Why Free Information Is Sometimes More Expensive

by Adrienne Smith on October 31, 2011

Why Free Information Is Sometimes More ExpensiveI will be the first person to admit that I do love free information.  I feel so good when I do a search on Google and find the information that teaches me what I need to know at that particular time and it didn’t cost me one dime.  I kind of get a rush…

If you must know, I grew up in a very budget conscious environment so I have a feeling that mindset rubbed off on me.  I love bargains, I love sales and I love free.

When it comes to things online, there really is so much free valuable information available now.  I mean aren’t we all taught to add value!  To provide great information from what we have learned and share that with our readers!

This all leads up to when we are ready to promote something to our readers and our list, they will know it’s of great value to them.  Since we are already giving away this much great stuff for free then can you imagine what you get if you have to pay for it?

Information Overload

The downfall to free information is that the majority of times you aren’t going to locate everything you need to know all in one place.  That just means that you still have to go in search of the next piece of the puzzle.  Hopefully you will know what that next piece is but as we often find, we aren’t quite sure ourselves.  That’s part of the learning process.

When we do locate free information we often times find ourselves in information overload. Like what is step one, step two, step three and so on.  It would really be great if you’re able to locate a free community or blog that provides all the information you will need to know in order to move forward with marketing.  If you happen to have found one please spill the beans in the comment section because I have a feeling more would like to know about this hidden gem.

Here’s the real truth!  People can’t afford to provide only free information to their readers.  If they did that then there would be no reason for a business.  I mean how would you make any money if you only gave things away for free!

My Own Wake Up Call

I worked with a spiritual life coach several years ago and she was helping me with my confidence level since the online world was a new territory for me.  I went through what most people do and that’s why would people listen to me since I have no credibility. Sound familiar?

I had really learned a lot and even surprised myself if you must know the truth.  Most of my offline friends were so impressed with what I knew that they convinced me to create my first product.  As I created my product, the next dilemma was how to come up with a price point.  I seriously had no clue how this all worked.

What my coach explained to me about how to come up with a price was to think about how much my time is worth.  How much time did it take me to create that product.  How much time have I saved my prospects from having to locate all of this on their own.  How much money have they wasted from not knowing these steps.

This is when it really hit me that all the time I’ve wasted over the years because I was too cheap to invest in myself.   I could be so much further along had I just invested in a training community and learned from the people who were at the place I hoped to be.

Learn From My Mistakes

I don’t want to see this happen to you.  Learn from my mistakes and stop wasting so much time searching for answers just so you won’t have to invest any money even though you probably will eventually find what you need to know online for free.  It might take you one day, one week, one month or one year.  Are you really willing to waste that much time instead of investing in yourself and your training so that you can learn what you need to know right now?

If I had it all to do over again I’m probably sure you know what my answer would be.  Hell yeah!  I would be one of those success stories that they came online and within a little over a year were making their way into the top income bracket.

If you are anything like I use to be, stop it!  Don’t make me come over there and shake you.  Find the information you need, a training community, a course, a mentor, whatever it is that you feel would benefit you right now and do it.  Trust me, you’re worth it.

I’m Not Talking To You Right! 

So I’m not talking to you right?  You are someone who invested in themselves and is getting the education, applying what you know and are taking your business to the next level right!  Gosh I sure hope so and I really do hope that I’m one of the few who made this huge mistake.

I know we all say that we can’t afford it and we don’t have the money but remember that saying “you can’t afford not to”!  Man, I get that now!  I’ve wasted more time and money then if I’d invested in myself when I first came online.

Just learn from my mistakes, that’s all I really wanted to share with you.  Don’t drag your feet.  If you really want a successful business then put forth the effort and go for it.  You will not regret it, I promise.

If you still need a training community where you can learn what you believe you are still missing, I highly recommend the Seven Figure Mastermind Team training.  You can give it a test run for the first two weeks and see what you think before jumping on in.  I wish I would have joined sooner.  Oh well, we live and learn right!

Okay guys, here’s to your success!   I’m rooting for you!

{ 89 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dee Ann Rice
October 31, 2011 at 8:11 AM


You are right. Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do.

I have wasted countless hours searching for things on the internet, sometimes finally coming up with everything I needed to do what it was I was trying to do and sometimes not. Either way I probably did not learn it as well as I would have if I had had a coach or taken a training course on it.

Finding the right coaching or mentoring program is really a key ingredient to making money online.

Dee Ann


2 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Hi Dee Ann,

I’ve been thinking about this topic for awhile now and just decided to lay it out there. I really do think it’s great when I find information that has really helped me learn something and that’s another reason I enjoy blog hopping too. I learn so much from my fellow bloggers but let’s face it. We are all here to make some money and if we don’t locate the right information to teach us what we need to know, that is holding us back from getting to where we need to be. I wasted countless hours searching for stuff because I wanted to go the cheap route. I guess those are lessons I had to learn but I sure wish I had just taken the plunge and gone for it.

I echo what you said about “finding the right coaching or mentoring program is really a key ingredient to making money online”. I just hope others can learn from my mistakes and get so much further along then I was.

Thanks Dee Ann for stopping by and sharing your views on this topic as well. Always a pleasure to see you. Have a great Halloween and enjoy your week! :-)


3 Jimmy
October 31, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Hi Dee Ann, Adrienne,

I find this a pressing problem for many starters in the online world – finding the right information without spending too much. It does not help that there are many scammers out there with dodgy products. But there are also many people out there who provide value for people for free, like yourself Adrienne.

I think that if someone is able to come up with a way to help others locate worthwhile products and information, it would definitely be a game changer for many. Beyond that, buying products from people is really a leap of faith.


4 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 6:36 PM

I agree Jimmy but one thing the readers can do is if they have built up relationships with some bloggers that they like and trust, just ask them what product they would recommend or training that would fit their needs. They would be more than happy to help you with that since we all can’t know everything about every aspect. That would be great but we can only recommend what we have used and what we believe is a good product. At least you know that they wouldn’t steer you wrong. :-)


5 Carolyn
October 31, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Hi Adrienne, The internet certainly has turned traditional economic theories around. I highly recommend the book Free: The Future of a Radical Price http://www.amazon.com/Free-Future-Radical-Price-ebook/dp/B002DYJR4G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320067708&sr=8-2 which explains how much of what is offered on the internet is free of charge.

How successful would Google have been if it charged $0.01 per search? People would have to think before they pressed the Search button.

App developers often offer two versions of their apps, a free ad supported version and a paid version. Even if the paid version is a mere $0.99, there are plenty of customers who won’t pay even that price.

You’re absolutely correct, your talents and time should be rewarded. But the question is how to make that happen. Even newspapers are struggling with charging for their online content.

You’re absolutely right, Adrienne, free can be very expensive!


6 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Hi Carolyn,

I bet that’s a good read Carolyn, thank you for sharing it. Might have to grab that one, even if it does cost money! lol…

I don’t really think Google would have gotten as far as where they are had they started charging every time someone searched for stuff. We all know that they make their money from advertisers so there are still plenty of people willing to pay for those services. I’m just happy they didn’t start charging because there would be a lot of people who would refuse to pay. I know I’d be one of them.

