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The 20-Mile March: Lessons From Jim Collins’ New Book

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

Regular readers of this blog or members of AAW who know me through the forums know what a sucker I am for stories of persistence and determination. I don’t have a tatoo, but if I did, it would probably read “Routine will set you free.” I really do believe that the only way to make lasting changes in your life - in your diet, in your workouts, in your work - is to make them a habit, rather than a conscious choice. Conscious choice opens the door for choosing not to do something we know we should, and it’s inherent in our brains to resist change.

Jim Collins is a best-selling business book author and a recent nominee for entrepreneur of the decade.  His most recent book is called “ Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite Them All”.  The title is pretty intriguing given the global unrest we’re all witnessing, no matter where in the world we live.

There are lots of pundits who believe that none of the old rules apply any more, and that the ground is shifting under us too quickly for us to stay the old course.

Collins and his co-author Morten T. Hansen examined 7 companies over a period of 30 years, to see if that theory holds true.

It doesn’t.

In their investigations, companies that stayed the course of persistent work, and didn’t work in fits and starts, achieved long-lasting solid results - results so impressive that in each of the cases they highlight, the companies performed 10 times better than their industry average over the course of 30 years.

The excerpt from the book is long, and you may not be interested in the entire post, but take a minute out of your day to read two parts:  The 20-Mile March and Are you an Amundsen or a Scott? The examples will light a fire under you to plan your work and work your plan.

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/30/jim-collins-great-by-choice-exclusive-excerpt/

If you’re having trouble setting a habit, there is a free email service available called Habit Forge (http://www.habitforge.com).  Simply sign up for a free account and tell it what time you’d like a reminder, and what you’d like a reminder about.  You can choose whether to get the ‘accountability’ reminder, where you need to select ‘yes’ or ‘no’ indicating whether or not you did the new habit, or you can just get an email reminder to twig your memory.

Habits take 21 days to make, but as the 20-Mile March shows, setting the right habits can create life-changing results.  Make a habit today that will help you get to where you want to be with your writing and your affiliate marketing business.

What Is Content Marketing, Anyway?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

If you’re new to trying to sell things online for a profit, you may be wonder what is content marketing, anyway?  How does it differ from other marketing methods?

In affiliate marketing, there are several ways you can capture market share for products you are promoting.  One is to buy targeted banner ads on websites.

  • You can buy banner ads on websites where your potential customers visit
  • You can buy text ads like Google Adwords, and set them to show up on pages your potential audience may reach
  • You can pay-per-click in shopping engines

As you may have noticed, all of these have a hard cost associated with them, and it can be easy to spend thousands of dollars without any idea if your marketing strategy will work or not.

So what’s a new-to-the-internet person to do? Enter  the elbow grease method of making money online - content marketing!

What is Content Marketing?

When you engage in content marketing, you use several methods to ’spread the word’ - your word, that is!  Popular methods include:

  • Writing articles and submitting them to article directories
  • Writing blog posts and creating an authoritative website with dozens of posts using strategic keywords
  • Publishing reviews of products, both written and in video form
  • Creating lenses or hub pages

What’s the advantage to using this method over other methods?

First, it gives you time to really assess a market without ‘betting the ranch’.  You can see if a sales page converts, if you have the right target audience, if your understanding of the product is thorough, and if you understand what drives customers to buy products that you are marketing.

Second, you are in complete control.  With paid banners and text ads, the cost can spiral while you’re busy looking after other things, and you can find yourself in trouble quickly.  And when the money’s gone, it’s gone.  But with content marketing, you can invest as little or as much time as you have.  And almost without exception, the more you invest and the more you learn, the more return you see for your money.

Third, you can easily create content that changes as the keywords around an opportunity change.  Using a complementary SEO strategy to shape your content is far more effective than just writing blindly.

