Budding Affiliate Marketers Beware of Scams
for online profits become more numerous, launching an affiliate
marketing business becomes more and more attractive to casual Internet
users. With more opportunity for legitimate businesses and profits
arising, there has unfortunately also begun an influx of many fly by
night affiliate programs that are highly skilled in the art of taking
members’ money and running away with it, leaving them left with empty
pockets for uncompensated commissions...."
As opportunities for online profits become more numerous, launching an affiliate marketing business becomes more and more attractive to casual Internet users. With more opportunity for legitimate businesses and profits arising, there has unfortunately also begun an influx of many fly by night affiliate programs that are highly skilled in the art of taking members’ money and running away with it, leaving them left with empty pockets for uncompensated commissions. It is dire that all prospective affiliate marketers do the necessary research into many programs before pinpointing the most trusted one and giving it the old college try at grabbing profits themselves.
There are so many affiliate programs that are available to join, free of charge, that are successful and filled with affiliate members who are currently collecting commissions. For this reason, it should send up a red flag if the affiliate program you are considering charges you a membership fee. While no affiliate program will give you something for nothing, a payment up front is not necessary, as you will be putting your time and effort into the program and only asking that you are honestly compensated for your diligence. Legitimate affiliate programs are filled with merchants that are looking to gain representation and promotional support with profits to gain and are happy to compensate affiliates that represent them. An upfront payment to join an affiliate program should smell fishy, somewhat similarly to the “talent agency” that requires you buy classes on how to act or model before you might get some work. If there exists no information about the affiliate program’s track record on the Internet, this is also a good sign that this one might be an illegitimate offering aimed at picking up quick cash. Testimonials for most reputable affiliate programs are easily searched and found on web threads; an affiliate program not possessing reviews or testimonials just might be bogus. Another indication that an affiliate program is bunk would be if they do not respond to any email correspondence sent requesting more information. If the affiliate manager does not respond within a week to a general or specific query, it is a good bet that their customer service department is nonexistent or not monitoring emails; how could a program designed to serve (sell to) customers not monitor incoming mail and respond to them in a timely manner?
In general, affiliate programs that offer or claim grandiose amounts of profits that seem “too good to be true” usually are and should be avoided. Once a legitimate and reputable affiliate program is identified, with an excellent work ethic and maximum effort, you will be able to capitalize on your efforts and realize the success you are envisioning.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
About the Author: Peter Ryan is an online marketer and representative of Adapp Solutions, Inc., the creators of HasOffers affiliate tracking software, providing affiliate network software for tracking and managing affiliate networks.