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The Potholes of Affiliate Marketing
It has been four months now when I created my very first affiliate site but it still has no good traffic and no sales, of course. The little nasty creature inside me keeps telling me that I’m a failure on that. But looking back there was actually very little activity I’ve done to that static site. Here’s a good article from my affiliate program that hits me spot on and reminded me of some wrong expectations I have about affiliate marketing.
While there is serious money to be made in the world of affiliate marketing, it should not be entered into willy-nilly. Just like any other business venture, the proper research should be done so that you know ahead of time how much money, time and effort you can expect to spend before you see a profit.
It’s not enough to be having the best website.
Just like a good highway, you have got to have traffic. If no one can find your site, you aren’t going to make any money even if you are selling the best product in the world, have an attractive website design and have the best content on the Internet.
What to do? You can buy advertising to drive traffic to your site, but that costs money, usually more money then you are taking in. It’s a very fine line to walk; a tightrope that most people fall off of into debt. It is going to take time and experience to learn the proper formula, and you should expect some debt until you figure out the right combination.
Using the same techniques as everyone does.
Remember, if you follow the same tips as everyone else, chances are the market is already saturated with sites using the same techniques. This may be the toughest part of affiliate marketing. Trying to figure out exactly the right technique to attract customers to your site and away from 100 other affiliate marketing sites that are selling essentially the same thing.
The only real way to handle this is to stick to the basics. Believe in the product you sell, design an attractive site to sell it and write good content to keep people on your site and clicking on the links on your site. If you are patient, this formula, more often then not, will work, but it will take some time.
Not updating your content.
Updates, updates, updates. Many new affiliate marketers think that all you need is that first shiny, new webpage with original content and then you just leave the page be for the next six months and watch the money roll in. It just doesn’t work that way.
You have to be ready to add new content to your page every two weeks at the most. Change the theme on your page to show visitors that you’re updating constantly. If you are coming up on Easter or Thanksgiving, change your site to show this. It’s reassuring to web surfers that they are visiting a page run by someone who is paying attention.
The road towards affiliate marketing success is full of potholes. But it can be navigated with patience and hard work. You may not strike gold right away, but keep digging; the shiny nugget is right around the corner.