Marketing As An Affiliate Versus Multi Level Marketing
Other than marketing your own products, there are really two alternatives to make money on the Internet. They would be Affiliate marketing and Mutli Level Marketing.
With Affiliate marketing, you are selling someone else's product or products, and earning a commissionÂ which is your profit.
The second is MLM - (Multi Level Marketing) and it is greatly different in every way you can think of. Generally, you are not "selling" anything. You are promoting a system where you normally get paid to bring in another person, who then repeats the same process over again.
The biggest problem with both methods is that one thing can stop them both dead in their tracks...A LACK OF TRAFFIC! Without traffic, neither one of those systems will produce any sales, much less a regular cash flow.
Now the good thing of Affiliate Marketing is that there are plenty of products on the Internet for you to sell. Plenty may be an understatement!
Do you know CBEngine, ClickBank or Paydot.com?. They are always actively searching out Affiliates to market items for sellers. They pay, for the most part, very good commissions and they have been doing it for a long time. (That goes for all of them.) Of course there are others, but I feel comfortable to say they are the largest.
They are all free to sign up with. Working with all of them is very easy, and getting started is quite simple. Then you just go through and pick out products you are either familiar with or would be interested in marketing, and have at it.
You don't even have to have a web site to do it. I will say that I think it helps, but it is not positively necessary. Most likely you should have a Blog as you will need a place to have your customers land when they want to take a look at what you are promoting! (Most Blogs are free and simple to set up!)
Now let's move on to the Multi Level Marketing. The main factor that separates these two is primarily that you are not really selling an "item or product" with multi level marketing. You are selling a program or a plan which aggressively "recruits" other members to join and that goes on forever.
A person joins this program and is called your "down-line", and you get paid. Then when they "solicit" another person, then they get paid and you get a small percentage of the new person also! Normally this will go down your "line" (where the term "down-line" is derived from) for so many places and stops at a certain place.
The major difference in the Internet multi level marketing and outside the web MLM is as follows. There is usually some small monthly charge to the "Matrix Providers" - those who started this MLM program - to keep it going and keep track of who belongs to whom and all the other information.
Which the best of these two? Depends on how you look at things. Many of us get heavily involved in the Affiliate Marketing because it's more comforting to work with something you can see. Multi Level Marketing is invisible and you must have a certain amount of "faith" to market it.
Realizing on the Internet, they (Affiliate and MLM) aren't that much different. You can't in reality "see or touch" e Books or videos on the Internet. But Thousands are being sold daily by affiliates and business owners promoting their own products.
There is also a great deal of MLM Plans being sold daily. They may even offer a "eBook" or CD as a prize for joining. Both offers, Affiliate and MLM, are the same in one way. you still don't know what you are getting until after you have bought it, do you?
As an Internet businessman, I have been involved with both of these programs. I will say they both work, and they will both make sales. But you will find that you main concentration will be on getting TRAFFIC to your site or your Blog, or both if you have them!