5 Biggest Internet Marketing Scams

Since the dawn of business relations in this world there have been scams. Most of today’s best scams are merely old scams with new wrappings. They have molded the original scam parameters to encompass new technologies.

The Internet has become the most powerful and the biggest business medium in the world and it is full of grifters running marketing scams to relieve unsuspecting people of their hard won dollars.Read on to learn more about spotting scams and what some of the biggest scams are on the Internet today.

5 Biggest Internet Marketing Scams

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  1. You receive an offer from someone offering to submit your site to hundreds of search engines. This is pure bunk and is a great way to get your Web site banned from the search engines forever. Search engines are in the business of finding you and not the other way around. Keep your cash in your pocket and properly SEO your website and the search engines will pick up on it.
  2. “Guaranteed #1 Google Ranking. If you believe this you might want to also buy some swampland in the Arizona desert. No one can do this. Google alone chooses the sites that are ranked number one. All anyone can do is give you SEO tips. What they are really doing is using keywords that aren’t normally searched. Of course, since not many others are using them you will get top placement. But with hardly any people searching for it what good will be.
  3. “Submit your articles to thousands of directories”. This is a scam that is possible yet impractical. Why would you want to be listed in a directory for adult toys when you sell children’s sleepwear? This method is as unlikely to generate sales as not placing an ad at all.
  4. “Mailing list, send your ad to thousands daily”. Email marketing is a great tool in online marketing, but spamming is frowned upon. You can do this but it is against the law to send emails unless specifically asked for the information. This is the beauty of the opt-in mailings. Unless you are careful this could land you in the pokey.
  5. If the company is offering you a higher than normal return, it might be best to steer clear of it. Grandma was right about one thing: “if it sounds too good to be true it usually is”. This type of scam has been on the rise because of the economic dire straits that most people are in. They are willing to spend their last on this type of pipe dream hoping this will be the one time it is true.

Learn about the ins and outs of Internet marketing for yourself. This way you will be able to spot claims that are blatantly false. There are plenty of sites that offer good information on what Internet marketing is and how to do it. Most of the easy money scams will have you doing for others what was done to you just to recoup your losses. Don’t get trapped, get knowledgeable.


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  1. Posted July 18, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    The actual guarantee of providing top Google ranking may be the most prevalent scam. There are lots of companies and individuals supplying SEO services who assure Google ranking, but I personally feel that it’s next to impossible. Ranking well could be assured but #1 not possible.

  2. Posted January 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    There are also questionable costs for service that the unknowing consumer pays for. For example, in this day-and-age, why would a business pay $35/year for a domain name and email server support? (I ran across this with a client.) Consumers need to be aware of the costs they are paying for services, whether or not we call it a scam.

  3. keisha
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Oh why haven’t I thought of fact # 1? Oh man, and look at those internet marketers that would use software just for quick submissions.

    • Posted August 3, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Automated and quick submissions are never the answer. If you generate enough backlinks, the search engines will find you automatically – and for free.

  4. Argie Monroy
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I always come up with this sickening scam whenever I upon my email for a check . Literally, I dont really know where they came from and how they’ve got my email. All I know is that they just go barging in on my spam folder. Good thing I dont fall for them 😉

    • Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      I used to laugh at them when I got them in my e-mail, but now I get so many that I just find them annoying. They usually end up in my spam folder as well.

      • Argie Monroy
        Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

        Definitely .. usually when they go up to more than counts of 10, I would feel a bit irritated at the sight. I’m always expecting for some good things on my email but when these shows up, they’ll just take the good vibes off me.

  5. Posted May 13, 2011 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    The guarantee of providing top Google ranking is the most prevalent scam. There are many companies and individuals providing SEO services who guarantee Google ranking, but I personally feel that it is next to impossible. Ranking well can be assured but #1 impossible.

    • Posted May 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      I agree, it is next to impossible to guarantee a top Google ranking. Those that do are only in it for the money, with no return on the investment.

  6. Posted May 13, 2011 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Still there are many people falling to such scam. I found a person who spend more than 100$ for getting his blog submitted to Google. The company he used made him believe that search engine submission is a very hard task and he have to use their service. Scam services make advantage of newbies.

    • Posted May 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      SEO is huge if you own a web site or blog, and there are many scams out there that do promise good rankings for keywords. In reality, no one can promise good rankings, especially if a company uses black hat SEO tricks, like purchasing links. Eventually, search engines will find out and drop the site, and all the money spent by the web site owner is gone.

  7. Posted May 11, 2011 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    I can still see scams under number 2. Promises of guaranteed number 2 ranking is purely a scam. But I still wonder, there are still people who are ignorant enough to avail scam SEO services.

    • Posted May 11, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

      There are always people who are starting out online, and can be manipulated but such promises. It is important to educate people on such scams to help them avoid such scams in the future.

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