Are you seeing a lot of repetitive ads promising free money? Here’s what it’s all about.

First, we’ll look at some of those ads. You see them a lot on Facebook but they have also been showing up on many other sites recently.

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The majority of those will go to a site that looks like one of these:

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They will tell you how Google will magically hand their money over to you. They both use the same picture of the same cheque, that should hopefully ring some alarm bells. Most of the sites black out the name on the cheque. You can make the assumption that the cheque wasn’t theirs. One of the sites photoshopped their name onto it (badly).

There is one other picture of a cheque which is different:

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This one is a Government of Canada cheque. The person who made that ad failed miserably as they didn’t even bother to show a picture of the right cheque.

So what do you get with your $2?

You get enrolled into a subscription service where you have to pay $40-$80 per month for access to read their howto tips. Do you ever click on a sponsored link when you do a Google search, only to find a page that redirects to another Google search? The service just tells you how to make those redirection pages. Essentially, you pay a little bit (a few cents) to get your result listed in the search, but you’ll bring in a few more cents by running ads on your search page. You can do this without spending a lot of money to get started. Your biggest startup expense will be the membership to Google Cash.

The service may very well provide other tips on how to make money on search results, these may include fake blogs and other such things. I haven’t subscribed to it myself, so I can’t be 100% certain.

Will it actually make me money?

No. With so many people doing this, you won’t get many hits on your pages.  This is called dilution. You won’t get the volume required to actually make a big profit.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get enough to cover the money you spend on the service, but you probably won’t.

Google is working hard to stop these sites from showing up in their search results. In order for them to stay at #1, they need to be really sure that the users get valuable search results. Getting search results that are full of junk will drive people away from Google. You may have some success at the beginning, but after a few weeks, you’ll find your page down at the very bottom of the search results.

So can you make money with this at all?

Yes. It’s called affiliate marketing. For every user you get into Google Cash, they give you a commission. Just run some ads on Facebook and watch the money roll in (or not).