Affiliate Marketing Mistakes: Don’t be a SteveWritten by ian
Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words. This isn’t one of those times. Although they’ll help to illustrate the point.
And as I have struggled to keep up with the questions….along came Steve to save the day. In one smooth swift stroke ( no pun intended) Steve has shed an unflinching light on how to write a successful article and then screw the whole thing up so fast your back to flipping fajitas on the Taco Bell lunch shift two days after your 15 minutes of article marketing fame are over. And when you’ve been to the peak of the mountain – trust me, salsa on your shoes all day is that much more bitter. I’ve been there, and I ain’t going back.
Steve wrote a great article on the joys of some form of gymnastic sex positions that only Elliot Spitzer and Jon Bon Jovi would like and submitted it to ezine articles.com. This is an EXCELLENT idea, as ezinearticles.com, while officially stating they do not accept "adult articles", often reads more like Hustler magazine than a family friendly article directory. I personally prefer Ezinearticles adult articles anyway as Hustler has become increasingly overpriced over the last few years, whereas article directories are totally free.
Steve’s article was very popular, and received many views. Steve’s resource box was only so so, but even so – he probably generated many hundreds of hits, if not more to his landing page. With such a high volume of excited eyeballs on Steve’s affiliate "offer" converting enough of them through a simple redirect, a squeeze page, a download, a content ad or any number of other ways should be exceedingly and infinitely easy. Let’s take a moment to applaud Steve for the effort – and then watch with horror as he blows the whole stinking thing up.
Now lets take a good hard look at Steve’s offer page. No pun intended again. You’ll notice is leaves us a little wanting in terms of the ole’ message to market match. You’ll also forgive me for not including more of Steve’s "landing page" …suffice it to say, I’m not going to impress my next Craigslist blind date with Any of Steve’s smooth moves. If you are writing and submitting articles…and have ANY aspirations on actually making some money – don’t be a Steve.