In the first chapter (click here if you want to take a look at that chapter) of this journey we saw a brief definition of affiliate marketing. And also how I got acquainted with a platform called Wealthy Affiliate.

Looking back, I’m surprised I came across this platform from the very moment I began to search for business EntrepreneurChapter2_Watching_Outopportunities. Today I know about some ways to avoid scams online. But I didn’t know back then. For many, the story initiates differently. They first came across scams and even lost money before discovering a useful site as Wealthy Affiliate.

There are quite a few convenient training platforms to learn about affiliate marketing. By no way Wealthy Affiliate is the only one. But for every good one, there are ten scams that are just interested in taking away your money.

You can identify these scams rather easily. If a platform promises you piles of money without working, be alert – it’s a scam!

These shady platforms usually sell themselves as the ultimate solution to all your financial problems. All you have to do is deposit a small amount of $27, $37, $47 (or whatsoever amount they decide), and that’s it! For those of you who have been a bit more time working in online business: Have you noted that these scams usually love to charge amounts with the number 7? It’s kinda trendy among them. But these unscrupulous sites come in diverse sizes and forms, so the amount they charge can also vary a lot too.

Once a scam has taken from you your first payment, it generally takes one of these two pathways:

a.) It fades away with your money.

b.) It gives you a mediocre product and afterwards tells you that to really achieve your goals you’ll need to purchase another product from them. And they try to push you towards a few up sales before fading away as well.

The lifespan of a scam is short. Usually under a year. It can’t survive longer online. People will begin to complain and write about them in forums and other sites. So they all of a sudden close.

But sadly scams continue to spring up, because the “get rich quick scheme” seems attractive to so many that these scam makers usually just close down one site after a year, rename it, and launch it back again. Yeah, the exact same deception with a different name.

So I’m grateful I found a good site from the very beginning.

But finding a good site doesn’t guarantee success. If you don’t follow the training and work hard on your business, there is no magic wand out there that will do the work for you.

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But those insights will be explained on our next chapter. So wrapping up for now, I must tell you that whenever you come across a site that offers you a way to make money online, please make it go through this test. If you follow this test, you’ll avoid most scams online.

1. Understand how will the platform make you money. The site could be offering to help you doing dropshipping, affiliate marketing, creating your own product, etcetera. Research about the way they say they’ll make you money. If they don’t tell you “How” you’ll earn money, don’t join.

2. Pay attention to their claims. If “it sounds too good to be true”, it’s very likely that it’s a scam.

3. Research about the site. Read at least 3 reviews about them before joining.

4. Pay attention to how old is the site. Scams usually close before a year because once the voice goes out that they are a scam, they can’t survive.

5. Try the product first. Most legit sites offer a free trial. We don’t recommend joining a program without trying it first.

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I’m grateful I wasn’t scammed. But I’m sad to hear how many people fall pray of these unscrupulous sites. So I’d like to warn you as much as possible.

But even though I came across a good site from the very beginning, I still had difficulties. My first one was that before I properly got into following the training, I put in the balance the time I would need to invest into affiliate marketing to start to see results… and I got discouraged. I appreciate that I was told from the very first day that it would take time. But I thought there could still be a shorter way. So I started to explore other ways to make money in less time.

On the next installment I’ll continue telling you about my journey. To continue reading, click on the invitation to Episode 3, right here below this. Thank you very much!

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Nerine · May 17, 2019 at 5:18 PM

Hi,

I love the humour you use in your writing. I also appreciate the honesty of your journey and it is with pleasure that I shall read your next episode. I also visited your website about learning Italian. I found it very interesting being half French and half Italian.

Wishing you the very best on your journey!

    Henry · May 17, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Hi Nerine.

    Thank you for your nice comment. I also appreciate you found learn-Italian-language.com interesting. You’ll always be welcome on both of my sites. Keep well. All the best! 🙂

Mallory · May 22, 2019 at 8:28 AM

The way you laid that out was absolutely perfect, and you did so in a way that I have never seen before. Great visuals, and very informative while being funny at the same time. Unfortunately I am one of the ones who has been scammed before, and it is not a good feeling. It is so true that everyone is just out looking to make a quick buck, and will jump on anything that sounds promising. What people don’t realize (myself included at the time), is that it takes hard work and determination to truly succeed in whatever you choose to do in life. Thanks for the great article!

    Henry · May 23, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Hi Mallory!

