Staying Motivated as a Poker Affiliate
One of the toughest challenges facing a poker affiliate is staying motivated to reach your goals. Although it’s awesome to be a full time affiliate and work whenever you please, it can be a double edged sword. Since you don’t always have to work to make decent money, it becomes difficult to get yourself to work at all. This article should help you find methods to stay motivated, both for a new poker affiliate and for a successful poker affiliate.
Motivation for New Poker Affiliates
As a new poker affiliate starting your first poker site, it’s important you have sick motivation because everyone else in the industry is already ahead of you. Some affiliates have been around for over 10 years now; do you think you’re going to catch them by working an hour or two a day? The top people in our industry work 16 hour days, and have teams of employees. However, each and every one of them started out just where you are, so it is important to keep in mind that it’s completely possible for you to reach that level.
One big problem I had as a new affiliate was running out of things to work on and topics to write about. If you ever are writing content and can’t come up with an article topic, look at your competitors for ideas. If you’re trying to improve your strategy section, look at some articles on the top poker sites to find ideas that are solid, and also to discover what topics haven’t been written about yet. If you’re writing news articles, search Google News for “poker” and see what comes up. You can either put a different spin on an existing article, or possibly even find info on a new event that hasn’t been written about by other affiliates.
Also, if you feel like your site is at a standstill, it never hurts to start a new project. If you’re a new affiliate you don’t want to stretch yourself too thin, but if you only had a few sites you should be able to handle it all while also always have something to do.
The point here is that if your excuse for not working is “I don’t have anything to do”, the real excuse is “I don’t feel like doing anything.” Always picture that super affiliate who’s miles ahead of you, and focus on closing that gap.
Motivation for Successful Poker Affiliates
Once you’re making some money, motivation gets even harder. If you can lie in bed all day and make money, it’s harder to force yourself to stay on the computer when you’d rather be out having fun. At this point, it’s important to focus on your big picture goals, because odds are that even though you’re making money, you’re not where you want to be in the long run.
I like to constantly think about my long term lifestyle goals to remind myself that I still have a long way to go. For example, right now I have a Lamborghini Gallardo on the background of my monitors. This is a car that I really want to have soon, but I know that I can’t afford it yet. It is an ever-present reminder that I need to keep it up if I want to have that car.
Also, it’s always a good idea to think in terms of numbers as well. I know Kevin (poker69) just made a post that he got a new whiteboard for his office, and has added some monthly revenue goals to it. That’s another great idea to help keep your mind on your money.
Another huge way to stay motivated is to realize that you need to continue working because things aren’t as stable as they seem. Even if you’ve made $10,000/month for the last year, that is in no way a guarantee that you’ll continue making $10,000/month. Our industry is extremely volatile, and between new laws, Google algorithm changes, and problems with payment processing, there is always the chance that your business could go up in flames at any time.
The opportunity to make money as an individual in this industry is right now, so you need to take full advantage of it. Think about it, do you see yourself still being a poker affiliate in 20 years? Thirty years? Odds are you won’t be doing this in the distant future, so squeeze the most money out of it while you can, because it is such an awesome and lucrative industry to be in.
Mike Wittmeyer (themike537) is a poker affiliate who joined the industry in 2006. He currently runs PokerSite.org, which is the leading poker site for finding great 3d poker sites as well as a big poker bonus.