Sorry for the break- I started a master’s program and all my writing has been applied to my course work… but that is no excuse. I resolve to keep up with blogging in 2010!
I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. Of course I mean with your families and friends… but it wouldn’t be terrible if you had great months of profit as well!
Lately I have been getting a lot of requests to discuss starting an affiliate program, gaining and sustaining momentum, and people who have needed some motivation. If you need motivation- you might be in the wrong business- we are talking about an industry that is well into the billions only a few years in… and we’re not seeing any signs of slowing down! So, with that in mind- how do you get your piece of the pie?
You want to know the secret? It’s HARD WORK! That’s right- nothing that your great-grandfather didn’t tell you when you were knee high to a grass hopper. I have met thousands of affiliates over the years- and the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of wusses out there. They take a hit- or something doesn’t make them a million within weeks- and they bow out- or shift their focus to… ‘Oh Look a Deer’… where was I?
In all seriousness- I call these people the ADHD affiliates. And, quite frankly they are the ones I don’t want my team focusing their effort on. Unfortunately they require 90% of the work if you let them. You see we live in an instant gratification society and affiliates want to be instantly gratified.
It can work that way- but it is the exception and not the rule. Almost every affiliate that has been successful has taken at least 6 months to get any momentum whatsoever! However, the payoff long term is $50-$400K ‘paychecks’ each month. Successful affiliates traditionally take time to set up multiple marketing tests, finite tracking, and sometimes even take a loss in the beginning.
Then- once they start to make money the voraciously tweak, update, evolve and then bite, scratch, and claw to maintain their momentum. The result? Unlimited travel, mobile workplace, ample time with the family, cars, new friends, and most importantly- security that they can take care of themselves and their families for the rest of their life.
Everyone- there is no silver bullet. I wish there was- it would make my job easier. This business isn’t for the weak. It takes some serious flex- but comes with some serious rewards.
I told Jenn that my New Year’s Resolution was to turn all existing active affiliates who are making an effort into millionaires within 5 years. It doesn’t matter where in the process they are (just starting or 3 year veteran) we will get them there if they try.
Quit making excuses. The market is always going to be dynamic. The free ride is over- it’s time to buck up little camper- and time to start kicking ass… well- the kicking ass might start six month from now- but you get the point!