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Are You Making Any Of These 20 Embarrassing Affiliate Marketing Mistakes?

Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Submitted by Gavin McDonald about 1 week ago

Affiliate marketing is definitely one of the top ways of trying to make money online. It’s a system where affiliates help merchants promote or market their products and/or services.

The affiliates are provided with a special code to use in their marketing. This code is used to track the traffic and sales that comes through their efforts.

The essence of this code is also to help determine the amount of commission that would be paid to the affiliate as compensation.

Affiliate marketing is a business model that many have found attractive over the years. Most successful bloggers and internet marketers have gotten grips of this business but others are still struggling with the concept.

Truth be told, if you become an affiliate and do things right, you can become successful selling other people’s products and/or services. However, if you keep making mistakes in the process and doing things wrong, you will not achieve much success.

Mistakes are usually bad for everyone and some can be very devastating. That’s why it is better they are avoided from the onset, especially embarrassing mistakes. Doing such mistakes could be the reason YOU are not making progress with trying to make money on the Internet with affiliate marketing.

The following are 20 embarrassing mistakes to avoid when trying to make money online with affiliate marketing. These ideas will help you become more cautious of what is needed to succeed as an affiliate marketer.


1 – Not learning about different facets of affiliate marketing

Before you start thinking about making money from affiliate marketing, you must have adequate knowledge of how the system works.

In fact, this should be one of the first things you do.

Affiliate marketing, as a system, has many facets, such as:

  • choosing the best programs to promote,
  • getting approved to promote the products,
  • providing content around the product,
  • placing your affiliate links rightly,
  • accessing commissions,
  • handling complaints,
  • etc


You must get ample knowledge of these facts if you really want to succeed.


2 – Thinking you will become a millionaire overnight

If you think that you will become rich overnight when you start affiliate marketing then it’s time you had another serious rethink.


Affiliate marketing requires a lot of hard work and it could take time before you develop a system that would start yielding money for you.

Most people are misled into thinking that they can just start making money like others once they sign up with a program and place a link on their website. It doesn’t work like that.

Agreed there are some systems like the one I am using here, which can work very quickly, but most systems out there take time.

Even this system I am using needs one to take ACTION. It won’t work if I don’t take any action. Writing high quality articles like this and promoting them in the right places is just one of such actions.

I certainly won’t become a millionaire overnight but if I keep going, I will eventually make a lot of money from affiliate marketing overtime.

Same thing with you or anyone else who is really serious about putting the time and effort needed to succeed with the right affiliate program.


3 – Doing what everyone else is doing and failing at

It is a mistake of affiliate marketing if you get stuck with the idea of doing things like others.

You need to put up your extra thinking cap and be creative.monitor-1280219_640

Sometimes it is your creativity that will help you come up with better ways of doing things, in terms of coming up with the right content, design and promotions.

Avoid the mistake of following what everyone else is doing and failing with.


4 – Not knowing enough about the product being promoted

For me, this is a big mistake that could cost the affiliate marketer big time and resources.

Not knowing the product you are promoted well enough is not just a mistake, it is a disaster. You would be able to convince others better into buying a product if you have used and tested it yourself.

So, before you start promoting that product, ensure you know it well enough.

For example, I first spent time to study this system I am using before I started promoting it. I watched the many videos in the members’ area and understand exactly how it all works, before I started promoting it.

You should do the same, for any product you decide to promote. It’s just common sense and it will work better for you.


5 – Joining too many affiliate programs

You need concentration for effective result when it comes to affiliate marketing.

If you decide joining every program you come across, then it is confusion. You will never make maximal impact on any program and this could affect your success.

Therefore, concentrate on just one or few programs where you have the potential to explore your greatness.

If you are currently signed up to dozens of programs, perhaps it’s time to pick just one or two to focus on.

Of course you can always move on to other programs, but after spending good time on one or two.

Didn’t the greats say focusing on one or few things work better than on dozens or hundreds of things? That’s very true.


6 – Using duplicate content on your website

If your affiliate website is often filled with content copied from other affiliates’ websites or from review sites, this is not always good.


Your tactics could be frowned at by the search engines, especially Google.

This could also earn your penalty.

Try to be original in the content you publish to promote a product. Google still frowns at duplicate content!


7 – Running your affiliate website in a “free” host and domain

You will not be seen as a professional if you decide to do affiliate marketing under a free host or by using a free domain.

