.

Good luck on your eBook. :) It will take a lot of hard work, though.


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shibashake 7 years ago

What a fun read! It was like a spy mystery - I thought I knew where you were going and then you zinged me! I would add that the guy with the yacht also succeeded because he started 5 years ago, when there were not as many people trying to sell their mother online for a buck :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Well, BeatsMe, I disagree. Some people online are not luckier than the others. Its just that they have explored the Internet for much longer periods of time, experimented, and learnt stuff all by themselves.

That is exactly what I am trying to spotlight here. Gurus are the ones who work hardest. They often lie about their work schedule. Having been on an 8 - 10 hour schedule each and every day for years is what enables you finally to slow down to just two hours a day.

By the way, the e-book I spoke about is not about Internet Marketing or online earning. It is something on a totally different topic. Thanks for wishing me luck, and thanks for your visit. :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

LOL, Shibashake!

I am glad you found this a fun read. That's exactly what I meant it to be. What I am trying to stress here is that even if you buy an e-book from some famous Guru, you've got to go through the rigors of trial and error before you reach that point at which you understand the mechanism well enough to improvise and induce results.

I have reason to believe that many of today's established gurus made use of e-mail marketing 5 years ago to make their millions. I guess spam laws were non existent then.

Thanks for your remarks and your visit! :)


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shibashake 7 years ago

Oh I agree with you. After all, to quote a great man -- "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." However, Edison had a great mind, and was a great pioneer of his time, so he was being very modest. I think both are needed, but maybe the breakdown is more like 30-70 :)


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Well said! Hard work an perseverance is needed if you want to succeed in your Online efforts. The moral of your story is that the self proclaimed internet guru tried and tried and gain enough insights to market and sell his ebook and the guy who joined as affiliate lost hope and gave up trying. So he failed miserably.


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Eric Graudins 7 years ago from Australia

I'd like to continue your story a bit further if I may.

Your author also presumably has another source of income.

He has a lot of friends, who are also selling their own products. And they cross promote each others products to their lists.

Now, the list members promotes the premium priced ($1997 or so) products of his marketing friends to his list, and makes a healthy commission.

Of course, he has not tried the products that are being sold for that price - they most likely haven't been written yet. But there's a huge build up for weeks, during the "Product Launch" sequence, where promise after promise, bonus after bonus, are fired towards the poor list members in an effort to encourage them to buy the product.

And many of the trusting list members take the bait, buy the product, (of which normally 50% commission goes back to the sender of the email), who can win valuable prizes if he convinces enough of his list members to buy the product.

OK, I'll stop there. Don't want to hijack this hub :-)

Quicksand, you've written an excellent hub.

I've become an instant fan. How come I haven't seen you around before ??

Regards, Eric G.


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lindagoffigan 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I understand the frustrations of realizing that many of us are not in the 97% who are considered rich. Many online entrepreneurs are looking to be in what is called the middle class and it can be done with hard work and perservation. You are an expert writer and seem to have fulfilled the requirements of getting an 100 score on your Hub. Others should learn not to fall into the pitfalls that you mentioned in your article but they should not give up on taking that first step to earn from their writing talents, no matter the amount or the outcome. No one knows the outcome of these ventures and how long it will take to get to your goals but if you start thinking that the goal is unreacheable then more likely the goal will be unreachable. As encouragement, perservation, and a talent for writing is free, I choose to keep writing and to be satisfied with the ever increasing readership. If you start jogging now and stop then you will not make it around the track. I choose to keep running towards my goals. Everything begins with the first step and I hope that everyone will keep writing and let something other than online money making ads deter the drive to make money, increase Hub traffic or just to complete one hub.


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Eric Graudins 7 years ago from Australia

Forgot to add: I disagree entirely with the subject of this hub. There's a LOT more ways to work from home than affiliate marketing :-)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Anamika,

Thanks for checking out my hub. The guy in the flowered shirt did research online for one whole year and experimented with the knowledge thus aquired for twenty four months and then he began to see results.

Then came the e-book. He was an honest dude because in his e-book he revealed just about everything he did for 36 months. That's why it was selling well. Two years of sales and he found himself right on top.

