Think: Your affiliate program fortune is in your pockets by Jonathan Kraft
Your affiliate program fortune is already sitting in your pockets! You just donít know it yet. Please allow me to explain.
You have a 9-5, which, with commute and headaches, has turned into more like an 7:30-6:30. You maybe have kids, a spouse, a dog, a car to repair, and a leaky faucet. You have yard-work, housework, homework, and work-work.
However, you understand that people are making money online. You think that you could create a small fortune through affiliate programs, if only you could make it fit in your schedule. You understand some of basic concepts of setting up a web site. You have an idea for a site focusing on something you know a lot about. Youíre pretty familiar with making sure your META tags match page content, and youíve learned about getting traffic to your site. You know that you can get traffic, because you have a unique perspective or approach to topic of your site. You might also at some point think about selling some of your own products alongside affiliate links you have (or would like to) set up.
So, where will you find time to run a site, find affiliate programs, give your visitors great content to read, and begin to create your Internet fortune?
The answer is in your thinking. Your thinking has to help you realize that fortune is not yet in your wallet. The fortune is, however, already in your pockets. Iíll say that again. The fortune is ALREADY sitting in your pockets.
How can your fortune be in your pockets? Your fortune is in pockets of TIME you have. You have ten minutes here, and twenty minutes there. You have time while pot is on stove boiling water, and you have time while youíre waiting for your kids at their soccer practice.
You have pockets of time, and if you ever want to have more than just pockets of time, you must learn to use pockets you do have more effectively, starting today.
(This has as much to do with planning your life as it does building a successful and income-producing web site. You can take this skill and apply it all over place for anything you want to accomplish.)
So how can you use your pockets effectively?
#1. Decide Make a decision that you are going to work on this project for at least 15 minutes each day, no matter what (you can take two days/week off). You can work more than that, but you must work at least 15 minutes every day on your site. Decide that you are going to make this site become reality within 6 months. (Be realistic with yourself. If youíre only working 15 minutes/day, 6 months is a realistic goal.)
#2. Take action in right direction Begin with end in mind. You have heard this before, but maybe youíve never applied it. Iím saying to you now that you should read this article, and then apply principle. Begin with end in mind. Take 15 minutes/day for next 5 days. Get your plan on paper. Figure out what you want your site to look like. Look at general layout. Keep it simple, so that you can design it, or explain to someone else how to design it. Lay out so that anyone can easily navigate to any page of site from any other part of site. Put it on paper first. Have friends (and even strangers if you like) review your site plan. Ask for their honest feedback. Donít be offended if they tell you that you might try changing some things. Take what works and leave out what doesnít. Decide on a color scheme. Color is very important in marketing products.
Here is hazard of not beginning with end in mind: You will spend hours of time working on completely unrelated projects, surfing Internet, and reviewing affiliate programs which will not fit into layout of your site. (Not having a layout for your site would be like climbing a ladder that you couldnít see top of, but you thought would lead somewhere good, only to realize once you reached top that your ladder wasnít even leaning against right wall.) Start with big picture of what you want your site to look like, and work from that plan.