Navigating Safely: A Beginner’s Guide to Avoiding Affiliate Marketing Scams

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Welcome to “Navigating Safely: A Beginner’s Guide to Avoiding Affiliate Marketing Scams.” If you’re new to this, no worries – I’ve got your back!

This guide is here to help you avoid scams and pitfalls, making your journey to success smoother. But before we get into it, let’s take a quick overview of What is Affiliate Marketing? (don’t worry; we won’t dig deep or bombard you with technical jargon, I promise). Understanding these fundamentals is key to staying safe from scams.

So, let’s get started!

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Imagine you have a favorite product or service you love and want to tell others about. Affiliate marketing is a way for you to share that love with others and earn some money in the process.

Diagram of the 4 steps to Affiliate Marketing


  1. You become an affiliate: You sign up to be an affiliate for a company or a brand. They give you a unique link that identifies you as referring customers to them.
  2. You share your unique link: Once you have the link, you can share it with your friends, family, or anyone online through social media, a blog, or even in an email.
  3. People click on your link: When someone clicks on your unique link, it takes them to the company’s website.
  4. They make a purchase: If the person who clicked your link buys something from the company, you get a commission or a percentage of the sale as a reward for bringing in that customer.

These are the basic four steps, just as I promised no digging deep and no technical jargon. Now let’s get into avoiding affiliate marketing scams.

Next up, let’s make sure you’re scam-smart in a way that covers the basics without overwhelming you.

Steering Clear of Scams:
10 Tips on Avoiding Affiliate Marketing Scams for Beginners

1. Research the Affiliate Program: Before joining, research the company or product you’ll be promoting. Look for reviews, testimonials, and the program’s reputation to ensure it’s legitimate and trustworthy.

2. Check the Product/Service Quality: Ensure that the product or service you’ll be promoting is of high quality. Scammers often push low-quality products to make a quick profit, which can hurt your credibility as an affiliate.

3. Look for Transparent Terms and Conditions: Read the affiliate program’s terms and conditions carefully. Ensure they are transparent about payment methods, commission rates, and cookie duration. Avoid programs with vague or misleading terms.

4. Avoid “Get Rich Quick” Schemes: Be cautious of programs that promise you overnight riches or unrealistically high earnings. Genuine affiliate marketing takes time, effort, and dedication to build a sustainable income.

5. Verify Payment Methods: Make sure the affiliate program offers reliable payment methods and a clear payment schedule. Avoid programs that require you to pay to join or charge exorbitant fees.

6. Look for Affiliate Marketing Forums and Communities: Join reputable affiliate marketing forums and communities where you can interact with experienced marketers and ask for advice. They can help you identify potential scams and provide useful tips.

7. Identify Red Flags: Keep an eye out for common red flags, such as spammy emails, unsolicited offers, or programs that pressure you to make immediate decisions.

8. Avoid Pyramid Schemes: Avoid programs that require recruiting other affiliates instead of focusing on product promotion. Pyramid schemes can quickly collapse, leaving you with nothing.

9. Check for Affiliate Support: A trustworthy affiliate program should provide accessible channels for communication and efficient problem-solving.

10. Accessible Contact Information: The affiliate program should readily provide contact details, such as email addresses, phone numbers, or live chat support, making it easy for affiliates to reach out when needed.


Understanding the threats and implementing these strategies will help you build a successful and secure affiliate marketing business, benefiting you and the brands you promote. Success in affiliate marketing comes from building trust, providing value, and staying vigilant.

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At Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll find a supportive community of experienced marketers ready to share their knowledge and insights with you. The platform offers step-by-step training, tools, support, and resources to help you build your online business from scratch. From choosing the right niche to driving traffic to your website, Wealthy Affiliate covers it all.

And the best part? You can start today with a FREE 7-day Test Drive. This allows you to explore the platform, access training modules, and experience the benefits firsthand without any obligations. It’s a risk-free opportunity to see if affiliate marketing and Wealthy Affiliate fit you.

Marketing with Kerri is a site I created to help people navigate through all the Schemes and Scams out there and find their path to success online. I am here to help you; whether you decide to join is up to you, there is no pressure. If you don’t think it’s for you and want to move on, that’s cool too. I want to say thank you for your time and good luck. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Until next time,  Kerri.

Founder of  Marketing with Kerri 


Member of   Wealthy Affiliate  

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