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10 reasons you suck at affiliate marketing

The 10 Reasons You Probably SUCK at Affiliate Marketing!

Affiliate Marketing? Done…Easy…BOOM!


Affiliate marketing is an easy concept.  Get a special link to a product; tell people about that product, and when they click through your link to buy that product, you make money.


Man…that seems painless.


And because of that effortless allure, many people try it.  Many people try it and many people fail at it.


They don’t fail because they are dumb, or because they are lazy.  They don’t fall short because of a lack of effort or not enough starting capitol.


The truth is many people fail at affiliate marketing because it’s a lot like chess.  It’s easy to learn the rules of the game yet difficult to master.



I want to talk to you about 10 specific things that will hold you up when you’re first getting started.  Skills that when mastered will get you to your first 1,000 dollars and beyond with affiliate marketing.
So sit back, buckle up, and let’s dig in!


what you will learn

what you will learn

What you will learn:

  • How to get started with affiliate marketing in a way that will yield the quickest and most sustainable results
  • How to niche down to a level that allows space domination and yields faster results
  • How to build a network of influencers
  • How to pre-condition prospects and pitch
  • And a whole bunch of other stuff that you are just going to have to read the article to discover!


inability to commit

inability to commit

1. Inability to Commit to a Chosen Path

The first thing that inevitably hangs people up when they decide that they want to pursue affiliate marketing is committing to just one specific area or niche.  They go all over the place grabbing affiliate links for products to promote, with no real congruence to what they are promoting.

They usually have little to no success with this strategy.

If you were a hunter, you would just run out in the woods with a gun and just shoot anything that moved.  At least…you wouldn’t do that if you wanted to really succeed.


Instead, you would pick your prey.  After that, you would adjust your equipment, your gun, where you were hunting, and several other things based on what you were hunting.  Affiliate marketing is similar in that if you want to truly succeed quickly in a sustainable way it’s smart to focus on just one area.


Be the guy who promotes email marketing and list building products.  Be the guy who promotes youtube and video marketing products.  Be the guy who promotes 5rr courses.  Don’t be the guy who tries to promote ALL of those.


Trying to be the guy who knows about all of it and promotes a little bit of everything will slow your growth in the space.  People are going to fit you somewhere, whether you want them to or not.  By trying to be and do everything you are just going to fragment your audience.  Trust me, I speak from experience.


In Affiliate Rising I talk more about the importance of picking a path and how to go about doing so for maximum efficiency.


not niching down

not niching down

2. Not Niching Down Enough

After I tell people that they should really just pick one specific area to focus on and just learn to be good at affiliate marketing in that space, they usually pick something that is too broad.


Sub-niching is a skill and an artform.  You want to pick a niche that is narrow enough that you will effectively eliminate a lot of competition and dominate the space very quickly.  At the same time you want enough people in that space that are buying things to make it worth your time.


So there is a balance.


In Affiliate Rising I talk about how to sub-niche down to just the right level and to use certain indications to check the pulse of a niche.  These techniques can be used to tell you if it’s time to niche down further or go for what you have.




Photography is a great niche.  It’s too broad.  You can go down to just Wildlife Photography,  dominate easier and still have tons of interested people.  In truth you can go down even further but that’s just an example.


not growing on a platform

not growing on a platform

3. Not Growing on a Platform

When people start out with affiliate marketing, they are like kids in a thousand candy stores.  They hop from product to product and platform to platform.  The problem with this is that you never really become established anywhere.


By choosing just one place to operate out of (especially at first) you are going to start to build relationships with other affiliate marketers and product vendors who use that platform.  The better you get at selling stuff the more relationships you are going to build.  All of these platforms keep track of how many sales you have.  You start building those numbers and trust me, people start noticing.


not promoting congruent offers

not promoting congruent offers

4. Not Promoting Congruent Offers

When you started this thing you should have picked a sub niche to operate out of, no not just to operate out of, to dominate.  Now if you are promoting offers outside of that sub-niche you are doing two things.

First, you are sending a mixed message to your audience.  You’re not just the list building guy anymore, now you’re the kindle guy, the blog guy and the sandwich guy all rolled into one.  People don’t really mind “the mr.fix everything” guy.  They like him.  He’s good to know.  He knows a lot about a lot.  But let me ask you this; If your plumbing starts leaking who do you want to fix it, your neighbor who knows a little about everything or an expert plumber?  You’re calling the plumber.  You just want it fixed right and you want the guy who just does that one thing.


