3 Warning Signs of Make Money Programs
First off, if you noticed that I didn’t publish a post last week, it was because I was in the middle of a server migration. I have finally ditched my previous hosting company and gone with someone else.
I had to make sure that everything was backed up, organise the migration over to the new host and then make sure that everything was working properly once it was completed. So far everything seems okay….. *gulp!*
I really should have done this a long time ago but each year it got too near to the renewal date, I hadn’t settled on a new host and the thought of having to deal with a migration so close to the expiration of that year’s subscription filled me with dread, so I bit the bullet and stuck it out for another year.
Well, after having a few issues with my old host recently on top of all of the issues I’ve had with them over the years, I decided that enough is enough and made the switch.
So, back to business and on with this week’s topic…
Make money programs.
There are a lot of them about, that’s for sure!
I’ve been looking into making money online for probably around 14 or 15 years now and I’ve seen many, many, many of these things come and go.
I’ve seen the flashy sales videos, the actors posing as genuine online Marketers, the supposed private jets, mansions, etc, etc, etc.
I’ve seen the failed promises, the fake scarcity, the downright scams and the borderline criminal.
Sadly, there are a lot of sharks out there and you need to be on your guard.
It’s little wonder that the phrase, “make money online” has gotten such a bad rap over the years.
However, real money can be made online and there are real, genuine people out there who can help you, along with real, genuine programs that deliver what is promised.
But forewarned is forearmed, right? So here are just three important questions to consider if you are thinking about joining a particular program:
1) Is It Ethical?
There are two aspects to this. Firstly, if you find out that the opportunity is promoting or endorsing certain unethical practices or anything that seems like it could be ‘sailing close to the wind’, then I would recommend staying clear. Something may not be downright illegal, but if you are serious about building a long-term business then you don’t want your ethics to be called into question by being linked to something unethical.
Secondly, if the opportunity isn’t up-front about what its model is and the people behind it appear to be very cagey, then at the very least I’d exercise caution and try to find out as much as you can. If it is a genuine opportunity with nothing to hide then the people behind it shouldn’t mind you asking legitimate questions.
2) Is It Legal?
It should go without saying that if the opportunity promotes, endorses or is engaged in illegal practices, then avoid it like the plague. Sometimes things are presented in a very attractive manner, but behind the hype is something very dodgy.
Don’t fall prey to clever marketing. If something seems to good to be true then it often is, especially if there’s nothing solid to back up the claims. Again, if there’s anything you’re unsure of then do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If it’s all above board then there should be nothing to hide.
And if the opportunity involves something that is clearly illegal, then run far, far away from it.
3) Is It Sustainable?
So many make money programs rely on a pyramid type of model. Now, this isn’t to say that EVERYTHING that does so is bad. After all, most businesses incorporate this model in some form when you think about it. However, if a program’s core element and survival involves the recruitment of other people into doing the same thing, then alarm bells should ring. This could also be illegal.
Again, that isn’t to say that an opportunity is bad simply because it recruits people. But if that is its SOLE function and if your ability to profit relies on this, perhaps requiring a continued investment from you in order to do so, then those alarm bells should be deafening.
So, if you have come across something that interests you, make sure that it is legitimate and worthy of consideration.
If you spot any of the warning signs, then stay clear.
Again, the warning signs to look out for:
- It’s unethical
- It’s illegal
- It’s unsustainable
There ARE Genuine Opportunities Out There
As many of you may (or perhaps may not!) know, I am partnered with Dean Holland in his iPro Partner program.
I am always happy to promote this as I know that it is genuine, ethical, legal and sustainable.
If you are interested in learning more about this then please feel free to drop me a line.
Alternatively, you could get hold of the Big Commission Blueprint where you will not only be given a wealth of valuable, actionable information to help you get started with your own online business, but you’ll even get a free member account that will entitle you to promote the Big Commission Blueprint for yourself and hit the ground running!
There is a very low cost of entry to the BCB, but don’t let that fool you. The quality of the training is superb and, so long as you take action, you can find yourself way ahead of those who are hanging around marketing forums looking for the next ‘shiny object’.
Wherever you’re at right now and whatever you decide to do going forwards, always be sure to do your due diligence and watch out for unscrupulous make money programs.