Well, it’s been a while since I’ve hunted for the ‘next big thing’ on the internet … as I’m still trying to find a way to make you all rich online …
…. of course, when (if I ever) do, I won’t actually sell you anything – or even refer you to somebody who will pay me a nice big, fat commission – because that’s not how I operate.
But, I think the point is pretty moot if this e-mail that I received from “Brent L” (I won’t tell you his last name) that I will paraphrase for you here, is anything to go by. I have to paraphrase it, because I deleted it before I realized that some of you may actually be tempted to go for it:
AJC [he used my name, sweet],
Here is something that has made me a lot of money and might make your site some money too …
[click affiliate link here]
Well, I pretty much check everything out – I’m a curious fella – and here is what I found … a web ‘sales letter’ that said, in part:
[AJC: unfortunately, the site that hosts my blog forbids links to ‘spam’ sites … so you will have to trust me on some of this … don’t worry, sooner or later somebody will e-mail you a similar breathlessly worded ‘hot tip’ and you will get to see the sales page … just don’t be tempted to sign up unless you really know what you’re doing]
GET FREE GOOGLE PAY PER CLICK ADS
This is an incredible system developed by none other than Dr Jxx Cxxxx, MD (retired) who found a little-known “twist” in how to use the pay-per-click (PPC) and paid-for targeted advertising programs at Google™ and the other search engines.
Say you went to the heads of Google, Yahoo, MSN and 100’s of other TOP Search Engines, and got to be good friends with them, and then they suddenly said to you:
“Don’t worry ever again on paying for advertising with us – we’ll just let you advertise on our search engines, but we won’t charge you – so feel free to sell whatever you want, using as many keywords as you want, and we’ll even place YOUR ADS at the TOP of every FRONT Page and for EVERY SINGLE KEYWORD you choose!”
So, the promise of free advertising on Google adwords (those little ads that you see on the side of most web-pages … except mine) … you’d be crazy not to take it up to advertise anything that you wanted on the internet! You’d make millions!!
Until we check out a little bit of semantics … you see, I hunted down the Good Doctor’s own words on this web-page where he defends his product and advertising with a clever example:
I went to a carnival one time as a young man and a fellow was shouting “Buy 1 get 1 FREE!” and I asked him:
“Which one is the free one, and which one is the one I have to pay for?”
He held up one and said “If you buy this one, you get this one here free!”
I told him I would just forego the one that would cost me money, but would surely take the free one for free.
He slapped me on top of my head, and said “Get out’a here, punk!”
[You think I have a deep New England accent! – You should’a heard this guy!]
His point was that in order to get the one for free, I had to buy at least one – which to me I thought meant the “free” one wasn’t really free at all!!
—-> But this is an ACCEPTED advertising practice used by fast foods restaurants, your local businesses, and so many more businesses I can’t even begin to name them all! —->
So, this should give you a clue – the guy (a ‘doctor’ apparently) is hinting that his own product doesn’t really get you free ads on Google … it’s just ‘like getting ads for free’ …
… there’s only one way that I know of to do that:
It’s to bring in as much money (or more) from running your own ads to pay for the ads that you put on Google … so, in a twisted kind of logic, the ads on Google (that you DO have to pay for, by the way … they aren’t free at all! So, of course, Google loves you!) bring you enough customers to your own site to pay for the ads …
… well, isn’t that the purpose of all advertising?!
So, why do I need to pay $67 for an e-book (yep … a $67 e-book) to learn that?
Here’s an exerpt from a UK site that explodes Online Venture Attempt #4:
Ok, so what is in the ebook? Great advice on how to get millions of pounds (dollars) worth of Google Adsense advertising for nothing? No. Here’s the system:
- You select as many popular keywords as you like;
- You bid the highest possible price for all of them (getting you to number 1 foreach of them);
- You fill that website with advertising and affiliate links which will make you money.
That is the “system”.
Forgive my ignorance, but surely that is not free! In fact, that is the whole premise – they aren’t actually FREE, you pay for them, but they are as good as free because of all the lovely cash you’ll be earning. What bollocks. What about all the countless people who click onto your site, and sooner or later, realise that it is just full of shit that they don’t need or want to read. They go elsewhere, yet you’ve spent $2 for them to visit.
Now, you may not understand fully what this is all about, because I can’t give you the link to the web-site (the spam-checkers on my hosting site will send me a cease-and-desist order, thinking that I’m actually promoting the site rather than debunking it! BTW: that’s a pretty good ‘smell test’ right there, isn’t it?) …
… but, I’m pretty sure you will come across this idea soon, if you haven’t already, so bookmark this page.
One final point: I wrote a post a while ago about being able to apply very simple common-sense logic to things that just seem to good to be true.
The test on this one is this:
1. This is the internet … so, news travels fast!
2. So, don’t you think that by the time that you have heard of this, that Google would have, too?
3. And, if by some miracle the Google Ad Execs hadn’t heard of this system already, don’t you think that the Good Doc would want as few people in the know as possible
4. If so, would he risk his self-proclaimed $67 Mill. empire for a few lousy extra million in e-book sales giving the precious ‘secret’ away?
5. And, since #2 is much more likely than #3, don’t you think that Google would have changed the rules by now, if the Doc had really found a way to place top Google Adwords for free?
Hmmm … smells pretty bad to me. Pass!
Anyone else come across this product yet? Anybody try it?