The Red Flags of Affiliate Marketing Scams

Written by Clay Mabbitt

Thanks torepparttar legitimate business model of online affiliate marketing; many people are earning a good living working from home. Unfortunately there exists a series of affiliate program scams masquerading as genuine Internet marketing opportunities. These scams are designed to make their creators wealthy without providing value to their customers or associates. Email scams and work at home scams don't have any chance of long term success, so any time spent promoting them is largely wasted.

So what arerepparttar 102389 characteristics that reveal an Internet scam attempting to disguise itself as an honest affiliate opportunity? Sincerepparttar 102390 nature and complexity of these scams change as quickly as technology, it's almost impossible to create a comprehensive list, but here are some strong indicators that a program should be avoided or atrepparttar 102391 very least examined with a fine-toothed comb.

No affiliate support contact. When an affiliate program includes a toll-free telephone number, it's a good sign that things are onrepparttar 102392 up and up. However,repparttar 102393 lack of a phone number does not necessarily meanrepparttar 102394 program needs to be avoided. The Internet lends itself to email contact, and most websites structure their contact support system accordingly. Ifrepparttar 102395 website for an online income opportunity does not include an email or a contact form, though, you are probably looking at an affiliate program scam. Once you locaterepparttar 102396 email or contact from, it's a good idea to send a message with a simple question to see how long it takesrepparttar 102397 company to respond. If you don't receive a response addressing your question within a few days, tread lightly. The company might not be intentionally trying to scam you, but if they can't quickly respond to emails, they are doing something wrong.

No web site. Similarly a contact email without a website shouldn't instill much confidence. A legitimate online income opportunity will have a detailed web site, providing information and showing some time and energy has gone into planning. A simple website is not difficult to create, but leaves a slightly larger trail leading back torepparttar 102398 creator than that left by a mass emailing. Again, whilerepparttar 102399 presence of a web site is not a guarantee that a program is trustworthy,repparttar 102400 absence of a web site should definitely be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism.

No product or service. What isrepparttar 102401 company selling? Ifrepparttar 102402 only product is a chance to make money, you've probably stumbled onto a pyramid scheme. In order for any referral marketing organization to make money, someone onrepparttar 102403 outside must pay money torepparttar 102404 organization. Ifrepparttar 102405 only people paying are joiningrepparttar 102406 organization, than no income is being generated. The members are just passing money around between themselves with everyone hoping to be holdingrepparttar 102407 bag of money whenrepparttar 102408 music stops. Above and beyond this fundamental flaw inrepparttar 102409 business model, pyramid schemes are also illegal inrepparttar 102410 United States.

Helpful Hints For Getting An Online Business Started

Written by Christine Evans

** Set specific goals, we all are in this to make money. How much money do you want to make by a certain date ... for example

** Set a reasonable time frame to accomplish your goal.

** Getting organized I use 3x5" index cards and an alpha filing system to know where I have been and notes such as:

*Name of Business Opportunity, Tool, etc.

*My ID number and Password for site if applicable *URL of my new affiliate website orrepparttar website I want to check out later

*If it is a trial membership when it ends

*Any fees associated

*If it is a Business Opportunity I write onrepparttar 102388 back ofrepparttar 102389 card any tools or special features. Initially I was putting everything in Favorites or Book marking it then when I went to organize I forgot what was so special aboutrepparttar 102390 15 sites there. *** I was onrepparttar 102391 phone with one of my down line members and Gordon said 'wait a minute I'll find it' when I popped in withrepparttar 102392 answer. He asked how I found it so fast to which I replied 'my little index cards'. You see Gordon had his own system he had been using for some time. Don't know if he has changed to index cards or not. (I kinda think he has).

** I purchased extra paper and an extra black ink cartridge for my printer. You will need to print out pages with information for future reference if you sign up for anything - even if it is To Print only in black ... go to "Start" - "Settings" "Printer" then torepparttar 102393 "Properties" "Advanced" area of your printer and have it print in "Grayscale" (no color only black ink is used). This will save you money. I also print in "draft" quality. ** I save those pages that arerepparttar 102394 last page printed and have little or nothing on them so I can scribble on them. You will find that when you are reading some information an email address or url reference is made to something you want to check out later, well "scribble it down" or use an index card.

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