I received an “Internet Business Offer” letter in the post today that said I could make $1,000,000 within 9 months by using social media.
Normally I would have thrown such trash right into the recycling bin, but then I realized many people may not realize what a scam this sort of offer is.
It inspired me to tell you how to spot scams so you can avoid terrible mistakes with your online business.
The letter continued…
…work from home
…no risks involved
…it costs nothing
And no need to set up a business.
Wow! That sounds too good to be true.
And guess what?
Of course, this type of sales letter NEVER tells you EXACTLY what you are getting.
In fact the letter says words to the effect of: “Because what I want to give you is completely free…I won’t go into the specifics”
They just have emotive adjectives in big red bold text or yellow highlighting like ‘genuine, honest, no exaggeration, financial freedom…you know the sort of words that are used.
$3,000,000 In 2 Years
They add a few testimonials and a few pictures of the person on an exotic beach somewhere or in front of a fast car or big mansion.
Oh and don’t forget some images of your bank account showing the tens of thousands of dollars coming in every day.
Within 2 years, they said they had made $3,000,000!
And they are giving you the product for FREE!
Now, honestly, how much would you give if someone said, “you’ll make $3,000,000 in 2 years?”
Perhaps, even $100,000?
We all would wouldn’t we?
But it’s just poppy-cock!
So, here are the 10 Warning Signs an Internet Business Offer is Too Good to be True…
1. Offers that look too good to be true.
If the offer boasts you can make thousands of dollars within weeks, do not believe it.
Starting an on-line business takes time, hard work plus a lot of knowledge. It could take up to 6 months before you see much of a money return for your efforts.
2. No money back guarantee.
If there is no money back guarantee, stay well clear. All genuine offers give a money back guarantee. This statement doesn’t work the other way around…if they do offer a money back guarantee – it doesn’t mean it’s a genuine offer.
3. No contact or personal details.
If there is no name, no email, no photo of the owner behind the offer, it’s another sign that they are hiding something.
4. Use of big mansions and fast, flashy cars images.
You know the ones I mean. They stand in front of a flashy car or huge mansion saying “I just purchased this for cash!” Yeah, right!
5. No real description of what the product is.
This is where they keep you guessing. They don’t tell you exactly what you are going to get. If it’s genuine – why don’t they?
6. Very short limited offers – buy within the next hour or you lose out!
This is another sneaky trick. In most cases, the offer is still available hours, days, weeks later and it still says ‘buy within the next hour or you lose out’.
If the sales page has no integrity, the owner doesn’t!
7. The word ‘secret’ is used far too many times
Listen closely…there are NO SECRETS to making money on-line. So, if someone says they are going to sell you some ‘secrets’…don’t believe them.
8. Images of their checks or PayPal accounts with huge amounts of money
More images trying to show how much money they have and how much you COULD earn. Don’t believe the huge sums involved. Images can be easily changed to show such huge amounts.
9. Huge price drops
Another ‘trick’ by the scammers. This product is worth $4,997 but you can get it for $27. If it is worth (and it won’t be) $4,997 they would sell it for that price.
10. Long sales videos
This is a personal favorite of mine – NOT!
Long sales videos with no fast forward button or time length of video showing. I just have to listen to all the hyped up rubbish before I can see the price.
Over long…over hyped…and often overpriced!
The most important part of this post:
There is no “silver bullet’ to making an income on-line.
There are so many factors involved and you only have to get one of them wrong and all your efforts are wasted.
How To Build A Profitable On-line Business
Building a successful and profitable on-line business is about:
. Choosing your niche and ensuring it sells on-line
. Design/layout/build of your website
. Deciding what to sell – services, products…
. Treating your on-line business…as a business
And many, many more factors!
Hyped-up Sales Letters Never Deliver The Goods
While a hyped-up sales letter can stir your inner emotions and get you thinking “It’s free…what have I got to lose”, it will NOT deliver.
How do I know that?
Because in my early days of building my own on-line business…I fell for such hyped up sales techniques.
I was a newbie, I was inexperienced, I was thinking…”I have nothing to lose”.
Oh and when they say ‘free’, they don’t really mean free. You might get the first part for free and then the next part(s) will cost you $1997!
With all this in mind, take the time to do a lot of research BEFORE you part with your cash.
Find an experienced expert who can help you.
In the end, you’ll be the proud owner of a successful on-line business.
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