What was your experience with make-money-online scams before discovering Wealthy Affiliate? Did you experience "Shiny Object Syndrome"?

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I experience Bright Shiny Objects all the time.
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resoundecho Premium
Know this discussion was from before...but just thought it is an interesting experience as an internet surfer...how we come to trust and distrust something.
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JAZZmom41 Premium
This is big business with some major players.
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GaryHorton Premium
I'm sure you're right.
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Wepi Premium
Oh, I tried some before, and forgot names. Hopefully no more.
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GaryHorton Premium
Yes, most of my experience was with small make-money programs that mostly cost me time.
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thetinyleo Premium
Luckily I didn't get scammed before because I'm a very suspicious person...found out about WA, checked it out and went premium!
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GaryHorton Premium
Good for you!
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bsmith1222 Premium
I found some of them to be successful- That is they scammed me out of some money by selling me the dream
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GaryHorton Premium
Yes, selling the dream.
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lindon11 Premium
I guess the old saying " If it looks to good to be true.It usually is".seems to have worked for me!
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GaryHorton Premium
You are so right, but some of us just want to believe the hype.
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AkeemMarks Premium
I can admit that I bought into a few scams just hoping I would roll a seven or eleven each try and come out with big money as if I was shooting craps lol. I began to notice how every time I paid I was just redirected to another site asking to pay a little more money. I realized that it was just certain affiliates scamming you to pay, then direct you right to the bigger scam that wants you to buy into real hyped up dreams. I knew nothing about on-line marketing, but I did get an idea of what it was about through the scams. Unfortunately, none of them actually showed me exactly what to do except WA. I started doing more research on on-line marketing and affiliate marketing and I found a video on youtube from Ian Pribyl who introduced me to WA. The first thing that attracted me to the site was the option for a 7-day trial in which I learned more about on-line marketing in 4 days than in the 2 months of buying into scam after scam!
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GaryHorton Premium
That's very similar to my experience. But, you know, the bad guys just taught to appreciate WA all the more.
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NemiraB Premium
I got few lessons, which ended happily. If not fake coaches, I would never find WA.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Being reasonably versed in scams I have only partially fallen for one once. I did a scam search and found nothing on the entity. But I did put a $$ limit on what I spent. So in I went and the constantly the next step had a "pay only" theme. So I canned that immediately. Then out of interest I did another scam search and found one by Nathaniell. He suggested WA, and with the first 10 lessons free the rest is history.
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GaryHorton Premium
Bless Nathaniell. He introduced me to WA too!
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topquest Premium
Most of us have fallen for more Shiny Objects than we would like to admit. But since discovering WA, they are not nearly so appealing!
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GaryHorton Premium
I agree. They don't tempt me any longer.
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WKnoepp Premium
I'll be posting an article on this subject later today or tomorrow. Watch for it.
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topquest Premium
Would love to see your article.
I am new here, but working online for many years. Have seen every type of fraudulent site imaginable (and fell for too many). But now I am building a similar site - WhyGetScammed.com. (Nothing to see for a few more days, but looking for all sorts of related material.
Thanks,
James
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WKnoepp Premium
Here it is, I just posted it:
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GaryHorton Premium
Great! I look forward to it.
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EddieBush Premium
Good read, Werner. :-)
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WKnoepp Premium
By the way, just for fun: One of the major players in this game is a guy named Kyle. He hasn't been to a meeting in Las Vegas in years, because he's always tied up in California. At San Quentin prison.
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EddieBush Premium
No relation to our Kyle, clearly. Seeing as how ours is in Canada! :-D
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nathaniell Premium
I used to...but I guess now the satisfaction of buying other products is taken care of since I do reviews for my site. I'm constantly reminded that shiny objects are all packaging, and rarely deliver anything of value.
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GaryHorton Premium
Me too, Wealthy Affiliate cured me of the Shiny Object Syndrome. Now, I take delicious pleasure in opting out of the mailing lists from self-proclaimed gurus.
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