Over the years I have learned a lot of things that work and don’t work on my website. Most of the things I’ve learned is through trial and error. But that’s okay as making mistakes is all a part of learning. But I also learn about what works on a website by my personal experience on someone else’s website. And there have been times when I’m reading someone’s blog post where I just want to leave their site. Or I wonder what were they thinking?
My goal here is to share with you some of the most common affiliate marketing website mistakes that newbies make. Avoiding these mistakes will have you looking like a pro and you will attract more readers.
1. Pop ups that block the text.
First of all it is so rude. Here I am reading your content, and you throw a popup right in front of the text that I’m reading. This is a guaranteed way to make sure I do NOT join your list or subscribe to you. And of course I won’t buy your product. Actually I will probably leave your website and never return.
This sounds harsh I know, but I want to give you my honest feelings.
With that said, I don’t mind all popups. I even use some on my sites. But I make sure they only come up when the person is exiting my site.
The secret with pop up marketing is to make sure you are giving your readers lots of value. This way they will love to share your posts, join your list or buy your product. Just don’t be annoying.
2. People can’t comment easily
I get so annoyed when I want to leave you a comment but I can’t. Why? Because I have to go through so many hoops just to do it. And when I finally get the captcha correct, your site won’t take it. 🙁 This can be really frustrating.
I used to have captcha because I didn’t want spam. And I quickly saw the number of comments decline dramatically. Then one day I got an email from a friend who told me she tried to comment on a post but the captcha was evidently broke. No matter what she did, she couldn’t get the captcha to work.
So I decided to simply remove it altogether. I realized it is easier to simply hit delete when I get spam. By doing so, I was able to make it easier for readers to leave me a comment.
If you host your website at Wealthy Affiliate like I do, then you don’t have to worry about comment spam anyway.
Carson who is the co-owner of Wealthy Affiliate recently shared how SiteProtect is always working to protect our websites from any sort of hacking attempts.
If you are concerned about comment spam or want to find out more about hosting a website at Wealthy Affiliate.
3. Overkill with banners and advertising
Websites that are so full of advertising that I don’t know where the article is. Advertising is fine. I mean the ultimate goal of niche marketing is to make money through affiliate marketing. But there is a point in which you can go overboard and your site just looks way too spammy.
Also it is important that the advertising you do promote is closely related to your niche. This just makes you look like an amature to your reader. Plus it is a waste of valuable real estate. No one is going to click on an unrelated banner. If you want people to click on your banners and links, make sure they are relevant to the topic of your website.
What are some of the common mistakes that you see out there?