MLM vs. Affiliate Marketing

Wouldn’t it be nice to stop chasing Family and Friends, Become a Network Marketing Pro with Digital Marketing?

Yes, the old way of making a list of 100 Family & Friends while not prejudging them to decide who will and who won’t be interested in the new Direct Sales, Network Marketing, MLM and/or “Home Based Business” Business that you have decided to share and build your wealth and dreams.

I’m not judging you or anyone else, I was also involved in a Network Marketing, Direct Sales, Multi-Level Company where I was advised to in the fastest manner possible share in person with everyone that I knew.  Starting with the people who I knew the closest and who would support me the most.

In most cases as you well know, not only did most of them not join me with my new journey to financial independence, most of them answered “I’ll see how you do then get in if you do well”.  In the back of their minds of course many if not most of them had already decided that I would not only fail miserably but that I would quit in no time at all.

Fast forward a few years and I’ll now share with you how I’ve been sharing the “Digital Marketing Veteran” way and how I also advise all Friends who would like to start and grow a true “Home Based Business” working 100% completely from home.  Remember how the old way of working a “Home Based Business” involved more time away from home?  Hotel and/or house meetings, driving all over town for sharing with Friends and Family either via a DVD or pamphlet presentation etc…. Not anymore!

There is a much easier and better way with Digital Marketing to become a Network Marketing Professional and 100% from home or from wherever you are and in any part of our world.  There are over 3 Billion People currently online today, yes that’s Billion with a B!

What if I told you that you could start to generate a full time income from home with far fewer than 3 Billion people on your team?  How about if I were to tell you that you can earn a very nice income with fewer than even 30 personal referrals out of the over 3 Billion people online?  Even though you may be saying that 30 still sounds like a lot, remember that we are not talking about sharing with Family & Friends in person like you have done in the past.

I myself in the past 3 years have personally sponsored/referred over 3,000 Friends to either one or all of my Top Recommendations that I share right here on my website assisting Friends in earning an income online.

Below I will also share posts from my website here that you can click upon to learn more about the sites that I recommend for You and all Friends to earn a full time income from anywhere on the Planet!

 

So, exactly how do I suggest that You utilize the above sites in order to grow your current Direct Sales, Network Marketing, MLM, Work from Home, Home Based Company and 100% online?

I am so glad that you asked!

Wealthy AffiliateWith Wealthy Affiliate you will be able to learn how to create a website and a blog while monetizing your website blog with Affiliate Marketing sharing your current company as well as any or all of the above sites as well just like I’m sharing with you.  There is however, no promoting allowed within the actual platform so your sharing will be within your own website.

 

 

Global Moneyline is also an exceptional place to share all of the above as well.

CB Pro Ads is a ready made storefront that you can easily link your Clickbank ID to and have thousands of digital products available to anyone who visits your site.

The above is just a small introduction to each site and you can of course click on the more information “Blue Colored” words above to learn more.

There is also a search block and an archived tab at the bottom right with years of articles about the above sites and more as well.

Friends, when join all or any of the above sites to grow your current Business you’ll not be alone.  I will always be here for you when you ask me for assistance and I will be glad to help you to earn an income online from anywhere in our world and 100% online with Digital Marketing.

Friends & Family WorldwideOh, back to your Family & Friends…..

Once you start earning an income 100% online and from home, your Family and Friends will take notice then approach you with curiosity.  Not only will you then be able to share with the willing, you’ll also be able to show them that you are successful.  Remember earlier that we agreed that the most common thing that our Family & Friends tell us is that they’ll “Wait and see how you do and join you when you’re doing well”?

The time is now my Friend, let’s get to where you’re being successful without chasing Family & Friends then they’ll come chasing you.

Comment below with any thoughts and/or questions, talk with you soon.

Tony

207 thoughts on “MLM vs. Affiliate Marketing”

  1. Comparing MLM and affiliate marketing is just so bad, affiliate marketing is in all ways better than any MLM businesses because it has the largest tendencies of success and you making money from it is assured to an extent, but MLM businesses online benefits a few set of people which makes it not so good.

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  2. Surely an interesting juxtaposition between these two concepts. They cannot be more far apart. Affiliate marketing to me is way better than mlm because mlm has been proven over the time to not be always lasting and there seems to always be issues that erupt with the ones sustaining. Affiliate marketing is well easier to get started with and can quickly be achieved with without having to refer or bring in people that you know in

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  3. The business line can be very wide and if you are not careful you’ll end up going for the wrong one and this is one reason I appreciate this articles a it gives you the right understanding about two major part of online businesses. For me I’ll always go with affiliate marketing as mlm has so much complexity and I really don’t like the stress of dealing 

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  4. Some competitions are not really worth it and I feel like this one is one of them. MLM is not a legit comparison to what affiliate marketing offers. There is a stack difference between the two and I feel like the possibility of making money through affiliate marketing is even greater.

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  5. Family members just never seem to understand until we succeed. It seems that the majority of people are afraid of going their own way. I think that is a great pity. We could have much more great entrepreneurs if this was not true. The 90/10 rule would also vanish if people just trusted themselves and not society.

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  6. For me, I would say Affiliate Marketing and MLM are not mates as Affiliate Marketing is a well more secured and more scalable type of online business that has the possibility to earn you passive income for a long time but for mlm the case is quite different as only the people that comes in first benefit from it while the last set of people tend to earn little or noting.

    I have been with wealthy affiliate for a very long time and i must tell you the are one of the best platform for those wanting to get into affiliate marketing.

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  7. I’ll say that I consider affiliate marketing over MLM. Though they both have their advantages and disadvantages. But the advantages of affiliate marketing far outweighs that of MLM. When we look at these business model and what to go for, we should consider looking at the long term. Most of these MLM companies don’t last. You’ll see some being chased by FTC, closed down, or as a newbie to MLM, you may not earn much or even get back your capital. But with affiliate marketing, you get to have way lot peace of mind. You are in full control.

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  8. Multi-level marketing (MLM), also called pyramid selling, network marketing and referral marketing is a controversial marketing strategy for the sale of products or services where the revenue of the MLM company is derived from a non-salaried workforce selling the company’s products/services, while the earnings of the participants are derived from a pyramid-shaped or binary compensation commission system.

    I would advise people to go with affiliate marketing. Thank you Tony for the article.

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  9. I have read and heard a lot about both Affiliate Marketing and Multi Level Marketing and I think they are both great ways to earn money digitally but in my opinion I think affiliate marketing is more profitable than Multi Level Marketing. Affiliate Marketing is a well more secured and more scalable type of online business that has the possibility to earn you passive income for a long time. 

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  10. When it comes to whether or not joining an mlm or sticking to affiliate marketing would be better for me, I like to think I enjoy the freedom of affiliate marketing more. I currently have a friend who is part of an mlm and they are actively recruiting new members and the whole thing seems very structured, not to mention the upfront costs. Every time I think about joining I think about how much fun it is building my website and doing things my own way, and I decide against it. 

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  11. Hi Tony,
    Another remarkable post. You have nicely compared MLM and associated marketing. I agree with you. My favorite among these two is definitely affiliate marketing because the money that can be earned through it is truly limitless. Wealthy Affiliate is surely the best platform in its industry for educating newbie affiliate marketers. Thanks for sharing such useful information. Keep it up.
    All the best,
    Dusan

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  12. MLM is just straining and time consuming, It also leads to loss of many relationships due to chasing people to join under you. It is such an old broken system. I definitely vouch with affiliate marketing more especially if one has a blog. It is simple to implement and has a better congversion rate than MLM. Nice article Tony. I loved it. 

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  13. As your article alludes to, affiliate marketing wins over MLM in so many ways!

    I have never liked the MLM model. It just seems so wrong to beg others to sell for us with the idea they will do the same to their family and friends, and the continuing cycle will make us all rich. Some might make money. Most do not. It just isn’t a sustainable model, in my opinion.

    Affiliate marketing is so different! In fact, there can be several of us promoting similar products and not harm each other’s sales. We aren’t dependent on the work of other marketers. Our own efforts lead the game, so to speak.

    Thanks for pointing out these differences. I think it will be helpful to others looking into making money online.

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  14. I much prefer affiliate marketing over MLM because I would rather promote products rather than selling them.

    Selling is a skill that either comes naturally, or something you have to learn. Getting it right can be very difficult, and personally I’m not comfortable with it. 

    I also don’t like the idea of having to sell products to my family and friends, and also try to possible recruit them to sell as well.

    Affiliate marketing on the other hand allows you to simply promote products, and of course those products are already  proven to sell.

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  15. Hello,

    Personally I don’t trust MLMs and have always been defiant towards this. I’ve met a lady once who was very nice by the way to start an MLM business in cosmetics.  Fortunately with affiliate marketing there is no such thing. All you have to do is writing regularly to attract traffic, build your reputation as an authority, and recommend products as you would do with a friend. So I’m team affiliate marketing. Sorry MLM!

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  16. I think you have to ask yourself first which one suits your personality best and also how much capital you can invest. Personally, I love the lucrative of MLM but I have yet to come across with a good company with a good product yet. Along the process I have wasted a lot of money and also stuck with the products that I do not need. Anyways, I prefer affiliate marketing more since the more I put my time and effort, plus the capital to start is not that much and i can work on my schedule, the reward I will see. It will just take time and I am in no rush. For me, Affiliate marketing is a better choice. 

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  17. MLM vs Affiliate Marketing is a total no brainer. The MLM is a get rich quick scheme which doesn’t work. I know because I have been involved with both. The affiliate marketing strategy is much preferable to the MLM because with Affiliate Marketing you are working for your self, you are not lining the pockets of the people above you. You have explained the differences perfectly in this article. 

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  18. Well, looking at MLM and what it’s usually promoting is simply so terrible. In my honest opinion, Affiliate Marketing is in all ways better than any MLM organizations since it has the biggest propensities of success and achievement (without losing your shirt!) and for many people it starts bringing in cash from it relatively fast if you are focused and work hard and consistently. On the other side though we have MLM organizations who can quickly put a poor fool into debt!

