If you’ve been thinking of working from home, I guess you’ve been looking at various different types of work that you can do to fit in around your family, running the home, and even fitting around your regular job. Among the various types of home-working jobs out there, posting ads online is one of the most popular that you will see advertised on the web.
It can promise anything up to $500 a day with just two hours of work each day. You don’t need any special technical skills or previous experience, just the ability to copy and paste, and then repeat so you can see it seems like an attractive option. Sounds easy, yeh? Millions think so too, but it can be one of the more dubious work from schemes around and many hard-working moms are often left out of pocket, disillusioned and deflated by scammers.
It’s worth noting here that the posting online ads ‘cottage industry’ is not to be confused with reputable and professional affiliate marketing schemes.
If you’re asked for a joining fee or subscription, or a sum of money to cover set up costs, walk away now. You should never have to pay anyone to work for them. This is often the first and most obvious scam signal you come across. If this is not the case, and you’re happy with the sign-up process, then read on for more insights on spotting the scammers.
How much do you get paid?
This will vary considerably. But more often than not, you won’t get much, if anything at all. Depending on the payment model, you get paid a cut of a set commission for every ad that’s served, or clicked on, or even on the end sale.
If you sign up to an ad posting job that claims to pay between $5 and $100 per ad serve, listen for the alarm bells. There is no advertising platform that I know of, nor any legitimate company, that will pay that amount of money for an ad to served, or even clicked on. The numbers just wouldn’t stack up when it came to making a profit on the retail value of their products.
So if you see claims that you can make $000’s per day just posting ads online, it’s probably a scam.
How it should work?
There’s not really much to it.
You’ll respond to an advertisement you see, and sign-up to the business online. You will be given ready-made ads which promote a tangible product, and perhaps a list of online directories or websites, and you will place the ads every day on the various websites, blogs, social networking sites and directories.
There’s another method of ad posting, on the more non-standard format whereby you’ll be placing ads with search engines. You’ll be required to complete the text in a number of fields in the search engine ads section. You will be provided with instructions on which piece of text goes into which form field. You won’t need to be a paid search advertising specialist to do this. Again, it’s a copy and paste task. It’s then displayed in the format of a paid search advertisement on Google, or Bing, etc. Should anyone click on your ads, your personally identifiable web link is tracked by the seller, and you get paid a commission on a lead or sale.
But here’s how it often actually works
If you’re unlucky enough to have joined up with a scamming business, it’s more likely to go like this.
You’ll sign-up to the business through responding to their ad that you’ve seen. (Take note of the ad and it’s placement for later – you may notice it again once you start ad posting).
Maybe you’ll be asked for a joining fee for the privilege of posting the ads and making lots of cash.
You’ll be provided with the ads which you are to place on the various websites. These ads may be advertising how people can make money by posting ads online. Sound familiar?
You’ll probably have to create a user account on these websites so that you can submit advertisements.
You’ll post the ads around the various websites. Depending on the nature of the advertisements, you may be considered to be spamming by the website owner, particularly if they are seen to be MLM selling or for a pyramid scheme. If that’s the case, at best the ads won’t be approved. At worst, your user account may be blocked or frozen and you will be blacklisted from having a user account with them.
I’ve even known companies to request their workers to use their own eBay and Amazon accounts to place ads and sell products and services of a disreputable nature.
You have to ask yourself the question ‘Why does this company want to pay people like me to post ads for them?’ You see, the people employing you to post ads are fully aware of the nature of the ads, and the advertising guidelines of the websites and search engines in question. They don’t want their accounts to be disgraced or blocked, but it’s ok for them if their ad posting workforce, people like you, are penalized in this way.
If the ads are accepted and placed on the websites, you get paid a commission for a lead or a sale once someone clicks through on the ad and the lead or the sale is confirmed. However, the company you post for will often claim up to 50% or more of any commission payable, leaving you with very little for your time and trouble.
This is certainly not a legitimate business model and you’re urged to steer well clear of any scams like these.
The Scam Signals
Before you even think of applying for ad posting job, or any other work from home job, there are some things you can do to weed out potential scamming companies. Stay ahead of the game here and do some initial research. There are some common indicators and red flags which will help you decide whether to proceed or not.
Awareness about common scams is a start, but how can you stay ahead of innovative criminals? If you notice one of these four characteristics in an offer, you’re probably looking at a scam:
- Overseas Company Address
Now I’m not saying that any company outside of the US is going to be operating a scam, but hear this out. This should usually be a deal breaker for any income-earning online job if all you have to go on is an obscure or ambiguous overseas address or no legitimate address at all, with no phone number to call? You may notice the language quality of the original ad, their website or any other communication you receive from them is poor and sounds like non-native English. When you see an address from an obscure country name, the red flags should go up. If you can’t call or email your supposed employer directly, give it a miss.
- Absurd Offers
Be alert for online scams that try to sell you a dream lifestyle: laying on the beach all day in idyllic surroundings, or driving a top-end performance sports car while you generate hundreds of dollars a day of passive income. Is it too good to be true? Hell, yes. It’s always too good to be true. The more absurd the offer, the higher are the odds that it’s a big fat scam.
- Vague Payment Structure
The payment plans with these get rich quick plans are typically poorly defined. Before embarking on any scheme, you must completely understand how you’ll be paid, when and how much. Will you get paid weekly or monthly? These are all basic payment issues that you need to address and be happy with from your prospective employer.
- Heavy Upfront Financial Investment
If you have to invest a shed load of money for an income-generating job then it’s a scam. A couple of hundred dollars upfront or a long-term commitment to an ambiguous work from home business on the Internet is always a poor choice.
Stay away from easy, get rich quick schemes
There are many ways to make a living online, but all of the get rich quick schemes out there are just preying on people who want to make a lifestyle change for the better. If you want to make a living online you certainly can do it. Unfortunately, any work that’s easy, promises hundreds of dollars a day, and charges you a fee to start is certainly a scam. Making a living from legitimate online jobs is achievable, but it does involve research and hard work.
So save your hard-earned money and your time, and don’t pay away anything to such scam schemes. Instead, invest in doing some research on legitimate home employment.
There are some legit ways to make money that are not scams, such as Article Freelancing, Fiverr.com freelancing, Amazon Affiliate Marketing, Niche Websites (to give only a few of the many legit ways to make a work from home jobs).
Always remember this old adage when it comes to work from home jobs you see advertised: If something sounds to good to be true, it almost ALWAYS is to good to be true.