I am learning a little more about the apps. I am using a free version of the solitaire game on my iPod and the ads don’t bother me. It’s not that I don’t mind paying $0.99 but if it’s the same features just minus the ads to me I’ll deal with the ads. So I’m one of those that won’t pay the low price. But if it’s an app that you don’t get for free and I want it, I have no problem paying for it. I honestly believe they are charging such an incredibly low price for some of those.

My Mom quit getting the newspaper because she only wanted to read a few sections. The more they raised their price, the more upset she got about it so she canceled it. If she wants to read it, she has a friend that gives her the paper after she’s finished. She does read it online, what’s available since she isn’t paying for the subscription. You can find so much information online that it’s hard to see being charged for it. I can see where they would be struggling now. I also have a feeling newspapers won’t be around for too much longer.

Thanks Carolyn, I appreciate your input on this and thanks for the book recommendation. Might have to check that one out.

Have a great week!


7 Jeffrey Morgan
October 31, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Speaking for myself ……… I know everything all ready! Can you imagine? I’m just 53 years in a 13.7 Billion year old universe. I’ll have to admit I feel terribly small. I’m still trying to figure out the thing about the planet floating on the fabic of space idea. Floating mind you!!! Man we are out there in the void of Space. It’s hard to wrap my mind around it …… i digress!

Internet Marketing, yes that’s the topic here …….. when I started out I’m not so sure that I could have used any information with any authority. I was still in the development stage of my O.S. and moving to Internet Marketing I thought would be a breeze compared to where I was. After 18 months of trying with limited results “Blogging To The Bank”. I really dug-in and did the mind-mapping thing. It was at this time (about 24 months in) that I realized that I was in way too deep. I mean way too deep. And it was going to take a ton of work to dig my way out. Now that I am on the edge of a major launch, I’m amazed at the work that I have accomplished and what it took to get there and the knowledge that I have pull togeather to do it. I also realize that to go where no Internet Marketer has gone before, it will probably take about another two years of concentrated work and study. After all I’m a one man show for the most part.

One thing that has really help is the fact that I’m at it 18 hours a day, so I’m very fluid in my thinking and the ground that I can cover. Things have a better chance to develop in my minds eye when I bring that much effort to bear on the issues ( which are huge mind you). Where I get in trouble is when I code for long hours during the day and reach an issue that I struggle with. I try to work through it the best way that I can. However, my best results are realized when I stop with all the intensity and take a break for several hours and then come back to the work at hand.

Bringing this much personal power to bear has provided me with great results with my work. I can only think of one time that I was torched and could not break through. I’ve been working on this problem for about 18 months with no success. I think I over it though (UNCLE!). What I am encourged by though is the fact that I have covered a tremendous amount of technical ground that gives me a clear picture of the challenges …… and rewards of Internet Maketing.


8 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Hey Jeffrey,

From what I understand about your business, you do some coding, building of sites, blogging and now internet marketing. Did I get most of that right? I have a feeling that in your case there may not have actually been a lot of courses or training that would have helped you but I have to think that someone out there has put something together to help people who want to learn these things. Like I’m not a programmer but do you really have to go back to school to learn some of what you need to know?

I have no doubt that whatever you put your mind to Jeffrey, you accomplish it. You are probably a lot like me in that regard. If it takes me working 18 hour days to accomplish what I need then I’ll do it. But also like you, I take breaks throughout the day so I can free up my mind to come back to the work at hand. I find it helpful and relaxing.

Thanks for sharing this with me. Can’t wait to see your two new sites although I now have to wait a few more years for your other one. Man, you do plan ahead my friend.

Have a great week Jeffrey! I would say don’t work too hard but I know you will. :-)


9 Jeffrey Morgan
October 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Yeah to clarify things a bit ……… the order of appearance is:
1. Linux OS / Super Computer For The Desktop Designer
2. Blogger
3. Builder Of Websites And Blogs
4. Coder of Themes And Plug-ins For WordPress
5. Novice at Joomla! and Thesis
6. Internet Marketer
7. Sometimes wana be husband to Carolyn who’s convinced I’m the next Steve Jobs …… please! She just does not get the “Yoda of WordPress” thing!

The two sites you mention will actually funnel to 5 other sites that will funnel to an additional 31 sites ……. oh joy ………

As for waiting for the one site for several years, yes this is the fact. However, I will be previewing that very site for two weeks only at the end of December, before taking it down again. You will also be able to view “The Bloggers Market Group” for two weeks only at the same time which I designed as a sales tool for the eventual sale of the business once I establish Jeffrey-Morgan.com. Pre-Launch begins on November 10 …… once I get my Ducks in a row.

Have a great week Adrienne and don’t forget to look out for the Ducks!


10 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Yeah see, I know nothing about Linux OS or coding. You are a novice or Thesis? Oh yey!!! It sounds like Carolyn has a LOT of faith in you my dear. You are truly blessed… :-)

You really do have your stuff together Jeffrey, everything is so planned out. I have no doubt that to the online world, you could be the next Steve Jobs. Hey, Carolyn just might have something going there. Isn’t it great to have someone standing behind you that believes in you so much?

Ah thanks Jeffrey, you too! I’ll be sure to avoid the ducks! 😉


11 Mouh
October 31, 2011 at 8:38 AM

You can find all information you need online, but you’ll never find it in one place! That’s the biggest challenge, I believe. I totally understand that one needs a detailed step by step guide in ONE place. That can save you a lot of time and money. My plan is to buy a course. I love courses, so I feel a course is the best solution for me. But I have to accomplish some things first. I do have a plan. :)

I am worried about finding the right course. You can never know if the course is really good for you. You don’t want to waste time and money instead of saving them. 😀

Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. I will try my utmost to avoid your mistakes and learn from them. :)

Have a great week, Adrienne!



12 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Well, I know that you can’t find everything you need to know at an advanced level for free Mouh! I wish that were the case but you can find a lot of information that can really get you pretty far in your education.

I wish there was a place you could locate everything you needed to know but I now understand why that’s not possible. There are so many different levels to certain information and the particular course or training that you join may not cover it all. That’s just the way it is I’m afraid.

I also love purchasing courses and joining training communities. I really learn so much whenever I do take a step in that direction. The one good thing about that Mouh is usually there is a money back guarantee so if that wasn’t the information you needed to know you can get a refund so it’s not like you are totally out the money. In most cases that is.

Thank you for sharing this with me Mouh. I have no doubt that you are very good at learning new things and applying what you learn. I also really appreciate all the free information you share with us on your blog. So thank you for that.

Have a great week yourself Mouh, I most definitely will.


13 Chrysta Bairre
October 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Great post, Adrienne!

I have gotten where I am today largely through on-the-job training and independent research and learning. While I do believe I can, and will, go a long way continuing to learn as I go, there are certain skills that are better learned in other venues.

One of my favorite places to go for valuable and inexpesive training is professional associations. The programs at monthly meetings offer a great opportunity to learn new business knowledge and skills, and network with other professionals that can offer support and mentoring.

Professional associations also have conferences that offer additional opportunities for advanced training. I have attended several training conferences for a few hundred dollars and received a wealth of training!

Other professional associations have more comprehensive and slightly more expensive conferences, and I have found even these often offer a discount in exchange for volunteering at the conference.

There are enough low cost training opportunities for professionals if you’re willing to get involved in your professional community.