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  19. Hi, it’s me Aps again. I think I missed out on a very crucial aspect of Affiliate Marketing and a product that is ideal in this space. Yes, I too am talking about Wealthy Affiliate and I wish to reassure other readers about how WA has worked so well for me. Tony of course is a veteran in WA as well. It’s all due to WA that he has been able to make such a name for himself around the world. He is recognized online as one of the celebrated affiliate marketers. 

    Regards,

    Aparna

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  20. Affiliate marketing is always better than MLM.  As an affiliate, if you are patient and work hard, you will be rewarded sooner or later.  This can’t be said of MLM.  They are usually purposely hard to understand, and have few benefits to speak of.  Maybe as the Online King, you can make a good profit, but not the everyday Joe that is looking for some decent money online.

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  21. I want to say you cannot compare a Multilevel marketing MLM company with affiliate marketing as they are two poles apart. There is simply no comparison between the two. It is like comparing apples with oranges, or even lemons. 

    The MLM  business model is based on having to recruit people to make money and is so far removed from affiliate marketing

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  22. Tony, Another great article that tells the truth about making money online. For many years I was involved in multi level marketing schemes that did nothing more than take money out of my pocket, make my family think I was always looking for them to give me some of their money, and never making nearly enough money to cover my original costs. But fast forward a few years and I have been doing affiliate marketing with wealthy affiliate. It took a long time and a lot of work but I am finally making a significant income stream that more than covers all the money I have shelled out to join wealthy affiliate as a premium member.I would highly recommend it to anyone especially since you don’t need a credit card to start out!

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  23. MLM business can really be painful. I remember my days there, and yes that was a common  advise to list a group of 100 people – family and friends , We are really grateful for this digital age, that you can still achieve the same without spoiling your immediate relationships.Of the 5 you have recommended, I am currently fully into WA, just signed up for Global moneyline and will on a latter stage explore others Thank you.

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  24. If you would have asked me about MLMs ten years ago, I would have been all excited about them and promoting them. Although at this time I know that there are many good MLM companies with high quality products, I’m sick of all of them in this industry promoting themselves as the perfect company (where in reality they’re so far from it, as any of us).

    I have heard about Global Moneyline quite frequently lately. I’ll definitely check it out myself.

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  25. Thanks for the article I found it to be very interesting.  I haven’t done any MLM but know people who have I’m of the opinion that Affiliate Marketing is the way to go.  I have joined Wealthy Affiliate and think it is an exceptional program with all a person needs to go forward and make an income from home.  

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  26. I actually helped put myself through grad school with AMWAY.  I did pretty well.  Later, I went to Bestline and made some money but it was terminated.  A number of years ago I tried ACN.     I had some success in all of these, but the constant need to go to meetings and recruit got to be a lot.  I began affiliate marketing about 4 years ago.  I love to write and find that working on my own for me is much better than recruiting.  I think it took longer to make money through affiliate marketing but it is very satisfying.

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  27. There is a huge difference between MLM businesses and affiliate marketing and the people who deal with it. The exceptions are those who can make money from an MLM business as they can make money from affiliate marketing. It’s a real business that when you have quality content it is like a money-making machine. There is a huge difference.

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  28. I am not a supporter of the MLM business, which is obvious, otherwise I would not have joined the Wealthy Affiliate platform. I think it’s easier to use and offers a lot more room for improvement. Of course that’s my opinion and I know I’m not alone in this.Affiliate marketing is well easier to get started and he is in all ways better than any MLM businesses.

     My attitude- I’ll always go with affiliate marketing.

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  29. I have previously been involved in several MLM companies, some were suitable for me some were scams and some not sustainable. Affiliate marketing offers everyone the chance to be successful online, but you must learn how then put in the hard work. and you can build a sustainable business. MLM, in my opinion, can build you a successful business but you may have to roll the dice of chance a few times to be a success

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  30. I never connected the dots between an MLM type business and an online affiliate marketing business. I like the options that you provided. I am going to check them out. I am looking for an additional revenue stream that I can do online. I am planning on retiring soon and I cant just do nothing, if you know what I mean.  Thanks for this!

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  31. This page started the exact same as a different one I read so since it started the exact same i just quickly scanned over the contents and find that it is very useful information for people looking for this information and can be a big help for people looking to start a career in something. It may even help them choose a niche that they can enjoy working on.

    If it is the same page.then very good, well made and very informative information.

    Good luck 

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  32. The upline in MLM will have more interest to help push their downline to succeed. Some MLM that I came across requires the left and right side to match before commission can be earned.  So there is incentive for such coach to keep pushing, training their downline to succeed. With affiliate marketing, the onus is on ourselves to reach out to our coach and the community for help in achieving our own success. I would prefer the latter but hope my coach pushes me abit more.

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  33. Hi there, very interesting and intriguing post, your writing has a special and gentle style 🙂

    I think the comparison between MLM and affiliate marketing is huge, and that affiliate marketing is the best way (in my opinion) to generate income from the internet without a big investment

    Either way, I think not only me, but many more people loved reading your post content, looking forward to see more!

    Thanks,Edi.

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  34. I totally understand you Tony,

    Especially the “I’ll see how well you do it first”, I used to get a ton of those. Doing MLM is super tough right now, people are getting clever and they know well to stay away, and those that don’t know well enough, they at least knew how to avoid by reading the traits of a scammer. It’s not wrong, but I believe sharing our stories online or through a blog like yours is a major convincer for any business that we do today.

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  35. I am now way near that level of success, but I place great value on your recommendations. I have put behind me those years of starting and stopping those MLM schemes after I realised that I hate myself for always chasing my family and friends to do business with me.I am putting more into my WA preparations and just joined Global money line on your link. I still need to figure out how it all works,. Thanks for your dedication to sharing your success.

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  36. Well the beauty and the success of Affiliate marketing is just so easier to get started with and can quickly be achieved without having to refer or bring people that you know in. You don’t don’t have to be a disturbance to anyone. They just have to register at their free will, while you are busy working on how to earn some commissions from other products online.

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  37. What an interesting comparision. MLM or multi level marketing and affiliate marketing are such different business models. Yes I would agree affiliate marketing is definitely the way to go ( for me) but I have also seen a few mlm companies that have a decent business model in place. Apples to oranges, some like apples me I prefer ornges.

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  38. Hi Tony,

    I do like the idea of going the affiliate marketing way. After all who likes to hear no? In MLM you do have to have some persuasive skills I believe and be prepared to be turned down over and over again. In the Affiliate marketing on the other your income stream calls for no interaction except for what is done via your website content. This lends more anonymity and makes it possible to be more open with persons and the fear of rejection is absent.

    Cheers,

    Candy Benn

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  39. Hello Tony,

    I always read your articles with great interest as you offer a wealth of experience and success. I think MLM is definitely very difficult and not something that I have been particularly interested in. However, Wealthy Affiliate for more makes so much sense. Lots to learn and so many people around willing to help along the way. Hearing about other peoples success and struggles makes things real and enables me to get a better understanding about this business.

    I think the point that you made about introducing family and friends to business to grow your own success is really difficult however, as you mentioned when you become a success you can help them which I believe is a much better way.

    You always offer such great advice which I really appreciate it. You provide great links to help so many people lead the life that they deserve.

    Greatly appreciated

    Thank you

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  40. Many people won’t go for these MLM companies because the only people that benefit are just the ones on the upper level. There are some that are legit but most of them as far as I know try to get the most people to join but then don’t do anything else. When you try to get family members to join, usually you will get that skeptic face. I love affiliate marketing, because it is more geared toward an individual and you actually have to do the hard work.

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  41. Hi Tony,

    In review of your training, this topic as been a thing I research on Google to know the different between the two systems. MLM vs. Affiliate Marketing, there is no comparison in both system because Affiliate marketing is strong in all area than MLM, your article is cute good and impressive.

    Thank you.

    Aluko.

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  42. Hi Tony,

    Thanks for yet another enlightening article!

    Though still challenging, I definitely prefer Affiliate Marketing. I have never been able in about two years to get to grips with MLM. Maybe I need many more years. Affiliate Marketing is not at all complex. It’s just that world conditions are constantly changing, for the worse. So more and more Regulations, Terms and Conditions, Algorithms, etc are being instituted, to our despair.

    Have an enjoyable Final Quarter of 2020!

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  43. One thing that I find with MLM opportunities is that your success depends on others or your downline! You have to recruit people that are as motivated as you to achieve success. Talking from experience, I was once involved in an MLM. I tried to recruit some family members. Many of them said right out the bat that they were not interested, and the few that sign up only did so to stop me nagging them. They were not interested in promoting and getting referrals.

    So I learned my lesson the hard way and now rely on affiliate marketing, where my success depends on my own efforts.

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  44. Hello! You have highlighted some great point about online business. You have suggested different online business courses and sources like wealthy affiliate and webtalk. 

    I am also a number of wealthy affiliates and I achieve a lot of informative knowledge. Therefore, your suggestions are wonderful and suitable for someone who wants to achieve breakthrough in online business.

    Thanks for your sharing. I am always looking for your new post and pages. Your idea help me improve.

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  45. I recall the draw of MLM’s some years ago, but I can only think of a few people who were successful at it. You are giving some good arguments that Affiliate Marketing is a better route than MLM’s. Your top recommendations are really good and I will look at each of those options.

    Are there any changes to MLM’s that make it a better option nowadays?

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  46. Thanks for writing the difference between MLM and affiliate marketing. I also agree that we tend to be more successful with affiliate marketing. I’m really annoyed when my close friend asked me to buy his products and even join his underlines. Currently, I’m building an affiliate marketing blog and I hope it can be successful as yours.

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  47. I don’t like the comparison of MLM vs Affiliate marketing, as they are a completely different way to make money.  MLM are just like the description multi level marketing.  Affiliate marketing allows you to promote more then one companies products and totally more open and honest.

    Thanks for the post, as I do know that many people attempt to make money with MLM, but in my opinion very unsuccessfully. 

