Guest Post – Ryan Biddulph
Alonzo Pichardo is a picture perfect online mentor.
I am not saying this just because he has gifted me with the opportunity to guest post here or to chat with him on his wildly popular YouTube channel.
I have seen him in action for a minute now. He is the real deal when it comes to offering genuine advice from a generous space without trying to squeeze anything out of the asking parties.
Like me, he will even go out of his way to offer advice to folks who are making big time online mistakes, like building their platform on social media versus doing so on their blog and website.
Unfortunately, shady online business mentors who are quite unlike Alonzo litter the cyber world.
You know who I am talking about; the unsavory folks who promise you the world through hyped up videos showcasing flashy cars, big homes and unending money supplies.
I actually feel some compassion for these guys because I know the prime reason behind their shadiness; fear. Only afraid people brag, boast and build their online business on the quicksand of hyped up claims, empty promises and no free, helpful, in-depth content.
Just because I feel a little for these folks does not mean you shouldn’t avoid them like the plague.
I do own everything that happened during my online career but like many online newbies who started out about a decade ago, I was roped in to the online world by a less than honest mentor who seemed to be the norm in 2008.
As soon as I spent money he disappeared, emailing me with cryptic, 1 or 2 word answers, if that. Yep; Shady City.
Anyway, I want to help you find reputable, heart-centered, generous mentors who can help you succeed with your online business.
I also want to share tips to help you steer clear of the dishonest gurus.
The Chief Rule of Thumb
Here’s my rule of thumb for disqualifying the guru herd; if their presentation is all about getting, this is a huge red flag.
Getting focused gurus intentionally leave out the giving/working/learning/practice aspect of running an online business because they want to specifically attract desperate, broke or greedy people who have no interest in working, but who love cashing checks.
If you see any guy or gal promising big money, cars, homes and trips without sharing how to create this success through their free content – blog, social media, email newsletter, etc – you have received the ultimate red flag and need to head for the hills.
Run, don’t walk, from these shady folks because you never want to align with a fear-based marketer who is so desperate to make money that they intentionally focus on greedy or terrified folks to build their empire, said empire always sitting on a house of cards.
Legitimate, heart-centered online business mentors help you generously for free through their blogs, their websites and their social media accounts. These folks may offer free giveaways through their email list or they are regularly answering questions on the Warrior Forum or Quora.
Check their Blog
Does the entrepreneur have a blog? If not, this is a red flag because more than ever, reputable mentors run a blog well-stocked with free content and premium products or services.
Just because a pro created a blog does not make the individual trustworthy. I have seen a few mentors who set up their blog but never created any helpful content on the platform. Look for helpful, free content. If these folks help you for free they are likely reputable, skilled mentors who offer valuable advice.
Check their Social Media
Good mentors engage followers on social media.
Shady gurus rarely if ever engage their followers. If they do post an update the content tends to point people to a hyped up squeeze page.
The best leaders in your niche answer questions, chat with their followings and generously give of their time and talents.
Trustworthy Mentors Do This
Trustworthy mentors help people for free.
Good mentors share their knowledge generously, either 1 to 1 or through their blogs, YouTube channel or through various social streams.
If someone gives you their secret success sauce by offering sound advice you can rest assured that these individuals will be helpful online business pros that you can follow to point you in the right direction.
An Important Note
Heart-centered online business mentors often run thriving businesses. These people are busy with paying clients or customers, high level partnerships, creating new content and making strong connections.
My point; these people are busy and cannot spend 5 or 10 minutes answering questions that they have likely answered hundreds of times through their blogs or videos or podcast. It’s on you to follow their work, to patiently study their content and to put in the time to practice, to create and to connect your way to online business success.
Expect short, concise and successful advice from these pros. Also understand that established mentors can not respond to every request or question.
I cannot engage the hundreds of people who connect with me through all of my active online channels every day. This would be physically impossible. I do spend hours through helping people for free and for pay through various online channels.
Beware of gurus who promise spectacular results without explaining how to attain the results.
Stick to generous mentors.
The free givers of the world are the people who can point the way to online business success.
About the Author
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.
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