Affiliate Marketing Scams? Are They Really Out There?
We all have seen the flashy websites promoting programs which pay out huge returns for little work as an affiliate marketer. But, are these programs really worth what they say they are? As a blogger looking to promote products do you think these people really care how good your content is? No, they are in it for the money and that’s it! Worse yet is these shady so called companies hide the hidden truth behind their programs. It’s a sad day when you can’t make an honest living as a marketer but even worse when there are companies looking to steal your money with false promises.
What You Should Be Watching Out For
So, what should you be looking for in affiliate marketing scams? There are a number of things and I’ll list them below. Just know that there are so many out there that it’s going to be hard to tell what is good and what is a complete rip off!
1 Always check reviews on an affiliate marketing program before you decide to join. These companies will push you with their tactics to make you sign up right now. They don’t want you to think it over and that’s where you will get burned. Much like telemarketers they use these tactics to gain control over the situation quickly. Always research the company in question first before doing anything!
2 Promises of big money fast. Affiliate marketing scams are rampant and many of these shady programs will promise you all kinds of bonuses and deals to get you to join. They will promote their cons with flashy websites, alluring content and tell you what you want to hear. The end result is you sign up, spend your money and get little to nothing in return.
3 Programs have no physical address. An email address is not a physical address so if you see something like the company name and an email address but no physical address, chances are its a hustle. Always look for a physical address and a phone number!
4 Program is too new to have any reviews yet. This is another red flag for me. I would never join a company that has no reviews simply because you never know what you are getting. Most reputable companies will have at least a few reviews so you can make an informed decision. No review….no signup!
5 Use common sense when joining any company. Affiliate marketing scams are probably one of the more common internet cons out there. While there are some reputable companies, it’s important to use your common sense. Below is an example of a potential affiliate marketing scam that I found in my email this morning.
You DON’T Need To Upload Videos To YouTube
You DON’T Need An Existing Email List
You ONLY Need Very Basic Technical Skills
You Can Start With A NEARLY ZERO Budget
Ready To Get Earning Commissions Overnight?
Don’t Set Yourself Up To Be Scammed!
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