Affiliate Marketing: Staying Away From Scams

Many of us are upset and frustrated with our current jobs. The low pay and sense of being undervalued drive many of us to dream of our own businesses.

However, the costs combined with the risk factors stop most of us in our tracks. Affiliate marketing is a way for people to work for themselves with little to no risk. There is basically no cost to you and you are paid on your performance. But today, you have to be careful. There are plenty of scammers and con artists out there that are more than happy to take your money and hard work from you. Unfortunately, affiliate marketing is not immune to these scammers. Daily, people are taken in by promises of big money with relatively little effort. In this article we will look at some of the signs to look for and show you how to spot a scam.

When you join an affiliate marketing program, you are either going to sell a product or a service. With products, you usually have a choice and range to sell.

How you decide to do this is largely up to you. You could also sell a service. Web page designs as well as increasing sales and internet traffic are all examples of services offered by affiliate marketing programs.

How many times have you seen as ad on the internet promising huge earnings? Things like “Earn 1000$ a day” or “Join our program now and become a millionaire”. If you look closely at these ads, they are not actually selling anything. Any company that is just selling the opportunity to make money is most likely some kind of a scam. True, some affiliate marketing companies will have attention grabbing headlines like the ones mentioned above. However, if you go on to read the ad and information, there will likely be a detailed description of what that company sells. They will also have a disclaimer and terms and conditions listed. Read them.

These companies that offer, the opportunity to make money are likely a version of a pyramid scheme. Not all of them are because there are some gifting programs out there but if you are the one on the bottom, you will not see any earnings. The only people paying money in are the ones actually joining. When you look closely at them, there is no income being created, just money being passed from person to person. Not only are these potential scams but you will more than likely lose what you invested.

Another thing to watch out for is if there is no free participation. If you have to pay to join, then you may have stumbled upon a scam. If there is free participation, you may be looking at a multilevel marketing (MLM) program which is completely legal. Some people make a good living out of MLMs. However, if you are not successful or the program runs into problems, you may end up purchasing a bunch of products that you cannot sell.

True affiliate programs are free; that is part of their attraction. There may be additional parts to the program that you could financially participate in but the basis of the program is free which should be risk free also. Any affiliate marketing programs that demands your money is not an affiliate program. You should ask yourself why they are misrepresenting themselves this way if they are legitimate.

Many of us dream of being our own bosses. We would love to be able to take control of our lives and careers. The attraction of answering only to yourself, combined with setting your own working hours and committing
to what you choose, brings loads of people into the affiliate marketing programs. Affiliate marketing can be an excellent way for a highly motivated, creative person to make an excellent living. There are some wonderful programs out there just waiting to be joined. However, for every great program there is likely one that is fraudulent. Con artists operate in many areas and unfortunately affiliate marketing is not immune.

Before joining any affiliate program, check into the company or program.  Talk to others or research them on the internet. Affiliate marketing can be a great opportunity but you need to do your homework.

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