10 Common Affiliate Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

I have been doing affiliate marketing for more than seven years now, and in these years, I have seen many affiliates busted into the scene and disappear overnight.

I know one guy who was a big name in the affiliate marketing space a few years ago and now teaches English at one of the South American universities.

After studying many affiliate marketers who failed, I found that most of them made the same mistakes.

Here are the seven common affiliate marketing mistakes that many affiliates make so that you can avoid them.

10 Common Affiliate Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

I have studied many affiliate marketers, both successful and unsuccessful, and I have found that both make these mistakes.

The difference is that the successful ones could identify them early in their journey and fix the issue, and those who could not do so failed and quit.

Choosing the wrong niche

This is one of the most common affiliate marketing mistakes. Honestly, I made it too many times. Picking the wrong niche, especially at the beginning.

I remember seeing a video on YouTube of a guy making many sales promoting Astrology offers. I said to myself that I could do the same.

I created a Twitter page, picked an affiliate offer from Clickbank, and started promoting using my Twitter page.

I made a few sales ( the method works) but do not believe in Astrology. I could not keep posting astrology content, and the engagement went down, and then the page died.

I could not tweet Taurus, but you will have a great day. I think the months you were born are not responsible for making you happy.

I felt like I was not being honest with myself, and deep down, I started to sabotage my business.

This applies to all niches; you can not sell a product that talks about ranking on search engines.

If you do not believe that is possible, people will smell it far and not buy from you.

Find a niche that excites you, that you can create content forever even if you do not make a dime, and with time, you will make it.

Remember you are the niche; find things that interest you and make them your niche.

When you make money, you can pay someone excited about that niche and let them create content and updates for you.

Ignoring SEO

SEO stands for Search engine optimization. This is where you optimize your content so that when people search for content online, yours can pop up.

I do not want you to be an SEO guru ( unless you want it). Whether you are doing Social media, written content, or videos, you need to optimize your content so that when people look for similar content, you can show up in the result.

The mistake that most affiliate marketers make is to ignore it completely. This will limit your reach and the ability to get new prospects, and if your first traffic source goes away, you do not have anything else to back you up.

Another reason for this is that when people hear your name for the first time, most of the time, they will search for you in Google and other search engines; optimizing your pages will help you greatly.

You can include a searchable term in the headline of your content, mention that term several times in your content, and link your current content to your old content. This small thing can make a massive difference.

Choosing the wrong product

One important skill you can learn as an affiliate marketer is picking the right product. I have seen affiliates repeatedly make this mistake.

You cannot pick the right product 100% of the time, but you must learn how to identify and promote a great product.

If your audience does not respond well, move on and pick a different product.

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Promoting irrelevant products

I have seen affiliates in a weight loss niche, but if they find a great product about making money online, they will start pushing it to their audience.

While it is true that some people want to lose weight and make money simultaneously, and you might get some sales, this is a mistake because you can upset your audience, and they will stop buying products using your links.

Do not promote a product just to make a commission. Before recommending the product to anyone, ask yourself if it is helpful to your audience. If the answer is no, do not promote it.

Ignoring site speed

To increase your conversion rate, you must create landing and lead capture pages and ensure you host these pages on-site with high loading speed.

People have low attention spans. If a page takes more than 10 seconds to load, they will forget about it and move to another thing, and you will miss a potential lead or sale.

The mistake I have seen is that most affiliate marketers will cut costs by getting cheaper landing page builders ( they are cheap for a reason: they are slow), or if they host their landing pages, they will get the cheapest hosting plan possible.

I am not saying you should buy the most expensive landing page builder or hosting, but you must ensure the loading speed is fast enough for the pages to land in less than 8 seconds.

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Not monitoring data

I believe that you can not improve something you can not measure. You need to monitor all important data about your affiliate marketing.

You need to know where your traffic is coming from, what percentage of that traffic buys products from you, how much you make per click, and so on.

This information will help you make informed decisions about your business, eliminate things that do not make you money, and increase your effort on things that work.

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Not Building an Email List

Building your email list is the most important action to grow your affiliate marketing business.

Building an email list means collecting emails from people who want to learn more about your work.

The closest thing to printing money is being able to email them at will. Imagine you have 10,000 people who want to hear from you.

You write a simple email for 10 minutes talking about this great product you found, and inside that email, you recommend that product and give them a link.

Let’s say just 20% of the people open and read the email—that is, 2000 people—and among those 2000 people, just 1000 click on the link and go to the sales page.

If just 50 people among those 1000 people decide to buy the product, and if you make, on average, $100 per sale, that is $5000 using a single email, this is the power of email marketing and list building.

Building a list of 10,000 is not easy, but if you start today, in a year or two, you can have that list and the freedom to make income like that or more.

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Not taking action

There is one thing that most successful affiliate marketers do a lot, and on the contrary, those who are not as successful do not, and that is taking action.

There is a lot of information on the web, and most affiliate marketers make the mistake of thinking that learning about affiliate marketing will make them money.

This is why most affiliate marketers spend most of their time watching/reading content and not creating one.

You must act if you want to make money as an affiliate marketer. This includes selecting products, building landing pages, and driving traffic to those pages.

Scrolling in your Twitter feed and watching your favorite creators will not make you any money. It will make money for them.

Giving up

Affiliate marketing takes time, and while some can make affiliate commissions in a few months, most of us take a few years to make enough money to pay our bills.

You will eventually make money if you build your email list, create content, and keep growing your social media followers count.

As I stated before, most people who started at the same time quit and now are teaching English in South America.

This is my advice for you: do not quit if you do not make enough money to find a job; keep your affiliate marketing as a side hustle until you make enough money to pay your bills, and then you can quit your job.

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Using one traffic source

I have a friend with a YouTube channel with 200k subscribers; he was making money from YouTube ads and affiliate marketing.

In one of his videos, he commented on a political issue, and YouTube did not like that. They removed his channel, and he lost subscribers and income in just one day.

If you can deactivate an account for a sitting United States president, they can do it to you; you need to have a solid plan to deal with it if or when it happens.

I recommend having at least three marketing channels for your business: a long content channel ( a blog or YouTube), a short content marketing channel( Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok), and an email list.

If you lose your YouTube channel, you can create a new one and ask people to subscribe again using your Twitter or email list.

If you lose your Twitter, you can email your list and ask you to follow you in your new account.

The rule of thumb is that if you get more than 50% of your sales from a single traffic source, you need to build a new traffic source; if not, you are in potential trouble.

FAQ: Common affiliate marketing mistakes to avoid.

What does an affiliate marketer do?

Affiliate marketing is the process by which an affiliate earns a commission for marketing another person’s or company’s products.
The affiliate simply searches for a product they enjoy, then promotes that product and earns a piece of the profit from each sale.

How do I start affiliate marketing?

How to start affiliate marketing
  1. Find a niche.
  2. Choose an affiliate program.
  3. Choose a traffic source.
  4. Create content to build trust.
  5. Grow an audience.

Key takeaways: Common affiliate marketing mistakes to avoid.

  1. Choosing the wrong niche
  2. Ignoring SEO
  3. Choosing the wrong product
  4. Promoting irrelevant products
  5. Ignoring site speed
  6. Not monitoring data
  7. Not Building an Email List
  8. not taking action
  9. Giving up
  10. Using one traffic source

If you avoid those ten affiliate marketing mistakes, you will succeed. Take action, put the content out there, and the success will be yours.

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