Constructive criticism?

Or Negative Bashing?

You know, it is everyone's right to disagree with someone or to not like a particular product or service, but there is a point where we can get carried away.

I write this post because of comments I have been hearing in my networking circles and some public settings on topics such as "gamification," pay processors, Facebook, Twitter, Traffic Exchange strategies and so on. That is nothing new, but the problem I have is when the criticism gets pointed to a particular program service or group and is based more on "opinion" than fact. That should bother us all. It should bother us because we are talking about people's branding and reputation.

I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who have much more knowledge about many aspects of online business than I do. I look to theses people for a balanced and thought out view on our industry so that I can make better decisions about where and how to invest my time and money. Never-the-less, I endeavor to use my "clear thinking faculties" and make decisions according to what makes business and common sense.

If we are going to see real change in this industry then we need to "start with the man/woman in the mirror" and make sure we are not contributing (knowingly or unknowingly) to the problems instead of being part of the solution. When we are "against" something or someone then we need to make sure what we spit out to "the public" (our customers/members/users) is based on FACTS that can be presented, and not on our opinions because we don't like a particular style of doing business or advertising or because we have some sort of conflict (justifiably or unjustifiably) with certain folks in the industry.

With success comes responsibility. On the same note, those who are successful in the industry do not have to "justify" their success to others simply because some may be jealous of their success and feel that "it's not fair." If you are a success at what you do and are not being dishonest to your customers, then KUDOS to you! Keep doing what you do and be careful not to rain on someone else's parade when they doing the same thing.

If you are not as successful in your present business endeavors as you would like to be, don't become a whiner and a hater. Evaluate what you are doing, take the good advice (or well intended) from others that you may not want to hear because it rubs your ego the wrong way, and then adjust or change what you may be doing wrong. The most important thing is to HANG IN THERE!

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John L. Brewer
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Passion to Business

Finding Your Niche

People often go into online business for the wrong reasons and often with false expectations. Remember the meaning of the word "Business" is quite different than the meaning of the words "hobby" or "pastime." A business requires an investment of both Time and Money, but there is one important element that is absolutely essential to business success - PASSION.

Why passion is so important

When we have passion about something we are doing that means we will not give up when "the going gets tough." The very nature of business includes ups and downs, highs and lows, good times and bad. Online business is no different.

Contrary to many advertisements you will see about earning money online, running an online business is no way to make lots of money in a short period of time. Yes, sometimes a person can get quite lucky, but that is the exception, not the rule. So, if you truly want to earn a serious income online, then you need to be in it for the "long haul," and be prepared for it to take you a few years to start earning some real decent money.

Your passion should become your niche

Once you identify what your passion is, then see how you can narrow it down to a particular need or desire that may exist in the market that has not been addressed - at least not to your liking. That is what a "niche" is all about - taking a general category - such as cars, and breaking it down to it's many "branches," such as antique cars, or how to repair cars.

Don't rush into things

I understand that you may have a desire to jump into things right away so that you can start earning tons of money, but that is exactly the problem - the belief that you can "get rich quick" in online business. Being in this industry (the online business industry) is not easy. It is also a process, not an isolated event such as joining a program or service.

So... digest the information I just gave you, identify and evaluate what your passion is, and then start educating yourself about what being in this industry is all about.

This information is also in the third followup mailing of my new list - John Brewer's How To Profit Online Tips. In the mailing I made a couple of recommendations for folks to get started with if they need some guidance. So, if you want to know what I recommended - subscribe to my list!

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John L. Brewer
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A Smart Business Decision?

What do YOU think?

I recently had what I will call a “support ticket exchange” after several sites I was not allowed to ad some sites to a particular TE because they are on the TE's “banned site list.” I thought 'hmmm why on EARTH is my blog on their banned list?'

So, I wrote a support ticket and got the following answer: "All (***) urls are banned because many of them contain Trojans.” The (***) in question is a tracker. While I respect the right of any TE owner to ban sites that he or she feels is bad for the TE, I question the business logic in banning an entire tracker. I can understand if it is some kind of strange “here today gone tomorrow” tracking service that indeed contains mostly virus prone links, but a tracker that is widely used by many in the industry?

As a user of the TE in question I have a decision to make. Do I simply shrug my shoulders and use another tracker for this TE? Or do I get offended because this throws an unexpected (and in my opinion, unnecessary) curve into my marketing plans and simply stop using this TE? Since I am a free member of this TE it may not matter much to the owner, but what if I was a marketer with a rather large budget looking for somewhere to invest my advertising dollars?

Actually, it should not matter if we have a large budget or a micro one, any money we spend in our business is an INVESTMENT, and should be treated as such by the one spending it, and should be RESPECTED as such by the person receiving it.

So again I ask the question: is banning all URLs from an entire tracking system because of a perceived threat (I say perceived because I have never heard of ANY TE owner having a problem with this tracker due to Trojans)?

What say you?

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John L. Brewer
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