You may or may not know that since 2005 I have been making a fulltime income as an affiliate marketer so I've seen a thing or two in the industry.

And because of my experience I'm asked quit often many questions about affiliate marketing and what it takes to be successful.

Now unfortunatly many people will fail at affiliate marketing. Yeah that's probably not what you wanted to hear. But it's the truth.

Here's why:

People start out like gangbusters with high expectations but eventually give up because things are not going according to their master plan.

And that master plan is the making money part - and it's not happening like it's supposed to.

I can tell you from my own mistakes and from what I've learned from other affiliate marketers I've talked to over the years. The reason most newbies fail is because of these three things:

  1. The wrong mindset
  2. The lack of or improper training/skills (this is the biggest problem)
  3. Unrealistic income goals

Like I said I've been a fulltime affiliate marketer since 2005. And I've learned a lot about marketing in that time, in fact I'm still learning, simply because the internet is always evolving.

So to help you I've put together a collection of what I feel are the 10 most important tips on how to start with affiliate marketing and succeed in 2017 and beyond.

Let's get to it. Now these are in no particular order.

1) Run Your Business Don't Walk It

What do I mean by that? I've come across a lot of people that go into affiliate marketing with the attitude of "I'll dip my toe in the water and see how it goes".

So they don't go into affiliate marketing with the attitude of building a real business.

Well you're already set yourself up for failure. Simply because you don't have the conviction needed to build a thriving online business.

This "well I see what happens attitude" is why many people fail at affiliate marketing. Because they have no real skin in the game, so if something happens or things don't speed along like they think things should.

That can be reason enough to quit. And then they can tell themselves "I tried affiliate marketing and it doesn't work, it wasn't my fault"

Wake up call - "It was your fault!!"

You need to take building your business seriously. Now you don't have to go into things with a do or die attitude, but it wouldn't hurt you either.

I think one of the problems is that starting out building an affiliate business does not cost a heck of a lot of money to get going. In fact you can get going for free.

Becoming an affiliate for companies cost nothing, and you can get training, hosting and a website for free to start your business right here.

So with very little capital invested people feel they're not risking much so if things don't work out, it's not a big loss, and onto something else.

But it is a big loss.

It's the loss of building your own thriving business where you're in total control of your financial destiny. If that's what you want and I'm talking about creating a fulltime income online. Then you must take your business seriously and start running it right from the get go.

I bet many people would not have such a casual attitude about their business if they invested $100,000 in the real world to start a business. I bet they would live, eat and breath their business.

I doubt very much if things did not workout right away, they would say "Ah the heck with it I'll try something else".

So right from the get go - take building your online affiliate business seriously and Run It - Don't Walk It!!

2) Focus On One Niche First

There are so many opportunities in affiliate marketing. And because of that I see this happen over and over again. People think if one niche will make them money then being in multiple niches will make them more money.

Well in theory that's true. But if you're just starting out focusing on just one niche is the smart thing to do. Trying to manage multiple websites in multiple niches when you're just learning this buisness is a recipe for disaster.

Until people get into building their business I don't think people truly understand what's involved and the workload related to building their business. Now multiply that by more than one niche.

If you're in multiple niches then right off the bat every niche is lacking the true care and attention it needs to succeed, and then months later they wonder why nothing is working.

Or they can't believe how much work it takes to care for multiple niches, and again they wonder why things aren't working out.

And guess what? They quit because they are so overwhelmed and burnt out.

Laser focus on just one niche. Devote all your energy to that one niche, get it to profit and then build that profit. Once that niche is making money and I mean real money. Then you can look at other niches if you want.

And when and if you decide to go into another niche, you'll have the skill set and expertise from what you've learned building your first money making niche to make this new one a success and probably succeed faster.

But you really don't need to be in multiple niches. All it takes is one niche to make you a fulltime income.

So make sure to Laser Focus On One Niche First When Just Starting

3) Own The Products You Market

Man I see this a lot. A person gets into affiliate marketing and they don't even own or use the product(s) or services(s) they're marketing.

Big mistake in my opinion.

Honestly how can you recommend a product or service to me or anyone else if you've never used that product or service? To me you truly can't!!

Well I guess you can. But your recommendation will not have as much validity compared to someone who owns and uses the product.

Everything I market and recommend I own and use. I know these products inside and out. And because of that people trust and respect me when I talk about them.

And by owning the product I can talk about them at a deeper level and talk about things a non-owner would know nothing about.

I can defend the product because I have the personal positive results of the product. I can show social proof and I can even show it's flaws. Every product has flaws nothing is perfect.

So make the effort to you Own The Products Or Services You're Marketing

4) Get The Proper Training

For many people affiliate marketing or online marketing in general is very new.

