Is Affiliate Marketing a Scam?

Here is the truth about affiliate marketing:

Is Affiliate Marketing a Scam

The Truth About Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing sometimes has to contend with a bad rap: people accuse the whole system of being one big pyramid scheme, a fraud, nearly impossible to make any real money from and overall, a waste of time.

Well, I’m here to tell you from over ten years experience that when it’s done properly, it’s hardly a scam. Affiliate marketing is hard work, patience, determination, passion and effort and it will pay off in the end. BUT, there is always a seed of truth in even the ugliest rumor vine and it’s no different with affiliate marketing.

There are plenty of scams with affiliate marketing tied to the and plenty of ways in which people can lose a great deal of time, money and sanity and end up understandably bitter towards the entire thing.

Newcomers to affiliate marketing are especially vulnerable to these scams, but even veterans-particularly those who have fallen on hard times-may find themselves desperate enough to fall straight into the hands of someone unscrupulous. What’s the best way to start clearing up at least a corner of the internet from this scum? Learn how to recognize and avoid them!

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay to Join Affiliate Programs

You. Don’t. Have. To. Pay.

This is the first huge red flag for any scammers, but it’s one that many newcomers fall for: the old, pay a membership fee and become an affiliate marketer! Of course, it’s usually wrapped up with things like access to articles and e-books, but here’s the rub: most of that information, in one form or another, can be found for free so long as you’re willing to do a bit of legwork. (Hey, we offer that information right here!).

You don’t have to pay a red cent to become an affiliate marketer. You can become an affiliate marketer by writing and posting a blog on a free blog and go from there. Of course, if you want your own site, you’ll have to pay for the hosting of that site and pay for any outsourced workers later on, but if you’re just getting started, you don’t have to pay a penny.

Anyone trying to tell you otherwise is trying to take your money. Run!

Do Your Research

All right, so maybe you decide you do want to buy into some tools or a few books or something along those lines. Maybe you’ve exhausted the freebies and you’ve found some good books to buy. That’s fine, but it’s extremely important to do your research before you buy anything. Many of these books and courses are nothing more than the free information you’ve already read wrapped up in slightly different wording. And many of those courses are created by outright shysters.

Here’s what to look for (and guard against):

1. Any system which promises that you’ll make thousands of dollars in thirty days using their foolproof method slathered in photos of huge pools and fancy cars. Affiliate marketing, when it’s properly done with legitimate and legal methods, takes a while to build up. Oh certainly you may have some small early successes, but it takes at least a few months to start making a lot of money and furthermore, many people will simply not succeed, simply due to the fact they aren’t willing to put in months of hard work to achieve succsess. Put it this way: if it were that easy to make money online, everyone would be rich!

2. Too many so-called reviews which were actually written by the one who created the system or some poor freelancers who were paid to write about something that they actually know little about. Yup. According to my writer, this is one of the most common (and irritating) commissions out there!
If most of the reviews you read are full of generic statements and start with things like ‘I was doubtful about this system’ and end with ‘Buy this system!’, you’re probably talking to a marketer, not someone who actually used the system.

Oh certainly there will always be a few of these reviews, but any system that has little else for reviews is probably something that is going to be problematic.

Doing your research into an affiliate marketing system, book or course isn’t all that hard really; it just takes some Google savvy.

First of all, do some searches for reviews on places like Amazon and EBay to find out what others have said and what a general consensus is on a book. For things like courses, type the name of the course into your search engine and follow up with words like ‘scam’, ‘review’, ‘complaints’, etc. You’ll still have to do some sorting as plenty of people actually use these keywords in order to rank their own sites higher which may or may not have much of anything to do with what you’re searching for, but at least it’s a way to filter things. And of course, use your own good common sense: if it looks too good to be true, expects you pay money and promises the universe, chances are…. RUN!

It’s easy to see negative experiences people have had in affiliate marketing and think of the whole thing as a waste of time. Furthermore, the confusion between it and things like pyramid schemes does not help the matter (Affiliate marketing is not a pyramid scheme! You don’t get paid to enlist others, you only get paid when someone actually buys something or clicks on a link and you have to put the work into it!). And there are certainly plenty of people who are willing to try to defraud others who don’t know much about affiliate marketing in the first place. But as long as you keep your wits about you, you don’t look for quick fixes where hard work would actually stand you better stead and be sensible when it comes to where you get your information, you can avoid the scams and make some real money. Good luck!

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