Updated: 12/01/2008 21:38
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For people just starting out with affiliate marketing, or even for those just thinking about it, affiliate marketing seems way too good to

For people just starting out with affiliate marketing, or even for those just thinking about it, affiliate marketing seems way too good to be true. Here's a chance to earn real money, potentially enough money to live on, and you dont have to worry about products or shipping. Unfortunately, many people new to affiliate marketing make many of the same mistakes, such as:

Lack of patience: This is probably the biggest mistake made by those new to affiliate marketing. They tend to jump right into it. They put in a lot of work and wind up frustrated and angry that they didnt earn any money within the first few days. The fact is that it takes time. People that really do make $1000s in a month earn that now after spending years promoting their product. It didnt happen in a day and probably not even in months. Ive read many forums where the opinion is that it will take 6-12 months for a site to really earn decent money.

Not keeping your site updated: If you create an affiliate marketing site and then do nothing, you might as well bury it. Your content should be changed on a regular basis. Try to update it weekly. Add some images that go along with whatever holiday is approaching. Thats the main reason I like the blog format. It is very easy to continually add new content. Be sure to stay on top of the product information that is provided to you by the parent company. And, most importantly, dont give up after a month. Plan on giving your affiliate marketing site six months of your time.

Getting into too many programs: In other words, dont spread yourself too thin. You will need to devote time and effort to earn money at affiliate marketing. At most, sign up for two or three programs. You want to be able to focus on these programs, giving them the time and attention they need. Whether you focus one site on 2 or 3 products, or create a different site for each product, you will need to spend time marketing. If your site is loaded with widgets or promotions for a dozen affiliate marketing site, there is very little chance that youll earn any money. You need to focus.

Inexperience is the biggest problem with most people who are coming new to affiliate marketing. They read about the huge amounts of money people make, with these ads giving the impression it all happened overnight. It doesn't and it wont for you either. Take it slow and easy. Being focused, dedicated and investing in quality affiliate marketing materials will help you earn that money you are working so hard for.

The fact is that making money on the Internet is a full time job. Yes, it's one you can work from home on and make your own hours. But it still takes work. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, it will eventually pay off.

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