Ethics of Business: Scams and the Online Business World
A few important things you need to know about online scams. Scams ruin your online reputation, and can make your life hard. By being aware of some points you will save your self a lot: time,.money and reputation.
- Ethics and Scams.
- 10 bucks a day to begin... I'm In! (Now Hold ON!)
- TOS... where is it?
- Ethical Sites Don't Make Your Computer Sick.
Ethics and Scams.
This is a topic that most businesses in the “real” world do not face, the fact is people can see them and they can tell pretty quick that a certain business is not going to be there long term or it simply does not seem right. At the same time, it seems we as people in the online business world do not follow this very simple fact.
It is interesting to go to Google and type in say Wikinut or RedGage or any other place online where people can and do make money. It is likely that you will not make a lot of money a lot of the time but this is not a scam. (Type in Google AdSense scam to see my point.) It has a lot to do with knowning about ethics and business practices online.
There are certain things that I can say are found on ethically good sites such as wikinut, that will make me recommend them to others and also let me know that these are good places to work. So, a few points to ponder.
10 bucks a day to begin... I'm In! (Now Hold ON!)
You will not make $10 a day (on the first day!) anywhere without hard work: The simple fact you need to work online and you need to write online articles, and if a site says you can make money by doing essentially nothing, walk away every quickly. If it says you will make $10 a day, and this on the first day and it goes up from there, and almost everyone on this site does, do not sign up. Most reputable sites will in their frequently asked questions point out that some do make money but many people who sign up do not and it is for fun that they participate in their sites.
It is good business pratice and more ethical to tell people they might not make a lot of money on the particular site. If it is not there, then beware.
TOS... where is it?
The Terms of Service (TOS) which are not defined or You cannot find: Every site has a term of service, somewhere in the site, and if they do not this is not a good thing, as it explain everything from how many posts you can put to how much money you make to just about everything. The fact is that if the Terms of Service are unclear, or you have questions you can ask, and people will help. If you do not find help or this site does not have terms of service, this is probably a scam site (for the record: Bukisa, HubPages, Google AdSense, Kontera, Wikinut, and Squidoo and a whole host of others all have terms of service.)
Ethical Sites Don't Make Your Computer Sick.
Virus alert: If the site is not listed as something you should go to you should not go to it. (common sense, but often we internet travelers want money a bit faster...) For example Norton says that wikinut is a crediable site which does not use spyware or have viruses. On the other hand, there are other sites which it lists as having potential spyware than can do a lot of harm to your computer.
This means do not go to them. Norton and other anti-viruses do update frequently, so this information is probably current and something you can trust. Nobody wants a virus or malware or spyware on their computer not for all the money in the world.
So really, in the end, if it sound way to good to be true than it is, and this site is simply not ethical and will not improve you or your online business, and will most likely ruin your online reputation.