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How To Spot An Internet Marketing Scam
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How to Spot An Internet Marketing Scam

You do not have to spend much time trying to learn the ropes of internet marketing before coming face to face with a scam. In fact, getting burnt by a scam is how most people get started! If you are lucky enough and just starting out in internet marketing and somehow ended up here, you can rest assured that you will know how to spot an internet marketing scam from a mile away. I could give you a list in the thousands but that would take too long and there are more popping up every day. Instead, I'm going to inform you of the telltale signs of a scam.

Shiny object

Just like every type of advertising, scams want to catch you attention for a brief second and enough interest to get you to click through. They do this by making absurd promises like saying you will get easy money for little work.

The truth is that internet marketing is every bit as hard as making money offline(in it's own way). Any promise to the contrary should be regarded as a huge red flag and steered clear from. Believe it or not, this kind of advertising is very effective, mostly due to the prevalent though that making money online is as simple as having the "insider info."

Control

One of the biggest ways for scams to make money off of you is to have control over everything. In this way, they have the power to make up their own prices for every little thing involved; slowly but surely sucking you dry. Even if you make it past all of that and start to make some money, you will be doing so on a platform that is not your own- always a dangerous proposition.

They way they make a negative look like a positive is by saying things like they "take care of everything" or "you just push a button." Golden rule: if something seems too good to be true, it's probably very, very bad!

Honest help

Once you stop looking for an easy way to do things, you can begin to see the real opportunities that are still out there. Remember that there are no free rides and that you will have to work hard and be patient to get a real web business off the ground. The good news is that it is still very possible to do so for anyone and it can even be done for free! Although, you can always expedite things once you learn how to spend your money wisely!


Street Talk

Joan S  

They sell the dream. They concoct words that are so soothing that even the most cynical of us bask in it for five minutes. What people have to be wary of the most is the upsells. They get you hooked , but then if you really want to enter the promised land, you have to purchase the software. Right now I don't trust any of them. An honest marketer has a real tough job now to sell a program on making money online. Every one is suspect, and justifiably so. The honest marketers are in the minority. They have to work very hard to prove they are on the level. When it comes to programs that cost in the thousands, I advise people to back away. Find another way to learn. I could go on and on. Yes I was burned too, but not because I was greedy. I thought that's the way people learn. Wonk wonk.

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  about 6 years ago

That`s exactly why I`m glad to be promoting WA. I mean I could easily write a whole article on the value of just the free membership. BTW I`ve been burned myself. I grabbed one of those warrior forum special offers that were free. It really was but there was three upsell pages that I had to get through that claimed to make what I was doing a whole lot easier. All in all, i spent a little over 30 bucks on upsells. Funny thing is most of it was just ripped off content from other more legitimate membership sites like Chris Farrel. I still went through all the video courses provided(literally 50 hours of bad content) and began to draw up my plan fro create a sales funnel site but with no real way to promote it. A single page site is very hard to promote. So basically, I payed 30 dollars to learn stuff I could have just asked in my free membership at WA.

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  about 6 years ago
Joan S  

WA is full of good content, and they don't hustle people. They offer a few extras, but one can still do well without purchasing them. I'm told Jim Cockrum has a lot of integrity too.

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  about 6 years ago

Ya theres still some honest folks out there. Personally, I`m following Pat Flynn with his niche site duel 2.0.

  
  about 6 years ago

So what 3 scams you would say to stay clear from? Because I will say even though some programs do promise rich rewards, they aren't scams, they just take work. And what they don't tell you up front is that it does take work, and the people who do make big money fast, do so because they have been working it for lots of time and know what they are doing. I mean a person who knows internet marketing and has been in it for a while can get an article read by a whole lot of viewers and can make a whole lot of money in a single day. Now just because they say they can teach you how, doesn't mean they can't or it wont work. But it just takes work to get to the level they are at.

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  about 6 years ago
Kymee  

If their purpose was not to scam you then I think that there should some type of disclaimer....But NO..because it is their purpose.

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  about 6 years ago

@Kymee It`s pretty say that you have to make it apparent that you are NOT scamming...

  
  about 6 years ago
Kymee  

OK chip what are you saying

  
  about 6 years ago

I mean that you have to differentiate yourself by pointing out that you are NOT a scam.

  
  about 6 years ago

You have a point there. IM is something that can`t be complete taught. That said, the biggest scams I`ve seen are MLM(pyramid schemes), selling of others content(usually free content), and backlink generatiors. All three do much more harm than good.

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  about 6 years ago

Those would be the biggest one I believe. Thank you!

  
  about 6 years ago
Johin  

Well. Said True. It takes times to reach that position but also takes money. Because most of the getting rich quick plans do work but you have to spend some money on it first which becomes really hard for a new marketer.Getting rich quick plans work in the way Invest more ,Work less but normal plans work like Work hard,Invest less. Thus we call them scams as they are hard to afford for very common people like you and me. but Once you are a successful marketer you have to spend an awful lot of money on various things.

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  about 6 years ago

Thank you. That's how I see it. You can make $20,000 working only 10 hours a week. But if you have have the 8,000 up front. That being said, there are real scams out there however lol. But some of them people just call scams because it will take so much more work to be successful.

  
  about 6 years ago

I agree with you here, but I don`t think that falls into the category of scams. There are a LOT of people preying on folks who just want to learn how to make money online. That`s where the scams come in, not at the level that you`re talking about.

  
  about 6 years ago
Kymee  

Another great on and love the pictures Kymee ; O)

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  about 6 years ago

Ya I thought it was appropriate lol.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Chip, good point. I think everyone at first is attracted to "an easy way to do things" then we realize it takes work to succeed. I can't believe some companies still use the picture of the red Ferrari and the big house for advertising their product. LOL!

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  about 6 years ago

These guys make a lot of money off of that flaw in human nature lol.

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  about 6 years ago
Anna Ware  

Thank you, very informativ and correct.

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  about 6 years ago

I don`t know a single person who hasn`t fallen for at least one!

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  about 6 years ago

I always thought how to spot an IM scam. Now I know, thanks!

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  about 6 years ago

NP.

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  about 6 years ago
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