Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers – 7 Reasons Why 87% Don’t Make Money

Yes it’s true.     content marketing dollar

Affiliate marketing is a reliable way for content marketers to make extra income online.

And it might surprise you to know that most super affiliates have poor blogging sense?

In other words, the people who succeed in the affiliate business might miss it in blogging.

But there is a reason why it’s happening and in this post, I want to highlight the seven major reasons.

If you’re a blogger, I’m sure you’d want to increase your income, build a better business and join the league of the internet’s millionaires.

Well, the reasons below have their own fixes and if you can take action on each, your success is guaranteed.

The right time to start making impact with your blog, and earning affiliate income is right now. Let’s explore the reasons why you’re still stuck behind and how to pull the trigger:

 

1.      Flimsy wishes.

According to the Encarta Dictionary, the word “flimsy” simply means not strong: weak and too easily broken.

If your wishes are backed up by a plan and you take action on them, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving success online.

Bloggers who fail to realize their financial goals through affiliate marketing have weak plans. Or better yet, they don’t have plans at all. How pathetic?

They only wished things turned out right for them. When someone walks up to you and says, “I wish I made $2000 in commission this month!” Guess what?

That person had neglected that money will always answer to VALUE. And since he or she doesn’t have any offer that can brings value to the target audience, money can’t come. Stop making excuses. Stop wishing and start doing what it takes to actually earn the commissions.

 

2.      No investment into your business.

Another vital reason why most bloggers are stuck in the dungeon of “no commission” is because they’ve not mastered the art of investing wisely.

Investing is not only for Wall Street Experts. It’s not for Warren Buffet or Donald Trump. It’s for you, too.

If your ultimate goal is to make money online, by promoting other people’s product, then set a budget each month for your business. You’ve to invest in a good autoresponder service.

What about a good hosting package. If you’re like me that own multiple niche sites, then you also need to invest in good themes.

There is no free meal anywhere and I’m glad that Corbett had advocated on investment practices on several of his posts.

Can you make money as an affiliate without investing any money? Of course you can – but you should be ready to WAIT and WORK your butts off.

 

3.      Poor marketing practices

The era of build it and they will come is far gone. Yes, it used to work in the past. You register an exact match domain name, install wordpress and add content.

Within 72 hours, Google spider would index and start ranking your web pages – because the number of websites and blogs available at the time was limited. Today, over 160,000 new wordpress blogs are launched every day. Wow!

So, you need to work extra smart. Yes, working hard is good and could enhance your chances of making money online, but you’ve to adjust your marketing practices.

Today, you only have to concentrate on marketing strategies that truly works. If you find out that guest blogging is working for you the most, invest more funds into it and dominate that niche.

If email marketing is producing good results for you, scale it up and add more subscribers to your database, then start building relationships before recommending any product or offer.

Even if you’ve to be everywhere, according to Pat Flynn, make sure that you’re on the right places that can bring you closer to making more money.

 

4.      Not willing to learn

One of the qualities of successful affiliate marketers is that they’re open to correction. They’re also willing to learn. Are you?

They spend money to buy products that can increase their knowledgebase. Most of the time, super affiliates spend huge amounts of money to attend conferences and seminars across the world.

Yes, they can afford it. But that’s not the reason why they invest so much money and time into their business.

The ultimate reason is because they are willing to learn. If you’re a blogger and you think that you’re the “tree of knowledge,” failure is already at the corner.

There are so many things you don’t know yet. Other successful people have gone ahead of you – you’ve to pay to learn from them. As you go about blogging, don’t lock your mind from learning. Don’t be arrogant.

This year, make it a duty to listen to premium podcasts. Buy hard copy books, not digital books. Discipline yourself and study them. If you ever desire the internet lifestyle where you’re in control of your life, you must be willing to learn today.

 

5.      Not selling through backend     how-to-sell

You’ve to sell affiliate products through backend. I want to give you a personal homework.

