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 opportunities. 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.
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.
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!