Thanks for the great reminder that there is value and opportunity in investing in myself! :)



14 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Hi Chrysta,

Wow, thank you for sharing that. I never really thought of that direction, the professional associations. You are so right though. I know that I’ve attended some paid conferences and walked away with a wealth of information. That’s a different direction you can go for sure but I can see why it would also be so beneficial to your overall growth.

You are also right, there are plenty of low cost training opportunities online or offline. I’m not saying you have to spend a fortune on your education but it’s best to invest in yourself to learn what it is you need to know instead of wasting so much time searching for free. That is unless you just want to move at a much slower pace and really can’t afford to invest at all.

Thank you so much for sharing that with us Chrysta. You are a wealth of information young lady! Happy Halloween and have a great week! :-)


15 Helen October 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Hi Adrienne
I’ve made up my mind to start using a few good paid internet marketing tools once I’ve succeeded in getting my site ranked highly and bringing in the money to pay for them. I’ve certainly learned a lot from doing SEO manually, which I think is necessary in order to figure out what’s worth paying for and what isn’t.

I take your point about information overload. There is so MUCH stuff out there about how to go about internet marketing, and much of it is simply regurgitated rubbish. It took me a little while to get more savvy about that.


16 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Hi Helen,

I hear you Helen and I can understand where you are coming from. I used all free methods when I first started too but I soon learned that if you want people to take you seriously, you have to invest in your business. After all, just because you’re on the internet doesn’t mean it’s not a serious business you are aiming to build. I’m glad you’ll be investing more into some tools and services though. So I’ll wish you luck with that.

Information overload is what stops a lot of people from moving forward. We are so excited to learn something so the more we read, the more confused we get because we have just gotten our hands on bits and pieces instead of the step by step outline. I too have learned as well so am happy to hear that you have too!

Thanks for sharing that with me and have a great week!


17 Harleena Singh
October 31, 2011 at 10:13 AM

That sure was an motivational post Adrienne!

I am another one for free stuff and do think that if its available online for free then why invest anything on getting the same information elsewhere. And yes, we never do find all the information in one place- had that been the case life would have been so much more faster and we would have surely earned more by investing the same effort and time in building our businesses.

I also learned my lesson from the simple example of my blogs. Being new online, I created my blogs on Blogspot, and it was only recently that I realized from inspirational people like you, Brankica and so many others, that WordPress paid premium themes are the ones that work best and switching over was the best decision taken. So, even though you do have to invest and purchase, but it sure is worth the while.

Thanks so much for sharing your story and helping all of us learn from your mistakes. This sure is an awesome lesson for those who want to learn from your experience :)

BTW (Happy Halloween :)


18 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Why thank you Harleena, I appreciate that!

I totally understand wanting to start out with free information. As I mentioned, I was guilty of that too. I mean why spend money if you don’t have too right! But I’m glad you did invest in a different blog format and can see the difference that it makes. And I’m sure it didn’t even cost that much either! That’s just it, you don’t have to pay a fortune. That’s not what I’m saying either. But you’ll get to where you want to be so much faster if you do acquire the right information and get the help you need. It’s so much more fun too! :-)

Thank you Harleena for sharing that with me. I’m so glad you are doing so well too! Happy Halloween to you too! Have a great day and a wonderful week. :-)


19 Brankica October 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Same here :)

I started with everything for free. Until I realized that some free themes have hidden code that will cost you rankings. That free tutorials on some things you need always miss that one important step. That Searching for free info takes hours and hours and I had less and less time :)

I think what we all realized is just a natural way of growing up in the online world, lol


20 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Me too Brankica… I started all with free until I started learning more and more about why it’s best to invest in some products and services. Free doesn’t always cover everything we need to know and then there is all that time wasted on searching for the answers.

We live and learn right! Thank goodness we learned though. I just hope our experiences can help others not waste all that time we did. :-)


21 Bill Dorman
October 31, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Quit teasing; you have’t grown up………….


22 Brankica October 31, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Not yet maybe but I sure drink a lot of milk and eat a lot of chocolate, hoping I will!


23 Eddie Gear
October 31, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Hi Adrienne,

That is true, before I started to blog at genuineseo.net, I managed and still do some work at my other tech blog theapptimes.com its a well established blog now. its the training and courses that i had taken up that helped me master SEO and today and learning designing with StudioPress. I am trying to build SEO into designs. And as of now, I am giving them away for free to my readers. Great value and helps you build trust.


24 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Hi Eddie,

Free is great but that training just can’t be beat! I know you are very knowledgeable with SEO and you are right, you give away a lot of great valuable information for free. But because you do, people will be willing to pay to learn even more from you because you are so generous with your knowledge.

I appreciate you sharing that Eddie! Happy Halloween and have a great week!


25 Eddie Gear
October 31, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Happy Halloween! Adrienne.


26 Bill Dorman
October 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Yes, I can say I have invested quite a bit in myself for my day job and continue to do so. It has helped me to get where I am today.

Your time is always worth something so don’t be afraid to share but use it wisely. At the end of the day somebody has to pay you for your time; who is that going to be?


27 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Great tip Bill and I have no doubt that what you have invested in yourself has really paid off. That’s why you are so successful in your day job! :-)


28 Radu
October 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Hey Adrienne,
Great point here. The internet has now more free information that all the libraries and bookstores in the world. You can achieve a goal in two ways: trial& error or with a map.
What is this map: a good product, course, marketing system or mentor.
I invested in these (not all of them once) and I will keep doing it in every way possible. Even if I’m still on my way gotta admit that it was very helpful for me to find answers to my problems in one place. I never regret a single course or book purchased until now.
A budget created only for education and growth is a wise thing to do in my opinion. It will pay off a lot more in the long run and yes, you can still have a balance with the other areas without being a millionaire (yet).

Thanks for sharing your personal experience and insights with us. I appreciate it.

Have a prosperous day,


29 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Hi Radu,

We become so overwhelmed with all the free information that is available online. I mean there was a lot when I started but you are right, there is even more now.

I would think that trial and error would not be the most productive way to go about building a business online. See, I even admit to not taking the smartest route when I began. Taking a map is the smartest way to go about this. But from my own experience too. The first product I purchased that taught me how to do affiliate marketing only cost me $37 dollar and I made that back my first week. I actually made $72 my first week so that was a profit for me. Your education doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

Great tip Radu, create a budget for your education. Even if you start out with low end products, I bet you’ll still learn something.

I hope my personal experience was helpful for some. I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way but if you learn from them then you’ll know better and do better.

Have a wonderful week Radu!


30 Ruth
October 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Free can be a slippery slope, don’t you think Adrienne? As both a ‘seller’ and a ‘buyer’. As the former, you really have to think strategically about the value of your offering and how to entice prospective clients without selling yourself short. As a buyer, often what seems free…isn’t. You get what you pay for, in many cases (though your video series is one of the best free resources I’ve come across!).

Carolyn’s example of Google is a good one. Twitter also comes to mind – I wonder how they will eventually structure their business model to generate revenue. It’s a bit of a conundrum, I would imagine.

Great post; as always. I did check out the Seven Figure link…it had me a bit confused. I’m not really a ‘network marketer’, per se (or at least not yet…) so I’m wondering if you think that’s an appropriate training opportunity for someone like me?


