HomeScamsAvoid Affiliate Marketing Scams

affiliate marketingAffiliate marketing is a very popular strategy used by website owners to monetize their website. The website owner (affiliate) can promote other business owners’ products/services (merchant) on their own website and receive a commission every time a sale is made.

If you are new to affiliate marketing, it is possible that you can come across affiliate marketing scams. Website owners can easily become affiliates by joining affiliate networks or independent affiliate programs. Have a read of my article ‘The best affiliate marketing networks to join’ CLICK HERE!

There are some affiliate programs that are tiered, which means that other affiliates are able to join the affiliate program under you. So you can earn extra money every time your team of affiliates made a sale. It’s a bit like a pyramid scheme, but really it’s not. Tiered affiliate marketing programs ARE NOT SCAMS, whereas, pyramid schemes are actually illegal! If you don’t know much about pyramid schemes, read more about it. CLICK HERE! 

Avoid Affiliate Marketing Scams

scamOne of the best ways to identify an affiliate marketing scam is when affiliate programs ask you to pay a setup fee to become an affiliate. This is definitely a NO NO! Legitimate affiliate marketing programs are FREE! So don’t fall for those scammy programs that request an upfront fee.

Why should you need to pay anything to promote other business owners’ products? It doesn’t make sense! Business owners are more likely to want people kind enough to go out and spread the word for them. This is the more logical way of looking at it!

An Affiliate Marketing Business

There are people who have done very well in affiliate marketing and there are those who didn’t succeed financially. If your business is focused on affiliate marketing to generate income online, you need to be dedicated and stick with it. You will eventually see the fruits of your labor.

If anyone told you that you will earn lots of money doing very little work, then I suggest you avoid them. Regardless of what ever kind of business you have, you need to WORK HARD!

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People who have failed with affiliate marketing as a business most likely lost interest because they were not seeing any results in a short time.

With affiliate marketing and online work, it does take time to work. If you are a blogger, and you continued writing original content consistently, then your hard work will eventually pay off. You just need to be patient and give it some time.

Those who have worked their butt off in the first few years are probably enjoying their freedom now. They are probably earning more online than being an employee of a company. My suggestion is to work hard and you will eventually reach your financial goals!

When you reach that point, don’t just stop there and let your business become stagnant, keep working on it…it is your business after all! You are doing what you love and enjoying your own freedom too.

Learn more about affiliate marketing and making money online. CLICK HERE!


Affiliate marketing is a convenient way of making money online. But beware of programs that request some setup cost or upfront fee, they are SCAMS! Legitimate affiliate programs are FREE!

I would not pay a business owner money just to promote their products for them. If fact, I reckon they should pay me money to do the dirty work for them :) So don’t fall for those affiliate marketing scams!

Have you come across any affiliate marketing scams? Please share if you have so that we all know to avoid them!


Avoid Affiliate Marketing Scams — 13 Comments

  1. Hi Teresa, Your definition of affiliate marketing is straight and to the point, easy to understand. I think a lot of people are intimidated by the title and think it is something they would not be able to do when really it isn’t all that complicated. As will ANY new business venture, it takes time, patience and hard work. I was once told in the past that when starting a new business, you can EXPECT not to earn any money! I realized awhile back that there are literally thousands of get rich quick scams but never realize that there are scams offering affiliate programs as well. Thank you for bringing this to light! I also wanted to say that I loved top five networks you recommended on your website. I have never even heard of three of the five. Great post, thanks for the information.

    • Thanks for your comment Suzette. So which three affiliate networks have you never heard of before?

      I do agree that with any new business venture, people should expect to not earn any money at all like you mentioned. A new business needs time, effort and patience to build. In fact, affiliate marketing is a good business to start because there are significantly less risk compared to a traditional business where you need to invest so much money. With affiliate marketing, you don’t really make a financial loss if you don’t put in so much effort, you just lose time and don’t make any profit. But with a traditional business, there is that risk of losing lots of money if you can’t sell off your inventory.

  2. A great artcle on avoiding affiliate marketing scams. Nowadays the internet is so full of different crap with making money online stuff that its just crazy. The guidelines you listed here are definately worth a read. What is your #1 recommendation for affiliate marketing? And is it a program that can be used by beginners new to the online stuff? Thanks a lot and waiting for your response!

    • Hi Jesse, it’s amazing how many different scams are found online waiting for people to take the bait. It’s just ridiculous! There are genuine people who are actually looking for a real business opportunity to work on so that they can make those extra bucks to support themselves and their family.
      My #1 recommendation for affiliate marketing is definitely Wealthy Affiliate! It is one of the best online universities that I have come across so far. I just love the training in there. Once you learn the tricks of the trade, then you can definitely start building your own successful online business. Affiliate marketing is one of the simplest ways to make money online. Anyone can do it if they are willing to dedicate their time into this sort of business.

  3. Fantastic,I am learning exactly what you share in your post about working hard and not quitting.

    I post content original as many times as needed each month.

    Thanks for that tip about not paying for to become a Affiliate for a company.

    It is all the time and always supposed to be FREE to join.

    From this point on will look out for those obvious and not so presenting obvious Affiliate Marketing SCAMS.

    Thanks your post is most appreciated and thought out,Peace

    Manuel f Herrera jr

  4. It is sad because there are so many scams out there. Some of these affiliates do not even hide the fact that they want to scam us. I have been scammed several times myself and now my motto is that if your product is as good as you say it is; then it will sell itself. Thank you for this article I just hope it reaches as many people as possible.

  5. Affiliate marketing seems like a great way to make money online. The thing I like about it is that it seems like a legitimate way to earn income. A lot of stuff you find online related to making money is a scam. This seems like the real deal. Thanks for the info!

  6. It’s really too bad that their is so much crap out there. It gives affiliate marketing a bad name. It always makes me laugh when I see the ads of the guy getting out of his Lamborghini and saying things like “6 months ago I was broke, now I’m a millionaire, and you can be to.” The sad thing is that people fall into these traps and then think that all affiliate marketing is that way.

  7. I’ve seen so many people become caught up with affiliate marketing scams. It’s a rotten business, and definitely should be avoided. You provided a very thorough and detailed page about the scams running rampant through the internet. Thank you so much for addressing such an issue in such a helpful manner.

  8. Thanks for this interesting article.

    I like your piece of advice that says if an affiliate marketing company asks you to pay a fee to join then it is most likely a scam.
    I agree there, why should you pay them to promote their products?
    Your advice on working hard is also spot on. There are too many companies out there telling you it is easy to make an online income – well it is definitely not, and also not for everybody.

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