I can't do online marketing...

@Masihi (4428)
Canada
December 28, 2010 8:06pm CST
When i left the pyramid scheme i was in such debt i thought I'd have to go file for bankruptcy, at least that's what 2 credit advisors have told me. i tried my hand at online marketing, I made a few bucks and lost a few bucks. But I do know that I suck really hard at getting referals. It's just not my thing. What's easy for some people may not be easy for others. After talking things out with my husband, we agreed that I would not pay into any more programs, and I just stick with MyLot, Sidetick, and writing articles. Normally, a woman wouldn't agree with this, but in all honesty, I do agree with Hubby not wanting me to fork out more money, given my history of not being good in businesses. Yet on the other hand I really want to pay off this bloody debt as soon as I possibly can. Hubby allowed me to set him up a Sidetick account, and he said he'll help me by viewing my pictures for points. That's all fine, and he has been doing that quite a lot lately. There has also been people who's been pressuring me into joining programs, even offering to PIF me into programs, but I flat out refused to do so. I just don't feel comfortable, and yes, I am thinking for myself as well. Perhaps I'm discouraged, I don't know. But I do know that I am earning $25 per month from Sidetick and hopefully $5 - $10 per month here on MyLot, and I know that I need to be satisfied with these "small" programs before I develop into larger ones. I also would like to be in programs that I actually *enjoy* being in, and Sidetick/MyLot are two programs I truly *enjoy* being in. I mean what's the point of trying desperately to chase down referrals and it's not a strong point? People can smell a desperate person a mile away. Anyway, that's how I feel. Not knocking down affiliate marketing, it's just that it's not a strong point for me, and I should be entitiled to my personal convictions. There's other ways to earn money as I mentioned above. There's a Jewish saying I heard somewhere, it reads "Despise not small beginnings"
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@GardenGerty (123234)
• United States
29 Dec 10
I have had my own experience with trying to sell and find downlines and so on and so forth. I have also determined that this is the way I am as well. I cannot get on autoship and all of those things. I have also been in horrible debt because of some of our adventures in marketing. When I went to credit counseling I was told we did not even make enough money for them to help us. We are doing okay getting out of debt, but it will take a while.
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@Masihi (4428)
• Canada
29 Dec 10
I think what those credit counselors are going by are the rules set out by their company. Oftentimes it's not in our own best interests. I really do wish there's material out there for getting out of debt a "normal, low-income" way. If there are, they're like finding a needle in a haystack. You and I are on the same path to becoming debt-free, paying off our debt to what seems like an impossible feat, yet we'll be victorious in the end. I hope that you and I will not give up or waver from our planned budgets in order to acheive that goal. Too our debt-free tomorrows! *raises my vodka glass*
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@GardenGerty (123234)
• United States
29 Dec 10
Mine was a not for profit, and he gave me some ideas, but he said that either hubby or I would have to get a second job in order to give them any money to leverage in negotiating with the creditors. I probably got a second job. It has been a few years since that happened, like maybe five. I have almost always worked two jobs, and that is what is so crazy about now. I am not working, but need to be but we have paid off some big bills since then. I just want to not work so many hours that I never see my husband.
@NoWayRo (1062)
• Romania
29 Dec 10
I guess some people have what it takes, others don't. I'm just like you, I'm really bad at online marketing, in fact, I'm bad at offline marketing as well But each of us is also good at something, so I guess we should stick to that. Writing articles is a good way to earn a little bit extra, and I found out you don't need to me much of a marketer for that, so I'm going to stick with this and leave the marketing world to those who know what they're doing
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@Masihi (4428)
• Canada
29 Dec 10
Well, I guess you and I are in agreement :-) Great advise, stick to what you know best, for sure. I wish I learned this early on, but oh well, experience is the best teacher.
