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Why affiliate marketing is utter bullshit

So you have a mediocre website that gets mediocre traffic. Now you're thinking gee, how can I monetize this traffic?

9/10 times, you will be told that affiliate marketing is where it's at. Well, if you're marketing other people's shit, why not have your own shit that you sell? Why not have a little online store where you sell some cheap shit? Why bother LEAKING traffic to other people and sell their shit when you can just sell your own shit?

Don't have shit? Well, you can buy cheap shit and sell this shit. Others are selling shit too and this shit probably comes from someone who is willing to sell the same shit to you.

Affiliate marketing just redirects traffic from your site to some other site.

There are some big players in the affiliate marketing who want you to be an affiliate marketer for a shitty commission. Why would you redirect your traffic to the big players who will pay you shit?
It's not that hard to have an online store these days so why not have a few trinkets on your online store to sell instead of sending your traffic elsewhere. Your traffic will never come back because now you've just told them where to go instead. You lost any chance of making a sale and you will never reclaim that lost traffic.

If you've got a mediocre website that gets mediocre traffic, my advice is to put a mini online store on there and see what happens. There might be many who never return to your site, but there might be some who return and one of them makes a purchase. That's one customer who can potentially refer you to another customer if you've done your part to provide them with quality customer service.

If you do affiliate marketing, this customer will figure "oh, he wants me to buy this from xyz company. Well, I could have done that myself. What the hell do I need you for".

I'm sure there are successful affiliate marketers out there but I don't see why someone can't open up a mini store and sell stuff on their website and build a BRAND in the process.


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