I’ve been there. I felt as though I was banging my head against a brick wall trying to make a consistent income with affiliate marketing.
For years, I tried off and on to make it work. I bought several products with overhyped promises or used methods that were short-lived.
Is affiliate marketing not working anymore? Maybe it was just my strategy. It took being laid off from a previous job to shift my focus and make it work.
I’ll share with you the most common affiliate marketing mistakes and show you how to make affiliate marketing TRULY work for 2018 and beyond.
Affiliate Marketing Does Work – You’re Probably Making These Mistakes
First I want to say, don’t be too hard on yourself. We’ve all made these mistakes as new internet marketers.
The key is to stop making them and focus on a strategy that works. That is exactly what I had to do and it changed everything for me.
Mistake #1: Trying Everything All at Once
There are various ways to make an income online. You’ve probably come across them and have tried to do all of them at once.
PPC (pay-per-click) marketing, email marketing, niche websites, CPA (cost-per-action) marketing, create your own product, and more.
The problem with trying all these methods all at once is that you never really focus on one area long enough to make it work.
When you don’t make any money from any of them, it easy to think that affiliate marketing isn’t working.
The real issue is that you are not treating affiliate marketing like a business. Instead, you’re treating it like a quick way to make money and it isn’t.
If you read stories or even ask some of the more successful affiliate marketers if they achieved fast success, a majority of them would say it took them years before they reached their goals.
That is just reality. It takes patience and time to develop a business whether it is online or offline. You must be mentally prepared for that.
Mistake #2: Giving Up
I gave up so many times in the past. I’d throw up a website only to delete it a couple of months later because I lost interest.
I’d buy and try so many products that taught how to make money online and gave up when I didn’t get results.
It wasn’t until I decided to invest in my online business education that things turned around for me.
I made the commitment and promised myself that I would follow the training and not give up. Not giving up was one of the best things I’ve done for myself.
Mistake #3: Being Too Comfortable in Your Current Situation
Another huge mistake I made was being too comfortable in my job. I was a web developer for years working in a cubicle and being miserable.
Yet, I was addicted to that paycheck every two weeks. I was too comfortable and lacked the motivation to escape the 9-to-5 even though that was my dream.
Even if you have to hold down a full-time job, don’t become complacent.
Remember your goals. Think about WHY you want to be an affiliate marketer. Create your side-hustle and work on it every free moment you have.
Here’s How to Make Affiliate Marketing Work
Now that I’ve covered the most common mistakes many affiliate marketers make, I will show you how to break the cycle and finally make it work.
Yes, there are various ways to go about doing affiliate marketing, but I’m going to show you how I do it because it is how I got results.
Step 1: Invest in Your Education
I’m talking about learning from legitimate resources. There are high-quality training courses available online.
When I became serious about affiliate marketing and making it a business, I searched around for legitimate resources.
You can choose any training program you like. The key is to stick with it and put what you learn into action.
You really won’t start developing new skills or learning new things until you begin
Step 2: Don’t Quit No Matter What
You may think I’m really harping on the not giving up thing but it is for a good reason. Giving up is too easy to do.
It is the biggest mistake that you can make and worst of all, it is a mistake that is done over and over again if you don’t become aware of it.
When I started my online business, I got super frustrated with the process. I went through all of the emotions and self-doubt.
However, since I made the promise to myself and to my family that I would not quit, I didn’t.
I went in with the mindset to give my online business at least a year to grow.
Guess what? I am making a consistent income online thanks to not giving up and putting in the work.
This is why I am so adamant about not giving up. If I had, I would be kicking myself for it right now.
The Rest is Up to You
If you really want 2018 (and beyond) to be different and you want to make the difference with affiliate marketing it truly is possible.
But you have to make the commitment! You have to focus and you have to be consistent!
That is the truth. It is what I did and what I continue to do. All of the training and tools you need are there for the taking.
If you’ve read this far, I know that you are serious and ready to make a change in your life.
Don’t wait. Start today and thank yourself a year from now that you made the commitment.