Affiliate Marketing – The Importance of Setting Realistic Income Goals

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One of the most important things you need to do to be successful at affiliate marketing is define realistic income goals – goals that you’ll have to work to reach, but goals that it’s possible for you to achieve.

Yes, it is possible to make $1000 in 24 hours like some of those products claim. But most of those people have been making money online for a few years and they’ve become very knowledgeable about the marketplace and the products they’re promoting.

If you, on the other hand, have no computer experience whatsoever, how can you expect to log on and make $1000 in your very first day? And if you are familiar with computers, have you ever set up a website? Do you have any marketing experience? Do you even know how to choose a product to promote and how to go about promoting it?

One of the biggest reasons that people fail at affiliate marketing is because they don’t set realistic income goals. They read all that hype about making money hand over fist and living the lifestyle of the rich and famous and they think that if they’re not making that $1000 a day they must not be cut out for it.

The truth is, you have to learn to crawl before you can walk and you have to learn to walk before you can run. Setting yourself unrealistic goals that you can’t possible meet will only discourage you in the long run. And most people, when they reach that level, give up and forget about trying to make money online. And often they are so close to being successful that if they’d just hung in there for a little while longer they would have seen their dreams become reality.

But you’re not going to do that. Set realistic income goals that you can reach. Set a small goal to start with – $20 a day, or even just $10. A lot of people are happy just getting their first 20 cents in AdSense clicks – it means they did something right. Now all they need to do is do it again and again and try to make it even better.

Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. But you still have to keep putting one foot in front of the other if you want to reach your goal. Start out taking small steps to begin with to keep yourself motivated. Celebrate each success – no matter how large or small. And be patient while you learn. You’ll be running with those big guys soon enough!

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