Income Tribe (incometribe.com) Scam-No Money Made. Just Sweat

I have identified so many of these online scams that I have gotten tired of the whole drill.

I hope that Income Tribe is the last one in this family that I will write about.

If you want to join/compare/explore the other scams in the family of Income Tribe, you can try these:

  1. YouthDollar.com
  2. Earn4Youth.Com
  3. Payfunda.biz
  4. MonthlyYouth.Com
  5. Among the others that are still to be born.

If you visit the websites of all these fast-money-online opportunities, you will notice one thing. They are a replica of each other. Talk of scammers running out of creativity to scam you. This is the first clue that should convince you that IncomeTribe.com is a scam.

There are other clues along the way.

  • Like the lack of contacts on the website.
  • The fact that you cannot edit your profile to add your payment details (where are they sending your 300$)
  • The fact that they can’t get the dollar symbol placement right
  • And the fact that Income Tribe is a scam

How is IncomeTribe.com Taking Advantage of You

If you have registered at IncomeTribe.com, you are at risk of falling prey to even more online scammers. They  might come back and try to hack your email account in order to steal vital information like your bank details and social media accounts passwords. Or they might start sending you spam emails.

I would advise you to change your email’s password and make it a strong one.

The other common route that scammers such as IncomeTribe.com try to get the best of you is through the adverts that they display on their websites. You will notice that when you click some of these ads, you get a warning of your browser being out of date or a video plugin that you need to install. Anything you download from these sites could be a malware that records every keystroke you make on your keyboard with an intent of stealing passwords or credit card numbers.

If you installed any of the software recommendations on IncomeTribe.com, you need to scan your computer for malware infections. Download this antimalware software and do a thorough scan of your computer.

Finally,if you would really like to make money online like I do, join my blogging mentorship program here. It is free and will always be free.

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Beware: YouthDollar.Com is More of a Youth Scammer

I have written about these online scams till my fingers have gotten blistered but I won’t stop spreading the message. I won’t simply watch as you enter into the devil’s lair, get scammed and start shouting to anyone who cares to listen how you cannot make money online.

FYI: I make all my money online. I do not have a daytime job and I do not do these get-rich quick scams. You can join my mentorship program to learn of the genuine ways that I use to make money online.

 

Back to Youth Dollar and related scams:

All these opportunities that promise to pay you $5-$10 for sharing a link on your Facebook, Twitter and other social network channels are nothing but scams.

The ones that I have already written about are Earn4Youth.com and PayFunda.Biz. The last one to join my list of shame is YouthDollar.Com.

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What is YouthDollar.com?

If you choose to trust the information  on their website, YouthDollar is a revolutionary work-at-home opportunity that will pay you thousands of dollars simply for copying and pasting a dubious affiliate link on your Facebook and Instagram wall.

How Do I know that Youth Dollar is a Scam?

  1. For the past few weeks that I have been monitoring the Youth Dollar scam David Bekham, CaralBoxer and some few other individuals have been paid the same constant amount everyday. This is despite the website claiming that payments are made between the 24th and 30th of every month. How comes David Bekham is being paid everyday?
  2. I am made to understand that I will be paid via Western Union, cheque or money order. Great! But where will Youth Dollar send these paper payments? I was not asked for my post office or other relevant details that would enable ‘the company’ to process my payments. And there is no place to edit my account to include these details. Right. Lets assume that you will still be paid but only in your imaginary online account. Congratulations on becoming the next internet millionaire and good luck with withdrawing your earnings from YouthDollar.com!
  3. How can I contact YouthDollar.com in case I have problems with my account? Surprise! You will never get your hands on the contacts details of Youth Dollar, simply because ‘the company’ does not exist. Hint: Every genuine company provides its web visitors with a contact us page.
  4. The bad grammar on the website is a complete turn off. Have you noticed how Earn4Youth, Monthly Youth, PayFunda and YouthDollar can never seem to get the placement of the dollar symbol right? Have you also noticed how poor the grammar on these websites is? This is a common characteristic of all online scams. The next time someone tries to lure you into one of these scams, tell them to invest in a good English Dictionary with the money they would have used to pay you.
  5. No advertiser is going to pay $5 or $10 for just visiting their website. Seriously, even Google Adsense, which charges more expensively for advertisements does not pay out this much to bloggers. I will repeat it for the umpteenth time. There is no easy way yo make money online. If you are looking for one, try gambling.
  6. What do I do if I had already joined Youth Dollar? You need to thoroughly scan your computer for malwares that the website might have planted on your computer. To scan and clean your computer, download this anti-malware software.

What is the Aim of the YouthDollar.com Scam?

