Avoid Money Making Scams
I’ve been fortunate enough to find success on the Internet and thankfully didn’t lose my shirt or go into debt doing it.
Stick with me right to the end of this article. Firstly I’ll look at some of these Internet scams that really make your blood boil then I’ll show you how to legitimately make money and achieve the financial freedom you really deserve so stick with me it will be worth it.
The great or should I say fantastic thing about the Internet is that you can make a truckload of money and yes, you really could quit your full time job if you work hard.
However, the bad news is most people either don’t want to put the work in, or spend their hard earned cash on some scam wasting the money they could have used to invest in a real, legitimate profitable business venture.
Let’s Start With My Favorite, “Get Paid To Surf / Internet Survey” Scams
These programs are advertised everywhere. Heck my wife was just about to sign up to one when I asked her to take closer look (well I walked her through what was on offer and convinced her that it was a scam (close shave there)..
It sounds so simple right? All you have to do is leisurely surf the web, fill out few surveys, answer some emails and they’ll send you a big fat check every month.
I’m afraid it’s just never that simple. If it was, everyone would be quitting their jobs to sit at home to sign up for this type of thing. Most of these programs want you to pay them upfront (the alarm bells should be ringing if this is the case). After all, this is how they make their bread and butter. Believe me, this is money you will never see again.
Oh and don’t be fooled by the money-back guarantee on offer because usually in order to get your money back you have to sign up with a number of companies and perform a series of tasks before you even qualify for the refund which they don’t intend to give you anyway.
They bank on most people not bothering to jump through the hoops and go through all the hassle just to get their money back and you got it most people just give up. Cha-ching! Another person suckered.
You will also come across companies that boast that their programs are free (there go those alarm bells again!!) There is always a catch!! Usually, they make it almost impossible to earn enough credits or whatever currency they are using to get paid and your average person quits in despair. And even if it does turn out to be free to join you may still have to pay a third party down the line as you start completing the surveys hosted by other companies so be aware.
There is always a catch!
I’m not saying you can’t make money from some of these programs, but it is vital that you do due diligence and thoroughly research the company before you sign up. Don’t cut the research short make sure you ask lots of questions take your time to evaluate the information you receive. Look for reviews on the internet just type the name of the company into Google you will be amazed at what comes back. The ones I’ve seen so far have all been bogus and a complete rip-offs!
Scams on Google Adsense
It was inevitable that with the success of the Adsense program, people would try to sell “systems” that supposedly help people get-rich-quick with the program.
If you don’t know anything about Adsense it’s a revolutionary free program offered by Google that allows webmasters to help them advertise other people’s products and services by posting text ads on their own websites. You earn money when someone clicks on one of these ads.
All you basically need is a website with some unique content centred on a theme or a niche. The topic could be on virtually anything.
The concept is amazingly simple. The more informative your site is, the greater the traffic potential from the free search engines like Google. The more traffic you have, the more you’ll earn from Adsense.
Your only investment is your website since the Adsense program is free to join. You really can make good money from this program, but you really do need to know what you are doing it’s not as easy as some people would have you think.
Here Come The Adsense Scams….
Adsense is a massive programme with a huge profit potential and because of this there will always be people whotry to create “shortcuts” that claim to make it “easier” for people to make money with it.
The fact is that this people are not making it easier they just make you think that they can make the process so simple it’s a synch however the reality is that they are actually making it a whole lot more difficult in the long term
There are programs out there that allow you to download hundreds of pre written web sites which are apparently “Adsense Ready” so you don’t have to write any of the content yourself.
In minutes they claim you can have hundreds of articles at your fingertips and create your content filled Adsense Ready website in a flash. Sounds great doesn’t it?
However here Is One Rather Big Problem With This Approach
Search engines tend to IGNORE duplicate content. So as time goes on and more people purchase these articles and websites the internet becomes saturated with them, the search engines (especially Google which is s by far the largest) then catch on and ignore the pages. It then becomes virtually impossible to rank the page on the content alone. Your site languishes at the bottom of Google, MSN or Bing never to be seen again
Remember….the key to making money with Adsense is getting traffic to your site so people can click your ads this is fundamental to the process working. Most people rely on the free search engines as their main Internet traffic source. Why because it’s free I sure do!
So, the question is how are you going to capitalize on all this traffic if the search engines are ignoring your site and its languishing at the bottom of Google?
You may as well just give your money away (sadly something I have been suckered into in the past but not any more).
The straight answer is….you won’t it just isn’t going to happen
The reality is that there are no short cuts!
Yep no short cuts that what I said. No shortcuts to making money on the Internet. If you want to become successful, you have to be prepared to learn how and work at it. You have to invest in yourself and in the business you are trying to build.
These things are everywhere. The web page usually begins with an outrageous headline claiming how can make thousands every week. You may be suckered in by a picture of someone outside and amazing looking house in front of a very expensive car holding a cheque for millions that you can’t quite see.
Pyramid schemes are illegal. They are systems where people recruit others to sign up under them to make money, but there is no real product involved. They may try to get you to send them money in hopes of doubling or tripling the amount they get. The people at the top get all the money but those at the bottom get nothing hence the term pyramid.
It’s not too difficult to spot pyramid schemes. There websites are usually full of fake testimonials. The more money they claim you can make, the scammier it is. There description of how you actually earn money is usually pretty vague and you almost never find contact information on the site. If you are lucky to find a contact form it’s just for show because they never get back to you.
However, Don’t Confuse Pyramid Schemes With MLM
MLM (Multi Level Marketing) is 100% legit and lots of people make money with it. Examples of MLM programs are Herbal Life, Nu Skin and Kleeneze in the UK. You sign up under another seller or distributor and that seller or distributor earns a percentage from everything you sell. You can also recruit people into your downline and then earn a percentage on their sales too.
With MLM, there is a tangible product that is marketed to the public in a variety ways. MLM companies are renowned for the excellent support and coaching systems they have to help their members maximize their earnings.
Many people confuse MLM and pyramid schemes because of the multiple levels and often multiple ways to earn in money. The overriding difference is that pyramid schemes don’t involve a tangible well priced legitimate/quality product. Pyramids schemes push “the idea” to make money with no physical product. That’s illegal.