Here's Why You Shouldn't Quit

Last Update: March 18, 2019

I have gotten some sales emails recently and, I don't know about you, but I like to keep those so I can look back and see how the hard work has paid off! So I decided to organize my emails and create a separate folder for affiliate sales.

(I had a general affiliate folder with a bunch of stuff in it.)

And what I saw when I was cleaning my folder out really shocked me.

I had emails and emails and emails of payment notifications from 2010-2011. Most of them were from Squidoo. (Anyone remember the good ol' days of Squidoo??)

Here's a small snippet:

I had sales from something called Datafeedr. I had Amazon payments. A payment from something called Biogetica. I even had a picture of my first check from Google! I still remember my first check from Clickbank too. I copied it and put it in a frame. :)

I LOVED affiliate marketing back then as much as I love it now. Yet, somehow I thought I wasn't good enough at it to keep going.

Even though I was having some success, I still quit.

WHAT WAS I THINKING??

I'm just writing this up because I know some of you are thinking of quitting right now. If you really aren't enjoying this, then I understand it might not be right for you. You should find something that you really enjoy. (Although, it could be a matter of switching niches.)

But if you LOVE it like I did, but just didn't have faith in yourself, then learn from my mistake.

I could be so much farther ahead right now. I can't even fathom how far ahead I'd be if I had stuck with it.

I wasn't bringing in the big bucks back then, but it was enough to see I should have kept going.

Please don't be like me. Don't be a quitter. It just wastes your time and your money.

Just keep going!

- Christina

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kevin928 Premium
Well said Christina, the good news is you are back where you are meant to be and with that mind set and experience behind you.

A good message for many of us to follow
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cld111 Premium
Thanks, Kevin!

- Christina
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neilrc Premium
YUP, sure remember Squidoo lol.

I received some of those payments too, along with Commission Junction and Amazon commissions from fancy dress costumes and artificial Xmas trees/outdoor decorations sales.

Those lenses absolutely crushed it in Google during the holidays, especially during Black Friday weekend which pulled in 500 visitors/day just from one lens. :)

Squidoo was super fun and profitable every Oct - Dec UNTIL Google pulled the plug. :(

Affiliate marketing was actually easy back then lol.
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cld111 Premium
I didn't realize how darn easy it was back then. Squidoo was the absolute BEST. But i get why Google pulled the plug. It was FULL of scammy lenses. lol

Oh well.

Now we have to do it the hard way, but I still think it's fun.

- Christina
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neilrc Premium
You could get a lens published and would rank at the top of Google very quickly, even without much content lol.

But agree, some were using Squidoo for crap. It's worse today more than ever.

Yup, using WordPress is so much better, we have more control. I don't see Google dropping WP anytime soon either. :)
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cld111 Premium
Squidoo is technically still around as HubPages right? I never see any HubPages ranking though...

Those were fun times. Spin some articles, rank some Squidoos and you had it made!

- Christina
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neilrc Premium
Yeah, think hubpages bought out Squiddo but haven't seen it in search engines either.

It seems Medium, Tumblr and Reddit are the big players these days.

Neilio :)
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cld111 Premium
I haven't seen Medium? I'll have to check that one out. I like to go to Reddit sometimes, but the people there are so negative that I usually can't stay there long.

- Christina
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RHarding1 Premium
Hi Christina,

I see they are all dated 2011 and you joined WA in 2009. Does that mean you have only got serious again more recently? How long have you been back working at it again properly and how is it going?

I think sometimes we need a turning point or an awakening to get us going again and you appear to have had that.

Good luck and I hope you are seeing good success now.

Cheers,

Richard
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cld111 Premium
You got it exactly, Richard. I've ALWAYS had an interest in affiliate marketing as soon as I heard about it. I joined WA in 2009 and gave it up (maybe twice???).

I came back at the end of 2017, and I'm not giving up EVER again. lol.

It's going really well now! :)

- Christina
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RHarding1 Premium
Fantastic Christina. It is always great to hear of positive stories.

Keep going :)

R
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cld111 Premium
Thank you!!

- Christina
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Lazuruz Premium
Christina,

Thank you for the inspiration!

Kind regards,

Bruce
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cld111 Premium
Thank you, Bruce!

- Christina
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Lazuruz Premium
I'm just getting started!! Woohoo! None the less, that was a timeless message :)
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cld111 Premium
That's good. Now you can learn from my mistake and keep going instead of stopping and starting and stopping and starting again...

- Christina
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Cav1966 Premium
Oh my goodness i remember squidoo thanks for the memories ..i had some commission back then from them but you definatly did better😀
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cld111 Premium
Squidoo was so awesome! I miss it!

- Christina
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