Invest in “self-hosted” blog or website if you want to be taken seriously as an affiliate marketer.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend much buying domain names and signing up for a hosting plan.

You can get started with as little as $10 or less for a domain name and $5 per month or less for a good host.

Make this investment today as part of your initial startup cost and you would be taken seriously.


8 – Failure to do proper keyword research

In whatever product or service you have decided to promote as an affiliate, keyword research is important.

Well done keyword research means you can identify the words and phrases people use in searching for the product and use such words in your content.


Ultimately, you will increase your chances of getting more traffic if your keyword research is good.

Remember, keyword research is an essential part of search engine optimization (SEO) and you need this optimization to improve your search engine visibility.

And yes, even if you don’t like to do SEO, it’s important if you put content out there.


9 – Not sticking to a particular niche

One mistake that is common with many affiliate marketers is picking too many different niches at the same time.

Jumping from one niche to another doesn’t pay well for affiliates.

You should not be distracted by the appeals of just any niche you think is profitable.

If you do this, you will not excel.

Instead, you are better off sticking with a particular niche, mastering it, before moving to another.

This way you improve your chances of making money with affiliate marketing.


10 – Not working with the right mentor

It is a mistake to engage in affiliate marketing alone, especially if you have no prior experience in it.


If you have access to, or the opportunity of, meeting a mentor then you definitely should utilize it.

Mentors are those who are already succeeding in what you want to do or be. They are also willing guide you do the same.

Find a mentor so that your journey to becoming successful with affiliate marketing would be shorter and less painful than it would have been without one.

Take your time and find the “right” mentor today!

I did and am happy with my decision.


11 – Promoting products you know nothing about

You should know about the products and/or services you want to promote.


While it’s good to be passionate about the product and/or service you have chosen to promote, knowing about them is a good first step.

That’s very important when it comes to affiliate marketing.

If you don’t know anything about the products and/or services you are promoting, then it becomes easier to get overwhelmed when you face obstacles along the way.

You will find it more fun when promoting a product you have at least some knowledge, interest or passion for.

That can give you the inner inspiration to do all the hard work necessary for success.


12 – Not taking time to learn approval requirements of merchants

It is a big mistake not learning what is required to get approved by an affiliate program.

If you are not acquainted with what is required and how to provide what you should, then you could be rejected from the onset.

So, ensure you read the terms of service of any program you have decided to join and meet their demands.

The faster you obey their TOS, the faster you will get approved, and the faster you will start making money with their programs.


13 – You don’t offer incentives

Affiliate marketing today is quite competitive.

You must endeavor to develop ways to stand out and beat the competition.

One of the strategies you can adopt is to offer incentives to your potential prospects.

This could be in the form of discounts, bonuses, free eBooks, etc.

The more incentives you provide, the more appealing your offer can be to potential customers.


14 – Not having your own “Sales Page”

It’s not always compulsory but if you can, you should have your own sales page, especially if you think the sales page of the vendor is lacking one thing or another.

This helps sometimes, rather than always relying on that provided by the merchant.

Having your own sales page sometimes allows you to stand out as a professional. You would be able to control the message and the tone of your persuasion.

So, if you can, create your own sales page, control the message and let the audience see you as an expert.


15 – Not helping visitors solve their problem

You should be helping visitors or potential customers from your website solve the problems they have.


As an affiliate marketer, you don’t only make recommendations for a product, you help the audience know what benefit they will enjoy from it.

You should use your site or blog to provide solutions, answer their questions, and assuage their concerns.

Therefore, ensure you have an effective feedback and response system in your affiliate marketing model.

The more solutions you provide, the more trust you engender!

And of course, this leads to more sales, on the long term.


16 – Not branding your business

If you can, you should be running your affiliate marketing business as a brand.

This way you will be seen as unique and professional.

You can have your own voice, your own design and your own content.

People should be able to identify you from the crowd.

It would be a mistake if you just follow the crowd like every other affiliate marketer.

17- Buying cheap low quality traffic 

If you want to excel in affiliate marketing then you really need to invest in the right quality traffic.

Without good quality traffic you are not going get the kind of conversion you want.

There are paid traffic and there are non-paid traffic. The former offers better quality and ROI than the latter.

This also applies to solo ads. Getting cheap low quality traffic and cheap low quality solo ads for your business means you are not going to get the best.

