Free reports/ebooks with affiliate links inside?

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Hi guys. I'm not sure how is your opinion with Free Reports, no matter how much effort and information in it but once i realised that it has affiliate links inside, i would get turned off immediately. It just gives me the feeling that the report/ebook was created to make money out of us. Especially those that teaches you how to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
    Nothing in life is truly free...

    putting affiliate links inside of a free ebook is simply a way for the author to make money for his/her time..

    I always do it... not every link is an affiliate program, but I don't promote programs I don't truly believe in, so if there is a product that i'm going to recommend and it has an affiliate program, you better believe I'll be using my link.


    It doesn't cost the reader anything (so technically "free" for you) and it provides incentive to spend my time researching and writing on a topic.

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Lee
    Only you have the final decision whether you want to buy or not, so I don't see anything wrong with having affiliate links inside. You can simply benefit from all the information and don't buy anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
    Originally Posted by cool18 View Post

    yes my opinion is same as yours because i also think that ebook with affiliate link inside are created to make money out of us.

    Well duh, everything an internet marketer does online is done to make money.... That's the whole premise of the business... NO ONE does anything without realizing a benefit somehow/where...

    I don't get it.

    Buying through an affiliate link of someone that provided you good content doesn't cost YOU anything....

    I have no clue why people are so adverse to this...



    If the content provided you a great value, what's wrong with rewarding them by using their link?



    /rant
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Becky
    That's just marketing tactics, why you should bother if you can choose not to buy through their affiliate link?
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    • Profile picture of the author theimdude
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    The presence of an affiliate link (or 100) does not mean that the quality and value of the information is any less.

    Some of the info that I have received from "free" e-books in the past, has made me enough money that I would gladly purchase a product from every affiliate link in the damn e-book, as a thank you to the creator.

    Good information and information containing affiliate links are not two mutually exclusive beats..

    Seriously..

    Base your opinion on the content, not whether it contains an affiliate link or two...

    This is, of course, simply my opinion...

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  • Profile picture of the author la dominatrix
    Funnily enough the resistance to affiliate links is basically in the IM world. I have written written free ebooks in other niches and had no problem at all.
    La dominatrix
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    • Profile picture of the author davally101
      love them.

      they are great way to get your message across, give some good information and get paid, everyone wins.. Strage to get resistence in the IM field?!

      dave
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  • Profile picture of the author andymurray
    Got to agree.

    If you provide good quality information that the
    reader can use to benefit their cause, they may
    thank you by possibly purchasing through a
    recommendation they see in the book. Especialy
    if the product is RELEVANT to the topic.

    Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author wisecrone333
    I agree with Andy (above) and others - I just finished a free report and as I was explaining a system that readers could follow it made sense for me to include the affiliate links. I don't expect people to buy from them - but it just seemed silly for me not to include an affiliate link in with things like hosting and that type of thing.

    I figure that if my links are for things that I use or have bought (and I now insist on anything I promote as being a product I have bought or used) then I am simply helping my reader further by mentioning a product that worked for me. As the readers are getting the information for free anyway I guess if they had a problem with some in-text links then they can just delete the pdf.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kirk Ward
    Originally Posted by forfun_cash View Post

    Hi guys.
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    It just gives me the feeling that the report/ebook was created to make money out of us. Especially those that teaches you how to make money.
    LOL. That's just about the dumbest thing I think I have ever read.

    He doesn't like it because a person teaching him how to make money wants to make money.

    Jeez.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robyn8243
    Originally Posted by forfun_cash View Post

    Hi guys. I'm not sure how is your opinion with Free Reports, no matter how much effort and information in it but once i realised that it has affiliate links inside, i would get turned off immediately. It just gives me the feeling that the report/ebook was created to make money out of us. Especially those that teaches you how to make money.
    Admittedly, I am biased as I always include affiliate links when I provide a free report.
    I make no efforts to hide that they are affiliate links either. I only recommend resources I believe in, and in my last report I specifically told my readers that if they got value from my free report, and decided to purchase any of the resources I recommended, that I would appreciate it if they bought through my affiliate link.

    Frankly, I would question the advice of anyone who was providing how to make money advice who was not marketing on some level.

    Many of us are brainwashed to believe there is something inherently wrong about "wanting to make money" and worry about being perceived as money hungry or greedy.

    If your attitude is that it is wrong for someone to "make money off us" you should not waste your time trying to make money online. No matter what business model you choose to pursue, it will require that you make money off of someone.

    If you truly believe that it is wrong to as you put it "make money off us" you will likely sabotage any business you start.

    The only way I know of to get paid without "making money off of others" is to work for an employer who makes money off of others who ultimately pay for the results of your employment.

    Robyn
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  • Profile picture of the author johnjimat
    even the big name in affiliate marketing use this techniques for their marketing. We cannot avoid this. You would turn off that report but lot of people outside there would take a closer look at that link just my 2 cent
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  • Profile picture of the author Al Vaughan
    Originally Posted by forfun_cash View Post

    Hi guys. I'm not sure how is your opinion with Free Reports, no matter how much effort and information in it but once i realised that it has affiliate links inside, i would get turned off immediately. It just gives me the feeling that the report/ebook was created to make money out of us. Especially those that teaches you how to make money.
    If it teaches you how to make money and you got it for Free then why should you worry about someone making some money from their affiliate link as it costs you nothing. After all aren't we all in the IM business to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author vijayrajesh
    Sorry to repeat as everyone "Nothing is free in life"

    If the ebook is really helpful to you and if you are in need of that affiliated product, why do you care that link at all?

    There is nothing wrong in having a affiliate link like that as the write needs to make some money from them.

    Well, one day if you become a writer of ebooks with links, you will feel that putting affiliate links are better way.

    And well, if you think you dont want to load that url , just copy the link from the ebook and paste in the address bar, remove affiliate link code and enter.

    I do it generally when the greed is over 90%

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  • Profile picture of the author wealthydon
    To be blunt, it ranks selfishness to get
    free ebook full of value and feel bad
    seeing affiliate links embedded.

    Not to use the author's link to even buy
    such a product or service when you need
    it is another offence punishable by conscience.

    My $0.02 opinion.
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