Today I’m going to share with you 10 affiliate marketing mistakes that most people make and how you can avoid them. Affiliate programs usually pay a rather high comission making it one of the most saught of businesses.
An online marketing strategy is essential for affiliate marketing success but there are many mistakes that come along the way that you should avoid.
Below are 10 affiliate marketing mistakes that everyone should be on the lookout for as these can absolutely kill an online business. I have gone through this myself and seen what effects it can have on a business. It can really be time consuming, I myself wasted a good 6 months before I realized what I was doing and turn things back around.
My goal today is to raise awareness about these mistakes and provide a solution on how you can avoid them.
10 Affiliate Marketing Mistakes
1.Promoting Products or Services Without Trying Them Out.
If you have done this in the past then you will notice that it’s a huge mistake.
Promoting products or services that you havent tried has some downfalls for instance, you are not going to write a convincing review without properly using the product and also you will be blindly recommending or not recommending a product. You are essentially researching and providing information on what other people are saying online.
You should always buy the products as you will also build audience and trust, making your reviews that much more valuable. It will make becoming an authority figure in your niche that much more easier and ultimately making it a fluent process.
2. Promoting Too Many Products Or Services.
It will be evident with your experience that you cant succeed entirely if you are promoting too many products or service because you want your recommendations to be centraled. Your content should really be done to redirect people to your number one recommednation or maybe top 3 recommendations.
Organizing your articles like this will result in alot more sales and in the long run, much happier customers. If you have more products to recommend then this might be something you would promote through your email list as you know these visitors are already interested in what you offer.
Don’t skip steps 2,3, and 4 to get to step 5. This is the hard realization that affiliate marketing is all a process.
3. Dedicate Yourself To One Affiliate Program.
If you snoop around the internet then you are bound to find a whole bunch of related affiliate programs to your products or services but you should honestly stick to just one in the beginning. If you choose the amazon affiliate program then just do that one.
Google doesnt like when you placing outbound links to so many websites which helps that all of your outbound links are going to one website. It will even help you with testing on which articles are being the most successful. The affiliate program doesnt make the online business, remeber your content is where the real money is at.
4. Create An E-Mail List From The Beginning.
An E-Mail list is probably the biggest asset you can ever have within an online business. By building a list you basically have customers at reach of a finger tip or a click of a button. Some people say to wait till 6 months have passed or even getting consistent traffic before adding a sign up to your website but I disagree.
I believe there is no harm down by building a list from the moment you begin getting traffic which can be day one. You can easily promote new products or services to your list as you know these are people that are interested in your website because they took action on signing up.
5. Writing Low Quality Content Is Horrible.
Low quality content can be spun content or even plagiarised . This is something you must at all times completely avoid. This will hurt your website so much and can even label you a spam website in the eyes of the search engines.
Need help with writing quality content then I suggest you take a look at these tips on writing content. The goal shouldnt be to bring new customers but take these new customers and make them recurring customers. This will scale your business to a whole different level and maybe even build your very own empire.
I might be getting away from the point but quality content is a must to be successful.
6. You Will Need A Website.
If you think that you can make a full time income by just getting some affiliate links and start posting through your social medias then let me tell you that you are sadly mistaken.
You should look at how you can create a free website for starters which I cover within my beginners guide to affiliate marketing. A website or even a blog will help you target a specific niche that will build a relative audience through your content.
Once you have your website and publish quality content your visitors will be able to browse through your articles and even your recommendations. Is in your best interest to create a website as it becomes your property which you can even sell in the future if you like.
7. You Need To Do Proper Keyword Research.
Without proper keyword research let me tell you something, it won’t matter how great your content is. You heard it here first, you cant expect to rank for highly competitive keywords with a brand new website. In fact, you need to be finding low competitive keywords and this can be done with the proper research tools.
If you arent doing keyword research then you arent going to be in the top spots of the search engines any time soon. Try to find as much information on this topic as possible.
As a matter of fact, I plan to release my next article about this very topic. You should be on the lookout for that.
8. See It Through And Be Confident.
If you dont believe in yourself then tell me why other people should believe in you ? Creating an online business through affiliate marketing doesnt just happen over night. It takes time months for sure before you even see your ROI (return on investment) .
At times you will feel like you just want to give up. Many websites fall in Googles sandbox around the 6 months mark. This simple means that many website owners quit around this time but after this time is when websites start receiving much more traffic in the search engines.
Remember remain confident in yourself and sooner or later you will see the rewards of affiliate marketing.
9. Stop Looking For Shortcuts.
Please read carefully, If you are looking for some quick money over night then this just isn’t for you. This isnt some get rich type of program because that’s unrealistic.
It will take hard work as most internet markters will tell you but if you actually put effort into affiliate marketing then you can build an online business like so many people have. I’ve seen many people go for that bold distraction that tends to come up every now and then through the internet and just end up killing their profits.
The slow and steady process will build your online business for years and even decades to come.
10. Stop Relying On just One Source Of Traffic.
The art of mastering affiliate marketing will be accomplished if you dont only rely on just source of traffic. Yeah, getting the top spot on Google is awesome but this usually takes time. In the meanwhile, you can target promoting your articles through social medias. If you go into some of these niche related communities you could promote your content and consequently land a lot of traffic off them.
If you have a budget to work with then you can even try your hand at PPC but this is something that is for more advance internet marketers will try but if mastered can make you extremely succesful specially with product reviews.
If you can properly avoid these 10 affiliate marketing mistakes then there’s a big chance of you being successful through your efforts.
I would encourage you to really keep in mind that there is no secrets to affiliate marketing, It’s just about learning the basics and start publishing consistent quality content that targets low competitve keywords.
I hope you found this post useful. Please leave your comments and let me know what you have to say.