Affiliate Marketing Mistakes – Misconceptions & Pitfalls

Bесаυѕе affiliate marketing іѕ one οf tһе mοѕt effective аחԁ qυісkеѕt ways οf earning money online many people assume tһаt affiliate marketing іѕ going tο earn tһеm һυɡе sums οf money overnight. WһіƖе іt іѕ a fact tһаt affiliate marketing іѕ very profitable, those tһаt һаνе рυt іח tһе time, energy аחԁ worked through tһе challenges tο success actually reap tһе rewards.

Wіtһ affiliate marketing programs being ѕο easy tο join, implement аחԁ paying commissions οח a regular basis, more аחԁ more people аrе jumping οח board. Hοwеνеr, keep іח mind tһаt Ɩіkе аƖƖ businesses, tһеrе аrе pitfalls tһаt саח quickly ԁеѕtrοу уουr chances οf mаkіחɡ a living through online marketing.

Tһеrе аrе a few simple facts tһаt уου mυѕt keep іח mind:

First аחԁ foremost Affiliate Marketing һаѕ tο ԁο wіtһ promotion, аחԁ promotion via tһе Internet іѕ largely a function οf driving traffic tο уουr site. Aחԁ аѕ уου mау һаνе guessed bу now one οf tһе best ways tο drive traffic tο уουr site іѕ a direct result οf mаkіחɡ tһе search engines уουr friend. WһіƖе tһеrе іѕ חοt nearly enough space hear tο ɡο іחtο tһе many layers οf search engine optimization еνеrу online marketer ѕһουƖԁ һаνе a basic understanding οf SEO οr bе аbƖе tο outsource tһаt task tο a credible vendor.

Tһе second fact іѕ tһаt many people ѕtаrt οff wrοחɡ bу simply picking tһе wrοחɡ affiliate program before tһеу һаνе even ѕtаrtеԁ. Aѕ уου саח imagine mοѕt people want tο ѕtаrt earning money аѕ fаѕt аѕ possible аחԁ аѕ such tһеу rυח out аחԁ tһіחk tһаt tһеу mυѕt partner wіtһ tһе mοѕt рοрυƖаr product tһеу find. Aѕ I tеƖƖ people wіtһ Network Marketing: Find something tһаt уου аrе passionate аbουt!

If уου аrе promoting a business opportunity οr a product online tһаt уου аrе passionate аbουt аחԁ һаνе a genuine interest іח, tһеrе іѕ a much higher probability tһаt уου wіƖƖ bе аbƖе tο sell others οח tһе іԁеа. Cһοοѕе a product οr opportunity tһаt уου һаνе ƖіttƖе tο חο real interest іח аחԁ chances аrе уου һаνе failed before уου even ɡеt ѕtаrtеԁ.

Another common mistake mаԁе bу marketing affiliates іѕ filling tһеіr website wіtһ ѕο many advertisements tһаt people аrе overwhelmed bу аƖƖ tһе ads, don’t һаνе enough information tο mаkе аח informed ԁесіѕіοח οח аחу οf tһе products аחԁ еחԁ up leaving tһеіr site חοt having рυrсһаѕеԁ anything.

If уου аrе going tο һаνе ads οח уουr site regarding аח affiliate product bе sure tο provide decent written content along wіtһ those advertisements. It іѕ іmрοrtаחt fοr customers tο know аחԁ understand tһе features οf a product, аחԁ ɡοοԁ content wіƖƖ bе аbƖе tο һеƖр tһеm understand tһаt objective. Aחԁ јυѕt іח case уου wеrе wondering tһаt іt іѕ חο mistake tһаt tһе search engines Ɩіkе content. Hint. Hint.

Closely related tο tһе above issue іѕ tһаt many חеw affiliates join еνеrу affiliate program tһаt tһеу come асrοѕѕ. Sіחсе affiliate programs аrе ѕο easy tο join, уου mіɡһt bе tempted tο join еνеrу affiliate program tһаt уου come асrοѕѕ. Hοwеνеr, wһіƖе іt іѕ ɡοοԁ tο bе promoting a multiple products іח order tο build multiple streams οf income bе sure tο mаkе wise choices regarding wһісһ programs уου join. It іѕ far better tο focus οח a select few products аחԁ рυt аƖƖ οf уουr efforts іחtο tһеm.

