Hey there sea changers. Usually when we talk about success in affiliate marketing we discuss things like keywords, SEO, social media, solving problems and so on. Well today I am going step outside the square a little and give you 5 secrets to affiliate marketing success that have nothing to do with a PC – in fact, if you didn’t need it to read this post, I would be telling you to turn it off. Why? Well let me share with you the story that has led to where we are now. You see I have been a bit naughty lately and burning the candle at both ends. I have been working, working, working and not looking after myself. My body was telling me to slow down, my wife was telling me to slow down and my friends kept telling me I looked tired. But this is my business – so I kept going.
Then my body took things out of my hands so to speak and I got sick. Real sick – I am talking man-flu sick. You know, that sickness that only us men truly understand and the one that makes our significant others look at us in amazement that we can actually survive it at all. I was stuck on the couch, couldn’t open my laptop without feeling dizzy and was getting frustrated with it all.
It was at this point that my amazing wife, who fortunately (or unfortunately) for me works in the fitness industry started running through all of the things I need to start doing if I am going to be able to achieve the things I want to achieve moving forward (especially as I help her run her fitness studios). She said that it didn’t matter what I knew up there (in my head), I wouldn’t be successful if I didn’t look after down there (my body). She gave me a list of things to do – I was skeptical – especially with the touchy-feely stuff – but as I love what I do I followed them. And you know what, I have never felt better and been able to produce more in less time. So sit back, relax, grab a health shake and let me run you through it all…
We hear athletes talk about this all the time – how they need to “fuel their bodies like winners” in order to perform well on the day. And whilst we probably don’t need to carbo load the night before we plan to write a big blog post, we can certainly take some heed in their words as well. You see, what you eat really does affect how your brain works – especially as when you are working on your website and posts, it is often the only thing that is working. So here are some things you can do to give yourself the best possible preparation for that hard day in front of the laptop:
- Stay away from processed food – these are a constant for many of us as they are quick and easy – but they are also full of salt, sugar and laden with chemicals.
- Eat a salad – stick to healthy foods as much as possible – they will keep you feeling fuller for longer and are full of energy boosting nutrients.
- Drink plenty of water – put a bottle on the desk and empty it often – plus leaving the desk to fill it up again gives your eyes a rest.
- Avoid sugar – this includes soft drinks and juices. These give you a good high but also a good crash. And absolutely stay away from energy drinks.
- Snack on fruit and nuts – they are much better than donuts and will also keep you fuller for longer with more energy.
- Eat a good breakfast – coffee is amazing – but it is not enough to get you going in the morning on its own – even if it is just a couple of eggs on toast.
- Just eat – if the choice is there between food that is not so good and not eating at all – then eat – some fuel is better than none.
- Do not eat in front of your laptop – This goes into tip 3 below but give your mind a break whilst you eat.
Now again, we are not in training for the Boston Marathon here, but your body is not designed to sit on an office chair all day. Failure to move your body for at least half an hour a day is proven to cause a number of health issues. However, in terms of this post, it will also means that you are not able to fully concentrate and get your stuff done to your optimum levels. In fact, it is scientifically proven that 30 minutes of exercise aday can assist with:
- Heart health
- Weight loss
- Reduced stress
- Improved mood
- Greater Energy
- Improved memory
- Increased productivity
- Improved self-confidence
Trust me, I know this one is true – I am married to a fitness instructor and I know I work better on days that I exercise. Again, you are not working to Olympic qualifying levels here, but try the following:
- Go for a walk – walk briskly and find some hills.
- Try a light jog – if you are up for it.
- Go to the gym.
- Ride a bike – real or stationary.
- Do some cardio – squats, lunges, mountain climbers – but not burpees – noone like burpees!!
- Do a Pilates class.
Just do something – yes, you are looking to get the heart rate up a little but as I keep saying, your work levels will improve out of sight!
3 Clear your head
Now it is time to go a little off-centre and spiritual on you all but if you only do one thing on this list, I urge you to make this the one. It took me a long time to get used to this (insert: not think this was a crock) but you need to give your mind a break at least every couple of hours. I am lucky enough that I can incorporate this with the above and go for the 20min each way walk to the beach to clear my head (yes, exercise counts here) but if that is not for you then you MUST do something that is not taxing on the mind.
Meditation and yoga are best here as they take your mind totally off the whole build a website, write posts, SEO it, brand it, sell stuff cycle that is affiliate marketing. If I can’t go for a walk, I listen to a pod cast. Others read books, knit, cook, clean, build, pray, fish – whatever floats your boat really. The trick here is to get over the fact that you are ‘losing’ time that could be spent on your sight and replace that with the time that you are gaining for yourself which will ultimately boost your workload when you do return to it. As I have said, I do this religiously and it really really works!
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You have probably all heard the saying “work smarter not harder”. This is what time blocking is all about. Part of the reason that the first three tips that I have outlined here are not done is due to the fact that we just get so “busy” that we lose track of time, and what it is that we are doing. The other concern here is that we get so worked up in what we are doing that we lose out on some of the fun things that we always said we could now do because we work for ourselves and are not tied to a time clock. Time blocking is critical to this so I strongly suggest that you undertake the following:
- Determine best working time – this is the time that you either work best, or can work uninterrupted
- Write out the tasks you need to do – including meals, exercise and fun time
- Write each task into a diary in the times that suit you best or are necessary – an example is below:
Now that is the easy part, the trick here obviously is to stick to it with some discipline. Don’t fret at the beginning however as it can take some practice to get used to how long you need for things but once you have it bedded down, the real trick comes from being able to stick to it. And that means if you finish your time and you are not finished the task, you move onto the next thing regardless. The unfinished work is then added to a block later on. Again though, once you have mastered time blocking, you will be amazed at how much you can get done.
5 Have fun
Lastly, have fun! Sure there is a lot of work to affiliate marketing, but it should be fun as well. The four steps above will help with this but if it is getting you down and stressing you, then it becomes so much harder. We do this because of the income and lifestyle it can (eventually for some of us) afford. But the journey is part of it. Have fun, get involved in forums and interact with others, laugh at your work, play with the sight – whatever you enjoy, try and incorporate it into what you do and your sight if possible.
But have fun!
And there it is – 5 ways you can improve your affiliate marketing output without pressing a single key. I hope it has been helpful and as usual, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, need some advice or have any experiences to share.
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