|Which Type of Affiliate Program Is Better?|
By Pamela Geiss -- September 15, 2000
|All the Internet rage now seems to be two-tier affiliate programs. One can understand how tempting it is. “There is no limit how much you can make”; “Our second tier is infinite”; “If you only have two in your second tier, you will make thousands.” The list goes on and on. And there is nothing wrong with two-tier affiliate programs. |
But what is really wrong with the way we are thinking?
Everybody wants the easy way out. Be honest! Can you really say that you never thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be neat if I could get hundreds in my downline and they could sell and I could just sit back and rake in the profits?” I guess we have all thought that way at one time or another, but it’s time we all wake up to reality. You will never, never, never make any money on the Internet until you realize that it takes hard work and lots of self-discipline.
In reality, it doesn’t matter whether your affiliate program is one-tier, two-tier, or 55-tier. What DOES matter is YOUR desire to succeed and YOUR work ethic. By work ethic, I mean, do you have the self-discipline to make yourself put in the time and effort that it takes to make money? The Internet is not a miracle worker. Just having a website will not make you successful. It is too big a place to think, “If you build it, they will come.” It’s all about advertising. And not just once, but every day. And it’s all about making yourself do what needs to be done, because the boss isn’t looking over your shoulder - you ARE the boss!
Even if you have or have had a brick and mortar business, you have to realize that this is different. In the real world, you can advertise in the local paper, put up big signs, and some will drive by and see your signs and come in out of curiosity. But on the Internet, you have to advertise in many places, and you have no big signs and fancy window treatments to draw a crowd. Your WORDS have to draw the crowd, and incessant advertising has to be done to get the word out. And, affiliate program or no affiliate program, YOU are the only one you should be counting on to make YOU successful.
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Pamela Geiss works with businesses and advise them on how to make their sites more user-friendly and search engine friendly. She also has a personalized submission service and an affiliate program that pays 50%. You will find her website at: http://www.lotsaperks.com.