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29 Dec 10
marketing can be fun if you are meeting your sales target and the money rolls in.To me i believe that marketing is not for everyone,can"t if you can psyche people up there is no way you can make it in marketing.You have to be a sleek writer or a good conversationalist.I remember when i was still in Africa hustling to make ends meet.I enrolled in a kind of pyramid scheme business,i ended up walking for long distances without making any headay Not easy but it is achieveable
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@Masihi (4428)
• Canada
29 Dec 10
Good for your determination, I worked tireless on my pyramid scheme and without a single sale, I only stayed in that long because of my sponsor's silver tongue. Bad mistake.
@ebuscat (5947)
• Philippines
29 Dec 10
For me it is not good but it is good to start in the online before you get involve in big job you have.
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@Masihi (4428)
• Canada
29 Dec 10
That is wise,start off small :-)
@FrugalMommy (1443)
• United States
29 Dec 10
My biggest New Year's resolution for 2011 is to get rid of every cent of credit card debt my husband and I have. It's going to take a bit of work... I don't think I could do it solely with earnings from MyLot and Sidetick, much as I like the sites. My plan to make a large dent in our debt involves a site called ChaCha. I've been a guide there for a while, but haven't done much with it recently. They pay guides to answer questions for their customers. While the money isn't fantastic, ChaCha's system lets me work whenever I want to. Really convenient for a SAHM with a little busybody like my 9-month-old! ChaCha requires all of its guides to have U.S. mailing addresses, but there's another company called KGB that hires people for similar work. They've got positions open for Canadians now, and they are a legitimate company to work for. Take a look at what they have available at http://542542.com/current_positions and see if it sounds like something that you would enjoy doing. It might help you get rid of your debt a lot faster than you could with just MyLot and Sidetick, and it won't cost you a cent out of pocket.
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@Masihi (4428)
• Canada
29 Dec 10
Thank you for the idea, I'll look it up. :-) I can undertand what you're saying but there's an old Jewish saying "Despise not small beginnings" I think it's such a valid saying, and right now, I'm starting to get my feet grounded here in MyLot and Sidetick, both I'm starting to feel comfortable in. Hopefully I'll be able to branch out into more areas like Cha-cha in the new future.
• United States
29 Dec 10
Marketing in total takes a great deal of work and most successful people will not admit that they took many losses along the way. I have never done online marketing nor have I done pyramid schemes. I am great with offline marketing but then I am speaking of employee type of jobs, whereas I had the knack to smooze a great many clients but then we are speaking of utilizing someone elses money. I believe that one of my most finer attributes is that I know exactly when to start something and when to quickly get out. I will never sign up to anything that requires me to utilize my own money, I suppose I am not a risk taker. But I am reading your post and learning a great deal as I understand the ideas behind them, but unfortunately we do not have loads of extra money to risk so I commend you on your intentions to concentrate in the areas that you know well. As see this is one of the things I also do is that I make a mental note as to how much I can earn in a given time period and immediately determine what works for me and not. Congrats to you and your husband for both being involved in the future assessment of creating a balance with earnings.
• United States
29 Dec 10
I completely agree with you and your husband. I have done almost all of the "pyramid" direct sales out there from Amway to Avon and everything in between. They all cost me tons of money, and I always spent more than I sold so I never made a profit. Maybe some people know how to do so but it is simply not something I ever made any money doing. I do write for a few other sites that pay per article but I am new to their system and haven't published a lot. The rest of my articles are published on our spiritual website where we teach online classes. It is free so it doesn't cost anyone any funds, but my husband and I have thought about publishing online books to earn a bit extra and to help us run the group. Namaste-Anora
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@Masihi (4428)
• Canada
29 Dec 10
I'm really sorry to hear about your failures as well. I guess you and I are in the same boat. In the monavie/TEAM business, I have learned early that I suck at marketing, but was pushed beyond limit by my sponsor. I just wish that I wouldv'e stood my ground and let my "no" be firm instead of letting her smooth-talk me into maxing out my credit. Grrrrr....I should shut up :-p
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