So this does make people vulnerable to shall we say questionable training and flat out scam products and programs.

There is no denying there is a learning curve when it comes to online marketing and this is where many beginners get tripped up.

The online world is plagued with garbage scam products claiming that they have the secret to making money online. You don't have to work, you just set up a few things and your online money dreams will come true.

Well that's a load of crap.

There is no secret to making money online. There is no push button set it and forget program for making money online. Never has been never will be.

But if you're new to online marketing and you have not been exposed to these scams and can't recognize a scam pitch when you come across one it's not hard to get sucked in and get taken for a good chunk of your money.

Hey I got scammed when I first started online, but then I found the right mentor and got the right training and I never got scammed again. And NEVER can again!!

And if you have been scammed don't beat yourself up about it. These marketers know exactly what to say and what buttons to push. They tell you exactly what you want to hear.

When you see and read things like:

  • You can make X amount of dollars in 30 days with no effort
  • Get floods of traffic with a push of a button
  • Receive $3500 - $6500 or more a week
  • Million dollar blueprint
  • This offer will be gone tomorrow
  • We're not sure how long we can offer this deal
  • Want to make a fulltime income by the end of the week?

This is all scam language.

The big red flags are when the product owner tells you, you can make money overnight and with no effort or uses false scarcity saying this offer will be removed so you better buy now.

Or you're watching a video and the majority of the video talks about the lifestyle you can have and the money you can make. But really never talks about the program or how you make money.

And if you ever see some putz (girl or guy) in front of a mansion, big car talking about their lavish lifestyle - run far and run fast - that's right from the scammers handbook.

Or you hear this story "I was living in a van under a bridge and now I live in a 10,000 square foot house". The jackass from Empower Network used that BS story and scammed a lot of people.

And don't fall for the scam when they say this page or video is coming down so you need to buy now. Or you see a count down counter. Trust me the site will be there until it gets shut down by the host, the scammer is not closing anything down.

So to protect yourself from getting scammed simply slow down and take a day to put on your detective hat and research the program/product you're thinking of buying/using.

First place to start is in Google and search for reviews. But stay away from reviews that say things like "don't buy this product until you read my review". More often than not this person is an affiliate for the program/product.

Add the words like "scam" or "ripoff" to your search. Go to forums. Even places like the Rip Off Report can be a good resource. Heck you can even create a blog post here and ask the WA community.

The point is do your homework before you open your wallet.

Also avoid programs that charge you to promote their product. Many times these are disguised as MLM opportunities posing as affiliate programs when in fact they are Ponzi Schemes. Again Empower Network is the perfect example of a Ponzi scheme program.

So absolutely make sure you get the most up to date training you can. And of course we all know that's right here at the WA.

5) Focus On One Core Marketing Strategy

Everyday you're probably been hit with the latest marketing strategy. And of course more often than not the person pitching this new strategy says it's the latest greatest thing and what you're doing is old news and you better do this.

And this is where I step in and say bullshit.

Like everything it's usually someone trying to sell you on some new program or service.

Remember when periscope came out?

Everyone was talking about it. And not to long after that every so-called Periscope expert now had a how to course about Periscope.

And now you barely hear about it. The fizz is gone, and that's because there is no real money to be made promoting their useless programs for using periscope.

Yes there are a ton of marketing strategies. You have Social Media, you have Video, you have, PPC, you have Media Buys, you have Ezine Advertising - you have, you have....

But you don't have to do all of them. All you need is 1. You'll have far better success if you become 90% good at one thing then 10% good a 10 things.

Personally my 2 main marketing strategies are written content and video content marketing. I do both because I can convert my written content very easily into video content.

That's what I focus on. In fact in one of my niches all I did for that niche was videos.

I created 1 new video every week (now it's once very 2 weeks) and uploaded it to YouTube. Just focusing on this one marketing strategy in this one niche I created an additional $50,000 in income by the end of 2015. And it's grown in 2016 and will keep growing.

Do you think I would have had that sort of success if I was trying 10 other ways of marketing? No, there's no way because my focus would have been all over the place.

So you need to find a marketing strategy that you can dive into and focus on. Become the expert in that one core area of your marketing.

Why do you think the focus here in the WA is content marketing? Well first off it works, but becoming the master of content marketing will get you where you want to go with your business.

Now I'm not saying you can't try other marketing strategies, of course you can. But before you spend to much time on another strategy - master your core strategy first, and then once you have that in place and can do it with your eyes closed.

By all means if you want to learn another marketing strategy go ahead. And the advantage of the WA is there are other classes dedicated to other methods.

But even with that said if your core marketing strategy is giving you the results you want, then in my opinion what's the point of learning a different method. If it working keep using it, it's just going to get better for you anyway.

So master one marketing strategy.

