Here's a portion of a letter I got the other day about a site and affiliate program built to profit from the overwhelming current interest in the movie, “The Secret“.
Please note that the emphasis in italics is mine.
“I am writing now to invite you to join me in an affiliate opportunity called The Science of Getting Rich (SGR) Program. You can read all all about it and join at my site (link removed). In brief, for an initial cost of $2000.00 you purchase the SGR program AND the opportunity to become an affiliate!”
What a joke!
First of all, I would NEVER consider paying 2 grand to join an affiliate program — and I hope you wouldn't either!
Secondly, I guess this promoter has never heard of Rebecca Fine whom I met at Yanik Silver's first Underground seminar and is by every account a first-class human being who really cares about giving her very best on every level.
Rebecca has built an entire business around the “Science of Getting Rich” book by Wallace D. Wattles, which she offers as a free download to her visitors. Her site model is much like this one, in that she offers additional value through a free newsletter, open forum, articles and more. Furthermore, Rebecca's affiliate program is free to join and pays up to 35%.
So, here's a caution for you.
DON'T pay to join an affiliate program just because it coattails on the book or movie of the moment – despite that book or movie's great content or popularity.
DO your homework and you just might find a better program that is not only equally relevant, but provides more value for your valued visitors and subscribers at lower cost.
How's that for a good-for-the-soul-and-pocketbook profit model that makes everyone happy?