The Case Against Making Money Online

As we move into the new year, all the partying and presents now feel like a long and distant memory, you’re throwing out buckets of left over turkey and pigs in blankets and storing alcohol which you will NEVER get round to drinking. (unless you turn into a raging alcoholic)

As depressing as January can be, the world inevitably doesn’t stop turning and if you’re serious about making 2018 YOUR year for online success then you need a strategy.

A question I get asked A LOT is ‘What online business should I start?’ With the vast amount of choice a google search comes back with for the term ‘make money online’ it’s no wonder 95% of people NEVER get off the starting blocks.

The two most popular strategies I always recommend to anyone who asks is the following- affiliate marketing and creating your own digital information products.

However, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows with either strategy, regardless of what THEY tell you.

There are serious pros and cons with both which is what I’m going to reveal to you in this blog post.

Let’s start with my personal favourite- affiliate marketing



Being an affiliate is the fastest way to get started making ANY sort of money online. You sign up to an affiliate program, grab your unique affiliate link (which is tracked to you) and ‘just send traffic’ to that link. When a sale is made (or a particular action is taken), you get paid.

Some offers you can promote will pay a commission just for prospects entering their name and email address. Commissions will tend to be lower but conversions will be higher. The less you ask people to do (entering name and email address as opposed to spending money) the easier they are to convert.

No product to create:

Why not let someone else take the time to do all the market research, create the product, write the sales material, process all the payments, organise product delivery and the million and one other things product creation entails. (even more if you are organising a launch). I struggled with the ‘tech’ side of creating a product when I was brand new so the delays I faced were unreal.

Getting a product finished is one of the reasons why some people NEVER get started. The product always sits ‘half-finished’ on their hard drive collecting virtual dust.

No customers to deal with:

This was a big one for me. No matter how amazingly life-changing your product is, you will always get bitchers, moaners and whiners. The type of people that would complain if their ‘FREE’ gold bar had a scratch on it or whine they can’t park their car right next to the supermarket entrance. (you know the people I’m talking about).

Some people just complain about EVERYTHING so having to deal with this ‘douchemous maximus’ can be off-putting for many people. It was for me, I’m not a ‘people person’ at the best of times so having to suffer these arse-clowns made it all the more unappealing.

Just to be totally clear, if you are building an email list (which I recommend you do) then you may have to deal with people, to a certain extent, if you have recommended a product or service to them.

Some of my subscribers have approached me to complain rather than the vendor themselves, it doesn’t happen often but does happen.

LOTS of money to be made:

You can make reasonable money selling Clickbank or Jvzoo products for $20 commissions here and there, when you build up a big enough audience. But the REAL money is made when promoting bigger ticket products and continuity programs.

Rather than create your own 52-week, $3500 coaching program why not promote somebody elses and just take the commission. You won’t have to commit the time to creating the program in the first place then dedicate yourself to endless webinars and email questions. Just make the sale once and take half (or a large percentage) of the cash. Let someone else do the work.

These sorts of programs do take some financial investment but there’s nothing like getting a notification that you’ve made $1000 in a single day from a program you DIDN’T even create.

The same goes for continuity programs. You NEED continuity in your online business, it will be the backbone of everything you do. But do you want the hassle of constantly having to create more and more content each week/month when you could just promote someone elses?

Now as I said at the beginning of this post affiliate marketing isn’t all ‘diamonds and roses’ there are also a couple of drawbacks.




No control over the product or the vendor:

Vendor’s can, without warning, take their products offline. Which is a real pain in the arse if you have your affiliate link somewhere in your auto-responder sequence.

If you are blissfully unaware the product has been removed you will be sending out emails with dead links to your subscribers and may never even know about it. The same is true for blog posts.

Sometimes vendors can go to the dark side and start doing shady shit. If you have fully endorsed this person by promoting them and they turn out to be a ‘shit-peddling shyster’ it’s you who will look bad to your subscribers. You can do all the due diligence you want but your fate will always be in the hands of the vendor if they turn out to be a scam artist.

INITIALLY less money:

With your standard $37 products and services you may start promoting you WILL make less money. If the price is $37, it’s quite likely you will only make a percentage of that (typically 50-75%). Some vendors will set their low-price front-end products at 100% commission, but these are usually priced under $10 so not much to get excited about.

However, if you join one of the ‘high ticket’ programs I mentioned earlier you can pick up 100% commissions on most products in their funnels ranging from $20-$497 and 50% on the higher ticket products on the back-end.

Essentially no asset:

You could argue that without your own products or services, technically you don’t have an asset. If all the products you were promoting were to be taken down or some stupid government law was passed and affiliate marketing was made illegal you would be left with nothing. (obviously that would never happen but you get my point)

In my opinion the knowledge of ‘how to do affiliate marketing’ and your email list (which you should ALWAYS be building) are your assets. Your ability to produce sales whether it’s your products or somebody elses is an asset on it’s own.

It’s up to you to weigh up the pros and cons of affiliate marketing to see whether it’s a fit for you or not. In my humble, but rather spot-on, opinion it is the fastest way to get started making a regular, consistent income online.

If affiliate marketing sounds like it ‘floats your boat’ and you like the idea of making the ‘high ticket’ commissions rather than chump change then check this out

This is the VERY SYSTEM that has banked me up to $1000 in a single day!!!

And the best part is. All I do is send the traffic. The sales process is ALL taken care of.

I don’t believe there is a ‘lazy way to do affiliate marketing’ but this system comes damn close.

I was gona reveal the pros and cons of creating your own info products but this post is already waaaaaaaayyyyyy too long.

Look out for it in my next post…coming soon!!!!


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