An Easy Guide to Affiliate Marketing

The easy guide to Affiliate Marketing

This is an easy guide to affiliate marketing, just the basics really because a lot of people have no idea what it is. Some that do have a vague idea, think it is something dodgy. Trust me, it’s not.

So what is it?

From Wikipedia:

  • Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts

Does that help or make any sense? Not really? Not surprised, I had no idea either when I began this journey.

This is not a completely extensive guide to affiliate marketing, just the basics really because a lot of people have no idea what it is.

Affiliate marketing can be a little bit like the wind. We know it exists. We understand to an extent what it does we don’t really know how to harness it or be able to use it to its best capabilities.

How I found it

I was minding my own business, running an online craft business, when my daughter said…. DRUM ROLL ……  “You should be an influencer with all the sTwitter followers you have”. Now I had not come across influencers, had maybe been vaguely aware of them but basically had no idea what they did. Said daughter’s input was… “they recommend stuff and get paid well.” I liked the sound of that, who wouldn’t?

Influencers

So my interest was piqued. I went looking. A few companies you could sign up to. Didn’t give out any information that I could find. Kept looking and eventually signed up with one. Still had no idea what I was doing.

So they ‘tested’ me. Gave me various links to tweet. I could do that, so I did. Nothing happened at all, just given more. Took me a couple of months to realise I was an idiot and advertising for them for free.affiliate marketing and influencer marketing. An Easy Guide to Affiliate Marketing

That did put me off, a lot. Forgot about it for a bit, then started looking again. I found bits and pieces of information and the word affiliate kept cropping up.

Affiliate

Yep, you guessed it! I went off at a tangent and started following that lead. The more I searched, the more it seemed to me that the two terms were the same. Or at least, that was the way it seemed to me at that time. They did seem to me to work the same way.

Affiliates recommended products, books and courses etc, then if someone bought them, they earned money. That was affiliate marketing.

Influencers recommended mainly products, expensive ones, to their followers and then got paid. I was a bit sketchy on the details but that seemed to be the way they worked. Simple right?

 Not So Simple

So I kept looking for any information on affiliate marketing. Phew, there were a lot of dodgy looking ‘systems’ out there. I am lucky that I have good intuition that held me back and stopped me being scammed. After a while I could spot the scammers a mile away.

If it sounds and looks to good to be true, then it usually is!

So eventually I came across one that looked legitimate and let me inside for free to start learning.

Simply Affiliate Marketing

So, affiliate marketing is earning commission from products you recommend. So we knew that but how do you earn the commissions?what is affiliate marketing

Mainly by setting up a blog, whether that’s somewhere like blogger, which is free, or a wordpress website for which you will need to pay for hosting, is up to you. If like me when I started you knowing nothing, then you will save yourself a lot of time by learning what it entails first.

It can be as easy as setting up a blog and just writing whatever you fancy. It’s what I did with my first blog.

Check out my first blog HERE!

BUT….. yes a very BIG but…. that won’t make you money, won’t become a business!

Making blogging a business

Is that what you really want? To create a business and build it up so you can give up working that daily JOB?

A job is something that makes money for someone else and often leaves you stuck in a place you don’t want to be, living a life you aren’t happy in. Sound familiar?

I must warn you though, it is hard work and will take a big chunk of your time. You will see little or no return for months or maybe even a year or two. That depends upon how much time you have to give to it and much of yourself you are prepared to put into it. And most of all, whether you have the right mindset.

So what makes a blog a business?

YOU! So you choose a niche/topic, set up your blog/website and start writing. Sounds simple doesn’t it? It can be quite tough sitting there staring at a blank page and that’s before you know about keywords, SEO, analytics, marketing and much more.

There is a lot to learn about the best way to go about it. Especially if you want to save yourself years of effort that amounts to nothing.

There are free courses about blogging of course, they are worth trying but find recommendations to save you time sifting through them.

I recommend:Free starter Membership to Wealthy Affiliate.

If you want a paid course that teaches you everything you need to know about blogging and Affiliate Marketing, then I suggest Wealthy Affiliate. Read more about what is offered HERE!!  