6) Have A Schedule

This not only applies to affiliate marketing this applies to working online in general.

Having a weekly schedule will have you working smart not hard. We all think we can multitask and get several things done at the same time and on the same day.

I speak from experience, that rarely happens and what usually ends up happening is you get half or none of what you wanted to get done for the day and you wondered how it happened.

Now just starting out as an affiliate marketer there is a lot to get done. But by breaking things down into manageable chunks you'll be just fine. And then having a schedule for building your business will have you further ahead of most people.

This is one reason I'm such an advocate for the wealthy affiliate for beginner affiliate marketers it provides clear manageable steps of setting up and growing your affiliate business.

Using me as an example here's my latest weekly schedule:

Monday:

This is the day that I voice, produce and do everything related for my video's.

Tuesday & Wednesday:

On these 2 days I create content for my site.

Thursday:

This is my keyword research day.

Friday:

This is learning day. I set aside this time to learn what's new and what can potentially increase my skills as a marketer to keep growing my business.

Because I have this schedule I get everything I need to get done to grow my business. I'm not all over the place when it comes to my business.

Oh and don't get caught up in time wasting activities such as:

  • Chasing the latest online business opportunity
  • Checking your email throughout the day
  • Hanging out on social media (biggest time waster ever!)
  • Hanging out on YouTube or other streaming formats
  • Hanging out in chat rooms/fourms (even the WA)
  • Texting on your phone

Of course I'm not saying you cannot do these things. But there is a time and place for everything. When you're building your business - build your business.

Once you have your tasks done for the day - you can do anything you want online or off.

You'll be a lot further ahead if you create and stick to a schedule.

7) Make Wise Product Choices

It's pretty safe to say this is a very critical part of your overall affiliate business success. And there are two key factors to choosing the right product.

  • The products quality/reputation
  • The commission you earn

I have to admit it can take some time to find the perfect balance. On one hand you want to be associated with a product that is of the highest quality but you also want to make money.

Obviously you certainly don't want to be associated to a crap product. Because your reputation as a marketer is attached to the quality of the products you represent. You also have to remember you're going to be marketing this product for a very long time.

So it has to be a product you believe in and as I mentioned earlier it's one you should ultimately be using yourself. So that's why taking your time when sourcing out a product is so important.

Now there are countless places to source out products.

For big brand name physical products more often than not you'll find that they have their products or service available through affiliate networks.

An affiliate network simply acts as an intermediary between affiliates and the companies. It's also easier for you as an affiliate because you'll have access to hundreds of companies with just as many products all in one place.

With all affiliate networks you need to apply for access to the network. Once you've been approved to the network you'll have access to all the companies within that network.

However you still have to apply to each individual company within the network to become an affiliate for that companies product.

There is a ton of affiliate networks. Here's the one's I've personally used:

Now I do want to mention one other affiliate network and that's ClickBank. The reason I want to mention ClickBank is to recommend it but with a caveat.

With Clickbank you simply need to create an account. And all ClickBank represents is digital products. I been both a vendor and an affiliate.

Now with that said here's that caveat.

Not everything that ClickBank has in their network is of the best quality. There are crap products.

Now they have cleared out a lot of garbage products so there there still some really good products with great commissions and new products being added all the time.

So make sure you do your due diligence about any product you decide to represent from ClickBank. And yes you have to do that with any affiliate product no matter who it is.

Product Quality/Reputation

The quality and reputation of the product you're going to represent is very important. As I mentioned earlier the products you associate yourself with are a reflection on you.

It's pretty simple. If you market crap products you're going to be known for representing crap products. And it works the other way just as much. Market great products and you'll have the reputation of representing great products.

Not rocket science.

One thing I've seen many affiliate marketers do is get sucked into representing a product because it's offering a very high commissions. Don't let that happen to you.

If the product is crap or it doesn't sell, how much you could make is not worth your reputation or the amount you could make.

The Commission Amount

As an affiliate you want to maximize your return on your efforts. So you need to consider the commission that is being offered to you as an affiliate.

Let's say for conversation sake your goal is to earn $5000 per month. If for example you're an amazon affiliate. And as an amazon affiliate their commissions range between 4% and 8.5%.

Let's do some simple math. Let's say you're selling a product for $100 and with amazon you're making the top commission of 8.5%

In order for you to earn $5000 per month on 8.5%, which would be $8.50 per sale. You need to sell 588 units each month or just over 19 units per day. (the total would be $4998.00)

This is certainly doable and there are members here making this type of income with Amazon, but please know it will take time.

But now let's change that up and you're an affiliate with a company that offers you 25% commission for a $100 product. Now you're earning $25 per sale.

In order to earn the same $5000 per month now all you need is to sell just over 6 units per day or 200 units per month.

So do consider the math.

