Proof Of Real Affiliate Earnings

Is making money online just a pipe dream?

I know sometimes that making money online seems next to impossible, like trying to squeeze blood out of a stone, but I want to show you that it IS POSSIBLE to make money online.

I’m not one to brag or show off about anything really, I consider myself quite the ‘Average Joe’ when it comes to most things, but hopefully the little bit of ‘proof’ below will give you hope and encouragement to keep going after those sales too.

Plus, I want to let you know that I actually do what I teach and teach what I do… unlike those wannabe marketers with their fake screenshots and hypey sales pitches.

Sidenote: This is does NOT include sales of my own products which is where I generate the majority of my online income. This is some of the money I’ve made from selling other people’s products… i.e. Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate Commissions proof

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Niche Commissions
Commissions from one of my Non-IM niche sites
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More Non-IM niche commissions

On top of these, I have my Clickbank account which only has a sprinkle of sales every month (sometimes less), and a few other affiliate programs in which I make a few sales here and there like Hostgator.

I get a couple of these every year from Aweber too

You’ll notice there isn’t a shot of my Paypal account here where the majority of my income goes from sales of my own products.

So again, I don’t show you this to brag, but to show you that earning money online selling OTHER people’s stuff is possible.

I admit, these aren’t breathtaking figures.. but they are real and achievable for anyone IF you put in the effort.

As they say, success is 10% inspiration an 90% perspiration.

Keep in mind that I built my internet marketing business from the ground up 5 years ago and have been working on it nearly every day.. sometimes for only 1 hour, sometimes 10 hrs.

Is it easy? No. Does it take time and dedication? Sure does. But I love the infinite potential of being an entrepreneur, the freedom of being my own boss… and of course seeing my work pay off 😉

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei

Are You Spreading Yourself Too Thin?

I got an email a while back from a frustrated reader who was trying a lot of different ways to make money on the internet, but failing chronically.

He also relayed his feelings to me in this way…

“Sometimes I feel like I’m a mile wide and an inch deep by trying to many different things. Since you seem to be doing well, what do you recommend?”

Do you ever feel like that?

This is how I answered him.

“I focus on one thing at a time. I’ll stick with one niche, one website, one traffic generation method and wait to see results from that. Then I’ll try to master and get results from other traffic sources and try to get it all running on auto-pilot as much as possible.. THEN I’ll move on to the next thing.”

I’m not perfect – there are times when some new shiny thing will catch my eye and I’ll want to try this out or that and float away from my focus from time to time, but I try to control my thoughts and actions and get back on track as soon as I can.

There are way too many ways out there to make money online or whatever you want to do.

Our inbox’s and social network news feeds are constantly bombarded with them!

So it’s really easy to get lost and hung up on all the new and different products and methods – but as you know, you end up going nowhere.

That’s where the feeling of  being “a mile wide but only an inch deep” comes from. You’re trying everything a little to see if it makes a difference, but the reality is that doing little bits of this and that lightly won’t get you where you want to go. You simply don’t get traction and you stay penny-less.

The thing that really makes a difference is this – consistent, focussed effort.

That’s all you really need.

If you’re just starting out – choose one niche, start one website and focus solely on that project until you succeed.

The only way to be successful with our online business is to focus all your efforts, resources and skills into one campaign…and not even contemplate chasing after another until you succeed at the first one.

The point I want to make is don’t spread yourself too thin across too many different websites and campaigns all going at once.

Learn and master one method or skill at a time. i.e. learn to write good articles and fast, get a system for backlinking in place.

Just like an Olympic athlete doesn’t try to get the gold in every sport in the games, they specialize in one type and win in it. The same goes for entrepreneurs. You will find success when you focus and stick with one project at a time.

It’s hard to be disciplined to stick with one thing – even when you think it’s going nowhere – but that’s the difference between the mediocre and those who really succeed.

Stu Sensei

The Cure For Analysis Paralysis

I recently received an email from a customer of mine who was battling with this question…

“How do I overcome the doubts of self on that I will never know enough to get started in Internet marketing?”

I decided to publish my answer to this problem her on my blog for the world to see because I remember when I was in the very same position when I first got started online.

