My Commonality with Thomas Edison

Last Update: Aug 23, 2018

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Over the course of my affiliate marketing career, I have been involved in a few niches. In no particular order, here are few…

  • surveys
  • golf swings
  • male enhancement products
  • libido enhancer for women‎
  • football snack helmets
  • japanese toilet seats
  • local marketing
  • SEO
  • make money online
  • kindle accessories
  • pick up artistry
  • divorce
  • marriage help
  • cookware
  • cooking
  • office furniture
  • strollers
  • baby car seats
  • local directory sales
  • beer making
  • improve resumes
  • maui travel resources
  • Anthony Weiner dolls
  • Hi-Fi Headphones
  • gaming headphones
  • luxury beauty
  • hoodia weight loss
  • weight loss
  • dieting
  • domain flipping
  • lambo (gullwing) doors

Some have had success and most have not worked for me.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is someone whom I look up to and I’d like to share a few of his quotes.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
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“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work…”

See the commonality there? Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. He's been quoted stating that "The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

It's OK to "not work for me.."

My point in this short post is to let you know that it is completely normal for people to not succeed within a niche and to keep plugging away.

Your lightbulb is coming try just one more time..

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Thanks for the post jay - I just hope I am on the low side of 10,000 tries....
Ian

Timeless advice I appreciate you for your transparency.Jay you could not have reveal this about you if you were not humble. The webinars and training haven’t made you develop the superiority complex! That is refreshing! Thanks for sharing!

Great post- Determination and persistence get results eventually
Keep up the great search Jay
Vicki

Said like a scholar...

Thank you, Jay, for your comments which indeed emphasize the need for persistence. I also have just started working with Elementor which you mention on the webinar on themes. Thanks for the tip.
Sandy

I'm so simple minded, when I opened this, the only thing I assumed was that you both had a lot of light bulbs pop up in your heads ;D

No need to state the obvious Vitaliy.. lol

Absolutely! ... merci d'avoir faire faire ce 'blog' aujourd'hui ... :)

Thank you for the post.

So many niches WOW. I think you are amazing for having so many. This shows character.

See you in the Webinar

Hi Jay.

Are you suggesting to try a different niche if it isn't working for you?

Or is it more of an encouragement to try different techniques within your niche?

I think a lot of people fall prey to the 'sunk cost fallacy' ; they've invested so much time and thought into their sites that they don't realize they may be better off just trying something else.

Then again, I also read about people thinking it isn't working for them, only to suddenly make their 'breakthrough' in terms of traffic and sales.

So surely there's a balance between giving up to early and flogging a dead horse, so to speak?

Any input would be great.

Benji

Correct Benji you just beat me to the point! But then I noticed he says " did not work for me". Now I'm sure with this type of business model, if you plug away even for 4 years you will eventually make something.

Just maybe he felt his time was spent better somewhere else?

I would definitely like some input though.

Yeah I guess he sums it up at the end when he says 'it is completely normal for people to not succeed within a niche and to keep plugging away.' Is that saying 'keep going?'

I am not suggesting anything Benji.

I am merely telling the story of my own experiences within affiliate marketing and how I went through several niches that didn't seem to work FOR ME.

Hi Brandon,

Some niches will convert better and faster than others and depending on the person and their patience, it'll work or it won't.

The big takeaway is that some niches didn't work for me.

For example Benji, your magic niche..

I would be able to
* build a site
* write some great content
* great brand authority
* and make some sales

But it wouldn't work FOR ME because I don't have an interest in magic.

And your story is very valuable to newer members like us, so thank you :)

So I guess my rephrased question would be, what were the signs that told you your niches weren't going to work for you?

I just mean that it is hard (especially with your first site) to take an unbiased look at it and really evaluate its work-ability.

Sorry, I typed my first response without seeing this.

I am currently at 2 of the 4 :)

That makes more sense- you mean not specifically in terms of how it works financially, but with you as a creator.

On a side note, you don't have an interest in magic??

Thank you!

Definitely needed this. Thanks Jay.

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