Guru scamming and gimmick marketing seems to be here to stay, at least for a while. With legitimate ways on how to get a home based business going online, I’m not saying that all of them are scams or gimmicks.
There are a few, very few, who are legitimate. There are truly some great ways to make money online. However there are more scams out there than you could even begin to count! Clicking here is one example of just what this article is intends to convey. The link* now is notifying you that the site was a scam. But how many of you became victims before it was shut down?
What really tire’s me is all the self-proclaimed “non-guru” marketers slamming the “Guru marketers” for not letting you in on the latest secret on how to make money online. But now this guru scamming gimmick marketer is here to “reveal all” and let you (and I) in on the “secret” those guru scamming, gimmick marketing “experts” don’t want us to know about.
Yet, in nearly every case, you will notice the same, repetitive format in these presentations of the “newly unveiled” marketing secret, or the newest software that will get you there faster than anything else. These guru scamming, gimmick marketing deals are nearly always “the hottest new thing” happening in online marketing. But should you buy?
The signs are all there, up front for anyone who takes the time to view these boring, lengthy, but always “revolutionary” videos. All of which are produced to get you to buy it now! Believe me when I confess that I have watched enough of theses guru scamming gimmick marketing tools to know what I’m talking about here. Of course, I’m not a guru marketer. Nor am I pretending to be one either (or not?)!
They all start out with something like “I’m not a guru marketer” and “I’m here to reveal a secret those gurus don’t want you to know.” Sounds like something you would expect a guru scamming, gimmick marketing genius to say. But it seems we really don’t pay much attention to what is about to hit us upside the head.
I pay particular attention to the many offers that come via my e-mail, addressing me as special me. As if I am a friend of whoever it was who spammed me. Of course, this new and exciting software or training program is “exclusively” offered to only his or her hand-selected few. And quantity or “Positions Available in Your Area” seem to be always limited!
But one of the best and most common claims made in nearly every guru scamming, gimmick marketing scheme today is “I could charge you hundreds, even thousands of dollars for this ‘secret’ but it’s a one-time offer for only $— ($49, $39, or lower).” Of course, there is the ever-expiring “time-limit”, usually an extremely short window of opportunity designed to keep you from thinking about it before you fork over your never-to-see-again sign-up fee, membership enrollment fee, or your one-time purchase price that is available only now! There is the “ad-on line” technique; … ”and then this offer will close” (See the * below that refers to the above links)! But remember, they are not the “typical guru” who is just after your money!
Then, there are the “free” offers that only seem to show up once you have decided to click your way out of the page. First, it’s the “reduced, one time only” offer of discounting the originally quoted price for this magical software. Then, after choosing to click out of that offer, you’re hit with another “free Gift” (or a deeper discounted offer) intended to keep you on the site just a little longer. Of course, the “regular price” for that offer is usually around $1,000 or more. But for you NOW, it’s FREE!
Don’t you get it? Can’t you see it? Buy it, and the scam is on…you! The (guru) scammer (who claimed not to be one of those “deviant” guru scamming marketing guys to begin with ) just gotcha… again! And so the story line continues.
Now that you made that “unbelievable” make-money-now software purchase, you’re going to get even more calls. Why? Because you got “suckered” into one more gimmick purchase, and you have pegged yourself as a ripe “sucker” to get “suckered” again…and again! Quite often by the same (non) guru scamming marketer you just got nailed by.
You gave your consent for them to do so, as contained in the disclosure you probably didn’t read- because you were so enamored (i.e.: charmed, captivated, blah, blah, blah…) at getting the “secret” only the guru rip-off marketers know about. And now, well…you got ripped off!
The first sign of evidence the “secret” you just purchased isn’t going to work is the clutter of windows that seem to show up one after another, telling you that you now need this ad-on and that ad-on, and on and on. For another small fee of course. The guru scamming marketer’s target goal is to motivate you into a quick purchase with no real long-term retention of their customer base, and with customer service, on any level, practically non-existent.
In all honesty, they’re not completely lying to us! Most of us just don’t take the time to read the part that requires all guru scamming marketers to tell us the truth behind the glamorized and often dramatized video. Let’s start with the typical “Disclaimer” that is always posted way-below the fray, below all the information on the web page or presentation site displayed without you needing to scroll down, and is usually not visible until you get to the purchase page. Even then, it’s at the very bottom, at the end of the sales presentation page.
If you (take the time to) read it, you’ll notice interesting statements that must be mentioned by law, but that those guru scamming artists behind the presentation hope you overlook before you buy. God forbid that you are actually notified up front that you might not make any money at all with their system!
I have broken down a typical Disclaimer by bold and/or bold red lettering and adding (—) for illustration purposes. The following example is revealing enough:
“This site and the products and services offered on this site are not associated, affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by (identify processing site such as ClickSure, Clickbank, ect., which, in themselves are neutral) or any other brand shown on this website. They have not been reviewed, tested or certified by any of these brands. All trademarks, logos, and service marks displayed are registered and/or unregistered Trademarks of their respective owners. Every effort has been made to accurately represent the product(s) sold through this website and their potential. Any claims made or examples given are believed to be accurate, however, should not be relied on in any way in making a decision whether or not to purchase. Any testimonials and examples used are exceptional results. They do not apply to the average purchaser and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her background, dedication, desire and motivation as well as other factors not always known and sometimes beyond control. There is no guarantee you will duplicate the results stated here. You recognize any business endeavor has inherent risk for loss of capital. By ordering this product or any related products/services, you agree to all listed on this website and on (ClickSure.com, Clickbank.com, ect.) In some cases, actors have been used. This is a new system and are no typical results. This product does not guarantee income or success, and examples of the product owner’s and other person’s results do not represent an indication of future success or earnings. Purchasers will be called and offered additional trainings. By purchasing you are agreeing to these call offerings. The typical purchaser does not make any money using this system. (URL.com) does not guarantee income or success, and examples shown in this presentation do not represent an indication of future success or earnings. The company declares the information shared is true and accurate.
* The results shown in this video are not typical of our average student. (So-and-so) is (always) an expert in the field of online marketing. Your results WILL NOT resemble his/her results simply by purchasing his/her (example: software, training course, ect.). (example URL.com) is a new training and education program. Our (example URL.com) typical result has yet to be determined. With this in mind you should consider our typical result to be that most purchasers do not make any money using this (software, training, ect.).”
So where do you go with this insight from here? Well, simply consider what the next guru scamming, gimmick marketing “guru secret revealed” purchase has in store for you. Stay tuned!
*At the time of the original posting of this article, there actually was a video present. The notice that you link to now was effective June 1, 2013. However, to emphasize the fact that what had been posted on the other end of this link was, in fact, a scam by another self-proclaimed internet “guru.” I have chosen to leave the link as a verification to you of what this article intends to convey!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!