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The reason? Because it varies so widely and seldom lasts. $100 a day today, could be $200 a day next week or $20.
Personally, I'll be done when I stop counting it 'by the day'
At $200 a day I thought it was time to hire a part-time employee so I could take a break now and then.
At $300 I hired two more.
At $500 I discovered that I was again making less than the average American, so I re-shuffled things.
I guess I still haven't "made it".
Now, 5 years later I feel "rich" making around $3000 a month with affiliate progams and adsense. (That's more than I have ever made in my life.) My next goal is to make it to $10,000 per month. After that, if I make it, I will go for $1000 per day. I will probably be satisfied with $1000 per day. Wish me luck? Thanks! :)
That $100 in the UK converts to £56. Since everything in the UK practically costs in £ what things cost in $ in the US, that $100 doesn't go very far. Where as in India that $100 converts to 4,500 Rupees, and since the cost of living is much cheaper, that money goes further.
Personally myself $125 a day would be a outstanding target to obtain.
If you're earning enough to be able to quit your day job, then you might have made it.
If you've got a normal day job and aff marketing part time is giving you the little extra you need, you might have made it.
Under any of the above, if it's helping you be happy, getting you to where you want to be in life, or at least in the right direction, then you certainly made it.
I think it's interesting that most affiliate's count their money 'by the day'. I know of no other industry where that is the case.
Well, actually financial companies - at least brokerages and investment banks big and small - are constantly checking the numbers throughout the day. Most CFOs get daily reports on what happened the previous day. You would be surprised how hooked those guys are on their reports and during market hours they will check every five or ten minutes making sure things are on track. If I ever get to the million dollar a day mark or even the thousand dollar a day mark, I'm sure I won't have the need to check my dollars all day long but still once a day seems reasonable no matter how high you get.
you may start saying i'll be happy with $100 a day, but when you have reached that target you start thinking, i'll be happy with $200 a day and push the goalposts that little bit further away. And when you reach $200 guess what happens?
only my thought on this though.
commissions are not really amazing for tickets so is the conversion rate higher than expected?
(I am new to affiliate programs and as far as I have read here at WebmasterWorld the discussion was only about the commission and not the total you can earn per week or day)
If you don't have a definite goal, how do you do any planning? You have to start at the end and work backwards. So I'm guessing that the people who say "it depends" really never set a concrete goal and probably don't have any sort of plan in place.
So this "silly" question, is not so silly after all. If you don't know your destination, how do you know when you've arrived?
Let's say you are making $50/day. Maybe your goal is $100/day. So you plan to reach that goal. But it could be you actually could be making $500/day through some strategic thinking and planning. Limiting your sights on $100/day is nothing but self-limiting.
I've read a story in Entrepreneur/Inc magazine how some CEO had a private jet, but he was aspiring and comparing himself to his CEO friend who had a jumbo jet at his disposal. Silly? maybe, but wait until you're there in his seat... :)
You've "made it" when you can survive the next G update without complaining too much about how they stole your traffic.
Agreed. There's more to "making it" than just a dollar figure. My sites were making more money 3 months ago than they are today but their business model is more stable now and I don't have to keep watching the latest trends on a daily basis... I am definately sleeping better too.
It's fun to ride a wave every once in a while, but I'd rather spend most of my time on a cruise ship, especially when I'm the captain...