Some of you reading this blog right now are huge successful affiliates. To you, affiliate marketing is like breathing, you just wake up in the morning and do it. But for everyone else, breaking into affiliate marketing can seem like the hardest thing they have ever done. If you’ve never done anything but work for someone else, it can be a major shift in your mindset to get the motivation and the sheer will necessary to be successful making money online.
But what if Affiliate Marketing was easy? What if all you had to do was sit down at a computer, press a few buttons and money would come falling out? Well, for one, I think the national unemployment rate would go down because people would just get money from their computers instead of welfare and the government. But also, we would see an even larger influx of people jumping into the market than we have now.
If Affiliate Marketing was easy, there wouldn’t be any ebooks or over-expensive training seminars and programs. Maybe all the gurus would go back to selling things on infomercials and leave the internet marketers alone? Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad after all…
More importantly, if Affiliate Marketing was easy, I wouldn’t be doing it. Neither would a lot of people I know. Why? Because if it was easy then it wouldn’t be as profitable. If it was easy, advertisers wouldn’t need affiliates at all. They could just direct link their campaigns on their top keywords and the leads would come pouring in.
The reason that we have value is that we are willing to do the things that other people are not. We are willing to test hundreds of creatives and up to thousands of keywords. We are willing to spend money to make money. We are willing to keep creating campaigns even after the last five in a row have been a complete and utter failure. We are willing to work 80 hours a week for ourselves so that we can avoid working 40 hours a week for someone else.
If Affiliate Marketing was easy, it wouldn’t be any fun.