Is Internet Marketing a Business or a Scam?

Is internet marketing a business? During a conversation with an old buddy from school, he asked me that question with a look in his eyes that said, “It’s a scam!”

However, I soon convinced him that internet marketing or affiliate marketing is in fact, a viable business. Not only that, it’s a business you can do from home or anywhere else with an internet connection.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the benefits and some of the pitfalls of internet marketing. 

What is Internet Marketing?

Internet marketing is a way in which you can make money online. Usually, the way this is done is to have a website (a blog).

What you have to do is create a website based on a niche market. This niche market could be on any topic you want such as sports.

However, that’s a little bit too broad, it’s not really narrow enough. A better choice would be to narrow down (niche down) to a sport such as golfing.

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Golfing is Too Broad, Let's Niche Down!

This is still too broad. How about golf for retirees? That’s more like it. That is a niche you could profit from. On your website, you’re targeting retired people who love golf.

Then, once you’ve chosen a niche and set up the foundation of your website (WordPress) then it’s time to find affiliate programs to join in that niche. Amazon would be a perfect example. Amazon’s affiliate program is called “Amazon Associates”. 

Amazon Associates is an Affiliate Program

On Amazon you’ll find all kinds of products in any niche you can think of.

Now it’s time to pick a product you want to sell (promote) on your website. You write a review of this product and you recommend it to your website visitors.

Adding an affiliate link (from Amazon) is required if you want to earn revenues. Amazon pays between 4%and 10% based on how much you’ve sold in the past and what item it is that you’ve chosen to promote on your site.

When someone comes to your site they read your content about that product and if they like the product based on what you’ve told them in your review, they click on your affiliate link, get taken to Amazon to look at the product, and then if they decide to buy it, you get a commission.

Everyone’s a winner, baby!

Incidentally, just to elaborate a little bit, Amazon isn't the only platform for affiliate marketers to find products to promote on a website. Clickbank is another example. Read about Clickbank here

There are 3 Parties that Benefit from this Process 

  1. Amazon benefits because you found a new customer for them.
  2. The customer benefits because they learned about the product from you.
  3. You benefit because Amazon gives you a cut in commissions. 

The Best Thing about Amazon is…

When you send a customer to Amazon to buy something, anything, and they decide to purchase extra items, you get a cut of those products, too. How cool is that?

I don’t know about you, but if I was promoting a tooth whitening product and making a commission of just $1 on that product, I’d be mighty happy if the person who bought that went and also bought a high ticket item for over a thousand dollars. That’s extra commission for you.

You still get the commission. I love that. 

Is Internet Marketing a Scam?

No. It’s not a scam, but anyone who tells you it is, is obviously someone who has either failed at internet marketing or who has never tried it and is not convinced. Don’t believe the hype. 

Who is Internet Marketing for?

Internet marketing is for anyone of any age and any skill level. Everyone starts at the beginning. It’s a level playing field, so, it doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender you are, what race, religion or nationality you are, you can make money online with internet marketing. 

How Much Money Can You Make with Internet Marketing?

I don’t like to make promises that I can’t keep. I do know, however, that there are six, seven and eight-figure marketers in this industry. (Maybe I will reach that level one day, eh?).

None of them were successful at first. They had to learn a heck of a lot of skills gradually. They had to fail many times and keep going despite their frustrations. 

Is Internet Marketing a Business You Could Do?

You can bet your bottom dollar it is, folks. All it takes is the will to learn and the will to learn from your mistakes. 

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Thanks for reading.

If you have any questions or you'd like to share your experience with making money online and internet marketing, let me know in the comments below and I'll get right back to you.

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2 thoughts on “Is Internet Marketing a Business or a Scam?”

  1. Hello James,

    Thanks for sharing this post. This is great advice for people who are just getting started on the web and those who are a little too trusting with the internet. The FTC must get inundated with reports of scam websites. Do you reckon they take action against all of them? I’m also assuming that people are unlikely to get their money back in these circumstances. I hope people get a chance to read this post before they get scammed!
    Best Regards,

    • I reckon the FTC will only act in circumstances where there are multiple complaints about one particular company online. There’s a lot of ponzi schemes going on. Bitconnect, and Davor, which aren’t internet marketing companies as such, were both closed down as lending platforms where people were promised about 1% profits daily. Their business model was unsustainable in the cryptocurrency space where a sudden drop in the value of bitcoin would render them unable to keep their promises of about 1% per day. Good riddance to them. However, there are also a lot of scams in every industry. And yes, it must be hard for the FTC and other bodies to keep on top of them all. It seems for every one that is killed off, another 2 spring into existence to replace them. It’s like the mythical Hydra, cut off one head and another 2 grow in its place.

      Thanks for dropping in, Joseph.


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