I hope we have established beyond any reasonable doubt that YouthDollar.com is a scam. I will now explain to you how these online scams play on you.

First of All, scams in the league of YouthDollar are often after your email address. They use the email address to send you other offers of how you have can make money online just by doing some simple tasks. They lure you into more and more scams with a goal of three major things.

  • Increase traffic to their websites and earn more from the advertisements displayed
  • Lure you into buying ‘products’ that promise you to make an internet millionaire.
  • Harvest thousands of emails and sell them to third-party scammers.

Do you have any thoughts on the YouthDollar.com scam? Leave your comment below.

Payfunda.Biz is a Scam- You Can’t Withdraw Your Money

I wish I could do some kind of magic to undo the hours you have wasted sharing your PayFunda.Biz affiliate link. The truth is that PayFunda is fake. It is not real. It is a scam and there is no way you will ever manage to withdraw your money from the account. You will only watch it accumulate to hundreds of dollars but any attempt to make a withdrawal will be met by a thousand number of excuses.

I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. So, let us go through this step-by-step. I hope that by the time you are through reading this article, you will have learned to differentiate the real work from home opportunities from the fake ones.

What is PayFunda.Biz?

According to the definition on the website, PayFunda.Biz is a revolutionary online job site that pays you for completing different online tasks. The website claims to make you earn 1500$ (the placement of the dollar symbol is theirs not mine) working from home.

Additionally, PayFunda promises to reward you with a cool 25$ (their dollar symbol placement. Again) just for signing up. How cool!

Don’t fool yourself. Neither of the above is true and I will show you why. Payfunda is a scam akin to the Earn4Youth Scam that I wrote about a few days ago.

Let us Create an Account in PayFunda.Biz

For this part, I used imaginary account details. I put in a fake username that I can’t even remember. I entered puust@puust.net as my email address, my name is Sttuuuput and the country of origin is Nicaragua. 🙂

At this point, any genuine work from home opportunity would have sent me an email address with an activation link. This is the protocol, and you should be very wary of opportunities that do not send you an email to activate your account.

In normal cases, I wouldn’t have been able to login to the account until I had verified my email address…. but PayFunda.Biz can’t wait to let me in. I am redirected to my dashboard where I have already been credited with $25 (they got the symbol right) for signing up.

Also Read: Having the Right Mentality for Working Online

Getting to Work, Like a Mule

My first task in PayFunda.Biz is to click a Facebook Share button for which I will be paid a handsome 5$! {::Who said that making money online is hard!?::}

There is also a constant task that requires me to share a referral link for which I will get paid 5-10$. This is getting easier. Except that it is not. You are being taken for a ride.

But how do you know that PayFunda is a scam without having tested it. Shouldn’t you give it the benefit of doubt.

No. You shouldn’t. Like we always say, the writing is on the wall. Here are a few clear indicators that should send you scampering from the website.

1.  The numerous grammatical mistakes

I would expect that a company that is ready to pay me like a CEO, should have enough cash to hire a copywriter who doesn’t make careless grammatical errors on every sentence s/he writes.

I didn’t care to count the number of errors on the Payfunda.biz website, but they are too many to go unnoticed. This is usually the first sign that things are fishy. If a website that claims to make you rich has a lot of grammatical errors, kindly tell them to first invest in a good Oxford English Dictionary before they pay you.

And what is with all those dollar signs placed wrongly. Seriously? Maybe that is why you do not get paid since their is no money that is called 1500$!

2. You Can’t edit your profile

I have already mentioned that every genuine work from home opportunity should only allow you in once you have verified your email address. Once in, you should be able to edit your details. Probably choose where your payments will be sent and the like.

Before you begin working on any of these online job sites, you should be sure of where your payment will be made. Fullstop.

3. What is the minimum payout on Payfunda.biz?

Almost every work at home opportunity that I know of has a low payout requirement- sometimes as low as $10 or $25.

Very few opportunities require you to accumulate earning in the hundreds of dollars to pay you. Please be wary of such opportunities.

What raises a redder red flag with PayFunda.Biz is the fact that they are not even sure how much the minimum payout should be. At one time, it is $300 at another instance it is $200… Which is which?

$300 minimum payout for Payfunda.bizPayFunda.biz minimum payout4. There is no easy money online

Last but not least. No one is going to pay you $25 just by signing up to their website. What value are you adding to their operations to deserve that.

Can the business afford to pay millions of eager money makers who flock to join the site daily?

Be wise and learn to analyze opportunities before you rush to commit your time and money in them.