Find out more about the FREE starter Training HERE!

Conclusion

Starting a blog can be simple and easy if you start with a free platform like blogger. It is easy to set up and organise the layout, as a complete novice 9/10 years ago I managed it.

To make it successful you need to post regularly. Success equates to the amount of traffic you get. I have revived this blog early this year because it was still receiving traffic despite not being touched for a 2/3 years. So it was still showing up in google, that I call a result.

My blog on Blogger is HERE!

If you sign up for a Wealthy Affiliate Free trial you get lessons to try out and the first shows you how to set up a WordPress website step by step.

It gives a great sense of achievement when you do it. It did for me as I had avoided WordPress thinking it would be too complicated and difficult to do. WordPress gives you the ability to build a website the way you want it to be, you are able to be more creative.

It is not a get rich quick way to earn money but then neither are all the so called  “systems” out there. It takes hard work, a lot of time, the right mindset, determination and persistence.

BUT, it is satisfying, enjoyable, exciting and fun. Plus it gives the freedom to work the hours YOU want and you can work anywhere.

Did you find this An Easy Guide to Affiliate Marketing easy to follow and understand?  Let me know in the comments.

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Breaking through the Glass Ceiling

Breaking through the Glass Ceiling

Is there a glass ceiling? Is it real? What is the Glass ceiling and is breaking through the glass ceiling possible?

Why don’t we find out what it means first?

Definition of Glass Ceiling from SociologyDictionary.org

  • An artificial, unseen, and often unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents otherwise qualified people such as women and minorities from rising to positions of leadership and power, particularly within a corporation.

There we have it, an unseen barrier to prevent people from rising higher than others think they should.

The pastBreaking through the Glass Ceiling

In the past, this was a real occurrence happening to many people, deliberately to discriminate against some parts of society. In recent years there have been laws to prevent discrimination, especially in the areas of age, gender, race and skin colour.

An example of discrimination that no longer happens: Over 40 years ago my husband and I applied for a mortgage. We were told that only his wages counted because I would leave work to have a baby. Though this was true of me, it wasn’t true of everyone and regardless, the bank was discriminating against me because I was a woman and possibly fertile.

When I was a child, my mother applied for a mortgage to buy the house we were renting. She was an export manager in a well-known quality shoe company, earning good money. Yet she was told she needed a male guarantor. That male guarantor did not have such a good job or earn as much but it was okay because he was male. And supposedly more trustworthy?

Now this would be considered discrimination.

But it doesn’t happen now!

Does it happen now? Yes, I think it does. Not so overtly but it still goes on in so many ways because people grow up with prejudices.

WHY? Because they are the product of their upbringing. Where they live, country and area, what their parents and grandparents did workwise. How poor or well off they were, whether life was a struggle or easy. Even what they believed about the world, other people and even religion.

Workplaces still discriminate on the basis of previous workers very often. Say they have a young man or woman of a particular age, say early 20’s. If they were lazy, always on their phone, arrived late, left early etc, without realising it themselves, they would avoid hiring the person of that gender and age, however good they might seem.

What does that matter to you?the past.  The future is ours

We may think we are modern free-thinking people but our views are still coloured by the past. We picked up beliefs from the adults around us growing up, family, teachers, friends and even acquaintances. Those beliefs of theirs were picked up the same way.

When an election was looming once, one of my daughters said, “We are Conservative/Labour/Liberal because you are”. Immediately, I said  “No, it doesn’t work like that. You have to do research, then make up your own mind”. I told them the same about religion.

As a child, I wasn’t preached to about religion or politics but many children are and of curse this affects their views if the world.

Everything is different now

No, it’s not. No one is born discriminating against another person. A baby doesn’t discriminate. Watch a group of toddlers playing, they don’t label other children, they just play together.

We discriminate against ourselves. How often do you think you can’t have your own business? You probably heard “People like us can’t do things like that” Whether “that” is a better job, your own business, going to university, having a big house or a brand new car or even regular holidays a year.

Many many people believe they cannot aspire to be and do better. But I am telling you, They are WRONG!

