Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

You know I see more and more online marketers get on a bandwagon for the newest and hottest thing that is happening now and I have to say don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

When I first started online, I was looking for ways to get my info out there for others to see – well there are many ways to get your info seen by others and the hottest one right now seems to be facebook.   Now I”m not saying that this is not a great place to be right now but I also have a few things I want to point out.

Facebook has over 500 million users right now – that is more people than reside in the USA, just to give you an idea the volume we are talking about.  Believe it or not, according to the Facebook website itself, people spend over 700 BILLION minutes per MONTH on Facebook.  Incredible huh? Now you can see why this is the hottest place to be.

Here is my word of caution to everyone, as I see this happening so often lately, and it’s going to happen to some of you on facebook.  Online marketers get in there and violate the terms and I see this being done on a daily basis – some are getting away with it BUT this will not continue.

If you keep violating the TERMS, you could wake up one morning and find all your work, all your friends, all your leads and all your contacts are gone!  Now I’m not just picking on Facebook, I’m  just using them as example because so many are there right now doing things that they should NOT be doing.

So what I’m trying to say is: First, abide by the rules on social sites and Second, don’t put all your eggs in one basket – relying on ONE source for your leads or building your business – you could wake up one morning and it’s all gone.

Being a victim myself, I had a “FREE” wordpress blog years ago and didn’t read the terms.  There is a reason that your “FREE” wordpress is “FREE” – it’s designed for you to blog about things that are NOT going to bring you any financial gain.  After a year and a half, of my free blog, I woke one morning to find my followers and many of my posts GONE – shut down – violation of terms.

The bottom line is this: while building your list, make sure you are using a squeeze page, a lead capture page and some kind of opt-in form for your leads to be on. You just never know what might happen.  Without this, if your account should get deleted – you will lose all these people in the blink of an eye.  It’ll be too late to do anything about it.

It’s not fun starting over  – so don’t put all your eggs in one basket – scatter your eggs – and take time to read the TERMS of the site that you are on and using.

17 thoughts on “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

  1. Super post from a super marketer. Marketers have to be wary of “FREE” things as there is a cost associated with that and it is you are “bound” by terms you cannot control. If you are serious about marketing make sure you do not put yourself in a position to loose all your hard work. Diversify and back everything up in-case you get shut down. Thanks Nancy for such a timely post.

    Greg Gudson
    The Real Blue Collar Networker
    Skype: Biz4unow

    • Oh I agree Greg and you always have to be aware of what is going on around you and not take for granted that everything that you are doing and working on will be there tomorrow

    • Well hoping this was just a reminder call to not forget – I know it’s easy to get wrapped up into what is working at the time

    • Well, I hear from people daily all these horror stories and most of them could have been avoided if they had just read the TERMS

  2. Awesome post Nancy,

    I agree, sometimes we may get caught up on the side where everyones at for the time being without thinking carefully the consequences of not having many other options available. WE never know what may take place at any given time. If we are depending on our list and everything being at one location, we may be setting ourselves up for failure.

    Susie Moore
    skype smsforce
    susie moore recently posted..Steps to Building Trust Online

    • Well you just have to stay aware of what you are doing and what you are posting on some of the sites you are on – and just because you have not had anything said about it and you feel they won’t do anything – think again

  3. Hi there Nancy great post, loads of good pointers there as you say there is a lot more places to go.
    So I am sure a lot of us will be checking them out.

    Kevan recently posted..Soon be time

    • Sometimes we stay focused on what is working at the time and let other good places fall to the wayside – just a friendly reminder

    • Thanks Cindy and unfortunately some don’t feel that way as they are doing what they are not suppose to be doing and because they don’t get caught right away – they think they can keep on and then wake up one day and all their work is gone – it’s too late then

  4. Great post, Nancy. There are any that don’t like to follow the rules and eventually you will get caught. You really should first follow the terms and you want to protect yourself and keep a backup for your contacts and your materials that you put out there. Even when you find something that is working really good, you still want to keep things out there on other things if only for the fact that there are new people coming into this field everyday and you want to make sure your stuff does get seen by them. Thank you Nancy for sharing.
    Tammie Perry recently posted..Successful Online Marketing Requires Time

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