27 Jan 10 7:31 pm
Idle Hands - How to stay on track and never give up
I recently made a post here promoting a free tool for link building called FreeTrafficStystem. While this post isn't about that program you should understand that FreeTrafficSystem is a free alternative to AMA. You submit spun articles and they are posted on the content network and blogs to gain back links for your site.
I was amazed to find that 32 people signed up to use this free tool under my link.Should someone decided to upgrade I would make a commission off that as an affiliate sale. The free tool works great as it is and I only introduced the tool to this site to help you rather then myself.
Out of the 32 people who signed up I was amazed to find only 10 of those people are actually using the tool. Which brings me to point of this post. 32 People signed up with good intentions but less then 1/3 of those people actually used the tool the their advantage. One person actually submitted 100+ articles in the first week that they signed up for it. As we don't know these peoples actual sales numbers we can speculate that the person who submitted 100 articles is dedicated and serious about their business. While someone who signed up but never used the tool had good intentions but lacked the motivation/time to use it.
A lot of gurus including Mark will tell you about the affiliate burn out or information overload. Mark has a phrase for it but it escapes me at this time.
How can you as a marketer overcome this problem? While there are even more tools which are free and ones which you can purchase I find the thing that works best for me is a note book.
Before I start a project I write down the steps I will need to complete that project much like this:
1. Build Site
a. get banner graphic
b. get domain name
c. upload wordpress
2. Build back links
a. forum posts
b. spin articles
You get the idea. I try to brake things down into bite sized pieces. Then every day when I sit down at the computer I choose one of those things to do. If I get on a role I might get 5 or 6 things done but as long as I get one thing done each day I know I am working towards my goal.
I never feel a project is finished I always find better ways to do things but you can't spend forever on the same site. Every week I try and set one day aside where I will update old projects. I keep a list in my note book of ideas for my old sites and things I would like to do to them. I try not to get too wrapped up in this but It is great to implement new things to not only make more money on your older sites but to also learn new things.
Information overload is a tough thing to deal with. If you are like me you watch Mark do webinar and all the sudden you are thinking of ways to build off a new technique. This isn't a bad thing but. Write these ideas down. Make a note of the url of the webinar/audio or whatever and try it for your next project but never ever ever drop a project for something new before you have completed your plan for that project.
Moving forward is always the key and to do that you gotta have a plan. Stick to the plan and you will make money and learn. 90% of the affiliate guides out there work... the only reason people fail at them is because they give up.
If you have ever heard the idea that if you are always thinking about what to say next in a conversation you never listen to whats already being said you can apply that to this. If you are always thinking about the next big thing you never focus on what you are suppose to be doing right now.
While I'm not a marketing millionaire as of yet I know I will get there because I refuse to quit. My parents and friends actually think I'm involved in some kind of pyramid scam. While you and I know that internet marketing is a legit career and can be very lucrative they don't understand it which if you think about it is pretty cool. Less competition! ( that's my positive spin on my not so positive friends and family :P )
I hope this inspires some of you and helps others.