What is an Online Hustler – Can You Avoid Them?
By Dallas McCalister
There are two types of online Hustlers:
- Good Hustlers and
- Bad Hustlers
There are some Good Hustlers – you could even be one of them. This is actually a compliment.
These are folks who really get after it.
In other words, they get involved in a project or a business venture and put everything they have into it.
Some might say, he or she is a “real go-getter!”
These are what I would consider – good hustlers.
There are good hustlers who want to help YOU all they can to become successful.
I consider myself a “good hustler”. I want to do all I can to help you become a successful online business owner.
There is another version of a good hustler.
You may be familiar with the term “side-hustle” which simply means a way to earn money outside of your current job or career.
THE BAD HUSTLER …
This is someone we want to stay as far away from as possible.
They want your time and your money and will do whatever it takes to get both.
Many of them use some very effective, creative advertising and sales strategies that are hard to turn down. Some are so good, it’s hard to say no.
Examples of this can be found throughout the Internet. They usually look very innocent …
Such as the online surveys (beware of this one) – Some are legit, however, most are not!
You may also be familiar with statements like He or she is a real hustler. This pertains to someone who is actively engaged in “getting ahead” in life, one who isn’t sitting still. This is good.
So we actually have two types of online hustlers as mentioned above.
- Good hustlers and
- Bad hustlers.
Our focus at Affiliate Income Magic is on how to avoid the bad Online Hustlers, which isn’t always easy to do because so many of them are very good at what they do.
(Good at being bad – go figure, right?)
Before you know it, you’re caught up in a program that has wasted your time and your money.
I consider myself an “entrepreneur” which, in my opinion, is someone who is committed to many forms of entrepreneurship, marketing and earning money from several income streams.
So, what is the difference between an entrepreneur and a hustler?
An entrepreneur can also be a hustler.
The entrepreneur is looking at building a “long-term business” with a good income and a plan to help other people succeed as well.
They are not afraid of getting after it in a big way and they enjoy helping other people do the same.
You could, I suppose, consider a bad hustler as an entrepreneur also – however, he or she only cares about their income and “their” success, NOT yours.
A simple example could be a car salesman, vs the car dealer.
The salesman wants you to buy a car so he can get paid, and in most cases (not all), he does not care if you pay too much or if he ever sees you again.
On the other hand, the car dealer wants you to buy his vehicle(s) – plus he wants you to be so satisfied that you come back for service and will be back to buy any new or used vehicles from his dealership in the future.
Being an entrepreneur requires a great deal of humility and integrity.
His or her “brand” is important and needs to be upheld to the highest standards.
A hustler may look and sound like he/she has your best interest in mind, but when you go behind the curtain or could look over their shoulder as they create their slick ad copy, or video’s, you’d see what they are really after.
When an entrepreneur messes up he/she does everything possible to help make it up to you – the hustler grabs your money and quickly moves on to the next sale.
Some hustlers offer what appears to be great warranties or guarantees until you read the fine print or attempt to get your money back.
Good luck with that!
An entrepreneur who is sincere about your success and satisfaction concentrates on giving you great support, the best possible customer service. He wants you to “recommend him” and his product(s) to other people.
So if an entrepreneur can be a hustler and a hustler can also be an entrepreneur, how can we tell the difference? In other words …
What Does it Look Like?
It can look legit, and extremely desirable.
There are millions of people making money at home, so this online ad looks and sounds so good it is bound to attract a lot of people who would go ahead and order the FREE offer it makes available.
< THIS EXAMPLE LOOKS VERY PROMISING …
“Earn a Passive Income of Up to $20,000 a Month With Our xxx Proven Program – Click Here to Get My FREE eBook That Tells How!”
The picture and the headline in this offer would most likely get a lot of people’s attention.
So they would think, why not see if this FREE eBook could help me.
After all, who doesn’t want to earn $20,000 a month?
