What could be better than
an opportunity to make money using the power of
affiliate marketing, while avoiding the hassle of having
to build a site or pay to host your domain?
Wouldn't it also be wonderful to have someone else do
the work of sending traffic to your site?
Basically, you just sit back and wait for those huge
commission checks to roll in.
too good to be true? Good, because you guessed it. If it
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I'm referring to affiliate 'links'
opportunity sites that are becoming increasingly
popular. 'All' you have to do is promote the site.
these schemes, you are given a free site into which you
insert your affiliate link. That link becomes the
'featured link' on your site. Featured link? Picture a
site like Yahoo!, then try to pick out one link as being
featured. Can't do it, can you?
owner of a fr*ee site, you also earn a paltry commission
when you sell one of these sites to someone else.
Earning a commission on the sale of a product or service
from which no one benefits sounds like ML*M to me.
here's the good part. For a 'small fee' the company
promises to do 'all the work' of building masses of
traffic to your affiliate site.
you can earn commissions from those links, you'll have
to JOIN all those programs first. Until then, the links
belong to the person who gave you the fr*ee site, and
any sales made from those links will be credited to him,
Considering those sites typically consist of hundreds,
and sometimes thousands, of links to various affiliate
programs, it's starting to look like you're going to
have to do some work, doesn't it?
Do you really want to pay
the 'small fee' of fifty or sixty dollars a month for
the privilege of generating commissions for someone
Instead, you could buy a web site template for twenty
bucks that looks a hundred times nicer than the
affiliate links site design. Then you pay ten bucks a
month to host your own site and join all the same
Actually, you probably wouldn't want to join all the
same programs. Many of these affiliate links lead to
sites and products that you wouldn't want to buy
yourself. Do you want to risk your business reputation
by offering them to your site's visitors?
forget that the same offer is made to thousands of
people every day, each of them looking for the same
magic bullet - the quick and easy business opportunity.
That means that there are copies of 'your' site all over
the web, and more coming online everyday. So much for
Not having a niche has another
many surfers will find your flea market affiliate link
site when they are searching for 'handheld computer' or
'treadmills'? Approximately none. Niche sites get ranked
by the search engines while flea markets don't get
all, these 'opportunities' are a waste of time and
money, and benefit only the scheme's originator.
affiliate marketing opportunities abound, and many have
excellent potential for earning serious income.
Thousands of affiliate marketers enjoy very large
incomes by promoting merchant programs and products.
they avoid the hassles of carrying inventory, order
processing and customer service - super affiliates do
not avoid effort.
know that success comes from investing time, effort and
the forging of one's own path.
In other words, do the work, reap the
Article by Rosalind Gardner, author of the best-selling
Affiliate Handbook: How I Made $436,797 in One Year
Selling Other People's Stuff Online".
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