Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Internet Marketing Center

That's not exactly a "corporate" stupidity, the "corporation" apparently is smart enough to get people with such an advertising. But I cannot pass that without some serious eyebrow raising...

Let see, the guys propose to organize your affiliate program. Right, quite logical business, "during the gold rush, sell shovels." Now would it be logical to use them? For some people, probably. But stilll... the claims are kind of frivolous.

It starts with a statement "Even though I paid over $248,000 for this, I want you to have it risk free for the next 90 days…" Who paid, for what, why do we care? Ask yourself, would you even consider paying $248,000 for creating your affiliate program? Frankly, you can do that with a couple of simple php scripts and an MS Access database. In fact, I am planning to publish this all on my website promotion blog in a couple of months absolutely free under CC license. So, that's just plain crazy.

Of course, then follows the pitch that it's really easy and "don't be afraid" stuff, and some millions that somebody earned, and over $11,500 there (who would pay that for an affiliate program?), and $1,876,053 made there, and blah-blah-blah... Of course, these are all money that are not in your pocket, but somehow visitors to this site get agitated enough to buy. Puzzling, isn't it?

Then you are explained that your affiliates will get 2 level downline and how important it is. Say, tells you the site, if you get 50 affiliates in a month, you have just 600 affilitaes in a year. But, and you feel like the author lows his voice and shares his great secret with you, with our two-tier program, it will be 1600 in the same time with the same effort... That's assuming that each of your affiliates recruits 50 new affiliates a month... I will not even comment on it.

Then you find out that all that separates you from the happiness are mere $677 plus $47 per month. Of course, it is compared to some "generic detergent" for $350 per month, just to make you feel comfortable about $47. But even $47 a month is still a lot of money for such a service. Sheesh, you can have the whole site for less... For reference, Clickbank.com asks for only $50 one time fee and no monthly fee at all. Sure, they require using their link, but that's a guarantee to the affiliates that you will not cheat them. Kind of important if you really want to recruit 50 affilicates a month...

But here is a really mind-numbing statement: "Recruiting affiliates is easy with AssocTRAC 4.0!" Guys, that's the key and that's NEVER EASY. All the rest is pretty much technology, not a big deal, recruiting affiliates is the actual marketing, that's what requires skills, and persistence, and work.

And, by the way, most affiliates don't see any reasonable profits even if the company does not cheat on them. Count yourself. If you need 1600 affiliates to make, say, $50,000 a month (quite a hefty profit, isn't it?), then even if you give it all to you affiliates, each of them will get on average $50,000/1,600 = $31.125, yes, 31 dollar and 12 and a half penny. That's why recruiting affiliates is not easy. People know how to count, they learned that in the third grade of the school.

Oh, well, I guess that's it. IMHO, trying to pull such tricks on customers does not look very bright to me. Again, I may be wrong. And, maybe they really help some people, but somehow I doubt that their average customer is doing great. Although, I'd be happy to be proven wrong in this particular point.

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