Affiliate marketing is a sales technique that businesses use to increase sales through third-party publishers. The business offers commissions to affiliates as a way of compensating them for marketing their products. Aside from sales, online businesses also use affiliate marketing to increase traffic to their web pages, social media posts, videos, etc.
Many legitimate companies have affiliate programs. The process goes like this:
Some Common Types of Affiliate Marketing Scam Email
Fake products/ service
Scammers create advertisements of websites for fake products and promote them under a well-known brand’s name to gain trust.
Fake leads or referrals are sent to companies to gain more commissions.
Scammers use convincing ads to show people that they can get money quick without much effort. This brings a lot of traffic and usually attracts affiliate marketers who will bring more clicks to affiliate links.
URL hijacking is when a scammer uses a brand’s popularity to redirect people toward a website where they earn commissions through affiliate links.
Frequent spammers are usually blacklisted on many email platforms, that’s why some scammers are spoofing email addresses to bypass spam blacklists.
How to spot affiliate marketing scams
Learn to recognize affiliate marketing scams as you come across them. Here are some common red flags:
To check if the website or affiliate program is legitimate, try searching for keywords on Google and seeing if the website appears on the top pages. Google checks the quality of the websites and web pages that appear on the first page, so you can trust that it will rank legitimate websites first.
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