8 Common Mistakes Newbies Make With Wealthy Affiliate in 2018

I try to stay active on Wealthy Affiliate as much as I can.

At first, I did it just to keep in touch and help people that have signed up with me.

As I did this, I noticed people making the same mistakes again and again. Heck, some of these mistakes are the same ones I made when I first started!

So I want to put together this guide to help those starting out in Wealthy Affiliate (WA), or even affiliate marketing in general.

These are the 10 biggest mistakes I see newbies make all the time.

#1 – Getting into the make money online niche

It feels like almost everyone that goes through WA somehow ends up in the make money online niche and wants to promote Wealthy Affiliate to make THA BIG BUCKS.

I know I might seem like a hypocrite because this is a MAKE MONEY ONLINE site – but I would avoid getting into this space unless you really know what you are doing!

This was the first site I made, if I were to do it all again I probably would have got into a totally different niche.


Because there’s a lot of competition, and it’s really not that profitable unless you’re doing coaching or promoting your own products.

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#2 – Writing fake review articles to promote WA

This sort of goes hand in hand with #1 but I cringe when I see people post 10 fake review articles on making money online products just to promote Wealthy Affiliate.

Not only do I think this is an ineffective method because so many people do it and people are starting to see through the crap – but it also potentially opens people up to lawsuits for writing those fake review articles.

#3 – Not having a solid social media presence

Wealthy Affiliate is big on Google + as providing backlink power to your site, but that is severely limiting the potential power of your site.

You want to have as many social media properties pointing back to your site as you can. You also want them all interconnected so that they power up each other while also powering up your site AND you want them to all be automated so that whenever you post something to your site, you get links from all the other social properties back to your site!

Doing this yourself can be very time consuming, however, there is an excellent provide I use that will do this all for you.

For new sites, I would just order the basic version for $5 and get the $15 in add-ons for the additional Google properties and extra social media accounts. And yes this is a completely white-hat method.

If you already have some social media accounts, you can give them your info and they will attach all the properties together for you.

#4 – Just writing review articles

Writing review articles are fine, but ONLY writing review articles is just a waste of time. Sure if you might be able to rank on the first page for very low competition keywords for some articles.

But if want to rank for competitive terms you need to add informational or supporting articles to the mix.

What are supporting articles? They are articles related to the keywords you want are trying to rank for. Here is an example of how it looks:

supporting article example

Source: Serpfocus

Let’s say you’re trying to rank for the keyword “best HD TV’s” (I wouldn’t recommend it if you try) – so you could make supporting articles that are related to HD TV’s but do not target the same keyword.

For example, you could make related articles such as “A Complete Guide to finding the right TV”, or “Finding the right size TV for your room”.

These articles are meant to add value to your site and help consumers make their buying decision easier. It also gives your main article something called ‘topical relevance’ in Googles eyes which will make it easier to rank.

The important thing is to link the supporting article to your main article and visa versa.

#5 – Not having patience

I see people get frustrated when after 3-4 months their sites aren’t ranking well and they don’t know why they can’t get any traffic to their sites.

Well, first of all, it’s probably a site with 100% review articles and has very little informational content on it.

Google is not stupid, they know when a site is being set up as a straight up affiliate site and they won’t reward them. That’s another reason why having informational or supporting content is super important!

Also, brand new sites take longer than ever for Google to begin trusting them. That’s why having many social properties linking back to your site will help you get ranking quicker. Google wants to see you’re a real brand and real brands have many social media accounts.

Your first couple of months should be all about uploading content and learning about your niche better. It also helps to be active on forums and Q&A sites like Quora and Reddit. That way you can understand your niche better as well as drive people to your website while you wait for organic traffic from Google.

Most new websites can take 6+ months before they really start gaining traction in Google, so use that time to try and drive traffic in other ways like Youtube or even making your own ebooks.

#6 – Having unrealistic expectations

Wealthy Affiliate isn’t going to have the answers to all your problems. Being successful in affiliate marketing is like being successful in any other business. It requires a commitment to learning as much as you can while also putting in the work.

There are many things Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t touch on, especially getting to your site links (which is one of the biggest factors for getting high rankings – very important!) or creating a good Youtube channel.

There are many reasons for leaving out such topics. For one, getting links to your site is a bit of a gray area, so WA stays away from this topic as it doesn’t want to get into murky waters. Also, some topics are just outside of the scope of what WA wants to be about.

But that doesn’t mean learning about these topics wouldn’t be very helpful in making you successful!

So it’s important to understand that being an affiliate marketer means always learning.

#7 – Creating content for content sake

Yes Google loves seeing content, but sometimes people make content just for the sake of creating content. This is not smart.

When creating any type of article it is important to first think “what do I want to accomplish with this?”

Each article should lead your reader down a path to a desired result. 

For example, not everyone looking for an HD TV wants to buy one right now. People need to be lead down a buying path before making a purchase. 

So if your in the HD TV niche, you want to help them along that path buy giving them information that will ultimately lead them to make a purchase. That is the point of supporting articles.

Focus on giving your readers valuable information to get them to eventually click through your link.

Not all of your articles will be about getting people to purchase from you, some articles could just encourage people to do something simple like join your email list. 

So if you have a great idea for a blog post that will give lots of value, but doesn’t really fit in to what you are promoting – this is a great time to get readers to join your email list.

