I’ve always been low key with my operations since starting the blog.
I don’t really like to talk about my business, my motivations for the blog, or what I have planned for the future. I’ve always believed that secrecy is an asset in this industry.
But I’m starting to see the value of transparency when connecting with readers so I’m going to open up a bit on this post.
Building a Super Team
I built an in-house team to help me run affiliate marketing campaigns back in 2009. Business was amazing and I knew having a team would be a huge competitive advantage.
It failed miserably.
I haven’t really talked too much about that period because it was a dark time for me. Imagine teaching people everything you know, and watching them run off to compete against you. Worst of all is seeing them fail and go back to a 9 – 5 job a few months later.
Affiliate marketing looks easy when I hand you a campaign to maintain, but launching one from scratch and losing your own money is a different ballgame.
I could play the blame game, but I have to take responsibility in order to grow – I could’ve done things a little different. I was trying to apply traditional team concepts and applying it to the unique world of affiliate marketing.
Since then I’ve pretty much operated as a one man team with an army of virtual assistants. I traveled the world for a few years prior and this was the best solution for me.
But one person can only grow so much and now I’m giving the team concept another chance. We’ve been in operation for over a month now and things are going great. I am teaching them everything I know in hopes of them surpassing me one day. It’s great to be out of the trenches and to just focus on what I’m good at: strategy and optimizing.
I’m sure you guys have a bunch of questions. Where did I find them? Are they local or remote? What’s the pay structure? How can I ensure they stay loyal?
I rather wait until I have more experience before I share. But in the past month I’m operating 4x faster than with my old structure. It feels great to have other guys who can share the joys and the pains of running campaigns.