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When I started my first blog online, I really had no intention of making any money from it. I started writing my first blog simply because I thought it was fun. However, I started to learn about how much money can actually be made online, which is when I started to get serious about learning how to make that happen. The biggest windfall in my business is learning how to make money using affiliate programs.
In this guide, I hope to achieve one main goal – I want you inside my head.
Ok, wait. That sounded a little weird. Let me try that again…
Basically, I want you to understand my mindset. Sure, this is a bit of a “how-to” guide, but more importantly, I want you to really get an understanding of how I think and why I’ve built my business the way I have. If you can start seeing things from my perspective, the mysterious world of affiliate marketing will start to open up to you. I don’t have specific step-by-step actions you can take, but if I can give you an overall feel for how this business works and how to succeed in it, you will be better off.
Affiliate Marketing Is Not For Everyone!
Before I really dive into this, I’m not saying that learning how to make money using affiliate programs is necessarily the best route for you. In fact, of everyone who reads this, only a small percentage should really put their time and energy into learning affiliate marketing. There are very specific skills and tasks you will need to perform daily on your business. If you don’t have the skills needed or if you’re unhappy performing the daily tasks that are required to sustain a successful affiliate marketing business, this isn’t for you.
No, I’m not trying to motivate you by pulling some sort of reverse psychology here. What I’m telling you is, if you find affiliate marketing is NOT for you after reading this guide, that’s ok! There’s another route for you! Do not “force” success to happen. If what I mention below sounds like it’s something you would enjoy, by all means put your heart and soul into it.
What I will never promise on this site is that affiliate marketing can lead to some sort of get-rich-quick millionaire lifestyle. Some people do indeed earn millions with affiliate marketing. I earn 5 figures monthly (6 figures yearly), so I’m not doing too shabby myself, but this has taken me YEARS to grow. Just like any other business, the strategies I’m about to outline for you will take time to achieve. How much time? Check out this article for a super honest answer about that.
Why I Love Affiliate Marketing
Now that I’ve just said affiliate marketing is not for everyone, let me explain why affiliate marketing is what I love and why I wouldn’t want to run any other type of business. Sure, there are lots of ways to make money online, but affiliate marketing offers some insane advantages, the likes the advertising industry has never seen before.
- No Creation Or Maintenence Of A Product / Service: Creating your own product or service to sell is quite frankly a pain in the ass. It takes a lot of time, money, investment, and a slew of skills to make everything happen just right. Are you going to manufacture a physical product yourself? Do you have the funds to have someone else manufacture things for you? Or maybe you’ll sell a digital product like an e-book. Do you know how to market that e-book to actually gain a following and make money off of it? None of these are an issue with affiliate marketing. The product or service you want to promote is already made, maintained, and everything is handled for you. All you have to focus on is the marketing for it.
- Essentially Zero Risk: One of the best aspects of learning how to make money using affiliate programs is that there is essentially ZERO risk to you or the company you want to sell for. You are not hired as an employee as you retain sub-contractor status. You are not required to commit to anything and you will never have to pay for products up front. They only pay you if you earn them a profit first, so it’s risk-free for everyone. The only thing you’re risking is your time and effort.
- Very Little Startup Capital Required: Making money using affiliate programs is one of the cheapest ways you can start making money by growing a legitimate business. Most businesses require people to risk everything including their jobs, homes, life savings, and they may need to go into a load of debt in order to even get started. Most small businesses are happy to profit after 3 to 5 years or hard work. For affiliate marketers, the only real costs are the costs of a domain, website, and hosting. You could be up and running for well under $100. What other business can offer you that type of opportunity?
- No Customer Service: This is one of my favorite aspects of making money using affiliate programs. When you sell someone else’s product of service, THEY provide the customer service, not you! One of the most stressful aspects of managing any business is handling all the little issues that come up, unsatisfied customers, etc. With affiliate marketing, all of this is handled for you.
- No Payment Processing: Want to know what else is annoying? Payment processing companies. You will never need to take a credit card number, accept a PayPal payment, or deal with wire transfers as an affiliate marketer unless a company is actually paying you commissions. All payments by customers are handled by the company you’re an affiliate for. Just one more headache you never have to deal with.
