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Procrastination And How It Can Cost You Money

If you were to look procrastination up on dictionary.com, the first meaning is to defer action; delay: procrastinate until an [highlight]opportunity is lost[/highlight]. This post is all about lost opportunities and how it can cost you money.

I know all about being ripped off, that’s why I started up my BS blog, to warn people about all the scams that are out there. I personally think that way too many people are overly cautious about being ripped off and that causes them to miss out on many opportunities. Opportunities that could be making them some extra income. I know this is true, and I’m sure many of you will agree with me, because there are so few readers who are willing to click on a link these days.

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Personally, I will try anything, especially if it’s free. After all, what could it cost me except a little time. Once I’ve tried a product or a service I will then write a post telling others of my experience. In essence I’m doing all the leg work so that my readers don’t have to. If the trial is a good one I’ll say so and if the reverse is true then I’ll tell them that as well. I won’t give a positive review of a crappy product because it would ruin my credibility and as I stated in the post about why the Three Things Probloggers Have That We Don’t, credibility is a very important factor.

So, I have to ask myself, why aren’t people clicking on those links?

  • My credibility still sucks
  • It’s all too hard, because they’ve been clicking that mouse all day and one more is just too much bloody effort.
  • They’re scared that they’ll get sucked in to some scam or something
  • Not enough time to check it out, but they promise themselves they will come back later.
  • A fear of failure because it all seems too hard

Well, I sure do hope it’s not because my credibility sucks, because I’ve tried so hard to build it up over the years. There’s no reason of being scared, probably the number one reason for procrastination,  because I’m the one that’s put myself in harm’s way so that you don’t have to. If I can survive an experience then you will too, and if I’ve made money from it then there is every chance that you will too.

The not enough time aspect could also be a major cause, especially these days when everyone is so busy. So many people leave things for another day and then never get back to it. Once again, lost opportunities and if you think that lost opportunities aren’t costing you money, well let me tel you, you’re kidding yourself.

There’s also no need to be worried about being scared of taking something new on. That’s how we learn, and if it’s free why not give it a shot.

OK, I think this is a perfect opportunity for a poll

What Stops You From Clicking On A Link

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In summary I would just like to say that clicking on a link won’t kill you, especially if it’s from a trustworthy site, and the failure of doing so could actually stop you from increasing your income, either directly, joining a new adsense alternative like Chango or indirectly from the use of software like Market Samurai.

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This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Well, you know what they say, mate, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. :-)

    I’m glad you mentioned Market Samurai. This is the first piece of software I’ve seen in well over a decade that I would consider paying money for. I would love to have this. But I can’t. :-( There are 2 main reasons…

    1) It’s not open source. (perhaps with a little soul searching I could overlook this)

    2) It relies on “Adobe Air” of which there is no 64bit Linux version of. (it’s also closed source).

    So, at least for your links to Market Samurai, the reason I don’t click is not because I don’t want to, but because I can’t use the product.

    Kind regards,
    Steve

      1. Come to think of it, my netbook is 32bit. Oh, but what a PITA to fire up another bloody computer just for keyword work. :-/

        1. Heck Steve, you could always use it to surf porn :devil_tb:

          1. My main computer has a rilly big screen, a 1GB 3D hardware accelerated graphics, 8GB RAM, almost 2 Terabytes of hard disc, and a quad core processor… it’s a porn surfer’s dream! Why would I want to trade that for a crummy little netbook for porn? :-)

            1. You’re right mate, a poxy little netbook just wouldn’t do the trick after that set up.

    1. Do you mean that you can’t use wine to install adobe air?
      Or you can always have a virtual machine ready to pop-up a windows machine with only adobe air installed and market samurai.

      I pretty much ran every kind of win program with one of this combination on linux
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      1. Hi Alex!

        The wine solution wouldn’t work without some fart arsing about and some hacking because from what I understand wine needs 32bit libs and stuff to build and run (I have a pure 64bit only system). Oh sure, it’s doable, but not worth the effort IMO just to get a wincrap app running. Same goes for the effort involved in setting up a VM.

        To be perfectly honest with you, Alex, I would rather not run a piece of software than be forced to use windows (in any shape or form).