    It’s a pity these scammers took away money from you. But, despite all these scams, there are also a few good sites that can help you build a sustainable business online. Don’t give up. It’ll take hard work and determination, but you already know that. All the best from here on!

ZhengYu · May 22, 2019 at 8:44 AM

Hi Henry, 

I have been scammed a few times. It’s an unpleasant experience. And I’m grateful you have taken time to educate others so they can distinguish between a legit opportunity and a scam.

I agree with the 5 points you have mentioned at the end of this post. I’d also add checking when the site was updated for the last time. Active sites are less probable to be scams.

    Henry · May 23, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Hi! Thank you very much for sharing this point with us. Yes, checking when the site was updated for the last time can help to identify a scam. Scam sites are usually not very active, as you have stated. Good point!

Dominic · May 22, 2019 at 8:44 AM

Thanks a lot Henry, I had a lot of fun reading your comics including the first part. I’ll be bookmarking your site because it got me hooked. Keep the graphics coming!

As for the topic, my goodness, I used to fall victim to scams myself! My realization after chasing all the shiny objects that looked realistic on the outside, is that it was MY fault for causing it to happen.

Let me explain, if you’re the type of person who prefers going for a quick buck, your mind will only focus on the ways to make a quick buck. But if you’re the type of person who believes in hard work and long-term dividends, you’ll only go after strategies that bear fruit in the long term, such as blogging and SEO.

In other words, it’s Law of Attraction at work!

You naturally attract circumstances in harmony with your thoughts. And knowing this fact, you’d better be careful about what you wish for, since it will be given to you right on schedule!

I got impatient with blogging, so I opted in for a quicker solution. In the process, I attracted the crappy gurus who sell ‘get rich quick’ schemes that resonated with me.

Bottomline, if you want to avoid scams, stop searching for a quick fix. It will do you harm, I’m telling you from experience.

    Henry · May 25, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Hi Dominic! Thank you very much for your insightful comment. I greatly appreciate you have shared your experience. And I had never though in the importance of our mindset when searching for opportunities online, but I fully agree. If we’re looking for a quick fix, we’ll find plenty of offers. If we’re OK with hard work and long-term dividends, then we’ll find those platforms too!

Mahin Al Banna · May 23, 2019 at 7:44 AM

Hey Henry,

This is really unique and informative. I like your honesty and logical way of delivering information. Nowadays, online earning methods and businesses are becoming more popular than conventional jobs. But there are also many scams that people fall for. It’s great that you have given some methods to avoid scams online.

Viewing your site I even felt interested in taking a look at your learning Italian website, so I went over there too! Nice, clean and useful site. Booked marked that site too!

Thank you for sharing useful content online. I like your style.

    Henry · June 14, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Hi Mahin! Thank you for your kind comment! I’m glad you liked both of my sites. I hope the information delivered here helps many to avoid scams and focus their energy on building their business online the right way. Yeah, as you have stated, brick and mortar businesses have started to give up territory to online businesses.

Kelly Smith · May 26, 2019 at 12:46 AM

I love the story line in your post. It makes people want to continue reading and find out what happens next. 🙂 Outside of that, you hit the nail on the head. There are so many scams out there that sound intriguing and helpful, but then you have to continue putting money in to reap the benefits. They don’t necessarily tell you that it takes a lot of work to become successful and that the million dollar paycheck won’t come for at least a year. Thank you for your post. I loved reading it!

    Henry · June 14, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Hi Kelly! Yes, these scams keep on asking for money and always find a different way to continue asking for more. And what hurts most is that those that fall pray to their deceitful procedures are people with very little experience making money online. So once we have learnt to identify the common elements in these scams we could help others by sharing the information.

    Thank you very much for your kind words concerning this post. I’m happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

Hilary · May 26, 2019 at 12:48 AM

Hi Henry! This is one of the best ways to talk about earning money online as an affiliate marketer that I’ve ever seen! Your delivery is spot on and unique, and I love your honest approach to the work that it takes to become proficient at this! I’ve totally been scammed before, and I’m in a place now where I don’t feel that way – I feel like if I work hard, it will pay off and pay off well. Great read, and I look forward to seeing more!

    Henry · June 14, 2019 at 8:44 PM

    Hi Hilary! Thank you for your words concerning this post! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’m working hard to continue delivering many more in this format. I’d like to present useful information that may also be fun to read! 🙂

    I’m happy you feel that you’re in the right place now. Accomplishing our goals will always require hard work, but it’s wonderful when we have a blueprint to follow! All the best!

French Fries and Hamburger Body · June 2, 2019 at 7:14 PM

I like the humor in the comic. 🙂

So many programs out there to choose from around “making money from home” niche. It is really difficult to determine which one is legit. I do realize people tend to say something is a scam because they did not put the required work in. And therefore, don’t reap any rewards. But it’s also true that there are programs that won’t lead you to success, not even if you work 18 hours a day with them. It’s scary that anyone can put up a website and take people’s money without delivering any good.

    Henry · June 14, 2019 at 8:55 PM

    Hello! Yes, it’s true. I like the way you have put things into perspective. There are legit programs that require hard work and people call them scams because they didn’t even tried to follow their advice. But there are other programs that are a complete waste of time. Distinguishing between them is all important!

Akshay · June 2, 2019 at 7:16 PM

Amazing post. It’s very interesting to read and the best part is, that, the story is so real and engaging. I’ve also read the first episode, now definitely looking forward to more. 

I totally agree with your view point that establishing the business step by step may take longer time. Persistence is really the key to success in this game. 

Thanks a lot for sharing this useful information and the way you presented it, is totally out of the box. 

    Henry · June 15, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Hey, thank you! I appreciate you read both episodes and I’m working to bring more.

    I like the fact that you have chosen the word Persistence as our main responsibility for success. I agree!

Khobayer Khan · June 2, 2019 at 7:27 PM

Hello Henry,

I landed on your website and haven’t been able to get out: I really like it! It’s simple and cool!

Concerning scams, yeah man, there are so many out there. Making additional income online is now more popular than ever. But also it has fertilized terrain for those scammers to spring up. Avoiding them is easy if we have the right information. Thank you for this nice way to get acquainted with the things we should avoid.

Thanks for writing such an educative and helpful article.

    Henry · June 20, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Hey! I’m glad you have found my site interesting. Thank you.

    You’re right! Most scams prosper due to uninformed people online. I hope to be part of the solution.

    Keep well!

Dedo · June 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Hi Henry,

What a fascinating journey you just guided me through. I love the storyboard presentation, with the interviewer on TV.

I also know that we as humans think we’re rational, but that’s far from the case. As you’ve stated in your post, folk keep repeating the same old scams, and other people keep falling for them. Scammers are far too aware of peoples vulnerabilities and will continue to pray on their ignorance in order to line their pockets. 

So in essence, keep up the good work Henry, in helping folk become aware of the dangers out there.

    Henry · June 20, 2019 at 11:37 PM

    Hey! Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

    Yes, it’s a shame to see folk falling over and over again. I hope this storyboard may help many before scammers get to them.

Elaine Nicol · June 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM

I really love this post! You did a good job writing it.

I must admit that in the past I fell for some of the come-ons about making money for free, simple, no work… People who own those sites make a killing off of selling a make money fast opportunity… but they don’t sell exactly what they are doing, they are selling you what you are falling for… selling you an “opportunity” to escape from real life.

I came across Wealthy Affiliate too and joined them. I like Wealthy Affiliate because they are de-mystifying how to succeed in the long-term, build an online business doing whatever it is you love.

Best wishes, Henry!

    Henry · June 21, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Hi Elaine! Exactly! Those scams only sell what you’re falling for. If we pay careful attention, we can identify them!

    Good you also joined one of the good platforms that really teach how to build a business online. And the best part is that our business can be built in whatever we love!

Nuttanee · June 2, 2019 at 7:46 PM

As always, I love your cartoon. It’s so entertaining. Personally, when it comes to scams online I always take my time before buying into any program. Before I make any decision, I try to understand which is the business model involved in the program. I hate to say it but there is no such thing as easy money.

I do not think a stranger will give me his secret to make lots of money just because they have a good heart. You will see the same pattern over and over again. Among the most common things that repeat themselves from scam to scam are:

1. They offer the “too good to be true” money making strategy.

2. Fake testimonials. 

3. And fake identity. 

These scams only thrive with the beginners since beginners are too quick to buy whatever these people sell, in the hopes of getting out of their 9-5 grind. I really do hope that soon there will be some sort of authority penalizing these scammers.

Until then we are the only one that can look out after us. 

    Henry · June 26, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    Hello Nuttanee! Welcome back! Thank you very much for your very useful and valid points! I agree with you. There is a certain pattern that most scams follow. And we do well to be able to identify this pattern.

Matiss · June 6, 2019 at 5:10 AM

Yeah, I couldn’t possibly agree with you more. 

With everything. You’re so on point.

I for a fact wasn’t as lucky as you were. At the end of the day, I did find Wealthy Affiliate but that was only after about 5-7 years. Meaning, when I first wanted to do affiliate marketing due to all kinds of scams I spent something like $500-1000 online. All pretty much were get rich quick schemes but at the time I was pretty naive as to how earning money online works. 

Thus, after some time I just got heartbroken that I couldn’t actually earn anything, furthermore, I ran out of all my savings (I was in high school at the time). So, I kinda quit the idea altogether. I deemed not possible for me. I deemed that I didn’t have the talent to succeed.

Some 5-7 years after I again got the urge, read the reviews, joined Wealthy Affiliate and this time things took a very different course. For the better. 🙂

In this regard, I am more than certain if I had found WA first I wanted to do affiliate marketing I would have never quit. And I would have never pretty much (not completely but still) wasted those 5-7 years.

Just felt like sharing my story to illustrate the importance of recognizing scams, especially when you’re just starting out. Thank you for sharing the message. 

Cheers, and have a Great One!

Matiss

P.S. I really loved the read. Really enjoyed the format. And I will quote you on this: “But finding a good site doesn’t guarantee success. If you don’t follow the training and work hard on your business, there is no magic wand out there that will do the work for you.” – So true. 

Having the right tools does not immediately guarantee success. 🙂

    Henry · June 26, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Hi Matiss! Thank you very much for sharing your story. I greatly appreciate it and I know it will also be helpful for those out there that have been scammed and are discouraged. Good you didn’t give up despite those scams.

    Thank you also for your kind words concerning this post! Keep well!

Martin · June 6, 2019 at 5:27 AM

I appreciate the cartoon-like images which explain things better than a block of text.

It’s usually desperation or greed that makes people fall into a scam-trap. To avoid them the best weapon is common sense. The five points you listed at the end of the article are also very useful. But I must alert everybody that not every scam is clumsy and easily recognized, especially when you are new in the digital world.

Hopefully, articles like this will help people avoid scams. I’m leaving a comment on your post as my way of saying thank you for your service to the world. I really wish your post remains at the top of search engines for a long time and many benefit from it!

    Henry · June 26, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Hi Martin! Yes, common sense is so important when we’re joining a platform. And I agree with you, when we’re just starting online, many scams are not easily identified. 

    Thank you for your kind words and good wishes.

Gomer · June 6, 2019 at 5:38 AM

Hahaha, I really love the comic story you shared! The story relates well with me, as I have been scammed many times. And you know what? The sites or the people that have scammed me don’t look like they’re scammers. If you try to confront them, they will show you their permits and certificates issued by the governments, and they gonna scold you for not following instructions. They will tell you that the reason you didn’t made any money is because you’re a hard-headed down-line and will even give you lectures that whiners never make it in business. It’s so disgusting they’re playing with words to mask their schemes, they don’t have the heart for us who lost money in the deal!

    Henry · June 26, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Hi Gomer. I really feel sad when I hear stories like yours. I know many of those that are scammed just can’t afford to be scammed. It’s such a hard blow that in most cases it’s impossible for them to regain trust in any other site.

    Your description of these scammers is so useful for all our readers. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. And I really hope there comes the day when these scammers may be held responsible for their dishonest dealings.

Alblue · June 7, 2019 at 12:54 AM

Hi Henry, I wish I had found your article (and comic) earlier. I was once scammed because I didn’t understand how online businesses worked. I was a newbie and it cost me my saving. Now I understand: Scams usually over-promise when it comes to potential income. There’s a saying that if something is too good to be true, it usually is.

Your comic makes all this stressful experience avoidable (and fun too). Please, keep posting new comics. 🙂

    Henry · June 26, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Hi! I’m sorry to hear about your experience with scammers. My wish is to reach as many people as possible before they fall prey to these unethical sites.

    I’m glad you found value on this post, and you also felt it was fun to read. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Keep tuned, there are some more comics coming! 🙂

Stella · June 26, 2019 at 11:43 PM

Hi Henry,

You are very fortunate to avoid scams when you first started looking online for making money online! Yes, it takes time to understand the various systems you have to put in place to automate. For example, email marketing can be automated and also PPC campaigns. But these scams offer automation from the very start with hardly any work.