5.  Frequently Asked Questions about Payfunda.biz

  • How do I get my money from Payfunda

You cannot withdraw money from Payfunda. Their system has not been designed to allow you to make withdrawals. Remember you didn’t supply any solid payment details on registration and you cannot edit your profile. Just accept that you have been scammed and move on.

  • How do I cancel my registration with Payfunda

Unfortunately, you cannot cancel your Payfunda registration. The best thing is to forget that such a thing ever existed and pray hard that they do not hack into your email account to steal important info about you.

  • What can I do to make money online

There is a lot of money to be made online. And there are thousands of things you can do to make money online.

  1. You can work as a freelance writer/designer/transcriptionist etc
  2. You can do online surveys that will make pay you some change to use in campus
  3. You can start a blog and learn how to monetize it

Unfortunately, without investing in training, you will only stumble, fall and waste a lot of money chasing an illusion. You can either pay for my premium training or you can join the Wealthy Affiliate Program, which is absolutely free until you decide to invest in their premium training.

 

Earn4Youth: Scam or a Mega Online Money Opportunity?

You are on your way to becoming a millionaire… Just get 30 people to click on your Earn4Youth referral link and you pocket a cool $300! You can surely get 30 clicks in one day…. A cool 24K on a fckuing daily basis.

You are surely a genius!

No, you are not 🙂

The above reminds me of one of my favorite movies: Now You See Me, Now You Don’t. I am tempted to include several anecdotes from the award-winning Movie here. They will probably jolt you back to reality.

There is no way you are going to earn $10 just by having a stranger click on a dubious referral link. You should slap yourself across the face for believing that you can make online money so easily.

Movies and the sarcasm aside. I seriously pity you if you have been suckered into the Earn4Youth Scam.

If you are busy sharing Earn4Youth referral links, you are wasting a good chunk of your time that you could be using to write bestselling Kindle Ebooks. Worse still, you are making your Facebook and Twitter friends waste their time (and the costly internet data bundles) following your links to the scam. In doing so, you are also eroding a very crucial component of social media friendships, trust and reliability.

  • But I am not being asked to pay anything to join Earn4Youth. How then can it be a scam?

That’s my very point. Earn4Youth.com is worse than the likes of SocialBizConnect(SBC) and Internet Marketing Africa that ask you to pay a monthly contribution of 4K. At least, with SBC and IMA, you are guaranteed to get some morsels off Kimathi Kamundeh’s high table if you do his dirty bidding.

In Earn4Youth, you will only see your money pile into the dubious account to the highly anticipated $300, but you will never manage to withdraw any of it. That’s when it hits you, “I have been scammed“…

BTW, I didn’t say that you can join SBC and IMA… Do it at your own risk!

What’s their Goal?

The more you look, the less you see.

Ahh ^^ there goes a quote from the movie…

I am sure you must ask yourself this question from time to time, especially if you have been drawn into these referral link scams.

  1. They do not seem to steal money from you.
  2. They do not require any of your bank details to pull a heist on you when you least expect it.
  3. So, what is the goal of the scam?
  4. Are they a clique of Macho sadists who enjoy to see you waste loads of time sharing links on Facebook and track how low you can go to earn your first online dollar?

I wish they were this but they are not.

Whoever is behind the Earn4Youth scam is a scheming online entrepreneur who earns money from the traffic that you drive to his/her website. In fact, this seems to be the only goal of the Earn4Youth scam and other scams (PayFunda, Monthly Youth, Youth2Payment among others) that are replicas of it.

Here is how you are making the owner of the website richer, and comprising your identity and computer.

  • Adverts-There is an ad on the immediate homepage of the Earn4Youth website. There are two other advertisements on your supposed dashboard. Whenever you view/click on this ad, the owner gets a few pennies from the advertisers.

If you bring 30 friends to the website, who bring their 30 friends who also bring their 3o friends who view/click the adverts on the scammy website, the owners of Earn4Youth get paid by the advertisers! Wherever he is, he must be stinking rich and laughing himself all the way to the bank.

  • Completing surveys– ‘Members’ who have worked through their first $300 report of a requirement to complete online surveys in order to get paid! Someone is getting paid for every online survey that you complete… but it is obviously not you. Guess who?

And here is how you are compromising your online security and your computer.

  • Installing Malware on your computer– This has to be the saddest part of the Earn4Youth scam. Most of the ads displayed on the website will install malware on your computer when you click on them. Once installed, the Malware has the capability to do hundreds of nasty things in your computer including but not limited to recording the keystrokes you make on your keyboard, stealing your passwords, and serving you pornography!
  • Giving your information on an insecure page-Here is a little tip I will steal for you.

If a website does not have an SSL certificate on their login or registration pages, run for the mountains!

