When students sign up for my internet marketing consulting, I generally need at least three sessions to detoxify them from the “merits” of affiliate marketing.
Affiliate, are you making great money? Because if you are, and if you are ethical, then I am 100% pro-affiliate marketing.
But. If you have to put up “recommendations” that are really just biased reviews (which is almost always true, unless you liked the product before you became an affiliate), or, if you find yourself recommending one product over another on your “review” site because the commissions are highter (rather than the product you are “reviewing” really being better), then guess what? You really aren’t operating in integrity; you are just making a buck and calling it a review.
What’s worse is, you probably are NOT getting paid much at all due to the fierce competition in the market (and the time it takes to make money).
And here’s the thing I always stress to my students who are affiliates; You are not selling anything. You don’t really have a business. And when I tell them this, there is this look. It looks something like this: You are just a negative person who doesn’t get it.
And when I get that look, I just want to shake them and say, “no, Joe (Sam or Sarah). YOU just don’t get it; you could be making SO much more money selling your own items on line.
And then, they just don’t believe me. Which is why affiliates have to pay a higher price for my consulting serives
a. They take longer to convince
b. I have to clean up their online reputation and
c. When they invest enough in my consulting, then they HAVE to listen to what I tell them.
And that’s the only way I will do business with an affiliate.