With so many products out there, companies have to constantly find new ways to get people to spend money. One way of doing this to trick and manipulate people. There are many ways of doing this, but one common theme is to associate the product with a name like Mary Johnson. This technique is mostly used by scams – so if you see it in action, be very wary.
The trick is a simple one.
By using a name and an image, sites can convince you that they are the real deal. After all, why would ‘Mary Johnson’ let her name and image be associated with a scam site? The answer to that is easy… none of it is real.
Stock Photos, Fake Testimonials And More
I’m sure there are many people in the world that have the name Mary Johnson, but that doesn’t make the particular Mary Johnson the sites are promoting real. For example, here are two different images from the sites above.
Even though they don’t say it outright, both images imply that the picture is of Mary Johnson. I very much doubt that there are two women with the exact same name promoting products that are essentially identical.
In fact, I’ve seen the bottom image before on a site called Excel Cash Flow Scam – which is yet another site promoting the exact same thing. Even the wording next to the image is very similar to what you see from Mary Johnson.
The original image actually comes from a stock photo site, as does the other image that is supposed to be Mary Johnson.
So, why would any legitimate business use stock images to represent the owner of the site? Most wouldn’t. It’s a cheap trick and it can lose trust fast, because finding out where images came from isn’t hard.
The only businesses that will use this approach are scam businesses, because they have little to lose. If they get shut down or profit dries up, they simply move onto a new site and a new scam. That’s one reason why you see so many similar sites.
In fact, at the time of this review it’s very likely that some or all of the sites I have mentioned no longer exist. But, the same names and the same images keep popping up on different scam sites, all promoting fast and easy ways to make money online.
Clearly, the tactics these sites use are completely manipulative and well outside the bounds of fair play, but that doesn’t make them scams. However, I use that word for a good reason.
All of the sites that Mary Johnson is associated with promote the same type of thing. Their emphasis is on an approach called link posting. I have purchased and reviewed a number of different link posting scams in the past, but I’ve quickly learned that they are very similar to one another. That’s particularly true in this case, as sites like the ones using the name Mary Johnson tend to be almost complete copies of other sites already out there.
The concept behind link posting is simple enough, and that’s what can make it seem so appealing. Basically, you earn money by posting links.
If these sites are to be believed, you can end up making hundreds of dollars a day doing just that. Often, they make the rather grand claim that you can make $10 – $15 per link. But… it’s all nonsense.
It is possible to earn money posting links, but that money is never going to be high. Most link posting sites pay significantly less than $1 per link and the work involved is actually much more than it seems. The thing to remember is that not only do you have to post a link, but that link also has to stay where you post it.
Most of the time those links will be spam, so getting them to stay anywhere at all is quite a challenge. The reality is that link posting will earn you far under minimum wage, if you ever actually earn anything at all.
So why do it? This type of scam is something to keep well clear of, but that doesn’t mean that all approaches for making money online are scams. I talk about a more realistic and effective method of making money online in my email course. It's how I earn a full time income!