It’s always one of those “I can’t believe its happening” moments for new affiliates once they discover the world of affiliate marketing and when they realise not to worry about product development or shipping. They immediately jump on board, forgetting to perform their due diligence on the company they are joining. Then soon afterwards they expect to start making money within weeks of starting and yet to become millionaires, when reality always strikes.
Here are some tips on how to avoid costly mistakes.
1. Lack of Patience:
Patience is a virtue like they say. It took years for MacDonald’s to be successful; it took years for Microsoft and other big companies to take off to success. In fact most business takes up to 5 years to start seeing profit. Treating your affiliate business as a real business is important. Super affiliates that earn $20,000 a month took years to get to that point. Research a program before signing up. Commit to stick it out. If they offer guides and training take advantage of it. Update and maintain your site with fresh contents. Don’t jump ship when the going gets tough.
2. Too Many Programs:
Avoid the temptation to subscribe to too many programs. When the going gets tough, its easy to think the grass is greener on the other side. The problem about subscribing to too many programs at the same time is that you’ll fail to give them the attention and focus they deserve to make you money. I recommend two or three programs at the same time to enable you turn your hard work into cash.
3. Making The Wrong Choice Of Program:
When it comes to choosing affiliate programs, choose the ones that have a generous commission structure, and that pay their affiliates easily and on time. Have affiliate products that fit in with your target audience. Choosing programs that offers products that might not interest people means no commission or money for you. If you join a program that offers products that are “hot” you will be competing with thousands of others who are promoting the same product. Choose a niche you KNOW information about! Check the profitability of that niche.
4. Lack Of Focus:
Focus on your niche marketing. Focus on a tiny niche, the tinier and narrower that niche is, the better results you'll get. Try improving on a single key aspect of your business at a time. Putting your efforts in one of two ways will help you achieve your affiliate program goals. Try getting people to join your list. Then keep in touch with them by sending out valuable info.
5. Organic Traffic Only:
Another mistake most affiliates makes is the idea of generating only organic traffic. This form of traffic that is naturally generated by a website, is a myth. There is no such thing! Organic traffic is the one that is created by the website naturally. This concept is nothing but a fairy tale story and this is not a reality.
6. Link Exposure:
Hiding your affiliate link on your website is crucial nowadays. Most affiliate marketers still make the mistake of making there links visible. The truth is that Internet users have become more sophisticated and the honest truth is that most web users won't click on an affiliate link or anything that looks like it. You’ve got to learn how to hide your affiliate links to ensure click through’s. Also, stories of people’s affiliate links being changed to divert traffic has happened and is still happening.
The Force Unleashed:
There are many big mistakes made by affiliates that can be easily avoided, but these are just a few of them. Unfortunately there are many more. However making mistakes in any business are inevitable and important to go through the process of learning. I recommend you learn from your mistakes fast and in an early stage of your business and to improve your skills. You'll also learn from the mistakes other people made before you. The more you interact and connect with affiliate marketers, the more advanced you'll become, so get involved. This would move you forward towards online success quickly.