When we decide to take that step of entering the world of affiliate marketing, it can be a very exiting time. We often think straight away of the end result of making a fortune whilst lounging on a beach, playing in the park with our children, relaxing at home or whatever. However, as time goes on, we can easily find ourselves worn down by the lack of instant results. Breaking through that 3 month barrier can often be the most challenging part of our careers.
What is the 3 Month Barrier?
The three month mark is often the stage where many people throw in the towel. They feel that all the hard work they’ve been putting into their website or blog is never gonna pay off. If you are at that stage now and are feeling that way, don’t worry. This is only natural.
In fact, many scientific studies show that the 3 month mark is probably the most trying time for all sorts of things, not just passive earning, or even work itself. Things like overcoming drug or alcohol addictions can also be at their toughest time when they reach that barrier of 3 months.
Why does the 3 month barrier exist?
When we have been used to conventional methods of working (as most of us have been), we think in terms of “time equals Money|”. We know that if we put in X amount of time, then we will receive X amount of money. That is the way most people think because that is the way most of us have been used to working for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
But business doesn’t work that way, especially the passive earning business. It takes time to build up our business and usually we wont make any money for that initial foundation time. Instead, we will work our socks off building our site for months before we can expect to see a cent in return. But once we have done all the hard work, that’s when we can start to see the revenue we make start to rise, and ultimately take us to that goal we were initially exited about reaching. But like all good things, it takes time, effort and a great deal of patience. But that’s why the rewards can be so good.
From Zero to Six figures.
When i first started in affiliate marketing some 13 years ago, the whole concept grabbed me. I thought ” This is great.All I have to do is put my content up there and it will make me money from there on”. So I threw myself right into my work. As a music lover, i blogged about music and gigs, etc. Writing reviews on albums and gigs i had been to seemed great fun and before long i was blogging about a whole range of different topics.
Exiting times ahead
In fact, in a way, i did give up. At least with the expectation of making any money from my works anyway. The monthly statements from the affiliate groups I’d joined kept coming through. Each time they’d show the same old balance of zero. Then one day i got my amazon statement and to my surprise, I’d actually made £2,15. I always remember thinking that if i keep up the hard work for another 10 years, I might just make it to the £50 mark. But, as I said before, i enjoyed the blogging i was doing anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal.
A New Dawn
But then it occurred to me that even though it was only a small amount I’d made, it still worked. This gave me the hope i needed that i could actually make this work financially. Before long, i was back blogging on many of the other topics that i had let lie for the past few months due to lack of interest. I knew that if the method could work on my music blog, it could work on any content i put out there.
So, i battered on and only a few weeks later, i got another sale, then another. Then i started noticing sales coming from the other blogs i was writing. This was actually starting to work.
A Paying Hobby
Now, if i had really threw myself into my work full time, i could have probably made money a lot faster. But i admit, at the time, i was a manual worker and i enjoyed the fresh air and exercise. So i had no desire to work online full time. It was more just a hobby than anything else for about 8 years.
However i was finding that every year i was making more and more and after only about 18 months, i was making enough to cover the costs of my webhosting, my domains and still had money to spend on various bits and pieces of software that helped me with my project. So, it became a paying hobby that covered it’s own costs and every now and then, I’d draw out the odd £100 or so to treat myself to other things like nights out, presents for friends and family, etc.
The Game Changer
When my daughter was born 5 years ago though, i found that my whole work schedule had to be altered. I could no longer afford as much time away from home travelling with work. So i knew i needed to turn my hand to something different. I also was at the age of realising I wasn’t going to get any younger, and didn’t want to be still having to do heavy physical work at the age of 70+.
Well, i figured that if I could make money on a hobby level, then i could make a living from it. So about 5 years ago, i decided to dedicate my energies to my work full time. Rather than aiming at one time commissions, I started focusing on recurring commissions and within a year, I was making a 5 figure salary form what I was doing, and from then on, it just kept snowballing.
Time, Effort & patience
So the key thing to remember if you are just starting out as a blogger, is that all good things take time. In my own case it has taken me 13 years to get to where i am, but this can be done a lot quicker if you apply yourself. But it seldom comes instantly. Granted, there are few cases where people can start blogging and make good money fairly quick. But these cases are few and far between.
Don’t let yourself be fooled by the “Get rich Quick” ads you see on YouTube and the likes. Good things take time, effort and patience. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you enjoy the work you are doing. If i didn’t enjoy blogging about music way back when, I’d have probably thrown in the towel after a few months. But it was the fact that i loved creating this content that kept me going to push on through.
So if you’ve been at it for a few months now and still haven’t made a bean, don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal. Typically, most affiliate marketers don’t make a dime until around 3-6 months into it. This is only an estimate too. It may take you longer, or you may do it quicker. But don’t give up hope. Just carry on with creating quality content as well as the training given here at Kwidzin and let Time do the rest.
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