Is “Affiliate Marketing” A Crucified Phrase?

Updated: November 4, 2016
by Ray Alexander

A lot of niche marketers casually call themselves an "affiliate marketer" while others try to avoid the word affiliate and simply refer to themselves "a blogger" instead. Say "I'm a niche marketer" and people generally don't know what the hell that means. Whereas if you ask your friends what they think an "affiliate marketing" means, most of them will roughly what it is about - promoting something on behalf of a seller in exchange for a commission.

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Just like "lawyers" are the most respected and the least trusted, there are many good niche affiliate marketers and also as many scam affiliate marketers.

The term affiliate marketing is not generally accepted well by network publishers. Email service providers to start with (as I have previously mentioned "Mailchimp and Affiliate Marketing"). Many online social "enhancement mediums" seem to hate the phrase. For instance CoPromote, who provides social media post sharing service, randomly disapproves any posts that appear to indicate affiliates.

Scammers' Affiliates Become Spammers

In fact, I have asked CoPromote why they keep rejecting my posts with regard to niche marketing, or even some posts with no element of affiliate promotions. Their response was, as long as it's not about Get Rich Quick scheme or Earn 6-Figure Income, they review and re-approve my posts. Unfortunately they never have. CoPromote's automatic filtering system seems pretty at random. I have seen many "make 6-figures easy" posts shared within CoPromote - the users can carefully word the title and mask the context to bypass the filter.

​So the crucified area is often defined by these famous phrases; "Get Rich Quick" and "6-Figure so and so". And also MLM.

Affiliate marketing has a short history with less than 30 years since the concept was first found. It has blossomed in every direction since, therefore there are many areas yet to be regulated. Affiliate marketers have less responsibility as they own little assets to look after and have no customer care to worry about.

​"Get Rich" and "6-Figures" have been naturally developed by scammers - consciously or unconsciously. And most of the "6-figure system creators" allow their affiliates to do whatever takes to sell. So their affiliates would spam. Try every other social space. Lie. They're used to cat-and-mouse games; when they're banned or rejected, they simply create another account and start again.

“Affiliate Marketing” Is A Crucified Phrase

So if you think you're a "good affiliate", searching for the best interest for your readers, problem solver and you exist to help others, telling others you're in affiliate marketing can cause a confusion. You're an online marketer (covers all)...blogger (can be as broad as a designer or "I have a job").....just a suggestion.

About the author 

Ray Alexander

ASD. Recovering alcoholic. LGBTQ+ advocate. Semi-retired. 15+ years of web-designing experience. 10+ years affiliate marketing. Ex-accountant. I'm nice and real. Ask me if you need any help in starting up your home business.

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  1. Hey Raymundo, I’ve had problems with CoPromote several times and found their behaviors unfair. I’ve seen lots of shared posts about “6 figure get rich” and they’ve banned a few of my posts because they only had a link with hashtag words. My posts are nothing to do with affiliate marketing.

    1. Hi Sam, thanks for sharing your experience. I think CoPromote offers a great service, to let us share similar posts and I actually find a lot of interesting websites through CoPromote, which I would never have done if not for CoPromote. They offer free service as well as pro/premium service and like you say, I have a big question over their filtering system I wouldn’t go premium nor recommend anyone to go premium. It can be a challenge to tell others that you are a “legitimate affiliate” within a limited space.

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