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|We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by fattbabakay(m): 9:46am On Aug 01, 2017|
As I stare out of my window on a gloomy Tuesday pre-dawn, I wonder about a nation in distress and the path that we have taken to reach these depths. The days get gloomier like there’s a dark smudge on glass, that prevents the light from getting in. Every day, that smudge grows larger, yet no one shows any willingness to do anything about it, so the future grows even gloomier.
The hope that used to exist that one day it would get better is starting to wane, because the people on whom that hope rests, the young people, are only interested in becoming yahoo boys rather than making legit money with their intellectual property. And right now, I think I can feel the future grow even darker, can you feel it too?
The subject of my philosophical rambling is nothing else but Nigeria and her Yahoo boys. Contrary to what you might be thinking, I'm not here to preach about the moral or lawful “rightness” or “wrongness” of yahoo yahoo, find out yourself, rather I seek to examine the effect that this so-called syndrome has on legitimate businessmen especially internet marketers who are usually “cursed” with having to sit in front of a computer all day, like a yahoo boy, as the community would see it.
At this point, I could put my hands over my eyes and just let the tears flow, but as a strong man, that’s not expected, so I'll let this piece of write-up cry for me.
I write out of frustration and recurrent sighs, as it's high time I voiced out what's bugging my mind concerning this whole theatre of art being acted out by the entire community, at the expense of said internet marketers, who just sit, cluelessly, watching the whole drama with hands on cheeks.
Quite right, our financial institutions are in chaos, our politics are mired in scandal and incompetence, the education system got a thousand worries (don't even get me started, or we won't leave here today), these and more are finding a way out of the fact that they justify why Nigerians now spend valuable time on illegal exhibitions online.
Like I mentioned earlier, I am not here to make a big deal about any need, perceived or otherwise, for whoever is doing whatever to desist from such act, in which case I would be wasting my time. No, what makes my heart weep is the victimization and harassment that legitimate internet marketers have to endure because they share the same instruments with these so-called yahoo boys.
Okay, I agree, internet marketers have some features that make them look very synonymous to yahoo boys, like having to sit in front of a PC screen all day pressing keys and making enough money to fend for themselves without no physical dedication or properly stated work at hand.
You can hardly walk around the streets with your laptop in your bag without SARS detaining you and asking you random questions because you're a “yahoo boy”. Try wearing chains on your neck (or any expensive accessories) and flaunting them anyhow on social media, the next morning, if it’s not NPF breaking down your doors, I can assure you, it would be SARS.
Just some days ago, the police apprehended a colleague of mine who uses an iPhone 6, milked out some cash out of his pocket without no proper justification but the fact that he is too young to be able to afford such device, else, he’s into yahoo.
Another case study was that of another colleague of mine that got his house stormed by SARS, probably based on some whistle blowing escapades after being gauged by neighbours based on his lifestyle, that is, stay indoors all day fixedly gazing at some PC, and pull out later in the evening on some designer jeans. What else would you call that in a country like ours? A yahoo boy?
As an internet marketer, you'd definitely relate if I said you cannot count the number of times you’d have been countered with questions like “Do you do Gee?”
Take it slow with y’all judgements! Calm down! Okay, I blame it on ignorance, ready to listen now?
The problem is that we have successfully developed what J Cole described as the “Ville mentality”. Congratulations. By the way, “Ville” is French for “city” or “town”, but in this context it means, the “hood”. The Ville mentality is the way that people in a certain area or a particular set of people think about a subject (in this case making money through the internet).
In the black ghettos of America, you either rap, sell dope (this one being the major plug) or become a sportsman if you have any hope of being successful. So if you're a successful black man, who is not a superstar, then you must be a drug dealer. That is the “Ville mentality” over there. Everybody thinks like that, young people growing up, adults, parents, everyone.
In Nigeria, yahoo yahoo is our “Ville mentality”, that's why young kids growing up believe the only way to make money through the internet is through that route. And if you sit in front of a computer all day, and start buying cars soon, I can assure you that your own mother will accuse you of doing yahoo. That's the power of the “ Ville mentality “. Everyone believes it, musicians sing about it, movies focus on it, in short, we all react to it unconsciously because we were raised in it.