I want you to ask any successful affiliate marketer how they got to where they are financially.

You’ll be surprised that 95% of the responses you’ll get will be hinged on backend sales.

In 2012, I joined to promote an affiliate program where the product owner was paying out a full 100% commission.

To me, I thought this marketer was insane! How could a normal human being reward me in such a manner – he’s got bills to pay, I questioned.

The truth of the matter is that the REAL profit is on the backend. With my story, the product owner was more concerned about generating targeted leads and then building a strong relationship that could translate into BIG ticket sales.

As a blogger, don’t just promote any new hype out there. Carefully study the sales funnel so that you can make more commission when the customer decides to buy into the recurring programs.

Don’t just promote one-off programs. Look for those with backend products and plunge yourself into it.

 

6.      Social media addiction

I know the feeling of getting a retweet, a facebook like or someone just subscribed to your feed.

It can be motivating at times, but is that TRULY the real deal when you want to make money online?

Social media addiction can cripple your success rate online.

If you want to succeed BIG time online as an affiliate marketer, then you MUST minimize the amount of time you spend on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and even Google+.

Those are shadows. The real essence of marketing is to connect with ideal customers, and convince them in a subtle manner to buy from you one time, and repeatedly thereafter.

The question to ask is: does marketing on twitter and Pinterest bring me leads? Remove all sentimental answers and just face reality.

For me, I prefer to write epic guest posts that truly answers questions. And I like redirecting prospects to my landing page where they can learn more about me.

Embrace social media marketing, but don’t be addicted to it. Remember, you’ve a business to build and affiliate products to push to those who truly need them.

 

7.       Low, untargeted traffic

The final piece of puzzle that stops 87% of bloggers from earning decent affiliate income is low, untargeted traffic. Web traffic is the lifeblood of every successful website.

No matter what niche you’ve chosen or your passion – without the right people visiting and taking interest in what you’ve to offer, you’ll make a whopping $0.00 by month end.

One thing I’ve discovered is that you CAN make more sales sending affiliate offers to few, but targeted traffic, than thousands of generic visitors.

I’ve a micro niche site in the health niche that receives less than 50 visitors a day, from search engines, but I still earn $400 – $700 monthly.

There is no magic bullet to it. Aim for targeted traffic; the ideal customers who are desperately looking for the product you’re promoting.

That’s why I love search engine traffic. It’s the best form of targeted traffic ever. With less than 1000 visitors per month, you can still smile to the bank if the traffic is targeted.

 

Are you an affiliate marketer?

When I looked around, I found out that most people started blogging, with the intention of adding affiliate banners to their sidebar. And after that, they do nothing other than add new content regularly and expect miracles to happen.

This is only but a pipe dream. And it’s not content marketing

That’s not how Super Affiliates are made. In fact, six-figure affiliate earners don’t give a damn about blogging per se, but more on generating the right kind of leads and making sales.

Use the fixes in this post to boost your affiliate income today.

Do you find it easy to difficult to earn decent affiliate income, despite all your hard work? Drop me a clear comment below – I’ll address it.

64 thoughts on “Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers – 7 Reasons Why 87% Don’t Make Money

  1. Evan

    Thank you for the informative post about affiliate network , I will just add more thing just about choose of traffic coming, I have one account in Amazon in British and really is difficult to make sure that you will make money with this account in UK I think is more difficult to sell than US; Thanks again for putting all together.
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  2. Olatunji Femi

    Hello Michael,

    I absolutely resonate with If your wishes are backed up by a plan and you take action on them, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving success online.

    The truth is that most affiliate blogger don’t back there plans up with actions. Doing this is just like planning to fail, because failure doesn’t require effort but when efforts are been invested INTO ANYTHING then success is bound to be attained.
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  3. Mohammad Nishat

    that’s great .. I have been surfing online greater than 3 hours these days, but I never found any fascinating article like yours. It’s beautiful value sufficient for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made just right content as you probably did, the net will be much more helpful than ever before.