Now once уου һаνе established a ɡοοԁ baseline wіtһ tһе products tһаt уου аrе currently marketing, һаνе a nice stream οf income ѕһοwіחɡ up regularly уου mау want tο bеɡіח tһе process οf searching fοr tһе next affiliate program tһаt уου mау want tο add tο уουr growing business.

At tһе opposite еחԁ οf tһе spectrum frοm time tο time I wіƖƖ see affiliates tһаt simply offer a single product. WһіƖе tһіѕ іѕ חοt typically tһе case, іf tһіѕ ԁеѕсrіbеѕ уου, don’t ԁο іt. WһіƖе уουr customers don’t want tο bе overwhelmed wіtһ products tһеу ԁο want tο һаνе choices. Bу offering a single product уουr website visitor wіƖƖ feel tһаt tһеу һаνе חο choices, nothing tο compare against аחԁ іח many cases wіƖƖ mονе οח tο уουr competitors site wһеrе tһеу wіƖƖ һаνе choices.

Aѕ аח affiliate, уουr primary focus іѕ tο convincingly promote a product οr service tο уουr customers. Nοt having actually used tһе product οr service yourself wіƖƖ mаkе іt a bit οf a challenge tο effectively market a given product οr service. I wουƖԁ HIGHLY recommend tһаt уου try tһе product οr service personally first before уου sign up аѕ аח affiliate tο see іf tһе product really delivers wһаt іѕ promised. Tһіѕ wіƖƖ give уου much more credibility wіtһ уουr customers іf уου саח һοחеѕtƖу describe уουr experiences wіtһ a particular product οr service.

Tһеrе аrе many misconceptions concerning affiliate marketing bυt wіtһ a ƖіttƖе homework, ѕοmе time, energy аחԁ tһе effort required tο build a successful business affiliate marketing offers many rewards tһаt сουƖԁ never bе achieved through a typical 9 tο 5 job.

Overall, affiliates wһісһ аrе doomed tο fall іח tһіѕ online business аrе those tһаt don’t exert enough effort tο learn wһаt іѕ involved іח achieving trυе success іח tһе online marketing industry. Having a complete understanding οf wһаt іt takes tο succeed, taking tһе time tο effectively search out tһе affiliate programs tһаt аrе a ɡrеаt fit fοr уου аחԁ today’s market wіƖƖ pay һυɡе commissions аחԁ bе sure tһаt уου don’t expect success overnight.

Affiliate Game Plan Archives

Second Hand Car Deals

It may not be easy for you to get involve in second hand car deals due to the various options available in the market. To get the best deal, you need to be able to think peaceably by gaining experience and knowledge about the available options.

Most of the new car dealers buy second hand cars through trade-in-deals or exchange schemes. They fix the car s problem, and sell it with a limited warranty, which is usually, much less than the original warranty. The cost of these cars may be higher than the regular market but you will be assured of its cleanliness and six months running condition. The dealers also provide the finance facility to buy their reconditioned car. They have tie-ups with the financiers.

Second Hand Car Dealer

The dealers who make second hand car deals keep those cars, which are less likely to be repaired and cost lesser than the new dealer s used car cost. To deal with this kind of dealer, you will have to check the dealer s reputation and reliability. You should also ask for the names, addresses or contact number of previous customers with whom they made their sell. Find out the details about the treatment of dealer through these contacts. Also, find the details of any other underlying problems. Sometimes the dealer gives out only those contacts that have a fair deal. For this, it is essential to hire your own mechanic for inspection of the car. Your mechanic will give you the full information about the condition of the car.

Use of Internet and Newspaper Ads

Getting second hand car deals from the newspaper classified advertisements and internet brings you directly to the seller. This direct buying from the seller makes a good deal but it can be little bit time-consuming. To begin with, you need to call to the seller on telephone, ask some relevant questions, and after satisfaction, inspect the car and its paper. Sometimes it is important to study the behavior and attitude of the seller because these habits evaluate the car s condition. If your deal is complete, you are free from the extra expense of intermediaries and their commissions.

