Affiliate Marketing is an easy way to make money online they say. All you have to do is refer someone to a product and when they buy, you get a commission – simple! But the reality is very different. The truth is 80% of affiliate marketers are making less that $100 a month and 70% are making zero. If so many people are struggling to make a living from affiliate marketing then why does it remain such a popular method for making money online?
For anyone who has tried affiliate marketing and failed the number one emotion they experience is frustration. Frustration because they know it should work, it makes sense, they see the logic but just can’t figure out that last piece of the puzzle that they need to breakthrough. That is why people will keep on trying again and again for months and even years because they know if they can just get that final step they will get to the promised land and join the 4% earning over $1000 per month. They know once they smash that barrier then they can grow and scale their business and finally achieve their goals and live life on their own terms.
So how do you breakthrough? Where can you go to get the keys to the kingdom? What magic button do you need to press? Well if you Google it you’ll find there are plenty of people who if you give them all your money they will make you a millionaire overnight! Hmmm…??? Perhaps not the best idea. So what should you do?
The first step is to get serious. There is no such thing as a get rich quick scheme. Be real. Ask yourself what it is you really want. If it’s money for nothing go and buy a lottery ticket and cross your fingers really tightly. If you want a career in internet marketing and you want to build a business that will provide for you and your family then start thinking like a professional.
Any successful business has a strategic plan, set targets and set budgets. They know how they are going to get from point A to point B, how long that is going to take and how much money they will have to invest to get there. They know their strengths, weakness, threats and how to capitalize on opportunities when they present themselves. Professionals don’t wait for a lucky break, they do the work required to make their own luck. They have both the tools and the knowledge they need to succeed.
The problem most people face when deciding to embark on a career in internet marketing is they don’t know what they need to know to make them successful. They are often shooting in the dark and making the same mistakes over and over again, mostly because they do not recognize that what they are doing will never work and they are wasting their time. They blame a lack of resources for their failure when what they are actually lacking is resourcefulness. They are engaged in ‘hope marketing’. Wishing something will happening without applying any marketing theory to their campaign. It’s a mistake and it’s a mistake that will hold you back from what you want to achieve. The longer you remain in this place the less time you will have to enjoy the financial freedom that comes from having your own successful online business.
If you are just starting out on a career in internet marketing or have been trying to breakthrough for a while now with no success, stop what your are doing, take a deep breath and prepare to start afresh. The first thing you will want to do is close the knowledge gap between what you know now and what you need to know to be successful. Recognize that you are going to have to invest in your business before you will make a profit. Ensure that every penny you are spending is going to give you a long-term return. Don’t look for shortcuts, seek wisdom. Get an academic understanding of the business you want to make your mark in. Ignore shiny objects and instead focus on the things that are going to give your business a solid foundation. Follow leaders in your field. Emulate their behaviors and model their practices. Most of all stick with it. You only really fail if you give up!
If you are looking for some help taking that first step I can direct you to a Free 14 Day Internet Marketing for Beginners Course. This will give you everything you need to help you make your first sale and then you can grow from there. Like I say, it’s 100% free, no credit card details required or anything like that. If you’re interested, click this link and I’ll send you the details. Otherwise, good luck out there!