Affiliate marketing or Network marketing ?

by mt33
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Hello

which one is better to make money for a living ?
#affiliate #marketing #network
  • Profile picture of the author hipman87
    This completely depends on the type of person you are. Do you enjoy networking?

    Both have the potential to earn big amounts of money and they have both been around long enough so that you can be sure that they will not just fizzle out any time soon.

    It all comes down to which style of marketing you prefer.
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    • Originally Posted by hipman87 View Post

      This completely depends on the type of person you are.
      This is exactly what I was going to say when I saw that hipman87 already said it here - lol.
      But, yes, I tried both and I found out that I am more of an affiliate/direct marketer than a network marketer, so I must repeat: it depends on what type of person you are.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kate C
      Network marketing is not something that you can do entirely online. As the name implies, you have to network with people in order o build trust and bring them on board your program. You make money from selling the product while building a team of people who sell the product and pass on part of their commissions to you through a system set up by the company you represent,
      On the other hand, affiliate marketing requires you to only sell other people's product for a commission. If you decide to make your own products you can potentially make a lot of money by building a team of affiliates to sell the product for you and you pay them a commission.
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      • Profile picture of the author wpmlm
        Originally Posted by Kate C View Post

        Network marketing is not something that you can do entirely online. As the name implies, you have to network with people in order o build trust and bring them on board your program. You make money from selling the product while building a team of people who sell the product and pass on part of their commissions to you through a system set up by the company you represent,
        On the other hand, affiliate marketing requires you to only sell other people's product for a commission. If you decide to make your own products you can potentially make a lot of money by building a team of affiliates to sell the product for you and you pay them a commission.
        Many of the current MLM's are 100% online, both with product sales and recruiting, making it possible to build your team and sell products online... personally I think the line between Affiliate Marketing and MLM is getting very, very thin... practically transparent at this point.

        The differences being with MLM they normally charge a fee along with a monthly fee to become a Rep and you earn on more than just your personal sales or the sales of your personal referrals, as with most Affiliate programs.

        I think that the market will shift to a hybrid model between affiliate sales and MLM, it should, imagine earning 12 levels deep in an affiliate program, no monthly or join fee, with solid personal sales commissions... imagine your favorite affiliate program, but getting paid on multiple levels of sales of affiliates below you.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tyler Pratt
          I will tell ya that old school mlm's that are still pushing weight loss is not the way to go.

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          • Profile picture of the author wpmlm
            Originally Posted by Tyler Pratt View Post

            I will tell ya that old school mlm's that are still pushing weight loss is not the way to go.

            Top Tier online is what you want.
            Exactly, so many still think of Amway or Herbalife when they think MLM, there are so many hip, high tech, super affiliate friendly programs out there now.

            I sat on the Leadership Counsel for a MLM and was a Corporate Trainer and Presenter, I will tell you some of our BEST team builders for that company were online affiliates, one in particular brought in 10's of thousands of reps, via online marketing and marketing to their lists, literally had HALF of the company reps in their downline.
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          • Profile picture of the author celente
            Originally Posted by Tyler Pratt View Post

            I will tell ya that old school mlm's that are still pushing weight loss is not the way to go.

            Top Tier online is what you want.
            yes, its true but lisa husband is in a few mlm and she is a 7 figure earner. Love listening to her. SHe is classy and smart....crushing it, has teams of like 250,000 people in her downline. :-0 dang!!
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        • Profile picture of the author DRP
          Originally Posted by wpmlm View Post

          personally I think the line between Affiliate Marketing and MLM is getting very, very thin... practically transparent at this point.

          The differences being with MLM they normally charge a fee along with a monthly fee to become a Rep and you earn on more than just your personal sales or the sales of your personal referrals, as with most Affiliate programs.
          The line is NOT getting thin...NOR is it transparent. These are completely different business models, and no matter how many times MLM companies try to blur the lines...it just doesn't cut it.

          It's disgusting that so many MLM programs even go so far as to call what they're doing "affiliate marketing". It's NOT! It's NETWORK MARKETING...they do this purely to sell the dream. Not mentioning names, but rest assured, a lot of them are doing this. Some of it is them being genuinely clueless. Most of it is a devious charade.

          Also, I've consulted several MLM companies at the CORPORATE level. Many of them have a poor understanding of their own system, let alone, internet marketing. Needless to say, they needed a lot of help.

          I also do not recommend or endorse Network Marketing. But you're mistaken...Network Marketing and Affiliate Marketing are NOT the same...and will never be the same. They cannot be the same...not without one of them ceasing to be. And no, they cannot become a hybrid...nor would any successful Affiliate want them to.