Remember, you get what you pay for, hence invest in quality traffic.

And in most cases, you can only get this if you pay for it.

As a beginner you can utilize cheap services but with time make the right investment in good quality paid traffic and good quality solo ads.


18 – Not joining or learning from the right affiliate groups

The journey of affiliate marketing should not be embarked upon alone.

You need to be acquainted with industry news and trends. Interacting with other affiliates is a good step in the right direction when it comes to knowing what is going on in the industry.

Join affiliate groups where you get to share views and ideas with people of like minds.

The ideas you get from these groups are going to help you make better decisions for growth.


19 – Not promoting your affiliate marketing business well

It is one thing to have blog or website where you operate as an affiliate. But, it is quite another thing to promote that business.


It would be a mistake to just be publishing reviews about a product and expecting people to click your link.

If you don’t promote your content you are not going to excel.

You should put into practice promotional strategies like SEO, email marketing, and social media marketing, etc.

The more you promote, the better your chance of success with affiliate marketing.


20 – Not willing to invest money in the right type of tools

There are tools out there that can help you save time and energy while doing affiliate marketing.

You need these tools to fast-track your affiliate marketing success.

These tools can include:

  • keyword research tools
  • niche finding tools,
  • SEO and back linking tools,
  • idea generation and content editors,
  • landing page creation tools
  • social media scheduling tools,
  • etc.


Invest in the right tools today and see how you excel in your affiliate marketing.



So, these are 20 mistakes you should not be doing with affiliate marketing.

You can excel as an affiliate marketer but you need to know what it takes and apply the rules.

Success with affiliate marketing doesn’t happen overnight but with the right strategies and hard work, you will eventually succeed!

Right now I am signed up to this awesome system and I am making money with it. You can too, if you check it out here.

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120 Responses to “ Are You Making Any Of These 20 Embarrassing Affiliate Marketing Mistakes?” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Jerry Chong Profile

    Hello Gavin,

    What an epic post, dude!

    This is one of those posts you can’t read and just close the page without bookmarking or adding to your list of great posts to return to again and again.

    With so many crappy posts published daily, posts like these are like breath of fresh air! This must have taken you a while to put together, right?

    The worst mistake among these 20 to me is the one of thinking of becoming an affiliate marketing millionaire overnight. That’s just not going to happen and thoughts like that start people off with all kinds of wrong expectations.

    You are right that affiliate marketing requires a lot of hard work. This is also the same case with any other business venture.

    It takes time before most people can develop a system that would start yielding a lot of money for them.

    I also agree with you about the need for good mentors. They can help in making the process easier and less frustrating, but not everyone can afford to pay for the right mentors in the beginning.

    Thanks for writing this epic post!

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile


      Such kind words, epic even :-)

      I really appreciate the comment and I would love to reply in the proper fashion. Unfortunately, I have to travel to some pretty remote places with work and this current place has no (crew) internet access. I have use of my phone data only for the next 2-3 weeks.

      My time off is spent learning this art of affiliate marketing so I can one day provide for my family and not leave them to make a buck. On my return I will speak with you, thank you again and best wishes sir.

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi again Jerry,

      I think back to around 12 years ago, I first had a dream of making money online. I was young and after some quick money, I joined so many of the MLM quick cash programs. What a disaster that was, never made a buck but I remember spending plenty.

      I am now in a much better place and can spend the necessary time learning and researching. I know now there is no quick route to online money making, I will spend my time off from my oil industry work to do this proper. My mentor at the moment is this very site, so many incredible people to learn from.

      Again thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you enjoyed the read.

      Best wishes


  • Profile photo of Norma Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    I have read many posts here on but this is without doubts one of the best.

    You could have stopped at 5 or 10 mistakes but going as far as 20 is impressive!

    I have bookmarked this.

    I agree with Jerry’s comment. This is an epic post, no doubts.

    Thanks for reminding us of these affiliate marketing mistakes. I am guilty of many of the mistakes you mentioned here.

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hello Norma,

      Thank you for the nice reply and also the friend request.

      The list just seemed to grow and grow. Some through personal mistakes, I will learn from these. Others were from hours of reading from blogs, forums and articles. It seems there is a huge number of people making or have made these mistakes I talk about in my post. It was actually quite reassuring to know I wasn’t alone 😀

      I look forward to speaking in the future and reading your posts.



