Nowadays, scams are extremely common online. Sometimes it seems like there are far more scam sites online than there are legitimate sites and products. One of the more common tricks that sites use is to create a person who is used to promote the site. One example of this is “Mary Stevens”, whose name pops up on Profit Masters Academy on Online Profit Stream and on other similar sites.
But, all is not what it seems with sites like these.
The idea of using a person is clever. People are much more likely to trust a site when they know (or think they know) who is behind that site, and that person’s story. Scam sites play on this, using these names to gain trust. Most of the time though, they don’t use real names and real people.
Instead, you often find that the person’s name is entirely made up and their image may come from a stock photo or something similar. I’ve even seen the same stock photo used for different products, with different names attached to it.
For example, the image used for Mary on the Profit Masters Academy site was this one here:
Here’s another example of the same image, with a different name and a different product:
In fact, most of the images on sites like that aren’t really what they seem to be. Many of them will be stock images, while other ones may involve hired actors or hired sets. Often, site owners turn to Fiverr to obtain presentations and images that look professional for relatively little money.
Likewise, you tend to find that the stories that are attributed by people like Mary Stevens are very similar and not real in the slightest. Most of the time, the stories seem to be designed to make readers connect with them. So, you’ll often find common themes, like being stuck in a dead-end job or being a stay-at-home mom.
You’ll also find that sites that take these approaches don’t tend to stick around too long. That’s not too surprising, because they heavily manipulating people and they rarely offer anything of value.
Despite this, it is still important to know the specific names that sites like this use, because those names tend to get recycled over and over again. Odds are, you will find the name Mary Stevens popping up again on some other product or products in the future.
This Particular Scam
The sites in question were originally promoting link posting scams. First of all, users had to buy the product. Then, you could apparently earn money by posting links.
Link posting scams make it sound like companies are going to pay you large amounts of money to post links to their products or their site, but that simply isn’t true. In most cases, you will earn very little per link, and you’ll only earn money if that link actually stays where you put it – which often doesn’t happen.
Sites that promote link posting emphasize the idea that there is a huge amount of demand out there for links. That was the case once, when the sheer number of links to your site affect how it ranked. Now though, search engines are much smarter about links, and they are getting better at spotting unnatural link profiles.
Because of this, there really isn’t much advantage for companies to buy links, especially not low-quality ones. So, there simply isn’t the demand that this type of site implies. That alone should be a pretty major indication that the potential to earn money through posting links is actually relatively low.
Marketing, Marketing And More Marketing From Mary Stevens
Using a fake person to promote a site is a marketing move and so many other parts of this type of site are also all about marketing. When companies go to great lengths to try and get you to buy into a product, this is often because the product isn’t as good as it sounds.
This is particularly true in this case.
For example, you tend to find that the sites spend a large amount of time promoting how much money you can earn – but very little time talking about what you are supposed to be doing or how you are actually going to earn money.
Instead, all of the marketing is focused on trying to get you to make a decision as quickly as possible. I hate this approach – because when you make a decision fast, you often don’t put enough thought into the process. That makes it far too easy to make bad decisions.
This is something that scam sites completely rely on. If they can manipulate you into not thinking through your decision clearly, then they have a much greater chance of actually making money off you.
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