You'll find that within most affiliate networks the companies within these networks offer commissions on average ranging from 10% to 20%.

Whereas within ClickBank you can find products that offer commissions as high as 75%.

You also have the option to source out a private affiliate program. This of course would be an affiliate program offered by a company that is not in a affiliate network.

When sourcing out private affiliate programs simple do the search as follows. In Google type the name of the company or product name and then add "+ affiliate program" to your search query, without the quotes.

So your search query would be: "company/product name + affiliate program"

But like any affiliate program make sure you do your due diligence prior to investing all you marketing efforts with a private affiliate program. Unlike affiliate networks you're not as protected.

Now I'm not saying private programs are not worth associating with, I'm just saying do your homework.

I represent a few private affiliate programs, the WA being one of them. And like any product or service I use these products and services. So yep, I certainly did my homework first.

One last thing when it comes to earning commissions. Try and find programs that offer recurring commissions.

These would be memberships programs where the customer has to pay a monthly fee in order to use the product or service.

Representing affiliate programs that have recurring commissions gives you a residual income each month. Now you have money coming in at the start of each month before you've sold anything new for that month.

Now you know how some marketers can take a month off and still make money and even increase their monthly income.

I have several recurring affiliate programs I belong to. In fact most of my affiliate programs are residual programs including the wealthy affiliate.

Food For Thought

Still on the subject of commissions don't discount high ticket products or services. And I mean items that cost $1000, $5000, $10,000 or more.

There is this big misconception that people won't spend that kind of money online. And this is simply not true. This misconception comes from a lack mentality.

There is a price point for everyone. And I speak from experience because I'm an affiliate for a high end service starting $25,000 with upgrades to $75,000. And I make multiple
sales every month. And have been for years.

Heck I know a guy that sales a product for over $150,000 and it makes 10 to 15 sales per year.

So where are these high end affiliate programs?

You can find these private affiliate programs within your own niche. You simply have to reach out to the experts in your niche and strike up a JV deal with them.

So take your time and make wise product choices.

8) Be Patient Young Jedi

I kind of touched on this in point 1 and that's where many affiliate marketers quit because things are not happening fast enough.

Despite all the chatter and sales pitches from the self proclaimed so-called gurus. Building a online business takes time. It's not going to happen over night. Things take time to develop.

It takes time to learn the steps of building your business, it takes time to generate traffic, it takes time to build the trust of your audience so they will buy from you and it takes time to build up your income to a full time level.

Everything takes time. In fact some of the things you do today may not show results for weeks and in some cases months. That's just the way it is.

It took me 18 months from the time I found my mentor to where I could quit my day job.

Sure I could have quit my job much earlier but my goal was to make 3 times as much online as I was making at my job before I quit. Your goal may be different. But regardless, it took time. But it was time I was willing to invest to become my own boss.

And that was back in 2005 when I quit and I've been making a fulltime income online ever since.

Many people wants things to happen right away, I find lots of people expect to be making money in less than 30 days. Well sorry to burst your bubble for the majority of people that's not going to happen.

You can reasonably expect to be making money within 12 months with the right training and of course that's offered right here. How much will you make? I can't answer that anyone that can is just guessing or blowing sunshine up you ass.

Sure it some cases it can happen sooner, but I'm not here to give you false expectations.

Don't get impatient - keep taking at least one positive step towards your business goals each day and you will reach them.

In fact you'll be light years ahead of most people knowing it's going to take time to build your business. This is going to give you the edge. Give yourself 6 months to a year to build your business.

When you think about it a year is not that long be in complete control of your financial future. Compare that to where you'll be in a year financially with your current job. I'll think we can agree it's a year well spent.

So be patient young jeti.

9) Share Your Story

No one likes to be sold. I certainly don't like it and I'm pretty sure you don't either. So as an affiliate you don't want to do something that you don't like being done to you.

The most successful marketers affiliate or otherwise simply share their story. They tell people their personal experiences with the product or service they're using. And in doing so they're also recommending said product or service.

Can you see why owning the product is so important? You can speak from a place of truth and conviction. You're not selling you're helping - BIG difference.

Zig Zigler said it best:

"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want."

When people ask me about affiliate marketing and where to start. With no hesitation I tell them about the wealthy affiliate.

And I can do so because I'm intimately involved with the tools, training, resources and the community of the wealthy affiliate. I know what it has to offer and I'm proud to be associated with the WA.

I share my stories and the things that have happened since being a member of the wealthy affiliate. I don't sell anyone on the wealthy affiliate. I just recommend the wealthy affiliate and give them all the information they need so they can make their own decision on whether the WA is the place for them.

It's up to them to do what they want to do, it's not up to me. Never has been and never will be. And you have to be of the same mindset.

