Did you know that there are over 1 million Clickbank affiliates, and 15,000 of them make a full-time income promoting Clickbank products? Quick math: that means 1.5% of Clickbank affiliates make a full-time income from it.
Now, there are two ways of looking at that number: glass half-empty, and glass half-full.
The glass half-empty folks say “What?! Only 1.5% of affiliates are making it?”
The glass half-full folks, on the other hand, say “Wow, 15,000 people is a lot! I’m going to be one of them.”
And when you combine all of the internet marketers who are successfully promoting products from other affiliate networks, or their own products, Adsense, eBay, Amazon, CPA offers, and a million other things, there are probably hundreds of thousands of people who have “made it” online.
And yet all of those people went through a range of emotions on their way to achieving their goals. I regularly hear from my blog subscribers about the emotions they are grappling with, the most limiting of which is self-doubt:
– Doubt in their abilities
– Doubt in their chances of succeeding
– Doubt that this whole “make money online” thing is even real
I get so many emails from people trying to overcome self-doubt in making money online that I got an idea one day: to ask as many successful bloggers as I could how they overcame doubt.
So here’s what I did. I emailed 100 bloggers and asked them a simple question:
“What is the #1 thing you did to overcome self-doubt in your early days online?”
Out of the 100 emails I sent, 31 bloggers responded (so far). Included in the respondents were some heavy-hitters, including John Chow, Yaro Starak, Shawn Collins, Chris Guthrie, Zac Johnson, and Daniel Scocco. Many “up-and-comers” also responded.
The text that follows is the responses from all 31 bloggers. In their responses, I think you’ll see a few themes emerge:
– Find a mentor, or someone successful to model
– Treat “failures” as learning experiences
– Take a long-term view (don’t expect quick success)
– Focus on one thing at a time
You might say that this post is a kind of mirror to my previous post on the 8 challenges facing IM newbies. And yet, if you look at the responses from bloggers who have “made it”, you still see similar issues cropping up.
So, in no particular order, here are the responses from bloggers: