This is a BIG No No!
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned marketer, the chances are that Calll To Actions especially click here links are the life blood of your online business. So you can be forgiven for becoming irritated at the careless way many marketers and would be marketers treat them.
People who are kind and considerate and even helpful offline often treat other people's links as if they were the plague while being desperate for everyone to click their links.
Have you ever considered the origin of a link and how much time and thought has actually gone into creating it?
Of coiurse there are links created by unscrupulous people that lead to bad deals and you need to be wary of them. The vast majority of links lead to offers that may or may not be suitable for your circumstances and it is for you to make that choice or judgement. If a link is pointing you to a free trial but leads directly to a paid offer then it shows a lack of integrity and I would take it as a warning sign not to go any further.
If you have been searching for something online and you click a link and find it leads to a solution to your problem or the outcome you want then why not go ahead and order it especially if there is a free trial or a guarantee involved?
What you should never ever do is to find out the name of the product or company and -ignoring the link- go directly to them. This is a big no no for a number of reasons!
- Would you like someone to do that with your links?
- It's mean to pick someone's brains and then pay someone else for the knowledge you have gained
- You are likely to get much better support from the marketer who has probably got a lot more in common with you than the company or top guru
- You are not saving any money by doing this - the commission goes directly to the company while you may be depriving someone of their livelihood. Maybe that marketer is a single mom or someone who is struggling to pay their bills.
- No doubt you expect to be paid for YOUR work so why shouldn't an online marketer be paid for theirs?
- Have you ever received an email with the message "Here's Your Commission"? If you have then you will know what a great feeling that is. So why not be the one who makes it happen for the person who provided the link in the first place.
Just remember a single link can change your life - after all that's how you found WA!