Donâ€™t Fall For Affiliate Scams
Editorâ€™s Note: Usually we donâ€™t reprint articles from other sites but this one, written by affiliate industry veteran Vinny O’Hare,Â on his blog VinnyOHare.com, was so relevant to the type of ridiculous scams seen frequently in the industry that target unwary consumers who are interested in affiliate marketing. We felt it was important enough warning to share. Â The stopping of such predatory practices has to be done at the Affiliate Manager level. AMs and OPMs should take note.
Being in the position I am in (as an opm) I get to see a lot of affiliate websites when they apply into our programs. I see a lot of bad affiliate sites but what pisses me off is when I see people getting scammed. I can usually tell when these â€œMake money onlineâ€ events happen the minute they are over.
The latest variation of scammers have infomercials on late at night where they will not only give you 1 website they will give you 3 if you call right away. Well I can tell you that these programs can give you a million sites for free but none of them will ever make you the money the infomercials promise you. Multiply anything by 0 and you still get 0. Doesnâ€™t sound like sending them $27 for a DVD course is a good idea.
Two Guys Named Ben and Dave
There are a few guys namedÂ Ben Moskel andÂ David ClabeauxÂ that really get on my nerves because they are hurting good honest people. These guys hold actual seminars where they bring in a few people that are plants and they sit next to the new people and tell them things like â€œYes we make good money.â€ While they are up in front of the room being all sincere and showing how to make money online with stuff that doesnâ€™t work but sounds good.
They promise that for $27 a month they will give you the blogging software that made them millions and gets ranked on Google better than the rest. The first problem here is they register the web site for you so you donâ€™t really own it. They string you along for about 6 months promising that you will make money soon. All that time you are paying web hosting fees to a company they recommend. Hmm I wonder if they get a cut of that?
By the time the average person realizes it is a scam they made like $150. They move on to the next guy and donâ€™t care if you ever made money, which of course you havenâ€™t. Oh and donâ€™t try asking for aÂ refund.
They also seem to change their name every six months. Always in a variation of the same name, just to start over again. After about 6 months people start going online in mass and post about how their system is a fraud. Most of the time while they are running these â€œGet rich quickâ€ schemes they actually have the top 10 spots for the searches with their name + scam this way it looks legit. There will be videos from others that took the class and in the video they say it is not a scam. There is no way that after you watch the 3rd or 4th video you think it is a scam. It just sounds so good.
After 6 months they can no longer rank in the top 10 in the search engines due to all the people complaining and they switch their business name.Â SixfigurekitÂ â€“Â SixfigureprogramÂ â€“ Now its called Ben and Dave’s program and I will not link to it. They just switched it last month. I donâ€™t want to help give them link juice by providing a backlink.
If you still think this is a good thing just check with theÂ Better Business Bureau. Just looking at the amount of complaints you can see you shouldnâ€™t waste your money.
All Gloss No Substance
While their website looks very professional and has a video of them sounding sincere and they show a lot of things like â€œAs seen on Fox Newsâ€ and some other bullshit that makes them look credible. It is all a bunch of bullshit. Their â€œAs seen onâ€ was because they ran an infomercial at 3am. They were never featured as â€œnewsâ€ if they were donâ€™t you think they would have videos of that on their website?
On their site they show a picture of them being interviewed by â€œan international companyâ€Â at an affiliate event. They donâ€™t even mention the name of the company that interviewed them. Sad just sad! I also saw the company interviewing people at this event. It was set up in a hallway outside the event just grabbing people as they walked by for interviews.
What’s worse is that they claim to have “negotiated” contracts with big name companies in “your name”. I guess by negotiating they mean applying to any affiliate program willing to take them.
Oh and the blogging software they give you has been recognized by Google as a thin site. Any new site is usually penalized for it. As soon as Google sees Sixfigureprogram in the css it knows that the site isnâ€™t nothing but a thin affiliate site. So even if you did the work they tell you to, odds are you still wonâ€™t make a dime. At least not through the search engines. The name in the blogging software changes every 6 months also.
As I was doing research for this scam I accidentally found a page that features their whole program without having to log in. What I found was they recommend what programs to run and odds are they are all second tier so if you do accidentally sell something they get a profit. I read their PDFÂ (link is to a free version identical to the one on their site) and it has old information and is as basic as you can get. I wouldnâ€™t even waste paper to print it out.
The only thing I would believe from them is their claim that they eat nachos. Which they let everyone know in order to put potential targets at ease.
The nice people that fall for scam usually get an email from me after I decline them out of the program they applied to. I explain to them what is actually happening and every single one of them sends me back an email saying they guys are so sincere! Yes they are sincere. They have probably both had classes on body movement also. What cracks me up is the guys claim to make millions on the internet but every video you see of them they are wearing the same clothes. Too bad they are hurting honest people trying to make a living.