As an Affiliate Marketer, you are exposed to thousands of scams daily. Today, I want to talk about how to avoid affiliate marketing scams. It is imperative you know these 6 red flags to protect yourself.
It doesn’t matter if you are new or a seasoned marketer, everyone is vulnerable to these scams.
I searched long and hard for statistics on internet scams that flow along the lines of affiliate marketing. I found no concrete evidence for the number of people scammed.
The closest I came was ScamWatch out of Australia for 2019 stated 103, 000 were reported this year with a loss of 765,000,000 dollars.
I am going to go out on a limb to say I bet 2 out of 3 online marketers have fallen for at least one scam in their career.
I am a victim of Affiliate marketing scams.
I started an online blog about four years ago for my poetry. I had no idea what I was doing, so I went to YouTube to learn.
I sat up my website and away I went. I had every Tom, Darry, and Harry find me on the internet to “help.”
Everyone one of them offered some form of “help” with SEO so I could get ranked on the first page of Google.
One scam that I fell for is Dex Media. Here is an affiliate marketing scams review on this company.
The worst part is I helped these scammers put food on their table while I struggled. I trusted people to do as they say because I am trustworthy.
Each time they scammed me, I was too embarrassed to report it or say anything to anyone. After all, I am an adult, and I should see these people coming a long way off.
Enough about me. Here is a link to a Wealthy Affiliate review that also talks about my story.
What Is Your Story?
I know that most of you reading this post have a story to tell. So what is your scam story?
Where you embarrassed? Did you feel like you should have seen the scam coming down the dirt road?
I don’t need to wait for the answer to these questions. I know how you felt because I felt the felt the same way.
I Want You To Be Aware!
Today I am going to walk you down the dirt road of Red Flags. I have written 13 product scam reviews and six reviews on shady programs that I don’t recommend.
Every time I write another one, I say “please be aware of the red flags,” which brought me to this post.
Keep an eye out for this list the most prominent red flags.
I want you and I to stop the income for every scammer out there in our online world.
6 Red Flags-Avoid Affiliate Marketing Scams
- Done for you and/or completely automated
- Claim for high dollar income with very little work
- Play on your emotions
- Very little information about the product
- Fake reviews
- You have to pay to promote their program
1. Done for you and/or completely automated
Many videos will tell you it is all done for you. You don’t need to do anything except copy and paste what they give you. When you are watching the video or looking at the promotional sheet, and you see this statement, know it is a scam.
Affiliate Marketing is so much more than a copy and paste online business.
2. Claim for high dollar income with very little work
Oh, this is a good one! The spokes person may say ” you can make $35,000 a month starting now and you only have to work 15 min a day.
Without going any further, you know this is a scam.
No one, I mean NO ONE can only work 15 min a day and become rich.
3. Play on your emotions
Every scammer has a sob story about how their wife almost left them or how they lost everything to a scammer or how they were broke, and a wonderful person did for them what they will do for you.
And most of them want to show you pictures of fake vacations with yachts and Lamborghinis.
It is all a manipulative ploy to prey on your desire to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
It is also the spokesperson trying to get you to identify with them so you will trust them.
Don’t trust any of them!
4. Very little information about the product
A scam program promotion will play on your emotions and entice you with get-rich-talk, and by the end even though you don’t know what you are paying for you find you have clicked the pay button.
You are star-struck with the shiny object syndrome and click the pay button.
Retake a look at the program for all of the red flags and make sure you know exactly what the program involves.
5. Fake reviews
Oh, this is one of my favorites. When I do a review on a scam one of the first things I do is screenshot the reviewer photos and compare them on google images.
At least one of the people giving testimonies is a paid actor.
Yep, the program is paying people to tell you how great the money is they are making. More than likely, the person does not know what the program is other than the name.
If a program is so good why do they need to pay for someone to tell the world?
6. You have to pay to promote their program
As an Affiliate Marketer, I go to companies and request to become their affiliate partner. I promote their product on my website FREE, and they pay me a commission when someone purchases from my website.
I do not pay them a dime!
Many scams want you to upgrade so you can promote their product and have a license to share it.
Why pay them when you can promote products FREE?
Here you have the 6 red flags to help you avoid affiliate marketing scams.
My #1 Recommendation
At the top of this article, you see a box with an eBook. Suppose you want to learn more about setting up an honest business online; just put in your email address and download my book. I talk all about affiliate marketing. Once you finish that, I will break it all down for you and send you weekly emails with information on how to get started. You can earn a passive income online from home.
I also offer an alternative way to learn. I learned all I know from the Wealthy Affiliate Platform. You can sign in and set up an account with WA. I will be your personal mentor, as well as the full support of a like-minded community.
When you sign into Wealthy Affiliate Platform, I will receive a notification and send you an email. You can reach me by responding to that email. On the inside, I am your personal mentor and here to help you succeed whenever you need me.