Affiliate Marketing and Depression – It affects all of us, here’s my experience.

Affiliate Marketing is very hard, despite what people might make you believe – it’s not Bottle Service, Lambos, and Killing It 24/7.

In Fact, it’s more struggle than ever these days. I’m very honest (as you know) always telling it how it is, and I can tell you after a killer campaign dies, there are many months where nothing works as it should, no matter what you try it doesn’t want to work – hell even if you rip n run shit on the spy tools, somehow it just doesn’t work.

For example, there were times, I didn’t drive my Porsche for MONTHS because I felt I didn’t deserve it.

I felt like the guy working at the corner store makes more then me because I was constantly losing testing new verticals, testing new offers, etc etc. LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS UP as a lot of killing it 24/7 affiliates who are too ashamed to admit when they are down make it seem like it is.

Affiliate marketing has been like this for years, err for ever, always a crazy streak of super awesome profit months, then months of silience where we go into negative and it seems like that negative keeps getting worse and worse.

We all experienced this, it’s just part of the game.

The times where we feel like we’re stupid, where we’re missing something, where even if we copy straight up what a good friend suggests it just doesn’t work for us – and we can’t explain why!

I felt depressed because of this, I went to talk to a pro who helmed me frame it and understand it, these are just phases. Why am I telling you this? Because It’s absolutely NORMAL not to kill it 24/7. Struggle is OK, it’s just about keeping on. And always, always, the stars line up and comes the next big success hit.

I know a lot of people in affiliate marketing experience this, they feel down, and they feel bad about how hard it is; but there’s no place to talk about it and vent your frustration, because then others will look down on them, not want to talk to them because they aren’t killing it.

People always expect everyone to bring their A game, their instagram face. The fake, made up bullshit that everyone expects but it is always so.

I didn’t know if I should write this, but why the hell not. i Am Attila; and affiliate marketing has made me feel depressed at times.

I dealt with it by talking to great friends, bitching and complaining and venting my frustrations and then went right back to the drawing board, spying, evaluating testing..

This is a true story, while I was spying, and analyzing redirect chains and which CPA network has the offer…

That’s how I discovered Media500 and G, the coolest bunch of guys ever, who gave me some insane geos that got us initial traction on PUSH which helped me feel amazing yet again and get out of the rut.

If you want to talk privately about your struggles, vent your frustrations, I don’t look at you as “OH a negative person, and he’ll pull me down with him, I dont want to talk to this person” instead, I will listen, and if needed offer some advice on how to be once more happy and enjoy the best damn career/job in the world, Affiliate Marketing!!

With my killer buddy Ian Fernando we created a new telegram group, where we can openly talk about struggles we encountered, how we solved them, and also talk about things that make us happy. Join if you want to talk (link in description) or PM me!!

Cheers, and remember, affiliate is a marathon not a race!!



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To Do CPA Affiliate Marketing or Not – That is the Question

I get a ton of emails asking me how to get started in the world of affiliate marketing, and whether its a good idea to do so.

I tell these people the truth, affiliate marketing is a very, very hard thing to do. It’s extremely stressful, it’s super risky so unless they can handle stress like a day trader, have money they can afford to lose it’s worth it to join the battle.

I say battle because affiliate marketing is about battling failure after failure – learning something new in the process each and every time, eventually striking a winning campaign. A winning campaign that isn’t forever, it might run for 1 month, 2 months, maybe 4 months before it does due to many external factors. Product life cycle, increase in competition, bad reviews, offer dying, new regulation just to name a few potential ‘campaign killers’

When I answer with the above, then people say ‘But I want to be free, and just run traffic!” Well, there’s no such thing as just running traffic and winning all the time. Affiliate marketing is not instagram glam where everything is perfect.

To those who just want to quit their 9-5 and be there own boss, I recommend building a skill. Then getting a job as a freelancer or better yet creating your own service based business. These type of opportunities don’t require a lot of stress, you don’t have to lose sleep over them, and most importantly you don’t need to lose/invest a lot of money in learning as usually the profit is guaranteed – you do the job, you get paid (sometimes even before you do the job).

How to build skills you can then harness to make money online?

Well there’s always Youtube, tons of free information out there I rely on always to learn new skills from how to charge a car battery to how to create liquid tables in CSS. It’s quite vast.

If you are looking for most of a ‘classroom’ style approach, with modules you can go through step by step then you can pick up awesome skills by buying courses for like $5-20 bucks on sites like Skillshare and Udemy. Their courses are really good for building new skill sets.

How to promote your new service style business?

I have 4 major service businesses I’ve started many, many years ago – Content Pimp, Banners&Landers, Anglesaurus and Transey. The eldest turns 12 years old this November. Yes it’s been in business generating profits each month for 12 years now. Well over the “If your business doesn’t survive the first 6 months or 2 years (I can’t remember exactly which one people say more), it will die” phrase you often hear with offline businesses. My companies all survived more than 2 years in biz; heck my blog too even though someone really, really wanted it to fail and kept saying “most bloggers quit and don’t make it beyond 2 years” LOL yea well, maybe most – not iAmAttila. This person didn’t realize I did not start this blog to make money, I created it to help people and enjoy my hobby of copy writing.

Anyways if you are wondering how I built all these businesses from $0 spend on marketing? COMMUNITY! Join forums, groups on Facebook, start helping people, and they will start asking if you can do stuff for them and they’ll be happy to pay. If you do a great job, they will start recommending you to their friends and acquaintances.

It will snow ball from there, don’t do things just to make millions, always think about making $1 and giving a lot of value in the process – rest will follow. (A concept 9/10 people simply fail to grasp; hell most affiliate ‘friends’ won’t help you if they see you are down, because they are selfish pricks)

Is Affiliate Marketing Dead? (2019 Edition)

Yesterday’s WTAFF newsletter was VERY interesting. What caught my attention was Neil Patel saying Affiliate Marketing is dead?!

If you ask this question, mods on forums and proud people will scream “NO ITS MORE ALIVE THAN EVER BEFORE!!!”

I find this statement a bit of a mystery. Were these people not around in the affiliate marketing world 5-10 years ago? Or is their ego so high that they can’t admit to themselves the fact that things evolved and matured; gone are the days of launching just about anything and printing money?

Things evolved in the policy department, approval teams both AI and manual are onto affliate style ads faster than ever before. These two things are the direct reason why ‘affiliate marketing is dying’

No Mr. Grylls. Only Your Show Is.

What old G’s like Neil Patel, Ian Fernando, and many other veteran affiliates mean when they say aff marketing is dead, is that it’s changed so much you can’t just throw shit up and print fuck you money.

Rip N Run doesn’t work as good as it used to, even tho this was the weapon of choice for the mememe affiliates that never share anything with anyone fearing that they’ll make less.

The easy way of affiliate marketing is dying indeed; but affiliate marketing itself won’t die because it can be very good if work is invested into more than simply turning $1 to $2 as fast, and with as little effort as possible.

ANGLES are going to be the way to dominate verticals; if you will have the creative force you will be a top aff.

Longer funnels, and user retention, having people return will be the trick to play with to increase profits. Sure, we will have to work HARDER for the crazy ROI’s that were had in the past (when affiliate marketing was ‘alive’) but the industry itself is not going to die… its just maturing… Snapchatads anyone? 😀