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Network Marketing Scams on YouTube
I can see that I'll be fighting an uphill battle with regards to promoting my site because the network marketers have really saturated the ‘home based business' niche. Social media is my new thing, and I've been trying to connect with other internet marketers, bloggers, and business owners on the internet through Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.
So after searching in YouTube for some people to follow, EVERYTHING I found was network marketing.
I wasn't able to find one single legitimate business plan – not one (at least not yet).
90% of what was on there was people saying things like, “I found a secret system that I can show you. I have proof that it works – look at my nice house and you can see how much money I make. I will show you this system, and all you have to do is click the link below.”
The link of course leads to an email ‘opt-in' (if you don't know what that is, it's where you enter your name and email address so someone can send you emails, usually promotional in nature).
There is no content on this site they are promoting of course, and even after watching the video, reading the description, and clicking the link, there is no indication of how you actually make money doing what they describe. I just kept thinking to myself, video after video, “Ugh, not another network marketing scam”.
Some honest, but misled individuals
I can't say that everyone is a scammer. Some people were very honest about the fact that they were promoting a network marketing home based business plan, and even showed you things like commission structures, or talked about how to rope people into your downline.
I'll give them a bit of credit for that.
But I do not believe these people are making good money doing this, because very few have active YouTube channels. I checked things like video upload dates, subscribers, related videos in their channel. All of them fit one of two categories.
1-5 videos uploaded over the period of 1 – 8 weeks, then no activity for 1 year or more. In my opinion, these people joined a network marketing group around that time, were encouraged to upload some videos to YouTube to get people in their downline, and they quit shortly thereafter.
10 – 30 video uploads within a very short period of time, all titled different but containing essentially the same content. These are more experience marketers. All they did was basically take the same video (one guy actually used the EXACT same video) target a different title, and do a mass upload. Of course, activity stopped there as well.