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10 Biggest Mistakes In Affiliate Marketing And How To Avoid Them

Though anyone can achieve success with affiliate programs, not everyone manages to do the same. The reason? Well, there are 10 of them, actually. These are the biggest mistakes that make success in affiliate marketing very elusive. Study them well, and read up on how to avoid them. Hurdling through these mistakes can spell the difference between monumental profits and dismal performance in your affiliate marketing campaigns.

1) Believing that people would just click on their affiliate links. Though an affiliate’s job is merely limited to pre-selling, pre-selling involves more than just displaying the affiliate links. It also entails encouraging people to click on them by enumerating the benefits that can be derived from the affiliate merchant’s products, giving favorable recommendations about the use of the same, and providing an encouraging offer that would entice readers to check out the package.

2) Believing that there’s such a thing as organic traffic. Organic traffic, or traffic that is naturally generated by a website is a myth. There is no such thing! If you’re hosting your affiliate links in one website, you can’t expect people to find it just like that. You have to make them find it. This can be done through effective SEO techniques and efficient marketing strategies.

3) Believing that employing one marketing strategy is enough. Some people actually think that submitting one article to the article directories would give them the amount of traffic they need. This is a fatal mistake. Limiting yourself to a single, or even a couple, of marketing tactics would be limiting the number of visitors you could generate for your website. Also, you’ll fail to tap into other segments of your targeted market if your tactics aren’t flexible enough to expand.

4) Failing to study your campaign’s performance. Most affiliates merely check on how much they have earned per day, and if such an amount remains at low levels, they fail to make corresponding adjustments because, well, they don’t know which aspects of their campaigns need improving. It is important to study every facet of our marketing strategies. How many visitors are we generating for our website? How many of them are unique? How many are returning? How much time do they spend in our pages? Where are they coming from? To where are they exiting? These are the questions that can be answered by an excellent visitor tracking software program  and these are the questions that could help us improve the performance of our marketing endeavors.

5) Failing to find an affiliate program which actually offers sellable products. Some affiliate programs may offer as much as a 95% commission per sale. But if the products are impossible to sell, you’d never realize the profit the program promises.

6) Failing to find an affiliate program with a proven record of consumer satisfaction. The credibility of an enterprise depends on how people view it. If the affiliate program has established great relationships with the members of its target market, then it has established a brand which is recognizable for its excellent service. You’d have an easier time pre-selling such an affiliate program’s products.

7) Failing to keep abreast with the latest developments in the industry. There will come a time when the marketing knowledge we know would become obsolete, more so in the field of internet marketing where everything transpires at a rapid pace. You have to constantly update yourself with the newest trends, techniques and news in this field to always keep your competitive edge.

8) Failing to invest on knowledge. Knowledge likewise evolves and you have to evolve with it. Buy noteworthy eBooks, special reports and the likes which would teach you the latest tactics to help you conquer your field.

9) Resting on your laurels once a semblance of success is achieved. Success is not eternal. You have to sustain it. If you leave your business alone once it shows the promise of success, you’re just setting it up for failure.

10) Believing that affiliate marketing is a “get rich quick” scheme. It is not. You have to invest a certain level of commitment, a lot of time, some financial resources on occasions, and a whole lot of effort if you want to truly realize the many wonderful things that this field does promise.


Business-Building Education For a Lifetime

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SBI! eLearning is a 12-week online education course that takes you, step-by-step through the process of building your very own successful, thriving Web business with Site Build It! (SBI!).
Prestigious universities and colleges (ex., Penn State, Baruch College, The Citadel Military College) offer this course in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and Africa. SBI! eLearning now delivers the same experience and results online, to you, in your home.
Other online courses in Web marketing cost at least 1 full year of your life (often 2-4 years) and $15,000/year. Do you have a few hours a week for 12 weeks, at a fraction of that price, to learn more than theory and actually build your own business, like these graduates are doing?…

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Thanks to the direct, experienced and live instruction, you always know that you’re on the right track and headed in the right direction. For example, you receive clear guidance about…


  • identifying themes (“site concepts”) that interest you

  • doing keyword research for profitable in-demand topics related to your theme

  • planning multiple income streams to supplement your main business

  • picking the perfect domain name

  • creating an attractive professional-looking design that reflects your business

  • building an easy-to-navigate Web site structure for both human visitors and Search Engines

  • writing in a way that builds relationships, creates community and pulls in Search Engines

  • developing an inbound links program to show Search Engines how popular/credible you are

  • traffic analysis

  • monetizing your traffic (i.e., turning that traffic into dollars)

  • expanding and managing your burgeoning e-business for the long term

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Here’s a summary of the SBI! eLearning 12-week course…

Week 1: Orientation and Understanding Online Business Fundamentals
Meet your Instructor and classmates.
Receive a concise checklist to keep your business-building efforts on track.
How to reach your Instructor between live sessions.
Learn the core concepts that so few grasp and use.
Week 2: Choosing Your Best Site Concept
Build upon your passion or hobby or experience.
Week 3: Researching Concept-Related Keywords
Find topics with high-potential profitability.
Week 4: Planning Monetization Options
Hard planning now assures good income later.
Week 5: Selecting and Registering Your Domain Name
Choose the perfect domain name for your business.
Weeks 6-7: Creating Your First Web Pages
From Look & Feel, to writing your content, you can do it.
Week 8: Increasing Free Targeted Traffic
Give the Search Engines what they love.
Week 9: PREselling Your Visitors
All the ways to win over your visitors and build your reputation.
Weeks 9-10 Analyzing Traffic Stats and Click-In/Click-Through Data
Understand your visitor to know how to monetize.
Week 11: Putting Monetization Into Action
Capitalize upon your blend of 15 major monetization models.
Week 12: Wrapup and Graduation
Cover the road ahead and… Congratulations!


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SBI! eLearning builds upon the success of SiteSell Education’s offline course, “Building A Successful Business Using The Internet.”

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