Websites with SLL certificates display their address on the address bar of your browser as https://blogscheme.com. If I didn’t have an SSL certificate, you would see my website as http://blogscheme.com.

Any data you send on the internet without an SSL certificate is insecure. It can be hijacked by anyone including the malware you already have on your computer!

Never enter any sensitive information such as your PayPal Email address or credit card information on  a website that does not use an SSL certificate.

  • Giving your information to third parties-Apart from making money from the traffic you send to their website, scams such as Earn4Youth also make money from selling your contact details to third party advertises, most of whom also happen to be scammers. If you receive emails about having won money online or named as one of the heirs to a posh estate, please ignore it.

Earn4Youth: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I already gave my details to Earn4Youth. How can I remove them? Unfortunately, you cannot retrieve your details from Earn4Youth. The best you can hope for is that they don’t pull a hat out of a rabbit on you!
  2. But I saw proof of payments on the website? Any Dick, Tom and Harry who has access to a computer and Photoshop can make screenshots of the alluded payouts. Never believe everything you read on the internet.
  3. Where can I report this scam? The scam has already been reported on ScamAdviser. The best that you can do right now is to share this post on social media and help other people who might have fallen prey to the same.

When a magician waves his hand and says, “This is where the magic is happening.” The real trick is happening somewhere else. Misdirection.

As we always do, comments on this website are very welcome. Don’t leave before you have made your comment. TIA.

The 7 Blogging Mistakes That You Should Not Drag into 2016

I have in the past talked about what needs to be done for you to become a successful blogger in Kenya. I have also highlighted the reasons why you need to start a blog even though you may think that you do not need one. I am not going to repeat those lessons here today.

I have been an active blogger for close to 4 years now, during which time I have noticed some mistakes that bloggers make here and there. Hopefully, you won’t repeat them in 2014.

Read, share and learn.

Mistake #1 Not backing up your website’s database

There is more than one reason why you need to back up your WordPress blog. Servers can crush at any time (don’t rely on your host’s promises that they are backing up your data). Hackers have become ruthless and developers can make costly mistakes.

How would you feel if you lost all the posts on your WordPress blog?

You need to be backing up your data.

Fortunately, all you need to start backing up your data in a restorable form is a backup plugin such as the BackupBuddy Plugin.

BackupBuddy is a premium plugin. There is however a host of other free WordPress Plugins that you can use to back up your website just in case the worst happened.

Mistake #2 Blogging without SEO in mind

On-page and Off-page Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the easiest and cheapest way of bringing targeted audience to your blog. It is also the only way to get your blog to rank well in search engines. If you are not optimizing your blog content for search engines, you are blogging the wrong way.

Fortunately, you do not need to hire an overpriced SEO team or be an expert at SEO to start optimizing your content for search engines.

According to this infographic by SEO MOZ, on-page SEO involves the proper use of keywords in your content, having content that reads grammatically well and content that is of considerable length (700+ words). No duplicate URLS on your website, and having proper meta data and schema structure for your website/blog.

In the very least, you should make sure that you include your keyword in the following important parts of your content:

  1. Use keyword in the title of your article
  2. Use keyword in Permalink/url of the article
  • Use the keyword in alt-tags of the images on the post.
  1. Use the keyword in title tags within your content
  2. Use the keyword in the body of your content

Off-page SEO concerns itself with building backlinks for your content through social media bookmarking, directory posting, guest blogging and web 2.0 properties.

Mistake #3 Failing to build an email list

The phrase, the money is in the list might be a cliché, but it still holds true. The best way to turn one-time blog visitors into loyal blog readers is by capturing their details in an email list.

If you have not yet done it, sign up for an autoresponder service (I strongly recommend Aweber) and start placing opt-in forms and email captures on your blog.

Email marketing is one of the best ways you can use to grow and increase your blog traffic. If you think you are not ready to start paying for an autoresponder service, try the free services out there (MailChimp).

Mistake #4 Not responding to audience comments

If you are too busy to respond to visitors’ comments on your blog, I don’t see the reason why you should be blogging. After all, what is the goal of blogging if not to build a community?

However, assuming that you are the egocentric blogger who cares little about building a community, why else should you spend time responding to comments left on your blog?

Apparently, the more comments you have on your pages, the more long tail keywords you will have on those pages. This increases your search engine rank leading to increase in blog traffic.

Also, when you form a habit of offering insightful responses on your blog, visitors form the habit of returning to your blog posts to read what you had to say in response to their queries.

Mistake #5 Doing Zero Promotions for your blog posts

If you commit mistake number 3, and go ahead to couple it with not promoting your blog, all the hard work you are doing- the intricate web design, the custom written posts and everything else- will be in vain. How else do you expect your target audience to discover your blog content if you are not promoting it?

