In this particular case the site was pretty cool, the product was really nice and the price point was reasonable for what I consider as "my" audience. The commission seemed pretty favorable and I was tempted but I declined for a few reasons:
- First and foremost, I am not interested in building this blog as a money making proposition until I have the time treat it as a proper job. That will probably be when Lil'Bitz heads to school...in five years.
- I don't think I have the kind of traffic that really makes it worth it to this company, or me, in that my blog will not generate much in the way of sales so it is kind of a dead end for both of us.
- I am really prepared to be very particular about how I do go about monetizing this place since I have been introduced to the brilliant concept of "trust capital" by Anna at abdpbt.com Personal Finance. I am not sure a new upstart is the way to go on this one
- The prices being affordable to those I consider to be my peers/readers is great, but it means that even at the "high" commission rate, it is not going to be a "sure thing" for making a profit. I realize I don't get to be picky as a blogger just starting out, but then again, maybe I do.
- The whole process by which one becomes an affiliate, then gains even more commission value by getting others to become affiliates who in turn get more affiliates kind of reeks of pyramid scheme. Not in the dark, underhanded kind of way, but in the whole Mary-Kay- Pampered-Chef-PartyLite kind of way. If I want to deal with that kind of structure then I should just get off my duff and become a Longaberger consultant or something.