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Hi! I’m Jacquie Barton, a wife, mother and internet marketer based in the UK.

My cheque from Google doesn’t arrive by Fed-Ex and I certainly don’t have all the answers, in fact, I know a heck of a lot more about what NOT to do! In short, I’m the same as you – a normal person trying to find my way round the world of Internet marketing without going bankrupt, going insane or giving up!

I’ve been online for a couple of years now and I can assure you that yes, it is possible to earn money online ;-) It’s far easier to spend it though, isn’t it?

If you're wondering about the picture that's "Jake". He's my reason for working online as when the weather's nice I can bunk off and go play with him rather than being stuck in an office somewhere.
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It's not magic!

Sep 9th 2010 at 9:17 AM

What is it about the internet that makes people suspend their normal levels of common sense and fall prey to the online equivalent of snakeoil salesman? The internet isn't magic, it's....hmm, can't even say it's a bundle of wires, it's intangible isn't it? Well, whatever it is, normal rules do still apply and there is no warping of reality just cos it's cyberspace.

Nobody will have been online for long before they got the email that runs something along the lines of "I'm the wife/sister/aunt of the president/tribal leader/chief of (insert country you've probably never heard of here) and all my money is tied up by rebels/political despots/gnomes but if you could just lend me $1000 I can get the cash smuggled out of the country and I'll be so grateful I'll give you a gazillion dollars in return".

I don't know about you, but I've not had a James Bond background so have no idea why they would contact me to help a foreign leader with his domestic crisis, although as it is true that in fact housewives do that rule the world perhaps I can understand why they think I'm the person for the job ;-)

More worrying is the slightly more credible Microsoft phone scam doing the rounds here in the UK. Fortunately it was me, rather than my slightly less 'puter savvy husband that got that call!

Chain letters are another dodgy concept that have been around for decades (you know the type, send this letter to 5 of your friends or the sky will fall in) yet online schemes on exactly this basis generate billions for the people running exactly this scam. Naturally, being the internet, it is a new and improved version whereby you send $5 or whatever to the person listed at the top of the link then promote like heck till 5 other people do the same and you get paid. Can people really not see the problem with this? What happens if you aren't at the top of the list when everyone catches on that this is a ponzi and stops buying in? Oh, of course, this is the internet and it's magic so don't panic - the owners of the program are very sorry that a few people abused the system and spoilt it for the rest of us but they've just heard of another new and improved version and you only need to send another $10 (well, it is the improved version) and try again....

I wish it was all true - true that I could "Earn $50,000 in 5 months" and truly "It's so simple an idiot could make money doing this" (translation, only an idiot would think they could) or my personal favourite "fully automated system" (so why do they need us then, hmm?).

Work from home: the clue is in the words! Work that brain, bring a healthy dose of skepticism to the table, examine who rather that what is being said, apply liberal doses of common sense and the Internet can indeed open up a whole range of possibilities....

...just not magic ones.

 

 

 

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Sep 9th 2010 at 11:26 AM by m8t43
Very good article, Jacquie, Every Newbie on the Internet should read this. I agree with your last paragraph: Work from home: the clue is in the words! Work that brain, bring a healthy dose of skepticism to the table, examine who rather that what is being said, apply liberal doses of common sense and the Internet can indeed open up a whole range of possibilities.... ...just not magic ones. I wish you all the best, keep your articles coming. Monika
   

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