How To Avoid the 3 Most Common Affiliate Mistakes

How To Avoid the 3 Most Common Affiliate Mistakes!

Mistake Number 1:

Choosing the wrong affiliate.

Business10Many people want to earn money from affiliate marketing programs as fast as they possibly can. Without thinking about what they’re doing, let alone doing any market research, the new ‘shiny’ product is going to create the overnight success they are promised. They choose the product they think is in huge demand without actually considering if the product personally appeals or is appropriate to their niche . This is not a very clever thing to do!

Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, try to choose a product in which you are at least interested in, and then consider your target market and do some research!. For you to succeed, there is a huge NEED for you to take some time and formulate your plan and then figure out exactly how you are going to market the product.

Pick a product that appeals to you. Then do some research about that product to see if it is in demand. A quick google search or Google Adwords search is going to give you a pretty quick answer…but that is only a small step towards what you need to find out. Always remember,  promoting a product you are passionate about is easier than promoting one for the sake of hopefully earning a few bucks. One of the worst things you can do from the start is, damage your credibility or the trust you have built up with your customer database.

Mistake number 2:

Joining too many affiliate programs.

I’m GUILTY of this one! Let me tell you from experience…STICK WITH ONE AT A TIME! You do not want to confuse your clients or for that matter…YOURSELF!

Since affiliate programs are fairly easy to join, you might be tempted to join several affiliate programs at the same time in the hope of generating more profits faster. True, it’s great to have multiple sources of income. However,  joining multiple programs and attempting to promote them all at the same time will end up in disaster for you. I speak from experience! Concentrate on one at a time and give each affiliate program the respect it deserves! As mentioned earlier on…plan plan plan…

The best technique is to proceed slowly, carefully with your eyes wide open!. There’s no need to rush into things, especially with affiliate marketing. With the way things are going, the future is looking really bright and it seems affiliate marketing will be hanging around for a very long time to come!

I will be writing a post soon about how to choose the best affiliate marketing programs.

Mistake number 3:

Not buying the product or using the service.

Here’s a major mistake that just about everybody I know makes! If you can’t get your hands on a FREE copy of whatever it is you want to sell… then BUY IT! Think of it as an investment in yourself and your business. If it’s good enough for you to sell to someone then it’s good enough for you to buy it!

As an affiliate, your main purpose is to effectively and convincingly promote a product or service and to find customers who want your product. For you to achieve this, you must be able to tell or promote to customers what this certain product and service is and how it can help them. It’s true that a vast majority of the product’s sales & marketing material will be supplied and there is usually more than you could ever need. But nothing will ever sound better than a personal endorsement from YOU! And don’t ever forget…YOU ARE IN THE ‘NEED TO BE TRUSTED‘ industry!

So, try the product or service personally first before you sign up as an affiliate to see if it’s really delivering what it promises. If you have done so, then you are one of the credible and living testaments aware of its advantages and disadvantages. Your customers will then feel the sincerity and honesty you have and this will make the process of making a sale that much easier!

Many affiliate marketers make these mistakes every day and are paying dearly for their actions. Don’t make the same costly mistakes I have made along with thousands & thousands of internet marketing hopefuls! If the job is worth doing then it’s worth doing right! How many times did my parents tell me that! It really is true…

Time is the key. Take the time to research your marketing strategy and use the tools for which there are many…and a lot of them are FREE. Take your time, do your research…and then you can sit back and (hopefully) watch the sales plop into your PayPal account!!

Watch out for the next post…I will be writing it soon. If you would like to automatically receive my posts you can type your first name and email address in my opt-in box. If you do OPTIN I will send you a comprehensive eBook all about Affiliate Marketing… FREE OF CHARGE!

There’s a lot to learn about on how to set up an affiliate marketing business! And over the coming weeks and months, hopefully, I will be able to help you set up your own affiliate marketing business or at least throw some ideas out there to anyone who has already started but might be struggling a bit…

I welcome any questions you may have or any comments you would like to make…

Thanks very much for finding and reading this post!





About The Author


My name is Steve & I live in Adelaide South Australia... For the past 15 years or so I have worked in real estate sales & now I am a semi-retired real estate agent...spending most of my day (and night) trying to set up my own internet business. Just over 3 years ago I was given a ticket to attend the National Achievers Congress which presented advanced ideas from some of the world's leaders in their specific niches...including names like Scott Harris, Adam Ginsberg (eBay), Les Brown (motivational speaker), Andy Harrington (UK) to name but a few... for accelerating Wealth & Success...the star attraction was Sir Richard Branson!


  • Torsten Mueller

    Reply Reply August 9, 2016

    Hi Steve,

    especially the mistake you mention as #3 is very important. Too many people rely solely on the statements made on sales pages or JV pages, without ever trying the product themselves.

    The only way to be confident promoting a product to your audience is when you know what you are talking about and are sure that the product you recommend can help you audience to solve a problem.

    And if you don’t get a review copy from the product owner, the only way finding it out is in purchasing the product yourself.

    This gives an additional advantage, as you also can see how the funnel behind the lower priced front end product is designed. You could evaluate if it promises to make additional sales from the one time offers, or if it more likely upsets your customers.

    Good luck in your P2S journey,

    • stephenedgar

      Reply Reply August 9, 2016

      Hi Torsten…
      Thanks for your comment…I appreciate it very much!
      In my limited time trying to get started building an internet business, it has never ceased to amaze me how the sheep follow the sheep!
      All the best to you as well!
      Kind regards

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