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Affiliate marketing can be a great way to earn some extra income for your website – and who doesn’t want to do that? We live in a world where making money online is one of those perfect career paths that almost everyone is interested in pursuing – you can work from home, you can work as much or as little as you’d like, and people make it look seemingly effortless to make a lot of money online. Unfortunately it can also be rather difficult to determine if something is a legitimate business opportunity or if it’s actually a carefully crafted scam. So how can you spot affiliate marketing scams before it’s too late?

1. You have to pay to sign up
You should never have to pay someone else to make money. If a website tries to lure you in with the promise of making millions if you just pay a one-time fee of $49.99 that should immediately set off warning bells in your head that something is not right and that you’re at serious risk of losing money instead of making it. Also beware of the infamous pyramid schemes, while this is an old tactic it’s still very much in use!

2. There’s no contact information
Whoever you’re partnering with should be easily accessible – if there’s no contact information to get in touch with someone they probably aren’t someone you want to do business with – scam or not. If there is an email address provided is it through the company or is it set up through Yahoo or Hotmail? If it’s a free email address that should make you a little more wary of whom you’re potentially doing business with.

3. You can’t get off the website
Any website that doesn’t let you leave when you want should raise a red flag. If you click the ‘x’ and something pops up asking if you’re sure you want to leave or offering you a discount if you stay, get out as fast as you can! This is a tactic that not many legit websites employ and usually points directly to a scam site.

4. There are no disclaimers
There’s no one-size-fits-all with affiliate marketing, and any reputable company knows this. Is there a disclaimer on their site outlining that their product isn’t for everyone? If they claim to work perfectly for every single person who’s ever tried their marketing, they’re lying. And no one wants to do business with liars.

5. Do your homework
Google the company and see what comes up – if you try to do a search and Google tries to auto-fill the rest of your search with the word “scam”, hightail it away from that company and find a company that isn’t associated with a scam.

While the web is full of scammers who are great at covering their tracks and there’s no way to be 100% sure that an opportunity is legitimate, there are several steps you can take to ensure that you don’t get played the fool. It all comes down to doing your homework ahead of time – the extra effort will pay off.

 

About the guest author: This Guest post is by Christine Kane from internet service providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com

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