Affiliate Scams: I Must be Lost!
Okay, disclosure first….I’m not a young man anymore, but at my age I would think that I’ve just about seen most of the scams that there are – and have a sceptical eye that is well trained. I mean when you recognize a scam, you know instantly that the type of sender of same, is an idiot if they think I’m gonna fall for that. But maybe not…..as was evidenced this past week in my own life, eh!
I get emails, hundreds a day and many of same are all after getting a link or a spot on my blog here at CanuckSEO.com. That’s to be expected, our readership grows and our reputation does too and for the most part, I’m happy with the recognition and readership that we have here. In those request emails, I often find the poorest of grammer, the out-of-touch culture differences, the miss-spelling and miss-use of just about everything that you can imagine…and yup, they all go directly into the trash. And that is how I’d think we all treat this kind of crap.
Till this week, and I’d like to point out how I was so so surprised at what I learned about what can be termed “affiliate marketing.” As you will note, this is the practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. Seems like an interesting idea, one that I’ve absolutely no experience with, never having had same in my name nor worked for a client involved in same, but I really knew that this was not for me. It does however work for many other online types, SugarRae appears to be doing well in same, a Canadian SEO practitioner over in Vancouver does so too, and I think that it’s really about “who” you are more than “what” you’re trying to accomplish, eh!
But then again, that’s just me. So, back to the story…this past week I received the following email as is shown here –
This prompted a reply from me, in that yes, we do have a few advert spots over in our right-hand sidebar area, and while that was not what was asked for, I thought that yes, I’d reply so I sent back a pretty standard boiler-plate response that asked what he had in mind, but that we had a solid reputation for Canadian SEO and that I would not under any circumstances hurt that standing. And then came this reply….
As you can see…what he wanted was a ‘case study with a positive recurring income outline…” in other words, I’d test the product, and then review same positively…and they’d “get their promotion.’ Note, no price was mentioned ever and no real details, but now I knew what this Dan was after. As well he included in the URL for the site….it was one of those phone listing sites, where you plug in a phone number and then you get a teensy bit of info on the caller but you then need to pay some cash to find out the full details of that caller. Why? I dunno, but I guess some folks care about that somewhere….not here mind you, but somewhere I guess.
So, my thoughts were okay, lemmee test this. So I did. I went to the site and plugged in my own home phone number…and it was totally wrong, i.e. the basic info that you get for free. It listed the location as 70 miles away from my home, showed the wrong Google maps insert, offered that the phone was for a business too….sigh. So then I tried my office number too…and once again, wrong city (but in Ohio?) and wrong Google map again as that was from Colorado….Fort Collins to be exact.
So, testing the app proved it wasn’t worth the time it took! If this was the way that everyone saw their numbers displayed, then the site would never ever generate any income as the basic info was WRONG! So why would anyone ever pay cash for MORE wrong info….ahhh…wait a second. They wouldn’t know that this was incorrect info…they’d pay, and then get more info that wasn’t true….sigh…what a scam, eh!
So I replied back to this Dan and said no thanks. Info was wrong, so the value of such a site is not there….and my own Canadian SEO site couldn’t ever offer up a phony review/case study for such a scam. I was pissed, but I didn’t try to be so direct….I said only “no thanks,” and his reply was priceless!
That there was no deception, and this “teaser page” was to help affiliates get some traction (makes you wonder just how slippery that slope is, eh?) and that he wasn’t interested in any kind of consumer review but only that I target their affiliates and show them that thing’s “worked!” This fellow knew that the app was crap and didn’t care…his job was to get review/case studies done…and that’s it! Right….that makes sense eh? NOT!
So, point is….that while I’ve both ‘been there and done that’ when it comes to online marketing and such, these “affiliate” sites still leave me cold…while this might be a small fraction of what’s out there and yes YMMV, but requests for reviews/case studies come in all the time…and the bad taste from this one lingers, eh!Google