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Top 5 Worst Affiliate Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

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Affiliate Program Marketing is an agreement between a merchant web site and their affiliate webmaster to share profits. The webmaster promotes the merchant's web site and in return, the merchant pays a commission to the webmaster for every new referral.

It's pretty easy to get started with affiliate marketing on the Web. It's also easy to make mistakes. Let us look at the common affiliate marketing mishaps that webmasters need to avoid if they want to succeed in this business.

AFFILIATE MARKETING MISTAKE #1: CREATING BANNER PAGES. This means a web page or pages that have virtually nothing but affiliate banners in them. The webmaster hopes they will get many clicks by displaying many banner ads. What they don't know is it has been scientifically proven that surfers habitually IGNORE banner ads.

AFFILIATE MARKETING MISTAKE #2: ADVERTISING PRODUCTS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR SITE. A webmaster hears about this great poster affiliate program that pays commissions to multiple tiers and gives away free posters. So they sign up. But their web site has nothing to do with posters. Are they going to make any profit? No, they won't.

AFFILIATE MARKETING MISTAKE #3: SELLING PRODUCTS YOU HAVE NEVER USED. Once a potential buyer asked a web merchant, "How many pages is that ebook?" The reply: "Sorry, I don't know and I don't have time to check. " That's a true story. Do you think the would-be buyer purchased the book? No, they didn't.

Never sell something you either don't understand or don't care about!

AFFILIATE MARKETING MISTAKE #4: CHOOSING THE WRONG NICHE. Whatever product you're thinking of selling, trust us, you're not the first. Or are you? Do a keyword search using a Keyword Tool and you'll know. Web site owners often target broad niches that have many other sites competing for them. As a beginner, you're better off with a tight yet profitable niche.

AFFILIATE MARKETING MISTAKE #5: NOT PROMOTING YOUR WEB SITE. We once heard an affiliate marketer complain, "We don't get a lot of hits." As it turned out, their web site was not search engine optimized, and they had never registered their web site with any niche directory.

Too often, na?ve web site owners and affiliate marketers think they just have to make their web site, post links and then sit and wait for money to come. It doesn't happen that way. You can't ignore SEO and site promotion in affiliate marketing. It is an ongoing process.

Affiliate marketing on the Web takes work and effort just like any other. It's not a "get rich quick" scheme. The real secret to affiliate marketing is simply?work hard and know your topic. And that's true for everything else!

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