Most people assume that making money on the Internet is easy and that will little or no effort, they will make millions of dollars over night. This is as a result of the sales pages of the trend setting gurus who make affiliate marketing seem like the dream job (which it can be as long as you are willing to put the work in).
Unfortunately, this mindset just opens the door to scam artists who use get-rich schemes as a cover to steal the money of hard -working, but desperate people.
And so after being scammed, the next logical step for a reasonable person is to quit, and so since adding to the ever growing list of those who fail at affiliate marketing. It is no wonder why only 5% manage to succeed.
I guess one barrier of entry to the affiliate & internet marketing industry is just the mindset towards it because what many people fail to recognize is that affiliate marketing is like any other business out there. You put in the time and the effort, and you will get back money and therefore, financial freedom.
Most people do not see it like this, and think that since they are in front of a computer in their PJ's instead of a desk in an office, they believe that for some reason, the money will start to pour in with little work. And so in other words, they are expecting a larger output with little or no input.
However, affiliate marketing / making money on the internet has many advantages compared to a standard business. You can begin with no start up costs, the work load is definitely a lot less, and since it is so flexible, it can be fitted around your everyday life.
Finally, all you need is a couple of hours in front of a computer for a few weeks and you can start implementing what you learn.
But why do people think affiliate / internet marketing is so easy. Well, as I touched on before, I think it is due to the regular sales pitches you get that promise to make you $ ???, ?? amount in just? days. What the sales pitch fail to point out is that you need dedication, willpower and knowledge to be able to succeed.
This is the main reason why people fail at affiliate marketing and subsequently fail to earn money online. They are tricked and gain a false interpretation of what affiliate marketing is all about and then dive in and end up buying the first sales pitch which see which is soon always, some get-rich-quick destined to fail.
So, if you want to avoid the crooks & scam artists, you must take your time and look for the right information and resources necessary for you to succeed. Also, add some sacrifice, persistence and willpower and you will be well on your way to success in the affiliate marketing industry.