No doubt you’ve seen various websites claiming you can easily make big dollars with nothing more than your laptop and an Internet connection and you want to see if this legit or some kind of scam. Good work, you are a smart person.
In this article I will explain exactly why making money ‘posting links’ is complete and utter nonsense and why these websites only exist to rip people off.
What Exactly Is a Link Posting Job?
Depending on the particular website you are looking at their ‘job offer’ may be slightly different. They have a very vague way of explaining exactly what it is you will be doing and spend most of the time banging on about how much money you will be making and how amazing the whole thing is.
Since a legitimate link posting job doesn’t really even exist, what on earth could they be referring to? Well, the majority of the time the person simply get’s ripped off and is unable to collect a refund but if there does happen to be some kind of training here’s what it would entail.
Job description: Spam social media, Craigslist, classified ads directories, article directories, forums, email and any other online place you can possibly find with rubbish offers that most of the time only serve to rip yet more people off. These links will be coded to your name so when someone clicks them and makes a purchase you’ll get a small commission. These links are called affiliate links.
Key Issues With This Concept
- Given the technology we have these days, spam links are easily detected and removed almost instantly which means you are spamming all day for nothing
- All of your social media, email and other accounts will be shut down
- No one will like you- do you like spammers?
- You’d be lucky to make a few dollars here and there at absolute best, but probably never enough to recoup your sign up fee
- It’s not a job, it’s a crooked business model. You should never pay to work for someone in a job
- You may ruin your chances of building a legitimate online business by getting yourself banned from everything and giving yourself a bad reputation
- You are wasting your time and money, which leads to a lot of frustration and inevitably giving up on the idea of making money online
Some companies also used to pay people a small amount to post backlinks for them which are just links pointing to a particular website. This used to (once upon a time) help websites get ranked quicker and higher in the search results, meaning more visitors and potentially more profits.
After Google updated it’s algorithm this has become a thing of the past and is no longer a useful method to get websites ranked. This is not something that any legitimate company or website owner would pay anyone to do, period. Natural links to a persons website can help rankings, not artificial backlinks published by spammers.
Is There a Legit Way To Work Online?
There is a legitimate way to work from home using affiliate links, but there’s more involved than what these guys let on.
Affiliate marketing is multi billion dollar per year industry and it is very legitimate if you do it correctly and listen to the right people. For example companies like Amazon.com allow you to become an Amazon Associate, which means they’ll pay you a commission each time someone buys something you are promoting, through one of your affiliate links.
This is what I do and I can assure you there is absolutely no need to trick or mislead people in order to make money.
Here’s how the process looks overall:
- Choose a topic you are interested in
- Build a website
- Get free visitors to it every day
- Make money promoting stuff people are already looking for
While affiliate marketing is not hard when you learn from the right people, there is more to the story than just ‘posting links’.
The way these guys explain things is a bit like saying all you need to do to drive a car is “hit the gas pedal”. As silly as this may sound, it’s a fair comparison. In the very technical sense, yes, you will be doing this. But there is obviously more to the story lol. That is how these link posting scams try to trick people though, by grossly oversimplifying the process of affiliate marketing and by trying to make it sound like a job when it’s really a business.
Anyway, affiliate marketing is actually a good business when it is being taught properly and by people that don’t try to sugar coat the facts. If you’re interested in learning more about it, check out my getting started page where I explain everything you need to know.
The Warning Signs Of a Work From Home Scam
To help you avoid these scams I want to draw your attention to some of the warning signs I’ve come across when doing my reviews.
More often than not (from what I have seen) they promote them through deceptive news style websites that trick people into thinking they are super legit and have ‘breaking news’. Every single link on these illegitimate news sites point to the program they are promoting.
Here is a website I recently reviewed to show you what I mean:
Here’s some of the main issues I’v found with these promotional websites and the programs they link to:
- None of the comments are real and I’ve seen the same ones used on many other websites they operate
- They claim you can make between $200-$500+ per hour doing this in no time at all posting links- total BS
- They are all VERY similar in one way or another
- They use fake personas like “Kelly Simmons” or “Mary Rogers” or some other made up name
- Many people report not being able to get refunds
- They repeatedly call you and try to get you to buy higher priced products
- They sell your information and you get spammed even more
- The payment portal is less than secure which is very risky
- They use deceptive and pushy marketing tactics such as: “there are only limited spots available so be quick!” which is a total lie, there’s infinite spots available
- They are almost always associated with the single Mom breaking free of debt
- They always try and trap you in when you leave the page, which is a known tactic of a less than legit website
These are some of the most common things I come across and are all signs to watch out for with these kinds of schemes. I took this screenshot from Wikipedia to illustrate how these kinds of websites are practically textbook scams.
The Bottom Line
No matter which way you look at this link posting is not a real job or a legitimate business model and I do not believe it will make you any money. Arm yourself with what you have learned here and be on guard against these scammers trying to take your hard earned cash, trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true it almost certainly is.
The reasons these guys are so successful is that they are preying on people that are looking for a way to make money and don’t really understand how it all works. They try very hard to get you to buy quickly, before you realise who they really are. I’ve been there and I know exactly what it feels like, I built this website to help people just like you break free from guru scams and learn what really works. I hope this helps!