Affiliate marketing is a very popular strategy used by website owners to monetize their website. The website owner (affiliate) can promote other business owners’ products/services (merchant) on their own website and receive a commission every time a sale is made.
If you are new to affiliate marketing, it is possible that you can come across affiliate marketing scams. Website owners can easily become affiliates by joining affiliate networks or independent affiliate programs. Have a read of my article ‘The best affiliate marketing networks to join’ CLICK HERE!
There are some affiliate programs that are tiered, which means that other affiliates are able to join the affiliate program under you. So you can earn extra money every time your team of affiliates made a sale. It’s a bit like a pyramid scheme, but really it’s not. Tiered affiliate marketing programs ARE NOT SCAMS, whereas, pyramid schemes are actually illegal! If you don’t know much about pyramid schemes, read more about it. CLICK HERE!
Avoid Affiliate Marketing Scams
One of the best ways to identify an affiliate marketing scam is when affiliate programs ask you to pay a setup fee to become an affiliate. This is definitely a NO NO! Legitimate affiliate marketing programs are FREE! So don’t fall for those scammy programs that request an upfront fee.
Why should you need to pay anything to promote other business owners’ products? It doesn’t make sense! Business owners are more likely to want people kind enough to go out and spread the word for them. This is the more logical way of looking at it!
An Affiliate Marketing Business
There are people who have done very well in affiliate marketing and there are those who didn’t succeed financially. If your business is focused on affiliate marketing to generate income online, you need to be dedicated and stick with it. You will eventually see the fruits of your labor.
If anyone told you that you will earn lots of money doing very little work, then I suggest you avoid them. Regardless of what ever kind of business you have, you need to WORK HARD!
People who have failed with affiliate marketing as a business most likely lost interest because they were not seeing any results in a short time.
With affiliate marketing and online work, it does take time to work. If you are a blogger, and you continued writing original content consistently, then your hard work will eventually pay off. You just need to be patient and give it some time.
Those who have worked their butt off in the first few years are probably enjoying their freedom now. They are probably earning more online than being an employee of a company. My suggestion is to work hard and you will eventually reach your financial goals!
When you reach that point, don’t just stop there and let your business become stagnant, keep working on it…it is your business after all! You are doing what you love and enjoying your own freedom too.
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Affiliate marketing is a convenient way of making money online. But beware of programs that request some setup cost or upfront fee, they are SCAMS! Legitimate affiliate programs are FREE!
I would not pay a business owner money just to promote their products for them. If fact, I reckon they should pay me money to do the dirty work for them So don’t fall for those affiliate marketing scams!