8 Ways to Avoid Affiliate Scams – Don’t Get Ripped Off

graphic of a credit card hooked by a phishing scam hookAs you start to learn how to earn money online as an affiliate, you’ll be researching and evaluating affiliate offer and opportunities to promote. The main Affiliate networks are generally very safe, as the programs are vetted by the network and less than reputable ones are simply ditched. It’s normally just a matter of picking your product to suit your niche and then incorporating into your website.

Even as an affiliate though, it’s important not to promote disreputable offers and the safety checks that need to be done apply just as much to the affiliate marketer as to the general surfer. Don’t be drawn in by or promote rubbish. It will cause you a whole lot of hassle and grief.

The 8 checks you need to do to promote good products

Rule 1: Can you try it before you buy it without committing any money?

You want to be able to try out the offer without giving out your credit card details. Can you do that? If you can’t, then the offer is probably a scam. If it’s a genuine attempt to help you make money online, it won’t want all the money upfront before you can truly evaluate the product.

Genuine courses will spread themselves over a long period, like a college term. You simply can’t learn the skills to make money overnight. If the scheme says that and demands your dosh to reveal how it’s done, it’s a scam. This rule actually supersedes all other rules. If you only take heed of this one rule you’ll protect yourself against 80-90% of all dodgy online offers.

Rule 2: Beware the Dime Sale – up sells are coming.


graphic of a donkey following a carrot on a stickYou suddenly get an email out of the blue telling you that you can be making thousands of pounds or dollars in a very short period, all you have to do is spend a few dollars/pounds. It sounds totally affordable, but beware. It’s a penny sale.

Ever see the picture of the donkey following the carrot that’s strapped to a pole in front of his eyes? That’s what the scammer is doing to you. He offers you the carrot, but as soon as you ‘take advantage’ of the cheap introductory price and give your card details, he’ll add another up selling offer, just a little more expensive, then another and another, until you suddenly find the 10 dollar item has cost you $170.

STOP THERE! If you’ve paid $10 and you get an immediate up sell, cut your losses and bail out immediately. Unsubscribe from that email and move on.

Rule 3: Assume that any online guarantees are totally worthless.

With a lot of online offers, you see the author giving his 100%, no questions asked, lifetime money back guarantee. What is the good of a guarantee if it can’t be enforced? What chance do you think you have of getting your money back once it’s in their hands? None, the guarantee cannot be enforced.

That’s why it’s so important to be able to try out before you part with any money. Refer to rule no. 1

Rule 4: If they show you piles of money, Ferraris, cars, or million dollar houses, it’s a scam.

Showing you pictures of wads of dollar bills or £10 notes, fast unaffordable cars and houses that cost in excess of a million are a sure sign of a scam. These might be achievable for the scammer if he can persuade enough people to part with their hard earned cash, but you won’t be seeing any of those kinds or riches.

If you get greedy and fall for it, you’ll have been scammed, hook, line and sinker. Run the other way to keep your money.

Rule 5: Beware of artificial urgency, aka The Coundown Clock

graphic showing a countdown clock designed to hurry an offerYou’ll often see the scammer say ‘take action now, because this video won’t be up for very long’. It’s designed to make you go into panic mode. Get it before it’s gone! That’s the message. Commonly there’s a countdown clock on the squeeze page, giving you only 9 days, 11 hours, 43 minutes and counting to get this one-time offer for only $79.99. It’s designed to make you stump up your cash without proper evaluation.

Any real offer will give you plenty of time for you to make your mind up whether the material is worth your cash or not. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s probably a scam. If the clock gives you 10 days to look over the offer and decide if it’s for you before you need pay, it might not be a scam. Read all the other rules though to make sure there are no other warning signs.

Rule 6: Don’t Give Out Your Phone Number, or else give a false one.

Your mobile cellphone number is valuable. So is your email address. Scammers want your details for a reason, so they can call you or bombard you with emails. They’ll use professional telemarketing people to try to part you with your cash. If they get hold of your details, and manage to get other information such as your date of birth or mother’s maiden name, you could open yourself up to all kinds of trouble, including identity theft.

Your details can be sold on to the highest bidder and once it’s out there you have no further control in where it ends up. Your phone number and email address will tie it all together and make it a scammers/fraudsters dream ticket.

Rule 7: Search for the Offer Online – look for other reviews.


graphic showing a tick list with the worst tickedIf there’s an offer out there that you may be interested in and think maybe worth checking out, just have a look on the internet to see if anyone else has bought it. What are there opinions? Generally, a scam will get a response online, with multiple victims venting their anger at how they’ve been ripped off.

Do a search on Google for ‘offer name’ +complaints. If any bad reviews show up, beware. Is there a common thread? Does everybody think it’s a rip off? Even if there are reviews with glowing praise, a link in the same review may point to an affiliate link. Tread carefully until you are confident.

Rule 8: Read the Disclaimer, it’ll tell you all you need to know.

Always, always read the disclaimer on a website offer. Generally, scams will be all sweetness and light in their claims, but when you read the disclaimer it’ll back track on all the positives mentioned in the bold print. Read the small print. This is where the scammer covers themselves legally to take your money.

If the disclaimer contradicts the sales pitch, it’s probably a scam.

Stop seeking opportunities, instead be an Entrepreneur.

graphic showing a man on an entrepreneurial staircase to successLooking for opportunities to make money on the internet is like a junkie looking for his next fix. It’s a state of mind where you seek instant gratification, only to experience a rapid come down and ultimate disappointment. The thrill of find the next surefire way of making money can be very addictive. You totally believe that millionaire status is just around the corner.

If this is you STOP!!!!!

