In the past 12 months, there hasn’t been a single day where I haven’t got a bunch of emails with questions like ‘Hey Kyle, how much you earn per day?’
You know, the usual garbage from fellow affiliate marketers that care more about your business instead of focusing on their own. On the other hand, I can’t really blame them – society teaches us to be narcissistic with platforms like Facebook, Instagram, SocialCam and so on. It’s almost an integral part of society now as the media conditions us to this behavior.
I have to admit I spend quite some time on Facebook every day, but I keep a healthy balance between my business and my pleasure.
Being an affiliate marketer means more than signing up to a network, applying for some offers, throwing up some banners and optimizing your landing pages and ads.
At the end of the day, it’s a business like every other. Imagine you would own a Mom n’ Pop shop and all day you would keep an eye on the shop across the street instead of trying to improve your own business. Affiliate marketing is no different.
From my personal experience, it all comes down to your mindset. You can be part of the herd and treat this like a hobby (if that’s what you want), or you can break out of it and kick-start your affiliate business.
Self-improvement is an often used word in the past few years but it’s still a mystery to most people. The most important thing in becoming a better affiliate marketer is to have an actual goal of where you want to be or what you want to achieve in this business. Do you want to make a million dollars, lay low for a year and start an offline venture? Do you want to generate vast amounts of money and do this until the end of days?
You have to decide what you want and expect from your future.
Your goals could be something like this:
- In 3 months I want to tackle the mobile niche
- In 6 months I want to have my own mobile offer
- In 12 months I want to be a leader in the mobile niche
I am quite sure you catch my drift and it’s an easy straight forward approach to staying focused on your end-goal. In this case, it’s becoming a leader in the mobile niche. Can it be done?
Well, if you are serious about your goals you shouldn’t even bother asking yourself questions like that.
Never take NO for answer but also don’t set yourself unrealistic goals.
After you have set your goals, it’s time to build momentum and put your plan into action.
Multiple factors come into play here.
Do you wake up, don’t shower, don’t brush your teeth and go straight to the computer to check your stats?
Well, in which business would you do that? Exactly, in no other business but that doesn’t mean you have to look like a slob just because you can.
Again treat this like a business and you will earn business-like money.
No one tells you to wear a suit and tie, but get a solid morning routine to start your day.
Wake up, shower, get some solid breakfast, hit the treadmill and start your work day. Something along those lines will improve your productivity significantly.
Hitting the gym on a regular basis and eating a healthy diet has changed many lives and it WILL change yours. It’s not only a body transformation but your overall wellbeing and mental health will improve significantly. Stop being lazy!
Ok enough of this self-improvement guru crap.. you are all old enough to know all of this but some of you just need a solid kick in the butt to get going, so I hope that helps you!
Let’s talk about business.
<sarcasm> You have a few profitable campaigns and you make a decent living off selling placebo diet pills to overweight housewives with cloaked Facebook accounts. Congrats, you’ve made it!</sarcasm>
Your marketing arsenal includes all the bells and whistles like spy tools, cloud hosting, a virtual assistant, a designer and programmer on retainer and you own an actual registered company. If that’s the case then you are almost ahead of 99.99% of the curve.
Still, you’re not making $50,000 – $100,000/day are you? So what’s missing?
Analyze your business like you would do it with every offline venture as well. Look at your overall stats, find out what campaigns and niches worked for you, find your weaknesses and try to improve on them. There is no magic bullet unless you seriously start taking action and overhaul or even revamp your current business plan.
Some people are living comfortable on $20,000/month, others couldn’t even cover their overhead with that amount. Money is relative and should never be the driving force for anything you do. Stop jumping from one hot niche to the other. Stick with what you’re good at and master it.
That’s another thing people always preach about traffic sources and individual placements. I mean, I really can’t stress this enough but you gotta crawl before you can walk.
Find yourself a niche you are passionate about, exploit it to the fullest and the money will follow. At the end of the day, it’s as simple as that.