Second, when you start talking about things outside that small sub-niche you set out to conquer you start fragmenting your audience.  Now you have some people who see you as the kindle guy, now you have some people who see you as the list building guy.  Fragmenting your audience means that it’s going to be less effective when you do promote offers.  Also it means that you are going to slow your growth exponentially.


And that is why it is important that you specialize.  More money, more customers, period.  There will always be time for expansion later, once you dominate that small space.  If you think I don’t know what I am talking about just take a look at how facebook and amazon got started.  One of them started out by just being a social platform to university students and the other one started out by just selling books.  They both expanded once they dominated.


not networking

not networking

5. Not building a Network

I started into the world of internet marketing from the land of YouTube and for a while man, I was a real island.  I wasn’t networking with any other youtubers, product creators, OR affiliate marketers.


Can you grow by not networking?  Of course.  As long as you are building an audience of engaged people who care about what you have to say you can grow.


The fact is you will grow 10 times as fast by building a network of these 3 kinds of people that can help you promote your stuff.


not mastering pre-framing

not mastering pre-framing

6. Not Mastering Pre-Conditioning

Just running around sprinkling affiliate links everywhere like Johnny “Affiliate Seed” is not going to work man.  You’re going to get little to no results that way.


You’re going to have to master the art of pre-conditioning your audience.  I could write an entire book about ways to do this but if I am going to boil it down to just one simple phrase that works it would be, “teach them something for free and do it in an entertaining way.”

Master that, and you will get more sales.


not mastering the pitch

not mastering the pitch

7. Not Mastering the Pitch

Now we talked about pre-conditioning but that doesn’t do it by itself.  After you teach them something in an entertaining way you now have to actually sell them something that will hopefully help them even more than what you just taught them did.


Again, mastering the pitch…you could write an entire book about it.  However, if I had to sum up the pitch in just one simple phrase it would be, “connect the dots for them and tell them what to do next.”


What does that mean?  Emphasize the benefit of the product not the feature and then tell them you want them to buy it.


Pre-conditioning and Pitching is something that is featured inside Affiliate Rising, and if you want to learn more about these critical skills that you WILL need to succeed, that is a great place to start.


not committing to one traffic source

not committing to one traffic source

8. Not Committing to Mastering One Traffic Source

People always think that it comes down to traffic.  They are right to some degree, but I have found that in this place, it never comes down to just one thing.

Traffic is essentially people, and people are dynamic.  They all have their own hopes, dreams, and desires.  It’s up to you to figure out what those hopes, dreams, and desires are for the people who care about your sub-niche.

Then after you figure that out, you go find them in just ONE place.  That could be facebook, it could be youtube, it could be paid traffic from bing ads.  It could be a lot of places but just pick one, and master driving traffic from that source.  The sooner you master it, the sooner you will start seeing results.

There are a ton of different ways to get people to your offers and most of them work, but they only work when you master them.  If you jump from strategy to strategy, place to place, you’ll never master any of them and you will continue to be frustrated and unsuccessful.




9. Obscurity

There are a lot of people trying to get attention online in ALL spaces.  That means a lot of white noise for the people who you want to be interested in what you have to say and what you have to sell.  Also it means you are going to start in the depths of a slow burning obscurity.  No one will care what you say.

How do you overcome this?  You have to find a way to NOT copy other people exactly.  It’s cool to look at what someone is doing who is successful and try to understand why it works.  Then take that “why it works” factor and find a way to do that in your own way.  A new way that has your unique stamp on it.


Being different from other things that are in your space is a very good way to stand out and break through the white noise.  It’s not just a good idea either.  This is critical if you want to succeed.  You have to get people’s attention and to do that you need to find your own unique style.


lack of engagement

lack of engagement

10. Lack of Audience Engagement

When you put things out there, whether that is a blog post, a facebook post, a youtube video, an email…anything…you want people engaged in that.  You want them liking it, commenting on it, interested in it.  If nobody cares what you are doing then you are going to find yourself back in the depths of obscurity and what that equals is a whole lot of no money in your bank account when you promote offers and a whole lot of wasted time because nobody is watching.


So how do you keep people engaged?  Well if I was going to sum it up in a simple little phrase, it would go like this, “Go right when everyone thinks you’re going to go left, go left when everyone else is going right, and always ask people how they are doing.”


