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Affiliate marketing

> Personally, I think anyone with discipline and tech smarts should try affiliate marketing. Low/no cost of entry and fairly easy.


I would like to start.
How?
Permalink The Intelligence 
July 10th, 2017 5:10pm
I'm too fucking lazy to explain. :)
Permalink Bored Bystander 
July 10th, 2017 5:14pm
Actually, I'm learning it myself. I'll try to report in but I got nothing at present.

Clients suck big horse cocks. I badly need passive income.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
July 10th, 2017 5:15pm
I love passive income
Permalink The Intelligence 
July 10th, 2017 5:17pm
Client is like a boss
Permalink The Intelligence 
July 10th, 2017 5:17pm
One of my mentors says "Profits beats wages. Passive Income beats Profits."
Permalink NPR 
July 10th, 2017 5:36pm
Your mentor have anything for us on affiliate marketing?
Permalink The Intelligence 
July 10th, 2017 6:28pm
He would probably say it's just another midnight madness scam.
Permalink NPR 
July 10th, 2017 8:24pm
Join Amway. Or Avon. That will teach you plenty about affiliate marketing.
Permalink Pie is a lot better than fine 
July 10th, 2017 11:20pm
No, Amway and Avon are MLMs that require you to gut and exploit your remaining real life friends. Affiliate marketing just means you hyperlink a product in your blog, and the hyperlink contains tracking information that causes you to get a commission if your reader buys later.

See my post:

http://crazyontap.com/topic.php?TopicId=328206#1183704
Permalink Bored Bystander 
July 11th, 2017 12:00am
"require you to gut and exploit your remaining real life friends."

Whereas affiliate marketing is doing it to people you don't know. You have to realise nobody making money at it is doing it honestly, it's like being a slumlord except slightly grubbier.

I had to stop using affiliates years ago because they caused me so many problems.
Permalink libtard_uk 
July 11th, 2017 6:03am
I've looked into affiliate marketing before. One obvious advantage is that little to no capital is required upfront compared to other business models.

The disadvantages as I see it are:

- Lead generation. Somehow you're going to have to get people to your blog or website, and that costs money and/or time.

- No control over the product you're promoting. They can pull their affiliate program anytime, or the product can go in a direction that might compromise the message you're sending. Also, if your audience has a bad experience with the merchant, then they will blame you.

- It is very competitive and some affiliates will resort to unscrupulous methods. This drives down commissions.
Permalink NPR 
July 11th, 2017 7:22am
Another business I've considered is e-commerce (selling  physical products). There are several ways to handle inventory, ranging from drop-shipping (similar to affiliate marketing) to warehousing and shipping your own products to using Amazon fulfillment.

The costs of starting an e-commerce biz are a little higher due to the need to source inventory, unless you go the drop-shipping route. Drop-shipping has similar disadvantages to affiliate marketing. The ultimate goal should be to develop your own product that you can control, but that's hard.

I actually paid for a course on starting an e-commerce business over the Christmas and New Year holidays and have barely done anything. I'm not sure what's causing my inaction. Probably too busy with my real job (and posting on CoT!) plus the overwhelming number of choices I have to make, such as which products to sell, what kind of model (drop ship vs. physical), etc.

Also, I've found that the returns I can make on other investments are very good, and on those I can literally make money while I sleep (or watch youtube videos, or go ride my bike, or any number of leisure activities I enjoy).
Permalink NPR 
July 11th, 2017 7:38am
Doc! You should write a book on eCommerce!
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 12:40pm
I'll buy your book with special autograph!
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 12:40pm
Doc, what do you think about Dutch Treat? Is it any good?
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 12:46pm
So you think I should date a Dutch girl instead of a Polish girl or a Jewish girl?
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 12:51pm
MGTOW?
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 12:54pm
come on doc! That's too gay.
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 12:56pm
I want 72 virgins at least.
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 12:56pm
(makes Scrapbook copy of thread before it's community-gutted.)
Permalink Bored Bystander 
July 11th, 2017 1:19pm
MGTOW is gay.
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 1:45pm
I thought they swear off women forever?
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 1:58pm
because if you have FWBs you are still a player?
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 11th, 2017 1:59pm
> Whereas affiliate marketing is doing it to people you don't know. You have to realise nobody making money at it is doing it honestly, it's like being a slumlord except slightly grubbier.

There's still a big difference, at least as it's practiced in the US:

MLM usually implies that the sucker purchases product inventory that sits in their basement and dedicates lots of time to parties, calling friends to get them interested in the opportunity, and generally being utterly annoying and time wasting in real life. MLM is a real expenditure of time and effort.

Affiliate marketing can be a product name mentioned in your blog that you hyper link with an affiliate URL. Which makes its way back to the vendor as a cookie. You wind up getting a small commission off of anything the site visitor buys from that vendor in the near future.

Affiliate marketing is much more arm's length and impersonal. And almost everyone today takes for granted that if you show a product on your blog, an affiliate code is involved.

Lastly it demands a hell of a lot more creativity to implement affiliate stuff. It really helps if you know how to write. MLM is for unimaginative laborer types who don't have a clue.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
July 11th, 2017 2:01pm
Of course, the gooks and chinks out there can steal your blog article and use it for their own affiliate marketing and it happens all the time.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
July 11th, 2017 2:02pm

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