In Affiliate Marketing you:
- Don’t have to go to meetings
- Don’t have a boss
- Don’t have to make a list of all your friends and family
- Can promote more than one company at a time
- Are not restricted to your local city
- Don’t have to conduct face-to-face sales
- Don’t have to speak in front of people
- Don’t have to make phone calls
- Can outsource most of the work
4. You Can Promote More Than One Company at a Time
All Network Marketing companies that I know of only allow you to work with their company. For example, you can’t work with Herbal Life and Beach Body and Advocare at the same time, they simply won’t allow it due to a “conflict” of interest.
The same with cosmetics like Mary Kay and Avon or in the electricity field, Ambit Energy and Ignite. These companies do not let you work with them AND work with these other companies as well.
They even have a non-compete disclosure that you usually sign upon coming on board the company that states something like this, “If you leave the company, you cannot recruit any existing member of, let say Mary Kay to another company, let’s say Avon, for a minimum of 2 years after you leave the company.
Affiliate Marketing doesn’t have that at all. For example, if I was in the fitness industry, I could promote the Total Gym by Chuck Norris, the Bowflex, Valor fitness, and the Marcy Combo all at the same time and all on the same website, if I wanted to.
There are little no restrictions when it comes to offering multiple products of the same niche/industry. This is a huge plus in my book.
5. Are Not Restricted to Your Local City
When it comes to a Newtwork Marketing Company or MLM, unless you are plugged in to a system like My Lead System Pro, which is designed to help Network Marketers take advantage of the online world, than you are restricted to recruiting from your own city.
This may be great for you if you live in a large city like New York, Houston, L.A., or any city with 500k population or more, but for those that live in smaller cities, many don’t even attempt the industry of Network Marketing because they feel there is just not enough people to recruit or sell to.
And even if you live in a large city, there comes a time when the area becomes over saturated. I did networking marketing for 5 years, most of that was full-time, in the Houston area. This was great at the beginning, but we grew so fast so quick, that after about 4 of those years, it was really hard to recuit more people into the business because it was over saturated.
Now for those that are reading and are experienced network marketers, you may be saying to your self, you can use your network of people and recruit in other states.
This is true but very seldom done for 2 reasons: 1) You have to convince a person to join via phone or email and then connect them to a local team so they can get trained, hence the second challenge, 2) You have to trust someone in your network to train them with the same level of success you have had. To get both of those to happen is very rare.
On the other hand, in Affiliate Marketing your pool of people you can recruit and sell to is not limited just to your local city, no matter how big it is. With Affiliate Marketing you have access to everyone in the world that has access to a computer and the internet, which is roughly about 3 Billion people.
You could live in Tokyo, Japan which has more 35 Million, the largest city by population, in the world, and the internet would still give you access to more than 85 times the amount of people that live in Tokyo, without having to leave the comfort of your home!!! That’s right, 85 times more!
Because of the internet, this has allowed those that live in small cities, who didn’t even want to give network marketing a try becuase of the lack of people, to have the same access online and more, to someone who may be living in a large city.
6. Don’t Have to Conduct Face-to-Face Sales
I have been in sales, whether it is face-to-face or over the phone for more than 20 years. Although there are many people that have a natural ability/personality to sale, sales is a learned skill. There is a format to it, a system, a process, and if you want to, desire to learn it, it can be taught………but, there are many folks out there that have no desire at all to learn sales, especially, face-to-face, sales! For most people, the feeling of face to face sales looks like the scenario to the right! lol
This is Network Marketing’s main strategy for sales and recruiting. So if you are a person that doesn’t care for this at all, and has no desire to learn, than Network Marketing is not the right industry for you.
However, in Affiliate Marketing, you can be horrible at face-to-face sales, you can be the person that wasn’t born with a “natural” ability to sell, and most importantly, you can be the person that has no desire to ever learn how to sell face-to-face or over the phone.
When it comes to Affiliate Marketing, what matters is how well you can write…and I don’t mean technical writing per say, but how well you can communicate with your audience. And if you are doing a blog, how well you can drive traffic to your website. That is what counts in Affiliate Marketing.
If you have any other points that you would like to share, that are not listed above, between the two business models, Affiliate Marketing and Network Marketing, or any questions, please comment below, it is greatly appreciated.