Every single day hundreds of newbies decide to start on the affiliate marketing journey. The sad fact is that over 95% of them will fail miserably and quite. The road to successful affiliate marketing is littered with the carcasses of the thousands who have tried and failed.
This may seem grim and bleak… but it is a wakeup call. Too many newbies believe that with barely any effort, they will be able to make a whopping five-figure income online within a month or two. They are lulled into a sense of complacency and are deluded into believing the promise of easy money.
The truth is that success with affiliate marketing is just like success in any other endeavor. The effort, sweat, pain, sacrifice, money, time, etc. are required.
You will be required to give up a lot, to learn more than you ever dreamed of, to struggle with paltry results for a while, to experience the pain of defeat many, many times… Do you have what it takes?
You do? Really?… Good. That’s excellent. That brings us to the first most common mistake.
Quitting too soon
This one mistake alone separates the winners from the losers. You only lose when you quit… because quitting is an act of finality. Where else can you go from there? What another hope is there when you quit?
The affiliates who succeed are the ones who quietly, doggedly stay on course even when the results are measly and the outlook is bleak.
This the longest part of the journey… and it’s a test. Once you pass it, you will be the affiliate that makes big money. It will take a while to get there… so don’t give up.
Being too lazy to learn
This affects the best of us. In the beginning, everyone says that they will do whatever it takes. Later on, when they realize that they might have to learn something new, such as using an autoresponder, they slowly try to escape by not trying to build a list.
The reason for this is that effort has to be expended to learn what needs to be learned. You have no choice. Failure to learn what you need to learn will cripple your business and hamper your progress.
Take the time to learn what you need to do. If you’re really not keen to learn, you should outsource the job to someone who knows how to do it.
Quitting their day job too soon
Many newbies hate their day job and they get online to earn a living because they can’t stand their day job. While this may be a good driving force, you should never quit your day job while starting an online business.
It will take time for your internet business to gain momentum. By then, the bills will pile up, you will be stressed out and the whole vibe you give off will be one of desperation.
Stay on your job till you’re making a consistent online income. If you reach the stage where your income is consistent, you may switch to a part-time job or become a freelancer online.
Once you are able to generate a steady income online that is equal to what you are earning at your day job or exceeds it… guess what?
You are ready to quit. Once again, this is a general guideline. At the end of the day, it will be your decision when you should quit. The rule is… you do not quit before you have made any money online.
These are some of the most common mistakes that beginners make. They are terrible mistakes that often doom the chances of success. Avoid these pitfalls, stay focused and never give up.