I was quite overwhelmed by my first post on Untemplater. The quantity and quality of comments were fantastic. The idea that choosing an untemplated path in life might not be that easy seemed to really resonate with people.
Click here to get rich while losing weight in your sleep.
Perhaps I am not alone in my disdain of websites and people promoting easy and quick solutions to life’s problems. Get rich quick, lose weight without dieting, easy passive income, speed learning, blah, blah, blah. Enough already. Where are the real stories of real people with real struggles? It is so refreshing to find people like Cody McKibben and Adam Baker who are not afraid to tell the real story. I don’t want to hear about how great people are, how young they were when they started their own business, when they retired or how many countries they have been to. You are not a better person because you tell me so.
I am so popular that I don’t want you little folks to feel left out.
There is some value in exaggerating experiences in order to look more credible or worthy. Some of the most popular bloggers are certainly guilty of a little creative license. Many of the ‘how to make money online’ gurus actually recommend small deceptions. Is it wrong to say that a special offer is only for a limited time but then extend the offer because “so many people couldn’t get in?” Or how about ‘only for the first 50 registered’ but then it gets expanded because the offering was ‘so popular.’ The one that annoys me the most is where they deliberately put in faulty links so that they can email you again and apologize. “I’m sorry if you tried to sign up but couldn’t. That was my mistake. I got so many emails from people who couldn’t get in that I am extending the offering for another week.”
More sales at any cost.
There is no question that those tactics work, but should we do them? Is it about more sales at any cost? I was listening to a popular marketing podcast where the speakers acknowledged the effectiveness of great copy writing. They said that most of their customers were Florida retirees who probably couldn’t even turn a computer on. The speakers were actually proud of the fact that they could sell online marketing programs to people who couldn’t really implement the advice of their expensive program. Is that the goal of business to sell as much as possible even if it isn’t what your customers can actually use? I wonder what percentage of customers of those make money blogging programs actual manage to make a living blogging? Judging by the fact that no one offers success rate statistics, I imagine the number is extremely low.
I single-handedly wrestled 15 grizzly bears with one hand.
We are all guilty of inflating our experiences for resumes or perhaps trying to impress someone on a date, but where does it cross the line? Can’t we just be ourselves?
So men are bigger liars than women and because of it they are more successful. Obviously these tactics work, that is why people keep doing them. We all want to hear about the James Bond, rock star, billionaires NOT the guy next door and all of his everyday problems and worries.
Our relationship is only a transaction.
Is it just me, or does anyone else see a problem in affiliate marketing? People only recommend things they get a commission for. Of course, the disclaimer is, “I would never recommend something that I didn’t believe in myself.” What a load of crap that is. Look at how much people love Apple products. How many bloggers write posts about why you should buy a Mac? I bet if Apple had an affiliate program, everyone and their blogging dog would be selling Apple gear. Does every relationship need to be monetized? Don’t even get me started on all the people who make money by teaching you how to make money online.
My question to you is, do you have to lie to be really successful? Maybe the ends really do justify the means? There is a lot of talk about authenticity online but I don’t think that is what makes money. We all need to learn to make a living so maybe it is important to creatively adjust the truth? I for one can’t stomach the sort of exaggerated claims of the top self-promoters. Am I destined to languish in obscurity?