How to Avoid Program-Itis
by Terri Seymour
Copyright 2001 Terri Seymour
When people first come online to start or build a
business a lot of them catch a very common Internet
disease that I will refer to as Program-Itis. I also
fell victim to this disease. What happens is the bug
hits you and you begin to believe that you have to
join every program on the net in order to make money.
Let me tell you that this is not true.
There are programs for selling products of all kinds,
programs for getting subscribers or free traffic,
programs for promotion and just about every other
kind of program you can think of. There are some good
ones out there and you need to sift through the rest to
Some of the things you can keep in mind when it comes
to joining programs are:
Check out all programs thoroughly. Make sure the
program is set up so it will actually benefit you not
just the founder of the program.
Ask more experienced netpreneurs for opinions. Visit
message boards and join discussion lists to learn
from others. People are very willing to help, share
and advise you when you ask.
Choose a few exceptional programs to promote.
Keep in mind that if you join too many programs
it will be hard to actively promote all of them.
Promoting a few very good programs will be much
Choose programs that compliment your business/website.
If you have a website that deals with home repair, do not
sell products about health or other unrelated subjects.
People will come to your site to learn about home repair,
so deal with those types of products/services.
I also suggest you try the product/program you are
selling or advertising. If people have questions or
comments about the product you will be prepared
to answer. You can also give the product/program
your personal recommendation.
Join in joint ventures and programs with people you
already know and trust. If a trusted associate gives
the program a personal recommendation, it usually will
be a good one, but check it out anyway to see if it is
something you would want to be a part of. I have
received several invitations from associates for joint
ventures and I find that these are the ones that work
out the best and are most successful.
Experiment with similar programs. A lot of the same
types of programs exist out there and some may work
better than others. If you are not sure, try them and find
which ones are best for you. You can always leave the
ones that don't work out.
I hope some of these tips will help you rid yourself
of Program-Itis and keep it down to a few of the most
effective ones. Different people like different
programs so you will not always agree with others on
which ones are most successful. Choose the ones
that work for you!
Terri Seymour helps people start or build their online
business by providing resources, tools, guidance and
more. You can contact her at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.websuccesscentral.com
Web Success mailto:email@example.com
Download her new ebook loaded with updated resources,
tips, links, and information. http://www.websuccesscentral.com/data/tipsws.exe
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