3 Mistakes To Avoid In Affiliate Marketing
Of course there are many mistakes that one can make in Affiliate Marketing, but I decided to highlight the top three in my opinion.
They are all in one way or another time wasters if not done correctly. Time is our most valuable asset. Therefore, it is worth avoiding making these common mistakes.
Failure To Select An Appropriate Niche
This is a crucial way to make your presence known online. It is easy to mess this up by selecting a niche that is too broad or has a lot of competition. The idea is to give yourself a winning chance to attract people interested in what you are offering.
Just think about it this way. You can either select a very popular niche and face competition with the big guys. OR select something less popular and attract people because they are less served by the big guys who are mainly after big fish. And when the smaller fish are searching for bait, guess who pops up. You!
You will save a boat load of time worrying about insufficient traffic if you take the popular route. So think carefully about this when selecting your niche.
Expecting Quick Results
Quick can be defined as expecting result before its time. Like a good wine. You have to wait till it is mature enough to drink.
Rushing to get results will only make this worse. We are taught at Wealthy Affiliate that there is a proven process to be followed in order to get the results we seek. This takes time. The amount of time will vary based on the speed of ones own ability to absorb the information. Learn the skills and put them into action. We all learn at different rates. And that is OK as long as you do not beat yourself up if the process takes longer for you than others.
This is a classic case where it is so easy to waste time by rushing. Seems like an oxymoron. Right? Like rush hour traffic. It is impossible to rush in rush hour traffic. No matter how hard you try.
The best way forward is to go through the training methodically and systematically so that the time you do spend in taking action is time well spent. If you do not understand what you are doing, more mistakes will be made and you will have to redo things again. This wastes time.
So do not rush the process.
Lack Of Originality
Since we are all unique one would think it should be easy to be original. Guess what. It is easier to copy others than to be original. That will work against you since you cannot beat the original approach. There can only be ONE original.
It is far better to develop your own style even if it means making mistakes at first. This is also how you develop your brand.
One of the lessons I was taught when I did MLM was people "bought" you first before buying the company or the products. If you cannot show your customers that you are the real deal, you could come across as fake.
And if you don't like you? Work to improve yourself.
May I suggest seeking out other top bloggers and affiliate marketers websites and research how they are all original. By chance if you come across some who are copycats you will know that and pass.
All three of these are easy mistakes to make. Knowing in advance what they are should give you a head start and help you reach your goals sooner rather than later.
If you care please share if you have made any of these mistakes and what steps you took to correct them. By the way, I know I have made these mistakes too.
I deliberately selected the Make Money Online (MMO) niche because I want to promote Wealthy Affiliate. Since I know this is a challenge I have to expect my journey to success to take longer. And I have to work harder to be original to compensate for the high competition. I truly believe in the end it will be all worth it. Why? I see proof that others are succeeding. And so will I. Little by little I will use the strategies that others have shown to work. And off course write a lot of articles on my website in my chosen niche!
I wish you much success in your affiliate marketing journey.