How To Spot Make Money Online SCAMS

How to Identify "Make Money Online" Scams

The are so many make money online scams out there it is terrifying. Don't get me wrong there are tons of scam products, programs, and software out there for ever other catetory as well, but it definitely seems to be most prominent in the “how to make money online” and "work from home" categories. Making Money Online Scams

People promising that you will be a millionaire by using this system, or push a couple of buttons and you will get rich from the internet, or create a website and make thousands of dollars a month, etc.

The simple fact is that none of that is true. I am sure you heard the old saying “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” That is one statement that is right. Making money online through a home based business takes work, just as any other business does. Anyone that tells you differently be it online or not is trying to scam you.

In the interest of saving your money and time, I am going to share with you two simple rules to follow to figure out immediately if what you are interested in buying online is a scam.

Rule #1:  Utilize Forums. If you are considering any product, service, software, etc. regarding “making money online” then you need to check out the Warrior Forum. You can search the forum for any questions; reviews etc. on anything internet marketing related and get feedback from other internet marketers. This resource is invaluable.

Rule #:  If you are looking for online work from home possibilities and find these types options; data entry, customer service, medical transcriptionist, completing surveys, processing emails, etc. Let me state plainly the almost all of these "opportunities" are scams. The companies that are representing these types of programs actually charge you a fee to sign up and work with them. If any company charges you to work for them, then it is a scam. You will never have to pay a legitimate company to work for them.

TIP: Always research before you buy something, unless it really doesn’t matter to you that you’re wasting money.

Living by these rules, you can save yourself time, money, and avoid becoming a victim of the many “how to make money online” scams out there.

I hope you found this information helpful. For more helpful and great information regarding anything internet marketing related, check out the rest of my Blog.

Good Luck.

Common Newbie Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

What Are The Most Common Newbie Affiliate Marketing Mistakes?

Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective and powerful ways of earning money online and having a successful home based business. This option gives anyone a chance to make an income via the Internet.

Since affiliate marketing programs are easy to join, implement, and they pay commissions on a regular basis, more and more people are now considering this option when deciding to start a home based business.

However, like all businesses, there are several pitfalls in the affiliate marketing industry. Committing any of these mistakes will cost you your time, money, reputation and potentially worst case scenario your entire business. That is why it is better to avoid them.

Mistake number 1:  Choosing the wrong affiliate.

Many people want to earn from affiliate marketing as fast as possible. However, you need to understand that building a long term successful online home based business will take time. Don’t expect it to happen overnight.

Many newbie’s to affiliate marketing in their rush to get started will join an affiliate program just to be part of one instead of doing necessary research first. Another misstep many newbie’s make is choosing a product that is in demand  or “hot” right now without actually considering if the product appeals to them, nor considering their competition for that product.

Instead, choose a product or service that you are truly interested in. For any endeavor to succeed, you need to be passionate about it. Then do some research about that product/service to see if it is in demand. From there, check out your competition to see if you stand a chance for ranking in the search engines for that niche.

Then most importantly do research on the product/service you want to become an affiliate for. Find out does the product/service have good customer reviews, is their return/refund rate small (less than 5%), does the company or individual providing the product or service have a good reputation, etc. Remember whatever you promote is a reflection on you, and it will affect your reputation as well. All of these things must be considered when choosing an affiliate program.

I cannot stress enough that you then need to take the time to plan and figure out your actions for successfully marketing the product or service you chose.

Mistake number 2: Joining too many affiliate programs in the beginning. affiliate marketing mistakes

Since affiliate programs are very easy to join, you might be tempted to join multiple affiliate programs to try and maximize your potential earnings. I highly recommend against this when you are first starting out. I am sure you may be thinking there is nothing wrong and nothing to lose by being part of many affiliate programs. This cannot be further from the truth.

This reason I say this is because joining multiple affiliate programs at once and attempting to promote them all at the same time will prevent you from concentrating fully on each one of them. The result of this will most likely be that your maximum potential for the product/service you are promoting will not be realized, and the income you generate will not be as large as you were expecting.

