I’ve been an affiliate marketer in my day and there are times when I still am. There are some products that are just too delicious to NOT promote, and there are other products that I promote whether there’s an affiliate commission in it for me or not.
I know some people can’t stand affiliate marketers and I try to make it clear when it’s an affiliate product and sometimes I give people the option of ordering it without an affiliate ID attached. (I’m currently testing the practice to find out what people prefer and would love to hear you weigh in on the subject if you feel so inclined.)
But you know what? I can’t stand ‘em. People that plan on making their living as an affiliate marketer online are the worst kind of bottom feeders.
It’s irritating, it’s annoying, it’s aggravating – do I really need to go on here?
And what I find so frustrating about it is the sheer, meaningless noise and the whole “all about me” attitude. There’s a whole lot of ways to suck tailpipe in this word and that certainly counts as one of them.
A whole lot of extremely talented people that have the real potential to make a living online have to spend the front end of their online career learning to separate the sheer BS from the real thing.
I was in a discussion on Facebook not too long ago and I was able to offer some genuinely good advice to someone who has the “juice” to make a go of it and the shark rolls in long enough to take a bite of them and try to send them down the wrong path just because they would make money from it. (And please, don’t try to play the “Shark Week” card as an excuse!o)
I suppose that’s one reason why I love Social Media Marketing, though, because people figure out you’re a creep for themselves and they simply stop listening. I genuinely enjoy people and I love hearing about their lives, and especially about their work life, and I learn from it.
I learn as a human being, and I learn as an online marketer what people genuinely need.
I suppose I should count my blessings that I’m me and I get to be with people that way, but like everybody else on the planet I wish there wasn’t such a large group of people dedicated to making life harder. In the immortal words of a dear friend, when you take one person and work effectively with another, the sum is greater than the parts ever could be.
Here’s to really being about caring about – and for – each other!
Your partner in saying YES! passionately to life,
It might be a bit old school for some of you, but BlogCatalog used to be like the Facebook for bloggers. I used it, I loved it, and got a decent return on investment in terms of trading off the time and energy to engage my fellow users with traffic and sales.
Somewhere along the way it just stopped being worth the time and energy. (Probably about the same time I joined Facebook, I’m thinking.)
I’m not usually the type that is unwilling to revisit something I’ve decided against (and I’ve had some pretty awesome adventures with my just say “YES!” way of living), so I dropped in today to say hello to my old friend Blogcatalog.
And couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
It was like walking in to a party and as soon as you scan the room you start mentally checking your watch.
Not even sure, just that gut instinct screaming that I’m watching the death throes.
Another death knell? Spent about an hour searching the ‘net looking for some reviews and some numbers that would either debunk my gut feeling or find out if it’s shared and nobody even cares enough about Blogcatalog to be writing about it. Ouch!
I’m guessing a lot of people quit the party before they even had a good story about how awful it was.
Still willing to be wrong; if you’re a Blogcatalog user I’d love to hear from you. If you use to be, where are you hanging out these days and is it serving you and your business? Would love to hear about that too.
Of course if you’d like to connect in some of my favorite hangouts just check out the sidebar and pick where you’d like to meet me and I’ll see you there!
In the meantime, say “YES!” passionately to life,
Social media is online content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. Social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share news, information and content; it supports the human need for social interaction with technology, transforming broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers. Social media has become extremely popular because it allows people to connect in the online world to form relationships for personal, political and business use. Businesses also refer to social media as user-generated content (UGC) or consumer-generated media (CGM).
A social network is a social structure made of individuals (or organizations) called “nodes,” which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.
Social network analysis views social relationships in terms of network theory about nodes and ties. Nodes are the individual actors within the networks, and ties are the relationships between the actors. The resulting graph-based structures are often very complex. There can be many kinds of ties between the nodes. Research in a number of academic fields has shown that social networks operate on many levels, from families up to the level of nations, and play a critical role in determining the way problems are solved, organizations are run, and the degree to which individuals succeed in achieving their goals.
In its simplest form, a social network is a map of all of the relevant ties between all the nodes being studied. The network can also be used to measure social capital — the value that an individual gets from the social network. These concepts are often displayed in a social network diagram, where nodes are the points and ties are the lines.