Below are five of the most common affiliate marketing myths as well as reasons why these myths might exist. As a side note, most come from the point of view of someone trying to get involved in affiliate marketing as a business.
1. It’s Difficult to Get Involved with Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is something that virtually anyone can do if they put their mind to learning how things work (even learning as they go).
It doesn’t take a ton of money or a ton of experience, just a desire to get involved and the ability to really learn.
The reason that many people fail is lack of motivation. Yes we all have been there and no you can’t be a millionaire over-night.
2. Affiliate Websites Don’t Require Much Management
Although it’s possible for anyone, it isn’t as easy as setting up a website, putting some affiliate links and banners on that website, and then letting it sit. Google bots don’t like to see this, which means they could very well penalize your site and essentially bring your business to a halt.
You need to have quality content and make changes to your website to improve it in order to be successful, and this takes lots of management.
3. You Should Always Choose the Niche that is the Most Profitable
Many people believe this because they believe that’s how you will make the most money. Of course certain niches that sell products people buy most often have a good chance of being successful, but that doesn’t mean it’s automatic. Although certain niches might be successful for some, they won’t necessarily be successful for you.
You have to really understand that niche. If you don’t, you’re going to have more success picking something you’re comfortable with.
4. Consumers Don’t Like Affiliate Marketing
Sometimes it can seem like affiliate marketing is an extra step and will therefore annoy consumers because they can just go to eBay or Amazon instead. However, it is important to realize that customers want information about certain products and they want to shop around the Web.
In other words, they don’t want to go straight to Amazon or EBay, they actually want to visit your website.
5. Affiliate Marketing Won’t Last Much Longer
Last but not least, this is probably the most popular affiliate marketing myth. Affiliate marketing will never die. Affiliate marketing have just started to grow.
It’s successful and makes sense – and Google sees that as well as consumers.