5 Things You Need to Have to Succeed in Affiliate Marketing

The idea of not being in control of ones own destiny is one which is far from appealing to those of us used to taking matters into our own hands. These are the people who take the wheel and steer their own ships and take it to where they want to go. Being onboard a ship going to a desirable destination is good, but being able to steer it there is what many of us want.  This might be the reason why there are an increasing number of people getting into affiliate marketing.

There are no bosses, no deadlines and no commutes. One only needs the right tools and the drive to succeed in order to make it in this business.

So what are the elements which are essential to affiliate marketing success? What qualities must one possess to do well in the field? There is a lot of competition in the affiliate marketing world and to get an edge over the competition, you have to have the right tools to get ahead. There are five things which you must have to succeed in affiliate marketing.

One is the willingness to learn. It can be bewildering to move through unfamiliar territory if you are not equipped for the task and no one wants to get lost. Learning how the business works is important and will give you an edge.

Second, you need to be willing to put in a significant amount of time and effort in this business; and to stick with it, even if the results aren’t immediate. You may have several months go by without getting the results you want, but don’t give up – if you have put a lot of yourself into this, you will be successful sooner or later.

Third is determination. If an affiliate marketer has the ability to push him or herself to keep moving onward and upward, there is nothing they cannot accomplish.

Fourth is discipline. You need to be able to get yourself motivated to work everyday and throw as much energy into the venture as you can if you want to achieve your objective of affiliate marketing success.

The fifth and most important quality you have to possess is optimism. With a negative attitude, you will find it very difficult, if not impossible to succeed. Don’t let anything you hear dissuade you from reaching for the top. Remember, you are the captain of your own ship and you can steer it anywhere you want to go.

While there are many ingredients to success in affiliate marketing, the most important elements lie within yourself and nowhere else. It is you who has the ability to succeed – and it is your desire to get ahead that will drive you to achieve the success you dream of.   Affiliate marketing offers you the opportunity to truly put your fate into your own control – and having the proper attitude is important if you want to be able to steer your ship into the harbor of your success.


  • admin

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008

    @topwebbusinesses thanks for the trackback

  • robert

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008

    how to make money online

  • Chris Imamshah

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008


    Very basi but extremely important attributes to be successful in ANY business venture in my opinion.

    Keep up the good work and advice.

  • irfana kirmani

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008

    Please tell which affiliate programme is good for us?

  • Kathy Pop

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008

    Thanks for saying the truth about success in Affil Marketing or anything else, it’s the same whatever you put into it, you will get back. I’m tired of seeing the promise that The Overnight Success Fairey will visit you and will make you millions in your sleep myth.

    Any business, on or offline takes work, but you need to love what you’re doing, no matter what it is. then it doesn’t seem like work.


  • Kathy Pop

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008

    Irfana, There are sooo many to choose from. Just choose something that you would enjoy writing and speaking about. People can sense when you are excited over a product and when you’re not.
    besides it’s MUCH easier to write about things you enjoy or truely find useful. just do some research and be sure to read all their Terms Of Service policies (don’t want any suprises now)

    To your success!

    Kathy Pop

  • Jussi Koiranen

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008

    Cool! I can listen to these now. Has that feature been there for long?

  • Kenny Ritchie

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008

    I like the audio option as well. It’s great we do have soooo much to do and so little time the option of listening whilst doing something else is great.

    Obviously you must focus on the task at hand as well.

    Great post Reed, I’ve quit things too early in the past because the results weren’t coming quick enough. You learn by your mistakes and move on.

    Kenny Ritchies last blog post..Cool blog stuff from PRWeb

  • David Jackson

    Reply Reply September 9, 2008

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I’m like a sponge. I’m striving for success.

  • admin

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    @robert keep coming back to the blog and you’ll find a lot of useful information

    @chris thanks

    @irfana if I were just starting out I’d stick with ClickBank products as I haven’t had a problem getting paid by them where many known marketers have a bad habit of not paying in a timely fashion. Many are good but there are some bad apples out there which I’m not pleased with at the moment.

    @kathy glad you enjoy

    @jussi I just added it, I thought it was cool too. You can also download the audio posts to your MP3 player.

    @kenny I’ve had that habit too it’s a hard one to break.

    @david you’re welcome keep it up

    @business blog thanks for the trackback

  • William Beck

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    I like the article because it states why a person will succeed or
    fail. The reason WILL always be whether or not a person is willing
    to do whatever it takes. Every one wants easy money but reality
    usually refuses to give out EASY money.
    Willy B

  • admin

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    @William thanks, mindset it most of this game.

  • Ivan Marin

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008


  • David Innes Braybrooke

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Great tips as always Reed; Thanks!

    I certainly agree with the fifth point about being ‘optimistic’ in this business! One needs a positive attitude to get ahead in life and negativity will certainly destroy any and every goal before it has time to bloom!

    Best to You Reed and to Your readers too!

    David I. Braybrooke.

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  • Jean

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    David, change your wording. Don’t ‘strive’. your subconscious mind will have you ‘striving’ all the time. Possibly change it to “I am successful and prosperous”. or “I have success” Our unconsious mind does not see ‘no’. For instance, DON’T think of a blue elephant. Notice, you made a picture in your mind of a blue elephant, even though I said DON’T think of it. So you do not want a picture of you ‘striving’ in your mind. Hope this is helpful.

  • admin

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    @Ivan I’m at the point where I want to give back.

    @David I completely agree nothing good comes from negative thinking

    @Jean some law of attraction stuff going on here?

  • Rivers Corbett

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Reed..what I loved about this blog is that all the criteria mentioned gets back to the individual. It has all to do with the person and how bad they want it. Isnt it great when it all comes down to us controlling our own destiny?

    That being said many of the criteria you noted do not come naturally to most people in society …the key is practice! But when you think about it…most of the things we all do great did not happen overnight.

    Keep on happening!


  • James

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Hi Reed

    Thanks for the great advice.


  • admin

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    @Rivers you bring up some excellent points

    @James you’re welcome

  • Michael

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    A very inspiring post when we sometimes get a little lazy.

    It’s hard to keep it up sometimes but posts like this are a good reminder of our goals and how our desire and efforts will pay off.

    Rock on.

  • admin

    Reply Reply September 12, 2008

    @Michael glad to inspire 🙂

  • promosyon

    Reply Reply September 25, 2008

    Very good article, thank you!

  • admin

    Reply Reply September 25, 2008

    @promosyon thanks

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