The internet offers boundless possibilities for earning a living online. Upwork and Freelancers Union found that 35% of the American workforce was doing some type of freelance work in 2016, and 73% said technology made it easier to find that work. One of the ways to harness the internet as an income source is pursuing affiliate marketing. It’s intended as a way to generate passive income, but does it really work? Let’s consider.
Once you have narrowed down your options to a handful of possibilities, take a look at the merchant or marketers' Web site rankings and traffic. If, for example, you have your choice narrowed down to three computer software e-tailers, you can use Google and Alexa rankings to help you determine which may have a better volume of traffic. While their Web site traffic won't directly help you promote their products, this may tell you which company has a larger customer-base (more traffic). A well-known name that your Web site visitors may be familiar with might encourage them to click the advertising links on your own site.
But establishing direct affiliate marketing relationships is extremely challenging for a number of reasons, which we’ll get into below. While there are certain instances when a direct relationship makes sense, most affiliates will be better off accepting that networks are part of the equation and focusing on finding the right merchants and maximizing referrals.
If your website doesn’t have much traffic to speak of, there’s probably not a big opportunity for you now in affiliate marketing. Focus on producing high quality content, building some links, and getting a recurring stream of visitors to your site. But if you have a website that is already attracting a significant number of visitors from referring sites, organic search, and direct visits, affiliate marketing could be a logical way to monetize.
But unfortunately, things are not that great. The Super Affiliate Network is structured in the same way many other low-quality online marketing training courses are. Like an MLM business. I am not saying SAN is an MLM type of business (it is not) but that their business model shares a few common characteristics with them. Full of overpriced products/levels you have to buy in advance if you want to promote them and earn a commission. It focuses more on promoting themselves and not so much about teaching you how to create a business in any niche you want.
The Associates Program is free to join, and we provide resources on the Associates Site to help Associates succeed with the program. We have never authorized any business to provide paid set-up or consulting services to our associates, so please be wary if any business like that (even one attempting to appropriate the Amazon name) reaches out to offer you costly services.
Of course, promoting SAN is optional but that is what almost every member does. After all, when you join a high-ticket membership program your primary objective is to sell their courses. Because that is how you can earn a lot of money. And their training focuses on how to drive traffic to your capture pages, attract leads and not so much about how to become an authority in your niche or how to find and sell products in any market you want.
Without hesitation (after some research), I bought her course. As an aside, I’m not one of those people who buys any and every thing that comes down the pike. I’ve bought enough online products that DIDN’T work that it takes a lot for me to shell out money. I’m pretty good at figuring out stuff, but the more I researched Michelle, the more impressed I was by her and her course.
Website conversion is also a big issue. Affiliates often determine how much effort they will devote to promoting your product based on the Earnings per Click (EPC) that the merchant generates for them. This calculation is based on their commission rate and the conversion rate of your website. If you have a website that converts really well (gets people to make the purchase), you may be able to offer lower commission.
The training is in the form of videos that will guide you through the steps of building an online business and how to become a successful affiliate marketer. There is also a live community where you can ask questions, interact with other members etc. Basically, their training is all about promoting SAN and recruiting new members. There are different kinds of memberships, upsells, and courses you will be “encouraged” to buy.
I just quoted the twosome verbatim. Michael and Omar didn’t make any practical provision for managing the differences in time zones, using any autoresponder service. They made mention of the time zone challenge as a passing comment but didn’t offer any detailed, step-by-step, newbie-friendly solution. In the United States alone, there are four different time zones – nine if you count daylight savings.
When I clicked on it, it led me to an error page with a message that simply read, “Oops. You don’t have access to this. You are only a CPC Basic member. You do not have the correct privileges to access this content. Please upgrade your membership level in order to access this content. Please contact us if you feel you’ve received this message in error.”
Bounty Events are available in select countries as referenced in the Appendix (“Special Program Fees”). You will earn Special Program Fees described in this Section 4(a) in connection with “Bounty Events” which occur when (1) a customer, who must be eligible for the Bounty Event as described in the Appendix, clicks through a Special Link on your Site to a bounty-specific homepage on an Amazon Site, and (2) during the resulting Session the customer completes the bounty action described in the Appendix.
Another disadvantage is that even an individual or small group of people can harm image of an established brand. For instance Dopplegnager is a term that is used to disapprove an image about a certain brand that is spread by anti-brand activists, bloggers, and opinion leaders. The word Doppelganger is a combination of two German words Doppel (double) and Ganger (walker), thus it means double walker or as in English it is said alter ego. Generally brand creates images for itself to emotionally appeal to their customers. However some would disagree with this image and make alterations to this image and present in funny or cynical way, hence distorting the brand image, hence creating a Doppelganger image, blog or content (Rindfleisch, 2016).
“In the midst of chaos, there’s also opportunity.” Those are the words of Sun Tzu, an ancient Chinese warrior, as quoted by Michael Cheney and Omar Martin to drive their point home. They remind you that over 4 million dollars in affiliate commissions doesn’t happen by accident. They highlight how they worked very hard through 23 years of making mistakes, taking note of what worked and what didn’t, tweaking, failing, dusting up and starting over again until it clicked.