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How to Spot Affiliate Marketing Scams

How to Spot Affiliate Marketing Scams

How to Spot Affiliate Marketing Scams                                                                 How to spot affiliate marketing scams

In this post, I will be discussing how to spot affiliate marketing scams. Just like in any industry, there are scam artists within the affiliate marketing industry looking to defraud others out of their time and money.

The internet is a wonderful tool that we can use to communicate with others that are vast distances away and make tons of money in many ways. It is no wonder that there are scammers online that we must watch out for.

Affiliate Marketing is a multi-billion-dollar industry, so it is no wonder that this industry would fall victim to these fraudsters.

Since the internet has a level of anonymity it is a lot easier for people to hide who they are while committing fraudulent acts. You can easily get overwhelmed and quite lost in the internet world.

You must be forever vigilant and do your research to protect yourself. Without further ado, I will be providing you with a few tips to help you spot affiliate marketing scams right away.

Get Rich Quick Schemes

Get rich quick schemes have been around for a very long time and unfortunately, they exist in many different industries even affiliate marketing. If you run into one of these offers, run in the other direction.                                                            get rich quick scheme

The tactics that are used are promises of earning loads of cash without doing much of anything for it. These get-rich-quick schemes make their money off us selling us dreams and empty promises, not anything of value for us affiliate marketers.

Think about it, if you had the secret to making extreme amounts of cash without lifting a finger would you sell your secret for $5, $20, or even $1000? Most people wouldn’t, they would keep it to themselves.

Using common sense when confronted with these type of offers is imperative. I don’t know of anyone has a successful business making lots of cash that didn’t have to work hard for it. Do you?

Fictitious Products/Services

Creating fictitious services and products is another scam that exists in the affiliate marketing industry. Affiliate marketers make money by promoting products and services from legit companies.                                                                                                        real air max vs fake air max

However, scammers make up bogus products or services with the intent of attracting marketers. If they are successful, then they try to extract small amounts of cash for access to promote their services with the promise of a high rate of return on the small investment. Don’t Fall for it!

Be sure that you research the products and services that you are promoting to be sure they are legitimate.

Paid Programs/Memberships

Affiliate Marketing programs and memberships present great opportunities for affiliate marketers as they provide access to many distinct companies with excellent products and services.

These memberships are usually free to join. I have never been required to pay a fee to become a member.

If you are asked to pay to join an affiliate program you should be suspicious. It is most likely a scam. Always do your due diligence and research the company to ensure that everything is legit.

I have at least 15 affiliate program memberships and not one asked me for any type of payment. Don’t let yourself become a victim!

Fake Marketing Training or Courses                                                                                        overpriced marketing training

Unfortunately, fake marketing training and courses are a very common scam on the internet. Scammers take advantage of people trying to get training on how to make money online working from home. The products used are offered through DVD’s, eBooks, videos, webinars, etc.

When the scammers advertise these services, there are big promises made that their product is the best in the industry or guaranteed to make you rich. Basically, they are offering their secret sauce. One that has not been proven and does not have true testimonials.

Sometimes the product that you end of purchasing is a duplicated process already online created by someone else. The truth is you never know what you are going to get.

When I started my online business, I did a lot of research. I am glad that I did because I have been blessed. I ended up joining Wealthy Affiliate which is a well-known training university which drives success. I was able to try it out for free as they offer a free membership. You can check out my Wealthy Affiliate review for more details. This platform shows you how to build your business step-by-step. There are not a lot of programs out there that will walk you through that process.

Again, when choosing a platform for building your business be picky and educated. The internet gives you all the access you need for that.

Screenshots of Income Reports/Bank Statements

Another scam that you need to be on the lookout for is income reports being presented as evidence of success. Many times, these are doctored screenshots with figures that are inflated being shown as the actual paycheck amount or PayPal deposit.              Fake PayPal Email

Not all income reports or bank statements are phony, however, you must be able to trust the source. The likelihood of that is slim to none. Many of these scammers go the extra mile to defraud you even cloning websites to look like legitimate companies or bank accounts.


I hope this article has helped you on how to spot affiliate marketing scams so that you may protect yourself in the future. Unfortunately, with technology advances, we must be extra careful to not fall victim to these schemes.

In short, if it sounds too good to be true most likely it is. Using your common sense can save you from most scams. Use the internet for what it is for and research companies, products, or services that you are about to affiliate yourself with. It will save you a world of pain and money in the end.

If you have any further questions, comments, or would like to add anything please do so below.

6 thoughts to “How to Spot Affiliate Marketing Scams”

  1. Hey Swana!

    I really hate those get-quich-rich schemes that promise you the big bucks without even moving a finger.

    I can’t believe how they get away with it by scamming people desperate to leave poverty situations, who end up worse thatn they were before.

    I think that if something is worth joining, they will show you how it works for free, before you make your decision.

    Which are the affiliate programs that you would recommend for somebody who’s starting on affiliate marketing?

    Thanks so much for your insights on this! 😉

    1. Hello Israel!

      I can’t stand the fact that get-rich-quick schemes exist either. It is so unfair that scammers can defraud people without any consequences.

      I am more likely to try a program with a free trial period or that is just free also. This way you can see what the program is all about before any money has exchanged hands, that was why I joined Wealthy Affiliate largely due to the free trial period.

      Click here to check out the article I wrote on the best affiliate programs for beginners. I have provided details and information about the programs so check it out.

      Israel thank you for reading and commenting on my article. I appreciate you taking the time out to do so. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  2. Hi Shwana
    Thank you so much for this information about Affiliate scams.
    You are so right, we all have to be on our guard against all kinds of online scams.
    And if you are an Affiliate Marketer you need to be even more careful who you become an affiliate with.
    You mention online training. I’m afraid that I have had my fingers burned by one of those oh so plausible websites offering me great training to make loads of money – never again!
    Do you know of any training that is really good and will not scam you? I really need that!
    Many thanks
    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Hello Chrissie! I am glad that you enjoyed my article about affiliate scams, unfortunately it is a reality in this space. I’m sorry to hear that you have been a victim of the “training scam”, you are not alone. I’m glad that you were able to recover. Those types of scams promise you the moon and the stars and many people fall for it. Who wouldn’t want the moon and stars, right?

      The only training so far that I have come across that has not been a scam is Wealthy Affiliate and I am still currently a member. They show you how to build your online business step-by-step without the promise of “no work, lots of pay”. Just like with anything else, what you put into your business is what you will get out of it. 

      Thanks for taking the time to read my article and leave a comment. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. Best of luck to you!

  3. Hi Shwana:

    Thank you for your informative post!

    Yes, scammers have always been around – long before the days of the internet. Snake Oil Salesmen was the name applied to these people in the old days and we certainly have modern day versions of them!

    I am always amazed that there are so many people falling for these get-rich-quick schemes. As you say, you have to do your due diligence and work for it. It doesn’t happen fast unless you win the lottery or rob a bank!

    Wealthy Affiliate is a great way to go! They don’t promise success overnight. Indeed they emphasize that it takes time and effort to achieve success.

    1. Hello Christopher. Glad you liked my article. Unfortunately you are right, scammers have always been around. The term Snake Oil Salesmen is definitely a term I have never heard before! 

      What makes it hard to keep up with these scammers is that they are always thinking of new innovative ways to take advantage of others. Get-rich-quick schemes are everywhere unfortunately.

      Yes, Wealthy Affiliate has been very transparent and honest from the beginning, that is why I became a member. It is hard work to start any business and I am so glad the expectations that they have set for us all are realistic. 

      Thanks for leaving a comment. I wish you all the best.

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