        In the case of Market Samurai, it’s not that I can’t run it at all in Linux, it is just that I need a 32bit Linux system to do so. And as I said in a previous comment, I have a 32bit netbook at my disposal.

        Thanks for your ideas, though.

        Kind regards,
        Steve

        P.S. Yo, Pete! Feel free to add your affiliate link to anywhere I’ve said “Market Samurai” :-)

  2. I disagree. I think trying out stuff requires time and time is money, You can easily spend that 1 hour doing something that will give you more ROI such as linkbuilding, or SEO rather than trying out something that most likely is a scam.

    1. That’s true, but I don’t promote scams, and it’s also quite possible that the link you’ve passed by is the one that actually performs for you. So, perhaps the time it took to click that link has way more ROI (Return On Investment) than a lot of poorly researched SEO techniques.
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  3. Twitter:
    Hi Sire,

    I’m going to vote “none of the above” in your poll … I don’t think any of the choices you offered explain why people aren’t clicking your links as often as you’d like.

    I’ll tell you why I don’t normally click on links when I visit your website …

    Because I didn’t come here with the intent of buying anything.

    I came here because I wanted to read your article, and maybe interact a little bit, by leaving my thoughts, in the form of a comment.

    I suspect that I am probably not at all dissimilar to the majority of your readership.

    Wassup is a “social” blog.

    The main evidence for this is how much value you place on commenting … both receiving and giving.

    The target audience for social type blogs is notorious for not being very reliable when it comes to clicking on, and buying from, advertising. You need to get A LOT of traffic (as in tens of thousands of visitors a day) to actually make any sort of decent money from a primarily social site.

    In short, you’re not doing anything at all “wrong” on this blog. You’re just targeting the wrong type of traffic … if making money is one of your goals.

    For what it is, this is one of the best social blogs out there .. you’re got an engaged and loyal audience. People come here to read and comment because we like you .. and want to interact with you.

    But for the most part, we’re not here to buy anything … so don’t take it personally if/when we don’t … we still like you just fine my friend. ;-)

    1. Hey Todd, you make a very good point, and this blog isn’t really around for the sake of making money.

      Still, having said that, a lot of my readers are themselves bloggers, and knowing that I do try to include links that they may find useful. Normally when including these links it’s because I myself found it useful when I first clicked on it and I figured that others may find it interesting, especially once I have reviewed the link offering results.

      I’m not at all offended when people don’t click on the link. I just feel they may be missing out, and more than anything else I’m trying to change the way they look at things, and it’s not just for this blog as it should also include other blogs, as long as they believe in the integrity of the blogger.
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  4. I can’t find my choice of answer in the poll – ‘I don’t quite need it for now’. :-) So I picked not enough time instead, think that’s close enough too.

    I don’t worry much for the regular blogs I visited, but will always be cautious with my first-time visit. It takes time for me to trust someone, to be honest. I don’t think I have much to worry when I’m here in (or should I? :P ) and I do recommend your posts to blogger friends of mine who might be interested with the service you reviewed. Maybe I didn’t do that often enough? So procrastination might play a factor here. hmm..

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker

    1. Yeah, that’s pretty close Ching Ya, either way, if you’re like the rest of us you’re going to forget all about it anyway. :tongue_wink_ee:

      It’s nice of you to recommend my posts to others Ching Ya, and you’re right, I would also hesitate clicking on a link if I didn’t trust the blogger. That’s why it’s so important to make sure we maintain our credibility by always doing the right thing.


  5. Twitter:
    Well now, I’m glad I read Todd’s comment because I hadn’t really thought as much about that as a reason. I voted “time” because, well, you know I’m always doing something, which includes testing the latest thing. But I haven’t tested any affiliate programs in a very long time, and I might need to get back to it at at some point.

    Of course I could ask you the same question; when I was writing about all those things, did you always click on every link I put up? If not, why not? :dry_tb:
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    1. Actually, if it was a way to make money or save time then I probably did. If I remember correctly I even purchased Mailwasher Pro from you, which is coming up for renewal. Will you get commission for that as well?

        1. That’s because I already have more than I need of those types. Apart from CJ, I also use Commission Monster, Clix Galore, Pepperjam and several more, and of those I only rely on three main ones. So you see I have more than enough of those types under my belt.


