affiliate_success_lineThere is a world of difference between people who think about starting an affiliate business, those who “start” a business but never truly work towards success, and those who are able to achieve real success online and earn money through internet marketing.

So what does it take to cross the affiliate success line? What separates the people who earn a six figure income online from those that don’t make a dime?

The answer: outlining achievable goals and striving towards them, step by step.

The Risk of Unrealistic Goals

One of the main reasons affiliate sites fail is because people have unrealistic expectations about what it takes to earn a full time income online.

While it is possible to earn a full time online income blogging, the process of getting there takes a lot of hard work and perseverance.

Too many people start out and say: “I’m going to earn $5,000 a month starting in month 1,” or “I want to earn $10,000 by month 3.”

Really, these people are shooting themselves in the foot because they haven’t set realistic, achievable goals.

Finding Achievable Goals

Instead, you should try to set goals that you can personally effect. Rather than “throwing up a website” and hoping for the best, you need to outline a series of clear, actionable tasks that you can take in order to reach your main objectives.

The act of developing achievable goals is about starting with your objectives and working backwards to start from where you are now. There’s no room for “it would be nice if” or “well maybe I could” when goal-setting. Just ask yourself 3 questions:

  1. Where am I today?
  2. Where to I want to be by XYZ date?
  3. How can I bridge the gap?

If you do that at every step along the way, you’ll be well on your way to crossing that elusive affiliate success line.

Success is what you make it. You can set yourself up for success by setting good goals and constantly working towards. If you stay focused you will succeed.

If you’re not sure how to take the steps necessary to reach your goals, I suggest you try this free affiliate course, which walks you step by step through the tasks you need to accomplish to build a profitable and sustainable online business.