Scammy Affiliate Marketing Training Sites to Avoid

There are many sites out there that will promise you everything you want to hear about affiliate marketing training. The reality is they can’t deliver on any of those promises. In this post we’re going to explore what some of these quasi-scammy sites look like.

What They Will Promise You

There are quite a few affiliate training courses out there that are competing for your dollars. Some promises they tempt you with are: 

  • Six-figure income in weeks!
  • Secrets!
  • Bonuses!
  • Exclusive info!
  • Testimonials from successful students who are now multi-millionaires at 18 as a result of using this company’s affiliate marketing training! (No joke, there is actually a site out there claiming this.)

Their breathless, excited ads are full of superlatives, exclamation marks, capitalization, and bold 26-point fonts, and more. So much more.

And the value! Here’s an actual example of the arbitrary values one site assigns to their “services.” (Note: The actual name of the company was replaced with Super Duper. There isn’t a Super Duper Affiliate company out there and we’re just trying to avoid any legal entanglements.)

  • Super Duper’s Affiliate Marketing Masterclass ($5,997 VALUE)
  • 1-on-1 Email Support ($1,997 VALUE)
  • EXCLUSIVE Access to our Facebook Group Mastermind ($997 VALUE)
  • BONUS #1: Super Duper’s SECRET Google/YouTube SEO Ranking Strategy ($997 VALUE)
  • BONUS #2: Affiliate Marketing CHEAT SHEET Tool (10 Million Dollar Affiliate Marketing Websites/Blogs reverse-engineered!) ($497 VALUE)
  • BONUS #3: Step-By-Step Affiliate Marketing Website Tutorial ($497 VALUE)

How they arrive at these values is anybody’s guess, but they seem a bit high. $997 for access to their Facebook page? Seems overpriced to me. And they assign a pretty high value to e-mail support as well as all of their “bonuses.”

At the end of their hyperbolic pitch they say they want only $997 (marked down from $2,000) for $10,982 worth of training and support and bonuses. Such a deal! But you don’t get to sample their training or check out the actual website; you’re just taking them at their word that what they have to offer is worth $997.

Another common feature of the overblown sales pitch is the time factor. If you don’t sign up today you’re going to miss out. There’s one site that has a countdown clock and they say that “due to high demand” they’re ending enrollments because they’ve had such a great response to their offers and they want to commit the time to their new sign ups. Each day the clock starts over, I’ve checked it.

I feel sorry for people who get taken in by sales pitches like this one. All the information they claim to have in their training is available to everyone on the internet if you have the time and patience to parse it all out.

What You Will Actually Receive

In all honesty I’ve not paid $997 to see how good this company’s training is, but like I said above it’s way overpriced for what you will most likely receive.

Support is good, but e-mail support? How quickly do they answer your e-mail? Minutes? Hours? Days? Weeks? It’s an unknown that you’ll only find out after you pay your money. I guess you’ll get some support on their super-secret Facebook page. Maybe.

You really don’t know what it is that you’re paying for until you have paid and then begin taking the training. The training could be good, it could be mediocre, or it could be really thin and you’ll be upselled to get their “expert” courses that will give you that vital information you’re missing with the “basic” courses.

We see this over and over on the internet, and while it’s not an outright scam it comes real close to it. Do they teach you some affiliate marketing skills? Probably. Will you make six figures in a few weeks? Highly doubtful. Will you be a millionaire before the end of the year? Not likely.

Then, There is That Pesky Disclaimer

Something that’s common with these sites is their disclaimer at the bottom of the sales page. It goes something like this:

“DISCLAIMER: You recognize and agree that I, Super Duper Affiliates, or any associated individuals, their children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, grandparents, first cousins, second cousins, third cousins, step-siblings, or this web page and company name, have made no implications, warranties, promises, suggestions, projections, representations or guarantees whatsoever to you about future sales or results, or that you will earn any money or clams, and that I have not authorized any such projection, promise, or representation by others . . . . We make absolutely NO guarantee of success, monetary or otherwise, and I take no responsibility for any time or money spent in relation to this course, products, advertising, my assistance, support, advice or anything else I can weasel out of. Results and mileage may vary. Accept that although you pay for and spend hours studying this course, losing sleep and endangering your marriage, you may not receive the sales or millions of dollars desired. I am not responsible for or interested in your well-being or your income. We reserve the right to change any of our policies on a whim. By purchasing this course and making a pinky promise, you AGREE to all the above terms and agreements. Please be aware of this and don’t ever complain about anything you don’t succeed in. Ever. At least not to us. We’re not your mother, for goodness sake.”