Most scams are usually out for a quick buck and some even are recurring! I joined one an it took me several months before I could stop the recurring card purchase of £8.99. That does not seem like a lot, but it was adding up to quite a bit over the course of several months.  

There was no way to contact them and they did not answer my emails. Lesson learnt!

Thanks for sharing!

    Henry · June 27, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Hello Stella!

    It’s disgusting to hear how they take advantage of those that are getting started. Good you could stop their recurring card purchase and this negative experience didn’t stop you. I’m glad to hear you’re already discussing automation in your online business. That shows hard work and dedication pays off.

    Thanks for sharing your story. All the best to you and your business. 🙂

Eric · June 26, 2019 at 11:57 PM

Hi Henry.

I just finished reading your post, The Entrepreneur, Episode 2 – Ways to avoid scams online. I was floored! I love the post and your site!

The post was well written and you gave me plenty of information how not to get scammed.

I was really impressed with the graphics. How are you doing those?

Your site also has a clean feel to it, if that makes sense. I’m honestly going to come and read more of your posts to learn from you.

Great job Henry. Keep it up! Loving it!

Eric

    Henry · June 27, 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Hey Eric.

    Comments like yours are so encouraging. Thank you very much! I’m glad you liked this post and my humble site. I also enjoy creating these graphics. I use Pixton.

    You’re always welcome here. Keep tuned for more posts! See ya!

Linda · June 28, 2019 at 4:59 AM

As an entrepenuer myself, I gotta say that this is very well explained. I will use this for my next discussion post on my MBA course. The graphic images really helped me understand the messege. However, what caught my eye the most, since I wasn’t aware of this fact was; when you mentioned that scams usually only last a year. 

    Henry · July 12, 2019 at 2:23 AM

    Hello Linda.

    Thank you! Yeah, scams usually don’t stay around for long.

Melissa · June 28, 2019 at 5:02 AM

I love your use of a graphic novel style article to explain this concept. This is by far the best blog I’ve read in a long time. The problem today is that our attention spans don’t last long enough to read through anything. You creatively found a way to combat that challenge. As a fan of young adult literature, and having studied the growing popularity of graphic novels in America, I can appreciate your style. Looking forward to more good reads coming from you! Thank you.

    Henry · July 12, 2019 at 2:27 AM

    Hello Melissa.

    Your words are really inspiring. Thank you! 🙂

Mathessa40 · June 28, 2019 at 5:10 AM

I love your website. It’s humorous! 🙂 There are a lot of people trying to make money the easy way. I’ll quickly share something that happen to me. I came across a site promising me to teach me how to work from home. They said they needed workers at Amazon. So I decided to sign up. Guess what, they asked for all my Bank account information (username and password)! Hey, no way! They said it was required. No, nooo, it is not required! Scammers. I hope this helps others too.

    Henry · July 12, 2019 at 2:36 AM

    Hi Mathessa.

    Thank you for sharing this story. Definitely scammers. The more informed people are out there the less chance these scammers have.

Mark · June 28, 2019 at 5:13 AM

I wish everyone could see this. There are far too many people getting taken advantage of out there and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. I got scammed a couple times back in my early twenties, but fortunately I wised up. It’s too bad more people don’t know about the good opportunities also available online. I was skeptical at first, but after two-plus years working online I can say it’s definitely not all scam.

    Henry · July 12, 2019 at 2:43 AM

    Hi Mark.

    Yes, there also are good opportunities online. But scams are more abundant. Help me to get out to more people out there just by clicking the sharing button. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your comment.

Mathessa40 · June 28, 2019 at 5:15 AM

I really enjoy reading your posts. The comic strips make it very engaging. And your content is useful! Keep up the good work!

    Henry · September 23, 2019 at 11:18 PM

    Thank you very much Mathessa! You’re very kind. 🙂

Jake · November 26, 2019 at 12:41 PM

Hi, great work here providing advise to avoid the massive amount of scams on the internet. It’s funny that people put so much work and learning into scams, but are not willing to put that same work into an honest business model with integrity.

It must be because there is lots of money to be made in scamming people, because they are everywhere. Even so, then why would you do it? I do not understand why some people just don’t care about doing the right thing anymore.

Maybe they are just scared of hard work and not willing to do what it takes to make it happen with integrity. 

