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Avoid These Affiliate Marketing Pitfalls

Jul 25, 2008
Affiliate marketing programs are now the preferred online business model for many people on the internet. A lot of the setting up work normally associated with an online business is already done. You do not have to source products or set up pricing structures. There are so many advantages yet why are so many affiliate marketers failing to reach their income goals?

One of the advantages of affiliate marketing can also turn into a pitfall. It is easier, quicker and usually a lot cheaper than researching wholesalers and having a website designed and specifically built for you. The trap is that you are more likely to give up on a business that you have not invested a lot of time, money and emotional energy into. People who have spent a million dollars will move mountains to make it work, so the affiliate who has spent less than five hundred dollars must still treat their venture like a million dollar business.

Affiliates can also be lured into making their business too cheap by avoiding even small outlays such as their own website. It is great to rely on the merchant's professionally designed and expensive website but your own simple, effective site establishes your presence. You can then have affiliate links to more than one marketing program and more than one merchant. Over time your goal could be to have a good search engine ranking which will bring free traffic.

When marketing their programs, many affiliates believe that all they have to do is direct prospects to the merchant's website. They fail to thoroughly learn about the products or services being offered. Successful business people in any industry will tell you that they became an expert in the products they sold. The requirements for successfully marketing your affiliate programs are no different than any other business.

The right attitude can help you avoid the pitfalls that others fall into. You can build a successful affiliate marketing business in your spare time and on a shoestring budget but do not treat it as a hobby. To succeed you must have a burning desire and not give up because you are likely to face many challenges before you receive a good income. The successful affiliate marketer can set up their business to give themselves wealth, freedom of working where they want and the hours they choose in a way that traditional businesses cannot.
About the Author
David Barker is the webmaster of www.DavesAffiliateMarketing.com and provides information on launching six Affiliate Marketing Programs and a free ebook.
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