Opportunity products are not designed to make you successful! They are totally designed to separate you from your hard-earned money, and that is all they will do for you. You won’t make much money out of Opportunities.

Instead, be an Entrepreneur. A good business person knows that to make money online, he’ll have to build that business first. He knows that it isn’t about a Magic Button or a Never To Be Repeated Opportunity. It takes effort. It isn’t a Get Rich Quick thing. It’s building a successful career, being respected and regarded as the go-to person in your niche. You need to create real value for the customer to succeed.

Wham Bam Thank You Mam! will get you nowhere in Affiliate Marketing.

The Real Secret to Making Money as an Affiliate Marketer

It’s all about helping people to get what they want.

You can connect with millions of customers all over the World using the internet, but if you don’t know how to help them, you’ll ultimately fail in your quest. lf people feel they know, like and trust you, you’ll be a success. The hard part is learning how to do that, time and time again.

Get yourself educated and be in it for the long term. Ask questions, never be afraid of that. There’s a wealth of knowledge out there to help you make it, just make sure you Follow the Wheat, not The Chaff.






Marketing for Property People – Why it’s Important for You

For the past couple of years since leaving my long term employer, i’ve been looking for a combination of ways to put a solid passive income in place around property, or real estate as it’s known in the USA, and affiliate marketing. YouTube and Facebook are currently awash with trainers and mentors who will teach you all of the possible ways to make money from Property. The Internet is also swimming with people who claim to have that killer affiliate scheme that will make you a million dollars overnight and allow you to quit your job that same month. We all know of course that there is no such thing as a quick buck and anything that appears too good to be true, probably is.

Learn everything you can about property

Graphic of property investors at a training sessionThe route that a lot of people follow these days when starting a business in property or real estate is that of the ‘accidental landlord’. This is where a house is rented out to allow the owner to either buy a new house or move in with someone else. It may not necessarily have ever been planned to happen. Typically, the owner gets consent to let from their mortgage provider and then rents privately. This tends to work well and gives the new landlord an income, but very often the rent just covers the mortgage and no real nett income is derived. Then depending on whether the individual has an entrepreneurial streak or not, the whole buying to rent thing becomes a proper business.

Pretty much everyone knows how to buy or sell a house now, and an increasing number are now renting from someone else. However, if you’ve decided to make property your business, there’s an awful lot to learn about the different methods of property purchase and control before you even get to the Marketing side of the business. If you want to excel in property, you need to know all the different ways you can make money.

Learn about networking and finding people you need

Property, as the gurus will tell you, is not about the actual property, it’s about people. In fact, it’s exactly the same as affiliate marketing in that respect. You need to be a helper, not a salesman. The people that make money in property are the people who can spot an opportunity, then convert that into a deal by helping the vendor out of the spot they’re in.

Normally, property investors look for BMV (below market value) deals, but also deals where the vendor is in negative equity or the property has fallen into disrepair. The vendor may also be a tired landlord who wishes to be free from the merry-go-round of the game, or indeed he may need to shed a property for tax reasons.

graphic of pin meeting bannerThe property investor needs to have knowledge of all of the methods he may use to secure a property. However, sometimes  an opportunity might come along where he can’t buy the property himself, but could pass it on to another if that is the case.  He may also find himself short of money when a deal comes along, so needs an investor to provide finance and get the deal over the line. That investor would then be paid a rate of interest for his trouble.

To have access to all of these people, the property investor has to Network and talk, trading his own expertise with those of others who compliment his needs. This is usually done on a local basis by going to the regional PIN meeting, but increasingly it can be done online with LinkedIn and Facebook. He needs to market himself and present himself as a trustworthy businessman, with all the necessary credentials.

Collecting the names and email addresses of potential leads

Property people are also finding that having a website is especially useful where people are needing to sell their houses. An investor can quite easily drop their contact url into the local newspaper or Facebook to get responses. The potential vendor is then funneled to a ‘squeeze’ page to collect data, usually the name, email address and pertinent details in order to make contact and find out the seller’s circumstances. The contact may be given an incentive to leave their details as part of the process.

graphic of a sales funnel to collect user detailsLearning how to set up the squeeze page and collect the data is quite a specialised task, but can be taught by a good (affiliate) marketing course. In this case, the squeeze page will be used to establish a contact list. The investor can also build a mailing list of investors, vendors, estate agents, sourcers, trainers, landlords, tenants and letting agents. A successful property investor will also have marketing skills as well.

Follow up your leads and make your deals

As has already been said, to successfully market online, you need to think about the person, not the product. How can I help the vendor? How can I solve the vendor’s particular problem? You need to build up a trust with the vendor so that he lets his guard down and a rapport is established. After all, he may have never met you before and hadn’t heard of your company. He needs to trust you.

To get your deal across the line, you need to know how the vendor’s problem can be solved, what resources you can call on and how to approach the sticky subject of money so that the deal is mutually beneficial to both parties. Don’t try to rip him off and if there is no money in the deal, walk away. The respected property investor will give advice as well as look for opportunities. That advice may be given in a way that gathers data, markets services and breeds trust all at the same time.


graphic of a typical investment propertyTo allow a property investor a full range of opportunities, he needs to be able to find good properties, he needs to know how to finance them, how to find investors, sellers, agents, landlords, mortgage providers and have the skills to market all of those services to those same people.

In addition, a property investor would also find it beneficial to add another string to his bow by educating himself in marketing. He may also consider affiliate marketing as perfect way to add further passive income to his portfolio by either leveredging other people’s products, or sell his own by becoming an author of digital training materials. Udemy and Clickbank are very successful at hosting courses for trainers.