Are you curious what Affiliate marketing is? It is simply a marketing model which is built upon your promotion of products which others own for a direct commission, earned as people make their purchases by way of your affiliate link, a specific URL given to you to maintain a tabulation of your sales.

This is not to say that everyone’s perfect, but mistakes in affiliate marketing can have a cost in resources and time. There are even times that mistakes can set the stage for no one to make a purchase. If that sounds too much like your affiliate business, and it’s just not producing the money you expected, you have plenty of company. In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the most common types of mistakes affiliates make, so that you can easily avoid those and be on your way to building successful affiliate campaigns.

Promoting The Wrong Product

Are you focusing your energy on designing a sales pitch for your affiliate product? If so, quit it. This might sound like a farce, but as an affiliate, your job is not to sell. This is how sales happen or don’t happen. If a visitor comes to your site and reads your well thought out sales pitch and chooses to click on the affiliate site, they are presented with yet another sales page. Do you think he/she will want to buy something? It is not likely. In order to avoid this very common mistake, you have to pre-sell the affiliate product on your site, not sell it. As an affiliate marketer your site is not the sales page, but merely a place to generate attention. Your site should recommend things rather than try to sell them, you want to offer enough content to maintain the attention of each visitor, but not seem like an advertising page, more a source of information giving customers the right advice for the right products. Then they click the link and are taken to the sales page.

Marketing Products That Have Multiple Payment Options

This is one of the most fatal missteps an beginning affiliate marketer can make. By deciding to market an affiliate product with multiple payment options, you are putting the commissions you’ve worked so hard for at risk. This is very specifically true in the case of Clickbank products, as Clickbank only vends products that are downloadable. You’ll find vendors on Clickbank who have other payment options available, such as other merchant gateways, and physical check. So, do these things risk the commission that you’ve earned? If a buyer choose another payment option and doesn’t use Clickbank, you won’t get credit for that sale and your commission will be lost.

Failure to Track Conversions

The basis of your CB Predators affiliate marketing foundation is built upon your patience, perseverance and ability to focus. By joining several affiliate programs and attempting to promote lots of products at the same time, it is impossible to adequately concentrate on each of them. As a result, you will not be able to concentrate, let alone put your time and effort into each of them. This causes you to lose a lot of potential profits from the affiliate products you are promoting. As a result, you will not be making as much money as you feel you should be, even when you add up the commissions from all the products.

Affiliate marketing is an industry that has made many people rich and at the same time there are many who are still struggling with it. If you want to become a high end affiliate, you need to learn from your mistakes and those of others, including the ones discussed here.

About Ryan Perry

Ryan Perry has taken his 10+ years of business ownership and hands-on marketing skills and focused them on online marketing. In April of 2009, he started Simple Biz Support with an emphasis on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Ryan is propelling local business websites to the top of Google, Yahoo and Bing resulting in increased market exposure and revenue for his clients using a variety of internet marketing tools including blogs, article submissions and video. Additionally, Ryan speaks and vlogs (video blogs) about internet marketing, educating business owners how to effectively use various SEO tools and techniques to promote their business on the internet. Ryan currently resides in Santa Rosa, CA. Connect with Ryan on Google+