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    Ok she just went to stay with a friend for a week or so, but she has the kids. She left so I could get ready for the "other woman" who, as fate would have it has abandoned me as well.
    bloomin googlebots.

    To the question tho...
    How do you all stay motivated???
    Obviously those who are making money have an easy answer [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] We know how you are motivated.
    Seriously though, since I found this board I have spent hours and hours going through it for how to do this or that, and I feel burned out. I'm not working right now (not by choice), so I am trying to build my travel site up as fast as I can before I get a j.o.b. My wife can't work anymore so I figured this might be a way to get some extra income eventually, but I have had to teach myself everything.
    I teach like I learn ... poorly it seems.
    After a couple of months of building pages and working my asterix off I found ABW and see why so much of what I have done isn't working.
    But instead of feeling excited that I am getting on the right track I feel like I have wasted so much time and whats the point?
    I didn't expect to make a bunch of money off of some travel products or whatnot, right away. I planned for it to be a long gradual process. And I am seeing progress... a bit anyway. Ok a very little bit but it is still progress. So is this normal?
    I hope this makes sense to some of you and maybe if you get a sec you could let me know how you keep *up* as it were.

    That 5$ in commisions is just not cutting it today.

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    I think everyone gets discouraged every once in a while. I find that it helps to go back into the CJ reports and compare how I was doing last year at this time. That really shows what progress I have made. If you haven't been at it for a full year, go back 4 or 6 months. I also charted my monthly commissions from all sources and then I can really see the trend upward.
    I'm not there yet, but I can see a steady climb and that always perks me up.

    (It also helps to get your CJ check on the day that the Canadian dollar takes a nosedive and get that really favorable exchange rate [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] )

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    @ workerbee

    Yes!! super that wasn't it? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    It happens sometimes, until you get a sale and then another one. Everybody starts out making nothing but my goal was to at least do better than the last month. I started a year ago and there have been plenty of times i thought of quitting, but slowly my sites climbed the search engine ladder, and when you start making sales from merchants you never had a sale from before, its motivating. This month i started the ppc thing with google adwords, a little more traffic. Lots of people try affiliate marketing but give up too soon because they expect immediate results. You have to keep at it, learn how search engines work, make more pages, offer something that people will come back for. My motiviation is being my own boss, always having a job, being able to take a day off whenever i want(flexible schedule) Knowing i can move wherever in the world as long as i have a place to hookup my computer. And what Leader said "Untainted By Employment"

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    I keep a spreadsheet for each place I'm an affiliate and keep track of all commissions and of course everything is totalled on another page so I can see what I've made for the year.

    It's really interesting and motivating to see the figures go up over the previous 4-5 years on some of the programs I've been a part of for a long time.

    It also gives me an idea of what to expect each month.

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    Feeling better all thanks,
    It also helps that Googlebot didn't leave me afterall.
    Shes on my site with 22 of her little friends
    Yippee
    Now if only they would leave a sale!!!

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    I use Googlivation to keep me moving..

    Timeline - Google Updates..

    Ack.. Googlebot will be visiting soon.. better get some more pages built..

    Timeline - 1 week after Google updates..

    If I'm really lucky, I'll still get some more pages jammed in before it closes up shop for next months update.. Better keep moving..

    Timeline - 2 weeks after Google updates..

    Scenario a) Complete 100% lack of motivation.. take a break.. refresh the system..

    Scenario b) Why did some of my sites lose a ranking or two last month? Better do some work so they go back up again.

    Timeline - 3 weeks after Google updates..

    Googlebot is coming again soon.. better get some more pages up..

    Works for me.. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TK:
    I use Googlivation to keep me moving..

    Timeline - Google Updates..

    Ack.. Googlebot will be visiting soon.. better get some more pages built..

    Timeline - 1 week after Google updates..

    If I'm really lucky, I'll still get some more pages jammed in before it closes up shop for next months update.. Better keep moving..

    Timeline - 2 weeks after Google updates..

    Scenario a) Complete 100% lack of motivation.. take a break.. refresh the system..

    Scenario b) Why did some of my sites lose a ranking or two last month? Better do some work so they go back up again.

    Timeline - 3 weeks after Google updates..

    Googlebot is coming again soon.. better get some more pages up..

    Works for me.. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    How true.

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    Here's what I do to keep myseld motivated:

    Order a pizza / Pav Bhaji / A Mc Donalds Large Meal Combo (all these come for less than $2 )

    Everytime u make a sale of $10 or above !!! ...... I know this is funny, but I feal really motivated by this!!! <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon12.gif>

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    TK's Googlivation is the way I actually get motivated to *do* anything. The thought of waiting another month to be indexed sucks, so I start typing. I especially hear the part about trying to cram more pages in before the window of opportunity closes for that spidering!!!

    As for the motivation to bother doing anything related to this *at all*, when a person has been w*rking recently, it's easy to assume that it's "the money" that motivates those with big deposits. But the fact is, if things are set up right, you're not *risking* any money if you do Nothing--the next check/deposit merely won't be any BIGGER than before. So the motivation is not just to keep the money coming.

    The motivation is to make MORE MONEY THAN BEFORE with the next deposit, of course! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    Before I had what most ppl would call "substantial income" from this, my motivation was to stay far, far away from employment, while not becoming broke. And imagining being back in my WORST j*bs ever, would motivate me to type MANY pages. (It doesn't help to imagine an "okay" job--and *definitely* do NOT imagine any "good" jobs! Imagine being back in the worst of the lot. The "avoidance" part of the brain will then work for you...)

