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Who's Killing Affiliate Marketing?

Linda Buquet

Are YOU guilty of helping to kill the Affiliate Marketing Industry???

When I saw the headline <strong><a href="">How the Affiliate Marketing Industry Killed Itself</a></strong> over at Lee McCoy's blog and read that he agreed with the author, I had to follow the link and read the full story. I assumed it would be another doom and gloom "affiliate marketing is dead" article. In fact my 1st thought was "Molander is at it again!" ;) HOWEVER this time I largely agree with the author's views.

<strong><a target="_new" href="">David Hawk</a></strong> is writing from the SEO side of the fence, so don't hold that against him. He's also largely pointing to the rogue and black hat affiliates, barely acknowledging that there are "plenty of totally legit and valuable affiliates out there."

I agree with that fact that the state of affiliate marketing today is primarily due to the rogues, black hatters and fraud affiliates that have given our industry a black eye. More importantly, the bad guys have made the business so much harder for the honest, value-add affiliates to succeed.

I also agree that <strong>had our industry been self-policing or somehow held to best marketing practices, we would not be suffering from the stigma and set-backs he describes. </strong> <a target="_new" href="">He makes a strong point</a> when he says "<em>Sadly, the weakest link in the chain brings down everyone else</em>."

<strong>It's not too late to try to clean things up. When any of you "good guys" out there get the urge to try out a "gray tactic" or an outright "black hat trick" STOP and think about the big picture!</strong>

Like I always say "Market with Integrity and Everybody Wins!

The 3 main factors David says killed Affiliate Marketing are:
<strong>1. Marketers Wised Up to Affiliate Tricks
2. Search Engines Shunned Affiliates
3. Pay-Per-Performance Went Mainstream</strong>
<blockquote>"Affiliate marketers - most ecommerce businesses either love 'em or hate 'em...Regardless of the camp you are currently in, my sense is that affiliate marketing as an industry is in decline. As I see it, there are <strong>three main factors</strong> that are driving this demise, and each of these factors are directly the result of affiliates being too aggressive, underhanded, or a combination of both. Sadly, the weakest link in the chain brings down everyone else."</blockquote>
It's a long article, but well worth your time. Read the rest here:
<strong><a href="">How the Affiliate Marketing Industry Killed Itself</a></strong>

What do YOU think???
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Spamming opportunities are drying up.

Affiliate marketing is getting stronger than ever and going mainstream as evidenced by the fact that as an affiliate manager I could make (as a wage) triple what I could two years ago.

If you surf this industry right, you will die a very wealthy person. If you try to ***** people you will only do ok in the short term.

Interesting piece though and I agree with most of it, but maybe not the overly pessimistic link bait title. ;)

Joseph Ratliff

<b>5 Star Success Guru</b>
I think that the Internet Marketing Community as a whole is getting stronger, and is way less susceptible to scams, spamming, black hat, etc... So...

As affiliate marketers within that community, if we don't work towards the global idea of elimination of the "rogues", then naturally what will happen is some sort of intervention, regulation from Big Brother, or the death of affiliate marketing as a business model altogether.

Sorry for the grim picture...but that can be the reality if there is no fix.

Linda Buquet

A couple people in the blogosphere, thought I was saying I agreed that Affiliate Marketing is dead! NO SORRY if the message I was trying to make wasn't clear.

I did not mean to imply I agree that affiliate marketing is DEAD. FAR FROM IT! I changed his subject line to "IS KILLING" (instead of already KILLED) to imply a warning that we need to be ever vigilant about cleaning our industry up. I agree with a couple of David's points as stated above.

Kieron made some other great points about Davids article and started out with "What also saddened me was people like Lee and Linda agree with him, surely you don’t guys?" So I posted a long reply, trying to clarify the points I was making in my original post above.

Linda said:
"Hi Kieron, sorry if it wasn’t clear but I don’t agree AT ALL that affiliate marketing is dying.

And I do agree with every one or your points too. We can agree on all that, being on the inside of the industry, knowing what WE know. But many people in the corporate world, some merchants and many traditional and SEO marketers think spammer, scammer, arbitrage, fraud - when they hear the word affiliate.

If we weren’t IN the biz and the only exposure we had to affiliate marketing is all the porn and RX spam and SEO and PPC black hat stuff we may not think so highly of our industry either. David’s views accurately reflect what many “outsiders” think of our industry. Hence his point “Sadly, the weakest link in the chain brings down everyone else.” is very true.

I’m the ever eternal optimist when it comes to our industry - so I will say again NO WAY do I think our industry is dying and didn’t mean for it to sound like I did.

What I was trying to say is I agreed with some of his points and tried to take them and turn them into a lesson or a warning that we need to stay vigilant about cleaning our industry up

Your thoughts?


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I always thought that affilliate marketing comes down to content, content, and content. One of John Chow's tips from his free ebook is to push a product as a content or draw attention to it as a 'hot deal'.

It seems to work for me as I partnered with a group of writers passionate about their subjects, movies in one site and sports in the other.

I'm the guy that monetizes the site based on what I read here and other make money sites. We're not making big money yet, but we're counting on our status as affilliates to get us going. I just hope that affilliate practice is not discontinued.

But I suppose, there's always Amazon. I doubt they have anything against their affilliates.


Spammers are whats ruining affiliate marketing. The more and more these idiots go out spamming forums with their drug prescription services the less us true affiliate marketers can continue to make honest money on the web


it kind of sucks.. because when you think about it..what if they drop the hammer on aff marketing and we can no longer make money with it 10 years from now...thats scary..