Sunday, July 20th, 2008

The Famous Question

It’s been about a week since I last wrote and I do apologize for that. This was also the last week that my wife and I had family in town. We’ve kept pretty busy with six flags, the zoo, several museums, and other various activities. I did however get online several times to check my email and see who else was wandering around online.

This week I was posed this question several times… “What is the best thing I can do to help me make money online?” or “What can I do to make money the quickest?”

My answer is simple. Set a goal. Then break that goal down to several smaller goals. Break those smaller goals down even more until you have an easily obtainable goal.

Goal setting is important. If you don’t know where your going or if you don’t have direction in this business you will waste a lot of time and a lot of money. Also, if you set unobtainable goals you will get easily discouraged. Don’t jump in and say “My goal is to make $1000 as fast as possible.” Most people will start… realize this takes work… and quit. However, if you set a more obtainable goal like $5 a day for 1 week straight. WOW… That’s an obtainable goal. That’s something you can work with. Then you break that down.

What can I do to make $5 a day? I need traffic… What can I do to get traffic? Everyday I will build “x” amount of PPC campaigns, rip “x” amounts of vids, make “x” amount of yahoo answer posts, make “x” amounts of posts in forums… whatever it takes. By breaking down your main goal to smaller goals this job doesn’t seem too difficult.

Here’s your homework… Grab a piece of paper and pencil. Write down your immediate goal. Make sure it is a realistic goal. When I started out I just wanted $1 a day. That was easily accomplished when I figured out what I needed to do everyday to accomplish that goal. You should do the same. What do you need to do to reach that goal? Figure that out and write it down as well. Maybe you want to start out like I did and get $1/day. That’s a piece of cake. That means that you just need one person a day to enter their email address, or zip code into a CPA offer.

Goal setting will help to keep you accountable for your actions. You have to remember though, there are many factors that can and will impede you from completing your goals. If you have to stop reading this blog so that you take action I hope that you do. As much as I would like for you to keep reading here, if you have to cut this blog off because it is taking too much of your time then I encourage you to do so. The same goes for any blog or forum that you frequent. When I started online I would visit the RichJerk forum for HOURS. I wasted DAYS reading the forum. Once I stopped… I was able to focus on my work. Now… Reward yourself for completing a task. When you get “x” amount of work done go read your blogs and forums for 30 mins. It can’t be all work. Just give yourself some working room.

I hope this post helps you understand the importance of setting a goal so that you can build a successful business. You shouldn’t be out for the quick buck. You should want the long term success that I know you can have. Please set your goals and act on them! You can’t find success if you don’t know where your going.

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11 Responses

July 21, 2008

I totally agree Kris. When I first started out, I had no idea how much potential was in affiliate marketing so I was jumping for joy when I got my first check ever in the mail for like 50 bucks or something. $50 bucks for a month meant less than $2 per day, but I was geniunely happy back then. It’s that pure feeling of satisfaction that needs to drive us, and we need to be happy about what we do. Now, I’m definitley making more than that, but whenever I feel down, I always try to think of that moment and how far I have come.

July 21, 2008

Traffic gives life to your site so that’s why it is very important in the survival of your blog..^^

July 22, 2008

I’m reading your blog for a while now, I found it through BHW. I really aprecciate that you write because you have something valuable to say, and not like the many “IM Gurus” who write because they need to write.. anything. So thank your for this post, because it motivated me a lot and I’m starting my MMO career right now ;-)

July 26, 2008

I agree with this so much, and it’s something I’ve been harping on a lot lately. Setting goals and breaking them down to the next logical step allows you to be much more efficient.

It’s great to see others talking about the same things…..

July 31, 2008

Great post. I did this a while ago, my goal was to sign up on 30 forums related to my niche and make at least 25 posts. I created a spreadsheet and saved my logins, passwords and how many posts I’ve made. I did this over months to build my credibility and only posted when I had something to say. No BS posts. Then I started inserting my affiliate link in places I saw fit and to no surprise they were not deleted and saw good traffic. Still to this day, I get thousands of clicks from these forum posts and it is still making me great money every month.

Goals are vital to any Affiliate Marketers success and without them you are wasting your time. Start small and work you’re way up to big goals and big money, its really not that hard you just have to stay focused and be persistent.

November 30, 2008

Great post! i did this befor had some good success with it!

September 2, 2009

Hey Kris,

Got pointed to this post from your email. Its a good reminder for me to quit trying to accomplish so much and quit wasting my time reading Success Stories on all the forums.



October 18, 2009

Yeah well .. goal setting and following through are two kinds of things, but i still agree. Breaking stuff down into logical and easy to achieve steps can help a lot motivation wise

November 4, 2009

I get asked that in real estate investing. Obviously the questioner was looking for a specific tactic or strategy but you did w3ell by pointing the questioner in a better direction.