Before we dive into the topic of avoiding scams in internet marketing we first need to get clear on some definitions. What is a scam and more precise, what do I mean with an internet marketing scam?
When Is An Internet Marketing Scam Really A Scam?
In my opinion we have a scam, if the provider of any program never has the intention to deliver anything, but just wants to take your money and run and whenever the provider is simply lying concerning the service and products on offer.
I know it is sometimes hard, especially in the internet marketing arena, to draw a line, because hype and big promises are everywhere, and if you really look at the details, very often not even a fraction of what is promised, is delivered.
But in my opinion to name something a scam, it needs more than just some marketing language and unforeseen failure. There must be some sort of negative intention involved, and yes, as already mentioned it is often not possible to objectively get to a common conclusion whether something is a scam or not.
So, the hints that I will give you here are general and should work as some sort of a warning sign, before you join any opportunity blindly. Check this stuff and be cautious if more than one of these warning signs are applicable.
Having cleared these points, let’s dive into the usually surefire criteria of programs you should avoid within the field of internet marketing:
Warning Signs For Internet Marketing Scams
Videos of Dudes On Huge Million Dollar Yachts And Mansions
If you see on the website sales page videos from guys and girls hanging out on million dollar yachts doing nothing useful at all, you can be pretty sure this is a scam. Don’t ask me why, it has proven many times to be true.
They Promise You Millions Without Any Skills And Knowledge Needed
If they promise you millions of dollars for literally free, without you needing to know anything or having any special skills, you can again be pretty sure this is a scam. I can’t tell you how many times I have checked this out in my internet marketing career, this warning sign has – unfortunately for me – always proven right.
You Earn Within Hours Without Any Work Involved
You are all set and ready to go within a half an hour or less, and then you only need to count the thousand of dollars that are flooding in. Once again, unfortunately it just has never worked in that way, ever. Another clear warning sign for an online scam program.
If You Don’t Join Now, You Miss Out On The Cheap Introductory Offer
The cheap test or introductory offer (usually clearly below $100) is often the main income a scam generates for the scammers. Sometimes there are also higher up-sell offers.
Honest programs usually offer you a free version you can test, and the really good programs offer an unlimited free version, because they know they have value to offer, so they do not need to cheat you into anything in any way.
No Company Or Person In Charge Is Mentioned
If it is very hard or even impossible to find out who operates a website, this is usually a big sign to be aware. Once again, it is a sign, it does not mean there is always a scam involved, and sometimes scam-websites have fake people on it to deceive you. Yes, scammers aren’t necessarily stupid. But it is obvious, that if you plan to scam others that you prefer not to be known to them.
There Is No Real Clue On The Sales-Page What the Business Is About
This is another big warning sign, if a website just promises you lots of money with some super secret method, but never ever mentions how they do it. If you will just see most of the 6 universal principles for persuasion being played out on a website, without giving any useful information on the business and the product or service on sale, you should be alerted.
Before joining an opportunity it is recommended to do some reviewing of the program. Do an internet search and have a look what others have to say. Get some information about the company and for how long it is around the internet, and you should be playing it save enough.
If you see more than one warning sign on any website, all your red alarm bells should be ringing loudly. And if you do fall prey to a scam, normally it is always possible to get out of it again pretty fast and painless. If you do have a small loss, take it as apprentice’s due. I assume throughout the career nearly every internet marketer at least once fell prey to a scam; it nearly seems to be part of the learning curve.