Affiliate Marketing Guru – And Skint!

Only a quick update tonight, I have spent the last couple of days chasing down YouTube videos and reading blogs from some of the biggest names in affiliate marketing, and I have to say that I am far from impressed with what I see, there are some who say that affiliate marketing is dead and that it is almost impossible to make money from it these days, and there are some that say it isn’t, it is simply the effort that you put in that determines your outcome, and there are still more that quote affiliate businesses that make exceptional amounts of money 24hrs a day 7 days a week.

I, for the most part am a busy man, and when I am not busy I, like others am sleeping, my work takes up the vast majority of my time during the day and when I get home or finish for the day if I am working from home, I like to spend as much time as possible with my family, once the children are in bed I then return to the computer or go to the gym depending on which day it is, so if I am going to invest time in something, let alone money it has to be at least logical, and while I am happy to lose money while learning something it is important that there is the hint that the leap of faith is worthwhile.

This is where the problem comes in, and to demonstrate I will re-cap something I have said before, the gurus all seem to be selling the same thing, and as long as you can work out that you need to pull your pants down before sitting down on the toilet, you could work it out yourself and in the meantime save literally thousands of dollars (which is what this all works in) .

The Formula

  1. Sign up for an affiliate program
  2. Get social media accounts
  3. Find something to sell
  4. Create adverts or self promote through videos
  5. Sell your products

Oh and I forgot the most important part of this, go on to do this sat on a beach in the Bahamas.

My point is this, if you have 1.2million followers on Instagram or YouTube or indeed on WordPress, you Don’t need to find affiliate programs because you will have every company in the world that sells something to do with whatever you have done to get that audience kissing your ass, and probably a few companies that have nothing to do with what you do.

So what if you don’t have a million followers ? well you Pay for adverts and this is another point that I don’t think could ever be classed as a eureka moment, I mean do we really need to spend $1299 to be told to find a paid advertising solution ? hell no and if you have got that much money knocking about it would be better spent on a holiday to get over how skint you are (broke) or better still giving it to the one place that can help you sell stuff, number 4 on their 5 step plan…… wait for it………. Facebook or Instagram or YouTube, disappointed ? yeah thought so.

The more cynical people amongst us will start to wonder which came first the affiliate marketer or the guru ?

I have had two affiliate links on this Blog since pretty much when it began, for two books that I have read and they have received zero clicks, not a single one, why because the internet is a numbers game and the people that control the numbers control the money, I have 120 followers and so of that maybe only 10 percent will check out what I write and probably only 10 percent of them will look around and now I have run out of 10 percents, you get my point?

Summary

I am not saying that affiliate marketing is dead, or that you can’t make money from it, I intend to keep looking at it and I have found plenty of places that you can make videos to upload to YouTube and quite a bit about YouTube and Facebook ads, Instagram is still a bit of a mystery to me but I will look at it, no, my point is this, back in the old days of the Gold Rush, many people came to prospect and most lived their whole life to find Gold, ultimately dying alone and hot under the desert sun without a penny to their name, and some turned up went out in the afternoon struck gold and went back to their families millionaires or more, but each and every one of them had to buy picks and shovels, this blog and the reason for this slightly down beat post is simply this, I think it is the right of everyone to live their life happy and free from pain, if that means that you only want enough money to get by or you want to be a billionaire then so be it, it is in the power of everybody here to achieve wealth and happiness just like they can achieve physical fitness, and I have no issue with paying for knowledge, after all if it is true knowledge then it is worth every penny, but life is too short to be dragged in and rinsed by people, which given half a chance they will.

The gurus you see are almost all millionaires, and the ones that claim they are while sat in a bedroom, with bad audio and grainy webcam are just laughable, but you can’t get rich ripping people off with their image because they have already done it, however the fact that they keep going means that there is enough new people coming onto the net to support us all.

Takeaway

Perhaps we should all sell picks and shovels ? disagree with me or are you making loads of money online ? I would love to be proved wrong please comment below.

Affiliate Marketing Deep Dive – Starting out

I am not an affiliate marketer, yet, I have looked very closely at several types of online business and after a while this is really where I settled for a variety of reasons, some of which I suggest you consider too.

There are a plethora of ways to earn money online, and given enough time and effort I am sure that for some the rewards are there and huge no matter which one you choose, if you spend some time looking through YouTube the evidence is startling, I watched a couple of videos just the other day that demonstrated the runaway success that some have had, but I, and you have to be practical, Gamers that started casting their gameplay early on have made a mint, and when you look back over some of their videos you can see the evidence of how much money they are making just in the surroundings, the houses some of these people have would make Grant Cardone jealous! but at the start they were mostly sat in their bedroom in their parents house, now this is where the practicality comes in, are you any good at games ? I know I am bloody useless and I have not got the time to sit and play for hours in the hope that I get better, now if you are good then crack on just start, get a microphone, as voice overs add so much value to these videos and record your gameplay, but be warned this has been going for sometime now and I would suggest that to get to the top would take as much luck as effort, but for me it would be pointless, a handful of subscribers that felt sorry for me and a couple of views a week will buy sod all!