  • Profile photo of Joseph Profile

    Hello Gavin,

    I just saw your friendship request and have accepted it. It’s an honor befriending a member like you who writes such great posts.

    I was very guilty in the past of buying cheap traffic. You know all those get thousands of real traffic for few dollar?

    They are all fake traffic, maybe bot traffic even, they come but don’t do anything. And you can’t get your money back because they actually send you traffic but all fake or bot traffic. What a waste of time and money.

    Thanks for this great post.

  • Profile photo of Winford Moore Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    Excellent article on what not to do when learning affiliate marketing. I have to admit that I was guilty of quite a few of the things you mentioned in the post, such as purchasing useless traffic, not sticking to 1 niche and joining every affiliate program that I could find.

    I really enjoyed reading your post and I’m sure others will also.

    Have a good day,
    W. Moore
    Winford Moore recently posted…How Can I Build A Successful Home Based Business?My Profile

  • Profile photo of Bryan Joseph Profile

    The other comments here are right, this is a really epic post.

    As for me, the title drew me in to read it. Good job with the title, it showed creativity.

    And as feared, I am making many of these 20 mistakes. Time to make some needed changes.

    Thanks, Gavin.

  • Profile photo of Abigail Chow Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    I love this post. You obviously put a lot of time in writing this.

    Not helping potential customers solve problems they have is a big mistake as you pointed out.

    I buy products which solve problems I have and will readily buy such products from anyone, regardless if they are promoting them as affiliate products or not.

    My takeaway from that point is, instead of trying to sell every product just to make a buck, spending time to find out what people need and promoting that to them will get better results, as you pointed out here.

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Abigial,

      I agree totally, promoting products which will help potential customers is what I will focus on.

      That is why I bought the Kingged 30 day program and I’m now an affiliate of it. For a newbie or an experienced marketer, there is simple step by step activities to follow. Anyone who follows them will make money through affiliate marketing.

      There is a large number of programs/products out there set up to help solve problems such as the 20 I listed in my post. Spending the time to find one or two you believe in and promoting it correctly will undoubtedly bring in better results for you.

      Thank you


  • Profile photo of redtiger Profile

    Hi Gavin

    Well done. Internet marketing is a place of pitfalls and traps around every corner. A guiding light like this post is always welcome.

    Your last point really got me thinking. Maybe the time has come to move away from the free tools and see if the paid alternatives do not reach further and dig deeper into places where you will find your true target audience.

    A good solid foundation of knowledge is absolutely vital when you take on the challenges of online marketing. This post highlights many elements that should form part of that knowledge.

    The right affiliate program and the right training are so important. And then of course the right mentor. The days of trying to become a marketer without the help of a mentor – who has walked this road and succeeded – are long gone.

    Great post
    redtiger recently posted…Mini Map to Online SuccessMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Redtiger,

      Apologies for the long delay in replying to your kind comment.

      Diving in to the internet marketing industry as a young man, without first learning led me head first in to so many of these pitfalls and traps you mention. I lost a lot of money and learnt some harsh lessons a good few years back.

      Maybe this amazing community of people could share their experiences (good or bad) with paid affiliate marketing tools. There is always that risk when parting with your hard earned bucks, a little head start knowledge is a great thing.

      Thank you


  • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    After reading this article, I know now why some people are not really doing well with affiliate marketing. The mistakes disclosed here are really embarrassing and I think its time that any serious marketer avoid them.

    One of the mistakes that really caught my attention is mistake number 10 – not working with the right mentor. This is where most affiliates miss it.

    Mentors help journey and struggles of life to be shortened, hence it is a plus to follow the right mentor always!

  • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    It is very important that the affiliate marketer understands things that will affect his/her commission negatively.

    Indeed, these mistakes are glaring and common to affiliate marketers. They must be avoided if identified.

    I have made one or more of these mistakes in the past but its a good thing I am open minded.

    Once an affiliate resorts to sub-standard marketing that will not add value to the customer then he/she is doomed to fail!

  • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

    Such a great group of people leaving truly amazing comments. I will reply to everyone when I return from work. Unfortunately I only have my phone for internet access for the next few weeks.

    Best wishes to you all.


  • Profile photo of Anju Jerry Mathew Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    I enjoy reading all these 20 mistakes, very good writeup.

    I am guilty of these mistakes too but my worse is LAZINESS! :(

    I don’t do what I know I should do even when laid out for me. That affects me a lot.

