Is internet marketing the same as affiliate marketing? There are many people today who are affiliates of internet marketing companies, and many of these individuals believe they are doing internet marketing when in reality that is not the case. A typical affiliate marketer will join a company for $50 per month, they receive an affiliate website or link, and then the person is allowed to market that link over the internet. These links lead back to the parent company and offer various opportunities to spend money, including an offer to join, you guessed it, as an affiliate. And so the process continues much in the same way as a chain letter or pyramid.
The drawback to most affiliate marketing programs is that there is no internet marketing training, which should include teaching the affiliate the how-to part of the industry: how to set up a blog, how to use keywords and wordtracker, how to market with video presentations, how to use banner advertising, how to use article marketing, how to set up a landing page, how to use SEO, how to market without being sued by the FTC, and the list goes on and on and on.
Most individuals who join a company as an affiliate believe that they are experts because they have a link to a company with a pre-existing website, they have a Facebook page, and they know how to tweet.
They receive very little if any training for their monthly subscription fee, and then after several months, they are usually confused when they are still not earning any money, yet the company marketing ads refer to all the people who claim to be making thousands of dollars per day or per week. This scenario is very common and repeats itself in almost every affiliate marketing company. Is it any wonder that about 98% of the people who try this fail.
Internet Marketing or Affiliate marketing, what the difference? Well, it is what it is. For those who want to earn money on the internet it is important to be ready to answer that one question: Do you have internet marketing training or are you just an affiliate? Anyone who desires serious training must find a company that offers more than just an affiliate link. The lure of earning thousands of dollars per day or per week is very attractive, and that is why so many people fall prey to this simple marketing trick. Before joining any company, do some research, ask to speak to several people in the company who have joined within the last 6 months and see if they are satisfied with the services. Don’t spend $50 per month just to join the elite group of 98% of the failures in this industry.
Rick James is a human relations and support specialist for professional internet marketers as well as a trainer for internet beginners.
Rick spent nearly 28 years in the radio advertising industry before transitioning into internet marketing. Why? Because internet companies like Google, Facebook, and YouTube are quickly replacing traditional advertising vehicles like radio, newspaper, and television.