Top Five Most Common Website Mistakes
So, I visit Site Feedback on a daily basis, particularly looking for newbie websites.
I believe that if you are making mistakes that could affect your future success, it is better to find out at an early stage when it is still relatively easy to fix.
Let's take a look at the most common errors I see time and time again.
No Affiliate Disclosure
Having an affiliate disclosure is a legal requirement.
You must let your visitors know that you will earn a commission if they purchase anything through your links.
All the content on your website should be original and written in your own words.
And duplicate content doesn't just mean copying an entire article.
Increasingly, I have seen numerous examples of "stitched content" where people have taken paragraphs from several different websites and added them together to make one post.
Google can see exactly what you have done.
Images That Are Not Copyright Free
You cannot simply copy and paste images from Google or other websites, and definitely not from Pinterest!
Images have to be copyright-free, or you need to have written permission from the owner, or they need to have been taken by yourself or supplied by your affiliate program.
Adding a caption that says "courtesy of Samsung" etc does not give you the right to use them.
Breaking Amazon's Rules
Amazon has the lowest commissions and the strictest rules.
The most commonly broken rules include using their star ratings, or quoting their customer reviews, or choosing your own images from the product page, or not having the correct affiliate disclosure, or mentioning the product price.
Poor Product Reviews
A review should be exactly that - a personal in-depth review of the product, not just a list of its features that can easily be found elsewhere.
I hope this helps, and if you are making any of these errors, then please take steps to correct them.