Affiliate marketing is a waste of time, effort and money!

by CityCowboy 39 replies
To be successful in Affiliate Marketing, you've to have the following:
  • An email list
  1. Money to spend on paid traffic
  2. A blog to host landing pages
  3. A good profitable niche

... And above all that, you're not sure wether that will work or not. You could spend TONS of time, and money and you might not find success.

This is why so many people fail in AM, or just don't make enough money to jusitfy the hustle they been through.

On the other (positive) side, I know plenty of people who are very successful in other IM domains, It doesn't take them much time and money to find success, some even make lot of money in their first month!

Money making methods such as Drop-shipping, or App reskinning can be very profitable.

And it doesn't take an arm and a leg to find success.

I know people who make more than 1K everyday using eCommerce (Shopify, Dropshipping)... and they're just ordinary people who don't even speak English.

I mean the process is straightforward with eCommerce stores - you come to my online store, you find something you like, you buy it, I make money

Unlike AM, where you need to:
  • Setup a blog
  • Write plenty of time consuming blog posts
  • Creating funnels and squeeze pages
  • Setup an autoresponder
  • Writing follow-up sequences
  • And above all that, you just make a small commission when hopefully someone buys something

It's just too complicated, and time consuming.

What do you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author cjsparacino123
    im open to different business vehicles, trying out AM right now, i enjoy it, people love what i write. I'm a marketing nerd, so learning more and experimenting with traffic and conversion is always fun for me. I love writing.

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  • Profile picture of the author mdallen
    I guess for me AM and doing my own products appealed to me more. I do not like to put too many of my eggs in other people's baskets. Amazon commission rates are small and make it hard to make any kind of volume sales (2-4%), I prefer digital products. I actually enjoy writing and making videos and I am blessed to have a girlfriend who is an amazing digital artist. So I enjoy the stuff that you don't like. I think there is room for each to take their own path. Whatever works for you and makes you happy... do that
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    If only online marketers would realise that there is an affiliate marketing goldmine in NON IM niches.....


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    • Profile picture of the author CityCowboy
      Originally Posted by shaunybb View Post

      If only online marketers would realise that there is an affiliate marketing goldmine in NON IM niches.....


      Yea lot of marketers make TONS of money in NOn-IM niches, just check out Darren Rowse's photography blog
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  • Profile picture of the author dana67
    Affiliate marketing works well for some and perhaps not so well for others. It does have it's place in the money making mix. Never hurts to have more than one egg in your basket.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    I've been doing affiliate / CPA marketing for over 16 years.

    I promote PPL (pay per lead...lead generation) offers, so I don't have to make a sale, all a user has to do is fill out a form for me to make money. Plus I acquire fresh / targeted data (email) for the verticals I work with. So that giveme an edge over those that have to pay for traffic.

    Had I of not lucked out into to using the above method when I started. I have no doubt that I would have never been anywhere near as successful. So I can understand what you are saying.
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  • Profile picture of the author david2015
    Yes, affiliate marketing can be very tough especially if you don't have the copywriting skills that can arouse people interest. However, it is still doable profitable if there is a ready system whereby just need to get the traffic to it. For example, AMP - Associate Marketing Program is a good combination of affiliate marketing plus mobile app opportunity. They have a high converting landing page ready with opt-in form. All the email follow up already provided by them. The work need to be done is getting traffic to the landing page. The best part is you able own your own app store and make money from it from in-app purchases, advertising fees and referral fees. This is their landing page, http://myvault.ampstore.io/tour/
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Originally Posted by CityCowboy View Post

    It's just too complicated, and time consuming.

    What do you think?


    I think you've failed therefore you assume everyone else failed.

    Fail.
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  • Profile picture of the author solarwarrior
    Originally Posted by CityCowboy View Post

    Money making methods such as Drop-shipping, or App reskinning can be very profitable.
    Dropshipping has alot of issues that you won't have to face as an affiliate.
    1) Orders closing before they are shipped cause you are shipping to multiple
    addresses around the world with your credit card. (Typically registered as a fraud by the banks)

    2) Delivery issues (delayed, lost, damaged and etc)

    3) Unscalable due to inventory issues, (You can't scale if it runs out of stock)


    App reskinning is profitable back in the 2012 when no one is doing it.
    Now, competition are tough and you are likely to spend thousands in app
    promotions to have a chance against big developers and companies.

    I still stick to AM and it has always been a BIG passive income stream for me
    since I have outsourced most of my work.

    The best thing out of it is you don't have to worry about competition
    and inventory since everyone is flocking to ecommerce.
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    • Profile picture of the author CityCowboy
      Originally Posted by solarwarrior View Post

      Dropshipping has alot of issues that you won't have to face as an affiliate.
      1) Orders closing before they are shipped cause you are shipping to multiple
      addresses around the world with your credit card. (Typically registered as a fraud by the banks)

      2) Delivery issues (delayed, lost, damaged and etc)

      3) Unscalable due to inventory issues, (You can't scale if it runs out of stock)


      App reskinning is profitable back in the 2012 when no one is doing it.
      Now, competition are tough and you are likely to spend thousands in app
      promotions to have a chance against big developers and companies.

      I still stick to AM and it has always been a BIG passive income stream for me
      since I have outsourced most of my work.

      The best thing out of it is you don't have to worry about competition
      and inventory since everyone is flocking to ecommerce.
      You do understand that affiliates are nowadays promoting eCommerce products
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  • Profile picture of the author kilgore
    Originally Posted by CityCowboy View Post

    To be successful in Affiliate Marketing, you've to have the following:
    • An email list
    1. Money to spend on paid traffic
    2. A blog to host landing pages
    3. A good profitable niche

    ... And above all that, you're not sure wether that will work or not. You could spend TONS of time, and money and you might not find success.

    This is why so many people fail in AM, or just don't make enough money to jusitfy the hustle they been through.

    On the other (positive) side, I know plenty of people who are very successful in other IM domains, It doesn't take them much time and money to find success, some even make lot of money in their first month!

    Money making methods such as Drop-shipping, or App reskinning can be very profitable.

    And it doesn't take an arm and a leg to find success.

    I know people who make more than 1K everyday using eCommerce (Shopify, Dropshipping)... and they're just ordinary people who don't even speak English.

    I mean the process is straightforward with eCommerce stores - you come to my online store, you find something you like, you buy it, I make money

    Unlike AM, where you need to:
    • Setup a blog
    • Write plenty of time consuming blog posts
    • Creating funnels and squeeze pages
    • Setup an autoresponder
    • Writing follow-up sequences
    • And above all that, you just make a small commission when hopefully someone buys something

    It's just too complicated, and time consuming.

    What do you think?
    Translation: "I can't make any money with affiliate marketing, therefore affiliate marketing must suck."

    P.S. Affiliate marketing is just a monetization method, nothing more, nothing less. And while your idea of using an email list to direct users to a landing page on blog with paid traffic hints at one way to use affiliate marketing in an online business, there are roughly 5,396,931,593 other business models that you might develop that might also incorporate affiliate marketing. (Notice that I said "develop" not "choose" -- business is a creative process after all, not just something you pick from as if you were ordering an appetizer from a restaurant menu). Regardless, if you're having trouble making affiliate marketing work, maybe the problem is with your business model. And if you're having trouble developing a working business model, maybe the problem is you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edwin Torres
    The more I do affiliate marketing (that's my main biz model) the more I realize it's just getting the right offer and message in front of the right people.

    Once you know what your email lists BIGGEST questions/concerns/problems are and put a relevant offer in front of them... and use things like scarcity and fear of loss to get them to take action... thats when the money comes in.
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