Top 4 Affiliate Marketing Myths to Set your Expectation Level
– It’s good that you’ve started learning how to do affiliate marketing, but before you get your hopes up so high, I’d advice that you practice a little restrain. If you’ve lived long enough in this world, then you know that everything has advantages and disadvantages and my goal here (just as what Coach Dave has taught me in one of his affiliate marketing tips a while back) is to make sure that you get all the advantages and none of the disadvantages.
Here are 4 myths that you need to know about affiliate marketing:
- It is relatively easy to do
Recently a survey was conducted and the results were pretty devastating as it showed that only 0.6% of affiliate marketers surveyed have been in the game since 2013. Honestly, I expected a figure of more than 20% affiliate marketers to have become successful in this business, especially with all the affiliate marketing tips and blogs and articles posted online. And yet it turns out most of those affiliate websites are probably beginners or have not yet really made it big in the affiliate marketing arena. This shows the reality of how difficult it is to run an affiliate marketing website and business.
Do your best to make your affiliate website prominent, learn from Coach Dave’s affiliate marketing tips and don’t buy into what they say that this is very easy to do, because it’s not.
- You should target very popular and lucrative niches in order to succeed
This is not entirely true, although popular niches do get a bigger piece of the giant pie. But don’t forget that there are billions of people surfing the web every day and each one has about a dozen different preferences on things they want and need. For instance, a small percentage of people on the web like to read or watch conspiracy theories, UFOs and other mysteries in the world. You can promote books, DVDs and other materials on your affiliate marketing website for them to buy these things from the advertisers.
You’d still make money with these even if you’re not into smartphones and other gadgets that fit into the “popular” category though. Coach Dave Deib has more practical and applicable advice with his affiliate marketing tips that you can learn from in order to polish your marketing skills.
- Affiliate marketing is a strategy of yesterday
This phrase is just a direct contradiction with what’s going on over the web ever since search engines became the mainstream of the internet. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either using hundreds of thousands of his company’s money to pay for marketing or they do not know how internet marketing works. One of the most important affiliate marketing tips I have learned was that even large multinational corporate entities like Netflix, Apple, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Oceanco and others use SEO (search engine optimization) and social media to remain a strong competitor against their rivals. So, if you think it’s unimportant, then you will have already failed in marketing altogether!
- In order to win, build as many affiliate marketing websites as possible in a relatively short time and try to manage them effectively
I think that the easiest response to the above statement is that it’s simply impossible for one person to do that. What you should do instead is focus on just one affiliate website until you have actually made money from it. Make sure that your income is steady and it should be at least more than $500 a month. Then you can go ahead and create another website and promote a new product from it that also appeals to you. Even though it is possible to make a lot of affiliate marketing websites, you’ll have to do it slowly and consider the amount of work needed to be done to maintain each website. You don’t want to lose someone in the very beginning with a bad website experience. They won’t be back and you worked hard to get them to your site. In the future, when you are making more money than you expected to, you can actually hire bloggers to write for you and increase your income at the same time.
Continue to learn more and more affiliate marketing tips will also improve your marketing strategy.