Today I’d like to talk about how you can avoid some of the common mistakes that many affiliate marketers make without even realizing that they are damaging their business.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective and powerful ways of earning an income online. It’s the way that I started my business many years ago and it has worked out great for me. It can be the same for you especially if you avoid common mistakes that can hurt your chances of success.
Like all businesses, there are lots of pitfalls in the affiliate marketing business. Some of the most common mistakes can end up costing you a large portion of the profits you make and you may not even realize it’s happening. That is why it is better to avoid these mistakes from the start.
Mistake #1: Choosing the wrong affiliate programs.
We talked a lot about choosing the right affiliate programs in a previous blog post, now let’s find out why it’s so important to your business that you don’t choose the wrong programs to promote.
You see, many people want to earn from affiliate marketing as fast as possible and I can’t blame them. Who doesn’t like quick cash. But, in their rush they tend to choose what I like to call a bandwagon product. They choose this product because they think it is in demand without actually considering if the product appeals to them or their prospects.
This isn’t a very wise move and could end up hurting your business in the long run. Especially if you end up losing the confidence of your readers and customers by promoting products to them that they aren’t interested in.
Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, try to choose a product that you and your prospects are truly interested in. Take the extra time to plan your actions and do some research about that product to see if it is in demand.
A quick way to find out if a product is in demand is to do a quick Google search for the product and see if anyone else is promoting it. If you see several Google ads on the side of the search results page you can be fairly sure that there is a good market for the product. On the other hand if there very few or no ads for the product then you may want to drop that product and move on.
On a side note if there are too many ads for the product then your competition will be pretty stiff and you may want to reconsider promoting it. But market research is an entirely different subject to this discussion, so we will move on.
Mistake #2: Joining too many affiliate programs.
Since affiliate programs are very easy to join, you might be tempted to join multiple affiliate programs thinking it will help you maximize your earnings. On some level this seems to make sense because what do you have to lose by joining every program you
While the idea of having multiple sources of income is a great one, joining multiple programs and attempting to promote them all at once will only hurt your chances of success. Simply because you will lose focus and it will prevent you from concentrating on the programs that will make you the most money.
It is far better to focus your efforts on a select few than to try and stretch yourself to thin promoting every program you can find in hopes one of them will hit the mother load.
The best way in my humble opinion to get the results you want is by joining one program at a time. Ideally one that pays a 50% or more commission per sale. Then focus your attention on it until you see that it is making a reasonable profit, then join another affiliate
program, preferably one related to the first one and repeat the process until you have a whole network of related products making you money.
The technique may take a little more time and effort on your part, but what you will end up with is a solid foundation for your growing business and that is well worth the effort.
Mistake #3: Not buying the product or service you are promoting.
As an affiliate, your main goal is to effectively and convincingly promote a product or service and to find people willing to purchase it through your affiliate link. For you to achieve this goal, you must be able to relay to your prospective customers the main
benefits of that product or service. This is very difficult to do when you haven’t tried the product yourself.
While you may still have success promoting products that you haven’t personally used or at least reviewed, you will never reach it’s maximum income potential unless you can honestly and convincingly recommend it.
So, try the product or service personally first before you sign up as an affiliate to see if it’s really delivering what it promises. If you do, then you will be well aware of its advantages and disadvantages. Your prospective customers will then feel the sincerity and truthfulness in your review of the product and this will help encourage them to try it out for themselves.
There you have it. The three most common mistakes that many affiliate marketers make. Now you can do your best to avoid making the same mistakes.
Remember time is the key. Take the time to analyze your chosen affiliate programs. Get a system in place for promoting them and then you will be able to maximize your affiliate earning and build a solid foundation for your business.
I’d love to hear from you! Please let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to look out for your next lesson. We will be talking about some basic techniques that you can use to drive traffic through your affiliate links for maximum profits.
All the best.
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