Becoming an affiliate may ring your bell when starting out, but its easy to become discouraged when you are not getting the results you had hoped for. Your emails are not getting opened. The small fortune you’ve spent on Facebook ads is not getting enough leads. And while you know good product when you see one, so do hundreds of others in you internet marketing niche.
The thing is, despite some claims to the contrary (you may have purchased a few) building a successful affiliate marketing business can be a lengthy process. Your email list might not grow by leaps and bounds, but the quality gets better. Your blog, which had the feel of Antarctica in winter, starts to get more traffic and your sales, which were few and far between, begin to grow.
That scenario is a fairly common one for those becoming an affiliate with realistic expectations. Others, on the other hand, might start wringing their hands and develop a mindset that, while not necessarily negative, is dominated by worry. You become overly concerned with every email. Each unsubscribe portends the collapse of your entire business. Everyone knows more and has greater experience than you and you don’t have the right stuff. Sales have been non-existent recently and its time to reconsider the job offer at MacDonald’s.
Then, again, you’re competing with millionaires. It might be the same product, but you don’t even make an iota of what they make. You know how those old-timers regale Facebook and the Warrior Forum with tales of the early internet bonanza? Lets face it, the train has already left the station and you were not on it.
If there’s anything to be learned when becoming an affiliate marketer is that hard work, patience and a willingness to keep learning can bring you success over time. Yes, others might have more expendable income when they start out and others might have some background with computer technology. There’s no doubt, they have leg up. But lose the comparison mindset. What you have, should you have a realistic attitude, is the willingness to stay the course and continue to grow.
Experience is life’s greatest teacher and the best time for becoming an affiliate marketers is today.