:)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Eric,Thanks for your valuable remarks. I did not talk about any product launch because products are launched Apollo style only by the big cats online, and this guy in a flowered shirt was a simple, honest, cool dude, doing research all by himself and experimenting like hell before finally falling into the grove.

In fact that was his first and only e-book.Thanks for adding that bit to my hub. Makes it kinda complete. Well, I agree with you that there are other ways of earning online.I can't remember saying anything about affiliate marketing being the only way.

If I had, I shall make the necessary changes. Thanks for pointing out. Well ... you have not seen me around ... because ... I fly a few centimeters below the radar! Cheers! :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Linda,

Many thanks for your visit and observations. Earning online is much easier than earning offline, but it takes a lot of experimenting and more work. Much much more work indeed. Besides, one has to be "on the ball" and watch every move due to the constantly changing trends.

Thank you for your kind words too.

:)


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

That's exactly what i said. He tried and tried and never gave up trying. In the meanwhile he gatherered a lot of insights and experiences which he converted into an EBook. The problem with most who want to make money online is that they give up easily and want quick results.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Yeah, I believe that most of the big cats have worked several hours a day continuously for years. They do not talk about it in their e-books lest they make the "online earning" fad less attractive to the would be customer. Nobody would enroll in something today that will start earning for them a year later.

Although it certainly IS possible to enroll with Clickbank in the morning, blast a few e-mails in the afternoon and see some sales in the evening!

However this simply does not happen! Maybe GOD has a team of angels to enable sales only for those who apply a certain qantum of effort! :)

Thanks Anamika, for your comments. :)


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Great Hub -- and full of "WORK."

Cheers


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rharper 7 years ago from West Texas

A quick comment... there's so much "business opportunity" noise. It's hard to know what works.  Also, what's good for one person may not function for you. 

Extra note:  There was a person that borrowed $3,000 on Prosper early last year to invest in **D Cash Machine.  I tried to talk to him about it, but he was sold on the concept.  He got the loan, and the US Attorney General got involved Aug. 2008.

Business opportunities can hurt more than one.

 


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Neil, Thanks for your remarks. "WORK" online will never ever get boring especially with the variety that one has access to online. :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi rharper, In my opinion any online business in which you need to sell something for a commission, does work, although it takes time to figure out what sort of advertising works and what does not.

If you have heard of "Twelve Daily Pro," you will agree with me that such programs are designed to work only in the initial stages and then they are bound to collapse due to the very design which keeps them afloat for a while!

Thanks a lot for your remarks and your visit! :)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Hi quicksand - great hub! Why do people join these programmes? Guess it's because hope always springs eternal. I agree with those who've posted before - there's nothing like hard work - and a knowledge of the online business scene.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Shalini,

Hope and water are two of the main ingredients in my life! Thanks for your visit and your remarks!

:) :) :)


newsworthy 7 years ago

This resembles online writing courses with all the promises and testimonies and then an ebook and then yachts - all while sitting back floating. It constantly pitches learning from the masters.

...like a spy mystery...lol


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi newsworthy, thanks for your visit. Well it IS designed like a spy story. You don't know the ending until you actually get there! LOL!

:)


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

I know two people in Australia (family members) who have both purchased "how to" courses online, then succeeded within months. Neither had much experience, but both were able to follow the instructions to the letter. Some luck was probably involved in both cases, as the info they purchased was ok.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Earnest,

The "how to" course is the e-book that the guy in the flowered shirt wrote. This is the book that the hero of the story nearly bought. He decided instead to enroll as an affiliate, and market the e-book for a commission as he had some online experience.

However he expected success in just five days, whereas the Guru himself worked patiently for three months continuously, after having spent one year learning the stuff online all by himself.

It could be that the online experience gained by the hero of the story could have matched that of the Guru himself. Who knows?

Had the hero continued for three months he would most probably have succeeded in the same fashion as the Guru did. Who knows?

You said your family members succeeded within months ... three months maybe? Well, there you are!

You see, Earnest I appreciate your remarks, from which I understood that some readers may get the impression that I am trying to discourage the sale of "how to" e-books. I am not!

I shall add a small footnote to my hub that I hope will make some issues clear, thanks to you!

cheers!:)


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MarketingRight 7 years ago

Very refreshing to read someone who's really telling it like it is instead of just hyping it up. . .