Okay, we changed a few things because we don’t want to be accused of plagiarism, but this is in essence what these companies have as their disclaimers.

They won’t stand by anything they claim (and they do claim certain things in spite of their disclaimer), and it’s a total crapshoot as to whether you’ll be successful using their training. And, if you don’t, it’s your fault and not theirs.

There’s an underlying truth there, to be sure. This company doesn’t want to be responsible for your failure in obtaining all the amazing things they say you’ll get if you buy their course. If someone buys the course and doesn’t follow the training they can hardly be expected to take the fall for that. But, c’mon . . . they have to take some accountability, don’t they?

I would certainly have second, third and even fourth thoughts as far as paying $997 (marked down from $2,000) for their affiliate marketing training, but maybe that’s just me.

What Wealthy Affiliate Delivers

So, I had mentioned before about all the information they claim to be willing to share with you for $997 (marked down from $2,000) being already available on the internet. And that’s true, it’s out there if you are willing to spend a lot of time, effort, and trial & error to get to where you need to be in order to make money with affiliate marketing.

What’s better is if you have it all in one place, laid out in order and described extensively. And if in that one place you have unlimited support and a wealth of advice from experienced and successful affiliate marketers who will take the time to explain things to you, what could be better?

And what if I told you that you could join for free and have access to two free websites and the first module of training to get you started? And that you could explore the website and join in on live chat to get a feel for what’s going on there, and discover the caliber of people who belong to the group. (I’ll tell you right now, they are very smart people.)

Then, when you decide that you want to further your education, you can join for $19 for the first month and $49 a month after that. Or, you can join for $359 on an annual basis and save some money there. That’s much better than $997 for a mystery course that you don’t get to even see until you’ve shelled out the money. Well, I think so but I guess I am a bit biased.

But, the point here is that you can check out the website for free. You’re not spending $997 and then discovering that maybe the training is not quite what you thought it might be, or that it’s not what you really want to do and you regret spending the money.

If you are interested in affiliate marketing but not quite ready to commit your hard-earned dollars for the training just yet, what do you have to lose? It’s free to see if it’s what you want to do. It costs you nothing, not one red cent! What are you waiting for? Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best affiliate marketing training courses online.

And, by the way, if you don’t do it today the offer will still be available tomorrow, or next week, or next month. This company’s been around for quite awhile and they will still be around when you’re ready to learn. Click on the link below to see what Wealthy Affiliate is all about!

14 thoughts on “Scammy Affiliate Marketing Training Sites to Avoid

  1. This post actually made me laugh out loud. I have seen so many of these scams and nearly fell for them. Shame on me.
    Wealthy affiliate sounds interesting though. As I can join for free I might just check it out.

    • Hi Karen, thanks for the comment!

      It’s true, isn’t it? I’ve seen a lot of these sites, too. The problem is they over promise and under deliver, and they ensnare people with unrealistic expectations that just result in disappointment. Better to treat affiliate marketing as the online business that it is and not a get-rich-quick scheme. Wealthy Affiliate has realistic training and is truly a storehouse of knowledge and help in getting started in affiliate marketing.

  2. You are so right . I fell into that trap myself a couple of times. I am much wiser now . Never believe pie in the sky hype. An old saying my mom taught me is “If it sounds like its to good to be true then its probably not true”
    Great article
    Tom

  3. I have stumbled in these sites so many times, and you can see its a scam straight away. It´s terrible the way these people roube you, there should be a way to sue them just for having this in the internet. Loved the way you explained and clarified things through this post.

  4. Thank’s for this great article.

    Not only is it entertaining but also shows a lot of true facts.

    I wonder how good the quality of a product with a “value” of $10’000+ can be if they have to sell it for only $997.

    If I had to do that with my quality products I’d go bankrupt.

    Good research, keep up the reminding and have a great time.

    • I have no idea how they come up with the dollar value of their “services” but it does seem odd they’d sell them so cheaply. Who knows what benchmark (if any) they use to value their training and support. Thanks for the comment!

  5. You are so right. One has to be aware of the many scammers out there wanting your money and offering little for it. Hopefully many will take heed of the advice you are sharing. Along with the endorsement of wealthy affiliate

    • Thanks, Maurice. I think if people would use a little critical thinking they would see that what these companies are claiming the can do for you is unrealistic. Wealthy Affiliate approaches affiliate marketing like the business that it is, and building a business takes some time.

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