Internet Affiliate Marketing (IAM) is a widely popular and profitable business concept on the Web. It is a primarily a fusion of merchants and an affiliate’s service network or Web site.
The marketing affiliates support the owners and merchants in selling or advertising their products or services, and they are, in turn, paid for their cooperation.
The affiliate marketing is a cost-efficient method and has gradually gained popularity among marketers seeking additional income. But mostly, these enthusiastic ‘newbie’ marketers, lured by quick and easy cash, do not entirely understand the affiliate world, its working and drawbacks.
They commit some serious, costly blunders by falling into scams, traps, and fraudulent ‘get rich now’ schemes. So if you are an aspiring affiliate marketer, you need to be watchful regarding these potential threats, and arm yourself with a few basic strategies to weed out scams.
Start with exploring the Web site; it reveals almost everything
Explore and understand the Web site’s content, including terms of services, properly. Visit the forum and take a look at the happenings there.
A legit business site has an active forum. See whether the admin contributes to the forum and replies to questions posted by the affiliates or not. It must.
Ensure that there’s a dependable medium to contact customer support. A genuine affiliate marketing concern will have an email or ‘Contact Us’ form and at least a charged or toll free number. You can email them to know whether they reply satisfactorily or not.
Beware of free WebPages
Most of the merchants running online marketing scams offer you a ‘free Web site’ hosted on their own server. You have to bring visitors to that so-called ‘your Web page’ by using marketing strategies like writing articles, link-sharing, etc.
You might even pay for advertising to bring customers, thinking that you are going to get paid, something which is not likely to happen. In these sites, you can’t see your visitors’ stats and actions.
These fraudulent merchants might pay you a little amount to keep you interested, but you will never know about the exact commission you deserved, but missed.
Legit affiliate programs are free to join
Have you ever heard of a firm charging you a fee on top of your working for it?
There is never a “membership fee” in genuine affiliate services. You are going to work for them, why should they charge you. If you find programs like those, just move the other way.
Stay away from those floating scams
A floater is a pop-up scam box that appears when you target a customer to a merchant’s Web page using your link.
It is known as browser helper element which aids customers to register easily by entering their personal information in it.
This scam box gorges on your commissions as users do not enter data on the page you sent them to. Those boxes are like planted landmines and are used by scammers to complete your sales on the links they desire. You will get scammed, so beware.
Whichever program you want to use, just ‘Google’ it to read what others have to say about it. This gives you a general idea about the legitimacy of the program.
Read reviews and testimonials before taking a final decision. Here again, professional scammers have faked everything nowadays. You will find a lot of fake testimonials on various sites that will praise the program, but these reviews and testimonials are provided by scammers themselves. So consider reviews published by established Web sites.
Do not get carried away
While signing up on fake programs, when you try to close the page, it generates a discount message. You try to close again, and the discount grows. Just stay away from these programs, which promise to offer you billions overnight and sell their masterpiece program for over 90% discount eventually.
The key is to remain vigilant and start slowly but cautiously. No matter if they pay less, always choose well established programs and you will never miss the commission you deserve.