When I decided to start affiliate marketing as my full-time profession, many people around me discouraged.
They said so many negative aspects of affiliate marketing that broke my heart.
But then I realized, why should I go for what others say?
I have my own passion, and I will run behind it.
Listening to my heart, I started my career in this affiliate marketing field.
I never regret it.
It’s one of the best decision taken in my life.
Do you know why?
Because, whatever people told me discouraging affiliate marketing, all were basically myths.
The more I learned about this field, the more I found that how people are misguided with the myths.
And if I heard their advice that time, instead of listening to my heart, I would have seriously regretted today.
So, these days I make my friends aware of the myths before they get hands on experience in this field.
Even some myths are so ridiculous that I wonder, how can people think about it and believe it!
Here I will discuss some big myths about affiliate marketing on which you should never lend your ear to as they may keep you away from your $$ affiliate earnings.
MYTH #1- AFFILIATE MARKETING IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO EARN MONEY
There is no way on this earth to earn money quickly. Affiliate marketing is no exception. Hard work, dedication, persistence, perseverance, patience, passion- and all together will help you to get success in the affiliate marketing field. However hard you work for a few days, it won’t matter. But a consistent long-term effort would surely bring good revenue for you from affiliate marketing. You will fail in this business if you dream about earning money quickly from the first day. To let people, buy the product that you are promoting, you need to be trustworthy for them. And making yourself trustworthy in this market takes time.
MYTH #2- MOST AFFILIATE PROGRAMS ARE FAKE
No, this concept is absolutely wrong. Every marketplace consists of fake and genuine things. Similarly, some affiliate programs may be fake, but not all. Most of the affiliate programs pay you well in proper time as per their guidelines and rules. So, it’s your responsibility to select the best affiliate program for your product to earn well.
MYTH #3- AFFILIATE MARKETING IS TOO EASY
If you are thinking so, you are fooling yourself. Nothing is easy to do in this world if you want to do it BIG and GOOD. You need to work harder and harder to bring customers to your site. Not only bring customers, but they should also convert for you to get commissions. You have to market them properly working hard day and night. Simply adding flash banners won’t help you in getting the desired amount of $$.
MYTH #4- ADD LOTS OF AFFILIATE PROGRAMS AND EARN HUGE
This is another myth that you should not even care. Let’s say you go to a retail shop, you saw several shoes, and many of them are suiting your choice and budget.
Then what will you do?
Of course, you will end up being confused as to which product to buy from the mass.
Similarly, if you add too many affiliate programs to your affiliate site, then the readers will enter your site having something in their mind and leave your site being confused.
So, do you want these confused people to purchase from your site?
So, I always suggest my friends to select a few affiliate programs and get a good return from it instead of just confusing the readers.
MYTH #5- TOO MUCH COMPETITION, I CAN’T SUCCEED
Now tell me, which professional field in this universe does not have any competition?
The more the ROI is, the more competition is there.
Trust me; I don’t like kicking goals in an empty field. To get success amidst competition is something that makes you successful.
So, never think about the competition in the niche you want to work. A good sales pitch, some unique marketing skills, and some hard work, all these can bring you a good number of sales. Just listen to your passion and inner voice, they will never misguide you.
MYTH #6- IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO START AN AFFILIATE MARKETING SITE
May be this saying was not a myth ten years back, but it’s a myth now. With so many online platforms and WordPress, now you don’t need to know any HTML code to set up your affiliate marketing site. Building a site is now a simple cake walk.
It’s the hard work that’s difficult to do, but affiliate marketing is not difficult to do.
MYTH #7- ALL GOOD NICHES ARE SATURATED NOW
Again you are mistaken. How can an ocean be saturated? Isn’t it too vast to get saturated? Search for niches that have less competition and more searches. Hew, you got a nice affiliate marketing product.
There may be huge competition, but the niche can’t be saturated.
MYTH #8- AFFILIATE MARKETING WILL DISAPPEAR SOON
Do you think any field can extinct even after flourishing and growing high for more than 20 odd years?
No, it won’t.
See the image below that depicts how fantastically affiliate marketing grew over the years. And from this image, you can be sure that affiliate marketing would never die.
MYTH #9- IT COSTS A LOT TO START AN AFFILIATE MARKETING BUSINESS
Let me tell you how mistaken you are.
How much does a domain cost per year?
$13 per year!
How much you need to pay for hosting?
Approx. $10 per month.
So total $133 per month.
Do you think it’s too high?
Can you name any other lucrative business that you can start at this amount of minimal investment?
MYTH #10- CHOOSE A NICHE THAT IS PROFITABLE
Many friends often ask me to tell them some profitable niche on which they can start affiliate marketing.
But there is no such profitable niche.
This is a real myth.
One niche that is working for others may not work well for you. It will depend upon the interest you have in the niche, the knowledge you have, the USPs you have to your affiliate site, and the unique sales pitch.
If you have done all these perfectly, you are definitely going to rock the affiliate marketing field.
MYTH #11- MUCH TRAFFIC = MUCH MONEY
Suppose you get lakhs of visitors per month to your affiliate site. But however, people don’t like your site and don’t get convinced by your sales pitch and don’t buy anything from your site.
So where do you end up?
You end up nowhere!
Getting huge traffic is not the motto of affiliate marketing, but getting quality traffic that will get converted and bring sales is the main factor of affiliate marketing.
Remember, it's the quality that matters, not quantity.
MYTH #12- AFFILIATE MARKETING IS TOO HARD
Did you learn the alphabets in one day? Did you get success in writing them in one day?
Same is with affiliate marketing.
It may look difficult at the beginning. But gradually with time and hard work and patience to learn, you will cross all the barriers and get success.
Basically, several marketers did not get success in this field and hence this myth spread. But it’s all your determination that will decide your success or failure.