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  48. I see you have all your favorite money-making platforms working for you together seamlessly to enable you to earn multiple streams of income. This is what every internet marketer aims for so that eventually he can basically run his business on autopilot.

    With any platform that requires referrals though it does take constant work. Wealthy Affiliate is my favorite on your list, as this platform teaches you how to generate an income using things you know about or hobbies, whereas all the others are more related to making money online. Wealthy Affiliate teaches you to build an affiliate marketing business, and if you don’t have referrals you can still make money, which is what I love about this platform.

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  49. Reading your post brought back memories. I joined my first MLM company in 1996. It was based on the phone card craze and was a disaster. The company expanded it’s niche to include skin care products. This confused the heck out of its members. Eventually it went out of business. I eventually joined a legitimate MLM skin care company that is doing very well. I bought shares in the company at $7 that are now worth $200. I even enrolled family and friends. It fizzled when they tried to recruit and failed. 

    When I came across Affiliate Marketing a couple of years ago, my eyes opened to a better way to do MLM just like you are promoting. As long as the products are fairly priced, you can tread the MLM business as a purely direct sales activity using affiliate marketing techniques. And later brining up the business opportunity to a select few dedicated customers who become customers for life because they love the product.

    It all makes sense Tony! Thanks for the post.

    Edwin

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  50. Cheers for your post, Tony, in this day and age it is vital for internet users to understand the difference between multi-level marketing and affiliate marketing.
    Since very often it’s not really clear what the differences are. One major difference that I am aware of is recruiting people for MLM platforms, while AM is about promoting any products you like and not forcing anyone to join, and that’s why I have chosen to be an affiliate marketer myself. Thanks again for your useful info!

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  51. You describe it well, there is a gigantic difference between MLM and affiliate marketing. I had a sister in law trying to get success with Herbalife sales and employing people and she made some good money. In the beginning.. Then it started to slack, of course, there wasn’t anybody left to sell too in her friends and family circle!  With affiliate marketing, it is the opposite, when you put the work in it, in the beginning, you won’t make much money, but the longer and harder you work, you will get more successful ! 

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  52. First, I am not familiar with MLM or digital marketing which is why I am struggling with this business model on WA. So don’t take my comments hard. Your article is entitled Affiliate Marketing vs. MLM. So I was expecting to see a side-by-side comparison of both models and I didn’t see any comparisons. Nor did I see a clear definition of each model.  

    I know that MLM is multi-layered/level marketing but I am not familiar with the details. I am assuming your audience is familiar with these terms and have some experience with the concept. So if you are trying to reach a beginner audience like me, I wasn’t sure what to do to learn more. Or how I would benefit financially from digital marketing. 

    Personally, I would like to see a clear definition of each model and side-by-side comparison. Maybe you could give a mini-tutorial unless you’ve done so already in another article. Advantages and disadvantages, pros and cons of each model are always good articles. 

    On an appearance note, I would like to see narrower margins, articles with narrow margins are a lot easier to read than wider margins. WA uses narrow margins on their site which is easier on the eyes. 

    Otherwise, it looks like you’ve succeeded in this business and people are responding to your articles. Congratulations!!

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  53. This is exactly why I got into Affiliate marketing and why I’m always on Mr hamilton’s website. Love your content, sir. MLM may not consider itself to be a pyramid scheme, but the way in which they do things literally makes the shape of a pyramid. Be careful who you listen to, guys. I personally find MLM to be one of the most scammiest forms of marketing.

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  54. There are just too much controversy when it comes to MLM.  It’s like your luck depends on too many factors that are totally out of your control. With Affiliate Marketing, in the other hand, your successes largely depends on the effort you give.  And I always love seeing all my efforts bearing fruits in a long run.  

    I would personally go for Affiliate Marketing.

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  55. I must say that this is a very clever way of marketing. It’s like hitting many birds with one stone. I subject line is so catchy that it made me think which one is better MLM or Affiliate marketing. Based on my experience affilaite marketing is much better and the best platform to use is none other than Wealthy affiliate.

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  56. Okay. This is one where a marketer has to decide how much risk is worth it MLM is riskier and may leave a marketer strapped for cash. Affiliate Marketing is way more beginner-friendly. The worse that could happen in the case where a marketer doesn’t make sales is their affiliate account may be terminated. It is disappointing but would not be the end of the world. In my opinion, Affiliate Marketing wins hands-down. 

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  57. Hi Tony 

    I feel that it is a battle between two opposites; MLMs with all the risk it entails and the more safer Affiliate  marketing. Often with MLMs you have to put the capital upfront at the beginning  and you will not see a return, evening you put in all the hard work. With affiliate  marketing  you can see a return on your investment  pretty quickly, especially  if you are prepared  to put the effort in.

    Chalk and cheese in my opinion.

    Thanks

    Antonio

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  58. Thank you so much for the great reviews you have given on MLM and Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate marketing and MLM are two different platforms where many are involved in their respective positions. Affiliate marketing is currently the most common and widely used way to earn money, rather than MLM. From my own experience, I am making money myself through affiliate marketing and I have little interest in MLM. So I would say to those who are brand new to join like Wealthy Affiliate Platform from which you can learn a lot and become a successful affiliate marketer.

    In conclusion, this comparison is not only a guide but also a model of the team that Wealthy Affiliate supports to become a successful affiliate marketer.

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  59. Hey tony, I’ve been on both sides, MLM and Affiliate marketing. When comparing the two in my eyes, it seems like most of what you discussed in the article is true. Your success while being involved in an MLM is heavily dependent on your social skills and how many people you try to refer, but i know some people that make it work. For me at least, i would have to go with being an affiliate.

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  60. When looking for a good opportunity to start a business to make some extra money or full income from it, many will find these two business models and might wonder which one will work better. Thanks so much Tony for sharing this post as I’m sure it will help many to know the difference and why affiliate marketing might work better for many.

    I signed up to a couple of business opportunity with some of the most known MLM companies, and both didn’t work for me, I was tired to ask my friends and family to sign up or to buy a product or to tell their friends about my business. This is why I like more how affiliate marketing works, from the moment you start to create your website, you are working on your own business and you learn how to create content for your clients. I’m currently working with affiliate marketing and I like how it works and I think is a better business opportunity. 

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  61. Working or investing in a multilevel business is not a bad idea, but you must take into account some precautions to collaborate with one. MLM (Multilevel Marketing) is based on direct sales and the network of associates (people who are in charge of distribution). The model is a kind of “alternative” to wholesaling.
    But I think it has many disadvantages compared to affiliate marketing such as:
    It requires a record higher than that of a job (effort = payment).
    Negative perception of low income (this discourages members).
    Create your client portfolio without the support of the company.
    On the other hand, affiliate marketing has advantages that in my opinion are more attractive such as:
    The cost per acquisition model is fair and profitable.
    Coverage and new advertising spaces are increased.
    You don’t pay per clicks (CPC) or impressions (CPM).
    It allows you to attract new customers and have a high impact.

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  62. I really enjoyed your article. I have tried MLM many years ago and found it to be extremely difficult. Not that I did not work very hard at it but because it’s the type of business where you depend on others way too much in order for you to make any income. The downline concept works fine if you are one of the top and newest members of the organization. With Affiliate Marketing, you get ranked in GOOGLE, BING AND YAHOO and as you mention, THREE BILLION people become your audience as you move up to the first page of the search engines! Thanks for your informative article.

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  63. I really enjoyed your article. I have tried MLM many years ago and found it to be extremely difficult. Not that I did not work very hard at it but because it’s the type of business where you depend on others way too much in order for you to make any income. The downline concept works fine if you are one of the top and newest members of the organization. With Affiliate Marketing, you get ranked in GOOGLE, BING AND YAHOO and as you mention, TREE BILLION people become your audience as you move up to the first page of the search engines! Thanks for your informative article.

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  64. Both MLM and affiliate marketing are huge opportunities for people who want to make money from scratch, but there’s a big difference between them. When I worked with one of the biggest MLM companies, I saw several successful members and heard their stories in meetings and training. However, one has to be a certain type of person suitable for this type of business. I’ve found out it wasn’t for me.

    Affiliate marketing, on the other hand, can be done by anyone who is patient enough to learn good writing/blogging or making videos, and all the necessary other skills like SEO, promotion, etc. Of course, for some people, it comes easier to write than for others. But it can be learned and mastered, I believe.

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  65. For me, affiliate marketings wins every time because you can be far more targeted in your approach, rather than trying to rope in everyone you know. I’ve noticed lots of people in my network trying MLM at some stage but not sticking with it because they did not find it a sustainable way to make money, while feeling good about how they were making the money.

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  66. I like the intro. The topic was good, quick and to the point. It had great detail and made sense. The pictures and visuals were generic and I’ve seen them used on some of the other post by this same creator. It made me also skip it because I thought I’d already read this. 

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  67. I am glad that there are ample of ways to start a business that don’t directly involve you chasing after your close ones. It is a great relief that the new way of doing things get you to spend so much more time at home instead of working away from it.

    If we want to make progress and earn, online marketing is the best way that will allow us more time for home life. The list of such platforms that will help us to achieve that are definitely worthwhile to get engage with.

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  68. I’ve also written a few times on the differences between these two concepts. I love your first paragraph. Let’s face it, the typical MLM modus operandi is to chase your friends and relatives first until no one will talk to you, and then move on to strangers so that they will avoid you too. There are better ways, and I like that you given some options here.

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  69. If only I had found this comparison 10 years ago, LOL

    I did my fair share of those MLM trials. I spent a ton of money, well maybe not a ton, but way more than I should have. I felt the anxiety, the rush of excitement, the confusion and frustration of failure and the exhaustion of trying to figure it all out.

    Many years later I found WA and affiliate marketing, thank goodness. Thank you for sharing your interesting comparison of the two and congrats on your success.

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  70. This is an interesting comparison of MLM vs. Affiliate Marketing. I got information about Wealthy Affiliate, Global Moneyline, CBProAds, WebTalk and CashJuice. I personally prefer Wealthy Affiliate because it’s more than just a business. It is a community of dedicated people who support each other. I especially love one of your sentences: “The time is now my Friend, let’s get to where you’re being successful without chasing Family & Friends then they’ll come chasing you.” There is much we can learn from you.

