Among affiliate marketing industry professionals it is generally agreed and understood that affiliate marketing is an excellent way to earn money. On the other hand those same professionals would probably caution newcomers about the various pitfalls they need to be aware of during their eager pursuit of affiliate marketing success.
Part of the landscape that creates such pitfalls, which is not restricted to the affiliate marketing business by the way, is the fact that “for as long as businesses have been earning money, there were operators who have tried to figure out ways of earning more by doing a lot less.” All anyone needs to do is a quick Google search for keyphrases like, “work from home,” “get rich quick” or “make easy money” and s/he will instantly find millions of websites offering such schemes.
You will also find that if you simply click on a few links in these websites, you’ll notice that they all start off the same. A guy or gal in front of a big house and huge stacks of money saying that if you sign up, you could be that guy/gal in the picture. Be alerted, because this is far from the truth!
The only way you can earn a good, stable income in affiliate marketing – or any other business for that matter – is to put in the time, hard work, and – in some cases – the monetary investment required to make your business a success. So before you join any affiliate program(s), it is critically important that you do proper research by utilizing what has become one of the Internet’s best features – finding information necessary to make informed decisions.
Perhps the best way to conduct your search for affiliate programs is to enter the name of an affiliate program you are interested in, add the word scam to it and then see what pops up. You should also join a few “work from home” forums where like-minded individuals discuss the pros and cons of a particular program, business or industry. You might be pleasantly surprised to see the wealth of information available at these forums; and don’t be afraid to ask right questions.
There are a few ways individuals can determine which programs are most likely to be scams. One such method for example is, if a program does not reveal its compensation plan unless you sign up, be alerted for what could end up being a scammy program. A lot of programs won’t tell you what you’ll be doing unless you buy a kit for a set price; this could lead to “buying a pig in a poke” and then having a hard time in your attempt to get a refund.
With any program there should always be 100% free disclosure because you, like most other individuals in search of a product or service, need to know what you are going to be doing before you get started. So if a program doesn’t reveal to you what you are going to be doing, or if you have to pay money upfront without getting the required disclosure(s), you should definitely avoid it.