If you've spent any length of time searching for ways to earn money working from home, chances are you've come across the infamous link posting scam.
These sites usually tell the story of a “struggling single mom” who went from broke to rich just by posting links. And how she can help you do the same thing.
The basic story we're told on these sites is that big companies pay you to post links on the internet. They claim you get paid for every link you post, so the more links you place, the better.
I started my first successful online business back in 2015 and since then, I've (literally) seen HUNDREDS of these scams popping up. Without exaggeration, this would have to be one of the most common scams the internet has ever seen.
So, long story short, link posting programs are scams.
They are not real home jobs.
I could just leave the article at that, because if you take my advice, you'll save yourself a bunch of money, time and frustration. But of course, I don't expect you to just take my word for it.
After all, you don't know me, and I don't know you, right?
Exactly. So let's take a closer look at how these link posting sites work, why most of them are scams, and what the best (real) alternatives are to getting started online.
How Link Posting Sites Work
Before we dig into the fundamental reasons as to why these sites are total scams, I thought I'd first walk you through some of the claims they make and how they are “supposed” to work.
That way we can contrast this with what's actually going on.
Each link posting site is going to be different in one way or another, so it will depend on which version of the scam you see, but they ALL work in the same (or very similar) manner.
The first thing you normally see is a page that claims you can “make money and change your life now” and that “within 5 minutes you could be working from the comfort of home.” And on that same page, there's normally an email opt-in form. You are asked to put your email into the box to get access to the program.
The real reason they do this is because, when you put your email in, your email is put into their database of people they SPAM. So even if you do nothing on the next page, after putting your email in, they can sell your email and send you lots of annoying spam emails.
The next step is you land on the sales page.
This page normally starts with another bold, and totally fake, claim about making money online and how the “job opportunity” they're offering you has been featured on the news.
And if you continue reading down the page, there is almost always a story about a struggling single mom who met a man who told her about link posting. She began implementing what the man showed her and now she's rich, supposedly.
These sites go on to claim that big companies are paying people money to post links on the internet. They say you can get paid between $5 to $20 (or more) to post each link, so the more links you place, the more you supposedly get paid from these companies.
And finally, after reading a bunch of other complete nonsense about posting links for cash, you get to the part where they ask you for money. Normally the amount they ask you for is $97 but it does depend on the individual site you come across.
And that, alone, is a major red flag.
It's one thing to purchase a course or tools to help you create an online business, that is totally fine and I do this myself as part of my online business.
But you should never have to pay to get a “job,” and that's what these sites are claiming to help you get – a job that pays you by the link. And as I explain in the next section, that initial amount of money is just the beginning. The real costs involved are much, much higher.
Why Link Posting Sites Are Scams
There are a lot of different reasons as to why link posting sites are complete and utter scams, but in this section I'm going to break it down into what I think are the top seven reasons.
1. If you give them your email, prepare for never ending SPAM
By putting your email into the box on these sites, you might think it's part of you getting access to a real work at home job. Not the case. When you put your email into the box on these sites, you are actually putting yourself into their email marketing database.
Which in and of itself isn't a scam. There are lots of legit sites, including mine, that use email marketing software to communicate with subscribers.
The difference is that these people actively SPAM you. Instead of sending you helpful information, they send you offer after offer… after offer. When I first gave these scammers my email, my inbox was FULL of junk emails within days.
Also, they sell your email to other scammers. Which is something no legitimate company or website does. And I know this because it's in the fine print of these sites. Not to mention you receive emails from total strangers, all of the time, if you give these scammers your email.
2. The “struggling single mom” is a stock photo with a FAKE story
Each link posting site I've seen over the years, and I've seen a lot, tells the same story of the struggling single mother who lost her job and discovered how to post links online.
This same exact story is on virtually all of these sites.
Now of course there could be variations of the link posting scam that I'm not aware of and maybe they've updated the scam at the time you're reading this. But that's how most of them work.
And the reason I call the story fake is because each version of the scam uses a new “alias” (like Karen, Amanda, Kelly etc) and a different stock photo, but the story is always the same. So it's obviously fake. Here's an example to show you what I mean:
As you can see – both link posting sites use the same story, but one woman is named “Karen Johnson” while the other is “Cynthia Sprinter,” and each uses a different stock photo.
3. There are SO many versions of this scam running it's crazy
Building on the last point, and one of the other red flags of these sites is that they're constantly shutting them down and opening up new versions under new domains. As soon as one scam is shut down (because negative reviews are posted) they simply shut it down and start a new one on a different domain. This is why the scam has been able to run for so many years.
4. They claim spots are “limited” which is yet another lie
One common thread among these sites is that they ALL pretend that the “spots” or “positions” are limited. And they use a special geographic based software to make it sound legit. Because instead of just saying spots are limited, they say “spots are limited in your area.”
And this is a total lie.
All you need to do to prove this is simply refresh the page, or revisit the page in a day or two – it'll say the same thing. This is just a trick to convince more people to join on impulse.
Why do they do this?
Because FOMO works. It's the oldest trick in the book, remastered.
5. They PRETEND to be endorsed by credible news outlets
Yet another trick these sites use is pretending the “job opportunity” they're offering has been featured on the news. They even provide a video of a news segment to make it seem real.
