I was laid off from an MLM company as the General Manager, and I am looking to do something online with my recent skills. Would my thirteen months of experience managing approximately 3,700 MLM people can equate into an affiliate management job? What’s the next step?
I’d say that if you are really interested in getting into affiliate management, the first thing you should do is to strike any reference to MLM from your resume.
MLM has a negative connotation among affiliate marketers, so it won’t do you any favor to include it in your credentials.
Whether fair or not, lots of folks consider MLM to be one in the same with pyramid schemes and fraud.
In order to be a good affiliate manager, one thing you need is to be a good communicator. That is not something you’ll necessarily have from a previous job. Either you’re a good communicator or you’re not.
Also, one way to get a good view of affiliate marketing is to be an affiliate yourself. Get your hands dirty as an affiliate to better understand what affiliates want and need.
You should also have a good grasp on the issues in the industry, which you can gain from the industry podcasts, forums, and blogs.