The Top 5 Mistakes That Affiliate Marketers Make

Most people who start an affiliate marketing business fail, this is because they make mistakes, in this post, I am going to go outline the top 5 mistakes that affiliate marketers make.

Over 95% of people who try it fail. However, the good news is that for the 5% who are successful, money is literally raining on them.

So, if you want to be part of the 5% listen up and pay attention because we’re going to tell you the top five mistakes you need to avoid if you’re going to be successful in making money online.

Mistake 1: Believing in over-hyped gurus and objects

Affiliate marketing is literally an industry onto itself, and you will find many people who are peddling themselves as gurus or else are over-hyping products that promise to earn you thousands of dollars in no time at all.

But guess what? These people are NOT your friends. They are merely trying to sell you something, and they’re doing a great job at it by harping on your desperation to make money quickly.

If you really want to make money from Internet Marketing, the best way to go is by signing up with a forum website like Affilorama where they teach you step-by-step how to do things online.

Mistake 2: Trying to sell things

This will go contrary to what you already know, but you don’t try to sell things in affiliate Marketing, rather, you try to pre-sell? products.

There’s a big difference between hardcore selling and pre-selling. Selling tends to insult the intelligence of your audience. Pre-selling, meanwhile, involves thoughtful consideration of how a product might benefit your target market.

Thus, if you really want to make a lot of sales, the most important thing you need to do is to discover your customers’ hot buttons or why they buy things.

Mistake 3: Not following an action plan

If you sign up with a forum or buy a course in affiliate marketing, you will find action steps for implementing what you’ve learned.

If you’re like most people, you’ll probably read the action plan once and then forget about it, or only follow it bit by bit.

However, if you’re serious about replacing your job with passive income from the Internet, you should follow through on any action plan that’s laid out before you. Remember, if people are already making money from it, you can too.

Get a done for you affiliate marketing business here.

Mistake 4: Doing everything alone

If you have any experience in building and managing websites, you already know that it can be a one-man operation.

However, there are times when you do need to enlist the help of professionals, like when you want to make new graphics or when you need to change some coding on your website.

The good thing about it is that you can hire professionals for really cheap. Simply go to Fiverr or oDesk if you need professional help.

Mistake 5: Expecting the worst

If you’re going to do affiliate marketing, make sure you expect the best rather than the worst because that’s what you’re going to get sooner or later.

 

That is it, those are the top 5 mistakes that affiliate marketers make, now I have a question for you, how many of these mistakes have you made in your affiliate marketing business? let me know in the comment section below.

What it takes to succeed in online business

So you started an online business and you want to succeed but you don’t know how in this post I am going to share with you what it takes to succeed in an online business.

What it takes to succeed in online business

Extreme focus

I still have this problem, when I start my computer and start working and the distractions start, first, my family thinks that because I am working from home they can come in at any point and disturb me.

On my part, I try to work around waking up early while everyone is sleeping and start doing my things, also you can set your working hours in time when your partner or kids are not home, but for me, you need at least 4 hours to really focus on your business.

Another cause of distraction is that because I am working by using a computer with an internet connection, it is easy to open a browser and start navigating, this can take hours from your business.

If I don’t need to do the research I will turn off the internet and work without it, also I like to have background instrumental music on YouTube, this helps me a lot to focus.

Eliminate FOMO

One of the reasons why most people don’t succeed in an online business is that they have what is called Shine Object Syndrome, this is a symptom of a disease called FOMO.

FOMO is a Fear of Missing Out, you know, every day there is a new system, a new product, a new traffic method and most of the online entrepreneurs end up buying all these products and systems because they have a Fear of Missing Out this new phenomenon.

You need to find one traffic method, one product, and one mentor and focus on them, forget everything else, trust me you’re not missing anything.

Stop following anyone with a new shiny object

This is big, as I said above, one of the most dangerous diseases that will kill your business is the disease called shiny object syndrome.

