Budding Affiliate Marketers Beware of Scams

“As opportunities
for online profits become more numerous, launching an affiliate
marketing business becomes more and more attractive to casual Internet
users.  With more opportunity for legitimate businesses and profits
arising, there has unfortunately also begun an influx of many fly by
night affiliate programs that are highly skilled in the art of taking
members’ money and running away with it, leaving them left with empty
pockets for uncompensated commissions….”

As
opportunities for online profits become more numerous, launching an
affiliate marketing business becomes more and more attractive to casual
Internet users.  With more opportunity for legitimate businesses and
profits arising, there has unfortunately also begun an influx of many
fly by night affiliate programs that are highly skilled in the art of
taking members’ money and running away with it, leaving them left with
empty pockets for uncompensated commissions.  It is dire that all
prospective affiliate marketers do the necessary research into many
programs before pinpointing the most trusted one and giving it the old
college try at grabbing profits themselves.

There
are so many affiliate programs that are available to join, free of
charge, that are successful and filled with affiliate members who are
currently collecting commissions.  For this reason, it should send up a
red flag if the affiliate program you are considering charges you a
membership fee.  While no affiliate program will give you something for
nothing, a payment up front is not necessary, as you will be putting
your time and effort into the program and only asking that you are
honestly compensated for your diligence.  Legitimate affiliate programs
are filled with merchants that are looking to gain representation and
promotional support with profits to gain and are happy to compensate
affiliates that represent them.  An upfront payment to join an
affiliate program should smell fishy, somewhat similarly to the “talent
agency” that requires you buy classes on how to act or model before you
might get some work.  If there exists no information about the
affiliate program’s track record on the Internet, this is also a good
sign that this one might be an illegitimate offering aimed at picking
up quick cash.  Testimonials for most reputable affiliate programs are
easily searched and found on web threads; an affiliate program not
possessing reviews or testimonials just might be bogus.  Another
indication that an affiliate program is bunk would be if they do not
respond to any email correspondence sent requesting more information. 
If the affiliate manager does not respond within a week to a general or
specific query, it is a good bet that their customer service department
is nonexistent or not monitoring emails; how could a program designed
to serve (sell to) customers not monitor incoming mail and respond to
them in a timely manner? 

In
general, affiliate programs that offer or claim grandiose amounts of
profits that seem “too good to be true” usually are and should be
avoided.  Once a legitimate and reputable affiliate program is
identified, with an excellent work ethic and maximum effort, you will
be able to capitalize on your efforts and realize the success you are
envisioning.

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