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Are You Swimming with Sharks?
Copyright © Charlie Page

A number of years ago a business book was written with the title "Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive". The Internet is a lot like the title of that book. The water is certainly full of sharks, all ready to take their $39.99 (or more) bite out of YOUR wallet!

Before you become someone's next snack and make your credit card scream "Not again!" let's look at the things you will need to succeed now and in the future.

Before we go further let me say that you CAN make a living online, pretty much without regard to your age, experience or education level. Let me also add that I'm not going to recommend anyone's product or service, even mine.

The FIRST thing you need is knowledge, and plenty of it. Fortunately, there are great resources you can tap that won't cost a dime. This ezine is one of those resources!

Here are the five things I would tell any person wanting to "make it" online.

-----> Know the Language

Imagine being dropped by helicopter into the deepest, darkest jungle you can imagine. The natives don't speak your language and you certainly don't speak theirs.

Welcome to the Internet! ;)

The *first* thing you must understand is the language of the Net. You must become familiar (not an expert, just familiar) with things like...

* Autoresponders

* Cost Per Thousand (CPM)

* Ebook

* Ezines





* Opt-In


* And more!

The more you know, the more time you will save sifting through the offers you receive and the less money you will waste buying something you really didn't want.

Here's a tip. When you find a site that defines terms well, copy the definitions and create your own "Internet Dictionary". Soon you won't waste time OR money.

-----> Avoid Confusion

There is a proven path to success on the Internet. It includes great web copy, getting traffic to your site, placing ads in ezines, using autoresponders to follow up, having a way to collect money, selling more stuff to existing customers and so forth.

The *problem* is that there are about a thousand web sites and "gurus" who are all saying the same thing ... but in different words. No wonder most people are confused!

Here's a great way to avoid confusion. Make a list of the things you will need to succeed. A good list to start with is the list above. Then find *one* eBook, eCourse or ezine that deals with that subject. Now, here's the really hard part ... you have to READ it. Read it all. From cover to cover. Pretend you are going to make a book report on it.

You must have this basic knowledge to begin in earnest.

-----> Understand the Cost of "Free"

We would all like to believe that you can get everything you need for no money and go on to make millions on the Net. But that's not the real world.

The fact is that you will need to spend money at some point. You simply won't want the limitations that "free" requires such as other people's ads in your auto-responders.

Here's a tip. Look for services that have either been around a long time (that's anytime before the year 2000 in the Internet world) or one where you can upgrade to a paid service when you are ready. Switching services later will cost time and money.

-----> Avoid the Hype

If there were a magic formula, a "shortcut to success" or a way to make millions in 90 days everyone would be doing it.

The next time you get a "too good to be true" offer ask yourself if it makes sense for someone who makes a million dollars a year to be spending time sending YOU an unsolicited email. Then hide your credit card for the next 24 hours. If you still want the product after cooling down, go for it!

-----> Have a Plan

I'm NOT talking New Year's Resolutions or time management

here. I'm talking about sticking with something until you have the chance to succeed. SO many people on the Net join a program, don't make a dime in the first couple of months and then quit that program to do another. No one can succeed this way.

The best advice I know is to find something that interests you, investigate it well, make sure real people (not just the super-promoters) are making real money and then make a commitment to it. How long to commit will come out as you investigate it.

Want to make this your best year ever? Focus on the basics of success, be persistent and smart and success will be yours!


Charlie Page is the owner of the Directory of Ezines, the first and most comprehensive list of quality ezines that accept advertising available on the Internet. Charlie can show you how to sell more products and earn more affiliate commissions using the Internet's #1 marketing method ... ezine marketing!

Directory of Ezines

The first and most comprehensive list of quality ezines that accept advertising available on the Internet.

Learn how to sell more products and earn more affiliate commissions using the Internet's #1 marketing method ... ezine marketing!

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Is a Home Business Right For You?

Every morning as people wake up and make the commute to work, many dream of the day when they will finally work for themselves. Every time the boss lets someone know that they must give up their weekend plans for the good of the company, people contemplate the benefits of being the owner of their own business. [read more...]

Feature Article: By Alan Mater, Site Owner

Feature Article: Create the Right Mindset to Succeed with a Money Making Home Business

Copyright © Alan Mater -

Alan Mater

There are many reasons to start a money making home business. Some for the extra money, others for the freedom. While the reasons differ, there is one thing that seems to always be true.

You must have the right mindset. No matter what your intentions are for starting your own home online business, without the right mindset you're setting yourself up for failure. Harsh, but true.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (, over 50% of small businesses fail in the first year and 95% fail within the first
five years.

This is very sad. It has nothing to do with not having the right intentions. You can dream big and have realistic goals that you want to achieve, but there is an underlying factor involved, and it is the key to your success.

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!" - Henry Ford

So many people go into business with the wrong mindset. Sometimes their goals are just plain unrealistic. For most though, they have a lot of doubt; they have a lot of fear of the unknown.

Fear is healthy, but it shouldn't stop you from accomplishing your goals. If you have the mindset that you want to succeed, then you will. If you have the mindset that you will fail, then you already have.

I started this website with a lot of unknowns, but that didn't stop me from accomplishing my goals. I take the doubt that I have and transform it into positive energy. I put that positive energy to good use. A positive mindset is a good mindset to have.

You can accomplish anything with a positive mindset. If you're looking to earn extra money from home by getting paid to take surveys, data entry jobs or start an online business, then what is stopping you? The only thing keeping you from your goals is yourself.

Do you have the right mindset?

When searching for a home business online opportunity or ideas to earn money with the internet, don't think that you can't do it or that you're not good enough. The truth is that ordinary people just like you are making a very nice income from the comfort of home.

The good news is that you can too. Just find the right making money online opportunity that will help you achieve your goals. With the right mindset, nothing can stop you!

About the Author:

Alan Mater is a freelance proofreader and an affiliate making money online. He is a proud member of the Plug-In Profit Site and is always looking to help others achieve success online. Sign up for his free newsletter and be sure to visit Alan's Home Money Making Blog.