The Hydra Scam
There is a serious proliferation of a particular scam online which goes by many names. , and has many different skins. This is the “internet link posting” scam. The scam is akin to a hydra. (The mythological beast that Hercules son of Zeus fought.) Slaying this creature was problematic because it possessed nine heads and every time Hercules cut off one of the heads, two would grow back in it’s place.
This scam is a beast that refuses to be slain. Instead of two heads popping up, three pop up, so we need to defend ourselves against it. As a result of this scam, some questions have arisen on the internet, such as: “what is a search engine agent?”,”is link posting a job?” and “are there jobs posting links?”,”Can you get paid posting links?” I will answer these questions and a few more related to the “hydra”. So let’s get started shall we?
Attributes of the Hydra Scam
Like I said earlier The hydra presents itself in many guises. It will usually appear to you in the form of an unsolicited email, often going by a different name, and sometimes a whole new look. However, it still retains the same basic outline on the inside.( I get so tired of looking at this thing!! IT IS EVERYWHERE ) Visual aids located on the right.
Single mother raising a young child on her own ( Always )
Chilling day that changed her life. She loses her main job ( sometimes she has several jobs ) and can’t pay her bills
Cries for days until she gets mad and takes control of her life. Makes a list about the kind of job she would like to have
Talks to everybody she knows and meets to see if they know of anything like that.
Meets a kind stranger at her doctor’s office ( or wherever ) and it is always a man. He tells her how he has been working part time for years “posting links” on the internet, and he tells her how he does it. ( Often she is sworn to secrecy. )
She gets to work putting this plan into action. Three months later she quits all of her jobs, Works only three or four hours a day, provides her child with whatever is needed and lives life to the fullest. ( Sometimes she is a millionaire )
Some corporate types suggest she write about this “program” and share it with others. Which she does. She doesn’t really need the money, so she is offering this to you for the low, low, price of $97. Depending on how many times you try to leave the page. Could be $77, $47, or $37. ( Valued at $2000 by the way )
They tell you there are link posting jobs at fortune 500 companies ( Not true )
Then there is a bunch of hype that follows about how you can live the life of luxury, take advantage of these companies by horning in on their profits.
Lately they have been offering a free website, They fail to mention that although the website is free, you have to pay the hosting costs. (This has always been the case, until recently however you would never know until the price was paid and access was granted to the members only area.) Or, the hosting is free and you must pay someone to design the website for you.
You will also be able to post links offline. ( ???????? whatever that means ) She has only demonstrated how to accomplish this online because that is how it is usually done.
Then of course after all of that you will be able to sign up. 9 times out of ten, the sign up area bears the name of a completely different hydra head.
These hydras always come with a disclaimer. It has become a requirement by the government. A;ways scroll down to the very bottom of the page and read have a look at the footer. You will usually see this in the last paragraph of said disclaimer:
Some of these will actually say “Government Required Disclaimer” What does that tell you?
Is Link Posting a Job?
These scammers invented terms such as “search engine agent” and “link posting agent” To mislead you into believing it is an actual job where you receive a regular paycheck. It was necessary to call it something in order to get people to believe they could actually make a living, buying into the program they sell.
And by the way, since when is it a prerequisite to pay a fee in order to be employed? Ask yourself this question before you fork over $97.
My Theory of Origin
I’m sure you have heard The saying ” There is a grain of truth in every rumor” No? Well maybe that isn’t exactly how it goes, but I’m sure you get the gist of it. So as I was saying, there was most likely, at some point in time (at the beginning of all this mess) an actual woman struggling on her own, an actual stranger who told her his secret, and people actually made some sort of money implementing this procedure.
If this is true, then even though it worked in some fashion, it is no longer an effective affiliate marketing technique. Affiliate marketing has outgrown this form and has moved on to a bigger and better type of approach.
My Advice to You?
If you encounter the hydra, don’t be fooled. Do not succumb to the hype and general outright lies this scam keeps perpetuating. Trust me, it is no longer an effective technique. Typically more money is spent than earned. They only guarantee your money back for the initial expense of $97 to buy into the program. You will not be reimbursed for money expended in the placing of ads nor the cost of hosting for a “free” website. That will remain a loss.
In case you have recently purchased a hydra type scam, I wholeheartedly suggest you put into motion actions necessary to get your money back. Please save yourself some time and money.
Learn the Skills !!
Affiliate marketing is a feasible way to enjoy self-employment and generate a stream of honest income online. Assuming you wish to become an affiliate marketer and learn the necessary skills,
I know of a way to help you that isn’t going to cost you $97 to give it a whirl. In fact, it will not cost you a dime. A credit card is not a requirement either. For this fee of $0, you will receive ten free lessons, two free websites, free hosting and all of the support you will possibly need for questions and help 24/7. Also, I will be there to personally aid you in your endeavor. That’s a promise !!
So I hope this information has been enlightening as well as helpful to you. I do hate observing the swindling going on with the hydra and hopefully one day the beast will be permanently slain. If you have any questions or I can assist you in anyway, please, drop me a line in the comment section below.
Take Care, PollyB