Relationships Are The Key To Affiliate Marketing Success

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One thing to remember when traveling on the annual Internet Marketers Cruise – this year through various Caribbean ports – is to bring lots of business cards. I just got through the first couple of days on the cruise, and wow! The people here are amazing – they even have a sub-group called the “Mavericks,” for which you have to have a million dollars in yearly revenue to even be eligible for membership and the opportunity to sign up for action adventure sports trips skydiving, race car driving, camping in the Outback, or attending the World Cup soccer finals in South Africa.

But it’s not about the money, really. When a working man like me hangs around these 20-to-30-year-old kids making all this money, it does change me. My goal now is to join the Mavericks within 12 months, and I’ll start my path there with the introduction dinner during the Marketers Cruise on the brand-new Carnival Dream Ship, currently docked in Cozumel, Mexico.

The organizer, Mike Filsaime, has convinced me in the last few days that it is possible for anyone to hit these numbers. Passion is the first requirement and follow through is next. But in the end, it all comes down to one thing in this business—relationships. The guys in the Mavericks Group, and the people on the Marketers Cruise in general, are here to help and form relationships that will make everyone achieve the goals they are seeking. They work together in one way or another, put together JVs (joint ventures), and sell each other’s products to each other’s lists.

The first day we all did a meet-and-greet session where each of the 500 of us got up and told the group what we have to offer and what we need to take our business to the next level. Lots of relationships were formed.

When the cruise hit Cozumel, I spent the first part of the day on a motorcycle tour with a bunch of successful Internet marketers. The local guy running the tour told me that he makes $6 a day leading Americans around the island on motorcycles. Then in the evening, a total turnaround – I listened to Mike Hill, Mike Geary, and Mike Filsaime (all Internet marketing superstars) tell me what got them motivated and giving tips on how I can make my second million. (I’ve given up on my first LOL.) The Internet makes this possible.

Just do it, they all seemed to be telling me. Then back to the relationships, “Get to know the right people and try to find out what they need for their business and see what you have to offer.”

For you, wherever you are, you can do the same thing. Look up the Internet marketing calendar in your area, attend some events, and get people’s names and follow up. Do that one simple thing and you will be well on your way to joining us next January for the Marketers Cruise and seeing me inducted into the Mavericks Group of successful Internet marketers.

About the Author

Mike Evans is the Director of North American Sales for KeywordSpy.com, a pay-per-click and SEO research firm that tracks over 127,000,000 keywords. A 30% discount off the service is available with the discount code: KS974510ME. Contact him at: Mike@KeywordSpy.com or (212) 501-2910.

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