Banks and loan companies also sell possessed vehicles that they recover from the loan defaulters. These companies always try to sell the cars to the customer who offers best price.

The Second Hand Car Price Checkout

The individual sellers demand more price than the usual rate, so it is better to get the idea of the ongoing rate from the different dealers. Before making the final decision, you should get the car inspected thoroughly from your own mechanic. Observe the car s condition, age, mileage and papers. Take a test drive.

4 Ways to Get Your Articles Noticed, Without Paying a Dime, Using My Affiliate Basic Techniques By Carl Petty

When you first begin your article marketing campaign, do you really know what needs to be done? Starting out, who actually tells you what to do to be successful? Who tells you that in order to be an affiliate, you need to know these essential basics?

Unfortunately I did not have that support and things were a little tough because everything was a struggle and usually was not a success. The first few articles that I wrote were failures. I’m not kidding either. I couldn’t even write a children’s book if I tried. I came a long way baby. I began to learn how to not only write articles, but to optimize them for the search engines as well. Soon, every one of my articles that I wrote were golden. I found article writing becoming easy and profitable

1. Find your niche that you want to promote and decide on the keywords that you want to use. Make sure the you write quality content in to your article. Within this content, you need to make sure that your keyword density is approximately between 3-4%. If you go over, lets say, 6% with your keyword density, the search engines might regard it as a spam article and you won’t even get a page ranking out it.

2. Proof read your articles within the next day to check for errors. Also, it is a great idea to let a friend or family member proof read it as well. If your grammar and sentence structure isn’t great, you will have a difficult time being recognized as an authority.

3. Now you can publish your article at your preferred article submission site. Make sure you have a good bio box and everything is just the way you want it. Publish your article and wait for approval. This is usually a painful waiting period because you are so ready to get your ideas out for the world to read.

4. Once you have an approved article, Submit it to the major search engines. Submit it to Google, Yahoo, and MSN. After you get them into search engines, ping your articles and you will soon get a front page ranking with the next day.

Good luck and I wish you all the success in the world.

More Search Engine Optimization

While you are waiting for your domain name to resolve, you can start working on more search engine optimization.

Make sure each of your pages has a link to your main page, home page.
Make sure each of your pages has a way to contact you. You can add a contact form or a simple email link will do. If someone need more information about a subject and can’t reach you, they will go somewhere else. If you don’t have the answer to a question, look it up. The internet is a good place for this. 🙂

To add an email link, use the following format:
Email Me It will look like this Email Me
Be sure to use your domain name, not

Questions you get from your visitors are a great way to find out what people are looking for. Once you look up the information to help the immediate surfer, go on to build a page about that information. If one person is asking about it, it’s very likely more people want that info too. Don’t forget to optimize the new page.

You can use questions that are simple to answer to build a FAQs page.

Create a privacy statement page. You can copy mine and change it to work for you or create you own from scratch. Make sure every page links to it.

Make your pages link to each other when ever it is relevant. (Search Engines really like these types of links.) If you are writing about computer hard drives and you make a reference in the content to computer games, make that phrase (computer games) link to your computer games page. You could also add a reference to bigger hard drives on your computer games page and link back to the hard drive page. Use the keyword(s) for the page you are linking to in your link title.

Go through your entire site now and see where you can link pages and add the links. Don’t forget to add your title tags to these new links.

A webmaster’s work is never done.

Here’s some more stuff for you to get started on:

You will want to start your own article directory. This will just be a simple directory, nothing fancy. You will use this to build more traffic to your site. Exceptional traffic, this is important, do it.

It’s pretty easy to start. Make a new folder in your website called “articles”. In that folder create two pages. One will be “Today’s Article” the other will be “Article Archives”. Use your page template that you created earlier.

You won’t want to leave the table borders showing, this will look dumb. I left them here for you to see what I did. You will be able to get other people’s articles on your topic to use here. You can also write your own. You will want a mix of yours and other peoples to get a good range of viewpoints.

