When it comes to internet marketing there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that there are more than 3 mistakes that internet marketers make. The good news is that you will learn how to avoid three of them here.
First things first. It would be in your best interest to learn all you can about making money on line. The more you know about the topic the better you will succeed. Next you will need to test out what you know and learn. Keep the winning strategies and discard those that don’t work for you.
You’ll need to find out what works for you and what doesn’t. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all.’ Now here are the three common strategies that leading internet marketers employ.
Watch The Competition.
A key to internet marketing success is keeping an eye on your competition. It doesn’t matter which niche you are in whether it is in the make money on line niche, health niche, or the pet niche, to name a few. You should always check out what your competitors are up to. That means checking out their websites, Facebook page, or follow them on YouTube. And, if they have an email list, subscribe to it and what they are up to.
If they promote through a niche site, review their blog posts, watch the kind of products they recommend, read their newsletters. Leave nothing to chance. Search out everything they have. That is where there is a gold mine of information. Use it to your advantage.
As an internet marketer you will always have competition within your niche. If you don’t then there may not be any money to had in it. Tread carefully into that market and question whether you should be in the niche at all.
Competition keeps us awake to opportunities. Keep a close eye on your competitors and outsmart them. Better yet, be original and passionate about your own niche. Describe your own vision and goals for success.
Very Few Get-Rich-Quick
This reminds me of a story I use to tell those who are starting a bricks and mortar business. There are times when the stars seemed to be aligned for the strange and off-the-wall product. Who would have thought that a “Pet Rock” would have made millions for someone or walking a leash without a dog would bring people to your store. These things are flashes in the marketing world and often die out quickly.
So too it appears that every day thousands of beginners come online hoping to make easy profits. They are drawn to the internet marketing lifestyle where they are free from a boss and want to work their own hours. The freedom they imagine is so sweet that they can almost taste it. Remember though the bees that make honey also sting.
Often beginners are taken up with the flashy cars, big mansions, and bling that sales pages offer – just buy this product or this latest way to make a quick buck and you will be like me, the sales page tells you without telling you.. What often these people don’t tell you is that what they have from a material perspective has taken them years to develop. If you just follow their advice you can be just like them – watch that catch phrase because in most instances their advice doesn’t work.
Here is the harsh reality, making money online takes tremendous effort, know-how and time. In today’s on-line-business things change almost in a blink of an eye. You must always be ready to adjust, shift course. In other words there are lots of detours along the way and you better be prepared for them.
Sipping cocktails on the sun kissed beaches of the Caribbean becomes a reality only when you’ve given massive effort into your business. It takes time to build a passive online business… and even then, you still have to be open for the unexpected change.
Just think of the effort a passenger airplane takes to get off the ground, and then cruses for a while and if the pilot isn’t alert to what the dashboard is telling him, it could come crashing down. That’s like your business it takes extensive energy to get it up and running, and then you coast for a bit but if you don’t watch your internet business dashboard it could quickly come crashing down
The bottom line here is don’t expect fast profits with affiliate marketing, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Expect to work at it for 3 to 6 months or longer before you see money coming in regularly. In fact it may take a year or two before you earn enough to leave your day job and tell your boss “I’m out of here.”
The real question now for you is, “Do you have what it takes to wait that long?”
Internet Marketer Leaders Have a Strategy
Successful internet marketers have a vision, set goals, and develop action plans to execute. This is all about planning where you want to go and how to get there. It is a crucial element for affiliate marketers. You need to know what products you’ll promote, how you will generate traffic, who your target audience is, how you build relationships with them and how get them ready to buy.
Contrary to public opinion sales people don’t sell anything. People buy, and the buy for their reasons and not yours. Your job is to find out what their need or problem is and then find a solution. And the best way to do this is to ensure you have a solid plan and strategies to engage them.
Steven Keague once said, “Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance.”
So, create a plan. Stick to it. Adapt where necessary and promote well. Don’t go in blind. Too much is at stake. You could potentially lose your shirt.
This doesn’t mean you don’t take action. You do so by doing your homework and being prepared for the unexpected that will eventually come your way.
And, If you are just starting out don’t be afraid to reach out to those who are successful. They are willing to help. Yes, you may have to invest, but your investment might pale against what you could potentially lose in the long run.
One of my mentors is Trevor Carr. Trevor is someone who learned from his mistakes and now successfully coaches others. Trevor is a guy you can trust. He will show you how he succeeded as an internet marketer and take you by the hand, so to speak, and help you succeed just as he has helped hundreds of others succeed.
Use these three strategies and you will find your affiliate marketing journey will be smoother and much more rewarding.
Thanks for Reading,