With plenty of smart scamming schemes, you have to be very careful to keep your privacy and money safe. This article will provide tips on what signs affiliate marketing programs scams look for and some current examples of affiliate marketing scams so you can find the right affiliate programs for you. For the merchant to earn money from this free traffic is both unethical and dishonest. It attracted affiliates with good commissions and selection of rare products.
Red flags: Higher commission rate as compared to other programs in exactly the same niche. Quite naturally, affiliates got nothing from those sales. Lesson learned: Carefully research the merchant’s site before joining the program. Look out for ads, affiliate links, alternative offers, etc — everything that can «steal» your traffic. Confusing Offers It happens quite often actually: you are offered the huge number of benefits for becoming an affiliate and promoting the product but in reality you get nothing except spent money and wasted time.
25 sign-up bonus and «free affiliate web sites». In reality: Broken «free affiliate» sites, no sales reported for months and wasted money. The sign-up bonus could not be received because it was below the pay-out threshold and the sign-up fee could not be refunded. Instead of a refund they «gave away» a free copy of SEWB. Lesson learned: Carefully evaluate the product before promoting it. If you feel like the product might be scam or fake, chances are the affiliate program may be scam as well.
It is important to believe in what you are promoting. No Pay-outs Due To «Technical Problems» Some affiliate programs try to look legit and refuse to pay due to «constant technical problems». This way most affiliates will give the program «the second chance» and continue promoting the product for free. Red flags: Insufficient contact information and well, bogus offer in itself.