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    I’m going to make a suggestion before you start to read this. Go to the fridge and get yourself a snack and something cold to drink because you’re going to be here for a while. After reading this article, you may not feel any differently about what you’re doing as an Internet marketer, and that’s okay. I hope that you’ll at least take a few moments to think about what I’m about to say.

    First, a disclaimer. What you’re about to read in no way applies to everybody or even the majority of Internet marketers out there. But it certainly applies to many. If you’re one of the “clean” ones, you can probably stop reading half way through this. In fact, you can probably stop reading now. But I know you’re just dying to hear what I have to say.

    There is no doubt that the US economy is in the dumper. I don’t know what the unemployment figures are. I don’t need to know. I know things are bad, really bad. And you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that much out. But what you probably don’t know is that when things get bad, it drives people to do really bad things. Desperation, especially when you’re close to being homeless, can do that to you.

    I was there about 10 years ago. I’m not going to bore you with my story here because it’s all over the Internet. Go look up my name with the phrase “almost homeless” and you’ll probably find my story. But that’s not the point of this article. The point, is what I’ve seen in almost 10 years (as of January 1, 2013).

    Bernie Madoff may have been a con man, but I’ve seen things in 10 years online that make him look like a boy scout. And what gets me about all of it is that some of the stuff was so blatantly ridiculous, I don’t know how anybody fell for it. But even that’s not the point of this article. We all know that there is bad out there. We all know, at least I hope we do, to avoid it and use our heads.

    But what about those of us who have caved in to the dark side or those Internet Marketing Demons From Hell? You know, that would make a cool title for a song. But I digress. What about those folks who are so much at the end of their ropes that they’ll do ANYTHING to make a buck, even if they know it isn’t exactly on the up and up?

    Sadly, most of those people reading this right now, IF they’re reading this right now, don’t really care. They’re wondering where their next meal is coming from. They’re wondering if their electricity is going to be shut off on them. They’re wondering if their landlord is going to serve them with an eviction notice for not paying their rent. They’re wondering if they’re even going to be alive the next day.

    So yeah, I don’t think they really care about anything I have to say, even if it may just save their soul. See, there is a price to be paid for doing whatever you have to in order to keep from dying. Sometimes that price is doing something to another person that you’d never want done to you. You only hope that they’re well enough off that the damage won’t be too severe.

    But, as in the case with good old Bernie, may he rot in prison, the harm was quite severe. People lost their savings, their homes, everything. Their lives were ruined. Some of them never recovered and even died broke. The damage was catastrophic.

    Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, “What damage can I possibly cause by selling an e-book or membership or whatever it is, even if it’s not really something that’s viable?” You may even justify it by saying that the price is only $27 or whatever menial price you have it set to and thus, won’t really “break” anybody.

    See, this is where so many Internet marketers are short sighted. It isn’t the one $27 e-book that’s the problem. The problem is when you compound that worthless $27 e-book by having 100,000 people selling the same garbage. Then, all of a sudden, what happens is that the industry itself starts to get a bad rap. And when THAT happens, the feds step in.

    Ah, is this starting to sound familiar? I knew it would. Yes, the feds. The guys who said affiliate marketers now have to disclose when they’re promoting something that they get paid a commission on. The guys who said that all testimonials on sales pages have to have documented verification and that any claims, if not applicable to the average person using the product, cannot be made.

    I mean, have you SEEN the drastic changes in sales pages?

    And yes, the same feds that made Google clamp down hard on certain segments of the Internet that shall remain nameless right now, causing their services to be close to worthless if not totally so.

    Even if you’re a cold-hearted “I don’t give a darn about my fellow man” kind of person, you can’t be oblivious to the changes that have taken place in the last couple of years.

    And because of all the regulating to death, innocent marketers have been caught in the crossfire. People who used to publish relevant content to their niche soon found their content not performing as well simply because of the sites they chose to associate with and not so much because of the content itself. I am one of those casualties of war.

    Where my articles used to bring in 10 opt ins per day, now I’m lucky if I get 10 per week. And it’s not because the content has gotten worse. In fact, it’s gotten better. The problem is that a lot of the avenues for syndication that used to be viable are not so viable any longer, at least in certain high profile niches like Internet Marketing and Make Money Online.

    Yes, all because of a few bad apples, innocent ones had to suffer. Some have even gone out of business because their traffic literally dried up overnight.

    And if you think that’s the end of it, think again. This is just the beginning. Soon, regulations are going to force Google and other sites to squeeze tighter and tighter. And no, I’m not talking about the hit record by Alive And Kicking.

    And then, when the squeezing gets to the point where good people can’t pay their rent or keep their power on or feed their kids, those Internet Marketing Demons From Hell are going to rear their ugly faces again and consume what’s left of humanity.

    Fortunately for myself, I am approaching retirement age soon so I can just leave all this garbage behind and say farewell to it.

    Some folks may not be so lucky.

    Think about what you’re doing.

    It affects more than just YOU.

    To YOUR Success,

    Steven Wagenheim

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