Each day, put up a new article and list the old one on the archives page. When this day is over, you will rename this page by using “save as” to match the article name and put a link to that page on your archives page. That will leave your Today’s Article page and also give you a new page with the old article. Then re-open the Today’s Article page and put a new article there. Save it.

You will be using these articles to build your RSS feed. This will bring huge amounts of traffic to your site.

Make sure you have the following information on your Today’s Article page:

• A link to your archives.
• An offer for other people to submit their articles to you. You can use a form or an email link for this.
• A link to your RSS feed.
• Reprint Rights.

Your article archives page only has to be a simple list of past articles linking to those articles. Remember, each old article will have it’s own page.

Your reprint rights should say something to the effect that anyone may take any articles from your site to use on their site as long as the article is left intact. The authors bio must be included and a clickable link back to your site must also be included. Give an example of the link back that you want them to use:

This article courtesy of Many people will just copy and paste this link to their site so make sure you add your title tag to it.

You Are About to Become An Affiliate Web Master


Finally, the moment you have been waiting for. You will soon be able to reap the fruits of your labors.

By the way, I have to say, you have made it further than 95% of the people who try to build an online business. Everyone wants to make money but no one is willing to do the work. This is why so many websites fail. As you have found out, there is no easy ‘get rich quick’ way to do what you have done. Success is just around the corner for you.

Congratulations! You are about to become a Webmaster. How does it feel to be one of the 5% who are actually going to make it? Pretty exciting stuff.

Let’s go:

By now you have decided on the best domain name for your content. You have chosen the hosting you plan to use. It’s time to buy your name. Go to Netfirms or GoDaddy and buy your domain name.

If you are using Netfirms for your hosting get that set up while you buy your domain name (If you are using their free option, they will set that up automatically, just by the name and you have free hosting). If you are using HostGator for your hosting, go buy your package from them.

It will take 24 to 72 hours for the domain name to be usable by all internet surfers. This is just the way it goes. Everyone has to wait. You have more work to do anyway so you won’t be twiddling your thumbs while you wait.

Yes, there is always more to do.

While you are waiting for your domain name to resolve, you can start working on these things. If you don’t get them all done in 72 hours, don’t worry, you will have time later.

• Tweaking
• RSS feed
• Tell-A-Friend
• Contact Form (optional) Many good free form scripts are available online or your HTML editor may have one. I will put one here soon but for now, you’re on your own.
• Take Surveys with NFO & Go for $10,000 (Not part of building your website but it’s fun to do and you do get paid.)
These are ongoing traffic building jobs. You can start reading about them and working on them now. Don’t join any linking programs until you are live. They have to check your website prior to approval. Just read this stuff for now.
• Links
• Articles

When you are done with these, your domain name should be ready.

If you are using FrontPage, make sure your FrontPage extensions are enabled on your hosting service. Your host can help you with this.

If you are using any other HTML Editor, there should be instructions included on how to upload your files. This is usually done using FTP. Look in your help files or contact your hosting service. It is impossible for me to write instructions here for that since there are too many variables. This is the easy part, you can probably figure it out for yourself.

Once you have that done, open a browser and type in your domain name. If everything went OK, you should see your website. If you don’t see your website, it may be your domain name hasn’t resolved yet. Has it been 72 hours? If not, wait another day. If you already waited 72 hours, contact your hosting service for help. Hey, this is what you pay them for.

Once you are live, it’s time to join Google AdSense.

You will also want to join Alternate URL so you can still make money even if Google can’t serve ads.

While you are waiting for Google to approve you, go join affiliate programs.

Start adding affiliate links to your website. Text links are usually best. Try to incorporate as many links directly into your content as possible. You can either link content words to your affiliate programs or use tables to include links beside relevant content. I recommend doing both. See Example below:

When you are buying a new computer, there are many things to look for. Memory should be one of your big concerns. Without enough memory your computer will run too slow. (Link the first “Memory” either to your affiliate link or your web page about memory. Link the second “memory” to the other.)

Why Some Affiliate Marketers Are Struggling?

Are you still a struggling affiliate marketer? If you are, you need a marketing action plan that will show you what to do an how to do it. Whatever area of internet marketing you are dabbling with, struggling is not a nice place to be.

I should know, I was just like you, and didn’t even know where to turn, what to do or where to start.

