This is a hub page on scams and online fraud. It’s part of the new approach here at newInternetOrder to take various aspects of online business education and organize it into structured hub pages.

Online scams are a serious problem in the online marketing and online business space. No joke, really! And please don’t get me wrong, I’m not aiming at making this hub negative in nature…this is just the real world kicking in and I’m only here to report it.

Now, by online scams, I mean things falling into these two main categories:

  • fraudulent marketing techniques preached as being perfectly okay,
  • scam educational products promising to generate you millions of dollars overnight.

They are equally harmful to both us and our clients/customers.

First of all, fraudulent products are one of the main reasons why people abandon their online marketing careers and fall into massive debt because of the huge amounts of money spent on “brilliant bizz-ops.”

Secondly, by using shady marketing techniques, you can become a douchebag marketer yourself – something that won’t work well in the long run. For instance, even the seemingly okay-ish and nice marketers sometimes fail (did you know Ed Dale went bankrupt?)

In a word, this hub is a warning sign… something to keep us aware that this is a tough world we live in.

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Fraud products and education

Whether these products are actually fraud or not is for you to decide. In my humble opinion, they are simply not worth even 1/10 of their price. The list:

Okay, I know, just two products so far, but there are more coming soon. The plan is to focus only on the top launches out there – ones that have the potential of doing the most harm.

Douchebag marketing techniques

Although I don’t advise you to take part in most of the techniques listed below, I believe that we should all be aware of their existence and understand their structure/design to some degree. This is the only way to stay on the light side of the force, so to speak.

Douchebag Guide to Online Marketing. Probably the best starting point to this whole thing. The post lists a number of stupid marketing rules that so-called gurus like to use every day.

Finding the Guts to Ask for a Refund. Most products in the online business space offer a money-back guarantee. Here’s how to find guts to ask for a refund if you think you got tricked.

Want to Join the Guru Clique? Here’s How to Sell a Product in 9 Steps. Basically, if you ever see a marketer who goes through all 9 steps listed in this post, DON’T buy whatever they’re selling.

5 Most Overused Practices in Online Business. A “be careful here” -kind of post. It lists 5 marketing methods that are very easy to overdo, hence, can hurt your brand in the long run.

The “Douchebag Ninja.” Describes a marketing technique where the person selling a product convinces the viewer to shut down all possible distractions to make selling easier.

Inception Marketing. One of the most popular approaches to make money online. Basically, the post describes how people “make money by teaching others how they make money.”

The Olympics Rule to Recognize a Scam. How to find out if you’re dealing with a scam in one simple step.

So-Called Quality Product Creation – The Art of Polishing a Turd. How not to be a jackass by creating crappy e-book products.

Distraction Marketing. Using the art of distraction in online marketing.

[Product Name] Scam – The Most Overused Eye-Grabbing Review Technique. When was the last time you saw a review titled “Product X Scam” only to find out that it actually promotes the product in question through an affiliate link? … Exactly.

Your Reputation as an Email Marketer SUCKS. Find out who sucks and how far your newsletter is from sucking.

How About Some Automated Guest Posting? Guest posting is a great way to expand to new audiences and grow your brand. Well, unless you’re doing it on autopilot.

The lesson

The lesson is short this time… Just keep it real. If a technique or a product sounds too good to be true then it probably is. As simple as this.

(This is actually something I said in my initial post in this crusade against online scams – in the 1st rule of BS).