For all you new affiliate marketers – I’ve seen many affiliates make these mistakes time and time again. So I’m going to get you started on the right track.
1: Don’t Steal Content. I’ve no idea why people think this is okay – but it isn’t okay to steal other peoples work. Don’t just copy the whole Yahoo Answers website or some websites Bodog Casino Review and claim it as your own. Not only is it wrong, but it will actually hurt your website! Search engines recognize that you have stolen content and you can get penalized and it will hurt your own rankings, and your website as a whole.
2: Don’t Steal Images. This goes hand in hand with #1. Google Image Search is evil in this regard as it makes it so easy to just take images from anyone. Be sure to check that every image isn’t copyrighted or for sale first – and if it is, buy it. Also ask the webmaster if you can use their images – most will as long as you provide a link to their site.
3: Be Willing to Learn. By reading this guide it’s clear you’re following this – just continue that. Put your ego aside, put any prior knowledge aside, and read everything I write and many other internet marketers write, and be sure to learn from that and understand it. Be sure to put time into finding out exactly why some affiliates are successful, and others aren’t.
4: Don’t Half-Ass It. Just do it right in the first place. Don’t throw up a 250 word Full Tilt Poker review with the plan to “write a better one later”. Do it right in the first place!
5: Get in the Right Mindset. I’ve left the important one to the very last. We’re all out to make money – however I want you to get that idea out of your head right now. Start thinking more about wanting to create the best and most informative website for the products that you are marketing. Promoting Transformer Toys? You want to create the most informative guides for these toys, for both parents and children alike. Doing reviews of online sportsbooks? Make sure you cover absolutely every detail, providing the best resource for any punters out there.
By having the mindset of creating the best possible resource you will actually create the best possible resource, and it’s the best resources that make the most money. You can read my article The Best Advice You Will Ever Get for a more in-depth discussion on this topic.