Side Show AlleyI do not know about you but I am frequently a sucker for any hype dripping coming from Internet Marketers who seem to offer free gifts as well as guarantee enormous riches with very little work not to mention very low cost! I have a computer chock-full of complimentary information and internet affiliate marketing promotions and this means that I am on so many e-mail lists that I’m at present getting almost 100 emails a day. Now it must be said some of this info is valuable, however most of it is coming from Gurus pushing exactly the same best and newest product launch just as everyone else. The real predicament is always that my concentration is being flipped from one dazzling shiny new-fangled thing to another. Hence I am not very effective at anything.

Side Show Alley

The total picture could is a bit like sideshow alley at a carnival. Lined with gaudy stalls with brightly coloured flashing lights and spruikers at each guaranteeing the earth for no effort and hardly any cost. At each stall you will be invited to order a glistening black box that will make you an affiliate marketing millionaire by the following Tuesday. “What’s inside it?” you inquire “Don’t worry about that”, they say, “Take a look at all the trigger words I am employing to make you purchase. Never mind the quality, look at the hype.”

(In fact, in support of some in the affiliate marketing community, I have happened upon one money making tool that tells you just how it functions. But I will get to that later.)

They Want Your Billing Details

From some stalls you will get offers for a free trial of something or other, however to get it, you will have to provide your credit card details, or use your Paypal account, to sign up.

A lot of services or affiliate marketing products even require that you simply pay “ONLY $1”, or only “Postage & Handling” to begin any kind of trial and then say that this is incredible value.

The real motive behind those “shocking” offers is to have your credit card details or PayPal account locked into their automatic re-billing system, due to the fact it’s a accepted reality that a few marketers who offer you products or services are earning big money owing just to people neglecting to cancel these auto re-bills when the trial ends. Or, particularly if the offer is from America and you reside in another country, they insure that it is so difficult to terminate that you stop trying and just keep on subscribing or close the bank account down! Obviously I am not by any means speaking about all affiliate marketers.

Many do, in truth, offer excellent value and are endeavoring to make things better, but it is also an exceedingly abused marketing tactic that makes the product or service operator a great deal of supplementary recurring cash flow.

The truth is lots of unethical affiliate marketers understand that most of the time you will lose interest in the trial and a couple of months later you might sooner or later notice that you are being charged XX dollars monthly for something you aren’t utilizing. Imagine who would make a lot of cash like that. Sly, is it not? So, be prepared if signing up to any “free” trials of whatever. Fundamentally be very sure you know the risks whenever you furnish your billing details.

As I mentioned before I managed to find at least one marketing system owner who offers an affiliate marketing product with a 90 day free trial and who doesn’t ask for credit card details. In case you are curious here is the LINK.

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3 Responses to “Affiliate Marketing – Traps With ‘Free Trials’”
  1. C Scott says:

    Great context. I always wondered what their alterior motive is. Thanks!!!!!!

  2. Michael Cole says:

    Any market you enter is going to have it’s share of bottome feeders,Affiliate Marketing is no different.

    Intenet bottom feeders prey on the novice and lazy,the novice that hasn’t yet seen the tricks unscrupulous marketers use and the lazy person who fell for the hype on some TV commercial.

    You know the type that claim” Just purchase my website package and you will have all the bells and whistles you need to start making money hand over fist, FAST.”

    What they don’t tell you is your website is worthless unless you have a lot of traffic. About the time you realise that you need traffic they have traffic generation programs you can use, for a fee, usually a large fee.

    In any offer over the Internet you need to be carefull, do your homework on the program, If they are offering to do all of the work for you or a lot more work than you would do for a stranger, prepare to be scammed.

    There are a lot of good systems on-line today, in the case of getting a “trial” make not of the day you start and the trail terms.

    Put a Post-it note on your desk to remind yourself to cancell before you’re charged for something your not using and probably didn’t want in the first place

  3. admin says:

    Thank you Michael for your excellent comments and suggestions. I recently discovered the joys of iGoogle and I now make extensive use of their calender, especially the section that sends you a reminder email the day before an event. Post it notes don’t last long on my desk!

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