Many want to earn extra income and the proliferation of online businesses offers a great opportunity for them as affiliate marketers. Affiliate marketing is a way of making money online whereby a publisher is rewarded or given commissions for helping a business in promoting their product, service, or site. Commissions are often a percentage of a sale but can also be a fixed amount per conversion.

However, there are certain precautions that should be taken into account in order to really earn and not lose money or just waste time in this new way of earning money. As an affiliate marketer, avoid committing any of the following mistakes:

• Plunging into business without enough study: In their eagerness to earn immediately, some new affiliate marketers fail to look deeper first into the business they want to promote. They immediately fill up their sites with sales widgets and banners and are disappointed when there are no visitors coming in. Cut back on salesmanship and focus more on reviews and feedbacks.


• Not selecting the products to promote: You will find that the internet is a seemingly bottomless pit of products to promote and to sell. Temper your enthusiasm and greed. Although you find it tempting to sell everything you see, hold on to your harness a bit. Be very discerning in choosing because many are not really that profitable or are not what the market is looking for despite the big hypes that go with them. Make feasibility studies and find out what really sells—and with profits.

A good advice is to hasten slowly in choosing the products to promote. It is not uncommon that despite the great promotion and expense you pour into a product, you do not make sales from it. Make sure you always test the waters first before plunging in to avoid unnecessary losses later. Selecting 3 or 5 item maximum at the start is ideal. Remember that as an affiliate marketer and not the actual owner of the business or its products, you have no direct control over the very important of the transactions which is between the end buyer and the actual owner or vendor. Therefore, before putting all your time and energy behind a product, conduct a dry run to see how things will go. If all goes well, then you can proceed with marketing.


• Failing to monitor sales: Many affiliate marketers fail to place enough attention to this vital aspect of the business. An affiliate marketer, or any businessman for that matter, should always keep tract of the sales. When sales start coming in, it is easy to get lost along the way. Without knowing where the sales are coming from, it would be difficult to follow them up for repeat orders or to approach them again for new orders or new products to sell. You will not be able to focus your future efforts effectively because you lose reference of your potential prospects.

• Limiting product range: Once you have gained mastery and confidence in affiliate marketing, it is time to widen your range products to offer to your clients. This is the next and necessary step you should take for you to grow in the affiliate marketing business. Just like the techniques of many conglomerates in brick-and-mortar business, include products that compete against each other among your product lines. This will give your customers wider choices but sure to capture the sales on whatever product they choose.

Affiliate marketing is a very lucrative and timely way to earn added revenue. However, it needs extra precautions to reap the benefits from it. The above-mentioned tips can help you achieve these. Good luck!