Why I have been failing at Affiliate Marketing..

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Let's face it! Affiliate marketing is tough for over 80%-90% of affiliates.

It is a huge, confusing web with so many people bragging only about their products, services; these products and services can confuse you like hell. And, I have been a victim of such high-end sales letters, promises and testimonials.

I started affiliate marketing about 12 months ago, and except for the fact that I work with a very famous web guru as a content writer, I haven't been able to make even a penny with my own marketing endeavours. I tried AdWords, ClickBank, AdSense, Craiglist, Yahoo Answers, and CPA Marketing. But, I failed at all of them. Now, after analyzing my work thoroughly, I kind of understood why I failed, and I want to share with all of you, so that you can avoid same mistakes and be away from prolonged failure.

1. No Long-term Focus - Even though I dedicated a lot of my time on each of them, I quit them just before I was about to hit the gold. I moved on to something more fascinating and interesting. So, it is important to keep digging until you find the gold.

2. Concentration on Money & Not on Business - This is probably my biggest mistake. I always concentrated on courses that promised be quick cash flows, and not on building my own business. I chased for quantity and not for quality.

3. No Appropriate Mentor - I started off with someone who was pretty good at this game. But, after a certain point of time, things did not work at all. Having a good mentor is extremely important especially when you come across 100s and 1000s of affiliate links every now and then. Try and find yourself an excellent mentor who can genuinely help you out, or at least guide you and keep you away from falling into false traps.

4. Procrastination -This is a killer! Trust me on this one. If you are make money on the web, you need to work hard constantly regardless of how you feel and what you feel.

These are probably my four biggest mistakes that never allowed me to dig deep into online marketing and build a successful business. But, now that I realize these mistakes, I am pretty confident that I will turn things around soon. So, if you are a newbie, please do yourself a favor and do not repeat these mistakes. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author rammbhat
    Cool.. I guess procrastination would be the biggest reason for most people! The other 3 can be solved by warriorforum
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
      Originally Posted by rammbhat View Post

      Cool.. I guess procrastination would be the biggest reason for most people! The other 3 can be solved by warriorforum
      It was the ONLY problem with me
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    Procrastination is probably one of the biggest stepping
    stones in any online business.

    How do you overcome procrastination?

    Condition yourself for constant action taking so you won't have
    time to procrastinate anymore. It's all about self-discipline.

    The more you're disciplined, the more successful you'll become.

    Igor
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  • Profile picture of the author wana_ozie
    for me if we want to success to make money with affiliate we should have our own followers.meant here we already have our own market to promote our products for today or coming soon.

    it`s call as e-mail marketing and using this way we should know the actual art of email marketing.it`s really help for our long term in making money online.

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  • Profile picture of the author BonganiS
    Nice sharing. It is good when one learns some lessons from mistakes as compared to someone who then decides to quit. There are two plans that one may consider in order to be successful in affiliate marketing.

    1. Long- term

    You build your business by building links and adding content to your website by having a blog to which you post articles. In the long-term you will rank high on search engines if you are consistent and get free traffic.

    2. The short- term

    If you want quick cash, you can use PPC for your ads at GoogleAdwords. However, you need to know how to do it, otherwise, you can loose a lot of money. You can also use other forms of advertising to get cash quickly.
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    • Profile picture of the author adami
      Originally Posted by BonganiS View Post

      Nice sharing. It is good when one learns some lessons from mistakes as compared to someone who then decides to quit. There are two plans that one may consider in order to be successful in affiliate marketing.

      1. Long- term

      You build your business by building links and adding content to your website by having a blog to which you post articles. In the long-term you will rank high on search engines if you are consistent and get free traffic.

      2. The short- term

      If you want quick cash, you can use PPC for your ads at GoogleAdwords. However, you need to know how to do it, otherwise, you can loose a lot of money. You can also use other forms of advertising to get cash quickly.
      Nice post, with this categorization into long-term and short-term you hit the nail on the head. For the time being I have chosen the long-term path, I think it's safer that way.

      I totally agree that you have to know what you are doing with Adwords, otherwise you might have poor results for your efforts and/or loss of cash.

      I think we all need to get it into our heads that this business will take some time and effort in order to pay back. Most people quit way too easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Good tips for newbs. The reason most newbies fail online is they are plain lazy and think that there is some magical get rich quick scheme out there. If their was everyone would be doing it.

