Paid To Place Review Of Red Flags

Kathy Garcia?

Kathy Garcia?

Note: All details of the Paid To Place sales page, terms and conditions, privacy policy, etc. as outlined in this post have preserved in multiple ways, including video recording.

7/6/2013 Update: Latest site being run by the same people is the Karen James Home Income Site.

6/10/2012 Update: I STRONGLY Recommend you avoid this program.

3/19/2012 Update: New Sales Pages/Sites Are Going Up For Paid To Place, Including The Following:

  • Verified Home Income |
  • Apply For This |
  • Cash 123 Stream |

9/13/2011 Update: Paid To Place is cranking out different versions of sales pages like crazy.

I noticed today, 9/13/2011 that there is a new sales page for Paid To Place that focuses heavily on Michelle Boudreau’s background with CBS News, The Home Shopping Network, as well as her appearances on Fox News, abc, NBC, & CNN.

You might remember her from John Beck’s informercials. You can read some of her dialogue in the FTC Complaint Against Amazing Profits here where Michelle introduces John Beck with the following words:

FTC V John Beck

FTC V John Beck

The testimonials now clearly disclose that the photos are stock photos – and they do NOT claim specific amounts of money made as in the previous sales letter I reviewed did.

New Red Flag #1) There is no longer ANY disclaimer that the photo of Kathy Garcia is a stock photo.

New Red Flag #2) The sales letter claims “Easy work, great pay, NO selling.” But later the sales letter states: “Get your unique tracking code for online and offline placements” and also “as a “Paid to Place” affiliate you’ll get paid three-ways.”

Paid To Place even has a calculator it wants you to use to dream about how much money you’ll be raking in “just placing ads”. And the first field in that calculator is “New Sales From Ads Each Week”.

So they’re TELLING you that you will be doing affiliate marketing, there TELLING you that your earnings are based on selling, and they are TELLING you that you”ll be paid commissions on whatever you sell. Now there’s nothing wrong with affiliate marketing – selling products such as Green Smoke, Ashton Cigars, or Lasagna recipes.

So according to Paid To Place there’s no selling involved, but you get paid when you sell something? HUH???

New Red Flag #3) Paid To Place appears to leave out MUCH of what you have to do to actually generate income.

Paid To Place claims there are only 3 simple steps involved:

“Simple Step #1: Get your unique tracking code for online and offline placements.
Simple Step #2: Place the ads (we show you where and how)
Simple Step #3: Logon and see how much money you have made.”

How much do you want to bet that there are quite a few OTHER steps involved?

New Red Flag #4) The Security Seals on the Paid To Place order page are NOT clickable.

What follows is the original review of the Paid to Place sales page:

Kathy Garcia, who also leads a double life as a stock photo here, wants you to believe you can make $225 per hour for posting links online. Of course she leaves out a few details…OK…she leaves out way more than a few details.

Let’s take a look at some of the red flags of the Paid To Place “program”

Red Flag 1: Kathy Garcia is a stock photo. I guess the upside to that is that since she’s just a photograph she’s probably a good listener.

Red Flag 2: Paid To Place displays a table so that you can imagine all the money you can make by posting links. The problem is that the table isn’t based on reality…not even close. Why? Because the only way you get paid in a program like Paid To Place is if someone finds your link, clicks on your link, then takes an action such as buying product, filling out a form (such as filling out a detailed insurance quote form that will allow an insurance company to follow up with them).

In other words, just because you PLACE an ad containing a link, does NOT mean you’ll get paid from doing so. In fact, most of the time you probably WON’T.

Red Flag 3: Use of customer testimonials claiming they made specific amounts of money. Why is this a red flag? Because here’s what the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has to say about these types of testimonials:

“The use of a disclaimer such as “results not typical” is no longer a safe harbor for the claims made in testimonials. Third, while you may use atypical or best-case testimonials, if you do, you should clearly and conspicuously disclose the generally expected results consumers can expect in the depicted circumstances.”

