Internet marketing, running a home based business, starting an online business, making money online, whatever you want to call it, it can be a VERY scary experience and downright expensive if not taken seriously and done correctly.

How expensive?

Well, you can lose your shirt, drive your family into the arms of the nearest hotel and make your best friend your worst enemy.

In other words, proceed into Internet marketing at your own risk!

And what makes the whole process of starting an online business that much harder is that there is so much misinformation on the Internet that people are easily taken in and parted from their money. Hopefully, this article will dispel some of the myths so that you'll at least have a fighting chance should you decide to try to make a living online.

One of the biggest myths when it comes to Internet marketing is the saying that goes, "Build a site and they will come." This couldn't be further from the truth! Just having a web site on the Internet is no guarantee that people are going to find it. With all the web sites out there, what makes you think that anybody is going to stumble onto yours without some serious marketing, search engine optimization, and hard work? They won't! So let's dispel this myth right away.

Another big myth, that scares people off, is the one that says, "Starting an online business is very expensive." It doesn't have to be! Yes, it can be, depending on what it is you want to do. If you're thinking of becoming the next then you better have some serious cash at your disposal. But the truth is, starting a modest online business doesn't have to take a fortune. Yes, you will have to spend some money to get started for things such as, web hosting costs, domain costs, web design costs (if you're not good with HTML), and marketing costs. But in comparison to the real world where businesses need thousands of dollars to get off the ground, your costs are barely worth mentioning. The only real exception to this myth is if you go jumping around buying into every program that promises riches. Do NOT do that!

Another myth that you will hear quite often is the one that says, "You don't have to know how to sell to make good money on the Internet." Think about the total illogic of this. You're starting a business to sell a product or service to somebody. So how are you going to be able to do that without knowing how to sell? People who tell you this are usually just after your money or really don't know what Internet marketing is all about.

One of the best myths is the one that goes something like this, "You don't have to build a mailing list to succeed in online business." This is just laughable! How do you think companies like Sears and Macy's make their money? Those catalogues that they send out every month or so are not just for show. They're to let you know what product sales there are and to get you into their store to buy. If this method of advertising wasn't effective then why would the biggest companies do it? This is not to say you can't make money without a list, but it's going to be much harder and you're probably not going to really make big money until you have an in-house list of people who trust you enough to buy from you.

There are, of course, more myths to making money online but these should give you a pretty good start in the right direction. Now get out there and start making a living from your online business!

Who wrote this article?

Author's Bio: 

Trent Brownrigg has been successfully doing business online for quite a few years. He doesn't pretend to be an "expert" or a "guru" but he has been around long enough to know what he is talking about when it comes to online business. He will help you in your quest for online business success. Visit his work at home business website at for more information.