Tips To Avoid The Solo Ad Scammer!

By | June 12, 2015


I know it’s been a long time since my last post and I apologise…  My only excuse, albeit a good one, is for the last three months I have been super busy in my offline business.  However, I back now to give you a few more tips and tricks 🙂

Today in the online world of buying solo ads, I am hearing more and more horror stories about people being scammed.  With solo ads being one of fastest and easiest ways of sending traffic to your well crafted offer, it is unfortunately, one of the easiest ways of getting scammed.  There are numerous ways on which a scammer can run off with your hard earned cash…

  1. They can simply take your cash through Paypal and run (Paypal from the 1st July 2015 are now including intangible goods under their refund policy so there is a good chance of a refund now)
  2. They can use software to scrape real emails from the internet and have them sent to your autoresponder, therefore receiving spam complaints, etc.
  3. They can use software to send bots that click and enter random email addresses.
  4. Or they send your link out via ‘Paid To Click’ lists and buy Fiverr gigs that just sends thousands of highly un-targeted clicks to your squeeze where you get about half a dozen opt-ins if you’re lucky!

If you have great tracking in place, which you should, if you don’t I highly recommend ClickMagick, as it provides insights into your traffic “quality” & helps combat clickfraud and “scammy” traffic sellers (You can also get a 14 day free trial)

Below you will find some of the best ways that I use to avoid these scammers which really is a case of doing your due diligence.

One thing I do not do is ever buy from someone who messages me in Facebook unless I have already dealt with them or I have got to know them.  I get a lot of friend requests through Facebook so before I approve them, I check out their profile page.  I generally always delete the ones who:

  • Have a new profile.
  • Have one or no profile pictures.
  • Have a profile picture of pretty girl or fast car etc.
  • Have no or few friends in common.

A good way to see if someones profile picture is real is if you open a new tab in your browser and type in then go back to Facebook, click and drag their profile pic to the google tab and drop it in the box and see where else the image is being used.  Spot the deliberate mistake with this scammer!!

solo ads scammer


I would say his plastic surgeon has done a fantastic job!!  Needless to say, we are not friends!!

When looking for a solo seller on Facebook, a good place to start looking is in the solo ad testimonial groups, I usually only use two groups Manny Hernandez’s Group and Solo Ads Sales Testimonials.  Both groups are run by some of the best guys in the industry so they keep the group spam and scam free!!

When you have had a look through the groups at the testimonials and chosen a provider, a few questions to ask would be:

  1. Please confirm you will be sending traffic via an email blast.
  2. Can I see your squeeze page to opt in to your list.
  3. How long does it take for you to deliver clicks?
  4. What percentage of tier‐1 clicks? (US/Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand)
  5. Do you have buyers on your list?
  6. What kind of over delivery do you have?

Any provider worth their salt will not have a problem answering these questions, there are plenty more to ask if you want to but these are the ones I ask.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post, please feel free to comment below and if you really enjoyed it, please like and share it, as they say, caring is sharing 🙂

2 thoughts on “Tips To Avoid The Solo Ad Scammer!

  1. Peter Beckenham

    Hi John,
    Many thanks for this highly informative post about solo ads. Luckily I have avoided the scammers so far but that was probably more good luck than good management. Yes I do use ClickMagick but you have also provided me with lots of other valauble tips to ensure my future solo ad purchases are legitimate. Many thanks for sharing this info – appreciated very much mate!
    Peter Beckenham recently posted…Deadly Affiliate Marketing MistakesMy Profile

    1. John Lee Post author

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated!!

      As I said before, there are more and more scammers turning up every day and most are using fake Facebook profiles, I must get at least 3 friend requests a day all from new profiles and a quick due diligence see’s most are fake!! They are not even good profiles, they post one picture of a very pretty girl and nothing for the cover photo, then a quick look at the ‘about’ page says “See places ‘HE’ has been” Wow!!

      Thanks again for your comment Peter!

      All the best,

      John Lee recently posted…Tips To Avoid The Solo Ad Scammer!My Profile


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