For a lot of people the idea of getting into affiliate marketing can be quiet appealing and if done correctly it can make you some money. However, too often someone who is new to this kind of business fall short with their marketing attempts. They want to try and get the most out of it without doing very much to earn it. There are a lot of ways in which you can fail and here are a few ways you can.
One of the biggest ways to fail is to not obey the terms of service of the affiliate program that you joined. This is the quickest way in which to fail in affiliate marketing. If you don't pay close attention what the keywords are that you use when you participate could be a problem. A lot of these programs have rules on what kind of search words you can use for the search engines. Also if you don't use their brand name as stipulated can break their rules as well.
Another way to fail big time is to go to all the forums, blogs and other websites and begin spamming them whenever you can. There are all kinds of spamming techniques you can use and none of them really work. They only get you in hot water. You can advertise on these sites but only if done in a manner that is subtle and inter-weaved within an article you might have written or if you put it in a signature but you can't blatantly go around advertising it and that's all you talk about. You will eventually get blacklisted from these places.
Another thing that is a big turn off is if you make a website that is simply annoying and all it does is try to sell the product on the website. In other words your website is simply one big ad and doesn't even contain any kind of web content. It works to some extent but not for long. It's better to create a nice creative and interesting website that might have things that lead readers to the product site but the site should not be dedicated to the product. You will gain more respect with creativity and not flashy stuff.
Another way people fail is that they are impatient and give up on the marketing far too soon. Many marketers get really frustrated early on because it takes far longer to start making money than they expected. This is a really easy trap to fall into. You can quickly get discouraged and unwilling to put any effort into something that doesn't seem to be working. It takes patience, time and a lot of trial and error before you see any results.