E-commerce VS Affiliate Marketing

Right now I do a mix of affiliate marketing and E-commerce work. I started out with e-commerce (selling physical goods), then moved into affiliate marketing (selling someone’s products for commission). There are pros and cons to both of them. The basic idea though is that you’re selling a product one way or another, and that’s how you make money online.

With affiliate marketing you have fly by night products to promote that may or may not pay you. With e-commerce work, you have your own products and as long as the competition doesn’t kill you, you’ll do fine. I know all there is to know about both of them. It’s just deciding on what would be better to go full steam ahead with in the new year.

There are lots of pros and cons..

E-commerce Work:

  • More work (a lot more)
  • Takes more time
  • Sometimes easier to do
  • Cost more
  • Customer Service Required

Affiliate Marketing:

  • Steep learning curve
  • Requires a jack of all trade
  • NO customer service needed
  • Faster to get started
  • Set it and forget it

Both would be okay for me, but I think affiliate marketing would be the wiser decision. It’s just so nice to wake up earning good money while I slept and not having to deal with any customer issues. I mean people in the forum, and eBay Stealth, that’s no problem. What I’m talking about are live chat sessions with customers who just ordered something from you, and want it then and there. That’s something else though I won’t talk about. I think affiliate marketing is the way to go for the short run.

We’ll see how it goes. 🙂



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