New Spam Scam — “Morsch Money Secret” or “Google Sniper”

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I’m guessing that you found this site while “researching” a spam on a YouTube video. And you probably didn’t find this page using a Google search unless you entered the exact phrase, “morsch money scam spam.”

The reason this particular scam came to my attention was a flood of spams on one of my YouTube videos. I have several YouTube videos. I have been seeing several spam comments a day on some of them — the ones that have “money” anywhere in the tags.

The spams are being placed primarily on YouTube and Google+. The main reason for using G+ is that it’s harder to get rid of them there. On YouTube, you can ban comments with the keyword “morsch,” which appears to be the only way to catch them. I was getting “Morsch Money Secret” spams even with comments turned off! I’m not sure how that is done, but I will be looking into it. I’m guessing it’s a G+ bug (feature?). So if you saw one of those spams on a YouTube video comment, it was probably something that was forced on the publisher of that video in spite of the video owner’s attempts to get rid of it.

It’s interesting that the spams did not include any links (YouTube won’t let you do that, thank goodness!). Also, I was getting the spams from many different G+ usernames. After some thought, it became obvious that the “Morsch” site was an affiliate redirect, and the owner of that site was paying people (mostly in India) to put the spam on as many videos as they could find with “money” in any of the tags.

This scam is a re-packaged version of the “Google Sniper” (now called “SniperX” or “Google Sniper 2″), which Google is working on shutting down through legal action. The sites “morschmoneysecret.com” and “googlesniper2.com” lead to the same hypey video make by a guy named “George Brown.” Good luck trying to research this guy like you are invited to in the video.

The main rule in play here is that if it sounds too good to be true, it is. The Morsch scam promises that you can make a lot of money just by mindlessly copying and pasting, and letting your “business” coast on autopilot with purely “free” traffic. The “free” part, of course, starts after you send $47 to the spammer — who will then show you how to spam others with the same scam. Actually, this same program has been sold at several different price points, from a $17 one-time payment to a $67/month continuity program.

“Send me $67 every month to see how I make money on the Internet!” DUH.

Google Sniper, or Google Sniper 2, or Sniper X, or whatever “George Brown” calls it next week, features mainly mini-site techniques that quit working about 3 Google updates ago.

If you really want to make money on the Internet, you can do so with a fairly simple method. Unfortunately, “simple” does not mean “easy” or “without time and effort.”

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Find (or make) a product that people want.
  2. Drive quality traffic to a website to sell that product.

Like I said, simple. But both steps are non-trivial. If you have no idea what you want to sell, there are some basic steps that you can use to find products that you can sell and learning effective sales techniques.

Driving quality traffic is also problematic. There are two basic variations in getting traffic, free & paid. If you are fairly new to Internet marketing, I would strongly recommend avoiding paid traffic because if you do that wrong, you can lose a lot of money really fast. I know that from my personal experience. Once you get a feel for what works (and doesn’t work), then paid traffic can make you a lot of money quickly.

BTW, SEO traffic isn’t really free. You pay for it either by spending a lot of time and effort or hiring somebody to do it for you. Either way, you are playing a risky game with a very fickle company (Google), and what works today is likely to stop working tomorrow.

Here is my recommendation for a beginning course for getting traffic — both free and paid. This course actually covers quite a bit more than just traffic, including a smart way to do affiliate marking, building an email list, and an overview of outsourcing. Outsourcing is something you probably don’t want to do as a beginner, but if you ever want to expand your business into a full-time living, you will need to know how to do that.

As of this writing, you can get both of the courses I recommended above for less than $40, and they will save you hundreds of times that much in both money and frustration — even if you decide that Internet marketing isn’t really for you (actually, in that case, you can get refunds on both of them). There is substantial overlap in the two courses (I bought and use both of them myself), so if you want to start out with just one, I recommend getting the product-finding course first.

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