The Great Tragedy Of Online Business

Last night’s T3 seminar was awesome! We had a fantastic turn out for our Cyber Monday session and there was lots of great discussions about accountability and planning for the future in online business.

Then came…The claim!

A new attendee jumped into the discussion while we were discussing the $2.73 & $27.39 Plan and made a bold claim. They said they could show people a way to make 265 bucks a day for free if they ‘followed their advice’. Now I’m no judge when it comes to what people promote, I’ve learned my lesson trust me, but here’s my problem with this…

Anyone, who is anyone online, that had made a living knows a few things. One, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to build a brand and business but second, it does not happen for free. Yeah there are FREE ways you can make a few bucks here and there but it’s pretty simple, online you either trade time or money for your success…And most of the times, it’s both.

My problem wasn’t with what the person was promoting, to be honest, they didn’t even share what it was, it was the angle which plagues this business. The ‘do it for free’ way of thinking and promises of luxury if they just ‘follow the rules’. It doesn’t work like this and it makes me sad to see this.

What’s worst, even though most people confronted the person and pleaded with them not to claim ‘it can be done for free’, you still saw some other attendees ask to get in contact with the person making the claim so they could learn more.

It is, the great tragedy online. It really is. It’s a pipe dream and something I truly wish wouldn’t be a problem anymore. But I guess as long as the entry price for these opportunities are low, they will exist. It’s slot machine marketing but even worse, it’s sad to see such good people being led the wrong way.

My only wish, is no matter what opportunity you promote online…Please be truthful and tell folks, it does not happen for free overnight.

P.S. We’ve got something VERY special going on tonight at Traffic Exchange Live. A special guest, unlike any the traffic exchange industry has seen before, will be the guest speaker at 6pm Eastern in Randy Ritter’s Avenues To Success…Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman! You won’t want to miss this…

The Next Big Thing? Personal Video Splash Pages

We did these cool little video splash pages for ClickTrackProfit a few weeks ago and the general idea behind them (as well as most of our training at TE Live and T3) is to get people out of their shell and understand how powerful video promotion can be.

The message has only still been adopted by a select few folks online and I guess, it’s normal. You see, for years the traffic exchange industry has been passionately explaining to it’s members the power of personal branding. You see can see from people putting their real names and photos on splash pages. This was actually a practice introduced to the industry years ago by the late Doug Williams who ALWAYS talked about how important it was for people to be seen.

That was then…Video is now! Just recently TopHits4U started a referral contest where they added the ability for you to add your own YouTube video to a splash page. Along with the custom video splash pages at CTP, are we seeing the start of a new way for members to promote?

I would argue yes, and the more people get comfortable behind a video camera, the more results they will see. Why? Simple, people get to ‘know’ you when they see your face on camera. Hey, I know it’s a scary thought, to put yourself out there like that but it works.

Take for example this past Monday at T3 where James Dias discussed how from video alone, he built his brand from being basically ‘unknown’ about 6 months ago, to being a fellow Nerd in TimTech…Video folks, it works and it works SO well!

The first step though, starts with you. Why not try a custom video splash page at CTP or TopHits4U and see how powerful it can be. People will get to know you, they will start to like you even more and *gasp* something called trust will begin to form.

Go try it, you’ll love it!