    Henry · November 26, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Hi Jake. Yeah, I like your point. There are scams every where and it would be great if that energy would be used to create legitimate products. But scams also exist because people continue to fall in them.

    Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment.

bernie · November 26, 2019 at 12:56 PM

Thanks for sharing this information. First time I started an online business, the concept was really good. But then after I had invested around 500 euro, the whole website just crashed: technical failure, server problems, etc… Never heard from them again… Next time, I will do more research and see what other people say about the platform I intend to join. There are plenty of reviews online.

    Henry · November 27, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Hi Bernie. I’m sorry to hear about that scam. And thank you for sharing your experience so others may also learn from it. Yes, researching before joining is a must. 

Shifts · November 26, 2019 at 1:34 PM

Henry, you have an incredible blog. I liked to read this interview. I am glad that I have not been scammed before. Whenever I see a product that gets my attention, I quickly turn ON my data, launch my browser and carry out a research about it. Reviews are very powerful you know. I look out for reviews.

    Henry · November 29, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Hi! Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you’ve made it a habit to not join anything without researching. Everybody should do that and scammers would be out of business.

Techie · November 26, 2019 at 1:35 PM

Whenever I spot a scam, my scam detectors antenna rises up and I quickly see the reasons why they are scams. They promise quick money right now without work, they overhype their products and probably earnings too, they usually contain upsells, the websites are not usually old, the list goes on and on.

Thanks for this piece to expose scams!

    Henry · November 29, 2019 at 1:05 AM

    Hi! Thank you very much for these useful tips how to spot scams. I agree with them all. Very valid indeed.

Tucker · January 11, 2020 at 9:08 PM

I love the comic that you include in this post! Your best piece of advice (to me) is that if it “sounds too good to be true” it probably is. Trusting your gut is really important when it comes to avoiding scams online. I think about this a lot when perusing ads online. I also think a lot of folks can benefit from the knowledge that most legit products will offer a free trial. Wealthy Affiliate’s free trial is what convinced me that the tools on the platform would be worth my investment!

    Henry · January 12, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    Hi Tucker. Yes, if it’s a legit platform, most of the time it will have a free trial so you can test drive it yourself. That’s a good point to emphasize. Thanks!

Danijel · January 11, 2020 at 9:12 PM

Hello Henry, thank you for this article. It was helpful. Honestly, I have been scammed once and I still struggle to distinguish good sites from bad sites. There is a logical way of thinking that can help us avoid scams and your post has helped me to view platforms from the scammers perspective. Nice comic by the way!

    Henry · January 12, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Hi! Thank you! And you’re welcome. I’m glad this post has helped you view platforms from a different perspective. Yes, trying to understand why a site is offering you something can help you avoid scams.

Lee · January 11, 2020 at 9:16 PM

Wow am I glad I came across this post on how to spot scams. I know so many people that have got scammed trying to do better for themselves out of their usual working life. The cartoon images are absolutely brilliant in this post and really explain how a genuine platform to build your online business should be. I am glad that I can spot scams while doing my research. I hope many others spot this post. 

    Henry · January 12, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Hi Lee. Yes, learning to spot scams is important. And I’m glad you can spot them. I wish people could be empowered knowing how what to watch out for before signing up for a platform. It would weaken scammers. 

Feji ben · January 11, 2020 at 9:21 PM

I must say that you have done a great job on this article as it has been of help to me and I know it would be of great help to the general public. Overtime the rate of scams on the Internet has increased dramatically although things have been done to curb this problem.

I commend your efforts to warn people. I thank you because you have also helped me. I had never done the exercise of viewing the world through a scammers eyes.

    Henry · January 12, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Hi! Thank you for your nice comment about this post. And I’m glad it has made you view this problem from a different perspective.

Kozakiv · January 12, 2020 at 6:58 PM

Thank you Henry for this post. I have recently joined Wealthy Affiliate but before I did, I was scammed by a “get rich quick” scheme.

I haven’t archived any results yet, but I’m learning a lot. Maybe persistence will be the key for me to attain results.

I liked this comic and the humor in it too! Thanks!

    Henry · January 12, 2020 at 7:51 PM

    Hey! I’m glad you joined Wealthy Affiliate and yes, persistence is key. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks for your comment about this comic. I appreciate it.

