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The two way road of business

When people actually do business together it shows cooperation, teamwork, collaboration, and good ethics. There are some relationships in business that are this way, and there are some out there that think creating good business is a one way lane. I’m here to tell you that if you run yourself down this one way lane, you will burn, and you will crash. On the other hand, people who understand that creating good relationships are centered on the “give and take” conduct.

There have been many instances where I’ve worked with people in the past and eventually generated a good revenue stream. The relationship was good, the communication was there, but when it came down to reciprocating business together they didn’t think twice to bail. This is not only frustrating, but puts you on an untrusting level for any other person you view as potential partners.

There have also been instances where my relationship was very generous from both parties. If I ever needed any suggestions or help with something I knew I could go to them and have no problem getting what I need. And I would like to think that I was able to provide my partner with any experience or knowledge to better themselves. This relationship has lasted years and our partnership has been prosperous.

What it boils down to is, building a partnership in order to conduct long term big business, is never a one way road. If you’re thinking of using a person for what they have, and not being reciprocal, chances are then, you’ll burn through partners faster than sage grass on fire, and your reputation only diminishes each time until eventually you’re not in business.

Take a minute to think about what it is you have to contribute to your current partnerships and ask yourself who you haven’t been able to share this with.

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

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Introduction to your goals

by BP on 09/23/10

"Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. If you could see them clearly, naturally you could do a great deal to get rid of them but you can't. You can only see one thing clearly and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin." - Kathleen Norris

So everyday we wake up and get to the grind (except for some of us on Sundays who have cocktail flu) but that's a different story. We hit the road on projects we've either started or need to get started. Think about the goals you've set for yourself. Is it turn for you to accomplish a daily or weekly goal? Or is it time for you to get working on that long term year end goal?

Having a goal can make a persons drive THAT much stronger. In order to continue growth as an individual, there must be something you've wanted to get accomplished or want to get started.

This follows affiliate marketing very much in the sense that if your goals aren't set in perspective then you'll never amount to much. Try panning out a goal for the month. you'd be surprised how much you'll get accomplished in a few months time.

The commandments of being a good AM

by BP on 09/21/10

I just read a post here that gives a great explination of what I think to be the unwritten rules of affiliate management.

My favorite is #3 and I can't stress this enough to any other affiliate manager in the business.

"3) Thou shall know what the hell you are talking about

I don't care if you've been in the affiliate game for 1 month or 6 years.  KNOW WHAT THE HELL YOUR TALKING ABOUT.  I've had affiliate managers who don't know what a scrub is (they had to check with their manager).  I've had affiliate managers who don't know the difference between traffic sources.  I've had affiliate managers who can't tie their own shoelaces.  Figure out what you are doing and learn about your industry before you make a fool of yourself. "

you can read the full post here