    If I do even half of the things I know I should be doing, I would be more succesful.

    I procrastinate a lot, that’s bad.

    I signed up for the program you linked to but have not done the things am supposed to do.

    Reading this post is good for me, I will take more action soon.
    Anju Jerry Mathew recently posted…INSPIRATIONAL QUOTESMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Anju,

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I am glad you enjoyed reading about these 20 mistakes.

      I can understand what you mean about laziness, but don’t beat yourself up too much because everyone suffers from one form of laziness or the other.

      The first step to dealing with this is identifying it, and you seem to have done that.

      I also suggest forcing yourself to “start” taking action. Note that I said “start”. When you can convince yourself to start something, you will be surprised that it gets easier to continue.

      The problem is usually starting, that’s why we put things off for very long time.

      Try this and am sure it will help.

      I hope this helps?

      Have a lovely day.

      • Profile photo of Anju Jerry Mathew Profile

        Hi Gavin,

        Thank you, your words are encouraging to me.

        Your suggestion for me to start taking action is good one but I feel frustrated when I think of all things I should have done, and that prevents me from even starting at all.

        That’s one of my big problems, I procrastinate and don’t even start things at all, to the point of I have too many things I haven’t started on and get frustrated just thinking of them all.
        Anju Jerry Mathew recently posted…INSPIRATIONAL QUOTESMy Profile

        • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

          Hi Anju,

          I am glad you found my words encouraging.

          Your feelings of frustration because you have too much you haven’t done also happens to other people. You are certainly not alone with this problem.

          I sometimes feel that way when I have things I haven’t done, but the frustration shouldn’t stop you from starting at all.

          It’s in the “starting” that the things will get done and the frustration eventually reduces. Successful people feel the frustration but take action despite it.

          Pick one of your important todo tasks and take action on it, even if very little action. Do that again the next time and the next time, and slowly you will find it easier to take even more action.

          Try that and you will see it works.

          Keep me posted on how this goes, Anju.

  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    For everyone who is already interested in or who is already practicing affiliate marketing, this is a must-read post.

    It comes with practical lessons that would help deliver results. In essence, the piece has practical revelations, even as it is advisory and motivational.

    One of my takeaways from this post is this “Before you start thinking about making money from affiliate marketing, you must have adequate knowledge of how the system works.”

    Yes, without adequate information about affiliate marketing, getting into it would be a waste of time, effort and resources. This mistake must be avoided from the onset!

  • Profile photo of Black Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    Indeed, these are embarrassing affiliate marketing mistakes. Avoiding them is very crucial if one is to succeed with affiliate marketing.

    I have made the mistake of jumping into any affiliate program that flashes on my face.

    Now, I realize it was a bad call because I never really get to make the most of any of them.

    I have been overwhelmed and frustrated with the efforts I put in those programs because I lack the knowledge and passion to carry them out successfully!

    Well, after going through this piece, I have come to realize that success in affiliate marketing is a function of adequate knowledge, good planning and hard work!

    Thanks for such a great post!

  • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

    Hey Gavin!

    Excellent post and great tips for those starting in affiliate marketing. I really like #13 as I try to explain that my friends in both affiliate and network marketing.

    There are 1000’s of other affiliates promoting the same exact thing as you, so you need to be different, stand out, and offer bonuses unique to you. Otherwise, it’s like why should I sign up under “Bob” and not “Jane”, right?

    I say spend a bit of time working ON your business and not IN your business (stole that saying from one of my mentors) 😉 Meaning spend some time creating those unique offers so when you do promote you’ve got something more than just the affiliate product-you’ll have an actual reason for people to start joining with you!

    Have an excellent weekend Gavin!

    -Marie :)
    Marie Yovcheva recently posted…What I Used To Go From 0 To Over 330 LeadsMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Marie,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this post.

      I am glad you agree with the 13th mistake. I still see it happening all the time, people doing nothing different than slapping affiliate links on many products, yet they wonder why they are not making sales.

      I never heard of this “working ON your business and not IN your business” phrase before. It makes a lot of sense.

      Thanks for teaching me something new with your comment!

      Have a lovely new week.

  • Profile photo of steven Profile

    Affiliate marketing has different facets and it is a big mistake to ignore the different aspects before engaging in it.

    Getting knowledge of what to do in the different aspects is critical for success with affiliate marketing.