Jessie · January 20, 2020 at 12:48 PM

Thank you so much for the awesome post! I really enjoyed reading this and the comic made it even more enjoyable.  I hate that there are so many scams online. It sucks because that ruins the reputation of great sites like Wealthy Affiliate.  You see ones that claim you can be making money in like three days of you use their product and get rich in that time! It’s terrible! I believe that reviews are super important and can help desk with that issue and stir people in the right direction. 

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Hi Jessie. Yes, reviews help identify scams. My recommendation has always been to never join a platform before researching it first.

Shanta Rahman · January 20, 2020 at 12:51 PM

Hi! I liked this post very much! It’s cool, it’s fun and very informative. I liked the cartoon too. It caught my attention and I had to read it all. Usually I just quickly read through a post, but the cartoon made me read your whole post. I fell for a scam about a year ago and since then I have been afraid of joining other platforms. Your post has made me start thinking in earning revenue online again.

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Hi Shanta. It’s a pity to hear about this scam. I encourage you to research, as you’re doing now, before joining any platform. And please don’t miss the awesome opportunities online because of that initial scam. All the best.

Rhain · January 20, 2020 at 12:52 PM

Great article, Henry. Sadly, I’m one of those who had to learn about these scams the hard way. But I still count myself fortunate to have ventured online. Even though it is not as easy as this fraudsters make it appear, I still appreciate the freedom and sense of control I get from it.

Something you said that really got to me is the idea that these scams are usually the same, only with different names. They keep coming back because somehow, we are more inclined to get an instant gratification. Perhaps, if we face life squarely and for exactly what it is, these scams can potentially die out. There’s no such thing as getting without giving. If we can understand this, I believe we can be safe from scams.

Thanks for sharing.

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 2:57 PM

    Hi Rhain. Yes, scams continue to flourish because they still resonate with people. They usually go after newbies that full of excitement, venture online. Most of those that are scammed never try any other business online ever again. So I must commend you for not letting this detour you!

    I fully agree to all you have expressed here. Thanks for your comment.

Donny · January 20, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Couldn’t be any better truth and thank you for this eye opener. I also have noticed from a lot of scam sites that I have come across that they are usually new sites. Never trust a new site, it’s always good to trust something that is time tested. And I also pay attention to the phone number provided. Scammers usually hide their phone numbers or give a fake number to avoid getting tracked.

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Hi Donny. Yes, thank you for these additional tips. They are very useful. Specially checking if the page has been around for more than a year.

Stratos K · January 20, 2020 at 12:57 PM

I feel blessed I was able to find Wealthy Affiliate through a sea of other scam websites and platforms. There is so much on offer that is hard to describe everything in a simple comment. My only recommendation is to try out the trial and see for yourself. But the single most important advice I give to all that are thinking about it is that if you want to start then be ready to dedicate at least one year before you can determine if this is for you or not. Anything less and probably you will be disappointed by the results.

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 3:06 PM

    Hi Stratos. Very sound advice to not expect results from affiliate marketing before investing a full year working hard on your site. Thank you very much for stopping by.

Nimrodngy · January 20, 2020 at 12:58 PM

Wow. I have been working as an affiliate marketer since last year and I want to say that this is the first time I see such an article and I read with such great interest. This kind of characters transposed into some comic pictures is a great idea.

I know a lot of people who want to make money without doing anything. I really want to share this article on my social media accounts. I have a lot of friends who want to make online money and I couldn’t convince them to enter the world of affiliate marketing. This post may make them change their mind.

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Hi! Thank you for your nice comment about the comic strip. I wish this post is helpful to your friends and family too. Thanks for sharing.

Villarose · January 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM

Hi Henry,
Your site is very informative and interesting. I know I have to be alert regarding scams but I also know there are plenty of opportunities online. We have to research until we find something useful and work until we obtain the results we want.
Cheers,
Villarose

    Henry · January 21, 2020 at 5:48 PM

    Hi Villarose. Thank you for your comment. Yes, please don’t let all these scams disappoint you.

sabrinamou · January 20, 2020 at 1:16 PM

I liked this article very much! I’ve also read the first episode. Using comics is a nice ways to talk about earning money online as an affiliate marketer. Currently, affiliate marketing is popular for making money online. But there are also many scams. I agree with the 5 points you have mentioned to avoid most scams. I also appreciate the honesty of your work. And I really love the humor in the comic. I will share it with friends.