YOU are NOT Your Past!let you past make you better not bitter

Well okay, you are a product of your past.  A mix of all the family that went before with beliefs and habits that come from everyone you have ever known up till now.

Is it fixed in stone? NO!

You are free to choose your own path. You are free to choose what you do and where you go.

Many never move away from the area they grew up in. Many more follow similar paths to their parents. Grow up, get a job, buy or rent a house, have a family, watch them grow up, stay in the same job till retirement. Leave work and continue to do what you always did, except working, until you die!

Sound a bit harsh? Think about it though, that path is true for a lot of people.

Do YOU want more?

Yes? Me too.

Stop caring what other people say. They don’t matter, YOU do! This is your life, do you want to live or exist? How about being happy? Doing work you love and living life on your own terms IS Happiness.

Every time you feel doubt, tell yourself: “I CAN DO THIS”.

You want to start an online business but are worried about failing? How about thinking ‘SUCCESS’ thoughts.

You don’t have to jump in with both feet, throwing caution to the winds. Why not start it alongside your job? To build a solid business online that will keep growing does take time. It won’t happen overnight.

Breaking through the glass ceilingBreaking through the Glass Ceiling

YOU can do it. Many have grown their dreams beyond the sky. There is no limit to what you can do and achieve. Once you truly understand and take that on board you will realise that you can be and do anything you want to.

The only limitations are in your mind. They are learned over many years but you can get rid of them. Learn to recognise when you hold back, when you doubt. Note your thoughts, think back to when you used to hear those words.

Tell yourself: “That is NOT me. They are not MY words.” Replace them with “I can and will do this”. Or “I can do anything I choose and be successful.” Anything along those lines is good. Choose words and phrases that uplift and motivate you.

Conclusion

You don’t have to break the glass ceiling because there was never one there in the first place. What you do have to break free of is the limits you have in your head. Being creative can often help with that as it sets your mind free. Time spent being creative is never wasted.

I always told my daughters when they were young that they could be anything they wanted to be. They just had to be prepared to work hard to get to there. I always wanted them to know that they had the ability, if they chose to use it.

That holds true for all of us!

If your imagination can dream it, then you can do it!

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You can sign up for free, no cards required, no pressure. Have a look around, test out the free training and build a website. I loved it when I started nearly 2 years ago. Building a website gave me a real boost and a great feeling of accomplishment.

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What Is a Winning Mindset

What is a winning mindset

Mindset has become a hot topic for those in the know. It appears in Personal Development and Self Help books and courses frequently. But what is a winning mindset?

Google  says:

  • People with winning mindset believe that they can achieve their dream life. It takes courage to believe and once you started believing in your dreams, no one can stop you from achieving it. Successful people believe while other people are doubting. As it is said, “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will”.

The Importance Of A Winning Mindset

Most people do not have a winning mindset. They are content to let life take them in whatever direction it decides and stay firmly within their comfort zone.

But are they really content with this?

Invariably the answer is no. They will talk about starting a business of one sort or another, maybe even do a little research but it stays as a ‘maybe some day’. There are always a myriad of reasons not to do it.chnge your mindset change your life

But those people don’t really want to make the effort required. They prefer to be busy watching programs or films on TV, spending time on social media or even sitting around wishing they had a better lifestyle.

If you want a better life, then you work on that mindset as much as you work towards your goals. A winning mindset is more than half the battle when you want to achieve success.

The scions of industry didn’t say “I must watch this week’s episode of ….. ” anything! Or “I will start that next week” “I will begin tomorrow” or any other excuse. They got started and worked hard.

The Traits Of A Winning Mindset

The best way to develop a winning mindset is to understand and emulate the traits that a person with a winning mindset possesses. Successful people all have similar traits that enable them to realise their goals and never hand over even when the going gets really rough. They know that mindset matters.
Lets look at the commonest traits of people with a winning mindset. You can compare these traits with your own and develop and improve any that you are lacking.

