As an affiliate marketer, you code, your content, your copy, etc. is your business. So what are you going to do if your hard drive or machine dies on you?
The solution is to get yourself an external hard drive. Think of it as cheap business insurance.
You’ll also need a backup software program to automate the process. Otherwise, you can copy all of the files manually to your external hard drive.
Not only does this provide you with protection in the event of some technical failure, but it also protects you against the sort of stupid mistakes that happen late at night.
What you do with an external hard drive is to backup your entire hard drive to the external hard drive on a regular basis – daily or so.
Personally, I make a complete duplication of my system each week, and every night I back up any new files. And I have a second external hard drive off site, which gets a complete backup of my laptop ever couple weeks.
If you don’t want to buy two external hard drives, you can also do incremental backups to DVDs.
While you are protecting your data, you should also consider safeguarding your machines by getting a battery backup to block power surges, spikes, and outages that can damage your computer equipment and corrupt important data.
There are lots of options for capacity, price, etc. I have the following in place as my main backup: Maxtor One Touch II 200 GB External Hard Drive, PC Back Up software, Belkin 1100VA Battery Backup.
Don’t wait until you lose everything – protect your affiliate marketing business proactively and sleep well tonight.