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.

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10 thoughts on “How to Tell if an Online Business is a Scam”

  1. Hi Sara,
    Your last post was great. It answered my question too. I would like to know when this will start and how much it’s going to be? Thank you for your time.

  2. I am very interested to know how you were taught this program and also what you are looking for in a person to be apart of this? I am a single mom going to school full time and this would be perfect for me!

    • Maria, I think I originally learned this from a colleague online, but I’m not 100% sure about that – it was years ago.

      Anyone who can follow directions and write without any major grammatical errors can be part of this program. Also they need to be willing to put in the time required to learn and apply what I teach.

  3. Sara,

    I spoke to you several weeks back about what it is that you do and how you do it. I am not sure if you remember our conversation but you explained to me that you were creating a course that will begin to answer many of the questions I had but it was not done yet so hang in there.

    I was skeptical about another marketing program that claims to teach you everything about online marketing for an up front fee of course only to leave you with a bunch of materials that are very difficult to comprehend.

    If you recall, the way we made contact was interesting to me. I was looking for a stroller for my children and must have run across your site. I remember filling something out that may have put me on your contact list. After that, I began receiving emails from you regarding strollers and where to buy them. I thought that it was unusual that one store (baby-place) was sending me to another store to purchase a product. The truth is that you don’t have a store at all. Now that makes sense. Ultimately, I bought 2 strollers from the store you directed me too that was having a big sale. Thank you. That saved me a couple hundred dollars.

    Anyway, from all the posting, it looks like there are not very many dads that are looking at this approach to earning an income but I certainly very interested and eager to learn.

    Look forward to being part of the group.

  4. I am excited to learn about the program! Do you know people that do several “types” of websites for this? For example, one that is focused on Moms and kids and another that is focused on sports and equipment?


  5. Sara: Making a side income @ home through commission sounds almost too good to be true! I’m unsure what you mean by a “start up cost”, who/where does this fee go towards?


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