What is content marketing, really?  A strategy that allows you to learn, grow, and scale your online marketing career at your pace.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing: Cutting Through the Clutter

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Everyone thinks making money online is easy - after all, the news is full of stories of mommies who blog for millions while raising six children, and 12-year-old whiz kids who somehow manage to create a game more viral than anything Nintendo could come up with, right?  Well, if you’ve ever tried it you know how hard it really is!  Courses that purport to be aimed at newbies often contain so much information that you’d need to hire a team of experts just to interpret each step.

So if you’ve taken the first step and figured out that there are companies like Amazon, for example, that offer you a commission every time a sale is made from your website, you are probably wondering how to start affiliate marketing.

In the simplest of terms, start by taking a manageable bite of the apple!  You didn’t learn how to spell the first time you saw the alphabet - why would affiliate marketing be any different?

Pick one product and one strategy to promote it, and then stick with that technique until you’re successful.  And hint: successful means that you practiced it and practiced it until you got it right, not that you tried it once.  Be so tough on yourself as to set a sale as the measure of success.

Too often would-be affiliate marketers get caught up in the clutter of online money-making techniques, jumping from one strategy to another, reading everything they can, and then suffering from ‘analysis paralysis’.  In trying to do everything, they end up doing nothing at all.

The only sure-fire way to success isn’t to keep searching for the right guru, the right set of tools, or the right on-sale-for-just-3-hours-longer offer: it’s to execute on one strategy.

At AffiliateArticleWriters.com, we have one strategy that we teach you: writing high-quality content.  When founder Dan Ho was left at home with twin babies and desperately wondering how to start affiliate marketing, he took a product he was passionate about and he started to research, and to write.  He tried lots of styles, lots of sites to publish on, lots of keywords, and he eventually developed  a world-class system that he eventually started to teach other new marketers so that they too would know how to start affiliate marketing - how to start it, how to refine it, and how to sustain it.

Everyone has something they like to do - some people like to design sites, some people like to measure and test search engine ads.  But those who like to write, who are genuinely curious, and who are willing to put time and effort into researching their topic, becoming an expert, and sharing their knowledge, are sure to find success at AffiliateArticleWriters.com.  If that describes you, join now!

Do What Works

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Today’s message: do what works. It’s amazing, but we humans think we’re so intelligent. Yet we do amazingly stupid things all the time. Don’t think I exempt myself, either!

One of the dumbest things we do in life (and this certainly applies to business related activities) is we ignore the principle: “Do What Works”.

A couple of weeks ago I was playing poker at a neighbor’s house and one of the people there I was chewing the fat with runs a very successful retail business. What kind it is doesn’t matter. What’s important is this person started a real estate retail business as well. Which didn’t go so well and eventually he told me he closed it up. So a couple of years wasted, and god knows how much money.

This is because business one was working and even though it wasn’t at all related to business two, it was a matter of wanting to do something new, because he was bored with business one.

His conclusion to me was that he is now sticking to what he’s good at.

Wow. Simple and profound. How much more income would he have generated, how much more stress would he have avoided, how much in financial pain did he incur simply because he didn’t stick to what works.

We all know this is true in the internet marketing works, too. We find something that works, and rather than scaling it, we run off and chase another bright, shiny object. Again, we humans are an amazing species. We’re the only species that is smart enough to be that stupid, if that makes any sense.

I have committed this error in the past as well.

By the way, please don’t take this to mean that once you find something that works, you should never try anything different. There are some nuances here. But if you have been SEARCHING for something that works and you finally find it, what I would suggest is to at LEAST scale it to the point where you are totally happy with the results you are getting from that one activity. After all, if it works, it will work even better if you scale it.

Then, once you are at least satisfied with the results, you can try new things if you wish. But what do most of us do? Well, if we are lucky enough to find something that starts to work, we immediately start looking for other things and quickly bite off more than we can chew. And, unfortunately, a lot of those other things do NOT work, so now we are taking away time, energy, and focus from the thing that was working, which diminishes the results we were getting from that and we lose time, effort and money on the things that weren’t even proven yet.

