Many affiliate marketers have entered the penny auction space since many penny auction sites offer affiliate programs to promote their site to consumers.
What’s an affiliate program? Basically, affiliate programs are agreements in which an online merchant (in this case a penny auction site) pays an Internet marketer to send them traffic. Affiliates get special links and landing pages to promote and in turn will receive a commission if a sale is made. Some affiliates pose to be bidders of penny auctions, but many aren’t even bidders themselves.
For quite some time affiliates seem to have been using what appears to be recycled landing pages that have been used in the past to promote other online penny auctions, many of which are now out of business.
For instance, both landing pages for penny auction BidMaxi.com and penny auction theBidShak.com have very similar elements, from the top headlines to make consumers think that they really offer “warehouse auctions,” “liquidation closeout auctions,” “warehouse surplus auctions,” logos for major news networks that have talked about penny auctions, the penny auction site vs. ebay section, and even a featured car.
Even if these penny auctions are legit marketers are making them look bad.
Will either of these penny auctions offer a 2011 Porsche Boxster or a 2011 Infinity G37?
Oh, and BiggerBidder’s affiliate landing page also shows a 2010 Porsche Boxster: “Bigger Bidder Site to Auction off Porsche Boxster.”
Not only do both BidMaxi and theBidShak have similar landing pages (who knows if these are both from the same affiliates or not), they have the very same – identical photos of people next to different names and different testimonials:
Take a look:
The first testimonial by “L. Milner: L Milner says ” I found TheBidShak from an Internet ad and I’ve been hooked ever since… I love the competition and how much I save. I got an iPad for just $18.83 and a $300 WalMart Giftcard for just $6.44. I’ve won lots of other auctions too. Love it”
The second, B. Baumgamer “I got a brand new LED TV for $33.87 and gave it to my dad for his birthday. I use TheBidShak to shop for myself and for others and the customer service is great!”
Notice both penny auction sites (affiliates more than likely) are using the exact people in their testimonial photos.
Who was “L. Milner” for BidShak is now nameless, but says “I used to bid on eBay until I found BidMaxi. I lost so much money of eBay! I wish I knew about BidMaxi long ago. Now I’ve been saving up to 90% on retail items and you know what? Got myself an iPad! Thank you BidMaxxi.:
Where Ms. Baumgamer is pictured in the testimonial for theBidShak her name is now Mary T to promote BidMaxi:
“I checked my mail 3 days after I won my new laptop on BidMaxi, and sure enough it was there! Brand new and working perfectly. Thank you BidMaxi” – Mary T
Again, notice that all of the testimonials on both landing pages are fake. Where are the items these “bidders” won?
In case you’re new to penny auctions and found out about one from one of these affiliate marketer’s landing pages, don’t be fooled by the phony testimonials.
These landing pages, however, should not be the determining factor for whether or not the penny auction site in question is a scam.
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What do you think of these affiliate landing pages and the fake testimonials?
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