• http://www.facebook.com/alex.solomonyuk Alek Sander Solomonyuk

    Great article, Jen! I have been doing affiliate marketing since 2007 and I still find it difficult to put in enough effort and time. Sometimes I am motivated, sometimes I’m not.
    I think the motivation to be consistent matters a lot. If you get fed up of writing articles, do some research. Make a new video. Create a new website. Guest-blog on Marketingland ;)

  • http://twitter.com/DiscoverAuction Discover Auctions

    Hi Jennifer,
    You have definitely hit on the points that usually make someone quit shortly after they get started.

    The hardest point when starting out is getting friends and family to believe in what you are doing. To overcome this issue, try doing your work when they aren’t around in your space. It is like the saying “out of sight, out of mind”.

    Getting traffic to your site is an incredible obstacle. Especially when your coach tells you to start with friends and family. At this point go back and re-read the previous paragraph. When friends and family think you have lost your mind doing affiliate marketing, these are the last people you are going to start out with on your list of potential clients/customers.

    Lastly, anyone that tells you that you will be an overnight success is the last program you want to consider signing up for. It takes a long time to be found and a lot of hard work. As you stated Jennifer, you must have the mindset for it and believe in what you are doing. You have to be ready for the “long haul” or don’t even bother starting.

  • http://www.dekh.com/members/profile/13 Harsh Bawa

    “There isn’t a risk when you work for someone else. Well, wait, there is one risk — the risk of losing that job”. This line sums it all.

    We cannot be certain if we will surely earn money as opposed to a traditional 9 to 5 job which comes with atleast a guaranteed pay package.

    Most people lack the motivation and courage to try and become self entrepreneur and of course, there are various factors associated with it.
    Apart from this, there are thousands of affiliate programs all over the world and it is very difficult to understand which product to promote unless you really know about keyword research.

    The change in mindset that you were referring to is something which doesn’t happen overnight but with willpower and dedication, one can change that mindset and free himself from the negative mindset.

  • Alex Cheriyan

    I fully agree with you Alek. Maintaining that passion is difficult and It should be more of a hobby that a money-making-quest.

    Let me share my experience here you. T

    I created a website. Nowadays this is not tough nor expensive. I went to hostgator and signed up for their hosting (someone gave me a coupon code HGSAVE25TO50.. so saved a bit there).

    Then I signed up with clickbanks,amazon and flipkart affiliate programs and started promoting their products. Believe me initial 1 to 2 months I got no commission. I thought this is crap. Suddenly I noticed slight improvement and small (SMAAAAAAALL) amounts flowing in. Now I have a steady earning. Wont say I can buy a villa with that.. But I am getting a decent income and this is my part time job now :) I have 14 websites now with reasonable traffic and I earn more than I earn with my regular job. For me this was more of a passion than a job. I still enjoy doing it.

    An enlightened affiliate :)

  • Alex Cheriyan

    Yeah forgot to add one more thing. Adsense was a pathetic disappointment for me during the first 17 months after which it started paying off. So wait a little ( I know for u it is 6 years now… may be a little more). Let the traffic accrue, that is when you gain from it