How To Succeed At Affiliate Marketing – Your Path To Freedom
At this moment while I’m writing this I’m sitting my favorite Tim Horton’s coffee shop in Victoria. Oh before I go on Tim’s beats Starbucks all day long, yep I said it.
It’s the middle of the day (early afternoon) and I was thinking.
What do people want?
Sure everyone says a nice car, health, home, vacations – you know the typical responses.
But I think the thing that people want the most is “Freedom”.
Freedom to do what they want when they want, freedom from being told where to be and how much they are worth.
Freedom knowing that they don’t have to rely on a job and not have to worry if it’s going to be there tomorrow or next year.
Studies have shown that stress is widespread and costly. In an article in Forbes magazine Robert Pearl, M.D. says:
Most commonly, stress originates from work, financial pressures, family responsibilities, relationships and personal health concerns
And 1 in 5 people say that their stress level is “extremely high”.
I’ve Been There
Like many people maybe even you, I know what it’s was like to worry about current and long term finances.
But I’m happy to say, with hard work, determination and a solid plan those days are long behind me. And I have affiliate marketing to thank for that.
I’ve been a full time affiliate marketer for – wow – it’s been 10 years!
And every time someone asks me – “How can I make money online?”
I always say “Become a affiliate marketer”
Because Affiliate marketing is one of the most successful online business models for making money online for someone just starting online, that’s why.
- You don’t need experience (I’ll show you where you can get free training)
- It’s cost nothing to get started (I explain how later)
- You can turn your hobby or passion into a full time online income
- And a ton of other reasons
Succeeding At Affiliate Marketing
Ok before I get into things lets’ not sugar coat things.
Even though affiliate marketing is the best way to make money online the hard core fact is that 95% of people that work at affiliate marketing don’t make any real money at it.
Sure they may make a few extra bucks, but they certainly aren’t making what I call life changing “screw you” money.
What’s Screw You Money?
This is a term I’ve used for a long time, granted it may not be a term you use but it does fit with the place many people want to get to.
You see, screw you money is money that allows you to be in total control of what you can do, have to do or want to do at anytime.
In other words you’re not under the thumb or at the mercy of someone else.
Right now at your job, if the boss asks you to do something and you absolutely don’t want to do it, can you say “No or screw you”? Probably not, because like most people you may get fired.
But tell me how many times have you wanted to say “no” or “screw you” to your boss or someone else that has you stuck because you need your paycheck?
I bet there’s not a month, hell not even a week that does not go by that you wish you could say no or screw you to your boss. But you can’t, you need your job.
You see in the J.O.B world everyone answers to someone, even your boss does, unless he is the owner.
You may like my term “screw you money” and you may not, that’s up to you. And honestly it makes no difference to me if you do or don’t.
But because of affiliate marketing I have the financial freedom and security to do what I want, when I want and I don’t have to answer to anyone. I can say “no” or if need be “screw you”. And I have said both.
Like I said I’m not here to sugar coat things for you, That’s why I shared what I call “screw you money” with you.
There is no free lunch, I busted my ass to get where I am today with my affiliate marketing career.
And if anyone tells you it’s going to be easy and you don’t have to work at it – they’re lying to you and probably trying to sell some get rich quick program to you.
I will NEVER lie to you. And that’s why some people get upset with me.
Because I tell them what they have to hear (the truth) – not what they want to hear (a fantasy).
And it’s the people that only want to hear what they want to hear that will have a very, very hard time succeeding online, or at any else they try.
To succeed at anything including affiliate marketing it’s going to take hard work, determination and persistence.
So my question to you is…
Do you want to succeed at affiliate marketing and make screw you money?
You Need To Be A Tortoise Not A Hare
If you said yes to wanting to succeed at affiliate marketing you need to become a tortoise and not fall into the trap of becoming a hare.
The tortoise affiliate marketer is the affiliate that understands that building a long term online business is a marathon and it takes time.
Becoming a steady performer and being consistent with your efforts is the path to making REAL long term money online.
On the other hand the hare is the person that is always looking for that next big thing, or latest greatest secret for making money online fast.
The only people making quick money online are the people selling that pipe dream to the hares of the internet. And even the sellers a hares as well and make no real long term money and soon fade away too.
Ok Where To Start?
The first thing I ask anyone who wants to make money online is this:
Are you doing this as a hobby or are you wanting to build a online business?
If you’re doing this to make a few extra bucks (a hobby) there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, millions of people are doing that everyday.
But if your goal is to make a full time income online your focus has to be completely different. And this includes avoiding online time wasting activities.
You need to separate playing online and working online.
Here’s Some Classic Online Time Wasters
Checking out the latest business opportunity online every week or even every day.
You have a business model to follow (affiliate marketing) you don’t need to look for anything else.
Hanging out on social media talking about building your business instead of actually building your business.
Biggest time waster on the planet. And it’s easy to get sucked into wasting time with social media. While you’re working online log out of all social media – this way you’re not tempted.
