Wow! We’re now on Day 3! Thank you for sticking with me. I’m hoping that you’re learning something and having fun.
Today, we have some serious stuff to talk about. Goals. Goals. Goals.
It is imperative to your success that you set realistic goals. This will serve as your motivation to keep writing, keep learning and attaining good results.
Setting Realistic Goals
In my professional career in Finance, setting goals is very straightforward – become a finance manager in 5 years, become a chief financial officer in 10 years. There is a ladder to follow.
In online business, goals are pretty vague and oftentimes unrealistic. So, I would suggest that we start to ask the endless question of “why”?
Why are we doing this? Do you want to have a side hustle? Do you want to quit your full-time job because you hate being told what to do? Do you want more time for yourself and your family and have the flexibility on earning your income?
If you have answers to those questions, setting your goal will become a lot easier.
How Long Will It Take To Build a Full-time Income Online?
I hate to break it to you but there is no easy answer to this question. For me, it took me a year to see the results of my effort, which is pretty amazing considering I only invested one to a couple of hours of my time to work on it every day.
Everyone’s success is different. But it will always equate to the amount of hard work you put into it. You don’t expect that you’ll see a full-blown income without putting effort into it.
Every business is unique. It’s like opening a lemonade stand. Your profits will be different compared to a fruit stand or an ice cream stand.
What are your money goals?
Money goals are just numbers. For me, I set up money goals that are more than enough to support our cost of living, because next to my money goals is TO HAVE MORE TIME. Time is money.
In future, we’ll talk about how to run an autopilot online business. This is always my main goal. I want more time for myself. I want to make more artworks with my kids, more dates with my husband, more time with my family. And every time I think about these goals, I keep going and I keep aiming!
3 Tips For Faster Results!
In life, we always want to see fast results. Let say, dieting or losing weight. Remember how many times you’ll check your weight if it already went down after a 30-minute treadmill? Yeah – everyone has done that.
Essentially, more results are factors of more work. So how are you going to do this? Let me give you some tips on how to supercharge your results.
In general, more work = more results, so keep that in mind. Here are some simple tips for supercharging your results.
1. Take Action Daily
I’ve said it before and will say it again – take action. Nothing is going to be achieved if you’re not taking action. You cannot just simply read or watch a tutorial and see results without taking action. Taking action includes writing a blog post, making keyword lists, engaging in social media or even asking questions.
2. Ask Questions
Asking questions is a great start. It will fire up your brain and will push you to do something. Don’t get intimidated with other people’s success. The good thing about the Wealthy Affiliate community is their willingness to help regardless if they are a newbie or an expert.
Always remember as well that at one time, those successful affiliate marketers started as a beginner like you.
3. Believe That It Works
I believe that it works and I am a testament to that. In a few months time, you’ll be another success story to tell.
You need to be working hard, or you will not see results. Have a mindset that you need to invest more time at first, even you’re not getting any income. Yes – it is frustrating, but it would be worthwhile when you see success.
Repeat the process daily and you’ll see your progress without you knowing. You will start seeing earnings from $5, $25, $125, per day and more.
You never know when success is right around the corner. Create good daily habits and make this a lifestyle for yourself. Don’t get jealous when you see other people success before you. Focus on your own story.
Expectation When Making Money Online
Well, you expect of course to make money, but unfortunately, there are quite a few not-so-happy expectations, to begin with:
- Spend at least 1 hour to 2 hours every day applying you’ve learned to your website
- Earn a minimal amount of money for the first few months
- You’ll not get rich overnight
- Frustration and confusion will sometimes kick in
But why not we focus on positive expectations?
- Wealthy Affiliate is full of newbies like yourself that you can consult and collaborate with
- You can achieve a full-time income within a year or two
- There is no limit to the amount of income you can earn online
- Eventually, you can outsource many of your daily tasks, thus reducing your work hours
- You can use these skills to work on other people’s websites to earn money
- You can sell your website for a huge profit (30x monthly earnings, so a website earning $1,000 per month can fetch $30,000!)
- Online sales are growing across the globe, so your business will naturally grow as the internet grows
- Websites are online 24/7, so your business never sleeps and you can make money 24/7/365
Can I Really Make Money doing Affiliate Marketing?
I know I keep repeating myself and sound that I pressing the Make Money Online idea, but this is the main reason why you signed up and reading this right now, right?
But, it’s pretty rare you’ll get across telling you that THIS ISN’T EASY. IT IS HARD WORK, HARD WORK THAT PAYS OF.
I’m not here to scam you. I have no time for that. Here’s what you have to look for if it’s a scam or not:
- Does it tell you that you’re going to make money fast and easy?
- Does it tell you to resell the product?
- Does it give you examples?
- Does it require you to recruit new members rather than sell the actual products?
- Is there someone cold-calling you?
If you got scammed, don’t feel bad about it. Everyone at some point made a mistake of trusting people who we felt genuine in helping us to succeed.
I once got scammed by an MLM company, popularly known back in the days as a pyramid scheme. I worked my butt off to recruit my downline but turns out those at the uplines were busy embezzling money.
This is a learning lesson for me. Though I still joined to some MLM companies, mainly to get discounted products rather than recruiting new members (e.i. USANA, Herbalife, Isagenix and Rodan + Fields).
How Is Affiliate Marketing Different?
Affiliate marketing is different because you are providing real VALUE to people.
Businesses make money because of the value they create.
Uber makes money because it created convenience to people who’s comfortable to do ride-sharing – a cheap way of getting to your destination without driving your own car.
AirBnB makes money because it connected homeowners to travellers who want to get homestay experience.
People ask questions to Google all day long:
- How I lose weight with protein shakes?
- How much should I pay for a mower?
- How to get rid of dog fleas?
- How to learn Excel fast?
These questions have answers, and they all have a way for you to make money by answering them.
- Article 1: The 10 Best Protein Powders For Weight Loss, According To Nutritionists (promotes Amazon products from womenshealthmag.com)
- Article 2: Average Cost of a Lawn Mower (promotes and compares lawn movers from thecostguys.com)
- Article 3: How to Help Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs (promotes Bayer products from petbasics.com)
- Article 4: 17 Best + Free Excel Courses, Training & Classes for 2020 (promotes various courses online from digitaldefynd.com)
These articles have affiliate programs and all make money from their contents. By doing this, they are adding value to readers by explaining the solution to their problems in a simple manner.
You do the research, then distil the information into bite-sized chunks that are easy to digest.
All of that is to say that creating your affiliate website is not just about making money. It’s about helping people, and helping people is a great foundation for any business!
Tasks For Today
Task 1: Complete Lesson 1
Complete Lesson 1 – the Online Entrepreneur Certification course. This will give you an introduction to the site, and ask you to complete your profile. That should be pretty easy. If you have the time, you can also do Lesson 2. It will teach you how to make money in affiliate marketing, and ask you to make some goals.
Task 2: Check out some recent success stories
Inside Wealthy Affiliate homepage, you’ll find members posting their success stories. These are very fun to read and surely inspiring.
Success is relative. You can be uber-successful for finishing the course, make your website up and running, or travelling to Las Vegas paid by the online business. Monetary success is always good. It gives you tangible proof that this actually works.
Task 3: Ask a question in live chat
This question can be anything. You can ask something you’ve really been wanting to know, or just introduce yourself and see what everyone is talking about. Sometimes people chat about their businesses and share ideas, other times they just joke around and have fun with other internet marketers.
See what’s happening and join in. Pretty much everyone is friendly and happy to help. Making connections at WA will help you get the assistance you need when you get stuck.