How to Tell if an Online Business is a Scam
Today I want to discuss a comment that Sandra posted on the blog yesterday.
She asked 2 excellent questions.
1. How is this different than all the other marketing solutions out there?
2. How do I know that this is not a scam or pyramid scheme?
I will answer the second question first.
So how do you know if any online business offer is a scam?
Here are some clues you might get:
1. They don’t tell you what the business is about until you pay them.
2. The business does not have customers or does not add value to those customers.
3. They do not provide a contact.
If the business is a pyramid scheme or an MLM network they will require you to buy their products when you join.
BTW I am not saying that MLM networks are a scam, but I’m really not into that kind of stuff. From what I’ve seen the top few people do really well, and the (many) ones down below can’t really make a living.
Now, let me explain again in different words what this business is about, so you understand that:
A. It is legitimate
B. It is different from other solutions out there
Which will answer both of Sandra’s questions.
Let’s say I want to buy a Tickle Me Elmo for my son’s birthday, and the birthday is tomorrow. I go to Google and search for:
‘tickle me elmo shipped overnight’
Then I look at all the links Google shows me and find an article that Sandra wrote about how to get a Tickle Me Elmo shipped to me overnight. Maybe she lists the stores that ship overnight, or gives other tips to make sure I actually get the toy on time.
I click on the link and read the information that Sandra sent me, and see that she links to a store that ships these Elmo dolls. Let’s say the store is Amazon.
I click on Sandra’s link to Amazon and buy the doll.
Sandra gets a commission from Amazon.
Now everybody is happy.
I am happy because I got what I wanted and didn’t have to do any extensive research for it.
Amazon is happy because they made a sale.
And Sandra is happy because she gets a commission.
And that is a very important point about what we will be doing. We will not be trying to trick anybody into buying something they don’t want or need. But rather we will be helping people online get what they want.
We make everybody happy!
I hope things are clearer now. If you have any other questions about how it works, feel free to post them below. I am very open about what I do, and would like to help as many moms (or dads) to be able to do it too.
And regarding my contact address – you should already have my email address, but you can also contact me here.