Is Affiliate Marketing a Pyramid Scheme? [The Facts]

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You’re either thinking about getting involved with affiliate marketing.

Or you’re worried about someone who is.

You’ve heard the rumours.

You need to put your mind at rest. Is affiliate marketing a pyramid scheme?

The short answer is no, but there is some shady stuff out there

What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing Then?

Affiliate marketing is a form of advertising used by companies. They get people (affiliates) to promote their products.

When the affiliate gets a sale, they get paid.

The advantage for the company is, that they only pay out after the sale. That means they don’t have any up-front advertising costs.

The advantages for the affiliate are many. They don’t need to do any market research. There is no product to create. They don’t need to deal with angry customers calling in to complain.

These are but a few of the many advantages of being an affiliate.

Affiliate Marketing vs Pyramid Scheme [Difference]

A pyramid scheme is pure fraud. It is the oldest scam in the book. It starts at the top of the triangle, where people have got to invest.

They are only able to make money if they recruit two or more investors.

These are the downlines.

Those investors must do the same thing to make a profit.

And so the triangle fattens as more and more come on board.

The few at the top make a fortune. But the vast majority at the bottom make nothing.

Why? Because it becomes saturated. There are no more investors to scam.

There isn’t even a product to buy. The investors are not buying into anything tangible.

Affiliate marketing is a completely different kettle of fish.

Most respectable brands have an affiliate program. I’m thinking of Google, and Amazon. Ebay, all the big boys, and everything underneath.

They all do it.

The difference is affiliate marketing doesn’t have any downlines. It’s not all about recruiting.

The affiliate gets paid a straight commission for selling a product. They will earn a commission when someone clicks on their affiliate link. And of course, goes on to buy something.

The Truth About Affiliate Marketing Though

Although I’m telling you affiliate marketing is a legit business model.

That’s not to say there aren’t any dodgy companies lurking out there.

You will find affiliate programs for overpriced products. Pushy sales pages to get people to buy something they would do much better without.

There are crooks everywhere.


Some affiliate programs don’t play as fair as others.

What do I mean by that?

Some companies (quite a lot actually) will charge you money up-front.

You need to pay-to-play.

You can’t earn any commissions until you pay for the privilege, or buy an expensive product.

This is usually where the commissions are very high.

People shouldn’t have to pay-to-play.  It’s not fair.

Then, there are affiliate programs that at first glance appear to be a pyramid scheme.

That’s because they pay commissions on your downline. Or anyone you can get to join the program under you.

This isn’t actually a pyramid.

For example, I am in the Make Money Online niche.

It has a terrible reputation. But we are not all scammers.

I teach people how to get traffic and sales. I show them how they can earn high commissions.

I lead them into a friendly affiliate program and become their mentor for free.

Why do I mentor them for free? Because I know if they do what I tell them to do, they will get sales.

I will get a small commission on everything they sell.

They become my downline as it were.

They are happy to learn from me because they can get exactly the same as me when they pull people into the system.

They get a small commission on all their downlines.

That’s on top of the high commissions they get from their own sales.

It is not a long pyramid where you need to recruit people, and the people need to pay up-front.

Everyone does the free training, and when they make a sale they get their payment in full.

MLM vs Pyramid Scheme – Watch Out!

You need to be careful with this one.

There actually aren’t many differences between MLM and a pyramid scheme.

And yet MLM and affiliate marketing are often thought of as very similar!

That only damages our already bad reputation even more.

Affiliate marketing has nothing to do with all those dodgy MLM opportunities.

The only way those MLM companies get away with it is because they have a product or products for sale.

The products are actually a front.

The main focus is on recruitment. Beware of joining them. Be careful when they ask you for money up-front to buy some products.

Most of the profit comes from the up-front costs people must pay to join, and become a distributor.

And because those distributors have invested money, they are desperate.

So they go out trying to recruit more people.

You see them all the time on Facebook. It’s a vicious circle.

Is High Ticket Affiliate Marketing a Pyramid Scheme?

High ticket affiliate marketing isn’t a whole lot different to low ticket.

The main difference is you earn a lot more from each sale.

But as I say, most of the time you want to promote any of those lucrative products, you’ll need to pay a high price up-front.

That’s a downside for some people.

But high ticket affiliate marketing is not a pyramid scheme. Like anything else though it might have a pyramid aspect to it.

You might get extra money if you pull more people into the system.

Have you considered this…

Might it be possible that you are already involved with a pyramid scheme?

Yes, I’m talking about you right now.

Is it possible the company you are working for is actually a pyramid scheme?

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Most people are on a hamster wheel, with very little chance of getting to the top of the triangle.

That’s how people have been conditioned. Or actually brainwashed into believing.

But it doesn’t have to stay that way. It’s never too late to educate yourself.

Should I do Affiliate Marketing as a Career?

The great thing about an affiliate marketing career is you can dip your toes in the water.

You don’t need to commit to anything.

It doesn’t need to cost anything.

