It’s time to talk about another possible work-from-home scam. Work-from-home jobs are extremely popular these days as most people long to have a flexible schedule, avoid a long daily commute, and possibly improve their work-life balance.
Even though working from home still involves a great deal of effort and work, I have to admit, when I first heard about online jobs, I thought they sounded much simpler than traditional jobs.
If you’ve been on the lookout for some work-from-home jobs that would allow you to earn ‘easy money’ without putting that much effort in, you might have come across companies that want you to post links online for money.
A golden rule to follow when searching for jobs online is to always be wary of scams. There are people out there who will try to take advantage of your desire to work from home and advertise illegitimate jobs opportunities online that sound too good to be true.
Being able to post links online and earn hundreds of dollars per day or per week does sound a little suspicious, but let’s take a deeper look into these opportunities.
What Do Link Posting Jobs Generally Entail?
Generally when a job ad requires you to post links online, you may be asked to post links to websites and blogs that link back to a particular company’s site. The text accompanying the links are usually meaningless and are simply intended to link back to the company’s site or whatever they are trying to promote.
Other times, companies may have you purchase training programs and materials to learn about posting links though various different methods like affiliate marketing or Google Adwords. While affiliate marketing itself isn’t a scam because it simply allows you to be compensated if someone click on one of your links and decides to make a purchase, you have to be careful not to be fooled into promoting questionable products and unhelpful services that you aren’t truly educated about.
Why It’s Usually a Scam
I say usually because you probably can make money by posting links online if someone is willing to pay you, but you probably won’t make the thousands of dollars that are being advertised to you and link posting jobs may be dishonest, unsustainable or get you into trouble.
For starters, if someone asks you to post several copies of the same link online, that could get you blocked for delivering spam. Most sites have spam filters or monitors who will delete your spam links making it a waste of time to post them in the first place.
If you do choose to post links this way, most times you will only get paid for links that remain active so money could come in extremely slow if your links constantly get deleted.
When it comes to posting affiliate links, you won’t have much luck with sales if you don’t know how affiliate marketing is and don’t have any credibility. It’s impossible to persuade people to open up their wallets and pay for something from a link you posted or be extremely successful with affiliate marketing when you don’t have a regular audience or followers that interact with you regularly.
Also, if a company asks you to pay upfront for training or other materials that could be helpful, you should simply move on to another opportunity because no one should have to pay an employer before they start the work. Legitimate companies will always provide free or even paid training along with all the necessary materials to get you started.
There are many link posting companies out there promising to pay other people hundreds or even thousands of dollars per week when the reality is that they are just asking you to post spam on the internet for very low pay. Do you really want to earn money by posting spam online and risk getting penalized? There is hardly anything legitimate about posting links online for companies and the opportunity is almost always short lived.
If you want to start earning real money by working from home you must realize that working online is still work. Sometimes you might even have to work harder when you work a non-traditional job. For the most part, there is no legitimate way to start working online and earning $6,000+ per month without putting much effort or time into it.
It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to start earning thousands of dollars per month by working from home.
Consider legitimate and long lasting online work opportunities like freelance writing,virtual assistant work, transcription, and even direct sales.
Have you heard about posting links online before? What is your favorite legitimate online job?