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How come everyone is so secretive about affiliate programming?

Discussion in 'Other Affiliate Programs' started by AgentXYZ, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. AgentXYZ

    AgentXYZ Newbie

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    Like when someone asks about what kind of site people have. No one is asking for your secrets, just the kind of site you have. Books, electronics, DVDs etc. What's so hard about saying that?

    Then when someone asks how much people make, they get snippy and defensive. Now I get that this is something that most want to keep to themseleves. But why get an attitude when asked? Why not say "enough to live on" or "enough to help out with bills"? Or why not even say a few hundred or a few thousand?

    Affiliate programming seems like a dirty little secret that only a select few are in on. Makes the whole things seem shady from a beginner's point of view.
     
  2. JournoNick

    JournoNick Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You are basically asking why a cat says meow. Starting a sentence with "Like" maybe the reason people are snippy with you.
     
  3. Peter Ngo

    Peter Ngo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Because the information is already there, and asked like million of times. It get annoyed when people just keep on asking the same question again and again eventhough the answer is already there.
     
  4. OldFatGuy

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    When you tell people that sort of information, they flock to it like buzzards. You will have spent tons of hours figuring out a niche that works for you and could be making a lot of money from it. As a business, do you want a flood of competitors because you opened your mouth? All of which now don't have to put as much time and effort into it like you did because you just pointed them in the direction. This is a business plain and simple.
     
  5. reallife

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    This.

    If I came on this (or any other) board and said "I'm making $50K a month selling blue widgets" - how many people do you think would say, "Hmmm. Blue widgets. Never knew they could be so profitable - maybe I'll give that a try" and start competing with me?