YouTube or any other video streaming format. Like social media it’s easy to get sucked into watching videos.
There is a time and place for everything. Once you’ve completed your task(s) to build your business reward yourself with video watching.
Checking your email more than twice a day.
It’s so easy to check your email and then get distracted and the next thing you know you’re off somewhere and not building your business.
Trust me anything in an email can wait – nothing is that important. I check my emails first thing in the morning and then at the end of the day after I have gotten my business tasks done for the day.
And anything that does not contribute to the bottom line for your business. Sure it may not be reflected that day but it will in the future.
Core Business Building Activities
Having the proper training.
So many people fail at affiliate marketing because of inadequate or downright shitty training. And I’ll be the first to admit there is a LOT of bad training from a lot of lousy teachers.
Most of whom are the same idiots selling those get rich overnight automated programs that teach you absolutely nothing about building a long term online business.
You need the proper training right from the get go. As well as a resource to stay up to date with what’s going on online. The internet changes constantly. What worked in marketing last year may not work as well or at all today and you need to know that.
The absolute best training for any affiliate marketer is the Wealthy Affiliate.
It will teach you everything you need to know to become a very successful affiliate marketer as well as provide you with all the tools to build your business as well as the latest information to stay up to date with the every changing internet.
You can learn more about the wealthy affiliate here.
Creating fresh content for your website.
Content is the driving force of your site. It’s what will bring the most organic traffic to your website. And it’s what the search engines want.
And remember when you create your content make sure it’s the absolute best it can be and provides a ton of value to your visitors. In other words don’t create just any old content.
Focusing on one marketing strategy.
You want to be 90% good at one thing instead of 10% good at ten things.
For example if you love social media then focus on that and become a social media expert to build your business. If you love making videos. Become a video marketing expert to build your business.
I love making videos, in fact video marketing is my main marketing strategy. I know video marketing – and it’s because that’s what I’ve focused on.
Become the expert in one marketing strategy first. Once you’ve that mastered that strategy then you can if you want learn something new.
For example I’m now learning more about Facebook. But I do it on my learning day, you see what that means in a moment.
Having a daily to do list/schedule
Building your business will be a lot easier if you know what you need to accomplish for that day or week.
Now I will admit in the beginning it will seem like there is so much to do. But if you simply break things down into bite size tasks you’ll be just fine.
That’s what’s so great about the wealthy affiliate training. It simply walks you through each step. Easy peezy!!
Using me as an example here’s my schedule.
Monday and Tuesday
These are my content creation days. I can usually bang out 3 or 4 pieces of content in those days. All the content I create I then scheduled to be posted on my site.
I typically have about 3 to 4 weeks of content created and scheduled. This gives me a nice cushion and honestly if I don’t feel like creating content on one or even both of those days because I want to do something else, I can.
This is the day I create a video for my other niche. Remember I told you I’m primarily a video marketer? Well in this niche all I do is video marketing, so I create and post a new video each week for this niche.
I’m coming up on to 100 videos. Which by the way is earning me a nice mid 4 figure monthly income.
This is learning day. I use this day to keep up to date with what’s going on line line, increase my skills as a marketer in general and as a video marketer. Or anything else for that matter.
Right now I’m learning from my friend Jo Barnes. She’s the expert when it comes to FaceBook.
This is research day. On this day I do my keyword research for upcoming content and videos. I’m looking for low hanging fruit keywords that I can easily rank for. I use to hate keyword research but now I love it.
There are so many keywords available that you can get ranked for to drive traffic to any site it’s ridiculous.
Also once per month I check my ranking for my content. I do this on the last sunday of every month.
Because of this schedule I actually have more free time on my hands because I’m not all over the map each day. And in most cases it only takes me a few hours to complete my daily tasks.
Is There More?
Yes there is one more thing..
Work time is work time and play time is play time
When it’s time to work, then that’s what you do.
The fastest way to get derailed and slow or even stall your business is thinking you can be chatting on Facebook while creating your next piece of content.
Or constantly checking your email, or just multitasking in general.
If you do this it going to take you twice as long to get half the work done, and your work won’t be as good as it could be. So just don’t do it. Don’t multitask – focus on one task at a time.
Right now I’m at my favorite coffee shop and totally focused on this post for you. Nothing else matters right now. Everything else can wait.
I set this time aside to write this post. Once I’m done my work day is complete. I can then do what I want. Even though I have my schedule set up, I can now go to my favorite websites and see what’s going on.
Or I can take another lesson from Jo about facebook. I can continue my search for a 1972 corvette stingray. Or I could start my next piece of content for you.
But no matter what I do, when it’s work time, and I mean time to do something that will build my affiliate marketing business nothing can shake my focus.
And if there is anything you take away from this post, take that. When it’s work time – do the work!!
And by doing that you’ll set yourself up so you can decide when to you want to work and when you want to play.
So I ask you are you ready to make “screw you” money!!
I hope you found this information helpful. If so, feel free to share it with your audience, and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.
I believe in you!!