Is it a waste of time to pursue internet marketing if you are naïve to the marketing business? After all, any business has start-up costs, i.e. investing in ads, inventory, coaching. Any business start-up should expect to spend a lot of money on itself in the hopes that it can funnel traffic from the local and even international sources available. But if you don’t know what you are doing, the internet is a very intimidating outlet for sales ads. Put your money on the wrong product or on ads in the wrong website and you may as well have cooked those bills in your stir fry.
So, lately I have spent a massive amount of time learning about internet marketing with a specific company that hires affiliates. The fees to become an affiliate are exorbitant. The coaching is substantial, but the niche is not exactly where my interests lie. This particular company has a very narrow focus on business classes and coaching events. So, even though my niche is very different, I figured that I could learn something about their marketing techniques and maybe use them in my own arena. But, at level 6 of 21 I have already paid more than I wanted to invest and I am suddenly being harassed to death by two coaches in the business.
I was really disappointed to see threatening emails after I became stuck on a section that I can’t get past unless I fork out more money. I got emails like, “If you don’t email me back I will send you to another coach and you will have to restart your learning sections and pay for them again.” My reply was simply, “Wow”. She did a 180 on me. I received another email from that first coach and she said, “Well if you buy the $2,500 package from your other coach, let me know because I should have your sign-up for that.”
Pretty fishy. I was immediately disconcerted. I have decided not to pursue the rest of the sections that I purchased but have not completed. What’s the point in hearing what could be more of the same but invite more pressure to purchase the lifetime affiliate membership? That isn’t what I was hoping to get from the program. The sections have become almost solely about becoming their affiliate with a little bit of marketing technique sprinkled in the videos. Instead, I’ll write in the blog that I’ve left to rot for two weeks because I was so busy with that program. I feel I am better serving people when I write here.
So, my question now is, have I wasted my time? Am I falling out too soon? No, I don’t believe I wasted time because I did learn some things about internet marketing avenues that I was not aware of. I’m grateful for that information. It was worth the money just for that. Should I have given up so soon? No. I think that I dropped off at the right time. I am motivated to pursue ad space and emails for my own potential clients. I feel more comfortable now building my own website and response emails. I can invest in my own niche and feel like it has been worth every second of my time.
After all, time is all we really have. And our time is money, isn’t it? So, if you’ve read this far, thank you for that and if you take anything substantial away from my latest experience, I would say that any amount of education and research is worth time and money spent. If you are serious about your pursuits, know your niche. Use the vast amount of information on the internet to learn as much as you can. Sometimes the paid learning is just the best way to do it. Don’t do nothing, though. Do something every day. Learn something every time. Be positive and expect you will make mistakes and find faulty information but you will also find some useful intelligence. Be a leader in what you love to do. Teach others when you can.
And best of all luck to all of you who want to better your position in business and society.