Social media has given many an opportunity to make money online.

It started with people just selling products online but the more people started to take advantage of this opportunity the harder it got to reach your potential prospects.

Influencer marketing opened up a new lane for people to promote their products. You could just let influencers with huge audiences market your products.

In 2020, influencers are making more money than ever and they’re becoming even more vital to marketing as time goes on.

This has inspired a lot of people to become influencers but it also has created a group of people that prey on new influencers trying to make money through influencer earning networks.

In this post, I’ll share with you the dangers fake influencer-earning networks pose.

What is an influencer network?
An influencer network is a platform that connects people with audiences online with other influencers and companies willing to pay for their services. There are hundreds of these influencer networks.

The services of influencer networks are available for everyone. You don’t need to have a million page views or followers on social media to make money on influencer networks.

You just need a steady inflow of visitors that are looking for products or services some of these companies are offering.

You can find these just by googling “influencer networks” or “influencer platforms” and blog posts will appear that list up to 100 different influencer networks that connect brands with influencers.

How many fake influencer networks are there?
In the last 3 years, I spend most of my time reviewing websites that offer “make money online” opportunities.

While I have found many websites that do provide people with legitimate opportunities to make money as an influencer the number of fake websites is disturbing.

Every day new websites appear that claim to be the # influencer earning network and can help you make money.

How do fake influencer networks typically scam you?
Most influencer networks don’t require you to pay money for membership and fake influencer networks know that. This is why fake influencer networks won’t scam you out of your money.

What most fake influencers I encountered want is your information and that of the people you direct to their website.

Customer information is valuable to companies so what the creators of these fake influencer networks do is sell this information to companies.

You’ll often notice after signing up on one of these fake influencer networks that you receive a lot more spam from companies you have never been in contact with.

How can you spot a fake influencer network?
Fake influencer networks are easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for.

I have multiple fake influencer network reviews in which I mention up to 12 red flags you should look out for but for this post, I’ll keep it to the main three red flags I always see appear.

1.The source of income of an influencer network
Most of these fake influencer networks will say that they earn their money from ads that they run on the website. Most of these websites do a poor job of making it believable because most of them don’t run any ads on the website.

2.Unrealistic signing bonus
They often promise that you’ll get paid just to become a member of the website. Some even claim they’ll pay you $300 just to sign-up. If a real company would do this they’d be bankrupt before you know it.

3. Fake mentions
Fake influencer networks will claim they’ve worked with the biggest brands and influencers but they’ll never show any proof of it on their website.

Not too long ago, I came across a fake influencer network that claimed to be mentioned in Forbes. I did some research and found out it was all a lie to get people to sign up to the network.

Final Words
This post isn’t meant to scare you out of working with influencer networks. Influencer networks have helped a lot of people make a full-time income online doing what they love.

It’s meant to spread awareness and give you the means to discern a real opportunity from a fake one.

Let me know what you think about the emergence of fake influencer networks in the comments.

Author's Bio: 

I’m a blogger, podcaster, and YouTuber based in The Netherlands. On my website, Real Digital Success I give a realistic look at what takes to be an online entrepreneur. My work has been featured on Social Animal, Articlesbase, Mostlyblogging, and other websites.