In order to cure yourself of this disease, you need to stop to follow anyone with a new shiny object, you know there are marketers who they will send you an email each day promoting to you a new shiny thing, unsubscribe from them.

Also, there are marketers who create a new product after one or two weeks, most of the time what they do is rehash the same training, change it a name and give it a hyped headline and sell it again to the masses, you need to move away from those types of marketers.

Get clarity and your life and business will change

I am not a motivational speaker or guru, but I will tell you this if you don’t know what do you want you will never get it.

Imagine a plane leaving a field without its final destination, the most it can do is to take off, have some run on the air and one of the two things will appear, either it will go back to the original point, or it runs out of fuel, crash and burn.

This is what makes most of the online entrepreneurs fail to succeed, you need to think about what do you want to achieve in your life and business, you need to have clarity of what do you want and your life will change for good.

Commit to what you’re doing for one year

After having the clarity of what do you want in your life and business you need to make a commitment of doing that this for at least one year.

This is a problem, most online marketers will join a program today, they will promote for one week they won’t make any money and they will quit and join another calling the previous one a scam, this cycle will continue for years.

To break the cycle, you need to pick one thing do you want to do, let say do you want to learn how to drive free traffic to your affiliate offers, you can choose to start a blog, a YouTube channel or a podcast.

What most people will do is to start a blog for a month and if they don’t get any traffic, they will move to grow a YouTube channel, then move to a podcast, at the end of the day you will not know how to blog, run a YouTube channel or run a podcast.

All you need to do is pick one thing you need to do and do it for a year, if you write one blog post per day, in one year you will have 365 articles on your blog and for sure you will be getting some traffic, this applies to YouTube and podcast as well.

Final words

That is what it takes to succeed in an online business, check out which of this point is hindering you from achieving your goals, and start a process of improving.

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My ConvertKit Review

 

My ConvertKit Review

This month I finally made up my mind and decided to switch from Aweber to ConvertKit and here is my ConvertKit review and experience so far.

Why did I decide to move?

To be honest with you I didn’t completely ditch Aweber, I still think it is one of the best email marketing tools on the internet. I decided to test ConvertKit as a result of starting a new blog (this blog), I wanted to use ConverKit as my autoresponder for all leads I generate from this blog, as I heard a lot of good things from my mentor, I said why not let me give it a try.

What is ConvertKit?

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In a few words, Convetkit is an email service provider for bloggers, podcasters, and businesses who are looking to build an audience.

 The platform allows you to:

  • build many email lists as needed
  • automate email marketing with a simple drag and drop sequences
  • build landing page templates
  • segment subscribers by tags (their interests)
  • and more.

Best ConvertKit features for increasing conversions

After I started using ConvertKit, I find these to be the best ConvertKit features.

Email automation and segmentation

 ConvertKit allows you to automate email distribution as well as segment subscribers. What this means is that it can segment every email using tags.

You can segment your leads depending on how they sign up, depending on the links they click, also you can separate buyers and non-buyers.

How do you do that?

 In most email marketing systems, you will have to do it manuallyConvertKit allows you to personalize the email based on subscriber’s actions or with a tag indicating an action they took. All you need to do is change the tag, update the content and you are good to go.

Visual automation editor

 I like ConvertKit’s Visual automation editor and so will you. It is easy to use, especially when compared to other visual editors I have used.

For those who know me, I started my list building using GVO autoresponder, then I went with Getresponse, they made some changes I didn’t like I decided to move to Aweber and now ConvertKit.

If you compare with those three I used previously using ConvertKit is like being in a dreamland.

Every editing step in your automation workflow is seamless. It even gets better, the editor handles everything. So you are not going to lose the context. You can also edit the forms pretty much the same way.

Lead Magnet Double Opt-in

 People often think that double opt-on is better than single opt-in, while others think otherwise. But, having a double opt-in improves your email. Yet, in most cases, it hurts your conversation.

