The Truth About Internet Marketing

There is so much information out there about making money online with the internet. But although there is a lot of information about marketing online it seems like it is hard to find the truth about internet marketing and the money that can be earned.

I wanted to write a post to help clear things up for people who are thinking about starting a home based business.

First of all there are many different ways to market online. I do affiliate marketing while many of my friends do network marketing. But generally when it comes to making money over the internet, they are all the same.

The truth is pretty simple.

It takes time and effort to make money online.

Today on a board that I visit from time to time, there was a post that said “OMG this site makes me 100$ a day !! It s totally free to join and start earning money !! Just click the link below !! ”

ID-10062407Is it a lie? I honestly don’t know. But I only know that in my personal experience (And I mean real experience because I got scammed and lost lots of money over the years) success doesn’t happen overnight. Nor is it easy.

It really gets my dander up when I see people misleading others by giving them the impression that all they need to do is hand over some cash for some system and magically money will come through your computer monitor.

Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a bit, but there are adds that really give the perception that you don’t need to do much work to make money.

And what about the ads out there that encourage people to “Fire Your Boss, Work From home”?  I know it sounds exciting. Especially if you really hate your job. And ultimately quitting a job is the goal of many people. But we need to be real and know that running an effective business takes time and effort. Internet marketing isn’t get rich quick.

I would have to say that the worst advice I’ve ever heard about Internet Marketing is that you can “Fire Your Boss and Get Rich Working From Home”.

I just feel that all the ads out there are very misleading.

Yes, you can get rich online.

But it doesn’t happen over night and you certainly shouldn’t quit your job before you have even gotten started online.

The last thing you should do is quit your job too early.

There are many people who are what many consider rich online. And they have been able to quit the day job. But it doesn’t happen over night. You need to do the work.

If you keep your job, it will make your life so much easier while you are learning the skills you need, setting up your business, and growing your business.

This is important for those who have become unemployed. I think starting a home based business is awesome and a great way to bring in some money, but don’t stop looking for a job. Find a job too. And work that job until your business is bringing in consistent and reliable income.

How long will it take? It is different for everyone.  Some people can Fire their boss within a few months. Others, it takes a few years. We are all different. It really depends on how much time you are able to invest.

I like the way my friend Kyle answers the question.  I highly suggest you read “How long will it take me to make money online?”

What do you think? Do you think the hype out there is a bit misleading to newbies? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

~Wendy

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28 Comments


  1. // Reply

    I am part of Wealthy Affiliate and the hardest part was convincing myself to sign up. Once I did I had a site up and running within 2 days. Great site and you can get started and have up to 2 sites for free with no strings attached. Great informative post.


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      I agree. Wealthy Affiliate is a great site for new people. Thanks for the comment.


  2. // Reply

    Great post. Those sort of sites prey on people by making false promises. As you rightly say, anything worthwhile will take time an effort, but there can be rich rewards for those willing to put the work and time in.


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      Yes there are rich rewards for those willing to put the work and time in. 🙂


  3. // Reply

    Very well summarised! A nice quick read which puts things into perspective for new comers to the industry!


    1. // Reply

      Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it.


  4. // Reply

    Great post, I would be interested to see an honest goal report stating how much you make. Greg


  5. // Reply

    I have been working online part time as a hobby for a few years. Honestly it was mostly just for fun and relieve stress after a divorce. I tried a few different program and gave them all the same chance to help me. Most where not fun and turned into the rich getting richer from the weaknesses of others.
    Then I found the Wealthy Affiliate program. It is totally different than all the rest. They give you more attention to detail along with quality, updated training. The training is for ALL levels from beginner to expert.
    But before anyone looks into Wealthy Affiliate. Remember, They are the ONLY program that will give you total access in the trial free forever Starter Membership.


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      I was sort of the same way in the beginning. I wasted lots of money on “get rich quick” schemes. Wealthy Affiliate really is the real deal. The training is real and valuable to anyone who wants to make money online.


  6. // Reply

    Wonderfully said! I have lost so much money in work from home programs that haven’t been worth the code wasted to create them. I just started with WA and even if I never make a dime, I have already learned so much for free that it has been worth every second of my time.


