6 Red Flags-Avoid Affiliate Marketing Scams

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.

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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.

My Story

I am a victim of Affiliate marketing scams.

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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.

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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.

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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

6 red flags of affiliate marketing scams
  1. Done for you and/or completely automated
  2. Claim for high dollar income with very little work
  3. Play on your emotions
  4. Very little information about the product
  5. Fake reviews
  6. 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!

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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.

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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.

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10 thoughts on “6 Red Flags-Avoid Affiliate Marketing Scams”

  1. Hello; I can see that you have been scammed while seeking to do business online just like I have. It is one of the most hurtful disgusting occurrences that can ever befall a person who is honestly searching to do business online to upgrade their financial status.

     Scamming is a lucrative business for the dishonest predators that lingers online daily. Your post should serve as a positive help in the fight against online Scams. 

    Authorities should be taking more stringent measures to protect people from cybercrimes. There should not be any difficulty in finding these culprits

    Have you found any record of any online scammers who have been put to jail for their actions?


    • Hi Dorcas, yes a program called Mobe was shut down by the FTC. 3 individuals were indicted. There is still hope that scammers will be stopped. 

  2. This review will serve as a guideline for many people that have no clue on how scammer can penetrate their victims. Scammers are multiplying everyday and they have no job than to spam the internet with their fake testimonies about their product that people can venture into. All your overview on where they can show up are very true.i have read many reviews that warn people against scammer, so am familiar with some of the tricks they used. Thanks for this collection.

  3. You certainly hit the nail on the head here. Great information, this needs to be shared. Starting an online business requires diligence and “elbow grease”. Any site boasting simplicity, little work and high income is a joke. I’ve learned that there is real commitment and learning to be had in the world of online business, but the fruit of the labor is absolutely there! Thanks for helping us fellow affiliate marketers out by outlining these red flags.

    • Chris, you are so welcome. If the red flags are there, it is time for concern. The old saying if it is too good to be true, then it is will always stand. 

  4. Since there are LOTS of scams and foolish sites, programs and stuff promising huge amounts of money with no time, almost without a job done in the money-make online industry, it’s always nice to get honest reviews from recognizable persons to avoid scams and to have some general awareness. Personally, I didn’t get scammed but I was about to lose some money before I found Wealthy Affiliate platform. Thanks for a good site!

    • You are so welcome. It is my pleasure to help out in any way I can. Wealthy Affiliate is an incredible and honest platform. With effort and diligence one can create an online presence and reach the world. 

  5. Very useful article you created here on the 6 red flags to avoid in affiliate marketing! It took me awhile to notice because I’m always trying to find ways to make money online and it is hard, it does take time. people need to realize that if it sounds too good to be true or if they’re saying you don’t need to do much to get the income coming then its not going to happen at all. Building an online business is just the same as building a regular business it takes time either way.

    • You are so right about the online business the same as a brick and mortar business. It all takes time and effort, but in the end, the passive income speaks for itself. 


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