We're often led to believe that in internet marketing, it is all "instant money".
It's often not really how it is.
I spent best part of a year creating a Clickbank product - a 330 page book.
Like many marketers doing things for the first time, I thought "This book is awesome. It's gonna be a stampede. I'm going to get rich quick!"
It didn't happen. For the first few months I made barely any sales at all.
However, I persisted. I improved my sales materials. I did some link building.
And now the product has started selling. I've got myself an affiliate who is making consistent sales - and I'm guessing it must be converting well for them because they are sticking with it.
Another example - just over a year ago I created a ringtone web site and did some SEO. Within a couple of months it got into the top ten on google for the phrase "free iphone ringtones" and started making me a few bucks. Not bad. Another ringtone company made me an offer and I sold the site. I should have hung in there... right when I was in the sales process for the site, around a year after I created it, it suddenly jumped up several places in the SERPS and the traffic doubled.
So I have a few tips to summarize with here.
1) Success sometimes takes a while. Don't give up.
2) Sites sometimes take a while to show their true form. Don't just offload it if it hasn't hit pay dirt within a couple of months.
3) If you are an affiliate, don't just test out the best performing Clickbank products. Try some others - they might not have any gravity yet because they haven't achieved the gravity to attract the really good affiliates yet. You don't know how well something is going to convert until you actually try it.
4) Don't sit back while you wait for something to show form. Keep developing other ideas.
As they say, "overnight success often takes a few years"....
Happy summer everyone!