 Using a lead magnet may solve this problem. When a user clicks a call to action, they can get their freebie without confirming them opt-in. This means getting the best of both worlds.

 ConvertKit will let you use a single opt-in. When people click the subscribe button, ConvertKit adds them to your list. They do not need to confirm their email address.

Auto Resend Broadcast

 There are chances that every time you send a broadcast email, only a few of your subscribers will open it.

Most of your subscribers will not open it due to different reasons from bad timing, your headline, they don’t remember you, etc.

ConvertKit allows you to resend the broadcast to those who did not open it. But this time, you can make changes to your email.

Key benefits of ConvertKit

Ease of use – ConvertKit features easy to understand processes. Nathan focused on making email marketing easy to use for someone like you and me.

 Automation – I love the automation features of this system. You can automate your email to all your subscribers, as well as segment them based on their interests.

Outstanding customer service – One of the key benefits of this platform is the support system. Most email tools out there have inadequate support. You will have to browse Google or Youtube to find solutions to a problem.

Pricing – ConvertKit allows you to grow your subscriber’s list, but not at a hefty price. The platform sets its prices based on the number of subscribers. Not based on the number of lists, which will result in double counts.

 

ConvertKit focuses on the subscriber. Most of the autoresponder companies will charge you depending on the number of lists you have.

For example, if do you have 3 different lists and it happened that I subscribed to all your three lists most autoresponders will count me as three subscribers and since they charge you depending on the number of subscribers you might pay higher rates because of these repeated subscribers.

On the other end, ConvertKit will count me as one subscriber and just give me different tags, this will reduce your monthly fees.

It can save you money. If you have a blog, you really don’t need third-party tools (this can save you money because you don’t have to pay for them), with ConvertKit you can create popups and you can decide when and where do you want them to show up, you can decide to show them when a visitor intent to exit, you can decide to show them up when a visitor has been on a page for a certain time, or when a visitor has read a  certain percentage of your page.

Also, you can decide to show the sign-up form before, in the middle, or at the end of your content, all these are possible by using their WordPress plugin.

The problem I faced when I joined ConvertKit

As I said, I like their automation feature, but when I started out, I watched the intro videos, I created my first sequence, my first form, and my first automation, but I forgot to turn on the automation.

What happened is that people were joining my list but they were not getting emails from the sequence, when I realized this was three days later but I turned it on and everything started to work smoothly.

Pros and Cons

Pros

Landing page editor

As I said above ConvertKit has a decent landing page editor, you can use their editor to create a beautiful landing page and the best part of it is that they can host it for you or you can use their integration to host it on your site.

Responsible support: A very helpful support team who will promptly answer your questions.

 

Flexible: The auto-sequence capability is impressive. It allows you to organize subscribers the best way possible.

 

Versatile: Bloggers, podcasters, artists, and those with side hustles can build customer lists.

 

Customizable templates: ConvertKit has predesigned templates for almost everything whether its email, newsletter and landing page.

 

Signup forms: Comes with a form builder, so you can create multiple opt-in forms and place them on your site.

Cons

For me, the only thing I can think is that it may take a slight learning curve to fully use ConvertKit especially if you are switching from standard autoresponder like Aweber.

The reason for this is that they have some unique features that you can’t find in most autoresponders.

But their very active support team and a huge knowledge base can help you to shorten the learning curve and once you learn it you will enjoy the benefits of ConvertKit.

Who I will recommend to

In my opinion, ConvertKit is the best tool for content creators, if do you have a podcast, a youtube channel, or a blog this is ideal for you.

If you’re using paid traffic I will recommend using it with other high-end landing page builders like Clickfunnels, if you use a low-end landing page builder or using solo ads to drive traffic, Aweber is your best option.

Final word

This is my ConvertKit review, as I said above, I just started using it, but so far I have been impressed by this tool, for me, it is the best email marketing tool I ever used so far. 

I follow the owner, and I know he is working very hard to improve this service and I expect this email tool to continue getting better.

 

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