Affiliate Marketing – The Three Most Important Things to Avoid
There are so many important facets of affiliate marketing that is not at all easy to sum up, especially in a single article. However, there are three things that you absolutely must know as an affiliate marketer.
If you do not develop a strong grasp on these points, at best, you will pay for it in lost profits and time. At worst, your efforts as an affiliate marketer will simply fail and you will give up, just as most do.
1. Avoid Spam Mediums like the Plague
As an affiliate marketer, few things are as important as your reputation. If you develop a reputation as someone who is a spammer or desperate, then people are not going to heed your advice. If, for instance, you recommend a product to people either through your list, a free eBook, or something like, and people see you as somewhat of a desperate spammer, they are far less likely to pay attention to what you say.
There are other disadvantages in using spam media. Most importantly, even if publishing in the medium itself is not technically spam, it can still be associated with spam or get you penalised by email clients just the same. Once you have been penalised by email clients you can forget running your business from that email address or any others on that domain.
With that said, here is a list of some important media to avoid:
FFA’s or Free for Alls
FFA’s are forums or email lists that allow desperate people to hurl garbage at each other and see if any of it sticks. Think about this one for a minute. Do you really want to receive 50 messages a day from other desperate affiliate marketers and do you think you will buy any of their products? The answer is probably no.
By the same token, they do not want to buy any of your products. They only want to sell products, so avoid these forums and email lists. The only people frequenting them are spammers and those who are desperate to sell something. Very few actual buyers will voluntarily decide to wade into the trash heaps that are FFA’s in order to purchase something.
Does this mean safe? For sure, if you do not mind getting splattered with spam on a daily basis, you will be joining a list of people who agreed to join a list, so they could send out their offers. Everyone on the list wants to send out offers. They do not want to receive offers.
As an affiliate marketer your goal should be to find places where people want to buy something and not where people want to sell something. A market place of all sellers is pretty useless, especially when all of those sellers have failed at virtually every other place. In summary, keep away from spam lists of all kinds. Not only are they a waste of time, but they could be a permanent black spot on your credibility.
2. Develop the “Successful Affiliate Mindset”
People who become successful in all walks of life tend to talk about mindset the most. In general, this is the piece of information that people who have not yet experienced that success want to hear about the least. They want meaty information, full of facts and exact procedures. They do not want fluffy mindset ideas that seems more self glorifying than helpful.
Strangely though, this information is actually quite important. If you want to make a lot of money as someone who is self employed, you definitely cannot do it without first accepting full responsibility for your success.
So how do you do it? By developing the right mindset and by accepting that no matter what happens, you are responsible. You no longer have an employer. You no longer can say “I tried really hard and therefore, I still deserve pay.” The only way you will receive pay as an affiliate marketer is after you have made sales.
So adopt the right mindset and do your best to avoid self pity and the temptation to blame others for your failure.
3. Create Your Own Website
Most affiliate marketers start off by making a really bad decision by referring all of their paying customers to affiliate links, rather than their own site. This is a bad idea and always results in diminished selling opportunities in the future.
f you have a prospect that has enough money burning a hole in their pocket to buy, then get them on one of your lists. Send them to your web site and get them to sign up for a course you have created. Once they are on your email list you should then start marketing affiliate products to them. If you do not have a list then you can start building one with Aweber.
Remember, if you send buying customers to your affiliate link, that product owner benefits more than you do. If you send them to your web site, you will not only get the sale from that one interaction, but you also get the chance to make future sales.
You now know the three most important things to avoid in affiliate marketing. Heed them and you will do well. Ignore them and they will poison every opportunity you encounter.