Red Flag #4) Claims of fast money

Paid To Place claims:

“You’ll Be Able To Sit Down At Your Computer And Start
Making Money Right Away.”

They also show a bunch of alleged customers who made money fast with the Paid To Pace program.

….both of which are quite strange, especially since Paid To Place also says,

“This isn’t for you if you’re trying to “get rich quick.” Fact is, these things don’t really exist and they are all scams. (Ask me how I know, I fell for a few of them myself.)”

OK. Maybe in their mind “get rich quick” and “make money fast” aren’t the same thing, and I suppose technically they aren’t, but both ideas are constantly used by questionable business opportunities to suck cash out of vulnerable people.

Red Flag #5) Two different Paid To Place students claim show the SAME pictures of separate vacations.

There are several versions of the Paid To Place sales page – one version shows pictures of Kathy Garcia’s vacation. Another sales page is supposed to show pictures of another student using the name “David Cox”‘s vacation. Both “Kathy Garcia” and “David Cox” are presenting the EXACT same pictures of their separate vacations.

Red Flag #6) Paid To Place runs a site called warning people about sites WARNING people about Paid To Place.

Paid To Place has set up a website called warning people about the sites WARNING people about Paid To Place. I don’t know about you, but that seems more than just a little odd. No product I’ve ever recommended has ever had to resort to doing that.

Update: A person named Mike who claims to be the affiliate manager for Paid To Place has offered to answer questions. I’ve asked him some questions in the comments section, which I’ll repeat here and add to as I think of more. You can check for his answers to these questions in the comments section here.

  1. As of 8/28/2011 are there still only 92 places left in the program? ;-)
  2. How did you document this part of your sales page, “What if I told you that the average you’ll make per link posted is $15″?
  3. How were the values of the Paid To Place, Quick-Start-Guide, 50K Self Funding, And 7 Ways To Make $100 A Day Online determined?
  4. I did notice that whoever did the salespage at the ptop.securewebsystem website left off some of the information from the regular PaidToPlace website, such as the disclaimer the regular PaidToPlace mentions stating that the image of Kathy is a stock photo. Are you surprised they left that off?
  5. I’m a little unclear about what results the consumer can generally expect by using the Paid To Place program. Can you tell me where to find that information?
  6. I’ve seen about 3 different versions of the sales page for Paid To Place now, so I’ll have to clarify which one I’m talking about here. There is one that shows 3 checks with Paid To Place as the payor where Kathy Garcia says, “…These are just a few of the affiliate checks I get in the mail every single month.” What types of products/services/leads are those checks for?
  7. Is Michelle Boudreau compensated in any way to endorse the Paid To Place Program.

Just out of curiosity, is the regular PaidToPlace site really a WordPress blog? I checked with and looked at the code and it didn’t look like one to me – especially the html for the comments section.

Is PaidToPlace site really a WordPress blog? I checked with and looked at the code and it didn’t look like one to me – especially the html for the comments section. will identify WordPress blogs as follows:

WordPress Usage Statistics – Websites using WordPress

WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.”

But it didn’t identify in that way.

American Money Report Promotion Of Paid To Place

Paid To Place is currently being promoted by an advertorial site (fake news site) called American Money Report. The site tells the story of Kathy Garcia and claims that, “Thanks to the Paid To Place program Kathy now enjoys more time with her daughter Stella”

If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, you’ll find this disclaimer:

“*For purposes of privacy, the creator of The Paid to Place is using a pen name. This story is based upon the real life adaptation of the parties involved. The Company reserves the rights to the name and any uses of it as affiliated with the product. Any improper uses by unauthorized parties is strictly prohibited. Testimonials are from members who have purchased the optional support system”

The question is whether or not the FTC would consider that clear and conspicuous – that’s only something the FTC can decide, but I encourage you to take your best guess on that one. You can read through the FTC’s Advertising FAQ’s if you need help forming an opinion.

