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July 23, 2015 By Kristen Joy 10 Comments
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Derek Murphy says
September 15, 2015 at 11:18 am
Good luck with that! I understand where you’re coming from; I used to spend a lot of time on emails and in Facebook answering questions. The thing that always bothered me was rookies with no experience arguing with me (veteran, having helped publish over 1000 books).
And now that I have courses coming out, I’ll probably be a little more cautious with my information. Or not, actually. I suggest reading “The Curve.” It’s fine to have tons of free content and lots of high priced content too. You don’t make money without a big following and traffic. Giving free help grew my list to 13K and got me started… I use the free stuff to drive traffic and sales to the paid stuff, and it works like a charm.
September 15, 2015 at 11:20 am
But also, yeah – people on Facebook have become lazy and greedy… they won’t sit through a course, they don’t want to read a book or learn, they just want to ask their Q’s and have people give them free advice. Those aren’t the people you can really help anyway. I find when people pay for things, they take it seriously, so you’re actually doing them a favor if you put a pricetag on it.
Khrys Vaughan says
August 1, 2015 at 4:14 pm
Here, here! I keep a link to the Vendor-Client video on hand for moments like this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2a8TRSgzZY) and will now add your post also 🙂 Technology has aided in commoditization & created an environment where quality & value are expected to be free. It’s a lack of respect & they forget that one day someone will look at their offering the same.
Richard Carter says
July 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm
Hi! I too have spent over a $100,000 in programs, products and more. I also read them and have used many parts and few parts of some of them. Many were good and others were knock offs~! Try to get refunds for those! Try to get refunds that were copies! LOL My wife and I were lucky — I think we got maybe 25% of the monies back. Worse is we lost 70% of the money we paid for med bills and more when WC was supposed to pay the bills. Treatment 15% of the time for 30 years. It happens and I pray we all deal ethically. That’s what Kristen is saying I believe and I agree with. It’s stealing otherwise and a commandment! I have a new book coming that hopefully will help us remember what is important! Remind me too! Too many have forgotten. We’re here to help each other not hurt! Let’s get on with it! =)
Suzette Mariel says
July 26, 2015 at 2:06 pm
You have given away an incredible amount of information that is worth and undefinable amount. It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where people have expectations that they deserve more without paying. I’ve purchased several of your programs and am blown away by your generosity of free content, and unexpected bonuses within your paid content.
As an expert as well I admire your stance in keeping a firm line while pointing the way to your current free content. Thanks for sharing an enlightening post to the world!
Mary Johnson says
July 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm
I agree with you, 100%. I just listened to your free journal training webinar – you gave some great value. I only wish I could afford to sign up for your training. I hope to in the future!
Patty Gale says
July 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm
Bravo!!! I totally agree. I’ve been online for about the same length of time as you. I finally drew the line in the sand in my business a couple of years ago. It blows my mind when I see someone who isn’t willing to pay to learn a new skill or who wants to ‘pick my brain’ for free, yet has no trouble paying $100 a month for cable. I’ve had people ask me, ‘Oh, could you just take a look and review my website?’ Um..no. I enjoy helping people because I really do want to see them succeed. At the same time, as very wise client once told me years ago, ‘Free does not feed your family.’
Janeen Kilgore says
July 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm
As a purchasing consumer of expert advice, I value it more if I pay for it. There are places to get some information for free and I appreciate that. I don’t ask doctors, dentists, or lawyers for free, why would I with something also as valuable as a career?
Shannon Smith says
July 23, 2015 at 11:21 am
There is so much yes in this post. I wish I was better at drawing that line myself.
Natalie Marie Collins says
July 23, 2015 at 11:19 am
You are so right on cue! I think the saying “talk is cheap” is misused. Talking, such as gabbing, catching up with a friend, etc., is cheap, yes, because it doesn’t hold value.
Talk that includes information that will actually improve your life is valuable and should be respected as such.
Good for you for holding tight to your boundaries! I applaud you!
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