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  71. Hello Tony, I really enjoyed reading and learning a great deal from your article ‘MLM vs. Affiliate Marketing’. 

    I appreciate that you gave an in-depth review of each of them, explaining how they work.
    I am sure your hard work will pay off as a lot of people will realize what both depict.

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  72. Personally I don’t trust MLMs and have always been defiant towards this. Affiliate marketing is always better than MLM.  As an affiliate, if you are patient and work hard, you will be rewarded sooner or later. As a MLM you need to chase people to join you just to have a chance of nobody joining you which equals you making no money. Thank you for this information.

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  73. Affiliate marketing is an excellent way to make commissions. I like the fact that you can start out small and slowly build your business up to a huge empire depending on your time and dedication. There are some people who do not understand the difference between MLM marketing and Affiliate marketing, with this information review now others can understand the concept. I will be sharing this article with my social media followers.

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  74. Hey Tony,

    For me I don’t see a difference between MLM and Affiliate marketing. It all depends on your dedication and commitment. With a great platform like Wealthy Affiliate you can learn digital marketing and apply it to your MLM or Affiliate marketing and succeed. It will both take commitment and dedication. Wealthy affiliate is a good platform 

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  75. Affiliate marketing is so much better than MLM. Thank you for making this article and informing people of the difference between the two. Hounding friends and family about your product is not the best way to do things and you have a very limited audience and you will lose hope very quickly. Affiliate marketing has a much higher reach that is worldwide.

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  76. I’m in affiliate while my sister is attempting MLM. The difference is astonishing. I’m think I’ll send her a link to this page to help her see the light of day as it were. MLM seems to be a useful as ‘flogging a dead horse’ as they say out here. This article really brings to light some of the stark differences.

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  77. Multi-level marketing (MLM), also called pyramid selling, network marketing and referral marketing is a shady marketing strategy for the sale of products or services where the MLM company profits from people selling the company’s products/services while the earnings of the participants are derived from a pyramid-shaped commission system.

    I never truly understood how this can benefit everyone, as at some point it stops being sustainable. It’s shady and you miss the point of selling the service or product (some companies don’t even have a legit product/service to sell!!!).

    Affiliate marketing is much more transparent. it’s about selling products, but also about helping people (linking a problem with a solution that might not be evident for everyone). It’s about you and your own effort. You rip what you sow, and I couldn’t agree more with that philosophy. It’s also much more profitable because it really works.

    Thanks for yet another informative post.

    Sofia  

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  78. Mlm is always not a good option to anyone considering the lot of challenges that are associated with it. However, to make the real difference, a lot more has to be sacrificed to help achieve it all. What has been shared here is both revealing and great to see here. Thank you so much for all tthat has been shared with us all here. Thanks

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  79. There are lots of business forms and it is necessary for you to know the type you want to go into, MLM is not a good business model and I can’t recommend it to anyone because it didn’t work for me and it’s been really difficult to make money from it. Thanks for this amazing one.

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  80. Hey

    I’ll say that I consider affiliate marketing over MLM. Though they both have their advantages and drawbacks. But the benefits of affiliate marketing far outweighs that of MLM. once we check out these business model and what to travel for, we should always consider watching the future. Most of those MLM companies don’t last. You’ll see some being chased by FTC, closed down, or as a newbie to MLM, you’ll not earn much or maybe revisit your capital. But with affiliate marketing, you get to possess way lot peace of mind. you fully control.

    Mohamed

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  81. A year ago I had no idea what affiliate marketing nor what multi-level marketing was but after a challenging journey of expanding my knowledge on these topics I can finally have a sense of certainty that I know what I’m talking about when referring to any of these money-making methods. However, I would rather stay on the affiliate business than join any MLM company, but that’s just me. 

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  82. Hello Tony Lee Hamilton, thank you for sharing this resourceful and informative article on MLM versus Affiliate marketing. Personally I will always choose affiliate marketing over and MLM scheme because it has a higher chance of being successful and profitable as well. And not to forget the simplicity and straight forwardness of affiliate marketing compared to MLM businesses which are stressful. Thank you for this article. 

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  83. I would say I prefer affiliate marketing to multi level marketing which is because I would rather promote products rather than selling the products, affiliate marketing is better option because I get to put my time and effort in it plus the amount to start affiliate marketing is it that much compared to multi level marketing, thank you for sharing this wonderful informative article. 

    Regards 

    Blessing.

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  84. MLM is not a bad business but I’ll say that affiliate marketing is much more preferable. I really concur to what you said about referring people closest to you. I’ve experienced that. And the annoying answer I get is when they tell me that they will join later. It’s very frustrating. But with affiliate marketing, I don’t have to bug anyone. I get to do my thing, then sit, relaxed and wait for results.

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  85. This is a no contest to me because we all know who the obvious winner is here. And just to clear the air, I think that wealthy affiliate is the best because I just joined and I am seeing so much impact in it already. I have tried other MLM businesses on the other hand that didn’t work for me so I think affiliate marketing is the obvious winner.

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  86. Thank you for sharing Tony,

    I agree that once we reach a better position in life, all our family and friends approach us with curiosity to know how we do what we are doing. The funny part is that if we reach them at a time where we need them they won’t approach. They will only approach when they will see us successful in the level of life which everyone is happy and dreaming to be.

    But we should remain as we are and be helpful with everyone, no matter how they were before our success did not bother us because we reached anyhow to the level that we wanted to. In fact not doing so they have waisted their own time in not taking action towards their success.

    Best of luck and thanks for sharing,

    Meena 

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  87. There is nothing compared to financial stability. No one really cares about how you got your result, it’s the result that they are after. Journey to success land is personal because not all can picture what you’re seeing, so you do it alone and when you get there, you’ll have as many followers as possible. Result motivates. I really appreciate this 

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  88. Although I have never done MLM I have been able to see how they work as for some time many years ago I was a computer technician to one such company and I have a pretty good idea how all this works. In my opinion affiliate marketing is vastly superior, easier, with much less risk and with the possibility to make much more money than you would with MLM. But this is just my opinion.

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  89. There are very good businesses there and I have to admit it’s best you go into an affiliate marketing business. Affiliate marketing to me is way better than mlm because mlm has been proven over the time to not be always lasting and there seems to always be issues that erupt with the ones sustaining. Thanks for the really clear article 

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  90. Multi Level Marketing and Affiliate Marketing in my opinion are the two most popular or most important ways to make money digitally as they are great ways to earn a passive income. I actually prefer Affiliate marketing to Multi Level Marketing like you have mentioned it involves a lot of convoluted steps. 

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  91. This seems to be the case with lots of folks I hear about including my self with people not having the confidence to step out and take that step with you instead they want to watch you to see if you would make it and it’s sad that people miss out on so many great opportunities that way I’ve tried getting people on board with the idea and there skepticism is what holds them back in most all cases great article I share a lot of similar experiences my freind 

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  92. MLM vs Affiliate marketing?? hmm ..what can i say,,that i have been in both. One particlurly MLM taught me a lesson that probably not meant for me. I injected in a lot of money and failed to fine the next person to buy my products, it so happened that my team mates were equally lazy as well.Affiliate marketing is the one am currently engaged on. still figuring out my way but atleast there is hope.

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  93. This is an interesting topic, I have been part of MLMs and Affiliate Marketing and I believe each have their own merits depending on the products.

    The MLM I was and still am involved with is Karatbars. What I have found is that Karatbars is only lucrative if and once consumers understand the business model and then they might buy into it but most don’t

    Thanks to the recent increase in online shopping made even more in demand since Covid, I think that Affiliate marketing will only grow strong in months and years to come

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  94. I will go for affiliate marketing because it is just way more peaceful to do. I have been a member of many MLM company and I know what it can cause to your family and friends. It made me feel so desperate and I never succeeded in any. I like their products and I still use some personally whenever I need them. But It was hard to try to sell them or have them join my network.

    With affiliate marketing, I get to work from the comfort of my house, I do not bother anyone I know to buy or join. 

    Thanks

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  95. I am not a fan of the MLM business, which is obvious, otherwise I would not have being a member of the Wealthy Affiliate platform. I always know that the WA platform is easier to make use and offers a lot more room for advancement. Actually that’s my own thought and I am aware I’m never alone in this. Affiliate marketing is simple to get along with and it is in all ways much better than the MLM businesses.

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  96. Hi Tony! I am one of your referrals on some of these recommendations like VIP Downline builder, Cashjuice and Moneyline. I also think affiliate marketing is way better than chasing friends and family and more effective too. I have friends who joined me on some affiliate programs too, but it was their own choice. I never asked them. I just built a Website with Wealthy affiliate and started writing. I connected with many new people and got good advice from you Tony to join these programs. And it have helped me a lot in my progress.

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  97. MLM is a NO-NO for me because what I have experience. All of these programs are all the same, only those at the top make the money. Those at the bottom do all of the hard work along with investing money and in order for you to make money you have to recruit and your team must work or you will make nop money.

    Affiliate marketing is not like that because the whole setup is different and the rewards are far greater. I would tell everyone to go with affiliate marketing. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  98. I hate MLM business!!! Sadly, lately,  my Facebook feed is filled with people promoting MLM business. I do believe that affiliate marketing is the way to go to generate money online. It’s actually a creative way plus you don’t need to bother friends and family as you mentioned. Affiliate marketing all the way for me. 

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  99. That is what I hated the most about MLM marketing, chasing my friends or the top 100 list of people I know. My friends and family didn’t want to come around me of fear that I was trying to sell them something lol. Affiliate marketing is a way better approach to marketing for me. And as a member of Wealthy Affiliate everything you need to build a successful online affiliate business is in one place! From the comfort of your own home you can make a living with affiliate marketing without even mentioning your business to a single friend or family member!

