I'm far from the brightest tool in the tool box but I do know that you need to do proper due diligence before buying a product or service. Doing the proper due diligence will not always cover your back but it will 90% of the time. Some real life experience before I go into online stuff. I used to own a financial services business and we would find loans for a variety of people and businesses. On the commercial side there were a lot of guys that would say they could finance you but needed an up front fee to investigate in order to qualify the client for a loan... some were legit and some were not. In order to see who was legit and who was not we would work google, the phones and email others in the industry as well as check message boards in that industry. I'm not talking small dollars... we did deals that were between 300K and 30 million USD (nice deal as I made 1% on the loan amount when that closed). Even today, you want to buy a TV, DVD player, Laptop, Car, toaster, etc... you go online and look at the reviews. Once you get past the BHW guys with their fake reviews for their adsense/cj/cb/cmazon sites (nothing personal guys, carry on there) you end up with legit reviews and choose a product based on those reviews. Do the same here... you need backlinks... read the reviews... you need graphics... do the same. You want to buy YT views, check out the seller and see who he is. Need a video made to promote your business.. investigate who you are doing business with before buying. No question there are lots of folks that have no reviews/history that are 100% solid human beings and offer a great service/product... they are here for sure but that can be a gamble. For those that have no background as to quality services/products but offer something quality and are not a scammer go the extra mile. Offer your product/service to reputable members to get some reputation (DO NOT PM ME WITH YOUR OFFERS!!!!) at a discounted price when they post "I need XYZ" in the hire a free lancer section. Build your reputation up... in the offline world that is called a "loss leader". You don't make anything on the deal generally but you do build reputation so you make "reputation". It is a two way street... buyers have to do due diligence to make sure they are dealing with reputable people and reputable have to show they are reputable. Minimal guidelines... I know but sometimes minimal guidelines are the way to begin your path to profits.