And I believe that just about everyone, at first, suffers from this self doubt that you don’t know enough.

Before I get started in my answer to this question, you may find some peace of mind knowing this fact: No-body knows everything about any one thing.

There a lot of experts in the world, but they still don’t know everything.. and I’,m 100% sure they didn’t know everything before they entered the subject of there expertise.

Moving along, here is an excerpt from my answer to this gentleman…

“You don’t have to know everything before you start. It’s a learning process.. and the best way to go is to learn as you do it.. and learn from your mistakes along the way.

Even if you don’t know much about the niche you’re in, you can easily learn about it.. and when you spend a few weeks submerged in that niche, you’ll know more than 95% of others in the the world… therefore making you an expert.

If it’s technical stuff and marketing techniques you struggle with, then like I said, you just have to do it and you’ll learn get started with the first step and when you come to a hurdle, look for the solution.. keep repeating until you finish what you have set out to do.

It seems like you may need some mindset adjustment.. and for that I recommend some self improvement literature and audio. It’s amazing how you can start to think that nothing is impossible.. you’ve just got to believe!

Just remember, success doesn’t happen overnight. It will slowly happen. But you’ve got to start to be able to start seeing it. “

With all new things, it’s getting started that is the hardest part. The first step is always a “leap of faith”.

This kind of case of is probably best known as “analysis paralysis” where you over-think something because there are too many options and just don’t know which way to go and end up going nowhere. It’s a very powerful problem.

But the cure to it really is not think about it so much. If you’ve got an idea, go for it. Get moving and make adjustments along the way.

You will run into occasions where your idea will ‘flop’. But there really never is such a thing as a ‘flop’. There are so many things you can learn from so called “mistakes”. So don’t be afraid to make a mistake.

The biggest mistake you can make is not moving.

To your success,

Stuart Stirling

p.s. What are your thoughts about overcoming analysis paralysis?

How to Turn Ideas Into Money

Do you have a “million-dollar idea” for a product or service that could change people’s lives but it’s just sitting around in your brain doing nothing?

Just don’t know where to start?… or do you think that creating it is too hard?

Maybe both?

iPhones didn’t build themselves. Steve Jobs and his team worked hard to produce and market the revolutionary mobile phone.

Turning your idea into money will take work too, but it is something that you CAN do. So let’s get working!

Here is a short, step-by-step process which you can follow to turn your ideas into money!

Light Bulb Idea

The “Brain Dump”

Take out a pad of paper and start dumping everything about the product or your idea onto the page – no matter how “off the wall” they might seem.

Don’t worry about keeping it fancy or organized right now, just get it on paper where you can look at it.

Use as much time and as much paper as you need. As you perform this step the product will start to grow as new features or benefits you could provide start springing into your mind.

Don’t feel shy about letting the scope of your product grow – whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Outlining or Prototyping

Is your product a book or other type of info product?

Now is the time to make a broad outline of the material.

For instance you could just write out possible chapter names, then arrange those chapter names into a logical order, then write down a few sentences under each name about what that chapter will cover.

We aren’t worried about details yet so don’t get too worried if your book looks a little thin.

If you are creating a new service, imagine yourself as a customer of that service.

Then write down how you see yourself utilizing your service.

Imagine the difficulties your customers might encounter and how you can shape your service to avoid those difficulties.

Gathering Resources

Now is the time for research.

Gather all the source material you can find. Examine products or services that are similar to yours and look for ways to improve upon them.

Here is where you will determine how to make your product unique so that it will stand out from your competitors.

Reality Check

Now that you have a good idea of what your product is or does and how it compares to others on the market it’s time to decide whether to go ahead with it or not.

If you feel that you can bring something new and unique to the world, then go for it and don’t look back.

If you have to spend a lot of time trying to convince yourself that your idea is a good one, then go back to step one and look for a way to make your product stand out.

But don’t think about it and fret over it too much being perfect – don’t get trapped by “analysis paralysis”. Remember good enough is good enough.

There will always be room for improvement.

Why do you think WordPress make a new version of their software every week or so?

Making it Real

Get to work. It’s that simple.By now you should know what you have to do.Money

Stay focused, set realistic goals, and don’t give up.

