20
Jan

5 Reasons I’m Done With Acai Berry & Green Tea Diet Scams

I’ve been messing around with these ridiculous Acai Berry Diet and Green Tea diet scams for some time now and I’m finally done with them for several reasons, but I’ll limit the reasons to just 5 for the sake of brevity. Honestly, a lot of stuff available on the ad networks aren’t good for the consumer because of the cost, but these things are the worst.

1. These Diet Programs Are Scams– Have you ever taken the time to read the terms of service for these supposed free trials of whatever diet pill you’re thinking of promoting? That’s where you read what these weight loss supplements will end up costing you. The fact is, they are rip-offs of the worst kind. When someone orders a free trial and types in their credit card info, their 14 or 15 day free trial begins immediately even before their supplement has been shipped. So, by the time they get their free Acai Berry diet pills in the mail, the ordering individual has just a few days to try this new weight loss deal.

Then Mr, or more likely Mrs, Desperate Dieter starts getting billed on a monthly basis for a bottle of pills. And this ends up being quite expensive because when you actually read the fine print in the terms (usually hidden at the bottom of the page) you see that the cost is somewhere between $59 and $89 and sometimes there’s even a monthly newsletter or advice forum that’s an additional $15 to $30 per month added to the bottom line. I’ve seen charges as high as a total of $129 per month when you add everything up. Does that seem like a good deal for anyone except for the people selling this garbage?

2. All of The Acai Berry Scam & Review Sites, Are Scam Sites – Have you tried googling acai berry scam? What you’re going to get on the first page of results are nothing but results, except for one, and ads that lead to sites that supposedly review these products and give you the straight facts, when in reality they’re just trying to sell you these products. So much for Google being able to guess the intent of what people are searching for.

If you want to find out the true number of people that are ticked off about these scams you have to head over to ComplaintsBoard.com and read the 30 pages of complaints about acai berry diet pills. This should tell you that these supposed free weight loss trials do little more than just piss people off.

3. Google Hates These Products Because They Are Scams – Have you tried running any of these things lately on the content network? Google must be letting long time advertisers get all the advertising space available because you still see lots of these ads (the ones that make Google lots of money), but many, including myself, have had their entire ability to run any ad on Google’s content network because we have used the words free and acai berry or green tea in our text ads.

That’s just when the trouble started with with me. I was happily getting some killer traffic from the content network, but when I started running diet type ads about 3 to 4 months ago everything started getting squirrley and just before Christmas things really started to go downhill. While I thought I recovered after Christmas, it was only for a short while as the content network one day sends me a little traffic and the next it barely even trickles in.

Oh yea, try running one of these offers on Facebook now. It ain’t happening there either.

4. Diet Pills Aren’t A Good Way To Lose Weight – Losing weight isn’t about taking pills, it’s about changing your lifestyle and changing what you put on the end of your fork. I don’t believe in taking most diet supplements so I shouldn’t be trying to make money with them.

If you want to learn how to lose weight, check out our healthy diet website.

5. Neither Oprah Winfrey Nor Rachael Ray Endorses Any Of These Products– Seeing some of the landing pages of these offers you think the queen of cooking and the queen of daytime TV must own stock in them. Their pictures are all over the place when it comes to acai berry supplements, but I’ve seen several warnings from affiliate managers not to associate these two individuals with diet offers such as this. Funny, then why do they keep showing up on banners and landing pages?

And why do we see offers being discontinued on what seems like a weekly basis and new offers showing up at nearly the same rate? And why do the landing pages look the same, but only with different names? And why do the bottles have similar labels, but different names? My theory is that Oprah’s lawyers find one acai diet offer and shut that down and all the manufacturers do is change the name, get a new domain name, change their landing page and boom, you have a brand spanking new Acai berry diet or green tea patch or diet offer.

The way Google and Facebook have been treating advertisers of these products lately just shows how decpetive they really are. It should also be a warning to affiliates that these diet offers will soon be revamped because of regulation by the FTC, or some other alphabet soup government agency that Obama creates, just like what happened with ringtones some time back. Look for payouts to drop, serious issues to crop up from using Oprah and Rachael Ray in your advertising and probably these offers to be regulated out of existence soon.

There are just too many opportunities and too much to do to get caught up in the latest diet fads. There are also too many real products to promote that offer long term money instead of promoting scams that just end up taking money from people in a deceptive manner. As for me and my business, I’m done with them.

Popularity: 19% [?]

Tags: , , , ,

If you have enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to my full RSS feed or you can have posts send directly to your inbox if you subscribe by email.

Bookmarks: | del.icio.us | Digg it | Furl | reddit | StumbleUpon

35 Responses to “5 Reasons I’m Done With Acai Berry & Green Tea Diet Scams”

  1. I second that! I worked for a company that made a diet drink with Hoodia in it and it was just about the same sort of thing – they knew it didn’t really work but Hoodia was the latest and greatest. In fact there was even some debate whether Hoodia was even in their drink.

