Affiliate marketing is vastly becoming very popular amongst the online community, and like anything that becomes popular, it is rapidly being overrun by fraudulent types aiming at scamming the innocent. These people are greedy, and they definitely don’t care who they hurt in the process. The answer, of course, is to protect yourself from by duped, by following this simple guide:
The most popular form of advertising that scammers will use to draw you in is via banners that attached to completely legitimate websites. These banners will make a lot of claims that you will earn big amounts of money fast, and many of them are incredibly convincing, but they are often a lure into a nasty scam. If you are not sure if a banner is a scam, see if there is a link to a website, if there isn’t then that strongly suggests that they won’t have any content for you to link to, therefore, definitely a scam.
A legitimate website will never ask you to pay to sign up to their affiliate program, and they definitely will not charge you to gain the information about the scheme. So, if they do, yet again, this is probably a scam.
Reputable companies will always happily tell you the location of their registered office, they will offer you their telephone number, and they will give you an email address. If you can not find any of these things, get very suspicious, and come to the conclusion that this is another scam.
Any serious business will always be extremely happy to answer any questions that you might have, this is deemed good customer service. So, if you want to test out a company, and you can find an email address, send them an email ask a few basic questions about their scheme. If they don’t get back to you, do not sign up to anything and walk away knowing that you’ve avoided something not very nice.Look at the products that they offer, if they seem to be far too cheap, then something is amiss, and it’s likely to be a scam.
If the website does not tell you how often you will get paid, or even what percentage you should expect as commission, then it is quite fair to accept that they probably don’t intend to pay you at all for any hard work you might do at luring people to click their links, so keep away.
Once you have learnt how to spot the scammers, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t have a lot of fun and make a nice little amount of money out of affiliate marketing, so don’t let the idea of scammers put you off, it really can be worth the effort, and remember that not every company is out to scam you.