It should go without saying that if you decide to have an online business doing affiliate marketing or really any business model spamming is not a good way to advertise. Do Not Spam people or platforms.
This should be common sense because how are you going to build a successful online business if you tick people off or get banned from various platforms?
Doing internet marketing the proper way means not shoving your offers in front of people without permission or in a persistent, obnoxious way.
This is a constant problem online to the point that a lot of non-marketers think of online marketers as nothing but spammers.
It’s easy to understand why.
We all get mountains of spam to our personal email addresses on a daily basis…regardless of whether or not we gave out the email address.
Unless you want to be condemned and maybe even prosecuted for sending spam emails out, you’ll want to take precautions to be careful about who you send emails to and why.
Email spam is defined as unsolicited email messages that are sent out to the masses.
True internet marketers don’t mess with spam because it hurts their credibility, risks their accounts, and doesn’t convert as well as targeted, welcomed email does.
Your ISP can ban you for sending spam, and you can lose your autoresponder account, too.
It’s far better to use an opt-in form where people willingly enter their first name and email address.
In fact, it’s best to utilize the double opt-in option most autoresponders provide to cover yourself from accusations of spam.
A single opt-in is when you just let the person enter their information once.
But, what’s to stop one person from going around entering another person’s contact information for unethical reasons?
You want a double opt-in to protect yourself.
Here’s how it works:
The user lands on your website or promotional landing page somewhere online and sees an opt-in box, asking for their first name and email address.
They enter in that information (usually in exchange for a free download or the promise of more information).
Then, the autoresponder tool automatically sends out a verification email.
The end user gets the email alerting them that they’ve signed up to be on your list, but it asks them to verify their subscription by clicking on a link in the email.
This means if someone goes to your site and signs someone else up, that person will get a notification and have the option to decline if they weren’t the ones who really opted-in to the list.
Make sure you abide by permission marketing standards.
These people trust you enough to hand over important details, so don’t sell their contact information or abuse it in any way.
If you respect the people on your list, it will grow and you’ll have a readymade list of prospects that can help you earn more money in both a short and long-term timeframe.
In addition to not sending spam via email, you also want to avoid spamming your promotions via social media platforms and discussion forums.
This would include trying to promote your offers via private message, especially if the person doesn’t even know you.
Either way, you always want to ask permission before you start plastering links all over the place.
Don’t do any of this spamming, even if you see other internet marketers doing it.
You will end up getting blocked, banned and reported and usually in short order.
Sometimes, depending on the social media platform…you may not even be able to promote your links directly on your own profile.
So, be sure to find out what the rules of the platform are before you start promoting your offers.
Spam is not welcome just about everywhere online and you’re not going to gain leads and sales when you have made people upset.
You will also get a bad reputation that you may never be able to repair.
This will just cause your online business to crash and burn.
Spamming is not worth it.
Just do your marketing the right way, even if it takes more time and effort and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results.
So, the moral of the story is…Do Not Spam.
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My Online Journey
You don’t know me.
I’m not some flashy internet marketing “guru” with my name and face all over the internet.
I’m just an ordinary person that had to figure out a way to make money online when I lost my job in 2008, due to health issues.
In the offline world, I gained several years experience in Customer Service, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable and various other clerical type positions.
Much of it was drudgery, especially working in call centers.
I was good at my various jobs, but I did not enjoy being hostage to a cubicle and headset..lol 🙂
But, you do what soul sucking jobs you have to do, in order to make money to pay the bills.
As a free spirit, I always had the deep desire to break free from the cubicle-zombie-robot rat race world and have full control over my time, income and life, without having to have permission from a boss.
I was tired of being just another “number” that was expendable, no matter how dependable I was or how hard I worked (just to help build someone else’s wealth and make their dreams come true).
I wanted to create MY freedom…not just build it for someone else.
Unexpectedly in 2008, severe neck issues forced me out of the 9 to 5 corporate world rat race (before I was actually ready financially, which really sucked a lot and was pretty scary).
My neck issues got worse after years of being trapped at a computer, with little to no permission to get up and move around and stretch.
This is not good when you are suffering from old car accident injuries.
This was especially the case in call center jobs with low cubicle walls. They didn’t want you standing up, due to the noise while on calls.
And although losing my job and the paycheck was a less than pleasant experience, my goal was to be an online entrepreneur anyway.
But, I was forced to make it happen at that point…which was not ideal.
Wasted Time Dabbling
It’s better to have a 2nd income already coming in regularly before losing your main source of income, but I had no control over what happened.
I had already been “dabbling” in internet marketing, on the side, since 2004…basically wasting time.
I treated it as a hobby, instead of an online business.
I actually made a little bit of money with affiliate commissions and some advertising revenue, but it was nothing to write home about because I did not build it up.
If I had realized that my health was going to go sideways so badly in 2008, then I would’ve taken my online business “side gig” much more seriously.
I would’ve hustled, even while still working a full-time job, because 4 years would’ve been more than enough time to have built that online business into a full-time income.
Just an extra 1 hour per day consistently over that 4 year period…would have made all the difference.
So, after I lost my job in 2008, I was in a real bind for more than one reason.
I needed to get serious and stop dabbling and start hustling to make money online, but it takes time to build an online business that brings in consistent income.
I was out of time. My household went from two incomes to one and I needed to get moving.
The problem was my severe neck issues and the accompanying dizziness from nerve damage in my C1 Vertebrae, the Atlas.
So, this meant that I couldn’t exactly hustle like I needed to because being on a computer for hours each day at home is no different than doing it at a job.
I was no longer able to do this, if I wanted to not end up completely disabled or bed-ridden.
The years 2008-2011 were extremely tough in trying to heal, but with proper therapy, the worst of it got better, but it’s not 100%.
Even now in 2022, I still can only be on a computer so much each day, without causing flare-ups.
So again, if I had taken it all more seriously, then I wouldn’t have ended up with so many financial worries, when I lost my job.
I would’ve had something more substantial to fall back on during times that were difficult money-wise and health-wise.
Then, add in beating my head against the wall, jumping from one “program” to another and basically flushing more time and money down the toilet.
Losing my job made me act in desperation because I wanted to make something happen right now.
So, I ended up doing what a lot of people do, which is looking for a shortcut and something “quick” or “push button”…which is not realistic because it doesn’t really exist.
Then in 2012, I joined Wealthy Affiliate because it had the tools and resources I needed all in one place, to help me build an online business.
Fast forward to 2020, I joined The Home Business Academy to add even more great tools and resources to my online business arsenal.
I now use both of these resources to build my online business.
I talk more about this over on my Recommended Resources page listed under Resources #1 and #2.
I enjoy making money online because I can work from anywhere and on my own schedule, while still being able to take care of my health.
You Can Do It Too
So, why do I tell you all of this?
I share all of this with you, so you’ll know it’s possible to make money online and have total freedom from the 9-5 grind.
It takes time to build an online business, but it’s worth it to build either a side-income to supplement your full-time job or replace your job.
If you have found yourself in a similar situation to me or you simply want to get ahead of things and plan for the future, your goal going forward should be to not waste any more time.
Whether you love your job or hate your job, it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B to supplement your income or replace your income.
You never know what can happen with your job or even with your health.
Don’t waste time, like I did.
Just get started and keep going.
Do not dabble.
Take action now.
And most importantly, believe in yourself.
You can do it!
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