ADD Affiliate Marketing for Walkabout Solopreneur
A lot of us have a touch of ADD or ADHD, no matter what the age.
I am spending my time educating the masses in Internet marketing, specifically affiliate marketing which is the logical place to start.
Here’s the problem. I’m a curator and researcher. Just about every possible aspect of affiliate marketing has been covered multiple times. For me to develop my own system is cool, but not earth shattering.
I need a higher purpose. In comes Walkabout Solopreneur.
I am not optimistic about the future of the United States. Certain things are bound to happen. I can’t tell you when, but when macro systems are set into place, they will reach inevitable results.
The U.S. government operates on yearly debt and cannot be sustained. Future obligations for “entitlement” programs will break the backs of our youth. We do not have the blood, treasure, or will to be the world’s policeman (more like a swat team from a militarized police force).
Higher education as it is now practiced is unsustainable. You can educate yourself on a $200 laptop or even a $50 android tablet for little or no money. Never has so much knowledge been available to virtually every human being on the planet.
Healthcare (sick care) in the U.S. is twice as expensive as any other developed country, yet we rank 50th on the list of healthiest nations. Half of those expenses are wasted on friction, fraud, waste, and unnecessary tests and procedures to avoid lawsuits.
In my case, my biggest problem is diabetes. My blood sugar is back through the roof. Without taking care of my own healthcare, I can never take the journey for myself or teach it to others.
My ADD Affiliate Marketing is much more than the next foolproof system or shiny object.
“It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.”
It takes into consideration how most of us work. If we try to force ourselves into a box of goals and achievements, we fail. The secret of the system is taking your natural curiosity of learning new things online and creating authority sites and blogs and monetizing them.
Computers are doing more and more, but your human skills as writers of unique content, plus adding video and podcasts, will not be matched by the machines as easily as other outsourced or automated marketing techniques.
Depending on your world view, the machines may take over or never catch up. Who knows?
We are in the midst of a new “industrial” revolution unlike the others (agricultural, industrial, informational). When men left the farm for the factory, they could be taught simple repetitive tasks on assembly lines guaranteeing lifelong employment for anyone who wanted it, especially after World War II when much of the world was in shambles.
Now, automation of those simple jobs by robots is leading to automation of so many brain jobs that those good jobs as managers or salespeople or accountants or even lawyers have so many applicants to job ratios that salaries have no choice but to implode.
We could ask the universities to create another 100,000 chemical engineers with Ph.D. credentials. That doesn’t mean we need them or that there are jobs available. Automation accelerates the replacement of human labor. Even factory labor is being replaced by 3D printers.
Companies that can’t keep up will disappear. If you have done any Internet marketing in the past, you know what happens. You purchase a piece of software or a WordPress plugin to give yourself an advantage, and a month later you find something free that works better than what you bought.
Automation is happening faster than we think, but it won’t happen overnight.
But speed is critical.
I don’t encourage goal setting which is generally imposed by your boss to satisfy his goals even before the company’s goals. Goals are a desired result with a deadline. You will either succeed, modify, or fail. There are no other outcomes.
For a theme such as being a perpetual traveler, you have many activities you have to handle, and all you need to do is the next thing. You have 3 major areas of every life theme – health, wealth, and relationships. What you work on each day depends on where you are.
If you have major health issues like I do with Type II diabetes, your next action may include cutting all sugar and processed foods out of your diet, eating raw foods, taking medication, or even fasting until your sugar is down.
But we are all different. If one strategy does not work for me, I will try others. Choosing an outcome like “I will be diabetes free in 90 days” is not something you control.
What I can control is my diet, how much I exercise, and getting enough sleep so my body can heal itself.
As long as I am taking actions that my research tells me will help my cause, I can check my blood sugar levels to see if each action helps, hurts, or has no effect. A one-man petri dish.
If I go for a set deadline and fail, that’s how goals die. Think New Year’s Resolution. Most fail before Valentine’s day.
Others fail before they begin. Most salespeople are given impossible goals on an annual, monthly, weekly, and even daily basis. Many are even asked to cold call 100 people a day. Does anyone really believe 50s era industrial sales techniques work in the age of the Internet when any buyer can go online and check reviews and find the best product/price before you show up for an appointment?
All something like cold calling can do is shift the lead generation and marketing costs from the company to the individual, yet you still see books on cold calling all over Barnes and Noble. You are being forced to do the company’s work for free.
It’s not my job to trash cold calling – others like Frank J. Rumbauskas Jr. have taken care of that for us – Never Cold Call Again: Achieve Sales Greatness Without Cold Calling
And affiliate marketing is commission sales for the most part. The advantages of affiliate marketing are many, but mostly because you are free to promote hundreds of thousands of products on your own time and own schedule.
Once you are set up online, your reviews or landing pages will work for you 24/7 – this is the recurring income I need for travel, but you may need it for anything from quitting your job to child support.
No one creates your theme but you.
No matter what online income you need, I will take you down the rabbit hole of affiliate marketing and beyond. Each step will be what a newbie needs to do next. Going off on tangents is encouraged.
For example, I recommend the Chrome browser (I use a Chromebook and the Chrome OS.)
What I recommend may not work for you. For PC or Mac, you may have different extensions or probably a better variety.
What I concentrate on is tools that reside in the cloud. Free when possible. Or an upgrade if is gives you a better ROI – or better Return on Your Time. For most tasks, you won’t need anything but your browser, and of course, that’s where all software is headed (you can’t share your copy with your friends – you have to login to the site).
As we go along, all of these tips and techniques will be shared in a drip membership site which sends you a daily email with a daily pdf link to detail your steps.
This way you can skip the outline page and go straight to the posts and pdfs that cover what you want to learn – your “next action”.
But it’s also a defense against what no longer works.
What I always seem to buy but what becomes disappointing is all the shiny objects. Affiliate marketing tools are like diet plans – they don’t always work for you. They may have worked for someone else at some point in time, but they may be stale and broken.
I am not a guru. I’m a curator.
If I do recommend a paid app or plugin, it will be one that I have used and tested.
That’s why the outline will always be updated via curation as time goes on. Also, there are other things I am developing such as offline business combos – blog, mobile version of website, and app for small businesses.
When you do find new resources, I hope you will share them with me. I will link back to you from the home/outline page to credit your help. As individuals, building up your sites among the big boys requires speed, innovation, early promotion, original reviews and content, and helping each other learn.