I have spoken before about How to Avoid Scams, but there is one quick way you can tell if a “make money online” product is out to scam you. It’s not completely fool-proof, it doesn’t work for every product, but it does work for a lot of them.
All you need to do is scroll down to the very bottom of the sales page and look for a link saying “Affiliates” or something similar. If you click on this, you will be taken to a totally different page designed to sell the product to affiliates who are considering promoting it.
This enables you to see the complete flip side of the product. Most of the time, the affiliate page will give you a more honest view of the product. What you are looking for is any mention of “upsells” or huge commissions for affiliates.
Sometimes you might see an affiliate page which just says something like (to paraphrase): Promote this product because it is genuinely a great product that people love, and also we will provide you with some great promotional materials such as banners, etc. If you see that kind of thing, it’s more likely to be genuine. HOWEVER, if you see anything like ones I have listed below, you know it’s best to stay away…
Google Sniper 3 has a “Ridiculous Upsell Funnel”
George Brown is a LIAR!
The front page of Google Sniper 3 says “Just $47 for instant access to everything“. EVERYTHING? REALLY? Well, if you take a look at http://gsniper.com/jv/tools you will see this:
George’s own words: “Ridiculous Upsell Funnel”. So, after telling you on his sales page that you will get “everything” for $47, what’s actually going to happen after you pay that $47 is he will try to get you to pay a further $97 and then another $97 on top of that, making the total cost of Google Sniper $241.
And let’s get one thing really clear: THIS is the real reason why George Brown is rich. He’s not rich from using his own Google Sniper system. He’s rich from his “Ridiculous Upsell Funnel”.
John Chow Wants You to Hand Over $400
The sales page of Blogging with John Chow says it costs just $37. However, if you go to http://www.bloggingwithjohnchow.com/affiliates you will see this:
I also took at look on Clickbank and the commission rate is 50%. So this means that John manages to get $400 out of people on average. He must be getting $363 in upsells somewhere along the line.
Get Paid Taking Pictures Will Try to Get $193 From You
The advertised price for Get Paid Taking Pictures is $77, but if you go to http://getpaidtakingpictures.com/affiliates.php you will see this:
So if they are giving $144.75 per sale to affiliates at a rate of 75%, this means they are somehow getting $193 from the average person who signs up to Get Paid Taking Pictures. That’s an extra $116 that they forgot to mention on the sales page.
K Money Mastery Has 3 Upsells
The sales page of K Money Mastery would have you believe that it costs just $67, but if you go to http://kmoneymastery.com/affiliates you will see that he clearly states that there are 3 upsells bumping the average affiliate earnings up to $63.
Real Translator Jobs Has 2 Upsells
The normal price of Real Translator Jobs is $68, but if you go to http://www.realtranslatorjobs.com/affiliates.html you will see this:
So, as you can see, they are going to try to squeeze more money out of you.
Five Figure Day Has 1 Upsell
The normal price for Five Figure Day is $47 per month, but if you go to http://www.5figureday.com/affiliates.php (URL no longer works) you will see they are also going to try to get you to pay $97 for an additional package.
Wealthy Affiliate Has Nothing to Hide
In contrast to the scam products I have mentioned above, one website that doesn’t try to trick you in this way is Wealthy Affiliate. Once you are a member and take a look inside the affiliate program area, you see that there is nothing hidden, no tricks or scams. Everything is very clear. Here’s how the membership works in Wealthy Affiliate, and it’s quite simple:
- You can sign up for a free starter membership for ZERO cost. This gives you some time to take a look around for free and see if you like it. You can do a bunch of lessons for free, set up a couple of websites, chat to some members.
- Premium membership is $47 per month. There are no secrets here, and there are no hidden extra costs that will suddenly be thrust upon you.
- If you upgrade to Premium within the first 7 days, you get it at the discounted price of $19. This then gives you a month to really get into Wealthy Affiliate and make full use of everything it has to offer, so then you can decide for sure whether or not it’s right for you and whether you want to stay.
To learn more about Wealthy Affiliate, click here to read my full review.
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Wishing you great success,