Avoid common affiliate marketing mistake’s
Affiliate marketing is not as easy as some folk make out.
If you go at it like a bull in a china shop with no direction or discipline you will fail.
I am guilty of spending money on products like article spinners, using duplicate content and stuffing pages full of affiliate links and guess what I made ? Not a penny.
Now I do it the Right way, The way I have been taught by people who know what they are talking about.
The following paragraphs will show you some avoidable affiliate marketing mistake’s you are likely to make and how to avoid them.
1. Trying far too hard to sell a product.
Affiliate marketers are not there to sell products or services, they instead should link the reader to them.
When you initially start affiliate marketing you are going to be tempted to just throw as many banners on your site with buy now get it here.
You end up with a website full of links that totally put off the reader. People come to your site because they want information.They expect to learn from you as an expert in the niche your site is about.
When you write about a product that you intend to promote think about it first.
Write a review. compare the product to another on the market, be honest and let the reader take away valuable information that they can consider and hopefully with an intent to return to your site again and again.
Its a trust thing.
If the reader trusts your opinions then they are more likely to click on a subtle link and purchase the product you are writing about.
2. Not knowing the vendor before you promote a Product.
So you want to sell promote a product to your reader, You go to your chosen affiliate program and choose you product and just post the link on your site within your article.
Your reader is interested and follows your link, opts in and before they know it their inbox is exploding with high pressure sales.
Put yourself in the position of the reader, Would you like to be inundated with emails ?
My advice would be to first test the water of the sales funnel of your promoted product and decide then if its one that will retain your credibility!!
3 . Too much too soon.
Take your time, don’t go joining every affiliate program that comes along.
There are many programs to choose from and each with its own pros and cons.
Research the programs and just join two to start with, that way you will be able to manage your promotions easier and not get overwhelmed.
4 . Keeping all your eggs in one basket.
When you are writing a review about a product you are promoting, if you only have the link to that one product then you are limiting yourself.
If the reader does not find the product appealing then they are surely not going to follow the link and buy.
Now with that said why don’t you write your review and compare it to two similar products. Also have your affiliate links to the other two.
Your reader has most likely already got some idea of the products available and that is why they are reading your article in the first place, Buy giving the reader a comparison review you are also tripling your chances of a commission.
5. Don’t keep buying products that offer instant results
If you do it right you will succeed in making money on line but it will take time and much effort.
If you get an email offering the latest secret never before revealed system that will make you money whilst you sleep. DO NOT BOTHER !! Believe me you will only be out of pocket and the only person benefiting is the person offering the scam.
Find yourself a good affiliate training program that will teach you the systems. By following a system and sticking with it until you have it mastered you will have much more chance of success,
Jumping from one system to another in the early stages of your affiliate training without getting a good grasp of each only slow down your progress.
6. Not tracking your affiliate links
When your make a commission it is important to know where that commission came from. I do not mean from which vendor you received the payment from which page , post, advert or social media site the initial lead came from.
Most affiliate programs allow you to have tracking links that you can use for each of your campaigns.
With the information you gain from analysing your tracking data you should be able to focus on the areas of your campaigns are working and spend less time on the bad performing campaigns thus saving you time and money.
7. Not understanding Search Engine Optimisation.
Just publishing a page or post with a couple of links is a sure fire way to fail.
Keyword research is vital to be able to rank with the search engines. You must optimize your titles, URL and descriptions. Give your readers unique useful and quality content whilst not overloading your content with keywords making it look spammy.
Make sure you register your site with the Search engines too and provide them with sitemaps.
Write content regularly and do not use too many affiliate links.
8. Fed up not seeing results.
This I think is probably the biggest downfall of the newbie affiliate marketer.
Ok the overall goal of your affiliate marketing business is to make money, but you have to build the foundations of your business before this can happen.
Set yourself realistic goals and gradually move forward towards them,
As each goal is achieved you will also see that your business is growing. Try not to concentrate on the money and concentrate on quality information for your reader. Build trust and eventually the money will come.
Keep motivated stay active and eventually you will succeed.
There you have 8 reasons that you are likely to fail as an affiliate marketer, and 8 ways to avoid failure.
Remember Rome was not built in a day, take your time, learn the required skills be cautious where you spend your money, take advice from a decent Affiliate marketing training program and most of all stay motivated and enjoy your business.
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