I posted on Twitter earlier about Shoemoney’s new Xtreme Internet Marketing Program, and I’m surprised at the amount of cynicism I received via comments (on Facebook, which pulls from my Twitter feed) and direct messages (on Twitter). Paul Cross summed up the general response well when he said:
That’s “There Ain’t No Such This As A Free Lunch” for the acronym-impaired. Geoff Metcalf elaborates on this, stating:
Everything you use or consume (other than fresh air) has to be produced or at least brought to you by someone. And that “someone” usually doesn’t do that gratuitously.
So let’s clarify this. Shoemoney is not doing this out of the goodness of his heart. He certainly is doing it to make money. But that doesn’t mean this program is some sleazy sales pitch, or worthless in any way. For those unfamiliar with how affiliate networks work, they tend to have a referral element. If you refer someone in, you tend to get a bonus based on their performance. The network wins because they have more marketers pushing their offers, so paying out a little bit extra doesn’t hurt them.
So what I imagine Shoemoney is doing, is handing out this information, and referring people into various networks as part of the offer. Most networks don’t cost anything to join (though many do have strict requirements on things like readership, traffic volume, promotional methods, etc).
By providing solid quality in his guides, he gets these new referrals performing well, which in turn provides him with some extra passive income. There really isn’t any incentive for Shoemoney to scam people, since the better these trainees do, the more money he makes. So really, he has every reason to make his Xtreme Internet Marketing Program top-notch, scam-free, and as easy to follow as possible.
Jeremy is not trying to scam anyone.