Mistakes Beginner Affiliate Marketers Make

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The online affiliate world is huge, so the possibility of an income is high. However, there are many mistakes’ beginner marketers make when starting out.

The purpose of this post is to highlight the common mistakes’ new marketers make and to also provide marketing mistakes examples

Firstly, if you do not know what affiliate marketing is please see my explanation here.

Mistake No. (1 The Biggest Mistake) – Money On The Brain

OK, so the biggest mistake, which normally leads to quitting, is thinking you’re going to make millions straight from the start. If it was that easy affiliate marketing would be as common as supermarket jobs.

Affiliate marketing is like any job in the respect of it’s all about what you put into your site and content. Therefore, you get out what you put in. Unfortunately we do live in a very lazy age now. We have things like Alexa that turns on the heating, appliances, lights etc. If we ever have a question or a query it’s straight to Google. That’s the way life is now. However, with affiliate marketing and website content you in do need to put in the time and effort.

Like I have mentioned in previous posts, it does take hard work to achieve. However, once you start achieving you’ll find the money starts to come a lot easier. Also, working from home on your own terms makes life a lot easier than being employed by someone. Remember, you are in control of your own destiny.


I haven’t made any money yet!

This is something I have said to me often, “ive been doing the training for a week and I haven’t earned any money yet”. This kind of outlook is certainly a no-no. Have you ever started a job and earned your desired salary in a week? No, because you have to put in the work first. The platform I recommend and I am an active member of is called Wealthy Affiliate and gives full training on how to create a successful business online. Click here to sign up for free today.

My tip to avoid this mistake

Forget about the money for the beginning part. Just concentrate on becoming successful and the money will follow. Concentrate on the hard work now so you can then think more about money later when the hard work is done.

Mistake No. 2 – Not Following Advice

There are many people who start the training that I recommend but end up trying to go it alone therefore miss out on vital training and information that you will not get elsewhere. The platform I recommend (Wealthy Affiliate) has a community of millions of affiliate marketers that are all different levels of affiliate marketers. Ask for help. There is no such thing as a stupid question.

My tip to avoid this mistake.

Reach out. Wealthy Affiliate does not only have the community as mentioned above. It also provides you with your own personal coach who is available to help. Take advantage of the resources around you.

Mistake No. 3 – Socialising Too Much On Social Media

Many beginners would rather start a Facebook page and spend hours talking on it and adding pretty pictures. Although social media can be a part of creating traffic for your business it’s vital that your website takes the traffic and not so much social media. If I’m honest I only really use Instagram and YouTube to promote my business.


My tip to avoid this mistake

Follow the training on Wealthy Affiliate and only implement social media when told to. Also, try not to get too bogged down with social media. As previously mentioned I don’t really use Facebook or twitter.

Mistake No. 4 – Choosing The Wrong Niche

Be sure you choose the right niche / topic for your business. Many people rush into this. They think choosing ‘X’ as their niche will bring in more money so they’ll wing it. I myself have made this mistake. Don’t be one of those people. Wealthy Affiliate will guide you in choosing your niche.

My tip to avoid this mistake

Spend time thinking about your niche. It has to be something you can freely write about therefore making quality content which will bring traffic to your site.

Mistake No. 5 – Penny Pinching

Remember, like any business you will need to invest some money into your online business. It doesn’t have to be hundreds of pounds it could be something as simple as business cards or fliers. Also, wealthy affiliate offers a FREE membership as well as a premium membership. The free membership will show you how to create a website and menu structure.

In order to continue with the training (the important stuff that brings in traffic) you will need to upgrade to the premium membership which is $49 a month. However, bear in mind the price maybe less depending on your currency. The premium membership is what helped my business take off. See my review of another affiliate programme and you will see how reasonable the $49 is (the competitors fees are huge!)

My tip to avoid this mistake

Follow the training at Wealthy Affiliate and when you’re ready I recommend becoming a premium member and reaping the benefits (I am a premium member myself).

To conclude, the biggest asset you have is your tools (the training, the community and your personal coach) use these as much as you can. It’s worth noting some of these guys earn over 6 figures a year! They’ve been there so learn from the best. I hope this has helped provide you with marketing mistakes examples.



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4 Responsesso far.

  1. Rick Loscar says:

    Thanks for your article on the mistakes that Affiliate Marketers make. I am pretty new at this online world and have been faced with MANY of these mistakes that you have mentioned. When I first started out in Affiliate Marketing I thought that I would have money come rolling in at no time at all. WOW!! Was I ever wrong!! This does take time and effort and the right mindset in order to gain traction in starting an online business.
    Your post has been very helpful in that there ARE steps that need to be taken and when done in the right order with the right training then your financial goals have a MUCH better chance of becoming a reality.

    • admin says:

      Hi Rick

      Thank you for your comment. Keep plodding on and you will be successful. Learn from the mistakes and you will make that breakthrough

  2. Ivan says:

    Thanks for sharing this article, mate! I have to admit, like every other marketer out there, I was guilty of making at least one of those mistakes. But I’m not sorry, experience is the best teacher. Luckily for beginners now, they can read this article and avoid them. Thanks again for sharing and keep up the good work.

    • admin says:

      Hi Ivan

      Thank you for your comment. Its very common for these mistakes / habits to take control. As you said its best to learn from them instead of dwell on them. Thanks again

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