Do something every day toward making your finished product, even if it’s only a few minutes, do SOMETHING.

The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Before you know it, you’ll be making very good progress and your idea will become a reality.

Tell the World

You’ve created a new product or service that helps people and you feel good about it.

Don’t stick it in a closet, go out and shout from the rooftops.

Create a web page, share it with your Facebook friends, add it to your forum and email signatures, spread the word anyway you can.

There are a million ways to promote a new product, it really only depends on your budget and (or) creativity.

Some common ways to promote an online product or service is with an affiliate program, viral marketing. If your product is good, it won’t take much for affiliates and happy customers to spread the word.

Conclusion

Yes I know this is a very simplified version, but overall that’s what it takes to turn your ideas into money makers.

It’s the same basic plan that’s been used by everyone who has ever created something new and different.

Stuart StirlingStu Sensei Stirling

p.s. Did I make it TOO simple? Are there steps that you feel should have been included? How do you go about turning your ideas into money? Let me know in the comments.

Old Marketing Tricks That Still Work

The impact that the Internet has had on business and marketing is nothing short of amazing.

We can create and sell products to people all over the world and receive their payments in only a few moments, never having to worry about exchange rates or dealing with shady middlemen who skim a little bit off the top for themselves.

Internet marketers can earn enough to support their families and live their dreams without ever having to leave the comfort of their living rooms.

You would think that with this incredible new tool in our hands, a tool that literally changed the world, that marketing and customer relations would have changed with it.

Yet despite the blazing fast speeds and endless possibilities for online entrepreneurship, many of the same marketing techniques still work today just as well as they did back when the first caveman was trying to sell excess wooly mammoth meat to the cave next door.

If you are wondering why your current efforts are lacking, then maybe it’s time for you to wipe a little bit of the future out of your eyes and try out some of the tried and trued methods that have worked for centuries to create a buying frenzy!

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Run a Sale

By far, running a “sale” is the most used marketing trick ever conceived! And with good reason.

Everyone loves getting a good deal. It’s a good feeling to get a ‘bargain’.

Giving your customers the opportunity to buy your product for a price that is lower than “everyone else” is paying makes them feel special.

Also, limiting the time that the discount is available creates a sense of urgency and makes them far more likely to hit that “Buy Now!” button.

Using this technique on your customer or subscriber mailing list or offering it only to people who have followed you on social media creates a sense of community and customer loyalty that will pay off big in the long run.

People love to feel special and part of an exclusive group, so if you’re giving them a special deal that is just for them and it’s limited by time or quantity, they won’t be able to resist.

Free Stuff

If people love getting a discount, they go absolutely bonkers for something that is free.

This is the second ‘oldest trick in the book’ when it comes to marketing.

Free is the ultimate way to start of any huge marketing campaign and funnel your prospects down into your marketing and sales sequence.

It doesn’t have to be much to get people to jump on your email list or follow you on Facebook.

Just a simple, catchy five page report or a ‘secret’ that will help them get on step closer to their goals will not put you in the poor house and will make your followers feel like you truly have their best interests in mind.

Later on when you offer them something that is NOT free, they will feel a twinge of obligation and loyalty to you because of the generous gifts you gave them in the past.

And if your free offer was good, they’ll be excited to see your paid product because it must be so much better. Just make sure it is 😉

Social Proof

Social proof simply means making sure your potential customers can see how happy your existing customers are.

If Sally sees that you have 200 loyal followers on Facebook and a long page full of realistic testimonials on your sales page then she is more likely to believe that what you are offering is something worth buying.

It’s natural for humans to want to do what others are doing. And if they see that other people can get results from using Sally’s products, they naturally think they too can get the same results.

It is very very powerful. But unfortunately, some marketers abuse this and put up fake testimonials.

Never try to fake social proof!

The Internet is full of skeptics and if you are faking reviews or buying followers then sooner or later you will be exposed.

Upsells

This one is about as old as ‘free’.

Upselling is when you already have a customer sold on your product or service and then offer something additional for an additional cost.

