You might have seen the name Theresa Andrews floating about online, associated with various suspicious looking sites, including Pay Days at Home and Online Cash Commissions. Sometimes the name is used as the person running the site, but other times it is used as in a testimonial.
One example is this image promoting Pay Days at Home.
The image comes from a site that looks very legitimate. Well… at first it does anyway.
USA Today is a pretty reputable site, so a news story on there promoting a specific approach for working at home makes that approach seem legitimate. Of course, USA Today wouldn’t actually publish a story like that at all. Instead, the entire article (which is actually a sales pitch) is hosted under the following link:
That isn’t the site for USA Today. Instead it is a scam site that tries to make you think it is promoting a legitimate story. In fact, there are many parts of the site that scream scam, like this one:
The implication is (as always) that if you follow the same program, you too could make just as much money. That’s a pretty high number, especially if you are supposed to be able to earn it simply by following a program.
Here’s another issue. There are multiple parts of the site that claim registration ends soon. Conveniently, the registration apparently ends in just one day (from when I started writing this article). However, if you were to go back to the site on the 20th, it would probably tell you the deadline is the 21st. It’s just a trick to make you invest in the program without taking the time to weigh up the risks and benefits.
The site also implies that you earn money from Amazon. Now, you can do this through Amazon’s affiliate marketing program and some people do earn high incomes this way (although it does take time).
The weird thing is that the Paydays at Home site isn’t promoting affiliate marketing. This is pretty evident by clicking one of the many links to the site on the ‘news’ article. When you do so, you are taken to this page:
Does that look familiar?
There are many other sites online that use a similar approach. In fact, you will often find that multiple elements of these sites are simply duplicated from one to another, including testimonials and many of the claims. More than anything else though, the general approach to making money is the same.
The site is actually promoting an approach called link posting. Basically, you are being paid to post links to specific websites. Most of the time those links will be to scam sites. This means that many sites will actively remove your links just as fast as you post them.
You also don’t earn much money for each link you post. This ends up making it a particularly slow way of making money and you only get paid for the links that sites actually let stay up.
The Story Behind Theresa Andrews
Sites that use the name Theresa Andrews act like she is a real person. There are probably people out there with that name, but it’s highly unlikely that they match the claims made about Theresa.
Instead, the site basically picks a name and pairs that with a story and an image (normally a stock image). That’s actually the case here and the image is hosted on iStock.
The misleading nature of this type of site means the websites typically won’t stay up long. Often you will find that they get taken down and before long a new one starts up using the same basic template with slight tweaks. Sometimes sites will also make small changes as they go along to try and avoid the negative press they are getting.
For example, reviews of different products online suggest that the name Theresa Andrews was associated with other similar sites online. But, actually finding them was challenging. In many cases, the site had been taken down altogether. Other times, I found that the site remained up, but the names used had been changed.
When you get down to it, these sites contain so many tricks and misleading practices that it’s hard to imagine that they have anything honest to say at all. Certainly, they hardly seem to be in the position to teach you how to make money online.
All you can really hope for is some quick and dirty trick that works for a short period – but even that isn’t likely.
Making Money Online
I hate sites like Paydays at Home, because they make the internet marketing industry look bad. They make it seem like making money online isn’t possible and it’s nothing more than a big scam. While there are scam sites out there, they don’t change the fact that it is possible to earn money online.
I mentioned affiliate marketing earlier in this post. That is a very effective way of making money and one that doesn’t rely on tricks or hype. I talk about the approach a lot in my online course as well as how anyone can get involved in it.