  4. Bruce

    Hey Michael !
    When somebody do not have money and time to spend on his blog then definitely he would not get even a penny, This is a true post, mentioning all the mistakes which mostly bloggers use to do. I have found a mistake which I also use to do and that is “Not selling through backend “. But now I have to avoid it and should work properly.
    Thanks.
    Bruce

  5. Varun

    Thanks for very nice information and i am very happy to see the readers who wants to make money online through affiliate marketing. Thank you Michael

  6. Syed Qasim

    Few days ago i started my own affiliate website too. After reading you guidelines. I think i should change my work standards. Thanks :)

  7. Daniel Adetunji

    This is awesome bro! I really liked the no 6 and 7th point; it’s very important that we provide quality information through our guest contents–that’s our real estate.

    Thanks for sharing

    Danny

  8. Christina

    Hi Michael,
    I was just looking get up in Affiliate Marketing for my blog but due to these 7 Reasons. I seriously came to know why it doesn’t make money.

  9. Wayne

    I was wondering how to improve my business. Then I finally visit this blog, i found something interesting and helps me to understand my way to improve my affiliate marketing business. Great content you’ve written Michael. Keep ‘em coming.

  10. Estella Barry

    When you look at ways to make money online you will predominately run into the business opportunity business model. Affiliate marketing is not a “done for you opportunity” it is a method of earning that you can turn into a real and sustainable business. There are several successful affiliate marketing coaches who have created tutorials on how to build a profitable affiliate marketing Internet business. These membership websites are complete and geared with the affiliate markeing beginner in mind and the best programs don’t cost much either. They will simply show you how to build a successful affiliate marketing business from scatch. It teached the exact business model I’ve used myself for the last 5 years. I’ve built a consistent recurring full time income online over the past few years and I recommend this business model as the best way to make money from home.
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    1. content marketing up Post author

      I got to the 87% based on survey I conducted on my email list. I used the total number on my list to gauge this, and their responses proved confirmed it. Thank you for stopping by.

  11. Ricksjan

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  13. Mark

    yes sir your are right… I appreciates your amazing knowledge about… Marketing thanks a lot for sharing your precious knowledge with us .. and I request you please make Video tutorials about SEO .. and how to get first page of Google and of other Search engines .. this will really become very helpful for us

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  14. himanshu

    Hi michael i am not getting the traffic to my site then how i can i think of affiliate marketing. Need some tips to increase traffic could you please help i read your all traffic targeted posts and trie best of my hard work but still have nothing in my hands and got weak, Could you please tell me and give some tips to target traffic to my ste.
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  15. Joel

    .This is extremely helpful article because all of us are waiting our amount of time in poor marketing, however I realize what type of mistakes I’ve done. So, thank you for discussing.

  16. Wayne

    Awesome! I was wondering how to improve my business. Then, I finally visit this blog, I found something interesting and help me to understand my way you improve my business.

  17. Chandra

    Thanks for the tips, Michael, it’s awesome… :)
    I try to make some target of traffic for each month, but unfortunately i don’t know how to achieve it… :(
    Any tips maybe?

    regards
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  18. Marie J. Nicholson

    Once that is done, you are ready to get your affiliate links and website set up so that you can market the most effectively. Determine the amount of money that you want to make, and set up an outline of how you are going to make it. There are so many ways that you can get a website out there to be seen, and you will want to make the best decisions. So, finding out the best ways for you to do this is that is cost effective is a good start.
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  19. ipankint

    That’s really make sense..
    much people only thinks about fast earning..
    They don’t plan their action. Just do and keep hope for a miracle..

  20. Mark Jordan

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  21. Bennie Fox

    Unless you’ve magically found some massively under-exploited niche, you absolutely must be prepared to work damn hard and wait for results. The money isn’t just going to start rolling in because you have a live website with an affiliate link. I remember the day after I’ve put my first affiliate site live, logging into the PokerStars affiliate site and being surprised to see no commission!
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