Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Affiliates Aim, Dont Misfire!

The age old question of being new to Affiliate Marketing, what should I set my goal at? The answer is usually around the $50-$100 a day range. That is conservative and generally speaking though. Affiliate Marketing is no different than anything else you may encounter in life. If you still working a job then just consider it a new one. There are going to be things that you have to learn and experience before you become a top dog around the work place. The same applies to sitting in your cozy little office with the coffee pot brewing, it is going to take some adapting and adjusting before you get comfortable.

Aside from the fact that there are a lot of things you will have to go thru and learn from, you also have to deal with learning pace. Everyone is different. Some people will go out and earn $500 in their first month. I’ve personally helped and seen it done. Others may take at least 6 months before making their first dollar. Uhh umm, Hello? That would be me. Some may even take more than a year.

In my opinion you need to start with something you know. I love gaming. More importantly I love gaming on the Xbox 360. Some of the first offers I ever ran were for Xbox 360’s and Xbox 360 games. On top of running CPA offers, I also sold xbox 360’s and equipment thru Amazon. Hell, I did not sell a lot but at least I was selling something. I knew enough about the niche that I could write about it without it being a strain. As a matter of fact, I knew the niche so well and being a member of the Halo Forums, General Gaming Forums and MLG PRO, I could relate and interpret the lingo used among gamers. Knowing this I could adjust my writing style to something that was actually INTERESTING to read for gamers. Knowing what you’re doing is a crucial component in Affiliate Marketing. Without knowing the ins and outs of your market, do you think shooting from the hip is going to be enough in that market to make a comfortable living? Maybe after a year or so when you have printed so much shit that you have so many rankings or ads running that people cant help but to come to your site. Now you have to deal with will they return or not?

Dont shoot from the hip folks. It’s just not worth it. It takes a long time to start seeing results and by then 99% of future entrepreneurs have already given up or are suffering a burnout that discourages productivity. Start out small and slow if necessary but for pete’s sake, start with something you know.

Motivation and work ethic goes a long way. I apologize if this offends anyone but I got to tell you that unless you ABSOLUTELY hated it, then a previous job flipping burgers is not going to prepare you mentally for Internet Marketing. I’m sorry but as someone who got paid to pretty much lift weights and build houses during his “off” days, their just a whole other connection between fast food and pinching sciatic nerves or dealing with tendinitis every other month. Do you see what I am getting at here? If you’re failing in your marketing efforts and your previous job was wearing a headset and flipping a 4 ounce pound of meat shit then it’s pretty damn easy to say, at least I had an easy job to go back to. Put yourself in the mindset of bad that former job really was. Knowing and realizing what you may have to go back to is a great motivator to push yourself every day.

If you cannot motivate yourself to make $100 a day, then dont bother trying to go out and make $1000 or moreĀ a day.

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10 Responses

April 26, 2008

Ahh yes,
Motivation is key in Internet Marketing. I often find myself wondering if I was a full timer would I be able to actually get out of bed to work. Or would I stay in bed all day just to go back to working for someone else at the end of the month.

I find it easy to start out with something your familiar with when it comes to marketing online. Less research and the incoming money makes you excited to continue on. My first round at trying the domain buying was within a niche that I really have no interest in but that I am currently involved in. I know the ins and outs of this business like the back of my hand so I purchased A LOT of domain names in this specific niche. I even build a couple of them up and sold the miss-spellings to the owners of the actual sites for some profit.

Start with something your familiar with like Ruck suggests. That will get you going and prepare you for branching out.

Great post.

April 27, 2008

I am not a firm believer of starting with what we know already, though it will put you on an advantageous position. In Affiliate Marketing perspective, I don’t think my niche would be productive or profitable (I am a flash developer). Because opportunities are very limited (At least according to knowledge) and payouts are not encouraging. I started a site with a niche which I had zero knowledge when I selected that knowledge, but I was able to rise to 1-2 of SERPs and it is my main income source today.

April 27, 2008

One of the first things I did when I started was to eliminate non-productive activities.

The most time consuming and non-productive routine I had was reading my RSS feeds. I wanted to know everything that was going on so I had close to 400 blogs i subscribed to. Between reading and commenting it would take 3 hours daily.

Now I have less than 50 blogs I read and this takes less than a 30 minutes each day.

April 27, 2008

Having made my first affiliate money in a niche I knew nothing about, I would also say to newbies “go with what you know, love or at least have a more than passing interest in”. That being said, the most critical thing is your motivation – without it, you won’t be able to persist long enough to prove to yourself (by earning that 1st or 2nd commission check) that you can make money in affiliate marketing.

April 29, 2008

I agree that you should aim between 50-100 dollars a day, because with that you can pretty much almost replace a job salary… 350-700 dollars a week is not too shabby for doing a little bit of working online, compared to a lot of work in the office!

April 30, 2008

The right niche has been a challenge for me. I don’t like what I know the most about, that’s why I want to get away from it and into IM full time. However, it is a profitable area.

When I started looking at my occupation as maybe an original content provider for websites, then my attitude toward it as well as the IM learning curve improved greatly.

Thanks Ruck

May 16, 2008

I think one of the problems of sticking to what I know is that the audience isn’t necessarily tech-savvy and/or is doing their money exchanging for goods on other venues besides the Internet.

I know that you can earn some cash with what a lot of affiliate marketers call “trickle traffic” but I’m thinking that trickle is being multiplied by a bunch of VRE.

I’m still learning and sticking to my guns. Day jobs suck!

November 24, 2008

It sure is weird seeing you reply to Ruck.
Blast from the past, eh?

It wasn’t clear what “goal” is, but i’m thinking it’s affiliate comms earned?

Cos it might also be how much you’d spend…

It probably depends on what you’re doing?

If it’s PPC, you should expect to spend more because your marketing is dependent on your marketing budget.

If you’re doing organic traffic gen, SEO, blogging, your budget is going to be close to zero, but you need to watch the amount of time you’re spending, because you’ll be paying with time in lieu of cash.

October 3, 2009

It’s good to set goals. You have to visualize yourself achieving those goals. Have it posted by your computer. $100 a day. Look at it every day and make it come true.

June 20, 2010

You had some really good points and gave me a fresh new way of looking at internet marketing. I find motivation is my biggest culprit right now, but I sure as hell don’t want to end up at the fryers again.