Now, open your brains, let me educate you, the internet is so big, at times, it’s free seating. There are too many ways to make money online, or rather create an income source for yourself using the internet without going illegal, it all depends on what you choose to do. Some of these works, if well played, would probably pay you more than this so-called yahoo that we are all making noise about.
First off, Internet marketing is the job of creating a convincing message that attracts customers to an online product or service. Internet marketers come from a variety of backgrounds, including internet business, graphic design, writing, IT fields and freelancing generally. The term “Internet marketer” is a rather broad category that plays several roles in jump-starting a business's foray into the digital world.
In basic words, according to how I decide to make this look, internet marketers are those who use skills or knowledge they have acquired one way or the other, to make money online.
And why are you always in doubt when it comes to how much money can be made on the internet without doing any illegal dealings? Have you forgotten that Akin Alabi, owner of Nairabet, was an internet marketer before starting off his million dollars bet company?
An average level 2 freelancer on Fiverr can make roughly $2000 a month, that right there, is some people’s income for 6 months. I know of a colleague that made 800k in a month with FLP business, he never left his home. Someone made millions in 2 weeks by just trading Swiss coins, people rake in thousands daily by just buying and selling crypto currencies. People buy mansions with Adsense money, and we’ve heard of a UNILAG student that bought an expensive wagon with Clickbank affiliates dollars.
So, what’s your mentality leaned towards? Are you yet to be enlightened? Do you need more orientation? Read along...
In recent times, freelancing has been a major gold rush, young people who are digitally skilled now have a means of making legit money online without going into shades. This, always gets them glued to a computer screen either looking for tasks to get done or completing a task online for clients.
Isn’t that sort of intellectual property meant to be appreciated? Please give them some credits!
But based on the fact that they share some similar qualities with our dear yahoo brothers, coupled with the fact that they make aggressive income with this, they are unconsciously tagged “Yahoo Boys”.
Now, apart from the fact that my ink is running out, I’m a man of little words. At least, my heart is starting to beat more calmly as I have poured out these frustrations but this piece would not be complete until I proffer solutions to these problems of mistaken identity badgering all internet entrepreneurs in our society.
The first, and I believe the most important piece is to remember that you're not a yahoo boy so don't treat yourself like one. When people ask what you do, take your time to explain to them if you care about their opinion, and if you don't care about their opinion, still explain to them, it will reduce the number of people calling SARS on you.
Most internet entrepreneurs have been asked one time or the other by their neighbors, friends, or family what they're doing to make money but they'll refuse to talk, which leads those people to the natural conclusion, yahoo yahoo. In your mind, stop thinking of yourself or what you do as shady. Don't be shy to explain to people, and if you don't have time, simply tell them you're an internet marketer (although this will probably lead to more questions, ergo, time wasted).
Take Home Point; Educate people close to you about what you do and if the day comes that you're accused by anybody of being a yahoo boy, you'll have people on your side to corroborate your story.
A wise man once told me that “truth” does not exist, there is only my opinion, your opinion and what the world remembers. If you want to make sure people remember your opinion as for the truth then you have to speak up and make your position known. We invented this lifestyle (internet entrepreneurs, programmers, freelancers etc), not yahoo boys, so let nobody treat you like a yahoo boy when you're not one. We often forget that we're in Nigeria where nothing will happen until we speak up, shout, march or protest, so we can't keep sitting on our butts while fellow internet marketers are getting harassed by the Police force for running legitimate businesses online. I know you'll say it's not your problem, but remember what they said about what goes around, yes, it comes around. So let's create a collective voice, a coalition, where we can make our voice heard as one to resist the forces of harassment and victimization.
I would advocate for the creation of a national body of internet entrepreneurs where legitimate businesses can register and be approved to prove they're not fraudsters. This body can then see to the defence and protection of its members from the people who were supposed to be protecting them in the first place (ironic, isn't it??). Before you start saying that a body would do this or a body would do that, let me remind you that shoemakers have associations to protect their interests, and frankly, I don't know why internet marketers don't have one. And if they do, why it's not being publicized so everyone can join.
It is at this point that I would take a break to refill my pen and replenish my energy, but before you leave, I want you to take a moment to think about these words I've said. And remember, posterity will judge us for our actions and inactions.