  2. What’s sad is that people who are desperate for the “quick weight loss with no work” will buy whatever the new hype is. That is why so many people promote it.

  3. Don’t want to sound condescending Alan but you’re there. You’re at the tipping point.

    While there is probably a lot of money still to be made with this crap, there is SO much more to be made promoting products that people actually want. Converting an offer for a product someone wants is a thousand times easier. You don’t have to remove the “doubt”. It’s not there in the first place.

    Every affiliate I know making over a million a year doesn’t go near these scams with a barge pole.

    I remember how much my business changed when I started thinking about how my visitors would feel after they bought a product I was promoting. It was a MASSIVE turning point.

    Congratulations, you’re destined for big things :)

  4. Although, they are doing nothing illegal. These type of “free trial” offers have been around forever and for a good reason. They work, plain and simple.

    Remember when you could get 10 CD’s for only a penny? Yeah…same type of thing.

    Either way if people are going to keep buying, they’re gonna keep selling.

  5. Thank you for coming out and saying this. I run a social bookmarking site and they almost took over the site for a little while. Every time I went on, there was another one I had to delete. It was so frustrating…

  6. Good job in quitting the diet pills. I would also say that those text messaging adds are scams too. They attempt to trick teenagers into signing up for them on their phones, and they are left to having to pay a $20 per month bill just to receive a stupid text message every so many days. Worst is that the carriers get to keep a large percentage of the cost.

  7. Dave,

    That’s probably one of the biggest reasons I had to drop these things is because the last thing I want is for someone to feel ripped-off when they’ve made a purchase from me. That’s just not a long term strategy for earning money.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Spot on, it’s not. While there will always be these kinds of offers there will also always be those affiliates that are happy with promoting them.

    You see them all the time on WF, they are among the smartest affiliates but there is absolutely NO long term feasibility.

  9. Couldn’t agree more! Those are crappy products, and there are too many other opportunities out there to be associated with things like that.

  10. I heard adword was punishing accounts that were promoting acai berry. But as soon as they deleted the ad, the account was restored. What do you think about wu yi tea?

  11. GREAT POST!!!

  12. My wife was just telling me today that she was going to buy the Acai berry diet. I have seen these diet fads come and go and I’ve thought they were a crock of crap. I am definitely going to show my wife this post!

    thanks again

    T

  13. I don’t know why anyone would look at diet pills to make money online. Spammers have taken this niche out of the game as far as i am concerned.

    DOn’t trust any of these sites.

    Jason

  14. Dalirin,

    Wu Yi Tea is the same type of deal. I’d stay away from it.

  15. Ripping off the users is one thing. But I also doubt if they are ripping the affiliate off. I was running one such product from Market health on my website (my company’s which gets hundreds of thousands of visitors per day). We removed those ads today after almost 2.5 weeks of trial because we just dint manage to convince one visitor to sign up for a free trial!? With so much of traffic, I would at least believe that one visitor would have fell for a “free trial”!

  16. My daughter received her shipment of these products on the 16th day of her 14-day Free trial. Yes, in the fine print it shows she will be billed about $80. The cost of shipment both ways to return this scam product and the one-time $80 charge, are a lesson learned.

  17. They are all the same too. It’s the same perfect looking website in terms of design with the clearly fake individual photographed throughout the site. Some have blogs that are clearly not written by a regular joe or jane dieter.

  18. ‘m a strong believer in natural foods. So, acai berry pills does not work for me. It is bad to hear that you are one of their scam victim. Luckily, I never purchase any one of it.

  19. A lot of people make massive amounts of money promoting these offers and knowing they are scams.

    I think it all comes down to how ones principles.

  20. Thanks Alan, for the info of acai berry, i will remove that from my site, I am just curious, if these were scams then how come Google didn’t do something about it or blocked their blog/site or product not to be indexed in their search engine and eventually their PPC campaign

  21. It is very nice to hear some honesty from someone who is in the business of making money from such products. In my own estimation, many affiliate offers are misleading in some way. Taking advantage of those who are desperate in their search for weight loss is not a smart business model. Some products are created to crash and burn. Profit from some inflated hype and rake in the dough. These products will be forgotten about in less that two years.

  22. Really -These scams sucks -Thanks for sharing Acai berry.

  23. Great points. Another reason to avoid scams is because as an affiliate who leads one of your readers to a product, you may have some legal liability to the reader because you are sharing in the profit.

  24. I decided to post a counter to this post, because I think although this post has a lot of truth to it, it doesn’t show the full picture of the situation. I personally promote these diet products and make $1,000’s a day due to it. So, here are 5 reasons to promote it:

    1. People aren’t as stupid as you think

    I promote a lot of products, and although I’ve wondered if people purchase this product not knowing what the free trial offer detail are, I’ve recently concluded that most do. These products convert for me at 1-2%. Well, I have a lot of products that say “Give me $35 now!” that convert at the same rate. This leads me to believe people aren’t as stupid as you make them out to be. I have multiple sites for the acai berry and in a review site of mine I even say in my review that they are free trials that will cost you money if you don’t cancel them in x number of days. People still buy it.