    It takes a lot of hard work, do not be lazy! If you are unmotivated, and lazy do not even bother. Be willing to learn, and study the art of Internet marketing, and Affiliate marketing.

    Remeber this is a business it will take time for the money to start coming in, but the more you put into your business the more you will get out. Remember that!

    If you work hard you could have a virtual vending machine at your fingertips spitting money out at you 24 hours a day 7 days a week! That should be motivation in itself.

    Or how about John Chow and his 60,000 a month blog and growing. You know what separates the big dogs on the block from the main majority of new marketers.

    1. A Plan
    2. A niche you know a lot about easier to keep you motivated so you stick to it!
    3. Say to yourself I will never ever give up ever! Until I succeed at what I am trying to accomplish. You will be surprised on how far sheer determination by itself can get you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Naimath
      Originally Posted by entrepreneurjay View Post

      You know what separates the big dogs on the block from the main majority of new marketers.

      1. A Plan
      2. A niche you know a lot about easier to keep you motivated so you stick to it!
      3. Say to yourself I will never ever give up ever! Until I succeed at what I am trying to accomplish. You will be surprised on how far sheer determination by itself can get you.
      Very True. I am still planning. I am new to Warrior Forum, but I have kind of understood who simply brags and who guides genuinely. Hopefully, this will help me in launching my long-term business plan.

      Also, I have noticed how these big players work; They undertake projects that give them long-term benefits and they spend good amount of time. They build a business and not just quick cash flows.

      Thanks for your post, pretty insightful indeed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Naimath
      Originally Posted by christopherNV View Post

      You forgot to add the most important piece, have you learned from your mistakes and are you now making money?
      Nope, Not Yet, I recently learnt that I was making these mistakes. I already make good amount of money working as a chief content writer for a good web marketer. I will implement these learnings and build my business soon. Planning is still on.
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  • Profile picture of the author justcrowd2010
    Well if you started something, you must always focus on how you will end in, learn how to discipline yourself so you can succeed. Having a great time frame is a very great technique to monitor success
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  • Profile picture of the author aftermath
    Few of the points mentioned apply to me.

    Lot of patience is needed to build a business. And may be some copywriting can do the job.
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    • Profile picture of the author Naimath
      Absolutely, without patience, you can't achieve nothing. It would be you will be repeating same mistakes again and again & a great amount of time would be lost. So, it is better to go for long-term by being patient by wasting time on small stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyroneshum
    Procrastination is indeed killing a lot of people's strategies every now and then and boredom is one of the major causes why this happens. Well, the ways I avoid boredom are through good background music, a cool office ambiance and also a focused mindset. With all that combined, I'm always head up for an energetic day to getting my projects started.
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    • Profile picture of the author ajbarnes777
      Originally Posted by tyroneshum View Post

      Well, the ways I avoid boredom are through good background music, a cool office ambiance and also a focused mindset.
      This has helped me tremendously. I take the time out before I start doing any kind of work and set up my environment to be as peaceful and relaxing as possible. Typically I would put on some jazz, get some coffee, set up my ottoman to relax my feet on (I have to keep my legs elevated since I have patella tendinitis or my knees will swell up like birthday balloons!), etc.

      Once I started making my environment more relaxing and comfortable, my efficiency level skyrocketed!
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  • Profile picture of the author profitgenie
    The big one for me when I started was consistency, i was always going from one program to the other. The key to any business is consistency, focus and determination. People need to treat their online business just like a "real offline" business. Once you start to treat your online endeavours like a real business instead of the lastest fad or craze going on then you will start to notice a big difference in your bonus cheques.

    nice post
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  • Profile picture of the author thomashoi
    Originally Posted by Naimath View Post

    Let's face it! Affiliate marketing is tough for over 80%-90% of affiliates.

    It is a huge, confusing web with so many people bragging only about their products, services; these products and services can confuse you like hell. And, I have been a victim of such high-end sales letters, promises and testimonials.