- No Office Or Employees To Deal With: One huge stressor for many business owners is managing staff and the logistics of running a functional office or facility. Once again, affiliate marketers don’t have to worry about this. The vast majority of affiliate marketing companies are run out of people’s homes by solo entrepreneurs.
- Business Versatility: Just about any industry has a very wide array of products that can be sold as it relates to any niche. If you start promoting one product, but over time another product becomes the better option to promote, you can change at any time. There’s no commitment to keep selling one product or another. Heck, sell them both if you want! Most of my sites make money using affiliate programs from multiple different services. Also notice that I have many sites in many different industries which helps to diversify my business even more.
- Residual Income: While I wouldn’t say affiliate marketing is entirely residual, it does provide somewhat of a passive income source. Meaning, the amount of money I make is not tied to my time. I don’t get paid by the hour, I get paid per sale, and since my websites are working 24/7/365, sometimes I sell things and make money using affiliate programs while I’m sleeping. Waking up in the morning only to see I’ve made money overnight is a feeling that never gets old.
- The FREEDOM: By far, my absolute favorite part of making money using affiliate programs is the freedom it comes with. I can work from anywhere I want, whenever I want, with whome I want, as hard as I want, and I call all the shots. I’ve been traveling the United States since 2009 working on this business and absolutely love that I can work from anywhere.
How Affiliate Marketing Works
Before you can learn how to make money using affiliate programs, you need to understand at least the basics of how affiliate marketing works. In order to do this, I’d like to give you a personal example that I use on this very site you’re on now.
One of the ways I earn money on this website is through an affiliate partnership I have with a service called Wealthy Affiliate. For those of you who don’t know, Wealthy Affiliate is a monthy membership service that provides training and tools for people who want to earn a living through affiliate marketing. So, this is how it works…
Wealthy Affiliate gave me what is called an “affiliate link”. This is a special unique link that I can use to keep track of people on referring. If you click this link to Wealthy Affilite, for example, Wealthy Affiliate’s tracking software detects that I’m the one who referred you. Next, you may find that Wealthy Affiliate looks like a cool place and you’d like to sign up for their free membership option to try things out. Once you create an account, I will get credit if you eventually upgrade to a paid membership, which means I earn a commission!
In short, that is how I make money using affiliate programs on this very website you’re on. Check out the video below for a further explanation of how affiliate marketing works.
How I Make Money Using Affiliate Programs For ALL Of My Sites
At this point, I own about a dozen websites and growing. You can check out an almost full list of those sites on my main company page at RogersConcepts.com. Pretty much all of my websites earn revenue in the same way. I designed websites that contain a TON of content and helpful articles (like this article you’re reading now!). These articles end up ranking highly in search engines. This means I start getting visitors to my site for free and some of those people click on my affiliate links.
I swear there is no special “secret” to my business and it really isn’t all that complicated. However, if you want more information on the specific process I use to build each of my sites, you can learn more about the C–> T–> P–> M Process here.
Walking You Through My Own Personal Example
Instead of trying to tell you how to make money using affiliate programs, I would like to show you a specific example on one of my sites. I own the website DogFoodInsider.com and that site earns me thousands of dollars per month with the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program. What I would like to do now is show you how I decided to build that site, my strategy while creating it, and how it makes so much money.
Step 1 – Before I start any new website, I create a list of 3 niche topics I can choose from. All of those niche topics are topics I am passionate about or really want to learn more about. With those 3 niche ideas, I perform what is called keyword research so that I can create a list of a MINIMUM of 100 article ideas in a spreadsheet. For DogFoodInsider.com, I actually ended up with a list of more than 500 article ideas.
Step 3 – At this point, I started creating as much content as I possibly could. This step lasted me about 6 months and is still ongoing today nearly 5 years later. If you use the same methods I use, your main job as an affiliate marketer will be producing content. The main type of content I was focused on was writing high-quality reviews so dog owners could determine the best type of dog food to buy for their dog.
