Become a search engine agent, and start making $100’s per day…
Right after you pay the $97 fee, there’s a guaranteed job position waiting just for you!
At least, that’s what the sales page says on many of these so called search engine agent programs. It’s a good thing you’re here, because that’s far from the real story.
What Is a Search Engine Agent?
The short answer is, a search engine agent is a fake job position and is really known as a link posting scam.
I could literally end this article right now, because that’s really all there is to it. But we don’t know each other, so I don’t expect you to take my word for it.
Let’s take a closer look at what these programs claim:
We Can Offer You A Certified, Proven Work From Home Opportunity To Make Up To $379 Per Day
There are many version of these websites, but almost all of them make the above claim. They also present an ‘income calculator’ which shows you how much you earn ‘per link’ posted…
Apparently, once you sign up, big companies will begin paying you money to place links almost immediately. The more links you place, the more money you make.
Depending on which site you land on, you’ll also find a ‘rags to riches’ story of a struggling mother too. Not to mention, a news video and a bunch of testimonials.
It sounds like an amazing job opportunity that allows you to start making a solid income very quickly. However, as I’m about to explain, this is absolute nonsense…
The Sales Page Is FULL of Misleading Hype
The best way to know if something is a scam, is to take your time and look at the facts. Anyone can say anything online, so it’s important to dig into the facts of the matter to get to the truth.
In this case, pretty much everything they say is either grossly misleading, or an outright lie. They also try to make things appear to be something they are not.
For example, the way they use CNN, ABC and Fox News logos:
These programs use news logos to make it seem like they’ve been endorsed or ‘featured’ by news companies. It most certainly has not, and will never be featured in the news. At least, not in a good way!
How can they get away with this? They never outright lie, they just misrepresent the facts.
As you can see, they use statements like “work from home opportunities have been featured on…”, which is true in and of itself. Yes, work from home jobs are featured on the news- just like a million other topics!
See what I mean? This is all very general in nature.
They use similar misleading tactics with the news video they present:
Most people reasonably assume that the program itself has been featured on the news. Especially since they state that “…recently this work at home opportunity has received a lot of national media attention” right above the video in most cases.
Again, this is a sneaky trick.
This is a generic news video that has been around for many years. Furthermore, it is used on almost all of the link posting scam websites I’ve reviewed on this blog. Clearly, the video is not featuring these particular programs.
Here’s a disclaimer used on one of many such websites that actually confesses this:
It pays to look into the fine print, because they legally must disclose this kind of thing.
They also use other tactics to mislead people such as:
- Using a fake persona (often a struggling mother)
- Pretending there’s only limited spots available
- Showing fake testimonials from fictional characters
I could go on and on, but you get my point. The entire page is full of misleading hype.
To show you exactly what I mean, read my review of Steady Home Income where I go into more detail about the sneaky tactics these sites are using to mislead people.
The Truth About These So Called ‘Certified Job Offers’
One thing I’ve noticed on almost all of these sites, is how they all claim to offer “the only certified program in the world for search engine link posting”.
They claim you will be certified through their Wealth Development Center and that this is where you learn how to make money. I looked into the Wealth Development Center recently, and it’s ‘certification’ program.
Surprise surprise, it’s fake. However, my research revealed something much more alarming than a fake certification.
The Wealth Development Center is directly connected to many known scams. Some of which the FTC have taken action against.
For example, Home Job Placement claims to help people become a ‘search engine agent’ and make money posting links. However, the FTC listed this exact program as being part of a scam responsible for ripping people off to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Yes, you read correctly- the people behind this site have allegedly ripped people off to the tune of $100’s of millions.
If you have any doubts whatsoever about the legitimacy of this job or certification, read my Home Job Placement review. This program uses the same website as all the other link posting job scams. Which means this is undeniable proof of what these ‘jobs’ are really about.
What’s The Deal With Link Posting?
Technically, you can make money ‘posting links’ online.
However, the way these programs explain the concept is grossly misleading.
This is like saying, all you need to do is put your foot on the gas to drive a car. Good luck with that! Obviously, there’s more to the process and if someone said this to you, they do not have your best interests at heart.
Anyways, the first thing you need to know about link posting is that it’s not a job.
Most companies do not pay people to simply ‘place links’ online. If, for some strange reason, the company’s employees couldn’t handle such a simple and menial task, the company would simply outsource this. Specifically, they’d outsource to workers in lesser developed countries where the average wage is much lower.
In any case, link posting is not a job. The closest thing resembling ‘link posting’ is a business model called affiliate marketing.
In and of itself, affiliate marketing is absolutely legitimate. Companies like Amazon, Apple, Nike and even Walmart all have affiliate programs. They are free to join, and as an affiliate, you receive a unique affiliate link.
It is your goal to get the right people to click on your affiliate link, as often as possible. When someone clicks on your unique affiliate link, and makes a purchase, you earn a commission.
How you get people to click on your affiliate links and how much money you make, depends on what you promote and your skill as an affiliate.
This is an awesome business model, but like any business, it takes time to develop the right skills and actually start making money. It’s worth the effort, but if you think you’re going to just ‘plug in’ and watch the money roll in… think again.
This is how I earn money online myself, so I know what I’m talking about here.
How Links Within Search Engines Work
According to these fake job programs, all you need to do is place links in search engines to make money. But like pretty much everything else they claim, this is utter nonsense.
In order to ‘get a link in a search engine’, you need to pay for advertising or get content ranked organically in the search results.
Here’s an example of a Google search to show you what I mean:
Paying for advertising is good and well. However, to get your website into the free organic search results, you need to follow this process:
- Choose a niche
- Build a website/ blog
- Publish useful and relevant content
- Your website ranks in search engines for the keywords you target
- You then promote relevant products on your website as an affiliate
This is how the real process of making money with a search engine works.
Take my website for example. You probably found this very article through Google search, right? You were searching for information about ‘search engine agent jobs’ or something similar, and my website came up in Google’s search results.
So, you clicked on the link and landed right here on this very page as a result.
There are pages on this site where I promote programs I know are worthwhile as an affiliate. When someone buys something through my affiliate link, I earn a commission.
You can apply this exact process to any website, in ANY niche you can think of.
You can create a blog about any passion or interest and make money promoting legitimate products as an affiliate. There are millions of potential niches you can tap into.
My point being, you can make money this way, but it’s far from some ‘link placement job’.
There is no such thing as a search engine agent. Period.
Any program claiming to help you make money this way, is almost certainly a scam and worth avoiding. Not only will you lose 97 bucks, but these programs almost always ‘upsell’ people to the tune of $10,000’s.
This is done through pushy telemarketing which is super annoying and intrusive to say the least. And when they’ve finished spamming you, they share your information with other unethical marketers who do the same.
If you do decide to buy into such a program, I recommend using a dummy email and a pre-paid debit card to protect your personal information, and your bank account.
It is possible to earn money online. But programs like this do nothing more than take advantage of desperate people, who are just trying to make a few extra bucks online.