American Online Jobs is advertised as a way to make $700-$1600 a week online, but is this actually a legitimate job opportunity? Or is American Online Jobs a scam that is just going to be a waste of time and money?
From the outside it looks like a pretty good opportunity. It appears to be some sort of job agency or something like that offering really good online work. However, of course you can't always trust what you see at first sight… And you definitely don't want to trust American Online Jobs.
I did some serious digging around and have a lot to share with you in this review, things that you definitely want to see. American Online Jobs is not the opportunity that it claims to be, and there is a lot of misinformation that you are told. If you are thinking about possibly applying for this trouble opportunity, you are definitely going to want to think again and hear what I have to say.
There is a heck of a lot to cover here so if you want to use the quick navigation below to jump to a certain section you can go ahead and do that 🙂
American Online Jobs Review
- Name: American Online Jobs
- Opportunity Type: Work from home
- Recommended?: Absolutely NOT; this is one of the most confusing scams ever.
What Is American Online Jobs?
American Online Jobs, or AOJ as I will be referring to it throughout this review, appears to be a job agency or something like that and it is often advertised as a way to make $700-$1600 per week online, simply by pleading surveys and following instructions… Which is very vague and doesn't tell you much.
Is that really all there is to it? OF COURSE NOT! This is one of the most confusing opportunities I have ever reviewed. I'm not going to come out and call it a scam, but after reading this review many people will probably consider it a scam themselves. But I will leave this up to you.
The first thing I want to do is discuss the application process, which presented many red flags and signaled that is very well might likely be a scam right off the bat…
A Look at The Application Process
Okay... So below is a brief overview of the application process just see can get an idea of what is going on here. After this I'll dive into each step and explain in detail.
- Answer pre-screening questions & apply for a survey site
- Create an account with Online Flex Jobs
- Register for the training
Step 1: Answer pre-screening questions and apply for a survey site
The first step is to answer a bunch of prescreening questions, which seems like something completely normal. It seems like something you do on many job agency -type websites.
However, after answering the prescreening questions you are told to sign up for Toluna, which is a paid survey site that pays people to complete short surveys online. It is also "highly suggested" that you complete at least three offers after signing up...
This is the first strange thing it came across. Why would a job agency, as it seems to be, be referring you to a paid survey website? Sure… You can make a bit of money taking paid surveys, but these are definitely not something that should be considered "jobs" because you generally make only around 1 to 3 dollars an hour doing this type of stuff.
But anyways... When I made it onto step two I was presented with a short video with a guy that said that you need to make sure you signed up for "Survey Club". So apparently this AOJ opportunity used to be promoting the Survey Club website instead of the Toluna survey site as they are now. But I guess that doesn't really matter, they are both paid survey sites.
Step 2: Sign up for Online Flex Job
The official second step of the process is to sign up for a place called Online Flex Job, which is similar to My Flex Job...
When you first land on the Online Flex Job website everything seems to be normal, but after doing some digging around things weren't adding up.
Below is a screenshot of the website… Looks professional…
This website claims to offer "processing jobs" where you can make between $18.50 and $29.90 per hour, which is pretty darn good.
However, I know from reviewing many scams in the past that there are a lot of "worksheet processor" scam jobs out there so I was hesitant to believe in the legitimacy of this right away.
Something that seemed rather strange was that this company claims to have over 840,000 "flex job" employees on a yearly basis and they claim to provide these processor services for Fortune 500 companies. But where's the proof of this? With over 840,000 employees making money from home doing these "processing" jobs, I would expect to see tons of good reviews about this place. But I don't… And this is a major red flag.
There is also no information about the Fortune 500 companies that they claim to provide services for, or much of any information at all for that matter.
Yep... Its a Scam
When I went to apply for the processor jobs that they offer, this is when I found out is a scam. After applying can they require you to download antivirus software because what they say that you will be handling "sensitive data" and that to ensure its safety you need to have this specific antivirus software on your computer.
The antivirus software that they required me to download is BullGuard, which you can see below. BullGuard seems to be a good antivirus software according to reviews on TrustPilot and other sites, however PCMag gives it a pretty bad rating.
But anyways… That's not the point. The point is that you are required to download this antivirus software when there is no reason this should be necessary. They don't even ask you if you are currently running antivirus software on your computer, but instead force you into purchasing this.
