There are endless deceptive “online job” opportunities on the internet these days. Is American Online Jobs a scam, or a real job that’ll pay you? Also known as “AOJ Online Jobs”, I’ve done some research into this particular “job” to give you some insight.
Summary: This is definitely not a “job” and the entire program is extremely misleading and deceptive. They teach you about something called affiliate marketing, (you can read my in-depth explanation into what that is here) but it’s important to understand that it’s different from a work at home position and while it’s a totally legit practice, American Online Jobs is not something I recommend trying. Actually, it’s a pretty elaborate scheme they’ve crafted and I will explain in more detail within this review.
So, are the job listings for American Online Jobs Real?
You may have come across this opportunity advertised on Facebook, Craigslist, or maybe even an online job board. It’s advertised as an entry-level work from home job.
They actually even have an entire “fake” job board site. This is the first trick they use.
This job board located at https://americanonlinejobs.jobs.net, is a front for American Online Jobs. You can see they advertise nearly 1,000 available jobs across the country. The job listings are for things like data entry work from home, remote human resources, and home customer service agents.
They craft a few job descriptions to make it seem like it’s an actual job you’ll be applying for, here are a few different ones:
These job ads direct your location to different places like www.aoj.com, or http://AOJonlinejobs.com, but they also use https://americanonlinejobs.jobs.net and aojonlinejobs.net
There are probably more variations, but they all point back to their central site of americanonlinejobs.com where they’ll have you fill our screening questions and apply to work for them.
These screening questions are meaningless and just a way to trick you further into thinking this is a legit job opportunity. You don’t even have to answer them at all.
Depending on which website you landed on for these screening questions, you’ll find that you’re directed to different websites to sign up with.
You’ll be directed to sign up to Life Points Panel and Inboxdollars, or Online Flex Job.
Life Points Panel and Inboxdollars are just websites that’ll pay you to take surveys and do other tasks, Online Flex Job is not really legit and I wouldn’t recommend you even sign up for that one at all. I reviewed a program called MyFlexJob.com years ago (now it doesn’t exist, surprise surprise) that is basically the same thing.
They also have a list of other “optional” partner companies you can sign up with as well.
No matter how you end up there, you’re going to be funneled to the same “job” program.
What’s up with these “partner companies” for American Online Jobs?
So here’s the thing, there’s not really an explanation into why you’re being directed to these other websites. They just keep saying to make sure you sign up with our partner companies BEFORE you start the training!”
Once you start the training, you’ll find there’s NO reference to the partner companies at all.
The thing is, they’re getting you to sign up for these companies because they make money when you do. It’s a form of affiliate marketing called CPA (cost per action). Basically it’s when you send someone to a website and get a commission for that person taking an action, for example filling out a form, downloading an app or signing up for a free trial offer. In this case, when you sign up with their partner companies, the owner of American Online Jobs earns money.
CPA affiliate marketing is not a scam, however, the WAY that this is done is very deceptive. I mean, someone comes in from a job posting they saw somewhere online, they’re led to these screening questions and then in order to apply, they’re directed to sign up for unrelated websites without an actual explanation.
And once the “training” starts, there’s no mention of them again. Actually, I’m guessing the only way to get your American Online Jobs affiliate link is to finish signing up for their mandatory partner companies and you’ll be re-directed to your page link, because I wasn’t able to find where to access it and that’s the step I did not take. They call this “your own website” but it’s just a page with your affiliate link on it!
A look at the training in American Online Jobs
Ok, so I now just realized why I keep seeing these spammy online job ads on all the garage sale websites I’m a member of on Facebook… places like this teach you to do it!
This is really bad training, please don’t follow it. They actually don’t even tell you what you’re going to be promoting until the very end when they tell you to get your own Online Jobs Affiliate link and promote the same program.
This training walks you through how you can leverage Facebook groups, Craigslist jobs, and even paid advertising to leverage the power of affiliate marketing and get paid (promoting the AOJ system). They point you to some training for Instagram and Pinterest as well, and direct you to sign up for an email marketing company called Get Response.
Except, they don’t really tell you much at all. And you’re being told possibly the worst way to do this, ever – post spam! Join ONE HUNDRED Facebook groups “to get started” and go from there. Gahhh…
Nobody likes that crap. It gets deleted by moderators in Facebook groups ALL THE TIME because it’s not relevant nor helpful. Craigslist also is not a good way to do this either and paid advertising probably the worst method since you’ll invest money into it and probably won’t convert.
To be clear, paid advertising isn’t bad if you know you can convert into sales and make money, but judging from what they teach (essentially nothing useful) you’ll probably get a conversion rate of 0% or (0.0001%).
Affiliate Marketing is LEGIT but this is not the way to do it
Taking a program like American Online Jobs and trying to spam the internet so other people will sign up and do the same thing is NOT a “job”. This whole program is designed to get you to sign up for their CPA offers and make money, and that’s it.
The fact they try to advertise themselves into being a legit job and TRICK people into signing up with survey sites and borderline scammy programs to make a buck is sad.
Honestly, I like affiliate marketing, it’s what I do (since 2013!) and you can make great money if you know how to do it for real (and not just posting spam). However, you need to understand that it’s NOT a “work at home job” in the sense you may think. You’re not going to be hired as an employee earning $20/hour or anything like that. It’s essentially like building a business online and takes a lot of work to establish and start making actual money.
Finding real work at home jobs
But if you’re interested in finding a legit at home job board, try flexjobs.com (not to be confused with Flexjobsonline.com!). It’s a paid membership site but they vet their job listings so anything that’s posted is a real company that’s hiring not a scam like American Online Jobs. Just a tip though, signing up is not a guarantee of getting hired and I’ve heard it’s difficult unless you have a bachelor’s degree and a lot of experience.