Dont worry, Im not trying to sell you anything. :) This isnt an ebook or report that you absolutely must buy to get rich online. Nor is it a piece of software that no self-respecting Internet marketer would be caught dead without.
Rather, it is a piece of advice. Its something which Im sure you already know but somehow, like the human that you are, it must be drummed into your consiciousness before it will take.
So, without further ceremony, the very first step to Internet riches is the realization that:
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Dont look at me with those incredulous eyes. I know that you know there is no such thing as a free lunch. And I am sure that you apply that very well in your everyday life.
Too well, actually. When that husband of yours comes home bearing flowers and chocolate and tells you that nothing's wrong, you can at least pretend to believe him. At least until he starts a conversation with, "Honey, there's something I need to tell you which I hope you won't get too upset about ...."
But, how about online? Do you apply the same skepticism?
Im sure you have heard of the Nigerian scam. You get an email from a stranger that asks to borrow your bank account to transfer a couple of million dollars and offers you a cut of 20% - 30% of the amount transferred.
How about those sites that promises you practically instant riches for a ridiculously small amount of work or money? You plunk down your $9.95 per month and they will do all the recruiting and selling for you. You just sit back, relax and wait for the money to roll. Just don't forget the $9.95 per month. ;)
Or the self-styled Internet marketing guru that tells you how difficult it is on the net, and how, after many years and very many dollars later, he has come up with a system that can automatically generate thousands of dollars a week, even for a total klutz like you. And, out of the goodness of his heart, he is willing to sell it to you for $29.95.
There are many other sites or schemes with similar ridiculous offers that are thriving on the web. Seems that when we come online, we suspend our healthy skepticism.
Admit it, you have been tempted, havent you? I know I have. Probably lost a couple of dollars, right? I did.
The worst things about these sites is not so much the small amount of money you might be tempted to spend but the loss in time and focus when you stumble across such sites. You will spend time browsing the sites since, invariably, they will all claim to be different from similar sites. And, before you know it, you have wasted that Saturday afternoon that you were going to research the article on Internet marketing.
And such sites are all over the Internet.
Wise up. The next time you come across such a site, tell yourself that there is no such thing as a free lunch, click the Back button on your browser and continue with what you were doing. An Internet business is the way to Internet riches, providing you dont get sidetracked by offers that are too good to be true.
About The Author
David Lim is the webmaster of http://QuittingYourJob.com, a site offering information, advice and resources for a newbie looking to start an online home-based business. Probably the best thing about this site is that it tells it like it is, without any of the hype that is so typical in other similar sites.