I am not outgoing enough to spend enough time in front of the camera, or have the time to post every five seconds on Instagram to become an Instagram star so that is out, but again if that is you then don’t read any further, close this s**t and get on Instagram, fortunes large and small are being made by people that command huge followings and there is no reason in hell why you would be any different, content appears to be content and if you are comfortable producing it people will watch, humans are voyeurs, it is in our nature, so if it is something you can do, do it, I can’t so I won’t.

Whereas Affiliate marketing looks to be perfect, it is formulaic, and crucially doesn’t rely on my personality, which is good cos if it did then I may as well hang up my laptop now!

First Decision

First decision is which affiliate program to go with, well I chose Clickbank this was a fairly easy decision actually as pretty much every program that is advertised on YouTube mentions Clickbank, names like Stefan James and John Cristani talk almost exclusively about it and it is as far as I am aware the largest one, the time and effort that is going to be required as well as financial investment means that I do not want to pick a program or platform that is going to screw me out of the money I make, and I doubt that appeals to you either.

In fact when you sign up for Clickbank there is a lot of information to help you, they have videos and written tutorials and so on all geared toward affiliates from starters to experienced looking to increase their sales.

You will also notice that the link to Clickbank above is NOT an affiliate link please feel free to look around yourself but Clickbank is simply a suggestion based on the reputation and popularity it seems to enjoy among affiliate marketing course providers and protagonists alike.

Second Decision

What to sell? What is your niche? well it would be so tempting to pick whatever you think is going to be the best seller and what has the highest percentage commission, but how are you going to design a landing page or create sales copy for a product you don’t use or like or a potentially completely unfamiliar with? whereas (and this has been the focus of my reasoning) if you pick something you are passionate about, or a product you use, it will be so much easier to create an engaging advert, because you will have seen and responded to adverts yourself for these items, I have made no secret of the fact that I will be using affiliate links in places on this blog and website, these will be centred around the things I discuss, so health, fitness, mental health and strength, and making money, these are my passions and these things form my goals so it follows that I will find it easier to promote products that I can get behind personally, and the good news is that the vastness of the internet and the diversity of the user base means that you could pick any niche and with the right effort and techniques make your fortune with it.

Consider this as well, the side hustles as you make your way through this journey you will be forced to learn new skills, copy writing, SEO, web design, even how to obtain and configure hosting, all of which once you are proficient you can sell as a service to people like yourself looking to shortcut the learning curve.

And of course that is something you can do too, fiverr is an awesome resource for people that will set up your hosting and web site to driving traffic to your site, usually the cost is not exorbitant but you do have to take your chances that you get someone who knows what they are doing.

So I hope this has been useful and given you a direction to head in, please feel free to comment any questions you may have below and if I can answer them I will, but for me I am going to start by researching my niches and creating copy and sites to direct my advertising toward.

Practice the Preaching ep12

I had a setback today, or at least it felt like one, despite not going outside my diet and following my exercise schedule to the letter (very nearly) I had only a 1.4lb loss when weigh in day came round this morning.

To some that would seem perfectly acceptable but I have been striving for more of a loss as I am still at the stage where no matter how much effort I put in at the gym I will not put enough muscle on during a week to cancel out any substantial proportion of fat loss,

If I do however find the magic bullet for fat loss I will share it with you all right after I share it with the copyright office!

Now the reason for the long story about how I was gutted at my weight loss is actually to lead into an example of how much I have changed since taking my health and well being seriously, prior to this the response to this morning would have been to have a day off doing any activities “To re-centre myself” then promise that when I begin again tomorrow I will work harder, now I see these events as triggers rather than failures, and anything that doesn’t have the desired result in your journey should do the same.

Failure (noun)

A failure has happened, it is an event from which there is no recovery, it is a noun and it has no part in anybodies vocabulary when talking about their life, or life goals, once uttered the event that gets labelled as a failure acts as a wall, a barrier between you on one side and what you were looking to achieve on the other, if you are lucky you can push through the wall should a random act provide a resolution to the failure, but you don’t want to trust your life and happiness to luck now do you ?

Trigger (verb)

In contrast a trigger is a reaction to an event that might not have played out as you expected, it is the response to a situation good or bad, and it forces us to react, in this respect it is a continuation to a destination even if the path has changed, it is not stopping, there is no lack of momentum or stalling of drive and purpose, you have a situation or result and that triggers you to shape your actions to either avoid the current situation and change it or to move further along the same path but with more or less effort depending on the reaction required.

