I’m An Oldie Newbie

I’m an oldie newbie, how so, you might ask. Well, you see I’ve only been blogging and writing articles for 10 years. During that time everything changed so much that when I finally came to grips with things, I had to relearn them all again.

Frustrating, to say the least, and many times I really wanted to give up, but something kept me at it. And I’m glad I did. I suppose I didn’t relish being a failure for my own sake more than anyone else’s. Many of you probably work alone like I do, so there’s no one to ask for help or advice.

Shiny Object Syndrome

To be sure, there are plenty of experts on the net only too willing to offer their help for a hefty price.  I have probably bought too many of them and learned precious little. That’s one thing I have certainly grasped as an oldie newbie. Have to put a stop to the “shiny object syndrome” once and for all.

It’s hard though when people you know and trust encourage you to buy this product or that. So you believe it will solve some of your problems making your work that bit easier. They mean well and they have a business to run. My problem is a double-edged sword in that I want to run a successful affiliate marketing business. What I don’t want to do is pester people to buy from me at every hand’s turn.

Pitching Products

I unsubscribe from people’s lists when it happens to me, so I know how it feels. I don’t like it at all. How to find a happy medium, that’s the question. I have no wish to send 3-4 emails daily pitching products. There has to be a better way and I intend to learn how.

I have come this far and despite what I’ve said previously, something has to have sunk in. I know I’ll find my way. I’ll do this marketing thing honestly and with integrity. That has been my long-term aim and goal.

Honest Successful Marketers

I do know a number of very decent people who are affiliate marketers, not personally of course. All are extremely successful in this field. I admire them very much and try to adhere to their standards. So you could say I have learned something valuable.

I also have a word of advice, do your research before you buy, especially expensive software. Make sure it’s going to be around for the long haul. Check out if it’s maintained and updated frequently.

Greedy Unhelpful Vendors

Sometimes the odd greedy unhelpful vendor will just take his software off the market leaving his customers high and dry, having purchased it for a few hundred dollars. That’s a lot for some starting out.

His excuse may be that you didn’t use it the way he decided you should. And by taking it down it simply saves him the trouble of keeping his software updated. Or whatever his chauvinistic personality drives him to do. Just be sure to research and not fall into this expensive trap.

So you must do your due diligence and be sure not to put your hard-earned money into his bank account. Do a careful check to see if he has done this in the past, and don’t buy from him. There are so many honest and decent men and women vendors to choose from.

So who are these good people and where are they? All in plain sight and in fact I’m going to make a list of them for you.

Honest To Goodness Mentors

Tiffany Lambert comes to mind immediately because she is as honest as the day is long. Not to mention that her PLR products are of the highest standard.

Charlie Page is another most reliable and honest marketer on the internet. He owns The Directory of Ezines and enjoys the very successful business it brings to him.

Jon Morrow is the greatest inspiration to all have the pleasure of learning from him. He has I think it’s called Motor Neuron Disease. Anyway as he puts it nothing moves but his face. However, Jon’s mind is a minefield. His story is amazing, everyone should read and learn from it.

Henneke Duistermaat whose doodles and drawings are as enchanting as her writing and how she teaches it.

Hasan Aboul Hasan is an amazing computer genius with a million, well (a slight exaggeration) tutorials on YouTube. Hasan explains all the different and difficult navigations through the internet in very simple steps and there seems to be nothing he does not know a lot about.

To point you in the direction of where and how to set up a platform for your blog, if you haven’t already. How to find and choose a domain name and then a hosting company.

I’ll also give you a list of resources to start your blog and lead you hopefully to take directions from some of these experts. I’ll leave you with this bit of advice, keep on moving forward, and if you get discouraged just tell yourself you can do it. After all, millions are.

        Kay Collier, EzineArticles Basic PLUS Author