Step 4 – After about 6 months of writing new daily content for the site, I signed up to become an affiliate for the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program. Once approved, I began implementing the Amazon Affiliate links onto my site. Many of these links were embedded into my dog food review articles, and eventually the site started to earn some decent profits. The more articles I write, the more it makes!
Step 5 – Once the site has been earning steady profits and is able to make money using affiliate programs, I begin hiring freelance writers from sites like Upwork.com to help me produce even more content. This is how I was able to scale that site to a level where it now earns thousands in profit every month.
I realize this seems way too simple. People sell training courses and e-books on how to make money using affiliate programs, but honestly, it’s all fluff. The process to make money using affiliate marketing is actually quite simple. Perform some market research, supply content that doesn’t exist yet on the web (or do it better), place affiliate links on your site when you start to get some traffic, and then profit!
The Hardest Part Of Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing isn’t “hard” in the sense that it takes a rocket scientist to do it. Anyone can build a great looking website these days, you don’t need to know any computer code, and the technical hurdles are relatively simple to overcome. The main thing that holds most new affiliate marketers back is the inability to stick with it long enough and perform the main task it takes to really succeed at this… Content creation.
Getting a website set up takes maybe a few days at most. Signing up for affiliate programs takes literally minutes. However, creating the content to make your site valuable? That’s a different story.
Most people have no problem getting started. “Of course I can write a new article every day on my site! That’s easy!” Well, that’s what most people say in the beginning. But after a couple of months, people start to slack off. Instead of writing one article each day, they write a few each week, then maybe a few each month, and then nothing.
Having the dedication to sit down every day and write content is not an easy feat. This article, for example, has taken me hours to create and it’s well over 2,000 words in length. This isn’t even considered a long article in the affiliate marketing world.
With that said, as long as you focus on spending just a bit of time on your business each and every day, you will always be moving forward towards quitting your day job.
Avoid The Noise And Set Yourself Up For Success!
The biggest issue facing new affiliate marketers is quite simply information overload. My site says one thing, another affiliate marketer says another thing, and another says something completely different. It’s really difficult to sort things out and make sense of all the noise.
What you really need is to learn only what you need to know at the optimal times you need to learn them. Trying to sort it all out yourself is nearly impossible, which is why I always recommend people get some additional help to make things go smoother.
I already indicated that I’m an affiliate marketer for the service Wealthy Affilite, so admittedly I’m a bit biased, but one of the reasons I like Wealthy Affiliate so much is because they help to make things more manageable for new affiliate marketers. They help show you what you need to know in order to make money using affiliate programs, in the order you need to know it in, with all of the tools you’ll ever need to build your business all in one place and for a very reasonable cost. Check them out and sign up for a free account here. If you don’t like them, no harm done. Otherwise, upgrade to premium and get ready to work!
I first joined Wealthy Affiliate in June of 2016 mostly to just see what it was all about. I signed up for a free account at Wealthy Affiliate but upgraded to their paid Premium membership the very next day. Now that I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for about 7 months, I decided it’s finally time to write a Wealthy Affiliate review with my findings on whether this is a good program to sign up with or not.
My intent isn’t to make this Wealthy Affiliate review yet another digital sales pitch. As I searched for Wealthy Affiliate reviews, I noticed the vast majority of them are very one sided, don’t offer any other options, and are simply biased sales pitches from affiliate marketers trying to make a buck. So, in MY Wealthy Affiliate review, I’m going to do things a bit differently. Here are some of the topics I’d like to cover…
- My full disclosure and honesty promise to you
- Who I Am
- How I found Wealthy Affiliate and why I personally signed up
- What you get with the FREE Wealthy Affiliate membership option
- What you get with the PREMIUM Wealthy Affiliate membership option
- Things I LIKE about Wealthly Affiliate
- Things I DON’T LIKE about Wealthy Affiliate
- Who should sign up for Wealthy Affiliate
- Who should NOT sign up for Wealthy Affiliate
- Alternative training programs to consider besides Wealthy Affiliate
- How to receive private coaching from me PERSONALLY within’ Wealthy Affiliate
My Full Disclosure And Honesty Promise To You
The entire reason I created this site is because as an affiliate marketer, I started getting upset with the lack of ethics and misinformation being spread from MANY affiliate marketers, especially as it pertains to the “make money online” niche. So many online marketers out there promise you quick easy money if you just sign up and pay for this or that. Quite frankly, I’m sick of it. Growing an affiliate marketing business is just like starting any other business – it takes time, effort, and a lot of trial and error. I won’t get into it here, but if you’d like you can read my honest article about how long it takes to earn a full-time living with affiliate marketing.
