Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Signs Of A Scammer: What You Should Be Wary Of In Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the most lucrative forms of online endeavor that anyone gifted with creative writing and sales marketing can make use of. It won’t be a surprise if you are planning to join the trade. However, just like in any business endeavor, you have to be careful. There are many scammers that exist online and you sure don’t want to be the one that they’re preying on.

Stories of an affiliate marketing scam victim

Where will you get the best warning signs that will tell you who is a scammer and who’s not? Aside from the scammer himself, the best resource would be the victims. They can tell you what they have experienced and exactly what you can expect from a scammer, assuming that they have learned their lesson well.

Victims of scam programs often narrate that most scammers appear as obvious unscrupulous personas. You will have doubts about the scammer the moment he proposes an affiliate program to you. So how is it that many still fall victims to these bogus programs? This is because they offer irresistible promises of huge earnings in exchange for just a little amount of work.

According to tales of scam victims, scammers often have ineffective sales letters for their products. Nor will they have effective business proposals to affiliate marketers. They won’t tell you about the efficiency of the product. Rather, they will just bombard you with their success stories and the possibility that you – as an affiliate marketer – can also reap the same rewards.

Blinded by the promise of huge amounts of cash

Many scammers will just post supposed proofs that they are really making money through their sales or through their products. They will post images of their checks or screenshots of their Clickbank statement account. They will brag about their “incomes” in order to attract people to buy and market their products. The truth is, these images are already edited to fit what they want you to believe in.

Scam victims also point out that most scammers will tell you that they sell their products for $10 or less but they will claim that they are making $10,000 in a day’s work. Doing the math, they claim that 1,000 people purchase their e-book everyday. However, if you check Alexa.com, you will see that the site only has about a hundred visitors. Their web traffic shows that what they are claiming is different from the real number of customers that they really have.

Aside from the fake checks, scammers also brag about the items that they “bought” using the money that they have earned from their products. They will usually include pictures of the house and cars that they “bought” instead of providing pictures of how they created the products that they are selling.

The merchant site tells it all

Scam victims and experts also point out that the product websites of unscrupulous affiliate marketing programs can also pose some doubts. Unlike professional marketers that will put some time and effort in making well designed images, logos, and graphics, scammers will not waste their time in making sure that the lay-out and design of their site are interesting and appealing.

When you visit the site of a scammer, you will also notice that there is no product or merchant introduction. Scammers will not bother discussing how they came up with their products. Instead, they will just point out some “supposed” benefits that you will get if you buy their products. They won’t even bother to introduce themselves and establish their credibility.

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