I am sure that by now you have being doing your research and have searched the internet wide for that right affiliate program. You also most likely have come across some good sounding ones and ones that sound real sketchy and want to avoid. Don’t get discouraged because there are affiliate programs that really work.
It is key when making your decision that you have done your research, so when you have chosen the program you want to work with it is one you are happy with. So let’s go over clues that may indicate a scam, indications that it is a legitimate affiliate program and my personal suggestion
Let me go over briefly what affiliate marketing is about. The best thing you want is to build a website and there are free programs that will help you with that, then you want to pick a niche, which is something you are passionate about ( cooking, healthcare, dieting, etc.) Then you find products from within that niche, maybe you will choose how to prevent hair loss and promote that on your website through links (which you will see on this post, and they are at no additional cost to you if you click on them). You’ll be putting something similar to that as well. What you do is you give reviews on these products and give honest (again I say HONEST) opinions and why you may think this will be a product that will help someone. You may get links from say Amazon to use as an example and if someone clicks on that link and buys the product you receive a commission for it. There are programs that really explain this well, as I mention below in my personal recommended program.
Unfortunately there are Affiliate programs out there, that are not trustworthy. When you look into a program and it is consistently asking you to put more and more money in to “further your success,” and they have not explained what product or products you can outsource, they should likely be avoided. When choosing an affiliate program, you should not have to continually put in more money so you can “get to the next step.” This is ludicrous, because once you have made an initial payment, they should be able to show what you need to do and not taunt you with this foolishness: “If you want to get to the next level, then you need this step and it will cost $—-” HOGWASH!
In all honesty, these types of affiliate programs should be ashamed of themselves, and quite honestly these type of shenanigans are bordering on being a pyramid scheme, as still no talk about a product, just more nonsense about paying more will get you to this level, and when you get someone to sign up to the program and the higher levels they go, you’ll get a larger commission. HMM, sounds like a scam to me! Wikipedia definition of a pyramid scheme is as follows:” A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products. As recruiting multiplies, recruiting becomes quickly impossible, and most members are unable to profit; as such, pyramid schemes are unsustainable and often illegal.”
Do not give up hope, there are affiliate programs that really work, that are out there! As you should know this because hopefully you have being doing your research and looking at different programs and weighing your options.
Legitimate Affiliate Programs
So now that we know what the signs are for what are likely to be scams, lets talk about legit affiliate programs. I would like to start, that posts stating such-and-such a program is a scam and they were screwed over, does not make it a scam. What that means is it just didn’t work for them. Yes there are legitimate affiliate programs out there that can be costly, but it is not the cost that makes them a scam, it is the way they present it. There are programs that offer high end products and in turn you earn higher commissions, but they can be costly. Yet these programs are still offering a product, even if it is for an email service, or a sales funnel, or mailing website, etc.. these are products! However, some you have to be able to have some money to invest and in turn it can be lucrative for you, but it still takes A LOT of work and time. A good amount of these programs, are good for people who have prior experience in internet marketing and understand about blogging, already have email lists, YouTube videos, etc.
Touching again on what I said previously about posts and YouTube videos on claims of programs being scams, are many times because they personally found dissatisfaction with it. Though it is pointed out by many, it is a true fact, many times someone who didn’t get the “success” fast enough and because the program didn’t work for them, they will cry “scam,” because instead of taking the time to find out why it wasn’t working and admitting to themselves they most likely gave up too quick, didn’t put the work in required and so instead waste time trying to discredit the company. Another reason why they are posting or YouTubing “scam” is because they are using this tactic to tell you why “their program” is better. Now there’s nothing wrong with that as long as they are upfront and state why there program is better and provide insight as to why someone would be better off using that affiliate system. It is always best that you do your own research about an affiliate program and conclude from your own findings if it is legitimate.
An example of a good affiliate program, is one that lets you explore their site for free with a “trial” period and especially if they give training to their program within that “trial” period, so you can really see how their program works. This way you can judge for yourself, if it is a program that you feel comfortable with, and if it offers what you are looking for.
So I am going to be completely upfront with you and let you know that yes I am going to suggest you to an affiliate program that I am a part of and yes there will be links to my affiliate link (the highlighted words); because let’s us be honest here, that is what affiliate marketing is about. However, let me also tell you why I suggest this program and feel why it is an affiliate program that really works. I have been a part of other affiliate programs, that were not necessarily scams, however they were not completely upfront either. I found myself having to go buy a separate domain along with a separate website, I had to go somewhere else to purchase an email Weber account, another site to create a sales funnel, and kept being bombarded with up sale after up sale to “obtain further success” and you get the point. However with the program I am suggesting, I was blown away! You can subscribe to their Starter Program 100% Free (NO Credit Card Required!), and they offer you a trial for 7 days if you want to upgrade to Premium Membership (the ONLY Upgrade) and if you do so within that time frame, you receive a discount for the first month on the Premium membership. This is what you receive for their Free Starter Membership!
- They give you amazing learning steps
- Help you create a free website through WordPress (you can create up to 2),
- Help you with writing a starting post and explain each step in a way you can understand
- You can tour the site
- The first course in their Beginner Training Course and their Affiliate Bootcamp training
- Meet other affiliates right through the website built in chat and read their success stories and ask them questions
- Plus if you decide to not upgrade you can remain as starter in the free program and you can still utilize the website you created!
- and more…
If you decide that you do want to upgrade to premium (AGAIN, the ONLY upgrade) within those 7 days (or by the very end of the 7 days) the discount that first month is $19, and thereafter it is $49 a month, or you can do a 6-month plan or yearly plan (and you get a discount if you choose those latter ones, as well). That’s the only amount you pay, either monthly, every six months, or annually (or you can stay in the Free Starter program for as long as you want); there are no hidden fees beyond that, or sales funnels to get you to spend a higher back end cost to get you huger commissions. Right from the get go, you can see how the commission plan is broken down. Now you may think $49 a month is a lot, but that’s why you utilize those first 7 days to truly use the training provided, tour the site, chat with affiliates and judge for yourself the value you receive. What’s really nice is, if you do go premium, you not only get so much more to utilize, they have a credit system. You can earn cash credits, when you accomplish certain goals (that aren’t unreasonable) and turn that in for cash, or even put towards the cost of the program!! I haven’t been a part of any affiliate program that offers that!
Oh yes, and in the training, Kyle (one of the creators – and who runs the training) goes over how to build a niche (this is the subject you want to make money in – weight loss, Health products, makeup, helping people make money online/affiliate marketing, etc.. Whatever your passionate about and want to advertise for) and then shows how to build a website around that niche! All this during your free trial! Okay so I know your asking, what is this program?
It is called:
WEALTHY AFFILIATE (join here).
So check it out FOR FREE, keep your credit card in your wallet, and tour the Wealthy Affiliate website. You have nothing to lose, but whatever your decision, you will learn some amazing things on this website.
Compare the difference between Starter and Premium below:
To the Best Success!
The Helpful Affiliate,