    I started affiliate marketing about 12 months ago, and except for the fact that I work with a very famous web guru as a content writer, I haven't been able to make even a penny with my own marketing endeavours. I tried AdWords, ClickBank, AdSense, Craiglist, Yahoo Answers, and CPA Marketing. But, I failed at all of them. Now, after analyzing my work thoroughly, I kind of understood why I failed, and I want to share with all of you, so that you can avoid same mistakes and be away from prolonged failure.

    1. No Long-term Focus - Even though I dedicated a lot of my time on each of them, I quit them just before I was about to hit the gold. I moved on to something more fascinating and interesting. So, it is important to keep digging until you find the gold.

    2. Concentration on Money & Not on Business - This is probably my biggest mistake. I always concentrated on courses that promised be quick cash flows, and not on building my own business. I chased for quantity and not for quality.

    3. No Appropriate Mentor - I started off with someone who was pretty good at this game. But, after a certain point of time, things did not work at all. Having a good mentor is extremely important especially when you come across 100s and 1000s of affiliate links every now and then. Try and find yourself an excellent mentor who can genuinely help you out, or at least guide you and keep you away from falling into false traps.

    4. Procrastination -This is a killer! Trust me on this one. If you are make money on the web, you need to work hard constantly regardless of how you feel and what you feel.

    These are probably my four biggest mistakes that never allowed me to dig deep into online marketing and build a successful business. But, now that I realize these mistakes, I am pretty confident that I will turn things around soon. So, if you are a newbie, please do yourself a favor and do not repeat these mistakes. Thanks!
    I believe mindset is also very important. Affiliate marketing is a real business
    and therefore it takes time and effort to be successful. Many newbies approach
    this business like a "get rich quick thing" and so they fail badly.

    Most if not all successful affiliate marketers take a long time to build up
    their income.... at first no sale... then a sale but negative profit, then
    positive profit .... then many sales and follow on to build a passive income.

    The way to do this AM is to go through some stages where you need to
    invest in yourself, apply what you have learn and before you knew it, you
    are on your way to build a full time income online....

    If you don't quit, you will be successful in AM.
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    • Profile picture of the author Naimath
      Originally Posted by thomashoi View Post

      I believe mindset is also very important. Affiliate marketing is a real business
      and therefore it takes time and effort to be successful. Many newbies approach
      this business like a "get rich quick thing" and so they fail badly.

      Most if not all successful affiliate marketers take a long time to build up
      their income.... at first no sale... then a sale but negative profit, then
      positive profit .... then many sales and follow on to build a passive income.

      The way to do this AM is to go through some stages where you need to
      invest in yourself, apply what you have learn and before you knew it, you
      are on your way to build a full time income online....

      If you don't quit, you will be successful in AM.
      Absolutely! This IS EXACTLY what top-players do. I totally agree!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Stentiford
    You are so right in everyting you said. I have failed so many times before but I now am being coached by Alex Jeffreys and my spending on crap ahs stopped and believe it or not I am seeing results. Only small at present but getting there. I hope you can pick your self up and give it another go my friend.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Lilach
    Analysing how you spend your time now is a useful way to see where improvements can be made. An easy way to do this is to print off your diary day by day and record when you complete tasks. Note the time of day you complete the task, how long it takes and the importance/urgency of the task (using a 1 to 5 scale). Doing this for a week will help you identify:
    • what tasks you are doing when
    • the balance between important and urgent tasks
    • when you are most productive
    • interruptions
    • unplanned tasks against planned tasks
    • how you group tasks
    • how successful you were at completing tasks on your 'to do' list.

    Look at the analysis - if you are more productive first thing in the morning then it suggests that that is when you should do the most important tasks. You can often save time by grouping similar tasks together. Prioritising and blocking out time is also useful:
    • make a 'to do' list at the end of each day for the following day. This will relieve stress - you can put it all on paper and start thinking about tackling the work rather than worrying about it
    • after you have drafted your 'to do' list mark up each activity in terms of priority and allocate the time needed to complete the task. Some people find that it is useful to then re-write their 'to do' list in priority order - it may depend how disciplined you are at completing priority tasks before moving onto other pieces of work
    • depending on the nature of your job it may then be helpful to block out time in your diary for particular tasks
    • if possible, respond to emails in specific time slots rather than as and when they come in
    • for large projects it is worth devising a separate activity plan breaking down the individual actions necessary, recording who is responsible for each action, the deadline by which the action needs to be completed and including a column so you can indicate when the action has been completed.
    If your analysis has identified a lack of resources, then ask yourself whether you are the best person to do the task, can anyone else in the organisation help, is technology letting you down? If you need specialist skills, or just an extra pair of hands, it may be more time and cost effective to seek outside support. Check out the Warrior Forum services as there are so many people offering their expertise at cost effective prices.