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      I agree. There are so many scams out there. And Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal. The training is like no other. But just so you know, as long as you follow the training it is actually pretty hard not to make money. So keep doing what your doing and you will see the results start to come your way.


  7. // Reply

    Hi Wendy,

    There are simply too many scams out there in the Online World promoting get rich quick product/education. The real truth is that “get rich quick” does not exist.

    Thank you for writing this honest post about internet marketing. This will help many newbies wanting to join the internet marketing.


    1. // Reply

      Yes there are too many scams out there and it is sad really. No, Get Rich Quick simply doesn’t exist.


  8. // Reply

    What a harsh truth! … But it is really a truth! I 120% agree with you 🙂

    I also have some experiences for being scammed and decided to build my own home-based business. I suggest to look for some reviews about earning money online program before joining.

    This helped me in many situations. A bluff and blatant promise to get rich quick is also a heavy sign for a scam. Sigh.

    I’ll be sure to check your number 1 recommendation, since there is so many good reviews about it out there.


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      Yep, A get rich quick promise is definitely a scam.


  9. // Reply

    Great site,
    You made a lot of great points. I was one of those individuals who was blinded by the Ferrari photos and dreams of just striking it rich online with just the right product. I never realized how much was is truly involved in creating an online business. Thankfully for websites like this i was able to find the answers i needed. Thanks again and keep up the good work.


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      I recommend anyone to steer clear of all the hype. It takes real work to make money online, but it can be done by anyone!


  10. // Reply

    Cool article…..You are right….making money online is so very possible….But, you have to be willing to take the time to learn and understand how this is done. Also, and very important is being able to have access to the tools and the help to be able to do this. Finding WA has given me all this and more, and would highly recommend others giving it a shot too.


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      I think anyone who has been affiliated with Wealthy Affiliate in any way would feel the same way. It is the best training for anyone who wants to make money online.


  11. // Reply

    Hi Wendy,

    While you are right that it takes a lot of work to make your business a success, I think there are some very big differences between affiliate marketing and network marketing. I have tried both and while I have not made money at either, I will say that it is way better in affiliate marketing. With network marketing, you are always promoting the products of a company, with affiliate marketing while you are promoting the products sold at companies, you are not relying on them to pay you. Most of the network marketing companies I have tried to work with are out of business and all the people are left without paychecks. There is no stability. But in affiliate marketing, you get to control everything. There is no company that can take everything away from you because there are thousands of other companies you can work with. That is what I think affiliate marketing is better than network.


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      You are 100% correct! I agree when you say that the most important benefit of affiliate marketing versus network marketing is that you are in control.


  12. // Reply

    Hi Wendy, interesting thoughts about internet marketing. I completely agree with you. We have to be realist about the possibility to make money online. At the same time, we need to keep motivated enough because it takes a lot of time and hard work.

    The ability to make money from a website and work from home is what really inspires me to keep going. I know that many scammers take this opportunity to lure people into buying products that promise success with a click, and that’s why people should always be really, really careful. Success as online entrepreneurs is never instant.

    Thanks for sharing
    Stefan


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      Stefan, informing people about the fact that internet marketing can bring real success through hard work is my goal. And of course, I want to protect people and help then avoid the scammers out there.


  13. // Reply

    Wendy,
    I think most everybody who is in marketing has lost money on scams at one time or another. I have lost some but I was lucky that I am skeptical by nature so I only joined one other program before finding Wealthy Affiliate. Even then it took me a while to decide to upgrade. You are right, marketing is not a get rich plan. It takes time and effort to see results. It is sad that there are so many scams out there promising instant wealth with the click of a mouse.


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      It is sad. But hopefully most of the scams with get exposed and not many people get hurt.


  14. // Reply

    Hi Wendy,

    Of course, there are some very rich people who made their fortune from the internet. But some people think that it’s going to be easier than a regular job. They are very wrong. Having a business is definitely harder than any 9 to 5 job! Also, if a person wants to start a business, he/she should know that it often requires unexpected investments at the beginning. Keeping a job is a good decision to say at least…


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      It does take time and effort to be successful online and yes, it can be harder than a 9-5. And it can be fun and well worth it. I think it is just a matter of people having realistic expectations and understanding that it takes work and dedication. Thanks Julius.

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