          Most of us affiliates chose affiliate marketing over MLM for exactly these differences. They're not the same and will never be the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    With affiliate marketing you've typically got a vehicle driving the sales (unless you are doing PPC). That in itself creates income generation diversity. Plus your operation has value and can be sold whether it's fifty bucks or seven figures.

    MLM is not a business. There are no tangible assets. Nothing to sell except perhaps your email list. Nothing to build off of.
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    • Profile picture of the author wpmlm
      Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

      With affiliate marketing you've typically got a vehicle driving the sales (unless you are doing PPC). That in itself creates income generation diversity. Plus your operation has value and can be sold whether it's fifty bucks or seven figures.

      MLM is not a business. There are no tangible assets. Nothing to sell except perhaps your email list. Nothing to build off of.
      I agree with you about affiliate marketing, however not on your view about MLM.

      MLM is a business, you are an independent contractor, just like an affiliate and you also get paid commissions just like an affiliate, they are essentially the same business model, however most affiliate programs will only pay you on your personal sales or those of other affiliates you refer/recruit to be affiliates, where with MLM you are usually paid on multiple levels of sales of other reps you have referred and the reps they have referred.

      Affiliate programs, usually have no qualifiers to earn commissions, you make a sale you earn, your team makes a sale, you earn and they normally do not have a fee associated with joining.

      MLM programs, typically do have qualifiers to earn commissions and have a fee for joining the company as a rep.

      As an MLM Rep your income is passive, after you have built your sales organization, this also means that when you will your MLM Business to your kids... they can't screw it up... unlike a brick and mortar business or affiliate business, which they may have no clue how to run... your MLM business is passive income, so as long as the MLM stays in business... their future income is secure. Also, as income and not a "tangible" asset, such as an estate, the inheritance is taxed as regular income as it is received moving forward and they will not pay inheritance tax on future income etc.

      Really both an Affiliate or an MLM rep's business would operate in the same manner, the difference being how income is generated, primarily your personal sales as an affiliate or from the collective sales of your organization as an MLM Rep.

      Personally, I like both models for sales, it all depends on your preference and also the particular program's structure for compensation.
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    • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
      Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

      With affiliate marketing you've typically got a vehicle driving the sales (unless you are doing PPC). That in itself creates income generation diversity. Plus your operation has value and can be sold whether it's fifty bucks or seven figures.

      MLM is not a business. There are no tangible assets. Nothing to sell except perhaps your email list. Nothing to build off of.
      I think you need to define what you are saying more..

      An affiliate marketer promoting other people's products has no tangible assets.

      A product creator/owner who recruits affiliate marketers to promote his products does have a tangible asset.

      Many affiliate marketers, especially new ones, never create a list, because they just drive traffic to product offers.

      In both cases, the biggest asset you are building is your contacts, be it a list of people you talk to on the phone, in person, or via email.

      Both forms of marketing can be highly successful for the right person. Many MLM/Network marketers build huge businesses today without using the phone or meeting people in person, until they meet at seminars.

      In both marketing methods, you are going to continue marketing as long as you stay in business. Products/Companies will probably change in both cases.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
      Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post


      MLM is not a business. There are no tangible assets. Nothing to sell except perhaps your email list. Nothing to build off of.
      Well, that's not even close to true. It's a marketing business. The tangible asset
      is the revenue it produces. MLM businesses are sold quite frequently. I sold a very
      profitable PrePaid Legal business many years ago to pursue another venture.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Affiliate marketing gets my vote.

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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by mt33 View Post

    Hello

    which one is better to make money for a living ?
    Why does it matter if you already know how to make $300 per day (per your sig)? Are you looking to add to this income, or replace it? Or are you currently trying affiliate marketing and not making money from it?
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    • Profile picture of the author nexxterra
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Why does it matter if you already know how to make $300 per day (per your sig)? Are you looking to add to this income, or replace it? Or are you currently trying affiliate marketing and not making money from it?
      Great question, It would be interesting to compare the signature line with reality!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Lumbergh
    I'm going learn how to make 300$ a day from this guys signature, guaranteed

    my vote goes to affiliate marketing btw.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nytshade
      Originally Posted by Joe Lumbergh View Post

      I'm going learn how to make 300$ a day from this guys signature, guaranteed
      Lol... now that's hilarious haha

      Affiliate marketing is the best as compared to network marketing. With affiliate marketing you send people to a product that will help people solve a specific problem, so you make money by helping people.