    After doing your analysis you may find that there are one or two projects that are on your 'to do' list but never quite get completed. Are you avoiding that particular task? If the task is important then you are being undermined by procrastination because:
    • the work doesn't get done
    • you use up mental energy thinking about the work without actually progressing it
    • there is a risk that failing to complete that piece of work may have a negative impact on other parts of the business/customers etc
    • leaving or ignoring a task could turn it into an urgent piece of work - with implications in terms of quality and cost
    • keeping things on your 'to do' list without managing to complete them can be stressful.

    There are many reasons for procrastination - other tasks seem simpler, more comfortable or more enjoyable. Maybe you are unsure whether you have the right resources or skills, feel overwhelmed by the task, don't consider it important or simply don't feel in the right frame of mind to complete the task. Deep down you will know why you are putting it off - recognising this is the first step in tackling it. There are a number of steps you can take to overcome procrastination if you feel it is causing a problem:
    • put the task on your 'to do' list as high priority and do not attempt other tasks until that one is completed. Often, anxiety about completing the task is worse than actually tackling it
    • encourage other people to chase you on it
    • think about what will happen if you don't complete that task - is there a risk that you will lose business or could you be putting the business at risk?
    • decide on a reward for completing the task.
    To keep on top of things you need to have the time, space, resources and tools to do the job. Don't be afraid to try different systems - what works for one person may not work for another. Using new systems, or working in a different way, may initially seem daunting but you will soon see the benefits. Reviewing your time and project management regularly is essential - it will stop you from falling into bad habits and help you to stay on track.

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  • Profile picture of the author t0nymurphy
    Don't forget the paralysing power of your inbox too. Procrastination was my biggest problem, and one of the main causes (other than myself) was the number of e-mails offering the next 'BIG THING'.
    My advice, get ruthless on the 'unsubscribe' links at the bottom of those e-mails!
    Every time you open one of those e-mails, be aware of what you're really doing. Are you acting as a prospect, or are you looking at 'how' they're marketing to you?
    Some would say you can't be a marketer, and a prospect at the same time. As long as you're acting as a prospect, you'll never make any money online.
    This was my problem until very recently, when I ruthlessly unsubscribed from all but my most valued subscriptions.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbento
    Hey Naimah

    I think you just gave the first giant and true step on your pathway to success. Looking back, understand our errors and learn from them is the hell of a new start.

    Wish you success.

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  • Profile picture of the author silverwaterfall
    I can definitely relate to all of this. Thanks so much for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author paulino
    Yes you are right, procrastination is the biggest specially when you dont see results when you expect it, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyson Faulkner
    These are some of the biggest problems that I used to run into as well. I'd see something, run after it for awhile, then see the next thing, etc. It's a terrible thing to do and it's important to focus on building a business long-term like you said, not just look for money.

    The sooner newer marketers can plant their feet and focus on building a real business around something they enjoy, the sooner they will see success.
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    • Profile picture of the author Naimath
      Originally Posted by Tyson Faulkner View Post

      The sooner newer marketers can plant their feet and focus on building a real business around something they enjoy, the sooner they will see success.
      True, I agree with that..
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  • Profile picture of the author Kizwelc
    I have to agree with you especially about the procrastination. I have a full time job and when I first heard about affiliate marketing, every course I looked at made it sound so simple. Find a product to promote, place a few ads and watch the money come rolling in. I lost $5000 in advertising because of one fundamental oversite. I did not monitor my campaigns closely. I think that this is probably one of the most classic newbie mistakes when they start out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bicycle Cat
    Ahh, procrastination. The reason why we aren't living in an advanced world yet!
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    • Profile picture of the author G.W.
      I do not think I am procrastinating I think I spend to much of my time trying to learn everything there is to know, so I can do the job right and not enough time doing the job
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      • Profile picture of the author garyogden
        Yes I tried affiliate marketing to no avail so I started my own little business.
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