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Make Money From Home By Avoiding Affiliate Marketing RoadBlocks

Aug 18, 2007
The Affiliate marketing gurus make everything look easy, but in reality, affiliate marketing is a bit tougher than people first want to believe when attempting to make money from home. One of the biggest reasons people never make the money they want to online is lack of dedication and work.

Making money from home works just like any other business. Getting those commissions flowing into your account takes hard work and dedication. Here are some of the roadblocks to be aware of as a new affiliate marketer. Get past these and you will be very much on your way to making real money online.

Not knowing how to promote

One of the main roadblocks to success is not knowing how to advertise the affiliate programs products. To be successful with affiliate marketing, you will need lots of targeted traffic to your website.

Only with targeted traffic (people who are really want to know more about the type of product you are selling) can you expect a high clickthrough rate (number of people who click on your special affiliate link compared to the number of people that visit your website) and raise your conversion rate (number of people who buy the product compared to how many people you send through your unique affiliate link).

Amount of work required

Many new affiliate marketers are not aware of how the amount of work that is needed in order to get targeted traffic to their website. Targeted traffic is the foundation of a successful website. It gives a website potential to bring in the sales. Only by getting targeted traffic can you know what is working and what is not working on your website so you can make more money from it. As you learn more about affiliate marketing, you will come to know the best ways of getting targeted traffic to your website and you will become more creative in bringing in that needed traffic and commissions.

Affiliate marketing is all about trying new methods and weeding out the ones that dont work while keeping the ones that do. As you learn what works, building targeted traffic will be more an expectation than a hope. You will plan out new websites and promote and make money from them much easier than when you first started. Your home based business will grow as you learn what internet marketing methods work, and as you avoid the methods that do not work best for you.

Not having your own website.

The other roadblock for new affiliates to get through is the idea that you dont youre your own website to make money. While this is true, having your own website can make you the most money. Many affiliate programs today will build you websites for free, and even give you free article content to rewrite and use as content on your website and in other promotions such as submitting articles, and creating blogs. A great free tool for editing your website is NVU.

Your own websites bring you the most money. Not only do you have total control over what goes on them such as products to sell, you can also build your business by capturing your readers email and build your own targeted subscriber list, and promote more products to them later. Instead of building up your affiliate programs business, you will be building your own. There are many tools to use to help you manage and build your subscriber list.

Not knowing where to advertise.

It is also crucial to know where to promote and the best places to market your products. A general guideline is to focus your promotions on your targeted market and not in irrelevant websites.

Trying to sell, rather than pre selling.

Many affiliates hungry to make money online try to sell products directly on their website instead of trying to get the visitor to click on their affiliate link. The goal should be to build interest in your website copy and get them to choose to check out the product website to learn more, not to outright sell the product through your site.

The problem is, if you sell your visitors on the product from your website, and then send them to the affiliate programs sales page, the reader is being sold to twice, and this usually makes them leave without buying.

Design your website or promotion to warm up the visitor to the product before they arrive on the sales page. Warming them up for the sales page makes them more open to buy the product. This almost always results in a higher conversion rate and more commissions for you.
About the Author
George Watson is a successful Affiliate marketer and author. Read more articles to learn how to Earn Money Online With Email Marketing at his Money Making On The Internet Blog
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