      Network marketing is a pyramid scam and most of them benefit no one except those who're at the top of the pyramid so go with affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Why does it matter if you already know how to make $300 per day (per your sig)?
    It's an affiliate link so I guess they have that all wrapped up.

    Apparently no one told them affiliate links are against the rules on WF...lesson #1!
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  • Profile picture of the author tudexo
    A good salesman can sell sand in a desert...unless you become one IMO its best to stick to affiliate marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    I'd say affiliate marketing is more profitable, but then again, it depends on how much you're willing to work for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author simeon13
    booth are great ways to make living mlm will take you a loot of time to build big downline to make some good money with affiliate marketing you can start making money fast plus you dont need to talk with others you just sell offers and make big $ you can get paid 100% and more with affiliate marketing in mlm 5-20% ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    Both work , if you are in a network marketing company that sells real solid products it works.

    Your focus should always be more on selling product vs recruiting people.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    Both affiliate marketing and network marketing can be used for making money and a good living. You choose one of them.

    In the network marketing, you need to learn about how to become a good leader and how to develop your own group.
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  • Profile picture of the author astral walker
    Affiliate marketing for the win. I'm earning a good amount via affiliate marketing so I will stick with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author martinmarketing
    depends, is very subjective thing, personally I prefer affiliate marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by mt33 View Post

    Hello

    which one is better to make money for a living ?
    I may be biased but would absolutely say Affiliate Marketing. Hands down !

    Most MLMs area Ponzi Scheme.

    The first ones in are the big winners.

    Everyone else is just a bunch of cheerleaders desperately trying to convince others to join under them so they can earn a few pennies off a sub par product


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  • Profile picture of the author Tyler Pratt
    Affiliate Marketing depends 100% on your efforts.

    Network marketing depends on the success of others.

    I would rather create my own success with Affiliate Marketing then have to rely on others for my success.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andre Slater
      They are both in essence the same thing you are still marketing someone else's product...

      The difference is:

      Internet Marketing - Marketing through the internet
      Network Marketing - Marketing through a Network of people
      Affiliate Marketing - Marketing as an affiliate

      You need to concentrate more on learning how to market don't worry about the first word.

      This is what you do

      1. Build your own space online (blog) etc...
      2. Gather you a list of like minded people (list building)
      3. Give great content to your people or fans
      4. Find out what they want and their problems
      5. Then offer affiliate products
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  • Profile picture of the author winnermarketing
    It depend on many factors, but I remember:

    with MLM you could earn without work,
    if you build a goog downline.
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  • Profile picture of the author DRP
    Originally Posted by mt33 View Post

    Hello

    which one is better to make money for a living ?
    Affiliate Marketing

    -No overhead
    -No membership fees
    -No quotas
    -No rules to follow besides the FTC's rules - or any other country's trade rules.
    -Various products that people want. Soft selling or no selling.
    -No recruiting. Selling products and services.

    Network Marketing

    -Monthly fees in order to promote products
    -Monthly payments to purchase product for yourself
    -Limited products that nobody wants. You have to hard sell.
    -Company rules to follow AND the FTC's rules - or any other trade rules.
    -Monthly quotas to meet...if you want bigger checks/bonuses.
    -Restrictions on methods of promotion - tied with company rules
    -Required recruiting. Selling dreams instead of products.

    Forget the cute pipe dreams. Look at the differences and decide for yourself. The choice is obvious to most internet marketers. Most IMers came into IM because they didn't like the MLM "opportunities".
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  • Profile picture of the author fernelis2009
    On my opinion with affiliate marketing you can earn more money with less effort and faster.

    With networking you have to deal with people and build a net and that takes a lot of time and effort.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert999
    Originally Posted by mt33 View Post

    Hello

    which one is better to make money for a living ?
    I think you are asking about some online method to earn money?

    I guess simplest way to make money online is by promoting clickbank products using your email list or blog or both.

    A simple way is to make a one page website where you can offer a cool free report to capture emails of visitors and then send them automated emails. In your emails give them some education, some more free stuff and recommend some good paid clickbank products.

    Send targeted traffic to your one page website and keep growing your email list and earning money.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Network marketing is really better then affiliate marketing.

    One of the things I like about network marketing online is that is allows you to earn residual income and an income from your team members. In many affiliate programs online, you are just able to earn a one time commission and that's it.

    Plus, if you are going to just promote one time commission programs, you are going to do the vendor/product owner a big favor. Most of their customers will become their affiliates ( they give their customers the option to also become an affiliate when they get to the back office to download their product). You are not going to benefit from this at all.

    With network marketing, you can get paid on multiple levels from your team.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Network marketing is really better then affiliate marketing.

