Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An Internet Scheme to Avoid

In my never-ending quest for income I discovered a new money making scheme on the internet to tell you about.  I’m not going to give the name of the website because I’m going to tell you to avoid this scheme and I don’t want to drive any traffic to their site. 
The scheme is that people will pay you to click on their affiliate ad links and sign up for free trials.  For those who don’t know about affiliate ad income I’ll explain;  you arrange for companies to advertise on your site, they pay you when someone clicks on the ad and purchases something.  Apparently some people are paying others a cut of that income to click on the ads they place on their websites.  There are a lot of websites that have nothing on them but affiliate ads, I assume it’s the people with those sites that are running this scam.  I call it a scam because it is the advertisers that are being scammed in this case, they aren’t really getting any revenue from the clicks on their ads.
You should not participate in this kind of scheme for 2 reasons:
1.       It’s unethical (see, Libertarians do have ethics).  When you sign up for the affiliate ad program you agree that you will not click on those ads yourself AND you will not ask anyone else to click on them.  So when you participate in this scheme you are helping someone violate their contract.
2.       It’s dangerous.  When you sign up for the “free” trials you will have to give them your personal information and a credit card number.  You will have to remember to cancel your free trial before the end of the trial period or your credit card will be charged.  Most importantly, the more of your personal information is out there on the internet, the more chances there are of it being stolen by nefarious individuals and causing you hours of work and frustration to clean up your identity theft problems.

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