Response

Well your response is your response and it will be a reaction to whatever events you are evaluating, but in order to qualify that I am not simply trying to think up inspirational stories for followers and page views, I will explain my response to this trigger, I started to react predictably with some negative internal dialogue along the lines of, “this is it I have lost as much as I am going to” and “well bit of a setback I will have a day off and change something for next week” but this did not last, I reminded myself that I have had that conversation many times and it has never improved my life, ever, it is solely responsible for the state I found myself in leading to having to ask a shop assistant if they had any jeans bigger than a 56 inch waist,

Instead I looked at the result, and evaluated the parameters, effort in Vs results out, and in this case there had been some return but just not enough, so my response to this trigger ?, instead of walking 5k this morning I walked 7.89 and it took me 1hr 21min, when I got back to the house everything was hurting but I felt good, and the feeling wasn’t just physical, there is a huge mental boost to having a disappointment and answering that not by shrinking away but by literally expanding to be bigger than it and steam-rolling over it.

My opinion is that there are always going to be events in our lives that will floor us, and I mean all the inspirational memes and pep talks and jumping up and down clapping will have no effect at all, fortunately these are usually very very few and far between, the vast majority of events that we deal with are not like that, although it may seem like it at first, normally if you stop and look around you and the world looks the same as it did a minute previously you are all good.

Little Superhuman update

When I set out with this part of the goal was to secure financial freedom as well, and I am currently working on an article about that very thing, but I have got to make just this one comment before that really to justify why it hasn’t been touched on before, so far I have spent on average 6 hours a week looking at different schemes and businesses online, and while I believe 100% that there is gold them wires, the process to extract is NEVER as easy as 99.99999% of these advertisers claim, as harsh as that is the vast majority of these “millionaires” that are going to share their secrets with you for free are either some douche recruiting affiliates to funnel people into a scheme that recruits affiliates into a scheme that sells the scheme, remnants of these schemes either still be flogged by desperate 100th level recruits trying to wring the last nuts out of the thing or simply videos and single landing pages put up and waiting for their hosting money or view credits for “live webinars” to run out before going all 404 on everyone and at worst just straight out scams, but I am looking at real plans for real people to change their financial position and future, I have many issues that we discuss at length with the current global financial suppression of humans, where we are taught from an early age that we need a job and a mortgage that we can pay off before we retire so we don’t owe any money when we die, apparently this means we have won and we have been good citizens, the reality however, is that if I work when I want and I own a house with no mortgage, follow the pursuits in life that make me happy and can facilitate the same fate for my children, then I have won.

Honestly I am not some crazed revolutionist that believes in world without law and responsibility, that would be chaos and very very dangerous, as I have said before I am a humanist and I believe in humans being able to live their lives free from oppression and conscripted debt.

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I will Make you a Millionaire

Not overnight (unless you pay me)

Sound Familiar ? Thought so, how many webinars have you been through that are available for a Limited Time Only ? All free of course, all just trying to give you access to a system that will make you millions in revenue each year with very little effort once the initial hard work is done, and Boy oh Boy! you will have to work hard, really hard in fact so hard that the program is not suitable for everybody and most of the people watching the video right now will struggle.

Two very important Points about me.

  1. I am a humanist, I didn’t even know I was one really till I started this blog, you see not only have I been where you are now, I am where you are, both with my physical fitness/appearance and financially, I will not go into what I do for a job but suffice to say it pays just enough for me to know what it must be like to have money without actually having it (Mega Lolz), so as I have wandered further into the world of affiliates and online business Guru’s, Million and Billionaires I have become disheartened, cynical and to be honest a little angry.
  2. I was a sucker, plain and simple and I have looked at this before, some years ago now (25 but who is counting) I looked at several online get rich schemes and had my fingers burnt every time, to qualify this further I will recount one of the times below.

One of the biggest growth industries on the internet

Online casinos were becoming a “thing” as more and more people were prepared to trust their hard-earned to a website, and I along with a lot of others were ready and poised to take advantage of this most lucrative leisure activity, this, however was the time before Drag’n Drop websites and anybody who had even a basic knowledge of Microsoft Frontpage, and an easy relationship with the truth had the jump on all of us, I invested with such a company, the total investment at the time was £100 and I won’t go to much into it but that was a lot of money to me then, and got my page to promote, it was a black page with six Casino Banners on it all with my very own tracking code, the program even came with an easy to follow step by step guide to success that if followed would mean that fortunes would come my way with no effort, one of the pearls of wisdom was FFA pages or ‘Free For All’ and so I diligently used my software to post to these every hour like the manual said, little knowing that links on these things expired in about ten seconds, needless to say I made nothing from Casino Traffic, but I did make some money through the referral program, £50 to be precise, which was really odd as I was not doing anything to promote the referral program as I was chasing the Millions from gamblers, it is not difficult to see what occurred here is it? the guy took the £100 and waited a few weeks and paid back £50, and this, no doubt would have been covered by signing me up to each casino as an affiliate through his link.

