Just like everything else out there on the Internet, you will run into affiliate marketing scams. There are those out there that are waiting to make a buck off of any innocent person that they can. So, it's important that if you are considering doing some sort of affiliate marketing that you are careful and try and avoid falling for the variety of different scams that do exist.
Always remember, and this goes for anything, not just affiliate marketing - If something sounds impossible or just too good to be true, then it more than likely is. Even though it is true that you can make money by getting involved in affiliate marketing, it is not true that you'll be making thousands of dollars a month. You hear a promise like this and you are more than likely looking at a scam. Sure you might make some money and sometimes some pretty good money, but it doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't happen if you don't work hard at it. If someone claims that you can make big money in a very short period of time, they're lying, plain and simple.
If they expect you t pay some sort of fee, you are definitely dealing with a scam. You never have to pay for an affiliate program. They pay you, that's all there is to it. You let them put links on your website and they have to pay you for the visitors that click on the link and/or buy something from the marketeer’s website. That's all there is to it. They don't expect you to pay them for putting ads and links on your website. Even if they say the money is for a background check or a drug test, you still are more than likely looking at a scam and let it go, don't get involved.
Another thing, don't get involved with links that you don't believe in or seem to be a little on the shady side. You don't want to be promoting products or services that might be suspect. This could be someone trying to use you and your site as a front for something that might be a little risky or even illegal. So, make sure to check out the sites and the links before agreeing to put it on your website.
Pay attention to how they say they are going to pay you. Probably the least risky is pay per click or something like the Google AdSense. Don't fall for being paid by commission and not clicks. The reason for this is that they can simply use you and your site to get sales and then you get nothing from it. Yet another scam.
The safest thing to do is stick with affiliates that you have heard of, used their products or been to their sites before. This way you can avoid scams all together.