The good thing is that you do not have to spend hundreds of dollars doing promotions for your blog. At the very least, share your content on social media and give your blog visitors a chance to subscribe to your blog’s RSS Feed so that they are notified whenever you publish a new post.

Email marketing also works magic when it comes to promoting your blog. If you have not yet done it, sign up for an email autoresponder service and place opt-in forms on prominent places on your blog.

Also consider submitting your blog to Top Blog Feeds.

Mistake #6 You write too much on your blog

The cliché content is king has probably been stuffed through your eardrums so much that all you do is create content for your blog. You spend hours brainstorming for new content ideas, and when the muse goes mum, you grab some PLR junk, spin it and walla! You have a new post on your blog.

Wrong approach.

If you do not have an inspiring article to share, you are better of sharing nothing at all. Step away from your blog for a while. Read and comment on other blogs in your niche. Engage your fans on forums and social media networks with healthy discussions. Chances are that after you have been away from your blog for a while you will come back replenished with lots of blogging ideas that you didn’t have.

Mistake #7 You are obsessed about the look of your blog

This is actually a blogging mistake that I can identify with. With so many stunning WordPress themes and Joomla templates, it is easy to think that you are not using the very best.

The irony is that you are probably the only one bothered by the look of your site.

Your blog visitors care more about how useful your blog content is.

Google cares about the usability of your site.

Instead of spending time checking whether your blog has a cool logo or the latest design, use this time to come up with content for your blog and promote it.

Many of your blog visitors do not give a hoot about the look of your blog as long as they can glean useful information from it.

Mistake #8 You Don’t Reach out to Powerful Bloggers

You probably think that the big bloggers will snob you when you sent them requests to connect or asked that you guest blog on their authoritative blogs.

I will tell you why this is one of the gravest blogging blunders you need to overcome in 2015.

To grow your blog into an authoritative blog, to make yourself stand out among the mass of blogs that are started on a daily basis, you need to guest blog. There is no better place to guest blog than on those popular blogs in your niche.

Reach out to the popular bloggers in your niche. Request for a chance to guest blog or ask for insights about the industry.

Mistake #9 Failing to set up your permalinks properly

The default permalinks in WordPress are horrible. They look something like http://yoursite.com/?p=13

The default permalinks look ugly to the human eye and they mean nothing to search engine bots. You are hurting your traffic and SEO by leaving your blog’s the permalinks like this

To change the permalinks, go to the settings tab on the WordPress Dashboard, click on permalinks and change the settings from ‘default’ to ‘post name’.

There you have it… Remember to hit one of the social share buttons below. One of your friends could be needing the advice contained in this piece so badly.

Why I Moved From iPage to Hostgator Hosting

This is the 4th month that I have been hosting my website at Hostgator. I did the big move from Ipage in November of last year and has been testing the waters over at Hostgator since then.

A few reasons prompted me to move from iPage to Hostgator.

For starters, I have always wanted to scale up Blogscheme into a bigger brand that offers free blogs as well as custom domain registration and hosting for clients.

A prerequisite to this was that I obtain an SSL certificate to secure my website.

Hostgator’s business plan hosting comes with a free SSL certificate, which I gladly took advantage of. Of course I could have gotten an SSL certificate from GoDaddy at $12.00 per annum or from NameCheap at $7.95 per year. So, I can’t say that the SSL certificate issue was what really prompted me to make the big switch from iPage to Hostgator.

Come to think of it, the only reason why I moved hosting providers is simple: I wanted to taste what the grass on the other side of the fence really feels like. I like exploring stuff on the internet.

The Cost of Moving from iPage to Hostgator

iPage charges an average of $40.00 to host your website for two years compared to Hostgator, who charge $180 to host your website for one year!

The figures do not come anywhere close in comparison. This is the one reason why I recommend new bloggers and businesses to host their sites at iPage before build them up and only move to another web hosting provider when their blogs are making some money.

(By the way Blogscheme pays for its own hosting and maintenance fees of around 25,000/= per year).

I also host a few other websites on the same hosting account at Hostgator. The total income from these niche websites more than covers the cost of hosting and maintenance. My next big move is to move Blogscheme on a dedicated WordPress server environment.

Apart from the monetary costs, moving a website from one web hosting account to another also takes a good chunk of your time, hair pulling and nail biting. One of my websites remained offline for close to 72 hours before I could complete the switch from iPage to Hostgator!

In the meantime, if you have a web design project that you would like me to take care of, feel free to contact me on 0710251380. Starting at only Ksh 5,000 for a simple blog, mine are the best web design rates you will find in town.