Affiliate marketing has a lot in common with raising a child. No, bear with me. You’ll understand in a minute!
Those of you who are parents will perhaps catch on immediately. For example: “Breast feeding is incredibly easy. Anyone who says they don’t produce enough milk, or have latching issues… well, I know they just aren’t trying hard enough and simply don’t want to do it.”
– Lactation Consultant, Buderim Private Hospital December 2013
Bitch. *cough* Anyroad, what I’m trying to get at is that affiliate marketers new and old can be much like parents trying to wade their way through conflicting information about the only and best way to raise their children, combined with a plethora of people with those “must buy” products to make you a rip roaring success. A lot of them are a load of snake oily cobblers. A lot more are written by insufferable pricks who are sure everyone else is a moron. Then there’s those people who just make it look effortless and do well at everything. Sounding familiar?
But What’s Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander, Right?
Yeah nah, not really. That’s why I can give you advice, but it might never make sense to you. We all have different abilities, and we all engage very differently with opportunities in life.
“I just didn’t think it was any good!”
The *many* publishers who rejected Harry Potter
The reason why we have all read that amazing story today, and watched Ms Rowling become a glittering success? Because one guy thought a little different, and handed a chapter to his 8 year old daughter to read. It was her reaction, and her father’s willingness to take a punt on that reaction that led to him securing what will most likely transpire to be the highest selling book of all time. Bloomsbury had only started publishing childrens books in 1994. What a score.
And when you look at the collision of circumstances around that chap landing such a huge author, you realise that there is a massive helping of luck in any business opportunity. What made that publisher hand that chapter to his daughter? It’s possible that it was on a whim – but what he did with the information handed to him (by an 8 year old kid!) is what made him and good old JK a success.
If You Don’t Understand, Just Keep Going
So the point is we are all different. Not only must we process a huge amount of information, and sort the good from the bad – there’ll be some good information and opportunities that we simply can’t use. It might be down to our particular brain not being able to process it, or it being the right information but at the wrong time.
Although I’m obviously perfect, and was clearly born with all the skills I use to make money today, I have to let you in on a little secret: When I first started work as a trainee SEO I hadn’t a clue. None of it made sense. I hadn’t even regularly used search engines a year before I started that job. Where I was lucky was that there was someone there to explain to me what I should do (I still didn’t 100% understand why I was being asked to do most things). Gradually as time went on I kept doing as I was told, and sought out my own information as to why what I was doing might be a good idea. As the results filtered back, I researched why they had happened. A lot of what I read, I did not understand. I just kept reading until I found bits that resonated with me, and kept working at this new SEO thing I was being asked to do.
After several lifetimes, and a lot of late nights reading things I’d printed out to take home (I HAD NO INTERNET!!) I finally got it. I could look at everything and understand what I needed to do to make it all work. That was my own personal lucky break. I’d never be where I am today without that now defunct marketing agency. If I’d never gotten that job, I’d never have gotten those first bits of information that set me on the road to where I am now.
Open Yourself To Information & Experiences
So maybe you don’t understand any of what I’m trying to get at with this. But the most important thing you can take away is this: Open yourself to new things, new information, and never dismiss anything. Even if you don’t think you are capable – give something a red hot crack. If you fail, you’ve also learned. Use it and move on.
The Last Word
Nobody upon nobody can sell you a system that can help you to find an opportunity and make the best of it. Always remember that.