About 3 or 4 years ago, I spent several thousand dollars to attend what I thought was going to be a workshop to teach me how to make money online. While some of the information was accurate and actionable, the workshop producer allowed his friends to come in to our captive, ignorant audience and sell us over priced tools and services. It was like shooting fish in a barrel, and they all made out like bandits.
Now I hasten to tell you that some of the products and services that were being offered were really good, but it was a totally wrong audience made up of mostly newbies who didn't know any better. I bought a reseller's hosting package, for example, and paid for it for 2 years before I got so frustrated that I quit everything except Squidoo for months.
The problem with that workshop which shall remain nameless, is that it did not teach the basics and only the basics. It was like trying to understand algebra before you've learned how to do basic math. It's not that the information was inaccurate, it's that it was being marketed to the wrong audience. I look back and think of how much better it would have been for all concerned if they'd made our success their top priority instead of looking to extract maximum money from people who didn't know any better.
If you're going to set yourself out as someone who knows and expect to maintain your good name, it behooves you to put the success of your students ahead of any temporary gain, for by so doing you will gain a customer for life. That's true in any business.
For example, there's a famous story of an insurance salesman who was called by an elderly gent to help him fill out some forms that he didn't quite understand. When the salesman arrived, not only was the man not a prospect to purchase insurance, the forms he needed filled out were for another company! However, the salesman had a heart, felt compassion for the old gent, and spent several hours helping the man fill out the forms for another company's insurance policy. Total waste of his time? Nope. As the story goes, the old gent was so impressed that he referred his entire extended family, some of whom were quite wealthy, to this salesman, who sold so much insurance from that one meeting that he made the million dollar round table every year after that until he retired.
So what's my point here? Well ... I know first hand what it feels like to buy things that might be good if you know how to use them, but can't figure out how to use and don't have anybody who can explain in words I understand, exactly what to do and how to do it. And I know that there are a LOT of people who are stuggling because they are buying things that they just aren't ready for. Just look at my hard drive and you'll see a sorry tale of one shiny object after another - many of them very GOOD products - that I lacked some important nugget of knowledge to unlock and use effectively.
Here's an example of that. You recall I bought reseller's hosting at that workshop? Well - I bought 2 domains, and set up two accounts. Each account had a separate CPanel. I never set up any more domains, because just having 2 CPanels confused the heck out of me, and I kept hearing that you could put more than one account in a single hosting account, but despite my asking and asking and asking, nobody could tell me how to do that. I finally gave up, dumped my domains, and spent a couple of years building Squidoo lenses.
Then I bought PLR ATM from Tiffany Dow, and in going through her excellent tutorial about setting up a PLR specific store, I found that missing bit of information, and was able to understand and implement how to host multiple domains in a single inexpensive hosting site. Now that is NOT what that course was supposed to teach me, but it was worth the entire $67 I spent at that time to learn that. (PLR ATM has since been drastically reduced in price.)
So it's been perhaps 4 years now since that initial workshop, and I am finally making money online. It was a STEEP learning curve, and I had to figure everything out for myself, and I was given a lot of bad advice over the years. And I've heard a lot of horror stories from people who don't make money, or make very little, and they just don't know what they are doing wrong.
Well, three fellows got together and made a video training course that was designed to teach anyone how to earn money online using only free tools. They call themselves "the Real Guys" and they named their course "the No Cost Income Stream". I bought it during their recent launch, actually bought resale rights, but am not ready to set up my own site just yet. I'm working my way through the videos in the exact order they are intended, and I just hit upon a huge gap in my knowledge that I didn't know I didn't know. Does that make sense?
You can't ask the right questions
if you don't know what it is
that you aren't aware of!
So, given that I have been doing this for several years, and even I discovered that I've got a couple of serious gaps in my knowledge base, I'm going to suggest that unless you are earning a living online already, this video course could be just what the doctor ordered for your online income endeavors.
It covers selling products from Amazon as well as digital products from Clickbank, and once you've mastered those skills, it's an easy jump from there to higher commissions from other networks like LinkShare, Commission Junction, Share a Sale, and the Pepperjam Network.
Don't take my word for it, though, go check out their video and see who they are and what's included. The price is so affordable, it amazed me. Plus there's a money back guarantee, so you can check it out and if it's not right for you, get a refund. I don't think you'll do that, though, because it's really a comprehensive education that will save you a ton of money and a lot of trial and error time. And really, the faster you can learn all the steps involved, the sooner you can move from just barely making anything to being able to quit your day job if that's your goal.
If you are only interested in using the Squidoo Platform to make Amazon sales commissions, you should consider buying yourself a copy of Erica Stone's Niche Blaster.
If you are wanting just an eBook and not a video course, then I suggest Barb Ling's book entitled Fast Track to Power Solo Affiliate Marketing.
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