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Can You Stomach Sales?

And now, controversial post number two; let’s see if this one gets to at least 1,800 words as the last one did.


from Business Pundit

Something’s been on my mind for about a month now. I’m on Twitter, and by now I have a good number of followers, and people I follow. Nothing like the thousands some people have, and I don’t go around pimping for more, so I’m content with the number I have. Anyway, one of the people I follow wrote an open message to another person I follow, and her comment was something like this: “Is the only thing you do on here is sell, sell, sell?” It was easy to tell that she wasn’t pleased one bit.

I’ve wondered why that phrase has stuck with me for so long. I’ve probably thought about it at least once a day since I read it, which is why I’m finally writing about it. Psychologists believe that if you write about something that’s been on your mind that you’ll be able to move on; or maybe it’s just Zen thoughts.

I’ve come to a realization that all of us have a level of tolerance against sales, or being sold to, at some point. Whereas those of us who are trying to make money on our blogs or websites understand that the way to make money is to find ways to drive people to our sites and blogs, most of us aren’t willing to do some of the things that others are willing to do to get those visitors.

For instance, I’m reluctant to add popups or popunders on my blog because they irritate me. I’m reluctant to send a bunch of email out to people, or capture email addresses, because I don’t like how everyone asks me for my name and email address when they’re offering something for free, or even when I actually pay for something, and suddenly Im being inundated by all sorts of email, sometimes multiple times a day, until I eventually unsubscribe. It’s the same syndrome that makes most of us cringe whenever we’re at a party or event and the person we’re talking to tells you that they sell insurance. Isn’t that a shame?

Now, the person who the initial post was directed at is one of the big time internet marketers. I’ve mentioned his name previously on my blog, but I’m not going to call him out in this post. But I will say that I’ve noticed his sales habits on Twitter, and at times they do seem obsessive. There isn’t really a balance of personal posts compared to sales posts, and yet he does have some personal posts.

But here’s the thing. He’s not on Twitter to just have fun, or tell people he’s eating PB&J sandwiches. He’s there to talk about his products, and some of the people he meets in the course of his business. Personally, I find him interesting, and when it seems like he’s hammering one product way too many times, I just ignore it because if I’ve checked once, I don’t need to check it again.

However, I also understand why he’s doing it. One, because throughout a 16 hour day, there are people who don’t go backwards who may have missed previous listings of the post, so he’s trying to make sure he’s covering as many people as possible. Two, he’s trying to make money; this is his life, after all, and Twitter is just another tool, another ends to his means. I don’t have a problem with that.

So, what does that say about the rest of us? My friends, let’s talk about this a little bit. Over the past couple of months, I’ve visited a lot of blogs, and seen a lot of ways we all advertise our stuff. We put up banner ads, paid ads, link ads, widgets, Adsense, etc. We request people to subscribe to our RSS feed, which is a different way of getting people on a mailing list of sorts, in that they’re notified whenever we make a new post, and every new post that someone reads means there’s another chance we’ll get one of those people to look at what we’re marketing, and we hope that one day someone will buy something from us; that’s fair. We see that as unobtrusive because those people have requested to be a part of our community; it makes us feel as though we’re less salesmen than providers of information; that’s slightly true, but not fully true. In essence, it means we’re not good salesmen and saleswomen. We’re non-threatening, we’re comfortable, and most of us aren’t making much at all. How’s that working for you?

Of course, some of us are kidding ourselves. I’ve read some of the comments and posts on this blog and the blogs of others, where the writer says they really don’t care whether their ads and products make much money or not, but if it does it would be nice. I’m like that to a degree, so count me in with those folks. I have a short term goal of $100 a month; I have a long term goal of at least $3,000 a month. It would make the life of being an independent consultant a lot easier. I doubt there’s anyone who says they’re not overly concerned about making money online, that’s running any kind of ads, that would say they wouldn’t be happy making at least that much money online (anyone that’s not already making it, that is).

Being an independent consultant isn’t easy; no career where you’re working for yourself is easy. You have to learn how to sell yourself, which is always harder to do than selling products. You have to go to networking events you might not want to do. You have to join organizations you might not care to join. You actually end up putting more time into your business than you did working a regular job. Sure, the rewards can be outstanding, but there’s a lot of pressure.

You have to do the sales things, as I mentioned. You have to send regular letters, mailers, post cards, or flyers. You have to send email, many times unannounced, and risk someone calling you a spammer. And, from time to time, you have to pick up the phone and make cold calls; ugh. Still, if you want to make a life of it, you have to be willing to do some of these things. Why wouldn’t I want to have that extra bit of online cash coming in on a regular basis? Then I’d get to spend more time writing these missives that hit my mind from time to time that I hope enthrall the masses?

