The Beginner’s Guide To Online Profitability, Part 6

There are pitfalls you must avoid when launching a business. That is the subject of this section. To equip you with knowledge of techniques that will lead you down the path to failure. Whether in terms of time or money. Both are essential!

I must add that these things to avoid are ones that I have personally tried and have not yielded positive results for me. Therefore, you should exercise caution before attempting any of the following.

Email Address Purchase
Surely you’ve encountered these businesses before. Some work, some don’t. A vast majority do not. And, unless you can be certain that these email addresses they are giving you are truly double opt in (this is the process of saying “Yes! Send me information” digitally through a doubled process to ensure that those individuals actually do want the information being sent to their email addresses), it’s like taking a shot in the dark.

Anyone can tell a lie. However, it takes a great individual to speak the truth. Unfortunately, there are not many of these types of people conducting business on the Internet. However, there are still individuals with whom you can develop a long-term relationship and thereby gain their trust.

I’ll tell you this much: building your mailing list on your own is the most effective method. Thus, you can be certain that the email addresses you have are valid and that the people behind them are interested in receiving your message. I would advise you to think twice and then think again before purchasing email addresses from any individual. Especially if the cost is low.

Safelist Mailing
Simply put, NO! Safelists consist of individuals attempting to sell their products to one another. It doesn’t work. Most of the time, if not always, your email advertisement will go unnoticed and be deleted immediately. You can join safelists for free, but remember that you get what you pay for.

Therefore, if you pay nothing, expect nothing in return. I have personally paid for safelist memberships and observed no return on investment from mailing to them. Likewise, this holds true for free safelists. It’s an old method, but it simply doesn’t work, and you would be better off investing your time in a worthwhile joint venture giveaway instead. At least you would gain something!

Okay, this one is straightforward and can be summed up in a single sentence. Spam is illegal in the United States. If caught, and it is likely that you will be caught, you will be fined and your computer equipment may be confiscated. There is no reason to SPAM individuals. It is annoying and serves no purpose other than to harm your reputation.

This is an assortment of “get rich quick” schemes. They lurk in every nook and cranny of the internet. Participate in none of them. Money rotator programs are ineffective. Pyramid schemes don’t work. The list could continue indefinitely. These are serious time-wasters that will not lead to financial success. They’re garbage. Simple and direct. The only people who truly benefit from these types of programs are those who designed them. Consider the matter carefully. You find this program to be quite appealing. The total cost of admission is only $5.00. Your member name is added to a list and displayed at random in order to receive compensation for each new sign-up. However, you only earn $2.00. The creator/operator of the program earns the remaining $3.00.

And they are compensated each time a new member joins. You are instead placed in a pool of countless thousands whose names are randomly shuffled. The owner is assured of payment, but you are not. In addition, you must go out and begin recruiting others without knowing if you will be compensated for doing so. Do you see what I’m saying? It’s only quick cash for the program administrators. Not you.

The “Failure” Element
This is one of the greatest obstacles to success. And it’s all the result of negative thinking and quitting! Don’t worry if you lack a large number of personal supporters, such as family and friends. Negative comments will prevent you from advancing in a positive direction. To be successful at selling products online, you must delegate these tasks to the background. To hell with the doubters. Do they provide for your family? Are they covering your expenses? No. YOU ARE!

Everyone has the mental capacity to achieve success in any endeavor they undertake in life. That includes you as well. What does it matter if Aunt Sally thinks you’re crazy for attempting to make money online? Who cares if your sibling cannot comprehend what you are attempting to achieve? What matters are your goals and your confidence in your abilities.

“If you can believe it, you can achieve it!” is a wonderful proverb to remember. You can accomplish this. It is not neurosurgery.

And what if your first idea is a complete failure?! Remount your horse and try again. At this point, many give up. Not every action you take will be the optimal one. But through failure, you will gain the necessary experience to succeed the next time. However, you must give “next time” a chance. Remember the expression “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” You will succeed if you give yourself sufficient time to learn and expand your internal knowledge base.

“Too Good To Be True” Items Or Vendors
Remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Now, not every product or service will be “too good to be true.” There are some individuals and businesses that offer exceptional services and products at unbeatable prices.

Never evaluate a book based on its cover. Read the fine print. Ensure that you fully comprehend the merchant’s terms. If you don’t, ASK QUESTIONS! Any trustworthy merchant should be able and willing to answer these questions. If you ask a question and receive no response or if it takes an inexplicable amount of time to receive the answers you seek, pass on the offer and move on to the next one.


Online product sales can be an exciting and lucrative business venture. But you must be extremely cautious in everything you do. Each transaction you conduct. Every new friendship you forge. Use your common sense. It will serve you well in your pursuit of internet wealth.

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