24

5 Mistakes Every New Affiliate Marketer Should Avoid

5 Mistakes Every New Affiliate Marketer Should Avoid with man having coffee

If you are starting out, here are 5 mistakes every new affiliate marketer should avoid so you can get to your goal of having a successful online business.

I remember when I started in affiliate marketing.

I thought I could do it all faster and better than everybody else that was in the business already for many years.

When we start something new it's easy to believe that everybody else was wasting their time doing the things we are being taught. 

It took me a year or two to fully realize what were the biggest mistakes I made that held me back from reaching my goals.

Although I had excellent training from Wealthy Affiliate, and they told me not to do certain things, I still did them. 

It wasn't until I also followed the advice from another platform run by Jim and Rick did I realize that I was being stubborn and stupid. It's not that Jim and Rick's training was much different but I think it was like the information was coming from an outside source that I believed them more than the same advice provided from what I consider family at Wealthy Affiliate.

1 - Too Many Websites

Once you've created your first website and see how fast and easy it can be it won't be long before you want to create another, and another.

If you are like me you will think that if one website can make you a few thousand dollars a month then all you need to do is create a couple more and you can multiply your income.

This, in fact, is true.

If you can create one successful website there is nothing that says your next one can't be successful as well.

There are thousands, if not millions of niche website topics you can create.

All you need to do is follow the same recipe and all your websites can be successful income earners.

The problem when you think of this as a newbie is the fact that your first website has not been successful yet.

“It’s simple, until you make it complicated.” – Jason Fried

Click to Tweet

Your recipe for a successful website has not been created yet so why would you think of using the same website "recipe" and spend time creating other websites.

I was one of those that jumped into that notion early on. I had started one website, barely had 5 posts on it before I went ahead and started on another website.

Those first 5 blog posts were also quite terribly written as well.

Here is my best advice I can suggest for beginners when creating their first websites and this was in the training, over and over again at Wealthy Affiliate but I was too stubborn and stupid to follow.

Start with one website!

Create one website, write at least 30 blogs. 10 Pillar, 10 Staple, and 10 response blog posts. Create videos for each post and work on growing your social following. You can learn more about this strategy here.

2 - Too Many Affiliate Programs

This is another one that is somewhat related to the first mistakes to avoid where we try to spread ourselves too thin.

Similar to the idea that if we have more websites we can make more money signing up to more affiliate programs will make you more commissions.

I thought that it would be great if I can have something like 100 affiliate programs and have links all over my websites will make me loads of money.

The problem is that you lose credibility when your site is just plugged full of links to affiliate programs, especially when your content is not very good.

All your doing is trying to push people to buy products without providing any valuable information or help.

I review websites every day where people have basic 100-word descriptions of 10 best of products that have images and affiliate buttons all over the page.

That is a poor user experience.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

Click to Tweet

When you create a website, think of the user experience.

Do a quick self-test, if you were searching about the topic you are providing on your website, would you stay on your website or hit the back button?

My best suggestion is to focus on one or two affiliate programs that you can truly feel proud of promoting.

Choose a couple of affiliate programs that you use every day or know a lot about and trust to be a product or service that is a great value and quality.

That way you can become the authority on that product, service, and topic.

3 - Worry About Website Design

People get too caught up in the bling bling part of website design.

If you follow the beginner's training at Wealthy Affiliate you will have a website up and running within minutes.

It will be a basic and functional website.

As a newbie, you will be reviewing websites from people that have been building their online business for years and you want yours to look like their websites...Now!

Don't worry how your website looks.

“The main goal is not to complicate the already difficult life of the consumer.” – Raymond Loewy

Click to Tweet

I'm not saying make an ugly website. You still need to have a good layout and navigation setup but leave the fancy landing pages, opt-ins, and flash media once you have more experience.

During the first 3-6 months, your website will have a little amount of traffic. What it looks like will have little effect on those that visit.

The most important part is to have good quality and helpful content related to your niche topic.

It's your content that will help your website rank on the first SERPs and keep people coming back.

If you spend too much time on your website design, that takes time away from creating your content which will slow down your progress to reaching your goals.

4 - Distractions

Squirrel!

If it's not getting pulled in to take a closer look at another product or idea it's wasting time reviewing statistics or social media.

It is hard not to be attracted to the newest shiny thing that comes along. The worse time is when doing research on a new blog post. I always learn something new and want to know more.

Before you know it you've just wasted time looking at more stuff you don't need.

"If destruction fails to entangle us, distraction will do it's best."  - Beth Moore

Click to Tweet

A little trick I try to follow when writing a new blog is to have a timer for 1 hour. My goal is to write at least 1000 words within that hour.

If I meet that goal a allow myself a break to whatever I wish to do, including getting distracted for 10 minutes. I usually do take a 10-minute stretch or bathroom break but once in a while, I will go look at that next best shiny thing.

