When I first began working from home, I spent hundreds of dollars on hard sell sites for those amazing packages that would teach me everything I needed to know to start making 10k in a month.
Boy was I stupid!
All I ever seemed to open was a package that told me how to sell the same exact product I was sucker enough to buy, in much the same way.
In case you don’t know what I mean by hard sell sites, I’m talking about sites that look like this:
The thing that gets me is:
1. The look of the site — If they’re making so much money, why not pay for a quality site that isn’t cut from the same pattern as every other cookie cutter hard sell site out there?
Though I suppose it’s good that they look like they do, it does make them much easier to spot.
2. The automation — The automation that is set up to make it seem as if the special promotional price will end the minute the visitor clicks away from the site. I’ve taken a couple of screen shots below to show what I mean.
Notice the date on this hard sell site? Where it says “One-Time” Offer?
Now take a look at it from a web designers perspective (view source):
You can clearly see the “One-Time” Offer at the top. Go further down the code and you’ll see how it’s set up to show the date specific to the visitors arrival to their website.
I don’t condemn a person for trying to make money. I do, however, think there is a great deal to be said for the initial appearance of a website that lets a person know it most likely can be trusted.
For me? When I happen on one of these websites that is nothing more than an obvious hard sell internet infomercial, I keep on moving on!
When I happen on websites that are trying to teach me how to make more money online and the author has affiliate links to these sites, I find myself not wanting to trust the author so much, because I know they are trying to regain the money they lost on the hard sell investment.
Most times I experience a moment of pity for them and then move on!
In all fairness, I’m sure there are valid sites out there. I just wish they’d take some of that 10k they’re earning each month and invest in a web design that’s a bit softer and more believable.
Have you fallen prey to the hard sell tactics? What was your experience? What would you tell others who are looking at the hard sell sites or looking for the best ways to make money online?
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