Avoiding Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

Affiliate or Internet Marketing is a great way of earning money, if you would to understand the basics of affiliate marketing, click here .  The main reason that causes people to fail is some simple mistakes and a lot around your mind-set.  This post will describe the 4 mistakes I believe are the main cause for people becoming discouraged and stopping before the money can start rolling in…

I also detail the reason why I have persevered with my online business and started seeing the results, this is down to having the right support network.  Click here to learn more…

  1. Having a Low Quality Website with duplicate content

Think of a website being the front window of your store, if it is set up right with products or information that a passer-by might be interested in they are more likely to come and have a look around and then buy something from you.   Now imagine if your website was poorly designed, or has no relevance to what the viewer was after they will quickly move on from your website.  no viewer, no sale.

Your website means everything to your business, so make sure you pick the right design, the right hosting for your content.  (Learn more about our free recommended provider here)

The search engines will also penalise you for duplicate content, that is where some of the scams try and tell you they can have a system that runs itself and you can sit back and earn money.  How??  The content they give you is someone else’s content.  The search engines know this by reviewing your site and your website doesn’t rank.  If you cannot get your site ranked, you are on to a loser already.

  1. The Relevance of your Content

Have you ever done a search on how to do something in Google?  Then when you click on the site that comes up, but when you look at the site it doesn’t answer the question you wanted answer.  How frustrating is that??

That is why your site needs to be totally relevant to the audience you are targeting.  For example, if you have a site about dog walker accessories (yes, it is a niche), you need to stay very relevant to what that audience would want.  They want to know what you think about the best accessories and have items on your site about this.  They aren’t coming to you to see cat toys, or dog medicinal products.  Strange as it sounds, keep totally relevant to the niche.

The other thing that you need to consider is your website cannot be one big sales pitch, imagine when a sales person comes to your door, how off-putting is it, even if you are interested in the product.  They have normally done the search to get help about something or find out information before buying something.

If you are helpful and highly relevant, they will start to trust you.  Once they trust you they are more likely to follow your subtle sales pitches.

  1. Keeping Your Content Fresh

Like I said, you need to remain relevant and things are always changing, you need to keep your site as up to date as you can with the latest news, trends, products in your niche.  Someone who uses your site for information wants to get your thoughts on the latest thing, but they check your website and you haven’t reviewed it and then they find your website’s content is a bit old.  That trust starts to erode.

So, you will need to know how to keep up to date with your chosen subject (niche).  Whether that be magazine subscriptions, google alerts, or buying products to review them.  If you can start earning from your website, this becomes very viable.

  1. Our Expectations

If you want to earn money online, first thing you need to know there is no genuine “get rich quick” scheme.  Believe me, I have tried to look.

There is a lot of work required to get your website current, relevant, ranked, etc. The problem is, people get disillusioned if they do not start earning from this business type very quickly. it can take weeks or possibly months.

But if you think about it as a business, you wouldn’t normally make money if you started a normal offline business straightaway.  You would have in your business plan a time where you would expect to break even.

We need to treat this business venture as one.

Having the mind-set that this is a business, that will require massive amounts of time and effort with your thoughts always on the fact there is a person that will read your content.  The effort will be rewarded with sales down the line.  There will be a point where a full time salary can be achieved, if you persevere.

Now the problem can come from you have found a website that promises you money will come very quickly if you sign up to a membership that typically, in this industry, will be $97 just to sign up, then find lots of hidden charges.

Now, I am sorry but with no guarantee, I am not paying that kind of money without any information of how it works and the timescales.

Become a Wealthy Affiliate

However, I learned everything I need to know about getting a niche website up and running and making money, but with honest answers about expectations. Complete with a FREE WEBSITE without spending a penny.  They also have a community of thousands of other affiliate marketers who can help you with comments on your website to get your trust levels up and answer all of your questions that you may have.

If you want to become a WEALTHY AFFILIATE and learn everything you need to know about affiliate marketing with free support from myself and the community, find out more here.

I have been a member for over a year now (Check out my profile here)and they have helped me learn enough for me to start helping new people get online with genuine results.  If you feel it is time to get online and start earning money with no pressure, sign up for a free Starter Membership here.

If you have any further questions about affiliate marketing or wealthy affiliate, please leave a comment below.  thanks

John

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Learn Affiliate Marketing and Start Earning Online

There are a number of ways of earning money online with affiliate marketing, Amazon Associates, eBay Partners, Click Bank, to name a few. They all have a number of tutorials and how to guides but don’t really take you through effectively how you could earn a salary from them from start to finish.  This can lead to people not believing that it is an effective way of leaving their day job behind.

