Internet Marketing – What’s With the Dodgy Affiliate Handshakes?
Secret Affiliate Handshakes
Has internet marketing become just like the Freemasons? You’d be forgiven for thinking so. What with all the stealth connections being made, secret handshakes and old boys’ networks, it does smell a little bit like:
“It’s not what you know, but who you know.”
But if you know no-one how are you expected to break into this secret society of affiliate marketing? If you don’t have any insider friends, what hope do you have of making your first commission, never mind making a living on the internet?
Affiliate Marketers Just Like You and Me
First of all, let me bring you the good news. Affiliate marketers aren’t special. Very few of them were born with silver commission spoons in their mouths. They put their pants on in the morning, one leg at a time, just like you and me. The reason that most of them got where they are today, is by being consistent and persistent, not because they had friends in high places.
Secret Stash of Commissions
The fact is, even if I or any other successful internet marketer were to lead you by the hand and show you where our secret stash of commissions is buried on internet island, chances are it wouldn’t make that much difference to you. Only you can make that difference by finding good products to promote and then… well, promoting them.
A Piece of Advice
I’ve lost count of the number of people who have asked me for advice on how to make money on the internet. I showed them what I do to consistently make big commissions online, I advised them what I thought they should do next, thinking that I was helping them. Sadly, only a select few actually took action and changed their lives with the information I gave them.
No Jumping Through Hoops
So, while the affiliate marketing world is a community, where, for the most part, we help each other and accept advice from each other, the fact is we act on that advice. It isn’t really some secret society where there are funny handshakes and dodgy initiation hoops to jump through (although a few of the big “guru” marketers want you to believe this in order to keep the little guys out).
Don’t Wait For Initiation
Thankfully those Grand Master “gurus” are in the minority. With affiliate marketing becoming more transparent and accessible than ever, the only thing that is keeping the little guy at the level of apprentice forever is not the inability to break into this old boys’ club, it is his lack of action. So don’t wait to be initiated, initiate instead.