So, I don’t care if it comes to dieting, or income producing, or anything else in your life. Make a vow that when you find what works for you, stick with it until you are least somewhat satisfied with your results before even considering anything else!

How To Write Articles For Money Using The Affiliate Marketing Model

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The writer’s dream? To engage in his or her creativity while managing to make a living from it.

Sooner or later, most of us realize we won’t be the next Stephen King or John Grisham, so we use our writing skill for more practical matters: like generating a useful income online.

There are several ways you can write articles for money online, and some are better than others. I will cover just two basic ways here.

First, there are companies and places online that will pay you a modest fee, usually a fixed one, if you create content for them or pen blog posts that they will publish. Sometimes they will give you a byline (meaning author credit), and other times they will want to run it under their own name or brand (you play the role of ghostwriter).

Although freelance writing or creating content for blogs is a viable way to write articles for money, it’s not my preferred method for a couple major reasons. First, you are simply trading time for dollars without building any equity for your efforts. Secondly, the pay scale is usually very low because there are a lot of writers online who are willing to do this sort of writing for cheap.

The second way to write articles for money is to use your writing skills through the prism of affiliate marketing. If you direct your writing talents toward a leveraged system, you can actually build equity through your writing efforts.

What do I mean?

Consider this: for many years I have been promoting affiliate programs that pay me lifetime income. This means, if I bring a customer to the company, the company pays me every time that customer comes back to buy — again and again.

That means by writing even a few articles, I am beginning to build equity, because I can get potentially paid over and over again for the one time effort of those articles. This means I am no longer trading time for dollars in a strict sense.

The second factor that makes this work is to apply the article writing via a system. The scatter shot approach of trying to write articles on a whole bunch of affiliate programs, constantly changing from one to the other, is a sure fire way to dilute your success or prevent your success from happening altogether.

This is why when I created an affiliate training system based on article writing, it had to be a system — one that kept people focused and one that was scalable — and only on carefully selected products and companies that pay for life.

Writing articles for money won’t be an overnight road to riches, but it can be a viable method to generating a useful income online.

Discover the Best Internet Business Opportunity Available Today

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

This is the age of the internet and the luxury it affords: being able to legitimately work at home, whether part time or full time.

Although there are numerous ways you can earn money online, the absolute best internet business opportunity as far as I’m concerned is affiliate marketing.

Why?

Well, first and foremost, when you do affiliate marketing, you don’t have to engage in product creation; you simply sell the products other companies have already created. This saves a tremendous amount of time and money.

You don’t have to risk enormous sums of money and liability with manufacturing products that sell. Rather, you can simply research what sells and then jump on those trends and opportunities.

In addition, unlike retail stores, when you do affiliate marketing, you don’t have to buy and stock the products you sell and deal with customers. The company itself fulfills all the orders and deals with the customers!

Your one and only job is to market the products, which you can do entirely online — yes, that’s right, in affiliate marketing you never even have to deal with the face to face rejection that most sales people have to deal with.

It’s perfect for shy or introverted people.

Another reason the best internet business opportunity is affiliate marketing is because of the huge income upside potential. There is no ceiling on your earnings. Your worth isn’t determined by a boss you don’t like, but by how productive you are.

In addition, the expenses of running this business are among the lowest of all business models. Less than $50 dollars a month puts you in business. I don’t know any other authentic business with real income potential that can make the same claim.

Perhaps the best part is that it’s a true home based business. As someone who has been a full time affiliate marketer for the better part of a decade, I can tell you that the joys of getting to spend a lot of quality time with my family is truly priceless.

Your next step? If you’re looking for a real way to create a career or just a part time income, start educating yourself on the ins and outs of how to do affiliate marketing properly. And don’t worry. It’s not hard. When you find out just how simple it is, you’ll wonder why more people aren’t yet involved.

It won’t always be this way. Years from now, the competition could make this a very difficult business, but thankfully the window of opportunity is still wide open.