          1. Twitter:
            I’m not saying you had to; I’m just saying that you had your own excuse for not clicking on it, and it’s not one of the choices you give people above.
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            1. I actually had a proper look at that post and I’m pretty sure it’s the first time I’ve seen it, especially as I didn’t comment on it. Also I would have remembered that comment on Vistaprint and John Dillbeck’s reply.


  6. Twitter:
    BTW, take another look at that second paragraph. Not quite an error, but it doesn’t read correctly for some reason. Man, making me pull out my editing eyes! :drunk_tb:
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    1. OK, I redid it some, I think that sounds a bit better.

  7. I think there is so much spam out there and duplicate content that many web surfers are more careful nowdays. I know I am. Credibility is the future on the web in my opinion.

    Russ

    1. I agree with you Russ, but as long as the offer is free why not take the plunge? And there are a lot of sites that you can join that can actually earn you an income, and I’ve done reviews on many of them.

  8. Hi Sire,
    I think the majority of people (and your blogs audience strike me as people with more then enough internet and internet marketing knowledge) are sick of ads, plus many are staying away of clicking on a lick that seems like an ad.

    Oh, one more thing. This post may be considered by Google as an incentive to click their ads, which is kind of risky(anyway, if no one reports you, it should be okay).

    P.S. From now on I will not forget to *cough* click some links when I visit your blog ;)
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    1. Hey Alex, I wasn’t really referring to the ads on a site. I was actually referring to links placed in a post that was specifically written to promote an affiliate, product or service, specifically free ones.

      I surely wasn’t asking people to click on Google or any of the other ads as I know how much trouble that could get me into.
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  9. Sire,
    I didn’t click any of the answers you provided because I think that the big reason I don’t click is that I don’t want to waste my time. I’ve bought lots of stuff that I never really used. Sometimes it just didn’t seem helpful and other times I just never found the time (maybe the same reason disguised. I have learned to be more open to ideas and products but sadly, my ability to digest them hasn’t grown at all. My eyes are bigger than my stomach, so to speak so I am likely to pass on adding more to my plate.

    1. Ralph, I wasn’t really talking about products. Apart from this theme, FlexSqueeze and Market Samurai I haven’t bought anything.

      I was mainly talking about all the free opportunities out there, opportunities that could put money in peoples pocket if only they would give them a whirl.

      BTW, FlexSqueeze has been the best investment ever and I’m hoping that Market Samurai will be.
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  10. I’m a hard sell, Sire. I’d say the biggest reasoon I don’t click on every link I see is lack of interest. I’m not a browser. Second is lack of time. Again I rarely just browse. I’m more mission oriented. However, if I see something that causes me to stop and say, “Oh… I could use that.” then I will take enough time to learn more. I may bookmark it for later if it looks interesting. Of course that may short circuit the whole affiliate link thing.

    1. Hi Allan,

      the first thing I do when I come across a links is ‘what’s in it for me?’ If it provides something that I think is useful it will prompt the second query, ‘how much does it cost?’

      If it’s free then I’m in like Flynn and I’ll give it a shot. If I have to subscribe to a list for it then I just move on.

  11. I agree with Todd, you are not doing anything wrong. Its just that I think most of us who come here, come to read your articles whcih are always full of great info.

    Another thing in my personal situation is that I started my first real attempt in creating a blog and making money online last year because I had been out of job for 7 months, so I didn’t have nay money to spend on anything(beside domain and hosting)and was able to get the blog rank well for some big keywords in my niche without spending money on tools and softwares and I still don’t buy softwares and tools. Not because I think they are scams or not worthy, but because I think most of the times I can do those things for free with a bit research and learning.

    Now I know you will spend lots of time on it, but if you were in my situation, it wouldn’t matter. And now it almost became a habit where I just don’t think I need these softwares to do what I have to do.

    Another reason I think lost of people don’t click is because of the ad blindness issue. Lets face it, many blogs in the same niche, serve the same ads, so it almost because like the adsense blindness thing where people simply ignore ads because they are always there.
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    1. Good points Satrap, especially about the ad blindness which I’ve actually written a post about.

      I think you’re also right about being able to source a lot of the SEO stuff for free but there are a lot of people, such as myself, who don’t have the time and inclination for that, and it’s those people who are more likely to buy those tools and stuff.
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