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the kind words, MarketingRight, and thanks for your visit too! :)


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linjingjing 7 years ago

Interesting article


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Lin-Jing-Jing,

I am glad you found this article interesting! Thanks for your visit and thanks for checking out my article.


pgrundy 7 years ago

LOL! Great hub! The trouble with these come-ons (apart from the scammy nature of them) is that even if they were honest (which they aren't) by the time they get this info out to the buyer, it will be obsolete. Count on it. And I am not getting rich even sort of.

I work at home on the internet. I'm on track to make twice what I made last year, which is what I wanted, but I work ALL THE TIME. I am constantly freakin' working. My annual income would make the average manager at McDonald's laugh at me, and there are always 5,987 things I don't know but should, haven't done but should, and need to to do but won't. Still, I like not having a cubicle. I hate cube life so much its worth it. But it's very, very hard.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Pgrundy,

Without the Internet I would be completely lost! How fortunate we are to live in this era!

Thanks for your visit and your valuable opinion.

Cheers :)


WebScout 7 years ago

Interesting point of view. I have more friends making money online than not - so I'm not sure if I just live in a pocket of geniuses or what. Lol - good read.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, Webscout. You are a genius too, although you don't realise it.

What I am trying to stress is that you cannot just achieve anything online overnight.

Thanks for visiting my hub. :)


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

I've been online for 4 years now and it's only in the past year and a half that I have began to make money through affiliate marketing and advertising, I've learnt alot and intend to learn more through the great world wide web of the internet.

Alot of people do struggle with the technical side of making money online such as webhosts and autoresponders and other marketing stuff and so yes you're right time does make the online marketers prosper if they stick with it and never give up.

Great hub and thoroughly spot on!


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flyinghigh22 7 years ago from United Kingdom

I found your hubpage refreshing and true, I think a lot of people want to try the lazy way to earn an income.

I think most people are scarred of getting out there and facing people with a real product to sell. There seems to be this big emphasis on selling information on how to pass on information.


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runningbandit 7 years ago from Michigan

Completely TRUE! Glad I just got an e-mail that a distant relative in Nigeria has left me an inheritance of $120million. I'm just waiting for them to get my bank account info and everything so they can transfer it all over. SWEET!!!


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rharper 7 years ago from West Texas

quoted from quicksand ...If you have heard of "Twelve Daily Pro," you will agree with me that such programs are designed to work only in the initial stages...

reply: Twelve daily pro? Sounds sorta like trifectas at the dog track...


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Waynet,

Thanks for joining in! I am certain your four year journey would have been enjoyable! Everytime one discovers something new on the net, one just exclaims "thats it ... " Getting closer and closer. I would like to confirm that your method is certainly the best, as you would definitely have learnt a lot. I would encourage others to do likewise.

Thanks for your valuable remarks.

Cheers. :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi there Flyinghigh!

Welcome to my hub! Very often it so happens that only after one begins to apply some effort does one see results!!!

Thanks a lot for your comment! :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Runningbandit! 120 million bucks? Wow!

I guess they will send you an ATM card by means of which you could withdraw from "any ATM in the world!"

Your expenses will be just the courier fees, around $175 I guess!!!

Nowadays, I don't think many people fall for that.

Good luck and thanks for participating!!! :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Robert,

Twelve Daily Pro was an auto surf program. They were paying back 12% of your investment daily for a task which involved viewing 12 web pages on their auto surf site once in 24 hours.

Many people lost their money when they went belly up!


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Zooloot.com 7 years ago from Europe

Hi Quicksand. I was drawn in and did; I must admit speed read a little of your hub.

Hope is what you see on the face of a five year old child when you buy them a Playstation, plug it in and fire up their first game.

As you watch their frustration you step in and help even though you have know idea which button is jump or fly or duck.

You leave the room with a few words of encouragement and hear there frustrations and pain as GAME OVER drives them half way to insanity.

Then one day you walk into a silent room and find them doing tricks that amaze you. You ask to join in and they frown. "Ok but keep up" You don't. But they periodically snatch the control from your hand and help you.

I once ask my son how he had made 1 million points on neopets and he said it was easy once I got the hang of it :)

The guru's now replace our University degree that cost a fortune in most cases and provided very little value in the real world. Online guru's are now the professors who simply give us practicums on this new commerce and know there will be many GAME OVERS.

