Elephant in the Room

Today this room is getting very crowded as I believe there is not just one elephant in this room when starting out as a newbie to making a full-time income on the Internet as an affiliate marketer.

Elephant in the Room


So it seems I need to take this step by step.


I’ll lay out all of the apparent wild life crowding this room and then narrow it down to the one standing out in front of the others…


Is it the threat that Yahoo or even Google will stop sending your newsletters if you don’t get seemingly total engagement from all your subscribers?


Is it the nitty gritty love-hate relationship you might have with enforcing a double optin on your subscribers?


Maybe it’s the shiny objects that keep popping up in your email that entice you to step away from following your proven plan so you can once again jump on that hampster wheel?


Or maybe – just maybe it’s your friends and family that not just think – but they know you are being scammed by persuing what you proclaim to be a proven plan? The naysayers in your life.


Yahoo, Google and Others to Follow

Elephant in the Room Number 1…


I’m thinking to myself, “Can Yahoo or Google even do this?”.


It scares me to think that the newsletters that I send out to my subscribers wouldn’t even have the chance of hitting their inbox!


At the very least, I have coaches and a mentor that can help me through the technical pieces of DNS settings that will assist with me getting my newsletters delivered.


But is this the true behemoth standing in front of all the others in the room? I think not.


Double Optin Shmoptin

Oh it is surely a love-hate relationship I have with this elephant in the room.


If you don’t already know, I use an AWeber autoresponder to send out a set of about a half a dozen automated emails to subscribers that have taken interest in the plan that I have to help my readers avoid the guru overhelm of affiliate marketing.


Then I set out to send what is called broadcast emails in a format that I call a newsletter.


And these newsletters tend to outline my journey of learning the ropes as an affiliate marketer – whereas here in my blog, I provide more details of my journey in hopes that it can give you some advice – to follow the good stuff I come upon – and to avoid the mistakes I make along the way.


But this double optin thing has me concerned.

On the one-hand, when I enforce the double optin, I know I can rest easy knowing that my readers will be a little bit more engaged because they first indicate their interest sending their contact info to me from a Facebook Lead Ad. Then they reconfirm their interest by responding to a confirmation email.


But on the other-hand – what actually happens in many cases – is my potential subscriber does not respond to the email and their status on my autoresponder is stamped, “PENDING”. Some will pull their way out of that status by responding and others do not.


And the real reason that they should – is that on Facebook I had promised to let them see a short ten minute video training that would help them avoid the guru overwhelm and to succeed as an affiliate marketer.


If you are not already receiving my newsletter from SoapboxBob – Robert Klein – then I invite you to find out what truly IS cooler than a penguin in shades and apply to (double) optin to my Priority Advantage Newsletter here:


I might add – I give you two short valuable training videos if you optin (no cost except your time).


Both newsletters are very similar if not the same – so there is currently no reason to subscribe to both unless you want access to the two gifts I mention.


But if you cared to compare blog posts you can do that here:
Elephant in the Room on RobertKleinOnline.com


But back to the topic at hand. Does this elephant in the room stand out in front of the others. Again I say NO.


The Shiny Object Hampster Wheel

I gotta say – this IS another big elephant in the room. I’ve got a couple of main stay GURUs hitting me at all angles – enticing me to take interest in their latest shiny objects – and not all for affiliate marketing.


Can you believe the headlines, “$300K/month with THIS marketplace“?, “16 *Golden* Product Opportunities…“…the list goes on.


Like – do you really want to be jumping on 16 Hampster wheels at once?!


Personally I now know better – than to spread myself so thin.


But there used to be a time that I would jump on board their live sessions only to be persuaded to jump ship of my current venture that wasn’t quite working out and jump on a new proverbial hampster wheel at significant cost to me.


The current proven plan that I now follow with consistent effort actually warns me to not get stuck in that hampster wheel way of life.


But here again, I say NO – this is not the one standing out in front of the others.


The Naysayers in Your Life

Maybe you’ve encountered this elephant in the room before?


I mean like – there’s nothing worse than having someone you love or look up to – telling you – you are off your rocker when you tell them your aspirations to be running a profitable business online.


They be asking, “What are you doing wasting your time when you could be concentrating on your day job?”. You know – if you’re looking for extra money you could even pick up some part-time work to make ends meet – not some pie in the sky venture that will end up wasting your life away!?


You come to them with complete excitement when you are starting out and they laugh at you and try to shut you down.


I mean like – when you can feel the excitement of what could be – you want to bring others along with you and help them also see what you see.


And instead your naysayers ask you to stop spreading your scammy lies.


This is the exact reason that potentially new Internet marketers like you sometimes keep quiet about their ventures with their loved ones – if they can.


And in doing so – it makes you feel even more isolated and THAT also reinforces your loved one’s ideas on the matter.


Me – I have my accountant acting as my biggest naysayer. I cannot hide my activities from him as he is the one that does my tax returns.


Biggest elephant in the room?


In Conculsion

And with that, I think we have found the elephant in the room that stands out more amongst the others. Your Naysayers.


And because of that I believe you need to tackle that behemoth ahead of all the other things you do in getting started.


In a trickle down effect – My Mentor states specifically that he believes in ME. And I want you to know, I believe in YOU.


Know there is nothing wrong with you. Anyone starting out won’t know what they are doing.


You will fail along the way but you will learn from your mistakes and you will improve and adapt.


And you do that best – by following a proven plan; putting in consistent effort; following someone that knows what they are doing; asking questions; getting answers; and most of all – not listening to your naysayers.


Don’t give up – just continue to work at it to make sure you succeed. You can do this. It is possible.


Then eventually your actions and results will change the opinions of your naysayers.


If you have not read any of my posts up until now, might I suggest the one where hitting Rock Bottom could be a turning point in your life.


Let me know in the comments about your experience with naysayers in your life. Do you have any experience with the other Elephants in the Room?

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