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?
An opportunity may not be illegal or even unethical per se. But take an objective look at the business model and ask yourself, “Is this 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.
13 thoughts on “3 Warning Signs of Make Money Programs”
The idea of a program being unethical and illegal is pretty straightforward and I wonder why any Blogger would waste time with programs like that, but it can be time-consuming to sniff out a sustainable program.
Thanks for pointing out one.
Nice post I must, keep the good post coming bro
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Sorry for the late reply, my friend. You’re right, it is straightforward, but unfortunately people often don’t realise until it’s too late. They might be desperate, too trusting, inexperienced, or a combination of any of these and other traits. People who operate dodgy programs know this and will take advantage of it.
Even if someone doesn’t do out to intentionally mislead people, it could still be the case that their system isn’t entirely legal or isn’t sustainable. But whether someone is a downright scammer or simply just naive in their business dealings, anyone considering and kind of ‘make money’ program or system should always ask those three questions as a minimum. It sure can be difficult, at times, to sniff out something that is genuine, good quality and sustainable, but hopefully having an extra hand by means of posts like this will help people.
Thanks, Dan, for your comment and I haven’t forgotten about getting over to your blog. I hope to head on over there later today. 🙂
Glenn Shepherd recently posted…What a Pair of Old Shoes Can Teach You About Making Money Online
I always enjoy your posts and this post is no exception. Great advise!
Many thanks, I’m glad you enjoy them. The important thing is I always try to include valuable information that people can take away and apply, so if you’re able to learn from my posts and put some of the things into action then that’s the most important thing.
Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Glenn Shepherd recently posted…RSS Demystified
You are right Glenn.
That should be our objective as bloggers, to always put out actionable;e posts that our audience can put to great use immediately and you do a great job in that regard.
You are on to something great my friend.
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Great post! Just like Sue, I wish I had seen this a few years back. I must admit to having been fooled by some of those false promises in the past. But you are so right about Dean Holland & iPro. It feels great to be part of something that is ethical, legal, sustainable & so much more besides!
Thanks again for helping me correct some problems with my blog! 🙂
Anthony Farby recently posted…Dust In Time To Make Paydirt!
I think most of us have been sucked in at some time or other, I know that I have. But at least we’ve learned from it and have found a real mentor who genuinely cares about people.
Regarding your blog, you’re most welcome. Just like anything it’s a learning curve, but once you get to grips with it it gets much easier. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, bud. 🙂
Glenn Shepherd recently posted…Not Getting Results? Focus on the NEGATIVE!
I really missed your post last week but hosting issues come first. I don’t get myself involved with other programs to make money online. I find Dean’s to be the best and I am with him for life. I have gotten offers to write for others and I may do some guest blogging.
There is no other course that can compete with the “Big Commission Blueprint”. It is in a class of its own. I love your advertisement at the end of your post. It’s terrific!
Thank you for sharing Glenn and you have a wonderful weekend!
Linda Schrier recently posted…How to become a better blogger?
It’s actually kind of reassuring that you missed my post. Chris, too, noticed that I hadn’t podcasted the other week. It shows that people do actually pay attention and wait for the stuff I put out!
That’s really great that you’ve had offers to write for others and do guest blogging. Even I haven’t had that yet! 😉
You’re so right about the BCB. I think Dean’s done a superb job with the new version and, if applied, it could help so many to have that firm foundation to get themselves going.
Thanks, Linda, I hope you’re well and hope that you have a great weekend. 🙂
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So good to hear you’ve found success with Dean’s program and isn’t Dean lucky to have you for life?
Yeah, you should consider Guest Blogging and Blog Commenting, they are 2 of the surest ways to build a community, drive traffic and get quality backlinks.
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Wish I had seen this post a couple of years ago. I’m guilty of being a victim to at least 2 programs promising a lot – they were more unsustainable rather than illegal or unethical.
And you are right – with Dean Holland’s program I am now at peace. The integrity and the sustainability of this opportunity is beyond what I can express.
Not to mention the incredible support and help from experienced and professional partner members of your calibre.
By the way, Congratulations on your “smooth” migration!
Sue recently posted…Busy Fool vs: Strategy
Many thanks for your comment and a warm welcome to my blog! 🙂
Yes, Dean is the real deal. What he’s put together in iPro is like nothing else and it’s been responsible for so much of my advancement. I’m glad that you now feel at peace. So long as you stick with it (which I’m sure you will) it’s all onwards and upwards for you! 😉
Glenn Shepherd recently posted…Proven Engagement Techniques That Work
You are fortunate to have found Dean Holland’s program, you know what they say “It’s better late than never”
It’s good to hear you are at peace, that means you are headed for some success, kindly let the community know your story later.
Cheers and good luck
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