The winners are those who study, practice, fail, try again and understand that where money is being spent service oriented suppliers are needed.

Many offline guru's played this game before the internet existed. The rules never changed. If you pass go you still get 200. But as always you have to watch out for those pesky other players.

If it helps keep hope alive. I have made 3 fortunes online before selling out. Each fortune took me less than one year to realize.

I guess I am that guy in the flowery shirt :)

Play the game and expect a few game overs as part of playing it. And don't forget to collect the golden keys, you may need them later.


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

So far in the past year I have made three dollars and 84 cents on line. In another 56,379 years I will have enough money for that vacation in Paris!

Paris Kentucky? :)


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Zooloot.com 7 years ago from Europe

Tom Cornett - I must go take a look at your Hub as I keep coming across you. This fact alone amazes me that you are not making money online as you seem to have jumped the visabily hurdle.

I am about to write a hub on how to make money online FOR REAL! I'm doing this in an effort to restore the faith and hope that so many con's have distroyed.

We've all been a sucker once or twice in our lives, it doesn't mean we have to lay-down and die.

Dare I use this old saying that still rings true: Babe Ruth struck out more times than any other player. He also hit more home runs than many other hall of famers.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hey Zooloot!

What took you so long to get across here? I need your signature on that flowered shirt. I need that flowered shirt too!!!

Hey, I gave you so much of free advertising, it's time you handed over that yacht to me!

Cheers! :)


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admin08 7 years ago from Guwahati

I am earning online myself. It is not easy in the beginning. I have started to earn some money since last year but I am still not earn 1000s of dollars yet and I am hoping that I will this year. One thing I have in me is patience and I hope it will help me further down the road. I didn't like the first part of your hub but as I went on reading I understood what you were trying to say.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Tom, How're you doin?

I am sure you can shorten the countdown time to T minus 56,378.5 years, making it just six months, if you take up affiliate marketing seriously. The commissions are up to 75%. I am sure you know all these already.

Thanks a lot for commenting ...

Se you in Paris!

Cheers :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Greetings, APD Marketing,

I started off on a negative theme and maintained it right throughout because I recall having heard someone say "if you keep on doing the same thing you will keep getting the same results." So I did something different, and I got different results, better though.

Talking of outsourcing, I think it is better to acquire the necessary skills and do it all by yourself. That way, you get a sense of achievement far above the ordinary.

Your valuable comments are much appreciated.

:)

 


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Admin08,

LOL! You didn't like the first part of my hub, right?

Anyway I am glad you liked the rest. Thanks for dropping by, and thanks for your remarks too!

Cheers! :)

 


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JennifersJumpers 7 years ago

Thanks for a hilarious read. I think I'll just stick to sewing! It's what I know and have invested time into it. You made me remember how long it took me to get good at it. When people give me compliments on my work, I just say, "Thank you" but in my mind I say, "and you don't know how long it took me to get here."


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Jennifer,

The fact is, you CAN make money online working from just about anywhere. Having a hub page means you already have a head start. Now let the rest of yourself in. Check out affiliate marketing in your spare time.

Cheers, and thanks for commenting. :)


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

interesting hub with a lot of information.a get-rich-quick scheme has to be bogus, but maybe some folks can make a little tiny bit of money, i don't want a farrari, not sure if i can even spell it right


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Dolores, thanks for visiting my hub, and thanks for your remarks.

:)


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edwinseow 7 years ago from Singapore

I strongly agree. Many of the gurus out there makes money out of the newbies who normally give up after 6 months of trying to earn enough money to pay for hosting fees.


Erick Smart 7 years ago

I actually make money working from home but then I was a computer programmer 5 years before the internet existed. Now people I know call and ask me to help them do the same since they lost their jobs and they hear that you can make lots of money working from home.

I am so tired of the get rich working from home stuff. I went to school for years to get the education that allows me to do what I do and affiliate marketing is totally different and a tough gig to really make a go of.

Thanks for the honest hub!


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

The internet's just another marketplace. If you've really got a product or service that people want then you can make money, especially if you are living in a cheap country. But in such cases, you're doing your real work off line and just using the Net for promotion. Nice article :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Hi, QS.