With that said, I want to fully disclose that I am indeed an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate. If you click on any of my affiliate links, like this one, I get credit in the event you sign up for a paid membership option. If you do want to sign up for Wealthy Affiliate, clicking on my affiliate link is actually beneficial for you, too. If you sign up after clicking my link, I get notified and we are able to have private 1-on-1 conversations within’ the Wealthy Affiliate community. This is a huge added benefit and all you have to do is use my affiliate link before signing up for your free account.
…But doesn’t being an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate make me just another one of those affiliate marketers who is being biased and just trying to make a buck off of you? Well, ummmm…. Sort of! But at least I’m honest about it, right? I hope you give me a chance by continuing to read this Wealthy Affiliate review. I have no intent of making this one big sales pitch. I just want to provide you with the information and allow you to make your own decision. If I get a commission, great! If not, that’s ok too. Here’s a screen shot of my Wealthy Affiliate profile.
Bottom line, I may admit to being a bit biased about Wealthy Affiliate but I also promise to be 100% honest with you. Wealthy Affiliate is NOT for everyone. I only want those who will truly benefit from it to sign up.
Who I Am
If you want the full story, you can check out my about me page (it’s a pretty cool story if I may say so myself). The short version is that I got started with affiliate marketing back in 2009 and was able to go full-time in 2011. I now own more than a dozen websites in several different niche industries. You can see a listing of most of my sites at RogersConcepts.com.
In that time, I’ve gone through just about every affiliate marketer training program on the web. Some of them have been good, some of them not so much. Even the good ones typically seem to get outdated after a few years, so I’ve recommended several different online marketing programs over the years depending on who was best at the time.
For example, when I first started back in 2009, I learned from a service called Solo Build It. I knew absolutely nothing about building an online business, let alone what “affiliate marketing” even meant. However, they changed my life and taught me how to build money-making websites online, which is what I’ve been doing with my life ever since. So why don’t I recommend them over Wealthy Affiliate? Because they fell behind the times. They were once great, but I can no longer recommend them due to how outdated their tools and teachings have become, even though they have a higher paying affiliate program than Wealthy Affiliate has.
The same thing happened with Affilorama. This is another program that I once used to recommend to people, but I can no longer in good conscious sell that product because I don’t believe you get enough value from it. The Affilorama platform is just too outdated and too expensive for what you get.
In other words, I will not ever attempt to sell YOU anything that I wouldn’t recommend to my closest friends and family.
I’ve actually only been promoting Wealthy Affiliate since June of 2016 after signing up, and I didn’t even write this review until 7 months after joining.
Call me crazy, but I am one of the few affiliate marketers that feels like it’s only right to promote products and services I truly believe in. That’s precisely the case with Wealthy Affiliate, but I’ll get into more details about WHY I feel this way throughout this review.
How I Found Wealthy Affiliate And Why I Signed Up
As I mentioned earlier, for a long time on this site, I was promoting Affilorama and Solo Build It as good ways to learn about how to grow a successful online business. Unfortunately, over time, these programs deteriorated and I no longer wanted to promote them. Alas, I was off to search for a new way to monetize this site by promoting a product or service I actually liked.
I tried out a few different online marketer training programs, but eventually, I stumbled across Wealthy Affiliate. I had seen Wealthy Affiliate before in search results and knew they existed, but I never really looked that much into them as I was always satisfied with Solo Build It instead.
