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!