My main purpose of this Blog is to help you answer the question: Is Affiliate Marketing For You? If you are not sure what Affiliate Marketing is, you may review a Blog Post I wrote called: What Is The Best Home Based Business.
The organization that provides the best training not only in affiliate Marketing but in online marketing in general is Wealthy Affiliate. They are based in Vancouver, Canada and was founded by two pioneers in online marketing, Kyle and Carson. For the past 14 years they have perfected the Wealthy Affiliate online training platform that has been responsible in turning out thousands of successful members who have created highly profitable online businesses.
It requires a lot of hard work learning and implementing the skills to create a successful online business. A reasonable goal is for your online business to replace what you’re earning in your day job. But most likely with one quarter of the effort! Your hard work and time will have built an asset that creates a passive income for you. Even while you sleep.
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OK you decided you needed more information to answer the question, Is Affiliate Marketing For You?.
Let’s first assume you are keen on setting up an online business. The variety of online businesses are almost endless. Out of all the possibilities, there are two fundamentally different types.
- Sell products you buy low for a profit, or market skills you have for immediate income.
- Build an asset online that will provide you with passive income.
Let me give you a simple answer to the first one. My wife has been collecting Beanie Babies for many years until she stopped ten years ago. She has accumulated about 1000 of them. One way to earn some quick cash is to sell them online either on a dedicated website or on eBay. If this takes off, she could buy them for less elsewhere and sell them for a profit.
I am very good in using PowerPoint to create custom presentations. Even though one would think that everyone can make a PowerPoint presentation, that is not the case. And even if someone can, they may want to contract that out as they have more important things to do. I can advertise my skills to create PowerPoint presentations for others, for a fee.
In both these cases, I can receive cash almost immediate. However, each sale would require time and effort on my part. This option is very much like a job, even if I am using the Internet. I much prefer the second option. Read on and you will see why.
Is it possible to build a website that will earn passive income? Of course! One business category that makes this possible is Affiliate Marketing! You’ve probably guessed that I am nuts about Affiliate Marketing.
Let me ask you the question again:
Is Affiliate Marketing For You?
I wrote a Blog that discussed 5 Reasons Why Affiliate Marketing May Not Be Right For You. Some reasons are as follows:
- Unrealistic expectations of making money fast
- Too busy and not willing to set aside time to do the work
- Not good at following instructions
- Constantly looking for a better mousetrap
- Gives up too early before allowing the process to work
This would be a good time to check that out by clicking the link above. You may be wondering why am I giving you reasons not to become an Affiliate Marketer?
To be completely transparent, when you join Wealthy Affiliate and later upgrade to Premium, I earn a small commission. Knowing that, you would think I would do anything to persuade you to sign up. Read on and you will find out why this is the case.
My objective is for you to make that decision yourself after you know what is involved. I’d rather you do not join if you don’t intend to follow and implement the training. However, if you know what is involved and see the benefits of creating a money making asset yourself, the chances are you will be willing to put in the effort to make that happen.
This actually works better for me too.
Analogy With A Brick & Mortar Store
When someone builds a traditional business in a physical store, what are their expectations? They know it will take a finite amount of time, investment in cash and manpower before breaking even. In fact a lot of time and money. They will have conducted their analysis based on researched data of other stores in their area similar to theirs.
They know up front what it is going to take. If they obtained a loan, the creditor will have asked for a business plan that shows very clearly when they will break even. Then what will their profit be with time.
Included in that business plan will be a line item for each business period where the loan payments will be made until the loan was paid off.
Expectations With An Online Business
In order to help you understand how such a website works, I wrote about it in:
The well-known software WordPress is what we use to create our money making websites. WordPress powers about 34% of the websites in use worldwide. This Blog Post and this website is based on WordPress!
Building a website is relatively easy. What requires more thought, insight and skill is what to do to make your website generate cash for you. A website needs Blog Posts to be ranked high in the search engines. A high rank attracts targeted traffic that leads to conversions, meaning sales, generating income.
The knowledge and skills required to make that happen does not occur overnight. It takes a great deal of training and implementation to achieve that goal. In other words, it takes valuable time.