    It is only when the affiliate marketer has known what to do in the different facets that it becomes easier to make impact in whatever niche that is followed.

  • Profile photo of Sarah John Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    If a mistake is realized by an affiliate marketer, it becomes critical to fix it.

    This will help ensure success when there is a chance to implement the act.

    The good news is that your post has revealed some of the common mistakes that must be avoided.

    The details you gave in this post are revealing, and the main idea of this post is sure to help the proactive affiliate marketer.

  • Profile photo of Hafiz Akinde Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    This unique post of yours shows that you know affiliate marketing inside out. They are great points but overall I think not sticking to a particular niche is the greatest undoing.

    If anything, what you’d get are a random inconsistent visitors who would hardly buy the products you’re marketing. So the watchword here is to focus on a specific niche.

    This is what a site like advocate and teach on their blog. Find a profitable niche, do your keyword research and set up a topnotch affiliate niche website.
    Hafiz Akinde recently posted…Personal Branding For Bloggers: 10 Strategies That Actually WorkMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Hafiz,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this post.

      As you suggest, sticking to a particular niche is a great thing to focus on. Particularly if you are new to affiliate marketing. I have been guilty in the past of jumping from one niche to the next and quickly becoming bogged down with too much going on.

      Keyword research is vital and one of the most important aspects of affiliate marketing. If you don’t choose wisely you will end up with an near impossible task, trying to market a very high competition keyword.

      Have a lovely day.

  • Profile photo of Celine Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    The mistakes about affiliate marketing you have shared are eye-opening. I have been making one or two of the mistakes mentioned.

    Now that I know that they might have been the reason I am not getting the result I want, it becomes really crucial to do away with them.

    I am of the opinion that the worst opinion to be avoided is taking action without considering what potential customers want!

  • Profile photo of Dennis Stover Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    I am with others who have commented here, this post is a great post.

    I am already tired of reading short 200 or 300 word articles which don’t provide any useful information at all. With such articles, it’s as if the authors didn’t even try at all.

    With so many articles published everyday, it’s great ones like this that can stand out.

    I am considering the 30 days program you recommended, particularly since it’s run by this same site. Which of the versions do you most recommend?


    P.S. With your last name, you must get special treatment at McDonalds, right? Kidding of course, :)

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for reading this post and for your kind words about it. I see what you did with my last name, funny :)

      I also don’t like reading short articles, particularly those that don’t offer anything of value. It shouldn’t be about writing articles just for writing sake but writing articles that offer value for readers. I am glad this article did that for you.

      I am also happy you showed interest in the 30 days program I talked about in this article. I highly recommend it because, as you rightly noticed, it’s run by this site and I am already making money with it.

      About your question of which versions I recommend, I’d say the $299 version because it will give you the best results right off the bat.

      First best aspect I like about it is the RESELL-LICENSE you get to resell 2 copies and take 100% of the money. What this means is you can sell 2 copies and double your $299 easily.

      Another aspect I like best about it is the many traffic cheat moves you get. You can use the traffic cheat moves help you get traffic to your affiliate offers.

      With affiliate marketing, one of the difficult things is getting good quality traffic to good programs. You might have a good program but if you can’t get good quality traffic to it, you won’t make money. But the $299 version helps you get good quality traffic with many cheat moves you get.

      One more aspect I like about the $299 version is if you take the actions they recommend and you don’t make money within the 30 days, they will do what they call “promotions blast” to get you guaranteed sales.

      Here’s their exact words about this:

      “Our team will review your results after 30 days. If you have done the 30 days recommended activities but haven’t made DOUBLE what you paid for this, we will do a SPECIAL final blast for your offers, ensure you make DOUBLE what you paid!”

      Give it a try, you will be glad you did.

      If you have any more questions for me, just ask.

      Have a lovely day.

      • Profile photo of Dennis Stover Profile

        Hi Gavin,

        Oh goodness, what an amazing reply!

        I didn’t expect you would take the time and effort to provide me such a reply. This shows you take your affiliate marketing seriously. Others might charge for this article and replying to everyone but you do it for free. Amazing!

        This reply has convinced me to buy this through you. Also I have been a member here for long time and I trust this site.

        One question before I order, do you know if I can submit Private Rights Label (PLR) articles for this 30 days Kingged program, in place of unique articles? I may not have time at the moment to write unique articles but have many PLR articles to use.

        • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

          Hi again Dennis,

          Thanks for appreciating my efforts.

          I am willing to help you even more when you order. I practice what I preach and like to help those who need my help, before or even after they buy what I promote.

          In reference to your question, I have confirmed from the Kingged team for you. They don’t allow PLR articles because there are too many copies of the same PLR articles all over the Internet.

          Allowing PLR articles will devalue the quality of articles here when everyone submits the same PLR articles, won’t you agree?

          It’s also one of the 20 embarrassing affiliate marketing mistakes I talked about in this post. Please refer to mistake #6.

          If you don’t have time to write unique articles, they suggest outsourcing to good writers. It’s not that difficult finding good writers at affordable rates. I can give you more tips on how to find such good writers. I can do this for you for free if you order through me 😉

          What do you say? I am standing by to help you, Dennis.

          • Profile photo of Dennis Stover Profile

            Hi Gavin,

            You’re really practicing what you preach with how you are trying to help me here. I have made up my mind to buy through you.

            What you said about duplicate content makes sense, but what if I rewrite the PLR articles? Will that be allowed?

            • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

              Hi again Dennis,

              Thanks for making up your mind to buy through me.

              If you can rewrite the PLR articles enough to be 100% unique and well written, they will be allowed. What they are trying to avoid is inundating with the same duplicate PLR articles.

              And from my experience with PLR articles, most of them are not great quality to begin with and it might take you too long to rewrite them well enough. You might even be better off writing articles from the ground up, than trying to rewrite existing articles to appear unique and original.

              Also, rewritten PLR articles might not read as well as the original because of the sometimes hard task of rewriting every sentence, even those that are hard to rewrite differently than the original.

              Let me do something more for you… if you buy through me as you have said, I will write a 1,000 word article for you, as free bonus, for buying through me!

              As you can see, I am further practicing what I preach in this article. I am avoiding mistake #13 and offering you more incentives to buy through me, :)

              Don’t forget that you still get another 1,000 words article from the Kingged team if you buy the platinum version. With the bonus I am offering, you get 2 unique articles in total.

              Good deal?

  • Profile photo of Carl Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    Indeed, it is embarrassing when an affiliate marketer never gets to stick with a particular niche. It shows lack of focus. Jumping from niche to niche will not yield the needed result.

    Thus, I agree with you that a fully concentrated niche in affiliate marketing brings about the best in the marketer. This also ensures that good results are achieved!

  • Profile photo of Paul Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    If an affiliate marketer do away with the above mistakes, he would be able to deliver effectively on the business.

    This post has provided great knowledge on what should be embraced and what should be avoided, it beckons on the marketer to implement the needful so that the right results would be achieved.

    Mistakes numbers 2, 5, 6, and 10 must be avoided if any success is to be achieved!

  • Profile photo of Hannah Edia Profile

    I have only just started with affiliate marketing and it seems interesting and a whole new ballgame. Will put this advice to good use.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Hannah Edia recently posted…How to use Linkedin to Launch a Full-time Freelance CareerMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Hannah,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this post.

      I’m glad to hear this post was helpful to you, affiliate marketing can throw up many obstacles but avoiding these 20 mistakes will definitely help guide you on the right path.

      Starting out in business is never easy, just remember to keep dreaming, planning, and work hard.

      You have joined a great community of people here on Kingged, please feel free to contact me at any time should you need any help.

      Good luck and have a lovely weekend.

  • Profile photo of Adam D. Mason Profile

    Hello Gavin,

    The information you have provided is quite helpful. I find it funny that we as marketers will not see these issues in ourselves until we read them in a post like yours.
    I have made many of these mistakes in my time and I am currently working on fixing others. It is nice to have a list that we can check to make sure we are chugging along as we should.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Adam D. Mason recently posted…Make Your Goals StickMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this post.

      I’m glad to hear the list of mistakes has helped you focus on any issues you were having in your marketing efforts. You are correct, marketers can sometimes get so caught up in everything they are trying to achieve it takes reading something like this list for them to start taking action to correct the mistakes and bad habits.

      Having the list as a reference point will be of great help to myself and hopefully many others in the future.

      Have a lovely weekend.

  • Profile photo of Katrina Schuessler Profile

    Hi Gavin,

    I came back to Kingged today after a break and reading this post reminds me how awesome this place is.