Action

Most people want everything handed to them on a plate. They believe that they’re simply entitled to the great things in life and that they don’t want to place any effort in to urge them. This is why numerous people are in massive debt because they use their credit cards to urge what they need immediately .action. What is a winning mindset
With a winning mindset you will know that this is not the way to do things. You need an idea and need to take massive action to realize your dreams. Taking action on a day to day towards your goals will bring you the success that you simply crave. And then it’ll be time to form your next dream come true.

Make a Start 

You have the idea and then immediately get started. You know that time is a very precious commodity and there’s no better time to start out than immediately. Also, you know that starting a specific project enables you to create momentum which will help you to finish the project.
You don’t wait around for anyone or anything else to make a start. You don’t spend years planning, refining, researching and doing more planning. That is for dreamers, they don’t tend to ever get anything off the ground, it all stays on paper and is something to talk about doing, one day.

Nope, that winning mindset has you moving towards those goals from day 1.

Prioritising

You can’t do everything at once. People with winning mindsets often have a number of ideas and things that they want to achieve. But they know that they have to prioritise so as to use their time most efficiently.
So write down an inventory of things that you simply want to realize then prioritize them. Is there something on the list that’s causing tons of stress for you? If there is then tackle this first. Next pick something easy to work on. The reason for selecting something easy instead of something difficult is that it’ll build momentum.

Focus

It is extremely easy to urge distracted in today’s world. Most people have social media accounts and their phones are constantly alerting them to an update.Focus

People with winning mindsets specialise in what must be done and are rarely distracted. Distractions cause procrastination which you would like to avoid in the least costs.
Some distractions are necessary. So if you’ve got been distracted for a crucial reason then you would like to refocus on your task. Any time that you simply lose focus just refocus again and obtain back to it.

Committed to learning

You will not only want,  you will have a need, to learn something new each day. Your education didn’t stop when you left school or college. Nor did it stop once you learned the way to do your job efficiently. You are a life learner and discovering new things is one of your strong suits.

You constantly search out new knowledge that will keep you moving forwards to reach and surpass your goals.

Challenges

You are always striving to improve yourself.

Constantly pushing at the boundaries of your comfort zone and are never satisfied that you have done enough. Most people are afraid to try to do things that they need never done before. With a winning mindset though, you relish the challenge of new things and actively seek out more challenges.

Positive

You see the glass half full rather than half empty. There are opportunities all around you and you grab them with both hands. You take full responsibility for your life and never blame anyone else for where you’re today.positive mindset

Your outlook is always positive and you believe in yourself and your future.

Persistence

Persistence means never giving up. If your world is crumbling around you then you keep right on going.

When you give up you send the wrong signals to your subconscious mind. Continuing to move forward in the face of adversity sends the proper signals. It says you aren’t giving up or even slowing down, that you will power through regardless. Work on your persistence all the time.

Review

When you have an excellent idea it’s natural that you simply are going to be very excited and need to require massive action to get things going. This is fine but at some stage you need to ensure that things are moving in the proper direction. It is pointless to stay on a path that leads to a dead end.

Review your progress regularly in order to make any necessary adjustments if needed.

Organisation

Are you organised? Do you know where things are on your computer and in your home? Is your desk organised, does everything have a place so that you can reach out at any time and put your hand on what you need?

In the long run, being organised saves a lot of time and effort. It’s pointless to spend half your time looking for files or folders when having everything in it’s proper place for when they are required, can make life so much easier.

Quitting

That winning mindset drives you forward all the time. However many obstacles rise up in your way, despite exhaustion and anything else that tries to stop you, you keep going. Quitting is never an option! If it briefly rears it’s head, it is dismissed almost instantly because you know you will succeed.

What is a Winning Mindset?

So are you any the wiser? Do you feel that you have a winning mindset?

Do you agree with any or all of my points? Do you have any that you think should be included? What do you do to keep yourself focused and moving forwards?

Do we really know and understand a winning mindset. I think its probably a bit different for each person. I don’t believe it’s something a person thinks about on a daily basis either. They either have it or they don’t.

You can change your behaviour and make new habits but it does take time and effort. Many want to change but few actually continue to work on themselves.

Are you determined to be a success and prepared to make the extra effort involved?