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Clicks 2 Cash Review of Red Flags

If perhaps you might be checking out obtaining Clicks 2 Cash you ought to review the succeeding warning signs I have noticed in the next paragraphs:

Red Flag #1) Clicks 2 Cash says you can create $87 per hour and $379 per day. Both of those are totally randomly, manufactured amounts on the grounds that the income are derived from sales and they’ve got little if any idea exactly what products you will find yourself marketing and advertising or those itemscommission amounts.

Red Flag #2) Clicks2Cash utilizes the sentence “As Advertised On”” which usually is entirely meaningless seeing that that doesn’t necessarily signify that assertion has anything to do with Clicks 2 Cash. You’ll find it using the immediately following logos:

  • Fox News
  • abc
  • USA Today
  • CNN

Red Flag #3) Clicks 2 Cash is actually employing a video clip coming from NBC News that’s basically aboutwork from homein general but not explicitly concerning Clicks 2 Cash which resides on

Red Flag #4) The top part of Clicks2Cash says the inventor’s name is Janet Rhodes – the particular disclaimer says: *”For purposes of privacy, the creator of Search and Social Goldmine is using the pen name Aaron Reed “. Apparently Clicks 2 Cash can’t even get their fake facts straight. ;-)

Red Flag #5) Statement that “If You Can Spare 60 Minutes A Day, We Can Offer You A Certified, Proven And Guaranteed Home Job To Make $379/Day From Home!” Just what is that based on? Having spoken to a senior litigator at the FTC at length in the past over numerous phone conversations, I’m pretty sure the Federal Trade Commission would have a BIG problem with that claim.

Red Flag #6) Utilizing alternative testimonial photographs. Clicks 2 Cash reports within their disclaimers towards the bottom:

“For the sake of customer privacy, Search and Social Goldmine reserves the right to protect and/or substitute the images of attestants. The images displayed hereon are not the actual images of the attestants.”

Even though past customer testimonials used on Clicks 2 Cash may possibly be true (not likely), one should consider that lots of web sites started utilizing this type of language for the reason that were getting outed by way of Federal Law Enforcement as well as buyer protection web sites for using stock images within their testimonials from others.

Red Flag #7) Clicks 2 Cash states:

“You’ll get a free one-on-one phone consultation with a Search Engine Agent Advisor to discuss your individual goals and map out and ensure your quick path to financial success.”

More often than not this type of 100 % freeAssistanceis used as a ploy to allow them to get you to communicate to a sales rep that will try to pressure you straight to spending cash on higher priced items you don’t really need or possibly that are of doubtful caliber.

Red Flag #8) Clicks2Cash claims to be using the Plimus ordering system.

I need to look into this further, but about a month ago Plimus banned all business opportunities from their marketplace. So I’m skeptical at this point that Clicks2Cash is actually using Plimus as their order processor.

Red Flag #9) Clicks 2 Cash is using a fake scarcity script – “only 2 positions left” – that hundreds of questionable business opportunity sites have used.

Red Flag #10) Clicks 2 Cash is operating under several different names, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Clicks 2 Cash
  • ClicksToCash
  • Stay At Home Income System
  • My Secure Page
Just take a look at this totally baffling screenshot of the top portion of the Clicks2Cash order page:
Clicks 2 Cash can't remember who it is

Clicks 2 Cash can't remember who it is

These are conditions I definitely recommend you’ll give some thought to if you are trying to make a determination regarding this product.
Other sites to avoid:

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Home Wealth Solution review of red flags (AVOID)

This is my Home Wealth Solution review of red flags that I see. My personal recommendation is to AVOID the site as it looks awfully similar to many other sites that I’ve seen that have generated an enormous number of complaints. Of course, it’s possible someone will come and post a Home Wealth Solution review in the comments section here claiming that it’s the best thing since sliced bread – but I’m not counting on it, and I don’t think you should either.