If you like it, keep learning. If you hate it no harm done.

When it comes to affiliate marketing, there is so much you can learn. But knowing the basics is all you need to start earning.

You should never stop educating yourself.

It’s super easy to find an affiliate product. The part most people find the hardest is getting traffic.

Some people start a blog, and that’s how they get their traffic.

If you’d like to learn how to get free traffic from Facebook, you’ll enjoy this free training.

There are no scams, and no lies. Plus you get paid $20 for watching a few videos.

WarriorPlus Affiliate Marketing: How to Get Started

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Are you ready to become a true Warrior?

Would you like to become a Black Belt in WarriorPlus affiliate marketing?

It’s an exciting place to be.

But do you have what it takes, to step out onto the battlefield?

Are you brave enough?

Actually, anyone can do it. You don’t need any qualifications or experience.

It will help if you have a real passion for making money. If you do, then learning some ninja skills will be fun.

And it will give you an unfair advantage over other people. Some people wander onto the battlefield wearing a blindfold.

They love the thought of making lots of money. But they don’t bother preparing first.

Guess what?

They don’t last long.

When you know what you’re doing it feels good. Affiliate marketing doesn’t feel like work. It feels like a fun computer game.

But before you go into this, you need a positive mindset. It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed at something before. Don’t beat yourself up.

A true warrior knows about the power of suggestion.

Your mind is incredibly powerful even if you’re not aware of it right now. What do I mean by that?

It means if you go into this telling yourself, I’ve failed before. This is never going to work.

Then you will fail. I guarantee it.

Without going into all the science, your brain will already have set you up for failure. But if you’re positive the opposite will happen.

At the very least, tell yourself, I’m going to enjoy learning.

What is an Affiliate in WarriorPlus?

Affiliates in WarriorPlus promote other people's products within the WarriorPlus network.

The products are all in the Make Money Online niche.

You get a unique affiliate link. This tracks every time a sale goes through that link.

That way WarriorPlus will know who to pay.

You get paid a commission.

But it's a minefield out there. Watch you don't get blown up. Be careful you don't lose a limb or two.

Some products have the potential to make you a boatload of cash. Others will make you nothing.

And there are so many products to choose from, you won't know where to start.

The good news is there are thousands of newbies wandering on there every day.

They are wearing blindfolds.

You are preparing for war.

How do Affiliates Earn on WarriorPlus?

Affiliates on WarriorPlus earn by receiving commissions.

Whenever someone buys after clicking on their link, it is tracked with a unique code.

On your WarriorPlus dashboard, you will see any action that your link has experienced.

You will see how many visitors have clicked on your link, and visited a sales page. WarriorPlus calls them Hops.

It's great to see how many people have Hopped through your link. But Hops don't make you any money.

When someone Hops, it means you have caught their attention. You made them take action. You made them Hop.

Good job.

Not everyone ends up buying though. This is normal.

Your job as an affiliate is to pre-sell before you send people to a sales page. If you are a Ninja Pre-sell Warrior, you will have a very high chance of getting a sale.

You will of course see all your lovely sales sitting in your dashboard as well.

How much Commission Does WarriorPlus pay?

Warrior will pay your commissions usually through PayPal. How much commissions you get paid depends on the individual vendors.

Most of them pay around 50%. Although that might not look like a lot of money, you often get 50% on all the up-sells as well.

That can amount to hundreds of Dollars. And all you had to do was convince them to click on your link.

Some vendors pay 100%. That sounds better, but it's not for you as the affiliate.

They are not working for nothing. The only reason any vendor would give you a 100%, is because they are going to make a ton of money on the back end.

You won't get paid for any of that.

How to Become a WarriorPlus Affiliate Marketer


To become a WarriorPlus affiliate marketer, you will first need to sign up.

It's free and pretty easy to do.

You want to sign up as an affiliate, not a vendor.

Now to get paid you will need a PayPal account. Your PayPal account will need to be authorised by WarriorPlus.

To do that, click on your profile at the top right. And there will be a drop-down menu.

Click on Account. You will then be on a page with a big green button with "+New Account" on it.

You will see PayPal. WarriorPlus recommends adding it as a PayPal Plus account as it will be much easier to use.

The reason for this is most of the vendors pay this way.

How to Get Affiliate Links in WarriorPlus

WarriorPlus is not like Clickbank, you can simply copy and paste an affiliate link.

On WarriorPlus you need to request approval from all the vendors. If you're a beginner this will be a problem.

The reason is you won't have any history on WarriorPlus. The vendors don't know anything about you.

For all they know you might take the affiliate link, and start spamming it everywhere.

If they were to allow that, the sales page would get tons of clicks. (Hops)

But no one would buy anything. This would make the conversion rate for the product look bad.

That's the last thing a vendor wants, is a bad reputation.

(If you do our free training you will get automatic approval)

So you will get rejected by most, if not all vendors.

How to Promote on WarriorPlus as an Affiliate

Once you have approval from a vendor, you will have the green light.