Not everyone is going to like what you're marketing. And that's ok. Because there will be just as many that do. And those are the people I focus on, I don't worry about the rest it's a waste of time.

So don't sell people help people.

10) You Need The Proper Mindset

This is probably the biggest thing that prevents people achieving everything they want to achieve. Not only as an affiliate but in every area of their lives.

I've already told you it's going to take hard work, determination and persistence to build your business. And there's going to be those days where you're going to be at the edge and may think of quitting. That's when you need to be the strongest.

And that strength does not all come from will power. It comes from having the right tools in place to help you get through those challenges.

I can tell you of epic failures I've had. Ones that would stop many people in their tracks. Hell they almost stopped me. But because of having the proper mindset I was able to push through those challenges and keep moving forward.

Two of the most powerful tools you can have in your mindset arsenal is understanding your "Self Talk" and knowing "Why" you're doing what you're doing.

Your self talk is that running dialogue in your head. What you say to yourself everyday determines your destiny. And having a powerful "why" is your anchor to success.

Now I did two very in depth posts inside the WA about both of these topics and I highly recommend you give them a read.

And this goes beyond the scope of building a successful affiliate marketing business. As I said understanding these two very powerful principles will help you in every single area of your life.

You can click the individual links below to read these post.

Set yourself up for success and create the proper mindset.

Well that's it. Those are my 10 tips for succeeding with affiliate marketing. I hope you found this post helpful.

And I wish nothing but abundant success for you.

I believe in you!
Leo

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Brilliant! Thank you. So glad to have found you and your wisdom.
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Thanks you and you're welcome - not sure about the wisdom part - LOL
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What an inspiration, thanks Leo. This was exactly the kick in the ass I needed. Spreading myself too thin and not adhering to a schedule.

Massive help mate, thanks again.
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It's a talent!
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That's the best post i've read since joining WA, thank you so much Leo.I can't believe that only 129 people have 'liked' this post.This is a must read for any aspiring internet marketer, so much truth in it.
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I'm glad you liked it, and you're welcome.

I'm sure there are many members that have read this and not provided a like, which is fine. Likes are not important to me.

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Thank you for the info. Imma come back to this when I feel impatient or giving up.
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You're welcome - just take one positive step each day and you'll be fine
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Thank you. This is excellent information and I agree, there are too many scams and also people who lack patience. Everything worth anything takes time. It's too bad some of the people promising over the top promises seem to sound credible, until you really analyze. Thanks for this info. I will read it again and follow these tips.
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Great post! Just the reality check I needed. Thank you.
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Cracking post Leo. Glad I came across this. Bookmarked for reference and now i'm going to read some of your other posts because I consider the time invested well spent for a newbie.
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Hi, Leo...

Frickin' great post...You have managed to put my thoughts down regarding this online marketing business almost to a "T."

Thanks and all those coming across this post should bookmark it and read it at least once a month...I have and I will...

Cheers!
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I love you :)

Very nice post. Especially point 10, what I figured out through reading the right books. But reminding others and yourself about it is important to start living that way.

Thanks Leo
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That was awesome Leo, appreciate you taking the time to put that together..!! I will definitely check out those other two posts. Thx again. :)

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Creating and sharing is the key and you are good at it. Great advice!!!
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This is a superb post Leo! Love it!
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I always love your stuff, Leo.
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Thanks for the tips Leo. I have been working at this for 2 years now. I make a small income and it feels great, now I just have to keep working to get it to an income that I can live off of :D I will never give up, because I want success as much as I want air in my lungs.
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That's the attitude and focus to have and with that you'll get to where you want to be
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PeterWolf Premium
Great post Leo as always.
I lack the proper mindset for this and it just seems like so much work.
I find myself spending countless hours at the computer accomplishing nothing. Forget the learning curve.

I know of many others who started here a year and a half ago when I did still making nothing and still no conversions and of course many have quit.

That's a long time. I've spent 2 yearly memberships and many other associated costs that have not been recouped.
IOW I am losing money not the just not making money part.

I have done all the training twice yet I'm still a loser and find myself not being able to convert the training into dollars. That's what it's all about for me at this point in time.

Your blog post has opened my eyes to the fact that not everyone makes it online who tries. I have tried and will continue until my membership expires again, but nothing seems to change.

It's not the program because the basics are here, it's just becoming clearer to me that it's not everyone who joins makes money online.

Days go by where I feel like a fraud trying to promote a program that hasn't worked for me. I only wish I had of known how long and how much work this would take and I probably would have saved myself the frustration.
Of course you only find that out when you join and spend the money.
Thanks for the article and you've made it easier for me to now quit.
Cheers!
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leoemery Premium
It took me 3 years of getting scammed and then another 18 months after that to be in the position to be a full time online marketer so when you do the math that's over 41/2 years.

