I’m not going to lie: there are a lot of advantages when you make money online as an affiliate markter.
It’s a great way for most people to make a little extra money in your spare time, or even build a full time residual income source.
However, there are a few disadvantages.
Some of these, like needing a community or setting boundaries, are problems common to all types of work from home jobs, which I’ve covered in this post.
Today I’m going to focus on the biggest downside I see to affiliate marketing: the waiting.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting
When most people are looking to earn money online, they’re looking for ways to earn money fast. Like, yesterday.
Unfortunately this demand is completely out of line with the reality of building a new website.
I cannot emphasize this point enough: websites take time to grow.
I can’t even tell you how long it took me for that concept to sink in.
To this day, I still think that this gap between when you start working and when you see real results is the absolute worst part of affiliate marketing.
Slow And Steady Wins The Race
If you’re new to online marketing, the absolute worst thing you can do is start and stop a dozen different projects because you’re not “seeing results.”
Stick with 1 or 2 projects, and build those projects consistently for a period of 3-6 months. Only after that will you begin to see your effort pay off.
It’s not just about having a large site with tons of content (though that certainly counts), it’s about the consistency of producing that content over time.
That’s what will help you gain authority with your readers and in the search engines, and ultimately set the stage for success.
Don’t Check Your Stats!
Another tip is not to check the analytics of a new website.
Way too many people (myself included) fall into the habit of checking analytics or webmaster tools’ data every day, or even multiple times a day.
This only sets you up for a rougher ride than you need. You’ll be ecstatic one day when you see a spike in impressions or clicks, and then depressed the next when that spike drops back down to your previous level.
Progress occurs gradually over time, and analyzing statistically insignificant, day to day ebb and flow of your traffic won’t do anything but waste your time and energy.
Light At The End Of The Tunnel
The good news, the REALLY good news, is that if you can make it through the lulls of these early days, you’ve beaten out 90% of your competition and have a clear path to make money online as affiliate.
The light is at the end of the tunnel, so just keep pushing ahead and you’ll get there!