I do work from home last 13 years, in the country where there is much less opportunity then in USA (recession since I was born and thousand other problems). I also work the job (alternative healing) which is unusual, and it needs a lot of effort to promote oneself at this area. Last 8 months I started to earn money online as well, because I moved to another city and I felt that is right thing to do.( Anyhow I am used to work with many nationalities and people from all around the world, so I love it).

It is a lot of work - but I love it. My financial structure is very much improving. First few months online was not easy, because I did not have exact mental goal, but I was learning and learning and learning and working and learning. Actually I adore working and learning, and I adore challenge to communicate on foreign language, as well.

I also love the work I know I will have to do in the future.

Success usually do not come overnight, put IT IS POSSIBLE TO EARN MONEY ONLINE; and I find my way much better then working for somebody else. Thousand times better... 

Internet is great: actually one can set up whole business online: the most important is to follow the inner desire, and do what you really like. Success just arrives, if one believes in oneself plus dedicate to that work with passion.

He, he, he, good Hub. I also checked this all "quick ways" of earning, but never seriously applied to any of them. We can learn a lot from this offers, at least "how not to do the job"...

Nice regards, good and funny Hub....


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Edwin, Thanks for making a comment. Newbies should be at it until they cease being newbies. There's nothing to beat the experience you gain by actually working out the program all by yourself.

Thanks for dropping by :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Erick

Thanks for visiting me in cyberspace, and thanks for your remarks.

Cheers! :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Paraglider,

The greatest marketplace on earth indeed! Thanks for dropping by, thanks for reading my article, and thanks for your comments too. :)

Cheers!


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Tanja,

I am glad you were able to identify the "funny side" of my hub too! Well, I try very hard to mix humor into everything I write online ... and most of the time I succeed!

In this hub, I was actually trying to point out how easy it is to make money online in terms of the number of steps required to get started. Success could either come immediately or later. However it does come.

Some readers are put off by the title. Although the title says you can't, the fictitious story actually highlights the success of one person, suggesting that what is humanly possible is "humanly possible."

Very kind of you to visit my hub and express your opinion too!

Cheers!


Whikat 7 years ago

I enjoyed the hub, I hope you post more like it.

Sincerely,

Whikat


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Whikat, I certainly will. The pleasure will be mine! Thank you so much for your encouragement. Thanks for your visit too!

:)


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pvrust 7 years ago from Carlsbad, Ca

Great stuff, In today's noisy internet I feel here are 2 kinds of marketers the "Hype" and the "Natural" If you are a member of the get rich quick club then I wish you luck. If you desire to build you business in a more natural setting then long term profits are headed your way. Find a great mentor and let them show you the way!


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ngureco 7 years ago

It's true you've been there.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi pvrust - Thanks for dropping by, and thanks for your views. :)

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Hi Ngureco - Thanks to you too. :)


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hazvy 7 years ago from cardiff,uk

hy quicksand, good hub full of reality, I have always been tempted to click on one of them 'get rich quick' adverts but always seemed to be too good to be true. Your hub has shaded a light to me...thanx


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Hazvy, 

Thanks for joining in with your coments.

cheers! :)


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cindyschulson 7 years ago from San Diego, CA

This is a great hub and I love the discussion it's generated. As we all know there are no quick fixes. Being successful (in whatever you do ) takes hard work. The way to be successful online is by offering people value, not by pitching them. It is called attraction marketing and it really works. Using attraction marketing, I started making money in my second month. I hope that more people will learn about this because it's something that benefits everyone. Start by offering information for free. Establish trust, build relationships, enhance your credibility. After you've proven yourself, then people will follow you. This get-rich quick pitching stuff is just fluff. Thanks for letting my share my two cents worth. And thanks again for a great hub. A new fan! Cindy


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Cindy, thanks a lot for your informative and valuable comments.

Cheers! :)


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linjingjing 7 years ago

You Cannot Earn Money Online Working From Home

Writing good


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Express 7 years ago from India

Very interesting hub,....really I learned manythings about adsense as well. Thanks


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Ding.A.Ling123 7 years ago

I wouldn't say that you cannot make money online, it's easy to make money online, just read my hub if you don't believe me!


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online4income 7 years ago from Online, in search of income

Interesting. You are right this is a real picture of things that happen every day to beginners. People often think that making money on internet is easy if you have a web presence. The get fascinated by images of luxury apartments, vehicles and all expensive stuff. The result is that they to learn this fact soon.

