Affiliate Marketing Update – Dumb Newbie Mistakes

Newbie MistakesThe whole point of buying a method is so that you can avoid making the mistakes every newbie makes. Right? Having been home-schooled for a portion of my high school years, I learned how to teach things to myself. That’s not a problem. The problem is when the instructions are lacking. I am not one of those people who have spent hundreds of dollars on method after method. In 6 years of being interested in Internet Marketing, this was the first time I invested money.

I invested money because I believed that this would teach me the basics of something I needed to learn as a core element of Internet Marketing. It did that. I’m a bit annoyed; however, because I find it very difficult to find cut and dried information on IM methods. When it comes to ways to make money, everyone has to put in their two cents and it often convolutes the original idea. It’s an information overload of sorts…a bit of confusion, if you will. It’s almost like they do it on purpose to muddy the waters and reduce the number of successes. Maybe they do.

So, I made a dumb newbie mistake. When I set up my squeeze page, I named the Thank You page (the page where they get the free product after dropping their email in my Aweber box), like this: mydomain.com/thank-you

Now, people are circumnavigating my squeeze page, and going directly to the product download. No emails have been collected, but I’m showing hits on my Thank You page. I didn’t put a download manager on my download, so I don’t know how many times it’s been grabbed. I should probably do that, huh? These are all helpful tips that could have been included in the product I purchased with just a few sentences.

The other thing about this product is that I’m not completely sure some of the methods aren’t Black Hat (take advantage of vulnerabilities). The method involves submitting some content to EzineArticles.com. What it failed to mention was that you have to have a certain status with EA to submit articles. The articles also go through an editing process. 3 out of the 4 articles I submitted were returned because the page listed in my resource box (Squeeze page) didn’t contain enough information pertaining to the topic of the article. FAIL.

So, I’m kind of just sitting here with a half-finished method. I’m certain this is what happens with many marketers. This method involved a TON of work. I am certainly not above working. In fact, I rather enjoyed the work I was doing, but I need RESULTS. This method required about a month of work to be fully set up. Needless to say, I’m discouraged, and I’m considering shifting my focus to other things to stay motivated. I will definitely be more cautious with the next things I try, and doubt I’ll be buying anything else. I’m over these gurus.

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