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Make Selling On the Internet Work for You

Updated on September 6, 2011

Can you make selling on the Internet work for you? Millions of people around the world have jumped on the Internet selling craze in order to make money. Some have succeeded, some have crashed and burned. Innumerable online companies offer kits, secrets, tips, tricks, courses, books, videos, and hand-holding services. They offer fast money, but they usually insist on having some of your money in advance.

Some companies promise to make selling on the Internet as easy as creating a web site, then going to sleep while the site works for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. True, a web site is 'up' 24 X 7. True, a web site can make selling almost brainless because every step in the process is automated and you never have to experience the rejection that makes face-to-face selling so very difficult. True, you don't need to deal with people face-to-face and endure the agony of rejection. However, if it's that easy, one wonders why the company is busy selling promises rather than simply implementing their own systems. Cynicism pokes its' nose in the tent.

Can you make selling on the Internet work for you?
Can you make selling on the Internet work for you?
Swimming pools and made-for-TV models
Swimming pools and made-for-TV models

Selling Money

It's late at night; you can't sleep due to tormenting thoughts that run through your mind. "How do I make money on the Internet?" Fortunately you woke up at precisely the right time. Virtually every TV channel presents a casually dressed Internet Millionaire lounging by a hotel swimming pool. Well, it could be a hotel swimming pool. Based on the supposed income of the pitch man, it cold also be the swimming pool at the house of the pool boy who cleans the pool of the Internet Millionaire . The Internet Millionaire rarely lounges alone. A typical Internet Millionaire typically entratains two made-for-TV females who are just as excited about his new found wealth as he is. The girls insist they have no computer expertise (probably the only absolute truth presented in the entire 1/2 hour) but yet they have managed to glom onto the Internet Millionaire's simple techniques to make quick money online.

The sun is shining, fruity tropical drinks abound, everyone arrives to the party in Porches and Hummers. Our Internet Millionaire becomes even more excited about his ability to make selling on the Internet work for you. No one actually goes swimming; they are far too busy being excited over their simple secret system that even the made-for-TV spokesmodels can implement.

Excited and almost breathless, the Internet Millionaire offers to inundate you with paperwork purporting to get you started in the easy money world of internet fast money. Over and over he explains how simple his program is. Again and again we see a still shot of a massive stack of books and DVD. How did simplicity get expanded into so much information?

Hide your remote before going to sleep
Hide your remote before going to sleep

If we actually can make selling on the Internet work for you (or me or him or her), how much will it cost? In the real world, storefronts are referred to as "Bricks and Mortar" businesses. You need a building to put stuff in so people can pick it up and carry it to the check out station. If the carry is short, fast money results. The fast money moves at the foot speed of the customer. Bricks and mortar must be purchased or rented. Before the first customer strolls in the front door, significant sums of money are invested. Conversely, an Internet business needs no clay or cement. A significant saving is immediately realized. However, with no storefront comes no foot traffic. No one drives by and observes your signage. Nobody sees your grand opening as they drive to work each day.

Fair enough. We've saved a potload of cash by not putting our merchandise in a storefront. Now what? Where is the merchandise? Hopefully it's being warehoused by a third party but perhaps is hasn't been manufactured yet. Either way, the Internet Millionaire agrees to give you unlimited access to secret hidden companies who know where the stuff is. You give money to the Internet Millionaire, he sends you a list of companies who deign to sell you their products. You pay some guy to tell you where the guys selling the stuff are hiding. Understandably , the IM (Internet Millionaire) has negotiated super special deals from these companies. Otherwise, these hidden companies would prefer not to sell their stuff to you, we presume.

Even in your groggy sleep deprived condition you somehow realize that your shiny happy Internet business has no merchandise and no storefront. No problem, the Internet Millionaire explains to his made-for-TV models that he has it all worked out. Give him more money and he will set up a web site for you. Wha? The models quickly giggle that they don't even know how to send email, let alone create a web site. Confusion ensues, briefly. With perfect timing, the Internet Millionaire jumps in and explains that he provides all the necessary expertise to create and operate the web site. What a relief. The models can return to doing what they do best.

Remember, all this is happening late at night. You're weary from not sleeping and from worrying about making selling on the Internet work for you. You're distracted by the made-for-TV models flanking the Internet Millionaire. The swimming pool sparkles invitingly; were you actually on-set with the Internet Millionaire and the made-for-TV models, you might jump in despite the lure of easy money lurking poolside. Resisting the urge to dial the toll-free number proves impossible. Reaching for your credit card (you keep it handy, within easy reach on your bedside table) you take the figurative plunge into easy money on the Internet.

Waking up the following morning, you're not certain what transpired just hours ago, but you have an excited twitchy anxious feeling in your tummy. Perhaps you just need coffee. On the other hand, you may have committed a life-changing decision when you should have been counting sheep. In 4 to 6 short weeks, voluminous amounts of underwhelming repetitive multimedia verbage will arrive. Jump in with both feet. Make it work for you. And consider investing in some Ambien.

Operators are standing by to help you make Internet selling work for you.
Operators are standing by to help you make Internet selling work for you.

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    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Selling on the internet I think has the same principles as any selling. You need good products, hard work, and marketing knowledge.

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      GClark 6 years ago from United States

      Very funny tongue in cheek humor that is right on the mark! I always thought there should have been a caption under the IM asking "Would you buy a car from this guy?" GClark

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @doubtful, but you can dream. ;)

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      Paul Callaghan 8 years ago from Paraparaumu, New Zealand

      Good stuff nicomp. Just one question, Will the IM send me some of those made for tv girls? As a free gift with my multimedia verbage?

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Love it! Well written piece, I think you have figured out how to make it work for you. This article works the arena with subtle honesty.