I have failed again

Last Update: August 22, 2016

My referrals were pouring in. Every month I got plenty of them. My high month was 24 referrals. Referrals every day. You would think I would be fine with that. I wasn't.

I was also getting some sales. Not as many as I thought I should be getting compared to the referrals, so I made some changes to fix it.

I changed up my content to make sure the referrals I was getting would convert at a higher rate. Good plan. Let the fix begin.

I worked hard to make the changes. Tweak this, change that, rewrite those things and off I go. That should do it. I am one smart fellow, right. Let the conversion rate fly.

I succeeded. I did it. I succeeded in doing away with getting referrals at all. That's right. The changes I made slowed down my referrals drastically until finally I was down to 2 for the month of August 2016. Yay me.

That's too bad because during that same period my traffic jumped nicely. If I hadn't messed with things the referrals and sales would have been what I was trying to get to.

This is not the first time I have failed here while trying to improve something. The times are numerous. Not only failed while trying to improve something but just flat out failed to understand this or that. I have had more failures than successes. Many more.

My point is that I have learned much more from my failures than I have from my successes. My successes made me a little complacent. Relaxed. Not working as hard as I should. Comfortably numb.

I like my failures. They put me on edge. Keep me on my toes. So I lost a bunch of referrals and probably sales too. I will get them back or expire trying. That's the good part of it. It's not over.

I am still in the game. I live to fight another day. Without failure there isn't any success or if there is it's not as sweet. So embrace your failures, learn from them and then you move on.

Don't use failure as an excuse for giving up. Because after your latest failure huge success may be right there just waiting for you. Press on no matter what.

Let the games begin.

"I HAVE NEVER FAILED JUST FOUND 10,000 WAYS THAT WON'T WORK."

Henry Ford


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NemiraB Premium
I wonder why you failed? Did you try to improve something? What kind of improvement can be if you failed?
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Barryw1 Premium
Affiliate marketing is a constant test. Test this see if it works. Try two things see which works better.

The point was without failure there isn't any success. Thanks for reading it.
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NemiraB Premium
I see. You share here your experience. Good luck:)
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Barryw1 Premium
Yes.You can blog about your experience on your profile and share your experiences with other members.

It acts as a release, for me anyway, to get things off my mind. You can use it any way you see fit as long as it's within the guidelines.

Click on your profile pic and feel free to share what's on your mind any time.

Good luck to you also.

Barry
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tyrellch Premium
I would like to have your kinds of problems. Some success to mess up. So have you managed to identify the reason for the reduction?
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Barryw1 Premium
Stick around Ty and you will. I have no doubt. I think I have and I am working on it.
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jimcarlsen65 Premium
Wow, that's amazing that some tweaking could hurt so much. Thanks for sharing though. What do you think it was that actually hurt things?
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Barryw1 Premium
It's really amazing how changing one word in an ad or in content can effect clicks dramatically.

It matters. Every word we write matters. How we write it matters.

Thanks for reading it.

Barry
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JudeP Premium
Hopefully things will change again for the better :)
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Barryw1 Premium
I have no doubt. Thanks for reading it.
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MPollock Premium
Sometimes switching things can kick us in the rear.
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Barryw1 Premium
Just a small bump in the road. Thanks for reading it.
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