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What are YOUR Standards?

I mean ETHICAL standards.

Here’s what I’ve seen, over and over again. Someone gets involved with affiliate/internet marketing. They start noticing a lot of people doing unethical things, some are borderline, some are flat stealing from and cheating people.

At first they’re disgusted by it, and they vow they’re gonna do it the right way, honestly.

Then they start going to internet marketing conference, start hanging out with people in the industry.

Slowly, they’re standards start falling. What they thought was unethical a year ago, is suddenly OK to do. (Deep down they feel guilty, but they just bury the guilt in all the money they’re making.)

A year later they’re running acai berry flogs, openly spamming, and snorting cocaine with a room full of hookers.

And there you go, from upstanding citizen to bonified white colar criminal in 2 years.

(Now, I should say, NOT everyone in IM turns into crook or crackhead! But almost everyone has their standards LOWERED.)

So what happened?

If you don’t work hard to maintain high ethical standards, associate with most people in the IM/affiliate crowd will drag you DOWN.

And if you let your standards drop a little bit, and then a little bit more, and then a little bit more again, then before you know it, you’ll be pushing fake new articles and fake blogs promoting bogus diet offers too.

I’m not just talking about standards and ethics because it the right thing to do, but also if you want a long term business you need a build your foundation on integrity.


  1. Keen says:

    I think the reason why people lower their standards is because IM is not as easy as the guru’s say. In fact it takes hard work and dedication to reach a nice level of income. And even then sometimes the easiest way to do that is through the less-than-ethical means. Well if you’re in debt and have mouths to feed, ethics becomes a hard guideline to follow.

  2. rick says:

    Hi Amit:

    I am on of your students from PPC Classroom. Let me first thank you for the great work you did there. I learned so much from your modules and webinars.

    In one of the modules you talked a great deal about promoting brand name physical products by direct linking to vendors using longtail, highly specific keywords. This is an approach that one your students (lottiesdad) did really really well with.

    Do you think that is an approach that still works? If so, are you aware of any online resources to learn that type of performance marketing?



  3. One who has lost money has lost nothing. One who has lost character has lost everything.

  4. Ron says:

    Why comment when the you can’t see the comments.

  5. Gyanguru says:

    May be at a certain stage, one tries to create a benchmark and for some it does result in lowering from previous

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