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How To Sidestep Three Of The Most Dangrous Affiliate Mistakes

These days affiliate marketing is one of the best and most profitable ways to make money online. Everyone no matter who they are can make money on the Internet. Affiliate programs are often very easy to join and either pay a one off commission or a recurring commission so more and more people are getting involved in affiliate marketing.

Author: James A Winsoar
Date: Sep 22, 2010 - 5:18:13 PM


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Like any other business there are peaks and troughs in affiliate marketing. There are common pitfalls that most affiliate marketers fall into especially if they are inexperienced. Those mistakes can reduce the profits of their business so it is better to avoid those mistakes rather than regret them later.

 

Mistake 1: Choosing the wrong affiliate program.

 

Its understandable that people want to earn as much as they can as fast as they can. In the rush to make money fast people often choose the latest trending product that everyone says is "hot". They choose the product simply because it is in demand rather than because it appeals to them.

 

Rather than joining the latest affiliate marketing bandwagon you are better off selecting a product that you are genuinely interested in. You should take time to evaluate the product and think about how best to promote it.

 

Choose a product that appeals to you before doing some research to find out if the product is in demand. Its far easier to promote a product that you are passionate about than simply promoting one because its the latest in-thing.

 

Mistake 2: Joining too many affiliate programs.

 

Since its made so easy to join affiliate programs there is always the temptation of joining lots of them at once to maximise your earnings. You could also easily think that there is nothing wrong with joining many affiliate programs.

 

Whilst it is true that it is great to have multiple streams of income its unwise to join a lot of affiliate programs because you will not have enough time to promote each of them sufficiently to make a good income from any of them.

 

The result of joining many is that you don't earn a lot from any affiliate program. The best way to get great results is to focus on just one affiliate program that pays at least 40% commission. Give it your full attention by promoting the products with excitement. Once you start making a good profit then you should think about promoting another affiliate program.

 

The trick is to do it slow but sure. There isn't any need to rush things especially with affiliate marketing. The affiliate marketing business is going to be around for a long time to come so there isn't any need for haste.

 

Mistake 3: Not trying the product personally.

 

Super affiliates effectively communicate the benefits of a product to the target market. Therefore you must have an understanding of all of the benefits of the product or service that you are promoting. It is impossible to do that if you have not actually tried the product or service yourself! If you try to promote a product or service that you have no knowledge about chances are that you will fail to create enough desire for customers to make a purchase of whatever you offer.

 

I recommend that you purchase the product or service before you sign up as an affiliate so that you can be sure it really delivers what it promises. Always check for the refund policy. If the product does not live up to your expectations you have nothing to lose and your credibility remains intact. Your customers will sense your sincerity knowing that you have genuinely tried the product and are being honest about it in your article, review or press release.

 

The internet is littered with affiliate marketers making these mistakes and losing their credibility daily. Don't make the same mistakes. Once you recommend one great product or service chances are that your subscribers will trust you when you make a second recommendation.

 

Always take the time to analyse your marketing strategy and ensure that you get it right. If you do this properly you will maximise your affiliate marketing income and achieve higher profits.

 

James Winsoar is an experienced affiliate marketer with more than 12 years experience. He specialises in the area of search engine optimization and social media. He is the author of Fast Cash Riches released in September 2010 which explains how ordinary people can make extraordinary incomes online in their spare time.

James Winsoar is an experienced affiliate marketer with more than 12 years experience. He specialises in the area of search engine optimization and social media. He is the author of Fast Cash Riches released in September 2010 which explains how ordinary people can make extraordinary incomes online in their spare time.



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