In Summary

So there they are, my top 10 obstacles you need to overcome to make your first 1,000 bucks with affiliate marketing:

  1. Inability to Commit to a Chosen Path
  2. Not Niching Down Enough
  3. Not Growing on a Platform
  4. Not Promoting Congruent Offers
  5. Not building a Network
  6. Not Mastering Pre-Conditioning
  7. Not Mastering the Pitch
  8. Not Committing to Mastering One Traffic Source
  9. Obscurity
  10. Lack of Audience engagement


But this isn’t just a blog post.  It’s also a sales page of sorts.  Remember how I told you that when people think you’re going to go left, you go right?  This is me doing that.  Remember when I told you it’s important to find your own unique way to apply proven strategy?  This is me showing you.  I don’t just write about this stuff, I live it.  Every single day.


If you want to make it here you have to show up…every…single…day.  It’s not a movie.


I put together Affiliate Rising as a beginner’s level affiliate marketing course.  It’s going to teach you the right way to get into this business.  So if you have enjoyed this article and are brand new to affiliate marketing, or if you have tried and failed at affiliate marketing in the past, I suggest you make the small investment in this course.



Hi, I’m Affiliate Rising.  I came to help!


It’s going to save you time, it’s going to reduce your learning curve severely, and it’s going to help you get to your first thousand bucks and beyond with affiliate marketing.


My name’s Kam Jennings, some people call me ZeroFatz, and that’s all I got!


I’ll see you in the next one!



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They just go round and round… (or life in the IM game)

There it is! There it is! There’s that dented beetle! Yes! Whooooooooooo! Ha-ha! Ha…Don’t you wanna know how I did that? I’ll tell ya’. They’re on a loop. They go around the block. They come back. They go around again. They just go ’round and ’round! Round and round!”  – Truman Burbank, The Truman Show


As I write this it is about 8:23 am and I admit, I am feeling a bit jaded with the IM game as of late.


Hell, if you’re a person like me who is part of the internet marketing space and you check your email inbox like I do then I imagine you’re feeling a little like a goldfish trapped in a bowl.  Or maybe worse, maybe you’re feeling like that scene in the Truman show where the same cars keep on circling the same street over and over again.  They are all on a loop and you cannot escape the circus.


Maybe that’s you…


A couple weeks ago I had this special bonus that I was giving away as an extra incentive for people to buy something through my affiliate link.  This is pretty standard for an affiliate marketer.



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How a 500 Pound Man Sells a Weight Loss Product in 5 Steps (or The Houdini Device)

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that.”   -Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus



So there’s this guy.  We can call him Jim.  He is bald, fat, and some might even say lacking in the personal hygiene department…probably not to his face though (bastards).


Now Jim is an ambitious man.  He is striving to be an affiliate marketer in the weight loss space.



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How To Kill Your Inner Wantrepreneur

This is a guest submission by Phillip Lopez, the founder of Niches Be Crazy and the Youtubing 4 Idiots YouTube channel.  I have known Phillip for a while now and have a great respect for his writing style, video creation, and awesome sense of humor.  He is the guy who always knows the next helpful tool or trick to get you closer to where you want to be with your online success.  Philip has been nice enough to take some time and write this article for Epic Conversions about finding the will to get things done, even when we would rather be doing something else.  Fantastic article.   -Kam (aka ZeroFatz)


In my younger and more vulnerable years…


Just kidding, let’s start this over shall we?


(Who the hell do you think you are anyways Phil?)                                                                                      


Anyhoo, what I meant to say was I used to be OBSESSED with classical guitar back in my high school days.


I must’ve practiced/played anywhere from 2-3 hours of classical guitar per day and this was on top of going to my local recreational center and playing about 2 hours of basketball PER DAY as well.


That’s about 5 hours all together holmes.

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The YouTube Quick and Dirty | Easy ways to build a targeted email list

Ever heard of the YouTube Quick and Dirty?


I didn’t think so.  I just named it.


It’s a quick and easy way to build a targeted email list and I’ll tell you how to do it right now…


[Here’s 3 more ultra unique and effective strategies for building a targeted email list]


People always think it needs to be hard to make things happen online.  It doesn’t.

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3 Unique and Action Driven Ways to Build an Email List Effectively… | New Book by Lee Murray!

“Dang, I just noticed that I’m kind of an A-hole…” – taken from Lee Murray’s It’s All You Need.


Lee Murray is polarizing.  Let’s start there.


You either love him or hate him.  There is no in between.  He is classically misunderstood, criticized for his shenanigans, and I am pretty sure he is a GD genius.




