They think that affiliate marketing is part of a magical world where you can work for a month and retire for the rest of your life.
The worst part is that so many programs want you to believe some version of that mistruth, because ultimately they’re trying to sell you on their ‘perfect’ way to earn money effortlessly.
To combat that misguided mentality, today I thought I’d write a little bit about a day in the life of an affiliate marketer.
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A Day In The Life of an Affiliate Marketer
I’m writing today from a small town in Baja, Mexico. This post is what I did yesterday:
I woke up just before sunrise and walked the 100 meters to the beach to stare out at the morning colors on the horizon over the Sea of Cortez.
After my morning coffee, I met up with a friend to kayak out to a nearby coral reef and go snorkeling.
I got back around 11:00 and began to work. I run a small portfolio of websites, so I had a goal of producing 10 articles for the day, at an average of ½ hour per article.
For whatever reason (probably the beach) I was finding it difficult to be productive. After 6 hours of working, I’d only written 6 articles.
I took a break at 5:30 to go teach an English class (I’m currently volunteering in this town), and finished around 7:30.
After dinner, I spent another hour and a half trying to catch up and meet my 10 article goal, and wound up completing 3 more, for a total of 9 for the day…not too bad.
I closed the computer at 10:00 and turned in for the night.
The Takeaway from this Story
The point I’m trying to convey with this story is twofold.
- I work full time…or thereabouts.
- I have the freedom to work as I please.
The point is that even though I’ve been working online for several years, I ‘m not retired. As you can see, yesterday I worked about 7 ½ hours. I’d say all in all I work 30-40 hours a week now.
That said, I have immense flexibility. I can afford to travel to exotic places and live next to the beach, and I can take half the day to go on an excursion if I want to.
This is the real benefit of internet marketing in my mind: complete and total flexibility.
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