I have seen something sad recently. No names will be mentioned, so don't ask here or via PM or try the guessing name, but the situation is something I wish I could embrace and handle myself.
There's a marketer whose products I love. I think they're outstanding, in fact. But after about a year or two of stellar online presence, the marketer has immersed him/herself in the "promote any and everything" and "email every day, sometimes more than once a day" and "let customer service go down the toilet" mindset and s/he won't snap out of it.
As someone who genuinely liked the products, I am sad. But as an affiliate, I'm kind of pissed off. I set up pages promoting this product and person and now that the reputation is being sullied, people are wondering why I would align my name with this.
It's like all MY hard work as an affiliate has gone down the toilet right along with his/her reputation at no fault of my own.
It just got me thinking...if I started doing something different and getting a bunch of emails from people complaining, I can't just think about ME and say, "^&*@ it." I have to think of the wonderful people who have worked their butts off promoting me/my products and helping me succeed because we OWE it to our affiliates to protect our reputation and brand name for THEM, too.
Just food for thought.