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Most Common Mistakes Made in Affiliate Marketing

Jun 8, 2008
It isn't hard to set up a good website and start and affiliate marketing career. It isn't hard at all to find affiliate marketing opportunities on the internet. However, it is a very simple thing to make deadly mistakes that will insure your failure to thrive at affiliate marketing.

One of the most notable affiliate marketing mistakes is to think that all you have to do is find the ones that pay the most, sign up, drive traffic to that site through your affiliate link and you're all set right? Not exactly.

It's great to choose an affiliate program that pays a high percentage, but that's not most important thing to consider. It's much more important to find a quality affiliate program that meets certain criteria. Here are three mistakes you don't have to make:

1. You want to make sure the product is a proven seller. You don't want to waste your time and money driving traffic to a site that doesn't convert. Find one with a good conversion rate.

2. Make sure the site you become an affiliate for protects its affiliates, and has your best interest at heart. Look for one that provides banners, e-mails, and other tools you can use to promote the site. Also, make sure that there is only one payment option. As an affiliate marketer, you need to be sure that you will get credit for your referral. If there is more than one payment method, you can get shortchanged.

3. Do not choose an affiliate program that promotes an e-mail course. Nothing is worse than becoming an affiliate to a site that's first goal is to capture e-mail addresses, and then tries to make the sale second. As an affiliate marketer, you need to capture e-mail addresses, then to convert that prospect into a sale. Stick with affiliate programs that aren't focused on capturing leads because it's simply not in your best interest. Build your own list, not someone else's.
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