Sorry for being in absentia :(. I return with more of a a game of catch-up to play than ever, but play I shall!
February 6th, 2013
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Fortunately I haven't been completely idle in my blog work. I've been composing entries sporadically, one of which I finished today:
I've seen these ads, as you probably have, boasting $55/hour earnings working part time online. I've checked this out a couple of times. Never taken it so far that I can actually say how effective it is, but it appears to be some website that claims to make it easy to make money through the Amazon Affiliate program. The sense seems to be that they take care of the technical stuff, so you don't have to be a web designer or some such. This kind of thing seems to be cropping up everywhere, not just on facebook. Sifting through local online classifieds, these ads are all I see in some categories. They promise work-from-home opportunities with handsome part-time earnings. With the Facebook ads, they even specify that they are looking to "fill positions" in my local area. Maybe they are, but I'm finding myself doubtful that the Amazon Affiliate program needs people specifically working in certain areas for this kind of thing.
I've looked into the Amazon Affiliate program. THAT seems legitimate. That they had any part in those Facebook ads is something I doubt, but the program does exist. It's something you can plug into a website or going online concern that you already have, not something you can start from scratch with and expect to have it work. You need to have a "thing" already. With the Amazon Affiliate program, you can run ads for products related to your content. You can even have your own little "shop". I've searched some videos on this. Here are a couple of youtube videos to give you an idea of what the Amazon Affiliate program is like (They are both pretty realistic. Despite the title pic of the first video, the narrator points out right off the bat that she doesn't make a lot of money with the Amazon Affiliate program, though it is enough to make it worth it for her.)
This is for avid bloggers and people who know how to get traffic to websites. Having a pre-existing following is what really makes this work.
What these ads seem to promise is to make this process easier for everyday people. But can they really do that kind of work for you - generating a following and everything? And even if they can, is it worth paying them, or putting your trust in them?
The Amazon program isn't the only affiliate program out there either. There are more than a few big companies out there who are willing to pay ordinary people a little extra to advertise for them. That's what this comes down to. Businesses want advertising time. It's what allows Youtube to remain a free service, and it's why events have sponsors. We've had it for quite some time, but now people not necessarily in the biz can benefit in a small way. Maybe that can even be a big way, if you've got the mind for it.
Where am I going with this? Bottom line, I still don't trust these work-from-home ads, but I think they're cropping up everywhere because they're just inside the boundary of legal. Kind of like pyramid schemes. If I were interested in affiliate programs (and I'm not saying I'm not) and had a going online concern with a following, then I would go straight to one of the programs themselves. I don't believe there needs to be a middle man if this is really going to work.