Do you have associates or customers?
Affiliate marketing is about selling products and signing up other affiliates to participate in the business.
Network marketing is also about selling products and signing up other marketers to participate in the business.
The only REAL difference is that affiliate marketing pays you an override on one level of recruits (your personal referrals), vs network marketing, which pays you on multiple levels of recruits in your organization.
There's a third type of sales business model as well, known as direct sales. In this basic model, you sell a company's products to and end user - a customer.
So, let's get back to the headline. Do you have affiliates or customers? You really should have both, no matter what business model you're using in your business. Here's why.
Customers are the basis for any business. In order to make money, someone somewhere has to buy a product or service. The exchange of money for goods and services is the next best thing since bartering. Values for products and services are based on the law of supply and demand and the currency of exchange has a set value across a whole spectrum of goods and services. If you don't have any customers, you should re-examine your business model. Simply put, without real customers, there's no business.
Now some people will tell you that all you have to do is recruit new associates into the business and they are your customers. This may be ok in some countries, but most countries these days follow the U.S. regulators when it comes to regulating these types of business models. First and foremost, they want to see that we have customers. There needs to be an end-user demand for the product or service we're selling, totally outside of and independent from the organization of business owners. The fact is, you can make a killing just providing customers with products that they want and need! (Pro Tip: If you're broke and don't have money to invest into your business, start selling products!)
So, why bother with recruiting anyone if selling products can make you money?
Ah, therein lies the power of affiliate and network marketing!
"I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts." John D. Rockefeller
Have you heard that quote before? Does it make sense to you? Let's take a closer look.
Let's say you make $100 a day selling products. That's great, right? Now, let's say you recruit an organization of 100 people and you get a 1% override on their sales. You make another $1 per person (and no, that $1 doesn't come out of their $100, either!). Now you're making $200 a day with the exact same effort you used to make $100. Now image you recruit 200, 500, a thousand or more. NOW do you see the BIG picture?
Selling products can make you money. Building an organization can make you rich.
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