Gamification has always been a big part of my online business. Almost a decade ago we started sticking badges into our training at ClickTrackProfit and it helped rejuvenate an entire industry. We rewarded active users with fun games that they got to ‘play’ while actually learning about affiliate marketing and online business. It was a ton of fun….
Fast forward to last night’s webinar and we broke down this concept of ‘gamifying everything’ when it came to online business and even one’s journey here on Steem.
I’m going to break down a few example of what I’m talking about and show you how you can ‘have fun’ while still learning and growing your online business…Let’s get started!
It’s the big reason we are here right? We want to make a few bucks or even make a career out of this stuff…However people want to reach for the ‘big money’ before learning the in’s and out’s of the basics first…
I developed this concept called the $2.74 formula years ago, and in a nutshell it showed people how to hit $2.74 in affiliate commissions from their online business, everyday for a year…And it would end up being around $1000 a year (give or take a few cents). The technique taught people how to create small income streams and start stacking them up. Once they hit $2.74, they could take what they learnt and grow it to $27.40 a day…Or $10,000 a year and so forth.
Here’s the trick…Let’s say $1000 a year is ‘Level One’ of our little game we will be playing. We need to learn and master that first…Before ‘fighting the bosses’ on Level 2.
How do we Level up then?
Here’s what I would do…Set up ‘stages’ that I need to accomplish or ‘beat’ throughout an entire week…And keep a record of it all. So for example;
I have a list of things I want to accomplish everyday. I write them out on my whiteboard before I go to bed and work to accomplish them throughout the next day. So for affiliate commissions it would be…
1. Write a blog post on Steem / CTPtalk
2. Send email to my list
3. Develop and promote the ‘Scavenger Hunt’ campaign
So I accomplished each of those tasks on…Monday February 3rd. That got a ‘Green Check’ mark on my monthly planner above. Stage 1 is complete…I move onto Stage 2 which is Tuesday and so on…As you can see, I got a red ‘X’ on Sunday because I didn’t finish all the tasks I set out. No cheating! If you don’t ‘beat the boss’ that day, just mark it off as a red X but keep playing…
The goal, is to get more green check marks every week than red X’s.
Do this consistently over time, you have now mastered the $2.74 Level of your ‘Affiliate Commissions Game’.
Growing Your Mailing List
We all need to build our email list, it’s literally the ‘training stages’ for our little affiliate marketing adventure game…So let’s start small;
We start trying to get 1 new subscriber to join our mailing list….What would be the tasks we would have to do everyday to achieve that? This is what I would do;
1. Create content on social media / blog (drives traffic)
2. Engage with others in a niche specific community (drives traffic, builds relationships)
3. Build a lead magnet and make sure your lead capture pages promote it effectively
I would literally do the first two tasks every single day of the week. Remember, I want those green check marks. But maybe for the 3rd task, I could split test different lead capture pages and see which ones bring in the best results.
Once I have started to see results, I then move on Level 2! See what works, master it, and then LEVEL UP!!!
Steem / CTP Power
This is very specific to my journey, so I wanted to use this as an example of what I do personally…To ‘gamify’ my experience here on the Steem blockchain and of course on CTPTalk as well.
Like I mentioned, this is very specific to my journey. And I have written about this multiple times when I discuss the 5-500-5000 formula. This really worked well and continues to work for my journey, so this will be added to our ‘daily tasks’. But it’s important to note, these numbers can be whatever you want them. maybe your Level 1 is 500 Steem Power or CTP Power. It’s whatever you want to achieve 🙂
1. Remember to engage with 5 people, every single day! (5-500-5000 strategy)
2. Write one post or piece of content, daily!
3. Curate and support the CTP Tribe
And here’s how I can ‘track’ my progress as well, using @SteemitBoard
I go check my stats every few days on SteemitBoard. This allows me to see how well my ‘5-500-5000’ formula is working as well as my daily tasks I have set out for myself. I track 3 numbers, Average Upvotes Per Post, Average Author Rewards Per Post, and Total Curation Rewards. I write these numbers in my journal….
If these numbers are growing steadily and I end up hitting my desired Level…I LEVEL UP!
If things need to be adjusted, I can see it from my record keeping. I’m also using my monthly planner, to give myself a green check mark every day I ‘beat the bosses’ and work towards having more green check marks than red x’s….
This was obviously a brief overview of how I ‘gamify everything’ and we will be devleoping an entire training module for this technique @ClickTrackProfit
But I hope it is useful for you….
You see, we need to have fun with this stuff 🙂 And when we gamify literally every single aspect of our business, we are challenging ourselves to be better! And to grow each and every day on our journey.
The best part is…This ‘game’ is unique to you. You set the parameters. You get to choose what levels you want to reach and even…What goals you want to achieve.
This is YOUR journey and you can decide how far you want to take it…
Look out for the pitfalls…The enemies…Negative Nancies and Herb The Hater can be lurking around those corners. But when you equip yourself with the right mindset and determination, your game becomes your ultimate success story!
Ready….Player One 😉
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