Before I start, I want to quickly say wherever you are in the world and from my family to yours, my wish for you is a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. This is by far my favorite part of the year! I think I have a permanent smile on my face most days 😁
Next week will be one month since I “took the plunge” and decided to get serious about affiliate marketing. It honestly seems like a year with all of the training courses, videos, conference calls (there’s 2 each week!) and networking I’ve been doing with my group. I’ve been diligently building my email marketing subscriber list and happy to say it’s well over 500 now. Seems like yesterday I was laughing because I had 10…come to think of it, a few weeks ago I had zero hahaha.
If you are reading this and are not yet a subscriber, I hope you sign up on the “subscribe” menu of my website. If you read through my website and blog posts, you’ll get a ton of FREE information and insight into affiliate marketing. I am adding things when I can and emailing my list to keep everyone updated on what’s happening. Nothing makes me happier than to share what I am learning with you (pay it forward!). You’ll definitely get pumped up like me and get into this. If I can do this, there’s no reason you can’t!
This week I’m getting ready to promote my first product launch (The Big Five) for one of my mentors’ business partners (the 20th) and couldn’t be more excited!
There’s a lot to get organized and to get prepared to make this a successful venture, but I’m totally up for it. I have the best team of mentors (these guys have ridiculous $50K+ revenue streams per month), so being trained by them I consider myself lucky!
I hope to get a review copy prior to launch, go through the product(s) and record a preview video. I’ll definitely post it here, on my YouTube channel (click here to go to my channel) and I’ll probably shoot it out in an email as well (so be sure to subscribe). Please know that I’ll always give honest reviews, if I don’t like something or think it won’t benefit your training (or mine) I’m not going to suggest you buy it. I’m in this for the long haul so I’m always going to be honest in my reviews. I’m also going to giveaway a bunch of free bonus products as well, so that’ll kick ass too! It’s going to be an awesome week….
For those of you wanting to be a “flash in the pan” type of affiliate marketer, by all means, there’s no reason to have a subscriber list…..you can do your one-time promotion, hope to make a quick buck and then you can move on to your next “get rich quick” idea. Matter of fact, to keep it real, before I got serious a month ago, I started out by thinking I could be “that guy”. I will buy the product, buy some ads and……….
people would be knocking down my proverbial door wanting to by my product……….yeah, ummm………that lasted a week. If you’re looking to have a lasting AND lucrative career doing this, there’s a reason you’ll here the phrase “the money is in the list” over and over and over. To think I was that “I don’t need no stinkin’ list!” guy……cracks me up now!
When you come across the most successful marketers, just ask them and you’ll find they have 5, 10 or 20 thousand email subscribers! An email subscriber expects email…..as a YouTube subscriber expects new videos periodically, so most will stay a subscriber for hopefully up to a year (the normal lifetime expectancy before someone “moves on” per se or so I hear in the field).
If you’re reading this, chances are you are subscriber of mine (if not, you can go to my “simple two-step formula” page and sign up in 10 seconds). Come on, I had to say that…..because a HUGEsubscriber list is what I want for Christmas and nothing else. Don’t be short-sighted like I was…..get into this and do it right, make a list and check it twice….tis the season ya know!
As I reflect on today, it’s another day I feel like I’ve grown…..Being part of “Corporate America” for the past 25+ years I have learned a lot. I’ve had some great jobs and some really bad ones, some good paying ones and others, not so much. All of the jobs are fairly consistent though, and certain times of the year, consistency sucks!
You can count on everyone holding their collective breath as yet another “budget season” arrives each year (Oct-Dec). Today I was told 50 or so of my colleagues (most of which I don’t know by name) were let go. No warning, no inkling of what was to come….just a letter and a meeting with a Human Resources Rep with a very short term financial “package” (which to get you must sign a paper saying you can’t sue and ask for more $$ down the line, so what @^$# choice do you have?) “We wish you all the best and we know you’ll find something great out there” is the usual line.
Every day I’m in this corporate environment, I feel like it could be my turn. It’s happened twice already in the past 8 years, so chances are it’ll happen again. I don’t want to live like this….it’s a mental shit storm. I wanted to throw up when I heard that news today.
I want to be free…I NEED to be free and well, if I needed MORE motivation to make affiliate marketing work, this is it! I now have 50 more reasons to pursue affiliate marketing…..how many reasons do you have?
Well tonight was really fun….I did something WAAAAAY out of my comfort zone and put my “mug” on video for all the world to see (or at least the 17 people that might see this over the next few days)
I guess I should put the link here huh? No sense everyone else having all the fun! 😂😂 >> See My Mug << (2 min and 39 second pause….)
Ok….now that you’re back, there are some important reasons I did this video. First, and probably most important, is the fact that everyone that has visited and opted in to my page, knows now I’m a real person and not Mr. Wigglesworth from the UK who apparently found $8.5 million GBP that belongs to me.
Second, it’s to get used to being the “face” of something. In this business, the most successful marketers are on camera/video training, teaching, speaking, motivating, doing webinars and video calls. I want that to be me, and I want to give myself the best chance to succeed.
Lastly, I want people to see me go from zero to reaching my goals I laid out in the video….and those are just my short term goals! I have no idea how far this can take me if I implement everything I am learning. The top earners are making 50-100K PER MONTH, and that blows my mind!! Why can’t that be me or you right? Way better odds trying to go get it than wasting your money on the next lottery….
Perhaps I’ll be able to have this as a full time career in 2019….only time will tell, but I sure am excited!
For Online and/or Email Marketers, you would think communication and support would be at the top of their “things I’m great at” list. Customer satisfaction and retention should always be the #1 priority after a sale right? As odd as it seems, this is often not the case. Besides the cheesy fancy cars and other “bling” some marketers like to showcase, I believe the 2nd worst attribute some have, is their lack of communication/support AFTER they make a sale. Some have definitely missed the mark with me and have lost any chance of repeat business.
As someone who has made many purchases to make money online, one of the things I feel I need to stress, is to please be sure you support your clients/customers/subscribers and make sure communication is thorough.
We all know “the guy in the video” isn’t going to contact you directly right? Believe it or not, the great ones actually do sometimes take the time (even if only 2 or 3 sentences in an email) to thank you or follow up if there is a reasonable short answer to a question you have. At a minimum, have a support group or someone you contract to do it for you. That will go MILES with your customers, guaranteed!
Now I’m not saying you should answer every email, “dumb” question (I know I’ve sent a few) or give a smiley emoji to everyone giving you feedback (matter of fact, you probably should drown out most, especially the negative ones where everyone blames you for their failures), but I would at a minimum make it a goal to answer say 5-10 a week, you’d be surprised how far that goes (especially those who purchase higher ticket items). You have to realize even in the smallest sense, you are a mentor to every newbie that enters this niche, whether you like it or not.
If you look at historical reasons for failures, you can be sure communication and support was a root cause.