Affiliate Marketing – Myths and Realities
The path to affiliate marketing is strewn with myths and traps that might appear to be sound advice. These myths need to be kept under wraps as they can do irrevocable damage to your efforts to succeed in affiliate marketing. The various myths and the realities are being discussed below:
Myth: You can make quick money without exerting yourself in affiliate marketing.
Reality: You just can’t succeed in affiliate marketing if you don’t treat it as your own business and put your whole-hearted effort into it. Like any other business, you have to devote plenty of time and hard work along with perseverance in order to come out on top.
Myth: It’s essential to have publicity even if it is bad rather than not having any publicity at all.
Reality: You must avoid bad publicity of affiliate marketing as it’s natural for people to gossip especially if something wrong has been done by some business. Bad publicity can actually harm your interests as it can spread far and wide very easily. It’s better not to have any publicity rather than having bad publicity.
Myth: Affiliate marketing programs get saturated very fast and as such you should not enter any such program if you are a late entrant. There won’t be enough market on the Internet left for you.
Reality: There is no greater myth than saturation as the number of people visiting the various sites on the Internet is increasing by the day. This myth has been started by unsuccessful people who would have been a failure in any other business as well. The Internet traffic is still in its infant stage and the expected traffic in the years to come is simply unimaginable. There are so many internet marketing programs that have been running for so many years and are still very successful. In fact, the older the program, the greater the confidence that it instills in people as they feel that it must be really good to have survived so long.
Myth: The only objective of affiliate marketing is to earn honest profit.
Reality: Far from just earning honest profit, affiliate marketing also breeds good taste and sensitivity along with informing, educating, enlightening and influencing people’s behavior especially that of customers. It is designed to benefit customers along with earning profits for its motivators.
Myth: Affiliate marketing should be constantly changing itself in order to remain successful.
Reality: If you promote a product for a long time, the credibility of the product increases and people start to feel that this product must be good otherwise it wouldn’t have lasted so long. There are many examples of products that have withstood the test of time such as Intel, Allstate and Rice Krispies. Changing the affiliate marketing strategies would not have made them more successful.
There are many other myths about affiliate marketing that need to be clarified and removed from the minds of those who wish to enter this field. Such people would do well to read more about the subject and take advice from those who have succeeded.