Online Marketing Programs to Avoid

There are many ways to begin a business on line these days. Not all of them are legitimate and because of this, those that are legit have to bear the brunt of that charge also. So, if you are planning to look into building an online business, it will be worth your while to check into several avenues and opportunities available. Part of that investigation will be which marketing programs to avoid. There are plenty of good ones out there, but there are more that are not good.

Be aware

There is no program for building an online business that will tell you that they are there just to take your money.

Your savings
Your Money

But know this, there are many that are there just for that purpose. They will smooth talk you into to selling your savings or your retirement down the river with a promise that you can be rich in just a few months. How do I know? Unfortunately, I bought into a couple of the smaller guys that push that type of online business. Fortunately, it did not take all my savings, but it took a sizable portion of it.

My goal

So, I am on a crusade to make as many people aware of the bad online marketing programs that I am aware of. Hopefully, they will not make the mistakes that I did. We shall all stumble along the way, but, with the right knowledge in hand it will be only that, and we can keep moving forward.

Programs to avoid

Scam Alert

What are some characteristics of a program that you should avoid?

1. First off, if they promise that you will make big money in a short time period, a red flag should go up in your mind. If you were to take a survey of all the people who tried that program(you won’t be able to do that because they will not give you a list of all the people who have tried their scheme) you would find none who made quick money. Most programs that provide so-called testimonies have paid people to record those testimonies for a price. I checked one that had advertised on for testimonies. A real business does not happen overnight. It takes time to lay a foundation and then to build on it. Avoid programs that promise overnight success and big money

2. Another type of online business builder to avoid is the one that wants all his money upfront. The particular one I am thinking about wanted $4000 upfront. They will promise you avenues of making money that you have never heard of. They will promise you a website and products galore to sell on that website. What is amazing about the thing is that you would think that that would be all that you would have to pay. But, no! In a few days they want you to set up a legal business and are glad to do it for you for a fee. A fee that is five times what it would cost you to have LegalZoom do it for you. But you are probably not aware of that. Now that you are legal, you need an accountant to keep up with all your money and taxes. There goes another $300. These types will keep taking your money until you finally say “No More”. What will you have to show for it? More than likely, nothing. Avoid such programs as these, please.

3. The next one takes a little different approach. They ask for only a small amount upfront, a few hundred dollars. They assure you that you can make great money and put in very little of your time. They will build you a website and stock it with products. All you have to do set back and let the money roll in. Once you are in, they let you know that if you really what to make big money you need to buy into the next level of the company. You see, the first level tells you nothing at all about how your website works or how you can adjust or change your presentations or receive your money. If you want to know how these things work you need to buy up to the next level. This will probably be a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars. They will take you as far as you will go. These programs should be avoided.

4. Then there is the one that seems like there is no way you can lose. I have seen some of these that start at a cost of $37. Surely, you can’t go wrong here! Think again. This type of approach to selling online marketing business is called “funneling”. What they do is get you in the funnel with a cheap price. But similar to those above, once they have you committed, they begin to sell you on the idea that you will need this product and that product to be able to realize the kind of money that you want to make. And without those additional products you will not be able to make the kind of money you want to make. They follow the same scheme that the “few hundred dollars” promoter does. The more you buy in, the more they will say you need.


If you are just starting out on your search, please accept the advice of one who learned the hard way. There are two things that you should be aware of in dealing with these people. The first is, never sign any type of agreement with them. They will ask you to sign an online agreement document which is legally binding. If they want you to do that, leave immediately. That is their way of getting around the second advice I give you. Always pay with a credit card, not a debit card or a prepaid card.

Never pay with debit
Pay with credit card, not debit.

The reason is, with a credit card you can refute the payment within a certain period.

If possible, only deal with people who will give a money back guarantee within specified days. If you can not determine if the product is any good in 90 days or less then get your money back.

The best online program for building a business on the internet

I do not want to leave you hanging. There are several good programs out there that are fair and equitable. I have sampled several of them and have concluded what I consider to be the best. This is my opinion. But the good thing about this program is that you can test drive it for yourself. And you can do it absolutely free. Now, when I say “Free”, I mean”Free”. You do not have to register a credit card.

Let me give you a little background of the program. As I said, you can begin the program totally free of charge, without registering a credit card. I emphasize that because there are many that say you can try their program for 30 or 90 days free, but you have to register a credit card, and if you do not specifically cancel, they will start you on the paid program. That may be a lump sum program or a large monthly fee with additional add on facets. The program I am speaking of will not add you to a paid program unless you specifically request it. Amazingly, though, you can remain as a free member indefinitely.

What do you get with this free program. You will get 10 lessons on how to build an online business and how to build a website to promote it. In these 10 lessons you will learn more about online business building than all the other program types I mentioned above. To exercise what you are learning, you will have available 2 free websites. This program hosts the websites(which you name) on their own hosting service.

As I said, you will gain enough knowledge in the 10 free lessons to build and launch these websites. For all of this you will pay nothing.

From my own experience I can tell you that I learned more in the 10 free lessons about online business and marketing than I learned from four of the types that I mentioned previously.

If after trying the product you determine that it is not for you, fine. You do not need to do anything else. However, you can remain as a free member and the two websites are still yours. If you think you have enough knowledge to continue to work the websites, then they are yours to do so. It will cost you NOTHING!

If you decide to join the program it will cost you $49 a month. You can save on that even by purchasing it a year at the time.

Remember I warned you of programs that want all their money up front. The reason this is a monthly fee is because there are so many tools that are made available to you and there is a constant addition to the learning library as the internet continues to expand in its opportunities. The tools made available to you in this program would cost you hundreds of dollars each month if you acquired them separately.

I could go on and on about all that this program offers, but I shall insert a chart below that will make it a little easier to absorb.

The name of this program is Wealthy Affiliates. The founders began this program over 16 years ago and are still hands on workers as they are continually upgrading. I hope you will consider the Wealthy Affiliate program. Remember, it is FREE. Totally “FREE” for you to try.

You will be getting the best training on the internet, bar none!




2 thoughts on “Online Marketing Programs to Avoid

  1. Mariem Reply

    Thanks for sharing this interesting post
    because of all these online scams, it’s really hard to tell if a program is a scam or a legit opportunity.
    Wealthy Affiliate looks so interesting though I will absolutely give it a try since it’s free to join I hope this will work for me!
    do you have any advice for a newbie who’s trying to make some money online?

    • Thomas Harvey Post authorReply

      Definitly sign up for the Free Program and Wealthy Affiliates.  It will give you a great opportunity to learn the basics of online affiliate marketing and will provide the basic tools for you to begin building your own business.

      God bless you and prosper you as you build.

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