31 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Indeed I do Ruth! I like to look at how people present their products to me and what really stands out that would have be shelling out my hard earned money in order to purchase it. Was it the information itself that I needed so badly or how it was presented to me. Those are things I’m constantly checking out.

Carolyn definitely had a great point. They are making money from their advertisers because of the free traffic that is being generated to those sites. I can see that dropping if they suddenly decided to charge for those services. But you just never know.

Although that community is geared more toward the network marketing industry it still teaches you how to drive traffic to your site and how to find the people who want what you have. So it really doesn’t matter what industry you are in, it’s very beneficial. I’m also about not investing in something you don’t need so it has to be right for you.

Thanks for your input Ruth, I really appreciate you! Hope you have a really great week.


32 Brankica October 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Hey Adrienne, what you wrote in this post is about the same think I have been thinking for months now. Sure, you can find everything for free online. But who is going to pay for the time you invested in researching the information.

The more work and clients I have the less time I have to search for free info. So I started buying more products and realized that not only did it save me literally hours of hard work, sometimes even days, but they often have that one little piece of info you can’t find anywhere else, that will make it or break it for you.

So I also want to tell people to definitely invest some money in answers to their issues because it will pay back ten fold.


33 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Hi Brankica,

It’s the truth isn’t it! People don’t realize sometimes how much time and effort has gone into our education in order to provide great helpful free information. It’s a lot of hard work and time, you’re so right!

I have purchased more products in the past few years and there is always something in those products that you definitely can’t get for free. Just a few weeks ago I wrote a post about a webinar I was on and I definitely purchased the product that was offered. In my opinion, he didn’t charge enough for that one. Man did I walk away from that having learned so much. Oh sure, I’d heard similar things related to that but he shared every single thing he has done, how he did it, what he said, how to follow up with come backs, you name it. One of the best products I’ve even purchased and worth every single dime.

Thank you for reiterating that Brankica. People need to invest in their education so that they can get the majority of their questions answered. I know for a fact they won’t regret that decision either.

Happy Halloween! Enjoy your week! :-)


34 Rusty
October 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Yes indeed some of the freebies are “expensive bargains” that in the end you can’t afford to lose you time on and at the end of the day, time is money! But not get confused with those who are really good at what they do and who also give free advice and starter counsel to then offer you perhaps a course. You have to check and see if they have the proof of the pudding of course. There are so many out there offering counsel and presenting themselves as guru’s, experts etc.. who if you go and check them out you can see by their fruits, that they are not what you need. So I totally agree with you that to consider investing some time AND money is a good idea if you really want to grow and make real progress! As always, thank you for a great post full of excellent counsel!



35 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hi Rusty,

Thank you for sharing that with me. That’s a great way to look at it, “expensive bargains”. I didn’t quite understand how much time I was truly wasting in the beginning. I kept banging my head up again the wall wondering why I wasn’t getting further along. Dah! Free is great but it’s not going to teach you everything you need to know.

Do your research before purchasing products and then go with your gut. If you get the feeling it will really benefit you then purchase it. If not, move right along until you find what will. That’s the way I go about it these days.

Thanks for stopping by Rusty and I’ve tried leaving two more comments on your posts recently and I’m still having the same problems with it telling me I haven’t checked the spam box. I have no idea why that’s doing it to me and everyone else seems to be able to leave a comment. I’ve even tried different browsers to no avail. So that’s the only reason I haven’t left a comment recently. I still love your place though! :-)


36 Jens P. Berget
October 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I have been going through the similar things as you, and I have made a lot of mistakes on my way. But, like you, I am know investing in myself, and I’m thinking long term (almost never short term).

What you say about “how much is your time worth?” is very important. I’ll probably always end up selling myself short, because the more I charge the more scary it becomes. It’s easier to get away with things if I am cheap (if you know what I mean).

The best advice I’ve ever got was from Nike and their old slogan, just do it. I’m not waiting to be perfect anymore, and I’m publishing things “too early” and testing things more and more, instead of just waiting to finish whatever I’m working on. The same with pricing. I’m testing different levels to see what works.

Awesome post Adrienne.


37 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Hey Jens,

I learned something about underpricing your products too Jens. People love cheap, that’s true but how many people who are only out there searching for cheap products actually are here for the right reasons? Oh sure, they have good intentions like most people but because a lot of the methods that will be suggested to them will cost money that they aren’t willing to spend, it’s a no win situation. If you actually price your products for what you believe they are worth, most people who purchase them are willing to actually put in the work that’s needed.

I’ve always loved Nike’s slogan, Just Do It! You are right Jens, by implementing what we have learned, that’s the best way to gain the experience. It’s all trial and error in that respect so jump in head first. We are bound to make mistakes along the way but we would have known what works and what doesn’t had we not gone for it.

Thanks for sharing that Jens. Really appreciate hearing this from you.


38 Michael
October 31, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Hey Adrienne – another great post you have here!

I’ve read a post very similar to this on another blog. Can’t remember exactly where I read it but it was totally true. I am a sucker for free information as well but I get caught up in it and you never know if that information will even be useful in the first place.

I now try to limit the free information I intake and spend more time on working on my own projects. I also try and read more of the paid content because it seems to be more useful in the long run.


39 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Hey Michael,

Great minds think alike, you’ve already read about this topic some place else. I love that!

The problem I ended up having with free information is that it was never complete. There was always something missing but I didn’t know where to go next to find that missing piece. I ran myself around in circles so much I got exhausted. Just invest in the good stuff and be done with it already.

I love that Michael, thanks for sharing.


40 Sonia
October 31, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Tell me about it! All the information online can make your head spin and Free isn’t always the best answer too. I love anything FREE, but sometimes free comes with a price. Buyer beware as my mother always use to say.

Investing in you should always be number one, but I agree we tend to forget about that when we get wrapped up in trying to find all the right answers. I am working on an ebook myself and that is one question I have asked myself, price, time, what’s it all worth? At the end of the day, it’s your sweat and tears that go into it and that’s what matters.


41 Adrienne Smith
October 31, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Oh, I love that saying your mother told you. Buyer beware, you’ve got that right!

I think that because you have built up a great following that your readers will know that whatever product you offer them will be worth the price because of all the great information you provide for free. That’s something everyone needs to understand and why building relationships is so important. Good luck with that and can’t wait to hear all about it.


42 Barry Wells
November 1, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Hi Adrienne, well you certainly hit the nail on the head here my friend.

When I first “started” online I really thought I had to do IT myself and sat at my desk plugging away for at least a year wondering why things weren’t happening for me 😥 Like you said Adrienne free isn’t always the best route to follow and I did waste a lot of time struggling on my own, being tight 😉

I then got myself a mentor and have had my eyes opened to the errors I was making online and have now got a product on Clickbank, a blog online and gained the knowledge needed to create many more.

I also won a spot on Sally Neills new coaching program, which has opened my eyes to other aspects of Internet Marketing and blogging, which I know is going to take me to a new level again 😉

Like you said learning from those that are where I want to be, it really is a no brainer.

Spending a little money can save us so much time and point us in the right direction from the very start, which will obviously produce far better result in a much shorter time.

Thanks Adrienne,
Respect and Regards, Barry


43 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Hi Barry,

I understand what you mean Barry. I thought I was smart enough to locate the necessary information that I needed, learn from what I found, implement what I learned and continue to move forward. I was so excited to have located all this free information. Unfortunately, it did come with a very hefty price. It wasn’t all complete and I wasted so much time always trying to find the next piece.