    2. You can make a lot of money with these products

    Yes, it’s true as your probably aware of. Maybe there isn’t years of longevity in this niche, but when you can make $25,000/day profit, do you need longevity? Yes, those are real numbers that you pull in from this niche.

    3. Acai Berry is quite healthy

    Maybe acai berries don’t help you lose weight, maybe they do. I have a blog and I have had multiple people actually comment and say they lost weight on the product. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, maybe not, I don’t know. Either way, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Acai Berries are one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. So, even if somebody isn’t losing a ton of weight, at least they are being healthier.

    4. Google Doesn’t Hate Acai Berry, they hate the dieting mom

    Yes, that’s right, it’s the dieting mom and her 1-2 punch that’s under attack by Google. Not the actual product itself. Google doesn’t have time to get involved in whether products are what they say they are. There are many other niches that are promoted through Google, some of which have great products, and some of which have crap.

    5. These products might not work, but they aren’t scams

    If some people (like my blog comments suggest) say they lost weight on the supplement and truly believe it was the supplement that did it, how are we to say that these products don’t work? Additionally, most of them clearly state before you hit the submit button on your credit card information what the terms are.

  25. Matt,

    I appreciate your viewpoint and I certainly know that people can make a ton of money with these things. No, you don’t need long term when your makin’ $25K a day. Just a week like that would suit me fine.

    My personal beef with this stuff was just the sheer amount of complaints against the charges on people’s credit cards. When you get 31 pages of complaints on complaintsboard.com something ain’t right.

  26. Alan,

    I appreciate your viewpoint to. I’m not into promoting anything I think is a scam. With most free trial products I promote, I even will follow through and try to cancel the offer as if I were a customer and see how the company handles refunds, etc.

    As far as the complaints boards. It’s a great source to find which products to promote and not to promote given these free trial niches. I’ve used it before to avoid certain products. But still, 31 pages is what? 800 people? Probably 50,000 people buy these products a day. With any product or service, you will always have your unhappy customers.

  27. Matt,

    Granted, people will complain about any product, but a minutely small percentage will ever take the step to publicaly write that complaint and warn others about it. Most people just go away unhappy.

    On the other hand, there must be more than a few people who are happy with this stuff because people keep buying it.

  28. Alan,

    It’s been a good discussion we’ve had. Ultimately I think it comes down to the users expectations and understanding on whether these products are scams. If the user knows what they are getting into, and realizes that they might lose weight, but they might not on these supplements, I think it’s fair game. Ultimately I was faced of making a decision just like you about whether I should promote these products or not. In my case I chose to, but I very much respect your decision and viewpoint.

  29. Ditto. If you want to keep a good reputation, get out now.

    That’s why I like to stick with physical products because you know there are no hidden terms or anything and you are selling a trusted company’s products, not some dishonest little startup

  30. As for the fine print and accompanying charges to your credit/debit card, what about ProActive? Guthy Renker has been pulling this scam for years by offering ProActive at $19.95, then automatically enrolling you (through their fine print) into a $50+ per month program which is automatically charged to your card. Wake up. . . .what is FREE?

    Simple rule. . . .if it sounds too good to be true, it is!

  31. Keep in mind that consumer protection laws may protect you if you are a buyer of one of these scams. Similarly, if you are an affiliate of one of these scams, you may be liable to buyers for their losses.

  32. Great points Alan, I for one have never promoted these products because they are so sleazy even anonymously online this can get in you trouble as Minnesota Attorney pointed out.
    JR

  33. Matt,

    Your so full of sh*t man!! Own up to the fact that YES you are promoting scam products. You can’t have it both ways.

  34. These scam sites are currently causing a lot of problems in France – the terms and conditions that people are supposed to accept are in English! so no-one understands what they’re letting themselves in for. Silly , I know. What I want to know is – who is responsible for the scam? the manufacturer? the billing company? (or are they the same thing?) the affiliates? How do we find out what network is behind it? If I give you the example of the VIV3 Labs scam for Acai berry – the packaging is done in Scotland (but who produces the pills?), the billing is done all over the world by a company called LocalBilling.com. WHo are they exactly?
    I know you might not want to knock your colleagues online – but if you could send me a mail to explain it will help in our research.
    Thanks!

  35. Bump

    It really is sad how eagerly people will lap up ANY ridiculous weight loss scam rather than actually make the life changes that would bring it about. How much sense does it make that you can continue to live the same unhealthy lifestyle and just take a pill to make it all better? It has never happened in the history of medicine so why do they thing an upstart soft drink manufacturer would have the answer? It’s pathetic that people would buy into. “Wow I can still sit on the couch all night eating bon-bons and just drink my Acai Berry and magically get thin again!”

Leave a Reply