The following article tells that It Does Get Lonely at the Top of Affiliate Marketing. This may come as a surprise to many of you, considering the tone of many of my previous articles, but you do have to step away from it all sometimes. Affiliate marketing, especially when you become your own boss, can be a lonely business. This can be a deterrent for some people who believe that they have to be on this thing twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
It doesn’t have to be that way. When I first started, I was the very definition of hardcore. I was going to be the affiliate marketing guru. I was going to keep my eyes glued to the screen. I was going to miss social functions. It’s the price you pay for being the best, right?
Productivity Lags When You’re Overworked
What I soon noticed is that my productivity began to lag. I began making little goofs here and there. I had days when I dreaded that first mouse click. I began to forget why I was doing all this work. Needless to say, I learned the necessity of having time off. More importantly, I began to realize that my computer and the abstract streams of data called a “Friends List” that came through it were my only companions for a long time.
A word of warning: If you’ve ran yourself into such a state of isolation that it is actually being debilitating, take baby steps. Take from someone who’s been there. I’ve learned a few things about this whole thing through my career.
Easing into Social Situations from Your Affiliate Career
Start small, especially if you’re still in the early stages of your affiliate career. Take your laptop to Starbucks if you absolutely must keep your eye on the ball. The point is to at least get around other people. Who knows, you might actually meet someone if you get your nose out of your laptop.
Another great thing to ease the work tension is to remember that you have family. Visit your brother, your sister, your parents, or your grandparents. If being around family eases your tension, great! If you have one of those families where they put the “fun” in dysfunctional, then at least it puts your work tension in perspective, and it may remind you why you’re doing this work.
Hang Out with Your Affiliate Campaign Co-Workers
If you’re not terribly family oriented, you can do things like go to a gym, join a chess club, see a movie (not on your laptop!), or have a visit with some of your online friends, especially if you’re working on an affiliate campaign together. You may find that putting these pixels on a screen into a bodily form is the best thing ever. You could also create a meet up group if you want to save some effort.
Ultimately, the point of this is to be around other people. If none of these ideas are particularly appealing, create some of your own. There is certainly something to real human contact that you just can’t get via the Internet.