Why I Have Quit Affiliate Marketing, Altogether
In short, it's a sucker's bet. And, anyone who comes along here trying to say otherwise is either part of the organized criminals and con artists' team or is deceived, themselves.
I don't expect to make any friends in saying this. I even think there will be a few folks come along who, perhaps, have made a few dollars themselves (As I did) and won't want to hear what I have to say.
Let's be clear, I'm not necessarily talking about individual companies with a referral or reward program for their customers who bring in other business. I'm talking about those shuysters who pretend to offer everyone a chance to earn with a number of businesses.
Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest scams going today since suckers come along, wanting and needing to make money and, hearing/reading the offers and promises of making money from their blog or network of friends, having little or no capital to invest in a legitimate business , believe they've found the figurative, mythical unicorn but, once the effort goes in, far-too-many, all-too-handy excuses come up as to why they're not seeing the results they expected.
Program details change (after the ad-code is placed all over). Cancellations happen (after the ad-code has been placed all over). Mysterious conflicts of who gets credit for the deal come up – all-too-conveniently in favor of the company's “friends.” (Conveniently, after the ad-code has been placed all over and is a tremendous burden to remove.) Pretty much any handy excuse you can imagine to not get paid, can and will happen.
It's the exact, same sort of shellgame victims encounter when they're offered all their dreams-come-true with Multi-level-marketing and network marketing. By the time the truth comes out, all the victims have left is the smoke which has been blown up their butts and a long list of excuses.
How do I know this? Years back I was a member/easy mark for a small number of affiliate companies. I had my suspicions about being conned. So, I picked a simple, free offer to give away, which offered me a specific amount for giving away a free membership and, I set about giving this away to several friends on Facebook. I tracked who I gave it away to and when.
Not one was credited to me and I had made it a determined point to follow every single rule they had and met their conditions one-hundred percent. Not one penny.
This was just one of these companies, too. Since then, I've given up trying to reason with frauds and liars. I only deal with real businesspeople anymore and steer very clear of con-artists online.
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