“Scams relating to starting an online business”
In my 25 years of searching for an online business, trying many of them and loosing a lot of money not to mention my time, its a wonder I have keep going. But in the long run I am glad I did because I did finally find the one I was looking for all along.
But the scams online are growing and getting more costly for us, the people that want to have a legitimate online business. From promising the moon with little or no work, or nickel and diming you to death after you sign up.
Let me go over a few of these so you can avoid what
I have gone through over 25 years.
“Cheap domain service”
Everyone doing business online knows, “No Site, No Business”. If you are going to business online you need to have a website. You can find companies selling domain names for .99 cents a month. Even though that is just per month and set just for the first year, you also have to host that domain. That’s where they get you.
Let me give you one name, IDNS. Its a Canadian company that offer domain names for 15.00 for the first year. Great price, but to renew it the following year its 40.00.
Also some of the Platforms offering cheep Domain Names, will not give you a full tool box. You’ll get the basic’s, but if you want the whole package, its more.
I did a review of the top Website Hosting Platforms.
Take a few minutes and read through them.
“Build a website in 30 minutes”
This one can be confusing. They make it sound like in 30 minutes you’ll be up and running. Its aimed to attract first timers. Anyone who has ever built a website knows it can’t be up and running, producing income in 30 minutes. Anyone that tells you that is lying.
If your on a web hosting platform, you could probably buy the domain, register it and arrange to have it hosted in 30 minutes, but that’s just the start of your journey. At that point its an empty site producing nothing.
Building an online business takes time. The quickest I have ever finished building a site, ready for online business, is about 7 weeks, and that was 40 hours+ a week. Its not buying the Domain Name, or adding pages, its filling those pages up with content.
“Make your site Private”
This is so important if you don’t want to get a lot of emails and phone calls from high pressure sales people looking to up-sell you something. This may not be a scam by definition, but it is terribly annoying.
When you buy a domain, you have to make sure it is set to private. Once it is set to private, those sales people can’t access your information and get your email and phone number. I did this with 1 of the sites listed below, can you guess which (1). I was getting 6-8 calls a day trying to up-grade me or professional web builders offering their service.
Wealthy Affiliate automatically gives you free privacy.
Namecheep is free the first year, $2.98 thereafter.
GoDaddy is $7.99 for Domain privacy.
1and1 is free.
HostGator is billed at $1.67/mo
“Make Money Online Fast”
If I could only get the money back on those that I have tried, I’d be very well off. These companies claim you can make thousands in your first month, or make money your first week or your money back.
Most of the “Hopeful” people that sign into this either have to scam someone else or sign someone into a scheme. Not good for you and your online image, not good for the person you scam into some scheme.
A lot of these companies get shut down for making such Hugh financial claims. The only ones making money fast online are them. They sell uneducated first time people into this idea, take their money and then their site is gone and their busy building another false claim website.
They might says it MLM or an affiliate program, but its actually a Pyramid Scheme plain and simple. You’d be just throwing your money away if you fall for one of these scams. The only way to make a steady passive income online is through steady work and your time.
Coffee shop Millionaire
This is a program that teaches you the in’s and out’s of internet marketing. They have some decent training and $37.00 entry doesn’t seem bad, but there are a number of “additional expenses” that must be paid monthly. Also a lot of “pay me more” up-sells.
The training is geared towards people that have some knowledge already of internet marketing. Their financial claims are unrealistic. Your $37.00 start up can become $334.00 before you get to the members area. That doesn’t include buying and hosting a website, and the hosting charge alone is $100.00 plus.
“Build your website and business for $9.99”
How many times I have fallen for this one. It sounds great but, If you want the site to be hosted, (can’t be online if its not), that’s more money. If you need the tools to build your site, that’s an up-charge. Do you want to have more then 1 page, That’s an up-charge.
Can you see where this is going? What sounded like a great deal, now is costing you another 20-40 dollars more.
Its called up-selling (or up-charges) similar to when you go to a burger place and order a burger. What is the next thing they ask… Do you want fries with that?
WealthyAffiliates.com – no upsells
Godaddy.com – they do upsell
Namecheep.com – they do upsell
1and1.com – no upsell
HostGator.com – they do up-sell
Free “how to build an online business” book,
just pay the shipping
First off, their shipping cost covers the price of the book. What they are after are 2 things. They want your information, name, address, etc. You will be getting offers and up-sells for a long time afterwards. Some in turn will sell your information to others. It will be a never ending pile of crap.
Second, they want to use the amount of books sold to boost their ratings. What they are trying to do is get on the best sellers list which will in turn boost their actual sales. Most of these books are not worth the paper they’re printed on.
You also have to be aware of the eBook sites that say once you buy the book, you can use it to give away to your customers. It is true, BUT you have to leave their links in the book. That means you’d be promoting them and anyone that clicks on those links, would be sent to their site.
Success with Anthony, a scam or real?
(This is a website traffic generator)
This program sends you through a series of up-sells and some promises of free bonuses which you are required to pay up-front. Paying anything up-front should send you a red flag signal.
They claim to give you a free website which is not actually free. There is limited support and a member told me when you get a response for your question, you end up with 2 more questions.
The products they sell were taken off of clickbank which should also send up a red flag. If you check on reviews from customer of theirs, there are numerous complaints. So what comes across as a good way to drive visitors to your site, actually cost more and more but you don’t know that until your already involved. You get sales calls you didn’t consent too, some of the free offers aren’t free at all.
A shocking discovery?
Well I guess if you did find a way to funnel $1,000.00 a day into your account, it would be shocking. But would you tell anyone about it?
The way this guy is funneling $1,000.00 a day into HIS account, is by getting you to believe it can happen and selling you on it. Its your money going into his account!
This one claims they can show you how to generate a thousand a day sitting “Comfortably” in front of your computer at home. It claims to be an eBook way of making this amount of money each and every day.
“Never too late if you know where to look”
I was practically at the end of my rope when I stumbled across Wealthy Affiliate’s site. It was the best stumble I have had in 25 years. I struggled for years but that struggling gave me a lot of knowledge as to what to avoid and to appreciate what I have now.
I can personally guarantee that it cost nothing, $0, zero dollars to join the Wealthy Affiliate starter program. You get everything you need, Including 2 FREE websites and all the tools and training you need. No pressure, no commitment, no upselling and it is truly FREE.
I wrote a review on the top website hosting platforms
that includes their cost
[Wealthy Affiliate] [GoDaddy] [Namecheap] [1and1] [ HostGator ]
[Web.com] [BlueHost] [FatCow] [JustHost] [iPage] [SiteBuilder] [WebsiteBuilder]
Hope this was helpful and I get to help you along your road to success.
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