Thursday, August 6, 2009

Avoid Being Scammed, Know How Affiliate Marketing Scams Usually Work

Affiliate marketing scams are quite popular these days. Unfortunately, more and more people are becoming victims of these scams. If you are planning to plunge in the field of affiliate marketing and you want to make sure that you won’t fall victim to the works of expert cons, you should be aware of the usual process of how affiliate marketing scams – in the form of affiliate links opportunity sites - usually work.

Less work input, more profits

There is a common scam formula that is very effective – enticing people by promising them instant huge rewards in exchange for less work input. When you encounter affiliate marketing scams, you will be enticed to join an affiliate marketing opportunity through a promise of earning big amounts of money without the need to create a site of your own.

Aside from earning a six digit income in just a month’s time, you won’t have to buy a web site template that usually costs $20. Moreover, you won’t have to pay $10 for web hosting services every month. You can get your every own site and make money with it without the need to capitalize.

If you grab this affiliate link opportunity, you can opt to find someone else to send traffic to your “free” site and you won’t have to worry about anything. You just have to sit back and wait for your commission to arrive in the form of huge amounts of checks.

A glance at reality…

Believe it or not, scammers offer dubious transactions that pose questions and doubts on the minds of an affiliate marketer. But more than often, the would-be scam victims ignore these signs because they want to keep their hopes high – they want to believe in the possibility that they can really instantly earn a lot.

In the case of affiliate link opportunities, their initial offer would be cash in exchange for nothing. However, as you read on, they will tell you that you won’t really just sit back. You have something important to do and that is to promote the site. That certainly looks very easy right? You will be given a “free” site where you will have to place the affiliate link as a “featured” link, and all you have to do is to direct traffic to that site so visitors will click on that link and you can earn money. Still, the task seems manageable and so you will opt to take your chance at the obvious scam.

And then the scam becomes more obvious…

Although you are considering the opportunity, you will soon realize that program is a scam as soon as you get to that point where the merchant offers you a “pay for it or leave it” opportunity.

Note that in the beginning, affiliate marketing scams will be giving you a “free” site and aside from promoting it; you can also earn money if you sell a similar site to some willing affiliate marketer. Technically, you have to convince other people to buy the same site that you have although you are not really familiar of how actually it will produce real benefits aside from the fact that you can earn money by selling and promoting.

However, if you are not capable of promoting the site, the company that originally “gave” you the free site will be very willing to do all the promotion and marketing for you. But, you will have to pay a “small fee” – which usually amounts to less than $50. If you pay that amount, the company will be responsible for bringing a huge amount of traffic to your “free” affiliate site.

If you won’t avail of the “special” service offered by the company, you should first join all the programs that they offer before you will be entitled to the commissions from the links that appear on your site. Until you have signed up for those programs, you won’t receive anything. The sales garnered from those affiliate links will go to the person who gave the “free” site to you. So much for the promise of earning lots of cash the easy way!

Bombarded with the work that you are supposed to do and convinced of the promise that you will earn tons of cash, you will probably accept the agreement in which the company will do the work for you after paying a “small” fee. Unfortunately, you were just conned!