3 Types of Link Posting Scams You Need to Stay Away From.

Have you ever heard of a link posting scam? It’s a common phrase used by bogus sites/programs out that seek to get your money with the promise of helping you make it easily (from home usually) and in my experience surfing the internet and looking to expose these programs, these are the ones I run into most often. 

So what exactly is a link posting scam?

Well there’s several definitions of it:

Here’s what the scam people say it is: Simply place a link and make money. “That’s it”.

Just based on that one sentence alone, who wouldn’t be interested in making money so easily?

Well that’s how they catch you, especially those who have no idea what’s going on, just hearing that term is itself self explanatory, yet extremely deceptive when you find out what the REAL definition is…

Here’s what it really means:

You create what is known as an affiliate link, aka a special URL that records your identity and gives you credit if anyone clicks on it and buys through it.

You get these affiliate links by registering with one or more websites/companies on the internet looking to get affiliates to sell their products and this is actually a legitimate opportunity. Here are some examples of legitimate places where you can get affiliate links: Clickbank and Amazon.

These are 2 of several good companies out there which give their affiliates links to promote whatever they own. And if you can do it legitimately, you can make money. 

However, making money from this method (affiliate marketing) involves A LOT more than “just posting links” as scam companies out there want you to believe.

You see, the difficulty and REALITY of this s that having the affiliate URL is literally like 1% of the whole formula to success, you’ve also got to place it in the right place/s and basically find the right people to click on it in order to make money and for that you need:

A website and laser targeted traffic

Now that’s a much more detailed definition than the one scammers use and quite honestly, it is also simplified, but I just wanted to let you know just how different and NOT simple it is. Scammers make it simple because simple sells.

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And I’ve reviewed many work at home companies that made these claims and called them out for it. And there’s particular ways they utilize this shady term which you need to watch out for, which I’ll explain in a moment, but first:

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Now if you’d like to know specifics of how companies use the term “link posting” to scam you, I’ll give you a few examples right now:

1) They give you a duplicate website with affiliate URLs. 

One thing I find very common with scams that use the link posting deception (which is a more appropriate word for this) is that for a cheap or even expensive price, they’ll give you a website that they claim will make you money. 

That website is entirely duplicated from others, which if you didn’t know is already a dead end project because it’ll never be accepted by Google and secondly, it has no means of getting traffic to it (unless you pay a lot more money…).

So basically, the selling point is that they’ll give you this website with all this fancy stuff and plugged in affiliate URLs, and you will expect it to run on autopilot for your investment, only to later find out, that you basically got a car without a car engine. 

So if you’re ever pitched something along the lines of “a high profit, done for you website”, run. 

There are ways to use duplicate sites, but not for organic ranking purposes, they only have potential when used through paid advertising methods, but if you are going to head this route, you need to understand paid advertising, and if you do, you’re better off with a personal site you make for this, not using a duplicate one!

2) They give you websites to place your affiliate URL on and say it’ll make you money.

Another falsehood under the guise of big money promises. Some programs give you an index of free advertising websites where anyone can go and place an ad, which could be an affiliate URL. 

Again, with context they run by you is that by placing it on the sites they provide will have others coming there and wanting to click on your URL and buy it, making you money.

But this is just complete garbage. No free advertising website that exists will ever work this easily. Imagine yourself opening up a website which has nothing but ads on it.

How likely are you to click on them?

Probably unlikely, but these sites exist for the people out there who believe that they work and scammers love to use them as leverage for easy money promises, but by the time you figure that out, you won’t know how to refund the money you spent on the program which showed you an empty way to make money…

3) The email link posting scam option:

This is arguably one of the worst forms of link posting scams because you can end up losing close people in your life if you fall for it. Basically, you are given URLs (by registering with legit companies) and told that if you share these URLs with people via email, that they’ll buy from you and you will get paid.

But trust me, we live in a time where people can spot what’s known as “spam” and believe me, when you send a friend or loved one a URL that looks like a scam or even if they click on it and see that what you’re sending them to is getting them to buy something, you will no longer be seen as a close friend but as someone who is trying to lie to them because no one likes a spammer…

And odds are you probably experimented with this without any ill intention and also because the deceptive program you purchased said it was so easy, yet in the process, you didn’t make a sale and you lost a friend/loved one, and I can assure you, even if you did make the sale, you’d still lose the close person in your life, this is simply not the way to make sales.

Note: Need examples of specific programs to stay away from? Here’s a list of work from home scams.

In short: The main point is this.

Link posting scams and the people who use them in the 3 ways above give you a false impression about them and while the idea behind selling through them is legit, the practice can be either ethical or unethical and I think you already know which category the above 3 options fit into…

And again, it is all under the impression that easy money will be made if you “just” do it the way they recommend, when in fact, it is not.

How to ethically do link posting (and make money online from it):

I’m not going to give you an easy answer here, because you already know how that turns out for people who think it’s simple, so here’s the truth:

This whole business has another term: It’s called affiliate marketing

And it can ethically be done if you create something, such as a website that actually has the intent of helping people out.