And this is as far as I got with Online Flex Jobs. I wasn't about to pay for this software so I couldn't complete the rest of the application process. Bu I'm pretty sure this is a scam anyhow.
The opportunity of these "processing jobs" likely doesn't exist. This is probably just a way to sucker people into purchasing this antivirus software so that they can make money off of you. This may sound a little bit far-fetched, but I have seen this type of thing plenty of times before. It very well could be the case.
Step 3: Register for the training
Step 3 of the process is to register for the training. All you have to do here is enter your email and name to get access to the training…
As you can see from the image above, these lessons are focused on Facebook, Craigslist, Bing, YouTube, Instagram, etc.
What exactly does the training train you on? How are you actually going to make money with this AOJ opportunity? I will be going over all of this in detail soon.
An In-Depth Look at The Training
When you get to the training you are presented with an intro video that is presented by woman named Brenda. She doesn't mention her name in the video, but I know this from previous research having wrote a review of American Online Jobs a while back on my other website..
In the intro video she talks about there being 9 different training modules, and on the side of the page it lists 9 different modules, however when I got to lesson 9 another button appeared that allowed me to go to lesson 10.
Below I will be going over each of the lessons briefly…
- Lesson 1: Orientation
- This lesson consists of a short minute long video that just briefly describes the training
- Lesson 2: Facebook
- Goes over post ads in Facebook goups, creating a business page and posting jobs, as well as creating PPC (pay per click) ad campaigns. All of this is free to do except for PPC ads, which obviously you have to pay for, hence the term "pay per click"
- Additional training is recommended for PPC on Facebook
- Lesson 3: Craigslist
- This lesson is on posting job ads on Craigslist. It is a very brief overview of where to post ads. One thing you should know is that this is also something you have to pay for. Yes... it costs money to post ads on Craigslist
- Also provides a link to additional training when it comes to posting ads here
- Lesson 4: Bing
- Supposed to be training on Bing PPC ads (Training video wouldn't work for me. Instead it kept playing a video about the difference between mlm and referral marketing... wtf)
- Lesson 5: Youtube
- This gives a basic overview of how you can make money by ranking videos in Youtube and using affiliate links
- Also provided with a link to additional training on Udemy
- Lesson 6: Instagram
- Supposed to be a lesson on making money with Instagram, but again... this lesson would not work for me. There was no play-able video and there was supposed to be a "good link" to training that didn't work
- Lesson 7: Pinterest
- This provides about 1 small paragraph of information on using Pinterest to make money and refers you to a blog post (link here) with more information. The blog post was long and in-depth, a good read, but just gives you some tips on what you should be doing... not a step-by-step actionable plan
- Lesson 8: GetResponse
- Here is a short video on GetResponse. It gives you a brief overview of GetResponse and how it is
- Lesson 9: Create a Website
- Will learn how to create an American Online Jobs affiliate account and website
- Lesson 10: Using Affiliate Site
- This lesson just talks about using your affiliate links and looking at statistics inside the backend
Problems With The Training
#1 - Not a "One Stop Shop" By Any Means
This is the main problem with this training, and what I mean by "not a one stop shop" is that this training is certainly not something you can use exclusively to make money online. It is very brief, basic, and just gives you a high level overview of what to do. There is no detail in any of the lessons.
It leaves much to be desired in just refers you to a bunch of other training courses which you have to pay for, as well as tools that you have to pay for
#2 - Might Get Banned by Facebook
Something else that I think is worth mentioning is that if you follow what you are told for lesson number two, which is focused on Facebook advertising, you very well might get banned by Facebook.
Why? Well… Because Facebook has very strict policies against misleading and false content, and is particularly strict when it comes to advertising "make money online" opportunities and other sorts of financial products/services. You can read their advertising policies here if you really want to.
I actually have personal experience with getting my account banned from Facebook. When this happens your entire account doesn't get banned, just your Facebook ads account, which is connected to your personal account. So you will still be able to do all the normal things on your personal account, you just won't be able to place ads anymore. If your account is banned this can be quite a hassle.
I had my account banned for several months and ended up just giving up on it after going back and forth with Facebook support for months.
