Whenever you are learning something new, it is normal to make mistakes. It is to be expected. By knowing in advance what the common mistakes are that affiliate marketers make, you may be able to avoid some of them and give yourself a head start toward making a decent income in affiliate marketing.
Mistake #1: Not Taking Action
It´s pretty obvious that in order to make money in anything, you actually have to do something. There is so much information available to new marketers that they often don´t know where to start. They get caught up in information overload and flit from one project to another without ever actually completing anything. This is a huge mistake. Pick a project and stick with it until it is done. That´s the only way you will ever know if it will work.
Mistake #2: Not Building a List
Don´t just send someone straight to someone else´s sales page hoping they´ll buy the product. You need to come up with a way to capture that person´s information so that you can send them e-mails to continue trying to sell them the product. Even if they do buy the initial item, you can promote other products to them at a later date. Use a freebie of some sort to entice them to sign up for your list. Then e-mail them regularly. About once per week is usually a good frequency for a newsletter.
Mistake #3: Trying to Do Too Much at Once
This is similar to mistake number one, but instead of not doing anything, you try to do too many things at once and spread yourself too thin. It is better to choose one or two products to promote and do a thorough job of it than to throw up a few links for one item and quickly move on to another one. Once you have decided to promote a product, stick with it until your promotion is established well enough to continue making sales for you without you having to do additional work. Then move on to the next product.
Mistake #4: Not Trying the Product
There are some crappy products out there. It doesn’t matter what niche you are in or how expensive the product is, some of them are just awful. Before you promote a product, contact the seller and ask if you can get a review copy. Most of them will send you a link to download the product. If you can´t get a free copy, either buy the product so you can test it out or move on to something else. If you promote a crappy product, you will ruin your reputation and end up with a lot of refunds.
Now that you know what the most common mistakes are that affiliate marketers make, you can go out and make your own mistakes instead. That´s just part of the learning process on your way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.