I know it is not impossible to make money from internet, if we work seriously like we do in real world jobs. It takes time to learn and to know how can we help others and make an acceptable place online which will help us to earn some money from it.

Anyway, I enjoyed.


chouchou 7 years ago

Agree with you. So many scam people do not know who to trust anymore. Thanks


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Lgali 7 years ago

Thumbs up for a good/nice thoughtful hub. we all have to watch these free free messages all the time


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Yes Lgali, I shall keep watch too. Thanks for dropping by. :)


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imaginonic 7 years ago from Imagine-Nation

Not that I'm trying to go "Against" you,but...affiliate marketing is not meant for people who are intended for quick cash,I suppose - You need to get your site ranked well,give some reasons as to why people need to buy from >you< and so on....Instead,you can try in for some export businesses....they really work and they help a lot,to make you earn.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago

I don't believe in 'getting rich quick' schemes. I prefer to work for my money so I'm able to resist the temptation of these ads. However, even those scam-sounding businesses can be legitimate ones, too. You just have to work hard to built a good reputation though. Enjoyed reading. Thanks!


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Your Majesty, I thank thee for thy Royal opinion. :)


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

Brilliant hub quicksand. I am wondering why this hub is underrated. It should be anywhere between 95 to 100. This hub reminds me of my own days when I tried a lot in my initial days on the net to make money online but I made nothing and just spent money. It looks like my own story.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hey, thanks Raj. Thanks for your visit. Glad you liked the story. It did go up to 95. Cheers!


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your visit, KenAdams and Subhakar. :)


akycrawler 7 years ago

Quicksand

Very entertaining and educational hub. It gave me a few ideas. Nice style of writing to keep the reader interested and great info.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Thanks akycrawler, appreciate your remarks! :)


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makemoneyinternet 7 years ago from worldwide web

Here's the truth from someone who knows. Anyone can replace the income from their 9 to 5 by working from home online. But, and here's the important part, it takes just as much if not more time than your normal job espcially in the beginning. Can you get to the point where you are only working only 2 hours a day? You sure can but not until after you put in your time learning how to do it right.

And the type of guru you are talking about is trying to sidestep that by pretending he's already found the secret. The guys who know what they talking about don't hype it up because they don't need to hype it up. They can back it up with facts, real website addresses, examples of real products they've sold etc.

Some of these real gurus are truly giving you everything you need but most are giving you just enough that you believe if you buy one more item you'll get that missing piece that's holding you back. But they always hold something back, they have to.

Listen, I give away a lot of free accurate information to help people out who are trying to make money online, mostly because a lot of people gave me a lot of free information that helped me. Am I going to document everything I do step by step, including the tricks I've learned that put me ahead of my competitors? No way. Why would I give my competition all my secrets for $67.00.

Is a lot of what they sell true? For many of them it is. I've bought some of these courses and they absolutely work with a lot of hard work, but no guru is going to hand it all to you on a silver platter because even with every piece of knowledge out there available to you; you still have to work these things none stop.

And that's the part people don't want to hear even from real gurus.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Exactly. Thanks for the comments. :)


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jcorkern 6 years ago from Wonderland

I have to disagree, there are people who will help, but the facts are that most will not do what you have told them to do. There is a system to everything, even changing a flat tire, you can not take the wheel or tire off before jacking the car up without causing more trouble.

Would I write an e book, or a hard cover? sure, but why waste my time, because 99.9999999% of the people who read it would not follow through.

As far as the time it takes to run it, it can be done in a couple hours a day after you do know what you are doing and have done it yourself, because you can hire labor to do it for you then.

Can a book be 100% complete? absolutely not, like stated above, there would be things that you miss in the process of writing, and this is where some e books fail. I have bought dozens and dozens of e books on internet marketing, but you have to learn to use them all collectively to be a success.

That mailing list information is useless without a good way to generate traffic to it for the opt ins. Conversion rates and CTR on the site and links are factors also, but these are just 2 factors in hundreds of them that have to be used in unison to make any web property a success, and most are not willing to do the study and become that expert that knows how, why, when , where, and then has the drive and/or common sense to put away negative people who tell you it can not be done long enough to do it.


