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What are the worst affiliate mistakes?
If you send spam (bulk unsolicited email) your reputation will be ruined and your Internet service provider may close down your site. Only selfish, greedy, inconsiderate, thoughtless oafs send spam.
Lots of people have created shopping malls based on affiliate programs. There are already thousands of shopping malls on the Internet, so it would appear to be futile to add yet another one - unless you are absolutely brilliant at marketing and can also make the site attractive enough so that people will keep coming back. Targeting a small niche is likely to work much better.
I suppose the next worst mistake is trying to promote something that is totally unrelated to the theme of your site - it's a bit like a shoe shop trying to sell toothpaste.
Another thing to be wary of is being conned into promoting some all-hype-no-substance program. That, too, can wreck your reputation.
Another big mistake is to build a site which is just a simple list of marketing products or affiliate programs. Thousands upon thousands of newbie affiliates do that. You have many thousands of different niches to choose from.
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