As we enter 2013, the Work From Home Watchdog team are more focused than ever before on highlighting the dangers of falling for scam products online.
So I would like to start the new year off in style by revealing one to avoid: Online Income Now.
Described as an opportunity that will earn you up to $87 per hour, Online Income Now is the work of Michelle Starr.
According to the ‘Who the heck is Michelle Starr?’ section on the Online Income Now website, is…”After 8 years as a super-successful and outrageously highly paid person, Michelle Starr is at the red hot center of the work at home industry, both online and offline.”
Right away that inflated self-appraisal concerns me, but before we get into the long list of red flags, let’s just try and piece together exactly what you would be doing with Online Income Now to earn $87 per hour.
Initially the website looks very refreshing. Nice clean colors and ‘to the point’ content…full marks for that.
But I’m concerned right away by a very definite and intentional lack of detailed information.
“No prior experience or skills required”, “be your own boss and choose your own hours”, “receive your first payment in just hours from now”.
That is all great, but in the eyes of the Work From Home Watchdog team it is simply designed to create an air of curiosity that will encourage most people to want to find out more.
So now that we have tried to establish some hard facts from the very limited website content, let’s look at what it is about this website that really concerns me (in no particular order):
Domain name does not match the product name (http://earnmoneyonlinebest.com/).
All products worth the effort have a domain name that matches the product, and it’s the first sign that this product was maybe put together in an unprofessional manner.
“as seen on…” influencers. After some research I can tell you that this product has NOT featured on any of those channels, but earning an income online (in general) has.
This is an attempt by the product creator to trick you into thinking that their product has been endorsed by some powerful media giants, even though it never has.
Bold promises, with a job description that suggests ANYONE can do it. This is to ensure that no one visiting the websites slips through the net.
A request for more information, including your phone number.
Early reports from our WFHW visitors about this product suggest that the phone number is sold on, or at least used for cold calling pressure sales (read on for further proof of this).
Finally, the copyright is out of date. Ok, this might be a bit picky of me, but it speaks volumes about how up to date this product is.
Now if you decided to check for reviews of this product before filling in your details on the Online Income Now website, well done for being so vigilant!
I’m now going to explain to you what happens next in the process so that you don’t have to take the risk.
Upon entering your details you arrive at a very long page designed to force the reader into buying the product (for $97) as soon as possible.
Comments like “There are currently spots available in your city” are there to make you think that this could be your lucky day, when it could in fact be the opposite if you hand over your cash.
Then there’s the quick mention of the author, Michelle Starr, the #1 home job consultant in America. My question here would be…”according to who?”
Also notice that the earning potential has increased to $379 per hour (60 minutes a day), from “as much as $87 an hour” on the previous page.
There’s also a short video to watch, and above it is the following message: “URGENT UPDATE: Recently this job opportunity has received alot of national media attention.”
Once again, this is an attempt to trick the reader into thinking that Online Income Now has received media attention, but the truth is the video has NOTHING to do with the product…it’s just a news clip about working from home.
The remainder of the sales page focuses mostly on forcing you to believe that anyone can earn a lot of money if they buy this product.
There’s also a lot of information about Michelle Starr, and how she has gone from being completely broke in 2004 to becoming a respect and trusted millionaire in 2012.
Should we believe her?
Well if fake testimonials and a screen shot of her bank account (under the name of ‘Michelle Matthews’) is anything to go by, I would say – NO.
Let’s now talk about what you actually have to do to make money with Online Income Now, because it’s not until you submit your name, email and phone number that you learn what the job involves.
Michelle Starr refers to it as “posting links on the Internet”, and she has been very clever with her wording to make sure anyone reading it thinks “I can do that!”
In reality she is actually referring to affiliate marketing.
This might well be something that you’ve heard of before, but if not it is where you get a special affiliate link for a particular product, create some written content about the product and then add your affiliate link at the end.
If the reader clicks on your link and buys the product, you earn a commission (a percentage of the sale).
That is a very short description of affiliate marketing, and the entire Work From Home Watchdog team know this industry inside out.
Affiliate marketing is a very profitable business if you do things the right way, but the methods explained in Online Income Now are at least 5 years out of date, and you will be very lucky to earn anything at all if you use them.
To reference affiliate marketing as “posting links on the Internet” is completely misleading.
Making consistent sales as an affiliate marketer requires you to at least create a website, and then know how to drive a consistent volume of interested visitors to your offer.
Online Income Now tricks you into thinking that every “link” that you post equals an earned income…and this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The earnings image on their website reveals just how far they will go to mislead you in this respect:
And it’s not just me who thinks this product is anything but legit.
One frustrated Online Income Now customer recently reported that after paying $97 for the product, they were shown a video and then asked for a further $49 to make even more money.
They were then contacted by phone and told that more people in their area were needed, and they must pay between $2000 – $5000 extra to see any chance of financial gain. That sums up how legit this program is.
If you’re still unsure about this product and believe it must be worth $97, let me prove to you that even Online Income Now don’t think it’s worth that amount.
If you click on the ‘Add To Cart’ button on the salespage and then attempt to close the window, the follow image pops up:
That’s right…they are prepared to let you pay just $77, and forget the warning that this is a one-off offer, it’s in place permanently to catch those visitors who change their minds at the last minute.
DO NOT be fooled by the discount…this product is not even worth $7.
One final point of interest is the website disclaimer…
From this poorly written information we can conclude the following:
- Testimonial pictures are not real.
- The earning potential mentioned on the website is unlikely.
- Images are mostly fake.
- People have been paid to give testimonials.
That should prove to you that this product is definitely not what it might seem from the outset.
Online Income Now is one of those products that we simply have to expose for what it is…a product to avoid.
Using many underhand tactics to trick people into thinking this product is something that it isn’t is one thing, but to try and sell the idea of marketing methods that will not work is an insult to anyone who visits the Online Income Now website.
At Work From Home Watchdog we like to help as well as warn, and if you are interested in building your own website and generating an income from it as an affiliate marketer, I suggest you take a look at our Work From Home Course where we explain how you can learn the ropes at NO cost and NO risk.
If you’ve tried Online Income Now, leave us a comment below and share your experiences with our visitors.
Marcus – WFHW