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi Jcorkern

What I was trying to spotlight was that you cannot achieve anything overnight in this "trade." You need to experiment all by yourself for a long period of time, and only then will you begin to see paths!

I agree that there are many who will help, and I also agree to what followed that statement.

I appreciate your comments! Cheers!


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onlinetask 6 years ago from New Zealand

Hard work an perseverance is needed if you want to succeed in your Online efforts. The moral of your story is that the self proclaimed internet guru tried and tried and gain enough insights to market and sell his ebook and the guy who joined as affiliate lost hope and gave up trying. So he failed miserably.


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi Online task. What I am trying to say is that the "Guru" worked really hard continuously, and for a long period of time too, experimenting and tweaking all his advertising methods and and gradually learned what the right groves are. The affiliate, on the other hand expected quick results and did not stay long enough to reap the benefits of the magnanimous Internet.

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comment too. :)


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kevintuga 6 years ago

Hey Quicksand , Hard work , strong mind, persistence , Learning, ambition, incentive in your work and more other qualities is Important!

You had written a god hub , but your are so negative ( is this hub I see, probably you can be very positive . I don't know ) that attracts negative things to you like:" Internet makes money for 3% of people are trying to make money! Guru failed ,because their efforts wasn't equality to their perspective.

BIG DREAMS + BIG PLANS + HARD WORK = MONEY INCOME

That's my Formula of thinking.Very good hub, World needs people like you with a constructive criticism.

Keep going writing I will Following you.


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi Kevin, thanks for checking out this article and thanks for commenting too. This hub shows how a guy did a lot of experimenting online and kept tweaking his methods until he found something that works.

When he did, he wrote an e-book about it and started marketing his book using the marketing methods that he discovered. He succeeded, but slowly. What I am trying to convey here is that people expect to start yesterday and succeed today.

The guy in the yellow flowered shirt did a lot of work and anyone who follows his style is sure to succeed! The fact is if you want to join that elite 3% you've got the formula.

Cheers!


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queen cleopatra 6 years ago

You gotta hub full of lessons here. Yes, it always pays to be extra careful, alert, and studious whether you're online or offline. I've been hearing a lot of good (and also bad) things about forex trading so I embarked on learning (and reading nonstop) about this new money-making interest. Forex is interesting. It's big money when you've mastered self-control and self-discipline. It's also a a yawning abyss full of scammers. Just keep your eyes open and you'd be fine. Sorry, I couldn't be specific yet. I'm just on my first year of forex study. lol :)


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

I am glad you liked this article your Majesty. I appreciate your visit. Cheers!


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Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

Nice hub quicksand. Fora newbie like me your hub is very useful. So many times I was tempted of buying this info products, I'm thinking I should try one of those, anyway they are 60 days money back guaranty. I also write a short hub --The Long Pitch Review.


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Ipeoney. Welcome to HupPages and wish you good luck in your online activities. :)


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workingmomwm 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Brilliant hub! Thanks for the reminder that hard work pays off (and is necessary for any measure of success).


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Thanks, WorkingMomWM! Consistency also helps! :)


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi quicksand very interesting and thought grabbing hub, i always ask myself if the magic system is going to support my success or the seller of this system success .

quicksand my friend have a great week !!!


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Hi Tom, success online is not impossible. In fact in this article I am trying to convey the message that you can make money online although the title suggests otherwise.

Thanks for supporting me with your comments. Cheers! :)


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A Little TRUTH 5 years ago

Very useful and informative hub with a good dose of reality! I'm just starting myself, and so it helps keep me on track - poking around trying things, learning, finding out what works for me.


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Thanks, "A little TRUTH!" Learning, that's exactly what needs to be done. Good luck 2U!


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

Yawn. I may not earn much but you have not realized how much a few £ can make to a family. Mine has paid for a few treats. There are jobs out there if you learn. No promises of easy money. Just work, probably twice ass hard as any one else, but with freedom!


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MikeNV 4 years ago from Henderson, NV

Jeremy Johnson... Internet Scammer. Partners in Crime... many. Too many. Every company who took payment to display his ads. All the payment processors. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Number of People requesting Refunds. 500,000. Yep he duped 500,000 people. Kind of makes one wonder if the "There is a sucker born every day" cliché will ever lose it's truthfulness.