This is one of the first things that should make you wonder if this is actually true.
If the amount in the ad is leading you to believe you could earn that much, be sure you proceed with caution. This hustler is willing to give you something for nothing, right?
Not so fast!
Is the eBook mentioned really FREE?
Your name and email address are probably “required” in order to be able to download the freebie. This becomes a valuable asset to this hustler. He can use your email address in a couple of ways.
- He can sell it to a 3rd party marketer
- He can continue his pitch in the eBook and
- He can start sending you his offer(s) to your Inbox on a regular basis
The old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true…” still holds true.
Some are so good the only way to decide whether or not to get involved is to watch their free webinar, order their free eBook or see what others have to say (usually these testimonials never include first and last name).
If they show you how much their (training/ course/coaching etc.) is worth, but only costs (usually a smaller amount of the value they added up) or you Must Act NOW, you’d better do some research first.
BEWARE… You are most likely experiencing an online scam.
A lot of them offer free eBooks or PDF reports. (Check out our post on 2017 & 2018 scams)
The truth is, many legitimate online marketers will give you some excellent information which is designed to get you inside their “tent” (Website).
Incentives are not new to marketing and for those honest, well-meaning “entrepreneurs” the free eBook or Webinar could be a way for you to receive a lot of great information at no cost.
This is considered good marketing and can be used by sincere entrepreneur’s who really do have a great program, so it makes it essential that you do your due diligence.
Here is what we suggest you do …
Do a Google search on the company and/or the founder/owner (s) to see what is being said about the offer and the host(s).
You still need to dig a little deeper when doing your searches.
I like to see if they can give me some names and phone numbers of their customers, even an email address would help.
Reading REVIEWS – what others have to say (comments) is also a very good idea.
Sounds tricky right?
Most good offers will include a lot of testimonials and/or ways of proving their legitimacy. The more research you do the easier it becomes to spot a good or bad hustler.
In my quest to find a mentor and training company to help me build my own Website and an online business I have to tell you …
I had to watch a lot of video’s – of which many were extremely well produced, and do a lot of research before I found a sincere, legitimate online program that gave me what I was looking for.
Our goal here at Affiliate Income Magic helps you avoid online scams and the many bad hustlers that are taking advantage of this great tool called the Internet.
Hats off to Google, Yahoo, Bing and the growing number of SEOs and online agencies for doing all they can to eliminate – or at least help safeguard us from these online predators.
I doubt that they will ever be completely removed from this forum, but it is getting harder for them to enter this space.
Trouble is, they keep getting better and better at what they do and they keep coming up with ways to get around the policies and regulations designed to keep them out.
With websites and blogs like this one and the work being done by top SEO’s and other agencies, we can feel better about working, shopping and searching the online space.
What to do if you have been scammed …
Call your bank or credit card company immediately if you believe you’ve been scammed. If you had to put your credit card or banking information of any kind into an online order form and feel you were hustled or scammed, the sooner you contact your bank the easier it will be to recover any losses or further charges.
Never call a number in an email, it may be a phishing scam.
These are the three major credit bureau’s you will want to file a Fraud Victim Statement with as soon as possible.
This lets anyone trying to run your credit that you have been a victim of a fraudulent action. Hopefully, they will call you before proceeding with giving credit to the thief, at least you have flagged your account(s) for future actions that can be taken.
Make sure your anti-malware is up to date and scan your computer on a regular schedule.
Where you purchased your computer may be a good source of what kind of anti-malware software you could install along with other valuable software or resources that can help stop these harmful attacks on your computer and your credit.
Report this to your local police’s computer fraud or crimes division. This is not a 911 action to be taken, but a police report certainly is in order and may help you and others to stop these criminals.
Identity theft, computer fraud is a crime.
It’s up to all of us to do whatever we can to stop online hustlers.
Stay tuned to more on this in upcoming posts from Affiliate Income Magic.
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eBook Author/Serial Entrepreneur