Internet Marketing Seminars – Scams or Pitch Fests?

Tuesday 24th, August 2010 / 15:12 Published by

Every time you turn around, it seems as if there is some new seminar promising to teach you everything you need to know about mastering the Web. Most of these seminars, however, are just a waste of your time and energy.

Damien Forsythe is the latest to jump on the Internet guru bandwagon.

Damien is the founder of a group called the The Bahamas Internet Association. The group does not truly represent the Internet community in the Bahamas, some of the biggest players in the Bahamian web industry are not involved.

The group is holding a “workshop” that promises to give those with minimal Internet marketing experience a full understanding of Internet marketing.

Problem is, the people holding the seminar may be among those who have minimal Internet marketing experience.  Maybe another case of the blind leading the blind.

And why is it being billed as a ‘workshop’?

Without splitting hairs; an image of a workshop is hands-on learning of new skills and being taught specific tasks.

Perhaps the word ‘workshop’ sounds more inviting to new Internet marketers and has a wider appeal.

Exactly what will one learn at this $50 “workshop”. Probably nothing you can’t find for free on the Web.

The Internet marketing industry, especially in The Bahamas, has lately become littered with so called experts. It’s becoming extremely difficult for most people and especially newbie’s, who are interested in becoming involved in the industry, to not fall in the traps of the bad “gurus”.

The reality of most Internet seminars is that the talks are nothing more than rehashed material already available on the Internet.

Unfortunately, most presentations are nothing but sales pitches. It would appear that most of them are just fronts where the presenters have a captive audience to flog their own products and services.

You go to a seminar where “Internet Marketing Gurus” are lined up to teach you a bunch of garbage and hype, but what they are really doing is trying to sell you a $500 advertising package on their own lackluster website.

Even well known Internet consultant Rich Schefren says, “Most Internet marketing seminars are held by scam artists who don’t care a rat’s ass about the people attending the seminar and are willing to do nearly anything to separate you from your hard earned money!”

Perhaps, BahamasB2B.com, the undisputed leaders of the Bahamian Internet should hold a seminar of its own: the “How to Avoid Stupid Internet Seminars” Seminar.

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1 Comments on “Internet Marketing Seminars – Scams or Pitch Fests?

  • Dear Newsboy,

    Agree with you on some of your points but I was not sure if you were taking a direct hit at Damien Forsythe or the “workshop” that was held? Your comments were made on August 24th and the workshop was held on August 28th which I attended. Were you there?

    Not sure why the sarcasm but I felt impelled to reply.

    As a “newbie” the workshop was informative and I learnt exactly how to use another site instead for collecting payments instead of paypal, a few sites for eblasts and also how to purchase “talent” on the internet through “elance.com” as well as other value tips. For $50. and three hours, it was a good class and the instructor answered all our questions.

    You are right. Information is available on the web, but you have to search through so much and you have to know what you’re looking for. It’s much easier to have a local person who is informed, guide you.

    If you were suggesting that Mr. Forsythe was charging for advertising packages – he was not.

    I have attended many seminars where the speakers offered added value to their workshop or seminar by asking one to PURCHASE their services or material. Nothing wrong with that since one can always opt out. An example is when Ed Tate, who claims he’s the world’s best motivational speaker came to Nassau. He charged $400 for his marketing internet material/courses. And, we had already paid $150 for that seminar.

    As for the Bahamas Internet Association, maybe you can join up and add your expert input?

    Reply

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