Likely outcome. Years in Prison. Customers returned their money. NO. Government and Attorneys and Processing companies will keep it. That's how it always is... the victims... even though they are too stupid to know see the scam never get their money back.

SALTY DROID = Hella Entertaining.

I'm one of the 3%, and I got there by working 60 hours a week and selling real products not Hype. And if I could trade it all for a 9 to 5 at the same level of income I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Nice article, and very very long. Voting up, maybe now you'll get a 86.

People love to buy into the dream, and don't deal well when confronted with the truth.


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Hi Mike, Sure it is hope that everyone buys when he/she buys a "how to earn online" e-book. There is one online guru who states that specifically.

What I am trying to stress here is that you can make money online if you are willing to play fair and if you are willing to invest time and apply plenty of effort.

The "how to" e-books only confirm that your findings and assumptions are right, and gives you the impetus to go ahead.

You are right about this article being too long! Well, I simply wanted to say it all in one mouthful!

Thanks for voting it up, it's already 86! Cheers!


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Amy Haines 4 years ago

Aweome write! I was enthralled! I have been "spinning circles" for almost a year. HAve a friend who makes several thousand a month doing aff. marketing. But shes been at it for 17 years, and her first two years she barely made anything as she spent most of that time researching and teaching herself. She's trying to teach me. sigh. There has got to be a more fun way to make an income. I don't want or need to be rich. I am very humble and would be thrilled to make a few hundred a week! lol.

Thanks for the great laugh, I love your writing style! Ps. Did you post the amazon links for the desks on the side? I am an amazon associate, and not sure how to add to my hubs. I have about 10 unpublished as I wanted to add my aff. link to them. I am a newbie to Hub, so forgive my ignorance.


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Hi Amy, first of all, the message I am trying to convey here is that you CAN make money online. What I am trying to stress is that you need to do a lot of research on your own. Not succeeding does not mean that you have failed. As long as the avenues are available your chances of success continue to exist. Good luck to you and welcome to HubPages! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

BTW, as for Amazon, once you log in to HubPages, you need to reach for your account page and then click on "earnings." You will find Amazon under external affiliate settings. You can add your Amazon affiliate code here. If you have configured right, the status will show as active.

The next step is, on submitting an article, while in the edit mode, you will find Amazon in the "add more capsules" section. Once you click on it, an Amazon capsule will appear at the bottom of the page.

You could drag it up to the level of any of your text capsules. Via the edit button on the Amazon capsule you can insert the keywords of the products you want to display on your page.

If you need any more help, there are tutorials right here on HubPages. I would be glad to help too. Cheers!


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rumintasari 3 years ago from Sleman

the longest hub I read to the end :)

very interesting and detailed article on this topic.


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quicksand 3 years ago Author

Thanks for reading and posting a comment, Rumintasari!


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Mariana Fuzaro 14 months ago from São Paulo, Brazil

That's a really good article! There are ways to make extra money and even earn a living on the internet, like working freelance, selling stuff online (like, for example, your art or crafts, IF you are really talented), maybe you can be successful and end up setting an online shop, but it takes time, work, effort, and has to be done intelligently, and the more, you have to be lucky so that your business will be successful. There is no such thing as "quit your job and work part-time and get rich". It is a very slow and laborious process and, like in the real world, most business end up nowhere. Most artists have to work boring jobs to survive because nobody will buy their art. If getting rich was so easy people would not work so hard every day just to make ends meet. Whenever I see any of these ads I wonder how can someone buy these tutorials.


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quicksand 14 months ago Author

Sure Marianna, there are people who have worked 18 hours a day online for long periods of time and they continue to work long hours. At any given time they have something unfinished. They spend most of the time exploring and experimenting. They discover what works, what will work and why what worked does not work. That gives them the power to innovate too. Once your are hooked, that's it. You don't give up. You hardly even notice when the dollars start pouring in!

Thanks a lot for reading and commenting!


Darcy 7 months ago

Thank you very much for this article. Its probably the best article I've read. It cleared so much up for me. Not difficult, but I never thought it through before. Always desperate for money and needing a quick get rich scheme.


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quicksand 5 months ago Author

Thank you very much for reading my article, Darcy. I wish you good luck in your online activities. Don't be discouraged. Hard work pays off in this kinda game. :)

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