Avoid Affiliate Marketing Mistakes
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw
We all make mistakes; it just proves we are human, the trick is to learn from them. That’s the thing about mistakes, they are really just lessons in life, and they help us grow – but beware; they can be costly.
Of course, if you can avoiding making mistakes in the first place, all the better. My aim here is to help you avoid some of the mistakes that I have made as an affiliate marketer and set you on the right track from the very beginning.
Mistakes Affiliate Marketers Make
Okay, so let’s look at some of the common affiliate marketing mistakes people make when they are just starting out.
The first big mistake I see people make is they try and promote a product or service that they have not tried themselves. How can you convince people that this is a great product if you don’t use it yourself? You should always take the time to test a product before you try to promote it.
Promoting Too Many Products
When starting out with affiliate marketing you shouldn’t try to promote too many products, you are far better to pick three or so similar products and do a comparison campaign, reviewing each product individually. You should be concentrating on helping people make good buying decisions rather than just trying to sell them something.
Ignoring Keyword Research
The internet is all about search engines, and a big mistake I see people make with affiliate marketing is to ignore their keyword research. You need to get traffic to your offers if you hope to be successful with internet marketing, and the best way to do this is to study what search terms people are looking for.
There are many different keyword research tools available on the internet today; some are free, but you generally get what you pay for, and most free keyword research tools just don’t give you the results you need. Jaaxy is by far my favorite keyword tool; you can try it out for yourself below.
Not Having a Website
Which brings me to the next big mistake newbie affiliate marketers make; thinking they can be successful without having a website. I know it may seem a bit daunting, building a website when you are just starting out, but it isn’t that hard when you have the right tools. Take a look at How To Build Websites.
Patience is a Virtue
Don’t be impatient, no matter how good the product/campaign you have put together is, it will still take time and effort on your part for you to start seeing results. Be patient and be consistent and you will get there in the end.
Pick a Niche and Stick to It
There are many distractions on the internet, and it is easy to jump from one program/campaign to another when you feel you just aren’t making progress quickly enough. I had been guilty of this when I first started out but soon learned (the hard way), that you are far better to pick one niche and stick to it.
How to Avoid Affiliate Marketing Mistakes
The best way to avoid affiliate marketing mistakes is to learn the correct methods from the very beginning. You should be looking at your journey into the affiliate marketing world as a sort of apprenticeship.
Affiliate Marketing is a business like any other and there are certain skills that you must learn in order to be successful at it.
There are many places on the internet that can teach you Affiliate Marketing, but there is none that can teach you better than Wealthy Affiliate. I can say this with conviction as I have learned so much since joining them.
They have the best training methods I have ever come across, with task-based lessons that will have you choosing your niche and building your website in no time. Don’t just take my word for it though, you can check out the first lesson here.
Did I mention that it is free to start on the Wealthy Affiliate program? You can stay on as a free member if you choose, but once you see how great the Wealthy Affiliate community is, you might want to consider the benefits of upgrading to a full membership.
What Will I Learn at Wealthy Affiliate?
You will learn how to:-
I could go on and on about how great the Wealthy Affiliate program is but you will do far better to head over there and take a look for yourself. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Below is a video from Kyle (co-owner of Wealthy Affiliate) explaining how you can benefit from WA.
Have you tried Affiliate Marketing? If so, I would love to hear of your experience, good or bad. You could leave a comment below or otherwise contact me on through my Wealthy Affiliate Profile.
I hope you are having a magical day!