Are You Considering Becoming an Affiliate?
Many people want to work from home but often waste time, effort and money resulting in failure when it's not their fault. No one told them what to look for when choosing a company. Consider several qualities before joining any company no matter what they promise.
First, do research on the company and even the people introducing the opportunity, are they legitimate? Feel free to contact them and ask them how long they have been an affiliate, how they promote their business, what kind of results they experience, what kind of help from the company, etc. For some companies you may have to fill out a form and get on their email registry to receive information Legitimate companies have an unsubscribe link in their e-mails. Some ask you in the first e-mail to click on a link that says it is ok for them to send e-mails to you.
Second, how do they promote their company. Will everything be done for you (never happens), or do you depend on training from your up-line only? How many people has your up-line signed up (high number is a a good indicator your up-line knows what they are doing) ? If a company says membership is free, everything is automated, and you just sit back doing nothing and collecting money, it's a warning sign They are not legitimate. Any program promising something that seems to good to be true, again, run. Joining is setting yourself up for failure. You're better off knowing it's going to take work to be successful. At least then you know results will be based on your following their training and the quality of the company's product.
Third, make sure you find out exactly what the compensation plan is and if it is complicated, run again. Complicated compensation plans offer too many ways to get screwed on your compensation and if you don't understand it fully how will you explain it to someone you're trying to sign up? Or do they only talk about the compensation plan, about all the money you'll make by introducing it to friends and family, none of which sells the product? The products are where the long term residual income resides. Strong residual income becomes the foundation of strong rooted companies who will be around a while.
Fourth, investigate the products they endorse. Do you like them? Have you tried any? Do you like them before joining? You can only sell products you believe in. Do the products serve a niche or are they something no one really wants? Will the products be easily replaced by the next new thing to come along? How crowded is the market? Is there anything unique about the products? Are they so expensive no one will buy them? Answers to these questions determine the worth of the products on the market and reflect saleability. Why set yourself up for failure with worthless products?
Fifth, see if your views are in line with theirs. Do they care about money or do they have a passion for helping others? If the company focuses only on money, they will fail and so will you. Helping people get what they want, opens the door for you to get what you want.
Sixth, check out their policies. Three or four pages should be enough to explain them. If the policy manual contains many pages with a multitude of rules and only specific ways to market, not only will all affiliates be advertising in the same way, these heavy constrictions don't allow you to differentiate yourself in the marketplace. How do potential affiliates choose you instead of someone else? Make sure the company allows you to be an affiliate with other companies. To become truly successful having multiple streams of income is vital.
And last, does the company provide solutions such as ready made display ads, classified ad examples, sample tweets, social network use, marketing and product training? Are their seminars, workshops or webinars only filled with rah, rah emotion pumping rhetoric or do they provide concrete information to help build your home business?
Many good multilevel marketing opportunities out there. Choosing the right company is only half the game. The other half is you, the person ultimately responsible for the results by how hard and how smart you work. Doing your research and thinking from your gut not about the wild promises of riches, increases your chance of success!
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About the Author
Carol O'Connor, consultant, publisher and internet marketing researcher, helps people choose the right companies to become affiliated with and then aids them in the marketing process. She concerns herself with success in the tough field of internet marketing.
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