Once Bitten, Twice Shy

“When you’re done with your 500th affiliate launch, can we nibble some treats together”?

Once there was a man who got bit by a snake. After he got bitten, he never handled another snake in his life.

But now, there was another man.  He got paid by charming snakes. Yes, he was a professional snake handler.

He’d got bitten so many times, he was pretty much immune to snakes.

This is the equivalent of an affiliate marketer. They have tried, and lost money, in selling affiliate programs. They’ve been burned, bad, by the hamster wheel of internet marketing. You know the wheel I’m talking about. They call it the wheel of fortune, but it’s just a hamster wheel.

Once you get on, it’s hard to get off, because it really seems like you’re getting somewhere. So what am I talking about?

Affiliate marketing.

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The Basics of Selling online

Have something to sell, and for goodness sake,  let it be an actual product. If you sell a product that tells people how to sell online, make sure that you have actually sold something yourself…online.

Affiliate Marketing is not the same as selling. If you are an affiliate marketer, and you actually make money, then you are a marketer.  What is a marketer? A marketer is someone who knows how to make something look good in the market place. It may include making other people’s items look good. That’s what affiliates do. They are paid to PROMOTE other people’s products. But listen, that is NOT the same as selling. Yes, I do realize you may earn an affiliate fee for every person who buys…assuming they buy from you during the right time period, and don’t use a different computer the second (third or fourth) time they visit the product.

When you sell something, you have access to the information first hand on who bought your product. When you sell your own product, you don’t have to worry about being paid your commissions by a third party.

Affiliate, do you ever wonder if you are being ripped off by your third party company like commission junction or click bank? Have you ever asked yourself, “What would stop them from keeping my customer’s money, and sending them a pirated copy of my material?” I know….you trust your third party affiliate company.

Since trust runs so freely amongst affiliates, let me encourage you to take a bold step of faith…let me ask you to consider selling your own stuff….and keeping more of the profits.

When is a duck not a duck?

Answer: when it’s ducking. Here’s what I mean. In 12-step recovery groups, there is a term for someone who is in denial, and it’s called ducking. Here’s the logic behind the term. Let’s say Lisa is in a 12 step group for co-dependents, and she is with a real loser. He won’t let her have a say in the finances, he never let’s her go anywhere without him, and he never helps with any of the chores even though she also works a full time job. So let’s say Lisa comes to the group week after week along with her sister, who is being abused. And she listens to the stories of women who are with losers. And then she sits up in her chair and proudly declares that she is not a codependent like them, even though her partner yells at her every night, and treats her like dirt. And if you try to gently point out the abuse of power, she brings out isolated incidents of gratitude…like the time that he paid for dinner at McDonald’s last year. Or how he helped her lift the turkey out of the oven on Thanksgiving. And while Lisa’s friend is howling as she hears it, Lisa swoons and tells everyone that her guy, who has never  paid for a real date, is Mr. Wonderful. So what is Lisa doing? She’s ducking.

Ducking is defined as the process of denial that a duck’s owner goes through when his webbed pet walks into the office.  Here’s the narrative (just imagine the Aflack duck quacking in this example)

Employee #1 (Bob) “Oh      my       Gosh…..there is, like, a duck.  A duck, dude, it’s a duck;  no. …seriously”.

Employee #2(Ed)“Say WHAT”?

Employee #3 (Sarah) “Hey, you guys, get in here! There’s a duck in the office!”

Boss (hearing commotion)”What is the trouble, gang”?

Duck’s owner, Fred. “I’ll take care of this”

Fred picks up the duck and takes it out of the office.

Boss (following  Fred): “What is the meaning of this?!”

Fred: “Oh. That was my friend. He was visiting for the holidays”.

Employee number one “From where…Canada?”

(Office hoots and hollers)

Sarah chimes in “no, Ed…geese are from Canada. It’s a duck. Where is it anyway?

Various quips of, “it flew south for the winter” etcetera fill the office.

Later, in a private meeting, the Boss who is actually fighting intense laughter, calmly repeats, “Okay now, so,  why don’t you want to admit you had a duck”?

And the duck’s owner makes insane arguments as to why his duck was not a duck.

It was not flying. It was well-behaved. It went outside with him when he “asked” it to.

And it doesn’t matter how many times the boss (now reeling in disbelief from the owner’s denial) calmly assures Fred that he won’t be fired, Fred refuses to admit that he ever had a duck in the office

“Ducking” quote– If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck and acts like a duck…it’s a duck.

“Ducking” definition: When a person draws any other conclusion, that person is said to be “ducking”.

Friend, are you “ducking” when it comes to the profit potential of your online business? If the numbers aren’t there, if the money’s not rolling in, and if you aren’t making a living income online, it’s time for a real plan.  In my internet marketing blueprint, I design a personalized roadmap for your business. You’ll see where you need to go to get from where you are at, to real internet marketing success. You can read more here

What you lack

Once, their was an artist. He was a wonderful artist. He spent lots of time making sculptures, and drawing portraits. And he was very good at it. He did it….for the love of art. But one day, his wife got really, really mad at him. She told him “Harold, you are a good for nothing louse. All you do is draw all day.  I’ve been waiting FIFTEEN YEARS for you to make some money! So, Mr. Man, when are you going to get a real job?

Internet marketer, do you spend lots of time

  • making great looking websites
  • optimizing your site for the search engines
  • creating compellling content?
  • connecting with others on social media
  • building a network of followers

If you do all of that, let me ask you…do you do it for the love of…marketing?

Or do you do it because you are afraid. Marketer, are you afraid to look at the bottom line?

 

Delving into the supernatural

A lot of you spend a lot of your time looking into various self help programs. And ultimately, all of these programs will direct you back to the need for some type of higher power. If you are into Wicca, you may look to nature for your inspiration. If you are a budhist, you may think we are all coming back as another creature some day, and so you may look within and try to muster up the willpower to modify your behaviour.  If you belong to a group that is culturally religious,  you may look to your group for guidance, believing that God views your people as a whole, and not individually. Did I miss a group? Did I misrepresent what you believe? Forgive me if I have overgeneralized any of you with my limited knowledge of various belief systems. Where I actually was going with this was simply a logical point: Why not look to the very one who created

nature

The human will

and every race of people and their various groups

for divine guidance? Sometimes I think that in our systems we create in order to meet the creator, we overlook….the Creator