A little update from my on going series of posts/tutorials on how I AM building my passive income through niche affiliate websites and automated blogs. So if you remember, our mission Tiffany lamp website got off to a good start. I got on a one on one basis with my affiliate manager (Linkshare.com is the network and LampsPlus.com is the advertiser our website is promoting) and I got some good old social website traffic heading to our posts, which basically feature a product from the vendor site, with a little blurb and some anchor text.
Everything was going well and the site is getting increasing amounts of traffic and clicks – but what do you see wrong with the screen shot below (taken today from my linkshare account):
I’m staring at an order, but zero commissions or sales reported?!?! Anyways, so after a while of sifting around, and calling my affiliate manager to inquire, I ended finding out how to generate detailed reports (Linkshare’s selection of vendors is AMAZING for niche sites, but their reporting system is not user friendly). Here’s what I see in the report I generated which details the transaction in question:
EPIC FAIL MOMENT: Our first sale for our much anticipated, super killer niche website was canceled! How’s that for a bright future?? All joking aside, I felt it was necessary to share this with you guys to prove a point…
If you fail, try again. Plain and simple, just like they tell you in the text books, at school and at your AA meetings. Just because our first referral canceled their order, it doesn’t mean that everyone else is going to as well. More importantly, it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with the website or what we are doing.
Shit happens! I don’t want to hear any excuses about why you’re not putting what you know into action. Even if you don’t know everything that’s needed, allocate energy towards learning where you lack.
How about that for a kick in the balls Epic Fail?!?