Affiliate Marketing

How the scam works:

You run a small blog or a content-heavy website and make a bit of extra money from advertising, but it’s nothing significant. One day, a friend tells you about affiliate marketing, informing you by partnering with a company, you get paid any time a visitor of your website follows a link to the company’s website and buys something. It sounds perfect and you partner with a company you find through a link online, but after a while you notice there’s no revenue coming in.

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You might think the link is not working, and test it again by clicking on it. An immediate pop-up tells you to register. You figure it’s working fine and decide to leave it alone, assuming no one’s buying.

Little do you know, the company you’re affiliated with is reaping all the benefits. The embedded code they gave you creates that pop-up, skipping your account. If the user isn’t directed to the sale right from your website, you’re not getting the commission.

How to avoid:

There are plenty of great affiliate marketing sites that actually do offer some fair rates. To check the company you’re looking at, click the link they sent you to post on your website and see where it goes. If it’s a pop-up, you aren’t receiving that revenue. It’s also a good idea to research the company before partnering with them.

Other hints that your “partner” is taking advantage of you are as follows:

1. They do not have contact information listed on their site.
2. A fee is required for you to sign up as a partner.
3. You can’t find information about their affiliate program anywhere.
4. They promise you will make hundreds of thousands of dollars.
5. The fine print specifies that payments are not given to an affiliate partner.

Also, there have been a ton of reports on sites like PTC Bank and Profit Clicking, which you should always avoid.

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8 thoughts on “Affiliate Marketing”

  1. I used ClickBank until it became such junk… Not only they don’t seem to curate the tons of garbage scammy products posted in the Marketplace, but they take money away from your account if you don’t keep getting commissions… so basically, you promote scammers (you don’t know it until you get your readers complaining they were scammed by a company advertised on your website) AND you pay ClickBank if you don’t make any commissions.. Just avoid them.

  2. I’ve been using Commission Junction for about a year. Great service, but some of the advertisers are totally scams. I run a pretty successful blog (3,000 unique visitors a day) and I use CJ to fill the ads space. I personally try every single advertiser FIRST – i buy a product or sign up as a lead – just so I know they pay. Mostly do, but I have to share with you those who don’t, because I am sick and tired of providing thousands of impressions and leads to crooks who don’t pay. Tested and disapproved, here are my bad advertisers – stay away from these guys on Commission Junction:

    – RealtyTrac (real estate)
    – Date dot com (dating)
    – BlogTalkRadio (online radio)
    – VinAudit (auto)
    – myAutoloan (auto)

    Here is the thing: I am sure they might have some crazy disclaimer or explanation (legally) for not giving the commission, such as "Oh, you didn’t finalize the purchase or registration with the other sign up for …something". Bitch please, seen that before. Put it all in the description of the affiliate program, not in the fine print. We are not all idiots.

    Please share your experience.

  3. I got scammed by They show a video of how easy it is to make money on the internet but wind up getting as much "available" credit as you have on your credit cards or in your house. Nothing like the video where it doesn’t cost a thing for the actors. They just reap in the dollars. I’m down $5250 in 1 day from their fast talking salesman. Then they tried to get another $2000 for licensing and insurance. W

  4. Yes, one of the biggest scam you can see right now is PTC Bank. They claim you can win money in seconds but in reality is the BIGGEST scam website ever. Do yourself a favor and do not invest time and money into this fraudulent thing. They should be shot.

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