Dan and I are often asked what the most likely predictor for success is in Affiliate Article Writers. People assume for the most part it’s the ‘natural’ writers who do the best and make the most money - the people who have a great way with words and seem to write effortlessly.
It’s the people who have persistence and determination.
When Dan and I first met, we were surprised to learn that we had both used SBI in the past (a course on how to build websites). The founder of that course, Dr. Ken Evoy, loves to pepper his manuals with quotes, and the one that always stood out for me was by Calvin Coolidge:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
I read that quote over and over again the first time I saw it. Was it really possible that it didn’t matter if I made the prettiest website or wrote the pithiest article?
Having been with Dan in this service for 3 years now, I can confirm that Coolidge was exactly right.
Sure, some people write articles that the New Yorker would be proud to publish.
But more often than not, the people who succeed in this course are writing at an average level - consistently. They research their topic carefully and are more focused on providing good, new, interesting content to their readers than on writing a Pullitzer-prize-worthy single article.
Affiliate article writing has a very low entry threshold - just about anyone with a computer and an internet connection can get started. But what sets the most successful people apart from the pack is the determination to succeed.
The surest way to success? Set measurable goals. If you say “I’m going to write lots of articles this week”, how is it possible to know if you’ve succeeded? If there’s a great show on TV, if there’s a trip to the mall . . . you can easily justify taking the time, because you’ve set a murky goal that even one article a week may satisfy in your mind. Before you know it, the weeks have slipped by and you’re convinced ‘the program doesn’t work’, and then you’re on your way to the next bright shiny object.
By setting measurable goals, you train yourself - like an athlete - into a culture of improvement and progress. If your goal is one article a day, it’s very easy to tell at the end of the week whether you met that goal or not. No excuses. No wiggle-room.
Like an athlete, it’s important that you start at a reasonable pace for your level of ‘fitness’. If you haven’t written a word since your last day of school 20 years ago, give yourself time to work up to full speed. Acknowledge that the first 10 articles will be like your first week at the gym - uncomfortable, stressful . . . and ultimately, just a short period of pain before you get in your groove and start to really grow your muscles and change your life.
And just like working out, the best way to ensure you stay the course is to have trainers and support - a buddy system - and you can find that in the forums at AAW. If you are considering joining us, and you are willing to provide the persistence and determination to succeed, we’ll help you set goals and stick to them. You’ll find lots of inspirational stories and ‘diaries’ and you may start one yourself to be an inspiration to others in the future.
Just remember, it’s the people in it for the long game that come out on top in affiliate article marketing.