#8 – Not doing good research

One of the tools that I absolutely love using when researching longtail keywords or coming up with ideas for blogs post is https://answerthepublic.com

Just type in a keyword your trying to rank for, and you will be given a whole bunch of possible long tail keyword ideas that real people are looking the answer to.

You can include these questions into your review articles to help make them more valuable. Or you can create supporting articles out some of the questions

Final Thoughts

I will be updating this list as time goes on, so if you think I am missing anything let me know in the comment section below!

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Leave a Comment:

Melos Ajvazi says April 1, 2018

Hey there Jeremy,

You have mentioned some great tips for beginners that are just starting out on affiliate marketing.

The one that I went through and I still see people doing it, it’s #7 – Creating content for content sake.

Content management it’s important at any business but especially on affiliate as many people run websites on tight budgets. So the suggestion would be here, write content either for buyer intent keywords, or mini article just to push the important posts (SILO structure is playing a huge role nowadays)



    Jeremy Harrison says April 2, 2018

    Hey Melos,

    Thanks for the reply – yes, I just see many people making posts on many various topics without having a strategy behind it. So I want to point out that each post should have a purpose.

Eugenio Oseguera-Figueroa says April 3, 2018

Thank you Jeremy for your interesting post. It is very helpful. One mistake I have done is fall for shiny objects that make me lose time and money.
Unfortunately I have to use a big part of my time in offline activities and can not find enough time for WA. That has stopped me from learning more and working on my sites.

    Jeremy Harrison says April 4, 2018

    Hi Eugenio thanks for the feedback!

Kerry says June 1, 2018

Love you’re post very informative, I’m excited about getting into affiliate marketing, just attended an awol academy webinar last night and decided to search awol academy reviews today and stumbled upon your post which gave me new direction. Wealthy affiliate seems to be the road to take for me. I am totally new to Internet marketing and don’t have a lot of cash, if possible I would like to know round about how would I need to get started making money, btw I am not looking for any get rich quick schemes I am willing to put in the work nessesary for success.

    Jeremy Harrison says June 2, 2018

    Hi Kerry,

    It all depends on how much work you put in – I think $500 is a good amount to get started with. The nice thing with WA is that it includes webhosting so that won’t cost you extra and you get the training there so that will give you some great insights on how to make things work.

Alicia Derrick says August 26, 2018

Hi Jeremy,

I just hopped onto the bandwagon of Affiliate Marketing and totally lost. No traffic, no useful articles to post, don’t know what to post, … I know about the theory of selecting a niche to market, but the niches may not be a familiar topic and I have absolutely no knowledge about it to write good content. What should I do?

The list of common errors and what should be done mentioned above is superb, but overwhelming for newbies too. How and when should I apply them?

Thank you.

    Jeremy Harrison says August 26, 2018

    Hi Alicia,

    I think that first of all you should think about your interests and see if there are products you can promote that are related to your interests.

    Then I would do keyword research using free software like Ubersuggest to see what competition and number of searches there are per month. That should help you get started, and then its a matter of putting in work and getting links to your site.

    Youtube is also a great platform to get free traffic on and it is a lot less competitive than Google – so if you can do videos that would give you a huge boost.

Wini Murray says September 17, 2018

Good reading for someone like me who is only at the beginning of WA Boot camp Affiliate, Level 2. So yes, I am to do a review for me to complete lesson 9 of Level 1, good grief 1000 words! I should complete by tomorrow. Cheers (smiles) Wini

John says October 23, 2018

Hi Jeremy, great article!
I’m intrigued about #3 – Not having a solid social media presence
Wealthy Affiliate is big on Google + as providing backlink power to your site, but that is severely limiting the potential power of your site.
I’m about to connect with the guy you recommend. Can you please:
1. list all the social media accounts he connected for you
2. Let me know what is working best for you with these social media accounts (as you only list Facebook below)
Thank you John

    Jeremy Harrison says October 27, 2018

    Hi John

    Thanks for the nice comment. Curious as to why you think not being on Google+ is “limiting” the backlink power to my site?

    I do not know all the media accounts he makes, the best thing to do John would be to ask him.

    All the best

      John says October 28, 2018

      Thanks Jeremy,
      I don’t know if Google+ is limiting the backlink power of your site. I was really just asking as your article says that.
      I’m a newbie, and the guy said for the basic gig he would do the 10 social media accounts:
      Google + Page
      Google + Profile
      google Drive

      Q1: Do you use all of these? Can you please list all the social media accounts he connected for you
      Q2. Let me know what is working best for you with these social media accounts (as you only list Facebook below)
      Thank you John

Paula says February 22, 2019

Hi Jeremy,

I hope you are having a blessed day. I want to thank you so much for your down right honest review of WA. I wished that I had come up on it a few years ago when I joined at the free level and became frustrated pretty quick. That led me to give up as at the time I had bought many courses about online business and affiliate marketing without any good results. Your honesty has given me the information that I need to make an inform decision whether this is something that I want to ensue. Again, thanks so much. Be blessed.

    Jeremy Harrison says February 22, 2019

    Hi Paula,

    Thank you for reading, I am well aware of the impact these reviews can have and really try to be honest and objective with all my reviews. Affiliate marketing can be frustrating, but it has more to do with misinformation and greed than anything.

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