#3 - Trouble Navigating
Another issue, which really isn't that big of a deal, is that the training layout needs to be worked on. I had trouble navigating a couple times. For example I would click a button that didn't work, or one that did work but directed me to the wrong place, links weren't working, etc. It is a bit of a mess and certainly not professionally put together.
How You Actually Make Money With This
Okay... So open to this point you might be a bit confused how you will actually be making money with all this. Well… The focus here isn't on taking surveys, it isn't one working as a processor for Online Flex Job… It is in any of that.
So then what the heck will you be doing to make money?
The main focus of American Online Jobs is what is called "referral marketing". Basically the focus here is to get you to go out and promote American Online Jobs to other people and earn commissions when they get funneled through the system.
In lessons 9 & 10 you learn about getting a website to promote American Online Jobs as well as your affiliate links that you will use to promote it. This is the real focus of the entire system.
Where Does The Money Come From?
When you refer someone to join a survey site, you can earn a referral commission. Just about every survey site out there has a referral program where they will pay people to refer new members. The same goes for the Online Flex Jobs… I'm guessing that money is being made by referring people there because they are forced to purchase the antivirus software.
So basically you will be promoting American Online Jobs and they will be making money from people going through the system, signing up for the paid survey site, buying the antivirus software through the Online Flex Jobs application process, and then of course from all the additional training and tolls that you are referred to throughout the training. They make money from all of this and you will earn money as well if you promote the American Online Jobs opportunity.
Now I was not able to find out what the commission percentages are that they pay for funneling people into the system. If anyone has information on this I would appreciate it if you left a comment in the comment section below so that I can update this review.
There Are NO "JOBS"
This should be obvious by now, and you probably are well aware, but I just want to make it clear that there are no "jobs" that are being offered by AOJ. The name "American Online Jobs" and the whole set up, looking like some sort of job agency, is just a way to come off as a more legitimate opportunity.
The only opportunity to make money here is by promoting American Online Jobs to other people as far as I see it. Sure, you can make money taking surveys through the survey sites you are referred to, but these pay little to nothing. And the training is so basic you won't get far with it alone… You will have to do much more research on your own or purchase some of the training you are referred to in the different lessons.
Can You Really Make $700 - $1600 Per Week?
This is something I can't really give you a good answer on, but I can tell you "probably not". While I bet it is possible to make $700-$1600 per week with this opportunity, just about everyone that signs up for this is not going to even come close to that.
How do I know? Well… Because I've been involved in the online marketing world since 2015 and have a good amount of experience. With the lack of training and direction provided, most people will not make it far. And those who do make money, which will be very few, will likely not make much.
In fact, I doubt that anyone actually makes $700-$1600 per week with this, excluding the creators of the system of course.
Confused? - Here Is a Summary of It All
- American Online Jobs is a fake job agency looking opportunity
- They make money via referral marketing by referring you to paid survey sites and to the Online Flex Job scam, which they earn commissions from due to you having to purchase antivirus software
- Training is provided (very brief training) on how to make money online which provides very little information and refers you to a bunch of other training, which they make money off of
- The goal here is to get you to go out and promote American Online Jobs to make money getting others to go through this sales funnel
Conclusion - Scam or Not?
Whether or not this is a scam is a conclusion you can come to on your end. That said one thing for sure is that there is definitely a lot of "scammy" and a very shady activity going on here.
This opportunity is promoted in a very misleading and deceptive way. First it seems like a job agency with a really good online job opportunity, but then you are told to sign up for survey sites, you are directed to the Online Flex Jobs website in which you are forced to download software, and at that point there is just a lot of confusion with no real guidance on what exactly is going on. I doubt that anyone getting involved with this knows what they are really getting involved in and tell they are already near the end of the training lessons.
But anyways...most people would call this a scam, that's for sure.
A Much Better Recommendation
There is by no means only one path that you can take for making money online, but one recommendation I do have for beginners looking to get started is the Wealthy Affiliate training program. This is the same training program I got started with back in 2015 when I first started looking for ways to make money online. So I know from experience that it works and I know that it is particularly good for beginners.
I'm not going to get into detail here, but you can click the link below to read my full review for more information:
if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂 Also, please leave your opinions of AOJ. Do you think I was being too harsh on it in this review or not harsh enough?