Money-Making Schemes – Are They Scams?

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Is it Possible to Get Rich Quick Online?

Since we first saw the ads in the dawn of the Internet, I guess we’ve all asked the question: are they true? Is it really this easy to get rich online? You sit at home, doing nothing, and the millions just keep pouring in?

Do the money-making schemes – or money-making scams? – really work?

I don’t know. I’ve only tried one of them (more on that below), but that company doesn’t really count, since you actually had to work. But all those other weird ads? Do they really mean that you don’t have to do anything at all? Or, if you have to do something – just what are you supposed to do to get rich? And are these schemes really free?

The most well-known scheme belongs to a certain Kelly Felix – better known as The Rich Jerk. You’ve probably all seen his ads. He poses with hot cars and hot babes, and he has this pretty annoying – or maybe funny? – jargon, calling his readers “losers” and so on.

Now, this Jerk offers people lots of things that are free. Stuff that are guaranteed to make you stinking rich. But when you scroll down the page, you notice you have to buy some eBook that explains how to get rich for free. Hmm. And the price of this book is always decreasing. Sometimes it’s close to $100, right now it’s $9.99. Or maybe you don’t get the real book for that price?

There are lots of reviews of The Rich Jerk on the Internet. Here’s one and here’s a second one. Apparently, it isn’t very easy making money with Mr. Felix’ scheme, unless you’re a skilled Internet marketer who has hours and hours to spent by the computer. However, some of the sites that review money-making schemes seem to be some kind of ads for the very same schemes… So be careful.

Another guy teaching you how to get rich on the Internet, is Mack Michaels whose company has the straight forward name Maverick Money Factory. On his homepage, he has several long videos telling almost everything about what he does and how the guy makes several hundred thousand dollars a month. Mack sure sounds like a nice guy and his information and explainations kind of make sense. However, if you want to sign up to get his course and learn how to promote other people’s merchandise, you have to shell out with $94, which to me sounds like quite a lot. Especially if you get bored early on and give up. And think about it: if ten websurfers buy the course every day, that’s $940 a day and $28.200,00 a month. If 1000 websurfers buy the course every day, that’s 94000 bucks a day – which makes about $2.820.000,00 a month. Does Mack Michaels really have to market other people’s products to get rich? Because I bet loads of people buy his course!

How about this one: “Warning! Our program cannot be available to everyone! We have a very limited number of memberships. Once we reach a certain number of people getting this, we will no longer accept new members!” This text can be found in the ads for Easy Automated Income, a system that promises you up to $4670 a day. But I’m pretty sure that if you pay $69.97 for the membership, they won’t object. Maybe $69.97 is too much for you – $49.95 sounds better. You can use the money paying for The Work At Home Authority. They’ll teach you how to write pieces for several different types of paying websites; articles, blog posts, reviews and so on, and they also let you take surveys. If you’re good, you can earn 20,966.67 per month. If you suck, you just lost 50 bucks.

“Discover easy underground tactics that will let you siphon money directly from the top Internet Marketing Gurus… Effortlessly build your list, cash huge checks every week, and let you dominate any market any time…” This is what Money Siphon System promises. Cut and paste and make a fortune. Or something like that. There’s so much text in their ad that it’s hard to believe people actually read all of it. I tried to read it, but I gave up – and I didn’t get what you’re supposed to do to earn all that money. However, it’ll cost you $77 to sign up – and according to the ad, they only accept the first 50 guys who send them the fee. Well… Somehow I sense they’re lying.

Another ad that contains waaay too much text and info, is the one that belongs to Automated Cash Formula. It’s hopeless. It takes for ever to get to the bottom, where is says that the eBooks and stuff you need cost $37 – well, if nothing else, it’s cheaper than most other schemes. Somebody called Rob Benwell is quoted saying he received a check for $688.53 after trying the system for eight days. But I still don’t know what the system is.

The money-making trend this years seems to be some kind of system to win lots of money from online casinos. The system has different names, the companies’ names are different, but the method is the same. You bet on roulette in a certain way. Now, all of these ads claim that the technique is free. However, to try it out, you have to click of the logos of a couple of casinos in the ad. And the people behind the ads for the method do of course get paid every time a punter clicks on the casinos. Two of these casino methods are Tech Roulette (or something like that) and Cash Generation Pro – but there are lots more out there.

Paid surveys. Now, that sounds great, right? Answer some questions and earn money. And sure, there are several survey companies that are for real, run by serious people – and where you earn a couple of dollars or win something cheap. But then there are the survey systems that promise you thousands and thousands of dollars every month, just by filling out questionnaires. Sounds impossible – and it probably is. And what they don’t mention in the ads, is that you have to pay to start receiving the surveys… One of these companies is Amanda Thompson’s Paid Survey System. At least Amanda looks happy – if she’s the woman in the ad.

Then we have the ads that… Well… The ones that are extremely confusing and really don’t say anything at all. What’s going on? If I sign up, what am I supposed to do? The ones where you have to send your email address to some guy, who then sends you a newsletter each weak telling you nothing about how to get rich unless you pay him. Just look at Success Manifest – what the hell is that? Or The Private Millionaire. It doesn’t say anything at all. But apparently, according to the picture you’ll get a huge stack of $50 bills if you click on “To learn more click here”.

Abundant Living System is some kind of leveraging system were the levels begin at $75, plus a “small” fee of $50. Okay, what happens then? Well, I dunno. And we mustn’t forget all those banks whose homepages look extremely amateurish and/or not the slightest bit serious. Just have a look at something called World-Hyip. According to the site, it’s “An award winning global investment bank dedicated to giving you the most personal attention at every level.” I’ve never heard of them, but they seem to have some system that can make you rich quick.

There are several blogs out there, trying out-, reviewing and giving tips on different ways of making money online. One of the more ambitious is Cash ‘Em! The Money-Making Blog.

Okay! But what was that system I tried out? Well, it was SFI Marketing – something I believe lots and lots of people have tried out. And what can I say about SFI? Well, it is a serious, “real” company. Their approach is nice. However, if you want to make money from SFI – forget it it. I didn’t get anything myself. In fact, I lost money on SFI, since I bought a book from them. Yes, it is possible to make money working for SFI – but if you want to do that, you have to work 24/7 the first several months, marketing products nobody wants to buy. I tried doing this for a couple of weeks. Nothing happened. Nobody bought anything and I don’t think anybody saw my ads to begin with. So naturally, I gave up.

So… Is it possible to get rich quick online? Probably. But I don’t know how.

If you have any experiences of the companies mentioned in this article, I’d love to hear from you!

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