WRITTEN BY: Faturoti Kayode, a content writer and internet marketer in whole. You can follow him on Twitter @Fattkay
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|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by Fynestboi: 9:51am On Aug 01, 2017|
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by illicit(m): 9:51am On Aug 01, 2017|
yahoo bois can type ehn
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|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by fattbabakay(m): 9:52am On Aug 01, 2017|
AwonGoonsMee:Like I mentioned earlier, there are loads too many ways to make money online in nigeria. But based on recent studies and experience garnered in recent time, I'll be stating the most significant ones.
1. FREELANCING ON FIVERR: A major plug among young men in Nigeria. I would have mentioned freelancing in general but Fiverr is still the easiest for Nigerians to operate on. I have written an all in all Introduction To Freelancing Here, you can check it out. I also have a guide on Offering Email Marketing services on Fiverr if that caught your fancy. For a quick introduction to Fiverr, download this free guide.
2. FLP AND GREEN LIFE: Pretty close to importation. If you've got good marketing skills, this is your key. You can check this FLP Business Guide. For more details on this, please refer to google.
3. GO CRYPTO CRAZY: Cryptocurrencies! If you know bitcoins, you should have an idea of this. There are a couple of things to do with them; invest, trade e.t.c Check this guide on how to start trading bitcoins. I also had an interview with a cryptocurrency expert some weeks ago, maybe you might have something to gain from that, check it here. You might also want to check out this post on Swisscoin trading.
4. BLOGGING: Difficult one I must say, but if you can pull through the early stage, you are on some autopilot income. There are way too much of information about blogging if you know how to manipulate google, you can get started with that. Meanwhile, make sure you check [url=https://hustle.ng/why-nigerian-bloggers-not-make-money-blogging-online/]Why Nigerian bloggers fail[/URL].
5. BECOME A WEB/GRAPHICS DESIGNER: Actually a no-brainer. Take the pain to acquire any of these digital skills, then you are a step ahead.
I might have to stop there, I believe I've been able to mention one or two useful points. If you have any question, you can ask.
In case you want to contact me, check my signature and message on whatsapp only - NO CALLS. But mind you, I might not reply on time.
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|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by BabsThePresido(m): 10:06am On Aug 01, 2017|
Great content. A lot to learn from.
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|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by jerryboiii(m): 10:08am On Aug 01, 2017|
Well known to all even before this was mention, this issue of yahoo boys (internet fraudsters) is really pathetic. And the funny thing which is also a bitter truth is that they spend valuable time on this illegal exhibition that they would rather have spent on a more legit and profitable make money online endeavor. Needless to say that this piece came from a genius that knows his onions. Keep it up.
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by Nobody: 10:16am On Aug 01, 2017|
Oya how can we make legit money online?
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by rioemmanuel(m): 10:40am On Aug 01, 2017|
So true and well written.
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by sleeksoccer: 10:51am On Aug 01, 2017|
Hey!!! Give that OP A Medal!!
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|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by bookgenius(m): 10:59am On Aug 01, 2017|
Lalasticlala Seun let me know when this makes FP. I have something to say.
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by gidimasters(m): 11:31am On Aug 01, 2017|
Say it now or never
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by ziziangel(m): 4:12pm On Aug 01, 2017|
Quite thoughtful of you bro
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by sosy25: 5:35pm On Aug 01, 2017|
I'm an internet marketer and I believe that;
1. The difference between yahoo boys and internet marketers is the lifestyle. A genuine internet marketer who struggles on fiverr or struggles for months to get a downline of over 100 serious people in whatever MLM or direct selling firm that he is involved in would not earn a monthly commission of maybe $3,000 and spend it the same way a yahoo boy would spend $3,000 that a maga pays to him.
2. A genuine internet marketer does not hide what he or she does for a living. Why would you be selling cosmetics for tianshi or coffee for organo gold or ruzu bitters for Avenues to Wealth and you keep it a secret? Would you not have tried to sell your products to everyone you know or come across? Would you not have tried to tell everyone you know about the business and tried to sign them up as your downlines? In my case there is nobody that knows me that I have not told about the business I am involved in. Even those that refused to join would still admit that I told them about it. So when my firm pays me $12,000 in a month and SARS comes after me there is a lot of evidence to show where my money came from. I would have been paid through payoneer or bank wire and when I log into my payoneer account or my online banking the evidence would be there. I would not need to pay SARS any bribe as yahoo boys do to be released.
