04 Mar 10 4:13 pm
Wow what an honest and real post! I seriously felt what you were saying as your experience pretty much played out just like my own and I am sure a lot of other members can relate to this as well.
Sometimes I think the marketing world we are in is one sick and sinister industry, which is full of lies, scams and hype. It sucks newbies (and experienced marketers too) in and spits them out over and over and over again until we either quit marketing all together and look for the next pot of gold or we reach a moment of clarity...
That moment of clarity is when we realize that we have bought product launch after product launch, we receive over 15 emails from marketers every day to your inbox and we're so busy trying to "learn" and stay up to date with the latest hype that we skip over the one key thing that will make us money and that is ACTION (yes that horrible "A" word we all like to avoid). In this moment of clarity we devise a plan to do things differently and to take action on it by staying focused and we start picturing how great everything is going to turn out...
But then a funny thing always seems to happen, we reach that state of clarity but it is like a dream that soon fades away and then we are back to the cold dark reality of doing the same thing again. We know the trap intimately but we go and walk straight back into it. It is all too easy to get pulled back into the marketing madness, the seductive sale messages, the promise of ridiculous wealth in only X amount of days and that new product launch that just landed in our inbox which has been hyped up all over the Internet from different marketers and those bonus packages if we are buying through there link...
Finally there will be a day when you cannot go on any longer living like this, sooner or later it will hit, it could be a few months or a few years but it will come. It is that day when the record is scratched so many times it will not play anymore, or the final stick has been placed on the camels back, breaking it. It is a day when you finally break free of the marketing trance that your were stuck in for so long and you say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
All the B.S. shatters and you are left with one thing, that was always there and it was the key to everything...yes it is that "A" word again...ACTION. That is all that you need to do and you will achieve your affiliate marketing goals. Of course action without a detailed plan is a path to disaster, but if you have been learning and buying marketing courses for at least 6 months to 1 year you know just about all your need to know to make money.
Think about it honestly. It is pretty simple to make money online, you just need a proven plan, you guys have that in AffiloBlueprint and Affilorama. Then you just need to take action on that plan, build lots of websites in diversified niches, test out new keywords, write great content for both the search engines and real visitors and promote the hell out of all your Websites with a varied link building strategy.
Keep doing this over and over again, test everything! If one Website starts making money, scale it up by promoting it more and by adding more high quality content, heck even build another Website or two to compete with the one that is making you money.
If you have a Website that is not making money but has keywords ranking highly and your promoting a great product what do you do: PLENTY! Sell it, put adsense on it, use openx and run different banners and test different affiliate offers, set up an autoblog and get content delivered on autopilot, do anything but let it die a slow death like many online affiliate Websites.
If you are a newbie to affiliate marketing then I suggest you focus on no more than two courses or strategies at a time. Really learn them inside and out, become a master of them and apply everything that you have learned. Only purchase additional courses or systems when you start earning more money from your affiliate sites and you feel like you need to master new areas.
But seriously a course like Affiloblueprint is all you need for SEO affiliate Websites and maybe another course on promotion, maybe a software to automate a large chunk of the promotion and link building. If you want to focus on PPC then get a proven PPC course, if you do not know a good one ask on this forum (that is what is has been set up to do), send Mark or a moderator a PM.
But whatever you do, make sure you do not fall into the trap of juggling a handful of systems, courses or strategies all at one time otherwise you will fall into the dreaded analysis paralysis trap and you will feel overwhelmed and start looking for that big bright red and shiny button that says EJECT on it!
Another thing to add, when you start earning money, multiply your efforts by outsourcing, go slowly at first by outsourcing one article, then two and then maybe a header and then a 10 page Website. Outsourcing is a process that has a steep learning curve so tread slowly but it is so important to get into and start doing it.
If you are working full time and do not have time for your affiliate business then outsource small parts of it. You could start off small, $50 a month is what I started off with and then it grew over time. You need to start treating your business as an investment with a good return and with low overheads. Put money into it, if you don't have money then put time into it but it has to be one of the two or a combination.
Keep doing this for as long as it takes to make a good income and then fire that day job (if you choose to) and then say hello to sleeping in, working in your pajamas everyday, never knowing what day it is and forgetting to shave!
I have to end this here, it is late in Australia and I feel like I am rambling on now...
I would like to add to what smuigal/chris was saying and that is an invite for anyone else to share their experiences with online marketing or any spectacular or less than spectacular failures that you have had in your marketing journey.
Love to hear from you guys...