Four Common Mistakes Made By Affiliate Marketers

You would find it very hard to source a more profitable and gratifying way to make money online than affiliate marketing – promoting someone else’s product for a commission. Having most of the hard work done for you already allows you to focus on money-generating activities like building your list, driving traffic and obtaining sales. Affiliate marketing gives you an unlimited earning potential and has, in fact, created many internet superstars.

Of course, affiliate marketing does take skill, knowledge, and a strong determination to succeed. If you think that you will become an affiliate marketer today and be a gazillionaire tomorrow, you are sorely mistaken. However, if you are serious about building a solid business in the affiliate marketing industry and do your best to avoid some common mistakes that can derail your progress, there is no reason why you cannot do just that.

So, what exactly are the activities that you want to avoid? Below I’ll touch on some of the most common blunders that newbie affiliate marketers make so you can keep clear of them.

1.) No List

Your list is probably the most important tool you will ever have as an affiliate marketer, and yet, so many people neglect to build one. Yes, you can make one-time sales by driving traffic directly to a sales page, but what you want is to be able to make numerous commissions from each and every customer. Having a list, especially a ‘buyers list’, allows you to nurture and grow a profitable relationship with people who will look to you for information on the best products available in your niche.

2.) Commission Based Focus

Yes, it is wonderful to find products to promote that have very high commissions. In fact you can find tons of products that pay out 100% commissions, but be sure that you are only promoting excellent quality items that help your subscribers instead of only looking at your potential income from each sale. Becoming someone with a reputation of recommending inferior products only to make a sale will hurt your reputation in the long run and you will find that as time goes on, you will be making less money instead of more. Below is a link to the most valuable company, both income and self helping I have come across Link To 7 Part Video Series

3.) Being A ‘Seller’ Instead Of A ‘Helper’

Jay Baer, marketing consultant, speaker, & best-selling author said, “If you sell something, you can make a customer today. If you help someone, you can create a customer for life.” As an affiliate marketer, your job is to let the sales page do the selling and instead, be a connoisseur of expert advice and information pertaining to our niche. When you act more like an honest reviewer of products instead of a salesperson, you are more likely to gain the trust of your followers and in turn, make more money in commissions.

4.) Shiny Object Syndrome

While having several promotional products at a time is not a bad thing, it is possible to have too many irons in the fire when it comes to affiliate marketing. Be sure to have enough time and energy to focus on the things you have going on right now without getting distracted by the next big launch that is inevitably going to come along in the middle of your current campaign. Being an affiliate marketer required constant focus and self-motivation. The ability to see a marketing campaign through to its completion will be a valuable skill to you in your affiliate endeavors.

These four mistakes are common throughout the affiliate marketing industry. Make it a point to avoid these pitfalls and give yourself a more probable likelihood of being successful in your marketing endeavours.





I have been marketing online for some time & looking back it has been a very steep learning curve. In this article I will shed some light on Marketing Terms For Newbies . The great thing in the “laptop lifestyle” community is peoples willingness to help others. We were all “Newbies” at some stage. No-one just hopped online and had an instant following, were able to give massive value and in turn make bucket loads of cash money…despite what some will try and tell you.

The reality is you need to put the time in, learn systems, realise shortcuts, use the knowledge of people around you, that have done what you are striving to achieve. The other analogy I like to use is; think of a baby, crawling, then slowly standing sometime down the track, small steps are then taken, along with falling many times on it’s nappy bottom. Before long that little bubba is walking around on its own and then eventually running all over the house and yard.

Below is an index of marketing terms for newbies that if you are getting into this space you will see bandied around a lot. If you are currently working with me online feel free to add terms to this list in the comments below then I will add them to this post..our newbies need us!!!👈


ASKHOLE: A person who constantly asks for your advice, yet always does the opposite of what you told them.😂

AFFILIATE: An individual who promotes products or services for a merchant like Six Figure Mentors, in exchange for receiving compensation for their sales

AFFILIATE LINK: A link provided to you by the merchant like Six Figure Mentors that includes a unique tracking code specifically assigned to you for the merchant to track the sales you have generated.

CLICK: This refers to someone who clicks on your affiliate link that takes them to the merchant’s website. *Clicks and leads are not the same thing* ✋hand to face

PROSPECT: an individual who you have contacted via organic (free) traffic methods and whom you ask specific lines of questioning to qualify them for your offer so they become a targeted lead.

LEAD: an individual that expresses an interest in your goods or services. *Your leads are your emails and phone numbers that you receive from your clicks*

SALES FUNNEL refers to the buying process that customers go through when purchasing products. A sales funnel is divided into several steps…in your case it’s a landing page, sales page then order page

PAID TRAFFIC: this comes in many forms but is basically when you pay to get visitors to your link ..example would be PCC- pay per click

FREE TRAFFIC: also know as time consuming traffic… is when you you get visitors to your link through social media, SEO, YouTube, forums, blogs, etc.

CPC (Cost Per Click): Cost of an individual click when paying on a per click basis. (paid traffic)

OPT-IN-RATE: The percentage of people who subscribe to your mailing list out of the total number of people who were presented with the opportunity.

CONTENT MARKETING: is the marketing process for creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire, and engage a clearly defined and understood target audience

NICHE: A specific topic or vertical. Example – if you own a site about dogs, then your niche would be dogs – as well as pets in the broader definition of a niche.

Add on from comments:
SEO: Search Engine Optimization. The practice of optimizing your website to get it to show up higher in the search engines for specific topics and keywords.

AUTORESPONDER: Used to store your email list and send out automatic and manual broadcasts. They help you automate your campaigns and manage communications with your recipients.

OFFER: The program, business, product or service that you’re promoting. e.g. ‘send traffic to your offer’

ROI: Return On Investment. The Return should be greater then the investment put into achieving the returns.

VALUE: something you provide to a prospect, lead, or signup that may help them to succeed, this is not always monetised, value often comes in form of useful information in video or text form (i.e. this post)

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