….just keep going!
Yip, that’s about the very best advice I can give you…with anything in life.
Whether you are a new parent, starting a new job, mastering a musical instrument or trying to whistle ‘God save the Queen’ through your nostrils while hanging upside down from a tree, touching your knees with your chin.
It’s gonna take some practice before you eventually get the hang of it.
The same goes for affiliate marketing or any other type of marketing you might be involved in.
The Wrong Impression
People are often under the impression that earning an income from the internet is easy and that the money will quickly come in, like your dog, when you’ve taken him for a leak outside and there’s a loud thunder-strike.
It is exactly this false impression which makes people, especially newcomers to the internet, so vulnerable to the gazillions of scams online – well maybe not that many, but still a lot.
The scam fathers know that people are naive and so they cater for their needs, by boxing rubbish products with a ’30 day money back guarantee’, which the hordes then pick up with stars in their eyes, only to be rudely jolted back into reality when the wonderful product doesn’t deliver.
Oh dear oh dear…what shall be done about his?
Unfortunately not much, for as long as there are people looking to make an extra income online, there will be the wolves who prey on them.
People need to be informed, educated, alerted regarding the pitfalls of internet marketing but it is a difficult thing to do, especially with so many scams popping up all over the internet on a daily basis.
It is not all doom and gloom though.
There are exceptionally good programs on the internet which are legitimate and which do a wonderful job of teaching people how to earn a decent income online.
By far the best is of course Wealthy Affiliate, but even with an excellent program like this, you need to know that it is not a walk in the park to become a successful netrepeneur.
The Uncomfortable Truth
To be successful as an affiliate marketer, you have to put in effort, do the grind, bust your butt, same as you would with a physical business.
Let me spell it out for you:
There Is No Easy Money,
…at least not at first, and the sooner you realize that, the better.
Working on your online business should be your number one priority, not catching up on the latest episode of CSI or Ellen.
(You might want to make an exception for ‘The Walking Dead’ though).
The Seven Stages
There are typically seven stages that a person goes through when looking to make money online:
Is where you develop the need to earn an extra income.
The money coming in from your JOB is just not enough, you’re tired of eating only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or you are worried that your landlord might just have been serious when he remarked that you had better pay the rent or else he’ll send his ‘amigos’ to come visit you…
Then kicks in when you start looking for possible extra income opportunities. You go through your local classifieds, you scour the internet for opportunities, you consider taking on a second job etc.
Starts when you come across something online that actually sounds promising.
You do some research, or not (BIG mistake) and you buy yourself this shiny new internet marketing program, promising not only the sun and the moon, but also the stars and other galaxies, and if you buy now, not only will they throw in a complimentary space suit, but your name will also go into a draw to win an all expenses paid trip to Sucker Island!
You’re excited and can’t wait to try it out…so you jump in and start with the program.
This leads to either stage 4A or 4B.
Comes in play when you realize that this is not really what you were looking for, or you find it incomprehensible, like the preparation instructions on the back of a packet of Chinese noodles, translated into English by the Chinese manufacturers:
“To place a bag in the plenty of a boiling added some salt water. To cook on moderate fire of 15 minutes. To get a bag, having picked up a plug for a loop stipulated for this purpose. To allow water to flow down.To open a bag, having broken off it on a line of notches. To lay out a product on a dish and to add oil to taste.”
There you go, now wasn’t that easy? Ahh, good old Chinglish – always gets me giggling…
Anyway, this is when you then go back to stage 2, rinse and repeat back up to stage 4 – a vicious cycle that goes on an on until you finally quit.
Kicks in when you know you have found a product that is REALLY good.
You can see that this will work and you decide to stick to this one.
So, once again you enthusiastically join, and start working on the program, and work…and work…and work…
In the case of affiliate marketing, this means, setting up a website and writing content, and writing content, and writing content, and writing content, and writing content, and writing content….
No sales yet….
So you get back to writing content and writing content and writing content and writing content and writing content….
Still no sales…
And this is where
kicks in – this is the decisive phase right there and the death of many an affiliate marketer…
You start feeling that you are wasting your time, nothing is happening, you’re not getting any noticeable traffic to your site, you’re not making money, the going is getting really, really tough right now.
So now it’s decision time…
The Tough Get Going
It was Winston Churchill who said:
“When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up.”
Somebody else said:
“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”
Isn’t that true?
You see, success doesn’t come easy. You’ve got to work for it, you’ve got to want it so badly that no matter what, you will go on…
Babe Ruth said:
“You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up”
and in terms of affiliate marketing it means you just can’t be a failure if you keep on working on your site, adding content and doing all the other things stated in the training you get at Wealthy Affiliate. You just can’t…
Is only for those who decide to stick it through, those who know they should NEVER give up” for that is just the time and place when the tide will turn”. (Paraphrased from Harriet Beecher Stowe)
This is the stage where you start seeing results…the traffic starts picking up, your pages get ranked in Google, the sales start trickling in and then, the glorious realization that
THIS THING WORKS!!!
Happens soon after that – you are now seen by Google as an authority on your subject and you are making a comfortable income with a lot less effort than in the earlier phases.
You are now a successful affiliate marketer and your website will provide a handsome income for you for years to come.
Well Done Old Chum!
To you I want to say – well done – you have persevered when the going got tough, but you kept your eye on the prize and despite the hurdles and struggles you kept going and this is your reward…
You Too Can Be A Successful Affiliate Marketer
You too can make a full time income from affiliate marketing.
The question is, do you want it bad enough?
Check out the incredible training offered by Wealthy Affiliate – it is absolutely the best place to start.
See you there!
Feel free to drop me a comment below – I’d love to hear what you’re thinking.