Or: How you should learn and drag out something positive from even negative situations
You know how they say that you should structure your articles and blog posts? I'm a true believer of that principle as well.
But guess what? This blog post is going to have no structure what so ever. I will write about (in no particular order):
- What I've learned from the Rhodes Brothers' Super Affiliate Challenge, although it was a failure.
- How Silence is not always Gold
- The difference between “giving up” and “knowing when to stop”.
Well, let me start with the latter first…
The difference between “giving up” and “knowing when to stop”
You probably know that it takes two things to succeed:
- Taking action
- Stick to it
But sometimes that will make you waste a lot of time, so how do you know when it's time to let go?
Easy! For me this has just happened two hours ago. My husband told me: errrrm…. maybe you should stop now.
And it dawned on me that he was right.
This “super affiliate challenge” started March 17, and we were told that we should put in two hours of work each day, seven days a week. Well, I didn't. It was closer to 7-10 hours of work, six days a week. I didn't mind. I learned a lot. I also got stuck on some really boring tasks, and because they were so boring, I spend more time doing them.
So for some of the things, I felt that I had only myself to blame for using much more time on them.
Like writing 150 forum posts in a week. I spend more time searching for actual interesting posts to answer, than on answering them. But there are in fact only so much activity going on on most forums…
And writing articles – 15 the first week, that wasn't so difficult, but spinning them manually, and especially finding other article directories to submit to, that part took hours.
Well, I wrote on the Simple Cash Blog that it took me 6 hours to write, spin, and submit 10 articles to 5 different directories, so there was no way that 15 articles could be done in 5 hours. No answer.
We were promised that we would learn from the same blueprint that the Rhodes Brothers used themselves to make $1700 per month, doing affiliate marketing, and we were promised great rewards, when we succeeded. I especially remember the iPad. I could see myself with that iPad, received as a reward.
So I stuck to it.
But made no money. Not one penny. Zilch, nada, niende, sjumdavar, zero, nothing.
Well, I was behind on my weekly work, since it took much, much more than two hours daily, so I still felt that I would make it. Week 6 is about to start tomorrow (we got 4 weeks extra), and the challenge would last 11 weeks, so I felt I should still give it a change.
When my husband said: “Maybe you should stop”, I knew he was right, though.
Then what did I learn? Why do I still not think it has been a complete waste of time?
One of the rules I live by is to always learn something from what happens. Always get the best out of a situation.
What I learned from this challenge is to… challenge myself, and to be structured.
Since we had to turn in our homework, I saved every URL from my articles in Evernote. I learned that it's not enough to write articles. You should also bookmark them, and again — be structured. Take notes, when you've bookmarked them. Ping them. Next step is to turn them into videos. Make use of them. You can just as well drag every last drop of juice out of them, now they are written.
So, even though I've spend a full time online, making no extra money (thanks to AdSense and other income streams, I still made money in this period), I learned something.
And from making all those forum posts, I got to know people on several forums. I saw jerks writing fluffer and “nice post, keep up the good work”, and I saw competent people giving great advice for free. And I am really thankful for spotting one persons signature on a forum, and joining The Wealthy Affiliates University because of it.
I also learned how you should have everything prepared, if you put up a challenge like this.
The Rhodes Brothers gave us extra intention to promote their blog and make money as affiliates from that, but their blog didn't contain much content. That should have been in order to begin with.
The lessons, we received, weren't tested. We tested them. Then they made revised lessons with less homework. But somebody should have checked that, before we were made alpha testers on the product. After all, we paid for it.
Matt wrote to me (in private) that his father was terminally ill. I'm really sorry about that. I can understand how that can set you back, and of course you don't feel like doing business under such conditions.
But for the rest of us – it's a question of life and dead, too. By spending all that time on this challenge (and still being behind on my weekly homeworks), I haven't made any other extra income. Luckily, I have other income sources, but many people might not have that. So it's business for us. And seen from a business point of view, the Rhodes Brothers has not only shot themself in their foot, but also committed IM suicide with this project.
Who will have faith in them after that?
Silence is NOT gold
What really made the snap for me was seeing comments on their blog getting censured out.
People started to write critical comments about too little new content on the blog, and them telling one thing about traffic in a webinar, and teaching us the opposite. At first, those comments were answered, but when I wanted to write a comment the next day, they were gone.
Well, I wrote, anyway, only to find out that my comment had to wait for moderation. It still does, 8 days later. But you can see it here:
They should NOT have censured our comments. They should have taken care of the problems, when they started. They should have tested the materiale, before selling it to us.
Rhodes Brothers committed so many errors with this Super Affiliate Challenge. Which is sad. I was a big fan of them, and I thought they made great info materials earlier.
But for me, it's time to stop now. I will not continue and put around 7-10 hours of work daily into this for the the remaining six weeks.
It's over and out. Closing time.
Rest In Peace, Super Affiliate Challenge.