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    Hi! Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you have liked the comic. All the best.

jazzy323 · January 20, 2020 at 1:24 PM

Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams that are going around, which make these tips important, including actually researching how the program is saying you will make money. Particularly a lot of so called money making opportunities involve upsells and they are not upfront about it. I really enjoyed the visual aesthetic! 

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Yes, when programs are not upfront about their terms it’s disappointing. And Internet is full of platforms that are like this.

    Thank you for your comment about the cartoon.

Jon · January 20, 2020 at 1:31 PM

This article is a very accurate interpretation of what scams are online and while it is true that they usually do not survive long some do go longer than a year because they don’t care weather people complain or not. I know that I have learned what scams look like after almost being scammed several times. What ways have you avoided scams yourself?

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Hi Jon! Yes, some scams remain longer despite all the complaints because they try to press all the juice out of the scam before closing it down. The one year mark must be viewed carefully. 

Diana · January 20, 2020 at 2:33 PM

Hi, Thank you very much for this informative article and great visuals. I love the idea of comic strips and how you deliver the information in a simple, hilarious, and easy to catch way.

You have a unique style, which I love.

I have never been scammed so far. I always do plenty of research before I sign up to something.
But I imagine it can be a very unpleasant experience.

I am grateful you put all this information in the spotlight. It’s worth sharing.

Thank you again for this article. You did a great job. I will look forward to more episodes.

Greetings,

Diana.

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 4:33 PM

    Hi Diana. I’m glad to hear your approval of this comic. The best way to avoid scams is to research a lot before joining anything.

Twack Romero · January 20, 2020 at 3:11 PM

Looks like my story is no different from hundreds, if not thousands, of others. Those of us who have unknowingly thought we’d struck gold only to find the old adage ringing true, that all that glitters, is not gold.

It must be human nature to always be looking for the quickest and easiest way to make money. I’ve spent plenty of time looking through reviews of scam sites, even made a list of those to avoid. All the while I was doing this I could have done with coming across your articles first, it would have saved me a lot of time.

One of the most interesting insights you have given, which had never occured to me, was the lifespan of these types of site. It makes complete sense that they wouldn’t survive the test of time. You wonder how they can keep re-inventing themselves, time after time and nothing gets done about it. Let’s hope that articles like these help redirect those, who might be tempted, to find greener, legitimate pastures.

    Henry · January 20, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Hi! Thank you for stopping by. Yes, if these scammers would focus their energy in creating sites that actually helped people I think they would be even more successful. They are very creative.

kimlee2694 · February 3, 2020 at 1:36 AM

I believe many people out in this internet world have been scammed before, only the amount in most cases is small. We got scammed because we were trying hard to make some extra money online to make ends meet, not because we are greedy. I felt that there should be a platform to highlight those scammer sites so that those scammers can stop cheating other people’s hard-earn money easily.

    Henry · February 3, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Yes, you’re right. There are many cases in with scams are so well elaborated that they genuinely seem good sites and hard working people fall for them. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Donald · February 3, 2020 at 1:43 AM

I did read episode 1, and now I have some spare time, I’m back for The Entrepreneur, Episode 2. There really are a lot of scams out there on the internet, and it is sometimes fairly easy for them to catch some of us unsuspecting netizens. Especially those who are looking at online business for the very first time.

You are so right when you say that the get rich scheme idea is attractive. Some people don’t realize that anything worthwhile in the world of business, whether offline or online is going to come as a result of doing the necessary work. There is no Get Rich Quick scheme. Anything to good to be true is a pipe dream and a scam.

This episode about the ways to avoid scams online should be able to help a lot of people to keep away from these kinds of programs and keep their hard earned money in their pockets.

    Henry · February 3, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Hi Donald. Thank you very much for coming back for episode 2. I appreciate your very accurate comment. I hope this type of posts helps people understand how scams work and also help them identify sites that have dishonest intentions.

Juan Saladin · February 3, 2020 at 1:52 AM

Hahahaha, I really love your comics!

As you mentioned, there are some scams that seem to come and go over and over. Its something seasonal. That’s why checking the domain name of the e-commerce or whatever solution they’re selling to you, helps you to define how much of a clear scam it is.

Sometimes the domain names have been registered just months ago and they claim to have years in the market (1st red flag). There’s no name personally associated with the company or the given name and pictures are false (2nd red flag).

    Henry · February 3, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    Hi Juan! Yes, checking out how long ago the site was registered can help us a lot. Thanks for your comment.

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