When you start an online business you want it to be successful as soon as possible. The end goal is to create a passive source of income to finance your lifestyle. In my opinion, Affiliate Marketing is by far the best way to achieve this goal.
I wrote an article that discussed this recommendation. Before going any further why not find out why I said it is the best home based business.
The concept may be simple. To achieve massive success requires knowledge on the tricks of the trade. You can either search for the information yourself and hope that it will work. Or you could get trained by experts who have succeeded immensely since 2008.
The company that has perfected a course devoted to creating an Affiliate Marketing business, is called Wealthy Affiliate. This course also applies to ANY online business as the principles are the same. I provided an overview of their training platform. It would be a good idea to check that out to get the big picture.
In this Blog Post I will be focusing only on the training from Wealthy Affiliate. Essentially, how to get started in Affiliate Marketing step by step. It enables you to build an amazing website through lessons followed by specific actions. Hence, you will be able to create an amazing online Affiliate Marketing business.
Start With The End In Mind
The objective of an Affiliate Marketing business is to channel customers to the affiliate company that carries the products you feature on your niche website. You accomplish this through your Blog Posts, first by bringing up a need or problem your visitors have. Then show how your niche product or service will fill that need or solve their problem in the best way possible.
As you build a relationship with your visitors, the chances are they will return. And of course, purchase more products from your affiliate sites. At the same time your Blog Posts will be attracting more new visitors, some of whom will become customers. This in turn creates a recurring stream of passive income.
Let’s start with the end in mind, and work out way backwards through the steps that will create income for you:
- Income that will be generated passively
- Conversions towards generating this income
- High traffic volume that will help the frequency of conversions
- Blog Posts using On Page Search Engine Optimization to attract visitors
- Off page SEO through the use of Social Media and other practices
- Website optimized for Desktop PC and Mobile Devices including high speed loading
- Select a Domain Name to reflect your brand
- Select a Niche that you are passionate about that will satisfy a need for your target market
- Decide on how you wish to get trained to make money online
- Do your research to verify that Affiliate Marketing is right for you
The Training That Will Help You Achieve The Above
It is critical that you make the right decisions in your Online Business journey. Training is the key to make this work for you. Wealthy Affiliate has a join-for-free plan. This allows you to experience the training for the first 10 lessons in the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course. But that’s not all. You can also go through the first 10 lessons from the more advanced Affiliate Bootcamp training for free. Believe it or not, there are other benefits of being a free member that other companies charge you for the privilege. Like being able to create two free websites as well as have them hosted for free at Wealthy Affiliate.
You may be surprised to know there is no time limit to staying on as a free member. However, as you complete these free lessons and start building your affiliate marketing website, you will want to continue to develop your business using all the powerful tools and services Wealthy Affiliate provides.
For that you must become a Premium Member. The subscription is $49 a month. There is an annual payment option of $359. That works out to less than $1 A DAY! If you were taking these courses in a community college, assuming they teach them, it would cost you much more. And that is it! There are no gotchas and up sell products that appear later, unlike other companies from my prior experience.
Let me show you the complete Online Entrepreneur Certification Course below.
Your Training Begins Here
Wealthy Affiliate has created the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course, consisting of 5 Levels. Each Level has 10 Lessons.
Each Lesson consists of a video followed by a written script for easy reference. Free membership includes the 10 lessons in Level 1. At the end there are homework exercises intended to solidify your learning. As a Premium Member, if you get stuck, you can ask the community your question and several more experienced members will provide you with an answer. With over 1.5 MILLION members it won’t take long to get a response. And if you wish to enter into a private dialog with anyone to discuss your problem further, you can do that too. I mention this to drive home the value you get over here.
Remember the 10 steps starting with the End In Mind I listed above? Why not study this matrix and discover for yourself what lessons are associated with which each step. This will be well worth your time to find out. I would love it if you told me in the comments section below what you found.
If you have any questions on this matrix, please ask me and I will be happy to answer you.
You may have noticed that business building concepts like Pay Per Click (PPC) was not covered in the OEC. These are more advanced concepts and best used after your website has generated traffic and sales organically. They may not reach the income levels you desire yet. However, the main objective is to guide you to earn an income without undergoing more expenses than your subscription.
