If you are a regular visitor of my site then you know that before I found success with affiliate marketing I was also involved in many other make money online opportunities with MLM (Multi Level Marketing)being one of them. I think I’m more than qualified to talk about this subject and today I want to share with everyone why I feel that affiliate marketing kicks MLM’s ass any day and 5 solid reasons to back these claims up.
1. There’s Absolutely No Selling Involved With Affiliate Marketing
I think this was one of the main deciding factors that made me want to get involved in affiliate marketing when I first got started in this business. You don’t need to know how to sell things or have any previous experience with sellings things to be successful in this business.
You simply connect people with the information they’re already searching for online and provide them with solid facts that will help them make a sound purchasing decision. That’s It! After that, you send them over to a store like Amazon or Walmart and they take care of the rest.
Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it?
This May Seem A Bit Confusing To Some People So Check Out This Screenshot Below To Get A Better Idea Of What I’m Talking About!
I have made plenty of sales from this review and it only took me a couple of hours to write it. Also, take note that this was about 2 years ago and it still resides on page 1 of Google. I didn’t have to call people up and convince them why they should buy this headset. My website did all the talking for me.
On the other hand, with MLM, it’s a whole different story. Not only will you need to have some strong salesman skills, you’ll also need to be good talking on the phone (Cold Calling) and convincing other people to buy products (Which are usually overpriced)
Back when I was with Ameriplan, I remember I had to memorize phone scripts and practice what I was going to say to people before I called them only to get yelled at and have a bunch of people hang up on me. Not my idea of a dream job what about you guys?
2. The Costs Associated With MLM Companies Are Downright Ridiculous
I still remember to this day, all the fees I had to pay and the overpriced products that were required for me to purchase each month if I wanted to remain active and continue to get paid every month. When I was with many other MLM’s it seems like I always ended up putting more money into them then I made so I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever made any money from them.
Some MLM fees can get pretty expensive and you could easily end up paying anywhere from a couple hundred a month to a couple thousand. When you compare this to the costs associated with running an affiliate marketing business it makes me wonder why anyone would even waste their time or money on MLM programs.
How much does it cost to start and maintain an affiliate marketing business a year? The only costs you would incur would be hosting and the cost of your domain name. Depending on which hosting package you decide upon will determine how much you pay for hosting.
Typically you can get a pretty decent hosting package for anywhere from $6-$10 a month. If you can find a coupon code you can snag your domain for as little as .99 for your first year and only $15 a year after that. That’s It! Your maximum yearly cost is well under $200.
Aint That Crazy?
3. MLM Tells You To Target Your Warm Market (Your Friends & Family)
The only way you can make money in most MLM schemes is by recruiting other members into the scheme. This usually involves harassing your friends and family and being held responsible for getting them mixed up in another pyramid scheme all so you can get paid.
I have lost many friends back when I was pushing these kinds of schemes, and as I look back at it now, I regret ever getting involved in them. After a while, you get sick of continuously recruiting other people and having to sell ridiculously overprices products to your friends that they can buy at the convenience store down the road for a whole lot cheaper.
With affiliate marketing, instead of harassing people you will be helping people find the information they’re looking for on the web. You’ll get paid a commission when they buy something for simply pointing them in the right direction. Which would you rather do, help people out or harass them? I think it’s pretty obvious that you would go with the first one.
4. Make Money Doing Something You Love Vs Promoting Something You Have No Interest In
Most MLM’s don’t allow you to choose what to promote, they already have it picked out for you. 9 times out of 10 this is usually something that you have no interest in, and the only reason you are with the company in the first place is to make money.
If your hearts not in it and you don’t enjoy what you’re doing you’ll like end up quitting. With affiliate marketing, you’re the one who decides what you promote. It’s your business so why wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you much rather make money doing something you enjoy vs being told what you were allowed to sell?
5. You Aren’t Truly Your Own Boss With MLM
Even though this is advertised as a “business opportunity” you’re clearly not really your own boss when you join any MLM company. Why not? You don’t own the website or the business. The only thing you own is the product. If you think about it like this that would mean you are only a distributor, not a business owner.
Unlike in affiliate marketing where you truly are your own boss because YOU own your website and you are creating your own brand and a following. When I hear many people who’re in MLM tell me that they have their own network marketing business I just wanna laugh.
Guess what happens to your so called business once the company gets shut down or you get tired of people telling you they aren’t interested? Your business goes out the window and all of your hard work goes down the drain.
Instead Of Hustling People Why Not Start Helping Them Instead?
Plain and simple MLM companies try to turn you into a hustler. You’re that pimp standing on the street corner with your jacket full of energy drinks trying to solicit the latest scheme to other people. You’re that guy or gal selling discounted health plans that nobody has even heard of.
You’re that dude that keeps harassing your friends, family, & neighbors to buy into the latest weight loss fad and hottest diet pills on the market. They tell you to get out there and hustle, tell everyone how great their product is and spam your social media networks with this garbage.
We have all likely had our fair share of MLM schemes in our time in the online world. Does that make you a bad person? Absolutely not. I have been involved in many programs like this in my time in the online world as well so I know what it’s like to be on both sides of the fence.
Instead of hustling your friends to make a living why not try and help them find what they’re looking for instead? Affiliate marketing offers you the opportunity to do just that and I have been doing this for 3 years now. I really hope this post has opened your eyes and has given you some insight into how MLM companies work and why it just makes sense to start up an Affiliate Marketing Business.
Are you involved in an MLM business right now? Maybe you have a question about something I didn’t cover in the article above. I would love to hear about it below and answer any questions or comments you may have about either of these 2 business models in the comments section below.
Until Next Time!
Your Friend, Scott