I have always thought so, even though I have always dabbled in it a little. I was inspired to write this post because I still see affiliate marketing spam all over the place and I wish it would just go away. I believe affiliate marketing can be done with a little dignity and class and for about 15 years now, I am still seeing, “make $10,000 a month from home with affiliate marketing” and other such promises. Sure, it’s possible, but only if you are a spam artist.
Spammy affiliate marketing campaigns are tacky as “link exchanges”
I believe they serve a genuine purpose however, if done correctly. I don’t see a problem with having a few affiliate links that are relevant to the subject of your blog or website. I also don’t see a problem with having an (meaning one) affiliate link on the footer of an email subject nor do I have an issue with having a link for a product that you endorse and genuinely want to share.
Affiliate marketing the right way is simple. Post great content and have one or two relevant affiliate links for products or services that you would use.
Luckily, there are some affiliate merchants who actually monitor where their links and banners are going, which is good for them because I cannot imagine any company who would want their link or banner utilized in a spam farm. It not only looks bad on the host, but it looks bad for the company the host is promoting. I am hoping that the Google algorithm and the email spam police improve their capture and “hand slapping” of these spam marketers because I am sure I am not the only one who has reached a fatal threshold of annoyance.