How to Avoid Affiliate Marketing Scams

scam alertWhile affiliate marketing is a legitimate business, there are many dubious programs out there trying to dupe affiliate marketers. People, especially newbies, keep falling prey to these scams. This can leave them discouraged about their prospects in this industry or even leave them doubting its legitimacy. To avoid affiliate marketing scams, you have to understand how they work. Here are some of the examples.

No Product or Service to Sell

This is a sure sign of a marketing affiliate scam. Any affiliate marketer is supposed to make money by promoting some goods or services. So if there are no products or services to sell, how is it even affiliate marketing? Such “affiliate programs” are mostly pyramid schemes or a Ponzi scheme. They are illegal. Do not even entertain a thought of joining them.

Pay-To-Join Programs

A legitimate affiliate marketing scheme will not require you to pay a fee to join. Neither will they need you to pay any membership fee at any stage. Ask yourself where the “fee” is going to. Most illegal multi-level affiliate marketing schemes require people to pay a fee before they join. They make money from these payments.

Get-Rich-Quick Offers

Affiliate marketing is not a get-rich-quick program. Any program promising you that you will make a lot of money overnight if you join them is a scam. You need to build an audience and earn their loyalty and trust before you can earn money as an affiliate marketer. That does not happen overnight.

Fake Training

cyber crimeNewbies in this industry, just like any other industry, will always be on the lookout for ways to build their skills. That can be through training. However, many people have started offering fake training especially in the form of e-books and webinar. Be careful before buying any affiliate marketing training material. Research first. They sell information that is available on the internet anyway.

There are a few approaches to avoid these affiliate marketing scams. Here is how.

  • Review the legitimacy of the product

Can you ever go wrong with Google? Looking up that program or training course on the search engines will reveal everything you need to know about them. You can search for their reviews or add the word “scam” after the program’s or course’s name. Well known scams will have numerous reports.

  • Check their website

Legitimate programs will always have professional websites. A fake one will probably have a website that looks like a scam. However, the conmen have upped their game, and they might have a well-designed site. You can check the site legitimacy on tools such as the web of trust and see other user’s reviews.

  • Commission Percentage

The commission rate should tell you something about the program. If it is too good to be true, then avoid it. They may be selling illegal goods. While some can be generous, the rate has to be realistic. They have to make a profit too.

Always do your due diligence on affiliate programs and affiliate marketing training courses. Take your time to learn about the industry as there is a lot of material online. As a general rule, stay clear of unrealistic offers and easy money schemes.

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