August 2011 Update

Wow, we’re well over half-way through the year now, and it’s been over 4 months since I last wrote here. I think it’s about time that I kept you updated with what I’ve been up to really.

Sadly, not a lot has happened in my affiliate journey since I went to Think Visibility in March. I came away having great plans, but none of them have come to fruition. I sit down with my laptop, or in front of the computer, and just procrastinate. On paper, I can come up with ideas – but when it actually comes to putting them into designs, I just hit a brick wall.

Designs are one of the hardest parts of the process for me to achieve, but I’m slowly starting to realise that design isn’t everything. Sure, it’s important, but it’s not the end of the world. I think that just getting out there and doing it is the key to success, NOT deliberating over the smallest details.

Thinking along those lines – I’ve tried hard to think of an affiliate site that has ‘failed’. I can’t think of one, other than ones where the affiliate simply hasn’t put it any work (content, or link building, or SEO). This then leads to the fact of build a site, add content (lots, good quality), and people will slowly start to visit it. Of course, the speed at which the visitors come, and the quality of traffic, and the conversions will all depend on the site. Even a poor site though should still make money.

Take for instance, a friends site that he has just listed for sale. It’s 2 1/2 years old – a niche gadget blog – and is earning £300 or a month. In essence, it is just a series of gadget posts, around 200-500 words per post – 5 times a week initially, and is now earning an income. Another friends site, a fashion ‘blog’ started life as a site just rewriting product descriptions and featuring products from net-a-porter, my-wardrobe, etc., and was earning a healthy 4 figure per month income within 2 years. It sounds simple…

Why do I struggle so much? Answers on a postcard please :)

 

3 Responses to “August 2011 Update”

  1. Darren Singleton August 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Hey Rich,
    I’m in the exact same situation as yourself, on paper these affiliate sites are going to be raking in the money but in reality they require me to continuously put in the time in order to get them ranking and selling products.

    Darren

    • Richard August 10, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      Hi Darren,

      Cheers for the comment. Yeah, it’s hard to put the time in when you’re not seeing any rewards. Dan has said to me just keep going – even when you get bored – and you’ll see rewards. We’ll get there eventually? Maybe!

      Rich

  2. Eddie Bryce September 6, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Hi Rich

    I was in the same boat a couple of years ago and amongst finding myself in a cirlce of design around sites and a business model I also didn’t actually publish anything usefull. I had some life events that put everything on hold until now.

    I’ve just finished reading George’s book GOWYC and as I sat down to get started (only 1 day after finishing the book) I found myself getting sucked into the old design circle. Well actually a conflict between George’s Table based layout suggestion and my XHTML/CSS skills. Then that little voice squeeked in my head “you’re still not creating content!!!” so I decided to buy a template for £15 at 4Templates.com.

    Bingo, straight on with the content and I was published the next day. Must have taken about 5 hours tops after that and mostly trying to get all the Amazon deep links embeded.

    See what you think: http://www.pottystar.com

    Will have to work on the SEO now, as I know it’s not great.

    As for the next idea? Yes I’m struggling with that too. But I think what’s important for me is not to stop whilst waiting for a great niche idea and just pick an affiliate program to promote.

    It’s maybe not going to be the big hit I’m looking for but it will keep me practicing and, most importantly, focused!

    Small steps maybe, but I’m determined to keep walking :)

    Hope that helps

    Eddie

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