When you have people in mind to help and are not just trying to sell any product that there is, it changes the whole system and there’s many people who do this ethically, including myself.

I hope the above 3 options help you avoid any programs which actually pitch them and if you run into a website/program that is very vague and unclear about how it’ll teach you to make money and basically reverts back to the original scammer definition I gave at the beginning of this article, stay away from it.

So overall, beware of the claim that “link posting” is easy and can make you money online because as I just revealed, it truly isn’t that simple.

And if you have questions about link posting in general, let me know.

6 thoughts on “3 Types of Link Posting Scams You Need to Stay Away From.”

  1. Hi, Vitaliy. It seems that while the Internet continues to expand almost on a daily basis, that along with its growth appears even more types of scams that look to trick people into making money. The 3 types of link-posting scams can be readily seen on the Internet such as you described in your article.

    Sadly, on a daily basis around the world, people fall for these scams by the minute.

    A lot of these traffic exchange programs operate on the very premise, especially with example #1. A truly witless individual is told that he/she can get traffic back to his/her website by only participating in the type of exchange programs where they have to spend hours out of their day clicking on other websites, being forced to sit there at a specific site for 30 seconds, and only then after being credited can the person move on – to the next site. Valuable time wasted as in fact the search engines do not like these types of shenanigans designed to get more traffic to a site and improve rankings. Again, a devious lie sold to clueless people through these exchange programs.

    Another lie would be that some online business opportunities are looking for people to post ads for Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Dell, HP and others as they simply don’t want to hire people to report to offices, (paying them $$$$ as full-time employees). Instead, the same chores could be done by some work-from-home individual, as advertised by fraud money-making opportunity jobs. An absolute lie, especially as gullible people are convinced they could earn tens of thousands of dollars per month in this venture.

    As you stated the email linking option is the worst in the fact that naive people would unknowingly involve close friends being duped as well; most likely with the original person not even receiving permission to share that friend’s email in the first place.

    Along with how the Internet has grown, particularly with legit means in order to build a profitable business, the ugliness of human beings have caused criminal scams to take place online by the tens of thousands daily.

    This article is made necessary in teaching people not to fall for these fraudulent activities!


    • Hi Jeff, I appreciate your feedback, but I just want to clear something up with example 1, I was actually referring to a duplicate website, what you were referring to is traffic exchange programs which is a bit of a different link posting example. I had a person comment on it below you regarding Traffic Monsoon, which is a prime example of that scam you were talking about.

      Indeed, those types of “opportunities” are illusions because as you said, people are paid to sit around and view ads/websites in exchange for payment, but this is an artificial approach to making money that destroys the incentive of the person viewing the website, because they are never going to be interested in the website they click on, they only want to get the credit (money) for doing it, so the person posting the website suffers because they won’t really make money.

      I may write about traffic exchange programs in the near future, but it is indeed a “different” type of link posting scam, one I did not cover in this article.

  2. Vitaliy, thank you for giving the heads up for so many of us regarding scams. unfortunately, I have been exposed to scams like you described, but I’m now skeptical about them moving forward. The incident was an email I sent to my family, friends, and they did not appreciate it that I sent them it. Thank you for sharing these scams, I’m certainly going to look out for them.

  3. Hi!

    I have seen the site duplicates, but I stay far away from them. I know that duplicate content isn’t going to rank and can severely damage your entire site reputation, even if it is just one page.

    As for your second point, I believe an example would be Traffic Monsoon. I fell into that trap before I got to Wealthy Affiliate.

    Traffic Monsoon had this fantastic great advertising network where you could buy an ad package. The ad package you used on advertising your affiliate links to a public of people trying to do the exact same thing. 

    People that were looking for traffic to their “make money online site” would see other people’s “make money online site” links. What was the point of that? Well none. The only traffic was from people trying to get traffic to their site. Very pointless. 

    Every day you had to watch a certain amount of pages and click on them. After a month you would earn the package (45 USD) + 5 USD back (50 USD). 

    Where those people could get the money from is unclear (simply from others buying adpacks). The quality of traffic was horrible. Luckily Traffic Monsoon has been taken offline by authorities.

    So I am glad to have found Wealthy Affiliate and plan to stay there for a long time on wards. Thanks for your post! It’s good to know what to stay away from.


    • Hi Steven, I am VERY familiar with Traffic Monsoon and did do my own investigation back when it was in it’s peak popularity. Even then, the math of how everyone could make money on it didn’t add up. Yes the linking strategies were simple and honestly, it was a method I didn’t really talk about here, but in all honesty, the math never could add up as there was always a deficit that needed to be filled and compensate every member, and I believe this is why ultimately, it was exposed as being a ponzi scheme. 

      As you said, it’s gone now, thankfully, but as far as I know, it’s creator is still out there (he made previous scams before Traffic Monsoon). 

      I’m glad to see you’re also part of Wealthy Affiliate!


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