Allow me to be perfectly blunt.
Freebie Seekers are incredibly frustrating.
They are tire kickers. They are time wasters and they will suck the life out of your business before you ever get it off the ground.
You may be thinking, “Doug, what gives you the right to say that about them?”
Well, first of all…I used to be one. (BAM!)
So allow me to also explain that when I say those things, that it does NOT mean they are bad people that you should avoid like the plague.
The bottom line is that the freebie seeker is unavoidable. They will always show up in some form or another.
The key to “getting rid” of them. Is to help them see the light.
I can almost guarantee that every freebie seeker expects something for nothing because that is the message 99% of the “make money online” products deliver.
Whether it’s something along the lines of:
“Free Leads = $1,000’s of dollars a month!”
“I’ll teach you how to be successful or I’ll give you a million dollars!”
or, “For only $10, you can start a multi-million dollar empire!”
Granted, I’m being a little facetious here. But I trust you get what I’m saying.
So how do you help the freebie seeker see the light?
Well, for starters, you have to deliver an honest message. In one of the articles I wrote, I discussed 5 things I wished I had known when I first started marketing online. But it doesn’t just stop there.
You have to offer help and advice, but at the same time, not give away the farm so to speak.
What do I mean by that?
Let’s say you have someone asking you how to create a squeeze page. What the freebie seeker is really asking is: “Show me how to make a squeeze page that will make me money. In fact, if you did the work for me I’d appreciate it.” (Yes, sarcasm sometimes runs thick with me. :P)
Instead of showing them step by step how to create a squeeze page, why not direct them to a few YouTube videos. Maybe offer them a free critique of any existing squeeze pages they’re already using.
And if it gets to the point that they just aren’t “getting it”. Then there’s a chance for you to offer a solution to their problem. The key factor though, is that you need to explain to them if they are going to get ANYWHERE online, they need to invest in themselves.
Honestly, most freebie seekers are going to take your advice and go elsewhere looking for an answer. They’re going to get on another list, download another “free” report. Make another post on a forum and run in circles for the rest of their lives. At the end of the day though? They aren’t really going to bother you anymore, are they?
HOWEVER! You will have those people who will take your advice, do some research, implement what you’re trying to teach and have an awakening where they realize everything you’ve been telling them is truth.
This is where you can honestly (and ethically) offer them a solution (a product) to the problem they are facing.
NOTE: One of (and almost exclusively) the biggest issues newcomers face is how to get traffic. How to build a list, get clicks and get leads. Here’s some truth: There is NO SUCH thing as free traffic, it’s going to cost you money or it’s going to cost you time. If you’re a former freebie seeker who is serious about making progress (and money) online. Contact me on Skype and I will share with you what I’m doing to generate 10-25 leads a day. My Skype ID is: ctrl-alt-rage
I hope this was enlightening, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.