IMPORTANT UPDATE on 17 February 2008: All sites are back up and running, Free Affiliate Insider had a problem with the hosting company, but everything has been resolved now. This is my genuine apology to Michael Beeson and his program – they are the real deal and I am still a member Michael emailed me personally and I do understand that me thinking I got scammed has caused some problems for him. So with this I want to let all of you know that it looks like I was wrong! – Petra
30 June 2009 – You wonder why I deleted my comment above? After hearing all the comments on this blog, and reading personal emails some of you guys have sent me about their experiences, I feel that I should take my genuine apology down. I cannot say with certainty that Free Affiliate Insider is a scam, but now I can honestly say that it is not a program I want to recommend to anyone. Leaving the apology up would feel to me like I am misleading some of you into believing that this program will deliver. I do not want to give anybody that impression. If you are interested what others have to say, please read on. Petra
15 February 2008 – I am sure that nearly everybody involved in Internet and Affiliate Marketing even just for a short time will have come across some forms of Internet scams. I guess it’s just the “normal” nature of what we do – the spammers come with the territory (unfortunately!).
The reason why I am starting to post about Internet scams now is because it looks like I personally have been had – once again! I say “once again” because – I admit – it has happened before and I am quite flabbergasted that it should have happended again, even though I thought I have learned so much over the last year and a bit. Talk about being blue-eyed (I actually am 😉 ). (No, I am not saying “and blonde” now because I would be shooting myself in the foot – ’cause I am! 😉 ). – Hey, you can stop grinning now!
Anyway, back to what might be another Internet scam. Last month I got this email advertising the setup of a Review Website in the weight loss and diet market, and a guarantee of $100 within the first few I don’t remember (days, probably). The program advertising it was called “Free Affiliate Insider”. The sales page read quite good, so I thought, why not, I’ve got nothing to lose, let’s try it. So I signed up and went through the setup process. Had a few small hickups along the way but noting major, so after spending around $47 for a years hosting and a domain name, my site was built and went up live. So far so good.
The site was all about the reviews of different types of diets and offering free trials of diet pills and potions. It was actually quite good, I was supposed to earn money every time somebody went through and signed up with one of the offers. I could log into the Affiliate Program and check my stats and earnings. And yes, I was starting to see some visitors to my site, and after a few days there were the first $100 as promised (BTW, payout threshold $200…).
But here it goes: Yesterday, I wanted to log into my Affiliate stats and check out traffic and earnings, and all I got back after typing in the URL was the error message “403 Forbidden – you don’t have permission to access /partner/affiliates/index.php on this server.” I got the same thing when trying to view my website DietReviewCentral. What the #@**# was going on??? After digging a bit deeper, I have found out that the account of Free Affiliate Insider with iPower Hosting has been suspended. BANG – the red warning light is on right now!
Because their hosting acount has been suspended, and they have redirected my domain to their server, I cannot see my site any more. Really, why am I so trusting all the time?? At the moment now I am trying to cancel my hosting with the host I signed up with in the process, and to get at least part of my money back. Thank god I didn’t invest any more!
But is this really an Internet scam? – At the moment I don’t know yet, all I can say it doesn’t look good. My alarm bells are ringing, and I am on high alert. I guess I will have to see over the next few days how things progress and what happens next. BTW – if you clicked on the links to the sites I provided, of course you saw nothing else but the “Forbidden” message – I told you so! 😉
Now, the guy I was in contact with during the whole setup process etc. was a Michael Beeson. I am now starting to wonder whether this guy might actually be the same guy that did a program called Affiliate Junktion, which turned out to be a real scam. His name was Michael, too. I can’t remember his last (fake) name.
So please, whatever you do in Internet Marketing, if you come across offers that you like, take the time to suss them out properly, don’t just hop in and buy like I did, more often than not you will regret it. Choose wisely what you do with your hared earned money.
I hope you will appreciate my honesty here, because this doesn’t make me look all that good (like – “how could I have been so stupid?!”), but I just wanted you all to know about it and hopefully it helps somebody else NOT to make the same mistake.
You can also check out my blog post “My First Venture Into Making Money Online” for some more gruesome internet scams.
I would love to hear some comments!
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