I thought it would be fun and maybe even informative for you to get a peek into one of my affiliate marketing days. This is how I normally spend a day in one of my affiliate businesses. I chose SFI because it's my main business, it generates my main income and I have team members that I really enjoy being around and working with.
Being in the affiliate marketing business is not that hard now with the internet at your disposable. It's much easier now compared to the days when people had to use a telephone and and fax to try and run their business and keep in touch with their team. I mean, if you can't do a good job running a business today with the technology we have, you just don't want a successful business.
So with technology at hand, and assuming that you are working from home, this is how my day usually goes.
After starting the coffee, I hit my I-Pad to check on a couple email accounts. These aren't my SFI accounts, those reside on my desktop and this is where I run my businesses. I have everything right where I want it and it's my productive place, and I'm sure every successful affiliate marketer has their's set up "just so".
I grab my coffee and head over to my desk. I'm a big guy, so I have a big desk, like 3 1/2 X 5 1/2 feet. My computer is also super sized, a 27" IMac, simply because after years of minimizing windows and moving them all over the screen, I can now fit 3 documents or windows side by side – productivity – you wouldn't believe how much more I get done.
I check to see how many new team mates I have and send each a welcome letter. In SFI, the back office is an affiliate marketer's dream. I won't go into it here but you can keep track of how everyone is doing and where they are with their business. I send my congratulations to my people that have achieved a new rank and any tips I have for them. As far as the affiliate marketer is concerned, there are always new things to update and statistics to keep track of. It's about now that I'll check my own earnings for the month to see if I'm hitting my own goals or if I need to revise them.
About now I'll get another cup of coffee and take a look out the window if it's light enough. I get up between 1 and 2:30 am (yes, I said AM) every morning. It's a habit from another business I owned years ago, needed to rise at those hours and I still do it. You've heard the saying about getting more done before sunrise than most people do all day? Well I actually do it! This is about the time I see what the weather is like. In the winter I feel pretty fortunate to be inside, warm and dry when I look out and see those unfortunate people driving to a job. It's also about the time I'll think about what I want to do this afternoon if it's a nice day.
After my SFI stuff is taken care of, I usually check my blogs and websites to make sure if they're all up and then I'll take a half hour break, make more coffee and check the blogs and sites on the I-Pad to be sure they look alright on the mobile stuff. The site design has to be revised a bit and tweaked, maybe the blog too. The serious affiliate marketer knows that a well-designed site can increase sign ups from my visitors.
It's around 9am now and I'll check my email to answer any of my team members that need help or simply have a question about something.
That done, it is time to submit my affiliate offerings to directories that lists affiliate programs. These directories are means to attract people looking to start their own online business. It's a free way of promoting my affiliate program but remember, in advertising you always get what you pay for. I don't use safe lists for this reason. Everyone and their brother is sending emails to the safe lists subscribers. It's not spam, but no one is going to choose my ad from the thousands of other offerings no matter how great the headline is.
After the directory advertising it time to track down the sales you are getting from your affiliates. In SFI, it's simply a matter of going to your business reports. SFI and Triple Clicks (SFI's sister site) is where you make most of your money. I always keep track of the contact information on their TC orders because they might be a viable source you can use if you want to partner with them on advertising or collaboration in the future.
The most important thing to remember if you run an affiliate marketing business is this: People join the PERSON, not the PROGRAM! You can have the greatest business opportunity in the world but if you're an asshole, impatient or let your teammates email stagnate for a few days before answering and helping them is the surest way to kill your business. You MUST enjoy helping and working with people for your business to be successful – and I do.
A quick answer should appear professional, but friendly too.
In SFI, there is also a section that is called A2A (Affiliate to Affiliate). Other SFI affiliates can request to become your friend, which I think is great because in addition to your sponsor and upline, you can also ask one of your friends how they do a particular thing. There are things to be learned and it is a continuous process. Sharing tips and advices is a good way of showing support. There may be others out there wanting to join and may be enticed by the discussion that is going on. There's no harm in assuming what opportunities ahead.
It is that time to show some appreciation and recognizing those who have helped themselves in the promotions and advertising. There's nothing like mentioning them, their sites and sometimes the process they have done that made everything worked. In SFI, I do this on my Leadership Page:
The newsletters were updated days ago, so it is time for the affiliate marketer to see if there are some new things happening in the market. I'll take a while to read about the latest updates about my businesses and maybe some new advertising methods or a twist on the ones I'm already using. The short answer for what I'm doing here is simply – How well do you want to do? You can put a few hours into your affiliate business and do alright, but no great shakes. To do GREAT, with the big money to follow, you MUST continue to learn. The people that do the best in anything are always the ones that are always reading – making an investment in themselves – and always learning. These people are the leaders.
Time flies! Missed supper, but I'm quite contented with the tasks done today. This gives you an idea of how an affiliate marketer, a dedicated one that is, spends the marketing day
Is that success looming in the distance or what?