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Steering Clear of Associate Marketing Internet Home Business Scams

Dec 12th 2010 at 10:59 AM

Aside from the real internet entrepreneurs and internet home business owners, there are plenty of scammers and con artists globally online that are more than happy to take your income and hard work off of you. Unfortunately, Affiliate marketing is not immune to these scammers. Every single day, individuals are taken in by promises of big income and passive income streams with relatively little work. In this article we will teach you some of the signs to look for and tell you how to realize if an affiliate home business program is a scam.

When you decide to be a part of an Affiliate advertising scheme, you are either going to market a product or a service. With products, you usually have a choice and range to sell. How you decide to do this is largely up to you. You could also sell a service. Web page designs as well as increasing profits and internet traffic are all examples of services offered by Affiliate promoting opportunities.

How many times have you seen as ad on the internet promising huge earnings? Things like “Earn 1000$ a day” or Join our program now and become a millionaire. If your look closely at these ads they are not actually selling anything. Any company that is just selling the opportunity to make money is likely a scam. True, some Affiliate marketing companies will have very attractive headlines like the ones mentioned above. However, if you go on to read the ad and information, there will likely be a detailed description of what they company sells. They will also have a disclaimer and terms and conditions listed.

These companies that offer, the opportunity to make income are likely pyramid schemes. The only individuals paying income in are the ones actually joining. There is no income being created, just cash being passed from person to person. Not only are these scams and you’ll lose what you invested, they are also illegal and you can face prosecution.

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 multilevel advertising program. Multi-level advertising programs are completely legal and some folks make good livings out of them. However, if you’re not successful you may end up purchasing a bunch of products that you cannot sell.

True Associate programs are free. That is part of their attraction. There are no costs to you and they should also be risk free. Any Associate promoting systems that demands your money is not an Affiliate program. You should ask yourself why they are misrepresenting themselves this way if they are legitimate.

Just about all of us want to work for ourselves. We would love to be able to take control of our lives and careers. The attraction of answering only to you combined with setting your own working hours and committing what your choose bring loads of people into the Affiliate advertising schemes. Affilaite advertising can be an excellent way for a highly motivated, creative person to make an excellent living. There are some wonderful opportunities out there just waiting to be joined. However, for every very good program there is likely one that is fraudulent. Con artists operate in many areas and unfortunate Associate promoting is not immune.

Before joining, check to see what the company is offering. If they are not selling any real products or valuable services then they are likely an illegal pyramid scheme. If they require your own money to get started then they are what are known as a multi level promoting program. Associate advertising can be a very good opportunity but you need to do your homework.

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Dec 12th 2010 at 3:41 PM by learntoprofitonline
Good article and good advice for someone looking to get started without getting scammed.

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