Once you start earning an income, then it makes sense to use PPC and other concepts to scale up your business. All of this and then some is covered in the Affiliate Bootcamp training that I will be sharing below.
Advanced Training Concepts
The Affiliate Marketing Bootcamp consists of 7 Phases. The term Phase instead of Level was chosen to eliminate ambiguity when comparing it with the OEC. There are 10 Lessons in each Phase.
Notice that there are 7 Phases in this more advanced Affiliate Marketing course. Free members have access to the 10 lessons in Phase 1. You will also notice that there is a fair level of duplication of the basics. You can never get too much exposure to the basic principles of Internet Marketing.
If you are serious about learning how to build an online business, I would expect that you will review both the OEC and the Bootcamp training programs very closely to get a feel for what is being taught here. Let me go over just a few elements of the Affiliate Bootcamp training.
Brief Review of The Affiliate Bootcamp Training
The research and use of Keywords, images, graphics, web page design, Branding, Use of the Sidebar, Creating Videos, and Pay Per Click for scaling your business and many more new topics are taught in great detail.
This is one of the reasons why it is more productive to take the OEC course first and then move on to the Affiliate Bootcamp training. You could say that the OEC is like your Freshman year in your Online Business creation. The Affiliate Bootcamp is your Sophomore year.
Then for those who want to totally commit to earning income faster, Wealthy Affiliate has created the Super Affiliate Challenge that would be your Junior year. Your Senior year would focus on the weekly webinars that go into much more detail on the topics that were covered in the prior courses. This is where the rubber meets the road.
The amazing thing is, you decide how long you take to accomplish your Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior “years”. Each can be done in a matter of months. Even if it takes you four years to learn it all, isn’t that worth it to have the ability to decide and control what paycheck you earn? And instead of working 8-hour days, how about an 8-hour week?
Once you have your money making website running in full swing, all you need to do is spend a few hours each way to maintain it. Or you could create several new Affiliate Marketing websites based on other niches you may have.
Every successful Affiliate Marketer uses the power of scalability to multiply their earning power in the years ahead, but working FEWER hours. This is the power of LEVERAGE and PASSIVE INCOME!
Instead of exchanging hours for dollars, you create multiple assets that WORK FOR YOU!
Can you wrap your mind around this powerful concept?
If you were studying for a university degree say in Electronics Engineering. It would take you 4 years to graduate. Also, you most likely would have accumulated student loans that must be paid up. The stress of getting a job will be compounded by having the thought of paying off these debts. And if you hit hard times they cannot be erased through bankruptcy.
Here are your options. If you have a day job, keep it while you are getting trained. Build your online business on a part-time basis. At some point in time, your online income will grow to supplement the income from your day job. That will motivate you to work even harder to replace your day job income with that from your online business. When that happens, you FIRE YOUR BOSS!
It may take months, a year, of even a few years. Ask yourself. Is it worth it?
What is the price you are willing to pay to achieve financial freedom as well as free time? More time to spend with your family. Or go on vacations where you can keep track of your business anywhere in the world.
How about totally changing your lifestyle to the one you only dreamed about?
A New Mindset
You must develop a new mind set in order to achieve your new goals.
Do you believe you deserve to earn a six figure income or more each year? Do you have a millionaire mindset?
In other words are you willing and able to THINK LIKE YOU ALREADY ARE A MILLIONAIRE?
If you don’t then you will not reach your financial goals with your online business. Or any business for that matter. You must totally BELIEVE you can ACHIEVE what you set out to do.
I suggest you create a DREAM BOARD with pictures that represent the things you would like to afford with the money you plan to earn. Don’t forget to include giving money to charity. My favorite is St. Jude’s Hospital for Children. That organization is dedicated to helping kids with terminal and other serious illnesses. I suggest you place a picture of your favorite charity on your dream board too.
LOOK AT IT EVERY DAY. And meditate what it feels like to already have achieved these goals! Money should NOT be your eventual goal. What that money can do for you should be your focus.
Now get to work and make it happen.
What Is Your Next Step?
I hope after checking out the valuable training Wealthy Affiliate provides and what that can do to change your life, you will sign up for free. I am going to make that very easy for you. Just click the banner below and enter your Email address.
What does it feel like to be one step closer to becoming financially independent? As Nike says, Just Do It!