The question of how to set goals for yourself and achieve them is quite a loaded question, having two parts to it.
To set goals that will be of benefit, careful and timely consideration needs to be given 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.
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 good start to 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 Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
The following three goals are a starting point.
- How much time you’re prepared to spend learning and building a website.
- What level of income you want to earn.
- When do you expect to reach that level of income
Be Specific About Your Goals
In other words, be honest with yourself about how much time and effort you are prepared to commit so as to achieve the level of income you desire.
Make Sure Your Goals are Measurable
This means to set your goal to a reachable level within the time frame of the goal.
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
They must be relevant to the niche you are working in.
The Goals Need to be Timely
Set goals that are reachable within the set time frame.
Sharing Your Goals
I’ve heard recommendation of 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 time you have spent on the process.
Other Considerations to Plan For
When your website is up, you need to place content on it You will need 3 to 5 pages, and ongoing posts.
Ideally, content will be posted at a minimum of two posts per week, and preferably more often than two.
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 should, 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”.
However, 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.