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Old May 23 2013, 10:45 PM   #16
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

"getting paid for social media" = SCAM, big time.

It's just like those scams that say they can get you like 10,000 Twitter followers in an instant. This is no more legit than that.
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Old May 23 2013, 11:57 PM   #17
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I have done extensive research into these online things in the hopes of maybe getting in on one, but the more I see, the more I'm convinced that they're ALL scams.

Any of you guys know of one that isn't?
If they sound like scams they probably are. There is no free lunch, especially not on the internet. You might make a few pennies via producing Youtube videos that are actually watched but that is no free lunch and certainly no way to get rich.

A Ponzi scheme is a different matter, you can make money if you are one of the early participators. If you bought a house during the housing boom and sold it early enough you were one of the first players and benefited, if you bought one late in the hope that you can finance it Ponzi-style via itself (its rising price) you lost.
As it is hard to predict when a Ponzi scheme collapses I would never willingly participate. In a casino you do at least know your odds.
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Old May 24 2013, 12:07 AM   #18
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"getting paid for social media" = SCAM, big time.
Managing my company's social outlets is a not-insignificant part of my job.

There are companies that will pay a stay-at-home Mom to sit on Facebook all day and participate in "like ladders," basically top-down affiliate marketing. It's a stupid practice because the quality of followers / fans generated is terrible, so any company that does that is beyond moronic, but there are legitimate operations that do this.

It's just like those scams that say they can get you like 10,000 Twitter followers in an instant. This is no more legit than that.
Tweet Adder, which is a platform I recommend with significant reservations (primarily due to Twitter TOS issues), can net you more than a thousand new followers a day if used correctly. And that's just one platform out of many for doing so.
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Old May 26 2013, 02:45 AM   #19
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

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I have done extensive research into these online things in the hopes of maybe getting in on one, but the more I see, the more I'm convinced that they're ALL scams.

Any of you guys know of one that isn't?
If they sound like scams they probably are. There is no free lunch, especially not on the internet. You might make a few pennies via producing Youtube videos that are actually watched but that is no free lunch and certainly no way to get rich.
Getting rich isn't the goal. Finding something I can do from home since my cerebral palsy has made an eight hour a day job impossible is.
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Old May 26 2013, 03:33 AM   #20
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

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I have done extensive research into these online things in the hopes of maybe getting in on one, but the more I see, the more I'm convinced that they're ALL scams.

Any of you guys know of one that isn't?
If they sound like scams they probably are. There is no free lunch, especially not on the internet. You might make a few pennies via producing Youtube videos that are actually watched but that is no free lunch and certainly no way to get rich.
Getting rich isn't the goal. Finding something I can do from home since my cerebral palsy has made an eight hour a day job impossible is.
I had a work from home job through ODesk a couple of years ago. It was very boring and repetitive work and I was paid about $8.00 an hour, which was considered VERY good for that type of data entry/web search work, because normally what companies do is contract this work out to those in other countries who aren't subject to minimum wage and are willing to do the work for as cheap as $2.00 an hour. The company I worked for was a web company just starting out and very optimistic about what they would be able do and who they would be able to hire. Within just 3 months they cut the contractors in half, and I made the cut because I did fast and efficient work. Four months after that we were all cut loose as they couldn't afford to pay for this type of work anymore.

So basically, if you get really lucky and find a unique opportunity, you may be able to benefit from it. However, it isn't likely to be stable or reliable work. And it likely won't pay very well at all.
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Old May 26 2013, 08:39 AM   #21
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There's a sucker born every minute.

Back in my early 20s i was nearly part of such a scheme though it was not a total pyramid scheme.

It was about selling insurances on comission.. the guys were pushing aggressively to call everybody we have ever met and had the phone number for to arrange a meeting to talk about these insurances. The courses where you learned to sell them were pretty basic (you just basically learned some catchphrases and how to navigate/avoid tricky questions) but you had to pay for them.

You could earn much money if you sold many insurances but sooner or later your contact list would dry up and you'd be left out cold.
I even had a friend who left her job to pursue this "career" and after a few months after her savings were gone she thankfully wisened up and returned to her job (fortunately they took her back).

To this date i can pretty much see through bullshit like that but it's really not hard. Those people prey on the gullible and lazy to rip off their money.. it's even partway in the name of this scam!
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