The most important part of success in affiliate marketing isn’t your knowledge, or your bankroll, or your connections.
It’s your mindset.
So before we go any further with the practical side of setting up your first campaign, you need to get the mindset right.
It’s Not The Size Of The Dog In The Fight, It’s The Size Of The Fight In The Dog
The most important factor in your success as an affiliate marketer is determination.
Affiliate marketing is not easy.
You’ll get confused.
You’ll have big failures.
You’ll wonder if you can do this.
Time and time again, we’ve seen that it’s not the smartest or most knowledgable people who succeed as affiliate marketers – it’s the people who won’t give up.
It’s OK To Fail
You are going to try a lot of things that don’t work.
That’s perfectly OK. It’s the nature of affiliate marketing that you 90% of what you try doesn’t work – but the other 10% makes up for that.
When I started affiliate marketing, I completely flopped at it. Failed for months. Then, one day, I tried a new campaign – and that new campaign suddenly made me $x,xxx.
That’s the same for everyone. Ask any of the moderators or senior members on Stack That Money – they’ll all tell you that even today, when they try to master a new traffic source or vertical, they’re going to have to go through a lot of failure to get to success.
Keep Working. Keep Launching.
There are so many traffic sources out there! So many verticals! So many offers! You’ve got to test them all, right?
Success in affiliate marketing comes from focus.
There are more profit opportunities out there than anyone can possibly tap in a single career. But success comes from focusing on one of those profit opportunities, and understanding it fully.
Focus on a single traffic source, and a single vertical. Learn its quirks.
Learn how to get cheap clicks.
Learn how the userbase thinks.
Learn what ads work and don’t work.
The people who jump around from adult to mobile to POF to Facebook before they get anything working are the ones who don’t get anywhere.
Over and over again, the affiliates who succeed are the ones who commit to a single part of affiliate marketing and master it.
Sit down and make a commitment with yourself that you’re going to spend a solid period of time launching campaigns every day on the same traffic source.
You don’t have to choose a traffic source yet – just make that deal with yourself that no matter how grim it looks, you’re going to stick to your course until you find success.
If possible, actually write it down on paper, or email it to yourself. Stick a print-out on your wall. Whatever it takes to remind you that you’re in this to win.
BONUS – Inspiration
When you get down, it’s handy to be able to see that other people have been there before you.
So here’s a collection of some of the most inspirational quotes I’ve come across from other people who have been there – and have, you know, done OK
"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." – Wayne Gretzky
"I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." – Michael Jordan
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." – Arnold Schwarzenegger
"It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer." – Albert Einstein
“Many a false step was made by standing still.” – Tim Ferriss
"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." – Thomas Edison
Share your own favourite motivational quotes and links below!
I cam across to this saying after starting AM…and I found it suitable for my signtaure…
"All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do." – Anonymous
I saw a quote today that put a smile on my face:
"Fall seven times, stand up eight."
Personal favorite of mine-
“Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
Yikes this thread is oozing in affiliate marketing badass
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
– Henry Ford
This is the difference between an affiliate who grinds and makes one optimization to turn a -40% ROI campaign into a 30% ROI campaign, then one more to turn it into a xxxx/day campaign…. and one who gets disappointed that his "groundbreaking" angle didn’t work and mopes around, chasing the next shiny object
One of my favorites:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison
@nossie – Definitely. I could easily do a post like this with JUST quotes from Edison – supremely inspiring guy in many ways.
This dr ngo’s is legendary: "Wanna succeed faster? Fail 2x as fast."
@pedja , where are you from man?
It’s life motivation badaddness!
"Do for a year what others won’t, so you can do for a lifetime what others can’t." – Jennifer/PotPie Girl
First ever quote I read from a successful SEMer. Back in the day when Bum Marketing was all the rage. Still true.
Thanks for the badass quotes.
Great post and share, thanks!
very inspirational quotes here!
Heres some of my favs from my twitter https://twitter.com/nitrodee
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
You never really lose until you quit trying.
An entrepreneur with nothing to lose is just a daydreamer. An entrepreneur in debt is an entrepreneur in business.
Success and greatness are constructed by trendsetters themselves, not those who latched on to whats currently trending.
Dont look to anyone for answers and instead of making problems, create solutions.
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
You miss 100% of the shots you dont take.
Success is no accident. It’s hard work,perseverance,learning,studying,sacrifice and most of all,love of what you are doing or learning to do.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
It’s not about how BAD you want it, It’s about how HARD you’re willing to WORK for it.
"Success is a maximum effort!"