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5 Biggest Affiliate Marketing Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid In 2019

5 Biggest Affiliate Marketing Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

Today we’re going to talk about the 5 biggest affiliate marketing mistakes you can easily avoid in 2019.

You may be thinking that affiliate marketing is such a busy industry how can people still make mistakes?

The reason people are making them is that although it’s a busy industry, it’s still a growing industry where many new affiliates are coming online every day.

Today I’m going to present you the top  5 mistakes which in my opinion influences our audience in the year 2019.

Selecting the Wrong Products

This goes hand in hand with choosing the wrong niche that you have no interest in it at all. If you’re not interested in the niche, you will not be invested in writing about the product.

Read my post on how to find a niche which will help your website start off on the right foot.

When selecting products which you are going to be standing behind, you need to make sure that they are actually providing a solution to your readers.

How can you add value to your readers’ lives:

  • Focusing on your readers’ needs
  • Always be upfront and open
  • Share your knowledge/experiences/insights

Many affiliates are going into affiliating products they don’t believe in because they want to earn money right away.

In the long run, this is not the wisest of choices.


Because you risk the chance of losing interest from your readers, you want to build long-term trust. But if your product is something even you don’t stand behind, the trust is not going to be there.

Jumping onto the bandwagon of marketing the product that’s most in demand isn’t the road to riches. The product that you need to be marketing is a product that you know you can sell with your words.

Focusing Only On One Income Stream

Although you may stand behind the product that you are promoting, you will need to add in different streams of income to earn a living online.

Many people start out with a niche where they only promote one product. Later on, it gets challenging to add in new products which can create a new stream of income.

By limiting themselves to only promoting one type of income creating product, they risk losing out on money which could come from another stream.

When we’re focused only on one stream of income, we are only bringing in those types of readers.

In this day and age, the Internet has created many opportunities for us online marketers. With the resources available at our fingertips there should be no reason why we cannot search out many streams of income.

Having many streams of income creates long-term job security for us. As well it brings in a new unique opportunity which we may not have had otherwise.

Not Creating an Email List

Most online marketers are told to create an email list as soon as they start their website. I totally stand behind this concept.

It is going to be to your email marketing list that you are going to market your products to. This will happen in the form of when you send out a newsletter which may be weekly/biweekly/monthly.

These people are the ones who have signed up to your list to receive information you have to give out. They trust your advice; hence they will purchase a product that you stand behind.

By creating an email list, it allows you to get personal with your readers. When someone signs up for your list, it obviously means they have in investment in what you stand for.

An email list is a very targeted group of people. The reason their target is because you already know what they like and you can send them more of that.

If most people are anything like me, they will view their email several times a day. You have that much more of a chance of being seen by them.

Design a Poor Quality Website

If your website quality is poor, it creates no trust in your readers. The message it sends out is that you don’t really care what happens.

When people land on your website, it’s almost as if they are window viewing. If the display looks appealing, then readers will go inside and visit; otherwise, they’ll leave.

Chances are they might even tell others about your website, which means you may lose some potential future viewers of your website.

Make sure your website does not go over three colors. When a site has a background which clashes with the message they are trying to send, I tend to click away.

Another thing that really bothers me is when there is no real way to navigate the site. The menu should always be on one line rather than two.

Some problems which lead to rejection or mistrust by the readers is:

  • Misleading name
  • Too many pop-up advertisements
  • Boring use of color
  • Not enough white space
  • Hard to read text
  • Site loads to slow
  • The layout is way too busy

These types of issues are the main reasons why people will leave your site. Visual appeal is significant to all of us. It influences us to stay or go.

Giving Up Too Fast

Once you sign up to be an affiliate marketer online, you need to recognize right from the beginning that it’s a long-term commitment.

Many people expect results right away. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. You need to build trust with your readers for them to start buying what you’re selling.

Some of the reasons people give up are:

  • Not making money as fast as they think they should
  • Being rejected by an affiliate program
  • Working hard, but seeing little results
  • No focus or motivation to keep going
  • Traffic not appearing as quickly as they want

What most of us need to understand is that affiliate marketing takes work. Just as a retailer in a brick and mortar store entices customers to come in buy. We as affiliates also need to wait for readers to buy.

If we give up too quickly, we never know what could be. The mark most people usually give up at is six months, which could be the turning point for their website.

These are top 5 mistakes which people make when starting an affiliate business.

What if you could be a part of the platform where you are taught to avoid these mistakes?

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Read my Wealthy Affiliate University review to learn more of what you have access to as being a part of the online family of this great program.

Members of this program are phenomenal. If any point you feel like giving up, they are there to keep you motivated to keep going. 

Hopefully, this post has taught you about the 5 biggest affiliate marketing mistakes you can easily avoid In 2019.

If you have any comments or need more clarification, please drop them below.

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8 thoughts on “5 Biggest Affiliate Marketing Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid In 2019

  1. I really find your post very engaging and interesting. Mistakes are inevitable because they are the reason we are humans and not robots. But some mistakes are preventable as you’ve outlined here on this post concerning affiliate marketing. Getting your email list for newlestter shouldn’t be taken with levity because the success or failure of you as an affiliate is dependent in your follow up of your potential convert. Also, not having a professional looking website is just a disadvantage to any affiliate marketer as most people do not want to get engage with poor quality website. Even I don’t wait for more than 10seconds on a website with a poor quality. Other tips are also things one need to be cognisant of as an affiliate. Thanks for this enlightening post

    1. You’re right making mistakes is inevitable. Like you say it there are some mistakes that are preventable. By preventing these mistakes affiliates can look forward to a very successful future in an online business. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Your comprehensive article provides food for thought. Affiliate marketing offers the opportunity to make some money online, but this does not come on a silver platter.
    To be successful however, a marketer needs to keep learning and concentrate on creating quality contents. Again finding the right product that will solve problems of the targeted audience is key to become successful affiliate. So I thank you for bringing these mistakes to the fore.

    1. Glad that you found this post helpful. You are right affiliate marketing does not come on a silver later. Takes much work and commitment to make it successful. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Affiliate marketing is a long-term commitment. For me, my traffic is up and down, depending on the week, but nothing fantastic since starting my own affiliate journey six months ago. Yes, I’ve seen it grow, don’t get me wrong. However, my niche sites are in fields that take a long time before I start to see results. 

    The one is an online sports encyclopedia featuring NFL helmets and jersey histories. It takes time because there’s so much content to create and I can only create so much at a time, roughly three to four articles per week. Another has to do with my own products, which isn’t quite affiliate I guess, but the content that I write about isn’t always search engine friendly, which I knew going in that it would be a slower build.

    However, Google has indexed these niche sites, I’m seeing returning users via Google analytics, and as I said, traffic has had its ups and downs, but at times, some very nice ups. I’ve always said one factor in success via affiliate marketing has to do with the niche you’re in. Some niches grow faster, while others are slower builds. 

    1. You are so right niches taking time to grow. Affiliate marketing has to be a commitment if one truly wants to be successful. I like your niche, very defined. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Thanks for this germane point discussed in this your post. For a newbie like me to affiliate marketing, I find this very handy and pricy to me. Getting my newsletter email list would be a priority for me to avoid me making the mistake highlighted here, also my website quality design is solely dependent on the theme I use and I know how much attraction play tangible role in me giving credibility to another website. So mine too must be a top notch. I did learn a lot from this post and I’m glad I stopped by to read your post. Thanks

    1. Glad you found this post helpful. Wishing you much success in your online journey. Thanks for your comment.

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