Creating an online affiliate business from home

As the world slowly turns to a trend of purchasing more and more from the internet, more savvy business owners are redirecting their efforts into building  online businesses. An affiliate business is particularly attractive for those in the know because it allows a completely flexible lifestyle where the business can be run from a laptop anywhere in the world. Not only that but it also offers a leveraged business system where unlimited passive income potential is possible.

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So what is affiliate marketing and how can we get involved if we are new to the scene?

One of the good things about affiliate marketing is that anyone with an internet connection and a computer can earn money from this industry. Affiliate marketing is simply promoting other people’s products and earning commissions from the sales. There are a few ways to do this but a popular way is to write blogs or articles much like this one promoting a product. If someone reads your article and goes on to buy a product you make a commission on the sale.

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Your job as an affiliate marketer is to create content which  drives visitors to the product/service. Once your content has been created it can potentially bring in customers for years to come. As you create further content and build on your business by finding visitors, your previous content is still bringing traffic to your affiliate product. This system creates leverage within your business. Leverage simply means that you are not trading your time for money which is a limited business model. If you are trading time for money then the money you can make is limited to the time you are prepared to put in. The internet provides the means to leverage your time by earning money from the work you have done previously.

What if I don’t have anything to write/blog about?

One of the best things about affiliate marketing is that there are thousands of products with affiliate programs on the internet. You don’t need to be an expert on anything in particular and can write about/create content about whatever interests you and promote products within your area of expertise or interest.

The power of list building

Writing content or creating videos are two ways to promote online products and build a sustainable online business model. However content creation is a means of finding visitors which relies on the Google search engine to bring in those visitors. Building a list is one of the most powerful methods of building and sustaining an affiliate business because it puts you in control of your marketing efforts and you can build a ‘captive audience’ which you can communicate with without relying on Google’s search engines. Once you have done this you can build a relationship with this list by offering value and providing useful content.

For more information on building a profitable online business check out this free course of boot camp videos which is the creation of Jay Kubassek and Stuart Ross – founders of the SFM online mentorship course.

 

 

 

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How to Control Your State of Mind

“The kingdom of heaven in not a place but a state of mind.” ~ John Burroughs

Your state of mind is a fleeting experience which can change thousands of times throughout the day without your really noticing. As you go through the events of your day you will often react to circumstances, events and experiences in either a positive or negative way – or not at all.

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Your past experiences can intrude on present day events and haunt you, bringing back uncomfortable memories and conflicting emotions. People, conversations and events can trigger deep seated emotional stumbling blocks and our reactions can bring about a different and sometimes undesirable state of mind.

Our upbringing, life history, current circumstances and general consistent world view all have an effect on our dominant state of mind which ultimately determines – to what degree is debatable, our choices and decisions which effect our lives.

For example we have all seen the effects of a negative and angry person repelling others. It can be a very destructive state. Conversely a positive and pleasant demeanour can attract people and positive circumstances and create something very different.

So if our state is so important to the positive progress of our lives, wouldn’t it be a good idea to control this state to bring about a more positive and pleasing outcome? Most people don’t realise that they can be in charge of their emotional state at any given time. Of course there will be times when we are upset and down and times when we are elated and happy but there is often thousands of states in-between which we do not consider.  We are often more concerned with controlling others or the outer circumstances of our lives than our inner state.

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Some people are naturally very good at controlling their state but do so unconsciously and largely the idea of controlling our state of mind goes overlooked. Often our obsession with achievement or ‘getting somewhere’ becomes the most important thing in our lives to the point where we become intolerable to others. We might achieve a particular outcome in one aspect of our lives only to lose touch with another – achieving prosperity but losing a loved one, for example.

So how do we start to be in control of our state?

1. Environment

How many times has a messy environment intruded into your peace of mind? Even at a largely unconscious level a messy environment does effect us. We struggle to find things, are disorganised and our mess reflects our unconscious mind. If we live in a messy environment for long enough it intrudes into the rest of our life.

Your environment is very important when it comes to state of mind. Just get up and walk through your house. In each different room you will notice a change in your state albeit a very subtle one. Go outside and walk down the road. Your state will change again. In ‘The Secret’ film Jack Canfield talks about putting himself in environments which bring him joy. He consciously chooses his environments in order to bring about a positive state.

2. People

Do you have one of those friends who zaps your energy? Or someone who is always complaining? How about a friend or relative who lights you up with their positivity? Which one would you rather be around? Sometimes an overly positive person can be out of tune with our current thinking and even bring us down! Do your friends and relatives share your goals in life or is there a nagging feeling that you are with the wrong person for some reason. This is your body giving you subtle clues. Listen to it.

3, Circumstances

The circumstances of your life have largely been brought about by the way you think and feel about yourself and what you can achieve in the world. Often they will be less than desirable. If you are working in a job that you are fighting with, chances are that you may not be enjoying life as much as you could be. What would you really enjoy doing? If money was no object what would you do? A lot of your time might be spent doing your work so wouldn’t you rather be spending your life doing something which you love?

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4. Awareness

Become aware of the day to day activity which is going on behind the scenes. What is the inside chatter going on in your head? Meditation is a good way to learn how to control your ‘inner chatter’. Sit quietly and focus on your breathing. Notice any thoughts which arise. Do not give them any power or engage with them but simply observe and bring your attention back to you breathing. Breathing in through the nose and out through the month. Do this for at least 5 minutes on the first sitting then increase the time steadily as you get more comfortable. Once you find a peaceful state of mind behind all the worldly chatter you will want to practice more and more. This magical peaceful state will become more and more imbibed into your life the more you practice.

5. Consciously directing our awareness

Sometimes things come up in our minds eye which signal that we have to deal with something. It is a sign from our subconscious which means that we should take action. However some of our thoughts are simply background chatter and anxieties which have resulted from giving too much attention to any one thing or a negative aspect of our lives. If something is disturbing you which you can do nothing about other than get more annoyed and upset it might be time to remove yourself from the situation. If it it simply a negative ‘background chatter’ then direct your mind to something which makes you feel really good instead. If you can’t let go of it something needs to be done. Take action and then focus on something more positive. People who have unconsciously become very good at controlling their state do this automatically. Have you noticed how they very seldom get upset about things or take things personally? They simply don’t engage in negative self talk. Make it a conscious habit to direct your mind away from the things which upset you towards the things which make you happy.

Ask and it is given is a great book for consciously directing your state of mind. In one chapter there is an exercise which is about directing your mind to affirm those things which you are grateful for. You can create a notebook and write down all the things which you are grateful for. Go through it feeling in your body your appreciation for the things which you have in your life which you truly value. Give some thought to what you are truly grateful for on a regular basis and you will see the magic it brings into your life.

Consciously controlling your state of mind is a hugely overlooked asset in your daily life which can have magical results. It is particularly useful for the self employed whose state determines their productivity. Stuart Ross discusses controlling state of mind in his online mentorship course.

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