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Your Future Self will Thank You

Yoiur future self will thank you

How do I know and what for?

BIG questions those!

What could your future self thank you for?

Lot’s of things I suppose. Getting fit, eating more healthily, investing or saving money, buying and old house and doing it up ….. and there are loads more. There is also a massive one.

Your future self will thank you for this

Really? Honestly? What is it?

How about investing in YOURSELF?

Nope, I haven’t gone nuts, I want to help YOU!There are no limits

Why would you do this when everything is in turmoil. Jobs are disappearing everywhere and Covid-19 is still ravaging populations, countries are going in and out of lockdown or facing tough restrictions. Does this seem like a time to be spending money on yourself?

Why not? Do you or will you spend in the sales?  Those are only material things! They will decline over time until they no longer work or are no longer useful.

Investing in yourself, to learn how to create and grow a business online is an excellent investment.  Growing your knowledge base is a good thing regardless of what you plan to do. Learning for a specific reason is better still and learning how to create and grow your own business, will create a better future for you. A job that means you can work from anywhere, including traveling but especially from the safety of your home in these strange times.

Why would I want to?

The world has changed a lot in the last year. I think we can all agree on that. More businesses are moving online as that is where the customers are now.

Started by the first Lockdown of the Pandemic this has now become an increasing trend. Employees had to work from home and bosses found that rather than skiving off, most workers got far more done. With no commute and no office distractions, it was easier to get more done and still have extra time for themselves and their family.

Now many Offices are considering downsizing or doing away with premises, it makes sense. Meetings are easily held online for workers and clients, so workplaces become obsolete.

Even many chain stores have gone out of business in recent months as they focused on the bottom line rather than the customer. They too in many cases have moved online.

Do you see where this is going?

Businesses are growing their online presence, new businesses are springing up, more people are signing up for training and this will only continue to grow.

There is no better time to get started than NOW!

Is it hard work?

YES!

You will be learning and creating the business as you go along, so yes it will be hard work but you can do this at your own pace.

If you are working at a JOB (See HERE) then you will have less time than someone who either has no job or has been furloughed for now.

The more time you spend learning and building your business the sooner you will begin to earn. BUT this is a marathon, not a sprint. Missing out on training or cutting corners on the work just means there is no solid foundation for your business. What you really want is to build it properly so it lasts and grows.

There will be times when you wonder why you started and if you should give up. Times when you think you will never get the hang of it. I did but I kept going and suddenly it was easier. Suddenly everything I had learnt and was still learning, slotted into place. The writing got easier and everything flowed. Talking to others it seems to be that way for most people.

What about the quick & easy programs?Warning Scam Alert. Your future self will thank you.

Well if you have already been tempted into one of those you know from experience that none of it is true. Most of us have seen them and their hype.

This is a pricier one! Often thousands of pounds/dollars.

“Live the laptop lifestyle”

“2 hours a week/4 hours a week/1 day a week”

“Start earning in 24/48 hours”

“All it takes is a few clicks and that’s it”

“So simple you can do it even with no experience at all”

You don’t get even a glimpse inside, often just a video showing someone beside an expensive car or working from a counter top in a huge empty kitchen devoid of any signs of life. But you do hear about a lot of numbers, their earnings and possible ones for you.

They don’t say this is my car or house but it is implied to make you think that you too can be living that lifestyle very quickly.

Cheaper ones! Usually less than 30 pounds/dollars.

“Quick and easy”

“Simple to use”

“3/2 clicks and you are done”

“So easy even a newbie can do it”

“earning within hours”

This one will often do a bit of a run through, enough to make you think it actually works.

With both, the minute you pay the first money you get upsells. Very often, especially with the cheaper ones and often with the more expensive ones, you actually need the upsells to make it work.

Getting a refund?

Not as easy as they make out. Most people give up, some run out of time because the refund is only 30 days. The rest try it and by the time they realise it does not do what it said on the box, the guarantee time has run out anyway.

Most then chalk it up to experience. Which means for the original seller they have made their money and most of the time couldn’t care less that you have lost yours.

