Affiliates, Are You Making These Big Mistakes?
As with most things in life, the majority of mistakes we make are from
inexperience. Affiliate marketing is no exception. I know, I have been there. I
have thought that I could make as much money as I could as quickly as I could
with the least amount of effort.
I have ended up being disillusioned, frustrated, even angry that I have not
made serious money within a few days.
For those that are new to affiliate marketing, the whole internet thing can
seem too good to be true. Running a real business from home that makes you more
then enough money to live on.
It is true. It is possible. However, when you read about some of the top
internet and affiliate marketers making thousands overnight, there is one very
important thing that you need to bear in mind. These guys have served their
time. It takes three common but necessary attributes to succeed in affiliate
marketing. It takes hard work, dedication and the ability to focus, focus on
So, what are the big mistakes we should avoid when building an affiliate marketing business?
Well, the first answer is in the question. We need to focus on building a
business, not trying to make a quick buck.
Making mistakes when you start a new business are quite common. It happens to
all of us, so don't get bent out of shape when it does. Even when the business
is established, more mistakes will be made. What separates the successful from
the also rans is how we deal with the mistakes. With patience and due diligence,
many of the mistakes that are made can be avoided quite easily.
What is it then that makes some affiliate marketing businesses work and makes
many affiliate marketing businesses fail?
Patience is vital
Building on the point I made earlier, the best affiliate marketers have taken
time to build their customer base. The people that are truly making $10,000 a
month and more in affiliate marketing spent years getting there, not weeks or
You need to stick at it. In the past, I have dropped affiliate programs
because they were not making me money quickly. It wasn't their fault, it was
mine. That doesn't mean that we should stick with an affiliate program forever.
We need to track performance over time, make sure we do enough research before
selecting the affiliate program we wish to promote and give it a fair go.
You need to make sure that you effectively pre-sell the product, detail the
benefits (not the features) and show how this product solves your visitors'
problem. Also, change your website content on a regular basis, update your site
at least weekly.