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How to Avoid Affiliate Marketing Scams

Many of us would love to run our own businesses but most of us don't have the capital required to start a small business. Affiliate marketing is a way around the risk and start-up costs.

It costs nothing to join and the risk is minimal. There are many wonderful affiliate programs for you to get involved with, however, as with anything you need to be cautious.

You're going to have to work very hard to build up your affiliate marketing business so you will want to be legitimate.

In this guide, I will teach you some of the signs to look for and tell you how to avoid affiliate marketing scams.

When you join an affiliate program, you usually sell a physical or digital product and you're paid on how much you produce. There are no costs and no risk. You put in what you choose and are rewarded accordingly. How you decide to do this is largely up to you.

However, there are unfortunately lots of scammers out there ready to take either your money or your work to use for their benefit. Countless people lose large sums of money on these home business scams.

While it is impossible to list every precaution you should take, there are some signs that you can look for.


You should definitely ask the company for testimonials. Don't rely on the ones that they post on their website. Anyone could have written these. Ask for names and addresses of people that you can contact to find out how the program worked for them. You can also try searching on your favorite search engine. By looking under scams or the company name, you'll have a good chance of digging up any dirt that is there.

Read the testimonials carefully. If you find a few bad reviews, this shouldn't put you off. Sometimes people just are not cut out for certain programs. If there is more good than bad, then things are likely okay. You can also use these testimonials for advice on what to do and what not to do.

Company's track record

Check the company's track record. If you have problems finding information, then this should be a warning. Beware of new companies. Good affiliate programs will have been around for a while and will have a track record. Resist the temptation to join up while the offer is still hot. If it is a good program, it will still be there in a few months.

Alibi products

If you look closely at some companies, you realize they are not actually selling anything. However... In most cases, they have an everyday low-quality product. Of course, the value of that products does not matter much in this case, just the reselling opportunity. Any company that is just selling the opportunity to make money is likely a scam. If you go on to read the information, there will likely be a detailed description of what the company sells. They will also have a disclaimer and terms and conditions listed. So before joining, check to see what the company is selling.

Companies that offer the opportunity to make money are likely pyramid schemes. There is no income being created, no value added, just money being passed from person to person. Not only are these scams and you'll lose what you invested, but they are also illegal and you can face prosecution.

Free participation

Another thing to watch out for is no free participation. If you have to pay to join, then you may have stumbled upon a scam or what is known as a multi-level marketing program. Multi-level marketing programs are completely legal and some people make good livings out of them. I have no problem with MLM's if they offer high-quality products and not just so-called alibi products.

True affiliate programs are free. That is part of their attraction. There are no costs to you and they should also be risk-free. Any affiliate marketing programs that demand your money is not an affiliate program. You should ask yourself why they are misrepresenting themselves this way if they are legitimate. If you find a company that you are interested in then check the start-up costs. These should be minimal if any at all. However, if there seems to be a lot of initial money that needs to be paid by you, then find something else. The chances are good that they will take your money and run, leaving you with a worthless product.

Support, website, physical address

An affiliate marketing program should always provide you with some support. This can include an agent that you can contact with questions or problems. They should also offer you advice on how to market their products. A legitimate company should want you to do well. The better you do, the better they do. It should at very least contain a toll-free phone number, email address and fixed street address. If your company is an online affiliate marketing program, the lack of an email or web page should definitely raise some red flags. Other things, such as no phone or address do not mean necessarily that they are trying to scam you. However, you need to investigate them further.

A good test is to send the company an email with some basic questions. If it takes them weeks to get back to you, then you need to give this venture careful consideration. If they are poor at communication, this could be a sign of other internal problems.

If the company has no website, then you should consider something else. Legitimate affiliate marketing programs generally have a detailed website with all the information you need. You should be suspicious of companies that operate only by email.

These factors do not always mean that the company is out to scam you but they should be looked at carefully.

Earning promises

How many times have you seen an ad on the internet promising huge earnings? Things like "Earn 1000$ a day" or Join our program now and become a millionaire. Ignore companies that promise huge salaries with little effort; it just won't happen. Many people make great successes with affiliate marketing programs. However, they do work incredibly hard.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to start working for yourself. With lots of hard work and creativity, you could be well on your way to great earnings doing something that you enjoy.

There are many great affiliate marketing programs out there and choosing the right one may seem like a daunting task. I hope this guide will help you regarding how to avoid affiliate marketing scams and choose the right ones for you.


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