PifallsAffiliate marketing is one of the most effective and powerful ways of making money online. Affiliate programs give you the opportunity to make a living with the Internet.  Since affiliate marketing programs are easy to join, to implement and to make commissions on a regular basis, more and more people want to start in this business.

However, like all businesses, there are pitfalls to watch out for.   Avoiding some of the most common mistakes will help to keep your profits booming rather than slipping away.

Mistake number 1: Choosing the wrong program

Many people want to make money online as fast as possible. In their rush to do this they tend to choose a ‘bandwagon product’. This is the type of product is considered “hot”. They choose the “in demand” product without actually considering if the product is right for them. So, instead of jumping on the bandwagon, it makes more sense to choose a product in which you are truly interested in. It must appeal to you and preferably be about something you know about.   Research the product to understand if it is in demand. Promoting a product you are more passionate about is easier than promoting one for the sake of the earnings only.

Mistake number 2: Joining too many affiliate programs.

Since affiliate programs are really easy to join, you might be tempted to join multiple programs in an attempt to maximize your earnings.  This

might be a way to generate income from multiple sources, but by doing this and attempting to promote them all at the same time will prevent you from focusing on each one of them.

The result? The maximum potential of your affiliate program is not realized and the income generated will not be as big as you were hoping for. The best way to get results is by joining just one program that pays at least 40% commission. Give this your best effort by promoting your products enthusiastically. As soon as you see the product is making a respectable profit, you should look at other products and focus on each one of them in turn.

Mistake number 3: Not buying the product or using the service yourself.

As an affiliate your main purpose is to effectively promote a product or service and to find customers. For you to achieve this, you must be able to relay to the customers the value and benefit of each product or service. It is therefore difficult for you to do this when you yourself have not tried these things out. Thus, you will fail to promote them as well and therefore they will be unlikely be persuaded to buy.

Always try the product or service personally first before you sign up as an affiliate to see if it is really delivering what it promises. You will then be able to describe the benefits or possible issues first hand.. Your customers should then be able to feel they trust your opinions and hopefully try or buy the products themselves.

Avoid these three pitfalls and you will hopefully be promoting a portfolio of products as an affiliate successfully.  Good luck!