Affiliate marketing has become one of the easiest ways to make money these days. The ease at which you can join affiliate programs makes this a simple way to start a business without any or very low set up costs. That along with a simple commission structure and easy payments more and more people are turning to affiliate marketing.
However, time after time again I see the mistakes affiliate marketers are making which can mean they fail and then give up.
In this post I will be going through the 4 biggest mistakes and how to rectify them so that you can become a success.
1. Choosing the wrong product
There are of course an abundance of products that you can choose across most niches when you are looking for something to promote. But choosing the right product can sometimes be a lottery. Be guided by others in your niche, chances are if they are promoting it and have been for a while it’s a great product. Also, go with your emotions if you have a passion for a particular product or service then run with it.
Try to avoid seasonal or crazes as this will only work for short periods. Go for evergreen products and services where possible that way you can earn all year round, year after year.
2. Joining too many affiliate programs
It is so easy to make this mistake. Start with a few products and then slowly add more as you go. I have made this mistake previously as you get so into the affiliate programs you just join everyone going. Believe me it will not help you as you then have the issue that you try to promote all of them together which comes across rather unprofessional.
Start with a few, say 4 maximum, and then promote these well. Once you are established as the go to person for these products then introduce more. Try to go for recurring products as this will give you a regular income. In the internet marketing space this could be web hosting or email marketing service providers. Membership sites or insurance packages are two common ones across various niches.
3. Never using the product or service
Always test or review the product or service that you are about to promote. A lot of companies can send you products to review, I used to do this when I had my Amazon business (not sure they still do this though). It is definitely an option in the digital products space. Especially on site such as JV Zoo.
Signing up for a free trial to review a product is a great way, but long term using the product yourself will always get you better results. There are a couple of reason why this works best.
- You can give a more detailed review on your own experience good or bad!
- If people ask questions about the product you can general answer them.
All in all resulting in more sales and commissions which is what we all want.
4. Promoting unrelated products
If you have a website all about dog treats say, do not then promote products for beauty or internet marketing. This would be the biggest way to get your visitors running to the hills and not returning. They are visiting your site mainly to solve a problem they have, give them a solution not something that is not relevant.
Do some searching and find relevant products and services that you can promote before you even start your website. Search your competitors as see what they are promoting chances are you can join the same program. There are 1000s of companies that are using affiliates now so I am sure you can find something to promote. If you really can’t then it’s time to change niches.
If you are starting out with affiliate marketing I highly recommend seeking out some guidance and training. Unfortunately there are so many scams out there with people saying, “I have earned’t this that and the other and I used this product”, but take it from someone who has tried every quick fix product going. There is no quick fix!
Eventually someone pointed me in the right direction and I found probably the best affiliate/internet marketing training site on the internet. Well I think so ! The site is called Wealthy Affiliate and it’s totally free to join. I was so impressed I just had to do a review explaining all the features and benefits you can read it here
Some affiliate programs that I promote
Here are the most popular affiliate programs that I promote, through my blogs and social media channels. I use all of these on a daily basis, so have no issues in recommending them.
Wealthy Affiliate – Start your own business with Free websites, hosting and training.
Thrive Architect – WordPress page builder ideal for building any type page or post quicker and easier.
AWeber – Email marketing service provider
It is simple to sign up for all of these and commissions are paid on a monthly basis for any sales achieved. Feel free to check them all out and I am happy to answer any questions you have about any of them.
Let me know what your best products or services are and why. Use the comments below to state the product and niche (no posting links please 🙂
Disclosure :- Affiliate links may be used within this post. This means that if you purchase
through my site after clicking a link then I get a small commission, at NO extra charge to yourself. This helps me to continue giving great free content. Thanks
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