There are many automation tools on the net that supposedly help you free up some time and effort in running your business as an affiliate marketer. There are definite pros and cons that you need to be aware of before you begin using them.
Automation helps you avoid tasks that you dread. This can be beneficial because there are so many little tasks that we dont look forward to, so putting a few on autopilot helps us continue enjoying the affiliate marketing journey.
Automation helps you do things better than you do manually. Sometimes there are tasks that were just not good at. An automated tool might be able to do things faster, easier or more thoroughly than we do them ourselves
Automation tools mean you get to work on something else. Freeing up time is one of the biggest reasons affiliates utilize automated tools in the first place. Its certainly a benefit to have less work on your to do list.
But automation isnt all rainbows and unicorns, either. There are problems that can arise, so its important that you recognize where they can hurt your business.
Automation can prevent you from seeing errors that arise. Tools like software and plugins can have bugs in the system. If you have a completely hand off system for running your business, then you could go months without noticing that things arent working right.
Its usually only when sales begin grinding to a halt that an affiliate heavily invested in automated tools goes to check things out and discovers that theres an issue with the tool, or perhaps a necessary upgrade they didnt see that keeps it running properly.
Automation removes that human element that makes a connection with your target audience. Most automation tools simply remove a small task from your to do list. But there are those that remove you from the your site entirely.
For example, any automated tool that whips up content or automates comment approval means that your site wont carry your natural voice in it. It will be difficult for visitors to engage with you or trust you enough to click through on your links and act on them.
Automation tools can sometimes get you in trouble with the search engines, too. If theyre blackhat tools that do anything illegal, or unethical, then you could find your site plummeting in the search engine ranks. Its better to approach affiliate marketing from a morally sound perspective so that your profits increase over time.