It should be no surprise to anyone that has searched for work at home opportunities for more than two minutes, there are tons of ads claiming to make easy money with Google or work at home for Google. Needless to say all these ads are basically misrepresenting the legitimate career of internet marketing and using Google Adwords to promote affiliate marketing offers. That's where the whole google money nonsense comes into play.
I've written several articles about these google work at home scams and a question that keeps coming up is why is Google allowing these companies to piggy back off their powerful brand name? From what I could tell it was because each of these scam artists always made sure to include some tiny disclaimer language at the bottom of their pages or terms and services that clearly stated they weren't associated with Google.
That's cool but we all know that most of us fail to read these things which is what scam artist bet on. This to a certain degree is why we end up becoming easy targets. Please understand I'm not placing blame on us victims but I am pointing out some real facts that should be acknowledged. This simple truth may help you avoid future scams.
Enough is Enough
With that said, I think Google has had enough and has decide to crack down on these clowns. Apparently they are no longer allowing google money scam ads on their site. Here's the email that the pushers of these misrepresentative opportunities are getting when attempting to promote this nonsense using Google's Adwords program:
"It's come to our attention that you have submitted ads that promote Google Money Tree or ads that promote a misrepresented affiliation with Google. Due to multiple complaints from our users and publishers, we've made the decision not to accept these ads.
This is a notification that your account has been suspended due to the submission of these ads and your ads will no longer run on Google. Please note that future accounts you open will also be suspended."
The great thing about this decision is that its also impacts millions of sites as well. Since most of us make money by automatically featuring Google's ads on our pages, chances are we won't see these scammy ads showing up on some of your favorite sites any morel. So applaud Google for taking this stand. It makes the internet a better place for us all. I'm sure in time they'll do their best to get rid of more questionable ads. But this is a start. And quite frankly as long as folks do their scam research, many of these schemes can be easily avoided.
It's All Because of You…
Google's action may have come about because of the recent FTC crack down. But I would like to think it's because of the effort of some small bloggers like yours truly WorkAtHomeNoScams.com and those of my respected colleagues IveTriedThat.com & WorkAtHomeTruth.com. However I'm more inclined to believe it was because of all you. If it weren't for the brave victims that wouldn't allow embarrassment or shame shut them up, these Google work at home scams would go under the radar. Instead, you took a stand and made your voices heard by complaining everywhere and anywhere.
You should feel proud and give yourselves a round of applause. You've just made it even more difficult for these scam artist to earn a living. Now go have a shot of something on me and spread the good word of the downfall of at least one type of work at home scam. Feel free to retweet this article or post it on another forum or blog. Get the word out. After all, isn't that how this Google work at home scam was taken down? By the way, if you do want a traditional Google work at home job visit our Google work at home page. If you do want to learn about affiliate marketing and how to make money with it, do yourself a favor and learn from people that aren't trying to trick you into it and visit Wealthy Affiliate.