No doubt that you’ve seen your fair share of upsells if you’ve ever bought an ebook or a course online. Upsells are the internet marketers’ #1 favorite method to generate maximum cash.

The psychology behind upselling is that once a customer is ‘sold’ on one idea, it’s easier to persuade him or her to buy another idea. They are in the buying mode so it’s hard for them to say no to another great offer.

Of course, you’ll want to offer something related to the original offer. Mix this with scarcity or a time limit, (a-la “one time offers”) and you have a recipe for a huge intale of sales!

Bonuses

This goes along the same lines as free.. and can be just as powerful.

By adding bonuses to what you’re selling, you make the customer feel like they are getting extreme value.

Say you’re selling a “weight loss diet” course for $47 and you throw in a bonus “exercise program” that you’re selling for $47 on another website.

Does “2 for 1” ring a bell?

I’m sure you’ve seen “2 for 1” offers all around. Just about every shop in every mall in the world has put on a 2 for 2 sale.

It’s because this extra addition of free value works.

The bonuses you add can actually make the sale. But be careful, and don’t go overboard with bonuses because it can take away from the main product and actually devalue it, having the reverse effect.

The main thing is to offer the customers value. When they feel they’re getting a bargain, they simply can’t resist buying!

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei Stirling

p.s. What are some of your favorite timeless marketing techniques that you have tried that have worked for you?

5 Steps to Overcoming Information Overload

Have you been trying to get started in Internet Marketing but have been overwhelmed by all the confusing terms, seemingly conflicting advice, and endless offers claiming to have the “big secret”?

You are not alone.

Information OverloadInformation Overload, sometimes also referred to as “analysis paralysis” is an invisible but very real barrier that new IM’ers run into.

Many of them, I would dare say most of them, never make it past that barrier and give up on their dreams of owning their own business.

Yes, getting started in IM can be a daunting task, but it’s not nearly as hard as you may think it is.

Today I am going to talk about how you can get past the Information Overload barrier and start on your path to making money and fulfilling your dreams.

1. Focus on Doing What You Love

You may not realize this, but “Internet Marketing” doesn’t refer to just one thing.

People selling products, creating products, reviewing products, writing articles, promoting CPA offers, building backlinks and many other jobs are all taking part in the big dance known as “Internet Marketing”.

No one person can do it all.

All of those “gurus” have found a few things that they do well and that’s all they do. Everything else they outsource.

This is what you need to do too. Otherwise, you’ll be “a jack of all trades and master of none”, as my friend likes to say.

Figure out what you enjoy doing and what you maybe considered an expert at.

Maybe it’s writing or maybe it’s designing websites, or product creation.

No matter what it is, that’s all you need to worry about for now. Direct all your focus on that one thing.

Forget about everything else like promoting CPA offers, creating Facebook fan pages, and trying to create and market Mobile Apps.

I’m not saying that those are a waste of time. They are great business and marketing models, but if you try too much at once, you can really spread your self thin and it will be hard to get any solid results.

2. Set Realistic Goals

If you’ve been online for more than a minute you’ve seen the ads promising to show you how to make $20,000 a week with no knowledge and no effort. Your common sense alarms were hopefully screaming at you when you read those claims. Listen to those alarms.

Set a realistic goal. Maybe it’s earning your first $100 or making your first sale or landing your first client.

Set a small, realistic goal that you can hit and work toward that at first.

Put aside the dreams of a Malibu beach home and a fancy car for now, there will be plenty of time to work on those goals once you have your feet wet.

A big goal is really just a lot of accomplished smaller goals.

3. Put Out More Than You Take In

It’s a simple fact that if you spend more time reading how to do something than actually doing it you will never get anywhere.

It’s time to stop browsing the forums and blogs for hours on end and sit down and start working on your business and so you can achieve your dreams.

Every success will motivate you far more than any forum posting and every failure will teach you much more than any other lesson.

Every hour you spend reading is an hour you could have been involved in profit producing activities instead.

But that’s not to say you must stop learning. Learning is vital because as you know, the internet and marketing methods are changing. You still need to keep up with trends, but don’t spend all your time on them.

What it really comes down to is you need a balance between input and output.