And crazy enough, this tricks a LOT of people.
They see the news video and think it must be real, and that's because it is. The news video itself is real, but it has NOTHING to do with the work at home job these scams are offering. It's just a generic clip about working from home they've fraudulently scraped and put onto their site.
Because it makes the opportunity appear real and more credible.
6. The real costs involved are staggering – HUGE upselling
Most of these programs cost around the hundred dollar mark, typically something like $97 or less. That's still a lot of money to some people, but it's really only the beginning.
What happens AFTER you join is where the scam really gets scary.
Soon after you join a link posting site, you realize there is no job or home based business at all. In most cases, there's a few pages of general content about making money online. Which you could get by reading a free blog, it's completely useless.
And it's not long after coming to this conclusion that you receive a call from someone from the company, offering to “help” you. In reality, however, the person calling you is a telemarketer who's job is to convince you to buy much higher cost programs.
Some of these upsells cost well into the $1,000's or even $10,000's.
They get you in the door for a hundred dollars or so, but that's just the beginning. If you're not careful, you could end up losing a lot more than you bargained for. These people are career criminals who will stop at nothing to get your money.
7. Real companies do NOT pay you to post links
So far we've discussed some of the main reasons why the ENTIRE marketing side of things is a complete scam and one big lie. Literally everything these sites present you with is either fake or a gross misrepresentation of the facts.
But what about the “job” they're selling you, is there any such thing as a link posting job?
No, link posting jobs are completely fake.
There are no companies that pay you to go out and post links on the internet, especially not at the insane rates they mention. And if there were any companies paying people to place links, which I am yet to see ANY evidence of, then they'd be outsourcing this to much lesser developed countries than the United States.
Countries where they can pay a few cents per link, not a few dollars. So the entire notion of getting paid to place links is pure fiction. Plain and simple.
However, that being said, there is tiny thread of truth to what these sites are saying.
Let me explain…
Can You Really Make Money Posting Links?
By now I've made the point that link posting is a total scam. There are no link posting jobs, the whole thing is fake and designed to get your money.
What we haven't discussed yet, is the fact that “link posting” is VERY loosely based on a legitimate business model called affiliate marketing. Basically, what these scammers have done is taken a real business model, affiliate marketing, and grossly misrepresented it.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a business model where you earn commissions promoting other companies products. The way it works is you sign up with legitimate, free affiliate programs run by companies like Amazon, who give you special links called affiliate links.
And your job is to then take these links and share them on your website, so that when people buy, you earn a commission. This is a real business model and it's something I do myself to earn a full-time income online. As do many others throughout the world.
What's the difference between link posting and affiliate marketing? Well, to begin with, affiliate marketing is real, while link posting jobs are fake.
But to be more specific, as an affiliate, you get paid when people buy products through your links, not per link you post. Real companies pay you commissions for bringing them sales, not for spamming links all over the place. The actual placing of your link is only PART of the overall process that goes into creating a successful affiliate marketing business.
And to show you I'm being 100% honest with you, here's Amazon's affiliate marketing signup page which is readily accessible by anyone, free of charge:
Amazon loves affiliates and has worked with affiliates for many years. It's one of the reasons they have become so successful. Affiliates promote their products and earn commissions doing so.
So, to sum it up…
It's not possible to earn money just by placing links online. However, it IS possible to make money with affiliate marketing, which involves using affiliate links.
So basically what these link posting scams are doing is (grossly) misrepresenting a real and legitimate business model by making it sound like a push button job, just to sell you their scam.
Are There ANY Real Work at Home Jobs?
People often ask me if there are any real work at home jobs online.
And the simple answer is yes, there are.
But what I have found is that most “work at home jobs” fit into three categories:
- They are total scams that in reality exist to make money off of you.
- They are legit, but pay very little. Some companies pay you to complete simple tasks, like filling out surveys, but the amount you can earn is extremely low. You'd be lucky to earn $1 per hour on average, even if you're putting in lots of time and effort.
- There are real remote jobs offered by real companies that pay you by the hour. And you can find these by searching on sites like indeed.com.
If you're looking for an actual JOB, then the third option is probably going to be best for you. But if you want to earn more money and have more flexibility than any job can offer, it makes a lot more sense to start a business online.
And, to be clear, affiliate marketing is not a job – it's a business.
Which means you need to take the time to educate yourself on how it works. As well as equip yourself with the proper tools and support you need to be successful.
There are no shortcuts to success, believe me I've tried.
But as long as you're prepared to put some effort in, you can become a successful affiliate and create the lifestyle you really want. I know because I've done it.
It is possible to earn money online with a process called affiliate marketing, which involves using affiliate links, but link posting is complete BS.
There's no such thing as a link posting job or business, companies only pay you for brining them actual customers through your links, they don't pay you per link you post.
In any case, what you decide to do from here is up to you.
My aim in writing this was to explain the ins and outs of link posting and why it's nonsense. So hopefully this helps you avoid getting scammed, and saves you some money in the process.
Hope you found this article helpful! My name is Jeff and I'm the creator of Mad Money Stacks. I started this site after learning the hard way that most online money making programs aren’t as amazing as they seem. I wanted to help others avoid scams and share real, legitimate methods of making money online, like the exact method I use to make $12K plus p/m online.