Affiliate Marketing & A Hidden Agenda

Affiliate Marketer and lots of money

Image 1 – Illusion or Fact?

Affiliate Marketing is supposed to be an easy way to start generating income on-line and provide the foundations to grow a successful on-line business. From Amazon Associates to promoting a new IM product launch, the way to start earning a sustainable living is to just pop-up a website of your own and successfully apply for affiliate status.

If only that was all there was to it.

I thought it would be easy and I guess you did too.

After all, it’s supposed to be a sure-fire way to get some income, through promoting an offer and receiving a percentage in return. All the ad’s you see follow a familiar theme. In some form or another, they show money falling into the hands of some excited person who is just sitting on their couch – with a laptop – eagerly raking in all the commission dollars after making a ton of amazing sales to a huge number of people.

They all suggest that this is the route to financial freedom. Just simply promote one product after another and receive large stacks of cash in return.

All well and good, but the problem with this image (Image 1) is that it is only an illusion. It is the preferred outcome that everyone wants to see and instantly expects and of course, it’s the reason why images like these are used! What is missing from that picture is all the hard work that needs to happen before the illusion shown becomes reality. In fact, being accepted as an affiliate is certainly not some kind of ‘right’ and cannot be expected as a ‘given’. Vendors do not offer their products to sell through just anyone, they want to be certain that their chosen affiliates either have a proven track record of successful sales or if new to it, their on-line presence portrays them as someone who is serious about establishing a real business rather than just a ‘hobby-blog’.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that it is impossible to make a living as an Affiliate Marketer, this is certainly a valid business model that has stood the test of time. It has existed as long as there have been shops, stores, door-to-door and mail-order businesses. Anyone who is promoting any type of product, whether it’s a toaster; washing machine; vacuum cleaner or car is acting as a representative for the company that makes or supplies those products. A commission payment is made for every successful sale, which could be as a percentage of profits made or the sales price agreed with the customer.

In the context of this post’s subject, this is the same model deployed in the on-line world for Affiliate Marketers. Of course, it is still used successfully in the ‘real’ or ‘off-line’ world. There are some very good people working in sales who do indeed earn massive commission payments.

Consistent performers in the corporate world quickly get promoted and those that take their on-line businesses seriously do indeed make rapid ascents. These high-fliers in the on-line world are granted ‘guru’ status among their own followers and quickly recognized as-such by others. However, it is often a fact that their success is the culmination of hard work and determination coupled with a strong vision and clear goals of what they are actually aiming to achieve. They treat what they do on-line as seriously as if they are running a bricks-and-mortar business, focused on the need to succeed in order to grow and continue to thrive.

So, does this mean that success is the exception rather than the rule? Otherwise, everyone would be as equally successful, or is it something else that makes these people stand-out from the rest of us? Maybe they are just ‘lucky’ people, or just good at selling stuff?

Well, it could be that they have an element of each of those things. Some people are indeed ‘lucky’ and I’m sure that a lot of us have come across individuals that just seem to somehow attract good fortune and favor for themselves.

  • But, is there something else?
  • Are we all missing something?
  • Is there something that is real, tangible and in plain sight?

Well, there is actually something and I have only recently stumbled across it myself. It’s true that 97% of people fail on-line and it’s all because of a little shocking secret. Guaranteed to be the main reason why the majority of people who try on-line will never make it.

I do know what it is, but I’m not at liberty to divulge just yet.

The day when this Secret will be released has been set at November 16 2015, which is less than 7 days away at the time of this writing.

I’m certainly not going to let ‘the-cat-out-of-the-bag’ before then, as it is the realization of a very successful and highly rated, multi-millionaire marketer. And I, for one, intend to keep ‘mum’ until after the Secret has been exposed. I also want to keep on the right side of him because this blog is a real business to me and I want it to become successful!

Actually, I just want to go off-track for a moment…

Now, I know that I haven’t written anything here in my blog for a long time and I don’t want to be judged as a someone who is just lazy, or a ‘hobby-blogger’. My reasons are related to my health condition, which I have freely written about in my About Me section. I need to state here that I am serious, I am determined and I am focused. It’s just that my condition overcomes me from time to time. Fortunately, it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be and is getting better all the time.

Right, with that said I’ll just re-iterate that on November 16, a top Internet Marketer will release – free of charge – the reason why Affiliate Marketing isn’t really the pathway to riches for most of us.The headline for this release is D.A.M.S (Dirty Affiliate Marketing Secret).

By clicking the link below, you can be part of an EarlyBird group that will be the first to know about it on the release day and also get to know about exclusive updates on this Major Revelation in the Internet Marketing Industry.

And remember, the information being released is free. So click the link to find out more and join my DAMS EarlyBird Access

D.A.M.S – Dirty Affiliate Marketing Secret


Mike Flanagan