You have come a very long way and I admire you that you have a product on Clickbank. I know from having worked with Sally that she has a lot to teach everyone and if you implement what she teaches, you can go a very long way. I have no doubt you are learning tons in her coaching program.

The money we spend is so worth it in the end and I know you agree. But I guess we all had to learn this mistake ourselves and if we can help others not have to go through the same thing, then it will have been worth it.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us as well Barry! Really appreciate it!

Have a great day now! :-)


44 igor Griffiths
November 1, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Hi Adrienne, another great post and this is something that Rich Schefren covers in his mentoring program, yup I invested in this as my business knowledge was lacking. Rich got me to sit down and work out my per hour cost then look at my activities and see if they were worth my time.

I am as Barry says, still guilty of trying to do everything myself, the worst thing you can have is a little knowledge of many subjects because this leads you down avenues you should not be travelling, I spent all of Saturday coding a new project, this has now been outsourced!

As marketers our ultimate goal is to become the project managers and have a team of specialists doing their things which leaves us to direct our businesses.

Here’s to your continuing success
igor Griffiths


45 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Hi Igor,

I have no doubt that Rich Schefren teaches this very thing. It’s true, we all waste so much time doing work we aren’t qualified to do. Sitting here trying to teach ourselves how to do something and next thing you know, a week has gone by and nothing has been accomplished. Had we just outsourced that work, it would have been done within a few days at the most and you could have been doing other things in between. I know we don”really see that in the beginning but it will add up and that’s why so many people get so frustrated and then quit.

It’s the same thing if you owned a home. You might be a handyman and can get a lot of the work done yourself but maybe you don’t have an expertise in plumbing. So do you spend the time teaching yourself how to do plumbing or do you just hire that work out and let the professionals do it! It might cost you a little money but having to teach yourself how to do it will cost too, then the time to learn and then the time to do the job.

We can’t all learn everything by ourselves or acquire all the knowledge through free methods. I sure wish we could, it would be a lot easier on all of our pocketbooks. Unfortunately, that’s just not possible.

Thank you for sharing this Igor and what you have learned along the way.


46 Deeone
November 1, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,

First, thank you for sharing such incredibly significant information! I can very much see the importance on investing in oneself.

While I understand perfectly what you mean about “free” coming with a price, there are some of us newbies, that are actually only about free because it’s what we can afford, at the moment. Trust me, I’m in no way shape or form a price conscious person, meaning usually for the most part, I rarely ever used to count my pennies. If I wanted it in the past, I just got it.

However, life has since changed for me and I honest had to come to the realization that I simply don’t have it to spend at the moment. It wasn’t an easy thing to come to the realization of, let me tell you. :) Now, that’s not to say that I believe that this is the way it will always be. Oh Noooo! That’s not what I’m saying at all. What I am saying is, while this article is filled with great, honest information; the truth of the matter is some people have taken risk after risk just by getting self-hosted, purchasing themes, and so forth and on. And much like Jimmy said before, you hear people saying what you need to do, then you do that, and later find out that they left out some rather important information. “There maybe something else you’ll have to purchase in order to truly make that work…Oops sorry!”

The online world is confusing enough in itself, but then on top of that you have to worry about people who really could careless if you succeed or not; they only are really interested in lining their pocket with your money. Lucky for me, I was introduced to you, and have learned a great deal from you. Unfortunately, not everyone in the online world is as sweet, kind, and as helpful as you are. Here’s the thing about that though, when I am able to make the investment in myself and able to make such purchases, I will remember these type of connections and always return back to sweet and kind, rather than arrogant and obnoxious. So I guess, that’s my most valuable lesson at the moment.

So what advice would you give to a wannabe writer like me, who actually doesn’t have it to give at the moment, but wants to continue to go after his dreams. Continue to seek out the free and just do the best he can?

I really enjoyed reading this post. It helped me to see what it truly takes to make it in this industry. Thanks for sharing, Adrienne. 😉


47 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Hi Deeone,

I definitely can sympathize with you Deeone. I know when I first started I had just lost my job and I was living off of severance pay and my savings so I really had to watch what I spent. As I continued to locate free information that would help me, I was overjoyed. Little did I know that it was a never ending saga. I’ve been where you are and I totally understand where you are coming from. If you don’t have the money to spend then by all means, don’t. But for the people who can but just aren’t willing to let go of it, they will regret that decision later on.

If I were you Deeone, continue to build the relationships with other bloggers and people you meet online and if you need to learn something new, ask their opinion on what you should do. I’m so glad that you and I met and you know I’ll do everything I can to help you move forward and learn as much as you can for free. I also know that when you do have to make that next step toward investing, you would reach out to those that helped you first and see what they are promoting and if it’s what you need. They should not steer you wrong.

Ask and you shall received Deeone! :-) I have no doubt, free or not, you are one that is determined to make it. And I have all the faith in you too!


48 Deeone
November 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Thank you for that, Adrienne. And that, my friend, is why YOU are simply Amazing and ooze of AWESOMENESS! 😉 Have a great day.


49 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Ah thank you Deeone, I appreciate you saying that! You’re not too darn bad yourself my friend! 😉


50 Angel
November 1, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Hey Adrienne,
just stopped here to say that in Spain we have a very popular saying, that says:
” Lo caro sale barato, ” which means in English: ” The expensive things are cheap in the long run.”
Is reasuring to know that you think the way i think in this way. You have experience. We both think that is better to invest in something expensive sometimes, rather than the cheap, and free. Actually i even think i don’t trust to much free things, only some,! you know.!! If one only leads her or his life in free and cheap things, her o his life would be not they way it could be.

warmly, Angel


51 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Hi Angel,

Hey, I love that saying Angel. Boy is that so true…

Well, I’m glad my free training site has been helpful with you moving forward in the direction that you are heading. Not all free things are useless, that I do know for sure and not everyone is out to rip others off. There are still some of us left that really want to help. There are also a lot of programs, services and training that aren’t expensive either. They are well worth the investment because they go further into the information we all need to know. You don’t always ave to spend a fortune to learn from the best.

Thank you for sharing that Angel. You are my prize student and I’m so proud of you! :-)


52 Nick Sotos November 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Hello Adrienne,
I have read your post and found it very interesting. I couldn’t agree more with you. I can tell that this issue is one of the major problems that a new blogger will face; where to find the right information, without spending too much time? I do not feel competent enough to answer in this, because I just started blogging myself and I’m bewildered by the blogging world. After reading your post, I am confident that a coaching or a mentor program is the solution for my case. Thank you for sharing your personal story and mistakes with us all. I hope I won’t lose more time in finding the right training program. I will start with Seven Figure Mastermind Team which you suggest.
Thank you from my heart and have a great Halloween Adrienne. Happy new month to all.


53 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Hi Nick,

Welcome to blogging Nick. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

If you need any help or suggestions Nick, don’t be afraid to just ask. There are so many people here that are willing to help others even if it’s just pointing them in the right direction. We all started at the beginning so we do really care. I learned a very hard and expensive lesson when I started and if I could go back I would definitely do it differently. At least others can learn from my mistakes.