So actually, the reason I personally signed up for Wealthy Affiliate is likely much different than the reason YOU want to sign up. Chances are, you want to learn about how to make money online legitimately, learn how to build a website, how to blog, and more importantly, how to earn money from that blog. I wasn’t looking for that. I already knew how to do all that stuff. Instead, I signed up as a way to vet the training, tools, and resources provided by Wealthy Affiliate because I wanted to see if it was something I could promote on this very website you’re reading.
Needless to say, I was blown away pretty quickly. Even by signing up for their free membership option, it was very apparent that Wealthy Affiliate does things differently. The community, recorded trainings, live ongoing weekly training sessions, live chat and support options, and business-like approach for beginners to pros alike really blew my mind.
So anyway, I had a unique reason for signing up at Wealthy Affiliate. Instead of wanting to learn from Wealthy Affiliate, I wanted to see if it was something worth promoting on this website. Little did I know how much I would learn anyway!
What You Get With The FREE Wealthy Affiliate Membership Option
I am a HUGE fan of the “freemium” business model. Wealthy Affiliate follows that model by offering a free membership account. The free membership gives you limited access in the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard. Some of your access lasts forever, such as some of the training videos and community features, while other features only last for a limited time, such as the live chat feature. Here is what you get with the free Wealthy Affiliate Membership:
- Live Help – First 7 Days
- 2 Websites
- Website Backup
- Beginner Training Course
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- Affiliate Bootcamp Training – Phase 1 Only
- Video Walk-Throughs
- Keyword Research Tool – 30 Searches
- Training Classrooms – 2
- Affiliate Program
- 1-on-1 Coaching – First 7 Days
Can you run a successful business by only using the free membership option at Wealthy Affiliate? Well, you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, I recommend you sign up for the free Wealthy Affiliate membership as a way to try things out. Honestly, the free membership is set up to be a bit of a teaser to get you to sign up for premium eventually, but most of us expect that going in. What’s nice about it is you can judge for yourself, based on the free membership, whether it is worth it for you to sign up for premium. Ultimately, only you can decide if Wealthy Affiliate is high quality or not. You will get more than enough of an idea by signing up for their free membership option. On average, about 1 in every eight people upgrade to a premium membership.
What It Looks Like Inside Wealthy Affiliate
What You Get With The PREMIUM Wealthy Affiliate Membership Option
The premium Wealthy Affiliate membership is where you get access to absolutely everything. If you’re serious about building an online business, I have never in my 8 years in this industry seen such an amazing community full of help, tools, and resources. I’ve been a member at several other online marketing sites, but this one blows the rest of them out of the water.
The biggest issue I’ve had with previous training programs and marketing communities is how outdated they get. With a Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership, you don’t need to worry about that. New trainings are added daily including live weekly video training sessions. You can also search and browse past trainings they’ve created over the years. With a premium membership, you also get unlimited access to community features which is one of my favorite aspects of Wealthy Affiliate. I spend hours per day simply chatting and messaging people who clicked on my Wealthy Affiliate affiliate link. When they use my link to sign up, I get notified, and the personal one-on-one coaching can begin. No other platform has offered this option before.
Here are some of the things that are included with the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership:
- Live Help – Unlimited
- Private Messaging – Unlimited
- 50 Websites
- Website Security Package
- Website Backup
- Beginner Training Course – Full Access
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- Affiliate Bootcamp Training – All Phases (7)
- Live Video Classes
- Video Walk-Throughs
- Keyword Research Tool – Unlimited Searches
- Training Classrooms – 2
- Affiliate Program – 2x Higher Payout
- Earn While You Learn
- 1-on-1 Coaching – Unlimited
- Private Access to Webinars
- 24/7/365 Website Support
- Website Feedback Platform
- Website Comment Platform
- Website Analysis
If you add up all the services you get, the premium membership is a steal. For example, you’ll notice they include unlimited keyword research with a membership. Other paid keyword research tools sell for $49 or more just by themselves. Add in website hosting, and there’s another $10 / mo. Add on the website security package, and there’s another $10 per month (I’ve paid as much as $29 / mo just for website security). Just based on those things alone, Wealthy Affiliate is a great deal with all of the resources and tools you need in one convenient place. Not to mention all of the training, tutorials, and support that is included with the membership.