That’s where Wealthy Affiliate comes in.  Not only do they have a number of resources to get you started online – a free website, a catalogue of step by step guides to getting this website online and making money through affiliate marketing.  But they also have their own affiliate program so you can earn money through the promotion of Wealthy Affiliate as well.  With enough referrals they could be flying you out to Las Vegas, check out the bonus I mention further down…

In this post, I will be describing the basics of what Affiliate Marketing is, how Wealthy Affiliate can help you get started and believe in yourself, but also going through how Wealthy Affiliate rewards you for promoting their platform.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

In its simplest form, it is where you promote a product or service online, for an example you have a website reviewing led televisions.  You have an Amazon Associates account.  Someone visits your site, likes your review and ends up clicking on your affiliate link and buys that TV.  As a thank you for amazon getting the sale, you get a % of the sale.  So, if the % was 4% (typical of amazon) and the TV was £1000, you have just earned £40.

You could do this with any niche website with a number of affiliate programs, so you could have a number from eBay or Amazon, whilst promoting relevant adverts on your site with Click Bank, etc.

They all tend of differing degrees of commission rates.  But Wealthy Affiliate go the extra mile with their commission rates.

Why Wealthy Affiliate?

First of all, to earn from affiliate marketing you need a website.  which in some instances you have to pay for or get a free one that doesn’t really have all the abilities you need.  You also need to know how to employ these affiliate programs onto the website.

The reason I suggest Wealthy Affiliate is they have all the training materials you need to get started – this is called the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course, they give you 2 free websites as a starter member and their commission rates for promoting WA is by far the highest on the net.

Let’s break that down

Training Materials – The Online Entrepreneur Certification Course has 5 levels that take you from creating a free website, getting it up and running, and takes you through how to get it ranked online in the search engines, to then make money through affiliate programs. The outline of the first course is below, with the benefits outlined too.

Wealthy Affiliate also offers the best support networks out there with live chat with the community, help and support from the owners Kyle & Carson, weekly webinars on different subjects all aimed at making you a better affiliate marketer.

Free Websites – There is nothing worse than signing up for a subscription to find it isn’t what you thought or expected and your money is now down the drain and you cannot get out of the subscription?? Right?

Wealthy Affiliate offer all starter members 2 free websites, no catch.  They operate on WA’s own server SiteRubix. You will have full access to the WordPress back office and no time limit.  Further down the line if you want to increase the number of sites the premium membership is there, which offers 25 full domains and 25 sub domains but this is never forced on you.  It is there as a natural growth stage.

OK, at this point, we could be learning from Wealthy Affiliate and have 2 free websites.  This is when Wealthy Affiliate takes a step beyond.  Even as a free starter member of WA, you could earn commission by promoting Wealthy Affiliate.

As a Starter Member, the commission rates are as below:

If someone starts with WA, then decides to upgrade to Premium within the first 7 days, you will receive $4.  For every month after that they stay a member (which is $49/month) you will receive $11.25 every month.  If they decide to upgrade to the yearly subscription ($359/yr) You would earn $87.50 each year they stay a member.

That’s right, it is totally possible to stay a free member and earn that kind of money on a monthly basis.

As a Premium Member, the commission rates are DOUBLE:

If they set up their initial account, you earn $1 credit, if they purchase a domain $1 recurring.

If someone starts with WA, then decides to upgrade to Premium within the first 7 days, you will receive $8.  For every month after that they stay a member (which is $49/month) you will receive $23.50 every month.  If they decide to upgrade to the yearly subscription ($359/yr) You would earn $175 each year they stay a member.

Current Statistics show 1 in 8 premium members upgrade to yearly as it is more cost effective and it shows the belief they have in Wealthy Affiliate and their platform.  12% of all free members end up going premium.

These commissions are all lifetime, so the person who recommended WA to me will receive the commissions for as long as I am a member.  This could be the same for you.  They also have lifetime cookies, so if someone has a look and isn’t sure but comes back and ends up signing up with WA, you will still receive the commission and the recognition.

The Absolute Bonus – Las Vegas

Wealthy Affiliate go the extra mile to congratulate those who become promoters of WA.  If you get 300 referrals in a given year, they will fly you to Las Vegas to take part in a Super Affiliate conference.  They fly you out there, you stay in a really nice hotel and spend time with Kyle & Carson the owners of Wealthy Affiliate and they will share their knowledge with you on how to take your site to the next level.

The ultimate dream for people is to work for themselves without having a job to go to, this could be it and imagine flying out to Vegas.  Check out this post about last year’s conference.

So, there we go.  There are a number of affiliate programs out there for any type of niche, but using a platform where they teach you so much and also have a community who will help you with getting comments on your site to improve the trust factor, give you honest feedback on your website to improve and have an awesome affiliate program included is a great place to start.

If you would like to try Wealthy Affiliate for free, then follow this link and start your online business today

If you have any experience with Wealthy Affiliate or have a question that you want answered, please leave it below and I will respond shortly.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and hopefully catch up with you soon in the Wealthy Affiliate community.

John