Your affiliate program fortune is already sitting in your pockets!
You just don’t know it yet. Please allow me to explain.
You have a 9-5, which, with the commute and headaches, has turned
into more like a 7:30-6:30. You maybe have kids, a spouse, a
dog, a car to repair, and a leaky faucet. You have yard-work,
housework, homework, and work-work.
However, you understand that people are making money online.
You think that you could create a small fortune through affiliate
programs, if only you could make it fit in your schedule. You
understand some of the basic concepts of setting up a web site.
You have an idea for a site focusing on something you know a
lot about. You’re pretty familiar with making sure your
META tags match page content, and you’ve learned about
getting traffic to your site. You know that you can get traffic,
because you have a unique perspective or approach to the topic
of your site. You might also at some point think about selling
some of your own products alongside the affiliate links you
have (or would like to) set up.
So, where will you find the time to run a site, find affiliate
programs, give your visitors great content to read, and begin
to create your Internet fortune?
The answer is in your thinking. Your thinking has to help you
realize that the fortune is not yet in your wallet. The fortune
is, however, already in your pockets. I’ll say that again.
The fortune is ALREADY sitting in your pockets.
How can your fortune be in your pockets? Your fortune is in
the pockets of TIME you have. You have ten minutes here, and
twenty minutes there. You have time while the pot is on the
stove boiling water, and you have time while you’re waiting
for your kids at their soccer practice.
You have pockets of time, and if you ever want to have more
than just pockets of time, you must learn to use the pockets
you do have more effectively, starting today.
So how can you use your pockets effectively?
Make a decision that you are going to work on this project for
at least 15 minutes each day, no matter what (you can take two
days/week off). You can work more than that, but you must work
at least 15 minutes every day on your site. Decide that you
are going to make this site become reality within 6 months.
(Be realistic with yourself. If you’re only working 15
minutes/day, 6 months is a realistic goal.)
#2. Take action in the right direction
Begin with the end in mind. You have heard this before, but
maybe you’ve never applied it. I’m saying to you
now that you should read this article, and then apply the principle.
Begin with the end in mind. Take 15 minutes/day for the next
5 days. Get your plan on paper. Figure out what you want your
site to look like. Look at the general layout. Keep it simple,
so that you can design it, or explain to someone else how to
design it. Lay out so that anyone can easily navigate to any
page of the site from any other part of the site. Put it on
paper first. Have friends (and even strangers if you like) review
your site plan. Ask for their honest feedback. Don’t be
offended if they tell you that you might try changing some things.
Take what works and leave out what doesn’t. Decide on
a color scheme. Color is very important in marketing products.
Here is the hazard of not beginning with the end in mind: You
will spend hours of time working on completely unrelated projects,
surfing the Internet, and reviewing affiliate programs which
will not fit into the layout of your site. (Not having a layout
for your site would be like climbing a ladder that you couldn’t
see the top of, but you thought would lead somewhere good, only
to realize once you reached the top that your ladder wasn’t
even leaning against the right wall.) Start with the big picture
of what you want your site to look like, and work from that
#3. 15 per day
Working on it 15 minutes/day, it probably will take 6 months
to put together a quality site, so break down the larger project
into 15 minute pieces. Work the plan and the design backwards.
A good-sized site with lots of content could be about 100 pages.
Let’s say you’re building a site about, oh, I don’t
know… let’s say baseball bats. (It’s an example
for purposes of this article.)
At this point, all you have done is taken 15 minutes/day to
write a short article about some aspect of the larger section.
Anyone can find or make 15 minutes of time every day, if this
is truly something that they want to do.
At the end of four months, writing 1 page/day, you will have
written between 80-100 pages worth of content for your site.
Now you might be thinking that you don’t have 100 pages
worth of content to write. That’s fine. Take the first
two months, develop a 35-50 page site, and then spend 15 minutes/day
researching, finding affiliate programs, and getting relevant
links into your site. Just use your pockets of time effectively.
#4. Bring it all together
You’re now in month 5, and you’re realizing how
valuable your pockets really are, because you’ve created
a great site about baseball bats (or whatever you want to create
a site about), and you’ve done it in the pockets of time
you had. Now it’s time to take 15 minutes/day, and make
sure everything is working right, that your pages are aesthetically
pleasing, and that people can get around easily on your site.
You will also be using these 15 minutes/day to find affiliate
programs for your chosen topic, add the links to your site,
make sure everything is running well, and then get your site
#5. Continue the process
In month 6, getting traffic to your site will be where you spend
your 15 minutes every day. (How to get links and what kinds
of sites you trade links with will be reserved for another time,
but continue the pocket principle.)
Use the pockets of time you have, and rather than watching someone
else on TV build their dream, start building your own dream
through online business. You can do it if you realize that you
do have small pockets of time, and then use the time in your
pockets. If you’re willing to do the work to make it happen,
and are disciplined enough to build pages and write content
no matter what, you will be successful. In short, you have got
to start making your pockets more valuable.
Thank-you for spending the fortune of your last 10 minute pocket
reading my article. I hope it helps you be more effective at
Internet affiliate marketing, and that you can apply these ideas
and the process elsewhere in your life.