What could be the reason for so many people trying to get into affiliate marketing but could not make a major impact?
Thousands of webmaster’s try affiliate marketing every year and only a small percentage of them make enough to quit their job or significantly change their lifestyle. What could be the reason for so many people trying to get into affiliate marketing but could not make a major impact?
Is it something to do with competition? I don’t think so.
Let me share what I found the reason for failure among many affiliate marketers and webmasters.
Dedication is one of the most common things missing among the new affiliate marketers. Let’s take an example of Sachin Tendulkar once again. You are not trying to be as great as Sachin Tendulkar but let us say you just want to make a living playing cricket, do you think you could just go out hit balls a few times a week and expect to be a pro?
Author Malcolm Gladwell, who studied exceptionally talented and successful people of the world, in his book Outliers, wrote that to be in the top tier of any endeavor requires incredible dedication and they have put in at least 10,000 hours of work over the years of time.
To be a successful affiliate I am sure you will not need 10,000 hours but you will surely need the same kind of dedication to be the better affiliate. I have seen many people start an Internet Marketing training system, read it and get really excited and then either don’t actually follow the system till the end or just do it for a week or two and give up.
Let me share some numbers here of my free e-Course on how to make money online. I see people start with great enthusiasm but in a 10 days time, many even don’t care about opening the email.
There can be two reasons for the opening rate of emails going down. Either the content of the email is not what they expect or they lost the interest. From the emails and feedback, I get it is more to do with later. After few chapters I get emails and as I interact with them they tell me that they’ve been doing what I am suggesting for months but with no success and even point out the flaw in the products I recommend. In reply I ask only two questions whose answer I know will be “Not many or not much”.
- How many articles have you written for the months you are working on it?
- How many backlinks have you actively build for your site over the past few months?
By answering not many they themselves answered their own question of why things are not working for them because no matter what product and system you are following, as a webmaster you should be able to generate solid content and good quality links to your site. Isn’t it?
Getting to cricket as an example, if you plan to make cricket as your career and if your coach instructed to practice for 8 hours a day but if you are just doing just for an hour a day, can you blame the cricket as a career or even your coach for that?
2. Invest in Education
I see many people look for most of the things for free when it comes to online and I am sure you will find lot very good stuff for free but what if someone has bundled the same free stuff for you in one place and asking some small bucks for doing that. It can save a lot of time searching for each of them. Isn’t it?
Successful people invest a lot of their time and money in the business and then spend what is left over but I have seen many others go the other way round. They spend the vast majority of their time and money on other things in life and invest what is left in their online business.
Make sure you are investing in your education and empowering your business. Learn from other successful people and try to avoid working alone or even listen to people who can have a negative influence on you. If you cannot network with people face to face, try to learn as much as possible through books, DVDs, etc.
In the process of educating yourself, you can have failures and successful affiliates enjoy the process of learning, even when they’re learning from their failures and appreciate the experience of failing in order to learn and grow. You can see how I handled failures when I started online in 2004.
3. Embrace the Competition
As an affiliate marketer, you should understand that affiliate marketing means competition. You are not alone in the niche and you will never be alone even if you start alone. You can look for a small and unique niche to begin testing affiliate marketing but in the long run to make more and more money online, you need to get into major niches i.e. health, wealth and relationship. Learn from the small niche and plunge into the competition.
Remember Affiliate Marketing is one of the easiest ways to make money online if done the right way. Share your experience and view about affiliate marketing in comments below.
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