Make Money Being An Affiliate: Dos and Don’ts!

March 02 8 Comments Category: Affiliate Marketing

In order to make money being an affiliate, you need to understand some basics and some shortcuts. Indeed, more valuable than your money is your time. I can assure you that many affiliates waste their time doing ineffective actions when they could actually make money being an affiliate now.

I want to keep this short and straight to the point so I’ve decided to break my thoughts into some dos and don’ts which I hope you’ll find useful.


Make Money Being An Affiliate – Do’s!

make money being an affiliate pictureDO build a list of subsribers as soon as you have your own website. Your subscribers are potential buyers.

DO test ideas and strategies and analyze the results of your testings instead of asking yourself (or others) why your visitors don’t click anywhere. (for instance, the resource box of your articles may not convert well enough. Change it and see what happens)

DO provide quality content. If you can’t be very original, it’s fine, but give quality. Be remarkable for that.

DO twice of what works and drop what doesn’t (what works for others might not work for you).

DO work consistently even if results are not immediate. Working for 7 days and “quitting” is as useless as not doing anything. Consistency is key. Remember the lack of it is the first reason why someone might fail to make money being an affiliate.

DO interact with people in your niche. You have no idea which doors it can open. People are friendly and often willing to share things and create win-win situations. Seek opportunities. They are everywhere.


Make Money Being An Affiliate – Don’ts!

DON’T push people to buy by writing articles or landing pages that are blatant ads. Poeple hate being sold to but they love to buy.

DON’T be afraid to be honest. It’s always refreshing. Visitors remember honesty and will always value it (or share it with others).

DON’T distract your visitors with too many links. Make people click when YOU want them to. Write clear calls to action.

DON’T talk about yourself too much on your website. If you’re not famous, your visitors actually don’t care much about you. Instead, talk about what the product you promote can do for THEM. That’s what they’re interested in (but don’t make your website or articles impersonal either).

DON’T hesitate to contact the author/merchant of the product you’re promoting to have more info about the products, the buyers profile, and so on. Most affiliates don’t do this which is too bad as it’s in the merchants’ interest to help their affiliates!

DON’T forget to test your affiliate links once in a while. Be sure they correctly point to the merchant’s page (I lost sales once after a merchant changed his sales page’s url without warning his affiliates).

With these “rules” in mind, you’ll hopefully avoid making some mistakes and work more effectively.

I just want to leave you with one last tip here: you don’t need to learn all the strategies out there to be successful. Pick one and stick to it. Then alter it if you don’t have results. What will make you money are the actions you’ll take. Period.

Louise M.

Louise M. is a 26-year-old successful affiliate marketer and is specialized in copywriting and SEO. She blogs about affiliate marketing for newbies and believes in a simple, action-taking and anti-information overload approach of this business.

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  1. Hi Louise, Thank you for your do’s and dont’s. All the little tips are so helpful for newbies. The key really is to start isn’t it, and then keep learning as you go.

    Dulsea 12 April 2011 at 10:38 AM Permalink
  2. Thx Dulsea for your comment. Glad to know these tips are helpful to you.
    Indeed, taking action is the first real step toward success! :)

    Louise M. 15 June 2011 at 12:21 AM Permalink
  3. Hi there is there a uniques to earning ratio. As in if you get 10000 uniques a month does that mean you should be earning 2000 pounds a month? Thanks Ian ryan

    Ian Ryan 18 December 2011 at 8:23 PM Permalink
  4. Hi Ian, no there isn’t such ratio because it all depends on your niche and the product you promote, how you promote it, etc.
    But there’s a hoplink/sale ratio. It’s basically 1 sale for each 100 visits to your affiliate link (not your site). It’s like the “normal” ratio for an affiliate but it’s a bit low in my opinion. :)

    Louise M. 18 December 2011 at 11:22 PM Permalink
  5. Hi Louise,

    how are you?

    This greeting is coming from Lloyd Murray
    & Geneva Green, you helped some time ago with when just ventured into this business and for that we NEED to thank you.

    Lloyd Murray 20 January 2012 at 6:53 PM Permalink
  6. Hey guys how are you?
    It’s so nice to hear from you again! And it was a pleasure helping you guys. Shoot me an email anytime!


    Louise M. 20 January 2012 at 9:15 PM Permalink
  7. Nice little tips, I wish I will do them more often. I will like to add that continuall get new leads to your list either by paying for them or attracting them to your site with quality content. An example of quality content is this blog post right here

    Peter Osigbe Marketing tips 2 August 2012 at 8:14 PM Permalink
  8. Thanks!

    Louise M. 4 August 2012 at 7:59 AM Permalink

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