Ethics in the World of Affiliate Marketing
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Some of the links on Site Sketch 101 may be affiliate links. This simply means that I may make some money if you click through and make a purchase at some of the sites that I link.
I won’t make enough to buy that BMW that I dream about owning, but I will get some money.
You can still rest assured that this doesn’t drive me to promote products that I don’t believe in. If you hang out here for very long you might actually catch me bashing some companies that actually pay a pretty strong commission on their affiliate sales.
I let you know what’s worked for me and if I can get paid to do that then it’s just that much more enjoyable.
Are You A No Good, Lying Used Car Salesman?
We’re all tired of bogus sales pitches. We’re sick of seeing banners plastered all over our screens that offer to make us $8,000 per month if we’ll invest $300 in a some program. We’re tired of the lies and we want to get straight to the truth about products.
In fact, some blogs and websites have gotten so out of control that they’ve caught the attention of the U.S. Government and in response the FTC has recently published a new act that actually governs how bloggers are able to endorse certain affiliate products.
That’s pretty annoying. It’s sad that you money-hungry mongrels have driven them to that. Why couldn’t we just tell the truth because it’s fun and it feels good to be honest with our readers?
Credibility is Worth More Than A Quick Sale.
In the long run, you’re going to make a lot more money if you can develop credibility with your readers.
If you recommend a bogus product just because they offer a high payout and one of your readers buys into it then you’re probably never going to see that reader again. On the flip side, if you’re honest and only recommend products because you believe that they will actually be useful to your readers then they will keep coming back for more.
Even the Bible has something to say about this, “A Good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…” From Proverbs 22:1
I like to think of myself as the ethical affiliate marketer. I don’t have a problem letting people know that I get paid for certain sales or links. In my experiences, I’ve found that transparency and honesty will take you a lot further than deceptive sales practices.
At Site Sketch 101, I’m all about transparency. If you ask me about an affiliate link, I’ll let you know what I like and dislike about it. I’ll even let you know my share of the profit if you ask. I have nothing to hide and because of this, I sleep like a baby at night. I go to bed with a clean conscience knowing that I’m helping my readers.
So are you interested in some of the products that I get paid for? Or maybe you’re one of those people who hates clicking on another person’s affiliate links. Either way, here’s a list of some of the companies that I’m currently partnered with.
They’ve got some great products and some good affiliate programs so check out their products or sign up with their affiliate programs to start making some money at your site today.
But remember…be honest with your readers.