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How you can move from good to great, in affiliate business?

...facing bottle neck

3:35 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've been involved in affiliate business for about 3 years, the learning curve was steep at the first two years - SEO, website hosting, web designing, affiliate marketing, presell techniques... so much to learn and i enjoy learning all the new stuffs! My affiliate income increased steeply and got steady, eventually, i turned full-time in affiliate business.

Getting involved in aff biz gave me lots of satisfaction in term of personal AND financial achievement, but not now anymore. my earning sits at around $150/day (its a very good amount for me but it aint growing), i stop learning new stuffs (not that i knew everything but i'm not motivated at all), and i hardly come out with new ideas in running the biz. worse still, i started to get tired of my lifestyle after i turned fulltime (my life circle shrink, getting bored working alone, etc)...

I bet some of you guys faced the same problem where you got stucked at a point you lost faith in yourself and dont know how to go further....have you overcome the problem? how did you make it? how you bring your aff biz to the next level when it seems you had done every 'do-able' thing?

It would be great if anyone here is willing to share their experience.

4:06 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Review the time you are spending. If income is fairly static, and you know the business, then the time you are investing should be dropping. Better time management might not increase your earnings, but it would certainly improve your life!

Also, think about taking up a second string in a different market; more learning, more challenge, insurance against one line falling flat.

But before you can rectify the problem, you need to be sure what the problem is ... why are you spending all hours (if it's shrinking your real life) to earn a minimum wage? Could this scheme do more for you? Are you surfing all day, or actually needing to work so long for so little?

Sorry if it sounds a little brutal; I'm going on the info you gave. :(

6:58 am on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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you just need something serious to motivate you ... like getting that new car or house ... or the thought of not being able to pay your kids school fees.

or the thought of going back to the 9-5 world and having to wake up at 6/7am, battle traffic etc. to get to work for 8 or 9 ... then repeat to get back home ... brrrrrrrrrr. that's enough for me LOL

10:51 pm on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I found myself in a similar position last year. I figured that the best solution would be to create a "new start" for myself.

In the end that "new start" turned out to be moving to a brand new flat together with a good friend of mine who runs his own offline business - I had been living on my own which gets spectacularly dull when you also spend all day working on your own and he was in a similar position - and going back to university to "keep myself occupied during the day".

The advantages were that I had a new home environment, a new separation between "work" (ie. my MA degree) and home life, and my website went back to being my hobby again. Not being able to work on my site whenever I wanted to meant that I was raring to go, whenever I got the chance. Not working on my site 24/7 meant that lots of ideas occurred to me when I was away from the computer which might not have occurred to me otherwise when I was too deeply engaged with the daily drudge to have new ideas.

This year has been so much fun by comparison, that the last thing I want to do is go back to working on my site full time. After I finish, I am thinking of finding a charity to work for. (But I'll probably go travelling for a bit first).