One of the main principles that I’ve found over and over again in many of the affiliate marketing programs I’ve reviewed is that you must have the right mindset for success, and be coach-able. For most of us success doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that takes time; like a runner in a marathon. Be prepared and be willing to expect that success will take time. When we’re excited about something we want to jump right in and get started. That’s great…get started, but remember you may not be an instant success.
An example that I read in a book many years ago explained success like a race car driver. For the driver to succeed and keep his car on the track he has to focus and look to where he wants to go. For success in online affiliate marketing, or anything else, you must write down your goals, plod ahead, and keep your focus on the finish line. A famous quote from the richest man in the world says this:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 KJV
There was no one wiser (or wealthier) than King Solomon, and his advice still holds true today. We must have a vision and write it down.
There are as many different opportunities in affiliate marketing as there are stars in the sky. Choose the one/ones that appeal to you. Keep an open mind, but also use common sense. Not every program that claims to be #1 is #1, but that’s not to say it can’t be good. Choose wisely and whatever you choose, study your product inside and out. This is not only about promoting products but signing your name to it, and you want your name aligned with quality products and services.
While you’re at it study, research, and get a mentor. A pastor that I’ve heard in recent years tells the story of how he and his assistant went to a seminar. After the program was over, the pastor asked his assistant to go purchase the speaker’s book for him. The book was something like $84 and the assistant questioned the pastor about buying it because of the expense. The pastor stated, “That’s not expensive. This man has put years of experience in this book, and the information that took him 20 years to acquire I can get in a few hours.” Find a mentor. Their knowledge can be invaluable. You can also find tidbits of information by following like minded individuals on twitter or facebook.
Read other people’s sites to gain information. Read articles on affiliate marketing. Talk with an affiliate marketer; take notes and file all of those bits of information. What you think doesn’t mean much at the moment may spark a bright idea in the future. Buy a book. A great one I’ve come across recently is, “Get Rich Click,” by Marc Ostrofsky. It has all kinds of ideas that may give you a better understanding of the opportunities out there.
Find you product, find your path, write out your plan, and don’t try do it all yourself. We need each other for success.