‘Get $2000 each time someone signs up!’
‘See lots of £55 flowing into your account, as your people sign up for my programme!’
‘Not only will it change lives, you will benefit financially too!’
These lines are very common in a world where a new way of making money is coming to the fore. It’s called affiliate sales, where you promote someone else’s product or service and get paid for it.
Not that this is new at all really, it’s been done for years. But with the advent of computers and the internet it is now done automatically – and therein lies the appeal for some people. Money really can flow into your account without you apparently doing anything for it.
So for instance, Jodi Chapman, a colleague of mine, sets up the software at her end to enable me to subscribe as an affiliate of her programmes. She then provides me with a link (like the one above) which means that if you buy her product, at her end she is told that has happened, and that she owes me a certain amount of money.
There’s nothing wrong with any of this, except that morally people have all different kinds of ideas about it. (Well you probably know if you’ve been on my list for a while that I believe there is nothing wrong with anything unless you think there is, but that’s a whole other topic!)
Some people think this kind of information should be shared for free (and I do that too); others think it is fine to make a bit of money (or a lot) from sharing it. And then there are all sorts of other opinions in between these two.
But what it boils down to is this – what is it that motivates you? For me, I have no choice, it appears. My mission on earth is to inspire and awaken others to live their lives in abundance, pleasure, joy, happiness, peace and contentment.
The form surrounding this mission has changed over the years, but it’s always been my driving factor.
That’s got nothing to do with money (abundance includes money, and plenty of other things too). But sharing others’ work that I know is great IS something I have always done, regardless of whether there is money involved or not.
So you have to find your own way with this. For me, I had the realization above. Plus I have to have tasted that person’s work myself personally before I can recommend them. It feels all wrong otherwise. But you might be different, and that’s OK.
Ultimately, sometimes I share things that I will receive a cut of and sometimes there’s no money involved.
If you want to explore this opportunity above (or any other) but you don’t want to subscribe to the notion of affiliates, then just take off the identifying link in the url and you’ll get to a page that will enable you to do that without any money exchange going on.
I’d love to know what you think about all this, so do comment and lets hear!