Earl Nightingale once said that…
“If honesty did not exist, it would have to be invented, as it is the surest way of getting rich.”Unfortunately, there are so many people trying to make money online by telling lies. I’m not just talking about those who create a kind of software or e-book with false claims, but I’m also talking about affiliate marketers trying to create sniper sites with fake profile picture or bio, even though the articles they provide are helpful in fact.
In online discussion boards, including Bring the Fresh (BTF), you can find members asking where to get photo stocks to be used as their profile pictures. That’s a shame. I admit that I use “pen names” for my articles I submit on article directories, but that’s it. I use my own pictures on my blogs and I don’t make up stories.
Actually, I once created a niche blog promoting a product on “how to get a six pack”, while I’m in reality a female. Therefore, as I was not confident and feared people would not buy it, I pretended to be a guy named “Tom”. I never made any sales from the blog, so I decided to leave it and go on with my other blogs promoting the products that I really confident with and believe in with an author bio telling who I really am.
“Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.” – Mary Kay AshAs far as I’m concerned, Mike and Kelly, creators of BTF, don’t tell you to write fake bio or use fake profile pictures. In the blog Kelly uses as a case study, he uses his real name, even though he doesn’t provide a picture.
So does George Brown, the man behind Google Sniper. He clearly gives us an example of using our own pictures, and NOT to make up stories just to entice people to buy the product we are promoting. Maybe he doesn’t always use his real name, as one of his blogs says he’s “George Sullivan”. But at least he uses his own picture
When choosing for products on Clickbank, I also try to look for products that can really help people. When I find things like fake pictures, fake testimonials, fake BBB logo, etc I won’t promote the product, no matter how great the sales page is. Also, I always try to get the product myself. If I don’t like it, I won’t promote it. Sometimes, when there’s a low-quality product that I don’t think will help people solve their problem, I write an honest review and recommend another product instead.
“Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.” – Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)I’m not writing this article because I’m perfect and never tell lies. I’m just hoping that we, as Internet marketers, can really help people with our skills and don’t do this whole Internet marketing thing just to make lots of money for ourselves.