If you’re starting out in internet or affiliate marketing and you’re trying to make your mark by following the advice of the guru’s there is something you need to know. You’re Screwed!
I guess you don’t believe me?
Take a look at all the things you’ve been doing so far and ask yourself if, based on your current results, you honestly expect to see any immediate results. What about even just marginal returns in the next 12 months. The answer is more than likely a resounding no.
Did you buy into a program that promised to teach you how to make a fortune in 30 days or less? You’re not alone. And that’s exactly what the gurus want you to do because that’s how they’re making all that money that their sales letter sold you on.
The truth of the matter is that unless you started affiliate marketing at the beginning, I’m talking around 10 to 15 years ago when the industry was new, then less than 1% of you will ever have a chance of making it because the information your buying into is ancient, out of date, and plain useless.
Everything related to technology moves and evolves at a rapid rate and affiliate or internet marketing is no different. What worked 5 years ago is going to be next to useless today. Buyers have become more educated and today they opt in far less. That means lists are harder to build and, lets face it, without a good list, who are you going to market to?
You’ve probably heard of people like Frank Kern, Perry Belcher, Jeremy Shoemaker right? These people all have 1 simple thing in common and that common thread is why they are super affiliates today.
What is that common thread? They all started with affiliate marketing at the very beginning, years ago, before anti spam legislation, before buyers became educated to online marketing techniques, and before there was so much competition.
But there is a way out, though it takes time, effort and perseverance. Most importantly though it takes courage. Courage to do the things that no one else is doing. Courage to stand out from the crowd and try new things. Dare to be different.
Take twitter for example. How many times a day are you spammed on twitter by ‘the next big thing’ or ‘its so easy to make money with this system’? I know I am and as soon as I see them I very quickly unfollow. Why? Because these are the jerks who can’t think outside the box, they follow like sheep and do whatever anyone else is doing.
But there is a way out and social networking is your savoir. The only problem now is how to use effectively. Do you use your facebook and twitter accounts to try and pitch your latest affiliate link or program to? And considering that’s what 99% of affiliate marketers are doing how long do you think you will last?
Social media is not the place for pitching your affiliate links or for pitching your latest ebook. That’s what your blog is for. If you are going to use your social media outlets effectively then you need to stop pitching. What you need to do is start building relationships, building an audience, building a following.
Stay focused on the fact that it’s “social” media. Think about this for a moment. If you went to a party and as soon as you walked in the door you started to try to sell your products to everyone you spoke to. How well do you think you’d do? You’d be committing social suicide right? The same goes for online social media.
The bottom line is that if you don’t start to think about how you use your social media and continue to be the ‘a-hole’ of the party you’ll never make a single penny with affiliate marketing. If people buy from people they know, like, and trust then the guy who is constantly pitching product at the party is neither liked nor trusted and no one will ever take the time to get to know them.
In today’s online world if you want to be successful then get your head out of your ass, quit spamming social media and get back to basics. Learn how to build relationships, let people get to know you, be likeable and be helpful. Only then will they want to listen to your pitch and be persuaded to spend money with you.