We all want to make money with our blogs and affiliate marketing and it can be done! Many are so busy chasing that money, chasing that dollar that they miss it by miles. Sadly, many aren’t even aware they are chasing the dollar.
Chasing that dollar doesn’t work.
It’s a lot like relationships. Have you ever chased after a man? How did that work out for you?
Many affiliate marketers miss the dollar by chasing the dollar. Chasing the dollar can cloud you, cause you to stray and make some not so wise choices. let me explain.
Good Things Don’t Come From a Place of Desperation
I have been the dollar chaser for starters. I have been at a point of desperation in my life that all I could focus on was how badly I needed money. I was living in a scarcity mentality and not even realizing it.
I was so preoccupied from how was I going to survive that I ended up self sabotaging instead and falling further and further behind.
First I would jump from one thing to the next. I was seeking instant gratification, not looking at long term satisfaction. In hindsight, I just prolonged my success.
Had I picked one thing, one method and stuck to it, satisfaction would have come much sooner. In the beginning, I started out just helping women in dating and relationships. I wasn’t getting the results so I ventured a bit into helping men with dating. Then I even went into sex a bit.
Looking for that magic dollar bill.
The result was I ended up with half ass stuff posted all over the web here and there. Nothing strong and stable.
In hindsight I also see that this confuses my audience and actually hurt my credibility. I couldn’t be trusted to follow through. Sure one day I may venture into these areas, but when you are just starting out, that is not the ideal time.
I can honestly say that me dabbling in so much did not pay off much. That was time I should have spend building my expert status in my niche and just putting more and more out there. Oh the dollars I missed chasing the dollar. I can only imagine. Sure I made a bit, but it wasn’t enough to really matter.
The money didn’t come until I decided narrowed down and learned to laser target one particular niche.
Scarcity Mentality Blocks the Flow of Money!
If you are an affiliate marketer chasing the dollar like I was, the dollar will not come. I have a vendor that recently has not paid me. He started out strong in his niche. He made a lot of money pretty fast. I did pretty well with it too.
He always paid on time, almost three years straight. Lately though, the payments are getting further and further apart and as of now, he hasn’t paid me in quite a while. Emails are unanswered as well.
I can’t imagine not paying my affiliates. Is he chasing the dollar? I think so. Apparently he feels he needs to keep the money.
This vendor who has not paid me brings to my mind again the many who are living with a scarcity mentality. He has to keep my money most likely to make his own ends meet for what ever reason that happens to not be my fault.
When you hold onto money like this because you fear you won’t have enough, enough will never come. When your hands are closed around the dollars that you have, there is no room in your hands to receive more. This is a true universal law. I have watched it play out over and over again in my life.
What You Focus on Expands
Back in December of 2011 I was this person. I was steady chasing a dollar and trying to hold onto every dollar I made. I was coming from a place of not enough.
I would not invest into anything or even buy myself makeup. It was that bad. It just kept getting worse the more I held on. I have been there barely holding my head above water as an affiliate marketer chasing that dollar, desperate.
Oh so little I knew then. The universe heard my cries of how broke I was and kept giving me more of the same. What you focus on expands and my energy was focused on what I didn’t have and it dished it out to me more.
I took a leap of faith back then that forever changed my path. I resisted it, I fought it, until I realized all of it was an excuse and keeping me stuck. I spent $297.oo bucks that I did not think I had on myself and an abundance challenge. The rest is history.
I invested into myself and the Universe returned the favor.
I created a mini course on Money Mindset to share what I have learned over the years.
If you are an affiliate marketer chasing the dollar, slow down, it’s not serving you. Long term satisfaction over instant gratification any day. Your credibility really does depend on it. Your future success depends on it. The next shiny new thing will not bring you that dollar, but an abundance mentality over scarcity will.
Pajama Affiliates have been teaching blogging and affiliate marketing for years with a growing list of success stories. Invest into yourself and your business.
Erika Awakening says
Great article, Robin, about why trying to “pinch pennies” does not work. When you chase the dollar, it runs away from you. But when you spend the dollar as if you already have it, with the correct subconscious belief system, the dollar shows up to meet your expectation. This is why those who “wait” to get my products “until they have the money” never move forward in their lives; it’s a conversation I won’t even entertain anymore.
When people are ready for what I teach, they stop making excuses and start investing. And only with that level of commitment will they succeed 🙂
Peter Ngo says
This is absolutely true to many new internet starters, i was also the same. i started by using twitter for some time and then i gave up, and then youtube then gave up. at last i build up an website to assist my business, not really a success but i am now persistent about this business,i believe that i can succeed in the future. 🙂