This is a guest post from Dan Kenitz of BipolarNation.com, a nice political blog. He provides some insight and thought onto what presidential candidates would be best for us affiliate marketers (in the US).
Though this blog usually is about Affiliate Marketing and all the other brilliant private business schemes Paul has for you (/suckup), we’re in an election year. It’s important to remember that who we elect into the White House and local political offices nationwide will effect what you can and can’t do on the internet.
When online gambling was banned recently, Congress was happy to inject itself into telling us what we can’t do with our money. Depending on your point of view, this is either a good or a bad thing.
My guess, however, is that most of you UberAffiliate readers will agree that it is bad for Affiliate Marketers.
Why? Heavier government regulations will harm profit margins. Regulations have a way of hurting the big corporations (like Google and Yahoo) that give the common man easy access to lots of targeted traffic. Imagine if you had to learn Affiliate Marketing with TPC (taxes per click).
Additionally, more federal government restrictions will limit what you can sell online. Your range of offers will be limited.
So if we can assume that less government interference on the internet is better for Affiliate Markters, who is the Affililate Marketing candidate? Let’s look at those still in the race.
According to his website, Senator Obama “strongly supports the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet.” He does support higher payroll taxes and higher taxes on the wealthy, however.
McCain once introduced a bill to Congress that would forbid the government to regulate the internet.
Huckabee has also embraced Net neutrality, but he also supports the Fair Tax, which is a national sales tax, and would have implications for Affiliate Marketers.
Like the other Democrats, Clinton has embraced Net neutrality.
Ron Paul is the deregulator’s candidate. Believing some things like prostitution are best left up to the state, he would probably keep the federal government out of the Internet and let you move to the state that was most supportive of Affiliate marketers.
Traditionally, Republicans have a better record for businesses if you build a small business out of your affiliate marketing efforts. Higher payroll taxes from Democrats are a negative if you want to be Amit Mehta, for example.
Ultimately, the decision is up to you, which is the beauty of Democracy. I personally think something like making money online shouldn’t be your first priority when picking a candidate (I enjoy being protected by a big military), but if it’s where you earn your full income, it’s something to consider.