The 4 Attributes of Successful Affiliate Marketers.
Over the years I have worked with well over a million people in this space here within Wealthy Affiliate. I have seen just about every walk of life imaginable from someone struggling with their current situation, to a business that needs help within the online world, to doctors and lawyers that simply don't love their careers and want an escape.
Regardless of the situation, there are several attributes that I can see in people that indicate to me whether they have a really good chance of success or failure. Instead of my focusing on the negative here, I would rather focus on the positive and what I see within those that I know will have success in their future.
There are FOUR "success" attributes in particular that I would like to discuss and focus on here.
Don't Focus on Revenue in the First Month
Those that create success and do so at a high rate have one thing that is apparent right from the get go. They are not as intrigued or fixated on making money in their first month, they are more intrigued by the business model and how they are going to make it work for them.
The opportunity online is infinite, but if you give yourself a fixed and finite amount of time to succeed, it likely will never happen. The majority of the people I see succeeding are willing to give themselves this adequate amount of time, and those that are failing are disproportionately those looking to succeed in their first month.
I have always found it strange that the same people that are "urgent" to create a business overnight are those that have spent 4-6 years in university and spent $100,000 to get a throwaway degree, and a "normal" job. What if these same people investing that time to creating an online business, which would have saved them $100,000, allowed them to work while they were building an income, and they would now be sitting on a 6-7 figure income.
That is the true reality and one that the main attributes of a successful person.
Realistic About The Fact They Are Creating a Businsess
There is a big difference between a business, and an opportunity. Wealthy Affiliate is a platform that provides you with all the tools and services you need to create and grow a business online (and do so within any niche). Those that succeed realize this and harness all the capabilities that WA offers.
They build websites. They leverage the training. They join in on the live classes. They ask for help when they need it, they help others when they can pitch in. They leverage SiteComments, they understand their SiteHealth and work to improve it. They ask for others to give them a website audit through the SiteFeedback platform. They utilize SiteSpeed to get incredible rankings in terms of speed (which boosts rankings drastically).
They also become research experts in their niche and leverage the Jaaxy research platform here at WA for their keyword, niche, market, and website research.
This is contrary to the approach of those that "fail" at a very high rate. They have the tendency to just look for a quick way to earn a buck. They will see the fact that they can earn $1 credit for referring someone, so they will try to make $1.
This is a business. You can create a business. If you don't treat your approach to this game like you are building a business, you certainly will never have one. Those that succeed at a very high rate take this "I am going to create a business" approach right out of the gate.
Willing to Give Themselves Adequate Time
I touched on this earlier with my reference in my first point, but those that are realistic about the time it takes to build an actual business are those that usually end up creating thriving ones.
So how long can you anticipate it will take? There is a simple answer. As much time as you need.
For some, you might need 8-12 months to create a business that is bringing in a really consistent income, for others this make take a few years. It "clicks" for everyone at a different time, so asking when you will achieve success is a question that nobody can answer other than YOU. Your hard work and dedication to your business is what will result in you creating a successful one.
Give yourself time...any amount of time to achieve a success in business, and that is what will happen. Give yourself a "cutoff date" where you need to earn $XYZ, then you are likely going to cut off the oxygen supply to your business prematurely.
Those that succeed at a high rate, always are prepared to give themselves adequate time to achieve success.
Treat Business, Like Every Other Achievement In Life
What is the last thing that you achieved that you were proud of? Think about this for a few seconds (or minutes if you need it).
Now, think about what you did to accomplish this achievement? Did you work hard at it? Did you face failures on your way to this achievement? Likely.
Creating a successful business is a collection of all sorts of things, failures, successes, ups and downs, a desire not to work, being motivated one minute, then lacking motivation the next...it goes on and on. This is normal, and this is the process to achieve anything you want in life.
Those that are successful realize that they aren't going to be the best, before they work to become the best at what they do. They also are not hard on themselves when they fail, they view this as a learning experience. When I started out playing basketball, I hit very few shots and I certainly could not hit a 3 pointer. With practice, and a lot of failure, and a lot of ups and downs, you get better to the point where you are above average.
The same goes for business. Treat it like everything else you have achieved in your life, and business will be your next achievement.
My goal here is not to predict your level of success or have you try to define your own success by what I have said. Rather, I want to give you a guideline approach based on what I have seen working with people every day over the past 14 years in this space (and from my 17 years of experiences).
There are "tell-tale" signs of success, and these are what I believe to be the FOUR most prominent ones.
I also want to open up the discussion to those that are either already succeeding online and how these fit into your personal attributes and behaviour, or if you are not achieving the success you desire yet, which one of these areas you are perhaps lacking in. I look forward to hearing from you (below). :)