A good rule to go by is 10-90. That is 10% of your time is spent on learning, and 90% is on doing real work.

4. When It’s Time to Work: WORK!

You need to setup a place where you can go and work without distraction.

It might be your office, a corner of the bedroom, or your back deck but you need to find a place where you can go and focus and put in some solid hours of work.

You need to eliminate ALL distractions and this includes the Internet! Forget about the Warrior Forum or other social places, the videos of funny cats etc for a few hours and WORK.

After you’ve worked, you can reward yourself with a break of relax time to do anything you want.

Again, set up a rule to split up your work time and your goof off time. I like to work 50 minutes in an hour and take 10 minutes break. Find out a good pattern for you and stick to it. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done.

5. Do One Thing at a Time and Do it Well

Many IM newbies are like crickets. They are always hopping from one thing to another.

One day they are trying to design websites and the next day they are trying to get into a CPA network. They see a post talking about how some guy made $800 in a day and so they want to go and try to mimic that success.

They don’t realize that the guy who made that money was either already an expert at what he was doing or got darn lucky. So they jump from one project to the next hoping to find a shortcut to success.

Believe it or not, making money on the Internet is not complicated.. any very rarely are there any shortcuts to success.

If you find something that you enjoy, do it often and do it well you WILL make money.

You might not make “$20,000 a week on autopilot” but you will be making a lot more than you would by browsing forums and jumping from the one to the other ‘next best way to make money’ if you simply stick with one thing!

Consistency and being in a mindset to continually want to improve in that one field is the key.

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei Stirling

p.s. Please take a minute to tell me about how you overcame (or are working on overcoming) your information overload.

Tell me what problem you overcame or need to overcome in the comments section and let’s see if we can get past them together.

The More You Give, The More You Get

There’s a key law of success that goes back as far as man can remember.

Give more to get more

It’s such a powerful concept that it has been incorporated into the teachings of many world religions.

Some people call it ‘Karma’, other people know it as ‘The Golden Rule’, and others just call it ‘Common Sense’.

This ancient and well known law of success simply states that the more you give the more you get.

How does that apply in business? Simple.

The better you treat your customers the better they will treat you, the more likely they will be to refer you to others, and the more likely it will be that THEY will work to keep YOU as their provider.

Think about it. Take this restaurant situation for example:

-If you go to a restaurant and the staff goes out of their way to provide you excellent service and serve an excellent meal, how likely is it that you are going to return?

-How likely is it that you are going to tell a friend how great the meal was?

-How likely is it that you would be willing to pay a couple of extra dollars next time to get the same delicious food and the same level of service?

It’s easy to think about business solely in terms of numbers.

After all when we started our businesses it was the dream of a large bank account, fancy cars, and financial stability that gave us our early motivation.

But any salesperson worth his salt will tell you that businesses are built on relationships and not numbers.

It doesn’t matter if you have the greatest product in the world if you treat your customers like second class citizens.

No matter what line you are in, you rely on someone to give you money and people are far more likely to give money to someone they trust and are comfortable with.

Trust can only be built by delivering a quality product on time and for the expected price. Another word for this is ‘value’.

Note that I didn’t say cheapest price!

People are willing to pay a premium for better service and there is no shame in charging for it.

But if you are going to charge someone an extra $5.00 because you offer the best support in the industry, you better be willing and able to deliver on that promise.

It may seem like you are wasting time when you send out notes to your clients just to give them some free info, wish them a happy birthday, or forward an article you think they may be interested in but it is not a waste at all.

The more genuine human contact you give to your customers the more they will think of you as an associate and not just as a nameless service provider.

These little “time wasters” can result in big profits down the road, it’s just hard to recognize that when you are starting out.

So do something extra for your next customer. Go out of your way to give them more than they are expecting.

It’s all about over-delivering on value…and any marketer or business owner will testament to the power of over-delivering.

You don’t have to go overboard, of course. Just go the extra mile and make them feel like they are your most important customer because the reality is that EVERY customer is your most important one. In the long run, the payoffs can be huge.

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu ‘Sensei’ Stirling

p.s. If you have any stories of where exceptional service or someone going the extra mile turned into bigger sales, either for you or from you, let us know!