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AMK Day 3: How To Avoid Scams

Welcome to AMK Day 3 Training

Hi again, you should now have a better understanding of Affiliate Marketing and are ready to take the next steps to building your online business.

Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across the world. This is why it is important to be on alert when roaming online.

Day 3’s lesson is all about identifying scams, how to avoid them, and how you can make money online ethically.

Identifying Scams:

Have you ever been scammed before? You’re not the first and unlikely to be the last.

Scams can come from many different angles and often in ways you would not expect.

So how do we identify scams? Here are some things to be on the lookout for:

  • Promises of fast or easy money
  • Poor grammar, spelling and overall presentation
  • Over the top friendliness (this tends to be false sincerity)
  • A limited time offer (that makes no sense with seasonal offers), creating a sense of urgency and pressuring you to buy now
  • Sites that fish for unnecessary personal information by offering free services (your address, date of birth, telephone number, etc.)

How to Avoid Them:

We all wish we could make thousands overnight and scammers use this to prey on people’s desires, desperations, worries and fears.

The reason scams work so well is because they push our emotional buttons.

They influence people into believing impossible ideas, products and services that are just not true.

I have 5 golden rules to live by when it comes to avoiding scams.

  1. If it’s too good to be true it probably is
  2. Anything that guarantees you income is a lie
  3. Don’t trust promises of riches overnight with little effort or no investment
  4. Never give out personal information or account details unless it’s a trustworthy business
  5. Only make purchases online with a secure connection HTTPS (Green lock icon next to the website’s address)

How to Make Money Online Ethically:

There are no shortcuts to building a successful business, you need to believe in yourself and be consistent with the time and effort you put in.


So how can we work to make money online ethically?

Having a good work ethic is essential! You should aim to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour a day doing something productive.

Whether it is learning something new, researching potential products or services, or creating content for your website.

It’s likely that you will not earn money for at least the first few months, but the more time spent being productive the better.

It means you’ll create more quality content and make progress towards your goals, financial or otherwise.

Here are some other useful notes regarding this:

  • Never compromise your integrity for easy money
  • Focus on what helps people the most and providing your readers with value
  • Take action on what you learn, and continue to develop yourself and your site
  • Set yourself realistic goals and work towards them, any progress is better than none
  • Be honest with your readers, always choose products or services based on usefulness before profit

Today’s Tasks

Now that you have an understanding of what to be on the lookout for online, we can start taking steps towards creating our business.

Task 1: Complete the Lesson 1 Training on Wealthy Affiliate

If you haven’t already done so, this will help introduce you to the Wealthy Affiliate platform and ask you to create and complete your profile. If you have time, you can also complete lesson 2. This teaches you a little more about affiliate marketing and helps you to set a few goals for yourself.

Task 2: Identify a potential scam and see the kind of poor practises they use.

Use what you’ve learned today to help you identify and AVOID potential scams but understand how they take advantage of vulnerable individuals and why this is unethical.

Great job for coming this far! Now you’ll be ready to deal with any potential scams that come your way. I look forward to seeing you in tomorrow’s lesson 🙂

Need Help?

Just ask! If you find yourself stuck, confused, want to leave me feedback, or simply need a hand with anything that I have discussed here, leave a comment below or you can get in touch with me inside of Wealthy Affiliate through my profile there.


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