Here we go everyone better be ready. It is finally time to ask these questions. So, Is Affiliate Marketing a Scam? Can you really make money? My answers may surprise you. So, read this whole article and then decide for yourself.
Is Affiliate Marketing a Scam?
Oh boy, I had to ask this question. Can this question ever really be answered. Yes, it can. The answer is two-fold. Affiliate marketing as a whole is not a scam. It is a legit way to earn money. On the other hand, the way in which it is presented by so many ‘training programs’ is a massive scam. Let me explain.
Let’s say you are running a search online for affiliate marketing training. You click on the first ‘review’ of an affiliate training program and you are taken to an article. In this article, the writer claims to be objective and sets about reviewing the training. They may throw in a few negative things for good measure but on the whole, they are trying to drive you to that program. Why? The reason is simple. They are an affiliate for the affiliate marketing platform.
You need to know this to go in with your eyes open. I too have done this very same thing. Here is the kicker though sometimes the training they ‘review’ is actually worth it. So, haw do you tell the difference. I will cover that later, for now just know you have to go in with your eyes open to recognize the truth.
Can You Really Make Money?
This answer is much more straightforward. Absolutely you can make money. The trick is though how much money depends on what you are doing to promote the product for which you are an affiliate. No matter where you go the internet gurus are going to tell you that their way is the best way. Slogans like ‘Start making money in under 30 days’ are popping up everywhere. People get roped in every day and give up their hard-earned money because they believe it. This phrase is careful not to say how much money just that you will start making money in under 30 days. If you make $.02 on day 29 then they are covered because you started making money.
This is where it really gets interesting. You probably spent so much money on ppv ads that you did not even break even. You are now mad. You, of course cancel your subscription. Why bother, you didn’t make the money you were promised. The only one who wins in this scenario is the website that sells the goods. You have lost money. Now what do you do?
It is time to find the right way to recognize the training that is going to set you up for success.
So how do you know which training offers the right teachings? Simply put you look for free training. Well, that sounds ridiculous. Haven’t we always been told you get what you pay for. Free training can’t be the answer. You are right it really isn’t but it gets you started. I guess I should more accurately say look for the free trial. By this I mean find a program that lets you start the learning process for free. Most of the time they are going to be legit because if they don’t help you they get nothing.
Part two of this scenario is to look for the training that does not promise you the moon. In order to make a full-time income in affiliate marketing, you either have to be incredibly lucky or work for a long time to build a site that is trusted in google so you can get ranked organically. Pay-Per-Click Ads can help but in the long run, your main revenue comes when you can get lots of traffic without the need to pay for each click.
If you want to know where I chose to get my training then check out my Review of Wealthy Affiliate. Understand that clicking this link takes you to my review and any link you click in that post to take you to Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate link. This means if you decide to purchase the premium plan after trying it out I get a commission. I am very transparent about that fact. It does not negate the fact that I truly believe Wealthy Affiliate can help you. It has helped me.
To Conclude Our Article Today Let’s Sum it all up
Is Affiliate Marketing a scam? No, however, there are scammers out there trying to make money off people who want to learn. Can you actually make money with affiliate marketing? Absolutely, it takes time, patience, and the right kind of training but it is entirely possible. Like a lot of things in life, there is no clear-cut answer. You need to figure out for yourself if you are ready to commit to what it takes to succeed. Your mindset is very important. Check out some of my motivational articles where I go in-depth in the mindset and attitude needed to succeed.