Read This Before You Attend Any Internet Marketing or Blogging Seminar
June 20, 2007 by Gaman
I received an email from Larry Lim of LarryLim.net letting me know about a post he has written about blogging for money seminar over at his blog.
I stumble upon the seminar page before and was thinking to write about it and the growing trend I noticed where our enterprising local netpreneurs organizing seminars here and there to teach the general public how to make money online.
First off, the aim of this article is not to discredit the blogging seminar organizer, I am just offering my opinion for the benefit of those wondering if there’s any other alternative.
The blogging seminar is called “WordPress AdSense Mastery Malaysia” and it costs a jaw dropping RM600 to RM1,200 to attend.
I totally agree with Larry in that the seminar would have been more useful if they include trainers that are highly visible in the local blogosphere especially those who have been there and done that as far as making money from blogging is concern.
But if the target participants are those who have no idea what blogging is all about and don’t care who’s who in the local blogosphere, then I suppose that won’t make much a different.
There’s nothing offered in the seminar that you couldn’t learn for free from the Internet. However, when you follow the self-taught route, learning how to organise the gamut of information can be a challenge. Most newbies will have a pretty hard time in identifying which information is useful and which isn’t.
This is where the seminar can be useful as it offers a good introduction to the world of blogging for those who are just started to taste the water but as Larry writes in his blog, attending a seminar won’t guarantee your success.
Secondly, it takes more than “basic blogging” knowledge to make serious money and a one-time seminar is not enough – the useful stuff will come from your continuous learning and blogging experience.
Thirdly, you should have a reasonable amount of technical skills and money for marketing. Other qualities that’ll help include good written English, time, effort, patience, persistence, attitude, curiosity, willingness to learn and most of all, a good knowledge of the subject you want to blog about. Let’s not start another boring blog about teaching others how to make money and insulting their intelligence with more Clickbank products.
One doesn’t has to be a genius to figure out that organizing an offline seminar teaching people how to make money online is a lucrative endeavour.
The organizer only has to secure 1000 seats to make a RM1 million. Now in order to attract more participants, some organisers charge a reasonably low initial fee to attend their seminar only to offer overpriced ‘success packages’ later.
I once attended an Internet marketing seminar organized by eonenet.com. I wasn’t expecting to learn anything new. I was just curious to know what tricks our local netpreneurs have up their sleeve.
True to my expectation, it’s nothing more than a glorified sales pitches for their other overpriced products. I won’t be surprised to see if most of our local Internet marketing seminars are.
Here’s an article written back in July 2004 about eonenet.com. I think most of the points are still applicable today. Check it out, it’s good.
If I were to conduct an Internet marketing seminar and charge RM500 per seat and share all my secrets, I think I could make millions in no time, probably more than what I earn from my Internet business. Who knows, I might have more hands on experience than some of the organisers and that would be a good selling point don’t you think? But I won’t do that.
Now who says you ought to be a successful Internet marketer to organize an Internet marketing seminar? That’s especially true if your seminar participants do not know any better about Internet marketing.
If you want to learn blogging just head over to ProBlogger.net – it doesn’t cost you anything but your time.
Have you attended a make money online seminar before? Please share your experience in the comment section.