You will definitely learn a ton in the Seven Figure Mastermind Team so at least give it a trial spin and see if it’s for you. Dive in, take what you learn, implement it and keep going. You will definitely start seeing great results.

Happy Halloween to you too Nick, hope yours was great. Have a fabulous week! :-)


54 Brock Blohm
November 1, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Awesome platform, isn’t it? The amount of training you receive is worth MUCH more than what the membership is worth.

We must invest in ourselves if we want to make any type of positive change for ourselves. Knowledge is power!


55 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I couldn’t agree with you more Brock! Knowledge is definitely power! Thanks for that! :-)


56 pea November 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I agree with everything you said Adrienne, but I think there will always be residual fears in people about WHEN to invest and WHO to invest their money with which will cause inevitable delays also. Basically it is important that people feel secure about who they invest their cash and even more precious time with and that period of securing confidence should not be rushed I think.
The advantage of course, is that people like yourself who have built up trust can shortcut doubts to some extent with your recommendations.

Plus of course there’s that old saying ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch.’ Free usually costs something. Great post.


57 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM

You are so right about that Pea which is why it’s important to start visiting other blogs and build up a relationship with other bloggers. To me, they are the best people to start with when you need advice or help. The majority of them will point you in the right direction or recommend certain products or services to use. That would be my best suggestion for actually locating the right information.

There’s that old saying of “if it’s too good to be true then it probably is”. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of really great free information online but then once again, how long will it take you to locate it and how much time have you wasted when you know it’s not going to be totally 100% complete.

Thanks Pea, I appreciate your input.


58 Marcus Baker
November 1, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with “Free” information. The problem is assessing whether we are getting exactly what we require and not just settling for second best because it’s free.

I have learned some fantastic things that were free but other information I have had to pay for and that’s fine by me as long as I got what I required. I have to say this was not always the case but that’s a learning experience of its own.

The other problem with “Free” is our human tendency to just grab more and more of what’s free because it is free. In the end we can’t see a thing because we are so overwhelmed with free information which we believe is of value and yet how would we really know unless we had gone through it.

As for sales. I have to say I do like sales but only if what I am looking for is on sale. I never just buy because it’s on sale or because I might need it one day.

Fortunately I am the same with free information too. If I don’t definitely require it right now, I don’t take it.

Just because one goes to an “eat all you can buffet” does not mean you should try and do that!



59 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Hey Marcus,

I do agree with you Marcus, I have found some great information that has helped me tremendously for free. The whole point is though that you can continue to waste more and more time always searching for that next piece where if you were to invest in yourself and actually spend money in training programs or courses, you would learn a whole lot more at an even advanced level and save a whole lot of time.

You are right, we get so bogged down with all this free information that we can get very overwhelmed with it all. I’ve found myself doing just that time and time again. But as I confessed here, I’m a very budget conscious person so I don’t buy anything until I’ve thoroughly checked it out to see that it’s worth the money and my time. I have still been disappointed with some paid programs but I always have learned something even if it wasn’t what I was totally expecting.

I love that analogy. Just because it’s an all you can eat doesn’t mean you should. Heck, those things are a waste of my money. I just can’t eat that much stuff. lol… 😉 My little brain can’t go into information overload much anymore either!

Thanks Marcus, always love hearing what you have to share. Have a great rest of your week.


60 Franziska San Pedro
November 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Hi Adrienne,

as always wonderful suggestions (and the comment section is just as great, you’ve built quite a wonderful tribe!).
When I started with my blog, I had no clue what was out there and I didn’t even know there were people teaching that kind of stuff! The internet is just like the universe, if you know the right questions you will get the answers. Back then, I didn’t really know what I was looking for and so the search started…

My blog is one year old now and went through numerous changes, I made many mistakes, I learned, I grew, I met great people but if I had known what I was looking for I would have taken classes and paid for them! Now, I am a little wiser and I frequently participate in classes whether they’re online or in a physical room (I even flew to California in May to meet Brandy Michaels and attended one of her seminars and to see some of my blogger friends).

People: listen to Adrienne’s advice and get help when you need it!

Franziska San Pedro


61 Adrienne Smith
November 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Hi Franziska, always a pleasure to see and hear from you!

I’m with you on that one girl. When I first started I didn’t have a clue what the heck I was doing, who the heck I should listen to or that there were actually training programs and courses that would teach me this stuff. I admit to being ignorant which is why I can now share my own experiences and hope that they will help others realize they aren’t alone here.

I love that you have participated in some online and offline training and I sure bet that trip to California was a bunch of fun. Isn’t it great to meet some of your online friends in person? A little over a year ago I went to a conference in Dallas and had several people come up to me because they recognized me from Facebook. Boy, that was so much fun getting to know them. Just tightened the bond once we all got back home.

Thank you for sharing that Franziska and for that little plug there. I think we all have to live and learn, I just hate people wasting precious time and energy on things they shouldn’t. I don’t claim to know it all, but I sure have learned a lot.

Have a great week my friend and hope you are enjoying this fabulous weather! I sure am glad October finally arrived.


62 Stan Faryna
November 2, 2011 at 3:18 AM

Free is one heck of a tumble down the rabbit hole. And self-education is nothing short of a free fall. [grin]

I discuss some of these things with Christian Hollingsworth in a future post(s) to appear on his blog.

One of the problems about free information is that it’s value is undetermined by the marketplace. For example, one difference between an e-book and a New York Times bestseller is that you know that a lot of people were excited enough to buy that New York Times bestseller. That excitement may have been all about hype, but it seems that some kind of signal is better than no signal.


63 Adrienne Smith
November 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Hey Stan,

Some free is good but it’s never enough. I know you’ll never learn everything you need to know from investing in your education. It’s like taking a math course expecting to walk out of there understanding English as well. Not going to happen, but wish it were possible.

Can’t wait to read Christian’s thoughts on this subject as well. I have no doubt both of your input is valuable.

I agree with you to an extent about the example of the e-book and a New York Times bestseller. Because I am so budget conscious, if I knew I could download the same information for free, I’d jump on the free bandwagon any day of the week. That’s just me though! But if not and I want that information you can bet I’ll plop down the money for it. I’m not that bad! :-)

Thanks Stan, I appreciate your input. Hope you’re enjoying your day!


64 Dr. Bob Clarke
November 2, 2011 at 3:34 AM

Amen, Adrienne! Couldn’t agree with you more.

People get upset when they find a paid product whose information could be found for free somewhere on the Net. What they don’t get is this… the person who put together this product is the one who took the time to go out there, find all the relevant information and put the pieces together for you. He/She did the work for you and you SHOULD expect to pay for it.

Don’t like it? Then go out there and spend the 10+ hours on the web and do it yourself. There’s always that option, but most won’t do it. They just complain about paying. Sad, but true.

On a lighter note, what is this first product you are referring to? Would love to see it… and even pay for it :-))).

Thanks for the great post, Adrienne. Quality content, as usual.


65 Adrienne Smith
November 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Ah thanks Bob! :-)

What I have found is that the people who complain about having to pay for information are the ones who are having the most difficulty having any type of success. The reason for this is because they still have that lack mentality. I think there’s a difference between being budget conscious (like me) and being down right cheap. How can you have that mindset yet be here to build a business expecting people to purchase what you have to offer!

