red flag

The topic may seem obvious. I’m energized…of course, right? Well not so fast. I’m energized for reasons not so obvious.

I saw a webinar post on another site about how a guy makes $500,000 per month on line. He was touted as some mystery guy that would reveal a “secret”, live during the webinar. I thought what the heck, it’s free, I’ll take a look. I wanted to see a webinar anyway since maybe, I’ll be hosting some in the future myself. As the webinar came on, 10 minutes late, I watch and listen as the host, Mike, speaks at length about this other guy he learned a money making secret from. After about 20 minutes, he introduces “Rob” to the webinar. Rob shows some screens of his Clickbank account and the nearly million dollars he has earned in commissions in 2011 alone. I thought there would be an opportunity to ask questions, but these two guys talked the entire time. He says that he is going to show us how this program that he developed works and we can watch him make money in real time. He made up a new clickbank account and picked an affiliate. He took some keywords, he already had and plugged all of it into this program. He then talked about other stuff while it supposedly worked in the background. Within 20 minutes he refreshes his click bank account and there is a little over $300.00 there.

I’m energized for two good reasons. I listened to my conscience and I didn’t push “send”, figuratively and literally. It was one of those things that sounds too good to be true. Even these guys said they thought it was illegal to do this when they first saw it. He went on and on about how he was giving back and wanted to pick a select few (15) to offer this opportunity to. He said several times that he didn’t need the money, but the sales pitch was laid on pretty thick. Even after the webinar was over, I got an email, telling me there were only two spots remaining. Now for there to supposedly be nearly 1000 people on the line for the webinar, I’m surprised that he didn’t sell these 15 spots in 60 seconds. Oh yeah, did I tell you the software cost $1000. About an hour after he first told us how to get this program, he was still trying to sell 2 of 15 spots. Now I know times are tough, but I was surprised that it took so long for him to sell. Heck, maybe I was the only one on the line.

Near the end of the webinar, I heard Mike call this guy by a different name and he answered. Another red flag. Needless to say, there were a ton of red flags flying on this one. There was no explanation of how it worked. Just a lot of visual magic so to speak.

I’m energized because I didn’t take the plunge or drink the Kool-Aid, or whatever other euphamism I could use. I’m going to continue following my conscience and I will find success with my endeavors by good old hard work.

As I finish writing this post, I checked my email roughly 22 hours later. Another email talked about the 5600 people that were registered for this free webinar and how only 1000 got to listen. So what do you know, that one time event turned into, he is going to do another for the benefit of those that weren’t able to catch the first one.

Now don’t get me wrong. There was an element to this at was intriguing. If it does work like he explains, the affects on one’s life would be astounding nonetheless. My problem is not knowing how it works. I don’t have to know the technical aspects of the program, but an explanation of how this appeared to be pulling cash out of the air and sending out cash profits would have helped. From what I can tell about business, and this includes the Internet is that there isn’t a shortcut. If you want the holy grail of success, you must put in the time and effort.

Always remember…you do not have permission to quit.

Jeffrey Washington

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