How To Stop Sleazy Internet Marketing

It’s easy to forget that you have a choice.

You choose who you give your email address to.
You choose what webinars you sign up for.
You choose what videos you watch on YouTube.
You choose what Facebook Messenger bots you agree to.

When you get cynical, frustrated, and overwhelmed by the flood of marketing messages in your inbox or tucked in the middle of your YouTube videos, you have several choices.

  • Unsubscribe
  • Don’t sign up for it in the first place
  • Don’t attend
  • Choose a different way to learn ideas
  • Pay for the ads to go away

You have options.

Don’t Open The Door

A woman recently complained to me that when she answered her office door, a coworker talked for 30 minutes, stealing precious work time from her.

I was not a good person to share this with. I had no sympathy.

She had two much better options.

1. Don’t answer the door. It sounds awkward, but it’s also awkward to keep knocking on a door when no one is answering.

2. Say her co-worker’s first name. It’s the most effective way to interrupt someone without sounding rude. After they stop talking, calmly tell them you have an appointment starting in a minute. People likely won’t ask who it’s with, but that appointment is with someone named Productivity.

Most of our interruptions and annoyances are things we let in.

An alternative to complaining

If you’re tired of sleazy internet marketing, stop complaining about it. It’s not going to go away, but you don’t have to take part in it. It’s optional, just like reading this was optional.

Stop complaining about the things you choose. That is, unless you’re complaining about the fact that you need to make better choices. I know I do.