Well, my first product is no longer available but thanks for that Bob. What I covered was everything a beginner would need to know about how to get started online, what certain terms meant, where to go to locate certain information, I explained getting started with domain names, social media sites, you name it. I had video tutorials walking them through everything and reports explaining other things. I put a lot of work into that product but back then, I didn’t name it properly nor market it right. Mistakes I had to learn as I went but I did sell a few and was very pleased with myself.

Glad you enjoyed this one Bob, thanks for that! You are a great supporter! 😉


66 Ryan Biddulph November 2, 2011 at 5:24 AM

Awesome stuff Adrienne and this resonates with me strongly! The analogy I like is the 1 of a doctor or lawyer versus an entrepreneur. We would never go into a doctor’s office or law practice and expect free service, right? So if I put forth many 12 to 18 hour days over the course of a year to build my craft, almost as much time an energy as those 2 professions, why in the hell would I NOT charge for my products, or books, or services?

Thanks for sharing!!



67 Adrienne Smith
November 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Hey Ryan,

Thanks for saying that, glad you enjoyed this post.

I love that analogy and you are right. If you have spent a lot of time learning your craft as well and you now have a lot of great information that can really help others, you can’t build a business if you continue to give it all away for free. I should have used that in my post. Thanks for sharing that.

Hope your day is going well! Appreciate your input!


68 Mark November 2, 2011 at 8:18 AM


I think it is a tradeoff. Some people do not have money to spare but loads of time, while others have money to spare but face a time constraint. Then there are many shades of the two.

It’s true that purchasing products can be a fast lane to making money, but not all people who learn it do so from paid products. Some people who know to take action can create wonders from just freely available knowledge. And then there are those who purchase stuff and sit on it thinking that it will lay golden eggs.

Like I always say, action is the key to success. Once you get to a certain level based on your efforts, purchasing expert level stuff might be a good idea to achieve greater heights.

What do you think?



69 Adrienne Smith
November 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Hey Mark,

With writing this post, I’m under the assumption that everyone that is here reading this is here because they are serious about succeeding and serious about moving forward with creating their business. Therefore, those people should know that in order to do that you must take action. I openly admit that I have found a lot of really great free information online so I’m by no means putting that down at all. But let’s face it, most free information is not going to give you every single step you need to take in order to get you to the best end result. If you are lucky enough to find something like that then I applaud you.

You are also right that some people do not have the money but they do have the time. If that’s the case then they have no choice. But if you really want to move forward you will probably admit that investing in your education is the smartest move.

Learning with free information and then purchasing more advanced products is definitely a good way to go about this. You definitely don’t want to hit the advanced stuff until you’ve learned the basics. I know I would have fallen on my face if I had gone that route.

Thanks Mark, I appreciate you sharing your opinion with me. Also enjoy hearing what others think of my posts.


70 Ilka Flood
November 2, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I hear ya, loud and clear. I have wasted a lot of my time before because I didn’t invest in products or services which would have helped me learn what I needed to learn. I wised up though.

On the flip side of the coin, there is a lot of free information out there that is excellent. So I like both. If I can get something free and it suits my needs I take it. At the same token I’m perfectly okay with paying for a course if I need to know the information taught.

Have a wonderful week!



71 Adrienne Smith
November 2, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Hi Ilka,

I guess we’ve all made this mistake in the beginning. It’s a common one to make I admit. We don’t necessarily know what we’re looking for so we find whatever free information that can help us at least start understanding a little more about what’s what.

You are so right though, there is a lot of really great free information out there. So if we happen to come up on some and want to take the time to go through it then we should. But just don’t be afraid to invest in yourself but in the end, we are SO worth it!

Thank you young lady, always a pleasure to see you!


72 Ed Welch November 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Great post, there is a lot of truth and wisdom in what you say. I too wasted a lot of time always looking for the free product. But what you find is, particularly in I.M, is that free eBook or what ever is designed deliberately as a pull to pull you into their funnel. They give you just enough information. Agreed you can piece it altogether but it takes so long. A word from an expert can save so much time. But keep in mind also these Marketers have probably spent a lot of money getting to where they are today.
Keep up the good work.


73 Adrienne Smith
November 2, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Hey Ed,

I agree with you, free eBooks and reports are specifically created to entice you into getting even more from that person. But I’ve also located a lot of really great free information from other bloggers. It’s because they are so generous in sharing their valuable content so that others can learn too. Of course their main goal is to eventually create their own products and build their business in that respect too. But free isn’t always bad. It’s the time it takes to acquire ALL the free information that we waste.

Thanks for sharing that! I mean that’s why we are here right! :-)


74 Peggy Baron
November 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM


I admit I like free too. But being well into my online journey I’m at the point where I’d rather buy from people I trust than get it in bits and pieces all over the place for free.

Being a tightwad doesn’t help with investing in myself in this IM business. I have to make myself compare costs online to those offline and when I realize it’s much cheaper online (like advertising), then I’m more willing to spend. Yes, I could kick myself for the time I spent not investing in myself, but I’ve made HUGE strides this past year to invest and move myself forward quicker. It’s working! :)



75 Adrienne Smith
November 2, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Hi Peggy,

I agree with you Peggy, I would prefer buying from people that I trust and know I can learn from. It’s so worth it in the end, especially if you’ve been here awhile and you are really anxious to take your business to another level or just learn something new that will help you expand. The courses and programs will pay for themselves in the long run, that’s for sure.

Really appreciate you sharing that. I have no doubt you are making huge strides. With these recent courses you have invested in, I know you’re doing great. Congratulations! :-)


76 Dia November 2, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Perfect advice my friend. Investing in what we need is crucial, this is actually how money gets circulated by practicing the art of giving and investing. I personally have invested in my business for the cover of my ebooks, blogg training, and logo. Investing in knowledge is crucial my friend, not only in our business, but in all areas of life. Thanks for sharing Adrienne 😉


77 Adrienne Smith
November 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Hi Dia,

Sounds like you have been on this same road too Dia. And you have a few products under your belt now so we can definitely take advice from you. See, we learn from those who are having success and with time we’ll get there ourselves.

Thanks for sharing that Dia and sure hope you had a wonderful day!


78 Justin
November 3, 2011 at 5:13 AM

Hi Adrienne,
We sound very similar when it comes to money. I love free too, plus I enjoy going to garage sales to look for “good stuff cheap.”

Some things are just better to pay for than to spend so much time trying to get it for free. Our time is valuable, and worth money so we need to use it and be paid for it accordingly.


79 Adrienne Smith
November 3, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Hey Justin,

I guess some free things are worth the time searching for them while others aren’t. In the beginning I can understand why this would be a great route but then once you start understanding some, it’s time to dive in and learn from the big guys.

Thanks Justin, glad I’m not the only budget conscious person around. :-)


80 Richard November 3, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I find that there’s two problems with free information. First off, many times you get what you pay for…

But secondly, you often get a diluge of information that you need to sift through to find anything really useful. This can get time consuming beyond just the following up concept. Time is money….


81 Adrienne Smith
November 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I an extend I do agree with you Richard. I have to say though that I have acquired some really fabulous free information over the course of my online experience. My whole point of this post though is how much time do you continue to waste searching for the “great” free information. Sure, not all courses or programs are top notch but luckily for us, the majority of them will refund your money if it doesn’t live up to your expectations.

