Making progress in affiliate marketing can sometimes feel like climbing a mountain. I was reading an interesting post on Web Career Girl earlier this week, and it got me thinking further about how I measure my own progress.
Patience is a word I seem to be using an awful lot lately on this blog, and yes whilst starting out in affiliate marketing it is surely one of our most valuable virtues. But what is the dividing line between patience and complacency? Am I patiently building a foundation or complacently waiting for something to happen whilst checking my stats every two minutes? It is certainly too early in the game to start measuring my success in hard cash because all my efforts are going into passive income which obviously takes time to work.
I was reading somewhere else this week (I would give the person credit if I could remember where!) that as affiliate marketers we should try not to let a day go by without doing at least one thing that adds to our on-line earning real estate. There will certainly be days when I simply can’t achieve this, but I think it is such good advice that I am going to start using it as my own measure of progress as an affiliate.
So here are my criteria for progress:
- Write an article for an article base
- Write a blog post
- Write content for one of my sites
- Doing SEO work
- Link building work
Even though they can obviously add value, the following don’t count!
- Reading or posting on forums
- Checking stats
- Reading ebooks
At least for the time being I’m going to use the first set of bullets as a guide to whether I’ve made progress on any given day or week. Unless I’m on completely the wrong track, then by putting my efforts into these things the monetary rewards should hopefully follow in time.
So how about you? What criteria do you measure yourself against and are there any things you would recommend I add to either of these lists?