Take breaks but find a way that works for you to stay on track to reaching your goal.

5 - Try To Sell

Many newbie sites I review comes across too much like one big sales pitch.

This does link to point #2 where we tend to sign up to too many affiliate programs and now feel we need to get people to click on those 100 links now!

If you can, it would be best to write your content without having any affiliate programs set up.

That way you will not focus or think about selling anything and you will just create content that helps people.

Not only will that helpful content assist your site get to that first SERP but not having any affiliate links will get your site noticed as a helpful site not trying to sell anything.

Not having any affiliate links will give your website a huge boost over those that are riddled with affiliate program links.

Help people and the money will follow.

Again, this is in all the training at Wealthy Affiliate and from Rick and Jim but we are often blinded by the potential income.

Conclusion

I hope this list of 5 mistakes to avoid as a new affiliate marketer will help you reach your online business goal for success faster compared to if you continued on your own.

In summary you want to stay focused on one website, keep the number of affiliate programs you want to promote to a minimum, don't worry how your website looks as long as you have the basics covered, don't get distracted by all the newest and greatest ideas, and don't be that salesman that follows a person around asking if you are ready to buy something yet, over and over again.

If the product or service you are promoting is part of what is required in order to answer the question for your reader then go ahead and suggest it. 

Sure, you may get a commission but if that product or service is going to help them then be sure to tell them about it.

Have you made any of these mistakes? If yes, please tell me about it below. I would love to hear about it and I always respond.

If you have any other questions or comments please leave them down below as well.

Don't forget to subscribe by providing your email and I will keep you up to date when I publish new blog posts and click any of the social media share buttons to tell your friends.

Cheers

Paul

 

admin
 

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 24 comments
Holly - March 5, 2019

This is an excellent post, thank you! I’m pretty new to this game (not quite 6 months in) and I’m itching to start the 2nd website, but I do not have a successful recipe as you call it yet. I’m still experimenting…praying…hoping to see rankings improve. I don’t even have the time or energy to start a second site, but still, it’s tempting none the less.

I’m going to take a look at your link describing the 10 pillar/10 staple/10 response blog makeup…I have not heard of that. I’m well beyond 30 posts but still waiting to start seeing success.

Reply
    Paul - March 5, 2019

    The link that I have is not specifically about the 3 types of blog posts but it does have some explanations about them there. I plan to write one soon with templates and how they should be linked. 

    Yes, stay away from the temptation. Starting a second and third website is what slowed me down.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
Peter nickson - March 5, 2019

Excellent website enjoyed reading the 5 mistakes. They all ring true in one way or another. Will certainly go through it again.
Peter.

Reply
    admin - March 5, 2019

    Thanks Peter,
    I hope you didn’t get caught up in any of those mistakes.
    Cheers
    Paul

    Reply
Sujandar Mahesan - March 5, 2019

I’m an affiliate marketer working online and I know how important it is to know about the most common mistakes people make online. I went through your whole article and it was really good for me. I’m going to take all the tips you noted and make sure I don’t make any of those mistakes in my affiliate website.

Thank you so much for sharing this insightful and useful article.

Reply
    Paul - March 5, 2019

    Great to hear. Stay away from those 5 mistakes and you can be a successful affiliate marketer in half the time.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
Sammynathaniels - March 20, 2019

When I got into affiliate marketing, the first thing I did was to learn the DOs and DON’Ts so as not to make any costly mistake that may hinder my success in this field. I had to browse the internet, meet some top affiliate marketers, read their success stories and used all these to form a basis for my career.

Thanks for using your experience to teach others. I appreciate! 

Reply
    Paul - March 21, 2019

    At least you were resourceful enough to do your research before getting in too deep. So many, like myself tend to jump into affiliate marketing without any experience or research. It wasn’t until I found resources like Wealthy Affiliate and Income School that I finally started making a clear path towards online success.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
Matteo - March 20, 2019

Hi Paul,

Really nice article! I can definitely agree with the second point, as in having too many affiliate programs. I did the mistake to sign up for lots of small gaming affiliate programs and half of them turned out to be scammers that either don’t pay out correctly or even sell faulty or fake products.

I definitely try to keep to the bigger and more transparent affiliate programs at this point also because they usually offer a greater variety of products. Would you agree with this course of action?

All the best,

Matteo

Reply
    Paul - March 21, 2019

    Hi Matteo,

    I think that is an excellent plan.  First concentrate on your content, once people see that you are authentic and an authority in your niche then you can monetize. It is best to monetize with only good quality, trustworthy merchants. If you send people to scams or frauds your reputation can be tarnished quickly. The other advantage is that if you work closely with one or two different affiliate programs you can build a rapport, concentrate your content on keywords specific to that program and maybe even get higher commissions if you become one of their premium referrers.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
Louise - March 20, 2019

Oh, my word, so much on here that I can relate to, I’ve just started building a website and yes I want it all to happen…yesterday!

