When they say the money is in the list they are right on the money! The money is in the list but the problem is that most of the time it’s your money and not the other way around. If you think about it, most of the time, the person whose list you’ve just joined doesn’t care about you at all. The last thing on their mind is making you a fortune because all they’re really interested in is increasing their own.

It’s like when you used to get those phone calls telling you that they can show you how you can make a couple of thousand dollars a week. Now they ask for your email address so they can send you the information promising you a followup call. What do you think that followup call is going to be all about? They’re going to try and sell you something, that’s what!

How Not To Get Sucked In By Lists

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The way I look at it if those guys were making so much money why are they bothering me with it. It’s not because they want to share their good fortune, although that is what they want you to believe. Nope, they need you to buy whatever they’re selling so they can continue to live the life they’re used to.

The guy behind almost every list you’ve joined is just the same as the guy making those obnoxious phone calls. They don’t care about me, they’re only interested in getting their hands on my hard earned money. If they really were interested in me they would do more than just send me some generic email in the hope that I would buy whatever it is they were selling. You’d think the least they would do would be to personalize it somewhat. I don’t mean that they should send a different email to everyone on the list either. Nope, what I mean is they should personalize it by writing something that tells me exactly what it can do for me. Most won’t though because they have no idea what the product their selling does because they haven’t actually outlaid the money to buy their own.

But never mind all that. You want to know how not to get sucked into buying stuff from lists you’ve subscribed to.

  • Too Good To Be True: This is the number one rule you should use when it comes to doing anything online. If whatever is being offered sounds too good to be true then someone is trying to rip you off.
  • Are They Using The Product: This isn’t going to be easy so you may have to resort to the first rule. However, if they’re promoting a WordPress plugin you should be able to work out whether or not they’re using it and if they’re not then there is something fishy going on.
  • Checking The Sales Copy: Every time you get one of those emails trying to sell you something you should examine it more closely. Is it their normal writing style because if it’s not then they probably just copied and pasted some generic sales copy and sent it to you meaning they probably don’t even own it themselves? Oh, that’s right, I may have mentioned that earlier on in the post :wink_ee:
  • Does It Offer Something Of Value To You: This is very important. When buying anything online I try to look past all the sales jargon, looking for something that is of value to me. More importantly it has to be something that I feel others would be interested in.

If something passes all the above criteria, especially the first and last one, I may actually buy it. Once I get my hands on whatever it is I’ve bought I’ll test it out and then no matter what the results are I’ll write about it here giving a truthful account of it.

I have to admit there have been times when I’ve posted about something before actually testing it but that’s usually because there is an introductory special and I don’t want my readers to miss out. I also make sure that I’ve said as much in the post so as to not give them any false impressions.

The thing is you have to have something in place so that when you do join a list you have a set of rules to follow so you don’t buy into everything that is being offered to you but more importantly so you do not miss out on those gems that may actually help you make money online.

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