Where you set up an affiliate account has a big impact on your success. Where you learn affiliate marketing has far greater impact. Choose your teachers wisely!
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
There are six elements that go into the basic business model.
- You, the Affiliate Marketer
- You Refer Customers
- The Customers
- Customers Buy from the Company
- The Company
- Company Pays You Commissions
Your mission as an affiliate marketer is to open an account with a company that provides products/services for which you have a passion or interest. You then, find appropriate audiences (customers) and promote these to them. The customers, if they like your presentations, will purchase the company’s products/services. The company then pays you a commission for every sale you make.
It’s a simple system, it’s lucrative and it’s easy to learn. However, there is a curve to the learning, so choosing the right source to get proper training is imperative. If you go opportunity-seeking without this training, you will most likely get burned! This article serves as a guide to give you a little insight on where, and where not to get this education.
If you would like more comprehensive information about affiliate marketing, please see my resource on this page, or you can click on the affiliate cycle image just above to get to that page.
The Smoke & Mirrors of Business Training Online
Unfortunately the Internet can be a very unsafe place when it comes to this business of trying to find someplace to learn how to market on the Internet, let alone affiliate marketing.
Before I go any further, there are definitely legitimate places to go where you will get sound education at a good price.
On the other hand, there are those places that will take you to the cleaners and hang you out to dry.
The Difference Between Online Opportunities and Online Educational Platforms
Some scams masquerade themselves as educational platforms under the guise that they will teach you online marketing, when in fact, the training you get from these places are the very specifics of how to promote their products – or in the case of MLMs, how to build a downline. There are some of these that stress education and will train you to being a top-notch marketer for the sake of their benefit. In these cases, if you are successful, some of that translates to them.
There are others that outright scam their members. MLMs can be notorious for this. They get their members hyped up to such a degree that it looks almost like a Pentecostal tent revival in spite of only less than 1% making any kind of profit. Known as Ponzi Schemes, these can be very short-lived and multitudes of people on the lower levels lose their shirts.
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