The information overload part can happen to us whether it’s free or not but I think with free, we don’t get the entire picture so we just continue to search. Boy, that can really get tiring, can’t it!

Thanks for your input and you are right again, time is money! :-)


82 Chadrack
November 4, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You’re so right about this. Frankly, one thing I love about the internet is the abundance of free info. And as a blogger I thought providing free information is the best way to go. However, some time ago after going through some unpleasant circles, I realized just what you wrote about but in a different light. Then I asked myself, if I continued to provide free content, how do I make the money or am I not in business? And so I changed my strategies. But as I visited some of the blogs whose owner were commenting on my blog then, I realized some of them were committing just the same blunder. Most of them were blogs set up purposely, as the blogger puts it, to prove that the information the “gurus” were marketing to unsuspecting newbies could really be gotten online for free!

Now, that’s the truth.

But realizing that they were going about it the wrong way I made a post about titled something like, How not to start an online business! In that post, which had the same idea with what you have here, I made it clear that if they are out to build a business on the net, then starting a business that provides free content is not the right way to go since those visiting their business blogs/site will be conditioned to look for only free information. Moreover, monetizing such a blog will be a problem since your conscience will not allow you.

Now, I can say that every one of those blogs that started with that mindset are as today down, though most of them were hosted on free blogging platforms but it all seems that the owners, after slaving it out and not making any thing out of their efforts, simply gave up!

So, free information is not only expensive to the business blogger who will not invest something on their businesses but also to bloggers who thinks blogging is just about providing free content on their blogs. Indeed, the internet has lowered the cost of entry and running a business online but the truth is, there is always a prize tag! (Apologies to James Hadley Chase!). You need to invest some thing, if not the money, then your time. And as they say, time is money – much more valuable money!


83 Adrienne Smith
November 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Hi Chadrack,

Free good information is so important Chadrack for helping you start becoming attractive to others. If they start learning from you and see that you are genuine in your efforts to help then the “right” people will invest in their education in order to learn even more. So free is not bad and there will always be those people who will only go the free route. You can’t fault them for that. But don’t shoot yourself in the foot either by not continuing to offer free valuable information.

It’s just that there will come a time when free is not enough. You aren’t going to be able to learn more advanced things through only free methods. The reason is because people are here to make money and that should take nothing away from those being generous with their information.

For those people that you mentioned who are out to prove the gurus wrong and share more advanced skills then I’m not at all surprised that they have fallen off the face of the earth now. Unless this is just a hobby for you and you are making a living doing something else, people can’t afford to continue to give information away for free. My question for those people would be then why are you even here?

I really appreciate you sharing this with us. I know you are speaking from seeing this first hand and you even mentioned a young man who apparently has been doing this very thing. You are right, this is the less expensive route to go to build a business and I’m the first person to say continue providing free valuable information to your readers, but don’t sell yourself short. You have so much more to offer and because you have built up a good following, they will want to continue learning from you. You have to trust yourself in that respect.

Thanks Chadrack, I really appreciate you! You definitely share some valuable content over at your place. I know I’ve learned a lot from you.

Have a great weekend.



84 Janet Callaway
November 4, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Ummm, Adrienne, are you at all passionate about this topic? After reading this post, I am simply not sure how you feel about it. Whew! So glad you vented, Adrienne, and got it offer your chest. No doubt you feel much better and the “world” needed to hear this message.

Far too often, Adrienne, we look for “credentials” or “scores” to validate us or, should I say our knowledge, when in reality EXPERIENCE is the best teacher. Adrienne, guaranteed you know more about starting and running a business that a college professor who went to school, obtained the degree and started teaching. Theory is not the same as reality. And, with the rapidly changing world we will in, what’s published in books is virtually obsolete by publication date!

What’s interesting about my business experience, is that all instances I decided to start a business and did–no degree or special training in that industry. However, diverse as the industries were, my knowledge base was ever expanding as the experiences were cumulative.

When I joined the online world while some things needed tweaking or adjustments, so too would any traditional business model today vs 20 years ago. Fortunately, Adrienne, both us are blessed with common sense and that is far more important that any degree, certification, score or credential.

Adrienne, if this post does not get people up and going, well . . .

Best wishes, my beautiful friend, for a fabulous weekend. Until later, aloha. Janet


85 Adrienne Smith
November 4, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Hey Janet,

Ya think? :-) Yeah, I’m a little passionate when it comes to this topic. I didn’t fair as well as most people who got started in this industry. I have openly admitted on numerous occasions that I don’t learn as quickly as the majority of people. I am annoyingly budget conscious too so I definitely went the free route. I do wish when I started that I had run across more bloggers who shared such great information but we do live and learn.

I agree with you about the experience methods because that’s how I progressed in the corporate world. I didn’t have the “credentials” but I had the experience and I knew what the heck I was doing. That won them over every single time. An old boss use to tell me the same thing. That sure made me feel good.

I wish I had had your drive to just want to do something bad enough and then just go for it whether you knew much about it or not. I so admire that about you and just think of all the different things you have done and accomplished throughout the years. You are so inspiring!

Thank you as always for your input on this topic. I love hearing your thoughts and I’m always learning from you. Every single darn time! I just love that Janet! Thank you!

Have a blessed weekend and whatever you do, have the best time ever.


86 Charlie November 21, 2011 at 5:07 AM

Hi Adrienne:

I know your post resonates with A LOT with people wanting to make money online. Everyone wants everything for free. But, want to know a secret that many “free only” people don’t know about?

When you pay for a membership site (or some other paid product) where they provide support and teach you how to find a niche market, how to put up a wordpress site, how to optimize it, how to convert it, etc., you have that knowledge with you WHERE EVER YOU GO.

So, when you do come across that free “piece of the puzzle” that you’re looking for, you can make sense of it and know where and how to use it in your aresenol.

NOW, all of sudden, there are thousands and thousands of “free” information that you can actually make money with b/c it makes sense to you (with your “paid for” knowledge).

And, let me tell you, there are some REALLY GOOD “free” information out there if you only knew how to use it.

Once you have this knowledge, you can honestly say, “drop me off in the middle of any city with only a laptop and an internet connection, and I will make make rent and food money in 1 day.” Now, THAT is true financial freedom!

Super post!


87 Adrienne Smith
November 21, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Hi Charlie,

Thank you for sharing that and you are so right.

Free information combined with what you have paid for can help really piece some things together that you didn’t quite understand before. I agree that a lot of the free information online today is great, it’s just being able to locate it and then put all those pieces together so you can finally understand what they are trying to explain. Boy do I ever get that!

Thank you for sharing that, seriously! Great way to look at that. Appreciate you stopping by and really hope you have a marvelous week.


88 Charlie November 26, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Hi Adrienne:

Thanks for replying:) There will come a day when the “free only” people will take a chance and pay for support. I remember how it was…very scary to dish out $50.

Anyway, hope you and your readers have a Happy Holiday!

PS Don’t get too crazy with Cyber Monday :) …which is ironic now that I think about it b/c the “free only” crowd will spend $500 on things that can’t make them money. Hmmmmm :)


89 Adrienne Smith
November 26, 2011 at 11:56 AM

You are right Charlie, you can only get so much information for free. You’re eventually going to have to break down and dish some money out.

Thank you for your well wishes, I know I had a wonderful holiday and hope everyone else did as well! :-)


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