Resolve!

As I’ve spoke of in the past your own internet business will take time and resolve on your part to be successful! Days like today do not make it any easier. It’s sunny outside and in the mid 70’s. The birds are chirping (they’re calling me outside) and it is a ‘FRIDAY’!

Like anyone I would much rather be enjoying the great outdoors however…………..

I just keep chanting to myself, resolve, resolve, resolve…..

5 Tips to Overcome a Lack of Motivation

Often times just getting started is the hardest part of any project due to a lack of motivation. This frustrating mental barrier is a very real obstacle that confronts each and every one of us from time to time. Developing certain habits to restore and maintain your motivation in order to start and complete any given task is the basis of today’s article.

Here are 5 tips to that will help you get motivated and maintain your drive regardless of what your goals may be.

Plan Your Work

It is important that you organize your efforts in a way that makes sense and proves most effective towards reaching your goals. Set up a schedule of when you intend to work on a particular project and how much time you intend to devote to it. Be realistic with your goals, the amount of time you’ll need and when that time will be available to you.

If the project is important enough you’ll want to consider scheduling the best time of day when you are at your best and most productive. For some people it is easier to get motivated in the early stages of the day when their energy level is at its highest.

Work Your Plan

Now with your plan in hand it is time to take immediate action. Your planning stages were the time to thoroughly think through the most efficient and effective process that will get you the results. Here is where you put that plan into motion and without hesitation. Simply following the plan you’ve developed will bring you closer to your desired results while increasing your sense of accomplishment.

Pay close attention to not second guessing yourself or reworking your plan. This will only burn more time and decrease both your self confidence and your motivation. This is a dangerous scenario that could end up completely sabotaging your drive.

The busier you stay the more progress you’ll make and the more your self confidence will grow. Along with this will be a renewal of your own motivation to continue to move forward! This is the type of cycle you want to be in!

Set Short Term Goals

One of the best ways to motivate yourself and maintain your drive to complete your project is to set short term goals. These are a great way of measuring your progress and helping you to recognize that you are moving closer to the completion of your project.

Achieving your short term goals and taking the time to identify that you have done so increases your own self satisfaction. This helps make your efforts seem less like work and the last time I checked there wasn’t anything wrong with that!

Avoid Routine

If the efforts you are putting forth involve any sort of repetition change things around to keep yourself more stimulated. Perhaps perform certain tasks at different intervals. Maybe even alternate these tasks to keep things more interesting. What you want to do is to minimize your boredom and increase your interest. This will lead to you becoming more fully engaged therefore making your efforts all the more productive!

Schedule ‘Down Time’

As with most things it is easier to give it your best when you’re fully rested. Be sure you include ‘down time’ in your scheduling to recharge and re energize. It will be easier to motivate yourself and keep your focus once you get back to your scheduled tasks.

Overcoming a lack of motivation, in most cases, is essentially overcoming procrastination. By simply getting involved in any given project you will begin to see progress which in turn will further motivate you. It is the underlying dread that perhaps our efforts won’t bring the results we seek that weaken our motivation and make the first step usually the most difficult! As Nike used to say ‘Just Do It’!

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7 Steps to a Successful Affiliate Business

Don’t allow the success of your affiliate business to be foiled by seemingly harmless habits or oversights. Getting involved in an online business may at times seem overwhelming to you. Other times it may appear little or no effort is needed due to the ‘automation’ of the internet. Remember to keep your eyes open and realize this is a business based upon LOGIC that just happens to use the internet.

TAKE ACTION

The internet is a dynamic environment that requires the need for continual learning.
Know this, accept this, and embrace this as an ongoing part of your involvement in the internet marketing world.

This ongoing education can be conducted thru research, forums, ebooks, conferences, etc. Plug into these channels and use this education to advance yourself and your business. Here’s an Excellent place to start!

An important note here however is that you DON’T want to get so caught up in your learning that your internet marketing efforts come to a standstill. Make time for both but never stop managing or implementing your active online marketing tasks for extended periods.

Beware of this trap which could easily lead to analysis paralysis!

YOU’VE GOT A WEBSITE, NOW WHAT!

You will of course want to build your own website on which your visitors will land first. From this point you’ll send them to the affiliate site where they will hopefully read the compelling sales copy and make the purchase.

With this said do not forget that you will also have to make people aware of your site. This stage is integral to your success online so you’ll need to determine what traffic generation methods you’ll want to use.

The best suggestion here is to choose 3 or 4 methods you’re comfortable with but always try new methods if they look promising to you. By using multiple methods simultaneously you’re ensuring a broader spectrum of potential visitors will be targeted.

‘INTRODUCE’ PRODUCTS – DON’T ‘SELL’ THEM

The website you build will serve two purposes only so focus on them. The first purpose will be to ‘introduce’ the visitor to the benefits of the product you’re marketing. Now here is where you want to use more tact and less salesmanship. What we’re doing here is enticing your visitor with some ‘what if’, ‘how about’, or maybe ‘just image’ to engage their curiosity and get them in a buying mood. Do not HARD sell on this site!

Remember that the main affiliate product site will do the ‘hard ‘selling for you so don’t push or pitch the product on your site.

Now let’s discuss the 2nd purpose of your site.

COLLECT NAMES – You’ll Be Glad You Did

Have a location on your site to capture the contact information of your visitors. List building is right up there with traffic generation regarding the most important components of your business.

