24 May 12 10:26 pm
Good question Mark.
So here goes another of my chapter-length posts:
Well, I'm a digital content provider (self-published info products - ebooks, so far). Have just a little bit of Affiliate Marketing in the Windows computer products niche - mostly via my Windows Wisdom
My most successful Affiliate product is an online shopping cart service I installed into one of my website client's sites when I built it. He pays for the cart+mail list service every month and I get a commission. However, few of my wed services clients sell online, so haven't replicated that success. Hopefully that will change with future web projects for others.
I'd say my main issue is too many tasks and too little time. When you do:
* Billable client work to stay alive
* Create your own products
* Market those
* Keep blogs going for affiliate sales
* Keep up the learning
* Stay up with the technology
* Follow the industry
* Market yourself for authority and potential JVs
What seems to happen is that one or more of these items doesn't get done - often that's posting new content to my blogs. Given sufficient cash flow, of course, some of this can be delegated. But not yet for me. And I have some doubts about hiring writers with the writing quality I prefer to provide.
Another issue is that even when I choose hot niches to develop info products for, what I come up with always seems to be a bit ahead of what that niche market thinks they want - such that I'm indeed answering their needs, but they still have to be educated before seeing my solution as a fit to their need. That's an extra marketing task which seems rather difficult.
Guess that's a common challenge for people who create solutions themselves, rather than promoting known solutions.
Anyway, it's all good fun...