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  100. Being able to run your own business is priceless. Running your own schedule, doing what you love and getting paid is only a few of the advantages as an affiliate marketer. The key is to find out what you really enjoy doing, writing, etc and becoming an affiliate marketer around your niche. Everyone has a dream and a special hobby that can become work. 

    I can not explain how much it means to do what you love and make money. 

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  101. Making up to 30 referrals or even more these days is really difficult for your business because there are a lot of criticism and discouragement from both friends and family. Registering in one of those sites listed on this review is really the first step in growing your business because they give you the necessary training you’ll need especially with WA. Also I’ve heard so much about money line and I think it’s really amazing. 

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  102. Ah MLM. Yes been there – got the T-shirt.

    Affiliate Marketing is such a wonderful alternative to pestering family and friends.  People find you, not the other way around. Whilst I am not anti-MLM, I am certainly Pro Affiliate Marketing.

    I am making the transition from MLM pest to content creator and marketer.  Even my husband has become a supporter once discovering that it is possible to make money from Affiliate Marketing.

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  103. Hi Tony,Another remarkable post. I much prefer affiliate marketing over MLM because I would rather promote products rather than selling them.I think you have to ask yourself first which one suits your personality best and also how much capital you can invest. You have nicely compared MLM and associated marketing. I agree with you. My favorite among these two is definitely affiliate marketing because the money that can be earned through it is truly limitless.
    A very important review, here is a comment from me.

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  104. MLM bares too much effort for one to succeed and at the same time, people are aware of the scams such scheme carry making it difficult to recruit p[eople. On the other hand affiliate marketing can be seen as a great opportunity to earn extra income with great commissions. In most cases when it comes to affiliate marketing, most products already come with advertising resources making it much easier to market by just simply copying and pasting. 

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  105. Hello there! Thanks for this article. MLM and Affiliate marketing is something people want to get involved in but most times some people like me are confused because they don’t know which is better. This is a very interesting comparison but from what I’ve read so far, I feel comparing them is like an insult to affiliate marketing. It appears better and it’s something I’d like to get myself involved in. Thank you. 

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  106. This highlight the benefits we can get on Affiliate marketing compare with MLM. It is much better and stable to have Affiliate Marketing and have it as a stable business that will pay you for many years.

    Investing through the domains will surely help us establish our opportunity for future generation of income. Just keep going and learn in Affiliate Marketing. I would really prefer to it if I want to stand firm in this industry.

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  107. Yes, we had similar experience. But then I found my life saviour, Wealthy Affiliate. Never did I regret joining and signing up for that premium membership which cost me $19! I had learned a lot from their training and their open community. I love too their support team which is there 24/7. And of course, they taught you how to make a website and what niche you should choose. Really helpful indeed. So for those who wants to start their affiliate marketing journey, please do so!

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  108. You have proved that Affiliate Marketing is way ahead of everything else, especially MLM. 

    Must admit the MLM always seems a bit dodgy. I could not badger family and friends just to make money. If asked I would be happy to do so but otherwise I don’t mention it.

    I do have CBProAds but not done much with it. Your reminder about it is a timely one, thank you.

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  109. Hello, Tony Thanks for the site and content. I  enjoyed reading your article. I can relate to MLM and the old way of doing things back in the day thanks for the tip, at this time I enjoy writing my own content. I’m sure that one day I will get around to hiring writers, but I need to know what I expect from them only after I’ve learned how to. have a great day loved the post.

    Samuel

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  110. Finally a text like this about comparing these two things. Each of us is an individual for ourselves and different things suit everyone, but I personally think that these two things are very different in terms of positive and negative things. I personally prefer Affiliate Marketing. It is a safer option for me, it does not depend on the arrival of new members but on your effort and resourcefulness. What I don’t like about MLM is that newer members can earn much less than older ones which is definitely not a good option for them.

    However, I believe that everyone has the right to choose and that they should persevere in either of these two options 🙂

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  111. Thank you for this thorough review.  I really appreciate your articles and look forward to receiving them as I continue to build my online business.  Thank you for being readily available to help us succeed.   I have been involved in MLM in the past and I choose Affiliate Marketing over MLM.  Thank you for sharing your ideas and your choices with us.  You are a great teacher.  Thank you. This article is very helpful.

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  112. This article was very nice and motivating, these platforms are very good also. Many today don’t know much about affiliate marketing and multi level marketing, this article will be very helpful to them as their eyes are opened to the real deal.  This article was very helpful to me personally also, as i got the self confidence i needed 

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  113. I am also an MLM distributor and I am proud that I don’t chase friends and family members!

    Thanks to this training that I got, first from gurus who are advocates of doing MLM via online means. Second, I am thankful that I became a member of Wealthy Affiliate which taught me how to utilize online business to build MLM teams globally via Internet. If it weren’t for these training, then I would be depressed chasing people in the offline.

    With regard to the people I’m recruiting, I still meet people who think MLM can only be done through hosting home meetings or selling products by visiting friends in the offline. Also, there are upline sponsors who are hard-headed they would not innovate. I don’t care, as long as I am building a team online just like what you’re doing, Tony, I’m okay.

    I hope more people see the beauty of this idea you’re trying to hammer here.

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  114. Such an amazing piece Tony, but the truth is I have seen couple of MLM since I was growing up and I have always frowned at it because the process of talking to people to convince to earn something seems so very desperate in their sight, like one have to refer people to be able to money but with affiliate marketing, it is not so, so I prefer affiliate marketing.

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  115. Wealthy affiliate is a real deal! You can create websites, you can market etc. It’s the best platform to teach and train you guys for online marketing. It was started in 2005 but still legit and fantastic. I swear wealthy affiliate is the best! It can change your future too and build a better reputation. 

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  116. Thank you Tony for this interesting article. For me, affiliate marketing is easier and safer to use. I think Affiliate marketing is better than MLM companies in every way as it has proof of having a lot of success with it, and if you work hard, you can make good money from it.

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  117. A lot of pretty current accounting specifically has a lot of similarities with consultancy which can particularly be very difficult which fascinating, which really is quite significant. Both corporations for all intents and purposes are trying to increase profits in a sort of big way. Some people for all intents and purposes take different paths Adolescents on the Internet for all intents and purposes believe that multi million dollar companies essentially make feelings-based choices The definition of “success” for the most part is simply a by-product of the privilege, demonstrating that a lot of really current accounting specifically has a lot of similarities with consultancy which can actually be very difficult which fascinating, pretty contrary to popular belief. 

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  118. MLM’s and affiliate marketing are two totally different aspects, indeed. It does make sense to start out by referring family and friends, but sometimes the ‘we’ll wait and see’ is the most common answer.

    Of all that you have listed, I am actually a member of one of these programs. I have been with it for years, and it has helped me to grow a substantial business, which is growing by the day.

    Are all of these programs helpful for growing business online? Are some just to share links?

    Anyway, thank you for sharing this information. It was very informative. I do believe you are genuinely invested in these programs, and I wish you much success in each of them.

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  119. Thank you for sharing this – I think Wealthy Affiliate is the best opportunity on this list BY FAR. They offer premium hosting, excellent training, and comprehensive resources to build one’s site from the ground up.

    Affiliate marketing is the future, because I believe social media is the future. Companies will soon understand how important a digital presence is, and jump on.

    Thanks!

    Aaron

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  120. Well, comparing MLM and Affiliate Marketing, one can easily arrive at which is better. I do not think it is necessary or essential to compare MLM and Affiliate Marketing. The advantages of Affiliate Marketing are by far greater than that of MLM. With just little knowledge about MLM and Affiliate Marketing, it can be seen that Affiliate Marketing is better than MLM.

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  121. I too market both affiliate programs AND network marketing programs. There are characteristics that are similar in both business models, and some that are different as well. I believe that the key to success in either business model is helping people… with affiliate marketing you are working to match prospects with products or services that solve their problems. Network marketers have two basic challenges… selling their products or services, and building their teams. Chasing friends and family is NOT the answer to either. Use Wealthy Affiliate and create content that will attract the type of customers ANS team members that really want to work with you.

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  122. This article gave a thorough breakdown between the difference between MLM versus Affiliate Marketing- with the MLM being a shady business practiced and is frowned upon by the industry and with affiliate marketing an actual legitimate business model to earn real income.  Tony gave several resources that are ideal for anyone starting affiliate marketing.  

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  123. Both mlm and affiliate marketing are the way of make money online in now days.You have perfectly explain the both digital marketing and you compared exactly about MLM and affiliate marketing . I read your post and understand that affiliate marketing is a best way to make money online.agree with you.Affiliate marketing a source of making passive and secure income and the earning is limitless.I agree with you  that  Wealthy Affiliate is tbe best affiliate marketing course newbie affiliate marketers. I am very thankful to you for giving us such a wonderful information.

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  124. Comparing MLM and Affiliate Marketing is like comparing oranges and apples. Affiliate marketing can easily become a real and work-from-home business and making you real money. Affiliate marketing cuts off the unnecessary chasing of the shiny object.

    I have checked out all the affiliate businesses you recommended: Wealthy Affiliate – Wealthy Affiliate Review;
    Global Moneyline – 2nd Anniversary for Global Moneyline; CBProAds – Your Pre-Made; ClickBank StoreFront;
    WebTalk – Online Business Community; CashJuice – Online Business Community. I found out they are real and good affiliate platforms. However, I like most the Wealthy Affiliate because you get the most from it – they provide all you to build your website and you have the community for assistance with any difficulties you may encounter.

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  125. You make a key point when you say; “Wouldn’t it be nice t* stop chasing Family & Friends” about digital and online business opportunities but most people do only have those resources and contact as a way to start.  So how do you overcome this and not have your family and friends become annoyed with you for trying to sell them something “again”!  But as your suggestions and the Wealthy Affiliate suggestion mentions, it will be fascinating to see their curiosity once I start earning an income 100% online and from home.  I will enjoy seeing their reactions.

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  126. I like a lot of the points that you make here. The creepiest part about MLMs to a lot of people is that they seem to rely on having people hit up their friends and family to buy (or sign up for) inferior products they don’t want in order to support their friend. Affiliate marketing avoids those awkward scenarios altogether!

