3 Biggest Mistakes That Newbie Affiliate Marketers Make

by Raymond Selda · 25 comments

This is a guest post by Raymond Selda who teaches internet marketing at his blog RaymondSelda.com.

You’ve been working hard on affiliate marketing for more than half a year now but still you have nothing to show for. What are you doing wrong in web marketing? This situation is really frustrating but you should never think about quitting. However, there are some mistakes that you should avoid like a plague and failure to correct these mistakes will only result in a cycle of frustration.

Let’s discuss each one of them…

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Lack of Research

First mistake is not spending enough time to research. Many beginners will just pick a hot product thinking that they could ride the wave. They setup their campaigns and wait for months with little or no sales. They’re getting some traffic but the conversion rate is very low.

Why? It’s because they failed to do their research. They didn’t really connect with their niche. Just because the product is hot doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to make money that easily. Every product you promote is profitable but the key is how you connect the dots. It’s how you align the product to the customers.

There are two places that I check out when doing my initial research. Free keyword tools (Google and SEO Book) and the forums where my niche hangs around. You can really learn a lot just by spending a few hours inside forums. You can see what lingo your niche is using and you can use that to really connect with them.

Wrong Mindset

Next mistake that newbies make is not having the right mindset. If you think that you’re not going to be successful with Internet marketing then you’re not going to make it. But if you think otherwise and take some serious action with additional persistence then there’s no question that you’re going to be a profitable Internet marketer. It’s really that simple.

It amazes me that there are still a lot of people who think that there are shortcuts to becoming successful in making money online or in life in general. Internet marketing is not any different from a regular brick and mortar business. You have to put in some serious amount of effort and dedication in order to really see the results that you want.

It’s also important that you distance yourself from negative thinking people. It’s guaranteed that you’re going to encounter them once you’re doing this make money online stuff. This business becomes increasingly hard when your family are the ones who are pulling you down. I’m not telling you to shut your family or spouse out but I would suggest that you explain to them how everything works. If they still don’t get it then it’s fine, just keep working on your business. Many people don’t know how affiliate marketing works that’s why they’re so skeptical about it.

Not Taking Action and Not Sticking to a Game plan

Last is not taking any action and not sticking to a game plan. I’ve read that analytical and intelligent individuals are the ones who are having a hard time with Internet marketing. Why? It’s because they think a lot and they over analyze everything. They never get to a point where they really do something because they’re frozen with all of their questions and excuses.

There are also those who do take action but quickly jump to another product because they didn’t get any sales from using their previous method. The thing is if you’re using a free promotional method like article marketing then it will definitely take a few weeks up to a few months before you even get some results. Now if you have some budget you can come up with quick results by paying for traffic. But you have to be really careful because you can waste a lot of money if you don’t know what you’re doing.

At The End…

These are some of the dreaded mistakes that beginners should avoid. I’m convinced that if beginners would just take the time to research their niche, bring positive vibes to their campaigns and just stick to one promotional method they will have more positive results with their marketing efforts.

It would be great if you can also share your mistakes so we can also learn from them. I’m sure these 3 are not the only ones. Looking forward to your comments.

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Sami August 14, 2010 at 4:52 am

You are absolutely right. Definitively, those are the biggest sins of new online marketers. From my point of view, everything comes from the mind: the lack of action and the lack of research, both come somehow from the wrong mindset.If people do not believe they can be successful, they will not take action and will be continuously changing methods, because they do not believe in what they are doing. Not only they do not believe in the methods, techniques and tactics they learn, they do not believe in themselves.


1.- Learn to believe in yourself. You have to convince yourself that you can do it.
2.- Learn how to research the markets, so you know where opportunities are.
3.- Set goals. Have a plan and stick to it.
4.- Take action and persist until you see results. The only way to fail is quitting.

Thank you for a great inspirational post.

Vic April 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I totally agree with the three. I remember Manny Pacquiao, who always tell people that his secret on victory is “to stick with your game plan”. I’m still conducting my study on affiliate marketing. I need to monetize my blog beyond Adsense.

Harry Sehgal@Adsense and BloggingTips June 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

Nice Post. I think Best way to make sales is to Promote the Products according to your Niche. I will follow all your steps mentioned above, to avoid mistakes.

Michelle Sterling September 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

The real key to success in internet marketing is having a proper mindset however i also want to add that work ethic also plays a major role in being successful. Some people think that making money online is not a real job however it is. It requires proper work ethic and mindset and you have to remember that both should go along together.

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