You will then get bombarded with emails trying to get you to buy the next “Sure thing moneymaker”.

So What is best to do?create your future

It is better to go to a reputable company. Never take one person’s word for it though, look around. Check out a variety of views on anything before you buy. Yes some reviews will be good and some bad, if so check further.

Even for a good company, some will bend the truth implying that you can earn sooner than you actually can. A very few can start earning in a matter of months but for most it will take at least a year if not longer.

I recommend the company I am with because for the amount you pay, you get a lot in return. Plus, a big bonus is: NO Upsells.

They also allow you to join for FREE and have a good look around to see what is on offer. Essentially, what you will get for your money. A legitimate company does this because they have nothing to hide.

What do you get?

Read this post about Wealthy Affiliate to see everything that comes with your membership. It was about a Black Friday offer which obviously has ended now but there are graphics to show you what is available in each membership.

Below is a few things you get.

A quick roundup:

10 websites:

You might think that is a lot but over time you are very likely to use them as you expand your business. Some even use extra ones for clients’ websites they run.

Free SSL

From digicert.com:

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and, in short, it’s the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data that is being sent between two systems, preventing criminals from reading and modifying any information transferred, including potential personal details. (I did not know this, so I have learned something new today)Your future self will thank you.

Site support:

Which I can vouch for as excellent because I have used them a lot. They are fast to respond and excellent at fixing pretty much anything in a very short amount of time. Most things are dealt with in less than 30 minutes. Another platform I am on takes 2 weeks each time to respond even when its a security issue. Obviously I am going to bring that website to Wealthy Affiliate too. I had signed up for 2 years days before I found and joined Wealthy Affiliate, otherwise it would have already been moved.

Community:

An international community from the far flung corners of the Earth. This means there are always people there to answer questions, to chat and give advice.

There is also a vast range of age and knowledge from the members too. Very useful when you get stuck. Sometimes I found I just didn’t “get” something. I would read it over and over, watch it on a video but somehow it was still a mystery. So I would ask the community. There was always a variety of answers which is great as at least one will resonate and give you that light bulb moment.

Training:

I have surprised myself here because I usually put this first, mainly because I love to learn. There is core training 1-5 levels with 50 lessons.

Available also is Bootcamp training 1-7 levels with 70 lessons.

On top of that is training by other members too. When they find a newer or better way of doing something through trial and error, they add it as training for others to use. If you love learning new stuff like me, it is very easy to get lost in jumping from one training to another, I did just that for the first 3 months until someone wrote a blog post about shiny object syndrome made me realise what I was doing.

Yes I did learn new stuff but I was supposed to be going through the official training to get my business foundations built.

You do have to learn to be focused, it is easy to get distracted at times.

My Recommendation!

I do wholeheartedly recommend Wealthy Affiliate because I think its a great platform. Whatever type of online business you want it can teach you how to do that. You can also try different things to see how you get on. Like dropshipping. I did research, sort of gave it a try but never really got it up and running. At that point I was trying to do too many things at once. wealthy affiliate starter membership

There are so many different directions you can go in. Some do coaching, others do dropshipping, there are affiliate marketers with every niche you can think of, those that run websites for clients. We have authors and people that create and sell courses, more that run courses and so very much more.

The online world is your oyster. You can learn to build a business from the ground up. Give it a solid foundation to grow on and eventually perhaps, pass it on to your children.

Isn’t that something your future self will thank you for?

What are you waiting for?

Go and have a look round. At worst all you will have wasted is a little time, at best it will give you an amazing future.

The future is YOURS you decide where it goes! Try  WEALTHY AFFILIATE NOW!


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What is the Key to Success

What is the Key to Success

There are many opinions and guesses and much advice about the KEY to success. Those with established businesses, entrepreneurs, budding entrepreneurs and people from all walks of life ask the same question! What is the key to success?

Any ideas?

So…. I googled it. I found what I expected, a variety of lists. You might think that there would be one definitive list wouldn’t you? Sadly no because we are all different and have different ideas, opinions, goals and even differing views on what success means.

