A dismaying number of newbies on the Amazon Associates Discussion Board are reporting ripoffs from well-known scam companies that sell websites and hosting. Being an Amazon associate is FREE and they provide link builder tools that generate copy-and-paste links for your site.
Just Say “No!”
You don’t need to sign on with fraudsters who offer to set up a website for $1.95 and charge $29.95 a month for hosting fees. When these cookie-cutter clone sites that are full of nothing but ads fail to produce any income, the con artists shift into high gear and sell worthless training, coaching, or bogus traffic for ridiculous sums of money.
Some Amazon Associates have lost thousands of dollars by falling for such schemes; only a few have managed to get some of their money back. If you’re even thinking about signing up with one of these so-called affiliate marketing ripoffs, at least search for complaints about them first. For example, do a Google search for:
(complaints OR fraud OR ripoff) OHN
Replace “OHN” with the name of the company you are researching. Next, check the WHOIS report for the company’s website at www.domaintools.com or network-tools.com. Arizona seems to be the capital of internet and website scams and is home base for OHN domains, which are legion.
Believe people who report losses—money they could neither afford nor recover—to some fast-talking marketer. Generic Shopping Mall sites offer nothing for search engines to index. You can do better than that!
Get your own site on Weebly, which is the best free web host around, in my opinion, and learn how to work with posts, pages, and Amazon links. Choose a niche you enjoy and know something about. Get into writing informative reviews or articles for your visitors. If you like what you’re doing, get your own domain name. HostGator, BlueHost, and Namecheap have very inexpensive web hosting plans and offer good services for people starting out.
Don’t pay for what you can get free, and best wishes for your success!