Thursday, November 18, 2010

True Story!! Use Facebook to Earn Side Income!!

If you reach here while doing your research for various facebook direct marketing program, you've come to the discouraging page. However hold your horses if you want to criticize the lack of research done before I start to write about this. I hold no grudges with the facebook direct marketing scheme or some call them scam, and I totally understand that in the business world, all gain come from someone else losses, directly or indirectly.

I can totally understand why some high school and college students, housewives or retiree are into this kind of direct marketing scheme, in which three (3) of the main contributing factors are:
  1. Too much time on hand
  2. Too little money to spend
  3. They can easily build network, especially people with condition 1 and 2
What I can't fathom is why are those people in their mid-20s and 30s into this kind of scheme. It is true that network/direct marketing is one of the best way to generate income. It is at it most basic form an advertisement or marketing effort for the product that you genuinely tested and believe in, and you earn a percentage as commission. It is simple to operate, simple to duplicate, in a perfect world this is more then a dream come true! Think about how often we refer someone to something that we are using and we didn't even get any monetary benefit from our referral! Now, don't get so excited just yet and think again, if they are offering a commission and the commission can make people rich, what does that means? Either the product that they offer are insanely overpriced or you will have to sell a huge volume. In which the former is usually the case, and after you get the product in your hand, look at it and tell me do you really need those product? Okay we do buy stuff that we don't need everyday anyway, that's the mon(k)ey circle, so long as you think the product is worth what you pay, why not?

Now now, let's get back to facebook, I really couldn't recall when it started, but there's an increasing trend of people misusing photo tagging to promote their product and the promoter of Infinity Downline are among the bunch who did that. Tagging photo of nicely arranged cash and put catchy caption like, "Earn by logging into Facebook", "Start earning side income by using facebook!", "RM100 to start your own business" and their variation. 
Some people call it an income redistribution model, most people call it pyramid scheme, and some call it the most creative business model. Just don't get confused with the great Ponzi Scam! The original scam, plotted by Charles K Ponzi in the 1920’s was an operation wherein older investors earned money literally by sitting down and doing nothing thanks to the influx of money invested by newer members. Their model are totally different, and people usually get confused because the business have the same fatality factor, once the market is too saturated, and new investors stop investing, the model breaks. Get real people! Even traditional business have the same fatality!

Is Infinity Downline a Scam?

Doesn't seems much like me discouraging the scheme/scam eh? Did you notice one thing that separate the people earning from such scheme and the people who don't? Remember how you even start researching for such scheme? THEY WORK! Those people who earn from the system work (for) the system! They post photo on facebook, some on craiglist, ebay, twitter, blogs etc. There are nothing wrong about the system, they provide service, they charge, the people who need the service join. However above the simple system is the facade of lucrative residual income by not doing anything much. The one who earn from the system often oversell the facade, and not much is said about the product! Okay, think back, further back, what was the motivation factor that make you start researching about such scheme? Greed! You don't want to work! You lazy people (I actually wanted to type bastards but oh well, just in case you're too sensitive) who want an easy way out!

Stop fantasizing that by logging into facebook you can earn a fortune! Freaking get disconnected, focus on your work and make a living using your talent! If you have a talent in making people believe in such fantasy and you want to make a good living out of it, go write a fiction! There's a reason why J.K. Rolling is a billionaire!

If you want to dig further about how the system work you can go to Infinity Downline official website, in which I will not provide the link. If you want to see some review I'd recommend that you read through Infinity Downline System Members Won’t Be Retiring Early! especially the comments. Another recommended read is 5 MLM MYTHS, in which the author smartly ride on the trend of Infinity Downline frenzy and farmed some great traffic to make a ads income. For a more neutral view try, THE GREAT DEBATE – IS INFINITY DOWNLINE A SCAM? , by a self-proclaim, making money online guy.

My one last word (or perhaps phrase),

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me! Y2010

26 years ago, I came with nothing, along the way I bring pain and pleasure to the people I meet. I'm very glad that along the way I've found some really really good friend. Thank you all very very much! All wishes well received!
I've been called so many names, the obvious lauyee,  and it's variations like lauyee[insert more e], laoyee, laoyi, lauyi, lau e, lau ee, lao eh, lau eh, lao jiao, 老姨,老一,老易(sound similar to lauyee in Mandarin),老二(sound similar to lauyee in Cantonese), aunty, uncle, lao uncle, handsome, bro, dude, peng you and last but not least en yee (lim peh's original name printed on the I/C, girly I know).

So many wishes, covering, health, wealth, relationship and general well being. Thank you all for the wishes, and may all my friends who I keep close, and enemies who I keep even closer (if there exist any) and family be blessed with good health, fortune and love.

Thank you to all the friends who posted ($p@m if you use Leet Speak) on my facebook wall, sms and even called. All wishes are much appreciated, and you guys and gurls knowing me (or at least now you should know) that I am lazy, so even if I did not reply, all wishes are well received and appreciated. Thank you.

Special thanks to my drinking buddies, for the joint birthday celebration in Black and White. Sorry to arrive late as usual, trying to make a dynamic entrance mah!
Missing in the picture are our photographer
Alex Tan and Michelle Hoo
 (who?) who is sleeping in the background

Special in lack of better word thanks to my bros and their beloved significant others (hopefully soon spouse) for the seriously surprised celebration in De Crystal. Not missing out the new friend that I don't really know, yeh yeh.

Lacking better vocabulary to convey my appreciation, all I can say is
and to all the friends (well because I know my family wouldn't read this) that I had troubled throughout the year(s), I sincerely apologize, and I will shamelessly trouble you guys again when I need to. To the people who I had made laugh, smirk or even just a smile before, keep that smile on your face, you people look better when you are happy.

Last but not least, Happy Birthday to my dearest lauyee, I know you are not the best guy alive, but I know you have a dream, and I wish that your dream will come true in the near future. For the time being bear with it, I know Ipoh can be boring, but life goes on and hard earned money are sweetest to spent.
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What is lauyeelosophy?

It was a little unexpected that this blog is still up at running after so many years, and definitely a huge chunk of inactivity. Started off with nothing but some personal nags, sharing some of the songs that I genuinely like and their lyrics, and some thoughts that I have no one around me to discuss with, bullshits that I've structured.

Soon I'll put everything into a mixing bowl, sharing lyrics with a structured bullshit story. I wouldn't update it as often as I'd like to but for people who like reading, I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed.

Yes a picture is worth a thousand words, but it wouldn't be as entertaining as a thousand words for sure.

Sincerely yours,