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!
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 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.