Affiliate marketing sites are everywhere on the internet today! Everywhere you look, they are offering you the possibility of a better life. They advertise that if you buy into their program, follow their simple instructions, and build what they have built – you are going to be rich.
Be careful! Everyone wants to take your money. Their business is to get you interested in an online business, and then grab your money that you worked hard to get.
As a child, my mother would always tell me that if something was too good to be true, then it probably isn’t real. The internet can make things that are fraudulent seem like a valuable opportunity.
I wanted to write an article about how to avoid affiliate marketing scams. How do you know if something is for real? I’m going to give you some thoughts that will help guide you in the right direction. Let’s begin.
CONSIDER YOUR INVESTMENT COMPARED TO YOUR RETURN
When I started looking into different affiliate marketing platforms, I was amazed at how many were available. All of them used the same principles for success, and all of them promised a thorough education that would payout in the end.
The difference came down to the amount of money that was required to begin. One business needed as much as $2,000 for you to be an affiliate, and take the educational courses they offered.
Wow! $2,000 &%$#$% dollars!
I want to put this into perspective so that you understand why they ask so much money. The businesses that required large amounts of money at startup also pay out large sums if you refer someone to their platform. You can make as much as $800 for a single referral. That sounds very tempting, right? The difficulty is you have to spend a hell of a lot more on marketing and driving traffic to your site than even the $2,000 initial payment.
That $2,000 could easily turn into $10,000, and this is their business model. The more you spend on driving traffic to their site the more money you could potentially make. Sounds good . . . It’s really hard to start a business this way.
The reason for the high price tag is these businesses are MLM companies or legal pyramid companies. I am talking about companies like Aspire by Digital Altitude.
Note: A multi-level marketing business will pay you an affiliate commission from those that you refer to their platform and will continue to pay you up to 4 tiers. Let’s say that I just referred Bob to the platform and he refers John. You’ll get a commission from Bob and John. You see how that can add up very quickly, and that is why they require such a steep price to begin.
You have to be very careful about the MLM business platform. I am not saying that they are scams directly, but indirectly they have a subtle aroma of a scam. My reasoning is because the chances of actually becoming successful in this business model are very slim. Most people that succeed in these types of platforms already had a solid foundation and was already driving traffic to their site. They were making money anyway. Advertising an MLM businesses was just another way to generate income.
They never actually build a lucrative business from stretch using the MLM ‘s tools or courses.
The real kicker is they promote that MLM business as if it was that company that made them successful – that’s not true at all. That’s the scam included. I hope that you can see what I am talking about.
IT’S NOT FOR BEGINNERS
The second affiliate business I would avoid are those that are designed for marketers and not the average person.
I tried several affiliate sites, and they are not all equal. Most do not teach you the fundamentals of how to build out a website from scratch. Especially the MLM business model. The MLM companies will teach you about their business model, and why they believe their business model can make you a lot of money, but they do not teach you how to drive organic (FREE) traffic to your web page, making your site a long-term revenue stream.
LEARN THAN EARN
The best way to make money online is to learn and then earn. You need to discover how to build an online presence, create content on that website, and then build that site out.
DON’T CHASE A QUICK BUCK
Avoid businesses that talk about making money quickly. These types of businesses are not real, and you should stay clear of this kind of philosophy. That sort of business will ask you to invest a lot of money, and you will probably never see that money ever again.
The proper philosophy in business is first you want to learn how to build a viable business, and then you want to earn from that business once a solid foundation is laid. This philosophy takes time, but it will produce an income long term.
MORE THAN COMPLICATED
Avoid platforms that are difficult to understand. I found that ASPIRE is hard to follow the program in general. It’s hard to comprehend the price structure, and how you could potentially make money. They assigned you a coach that was supposed to guide you, but all they did was try to motivate you to spend more of your money.
Remember: No one will ever turn away your money. As long as you are willing to pay, every business will be prepared to take. Just make sure you understand where your money is going before it waves goodbye.
Here are some thoughts to consider:
- Understand their payment plan.
- Understand their philosophy of business.
- Make sure you know if they are going to educate you or do you have to teach yourself.
- What tools are they going to give you to be successful?
- How much will you have to pay after your courses are complete?
- Are they motivating you to sell to you?
- Does the platform seem confusing?
- Is it a multi-level marking platform?
- Do they want you to succeed or are you just a customer?
- Do they promise you success quickly?
Before anyone joins a platform, you need to make sure that you understand what that platform is all about. Do your homework. Ask important questions that will give you a greater understanding of the business, and the direction that you will be heading.
SCAMS AND SUCCESSES
I am not writing this article to scare you away from affiliate marketing. It was the opportunity of affiliate marketing that I’m making a lot of money. I am just helping you sort through the countless pages of information that is available to you.
There are some businesses out there that are scams. Be careful. These companies are just looking take your hard earned money. Make sure that you do your research before you make any commitments. I sure did.
When I finally decided to begin my journey with affiliate marketing, I decided to use Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy affiliate gave me the tools that I needed to be successful.
Was I concerned that it was a scam? Absolutely.
I did my research and talked to several people. I concluded that WA did not have a get rich quick philosophy. They wanted me to be successful by teaching me how to build a genuine online business.