Before, whenever I seen an example of affiliate marketing, I used to be as turned off as Rolf Harris watching a granny masturbate. I’d get emails from people recommending products and, after the sales pitch, there’d be a link, followed by a disclaimer saying “by the way, that link? Yea, if you click that, I get paid.”
That’s always the point where I’d be like:
If someone uses a product or a service and genuinely would recommend it to their friends or followers, why should they not have the opportunity to earn a few quid for the recommendation?
I’d honestly, hand on heart, recommend my hosting company to anyone considering creating a website because they’ve never let me down, and their service is exceptional. And Market Samurai has helped me immensely with keyword research and post ideas. I’d genuinely recommend that, too.
The difficulty is knowing the difference between a genuine affiliate marketing effort and a cynical one. All I’m saying is that, now I understand a bit more about it and I know that there are genuine people out there recommending products and services that they genuinely use and love, I’m a lot more open to the concept.
Maybe if more people became affiliate marketers, they’d feel the same way? But then I would say that, wouldn’t I?
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