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Smoke And Mirrors

Written by cooliojones  · July 29, 2007

The following is a guest post by cooliojones, the owner of My New Hustle | Make Money Online, a blog that chronicles conventional and unconventional methods of making money on the internet and in the ‘real world.’

Recently I was surfing through the internet, and I came across some information on how to make money online. This is a very popular topic on the internet, because just about everyone wants to make an extra buck or two with little to no effort. However, it’s that same feeling that leads millions of people to fall for the tricks of various internet marketers who capitalize off of the ignorance of the general public. As they say, knowledge is power, and the lack thereof can leave you powerless against these weapons of mass distraction – and penniless.

So how do you defend yourself against a seemingly endless onslaught of misinformation? Simply use some of the techniques that follow:

Stay Up-To Date…On Scams

Just like everything else – cars, computers, technology – your average scam artist has to stay current with the latest trends in order to survive in the marketplace. Hardly anyone still falls for the Nigerian Prince scam that asks you to funnel money through your bank account, or the promise of Bill Gates sending you money to help test a new system. Internet marketers are a savvy bunch, and unfortunately the legitimate ones often get a bad name because of the scam artists that mimic their techniques.

In general, stay away from anything that comes in a pop-up, pop-under, unsolicited e-mail or flying banner advertisement. These are intentional distractions that try to get your attention by any means necessary. Usually legitimate advertisers will use opt-in lists, static text ads on popular verified websites or normal banner advertisements found at the top, side or bottom of a webpage. ‘Peel-away’ ads – those that seem to ‘peel back’ the web page you are on to display an advertisement when you hover your mouse over them – are becoming popular as well, and are usually utilized by reputable companies, but check your sources to be sure.

Investigate & Verify Your Sources

The internet has made almost every aspect of life easier (yes, even taxes). You no longer have to solely rely on your friends and family after you see a late-night infomercial on the latest real estate shenanigan or read an advertisement about the latest get-rich-quick scheme. Getting the dirt on any prospective ‘opportunity’ is almost required these days, as it can save you from wasted time, embarrassment, and spending your hard on cash on illegitimate schemes. Get the name of the company in question, and do a search on Google or on RifoffReport.com to evaluate other users’ experiences with the product or service they are promoting. Look at the dates of the ‘money earned’ and see if it is current or old data from years ago. Finally, be leery of websites that use audio or video ‘voice ads’ that have the marketers making a ‘personal plea’ for you time and attention. They attempt to be reachable and relate to your situation long enough to convince you to make a purchase, and after that they may be long gone.

Don’t Be Fooled By Big Numbers

If I told you that you could make an extra $200 this month, you may or may not be interested. However, if I told you that $20,000 this month is a possibility, your pupils would get larger and I’d have your attention. This is exactly why you see wild claims of people making $2,000, $7,500 and even upwards of $10,000 per month using their ‘system.’ Not only that, it is so easy that anyone can do it, and you could get started today!

Don’t believe the hype. If it really were that easy, not only would everyone be doing it, but because everyone would now have money, inflation would be through the roof (you thought $3.00/gallon gas was something, wait until you pay $13.00/gallon!). Use your common sense and gut instinct when you see these claims, as they are often nothing more than just bait to reel you in for the kill.

Marketers—both legit and untrustworthy—are a skilled bunch, possessing the skill to play on your emotions and convince you that parting with your hard earned cash is a good idea. The best defense is to just take your time and not be pressured into anything you don’t feel 100% comfortable with; that way, the only games and tricks that will be played will be those found on a PlayStation.


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3 Responses to “Smoke And Mirrors”

  1. ladyshemar on July 30th, 2007 3:59 am

    Thank you very much for being passionate about keeping people informed on what is real and unreal in their expectations. I think far too many times people expect to strike it rich quick. The only people who make money quick are those who already have money. But, if you find something that works for you, stick to it. It will pay off!

  2. A.J. - IAmFacingMillions.com on August 6th, 2007 2:18 pm

    You’re wrong man. My long lost relative in Nigeria is about to transfer me $2,000,000 USD to my account after I sent $1,000 to get his bank to authorize the transfer, $7,500 to pay off a corrupt government official that would turn the other way and let this transaction go through and sent the kind fella that told me about it a finders fee of only $4,000. The wire should arrive any day now. You’ll see ūüôā

  3. DayJobNuker on August 9th, 2007 7:44 pm

    I’ve got some money in the pipline coming from some king in Nigeria. It only cost me $500.00 to secure the rights to it. Once I get that horde of cash I will really be able to NUKE MY DAY JOB!





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