So there I was, enthused about discovering the NAMS community and stoked on the workshop mp3 I listened to on my commute ... I was taking part in a follow-up discussion for an online class I had just attended.
Folks were asking about the best WordPress theme package to buy and I started to recommend StudioPress, when I remembered--"Hey, I am a StudioPress affiliate."
I scrambled to my files to find a link I've never used, ran it through Tiny URL, and linked StudioPress with it (just like that). Then, I felt so darned proud of myself for getting into action with affiliate marketing and taking a first step towards doing it instead of talking about it.
A few minutes later I received an email from the main man: "We don't allow affiliate links. We have removed yours. Please refrain from doing that ever again."
My jaw and my spirits dropped. I felt like a kid with his hand in the cookie jar, or a new MLM guy who got shut down on his first attempt to share the wares.
Here's the thing: I know StudioPress. I've been using it ever since I started Blogging (1996), and I've recommended it without using an affiliate link hundreds of times. It is a good product. Not only that, but my link helps the one receiving it--and it doesn't cost them a dime. There is absolutely nothing wrong with me receiving a reward from the company for helping get the word out about their products. Nothing.
I plan to use this experience--one that could drive me away from NAMS--to stir up my determination rather than to squash it.
My initial thought is to write an article about every product I endorse, then link to the article (that should be allowed, in most cases.) From there, I can use my paid link and maybe even begin building a mailing list.
What do you folks think? What do you do? Your advice is much appreciated.