Now you must be thinking that I've truly lost my mind – professing that it's good to be a thin affiliate after nearly a decade of repeatedly extolling the virtues of providing value-added information as the best way to reap huge monetary gains as an affiliate publisher.
OK, I don't really mean the type of ‘thin affiliate' that Google defines as being those who “do nothing but act as a commission-earning middleman” and in my humble opinion contribute only junk to the webosphere and make affiliate marketing a dirty word in some circles.
No, I'm talking about the challenge faced by all affiliates who sit for long periods at their desks while searching for great offers, writing blog posts and just going about their daily business.
The need for a bigger chair.
In a word — FAT.
Over the past decade I've watched as some of my affiliate marketing colleagues… well, let's just say ‘blossom', while others publicly blog about their efforts to regain their former svelt selves… kudos to the latter.
Like them, I have had to struggle against weight gain in this occupation and now weigh only 3 pounds more than I did when I started this venture a dozen years ago.
Not perfect, but not bad.
Granted, I'm not exactly ‘buff' but my weight is appropriate for my height, and more importantly, it's a ‘healthy' weight.
Here are 5 tips that help me stay a relatively ‘thin affiliate' in the best sense of the term.
- Don't wear slouch pants (sweats) while you work. Put on jeans or other pants with a waist band. If they start to feel tight, you know it's time to lose a few pounds.
- Avoid eating at your desk. Practice ‘concious eating' by taking regular meal breaks during the day.
- Never drink alchohol at your desk. One becomes two or three and the next thing you know, you've ingested 450 useless calories and can't think straight to work.
- Get your body moving everyday. Whether it's a walk around the block, a half-hour run or a 2-hour hike, get your heart rate up. Plan your work around your exercise schedule, not the other way 'round.
- Last of all, regularly remind yourself about the things you love to do — that you won't be able to do if you gain a lot of weight. For me, that's hiking, walking, kayaking, and even ziplining (see pic).
So, what motivates you to be a ‘thin affiliate'?
Want to become a thin affiliate? 🙂