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One subtle sign you're dealing with an internet marketing scam

Got this in my e-mail inbox this morning. If you try this software do not call me later saying it was deceptive:

cheesy software ad
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Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/ianlurie.

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  1. LOL. “f r e e” stuff is always my favorite. Especially when it promises to bring you piles of cash with no effort.
    Its fun, 4 or 5 years ago I may have believed that things like this actually existed. Having run my own business for 3 years, I know nothing could be further from the truth. You always get paid in direct proportion to the quality/quantity of value you deliver!
    nice one!

  2. Hey Ian, ohhhhhhhhhhh it looks like exactly what I need please forward it to me, NOT!
    I get inundated with such offers everyday, thank god I realized they are all scams, no magic button unfortunately.
    I think I will stick to the good old fashioned way of making money online, with a little hard work.
    Sally 🙂

  3. The thing is, a lot of seemingly reputable SEO / SEM companies have equally terrible looking pages! They love different SIZED FONTS, bold, underlines, etc. Google may like these things for emphasis, but man, they’re ugly.

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