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  127. Hi Tony, I agree that Affiliate Marketing is one of the best choices, and it is worthy of investing time and work. It is also true that we meet a lot of difficulties at the moment that we start an online business and the fact that friends and families most of the time are skeptical about us and do not support us in this new journey. The best thing to do is to be consistent and continue the hard work, and one day all it will reward like in your success story.

    Best

    Alketa

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  128. Hello Hamilton! With so many people playing, working, and shopping online, it’s no wonder that digital has moved to the forefront of the marketing department’s priorities. From maintaining relevance in their customer’s mind to building a profitable brand, companies, organizations, and businesses are starting to invest a lot in digital marketing. Thanks!

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  129. I’m new to the affiliate marketing arena but I do see a huge upside to it.  I have had experience with MLM and have seen some that have been a great success.  For most of the people I knew in the MLM world, they were like me and spent much more than they ever made.  If you have a product that requires a strong in-person sales pitch an MLM may still be the way to go.  

    Affiliate Marketing drew me for a few reasons.  First I can do it on my time rather than trying to schedule meetings with people and work around their schedule. Second, the products are of high enough quality that they almost sell themselves. and finally, the people are coming to you searching for a solution, rather than me having to go find less than willing people to give my pitch.  

    We’ll see how it work for me, but I think affiliate marketing is the way to go. 

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  130. Thanks for your inspirational post. I just don’t like the idea of selling something to friends which I am not 100% sure would benefit them. Friends are not there to use as selling bait. That is my personal opinion unfortunately. So I prefer to keep business life and personal life seperate. Most MLM businesses are more focused on getting people involved than the actual product that is supposed to help them. As soon as I am required to gain followers and first and foremost I have to turn to family and friends because, the product quality is not good enough to stand on its own two feet that is the sign to turn and run away. 

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  131. I once joined a mlm company called sunnony it promised all the riches in the world but after a year and a half of working with it, I lost both my money and time in an investment which never brought any profit after so much hard work and sleepless nights. When I started affiliate marketing in 2018 I realised this is the best way of making money online and it seems I was not wrong, it has made me over 20K in a space of 2 years

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  132. MLM seems like another way to go but i think affiliate marketing will still be my future go to plan for creating a passive income business. I actually never knew of MLM before now so i happy to enlightened about the concept. Thanks very much i hope you have a good day!

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  133. Before I became a digital marketer, I had a friend of mine try to get me involved in an MLM company he and his wife were representing to make money. 

    I don’t remember exactly what we were selling other than becoming a member of their MLM marketing team, but I remember that it was just like you said. Joining and then being pushed to step to family and friends to ask them to join, only to be looked at like you were crazy by the family and friends you talked to about it. I tried it for a few days, I think, and at first, I remember that it seemed like a sure path to wealth. At least that’s the impression that I got after the pitch. LOL. 

    It did get me curious about finding ways to make money, though, which led me rather quickly to the Internet, where I began trying my luck with affiliate marketing. Now that is a legitimate way to make a sizeable income as a self-employed entrepreneur.

    Cheers,

    Jeramy

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  134. There is no comparison between MLM and WA it is as clear as day. WA is giving you everything in one place, from learning to making money. I am happy to have become a WA member and thank you for that.For me, I would say Affiliate Marketing and MLM are not mates as Affiliate Marketing is a well more secured and more scalable type of online business that has the possibility to earn you passive income for a long time but for mlm the case is quite different as only the people that comes in first benefit from it while the last set of people tend to earn little or noting.

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  135. And that is what I aspire to do. Every time I mentioned to my family and friends that I want to start an online business, you can see the look of scrutiny in their eyes, almost screaming “grow up and focus on an actual job”. But I’ll never give up of course, so I am still working on my journey as an affiliate marketer. Guess I will have to be patient and prove it to them once it kicks off. 

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  136. MLM and Affiliate Marketing are very different worlds.  I jumped into the MLM craze, and I stuck with it for a while.  I slowly got away from it after realizing I was continuously spinning my wheels.  It was no fun bugging friends and family to look at some product they didn’t really care about.  It was a great product I was promoting, but pushing it on people made me feel very uncomfortable, and I started not to like myself.  I’m not saying MLM is bad, but it isn’t for everyone, and it definitely was NOT for me.  I just discovered Wealthy Affiliate a few weeks back, and I am having a lot of fun with it.  I am learning so much about writing blogs, reviewing products such as my YouTube channel, and building out my site.  Am I making any money yet?  No, but it will come soon.  I just know it.  On with the training…

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  137. To be honest Tony, I have been kind of running away from MLM marketing since I long time ago I was so much into it. I simply am not into making people do something they don’t decide to do on their own, and with MLM you appear to be so pushy before and after someone becomes your network’s fellow. I am more into having to do everything from my side and having people joining me because they are inspired by my story, but then not having to depend on their commitment! That’s the key! 

    In MLM you never stop interaction just because you invested your time and results depend so much on others too. 

    With Affiliate, you commit, you work, you see results as much as you are ready to receive!

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  138. I don’t think you can compare MLM and affiliate marketing. I am pretty sure that both are completely unrelated. For me, MLM is definetly a scam. You have to buy the product and “teach” people to sell by telling a lies. There are no such fast money to obtain, even for someone that work in the company, they have at least 1 hour to earn the money. Which means taking time. While in here affiliate marketing is totally different. I will not say it is not a scam. Some of scam can be using affiliate marketing method. However, most of all, affiliate is a method itself to be independent marketeer and does not has to be related to any platform. If you know the basic digital marketing you can become affilate marketer if you want. The same as becoming YouTuber, if you can create a good video content and knowing how to market yourself or placing your product on the market, than you can get the money as a youtuber. It can be your real job. And by becoming affilater, the same as creating your own business, no fast way to get money and no promises. Just based on, how you work on it. Hence, that is why it is such a shame to compare MLM and Affiliate Marketing.

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  139. I consider affiliate marketing over MLM. First of all I do not like the business model of most MLM. Affiliate marketing way more reliable and has a higher chance of success than MLM business. There are some good MLM businesses but I prefer affiliate marketing.  Thank you for the post. 

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  140. I’m not a huge fan of MLM in rarely any facet. The intention always seems stain with selfish ideals. On the other side of the coin I love affiliate marketing. I mostly like it because there is little overhead, no employees and it is remote and can be done anywhere in the world. I suggest stay away from MLM!! nice article!

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  141. Thanks for this tutorial, Tony! Initially, I was lured into network marketing and assured that I could make a great fortune from it. After I was made to pay for a membership package, I started attending group meetings and also attended several Webinars and seminars, all to no avail. It was then I decided to stop what I have been doing and moved into the business of affiliate marketing. I figured out a lot of things about becoming an affiliate marketer and this has kept moving me ahead of the common challenges attached. I have seen friends give up and quit all because they couldn’t figure it out.

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  142. I think it is hard sometimes doing MLM.  You have to make sure that is legit and a scheme.  I guess because I am an affiliate marketer and is comfortable with it.  You had click bank  CBPro?  What if you have an account already with click bank?  Some online business can be fraudulent making sure if it is legit takes researching.  Good post. 

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  143. Hey.

    Thank you for sharing this product post with an amazing platform, my self when it comes to multi-level marketing and affiliate marketing I prefer most to use affiliate marketing programs, because the affiliate marketing is the industry where I met with many like-minded people they helped me to start my journey and also gives me a bundle of knowledge on online business, before I was tried MLM but finally I didn’t get anything.

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  144. Hey Tony, thanks for your post on MLM vs. Affiliate Marketing! I have done lots of research on how I can stop chasing family and friends around all in the name of earning/gathering PVs or moving up my membership rank from one level to another, and digital/affiliate marketing appears to be the way-out.

    Digital marketing was all I learned about and paid for when I got started with an online business community. I completed a given number of courses which opened my eyes to the digital marketing world and the numerous opportunities that await me. Now, I would be willing soon to apply this to Multi-Level Marketing.

    Thank you so much,

    Joyce

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  145. I’m in a position where I’m realizing there really is no comparison to affiliate marketing.  I have done many MLM companies as well as many direct sales. The get togethers and the time and the events for MLM.  And parties and events for direct sales will wear you out FAST.  Let’s just say the past couple of months have been very eye opening as I didn’t really know what affiliate marketing is until very recently.  I just wish I could have read your post 15 years ago!

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  146. Being able to do work from home has become substantially more simplified in recent years, and especially now during the pandemic. It’s a difficult time for everyone, but it is also enabling and proving that an economy can still have a strong presence from just being online. Affiliate marketing is a prime example of work that can be carried online very heavily and function very well.

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  147. MLM v Affiliate Marketing? There’s no comparison. Anything that involves pyramid selling, or pyramids in general, wreak of scam. MLM demands that you recruit. Affiliate marketing, once you’ve laid the groundwork, runs on autopilot for the most part. What I love about affiliate marketing, as opposed to MLM, is that I don’t have to rely on others to get paid. In affiliate marketing (at least in WA), I find a niche, set up my website, post content and drive traffic to my site. I don’t have to worry about pulling teeth out of live people to get sales. In your article, I would expand more on the benefits of being an affiliate marketer, and focus on describing Wealthy Affiliate, and how WA can help anyone start their own online business. Great job.

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  148. MLM v Affiliate Marketing? There’s no comparison. Anything that involves pyramid selling, or pyramids in general, wreak of scam. MLM demands that you recruit. Affiliate marketing, once you’ve laid the groundwork, runs on autopilot for the most part. What I love about affiliate marketing, as opposed to MLM, is that I don’t have to rely on others to get paid. In affiliate marketing (at least in WA), I find a niche, set up my website, post content and drive traffic to my site. I don’t have to worry about pulling teeth out of live people to get sales. In your article, I would expand more on the benefits of being an affiliate marketer, and focus on describing Wealthy Affiliate, and how WA can help anyone start their own online business. Great job.

