Knowing how to set goals for yourself is a skill that certainly needs to be learned. It is seldom that anyone would succeed from thinking up a goal or two and believing that is good enough!
Writing a list of goals from thinking ‘off the top of our head’ is not the way to approach this task.
Goal setting is a serious matter. Whatever the project, be it business, sport, striving for educational qualifications or other achievements, goals need to be significantly addressed.
To set goals that will be of benefit, the first step is to give careful and timely consideration to the process.
How the goals will be achieved is a second step to look at. Although, if goals are correctly set and adequately maintained, achievement should happen automatically, within a set time frame. Regrettably, the process is not always so simple as that.
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How to Set Goals for Yourself as an Affiliate Marketer
Because you are reading this post, no doubt you are interested in becoming an affiliate marketer and knowing what you need to do be successful at affiliate marketing.
Setting goals for yourself as an affiliate marketer is definitely a wise move towards building your first website. This will help with developing your website to the level of supporting a successful business.
Getting Started with Goal Setting
You have already made the decision to be an affiliate marketer. Your next step is to set your goals.
The Goals You Set Need to Be
How to Be Specific About Your Goals
- Be honest with yourself about what your goals are.
- How much time and effort you are prepared to commit to so as to achieve the level of income you desire.
It is better to under-commit, rather than over-commit. Think carefully about how much time you currently have, and allow for interruptions that can’t be avoided.
By under-committing your time you could achieve your goal earlier than stated. This would lead to satisfaction and moving forward with a new and greater goal.
Make Sure Your Goals are Measurable
- Set your goal to a measurable level within the time frame of the goal. Don’t plan to earn $100,000 within 12 months unless you are already half-way towards such a target.
If you are a beginner at affiliate marketing, set your income goals at a measurable level. For instance, your first goal in respect to income might be: ‘My earnings are $300.00 for the past 3 months’. You need to write your goals as though they have happened.
Measuring the success of your goals in relation to your skills as an affiliate marketer is important. When learning a new and legitimate method of earning an income, practising patience is of utmost importance.
Don’t be concerned about earning just $300.00 in 3 months. This is relative to starting a ‘first time ever’ affiliate marketing business. It also relates to your dedication to being successful at affiliate marketing.
Okay, that amount may not sound glamorous. But, remember that you are in a new venture. This particular venture is exciting. It will lead you to be the owner of a successful affiliate marketing business. So earn that small amount. Then set a greater goal for a longer period of time.
It is true that with careful goal setting, planning and following a well-trusted program that provides great training, a higher level of income is possible within those first 3 months of publishing your new website.
Your Goals Need to be Achievable
- Don’t set goals above the level of your foreseeable understanding of the process.
Your Goals Need to be Realistic
- Make sure your goals are relevant to the niche you are working in.
If your niche is about how to build a dog kennel, don’t waste time and effort on setting goals around an unrelated niche such as the best bed for a cat.
The Goals Need to be Timely
- Set goals that are reachable within a chosen time frame.
Sharing Your Goals
I’ve heard recommendations for sharing goals with someone so they can help you to keep your commitment.
I don’t absolutely agree with that. I believe setting goals is personal and does not need to be shared. However, if your nature is such that you need the support of another person then, by all means, share your goals.
Example of Setting Goals as a New Affiliate Marketer
To reach your goals you need to make a plan by deciding on:
- A suitable niche (subject) for your website.
- Relevant affiliate marketing program/s for products to promote
- How you will build your website. WordPress is recommended.
The plan should take into account the following:
- The length of time to find a suitable niche for your website. This will vary, depending on what ideas you already have in mind.
- Having decided on the niche of your website you need time to find affiliate marketing programs.
- Now it is time to build your website. This can be built very quickly, or it may take longer depending on the process you follow.
Overall, this procedure may have taken anything from one day to two or three weeks, depending on the effort you have made, and the time you have spent on the process.
Other Considerations Around Goal Setting
When your website is up, you need to place content on it You will need 3 to 5 pages and ongoing posts.
Ideally, your content will be posted at a minimum of two posts per week, and preferably more often than two.
Learn In-Depth Information About How to Set Goals for Yourself
I highly recommend reading Brian Tracy’s book about Goal Setting.
Brian Tracy is a Motivational Speaker and Author of over 70 books. Each one of these books teaches the reader how to live a successful life. And, this applies to those who have struggled for years to change their life.
You can learn from Brian not only how to set goals, but how to change your life for the better. I have followed Brian’s teachings for many years. His books are the best I have read within the subject of personal development, which includes goal setting.
Reaching Your Desired Level of Income
It is important you are aware there is much work to do before a website is earning a reasonable income. Therefore, this goal needs to be set as a ‘Long Term Goal’. You will, or can expect to, make some income after a few months and a significant income after a year or two.
However, this will depend on the amount of effort and work you put into building your affiliate marketing business.
Therefore, when setting your goals, place strong importance on being realistic. As the saying goes, “Rome Wasn’t Built In a Day“.
It is important to understand that unless you set goals for yourself it is likely that you are working in the dark, so to speak.
By setting goals, along with a clear plan of where you are going with your affiliate marketing website, you have every opportunity to earn an income sufficient to meet your needs.
In fact, as an affiliate marketer, you have the opportunity to earn greater than what you need.
The amount you earn in affiliate marketing is the result of your efforts to make your online business a success.
There are no boundaries. Your success is up to how you set your goals and apply yourself to your business.