Take from that what you will -

I can tell yes it is your mind set that is holding you back - you're post shows that, and your frustration is coming through as well.

Been there done that and so have many other people, and I don;t take what you say lightly

I get it. It can be tough - but I can tell you if you do take the time and focus to change your mindset , which like anything is work - everything else will change.

Just remember what you focus on is what you get. Before you quit on yourself - read the 2 posts I have links too in my post.
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Excellent advice. I will certainly do as you suggest.
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You're welcome
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nancypert Premium
Thank you, Leo. I have found this really what I needed.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and that's great to hear
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TonyHamilton Premium
Wow Leo!

Awesome and in depth 10 tips on how to succeed with affiliate marketing my Friend!

I can see why you are so successful as this post alone will attract many viewers from inside the Wealthy Affiliate Community as well as outside of the Community as well.

Would it be ok for me to share this post as I find it to be extremely well thought out and informative.

Thank you Leo for sharing & caring,

Tony
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leoemery Premium
Thanks Tony and of course share away my friend
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Steve81 Premium
Good post Leoemery, very interesting and useful. Thanks a lot.

Steve
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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ecomtom Premium
Great stuff. Thanks Leo. Tom
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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Jimmyk16 Premium
Great post, thanks Leo.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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Ovidiu Premium
Excellent post! Thanks for sharing so many details !
Cheers
Ovidiu
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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nelsonrosa77 Premium
Thanks for the sharing. It's a nice article.
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leoemery Premium
Thanks and you're welcome
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Allie1 Premium
Awesome Thank you. Saving to read again & share.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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weemrst Premium
Hi Leo and thank you so much for this in-depth article.
I have been ruminating on the best way to approach affiliating my site. It is always at the back of my mind and I
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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jonsey41 Premium
Great motivational post !
Thanks for sharing with us leo,

You will be glad to know if you dont already that this post is ranking first page of google position 3 in incognito window for the title keywords of
10 Tips On How To Succeed With Affiliate Marketing

Out of 4 million results ( NOT BAD )

Great job, it just shows blogging here at WA is worth doing as kyle says the content here gets indexed really fast in google, probably faster than when we blog on our own websites!

Time to start doing some blogs here myself ( Given Time )
Great post thanks...
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leoemery Premium
That was not my intent I don't post here to rank - but it's cool to hear.
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dancinscot Premium
A great post - wonderful reminders as I have hit a wall and almost forgot I've had earlier successes! This will help me focus and organize my next move. I'm sure I'll be quoting you too!
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leoemery Premium
Thanks glad you found it helpful
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humayunB Premium
Your advice inspired me to make a mindset about success in affiliate marketing. I also bookmarked it.Thank you very much Leo. Humayun
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leoemery Premium
That's great to hear and you're welcome
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JeanBrickley Premium
Thanks Leo. This is a great teaching. I bookmarked it. Jeannie
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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KMeyer Premium
Thanks, Leo for the information provided here in your recent post. It clarified quite a few questions that I had bouncing around in my head. Thank you for the insight on what it takes to be successful as an affiliate marketer and how to avoid the pitfalls along the journey.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome, glad you like it
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Donnie58 Premium
Excellent information, Leo! Everyone at WA should read this!

You have been very helpful to me with this post! Thank you, so much, for taking so much time from your busy schedule to help newbies to this business!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and my pleasure
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kiliwia62 Premium
One of the most valuable, meaningful and truthful posts I have ever read in 2016.
Thanks, Leo still took a few pointers from it too.

Happy New Year!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and happy new year to you as well
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HVella Premium
Excellent post and thank you for taking the time to put it together, in your schedule where does your WA time come in under
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leoemery Premium
When everything I'm suppose to do regarding the building of my buisness is done.
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lindasea Premium
As consistent and trustworthy as always, Leo. Well done! Excellent read and a great boost for this stalled student of affiliate marketing. Its okay, I haven't given up, its just life and I just keep keeping on.
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leoemery Premium
As long as you are taking one positive step each day towards your goals you'll get to where you want to go
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lindasea Premium
Thank you, Leo. It seems redundant to say it and of course it makes so much sense, so saying it is perfect and much appreciated, not redundant at all! A suggestion I intend to put into action! Thank you
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deelilah Premium
Leo, I am so impressed by this article. You have a definite knack for the written word, and for the facts. Thank you. I will read the articles you just recommended.
Sincerely, Dee
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leoemery Premium
Thank you, glad to hear you found it helpful
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KeithMaki Premium
Thank you Leo! This is a great synopsis for how to be successful!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and thank you
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AZechinato Premium
Leo Thank you. These 10 tips simplify understanding how to be successful in affiliate marketing. I will use them as a daily reminder especially on those days when I get discouraged. Scheduling my day has been an issue of late because I lose focus going in many directions. I like the way you break down your week. Great post as always! Angela
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leoemery Premium
Thanks, yep as soon as I adopted a schedule my productivity went through the roof
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Seahawk8058 Premium
Outstanding Leo! You have confirmed my thought process and reinforced it as well.

