Sometimes it can be tough to know just which affiliate products you should represent. After all, there are varying rates of commissions — and the higher commissions seem like they would take less work. However, if a commission is really high, it may be for a product that either will not sell, or is not an ethical product to be selling. Make sure that you carefully review all companies before joining — and stay away from the products listed in this article.
Why would you want to sell a scam service to anyone? You wouldn’t want to be scammed; if you’ve been scammed yourself, you know how dirty it makes you feel. You don’t want to make money by cheating other people. If you are solicited to sell items that look like they’re a scam, send a link to the FTC and to the Better Business Bureau. The fewer scams that are out there, the more people will trust the honest affiliate marketing companies out there. There are honest ones — so choose them to work for.
If a company is doing or selling something dishonest, run away from it. A good rule of thumb is, “Would you sell this to your grandmother?” or “Would you want someone else selling this to your grandmother?” If you feel comfortable saying “Yes” to both of those questions, then the practice is probably honest. If not, run away from it. You don’t need the money that badly. Instead, keep looking for an honest way to make money in affiliate marketing. Things will turn out much better for you this way.
Natural remedies have been a scam going back into the 1800’s. The town of Battle Creek, Michigan, which was the birthplace of the breakfast cereal industry, used to be a hotbed for medical spa treatments. People would go there and take all sorts of tonics and treatments, most of which were just made by crocks and poured into bottles — and a lot of them ended up being toxic, because they contained poisons, or they involved crazy ideas like soaking in a bath while absorbing an electrical charge. Even today, the FDA does not regulate natural remedies. Stay away from them, because they do not work.
If a business opportunity is so vague that there is nothing specific in the name, then you don’t need to spend your time selling it as an affiliate. Instead, find a product that is specific and concrete — and that you can sell.
Dating and romance products are just another scam. There are some legitimate websites, such as Match.com and Christianmingle.com, but they do not offer affiliate opportunities. If someone is offering romance as an affiliate business opportunity, there is a scam involved. Get away from it as fast as you can, and head toward a more aboveboard way of making money.
There are many sorts of products that people will gladly buy, because they represent honest opportunities. Stick to those, and leave the ones in this article behind.