      One of the things I like about network marketing online is that is allows you to earn residual income and an income from your team members. In many affiliate programs online, you are just able to earn a one time commission and that's it.

      Plus, if you are going to just promote one time commission programs, you are going to do the vendor/product owner a big favor. Most of their customers will become their affiliates ( they give their customers the option to also become an affiliate when they get to the back office to download their product). You are not going to benefit from this at all.

      With network marketing, you can get paid on multiple levels from your team.
      I am involved with an affiliate program taht I can make money each month residually and also many per month.

      So not sure I 100% agree with you, but to each and their own really.

      Remember there is NOT one way to SKIN A CAT.

      So in the end, you must pick something that is good for you and your personality it may take some time, but that is ok.

      The main thing is that you are learning for the leaders, and taking consistant action. If you keep doing that, you will get some serious results.
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      • Profile picture of the author pawandave
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        In my opinion Affiliate marketing is best, here is result directly proportional to your effort and investment and everything will be in your control but same thing can not true in Network marketing..
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  • Profile picture of the author floxtero
    Affiliate marketing is best if promoted in the right direction.
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  • Profile picture of the author tob78
    At affiliate marketing you'll get direct commissions.
    At MLMs you'll earn over time.
    Important for MLMs is that it's an old and reputable website.
    As there are some, which are created for a short time and then disappear before you begin to earn enough money.
    When you decide to make money with a MLM you have to learn also how to market yourself or your website.
    There are some differences, but you'll have to learn how to setup your website, make it popular, make a list, get traffic...
    So you you can and should stand on at least 2 legs. Begin to move forward in your own tempo, but when you learn and take action you should see results.
    I recommend you both.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    The amount of ignorance and misinformation regarding what is likely the most powerful
    business model available is pretty astounding... lol

    MLM is pretty much affiliate marketing on steroids. MLM wins by a country mile due to
    the unique ability to create unlimited leverage.
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  • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
    I would do both. Affiliate marketing for getting quick commissions. Network marketing for the long haul. Here's how I would divide and conquer:

    Build a niche site around 1 product and pre-sell your affiliate program. If you link out make it to your own list or a bonus product you created for the affiliate program you are promoting. 1 hour a day.

    Network marketing: Spend the rest of your time finding customers for the first two months. Give away incentives for buying through you.

    Learn copywriting and post ads in your local and big city newspapers classified ads section. Use online tactics FB ads, PPC and free ad methods to find people interested in Your MLM. Get those folks on a separate list.

    If you learn copywriting correctly you won't have to use sizzle cards or any of that time wasting marketing.

    Find a mentor before building your team. If your direct sponsor sucks go upward. Never go out side your genealogy lists. You'll find the right mentor just have patience.
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  • Profile picture of the author onlinebuzz77
    I had been in to MLM network marketing for a couple of years and hence I personally feel affiliate marketing is a better option. Ever wondered if there's any opportunity which is a fusion of MLM & affiliate marketing?
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  • Profile picture of the author lisacolins
    affiliate marketing is the best
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  • Profile picture of the author Jackson Tan
    imho..both are just tools to getting what you wants.. It really depends how what kind of person you are and what you enjoy doing..

    Remember, both are just tools to earning money..
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  • Profile picture of the author sirS
    Originally Posted by mt33 View Post

    Hello

    which one is better to make money for a living ?

    I vote to affiliate marketing!! I advise you to choose a broad niche, promote your website and earn money!!! Have you heard about Aliexpress affiliate? Aliexpress is a huge market with million of products! AliPlugin is a perfect tool for AliExpress affiliate- you may add different products easy. This plugin will put your affiliate ID in all links back to AliExpress, so you get commission for all sales referred to AliExpress.com. It pays up to 50% commission and you can target any country.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nina Petrov
    Affiliate marketing or Network marketing ?

    They both have potential. But it depends on a lot of other factors as well. Either industry has both produced millionaires. If you think you found some really good program in one or another, that's the one to try. If you happen to be doing network marketing then be sure to add this service which you can look up: MLMRC . That will automate your downline building. But I don't think there's a better one necessarily. Affiliate marketing has one big advantage though. Which is if you set it up right you'd have more long term control over it. Because for example you'd own the website (your money site). That way if the affiliate business you're promoting goes under, then you switch it out with a different affiliate product in the same niche. In MLM it's much harder to do that. If the company goes under you might have lost all you worked so hard for. It's an unfortunate reality. But it's a rarity. So just go with your gutt instinct and focus on that which you think offers the fastest and biggest ROI. But again, you can do both at the same time.
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