I'll stick my 2 cents worth in here.
Affiliate marketing is all about the affiliate promoting the store. If the affiliate is
not promoting the store, the affiliate is not an affiliate, he is a customer.
Darkstar2 = customer (as in only works the site for direct earnings)
dsbe= affiliate (as in only promotes the site for indirect earnings)
Valerie= affiliate customer (as in promotes the site and works the site for direct and indirect earnings)
Is there anything wrong with any of those? No not at all.
From major corporations such as Pepsi on down to the local corner shoe store, it is
both the store and the affiliate that builds the store.
As I have always stated, there is no such thing as saturation unless you are referring
to a wet towel. People are born every day.....LOTS of them. People grow every day.
People lose their jobs every day. People become disabled every day. People become
a single parent every day. People spend money every day. People retire every day.
Every day, people are searching online for a way to make money. Many of these people
experience a life change simply by making $100 a month online. LIFE CHANGING.
The store must do it's job well. It must sell products at a fair competitive price and
it must sell what people want. If it can do that, word of mouth will spread and online
affiliate marketers help spread the word. IF a store does not do it's job well, the
opposite holds true also.
The market is certainly not saturated. If marketing became saturated, why is Pepse
advertising? Why does Macy's send emails every day?
dsbe is not being a smarty pants but IS in fact making my point. These online programs
you never know how long they will last or what they will do. No matter how great they
are, you don't have a crystal ball. No one likes to talk death but what if Jim had died
several years ago? Perhaps CS would have been gone quickly with 0 program sitting
here. As I stated earlier you ALWAYS lose when you promote someone else's program.
ALWAYS. You may profit, you may feel like you have won, but in reality, you could
have done better by promoting yourself and your own site.
If you only send people to someone else site, they are in someone else's database,
not yours. When the site goes POOF, you are back to scratch.
Don't misunderstand me. There is nothing wrong with advertising someone else site
it that is what you want to do. To each their own. I advertised CS but I primarily
used my own sites, my own databases, my own programs that cost me nothing to do so.
In addition I did use many free programs such as traffic exchanges and the like where
I always had free credits.
It's good to use some profits for advertising. Nothing wrong with that at all. My advice
has always been to make sure you pocket at least half of it. That way if things do go
south, you still profited well in the end.
I don't think GPT is over and I don't see it ending any time soon. Things may change.
There may be good days and bad days. It's always been that way and I think it will
continue to be that way for some time.