<center>https://media.giphy.com/media/xT9IgH3lfWx6xb1kK4/giphy.gif</center> I have been approached many times to do affiliate marketing for some companies. Many people I know do Amazon affiliate marketing, and I would guess a bunch of you do ICO marketing. When I get asked to do these affiliate marketing deals, my answer is always: NO. ### Why? # It's pretty simple. I want to always speak honestly and provide people with information that I have researched independently. When someone pays you to pimp their product or service, it essentially acts as silencing device. If you choose to work for ICO's that you have not researched on your own to determine whether or not they are a scam, then you are sacrificing your integrity and your reputation. # Reputations are more important than a quick buck. This brings me to the recent revelation that we have some accounts on Steemit who are promoting a scam ICO. If you haven't read about this new information that reveals the AIOS scam, then please educate yourself: <center>https://media.giphy.com/media/d4aU23AzE8YEQJ7W/giphy.gif</center> https://steemit.com/ico/@cryptick/6-things-i-learned-exposing-the-aios-ico-fraud Then, the most unsettling thing about this, is that when @adsactly was presented with undeniable evidence that the AIOS ICO is a scam, @adsactly didn't edit his [post that is promoting it](https://steemit.com/blog/@adsactly/aios-all-in-one-social-secure-and-private-decentralized-social-network). After seeing that @adsactly has not edited the AIOS promotion post, after 4 days, I decided to flag it and explain why I am doing so. By deciding not to edit the original post that is promoting the AIOS scam, it makes @adsactly look not very well aligned with integrity. I am still curious to know why he has not done the following two things: - Edit the AIOS post and warn people that it is a scam. - Remove his upvotes from all AIOS posts. When you are not aligned with integrity, your reputation suffers. When your reputation suffers, you will not be doing well, as this platform relies heavily on making upvote decisions based on integrity. If you willingly scam people, and aid in scamming people, you will not have my support and I will educating people non-stop about your actions. Being paid to do work that you have researched and that you believe in is the right thing to do. Accepting money from ICO's that you have not researched, and which are scams is definitely a sure way to destroy your reputation. Do your research, be very critical and don't waste your valuable energy on projects that seem fishy! The same can be said for investing in ICO's. Do your research very carefully before you invest in anything. Educate and share your knowledge. Thanks to @cryptick for uncovering the AIOS scam.