The 3 Most Common Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

Nowadays Affiliate marketing has become one of the most effective and powerful ways of earning some money online. Affiliate programs give everybody a good opportunity to make a high profit or an income through the Internet. Most of these affiliate marketing programs are easy to join and also free to join. Another benefit is, a reliable affiliate program pays a higher commission on a regular basis. Therefore more and more bloggers are in this business.

However, like in any other businesses, there are lots of drawbacks in the affiliate marketing too. Below are some of the most common mistakes which any blogger do, resulting a lower profit or income compared to the time they spend to market the products. It is better to avoid these mistakes than be regretful in the end. Therefore I thought of sharing some those common mistakes which any affiliate do, specially if they are new to affiliate marketing.
Below are the most common mistakes and how an affiliate can avoid these mistakes.

Selecting the wrong affiliate programs.

Most of the time, people want to earn as fast as possible from affiliate marketing. Due to their rush for earning more profits, they tend to choose the wrong products. Most select products which they think ‘hot selling’. Mistake is here. They actually choose the product due to the simple reason that product is in demand. But they forget to consider the fact that actually if the product appeals to them. Obviously, this is not a very wise move!
How to avoid this mistake?
Instead of jumping on to a ‘hot’ product or a product that you think is in ‘demand’; try to select a product in which you are truly interested in. If you really like the product, then it is easier to promote it and you will not feel the pain of marketing it.
First, pick a product that appeal to you. Then you have to do some research about that product. This is to check if the product you selected is in demand or not. Then you should spend some time to plan and figure out how to promote it.

It is always easier to promote a product that you are more passionate about than promoting a product only for the sake of money.

Joining too many affiliate programs.

Most of the affiliate programs are free to join. due to this fact, you will join multiples of affiliate programs planning more profits.
You may think that there is nothing wrong with joining with too many affiliate programs. Because they are free and easy, also nothing to lose just because of joining.

It is true, that more affiliate programs will result in a good income if you plan and act correctly. However, joining with multiple affiliate programs and attempting to promote all of them at the same time will prevent you from concentrating on each one of them. Lack of concentrating for the products you promote will result in lesser sales.
How to avoid this mistake?
Instead of joining with too many affiliate programs, try to join with one or few programs that pays a good commission. I mean 30-40% at least. Then give your best effort to promote these few products. When these few products start to make money, then maybe you can decide to join with another affiliate program.

Not having first-hand experience of the product.

As an affiliate, you aim to promote a product or service to your customers. But, how if you don’t know about the product you are promoting? Sometimes this may end up with losing some of your loyal customers if the product you recommended is not worth for the money they paid.
How to avoid this mistake?
Try the product or service personally before you promote the product to see if it is really delivering what it promises. If you have done so, then you aware of the pros and cons of the product or service you promote.
There are some affiliate programs which they give free sample/coupon for their affiliates to try out their products before promoting.
For example, when I joined with Blurb affiliate program, I received a free coupon to try their photo books. Craftsy is another affiliate program which I received opportunity to get a free class before promoting it.
Try to find some programs which they give a free trial, if you still don’t want to buy the product before promoting.

Above are the most common mistakes that any affiliate will do. Therefore try to avoid these to succeed. Always analyze your marketing strategy.
If you do it properly, you will be able to maximize the earning potential of your affiliate marketing program.

2 thoughts on “The 3 Most Common Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

  1. Rubel says:


    Well, I am trying to learn affiliate marketing from last few months, but I am finding it very difficult, specially the conversion part, as I am not able to attract any sales expect one or two.

    Although, I am learning it quickly, and Now, I can say, I made a mistake by picking products without enough research and also, I reviewed the product without even using it, so all this resulted in failure.

    But I hope, I will improve on my skills and will succeed in Affiliate marketing soon.

    1. Amila Wickramarachchi says:

      yes,conversion is difficult at the beginning.Your points are correct.Real reviews always get attention and conversion.

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