Do you remember when “consumer magazine” first came out? I don’t either. But unless you live as a hermit, then you are probably familiar with it.
Consumer Magazines USP is, “We write reviews that are not incentive based”
Affiliate, everytime you write a “review” and don’t make it VERY clear that you are getting paid, you lose your credibility.
And even when you make it clear that you are getting paid, okay, at least you were honest enough to tell your reader that you have an incentive for recommending the product.
So, now you are honest. But are you unbiased? See, how can you win, affiliate? How can your customer give value to your review, knowing that you just said, you get a commission for your opinion?
But that’s not all…the buzz around the internet is that you are legally required to disclose your earnings. As in, you need to make it clear to your reader that you are getting paid for recommending a product.
I suppose there is a clever way to word that reality that makes you look like a super star.
Really though, if I was an affiliate marketer, I know I’d be down at some legal analysts office, getting the wording cleared before I posted my disclaimer.
You don’t want to get into legal trouble.
Now, I am trying really hard to keep an open mind here.
If you just have to do affiliate marketing, you could only endorse products that you use, or that you at least know are decent.
And, you could keep some credibility by mentioning some of the features that aren’t so good with some of the products you recommend.
And I’ll bet, you could even get affiliate clicks on bad products that you staunchly discourage.
Still though, at the end of the day, you just might consider doing what I’ve been suggesting all along.
Sell your own stuff.
Post script. All right affiliate, you are in a class of your own. You fascinate me, you infuriate me, you puzzle me, and you….seem to be a majority when it comes to who visits me. Affiliate, I hate the tension. I feel like I’m lecturing you all. I hate it. Can’t we be friends? Couldn’t we get some good healthy dialogue going? Tell me where I’m missing it and why I should try to market like you do. It’s lonely on the other side of the computer screen…