I believe this problem of internet marketers being mistaken for yahoo boys is because some of these so called "internet marketers" are also doing yahoo by the side.
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by handsomenfrosh(m): 6:28pm On Aug 01, 2017|
this so true!!!
op wallai I gave am for credit!!!
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by TellMeNothing: 9:22pm On Aug 01, 2017|
Walai Op Your head de see front..
This same topic me and ma guys de discuss for weekend..
You layed out everything correctly
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by dokdave(m): 1:42am On Aug 02, 2017|
Nice one bro.
But how can this money be made online?
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by paulsonworks(m): 3:01am On Aug 02, 2017|
who yahoo boys help
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by Silvermoney: 5:12am On Aug 02, 2017|
I beg to disagree. Lifestyle is a matter of personal choice. There are frugal yahoo boys (believe it or not), who make a lot of money from Internet fraud but are not ostentatious, just as there are legit Internet hustlers who make their money and spend it as recklessly as they want. At the end of the day you can't tell a man how to spend his money legit or illegit. We all have different attitudes towards life.
I can't be criminalised for choosing to live lavishly from money I made legitimately. It's a choice.
Besides, one thing I hate most is having to explain to random busybodies how I make money online. What this means is essentially giving the heads up to anyone that comes my way. Some of us spent ridiculous amounts of time crawling thorough hundreds of websites, forums, and threads in search of information, and we learned a lot the hard way. From article writing to information marketing to affiliate marketing, to straight online biz brokerage, to good old buying and selling (E-commerce) and so on. It is an endless sea of opportunity there on the Internet, and no lazy airhead should use me to obtain free information in the name of "knowing what I do for a living". If I simply say I'm an affiliate marketer, they are never satisfied; they always want details. Isn't that ridiculous? I suffered a lot to learn these things, and I don't even know up to 1% yet, as I'm still hunting for more information. There's no way I'm going through all this only to be explaining xyx to any ignoramus who sticks his smelly nose in my business - who doesn't even know what wordpress means.
I have always insisted that the onus of proof is on the accuser. If you think or conclude that I'm a' Yahoo boy', that's your business. That's always my attitude to these things. I owe nobody any explanation. And just to be sure, characters like SARS (which by the way, stands for SPECIAL ANTI ROBBERY SQUAD, since many people allow themselves to be intimidated), are not in my lane at all. They know who they can try their illegal operations with.
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|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by ayomidearo(m): 9:18am On Aug 02, 2017|
Great piece here cc seun lalasticlala mynd44
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by KayDEAN(m): 11:33am On Aug 02, 2017|
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|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by Ericaikince(m): 11:33am On Aug 02, 2017|
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by NwaAmaikpe: 11:33am On Aug 02, 2017|
Nigerians are so talented at getting euphemisms.
Internet marketers indeed.
We have aristos, fratmen, hustlers etc.
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by ivolt: 11:34am On Aug 02, 2017|
Don't blame people for judging, most Yahoo boys lay claim
to being internet marketers.
Even if the above is overlooked, the shameful acts of some
so-called nairaland internet marketers will make people have
a second thought,
whenever a post about the arrest of a Yahoo boy comes up on nairaland,
they throng to such thread defending the criminals as "hustlers"
and cursing anyone who wrote against the fraudsters.
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by managersam: 11:34am On Aug 02, 2017|
Meanwhile, I want to sell these domain names:
If you're interested, kindly call/whatsapp 07064272729
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by success1smyn(m): 11:36am On Aug 02, 2017|
op you're very on point
but we need to wake up and challenge all this illegal operations from our so called law enforcement agencies ASAP
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by nairaman66(m): 11:37am On Aug 02, 2017|
The Nigerian Police is a disgrace to modern policing trend!!
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by sod09(m): 11:39am On Aug 02, 2017|
nawa ooo see talk
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by MrDandy(m): 11:39am On Aug 02, 2017|
Their are lots of ways to make money online legally.. no be only yahoo
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by MhizzAJ(f): 11:39am On Aug 02, 2017|
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by jashar(f): 11:39am On Aug 02, 2017|
|Re: We Are Internet Marketers, Not Yahoo Boys! - FATTKAY by MuyiRano(m): 11:41am On Aug 02, 2017|
good one @op... oil dey ur head
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