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Affiliate Versus Distributor

Affiliate Versus Distributor

When I first started with my internet marketing business, I didn’t even know there was a difference. If I had it might have save me some time and money, and most of all it would have helped me to know that I had 2 options instead of one.
Today some new internet marketers are still confused about what it means to be an affiliate or a distributor, and many times they think that the two are one and the same.
So, let me clarify all this for you!
The Fundamental Differences
There are few fundamental differences between being a distributor and affiliate that you, as an internet marketer must know.
Note: Before I start Let it be clear that I am not saying that one is BETTER than the other here, but just exposing the differences between the two.
So, here we go, the 5 mains differences are the following:
1) One will require you to have more direct contact with your consumers than the other
2) One will require of you more specific knowledge of the product than the other
3) One will require more sales abilities than the other
4) One will work more on a mouth to ear results than the other
5) One will require more money to start than the other
Which One Is Which?
Scenario # 1 you see an ad or a website online, you fill out a form and someone calls you within 24-48 hours as a follow up.
They introduce you to their product or service, they invite you to a conference call to listen in and learn more. You go to the call, you like what you hear, you like the product…etc…and you sign up!
Scenario # 2, you find an ad or a website introducing you to an e-Book, a software product or service. You sign up to resell the product, but no one is calling you and you don’t have to listen in to a conference call.
Do you know which one is which?
In scenario #1 you’ve signed up as a distributor. In scenario #2 you’ve signed up as an affiliate.
Other differences between affiliate and distributor
Do you remember my list above from 1-5 about the differences between Affiliate and distributor?
Let’s take them one at a time now.
#1 – You will need to have direct contacts with your consumers.
As a distributor your job is to contact people. As many people as you can, as a matter of fact, just to introduce your product or service to them. Part of your job will be to convince them to join your business venture as well.
You will need to give free samples and get back with your prospects asking them what they think about the product. Many distributors do presentation meetings of the product or service in their own home. Many have weekly conference calls.
In order to do this kind of presentation you will need
#2 – A thorough knowledge of your product or service. And more time than not #3 – selling abilities.
The result of your presentation of the product whether in groups or one on one fashion is meant to #4 – Create a mouth to ear results.
In order to do all the above you will need #5 – money to start as you will have to buy products for yourself, for sampling, and as it is almost always the case for your required distributor auto-ship.
So, here you have it, plain and simple. These are the main requirements for being a distributor.
Being an affiliate
Being an affiliate requires NO face to face contact, and you will not have to buy the product that you are selling. Even if you did the price you would pay would be considerably lower than having an auto-ship sent to you every month.
As for the knowledge of the product, it is a different kind of knowledge. You won’t have to explain all the components of the product, but you will need to know enough to write about it. Since there would be NO face to face contact this means there would only be an online contact, an internet presence that you will need to develop in order to get sales.
This is where you will need tools and tutorials to learn more. Learn your trade as an internet marketer. Those who know me know my motto:
No one was born successful, but success can be learned.
Internet marketing is a trade and like any trade it has to be learned.
Being an affiliate can cost you close to nothing and bring you thousands upon thousands in a relatively short period of time if you have the right training tools and acquire the necessary knowledge. But don’t be fooled it will also take some time and effort on your part before you can live from your affiliate marketing business. But when you do, this is a great place to be.

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