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5 Reasons Why People Fail at Affiliate Marketing

There are a lot of reasons why people fail at affiliate marketing.

Lets face it, to be very honest, some people are just not cut out for internet marketing.

They are better designed to work for someone else in a "real world" setting, trading a steady paycheck for the sacrifice of their time and personal freedom.

On the other hand, you may be perfectly cut out for becoming an Internet entrepreneur. :-)

However, for some reason or reasons, you are finding it difficult to make a full-time living as an affiliate marketer.

It may be because you are making some simple mistakes that are keeping you from the set of results and financial independence you are looking for.

Listed below are 5 common reasons why people fail at affiliate marketing, and understanding them could put you on the path to affiliate marketing success, rather than failure.

1. People Expect Instant Success

Affiliate marketing can produce profits rather quickly.

However, a life-changing income that offers time and financial freedom almost never happens overnight.

Do not expect overnight success to be the case in your affiliate marketing endeavours, no mater what the sales page says!

Especially, if you are working your Internet marketing game part time, it could take several weeks, months, or even a couple of years, before you see significant growth and income.

2. They Don't "Niche Down" Far Enough

Are you thinking about entering the billion dollar weight loss industry?


If so, you would be well served to dig down to a much finer focus than weight loss.

There are some companies that cater to the larger weight loss marketplace that spend literally millions of dollars a year on advertising. It is very difficult to compete with these companies.

However, when you dig down deeper in that larger niche, you begin to find less competition. You also will find that sales are easier, as tiny, microniche markets are incredibly passionate.

Do you think it would be easier to sell a "weight loss for everyone" product, or a "weight loss for women over 50 that want to get their Bikini body back" product?

That second niche market is much easier to develop an authoritative presence in, the competition is easier than the massive "weight loss" market, and this is why "niching down" leads to affiliate marketing success rather than failure.

3. People Give Up Too Soon

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Affiliate marketing is an incredibly competitive business, in any niche. Newbies are entering the affiliate marketing landscape every day.


They hear about the riches which are promised, and they see others making tons of money with this business model.

Unfortunately, many of these people give up right when they are on the verge of developing a real presence as a respected affiliate marketer.

You need to give this Internet business model at least a 1 or 2 year serious commitment (that will sometimes be way outside your comfort zone and will also include some steep learning from time to time, especially if you are a 'newbie'. Sheer frustration can lead to premature disappointment.

If at that time you have not made any significant money, you can move on knowing that you made a worthwhile effort.

4. They Promote Anything and Everything

Don't be that person!


Don't promote any and every product that has a healthy commission. First off, you should definitely be sticking to one topic or market.

Once you decide on a niche to pursue, and read the books

  • Do a lot of homework
  • Buy the products
  • Try the services
  • and read the books
before you promote them.

Limit yourself to a handful of extremely high-value products that have drawn rave reviews by customers.

Promoting anything and everything, with a new offer going out to your email list or web visitors every day, is a quick way to get ignored in the affiliate marketing landscape.

If you haven't got and email list, it's time to start building one!


If you haven't got a website or blog, you could create a facebook page in your chosen micro niche.

5. They Don't Add Value

There are literally thousands of affiliate marketers promoting the same products and services you are.


How can you get someone to buy through your affiliate links rather than somebody else's affiliate link, especially when the price and the product are exactly the same?......

Add value.

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Create an incredible bonus that someone would be happy to pay for.

If you are promoting a popular fitness video, add a video series or an ebook as a free bonus that perfectly accentuates the product you are promoting.

In this way you add value to the purchase, something that many affiliate marketers never attempt to do.

A very popular software platform, used by many marketers to create irresistible bonuses, is Commission Gorilla (click the blue link to have a peek)
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