How to Avoid Fatal Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

I make my living online, and a large part of my monthly income comes from affiliate marketing.
It beats having a regular job, since it frees up my time and lets me set my own work hours. It’s also nice not having to deal with a boss, a commute or any of that other stuff.
So why aren’t more people earning their living with affiliate marketing?
Most people have not quite mastered this whole affiliate marketing thing. It is taken me more than 10 years to get it right. Hopefully, my recommendations will shorten the journey for you and avoid fatal affiliate marketing mistakes.
fatal affiliate marketing mistakes

Affiliate Marketing Mistake #1: Not Establishing Yourself as an Authority

People don’t want to get their information from just anyone. Instead, they’re looking for an expert. They’re looking for an authority. That’s why you need to position yourself as an authority in your niche.
Authority is a squishy term. The best way to describe it is a search engine’s trust in a website. The trust is the ability to deliver new and relevant information in response to a search term.
Authority is a reflection of a website’s potential ranking within a search engine. e.g. Google. And the higher the ranking is, the higher the authority. Note: Ranking is the position on a Search Engine Results Page (SERP).
To be an authority website, a website must have search engine, user, and expert trust. The only way to have an authority website, is to provide user experience that is superior to other lesser sites. Content quality and useful information defines user experience. Sharing, website popularity, and higher search engine ranking are measures of authority.

Affiliate Marketing Mistake #2: Promoting Anything and Everything

Your website visitors want help with all the new products entering the marketplace. At times, there are so many new products, it is difficult to determine the best. If you promote anything and everything, you are just going to hurt your reputation.
So what to do?
First off, stay on top of new launches to see what is hitting your niche. I do that with Launch Pulse which is part of the Affiliate Titan Suite of tools for affiliates.
These tools show me what is new to the affiliate market in my niche, as well as the top sellers. It’s insider information serious affiliates should not go without.
As you see, the “reconnaissance” software helps find the best selling affiliate programs. You should add this to your arsenal by clicking here and grabbing it at the lowest price possible.
Once you know what you want to sell, you should then get a review copy so you can test it out. If you can’t get a review copy from the vendor, buy it. Then use it and see if it works as advertised. If it does not, move on and do not recommend it.
If it does work, do an honest review. If you don’t like to write, do a review video. But above all, be honest about the product. Tell your prospects the good, the bad and the ugly about every product.
If you recommend it, tell them how it can help them, then give them a good reason to buy through your link right now.

Affiliate Marketing Mistake #3: Not Automating Everything

Super affiliates automate everything they can. From using automated email marketing systems to creating bonus pages and automating delivery.
So how do they do all is?
Simple: they use an app like the one I use called Landing Page Monkey.
Here is a screen shot of one of my newer landing pages.
Landing page created with Landing Page Monkey software application
A couple of super affiliates, Jeremy and Simon designed the Landing Page Monkey app to create a fast and easy way to build landing pages. With their system you don’t need web design skills and you don’t need to touch any code. Log into your dashboard and click your way to a beautiful, high-converting landing page in a matter of minutes.
If you’re ready to take your affiliate business to the next level, then you’ll want to get your hands on this tool too. You don’t even need your own website or hosting, they do it all.


Successful affiliate businesses are dependent upon avoiding fatal affiliate marketing mistakes. The three top mistakes are:
  1. Not establishing yourself as an authority
  2. Promoting anything and everything
  3. Not automating everything you can
It is simple. People buy from people they trust. Trust comes from delivering a user experience that delivers new and useful information. Trust is also based on your reputation. If you sell everything that comes into the marketplace, you cannot help but hurt your reputation. And finally, automating your processes helps scale your business to greater profitability.
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  1. Thanks a lot for the great article man, As a newbie affiliate I am struggling a lot to drive my sales, I tried a lot of products to promote, Finally I learned that patience is the main thing in affiliate marketing business and money will not come at one day, thanks for the helpful article man.


    1. Thanks for sharing, Harish. I appreciate you taking time to read and comment.


  2. Hi,
    This is such a great article to understand how to stay away from mistakeswhile doing affiliate marketing.
    Could you provide your suggestion how to choose right tools to setup affiliate website. I am thinking to make an affiliate website like coupons or cashback because I have some basic information about these affiliate marketing types and now I wanna make a website on one of them. One of my friend recommend me revglue’s revembed technology “” for this purpose i am little confused while using it because its a new website, could you provide your reviews over regvlue or if you have list of some tools used to setup these type of website. Please help me in this respect. Waiting for your response and thanks in advance.


    1. Alex, I checked this out since I’ve not heard of Revglue before. I did a little research as well as checked out their website. They basically offer two solutions, one for affiliates who want to monetize their WordPress based websites. And the other is for publishers who want to implement the revembed technology on a non-wordpress site. From what I can tell, the revembed technology uses modules which create the content on a website.

      Regarding affiliates, the revglue application is implemented through WordPress plugins (which are free). I checked the WordPress site which indicates that these plugins have not been updated to operate with the current WordPress application. WordPress shows very few installations of the plugins.

      From what I can tell, the revglue application revembed applies to the UK only. The company offers to create the modules for other countries. But they did not indicate the price.

      I am an Amazon affiliate and comfortable with putting Amazon product ads on my sites. I also have Google Adsense ads on my sites as well. In the past, I hosted banner ads on my sites much like the revglue revlink module. The problem I had was that I had no control over the products/services being promoted. (This is not an issue with Amazon or Google Adsense.) I, personally, would be leery to use Revglue.

      The “up to 80%” commissions is a redflag for me. This implies that a publisher would make big profits. But if the profit margin of a $100 is 10%. The profit is $10 and the 80% commission represents $8.00. So if you wanted to make $800 a week, you would have to sell one hundred $100 products or $10,000 worth of product a week. And that takes a lot of work.

      I just finished a review article on Wealthy Affiliate at my new website. The review link is:

      Briefly, Wealthy Affiliate helps people build and monetize websites using any number of affiliate networks like Amazon, Commission Junction, ShareaSale, JVZoo, Adwords, Adsense. Try it out. I suggest doing the first lesson to get a good overview.

      Hope this helps.


  3. Hello Glen,
    well described! I believe not taking A/B test is a great mistake also. We should A/B test the offers and strategies that it is working for fine or not. Thanks for your great contribution…


    1. Thanks, Masud. I appreciate you taking time to comment about split testing (A/B testing).


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