Does Your Website Traffic Look Like This?
Or Like This?
In the beginning, as you build your new website and get started with a new online business, traffic will look like the second picture. That’s to be expected.
New sites have to compete with established sites, and new sites are at a disadvantage unless they target specific audiences with a new product that has little or no competition.
Does your widget do that? If it doesn’t, you have to build trust in your site and patiently build your website traffic.
Remember the movie “Field Of Dreams?” Kevin Costner kept hearing a voice whispering to him that “If you build it, they will come” So he built a baseball field in his corn field, and they came.
What he did was accomplish the work required to get the result he wanted.
It’s the same with our websites.
We get fired up and excited about starting a business, create a website (which is quick and easy these days), and sit back wondering where all the visitors are.
There are probably lots of people who would like to visit your site, but they have to find it first.
To compete with the big boys, the established websites that have already established trust with the search engines, you have to attract visitors to your website. Once the snowball starts rolling downhill, it gets bigger and bigger. Your traffic flow will do that too.
In this post, I’m going to be writing about blog websites, since that’s where my experience lies and that’s the type of site that’s very compatible to affiliate marketing, which is what I do.
A quick word about affiliate marketing in case you don’t know what it is. Affiliate marketing is basically helping customers connect with businesses in order to find the products that they are looking for, and getting paid a commission in return.
You don’t have to stock products, or deal with complaints or returns or shipping or the normal headaches that come with dealing with products and customers. You just earn income from helping businesses sell their products.
Just about anyone can be an affiliate marketer. It requires a computer and an internet connection, and some training.
The #1 Mistake New Bloggers Make
Thousands, maybe tens of thousands of people have tried to earn an income with affiliate marketing, and a great many have been very successful.
I won’t sugar coat it, though. Most fail. Probably 80-90% fail. And most fail because of making one big mistake.
They give up.
If a new blogger doesn’t understand that it takes time to learn the strategies and techniques that build traffic to his or her new blog, and then apply those strategies consistently over time, then he or she will quit too soon and will fail.
Think of it as training your body.
If you start out like this,
And want to end up like this,
You have to put in the time, effort, and training to get it done.
It’s the same with your blog.
I’m Not Trying To Discourage You, I’m Trying To Motivate You.
By all means, if you’re sincerely interested in affiliate marketing and in earning an income online, even the kind of income that makes you financially independent, don’t hold yourself back.
Take the plunge!
Just realize up front that you are in for a growth period. You will be working without seeing significant results for a while. How long depends on you. Most regular brick and mortar businesses start to see success in their third year.
You can do it a lot quicker than that, but remember, your success is directly proportional to your effort. You can be one of the successful ones, the ones who don’t have regular jobs because they are earning more online than they would working that regular job. You have to commit yourself to it though, and see it through.
You have to believe in yourself and trust that you will succeed.
If you have the desire and the motivation, and the persistence to succeed in reaching your goals, all you need is the training. Where do you get that training?
Here Comes The Sales Pitch.
I got my training with Wealthy Affiliate.
I know, I know. Right now you’re thinking, “Here it comes, this guy’s trying to get me to sign up to the site he’s promoting.”
And you’d be right. After all, I’m an affiliate marketer, and an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate. If I can get you to sign up, and you decide to pay for premium training, I will earn that commission I mentioned earlier.
Even if you do sign up, though, there’s no guarantee of a commission because everyone signs up for free. I can earn a percentage of free, but it’s nothing. I get a commission when and if you decide to pursue the paid training.
Look at it the way I did. I found Wealthy Affiliate when I read a post about earning income by writing. There was a link in that post that took me to the WA website. I figured that if it was free, and I didn’t have to give financial information, like my credit card number, to sign up, then there was no risk and It might be worth a look.
Most people decide fairly quickly if they want to upgrade. You get 10 free Starter lessons and a free website to give you a good idea if you want to pursue affiliate marketing or not.
Who does that nowadays?
If you don’t want to move forward, no worries. Don’t upgrade. Nothing will happen, and you won’t have to take any action to cancel. You will remain in the archives as a free member in case you do decide to take advantage of the training at a later date, but you will be inactive and no one will pressure you.
Obviously I upgraded.
Wealthy Affiliate will give you the tools and training you need to succeed with affiliate marketing, and all the current members will be willing to give you the help and advice you need to keep you going.
You owe yourself at least a look. Tap on the banner or one of the links and browse the sign-up page. Maybe I’ll see you online in the Wealthy Affiliate community.
Thanks for reading my post. I’d appreciate a comment if you’re so inclined. I’ll be sure to respond.
This post contains affiliate links. If you end up purchasing a product because you accessed a link, I will earn a commission. That’s the essence of affiliate marketing.