Things are different now though right?

No, except the amount of money invested has grown exponentially and the ability of the protagonists to display a picture of wealth has increased ten fold, now, I do not “call people out” there are enough people doing this all over the internet and frankly I have no time for it, my “About” section sets out my intentions very clearly, I intend to investigate the Gurus and self-help masters of the internet and advertise the living S**t! out of everything I can in the mean time, my best case scenario would be a viral blog with a million ad impressions a week and providing help and guidance to every one for free while paying for me to live me particular dream.

We all want to make money, at least those who typed financial keywords in to find the blog or who are running a similar blog, and from what I have seen over the last two days of research the vast majority of these ‘systems’ are nothing more than a global MLM with the main product being to participate in a global MLM, and that is just swell, if you are at the top, the rest I found are simply people pushing tired half-baked ideas to an audience that are trying desperately to change their standing in life and that of their families, and so are open to listening to even the craziest of tired ideas, one I found was basically an online phone book of local businesses (I am sure the internet has already catered for this) with the main strategy being that a person would advertise the service with a phone number that forwards the call to the original business with a message that oddly does not read, “hi we hi-jacked a customer enquiry for you and in the process of being re-directed probably scared them off”, this course was free, but on the off chance you struggled with the vague concept, continued questions of the value and repeated reference to the Bahamas (why are they always working from a beach in the Bahamas ?) then you could pay an undisclosed sum for private mentoring.

Simple Potential

The potential to make millions is simple mathematics and is not in any way easy to discount, there are 4.39 billion active users on the internet, if you managed to get just one dollar from .5% of them just once you would have 21,950,000 and that is you done my friend, now that isn’t going to happen but you are many decimal points down before it begins to be something that is not worth doing, after I have no doubt at all that if somebody gave you a riddle to solve and you were guaranteed a million for solving it you and me would be working on that day and night, let alone 21 million! and anybody who says they have a way of solving the riddle you would reward handsomely, and that is exactly what this is, it is a riddle and once the riddle is solved and you find the formula you will make the money, there is no surer thing, but so far all I have seen is people prepared to charge me simply to recite the riddle nothing more.

So we should just give up?

Hell no! never in a million years, as I have said before you and me and everybody else chasing this are fighting for our lives back from a system designed to keep us down and struggling for money, society is set up that way very carefully and meticulously peaking our desire just beyond our reach and then offering us a lifeline in the form of finance, and as soon as you have that you are caught because you find that bit harder to get ahead as your monthly wage gets eaten up by the spending of the rich and powerful on a paupers budget, no moral high ground here I am exactly the same.

OK So what now ?

Fight harder then ever before, stop watching the endless videos on how to make three hundred billion before you go to bed tonight, and realise (as I did) that every cyclical webinar that is for a limited time only is 30 minutes to an hour that you could have been spending creating something of value or working out the best way to start an advertising campaign, or simply getting some sleep so you can better function at work in order to get the money together to start buying your freedom from the government machine.

As always I would love to hear comments or spark a debate below, but most of all know that I am not jumping ship there is freedom to be found in the world wide web, and I want us all to find it, believe me there is more than enough to go round!

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Practice the Preaching ep8

First a Confession

I have let my not being well slow me down over the last week as far as my progress is concerned, Sure I managed to get a post out https://thetraineesuperhuman.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/fragility-of-dreams/ that was really well received (and I thank you all for that) but my training wandered a little and my concentration was not what it should have been, I believe the ailment is referred to (at least locally) as Man-flu I am not sure if this is a global epidemic or not but it did slow my roll so as to speak.

However that is behind me now and I am once again back on the clock, this morning went well at 4:30am and I completed a 5k walk and 20 minutes stretching all before breakfast.

As my illness left me and I started to get back into the other side of this journey (money) I got the ball rolling by signing up for Clickbank and having a look round there as well as doing some research on paid for advertising, additionally I started to have more of detailed look around at what other people are doing with affiliate marketing, and most of what I found actually annoyed me, some of the really big names (you will already be aware of them if you are also chasing this particular beast) appear over and over again selling just one thing, their course on how to be an affiliate! then I noticed during a simple 1 hour surfing session that there are a lot of people that sell one particular persons course on an affiliate basis, no doubt this will make some people some money, probably quite a lot but it all seems a little cynical does it not? I heard a comment once and for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the person that made it or I would credit them here (just know that it is not an original line) “you have to wonder which came first the Millionaire or the Guru ?”.

Anyhow I will get more into this in a later post, but as always keep breaking new ground every day, even an inch further than you were yesterday is an inch and means you start today from a better position.