Affiliate Marketing Fallacies

Form (or Name) Versus Substance

I’ve never noticed this one before, but apparently Facebook now has an “On This Day In [Year Here]” widget in the sidebar. Here’s what mine says today: Yes, I surely remember that one. It was probably the most surprising one I’ve ever seen. Russians have a proverb “Как корабль назовешь, …

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10 Most Overused Words and Phrases in Affiliate Marketing

Reading through thousands of tweets, blog posts, affiliate program descriptions and other material related to affiliate marketing on a monthly basis, I see the same set of words and phrases being used over and over again… to the point when they no longer strengthen the content, but do exactly the …

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MLM versus Affiliate Marketing

The amount of business and even e-commerce literature that equates affiliate marketing to multi-level marketing is substantial enough for me to address this common misconception in my blog. Paul Ford, for example, in his Multi-Level Marketing brochure states that affiliate marketing is just another term for MLM marketing, a name …

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CPA Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, and the Confusion

While I fully understand that the motivation behind this particular article was to generate affiliate sign-ups for one given “CPA network” — and this fact alone makes the endorsement highly subjective — I do feel that it is important for me to address a few misconceptions that this article is …

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Tsar by Pavel Lungin and Ethics in Affiliate Marketing

A few days ago Russia celebrated Christmas, and while choosing a movie to watch yesterday night my attention was naturally drawn to a new film by Pavel Lungin — “Tsar” [more here and here | it’s also available in the U.S. with English subtitles]. It is not an easy movie …

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Affiliate Networks are Not Affiliate Managers

There is a book co-authored by Dave Chaffey, Richard Mayer, Kevin Johnston and Fiona Ellis-Chadwick, and entitled Internet Marketing: Strategy, Implementation and Practice. In the chapter on Traffic Building the authors spend some time talking about affiliate marketing. One thing that jumps right at me is the following statement: To …

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Super Affiliates Prefer Per-Click Payments?

One of very few theoretical and more academically-written books on affiliate marketing (if not the only one) is the Strategic Affiliate Marketing by S. Goldschmidt, S. Junghagen and U. Harris published in 2003. While discussing the basics of affiliate marketing, the authors spend time looking at “Affiliates’ Characteristics” (p. 51-52). …

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Misconception: Only High Commissions Attract Affiliates

Today I am starting a series of posts (I am not planning to publish them in a consecutive manner, but new ones will be added as I come across the issues to address), and a whole new category – Affiliate Marketing Fallacies. In this rubric I will be covering the …

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When Affiliate Marketing is Being Misrepresented

I am tired of seeing the affiliate marketing industry being misrepresented as just another one of those get-rich-quick schemes! Hundreds, if not thousands, of websites are full of promises of helping you turn in a quick buck if only you buy their eBook or, even, join their affiliate program. Twitter …

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