Staying Focused

You have a plan.  You implement said plan.  Now what happens in between those two things relies solely on you.  Staying focused is not for many.  Matter of fact, I find that if I don’t set daily tasks to accomplish, I’m perfectly okay with just sitting in my recliner binge watching tv series.  I actually did that last Saturday, I needed a reality break!  Staying focused is a high priced commodity and I’ll show you how easy it is to get sidetracked.

After all of my Facebook Advertising success I was so proud of myself about, the Facebook Gods did a review of the ads they approved and changed their mind.  Yes, they changed their minds so much they disabled my advertising account!  After defending my ads that I had running for John Crestani’s Free Training webinar (which is >> HERE << if you wish to see what Facebook is complaining about.), the about face, was a head-scratcher.   I kindly messaged them back to appeal and received some type of robo customer service message with an email saying, “We don’t support ads for your business model.  Please consider this decision final.”.

When I went to John’s group page, he posted that there has been an alarming assault on affiliates promoting his product.  It’s a FREE webinar, there’s no obligation besides registering with your email address….just like say….I don’t know, what Facebook does daily?  John also said his lawyers would be taking this head on, as his product isn’t a MLM product or get rich quick scheme which I guess Facebook is claiming.  Matter of fact, John says about 10,000 times in his course that you must “Do The Work” to be successful.  It’s certainly not a MLM product, because you would need to rely on people paying other people to move up the ladder.  This is no such thing.  It’s all bullshit 🙂

Just a reminder to stay focused!

Facebook Advertising

Sorry I haven’t been around.  It’s been “a week” to say the least (day job problems!).  I’m excited and want to talk about Facebook Advertising and what it means in the Affiliate Marketing world.

For an Affiliate Marketer to get an approved Facebook ad is no small feat.   Normally, it takes multiple attempts and then notoriously that big red “not approved” notification comes through.  It can make you want to run a 40 yd dash into the nearest wall or throw your laptop against said wall.  Facebook says you cannot use deceptive practices (which is arguably 50% of advertisements out there in today’s world).  They also say you cannot give income guarantees (that’s the biggie!).  You can’t write “Make $100 A Day”, but you can write “See How I Make $100 A Day”…..now that’s where I get pissed.

What is the difference with saying “Make $100 A Day” as opposed to some bullshit wrinkle cream that says “reduces age spots” or “makes skin look 10 yrs younger”.  My course that I’m advertising is $15, but that bullshit cream is what, $50 and that’s fine to sell?  Come on Facebook, we (affiliate marketers) aren’t the evil man in the corner offering kids candy.  We are selling and marketing, no different than anyone else.  The problem however, is we forget Facebook is a business….like anyone else, they can choose who can advertise, what they can advertise and how they can advertise it.

This past week however, with extensive research and a new program under my belt, I was able to get my first approval!  After two times getting disapproved, I literally had to “beg” in my response and asked them to manually review it.   Apparently it’s the Facebook evil algorithm bot that denies all of our ads, not actual people……damn artificial intelligence!

Being Patient

When we think about being patient, right away its about those times we were waiting on someone.  Be it, for drinks after work or that 4th person for our 2 on 2 pick up game.   “Wow, remember that time we were waiting 45 minutes for Bob to meet us?, great times!” said no one ever…….haha  Regardless on what it was, there are no “happy memories” when we think about being patient, which is why it is so hard to actually BE patient!

It’s now about 4 months into this serious affiliate marketing thing and I can’t stop reminding myself to continue to learn, be patient and good things will come.  I’ve seen it with my own eyes.  Hundreds of case studies, courses, articles, YouTube videos and such I’ve been barraging myself with every spare moment.  This is what I believe separates the successful people with everyone else.  It’s easy to quit and  move on to the next “big thing”, but that’s not going to be me.  I may find my thoughts drifting to that “bad place”, but I will not have it.  I’ve come too far and have learned so much since those first days and weeks.

Many days I feel like the person in this  picture AND the recording on the other end trying to figure out the problem!  To me, patience comes down to figuring out the difference between determination and stupidity.  Now we both know the answer to that…..the determined  version of ourselves never gives up on our dream and the stupid version just dreams.

We live such short lives there’s no reason to be conservative when it comes to our dreams.  Reach for the stars, but don’t expect success to come overnight.  Learn how to harness that determination and master the art of being patient and you’ll undoubtedly be a massive success.

Take it from a guy on his 5th of his 9 lives.  If that’s not a success, I don’t know what is.  Patience?  No problem!

Connecting With Subscribers

Coming into this business, I thought Connecting With Subscribers would be the easiest part of Affiliate Marketing.  I mean, the person chose to subscribe for whatever reason they had at the time, so they must want to be here right?

As I enter my 3rd serious month in my program, connecting with subscribers has undoubtedly been the hardest part!  I’ve always thought of myself as a personable guy, fairly funny and likable.  Quickly I’ve discovered that doesn’t matter with an online business if subscribers don’t open their emails.   When someone gives you their email address to check out your product, that might be the last time you hear from them.  I’ve changed my “welcome” email about 15 times and yet, only 30% of the time a new subscriber opens it.  The 30% isn’t too bad I’m told, but for me, it’s the 70% that don’t open it that confuses me.  For most, that means you get 1 “speed date” and no second shot (that’s a lot of pressure for a first date haha) so you better make it count.

Living in a “what have you done for me lately” society is a lot of pressure  for an online marketer.  You constantly need to find fresh ideas and switch things up to keep your subscribers engaged.  For some, it’s about “free stuff”, for others it’s about “coaching”.  Then you have your “meat and potatoes” crew who just care about the product and don’t need the self help books that go along with it.  I’m definitely learning a TON about being an online marketer and some days it’s a struggle, but I really do love it!

Now, off I go to change my welcome email for the 16th time with the hope someone opens it and gives our “relationship” a chance 🙂

Networking

I want to speak about Networking and the role it plays in our lives.  Now we probably cross paths with hundreds of thousands of people, depending on how long we live.  I’m guessing the amount of those people we actually engage with is less than 10%.

Even lower would be the percentage of those people who we’ve had memorable conversations with, which makes networking an important part of being successful.

I was able to get a behind the scenes look at an amazing product that is launching a week from today.  Going through it, I felt compelled to contact the creator because it is that good.  I also had a few questions, so I reached out and she happily wrote back and engaged with me.  I told her that I’m “not a big deal” in the industry (yet), but I would love to give her a short testimonial video for her sales page.  She responded how happy she would be if I did it, but said she only had a few days left to finish the sales page.

Normally, most people would look at the clock, see it’s 9:30pm and would put it off until tomorrow.  Not me!  I fired up the webcam and in about 15 mins I had a nice 2 minute testimonial for her.  I emailed it to her and she immediately wrote back how grateful she was.   That really made me happy and it’s the type of thing that most people will remember.  Going that extra mile and networking to form a business relationship that benefits both parties.  I didn’t do “what everyone else would do” and I understand that she didn’t have to take 10 minutes out of her day to chat with me.  That’s what I love about networking, everyday is a new adventure!