Every affiliate is naturally searching for the most profitable niches possible. However, despite the best interest everyone of us can fall victim to some spammy (or misleading) niches without even realizing it.

These days, most affiliates don’t even get a chance to physically review the product they want to promote, so they have to rely on other people’s opinions or the promotional material provided by the product owner. This is where the problems arise.

(By the way, not that long ago we published a list of the top moneymaking niches online. Don’t forget to check it out.)

That’s why today, we want to give you a little insight into niches and areas that can be considered scammy.

It’s difficult to call a whole niche a scam. Everything depends on the products you promote and the way you’re promoting them. So the main message here is to be careful and honest when choosing a product to promote, and at the same time be cautious of some scammy indicators.

What are the common characteristics of scammy products? Look for things like:

  • Fake trust elements. Things like: “as seen on Google, Yahoo!, Facebook” and so on.
  • Fake urgency and scarcity. If someone says that they’re going to run out of PDF files real soon, they’re probably trying to trick people.
  • Fake testimonials. Testimonials with fake (stock) pictures and no real information.
  • Nonsense sales videos with no actual content. Usually starts with the product owner saying that the video will go down soon.

In addition to the above indicators here’s a list of some niches that are often considered misleading or scammy.

  • Free iPads, iPhones or other electronics. These are usually email submit offers where the visitor is told that they can get an iPhone for testing and then keep it. Promoting such offers will get you banned from AdWords (happened before).
  • Get rich quick. Chances are that everyone who tells you that you can get rich overnight is trying to trick you.
  • Porn. Do we even have to give you reasons why this is bad?
  • Instant pain relief. This can be an unethical niche to be in. It hits people when they’re most vulnerable and capitalizes on their weak moment.
  • Extreme fitness results. Things like getting a six-pack in a month and such. You need to be really careful if you want to get into this.

Essentially, it’s all about the way you want to promote things. If you go overboard promising incredible results you are tricking people whether you like it or not. If, on the other hand, you are honest, you can promote pretty much anything, given that the product owner provides some quality customer support as well.

Do you know of any other niches that can be considered scammy?