Is it worth becoming an affiliate marketer?

Hello again everyone, I hope you are all doing really well. Our rainy season seems to have “rained” itself out and we’re now experiencing some pretty hot days. Not my favourite sort of weather but I must say the garden is loving it.

The week in general:

Another busy week has just flown by as usual. Because the days are getting hotter I’ve been setting my alarm to get up earlier and finish outdoor chores before it becomes too uncomfortable to be outside.

I love taking the dogs for a run on the beach but the “summer rules” have just been put in place. Throughout the year our beach is pet friendly with dogs allowed to be off leash throughout the day. However during the summer months, when holiday makers flock here, new rules apply. Dogs are allowed on the beach all day as usual but can only be off leash early in the morning or early evening. So if I get up early enough I can make sure the dogs get a good early morning run while Peter and I get to experience the early morning beach, with rising mist, watching the sunrise and even seeing dolphins coming in close to shore to feed. Those things aren’t available later in the day.

Then it’s back home to have breakfast and help Peter get ready for his activity for the day.

This past week was when our bills came in as usual. It always gives me a sense of achievement to be able to tick off all the ones who got paid and still have a bit left over for us!

The animal family:

I have this old, getting frail Ragdoll cat named Joe. I mention him because he has this habit of sneaking into my bed during the night and snuggling up against me. All very sweet when it’s a cold night but not so pleasant on hot nights. He gets hot and starts to grumble (well…it seems more like swearing to me), obviously wanting me to move. Sometimes I shift him to a cool spot and sometimes I simply kick him out, when he stalks off to another room, mortally offended. Poor Joe. But I refuse to take personal responsibility for reacting to being sworn at in my own bed in the middle of the night!

Connor continues to learn the new skills she requires in this higher level of training. She’s starting to enjoy being sent away from me to retrieve a dumbbell or glove then bring it back to me. Sometimes she likes to make up her own game by running off with the object and hiding it. As she hides it in the same place every time it’s not all that hard for me to find it. I love how she really enjoys the training and tries so hard to get everything right. You can practically see that doggy brain problem solving in its own doggy way.

The hens are still laying like there is no tomorrow. On the weekend I’m going to try baking a 6-egg pavlova instead of the usual 4 egg

My book:

“The Other Side of the Ocean” continues to sell.

If you are interested in buying a copy the publishers are Booktrails Agency.  You can contact them at https://www.booktrail-agency.com/

I also have a number of copies for sale if you’d like to purchase one from me. I am selling them for $30 a copy which includes postage. Just drop me a message in the comments for further details.

In a couple of weeks a friend and I are going to try our hand at selling our books at the local market. Should be a fun experience, although the public indemnity premium was a bit of a shock.

My business:

As per the title of this post:-is it worth becoming an affiliate marketer?

Depends.

What do expect of affiliate marketing?

Do you expect to dive in, make a power of money in a few short weeks without really knowing what it’s all about?

Then I’d say affiliate marketing is probably not going to work for you. So… not worth your while to bother.

But… if you’re prepared to learn, to risk losing your investment in both time and money; to develop a routine and stick at it; to show up day by day; to treat it as a real business then I’d say yes-definitely worth your while.

I’m speaking as a relative newbie who hasn’t made even $1 yet.  But I’ve sown both time and money into my business, I learn something new just about every day; I have a regular routine which ensures I keep working on the things I need to work on  and I show up every day.

So even if my business profit is nil at present if we talk in terms of money, I have already learned so much and made so much progress that I’ve found that becoming an affiliate marketer is certainly worthwhile. I have a real business, with real strategies and real goals, that did not exist a few months ago. And that to me is magic. Creating something out of nothing, nurturing it, feeding it with newly acquired knowledge and watching it grow… that’s an amazing experience.

All right, all right. I’m sounding like a gardener. But affiliate marketing is a bit like gardening, if you think about what I have just written. It’s what we do with a garden, right?  

It’s not always an easy path. Internet Profits talks about turbulence, those times when problems arise like the internet goes down or Zoom lets you down or a hundred and one other mishaps occur. You just have to learn to go through them.

When I hear my mentors talking about turbulence I remember when I was a kid and used to love the surf. Sometimes a wave was so big I ‘d get really scared. I knew I couldn’t out- swim it. I’d get wiped out! So I learned to face it head on and jump into it so that it lifted me up and into the smoother water beyond. Or I could dive through it to reach the calmer water.Either way I used the turbulence and power of the wave to help me find the best way through.

It worked then and it works now in my business.

If you’d like to learn more about affiliate marketing you can learn so much from The Iceberg Effect.

Just click on this link to get your free copy.

Wrapping up the week:

I wish I could somehow send you the smell of sweet peas in the early evening after a hot day. Incredible! Nice way to end the day is with a cool white wine (pinot grigio of course), sitting on a comfy bench outside and breathing in that gorgeous, sweet pea aroma.

Have a wonderful week everyone and take care.

Remember to add your comments if you feel so inclined.

Bev

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