Affiliate Program Articles
Home Business Is All About Knowledge
by Stephen Brennan
I've just finished reading and replying to an email from
a rather confused and frustrated "Affiliate Hopeful".
It's not something I do a whole lot of, as I don't advertise
myself as an advisor or any kind of expert in the Internet
Home Business area. But if I had any advice to give or
if I was to decide to proclaim myself as any kind of authority,
there is one very important piece of advice I would ram
home hard to anyone willing to listen.
We all know (except maybe the newbies that arrive in their
multitudes every day) that almost all of the 'overnight
successes' that we see touted on every second home business
or affiliate marketing related website, are either the
very rare exceptions or total rubbish. Whichever the case,
the truth is that 99 percent, or more, of the Internet
home business hopefuls are NOT going to see a penny in
the first 3 - 6 months, if indeed at all.
If the truth were known, they are going to spend far,
far more than they earn at least in the beginning, if
they ever earn anything at all. It's a well known and
oft quoted fact that 95 percent of Affiliates NEVER make
any money at all. That's one in twenty who has any success
whatsoever. I suspect the figure is much the same for
most home business endeavors.
We have people blundering blindly into something that
they have absolutely no real idea about, ready to take
on the world (literally), just because some person who
owns a website (who may well have about 2 weeks more experience
than they have) says they are going to make a killing!
Would you really rush headlong the same way into a venture
in the real world? I'm sure most wouldn't even consider
trying their hand at any kind of business in the real
world, without first getting some advice, as much information
as possible about what they were going to be up against
and also make sure they had a pretty good idea about exactly
how they might actually achieve their goals, not to mention
how to start.
It sounds like common sense, but day after day, in fact,
probably hour after hour, people from all walks of life
are literally buying into something that they know absolutely
nothing about because someone they've never met says they're
going to do well.
There are a number of excellent publications around that
will prepare you for an online business. It's true, some
are nothing but rubbish, but it's also true that any decent
title has a money back guarantee through a reliable facilitator
like Clickbank or the like. Please don' be afraid to use
them (of course, make sure that guarantee is there). Also
don't be afraid to ask questions of anyone that you think
may be able to help.
As I said, it's true that I don't advertise myself as
an advisor or expert, but if someone who sees my websites
or reads my writings wants a little more information,
I have no problem giving it, provided it is specific and
not just the usual, "How do I make heaps of money"
or "What do you suggest is the best business".
This brings me to the email that I spoke of earlier. This
person had decided on Affiliate marketing as a home business.
A good choice as far as I'm concerned, provided you know
what you're doing. However, it was clear that they had
read either little or nothing because their email indicated
that they had paid to join an affiliate program. Why would
anyone pay to sell someone elses product?
A perfect example of someone who had no idea, believing
too much without finding out for themselves.
The information is there, and the rewards can be lucrative,
but you NEED the right information and you need to know
how to use it. True, the information isn't always free,
but generally, the decent manuals and guides are very
reasonably priced and, as I said, ALL the decent ones
have money back guarantees. It's well worth your while
to get the information you need before you jump in headfirst.
About the Author
Stephen Brennan runs the 'Home Based Business and Affiliate
Center' - http://www.online-plus.biz, and is the author
of 'The Affiliate Guide Book' - The Definitive guide to
becoming a successful Internet Affiliate (at little or
no cost) - available at http://www.ebooks.online-plus.biz