Time – Your Most Valuable Asset
In order to be ranked high, Google has methods to ascertain if your website is an authority site. For example, if the niche you have selected is in the rising field of Cannabis related products, are your Blog Posts authoritative enough and provide your visitors valuable content to retain their interest when they land on your website?
It comes down to writing excellent Blog Posts to begin with. There is a thing called Search Engine Optimization, online and offline that will help website and Blog Post rankings.
How do you acquire the skills to make this happen?
The answer is to go through training given by experts who have a proven track record in this area. Wealthy Affiliate does exactly that.
Currently they have over 1.5 Million members of which several thousand have created their online businesses that are thriving. The courses are not only applicable for Affiliate Marketing, but any kind of online business. The principles are the same even if the business concepts may be different.
The only drawback is it takes time to make that breakthrough. This will be different for each individual as we all learn at different rates.
You need to treat this like an online university course, except you can progress at your own pace. The faster you complete the course, the quicker you will start earning money. You can check it out and start the beginners course for free by clicking the banner below:
The Path I Took
I signed up for free and had access to 20 lessons aimed at beginners. I could have stayed a free member for as long as I wanted to. When I was ready to upgrade I could do so for a monthly subscription of $49. I felt that was a steal based on previous training courses I had embarked on.
Every one of those had a low starter price usually around $99 for the first month. Then if I wanted to take the complete course, I had to pay in excess of $2000 a year. That was probably good value, but I just could not afford it. I ended up leaving with utter disappointment. Yet again. Until I discovered Wealthy Affiliate.
I joined for free by clicking such a banner above. When I went in I was shown exactly what kind of courses I would get and the tools that I had available. Plus the kind of websites I would be able to build along with income opportunities. And all this just so that I could join for FREE and feel good doing it!
Once I signed up and started the Online Entrepreneur Course, my sponsor offered me a special bonus. If I upgraded to Premium before my first week ended, my first months subscription would be $19 instead of $49.
Guess what. I kept them waiting until my first week was almost over before I upgraded. I wanted to explore every area of the Platform and take advantage of the free one on one coaching for that first week to see if my expectations were met.. I had been through other companies trial training modules to compare Wealthy Affiliate with.
My conclusion was this was far superior and cost far less, I had nothing to lose by upgrading.
After I upgraded, I was informed of a way to pay less than $1 a DAY! For that low price I needed to change my plan to the annual subscription of $359 a year. I thought this must be a joke. How could they offer such value for so little? I was convinced there must be up-sells further down the line where I would need to pay more to have total access.
Not so! For less than $1 a day I had access to EVERYTHING and there would be NO further payments required. After my first month was completed I first went on the $49 monthly plan. After the second month was over, I went Annual.
This was one of the BEST decisions of my life.
Once I created my first website, it was indexed by Google within a week. Shortly after that, my Blog Posts started being ranked in the search engines on the first page! The course was clearly working, And not just for me. In the forums, many others were experiencing the same results.
I was HOOKED! Affiliate Marketing was definitely for me. Building an asset that will be paying me over and over again when my websites gain traction and build traffic, gave me a feeling that I was now in true control of my future.
Each one of us is different. And you will have to answer to yourself if Affiliate Marketing is for you.
A Word Of Caution
Building a business, be it a traditional one or an online business is nothing like having a job. You are your own boss. Nobody is going to pay you by the hour. You decide how much you want to earn. Be prepared to work really hard and earn nothing initially. This is where the rubber meets the road as you could get discouraged and will want to quit. A word of advice.
Let’s be clear. I cannot promise what you will earn as that will depend on the quality and quantity of effort you devote to your business especially in the first year or two. Wealthy Affiliate has a history of members that stuck with the program who are earning a full time income within two years so that they could quit their full time job. Many have become millionaires.
You must treat this like a real business which it is. If you think of it as a hobby, you will not succeed. The lessons are easy to follow and implement. If you get stuck, there is a whole community of members where people are ready to help you out. You are not alone. And this is a BIG DEAL!
So What’s It Going To Be?
Are you in? Or are you going to pass up this tremendous opportunity? I sincerely hope you are going to decide here and now that you are taking control of your future.