Being an affiliate is getting an increasingly bad wrap from the general public. Mainstream media has had a rising interest in the acai berry industry the last few months. I recently saw an hour long segment on a local news station talking about the acai berry “scam” and it amazed me at how misinformed they were about it. (let alone the fact they’re over a year late.) They talked about the nightmare rebill system very commonly found on acai berry websites and the extremely poor consumer ratings.
So what does this have to do with affiliates? They’re on the front line when it comes to blame and lashback moreso than the actual publishers. There are a huge amount of affiliates that are doing borderline unethical/illegal things to make quick cash. This isn’t a “one bad apple spoils the bunch” scenario either; there are thousands of affiliates promoting questionable offers and creating this scammer image. The title of “affiliate” is quickly becoming as mistrusted as used car salesman.
The reason this is happening is simply greed. There was a hole in the system for protecting consumers online by misleading them and it was heavily taken advantage of. Now that firm action has been taken by the FTC most of these affiliates are both whining and struggling to keep their income at the same level.
This is always going to happen with these types of offers which is why long term legitimate campaigns > short term questionable offer.
With all that said, there are plenty of affiliates out there playing by the rules and not exploiting the system that have the ultimate “I told you so” on the others. Props to all of my legitimate affiliate brothers, keep doing what you’re doing and you won’t have a problem making it.