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  149. I believe we all know who the real winner is. Both have their perks and benefits but I prefer Affiliate marketing over MLM anytime.
    While MLM can get you profit easier due to the pyramid style of compensation, Affiliate marketing definitely steals the show due to the amount of work which needs to be put in. Hard work pays though its slow with Affiliate marketing.
    More commitment is required to build up from scratch, growing up one’s network down the road.
    I sincerely feel that the support and amount of training we get with Affiliate marketing is second to none

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  150. I have never been involved with a MLM company. I suppose it seems like I had dodged a bullet with that one. So I can not speak from experience with both on how one works better than the other personally. I can speak to affiliate marketing through Wealthy Affiliate however though. I believe the platform is amazing. I started out knowing nothing about affiliate marketing or how to write or keep up a blog before being with WA. I do see that the money you can learn with affiliate marketing can be almost limitless. I am learning more with each one of your posts I read. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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  151. I prefer affiliate marketing over MLMs. With affiliate marketing you can be your own boss and you do not need to chase family and friends. None of them will avoid you, because you do your business online and do not need to knock on their doors all the time. I also think that there is more growth as an affiliate marketer.

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  152. I have seen stories about people making money online and I always think it is an MLM Scam.  So yes, I have tried MLM and had big hopes and dreams of finding the hidden secret.  Well, it did not work.  And luckily I was smart enough to get out before I lost too much money.  But, by being persistent, I continued to find out how people are making money online.  I found the secret at Wealthy Affiliate, and it was easy to understand and implement.  

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  153. There’s a steep advantage of affiliate marketing over mlm, comparing both is even shocking to me, over time, the success rate of affiliate marketers have show that it’s way better to venture into. One very key reason is the fact that you can success in affiliate marketing without the inclusion of people directly, wheres mlm depends on you and other people in your circle to thrive, hence making it the my least favorite option.

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  154. Hi Tony, These are indeed excellent recommendations you are sharing. I do wonder the extent to which MLM and affiliate marketing can be treated in the same way or served by the same marketing techniques. While MLM may have much in common with the make money online niche of affiliate marketing, I don’t think the same applies to a different affiliate marketing niche. But this is just my personal opinion and I only have my own tastes and inclinations to go by. My own skirmishes with MLM and Network Marketing led me to conclude many years ago that this was not a realm for me. ON the other hand affiliate marketing is something that I understand and can see myself working with. The key seems to be directing your energies in the most efficient and targetted ways to your success. Best regards, Andy

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  155. Online businesses are very diversified and it is very hard to understand all that is why we need to try and specify the dimensions we want to take. MLM businesses are what’s are I don’t really like list in online businesses and I always try as much as possible to stay away from thwm because they are always bad, I recommend affiliate marketing.

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  156. I saw that you listed CashJuice in your list.  I just heard about them earlier today as well.  It really is crazy to think that there are 3 billion people online.  I also believe that marketing online has changed substantially even in the past 5 years alone.  When you mention the idea of recruiting friends and family into our online businesses, it makes me sort of shudder, cause i remember the MLM Network marketing days of like 2013 right when I dove into this world for the first time.  My heavens I think I was brainwashed or something haha.  So glad to be a part of Wealthy Affiliate now of course.  Just the thought of MLM makes me want to run the other way.  There’s nothing wrong with it, but I feel that the entire online marketing culture has evolved so much.  For instance, just look online at how huge companies like Shopify and Etsy are.  We’re now living in a world of print on demand, and I see that kind of thing everywhere now.  And who knows where it’ll be in just a few short years again.  Thanks for the post!

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  157. Hello again! I’ve been looking for an article that would properly distinguish between affiliate marketing and Multi Level Marketing and I’m very happy I came across this. After going through this article I’ll say that I consider affiliate marketing over MLM. Though they both have their advantages and disadvantages. But the advantages of affiliate marketing far outweighs that of MLM. That been said, I’m not sure I would embark on any MLM program 

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  158. We already know who the winner o this contest will be and that is affiliate marketing not because you were judging if there to them here but because you just showed me now that I can make something good out of affiliate marketing more than MLM and I have done some MLM businesses that didn’t work for me in the past.

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  159. Thank you fir sharing it all here. I actually value what has been shared here in terms of affiliate marketing and creating the distinction to mom. To my beat of knowledge,MLM will only make you more poorer unless you are among the early starter or you are the founder. It is strictly meant to enrich some at the detriment of others

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  160. The two concepts are good and all targeted at getting money but to the best of my understanding,I will say that affiliate is far better than MLM. Affiliate does not require referrals and stress of not wanting to be the last person on the queue. With affiliate, registration for membership is the only thing required  and every other things will fall in place

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  161. To me I think a comparison between affiliate marketing and mlm shouldn’t exist because affiliate marketing is way better than mlm. With affiliate marketing you are almost certain to succeed unlike mlm. Affiliate marketing is easier to start even as a beginner unlike mlm. I go with affiliate marketing anytime or any day. 

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  162. Thanks for this opportunity to read through this amazing article and it’s good that you are able to serve the comparison between MLM businesses and affiliate marketing, it’s been a very long time that one bee reading through these two businesses and this is the best comparison I’ve come across.

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  163. Thank you Mr Hamilton, the juxtaposition of MLM and Affiliate marketing is quite a very robust one. I think Affiliate marketing exposes you to a bigger audience and is exponential in growth unlike being dependent on friends and family participation to grow bigger. With the prevailing work condition world wide, I think networking is far the best way of making success that the limited MLM tactics. I hope to reach a good number of the Billions of internet users. Because right now, it is not all about working, but it is all about working smart. Affiliate marketing is working smart! Thank you 

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  164. Its very good to see this formatting here and I have seen it’s o many times but I needed clarity and I’m happy to have it here and this is very good. I currently have a friend who is part of an mlm and they are actively recruiting new members and the whole thing seems very structured, not to mention the upfront costs. 

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  165. You remind me long back ago mostly 7 years past. I was searching for home based business and jump to MLM, the result was not like the way I expected but I thank God  MLM lead me to find all about affiliate marketing and the fruits of it. I actually ended on joining Wealthy Affiliate, but now I am attracted to clickbank too after reading your review and how profitable it is.

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  166. Nice one. But again, I will say that I am still very much skeptical  about MLM. Something about it don’t sit right with me. I am also not disputing the validity of MLM, it is also a great way to make money, but I will stick with Affiliate marketing, I feel like it is not comparable to MLM in any way. Affiliate marketing gives me this sense of confidence over MLM. One has to be careful these days as there are a lot of scams out there. 

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  167. Hi Tony,

    For me, affiliate marketing is better because you don’t have to force or push people to buy stuff from you. They buy the things that they really need through your affiliate links.

    As an entrepreneur, all you need to do is build your website, write legitimate articles including trustworthy reviews, and soon you build trust in your readers and your business just grows from there.

    Thanks for this information.

    Marita

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  168. I’ve also gone the MLM route a number of times, all with the same result (failure).  I lived and I learned and I swore off them, only to be sucked in again.  Fortunately, the World Wide Web has opened many doors for those of us who seek to be independent of the rat race. I will back you up on Wealthy Affiliate and Webtalk,  as I use them both with great success.  I’m going to check out CBProAds now!  Thanks for another great tip, Tony!

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  169. Hello there! Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful piece of information. I’ve gone through it and it’s a really detailed one. I find it very helpful because it contains valuable information everyone should hold on to.  I’ve always argued that affiliate marketing is better than MLM. Anything associated with a Ponzi scheme is a no no for me. WA remains the best platform 

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  170. Being the two largest and most opted for form of online marketing I understand why it is important to be able draw a comparison between the two and it is good that you have given a detailed analysis of each of them, how they work and how much profit is to be expected from both. Thank you you for sharing this article. 

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  171. For me I would say affiliate marketing and MLM shouldn’t be compared because affiliate marketing is a well secured and more legit type of online business on like MLM where people who come in first get to benefit from it while people who come in last earn little or nothing at all

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  172. MLM – typically offers a product or a range of products that are predetermined by the company or owner of the scheme. This can be a bit restrictive as there is no real option to expand or add further items to your product line. but in Affiliate Marketing – you will enjoy much more freedom of choice when it comes to the products you choose to sell. so i prefer affiliate marketing.

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  173. Hello there, thanks for sharing this awesome article I know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me…For me I would still stick with the good old  Affiliate marketing as it has all the qualities of a good and well set up business.

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  174. MLM has always meant pyramid scheme to me.  Not sure if that is technically the right way to describe it, but it has kept me away from MLM.  As a result, I have had more trust in affiliate marketing.  Although I have yet to see a penny from my affiliate sites, I do see potential there.  Hoping my hard work pays off and going to be steering clear of MLM opportunities.  Thanks tony. 

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  175. Hello,

    From my experience, my #1 rule is never make business with family and friends! In many cases, their answer was exactly as you said: to try first, and then to see how things are.

    By making a comparison between MLM (I want to mention that I am not a fan of it), and Affiliate Marketing, in my opinion, you are more closer to earning an income as an affiliate than in MLM. As far as I know, MLM brings money to people from the front lines and, as a business model, it doesn’t go that far. Instead, through Affiliate Marketing you can get a passive income for long time if you do the work Right. 

    Great article, great information as always. Thank you for sharing.

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  176. I am a super fun of your website now and often come back to get some affiliate marketing ideas. I have some experiences with both MLM and affiliate marketing. I don’t like MLM which is not focus on solving people’s problem, but selling. Affiliate marketing is in all ways better than any MLM businesses because it focuses on finding something that can help people to slove their problems. If you could slove other people’s problem, people will willingly pay for the services. I made money on affiliating marketing, but never made penny from MLM businesses. 

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  177. Hi Tony,

    I can relate with this article and have been on the losing side. Trying to find an online business has not been easy so my family has won a couple of times. However, I have invited them to join me again, joined WA. I wish I came across your this article then, I would not have failed. 

    I enjoyed the read and have gained confidence in Wealthy Affiliate, and definitely come back to this site to read more and stay informed. Can I get more information on MLM?

    Ntlhane Ratlhagane

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  178. Hi, Tony Lee.

