Am I the only person who remembers that annoying song “Supermodel”? You know the one, right?
You better work (cover girl)
work it girl (give a twirl)
do your thing on the runway
Oops . . . is it in your head now? I’m very sorry.
Growing up I had this insane fantasy of becoming a supermodel, or at least Miss America. It turned out there are some things you need to have to become a supermodel, and I lacked most of them.
Supermodels need height. Stretching until it causes pain, I can maybe pull off 5’1”.
Supermodels need to walk the runway with grace and confidence. Well, I can walk. I’m not sure I’d qualify it as graceful, but I can get places.
Supermodels need to look exceptional. Extra points are given for exotic features. As for me, I’m no “dog,” but I’m pretty plain-Jane ordinary.
Supermodels need great personalities. Alright, alright, I could take a hint. Between my stunted growth, my clumsy walk, my ordinary looks, and my tell-it-like-it-is Irish personality, I quickly determined that I (like most breathing people) didn’t qualify.
This is how we tend to view “super affiliates” too. We hold up the perceived requirements of a business degree, tech know-how, a huge readership, wads of investment cash, and a super-savvy expert persona and we find ourselves lacking.
Yes, supermodels are pretty, but who decides what pretty is? Sure, super affiliates are smart, but who decides what makes a person smart? The truth is, success cannot be controlled by subjective factors like these.
If we’re honest, there is something about the word super that just seems unattainable. Let’s work to break down this fallacy.
If you are willing to learn and apply yourself, you will find that there are always exceptions to the rule. Look at Devon Aoki. She’s only 5’5” and strutting her stuff on the runway with the best of them.
When it comes down to it, it’s not what you have that matters, it’s what you do.
If you want to be a super affiliate, the only thing standing in your way is, well . . .you. With hard work and determination you can do this.
- Begin by building your readership and knowing your market. Don’t promote products your audience can’t relate to. Follow their interests and build your knowledge of who they are and what they need. Then supply them with the links to meet these needs.
- Next, take your role as an affiliate seriously. If you want to make money at this, it will take some work. Roll up your sleeves and invest some time. Keep your priorities relevant and manage your time effectively.
- Test banners, don’t just place them and forget them. Watch what generates sales and make a note of what is working.
- Develop a nice looking website or blog. Pay attention to the visual attributes of your site. Don’t invite banner blindness by filling up your sidebar with unproductive banners. Stay current and visually appealing to your reader. Extra points for a personal domain name.
- Have a personality that people can trust. Work to develop a quality readership that accepts your quirks and hears your passion. If they read your blog enough, your audience will learn to spot products that inspire you. They will gravitate towards these promotions with very little prompting from you.
Remember, super just means excellent or first-rate. Anyone can be super. You already are.
Work it girl.