So each person knows, just as I feel that I know. Actually,  I know there are a variety of keys but I also know that there is one thing without which the other keys won’t work.  One thing that you need above all others to reach the pinnacle of success.

Let’s look at the variety of keys required first.

KnowledgeKnowledge   What is the Key to Success

Avoid the Get Rich Quick schemes, you will waste time and money on something that may briefly make money but so often you have to spend more and more to get anywhere. Understand that you cannot reach success by throwing money at something. You need to learn about business, how to go about it and what you have to do to build a successful business.

If you are wanting an online business, then you need to know how to do that. How to set up a website, all about SEO, social media, blogging and then the area you want to go into, selling goods, dropshipping, affiliate marketing etc.

I recommend an excellent platform, Wealthy Affiliate, that teaches all you need to know for any area of online working, supplies websites, security, support and an amazing community.

Determination

Without determination, there is no push to keep going. You need to have that resolve to keep going no matter what. If you give up too soon you will never know how close you were to the success you crave.

Determination will keep you going when you are tired and want to stop. It will keep you going when you think that you will never be able to learn all you need to know. It will drive you on when you are convinced that integrating so much knowledge is an impossible task and then keep you moving forwards as you pass that stage and build on what you have learnt.

You have decided you are going to do this and resolved to persevere and keep going regardless of how long it takes to reach success.

Hard workHard work

This should really go without having to be said but in this day and age of instant gratification, I feel it needs to be stated loud and clear!

HARD WORK! It takes hard work to build the foundations of a successful business and hard work to keep it going and being successful.

You will need to put in the work and the time if you want your business to be successful. To keep working towards your goal even when you feel like giving up. At any point you just don’t know how close you might be to success.

You will reach a point of overload, most people do, but if you can work through that it will suddenly become much easier.

So many give up too easily.

Discipline

Discipline is an obvious one. You have to be disciplined to organise your workload. Perhaps you are working at a job while you build your business, so you need to organise your time and make sure you carry through with the work needed for your fledgling business.

You need discipline to continue, even if you are tired.

Maybe your friends or family want you to go somewhere or do something, the easy option is to just forget the work waiting. But if you are disciplined you will continue to work, even if only a little, knowing that further down the line you will have more time for all those things.

BeliefBelief

Without this, you might as well not start really. If you don’t believe you can do it, then you won’t. Self-belief is a very big part of success. If you don’t believe in yourself then why would anyone else?

It is easy to say you believe you can do it but saying that and having the complete knowing that you can and will do this, are two entirely different things.

It is human to doubt occasionally at low moments but the majority of your focus should be on success.

The belief should be strong enough to ensure you can ignore all those that try to deter you under the guise of  ‘good advice’.

So What is the Key to Success?

Passion!

To me, this is the main key to success.

If you don’t have a passion for what you are doing then it comes through in your writing.  You will struggle to find new ideas to write about after a time. The enthusiasm won’t be there in the same way as if you were truly passionate about your niche.

You will probably start off well but then it will become more of a chore.Passion  What is the Key to Success

Often we start out looking at it from the money angle. You know what I mean. You research what is popular and will make you the most money. Let’s be fair. There is nothing wrong with that, we all have to make a living. It’s possible to have sites you aren’t passionate about, that make money. But the chances are that your interest will dwindle despite the earning potential.

Passion will bring a flood of ideas, will make the writing flow, inspire you and pull you back constantly despite any other work you need to do. The right products will come along to either sell or be affiliated with when you are ready.

But most of all, it will be exciting and fun. Fun is not just for kids, it’s for everybody.

When you have passion for what you do, whether it’s a job, working for someone else, or your own business it is fun too.

What about YOU?

Is your life fun? Do you enjoy your work? Is there something you are passionate about that you would like to turn into a business?

Do you dream of working for yourself? Do you have a passion you want to turn into a business?

If you do, now is the best time. With the Pandemic and so many countries going into a fresh lockdown, more people than ever are turning to the internet for jobs and their own business.

What  is the key of success  to you? Do you agree or think something else is the key?  Let me know in the comments.Free starter Membership to Wealthy Affiliate.

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