    I had experienced chasing friends and family to purchase a product so I can get commissions. It’s not a very good experience although they bought the product. Later on the chasing resulted into misunderstanding that’s why I never wanna do that again.

    You are truly an inspiration especially for newbies on digital marketing.

    I’m glad I came across this post and learned that there are other sites where we can join and earn aside from WA.

    Thanks for sharing another valuable blog.

    All the best.

    Ruth

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  179. Thank you very much for taking your time to provide us this great review on MLM vs Affiliate Marketing. I went through it thoroughly, I think there should not even be a comparison between them because Affiliate marketing is way better I am not interested even knowing it is a great opportunity, I would not competely recommend to others. It is just a Get rich quick route, I am just stick with wealthy affiliiate and ignore some noise in the online platforms. Nice work Tony

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  180. Wealthy affiliate, for me is the game changer, struggling to survive on just one major income has just come to an an end, the knowledge I has giving me a new turn, because I am already learning and at the same time earning to improve myself as well as my living standard, the most important thing for me, is to delicate my time to this work and ensure maximum productivity 

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  181. Hello, this is a very awesome piece and a very detailed one. I’m really happy I came across this as the information I’m getting from here is standard. Thank you very much man for this wright up it’s really educational I always gain from it when ever I read. Keep the good work up.

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  182. Thank you very much for the information..I’m not judging you or anyone else, I was also involved in a Network Marketing, Direct Sales, Multi-Level Company where I was advised to in the fastest manner possible share in person with everyone that I knew.  Starting with the people who I knew the closest and who would support me the most.

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  183. Hello Tony. Your article says it as it truly is. I have been in the MLM marketing and to be honest, I don’t like it. Affiliate Marketing using Wealthy Affiliate is the best way to go. It turn your world around for the better and creates and atmosphere you can breath in.

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  184. I think there is a big difference between affiliate marketing and MLM. In my opinion I think its long term vs short term, and I would always choose a business model that has the potential to grow over a long period of time, and not just make me a quick buck in the short term.

    Yes, MLM has one or two advantages, but affiliate marketing outweighs it if you choose the right learning platform as you have advised above.

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  185. Hi Tony! I feel like MLM is the best way to make your family and friends run away from you.You have to be a seller to be able to make money. Not everyone is a seller. This is what is great with affiliate makerting, no direct sale! So yeah, I guess it’s easier to show your family your progress and your success with affiliate marketing. No one approvre at the beginning, but once you start making money, you become a star! It’s great that you are wiling to help your family and friends to have success with their online business.

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  186. It just seems that affiliate marketing is just better than MLM in pretty much every way you’d imagine when it comes to efficiency, earning money online and it’s also more scalable.

    Did you ever have any form of major success with MLM though? Or perhaps it was similar to a lot of people who try it and soon realize there are better ways off?

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  187.  thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of information with us. I must say I really enjoyed going through your review and it contains valuable piece of information one needs to be aware of. Affiliate Marketing and Multi Level Marketing and I think they are both great ways to earn money digitally but in my opinion I think affiliate marketing is more profitable than Multi Level Marketing.

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  188. Hey Tony!

    The article you dropped there is incredibly commendable and very helpful. I am more excited that you also drop some recommendations to help us make better choices. I hope to be able to achieve my financial freedom and success too because I’m willing to follow every step of yours.

    Thanks

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  189. Hello, 

    First of all, your site seems really beautiful and simple to navigate. Thank you for sharing content this simple and easy to read. 

    I have been making money with affiliate marketing the last couple of years, and I’m very happy with it. Affiliate marketing is really worth it. As per MLM I think it is more difficult to earn with MLM. I never tried such an opportunity. 

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  190. Hello Tony! Thank you for sharing this article on MLM vs affiliate marketing. I have read and heard a lot about both Affiliate Marketing and Multi Level Marketing and I think they are both great ways to earn money digitally but in my opinion I think affiliate marketing is more profitable than Multi Level Marketing. On that note, I prefer affiliate marketing to MLM

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  191. Thank you for this article, personally, affiliate marketing is the way for me it takes some time to build your online business and gain trust, but once you are established it’s just a matter of consistency and relevancy… I too have had a situation where family and friends want to wait and see my success before they engage. There is such a wealth of information out there for doing business online. thanks for bringing them to our attention.

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  192. Hi Tony,

    Thanks for this very interesting article. I’ve looked at a few schemes that turned out to be MLM. And as soon as I get to the nitty gritty (which is usually well concealed) and realise what they are, I shut down immediately. It just doesn’t sit right with me.

    You’ve given me some interesting ideas here though, that I hadn’t seen before. So I’ll be checking them out now.

    I’m very interested in the affiliate marketing opportunity and will take a good look at all your links.

    Thanks again for the work that’s gone into this article.

    Adrian

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  193. I think they are two very different platforms: mlm and affiliate marketing. MLM focuses so much time and energy on recruiting, where as affiliate marketing is focus on the power of content creation and product/service promotions. I personally prefer affiliate marketing because i think it’s easier to scale and it’s more profitable. Appreciate your article Tony!! Thank you as always. 

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  194. Tony, thank you very much for the excellent article. Firsthand, I can say that the difference between MLM and wealthy affiliates is enough to choose WA’s preference. I was trying to grow my direct sales business; I ended up with a large inventory. I think the MLM idea is a wonderful one, but unfortunately, it is very detached from the objective reality. I definitely choose WA. Again, thank you for such a wonderful piece of an article.

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  195. I’ve also been involved with MLM over the past 20 years, and it is because of the negativity I got from friends and family that I started looking for an online way of working from home. If Affiliate Marketing had been around back then, MLM would not have got a look in. As you say there are 3 billion people online at any one time, why would you limit yourself to friends and family who give you the most heartache. I’ve been building a website for 3 years now and am almost at the point I can replace my full-time job with an online income, and I didn’t have to go to a single meeting, fill my garage with stock, or sell to my friends.

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  196. An interesting comparison of two platforms. My choice is always AM, I’ve been on WA platform for almost a while, and I really like it. The good thing is that it doesn’t work on the pyramid principle. The other thing I really like is that you don’t have to invest much to start with and you can upgrade later if you want. The best part is that it’s really not a scam and you get as much as you earn. I have recommended WA to family and friends and everyone is very happy with it. 

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  197. I was asked to contain my comments to a discussion about the topic. As such see my comments under:

    There is indeed a lot of confusion surrounding MLM and Affiliate Marketing. So if this is indeed true assume that you need to start from the very basics. That being firstly articulating easy to understand definitions of MLM and Affiliate Marketing. If the head of your article reads MLM vs. Affiliate Marketing I would be looking for some type of comparison between the two. Some type of outline of the pros and cons to better determine what would be in my best interest if I were to become involved with either. For instance, I do not particularly like having to get ‘friends and family’ to join up and this is something that MLM’s are known for.

    You list out five recommendations, however I do not know which is MLM or Affiliate Marketing save the obvious Wealthy Affiliate program. Further, while you give a brief summary of WA and GML you do not mention anything on the three other programs. I think some more information here would have been useful to understand the distinctions between the online programs.

    I think that given Covid19 and the financial stress everyone is under that some indication of the start up and recurrent costs for the programs referred are required. Additionally, other factors like time commitment, reviews by known authorities, earning potential etc. would all help in making a decision or better comparison.

    Hope this is helpful.

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  198. You’ve explained it so well! When I told my family I was starting a website for business, one of the reactions was “there is too much competition on the web”. Meaning “you’ll never make it.”. I didn’t respond but I thought to myself “wait and see”… It’s been 2 years now that I have started online marketing and my website is now monetizing. When I recently announced that I started monetizing, then my family started asking questions and being very interested. So yes, it is possible to be successful online!  

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  199. Hello there, Affiliate Marketing is in all ways better than any MLM organizations since it has the biggest propensities of success and achievement (without losing your shirt!) and for several people, it starts bringing in cash from it relatively fast if you are focused and work hard and consistently. Thanks for sharing this awesome article.

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  200. I appreciate reading  your blog on Affiliate Marketing

    Very helpful:  Your discussion of the advantages of being an Affiliate Marketer.  If particularly appreciated “earn while promoting anything as there are 1,000,000 niche ideas” – which is true.

    An easy, 100% legitimate business model.  Again, true.  

    “Easy but not without time and effort”.   No, not if you want to provide your readers with rich content – that takes time and effort but is well worth it.

    I also appreciated getting your recommendations under “Multiple sources of residual and passive income”.

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  201. MLM is not for everyone. However, some people can be very successful in MLM. They have certain characteristics to succeed. Affiliate marketing is easier to start off with but who knows, one can make good with both. You don’t try, you don’t know. Determination and persistence is the key to success.  

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  202. You are very right Tony.

    I do have an experience of a “Home Based Business” yet spending more time away from home trying to grow the business. And yes Family and Friends telling you that they will get in if you do well. I’ve been there.

    But all I can say is Affiliate Marketing as compared to MLM is the best like you said on your post. MLM is very tedious and time consuming. Having been there I must say I will never go back there again. Affiliate marketing is the way to go

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  203. I’ll focus my MLM Vs Affiliate Marketing discussion on the product being offered. One thing I’ve always noticed about MLM is the tendency to promote the perks/benefits of making it to the next level in the “family” more than the actual product. However, with Affiliate Marketing, it’s quite clear that unless you can tell a story about the product, you’re not about to convince anyone to fork out their cash.

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  204. Hello there! I want to say that some  competitions are not really worth it and I have a feeling that  this one is one of the pairs that shouldn’t be compared. MLM is not a legit comparison to what affiliate marketing offers. There is a stack difference between the two and I feel like the possibility of making money through affiliate marketing is even greater. I will prefer Affiliate Marketing any day any time.

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  205. I’m kind of confused with what you are comparing here. It is kind of hard to understand the flow of the article. It is interesting to learn more about different programs. Maybe it’s just me that doesn’t know much about what MLM is?

    I do agree with you about family and friends not understanding venturing into things like this. I think the biggest thing is we have to be careful who we share our dreams with. Much success for the future to you!

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