The best way to get excellent results is by starting with just one affiliate program. Once you find the program you want, give it your best effort by promoting that product enthusiastically. As soon as you start to make reasonable commissions from that affiliate, then you can join another affiliate program.

The technique is to do it slowly but surely. You will also be able to evaluate your efforts to see what works best for you, so moving forward with other affiliate programs you will be able to start profiting more quickly.

Mistake number 3: Not buying the product or using the service.

As an affiliate, your main purpose is to effectively promote a product or service and to find customers. For you to achieve this, you must be able to relay information about the product or service to your customers honestly.  It is impossible for you to do this when you yourself have not used what you are promoting.

Most importantly, you are risking your entire online business reputation. It won’t take potential customers long to figure out that you are deceiving them, and this will ruin your business and the reputation that you’ve worked hard to build.  Once you have ruined your reputation you can rarely salvage it.

I cannot stress enough to try the product or service personally first before you sign up as an affiliate to see if it really delivers what it promises. If you have done so, then you are one of the credible and living testaments aware of its advantages and disadvantages. Your customers will then feel the sincerity and truthfulness from you and this may convince them to purchase the product/service for themselves.

Additionally, I must state this. Just because you tried the product and can give an honest review of it, DO NOT promote it if you didn’t like the product yourself. Only promote what you like and are passionate about.

Many affiliate marketers makes these mistakes and it costs them dearly. By following the three simple steps above you will avoid making these common mistakes.

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Good Luck.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

There are many different avenues in which to pursue an online home based business. The way I prefer is affiliate marketing.

What exactly is affiliate marketing?

So what exactly is affiliate marketing you may ask? According to Wikipedia the definition of affiliate marketing is “a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate's own marketing efforts.”

The way I define it is; think of yourself as a Salesperson (affiliate) for a company (merchant). When you make a sale for that company they pay you a commission. The great part of affiliate marketing is that all your marketing can be done via the internet. You don’t have to meet with people or make phone calls, etc. You are simply directing people on the internet to your merchant’s site, and when they buy something the merchant pays you a percentage of the sale known as a commission.

affiliate marketingWhy Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing works for the company (merchant) and the affiliate (you). By utilizing affiliate marketers the company gains free advertising to a large market, which increases their chances for more sales. The more affiliates they have, the more sales they can expect.

By getting affiliates to market their products and services, they save time, effort, and money (the company doesn’t have to pay to advertise) in looking for possible markets and customers.

How Do I Get Paid as an Affiliate?

When you become an affiliate for a company or product, the company assigns you a unique “link” to identify you and your sales with.

You can promote this link in any number of ways, such as a blog, website, Facebook page, You Tube video, Pinterest, etc. When an individual clicks on the link it will redirect them to the product/service website you are promoting. If this individual purchases something while on the company’s website, the company will recognize the link they came from as you (affiliate), and will pay you a commission on anything purchased by that individual.

Who Can I be an Affiliate For?

You have thousands of options when choosing who you want to be an affiliate for. My suggestion is search for a product or service you love and check to see if they have an affiliate program available. Some examples of companies that have affiliate programs are; Amazon, Wal-mart, Target, Best Buy, Shareasale, plus thousands of others. Many individuals, and product creators use sites such as Clickbank, and WarriorPlus to promote their products and manage their affiliates. 

Is Affiliate Marketing for You?

I personally prefer affiliate marketing for my home based business. Keep in mind though; there is no quick and easy path towards success. Affiliate marketing may seem very easy but it entails great deal of hard work on your part. Also, you must realize if you become an affiliate marketer you are effectively creating and running your own business.

It will take your time to run that business, so if you are passionate about what you are doing then you can be successful, if not then you are doomed to fail. Be creative, be smart, patient, and persistent and you can achieve your goals.


I hope you now have a better understanding of what affiliate marketing is. For more great information regarding anything internet marketing related, check out the rest of my site.

To your success in your online endeavors.



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make money online blogMy blog’s purpose is to educate you on anything and everything internet, online, home based business marketing related with the goal to help you make money online. This blog will cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Reviews – covering good products and services, as well as the bad
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  • Internet marketing tips
  • And anything else I can think of along the way

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