My 14 Lessons In 14 Years Online

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Hi guys,

So I have been online since December of 2002. For the newbies here, I want to share with you 14 lessons that I have learned are MOST important when it comes to making money online with affiliate programs. These are my own views. Some here will agree and some won't.

I am not going to get into TOO MUCH detail on each lesson.

Lesson 1: You got to have a WHY. Why are you trying to make money online? You can't make it about the money. Each person is different but you have to know your WHY. (Example: You want to be free from your job. You want to be able to make enough money to pay for a new car. You want to go on more vacations, etc)

Lesson 2: Once you know your why, you then have to start working on YOU. You can't come from a job mentality and become an overnight success story online. Before you do anything, you have to work on your mental attitude. You do that by reading motivational books DAILY and listening to audio. (This has to become a DAILY habit of yours).

Lesson 3: You have to have your own website for product review or just an opt in page. You want to have your own domain name.

Lesson 4: You have to build a list and get new daily leads.

Lesson 5. Don't just work with any affiliate program. You want to work with a program that lets you earn residual income and an income from upsells that is in their funnel. Never promote products that earn you a one time commission. (You want to earn $20-$50 per month in residual and anywhere between $100-$5,000 in additional upsells from one customer).

Lesson 6: You want to build your OWN list of subscribers and never build the list of any company. You want to capture the leads on YOUR LIST FIRST.

Lesson 7: For faster results with getting leads and sales, you want to look into paid ads. My mentor said this to me and it is very true: IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY. You have to be willing to invest money into ads.

Lesson 8: This ties to lesson 7. Anytime you are doing paid ads, you want to track how many leads you got and how many sales you got. There are places online where you will market and your results will be very bad. Some affiliates will throw in the towel as soon as they spend money and lose it. You have to be willing to test different places to find the winners and the losers.

Regarding free marketing, some are doing really well but you have to know that free ads is slow and painful and it may not work. You can't sit here for months to see if your free ads that you places all over the internet will work or not. If you want fast results that you can scale, paid ads is the way to go.

Plus, never look at other marketers and their results. You have to test things for yourself to see what works for you and for you only.

Lesson 9: Never sit during the day and think what you should do to move your affiliate marketing business forward. You have to sit the night before and get yourself a strategy for the next day. Think about most important income producing activity and write it down. The morning comes and you know what to do instead of sitting there for hours and surfing useless websites and getting nowhere.

Lesson 10: Own the product that you are promoting. This gives you more belief about recommending the product to others.

Lesson 11: Believe in yourself and never let anyone tell you that you can't succeed.

Lesson 12: Most of the times when you are starting out, things are not going to happen for you as you want them to. You will face many challenges all the time but you have to keep at it till you succeed. Some people have failed for weeks and some months but they are now doing really well.

Lesson 13: While there are many "mentors" online, some are NO GOOD. One person will tell you this and the other will tell you that. Every good mentor will tell you in more depth what I mentioned above. There are people online who are making less than $100 per month and they create products that they want to show others how to earn $1,000's per month. So you have to be careful.

Lesson 14: I kept this for last because this is the most important lesson I have learned. That lesson is the ability to NEVER GIVE UP no matter what happens. You have to stick with it no matter what happens. Things are not going to work your way. You will not have enough money to invest. Your creditors will call you. People you know will laugh at you. People will think you are crazy. People will tell you that you should stick to the 40 years JOB career path.

No matter what happens, never give up and never quit.
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  • Profile picture of the author shmol
    Awesome post!

    I wish I read this when I started out years ago.

    I fought like crazy about getting my own website--too!

    Bad mistake.

    Getting a list too--I was not into that in the beginning--either.

    But the biggest mistake I made is your last point--I started so many projects that I know now, probably would have made me money--good money--but instead of working on them through thick and thin--I gave up on it, and yes, you guessed it--moved on to the next shiny object.

    I do not want to take over your thread, but, if I could tell beginners one thing--find any approach that you like be it blogging, videos, facebook, etc, pick a niche where people are spending money, stop looking for the niche with no competition, it does not exist --and then stick to it--and you you will be fine

    Great Stuff!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy McLean
    Great tips and just what I needed for today. I think never giving up no matter what happens is key.

    There is enough wisdom here you could sell it, the only problem is that it's not sexy.

    And sexy is what sells.

    People don't necessarily want to hear it but what you just said is the truth.

    It's mostly what goes on between your ears that counts.

    Again, great post. I always love learning from more experienced marketers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Asstro
    This post is awesome!

    Gives great advice and motivation. Specially like the part of never giving up. When you feel everything doesn't matter anymore, and things are falling apart - that's when you have to be strong, keep fighting and never give up.

    Thanks for these tips.
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Originally Posted by Raiser45 View Post

        Yes the reason why only 4% in this industry succeed is because 96% of the people give up too fast.
        That's a rather simplistic supposition. There are numerous reasons why people fail at IM. If you have a lousy business model and 'never give up,' do you believe that you are destined to be successful?

        Frank

        P.S. Additionally - from where did you get those statistics??? lol
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Originally Posted by Raiser45 View Post

        Yes the reason why only 4% in this industry succeed is because 98% of the people give up too fast.
        And some people fail because they can't do second grade math. :-)

        Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    Great points, just like to add the following..

    Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

    Lesson 2: Once you know your why, you then have to start working on YOU. You can't come from a job mentality and become an overnight success story online. Before you do anything, you have to work on your mental attitude. You do that by reading motivational books DAILY and listening to audio. (This has to become a DAILY habit of yours).
    I recommend that you exercise routinely, besides the benefits to the body... there are many benefits to the brain.

    The activity must be challenging and done routinely on a weekly basis (weight lifting, BJJ, running etc.. )

    there is a feeling that you get after doing something hard that carries over to your productivity and other goals.

    Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

    Lesson 8: This ties to lesson 7. Anytime you are doing paid ads, you want to track how many leads you got and how many sales you got. There are places online where you will market and your results will be very bad. Some affiliates will throw in the towel as soon as they spend money and lose it. You have to be willing to test different places to find the winners and the losers.
    Yes, very true...

    this is another mind set we should all adopt.

    we pay for data... we didn't lose $5 on the last campaign. We spent $5 and learned what doesn't work.

    Have a great day,
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by aizaku View Post

      Great points, just like to add the following..



      I recommend that you exercise routinely, besides the benefits to the body... there are many benefits to the brain.

      The activity must be challenging and done routinely on a weekly basis (weight lifting, BJJ, running etc.. )

      Thnx Ike.
      This truly cannot be stressed enough. If you sit at your Computer all day without getting out and at least going for a fast stroll you are cutting yourself and your Life short.

      I know some of you young guys out there who have high metabolisms and can eat anything you want.. will think this is no big deal.

      But as you get older your metabolism will slow and you need to get out and do some form of exercise. I workout a minimum of 3 hours per week.

      Start when you're young and make it part of your Lifestyle like Eating and Drinking


      - Robert Andrew
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      • Profile picture of the author aizaku
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Thnx Ike.
        This truly cannot be stressed enough. If you sit at your Computer all day without getting out and at least going for a fast stroll you are cutting yourself and your Life short.

        I know some of you young guys out there who have high metabolisms and cant eat anything you want.. will think this is no big deal.

        But as you get older your metabolism will slow and you need to get out and do some form of exercise. I workout a minimum of 3 hours per week.

        Start when you're young and make it part of your Lifestyle like Eating and Drinking


        - Robert Andrew
        Very true,

        I forgot that point, AGE!

        I'm 38 and I know for a fact that your metabolism slows down.

        you need to be actively taking care of yourself like Robert said.

        Find your pleasures when you can but definitely start young.

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      • Profile picture of the author talfighel
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Thnx Ike.
        This truly cannot be stressed enough. If you sit at your Computer all day without getting out and at least going for a fast stroll you are cutting yourself and your Life short.
        You have to take care of yourself too. You have to get off your butt and exercise too.

        Eating healthy and taking care of you is as important cause if you don't have good health and you don't take care of yourself, your health and long term success will suffer.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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    Rehabilitating my health is my number one goal for the new year. I'll be the first to admit that doing the things necessary to create more money than I will ever need has left me in a state where I won't live long enough to enjoy it. That makes no sense at all.

    Additionally, now that I have created a scenario where I no longer have to work, I have absolutely no excuse to not make this a priority, so I am. I know that if I apply the same work ethic to diet and exercise that I used to create my business, by the end of 2017 I should be in the best shape I have been in, in decades.

    I'm actually looking forward to it. lol

    Frank
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    • Profile picture of the author PvPGuy
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Lesson 10: Own the product that you are promoting. This gives you more belief about recommending the product to others
      Big fan of this one. two mistakes I see most often, trying to be neutral or trying to fake your belief in a product. Much better to just promote products you are actually knowledgeable about and truly believe in.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunybb
    Hey good post buddy!


    I am very pleased to hear about your success


    The biggest lesson I have learned is listening to people who know more than me!


    Knowledge is power and where there is higher knowledge to be learned


    oh man can your income increase 10 fold.


    One simple piece of knowledge is worth an extra $2000 a month for me one example...


    Listen and you shall be rewarded!
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  • Profile picture of the author YourBizAid
    My 2 lessons in 12 years of marketing:

    I should have built and focused my energy on funnels instead of traditional websites. Because funnels are much more profitable and take less time to build than traditional websites.

    Secondly, I should have focused all my energy on selling high ticket products and services instead of low ticket products and services (that's where the money lives). I would have become a millionaire much earlier!

    2016 has been a MOST AWESOME year for me and my company.

    Happy new year in advance, people!
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  • Profile picture of the author oholymike
    Thanks for the time (years!) and thought that you've put into this post. I've spent years working on ideas, my attitude, etc. and been lurking here for a long time without ever actually doing anything--paralysis by analysis! But this post is an excellent foundation for long-term success, and my goal for the new year (beyond getting serious about my health) is picking ONE proven, non-shiny approach and focusing on making it work for as long as it takes before considering any others. Thanks for the great focus!
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  • Profile picture of the author Get Mega Rich
    thanks I love your Why Reason, I need to get my own Why reason but I guess it's because I love offering value to the people around me.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Pure gold your advices bro .Luckily i own majority of your things now and easy by easy i get trafic i learn i extend etc and very true the 14 its most important if never give up you will succed
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