Between email, support tickets, my Private Internet Marketing Forum and blog comments I receive multiple (sometimes 100+) questions on a daily basis. These questions obviously vary, but there are a few that I get every single day that are very similar. These are questions that are derived from confusion and this confusion comes from one thing – People who work online for months, even years, and still don’t succeed can usually attribute their failure to not picking a model and sticking with it!
BUT, it’s not as easy as saying “OK, I’m going to do affiliate marketing, that’s my model.”
Did you know that there are HUNDREDS of different ways to make money with affiliate marketing? Let’s say you find 5 affiliate marketers that you trust. You read their blogs and everything else they put out and you soak it all in. The confusion should start to go away, right? In most cases that doesn’t happen because those 5 affiliate marketers have 5 totally different business models.
Sure, they’re all affiliate marketers, but that doesn’t mean they’re doing the same thing. And it gets worse. Now take 5 affiliate marketers, who only use PPC. I guarantee those 5 affiliates marketers who only use PPC are using 5 totally different techniques to earn their money!
This happens with all business models! The primary source of confusion comes from newbies getting mixed signals. They get one piece of the puzzle here and another piece there etc. and when they try to put the pieces together they don’t fit.
How to avoid it
There are 2 things you need to do.
1. Find a very specific plan! Not just any plan though. This needs to be a proven plan that comes from a legitimate source. I know it’s hard to know for sure who is legitimate or not, but you just have to try your hardest and hope for the best. I’ll be coming out with a new product sometime in the early week of August that would be perfect for this, so stay tuned.
2. Find a mentor and stick with his or her advice! You don’t necessarily need to spend thousands of dollars paying for a coach, but you need to stick with one or two people who you really trust. When you follow multiple people you’re going to get bits and pieces of info on multiple business models and techniques! There are alot of knowledgeable people out there, but remember, everyone does things a little bit differently!
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