Monday, October 26, 2009

How To Find A Reputable Affiliate Program That Works

by Richard Weberg

One of the main reasons affiliate programs and money making systems don't work is they fail to teach you anything about online marketing. Basically they give you a back office with your account information and they give you a couple of splash pages and links then they say, "Here. Go make some money." There home page is always filled full of hype and promises of millions if you only refer 5 people and they refer 5 and so on. The problem with this kind of marketing is once all the people who have huge lists to promote to have joined, all you're left with at the bottom is people who know nothing about online marketing. A few people make a ton of money and the masses are left holding the bag, and then these few people start another sure fire money making system and the process repeats itself.

Not sure you believe me? Just think about all the affiliate programs and money making systems you have been hit with and how fast 90 percent of them have just disappeared. If you don't already have a huge email list to market to, you are wasting your time with these types of money making systems. I don't care what the sales pitch is. Usually the more they tell you how fast you are going to make money, and the millions that are going to come in because this is the best program you will find, the more worthless the affiliate program is! It will be a short-lived hype that will fade like the wind. These affiliate programs and money making systems are not outright scams, they work just like they say, but only for a few and only for a while. They just don't tell you that. Why do you think that the big gurus with the huge lists always are signed up first? They are the only ones who can create the initial momentum for it to work for a while.

In trying to make money with affiliate programs and money making systems, I stay away from businesses where their main compensation is based on referring others, I want a real company that has real products: a reputable affiliate program that promotes heavily the resources they have available to you as an affiliate marketer. I don't want to see on their home page promises of riches overnight and how this is the easiest program on the internet. Some of these money making systems actually title their sites with names like "easy affiliate cash", "arm chair millionaire", "lazy mans wealth". Here is a disclaimer from one of sites that offer a matrix like system:

"Disclaimer: This is not a 'get rich quick' scheme. You will have to work to make money. While the average person can easily make $500 to $5,000 a month online, making any amount of money requires specialized knowledge and the appropriate effort."

Notice in the disclaimer it says the average person can easily make $500 to $5000 monthly, but then it goes on to say that making any amount of money requires specialized knowledge and the appropriate effort. Now does having specialized knowledge sound like that would refer to the average person? Notice it says "making ANY amount of money requires specialized knowledge." Does this disclaimer make any sense to you? It doesn't to me. I have learned to stay far away from companies that promote this way.

Some other methods these so called affiliate programs and money making systems use to promote with is a clock on their site with deadlines or how many people you can get in ahead of. My motto is if the company is good today to join, it should still be good next week to join. Right? They also use the word "secret" a lot: secret system, secret product, secret marketing plan. I have news for any of you looking around for a reputable affiliate program: there is no "secret" anything. Only proven marketing methods that work and a honest affiliate program will not make claims of any secret anything. There are many things to look for when trying to find a reputable affiliate program or money making system, and you need to learn to spot the differences so you don't waste your time and money trying to promote some garbage program that will only work for a few people.

I have been marketing online with reputable affiliate programs for over 6 years, and when I first started I fell for the hype of several money making systems that no longer exist today. I lost a lot of money and a lot of time hopping from program to program in search of easy riches. Once I learned there are no easy riches on the internet, I settled down and found some reputable affiliate programs that gave me a wealth of information that has changed my financial situation forever. There are a lot of reputable companies on the internet that can help you in your quest to make an income from home. Take the time to search them out, and you will be on your way to making more money.

About the Author

Internet Marketer, Motivational Speaker, And Nutrition Adviser have been doing business online for over 6 years. I have owned several businesses over the course of 14 years. I Love working from home Home Business Affiliate Programs