The concept is you can make money at home, on your own watch, in your pajamas while still in bed. Sounds great, right? And while that isn’t completely untrue, I’d say that for many of those entering the affiliate marketing space, these statements are extremely over exaggerated. Push button profit systems, simple ways to “hack” the traffic sources for penny clicks, and gurus that tout their software will make you millions are many new affiliate marketers’ first glimpse of the industry. And of course, many of these guys fail. You cannot start a business, not storefront company, nor a virtual Internet based company, with these expectations of grandeur and ease.
Many people approach me for coaching with questions like “How long will it take you to teach me how to make $100 per day?” or “What is the easiest way to make $100 a day?”. Half the time I never reply because I know these are the kinds of people that have been too blinded by Warrior Special Offers and guru blasts to realize that I don’t run a business that relies on me easily getting what I want. They’d be poor students and would most likely drop out after an hour or two of talking with me and seeing that I put in more hours per day than the average nine-to-fiver.
Honestly, if you want to know where the easiest place to make $100 bucks is with the least amount of pain and zero skills, McDonalds is always hiring. You could be a brain-dead monkey and make $100 in a couple days. I put in an average of 40+ working hours to get a new campaign to a stable $100 a day, and that’s only after I’ve gone through several campaigns that go bust, all with that amount of time sunk into them. And that is with 5+ years of experience.
Call me a negative Nancy, or whatever you will, but I can’t stand hearing people say I’ve got it easy. Every true internet marketer I know that makes a good buck online works their asses off. If they are out of the office, they’ve got someone else grinding some part of their business away in their place, and when they get back in, they’re right back into it. I’ve got a team, working around the clock for me, yet you can still find me in front of my PC looking for new and exciting ways to scale my campaigns an average of 10+ hours per day.
So, want to be a real Internet marketer? Get to grips with how much you will truly have to sacrifice- that can include time, money, and even relationships. It’s as tough as starting your own restaurant or avenue store. Then when it’s time to scale, it’s like trying to build a big box store. Make realistic goals, put in some real research outside of all that guru BS, and prepare yourself for a rough first few months. Being an Internet/Affiliate marketer is not easy.