21 May 12 7:12 am
Mine is not the typical success story... But it's not a story of failure.
I started following AffiloBlueprint 2.0 a few years ago after being introduced to it by my brother (James, who was the first one to reply to this thread). I had actually been introduced to IM a year before, but felt the system I was learning would be better applied to a different niche than the one being taught, but I was not (at that time) provided the resources for following up on my hunch. I also did not like the "cookie cutter" approach to the system. Just by browsing the free lessons, I confirmed much of what I had suspected the year before.
When I first started following AB, I was "gung-ho" and made it through some of the early lessons fairly easily. Much of what I was learning I had learned before, but some of the gaps I had suspected were there before were filled in, giving me the resources I needed and felt had been lacking in the previous training. With my previous background in web page design, I quickly had a 15 page site up and running.
Then I hit a bit of a snag. Part of this was due to not feeling like i had the knowledge and skill with the topic to finish the site, but also because I was trying to start promoting what I had. I felt like I was trying to push myself too to generate content not only for my site but for all the ways I was supposed to promote my site as well.
Since I had a job and other interests, I kind of let the site alone after doing about half the pages recommended and barely even scratching the surface on promotion. I think I had maybe 10 articles (if that) and a few blog comments around the web promoting my site.
When the Jetpack program came along, I used it to start my second site, but again, I didn't put as much effort as I should have into setting it up correctly and promoting it. A part of the problem I had with the promoting was the conflicting reports I was hearing from different people on the effectiveness of the methods being taught here. Some said they were having success, but others weren't, and algorithm changes were affecting this.
Off and on, I would do a little work for either or both site, but to be honest, I was more lazy and not doing much. In the 2.5 years since joining, I made a few sales here and there, but languished in Clickbank's "Not yet met Customer Distribution Requirements" needed for payout. At one point, I had over $60 waiting for me. But that dwindled down. I think I lost almost $100 in possible commissions because I wasn't getting enough sales. Finally, earlier this year, I managed to break through and get a commission check. I had lowered my threshold down to the lowest level, so I was able to get a $25 check. No where near what I've spent in all that time in hosting fees, domain fees, training fees, Aweber fees, etc.
But remember -- I WAS DOING NOTHING!! I had done one or two really smart things in naming some files, and somehow some of my images were up high in image searches, so I garnered a lot of traffic that way. However, I was not writing articles (or paying for them to be written), spent little if anything on "traffic" services, had little in the way of blog comments... Yet I still made sales.
So if I was spending all this money, and not seeing any results, why didn't I quit? 3 reasons.
First, I didn't feel like I was paying a lot just to see if I might could figure out a way to make this work. I mean, how many other "businesses" could you support on a mere $30 a month + $10 a year? (In case you're wondering, that's the cost for hosting, AWeber, and domain registration. Okay... I've also been paying for AffiloramaPremium, but even with that, it's less than $100 a month for me). I figured I could squeeze that in. Somehow. At least until the site started paying for itself. Right?
Second, my brother was becoming more and more successful with it. Okay. Granted, he had the advantage of not having a "day" job like me, wasn't trying to support a family, and also spent a lot of time selling services just to pay the bills while he built the income from his sites. But in talking with him, I knew that he was finding things that were working for him and he has slowly been able to let go of some of those tasks he didn't really enjoy doing.
Third, and most important, I realized and kept in mind one fact: I had not put in the effort I should to make this work. And as long as I truly had not put forth that effort, is it truly fair of me to say that it doesn't work?
Believe me, now that all I have holding me back is the threshold, I'm more motivated than ever to try to make sales. And though I haven't made much yet, it's because I know I haven't figured out the traffic game yet. That's the piece I'm studying now, and as I begin to get more traffic, I'll begin to make more sales, and eventually I'll be where I want to be.
The point of my story is that it can work if you really and truly put forth the effort. There are only 2 ways to fail with this system: don't perform the actions and give up. If my story's any indication, that's only half true. Don't give up. Even if you get sidetracked, come back. Keep trying. And focus on what you learn here until you get it to work.
You can do it!