Thanks for the insight and the motivation.

Greg
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leoemery Premium
You're very welcome
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LouisaB Premium
Great Post Leo. Lot's of valuable information. Thanks for sharing.
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leoemery Premium
Thanks, and you're welcome
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Yattish Premium
Thank you for the post, Leo! It came at a time & moment, when I needed a little motivation
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome -
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Kipps Premium
Great post Leo! So helpful.
Kipps
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leoemery Premium
Thanks glad you liked it
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SiobhanP Premium
Helpful? - This is Awesome Leo - Thank you so much for the insights and the clear way you have put them over for us.
Going to put what you say into practice in my business
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leoemery Premium
That's great to hear
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Freedomseekr Premium
Excellent advice Leo! These 10 tips are great reminders of what I should be doing. After reading this, I see the areas where I've been wandering off course again. So, this is a nice and much needed kick in the backside, lol.

Thanks for sharing and have a Happy New Year!
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and happy new year to you as well
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terrycarroll Premium
Hi Leo.
Wow this is all great advice and I am surprised you didn't put a bit more content in and publish what would be an excellent e-book.
Best wishes for 2017.
Terry
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leoemery Premium
Thanks and all the best to you in 2017 as well
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evanevaalexa Premium
Leo , experience speaks so loudly, thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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CM35 Premium
Awesome Post! Cheers!!!
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leoemery Premium
Thanks
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JewelCarol Premium
Excellent post, Leo, and I love it! Bookmarked to share, thanks very much!:)
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leoemery Premium
You're very welcome
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JewelCarol Premium
Thank you Leo, I appreciate yr fantastic post so much that I wrote about it:
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Rich908 Premium
Anything you do you have to start from somewhere skills and knowledge and competence develop the more you learn
I am printing this one

Thanks Leo
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and yep it all starts with one step
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Jim-Bo Premium
Leo, I want to go the video route, too. got a link I could look at to see how you do your youtube stuff?

I'd like to learn how you do the cards, thing.

Also, SEO for the videos, tags, descriptions, etc...

I can make videos with camtasia, I can make snazzy thumbnails, it's just the fiddly bits before clicking on publish that I'm guessing at right now...hoping for the best.

Cheers buddy, happy new orbit!
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leoemery Premium
I don't have any training on how I do my videos - as for cards and SEO go to youtube there is all kinds of videos showing how to do both.

Just know cards can be seen on mobile devices and annotations cannot. And eventually youtube will be removing annotations and just having cards.

This is Tim's youtube channel he is the best known expert on youtube for everything youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/VideoCreatorsTV

Hope that helps and happy new year to you as well
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Jim-Bo Premium
Thank you sir, I just noticed this answer, must have missed it a couple of weeks back. 2 weeks already? wow...

How far must planet earth have travelled around the sun in those 2 weeks? 100s of thousands of miles...
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WilliamBH Premium
This is a TOTALLY AWESOME Post. I got so much out of it. Thank you Leo .. you're THE MAN. Cheers, William.
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leoemery Premium
That's great to hear - thank you!
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stn67 Premium
You hit the nail here thanks
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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kmer6 Premium
Leo, this post was outstanding! I made a copy of your 10 points. These 10 principles should be taught to everyone that joins WA. They actually are, just never organized in the way that you have presented them. I like to think that I know of all these points you mentioned. But do I actually practice them - that in itself tells the story.
You are my role model (I would love to know your mentor).Thank you so mush for sharing this 'system'. hey, if it is working for you, it should work for me too, or for anyone. I owe you, Leo.
Ken
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leoemery Premium
You owe me nothing my friend - I have many mentors but I would have to say the most influential was my first - Anthony Robbins
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brooksbode90 Premium
Awesome education and information for affiliate marketing, it's very well stated and argued, and it makes a world of business sense. I particularly admire your daily plan approach to building your business, Thank you for making it available, and here's wishing you increased success for 2017, Leo.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and all the best to you in 2017 as well
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brooksbode90 Premium
Thank you.
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ProlificOne Premium
Very inspiring post. I needed this as I was beginning to falter in my own confidence.

Thank you for sharing.

Have a very Happy New Year!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and happy new year to you as well
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TomasB Premium
Great post Leo. All the best to you in 2017.
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leoemery Premium
Thanks, and all the best to you in 2017 as well
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Hands down, one of the best posts I've ever read about online marketing. Thank you for sharing your insights.

