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Big Mistakes Made in Affiliate Marketing

By Mohnish On June 2, 2009 Under Affiliate Marketing, Make Money Online

You must have heard about the positive things about affiliate marketing. But do you know the negative side of it? There are a few things that can kill your affiliate marketing website before you started. Here are a few tips that you should take care of while running a affiliate website:

1) Do not pick up a dead product
One thing you have to make sure is that you do not pick up a dead product. No one buys a dead product no matter how cheap it is. Today, If I compare the Apple iPhone with some cheap ePhone (just for the sake of naming it), I won’t get any sales. Why? I won’t get any sales before the product is dead. There is no/less demand for the ePhone compared to the iPhone. Since the ePhone is cheaper than the iPhone, I won’t even get a good affiliate commission. (You might get a good affiliate commission but not always)

2) Too many products of the same category
People won’t buy the product via your website if there are too many of them with the same category. If I’m listing web hosting offers, they should be to the point and simple. They should be compared in such a format that even a newbie would understand which product you’re trying to promote more (of course the one with more affiliate commission! 😉 ). Simple yet important rule: Keep it simple.

3) Knowing your keywords
Many people don’t take the advantage of the free marketing tools available on the internet. Use these tools and get the best keywords. Add them in you’re title/meta tags and see the results.

4) Quitting too early
Alright, so it’s been 2 months and you have no sales. So what do you do? No! Don’t quit! It’s only been 2 months!!! It’s been about a year for Sensonize.com and it just started making money with the affiliate ads. Wait for as much as you can. Keep working. Add new features/content to your website/blog everyday and see the results for yourself!

Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section. My next post would be about the things new bloggers should keep in mind when they start blogging. Do subscribe to my blog to stay notified about upcoming posts.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Best CSS Gallery
    June 4, 2009
    8:24 am #comment-1

    Very good tips for beginners

  2. Alex | Blogussion.com
    June 4, 2009
    10:21 am #comment-2

    Nice tips, the one thing I do when I promote affiliate products is make sure that I am using it myself. It will make the product look more promising, and it will make me look better about talking about the product so much.

    I want to get more into affiliate marketing myself though.

  3. Monty
    June 4, 2009
    2:06 pm #comment-3

    Thanks for the tips Alexa! You should use the product before reviewing it and recommending it to 100 others. True.

  4. Reviewer Kings
    June 8, 2009
    9:54 pm #comment-4

    good tips from the post and comments……. my biggest problem was investing,

    I didnt want to invest anymoney on IM but when i did i saw a huge change in commission sale…

    that goes with investing the money to get a good review on a product as well

    very true

  5. Ankit Nagori
    June 26, 2009
    12:18 pm #comment-5

    Wahtever yu have written makes sense..hoepfully it would reap benefits for me 🙂

  6. Harsh Agrawal Shoutmeloud
    July 12, 2009
    5:36 pm #comment-6

    The basic idea is select the right affiliate product depend on your niche,,and before start promoting your product make sure you create a vibe or sales pitch before you actually start selling..
    I use the same trick and I make almost 500$ (I know its less for now) from one single product that I promote…

  7. Free Wii Points
    September 7, 2009
    6:36 pm #comment-7

    Just use the product you advertise and your whole marketing goes to another level.

  8. Monty
    September 7, 2009
    7:44 pm #comment-8

    Thanks for your input guys! 🙂

  9. Free Xbox Live
    September 17, 2009
    6:35 am #comment-9

    lol i’ll use this info thanks!

  10. Free Xbox Live
    September 17, 2009
    6:46 am #comment-10

    lol that is a big mistake

  11. Mahi
    September 22, 2009
    10:43 am #comment-11

    This is very true. Affiliate marketing needs patience. One should not Quit early rather should make more efforts to make it popular.

  12. vignesh
    July 16, 2010
    12:27 pm #comment-12

    nice tips for beginer, beginer must correct the above mistake to get successfull

  13. iTunes
    December 5, 2010
    6:23 pm #comment-13

    These are absolutely amazing tips, even for people who are not what you may consider calling “beginners”. It’s true, most people who are in the affiliate marketing area are aware of this, but a quick reminder never hurts.

  14. Yugioh
    December 26, 2010
    1:02 am #comment-14

    Thanks for the tips. The last thing I want to do is #4, as I plan to keep at it as long as I can 😉

  15. Free Beats Headphones
    February 18, 2013
    4:23 am #comment-15

    I’ve made attempts in affiliate marketing. I know what I’m doing, but I find the right times to jump in and out of it. I’ve have plenty of time to see how common it is for everyone to jump to the same niche. The exact tips you gave….I notice alot of people do all the time. Though I see quite a bit as common sense, it’s always good to see useful tips that’ll hopefully help benefit others.

  16. vidéo drôle
    March 1, 2013
    9:21 am #comment-16

    merci c’est très drôle je trouve 😀

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