For many years now we have offered a number of advertising services at Worldprofit for affiliate marketers.
Our customers post ads for their Affiliate program to generate leads and sales.
I am continually amazed at how many of the Affiliate Links submitted are dead after just a few weeks, or months.
The web page gone, nothing left but an error message staring at me, PAGE NOT FOUND. Another affiliate program with big pitches, and fancy cars, disappears into the night.
Where do these websites go?
There’s more then one possible answer to that question.
Some affiliate programs come out super hot. They’ve got impressive squeeze pages, polished videos and glossy presentations.
They promise you the world. They get you in, get your money, then POOF they are gone.
In the affiliate marketing industry some of these unscrupulous vendors even have an expression for what they knowingly plan out then do, they call it
The Pump and Dump.
They’ve spent a lot of money to lure you in with the incredible pitch and promise, then they deliver (or not) something of low or no value, then… they disappear.
Other sketchy vendors rely on the Bait and Switch method.
They promise you this, instead you get that, not what you were promised, and not what you paid for, then they disappear.
No response to phone calls, emails, or support requests, simply vanished.
Some companies that are purposefully designed to be “here today and gone tomorrow”, pitch products with catchy names instead of operating under a company name. The reason? They can pitch then drop the product instantly when the authorities catch up with them, or the online reviews get too many, or their payment processor flags them then shuts them down completely. Sadly for you, for these companies their goal from Day 1, is to make as much money from you as possible then disappear before anyone catches up to them.
So what do you look for to make sure you don’t fall prey to one of these schemes?
- Ask yourself, is what I am being told realistic?
Honestly. If someone wants to sell you a product for $12 and tells you it’s worth $2500 you’ve got to question that. Look for actual VALUE.
- Be aware that a common practice in some (not all) affiliate marketing pitches, is to tell you the cost is small.
So you buy in for $10, then there’s the upsell for $27 and another upsell for $47 and another or $97, then you’re told you get the big enchilada for another $197, but wait there’s more they say, another $597 and you get the whole deal and on it goes – and still you don’t have what you need to actually do anything, and what you do have is of little value. Before you bite, determine what exactly are you getting and what the refund policy is for the product or service. Peel back the layers of fluff and hype and attempt to bedazzle you, ask what are you REALLY GETTING at the end of the day.
A HUGE name, which I refuse to include here is using his BIG name to lure people in to his latest “incredible” venture. It starts off free, then it’s $150, then $500, more upsells, more hype, then he’s up to 5k, the highest level an eye-watering $25000. It’s a complete crock, no value whatsoever for that sticker prices. How do I know, he’s done the same thing a few years ago, different program.
- Be aware that we now live in a world of fake. It’s the new reality. Reviews can be faked, video endorsements can be paid for, testimonials can be generated by software, bots spit out real-looking FAKE leads, IP addresses can be spoofed. You may not be a sophisticated techie but you are smart and rely on common sense. Look for what seems ridiculous, be wary of what seems unlikely and implausible, when you see it you will know it Use your head. If you buy Product XYZ for $3 you are not going to become a Millionaire. If you buy Product ABC you’re not going to get rich overnight, without doing any work, laying on a beach in Tahiti. Don’t fall for this.
Sound logic and reason must prevail in your decision making to protect your hard earned money.
Keep these points in mind.
One fancy product or glitzy gadget is not the SECRET to making money online.
Starting and growing ANY business to the point where you are making consistent money takes time and effort.
Understand that if you want to rely only on FREE stuff as your method of choice to earn online, you will have limited success and it will take you a long time to get anywhere. You’ll get frustrated. Guess what free sites and services do? They often DISAPPEAR without warning and with it – your links, your blog, your free platform for your business. Poof. All gone. All that time you spent trying to save a buck is a wasted effort. If you rely solely on free ways to grow your income, you are not thinking like a business owner or someone who at least wants to be serious enough to make some actual money.
Why would you think you could make MILLIONS as an Affiliate marketer with little time, little knowledge and no training? Doctors, lawyers and engineers, PLUMBERS, software developers make lots of money, guess what they had to do first? Learn, train, invest a lot of time, effort and brain power, not to mention money into developing skills in their profession.
Making money online is like ANY offline business, you have to take the time to learn how to market online and you need a system to follow to generate leads and sales. Finally, you need mentorship, guidance, support and training to bring it all together. Once you have that system and training then YOU need to do the work and after more then two decades in this business, I can guarantee you starting your profitable legitimate business WON’T happen on a beach with a Margarita and a cell phone.
At Worldprofit we provide you with hosting, software, business tools, advertising, comprehensive training and support to grow your own online business now – and for years to come. The resources you need are all here in one place in your Worldprofit Membership. We’ve been doing this since 1994, 25+ years! We know what works, what doesn’t, our experience saves you time, money and frustration. We guarantee you will get HELP and NOT Hype. We hope to see you at our next LIVE interactive training session on Friday mornings with your instructor, George Kosch.
By Director of Website Development, Worldprofit.com Sandi Hunter