Affiliate marketing scams propped up all over the internet. This is brought about by the fact that most of us wanted to be our own boss.
Worse, everyone wanted to earn more for less work if given the opportunity. It is the kind of necessity that made unscrupulous individuals brazen enough to be at the forefront of these scams.
The red flags will not always be obvious. But if you can read an article based on stories from everyone else who survived the scheme, you know you have time to think about the next investment opportunity that comes your way.
What exactly should you be on the lookout for?
The Promise of Good Earnings
Most of the tactics employed by affiliate marketing scams involved ads that highlighted what you’re expected to earn upon signing up. It’s as if the only way to catch your attention, first hand, is by flashing the big bucks. Profits big enough to make you click that ad start as statistics on some of these scammers’ part and move along as numbers to convert later on for purposes of generating sales.
They only show you the big bucks on the ads. You had to get in the program itself to discover the story behind those big bucks.
Surely, there are affiliate marketers that succeeded in making a thousand dollars a day. But how long have they been in the system to reach the point of raking in as much as a thousand dollars a day?
Did you just realize how many times the phrase “thousand dollars a day” is mentioned in a single paragraph? That’s one of the understated tactics in keeping your attention stuck to an ad that highlights the potential income generated in a single sign-up. What more if you sign up family and friends in the same system under your recruitment?
Beware of affiliate marketing scams disguised as good-natured ads when they mention more the potential income generated as opposed to the actual hard work expected of you to rake in the big bucks.
The Get Rich Quick Schemes
This part of analyzing affiliate marketing scams may seem synonymous with the previous bullet point. Until you realize that some schemes just tell you a quick way to earn cash and not being clear as to how you can do that.
Some marketers may or may not mean to turn their humble venture into an affiliate marketing scam. But the shorter the ads go and the more they highlight the income-earning aspect of the endeavor, the more people are attracted into it.
And soon, other marketers change the way their ads are worded to attract more and more folks into their scheme. It ends up attracting the wrong crowd – the crowd interested in quick cash with almost none of the hard work.
You should be aware from the get-go what you need to do to earn well. There is understandable effort and there’s effort simply reliant on recruitment of other individuals into said endeavor. It starts sounding wrong once it is more about the people you recruit and less about the products or services. This brings us to the next point.
The Products (Or Lack of It)
Some of the most successful affiliate programs involved products that are so good, they’re practically selling on their own merits. On the other hand, there are products that needed to be marketed well.
Now an affiliate marketing scam comes up disguised as a financial literacy program. Or financial breakthrough program. Or whatever program name they are using at the moment to create an illusion of legitimacy. The bottom line is making you invest money in said program. In return, anyone who signs up for said program is handed down a set of products for you to resell.
The idea is obviously reselling these products at a markup. You make the sale then earn the profit whether or not you are trained to get into sales.
Some folks only realize the financial breakthrough program they got into is an affiliate marketing scam the moment they have no choice but to sell said products. And that it is easier to recoup whatever investment is poured into said scheme if you recruit more into the program.
If this is an actual financial literacy program, they will not make you pay for anything. They will not make you sell anything in exchange of an investment. That’s not how you make your money work. In the end, you still end up with the hard work. And it gets harder because the training is close to bad, if any.
You know it’s bad once any of the government agencies post a notice that warns its own employees of the uncovered affiliate marketing scam disguised as a financial literacy program.
How to avoid affiliate marketing scams?
Check out for testimonials based on the procedure, not on the income generated. You have seen testimonials with the sports car in the background. Or a wad of cash held close to the camera, you need to look closer. Income is easier to see compared to the blood, sweat and tears spent in earning it. It may not always be the kind of effort you are willing to pour into the program. That is if not for the distractions thrown your way like the sports car and the wads of cash.
There should be a trial period. If it is about products, samples should be on hand for you to try and see the results within the day. Buying the products for reselling purposes doesn’t always bode well for first-time marketers. Actual training programs should help you sell without arm-twisting or forcing anyone to buy from you. They also anticipate leftover inventory. These are the stocks left behind whether you met your sales quota or not.
There should be a support group ready to assist you in the sales process. Some affiliate programs only activate this sales process as an after-sales approach to customer retention. Good word of mouth still helps in generating positive feedback for the company. You don’t need to pour in your hard-earned money to discover the lack of after-sales service in the company.
Overall, credible research still takes the cake. Credible government agencies are ready to address your concerns about affiliate marketing scams. With that in mind, you got yourself a good foundation to protect you from affiliate marketing scams.