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 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 it? 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 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.
The URLs you get are legit, it’s just the context on how they are used is where the scam comes along…
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 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.
And there’s particular ways they utilize this shady term which you need to watch out for:
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.
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 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.
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:
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.