The Remarkable Difference Between Building Equity Vs Getting Paid To Write Articles

Monday, July 12th, 2010

A lot of people are looking to get paid to write articles. Freelance writing and ghostwriting are hot topics online as many people all over the world are looking to make a useful side income in these turbulent times.

And getting paid to write articles is a viable way to earn some extra cash, whether you’re blogging or ghostwriting for publishers.

However, there are a couple of issues you should seriously consider before heading down this path, to determine if it’s the right one for you as opposed to building true equity with your article writing skills.

First, freelance writing and ghostwriting tend to be low paid careers because the supply of writers is so high. This tends to drive the price publishers are willing to pay for any article down.

Moreover, you will only get paid to the extent that you write. If you get sick or stop writing, well, you stop getting paid. Another issue is finding publishers who will accept your writing (they may want to see samples of previously published work first) and I’ve known many article writers who have put in a lot of hard work writing articles and then getting stiffed — that is, not paid! And collecting money owed to you as a writer is virtually impossible on the Internet.

What’s interesting is if you just take the same writing skills you have and use them in a different fashion, you can create a lot more income for yourself over time and build true equity with your writing — meaning, you can even generate income after you stop writing.

No, I’m not talking about something far-fetched like becoming a rare NY times best selling author and making royalties on your works. That’s great stuff, but it’s a pipe dream for most of us.

But what is within our grasp is using our writing skills to get paid on lifetime income affiliate programs. There is no trust issue of whether you’ll get paid because the software automatically does the tracking. You don’t have to worry about if the publisher will like your work because you are not asking their permission. You are writing for yourself and your own benefit.

And best of all, when sales start to happen, which they will soon enough if you stick to it, you can get paid over and over again on the same customers your original articles generated.

None of this is a pipe dream; it’s something I’ve personally been doing for almost a decade and have been teaching for the past three years to hundreds of writers around the world.

A system where you gain leverage from your writing skills can truly be the difference between getting paid to write articles for a pittance or building a significant, passive income that will continue to flow in regardless if you decide to write on any given day.

The net result is nothing short of a massive difference in the lifestyle of those who exchange their writing time for dollars and those who work smarter by building equity with their writing efforts.

Freelance Article Writing: Making Money In A Tough Economy

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Are you looking for a great way to earn money from home, either while you look after young children or aging parents? Perhaps you’re trying to replace some income that was lost in this tough economy. Regardless of your reason, one low-cost way to start making money is with freelance article writing.

Writing For Other People

One way to make money with freelance article writing is to look for work on websites such as Odesk or Elance. These sites allow you to post samples of your writing, and you can get notified when people are looking for writers who match your criteria.

The downside? It’s “work once, get paid once”.

Work Once, Get Paid Forever

There is a smarter way to do freelance article writing: use article writing as a marketing strategy to get traffic to your affiliate link.

An affiliate link is a cookie that gets set on someone’s computer when they click on an article you have written. You get that cookie from a merchant who has items for sale online.

When you use this strategy, you write articles that contain a link back to the merchant’s site with your cookie, or to your website that also has a link back to the merchant’s site.

A potential customer clicks on it, and if they buy something, you get a commission on the sale!

What’s the Forever Part?

If you pick the merchants wisely, you can find some that give you what is called a “lifetime commission”. In short, that means that every time the customer in the example above purchases something, you will get a commission, for as long as that person remains a customer. Even if it’s years.

So instead of your freelance article writing only netting you a couple of dollars on one of those websites I mentioned above, your articles potentially earn you money for life. Now, doesn’t that sound like a better deal?

In addition, your articles can reach more than one person (obviously!). If you do the work correctly, you can get highly ranked at search engines for the topics you’re writing on, and that’s when the money will start to flow in.

It isn’t easy to find the right merchants to partner with, of course. It’s critically important that you don’t waste time with shady or untrustworthy affiliate partners.

It’s also important that you have a strategy around the keywords you use in your articles to get people who are looking to buy.

To find out the best programs to work with, the right keywords to use, and to get lessons on how to do freelance article writing so that it makes sales for you, visit our website today.