Update 4/1/2012: It appears that the site Home Income Package may be related to Home Wealth Solution.

Update 1/22/2012: The Home Wealth Solution site is live again

Update: 9/3/2011 – Home Wealth Solution has set up under a new site called Online Income Solution.

Update: 12/17/2011 – Update 12/17/2011: It appears that the site My Real Income is very similar to Home Wealth Solution.

Home Wealth Solution Review Of Red Flags

Here are the elements of Home Wealth Solution that concern me:

Red Flag #1) Use Of Fake News Advertorial Site is being promoted via an advertorial style website at I don’t think I’ve EVER since one of those websites that didn’t ultimately lead to a product that generated numerous complaints. And even though the site includes and Advertorial Disclaimer at the top, there are still many misleading aspects of the site…

For example, the comments at the bottom of the Career-Reports site look like real endorsements of Home Wealth Solution…

They aren’t. They’re fake. Many of these same comments have been used across thousands of fake news sites to promote many different products. Here’s just a small sampling of this:

Home Wealth Solution & Holy Cow Marty

Home Wealth Solution & Holy Cow Marty

You can see 46 results there – but at the peak of the fake news sites – you would literally see hundreds of this “Holy cow Marty” comment across hundreds of different websites promoting all kinds of different products. In other words…FAKE!

In fact, the FTC, which is cracking down on these types of fake news sites recently stated that they “deceptively represent that the comments following the ‘articles’ on their websites reflect the views of independent consumers”.

Red Flag #2) Unexplained use of News logos and other logos.

Home Wealth Solution has “As Seen On” next to the following trademarked logos:

  • AOL News
  • Yahoo News
  • Fox News

Of course, “As Seen On” is completely meaningless…most of the time on sites like this it simply means that the product was advertised on those sites – which is something anybody can do.

Note that at the very bottom of the page, there is a tiny, hard-to-read disclaimer that says:

“**This site and the products and services offered on this site are not associated, affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Google, Youtube, Digg, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo, ABC, CNN or CNBC nor have they been reviewed tested or certified by Google, Youtube, Digg, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo, ABC, CNN or CNBC. All trademarks, logos, and service marks(collectively “Trademarks”) displayed are registered and/or unregistered Tradmarks of their respective owners.”

Bizarrely, many of those sites aren’t even mentioned on the page – but they would like you to know they have no association with them. Huh?

Red Flag #3) Non-Clickable Security Seals

Home Wealth Solution uses the following two non-clickable security seals on their site:

  • McAfee Secure
  • Verisign

NonClickable security seals are worthless as the whole point of them is to be able to click through to an independent third-party site to verify that the site – such as is secure.

Red Flag #4) The “Free” Consultation

Many people might be thrilled to see the following on the HomeWealthSolution website:

“You receive a Free 1 on 1 Training Consultation. Our consultants will walk you through setting up your new automated income stream.

Don’t get too excited. More often than not, these “free” consultations are used to try to hard-sell you expensive products and services that either you don’t need or at worst are completely worthless.

Red Flag #5) The “Voted #1″ Claim At Home Wealth Solution

Home Wealth Solution makes the claim that it has been “Voted #1 By Many Top Publications” and goes on to show several “Entrepreneur Magazines” next to the claim. Here’s the problem – Entrepreneur doesn’t “vote” on anything.

Red Flag #6) Claim Of Earning $379 Per Day

As strange as it may sound, the $379 figure is a number associated with a significant portion of questionable opportunities.

Red Flag #7) Use Of Stock Photos For Testimonials

The image of Jane & Jeremy C. is a stock photo.

Red Flag #8) Potentially False Scarcity Tactics

Home Wealth Solution makes the following claim:

“Positions are limited to just 300 new members as of today. These positions are to be taken up on a strictly first come, first serve basis.”

However, it is currently being heavily promoted. It seems highly unlikely that they are only taking “300 new members”.

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