When it comes to internet marketing, there’s tons of information for us to pick from. I mean, internet marketing is big:

So, if you’re actually serious about trying to make money online, what are you willing to do for it? Are you willing to write about yourself all the time, and post it everywhere and anywhere, at all times? Are you willing to lie about products you’ve never tried just to try to sell them? Are you willing to take chances and do things that aren’t ethical? Are you willing to buck the trends that everyone else seems to follow and look for something that sets you apart from the field? Are you willing to spend money from time to time to learn more, or to attain things you don’t presently have, but things that could possibly help you make money in the future? Are you willing to pay for traffic, or purchase Adwords? Are you willing to take a stand or position on dofollow or page rank issues that others may tell you they disagree with?

By the way, just to share this, as it pertains to this article and my last post, doing good SEO tactics on your website or within your blog may help, but it’s not always end be all/end all. For instance, do you know what the top search terms are for finding my blog? Credit cards and conference calls. Has anyone ever seen me writing about either of those things? Nope, but they’re embedded into my footer, which is encrypted so I can’t remove it. One of my Twitter friends did recommend removing the footer, which worked great on the main page, but not for all the individual pages. So, sometimes, even your best SEO activities are not good enough. However, just to put it out there, if anyone has any ideas how I can overcome my footer, I’m willing to entertain suggestions.

Just for clarification, I’m not advocating anything, just discussing the issue. Everyone has their comfort level, as I said before, but when it comes down to it, just because there’s things we don’t like doesn’t mean that we should necessarily condemn people who do it, although I’m as guilty of some of it as other people are. In the end, though, I recognize that I don’t have the right, in the long run, to complain about how anyone decides to make a living. I can do what I’ve always recommended people do who don’t like a TV program; turn the channel, or, in this case, ignore, unsubscribe, and de-list anyone who’s irritating me too much.

At the same time, I still remain open to learning more and more things. I hope you are also. I didn’t quite hit that 1,800 words; I’m betting you’re happy about that. Oh yeah; I also hope you’re ready to buy something from me from time to time also. 😀

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What Makes Twitter Interesting

Twitter is definitely an interesting place to participate in. One thing I’ve noticed is that there are really three types of people who participate on Twitter. One type is the person who just wants to talk, and talk, and talk, and they share everything from what they’re eating to what they’re thinking at that moment to a lot of other frivolous things. The second type is someone who’s constantly marketing because they’re trying to either make money or gain influence. The final type is someone who wants to try to do both, and tries to find a balance between both ends, whether they get there or not.

Right now I have close to the same number of people following me on Twitter as I’m following, around 250. I really don’t know why most people follow me, to tell you the truth. I do have some friends following me, and I know why they’re following me. There are a few people who are interested in my healthcare background, though I’ve yet to say much about it on Twitter. There are some who may want to follow my progress as I try to make it as an internet marketer. I’d love it if someone was following me because of my management and leadership experience, but I’m betting that’s being missed (as I’ve yet to have anyone sign up for any of my newsletters because they’ve seen me on Twitter, or even on this blog).

I know why I set up to follow some people, though, and why sometimes I end up dropping them. I follow friends whenever I find them. I follow anyone who seems to be trying to do internet marketing. I follow anyone who’s following me and, after checking them out, looks like they’d be interesting to follow based on previous comments. I follow some prominent people, and have actually had the opportunity to talk to some of them; what a rush that sort of thing can be.

But I’ve dropped some people who have gotten on my nerves. If someone uses a lot of bad language I usually drop them, mainly because it shows they don’t have the capacity for using proper words to get their points across. I’m not a prude, but I don’t want to see filth every other word. I drop people who just write way too many posts. That may seem odd to some because every once in awhile I’ve seen where I have 5 or 6 posts in a row, but that’s because I’m not checking Twitter every couple of minutes, so when I do check sometimes I’m going to go through 100 to 200 messages, and if someone wrote me or there’s something good to comment on, I’ll do that as well as spend some time making a comment on whatever hits my fancy. But one woman who’s considered an internet maven would post upwards of 30 posts in a row and not say anything; that kind of thing drives me nuts. I’ve also dropped some people who seem mean and overly political or religious; I don’t need that in my life either.

I’ve noticed that, every once in awhile, some people make comments against someone else that irks them to some degree. A few weeks ago someone I follow griped to someone else I follow that they’re always selling, and it irritated her. In my opinion, it would be better to just drop that person quietly, since Twitter doesn’t tell people when you drop them, than start a public spat; luckily, the guy she sent the message to never responded. By the way, him I follow because most of the things this particular guy writes are things I’m interested in. As someone who wants to get better at internet marketing, whether it’s this blog of marketing overall, I like seeing how other people market their products; at long as I’m not getting bombarded by email, that is.

How much do I care about Twitter and the like? It seems that I’ve mentioned it on 21 different blog posts, including this one, all the way from when I was griping about it, to wondering about it and whether it would survive, to talking about Twitter Grader (of which I’m presently sitting at 81; I’ll get to 100 one of these days), to showing a video with an attractive young lady talking about some Twitter tools, to now marketing a pretty good product.

This lets everyone know that I’m in it for the long haul, as far as I can see. Sure, I have my own standards for how I’ll use it and view it and deal with it, and I hope everyone else does also, as well as has some fun and learns something. And, once again, if you ever want to follow me, click here.

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