To Affiliate-link or Not Affiliate-link - That is The Question
I just don’t know where I stand on this one.
I would never recommend anybody buy something if I didn’t feel they would benefit from it. I take that back, I never recommend anybody buys anything. (That’s probably why I’m about to get the sack [lol]. Actually I’m not laughing about that because it’s got some pretty serious ramifications.)
I do recommend people take a look at something if I feel it would benefit them. I usually tell them why, but I always make sure they realise in the end they make their own decision. Warmly.
But, I have this ideal.
It’s that when we’re doing that ‘something’ that nourishes our destiny, or fulfils our potential we’re also bringing our unique brand of value to the world. And when we honour our value, our value honours us by returning. Affiliate marketing and other cyberspace activities fit well into this paradigm.
But I also get that this is open to abuse, sometimes through the frailty of human character, sometimes through desperation, sometimes other circumstances.
So what’s the answer?
Maureen shared a picture in Joan’s blog of Thomas Jefferson’s ‘academical college’ and this just oozed integrity and authentic learning and sharing. I just love that. Oh that money was unnecessary [lol])!
On the other hand, not very long ago I was in a (fairly heated [lol]) discussion with a senior pharmaceutical rep. She was basically saying that if alternative treatments are so effective and don’t cost billions to test etc, why don’t we do them for free? Silly bl**dy woman!
This argument is bizarre. If didn’t receive as well as give, how the devil would I pay for the roof over my head, clothes on my back and food in my belly. Or maybe good people should be in sack-cloth to prove their worth? Grrrr ....
I'm sorry, I digress - just let me retract the horns and dissipate the red mist.
If we have a no-affiliate-links policy in WA (and by the way I don’t think I ever have used an affiliate link in here), would that mean there would be less sharing of information? Because whether you recommend a resource via affiliate link or non-affiliate link, the program or resource would still have to be paid for.
And if I buy something and get value out of it, nothing makes me happier than knowing the recommender received their value in the transaction.
But yes [sigh], it is open to abuse.
This is a very complex question which involves subjective perspectives, beliefs, values, personal responsibilities, definitions and boundaries of business, and probably a whole lot more.
I’m very pro Jefferson integrity. Anybody who knows me knows that, especially in the non-cyerworld. But I’m also anti the idea that people must be protected from themselves and their circumstances. I guess this is a bit of another red flag for me because I grew up being ‘protected’.
But with the best of intentions and without realising it, that protector disempowered me, made me think I couldn’t do anything and that everybody who had money was out to make more money out of me! It's taken me a long time to undo all that, and it took even longer to realise it needed undoing [lol]!
Where does this leave me regarding affiliate links in WA?
Oh dear – still on the fence [lol].