If there’s one thing I wish was different about affiliate marketing, it’s without a doubt how it attracts the worst people. You know, not only those looking for a quick cash grab; I’m also including liars into the mix.
So yes, I’m kinda throwing a fit here, but for good reason. I want to help you identify and successfully dodge scams or other worthless promises. Because your time is the most important asset you’re investing into making money online.
Tip #1: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is
As an affiliate, I try to join as many groups as I can just to see what’s happening in the industry — and around.
Here’s a sample of the many posts I’ve seen recently from only one such group:
“Earn $7500 payout in 7days”
“Earn $12,500 weekly”
“Who’s never made money with #Clickbank and would like to make an extra $1,500-$2,200/wk with a done-for-you campaign?”
What do they all have in common? They promise you quick results with low efforts and high gains. That has my bullshit detector going haywire!
If you know how to make so much cash, why would you share it in the first place? I feel like lots of people lose track of common sense when they’re given an “opportunity” to make mad bank. However, it’s all smoke and mirrors.
Do yourself a favor and don’t give such posts any attention because they’re simply not worth it.
Tip #2: Beware the lack of information
One of the most common tactics wannabe basement millionnaires or “gurus” employ is to give as few details as possible.
“Comment INFO if you are interested”
“Details inbox me”
The real reason you don’t see details is because 99% of the time, you’ll be sent to a landing page. Which, of course, is conveniently linked to an affiliate ID so the original poster might get a referral. Same with crash courses and everything else.
Real methods are posted in details and don’t hide information. Otherwise it’s a clear sign that you’re being lied to.
Tip #3: Never give your personal details away
In the business of screwing people over, you’d be surprised how people are desperate for conversions or referrals.
Even if you join a group of dedicated affiliate marketers, that doesn’t mean you’re safe. Quite the contrary I’d say; unscrupulous folks like to place their lures everywhere.
If someone asks for your social insurance number (SIN), please don’t share it. Same goes for personal address, phone number, etc. The only exception is when you join an affiliate network.
Treat affiliate marketing like walking on eggshells; one misstep and you’re done for. The last thing you want is to get your identity stolen by people who tried to “help.”
Tip #4: Do your god damned research!
Before joining groups or affiliate networks, try to learn as much as you can about them in the first place.
Trusted sources are easily found on Google. If you’re not sure whether or not a site can be trusted, check its Domain Authority (DA).
The ranking created by Moz attributes a 1 to 100 score to sites, predicting how well they will rank on search engines.
High domain authority is a good sign, but that’s not enough for a verdict. You’ll also be looking at Trust Flow.
Combined, Domain Authority and Trust Flow give you a pretty good idea if a site can be trusted or not.
In the case of affiliate programs, affiliate networks, courses, products and more, always look at the reviews.
Tip #5: If all else fails, learn the hard way
Sometimes, even if you’re prepared, you’ll still fall for a well-executed scam or marketing tactic.
It sucks, but it happens.
Knowing most affiliates will fail at online marketing, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Learn from your mistakes and the next time someone tries to throw a wrench in your works, you’ll dodge it.
- Keep your expectations low
- Analyze everything
- Stay focused
Until next time!