Over time, internet businesses have become exceptionally good at figuring out how to best mislead consumers. Now, the days where you could take a company’s claims at face value are long gone. Instead, you need to be constantly aware of the claims that are being made and whether they are realistic or not. The scam from Amy Sanders is a really good example of this.
You might have seen a banner like this one on a ‘news’ site, supposedly talking about a legitimate way of making money.
Often the article in question will appear to have been posted the day that you are reading it. The date is tracked by the website, so it changes every day. Go back tomorrow, and it will have a new date of publication!
In a similar way, the mom apparently earning all that money (in this case, Amy Sanders) will conveniently come from the same state as you (they get that information from your IP address).
It’s all manipulation to sell you a product, but it can be convincing. For example, the sites that promote this type of claim often appear to be a legitimate news site – at least, they do until you start to look a little bit deeper.
The whole approach is nothing more than a sales pitch. This style of ad is also known as an “advertorial”, combining the words editorial and advertisement. By giving you the promotion in the form of a news story, sites try to convince you that their claims are actually legitimate.
This same pattern happens over and over again with different product. Sites actually recycle many of the elements from one product to another. For example, I reviewed products by Theresa Andrews in the past. The approach is exactly the same, yet people do get sucked into the manipulation.
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Using Friendly Names To Scam You
A lot of the marketing comes back to the name. Names like Amy Sanders and Theresa Andrews are used to make the products sound more legitimate. The idea is that people are much less likely to think that something is a scam if there is a real person associated with it.
Now, the person behind the site never actually makes themselves known. Instead, they use a fake name, a stock image and a story to convince you that there is someone else running the site. 90% of the time, that someone is a young, pretty woman. Typically, she is presented as someone who is working from home – earning high amounts of money in the process.
There seems to be something about this approach that works particularly well, because it is repeated over and over again. Names like Emily Steward, Michelle Taylor and Mary Stevens are all other examples – and they all lead you to similar sites. As old scams are exposed, new sites pop up each year.
Sites Like Online Home Cash
When you come across a promotion like the ones I am talking about, it will tend to lead back to a site trying to get you to buy something. With Amy Sanders, the site being promoted is one called Online Home Cash. They always use 3-4 words, and mix them up. Other similar website names include
- home cash system
- home income program
- stay at home revenue
- work at home revenue
- work at home university
- online income system
- home internet careers
- etc etc into infinity!
This particular site called Online Home Cash seems to have been taken down for now. This isn’t surprising and these sites typically don’t last very long at all. After all, they are nothing but a manipulation and people tend to catch onto this very quickly.
Most of the time, sites like this say that you can earn money by posting links for big companies, and they present themselves as offering an amazing system for making money online.
Link posting itself is often promoted by scam sites, but it simply isn’t a legitimate money making tool. However, the demand for posting links had died in the last decade now that search Engines like Google are much better at ignoring spam, and websites are more efficient at deleting it.
Sites simply don’t rank by buying poor quality links anymore. They haven’t for quite some time. Most sites have got the message and don’t buy them anymore. The ones that are left buy relatively few links and there aren’t a lot of them. Because of this, the demand for links is pretty low.
As you can imagine, this means that you can’t earn that much money by posting links. The only legitimate way to earn OK money in your extra time (without committing time to starting a website) is by doing task-based activities like watching tv clips or shopping at special websites. Here's a good example of what I mean. It doesn't earn a ton of income, but it's good for earning some extra cash in your spare time.
Every so often, you will also find a site like this promoting training for making money online. Don’t get me wrong – training is a very important part of online success, but that only applies to good training.
In this case, the sites give you no idea about the training that you are actually purchasing and whether it is going to work or not! Personally, I’m always very suspicious because they make claims like this:
Automated approaches for making money simply don’t work. As someone that actually does earn money online, and works very hard to do it, I just cannot believe than any money generating website would be ‘automatic'.
Making Money Online As A Real Business Owner
If you want to make money online, the solution is to move away from Amy Sanders and scam sites like I reviewed today. Instead, you want to look for site that are being honest about how to make money and actually offer you information up front. After all – if you don’t know what you are getting into, you leave yourself wide open for manipulation.
You can learn the same method of building websites and earning money through TRUE online business by joining this community of internet entrepreneurs. It's free to join and free to set up your business. You can even talk with other people on the website and trade ideas or ask for help. It's how I started in 2010, and they eventually helped me quit my job.
If you have any questions about link posting scams or how I built my online business, just let me know in the comments!