I decided to sign up for a course by an affiliate marketing guru. I just had to see what the heck it was all about.
I guess I've watched these people over the 16+ years I've been online, claiming that they make tons of money just by promoting products and reaping affiliate commissions and my curiousity got the best of me.
This person is teaching how to research products online, assess the competition, and then set about creating mini review sites. You're supposed to then find a bunch of high quality blogs and post comments on them, including your site URL in the website link portion of the comment section, to get backlinks to your site and hence make it rank better. This sounded questionable but since the links are no follow and not in the actual comment text...maybe.
But then, once these back links in comments are in place, one of the next things you're supposed to do is mass directory submissions. Uh oh. BIG red flag.
I'm posting this in hopes that someone will just tell me, once and for all, to ignore all these freaking affiliate marketers. They may be making tons of money but it seems to me a lot of it is from selling "programs" to those who hope to emulate their supposed huge earnings. And anyway, what they are "teaching" takes a lot of time, effort, and money. It's not some simple, easy road to riches.
Just sick of the nonsense I guess. I consider myself a smart person, but I keep feeling like I get sucked into this promise of massive riches online. That makes me feel dumb.