4 Common Mistakes Made By Affiliate Marketing Newbies

Affiliate marketing is not easy business; it is one of the most challenging method of making money online. If you’re looking for an easy way to make some money from the internet, then use Google AdSense, but for what it’s worth you’ll get pennies instead of dollars.

When venturing off into the world of affiliate marketing for the first time there are many methods, tactics and principals to learn and to keep in mind, but however there are 4 very common mistakes that almost every newbie marketer seem to make when starting off on their affiliate marketing journey, and we’ll take a closer look at them.

Money Coins

As many new affiliate marketers do, they place their affiliate links on blogs and websites that generate hardly any traffic. This is common mistake number one; without sufficient traffic, you’ll more than likely to never make a sale.

Whilst understandably driving traffic to your blog or website involves vigorous marketing efforts, it can also be said that efforts to market and promote a single page containing your affiliate links is one of the best ways to maximize your chances of success with affiliate marketing.

Product Awareness

One of the issues which we talk a lot about is product awareness in affiliate marketing. It’s perfectly fine to promote links that encourage visitors to purchase products and services via your links, but how much do you really know about the products themselves? Or don’t you give a damn?

It’s frustratingly annoying seeing this happen many times on blogs especially. I promote products and services on this blog which I have used myself, and most of them are web related such as WordPress themes, web hosting; online business tools, social tools etc.

Personally I would never feel comfortable in promoting something that I haven’t used myself, simply because I don’t know whether the product or services themselves are going to be of any real use. Don’t fall into the trap of promoting or selling false promises, it can do more harm than good to your online reputation.

Product Focus

Another common mistake made by many newbie affiliate marketers is taking on way to much in one go. This is definitely a no go; focus your efforts on a single product or service the best way you can, to maximize your earning potential before moving onto the next subject, in my experience less is best, less means more.


Finally it brings me onto marketing and promoting itself. The purpose of marketing and promoting is to drive targeted traffic and referrals to your affiliate links, whether they’re on a blog or website or wherever. This is something that many newbie marketers seem to fail at miserably. It all boils down to how good you are as a marketer and most importantly how much work you’re willing to put into marketing itself.

Slapping links in a single paragraph blog post simply won’t do it, which brings us back to product awareness as you can only elaborate on a product or service intimately if you’ve tried and tested it yourself.

There are no doubt plenty of other mistakes that you’ll make along the way at first, but learn from them and continue to strive to build your affiliate marketing business as effectively as you can.

Have you just started out on the road to affiliate marketing? How are you finding it? Please share your experience, thoughts, tips and suggestions in the comment section below.

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About Fabrizio Van Marciano

Hey everyone, I’m Fabrizio Van Marciano and I’m just a regular bloke, doing his thing in the expanding universe we call the blogosphere. I’m the founder and editor here at magnet4marketing.net. I'm also the author of 170 Blog Traffic Tips; a FREE guide I created to help you get tons of traffic to your blog.
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  1. What you have written is 100% true ! Even I never feel comfortable to promote something that I haven’t used myself. So what I do is ask for a review copy if it is an eBook or give few days of access to their service and I was lucky enough to get it too. This post is indeed going to be very helpful for newbie affiliate marketers. Keep up the good work Fabrizio ! BTW thanks for your comment on my blog :) I have subscribed to your RSS :)

    • Fabrizio Van Marciano says:

      Hey Eapen thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment and kind words. Yes I see a lot of newbie marketers making these small mistakes on their blogs and so I hope they can learn something from this post.

      • Your blog is indeed a great resource for internet marketers. Thanks for stopping by my blog too and giving your valuable comments.:)

  2. Wade Balsdon says:

    This is so true and sadly many people thing that they will make money quickly via affiliate marketing. This is not ten years ago whereby people were looking for additional income streams, today people need money now and they need to look for those kinds of opportunities first. Once they are paying the bills they can then start adding opportunities such as affiliate marketing so that they develop additional income streams.

    • Fabrizio Van Marciano says:

      Hi Wade, thanks for stopping by and adding your comment, you’re right with what you say; affiliate marketing is certainly not a quick solution by any means, it does take time, experimenting and being resourceful about the whole approach.

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