If you’ve looked into making money online before, you might have seen the name Emma Stewart tied to Online Profit System and Direct Online Income. These are both sites that promote the potential for making money online. They even look professional at first – but when you dig deeper, their scam nature starts to come out.
This post is going to primarily focus on the first of those two sites. However, they both have a lot of similarities and both try to manipulate people into spending money.
One of the first indications of this is the unrealistic claims about how much you can earn, like this:
The implication here is that you can make this much money using the system too, but they don't really explain how. Numbers like this always bug me. Sure, it is possible to make a lot of money online, but it would take a lot of time and effort to get up to that point. That’s something sites like this never mention.
In fact, I earn more than this per day, and work online. But it didn't happen over night (it took me 2 years), and I didn't do it by posting links around the web (I built a business).
Another concerning factor is that you don’t know exactly how you are supposed to be earning money. The site does tell you what the system isn’t:
But honestly, that isn’t particularly informative. All you really know is that:
- It’s a system
- There is some training
- There is a 1-on-1 consultation
- It involves an automated site
That isn’t a lot of information to go by, and none of it offers any clue about how any of it is supposed to work.
This is a major issue. Training can be a very important aspect of being successful online, but that’s only true if you actually have good quality training. Whether or not this is the case isn’t clear, because no real information is offered about the training.
The one thing that the site has going for it is price. The product is advertised at $19.97 and you can knock it down to $9.97 when you try to leave. That’s still more expensive than some products, but it seems like a relatively safe way to figure out whether the product works or not.
The problem is that sites like this don’t make all that much money from that initial sale. Instead, the sale tends to be a tool for promoting various upsells to consumers. Often it can cost thousands of dollars to actually get a money making site up and running through sites like Online Profit System.
For example, one very common trick is to give you a website for free, but only if you pay for hosting through one specific (expensive) company. So, you end up having to put down a considerable amount of money for hosting before you even get to see the site in question.
Another trick is that they collect your phone number, then sell your phone number to other companies so they can call you can try to sell you things over the phone. One time I submitted my phone number and received over 20 phone calls in one day promoting ‘make money from home' products to me…some costing $500 or more!
Going Back To Emma Stewart
I mentioned the name Emma Stewart before. This name is used to promote Online Profit System and Direct Online Income, and probably other sites as well.
You will often find that sites pick a name and a backstory and use this as a way of promoting their product. In this case, the name is Emma Stewart, but different names are used across different sites. You might see the name used in testimonials promoting the site, or as a way or representing the owner herself.
Either way, the name and the person isn’t as legitimate as it first seems. It’s a way of making the site look more legitimate, without actually associating a real person with it. So just keep in mind that these people that supposedly found success using the system are not real people – they are actors!
This scam approach is incredibly common online right now. Most of the time you see it associated with link posting scams or sites that promote training while offering little information about what is actually being taught (like Online Profit System).
However, the catch is that the name itself (and the person behind it), isn’t actually real. Instead, it is simply a way of making you feel more confident about the website. The approach is just one of a collection of tricks that you see repeated from one site to the next. This allows companies to make new sites quickly if their old ones get taken offline.
In fact, while the site for Online Profit System still exists, the campaign has been taken offline – meaning that you can’t actually make any purchases. That should offer a pretty good indication of the scam nature of the site.
Digging into the FAQ for Online Profit System, you can see that the site is actually promoting affiliate marketing.
Actually affiliate marketing is a very effective approach for making money online and there is some fantastic training online for helping you to be successful in this field. However, investing in poor quality training is not an effective approach, and it will just teach you ineffective techniques.
In this case, an automated site is being promoted as part of the money making process. Automated sites are not effective approaches for affiliate marketing. Most of the time you will end up with a site that has poor quality content and that won’t rank on Google – which makes actually earning money an almost impossible task.
As I highlight in my free email course, making money through affiliate marketing is very possible. However, to be successful at this, you need to take the time to build up the right way, instead of looking for ‘money loopholes'. Trying to follow fast and easy tricks simply do not work in the long run.