I will take a lot of info from this blog and make good use of it, it is well written and makes lots of sense. There is so much to take in and I have to remember that it doesn’t all happen overnight but takes time, patience and hard work. I have learnt plenty just from this one post so I will bookmark your site and I’ll be back.

Thank you.

Reply
    Paul - March 21, 2019

    Thank you, I look forward to seeing you coming back as I continue to write new content.

    Feel free to ask questions or leave other comments at any time. I would really like to hear of other obstacles you may have when you started in affiliate marketing.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
jaykaynigltd - March 20, 2019

This is an informative and educative article. What an eye-opener for the affiliate marketer. Almost all affiliate marketers make these mistakes especially newbies. People like you learned the hard way and you are leading the upcoming ones to watch out for these mistakes: Thumb up for you! Worrying about Website Theme Design is my thing! I always wanted the “Amazon standard” website with little or no money, can you imagine!
I love these tips and I wish to see more on this page.
Thank you, Paul, for sharing.

Reply
    Paul - March 21, 2019

    Ohhh, ya…I’ve made all of these mistakes. One way or another, if you are committed to being a successful affiliate marketer you will get there.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
Divican - March 20, 2019

This is a wonderful message, you know what? I have learnt from your mistakes. What if I concentrate on one website, can I still make some cash online? I don’t have much time to create 3 or 4 websites, can 1 website work? And from this post I have seen you stressing on Wealthy Affiliate, if I join can I be able to learn on how to create and design as well as drive mass traffic to my site?

Reply
    Paul - March 21, 2019

    Awesome questions!

    Having only 1 website is more than enough to generate an online income. All it takes is one website. Once you’ve truly mastered 1 website then you can start looking at creating others. By that point, you will have learned enough and know how to get support with creating more websites.

    Wealthy Affiliate is an awesome web-hosting platform that also provides step-by-step affiliate marketing training, weekly webinars, and live chat to name a few perks of their platform. If you haven’t tried it yet you can go try it for free by clicking here.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
DerrAd - March 20, 2019

I couldn’t agree with you more, I was overwhelmed by the huge potential of affiliate marketing so like you’ve said, jumping on the train of every affiliate program became a daily search to me until I realized the game is not played that way. Looking back, I’m grateful for the things I’ve learnt as I was a victim of all the things you’ve shared. Experience is indeed a great teacher and you’ve outlined it so simple and easy to understand for those now starting.  

Thanks for the great tips you’ve shared. 

Reply
    Paul - March 21, 2019

    If I can shave some time and frustration off those new affiliate marketers getting started now then I know that this website is worthwhile. 

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
Ciara - March 20, 2019

I have two websites which I am very passionate about and I bounce back and forth, creating content for each weekly. I completely understand the overwhelming-ness of having too many websites to keep track of and how it can get messy.

The affiliate programs can be super overwhelming also. That was part of the training I wish was in a different area as I was not nearly ready to apply for affiliate programs at that time. I was a slow starter and not having enough content made it so I was not accepted into a lot of programs. 

I think these are amazing tips for beginner bloggers and even those that have been around for a while. I know I surely took away from it.

Thanks for sharing,

Ciara

Reply
    Paul - March 21, 2019

    Hey Ciara,

    It’s really hard to stay away from making the same mistakes as every other affiliate marketer out there. Especially in the beginning, we think we can do it all.

     Stay the course and you will get there.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
Adamu2 - March 20, 2019

I absolutely love this insightful article because it is full of great information that relates to my situation. This is fascinating and interesting to me. Your post on 5 mistakes new affiliate marketers make are very helpful and resourceful, I will work on those mistakes as listed.  I will love to share this post with other new affiliate marketers. Thanks for taking the time to write this article. Best regards.

Reply
    Paul - March 20, 2019

    You are welcome. I remember starting out as an affiliate marketer how easy it is to make these mistakes. Please share to anybody you think it may help.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply
Topazdude - March 20, 2019

Excellent and Informative post! Thank you. I’m a member of Wealthy Affiliate and an affiliate marketer working online. I know how helpful to know and avoid the 5 mistakes listed in the post. I can say am pretty new to this game, am not a pro yet, as am I’m itching to start my website with the help of Wealthy Affiliate and with one of my friends, but I do not have a successful niche yet. This is such a thoughtful and insightful post! I am right in the thick of what you are talking about, I will be sure to bookmark this and try out some of your advice.

Reply
    Paul - March 20, 2019

    It’s hard to avoid these mistakes when starting out as an affiliate marketer. If you can avoid them it will make your path to success that much easier and faster.

    Cheers

    Paul

    Reply

Leave a Reply:

>