Internet lifestyle is wonderful! You can work from any place in the world, even on the beach on a tropical island. You can take a day off whenever you want …heck, even a week off or more if you want to and earn enough to afford it. You don’t have to wake up at 7 AM but pretty much anytime. You’re the boss! All you need is a laptop and internet access.
Unfortunately, statistics show that only about 5% of newbies succeed in the affiliate marketing business. 95% fail (some statistics show even 3% vs 97%), and if you’re in the second group, it’s not your fault! The good news is that there’s a SINGLE rule you have to obey to succeed. It’s simple and everyone can do it. But first, let me show you your main enemy on the way to your success…
Shiny Object Syndrome
Yes, this is the worst thing that happens to the 95% of affiliate marketers trying to earn some buck. What is the “Shiny Object Syndrome”? Wikipedia says it’s “the situation where people focus all attention on something that is new, current or trendy, then drop this as soon as something new takes its place”. Sounds familiar?
How many times did you buy an online course that promised you success, dug into the content, tried some strategies, and earn ZERO? Heck, if you went through the course content, you’ve done great already as most people don’t even do that. Whether you read or watched the content and did or did not apply the strategy explained in the course, it doesn’t matter because the SOS (“Shiny Object Syndrome”) made you purchase another course. After that, you bought another one and another… That’s how the SOS works – you’re just running circles for weeks, months, and even years with very little success or no success at all.
I don’t blame you. I still have SOS, and see ‘shiny objects’ here and there. But I made a decision to stick to the plan no matter what. I decided to focus on digital product creation and launch. I work on one product now, then I’m going to launch it in about 2 months from now. Then, create another product, and another. It worked for me once before when I earned $24K in the first 2 months, so I’m positive it’ll work this time as well. Moreover, I know everyone can do it – it is not rocket science!
For the last few months, I was very tempted to try many other things, such as crypto, bing ads, and more. The truth is, there’s no easy way to earn money online, even though many so-called “gurus” promise that. People want something for nothing, but you always have to invest your time and more or less money.
The key to success
There’s a cure to the SOS, though, and it’s simple: CONSISTENCY. You may have heard the phrase “Consistency is the key” – it is true! What I mean is that you should focus on ONE thing, and one thing only, and keep trying until you succeed. If you apply this one simple rule to your life, you’ll reach your goals, and finally, start earning money sooner than you think. There are 3 simple steps.
Step 1: Choose something that works for others right now. Run paid ads, so-called “free traffic”, solo ads, SEO, create digital products, offer personal coaching, etc. Choose one thing. If you decide to run paid ads, make sure it’s a proven method that works right now and will work for years to come or months at least. Do your research, ask on popular forums (preferably the ‘Stack That Money’ forum as it’s considered the best).
Step 2: Once you find your thing, you have to find a mentor. Without a mentor, it will take you 10 times more time to reach your income goal or start making any money at all. There are many courses available to buy where you get a full mentorship – usually, you get a course/blueprint to follow and then you can ask your mentor as many questions as you want. According to the rule that you get what you pay for, don’t expect that someone will reveal their secrets to you for $7 or $27 bucks. Be realistic.
Step 3: After you find your mentor, then follow the course, and stick to the plan no matter what. Realistically, it will take you a few months before you succeed. If you don’t follow the plan, you will jump from one program to another hoping to get rich overnight, and you will end up broke with $1000s of dollars spent on courses and $0 to few bucks earned. This step is the most important of all three. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend on it every day, the most important bit is to do it day in day out. Even one hour is good enough, but try to make it 2 or 3 hours a day – the more the better of course.
There are many ways you can make money online. Usually, people start as affiliates. Affiliate lifespan is usually between 1 and 3 years – after that time affiliate becomes a product vendor and creates and launches digital products. That’s how it usually works, however, it’s not always the case. My story is different – I started as a product vendor, earned $24K in the first 2 months having no clue about how to properly do the launch. It was just a quick buck, as it took me a lot of time before I succeeded again, and earned a decent amount of money: Over $100K in a year running paid traffic (push notifications ads). Anyway, you should either choose to be an affiliate and run paid ads or be a product vendor and launch products.
#1: Affiliate I would focus on paid traffic as you get results FAST. With so-called “free traffic” you pay with your time, and spend long months, even years before you succeed. If I had to start from scratch, I would do either solo ads, or bing ads that are pretty hot and lucrative lately unlike Facebook or Google ads that became extremely competitive and expensive.
#2: Product vendor This takes a bit more time as creating a product often takes a few months but if done right, it can bring you a good five figures on your launch, sometimes even six figures. I’m talking about your first products – experienced product vendors do 6 or even 7 figures on launch – that means hundreds or thousands of dollars to even millions of dollars, and that’s earned in a matter of a week. Now, I’m not sure about courses teaching bing ads or solo ads, but I assure you the best course about product creation is John Thornhill’s “Partnership to Success” program – as always, you’ll find links at the bottom of the article. John is a marketing legend, and he’s been doing affiliate marketing for the last 15 years or so – there’s no doubt, he knows his stuff!
There’s no big secret. All you need to do is choose what you want to do (whether you want to be an affiliate or product vendor), choose a good mentor that knows his stuff, and can guide you step-by-step, and then just stick to the plan. That’s it! Keep trying no matter what and no matter how long it takes – weeks or months. “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”.
I know it may sound obvious or even trivial but this simple strategy WORKS! It took me years before I discovered this little ‘secret’. Don’t jump from course to course, don’t buy a product after product, but follow the 3 simple steps I gave you above, and be consistent. Be aware of the “Shiny Object Syndrome” and fight back – ignore your temptation to try something ‘better’. This worked for me, and I guarantee it will work for you.
As always, I encourage you to check out an awesome webinar that teaches you how to build 6 or even 7-figure online business in record time. Trust me, this is the only course you need:
P.S. You can earn while you learn, and bank up to $3,136.50 per sale. Here’s John’s JV page for the “Partnership to Success”:
This is a guest post from Sam Zadworny if you would like to be considered for a guest post please contact me.