It is perfectly acceptable to offer free info to build a list for whatever reason... to get sales, sponsor people into a program,
or develop affiliates.
I think "affiliates" are to do with internet marketing rather than network marketing?
Nobody is suggesting that it's unacceptable, Gabrielle.
I'm simply commenting that if I want to get sales I'd rather speak to people who already want to buy what I'm selling; and if I'm looking for distributors I'd rather speak to people looking for a home-based business opportunity, as there are so many of them anyway, rather than have to "build a list" with a view to eventually offering people something other than what they expressed interest in, with a hope that by "relationship-building" they will have come to know and trust me enough for some of them to be willing to look at it anyway. There's really nothing more complicated about it than that!
If I have a business opportunity to offer people, I want to spend my time talking to people who are looking for a business opportunity, for Heaven's sake. Why is this a position I continually need to "defend" when it's so obvious?!?! [:-?]
Yes, affiliates is usually used with internet marketing.
Similar to sponsoring in mlm except it's only one or two
generations that you get commissions on.
I understand how you only want to speak with those who
are interested in what you are offering (bizopp) but
many bizopp seekers will not necessarily sign up
with the first ad they see / person they speak with.
Something has to attract them or resonate within them
whether it's the product, the person, the company, etc.
I am not saying you are wrong in the regard of wanting
to make your offer directly. I am just commenting that
using lead capture pages and other such ways are
just another tool.