Well you improvise!
Sometimes things don’t go as planned, I have written about it many times before and I want to elaborate a little bit more on the subject today.
Some marketers will tell you affiliate marketing is the easiest way to profit online and they are kind of right.
You don’t have to deal with angry customers, helpdesks, updates, refunds, anything.
Just recommend a product and if people buy it, you collect your share and that’s it, easy peasy right?
What Happens When Your Audience Is Not A Newbie Anymore?
The thing is, what happens when your audience is knowledgeable enough that they no longer need your affiliated recommendations anymore?
To the most experienced marketers this doesn’t represents a problem since they are always getting new people into their funnels but what if you have been doing this for a while and your newbie ratio is not as big as it used to be?
Suddenly your “Start Here” links aren’t visited as much as before or maybe they keep getting hits but you don’t get enough commissions as you used to get before.
Is The Problem Your Mentor? Maybe Your Website?
Maybe it’s time to blame your mentor and call it quits?
Maybe you’re doing something wrong and don’t know what it is?
Where The Heck Is The Money?
Some gurus say the money is in the list, others say the money is in your relationship with your list, others say the money is in the relationship you have with your customers.
Do we really need to keep going crazy trying to come up with the absolute best definition for where the money really is?
What Exactly Are “Productive” Tasks After All?
Other marketers with many years of experience say to focus only on productive tasks but how to differentiate the productivity from the procrastination?
Apparently, productive tasks are those that:
- Bring more subscribers
- Get more affiliates and
- Get more customers
Wow… really a marketing gem right? Jot it down!
What’s The Real Thing The Big Marketing Gurus Are Doing Right Now?
For a marketer with even more experience than the previous ones, he (or she) would say:
- Get big clients no wait… get HUGE CLIENTS!
- Then focus on long-term relationships with them
Am I just dropping nugget bombs everywhere? My God I’m on fire!
Warrior Special Offers?
Other marketers will say, forget all the affiliate crap, let’s get you up to profits TODAY, rewrite any PLR (product labels right product), get some new graphics and let’s throw a WSO (Warrior Special Offer) with it.
Totally fast money in your pocket! (Or your PayPal account… well you get the idea)
What About Niche-Based Websites?
Many other marketers will say, screw the Warrior Forum (where the WSOs are published) and let’s create a product that is within your niche… So what are your interests?
Now you need to know what things are actually your hobbies, passions, etcetera and that are profitable or that you can make them at least profitable so they are worth it.
But with this, comes authority websites or professinal blogging.
Perhaps Hardcore Blogging?
Then bloggers will tell you, you need to write like there’s no tomorrow, create ridiculous unique content that nobody else has it, just be so awesome that nobody can’t ignore you even if they wanted to.
Make it shareable, make it so insanely interesting that anyone that decides to share it will feel super smart because they shared such amazing content!
This will bring the same question I formulated in the beginning… what happens when your audience is no longer a newbie then?
You need to keep bringing new people in somehow.
Are We Still Doing Search Engine Optimization?
SEOers will tell you all about search engines, how you need to have a keyword ratio percentage in your articles, all the latest keyword tools, how to comply with Google, Amazon, ShareASale and how to say you are using affiliate links, to be cool and to even mention you are getting a commission right there on the spot if somebody decides to buy from your link.
Internet Marketing IS NOT what it used to be before despite whatever you may think about it.
There is a very steep learning curve that comes with all this craziness all right.
So… Is Internet Marketing For Everyone?
I honestly don’t think so.
No wonder why so many people quit before their first year online but I don’t want to discourage you, just check this message from Steve Jobs himself:
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~Steve Jobs.
I have countless marketing friends that at one point decided to go full time with Internet Marketing, most of them are back working an offline job to support themselves and guess what? There’s NOTHING WRONG about it.
Can You Adapt To Your Surrounding?
If you can’t pull the Internet Marketing Lifestyle Dream off, then just go back to what you were doing back in the day.
Success actually can wait and while continuity and perseverance pays off in the long run, you can’t do much if you can’t afford the investments you’ll need to do down the road.
Are You Brave Enough?
I have many other digital nomad friends that have just taken the leap of faith, put in their resignation at the front desk and jumped with both feet in to Internet Marketing solely on savings (I did that).
Some are doing very good, some others are struggling more than others but everyone is trying to keep afloat and they are doing a pretty good damn job at it.
Sometimes It’s OK To Not Be Brave Enough…
Like all these previous stories I can go on and on about this but I think this is enough to make you see it’s OKAY to have failed (if you really tried) as much as it is OKAY to quit your everyday job to pursue a dream online.
And it’s okay to get that old job back of yours, if you need the extra cash to support your marketing journey too.
Keep Pushing Forward (Even Though I Failed) Video
Be Water My Friend
This is a quote taken from Bruce Lee which my good friend Jon Olson reminded me of today and I wanted to share it here with you.
Just for the record, I am NOT going back to getting a regular job, I’m just going to start doing a little bit of services here and there, basically aimed at Internet Marketers.
That leads to where I am today, affiliate marketing money is somewhat constant but it’s not a sustainable marketing model (at least not for me) and that’s why I’m going back to services.
Some of these services will include:
- Skype Consulting Calls
- Web Forms Creation & Installation
- WordPress Installation & Configuration
- Custom Squeeze Pages
- Information Product E-Covers
- Website Video Critiques
- Advertising on Marketing With Sergio
- Paid Product Reviews
- And a few more things I can’t mention here right now
The reality is that I have been investing for a while a LOT more than what I’m receiving, all because of a product I haven’t managed to get out for sale yet.
I was surviving on my credit cards and I’m not afraid to max them out because I know exactly what I’m doing (or at least that’s what I like to believe).
That is changing soon one way or another but one thing is for sure: I can’t be fooling around anymore. My wedding is coming at a laser speed and I need to sort a lot of stuff already so I’m going ALL IN to solve this out as soon as possible.
To recap, when the shit hits the fan you put your 110% in, you get zero procrastination, zero fun, zero nonsense and get back to work and work hard, smart and give it your all.
There are no magic buttons online and whoever tells you they have the “secret” to making money online, they are lying to your face.
After three years 100% online, dozens of mentors, almost hundreds of different trainings and thousand of links I can tell you right away the only thing that really pays, it’s HARD WORK.
You can make a difference today and share this post with your social media friends or you can just close the page and jump back to whatever you were doing before.
As for me goes, I’m going for a power run! ;-)
PS. Special thanks to the lovely Carlie Hamilton for always supporting me and sharing my content even when I don’t properly format my posts or include any images or videos in them, you rock!