Tim
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leoemery Premium
Thank you so much for the kind words
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JJ3030 Premium
Leo this post was a good refresher/ reminder to me, especially number 1 and number 2
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leoemery Premium
Great to hear you like it
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Leo, your post comes very timely to me. I was so bummed out a couple days before Christmas when my first and only referral didn't make another payment to WA, so I didn't get my monthly commission, she quit after just two payments. It hurt a lot because I've been working so hard on my site since the beginning, a lot of hours away from my kids and husband. It all built up to this I thought? I didn't want to quit, but I was very deflated.

I know this takes at least a year, I tell myself that, I've known that, but still, I let this one set back bother me so much. I took a few days off finally (I've been at it everyday, hours everyday since Sep 1)... and I come back to read your post. :)

What I will take most from your post is scheduling. I feel like l'm always working all over the place. A lot of your points, I feel I have a good handle on, if I can just be smarter with my time, I feel I can get more done and also schedule time with my family so I'm not so burnt out.

I'm really thankful to be at WA and have people like you here to guide us. It's so much needed!!

THANK YOU!
Grace
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leoemery Premium
Making a schedule saved me. Once I had that daily plan, my production went through the roof and I had more time on my hands.
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NEH Premium
I think this is one of the best posts I've read since joining WA. :). Thanks Leo - great advice and inspirational post. :)
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leoemery Premium
Thank you for the kind words and you're very welcome it was my pleasure posting it
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Funkydunc208 Premium
Leo, That was an amazing post. I have always loved your stuff and due to your successes, have immense respect for your experience. Thank you for sharing your experiences; you add realism to the subject of making online business a success.

All the best,
Duncan
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leoemery Premium
I'm very humbled by your comment, thank you
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PaulineT Premium
Thanks a million Leo. You've just re-ignited my determination and conviction to succeed in this business!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and that's so great to hear
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RogerHumbke Premium
Excellent. Couldn't imagine any better tips than these. Just what I need to get on track. Thanks Leo.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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Teri28 Premium
Great post, Leo. Lots of useful, clear info that's easy to understand. Thanks.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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Angelak1 Premium
Great information, gave me some ideas.
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leoemery Premium
Thanks,
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Leo. I would love to make $5000 a month.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome - and there is no reason you can't make $5000 a month
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Capu1 Premium
Hi Leo,
Thank you for all the work and your patience to explain the fundamentals fro the success not only in Affiliate Marketing but in other business.
Very nice.
Lisa
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leoemery Premium
You're very welcome, my pleasure
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Temujin1 Premium
Thanks Leo, reading this post was like a balsam for my soul. But I realize how many mistake I am doing. One more time THANKS.

Peter
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome, I happy to hear you found it useful
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lesleyh Premium
That was a great post Leo, thanks for the advice and keep up the good work.
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leoemery Premium
Thanks and I will
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MarvH Premium
Thank you Leo. Your blog is amazing. I can see why you have been so successful. I am going to reread this again and also the other 2 links regarding mindset.
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leoemery Premium
Glad to hear you liked it, you'll enjoy those other post I'm sure
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allchristie Premium
A book in a post. Really helpful post. On second read I went for text to speech. Definitely the War and Peace of affiliate marketing strategies. Larry
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leoemery Premium
Yeah I had a lot I wanted to share, maybe I should have warned you it was a long post - lol
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MoonDream Premium
Great post! Yes I think that to have the right mindset is the most important thing to succeed in affiliate marketing. Thanks!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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FFinch Premium
Good stuff, Leo.

Forrest
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Thanks
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Shawn39 Premium
That was a great read. Thanks for sharing your experience and advice.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome, glad you enjoyed it.
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iZED Premium
Thank you for the effective pieces of advice, with some dissection of affiliate marketing along the way. I have one reservation, though, about the 3rd one (owning the product). I, for instance, am in the smartwatches niche; buying couple of them would ruin my budget, let alone every model out there!
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leoemery Premium
Ideally in my opinion you want to own the product but if you can't - you can't - do you know people that own one? If so talk to them.
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MKearns Premium
Thank you for this great post on adopting the right mindset for the customer's core concerns Leo. It hits home!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome, glad you liked the post
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JoeMag23 Premium
Thank you Leo. I've been in procrastination hell for the last year after finding WA for the second time in my 11 year Wantrepeneur travels. I am starting back Jan 2nd, 2017 to find and stick to a mindset that will finally make me successful. Your words were very inspiring. I know I will be looking for your help in the future. Thanks for being a part of WA.

Ever Forward,
Joe Maggio Jr
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leoemery Premium
The concept is simple yet so powerful - Change your mindset change your destiny - how you think will pull you in the direction you want to go.

And of course anytime you need a hand, just give me a buzz.
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