Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing

To break it down in its simplest form: The best way to begin affiliate marketing… is to just get started.

One of the most common obstacles, or what seems to stall most people, are those first few steps.

It could be as simple as you’re completely new and don’t know anything about it, or maybe you’re just clueless as to what “getting started” really is in actual steps. It doesn’t help that it can be a bit of a mystery when it comes to internet marketing and becoming a successful full-time affiliate, and the industry knows that and capitalizes on it often.

When you aren’t sure of what you’re supposed to do, I suppose it can be a bit difficult. When it really boils down to it though, that’s probably the exact thing that’s tripping you up. The mindset, “but I don’t know what to do.. how can I get started?” is one of the most damaging things a beginner can struggle with. As with anything in life, it’s a matter of breaking down what you want to achieve, and accomplishing these steps towards the greater goal.

Don’t worry about “problems” – find solutions!

I’ve always been more of a, “I don’t see a problem, I see a potential solution” sort of guy. Always have been, and probably always will be. I’m never content with just taking something at face value, and neither should you, if you want to be successful in online marketing.

As an entrepreneur with strong programming and development skills, but also a comfort with the design process, and a fair amount of sales, support, and managerial experience, I know that a manager thinks generally in concepts or ideas, programmers in strictly concise and verbose sets of instructions, designers with a lucid lack of structure, and end-users with a horrid distaste for having to think about anything beyond their monitor and mouse.

To be the most successful internet marketer you can be, you’ll want to take into consideration the many variables present when researching and setting up your campaigns.

Don’t assume… RESEARCH! Find out, and know the facts

Life is an endless pursuit of knowledge and as one timeless quote puts it, “Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” This is one of the main defining characteristics of a successful affiliate: the endless quest for more knowledge, more data, more metrics, more market-share, you name it. We’re a competitive bunch.

As sad as it is, I don’t think its just the out-of-touch politicians that think the internet is a series of tubes, I think there may be a few million end-users mixed into that demographic. As an affiliate, one of the best things you can do is equip yourself with a strong understanding of the web from both a user and technical standpoint. Knowledge is power, and to an affiliate, knowledge is another zero on the end of that check.

As a kid, between the various sports and childhood activities, one of my long-running hobbies was magic for fun and profit. I would sometimes literally make $50-200 bucks in tips (as a 6-10 year old kid) simply walking around performing card tricks and impromptu close-up magic to complete strangers for about an hour or two for different events. David Blaine ain’t got nothin’ on me.

Don’t just read about it, learn it & live it

Well, that same desire to decipher the secrets, and the hidden mechanisms of “magic and illusion” at a young age eventually turned into me tinkering with computers and wanting (/needing?) to learn as much about them as I could.

Being an avid reader all my life contributed to me learning at an early age how to teach myself, and productively investigate or research a topic, while stockpiling knowledge. It’s probably one of the main reasons I think people should be more proactive about their thinking, decisions, and path in life, especially with their careers or general finances.

The best way to learn something is to try it. If you read about it, learn about it, then forget about it… it seems like you’d be wasting an awful lot of time. So when you read something that gets you thinking, act on it!

Get out there and start making money!

So, after reading all of that… are you just going to sit there and stare at your screen for hours more, wishing you were making money? Or, are you going to actually get started?

41 Tips for a Better Life

  1. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  2. Curb your jealousy. Be happy for others.
  3. Live with the 3 E’s : Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  4. Play more games.
  5. Read more books than you did in 2009.
  6. Be grateful for what you have, what you can do, and for everything in your life.
  7. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  8. With every disaster in your life, ask yourself, “will this matter in 5 years?”
  9. Make time to practice meditation. It provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
  10. Dream more while you are awake.
  11. Don’t worry about what hasn’t happened.
  12. Smile and laugh more.
  13. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
  14. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  15. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. While you walk, smile.
  16. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  17. Get more sleep.
  18. Accept your friends’ mistakes. Accept your mistakes.
  19. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  20. Don’t have negative thoughts about things you cannot control. Invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  21. Exercise.
  22. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
  23. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  24. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  25. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. This will ruin your present happiness.
  26. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last forever.
  27. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  28. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  29. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  30. Accept compliments.
  31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  32. Forgive everyone for everything.
  33. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  34. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  35. The best is yet to come.
  36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  37. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
  38. Your inner most is always happy. So be happy.
  39. Do the right thing.
  40. Call your family often.
  41. Each day give something good to others.

Starbucks Office Space

I was getting some coffee with my girlfriend the other day at the Starbucks in Santee, CA trolley center and I look outside and see this dude with his shopping cart full of possessions next to him and a Starbucks table setup as his office desk. Talk about a true digital nomad!

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Working outside Starbucks with a laptop, monitor, and speakers.. and of course Arizona ice tea. Gotta have the essentials!

Quickbooks 2008 Not Loading, Shows Loading Screen for a moment then disappears

I wake up Monday, expecting it to be like any other. I mosey around for a little while, get a few computers fixed that I have been waiting on software and parts for, pay a few bills, and get ready to start my work day. The prior Friday, I had spoken briefly with a customer about her Quickbooks acting funny when she was trying to start it. This was just the start.. little did I know I would get bombarded with Quickbook issues almost all day! I am a mobile computer technician and support many local businesses, so when something doesn’t work, I’m getting a call to get over there and fix it asap.

I make my way over to my first (and last, I thought) onsite appointment of the day. I get there and am confronted with a computer that has three different versions of Quickbooks installed on it. 2005, 2007, and 2008 are all listed in the control panel add/remove programs dialog. To begin, I try running 2008. It pops up the loading screen, waits there for about 30 seconds or so, then disappears entirely.. it was like I hadn’t even clicked it. No error, no alert, nothing.

Solution:

1. Uninstall .Net using the Microsoft .Net Cleaner Utility. You can download it here.

2. Download and install the latest .Net Redistributable Package. I installed .Net 2.0, available here.

3. Download and install the latest Quickbooks Update Patch, available here.

4. Reboot, and enjoy your working version of Quickbooks 2008!

Adobe CS3 Responding Slowly Opening New Window, Opening Image of any Type or Size

Problem/Symptom:

Adobe’s new CS3 (Photoshop and Illustrator mostly) experiences slow performance and lagging when opening or creating files regardless of size or type.

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Solution:

Check your printers. this error is related to the default printer and print service. If you have an offline or unconnected printer, this is most likely your issue.

Remove any offline or old/duplicate references to networked printers. If the printer is timing out, you will experience lag in Photoshop and Illustrator even on fast systems.

 

My Personal Experience: After installing the Adobe Photoshop CS3 Trial and using it for a little bit, I noticed it bogging very badly whenever I would create a new image or open an existing file of any type or size.

After searching around for a while, I caught wind of it being printer related, more specifically the printspooler service in windows. I had recently moved and not hooked up one of my networked printers.

After removing the offline printers (and printer that was trying to connect but would time-out) Photoshop opened files and created new ones with a snap!!

I’m very glad to have resolved this issue, it was getting very annoying having Photoshop lag on a Dual Core system running 4gb of DDR2 on a Rapter! Anyways, glad to have it cleared up! For anyone out there having this same issue, check your default printer and also remove any offline printers or ones that cannot connect!

Note: If you decide to repost this solution on your site, please reference my post above by linking to me somewhere on your page. Thanks!!! Hope this information helps!

UPDATE: If you missed this one, the ability to view PSD files in Windows Explorer is always nice!