As an affiliate marketer it is your sole job to promote and attract potential customers to a third party websites for some form of payment or gift. This third party is generally named as the Vendor/Merchant.
Can You Spot Affiliate Marketing Scams
Do you know what to look for and how to avoid them…
Affiliate marketing usually revolves around the use of such tactics as the use of e-mails, search engine optimization and several other popular methods such as marketing through a large internet based community such as Facebook, Twitter.
Why Are There Affiliate Marketing Scams
Affiliate marketing scams are possible because of the very simple fact that there is a high exposure to a large group of people getting involved in the online business, who firstly have very little knowledge about online marketing and secondly don’t do their research.
Also another very key reason is how affiliate marketing is promoted by many as a get rich quick scheme so people grab the first program they see that promises that they will make 100,000 a month and run with it.
All that a Vendor/Merchant has to do is to promote the affiliate program and product or service initially using their website or some legitimate third party affiliate network, insuring that everything seems real to get approved and they will almost do anything to make sure that this happens.
In doing this they actually gain access to thousands of affiliates who trust the affiliate network to do the due diligence on their behalf but as with any professional scams they are hard to pick up in the early stages which is why their is a huge benefit to the owners of the website to do this.
If you are already a clickbank affiliate then you would notice how some programs vanish virtually over night especially the music download sites and not to say they are scams but if clickbank gets to many complaints then the program is removed. However and in defense of the affiliate networks if the vendor insures that all the information is correct and up to date when submitting the website for a approval the probability of scamming by the owner to gain more freelance affiliates increases dramatically.
As in the real world where many companies try to mislead and deceive for their own personal gain, it is no different online when it comes affiliate marketing scams where some fraudulent websites will take advantage and attempt to grab as much money from online users as they can and then vanish.
If they are good at what they do and promote the product correctly then they only need to be online for a few days to earn a large amount of money online and with many such success stories (testimonials) of individuals mentioned in the fraudulent affiliate marketing websites, it is possible for someone to fall victim for such affiliate marketing scams and lose their money.
So What To Look At For Both Affiliate Marketer And Buyer
To not get caught up in any affiliate marketing scams there are few simple steps that you can take to make sure that the website you are dealing with is legit and safe. Firstly make sure that the website has accessible information about them and their business such as Contact, Privacy and Disclaimer pages on their site.
Check out the payment gateway are they asking for your credit card details directly or is it though Paypal or a Clickbank or another third party processor.
Ensuring that the payment gateway is from a third party provider and not the vendor themselves gives you a extra level of protection where you can contact the third party and tell them that you have been scammed or the product was not up to standard and they will in most cases refund the money immediately.
As an example last year I purchased a program from a so-called guru only to find that it was still in BETA testing and even though I had paid full price they wanted the end users help to refine it. As far as I am concerned I was mis-lead into believing that this was the finished product and once I realized it wasn’t I tried to get a refund for my purchase of $670 USD.
Everyone that I was contacting was pleasant enough right up until the 30 days had passed and still no refund. And then the attitude changed as per their policy I had now gone pass the refund date so now all my requests were being declined by the vendors support department. Because I had not used a third party and had entered my credit card directly.
I had a lot of trouble trying to recover the funds which by the way I never did get back even though I had contacted the credit card company and asked them to action this for me.
Can You Still Earn Good Money As An Affiliate Marketer
Of course there are plenty of opportunities to earn decent amounts of money with affiliate marketing, but you will have to be careful and sensible. There are websites where you are assured to be played fair and earn a bit of something to pay your bills. The best advice I can give you as an affiliate marketer myself is not to ever pay a penny for any affiliate promotion.
You should also be monitoring your clicks to that affiliate website and if you are not making any sales after say two hundred click-throughs then you need to consider removing that link as there is either a problem with the link or the vendor is not passing on commissions to you, and in some cases the sales page is bad that you shouldn’t be promoting the product or service in the first place.
Using The Many Online Resources Can Help You Avoid The Many Marketing Scams
If you are new to affiliate marketing you especially need to be aware of this things as you can become a prime target by these scammers to unknowingly promote their products or services. Something that also can mislead new affiliates are the many success stories (testimonials) which are made to look very authentic so you can see that the deception is done in the highest grade of quality.
I have even seen a testimonial on a website that had my website URL which we never did so you can see how easy it is to fabricate this information. For those that choose to be dishonest in this manner it makes it almost undetectable from the new comers point.
There are many websites out there that are actually willing to help you get educated about this subject and be more resistant as well as aware to the many affiliate marketing scams. If you want to make your affiliate marketing career productive and profitable make sure you stay informed by choosing the correct path. And remember this, if you as the affiliate are being ripped off by the vendor then what is the vendors intention for the purchaser.
If you are promoting the product then you are also going to be implicated with the affiliate marketing scams from the buyers point of view.
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