Scammers are always looking to earn your trust. As they use more deceptive marketing, their sales increase. Since bloggers have become the authority figures on the Internet, scammers are now trying to edge in on their reliability. Many scams are moving away from traditional presell pages towards pages that mimic blogs. And their tactics are working.
How to Spot the Fake Blog
It can be tough to distinguish real blogs from their scammy salepage counterparts, but there are a few key elements that will make it easy for you to tell them apart.
- There are only two or three links on the page and they all point to the same product the fake blog is trying to sell. Take a look at any page on our blog and you’ll see hundreds of possible links for you to click on. Fake blogs only have links pointing to what they are pushing.
- There is only one post and it’s a post outlining how great their life is now that they found the scam they are pushing. The post usually begins with a life story that you can relate to and then offers you suggestions on how to improve your life by becoming a millionaire by buying this miracle product that they happened to stumple upon.
- Fake blogs are missing any sort of navigation. This warps up my point about single links within one post. The owner of the fake blog wants to make sure that if you’re leaving the sales page, you’re leaving through his or her affiliate link to the scam.
- The comment form is closed and it’s always due to spam. There are about 10-15 comments though praising the “author” of the “blog” for helping them improve their lives as well. You can’t include your own comment, because it’s not a real blog and those aren’t real comments.
Keep your eyes open and always do your research. Scammers are getting crafty these days.