    Great posts such as yours is why I love this place. You didn’t only list these mistakes but explained why they are mistakes and you provided solutions to them.

    This is clearly bookmark worthy, as others have said.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Profile photo of Brittany Profile

    This was a very useful post!

    I just signed up for my first affiliate program yesterday and haven’t even started trying to use it yet. I’m glad I saw this post first.

    Thanks for the post and the ideas!
    Brittany recently posted…How To Use PINCHme To Get Free StuffMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Brittany,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this post.

      Welcome to the amazing world of affiliate marketing, exciting times signing up for your very first affiliate program yesterday. As I mentioned above to Katrina, Kinnged is a great platform for any beginner, a truly trusted source of information.

      Have you managed to look at the 30 days program I talked about in this article? As a newbie, a good mentor is essential and the 30 day program is run by this site and I am already making money with it. If you have any questions on the program please just get in contact, anytime.

      I really do wish you all the best luck in the world with your first affiliate venture. Just try and not get stuck in an information overload, it can happen very quickly.

      Have a lovely weekend.

  • Profile photo of Viva Luxuria Profile

    Hey Gavin,

    Yet again another great post! And very true!

    These simple mistakes will cost affiliate marketers a ton of potential commissions.

    One of my favorite points that you mentioned is “having the right mentor”. So many people take advise from people they either trust or respect, but don’t necessarily have the success in the industry in which they are looking to succeed in. It is like the blind leading the blind!

    My take away from this article is to find a successful mentor and duplicate what they have done so you can have the same results that they have achieved.

    Keep up the great content.

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Viva,

      Thanks for reading both of my posts and for commenting again on this too. I have already replied your comment on my other post.

      Your take away from this article is a really good one because just getting the right mentor can help prevent all the other big mistakes and help you finally start making money with less stress.

      I have found the right mentor here on Kingged and he’s the owner of this site. Have you found yours?

      I can see you are a new member here on I am happy you choose both of my articles as the first ones to comment on. I have sent you a friend request :)

      I am a bit older here, if you have any questions for older member, feel free to ask me.

  • Profile photo of Hector Jayat Profile

    Awesome Article Gavin,
    I just would add one more mistake, which is to send your traffic direct to the affiliate offer rather than your capture page.


    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Hector,

      Thanks for reading and adding to my post.

      You are right, it can be a mistake to send traffic directly to affiliate offers all the time, rather than to capture page. And it works best if you offer good incentive for people to sign up on your capture page.

      I can see you are a new member here on I am happy you choose my article as the first to comment on. I have sent you a friend request :)

      I am a bit older here, if you have any questions for older member, feel free to ask me.

  • Profile photo of Hector Jayat Profile

    That’s right Gavin
    I love affiliate marketing specially on the internet marketing niche.

    Thanks for your request, already accepted.

    I hope we can share a thing or two about this online business world.

    Thanks for your support in here.


  • Profile photo of Sue Bride Profile

    Thank you for such a comprehensive post! You’ve given us so many valuable tips. Do you recommend any particular affiliate groups – apart from Kingged that is.

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my article.

      I see you around the blogosphere a lot and I am honored to see you here loving my article.

      I also see you are a fellow Aussie. I am too :)

      Whether I recommend any particular affiliate groups apart from Kingged? Not really because I am focused right now on getting the best from Kingged and it’s working great for me.

      I have been involved in many other programs in the past which have turned out to be big money and time wasters. Kingged is very different and is working very well for me.

      I am making money almost every day now with the different products run by Kingged. They are even adding more products for students and affiliates like me to earn from. The more products they add, the more my earnings increase.

      And what’s even more amazing with Kingged is that I don’t have to do a lot of work. They help me do most of the work and I still earn almost daily.

      If you have other questions about how I am earning with Kingged or anything else, please ask.

      Have a lovely day.

    • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

      Hello Sue,

      I didn’t hear anything more from you after my detailed reply to your question above.

      This is a quick follow-up to see if you have any further questions.

      I am here to answer any question you might have and to help you if you need help. You can send me a private message here, if you prefer private communication.

  • Profile photo of Ivana Dee Profile

    I keep doing this 8 – Failure to do proper keyword research.
    When I used the wrong keyword, even with the proper backlinking, I cant reach the goal I want. It’s such a very important step
    Ivana Dee recently posted…How to generate Your First $$$ Online?My Profile

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