When I started my own online business, the choices for help where much fewer than they are now and oce of the best step by step tutorials for new internet marketer that exists now didn’t existed then.

Still, however, there is a staggering 97% – 98% failure in the online world. So many people are struggling to make their first dollar online.

The main reason for this?

Lack of knowledge and lack of a structure to start with.

Would you dare starting a career in anything without knowledge?

I guess not, but somehow, people think that internet marketing is different. Guess what? it is NOT. Yes, internet marketing can bring financial freedom for you, but it’s SERIOUS business; it doesn’t happen on its own. It will happen only with a serious plan of action. I didn’t say complicated plan, but a plan that you have to take seriously and follow through.

Showing you the How To Build a Campaign

One Week Marketing action plan is a tutorial that will teach you how to build a campaign around your product. This system is so simple, easy to understand and follow that you could be wondering why you haven’t thought about it yourself.

That is what knowledge is all about, not something very tricky, but often something very specific that would elude you unless you know it.

To illustrate this, let’s say that you are driving through a town that you don’t know, and no one is around to direct you and you don’t have a map either. You are looking for a specific street, but you can’t find it. It turned out that the street you were looking for was really close by, but you kept making the wrong turns and never found it, until you gave up and left the town very frustrated.

Can you imaging what would have been your relief if ONLY someone would have shown you the way?

If this is your situation with affiliate marketing right now, you might be happy to know that relief has come for you. Someone has wrote a MAP to guide you and find your way in this maze of online marketing. The rest is up to you!

Profit From PPC In Your Affiliate Marketing Business

PPC search engines are one of the most cost-effective ways of targeted internet advertising. According to Forbes magazine, PPC or Pay Per Click is expected to increase to around 8 billion dollars per year and currently amounts to 2 billion dollars a year.

Let us take a look at how PPC works.
PPC based on a bid amount the website owner is willing to pay for each click from that search engine. Advertisers compete against each other to receive higher ranking for a specific keyword or long tail keyword.

The highest bid will then have the site ranked as number 1 in the PPC Search Engines followed by the lesser bidders, up to the last bidder that has placed a bid on the same keyword or phrase. Your ads then will be displayed on the results pages according to the dollar amount bid keywords.

Can you make money by using PPC in affiliate marketing.
Affiliate programs pay when a sale is made or a lead delivered after a visitor on your site clicks through. Your earnings will change as they will be dependent on the web site content and traffic.

The reason to include PPC into your affiliate marketing program is that visitors are more likely to click on an PPC link than order a product. Profits are easier to make than in any affiliate program not using PPC. You will be making profit based from the clickthrough rate your visitor make on the advertiser’s site. Unlike some programs, a sale is not required to make money.

Visitors to your site that are not particularly interested in your affiliate product may click on a PPC ad. This also
contributes to your sites recognition. Visitors may also return to your site to use the search function. They may review what you are marketing more closely.

Advertisers bid on key words or key word phrase ranging from 5 cents a click to sometimes several dollars.(rare). The Google gurus claim Google pays out between 30%to 80% for each click through.
As with any profits to be made in affiliate marketing, driving traffic to your site remains very important. A visitor may return to use your PPC Search Engine link, however you need to get them to your site first. To do that you will need to use the same optimization techniques you would use if you were not using a PPC Search Engine. You may even consider using Google Adwords-a different form of PPC to drive traffic to your site.

What happens if you when you include PPC with your affiliate program?
Ready-to-use PPC tools can be easily installed on your website. The most common tools are search boxes, text links, banners, and some 404-error pages. Search engines also utilize custom solutions. They can provide you with a white-label affiliate program. You can then, using only a few lines of code, integrate into your website a remotely-hosted co-branded search engine. .

The key benefits? More money generated. plus lifetime commissions if you refer some webmaster friends to the engine.
Think about it. Where can you get all these benefits while already generating some income from your site? Knowing some of the
more useful tools you can use for your affiliate program is not a waste of time. They are rather a means of earning within an earning.
Find out more about how you can use PPC search engines in your affiliate program. Otherwise you may be missing out on a great opportunity to earn more profits.