Since these visitors have already shown an interest in your product it stands to reason that they may have an interest in a similar product you may offer in the future. Contacting former visitors is far easier than finding new ones. Eventually your list building efforts will significantly expand your affiliate marketing business at an accelerated pace.

DON’T BECOME COMPLACENT

Once your up and rolling with traffic flowing and commissions being paid avoid the temptation to let up and relax. Capture this momentum and take advantage of it to build your online business at an accelerated pace. Build on what is now working and review, fix or discard what is not.

When in doubt seek out answers to your questions. With so many channels available to gain the needed information, it doesn’t make sense to allow your business to slow or suffer due to a lingering unanswered question.

BE MINDFUL of YOUR REPUTATION

In the affiliate marketing business products always change but your name won’t. Don’t risk your reputation by associating with questionable products, tactics, or people.

DON’T GIVE UP

The success of your affiliate business will ultimately be determined by your reluctance to give in. If certain situations are lost causes learn from them and move on, but don’t throw in the towel just because more effort or learning may be needed to succeed in that particular instance. Remember defeat comes only AFTER you quit! Find out how to succeed here!

Information Products – Both Profitable and Affordable

When you stop to consider the many advantages of information products, it’s no wonder countless successful businesses have been built around them. These digital products offer numerous reasons as to why they are so popular not only sell but also to buy.

Due to their popularity and cost efficiency digital type products are widely recognized and utilized in the marketing strategy of many online businesses.

Let’s examine 4 compelling reasons why:

1) The Demand for Information

Stop and consider your own use of the internet and what it is you seek. Sports scores, cold remedies, stock quotes, news, shopping bargains, and the list goes on. Information by and large is generally the object of most searches on the internet. Our addiction for news and information in an increasingly fast moving society is undeniable and the ability of the internet to deliver it to us quickly is widely recognized.

Utilizing these channels for what they’ve already become know for, information, makes complete sense, and of course the information is delivered in a digital form.

2) Cost of Production

The production cost of a information product is minimal. A traditional ‘physical’ product uses materials, has to be mass produced, and requires storage space and this can be costly. Also all this cost is incurred BEFORE the first product is even sold! Additionally there’s no guarantee all products produced will be sold.

A digitally based information product is produced just once, can be stored on your server, and can be sent out an indefinite number of times at virtually little or no cost. These low production cost are conducive to much higher profit margins.

3) Cost of Delivery

Digital products are dispensed over the internet instantly to the customer at little or no cost to either the buyer or seller. Also, the ‘instant gratification needs’ prevalent in most of today’s customer are now being satisfied with the speed of delivery. Finally the shipping and handling costs normally affiliated with a ‘physical’ product have been completely deleted. This results in a welcome boost to the profit margins of these digitally produced products.

4) Pricing

Through the ability to minimize production costs while eliminating storage, shipping, and handling costs, digitally produced products can be priced at very affordable levels. This in turn will broaden the market for potential buyers.

With the price of everything else rising today, the low costs of digital products are a welcome relief to the consumer. Also welcomed are the higher than normal profit margins, as compared to physical products, that these type of products bring.

As you’ve seen, the advantages of using information products upon which to build many online businesses offer several significant advantages. The benefits enjoyed by both buyer and seller alike can’t be ignored and make it difficult to not place these type products under consideration for use in your online marketing strategy today.

Building Your Affiliate Business Successfully

If you are looking for the magic potion or hidden secret that will turn you and your affiliate business into an overnight success there is none. Good old fashion resolve, patience and diligence will be the most critical assets you can bring to this fast pace and ever changing internet business.

When considering what product to promote do a little research. Is the product in demand? Does it do what it says it will? Review the sales page to see if it does a good job of describing the product benefits. Is the sales copy professional and is the layout of the webpage easy to follow? Does the sales page answer all your questions?

What about customer service? Is their contact information made readily available? Are return policies fair and honest?

Remember that you have a reputation to uphold therefore don’t compromise it by representing questionable products.

Once you have a steady flow of website traffic and sales start coming in avoid the temptation to relax. Now is the time to refine your process, work on areas that could use improvement. You now have the momentum on which to build your business. Seize the opportunity to learn as much as you can. Think logically and don’t try to reinvent the wheel. This is a logical business.

Implement a list building program where you’re able to collect the contact info from website visitors. Be sure to maintain contact with them thru some sort of auto responder series. The content you send out should be useful and relative to what you’re promoting. List building will be one of the best things you can do for the growth of your business into the future. This list will be your most valuable business asset.

As we mentioned earlier, this is a fast pace, ever changing business environment. Your continual education and familiarity with new developments will be vital to your ongoing success. With new product launches, website traffic generation techniques, commerce policies, and marketing strategies constantly bursting upon the scene you’ll never be at a lost for something new to give your business an edge.

Take advantage of the countless forums, ebooks, chat rooms, or courses available to continue your education. Make this part of an ongoing process to keep yourself updated, your mind fresh, and your business flourishing.

Don’t allow all the new information to overwhelm you but instead introduce what you have learned into your current marketing strategies. Nothing is or will be difficult to learn or master

Approach your affiliate business with the understanding that it will be a continual but NOT difficult learning process. This will better position you and your internet business for the success you desire and deserve and the financial benefits that go along with it.