When most people first get on the internet and realize that it's possible to make money from home in their underwear, they start asking the WRONG question...
How can I make money??
I did the same thing for a long time. I just wanted to make money from home, I didn't necessarily want to build a business that helped people. It's sad looking back, but it's true.
Instead of trying to figure out how to make money, we need to be asking this question instead...
How can I help the people in my market?
The only way anyone is ever going to buy something from you (or through you for affiliates) is if you provide something of value that helps them out. And if you just trick them into thinking you are the first time, then they likely won't be a repeat customer.
I think the word 'value' is thrown around a lot, but not very many marketers truly understand it. You always hear, "If you want to sell at a higher price point, create more value!" But what does that mean?!
Some think it means LOTS, like LOTS of pages, or LOTS of minutes of video. And while that may help increase perceived value, to me it's just a burden and a waste of time.
We all have goals in life, even if we don't voice them, write them down, or even consciously are aware of them. And when we learn something or hear someone say something that helps us get closer to one of our goals, THAT is value.
So instead of trying to figure out the magic bullet by asking "How can I make money and reach my income goal?" over and over again, we need to start focusing on the real thing that makes business run, "How can I help the people in my market reach their goals"
Now I'm no guru and I haven't completely figured it out yet, but it's becoming more and more apparent how to really run my online business.
Anyone else like me and had problems getting to this point?