You are ready for action.

This is where the fun begins. The only way to promote WarriorPlus as an affiliate is to get traffic, or people to see your link.

The WarriorPlus Platform doesn't actually teach you how to do that. They act more as a middleman between the vendors and affiliates.

They handle the payments. They don't teach affiliates how to get traffic.

So what can you do?

There are plenty of vendors on WarriorPlus who will happily sell you a course on how to get traffic.

That's what the bulk of them do.

But not every course is equal. There is a lot of trash on there as well. And some of the vendors I wouldn't trust.

If you need traffic to your affiliate link, our free training will show you how.

Or you might want to read more about the WarriorPlus discount code.

WarriorPlus Coupon Code: How it Works


If you’re looking for a WarriorPlus coupon code, here’s how it works.

WarriorPlus does not produce any of the coupon codes whatsoever.

They do have a coupon code system in place, but it’s the individual vendors or sellers who are in control of that.

Does that mean you should go and Google the individual product name, followed by “coupon code?”

Probably not.

You see, the vendor or the creator of the product will rarely make you, the customer type in a code to get a discount.

That’s not how it works on WarriorPlus.

Any vendors who do use the WarriorPlus coupon code system would be far more likely to do this.

It would make more sense for them to assign the coupon code to the affiliate.

Although they do have the ability to assign it to the customer.

Here’s the thing though.

If you’re thinking of buying something on WarriorPlus.

The price is almost certainly rock bottom already. There isn’t much to discount.

And even if the product creator did assign the coupon to the customer.

It would be a waste of time Googling it.


Because the individual affiliates would be the ones to pass that on to the customer.

If indeed there was any coupon code.

In fact I’ve already done it for you.

WarriorPlus Coupon Code Websites

I Googled some product names on WarriorPlus followed by coupon code.

And guess what?

There is nothing out there.

There are of course the usual coupon code websites,that claim to have a coupon for everything.

All they want you to do is click on one of their adverts. They get paid every time someone clicks.

WarriorPlus doesn’t have an arrangement with any of those websites.

And it is highly unlikely any of the product creators do either.

What you will find though, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Is reviews for that product.

WarriorPlus Affiliates With Coupon Codes

These of course are all affiliates. Eager to get you to buy through their link.

And praying that after you will be attracted to the low ticket price. Like a Honey Bee to the sweet smell of Nectar.

Or should I say Lamb to the Slaughter?

You will then go on to buy some of the up-sells.

Affiliates get around 50% of everything. In commissions.

You will find, that when you buy a cheap product, there isn’t much you can do with it.

And once your credit card is out on the table, you’ll feel committed. You don’t have much time to think.

I hope I haven’t put you off buying that shiny thing you found on WarriorPlus.

You’ve actually got to be careful on there.

Because not only does WarriorPlus have nothing to do with the creation of any coupon codes.

They don’t take responsibility for anything that gets sold on there either. Not surprisingly then there are more than a few sharks.

Are WarriorPlus Coupon Codes Safe?

Sharks that offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, but don’t honour it. You won’t be safe swimming around with those greedy sharks.

That’s just something I don’t agree on with WarriorPlus.

If they took more responsibility those sharks wouldn’t get in. But unfortunately, there is a cesspool of sharks.

I can give you access to High Ticket Training. But it won’t cost you anything. It’s free.

Instead of feeling disappointed after buying a low ticket product, you will get a proven blueprint.

Not only will it not cost you a penny. You will actually get paid real money just for completing the training. It takes under an hour max.

And it’s fun to do.

Is it Risky on WarriorPlus?

I would describe WarriorPlus a bit like a Gambling Casino. It’s very alluring. It’s full of flashy Bells and Whistles.

But a gambler never wins. Most of them don’t in the long run.

Yet they keep coming back for more! Why is that?

It’s an addiction for some people.

It is exactly the same on WarriorPlus. People are drawn in by the fancy Bells and Whistles.

The vast majority buy a product, then leave it to gather dust on their computer.

Some actually buy all the up-sells.

Which can amount to more than a thousand Dollars.

They might play around with it a bit, then give up.

Still amazingly they come back for more, when something else catches their eye.

It’s like an addiction to that euphoria you might get when you play the lottery.

When you hit the jackpot.

When they see the fancy graphic designs on the sales page.

They can’t resist.

But they’re not going to win that Million Dollars. And so the rollercoaster continues. The highs and the lows.

I’ll tell you a secret.

You don’t need a coupon code for anything on WarriorPlus.

Sure there is a lot of stuff you can learn on there. But did you know a lot of it is just a rehash of some older product.

Perhaps with a new spin on it.

Then it gets redesigned. Tarted up to look like a Million Dollars.

Wouldn’t you rather get paid to learn a proven method?

Instead of paying good money for something that will never work?

Forget coupon codes, and join us here.

Or learn more about affiliate marketing on WarriorPlus.

There’s a lot to learn about WarriorPlus. For example, do you know what Hops are?