Like many of you when I first started as an affiliate marketer I was very excited about the possibilities this industry offered me. But, I could see that my learning curve extended forever. You can shorten your learning curve with a simple yet effective approach.
Every day I looked forward to sitting at my computer and creating some new content or checking to see how many visitors clicked on my website. I still do.
Frustrated Affiliate Marketer
Yet, in the beginning my enthusiasm soon dwindled as I discovered that there were so many things that I didn’t know. And, of course, it didn’t help that after six months of starting my business, my sales were not meeting my expectations. I was frustrated.
I spent many dollars buying one secret to success after another. I pursued one new tactic and then another. Some new method was touted by gurus and eager to jump on the band wagon of their success and just as anxious to meet my affiliate marketer income goals, I followed.
Most, if not all, of those ideas and methods had some truth, some validity, some obvious practicality. As a new affiliate marketer I wanted to know it all. I wanted to make money now. It soon became evident to me that what money I was earning was spent on a seemingly endless collection of training courses and tools. I still have them.
Learning Curve Tips
Here are a few tips to consider that I learned along the way:
Before you decide to buy your next article marketing secret see if the information you seek is freely available.
Join some of the more popular affiliate marketer forums. Most often many contributors are more than glad to share their experience. You can quickly sort out the ‘want to be’s’ from those that know what they are talking about.
Be patient. Learning is an ongoing adventure. As things change, you learn new methods, new tactics.
There is no one way to succeed as an affiliate marketer; learning is ongoing.
Confusion about how to start is best solved by “just doing it”. Whether right or wrong getting your feet wet is the best teacher there is. There is no substitute for experience.
Affiliate Marketer Guru Secrets
The secrets divulged by the expert affiliate marketer were not secret at all.
I finally realized that although each of these gurus had helpful information. Those methods and tactics were universal. Most affiliate marketers use some or all of those same core tactics. Writing articles, paid advertising like CPC, blogging, landing pages, list building, writing ad copy, mini sites, ezine articles and ads, product generation all of these tactics are used by affiliate marketers to some degree.
The point is that you will not make money as an affiliate marketer jumping from one method to another, from one guru to another. Choose one that suits you and stick to it.
Shorten Your Learning Curve
So how do you shorten your learning curve? You do it by starting wherever you want. No beginning point is the only way. It is in doing the work that you shorten your learning curve. In a sense that is not entirely true, because learning and adapting to changes in this profession never ends.
Do not become frustrated because you think you have not learned all you need to know. In my experience, you never will.