As Helen Montgomery quotes from AC magazine, â€œWeâ€™re in a funny sort of business. From the inside, affiliate marketing is in its boom phase. Our industry is growing tall and wide and strong. An estimated 30% of shoppers will buy holiday gifts online, and some percentage will click through affiliate links. Weâ€™re not just flexing our muscles in the retail sector. Weâ€™re power-lifting.
Yet from the outside, affiliate marketing is a misunderstood child still. Amidst our cherished holiday memories are images of distant relatives casting us a suspicious glance and asking â€œWhat exactly is it you do for a living?â€
The disconnect between the way insiders and outsiders perceive affiliate marketing wonâ€™t destroy your self worth or your bank account. But funny, itâ€™s hard not to feel rattled when your nearest and dearest assume that youâ€™re in a â€œfringeâ€ business because they canâ€™t grasp the concept of â€œcookies.â€
So at this most wonderful time of the year, when I become aggressively grumpy at relatives, acquaintances, and all those outsiders who just donâ€™t get it, I reach for the antidote: gratitude.
Instead of trying to explain to the uncomprehending what I do for a living, I tell them why I thank my lucky stars, every single day, for affiliate marketing.
- Iâ€™m thankful that affiliate marketing allows me to work not only from home, but from the road, a bed, or a hospital. Every morning I bless the affiliate marketing industry – it has transformed my life. I earn more, with less physical stress, than I could in a â€œnon-fringeâ€ job.
- Iâ€™m grateful for the freedom to market what I want, to whom I want. You get to choose your industry, your niche, your market. You get to choose which products you want to sell, and which merchants to promote. You even get to change your mind without the threat of getting fired.
- Iâ€™m thankful for the online world, where affiliate marketing was born and lives and thrives. The Internet is still the freest marketplace in the world. The little guy can build an empire without having to beg – and pay off – a dozen different bureaucrats to obtain permission to change the color of the sign above his store.
- Iâ€™m grateful for the people who make me proud to be in the affiliate industry. People like my customers with whom I have developed life long relationships.
- Iâ€™m thankful that I get to work with so many successful people who are so young. For a mid-lifer like me, these kids are a joy. Theyâ€™re smart. Theyâ€™re fast. They donâ€™t care about corporate politics (whatâ€™s that?). They donâ€™t need 13 meetings to make decisions. They believe in action. Thank you, Thank you.
- Iâ€™m grateful that affiliate marketing is gender, age, color, and limitation-blind. You can do this if you really want to regardless of any constraints that apply elsewhere in the business world.
- Iâ€™m thankful for the forward-thinking affiliate networks. They are dedicated to making our industry progressive and ever changing to meet the demands of my industry.
- Iâ€™m grateful for home business monitors and regulators who works so hard to keep our industry clean of badware. Honest affiliates and networks owe you a debt. Dishonest affiliates and networks should fear you.
- Iâ€™m thankful for the growth in the affiliate industry – and the growing pains. When your rankings tank or your keyword costs bloat, yes, itâ€™s a bad day. But most of us would rather be Seabiscuitâ€™s beat up jockey than a passenger in a small, slow, safe little donkey cart.
Since nine is a nice lucky number, Iâ€™ll stop. But I could go on with nine – or nine times nine – more reasons to be thankful for affiliate marketing. Gratitude reminds me that even when those loveable outsiders donâ€™t get it, the people who read this blog understand. You know that affiliate marketing is not just a living. Itâ€™s a blessing.
So if youâ€™re the sort who says grace before your Christmas feast, donâ€™t forget to thank your God for affiliate marketing and the people who make it work. And even if youâ€™re not the praying type, take a moment to look inside – deep inside – our industry, and be grateful for how it enriches your life and our online economy.â€
Carol Clifton – Senegence