But the people who inspire me…the people who really help me in this business, I have found that they are all like that.  They are all polarizing in some way.

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A hurricane like no other… (Unstoppable Traffic X by the numbers)

Hurricane Dexter is back!


You remember “Hurrican” Dexter, right?  I am talking about the guy who’s computer broke down on him just hours before his first product launch and he raced through a tsunami across town to get a back up.

Hurricane Dexter

Hurricane Dexter


Why?  Because Dex never quits.  Never.  No matter the odds.



And this time he brought out the big guns.  He was looking to find the most sought after, most closely guarded secrets of internet marketers and their traffic tactics.


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Boost Conversions With the 6 Principles of Influence

This is a guest submission by Casey Lindsey, the founder of Nomadic Income Experiment and The Nomadic Marketer YouTube channel.  I did an interview with Casey a few months ago discussing CPA marketing and a little of what he does which I found awesome.  Casey has been nice enough to take some time and write this article for Epic Conversions on the power of Cialdini’s Principles of Persuasion.  -Kam (aka ZeroFatz)


When I was a young twenty something, I worked as a door to door salesman on straight commission.  This kind of work is truly feast or famine.  I can attest to this not from theory, but from experience.


I’ll never forget how bad I felt having to call my aunt (whom I hadn’t spoken to in years) to ask her if I could borrow enough money to pay my rent.  It was October of 1995, and that month, for my long hours in the field, my total income was just over $500.

One month later, I earned almost $6000 in just under 3 weeks.  This was my turning point in direct sales.  For nearly eight months, I had labored long hours (often more than 80 hours a week), with very little to show for so much effort.  I went on to have a branch office for the company and do fairly well, before moving on to other things.

Although I didn’t quite understand it at the time, I had learned several of what so many marketers today are familiar with; Dr. Robert Cialdini’s “6 Principles of Influence.”  The six principles were reciprocity, commitment, social proof, authority, liking and scarcity.

He wrote about these 6 principles in his seminal work on marketing, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.”

So what does my experience with door to door sales have to do with online marketing?

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Instagram by the numbers [TRUTH]

Instagram is a social platform that we all know about and yet many, including myself have been unable to harness it as a viable source of warm measurable traffic.   I started an Instagram account and built over a 150 followers in less than 12 days.  I thought that was awesome…however nobody was clicking through to my stuff.


Not awesome.


That all changes now.


But first let me tell you why you should care about harnessing this platform:


Instagram has:

  • Over 150 million active users
  • Explosive growth.  (took half the time as twitter to reach this level and 2 years less than facebook)
  • 16% of online adults with a household income greater than 75K use intagram
  • Instagram’s engagement is 15 times that of Facebook
  • Average time spent per user per month? 257 minutes
  • Number of comments per second? 1,000
  • 57% of users use intagram on a daily basis
  • 54% of all internet users post original videos and photos online (that’s exactly who instagram caters to)
  • 2.5 times more Instagram links than Vine’s are shared on Twitter

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The Only Way… (or how to be great)

The Only Way…


Find the thing that you love to do and then do it with every ounce of your being.  Times will be tough, times are always getting tough.  That hasn’t changed through the years and it’s not going to change.


Carry on with your vision.


Have the courage to say what you are because make no mistake, you are what you are and you will define your heart with your words.


I am a champion, the rest of the world will see it last.


Move in a way that inspires others and always give back.  Inspiration is compounding.


With vision you win, and because you win, those that cannot win will hate you, doubt you…


…prove them wrong.


You are lost and wasted as a copy.  I will tell you what no one else will.  To make it here you must be an artist not a scientist.


Thinking outside the box is not the best way, it’s the only way.


Be grateful for every single goal you reach.  Celebrate your victories; God knows I celebrate my victories.  Fifteen years ago I would have been working in a factory.  This life was not possible 15 years ago.


Have heroes.  I say we are the culmination of our heroes and that builds inspiration and that builds motivation and that builds brilliance.  True brilliance.  Be a legend.


Don’t get hung up on what you have done.  Celebrate it but leave it in the past.  The past has a way of keeping you down.


Live for right now and just a few moves ahead.  Long-term goals are a waste of your energy.  Anything past a year is pure posturing and wishful thinking.  Focus on what you REALLY want to happen NOW.

Take the time to engage with the people who believe in you and lift them up as well.


Make no mistake…everything is because of you.


Own it.