    Here's some Insta-motivation which will work great if you think empl*yment SUCKS:

    Say these w*rk-related phrases, and use the eager tone employers expect: "Okay," "Anything you say," "Did you call for me?" "Can I have my break now?" "Do you want me to stay late, or can I go home now?" "*Sure*, I can come in on my day off!" "Sure I can work late! I don't mind at all!" "I'm done with that, (Boss' Name)--What would you like me to do now?"

    Now quick--START TYPING POPDAWG, before you have to go back to w*rk and REALLY say things like that!

    If you're like me, your mouse was going toward your HTML editor of choice even before I said "start typing".

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    I think you just have to give it some time. Do your best, participate here at ABW, learn as much as you can about being a good, honest, affiliate, tweak your pages to improve your ranking in the SE's.

    Eventually things will fall into place. Sometimes it's only by trial and error that you figure out what does and doesn't work. Ask lots of questions!

    You just have to be patient, nothing happens overnight. But it will eventually happen.

    Andy

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Say these w*rk-related phrases, and use the eager tone employers expect: "Okay," "Anything you say," "Did you call for me?" "Can I have my break now?" "Do you want me to stay late, or can I go home now?" "*Sure*, I can come in on my day off!" "Sure I can work late! I don't mind at all!" "I'm done with that, (Boss' Name)--What would you like me to do now?"

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    DANG! I'm gonna crank out another 20 web pages tonight. Thanks, Leader, great motivation!!!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Popdawg:

    To the question tho...
    How do you all stay motivated???
    Obviously those who are making money have an easy answer [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] We know how you are motivated..
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Well dont think like that, I earn way tooooooooo much compared to my country's average income but well then agin money doesnt bring happiness, if you ask me why, well just read the thread I opened below
    [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
    also you might find some advice there on how to keep motivated..

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    Popdawg -

    It sounds to me like you're on the right track. You've got a willingness to learn and work hard. Just take things one step at a time. Be encouraged by every success you get, no matter how small. Then think about how you achieved that success and how you can do that to make other successes. Stay with it, dawg!

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    Hey all,
    thanks for all the advice.
    I hope I can start getting some real income one day, but in the interim, one day at a time, one page at a time.
    I waited my whole adult life for the one thing I could do that will be be solely based on what I put into it. I am sure I can wait awhile longer for results now that I have found it.
    And yes, thinking about the old jobs helped a great deal Leader. No more riding on the back of a garbage truck and no more running a national customer service/complaint center.
    Both of which had me dealing with other peoples garbage.

    Again, thanks all.
    I really needed the boost.

    ADDED---> iucpxleps : Money can't buy happiness but it sure can buy the tools to make happiness!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    [edited - opened my eyes ]

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    >>Say these w*rk-related phrases, and use the eager tone employers expect: "Okay," "Anything you say," "Did you call for me?" "Can I have my break now?" "Do you want me to stay late, or can I go home now?" "*Sure*, I can come in on my day off!" "Sure I can work late! I don't mind at all!" "I'm done with that, (Boss' Name)--What would you like me to do now?"<<
    <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/smilies/puke.gif>

    Once again Leader comes up with something brilliant to keep us going!

    Seriously, if you want to know what discouragement really means, work really hard on your content site, put up a bunch of text and banner links, very nicely done so they look good with your site, and sit around for a few months wondering why you're selling absolutely nothing! Finally, a couple of months ago, I started paying serious attention to this board and took the advice that's so freely given out here. I also gave my affiliate merchants their own site. Now that have content and sales separated, I don't feel so desperate.

    I'm actually selling stuff now - not a whole lot, but it's gradually increasing. What really motivates me is seeing results, even if they don't immediately translate into sales (although it's really motivating when they do!). For example, there was another thread yesterday - I wish I could remember which one - in which Leader gave some really good advice, and I took it. Part of it had to do with not getting too fancy design-wise and keeping the underlines on your links intact instead of using the "hover" function. That was easy enough for me to correct (I use CSS), but I also fooled around with the text on my boutique pages, taking some of the other things she said to heart. The underlined links made an immediate difference - there is an increase in clicks today. And selling is also up today (although I don't yet sell enough to know whether this is a result of my changes or a coincidence).

    Just keep at it, and check your stats/ click throughs and sales after every change you make (and give the changes time to settle - not all of them have immediate results). If Google motivates you, then go with that. And follow the good advice you read on this board! Granted, not everyone has good advice, but common sense and repeated visits here will tell you who to trust. You will make money eventually, if you keep at it and keep learning. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Seriously, if you want to know what discouragement really means, work really hard on your content site, put up a bunch of text and banner links, very nicely done so they look good with your site, and sit around for a few months wondering why you're selling absolutely nothing!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Been there, doing that! (Crawling out of the hole, though!)

    Now I'm creating pages with revenue in mind, and linking to them from my content site. If that doesn't work, I'm just going to yank them away from the content site completely, and do a shopping site!

    I've decided it's like going shopping: if you're in the mood to window shop, chances are you're not going to buy much. But if you're in the mood to buy, watch out American Express! Content surfers are just window shopping, but Internet shoppers are ready to buy, and rarely do the two cross over!

    Andy

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