One of the simplest ways to make money online is to get into affiliate marketing. This article will aim at dispelling some of the more popular myths surrounding the affiliate marketing industry.
The most harmful myth of all is the one that says that if you place a banner on your site you will see results. I don’t know where that idea comes from but they think that after the banner ads are up the money will soon follow. Affiliate marketing requires much more of you than that. Super affiliates understand what it takes to sell stuff online, so the best bet is to learn the techniques that they are using. The affiliate networks will work with you if you are already successful but if not, you will more than likely be left to figure things out on your own. With everything you do online you must continue to maintain it. Just like anything else worth having; you will have to work on the skills you will need to prosper. You can become very good at SEO and then learning how to write in a way that persuades your visitors to take action. What it all comes down to is; traffic and conversions. Testing is another integral element in your chances of success; you will have to test landing pages, test different offers, test different traffic sources, and so on. Once upon a time you could make a lot of money from banner ads but those days are gone. The competition has grown by leaps and bounds, so the more out of the box thinking you have, the better you’ll be able to deal with the competition.
One other common myth is that people assume affiliate marketing must be just the same as advertising. It’s true there are some similarites involved, but there are some differences to traditional mediums of advertising. Traditional advertising tends to send out a blanket message to as many people as possible, whereas affiliate marketing tends to hone in on only those who are really interested. Affiliate marketing is about promoting a product, giving feedback or giving your personal opinion about a product. You can also create a network of people to send out your promotional messages to.
Another ridiculous myth is that affiliate promotions are nothing but spam. The truth of the matter is that promoting affiliate products is a great way to make some money from commissions. The reason this story appeared is because there are some affiliates who use spam and thus give the whole industry a bad reputation. But the entire affiliate system and the companies that run it are completely genuine and pay out a lot of money in commissions regularly. In fact, they try and eliminate spam and remove spammers to the best of their abilities. They are completely against spam and take proper measures to ensure it doesn’t take place.
It’s a shame that so many marketers, especially new ones, take these myths to be the truth. So, don’t listen to just anyone because they might not even know what they are talking about.