Yes, it costs money, but starting any business takes an investment. The key is to invest wisely, be frugal, and make sure you’re investing in the right things. With Wealthy Affiliate Premium you are literally getting absolutely everything you’ll need to start a successful business online. From the training to the web building tools to the website hosting, backup, security, and support – it’s all there in one place at a very reasonable price.
Here are some screen shots of my favorite success stories on Wealthy Affiliate, as shared in the private “members only” blog area.
Things I LIKE About Wealthy Affiliate
I realize my bias is already showing through, so I’ll get to what I DON’T like about Wealthy Affiliate below. But, as I’ve already stated, overall I don’t know of any other place that is better for new affiliate marketers to get started than Wealthy Affiliate. If you take a look around my site, you’ll notice I’ve spent a TON of time on it. I’ve spent years of my life building this site, and there are currently almost 500 posts here, all for free, for everyone. It is in my best interest to promote only the best training course and that training course is Wealthy Affiliate.
Want to know a little secret about this site? When I first started this site, I only planned on monetizing by selling my OWN affiliate marketer training course. About halfway through creating my course, I realized that I would never be able to provide the type of quality product I intended. Even if I could, it would become outdated so fast that in just a couple years, I wouldn’t be able to sell it anymore.
One of the reasons I like Wealthy Affiliate is because it enables me to provide this blog for free to people, but also be able to sell a genuinely high-quality product that I know is always updated and provides a better service than I ever could. Plus, when people sign up using my affiliate link, I can still provide one-on-one coaching and support as a way to add value and as a “thank you” for signing up using my link. Wealthy Affiliate truly is a win-win-win setup.
The biggest reason I love recommending Wealthy Affiliate to new affiliate marketers is because it literally provides EVERYTHING you will ever need. You don’t need to buy a domain name in one place then get hosting in another place while you sign up for training at yet another place. Everything you need is in one spot, for one consistent monthly cost. Plus, they don’t just provide the tools, but they give step-by-step training instructions on how to use all the tools properly. If you still don’t understand something, just ask the community or go into live chat, and you could get an answer in literally seconds.
I have never seen any community like Wealthy Affiliate before. It is a truly unique place, and in a very good way.
Things I DON’T LIKE About Wealthy Affiliate
As promised, I also want to talk about the things I do not like about Wealthy Affiliate. By now it should be obvious that I’m very satisfied with the service, but there is always room for improvement, right?
One thing I don’t like is that Wealthy Affiliate mainly focuses on beginner to intermediate trainings. While this makes sense as the vast majority of Wealthy Affiliate members are brand new to the industry, I would also love to see some more advanced training provided for those of us with a decade of experience in the industry. Sometimes even the pros like to be challenged!
I would also like to see a forum built into the platform. Wealthy Affiliate has a unique way of building a community and I understand why they shy away from a standard forum type of format. Instead, they want to promote live chat sessions, blog posts, private messaging, and public questions where people can comment below. This type of setup is pretty cool at times, but I also do enjoy forums where I can just browse by topic.
Wealthy Affiliate is also very strict on spam, which in the end is a GOOD thing, but I have to be careful sometimes about promoting my sites or referencing them. Sometimes I do have valuable information on my site that I think could help people during live chat sessions or Q&A’s, but I don’t share because I don’t want it to look like I’m spamming. They do allow people to promote their sites in certain areas, but in order to keep the community from filling up with self-promotion spam, there are times when it is best not to share certain information from outside sources, especially my own sites.
And finally, I find that it is almost too easy to communicate with people! I love helping people and meeting new people in the industry, but as a successful affiliate marketer, I do get bombarded with so many questions from people I don’t even know. For that reason, I try to keep my responses prioritised by always responding to those who I referred through my affiliate link. Heck, they helped me earn a few bucks, so why shouldn’t they get priority? While this system works, I do sometimes feel bad at my super late response times for many of those trying to get some help.
Overall, however, I truly do believe that Wealthy Affiliate is the single best place for new affiliate marketers to get started. It’s a wonderful place and by signing up for the free membership first, I think it will become obvious to you.
Who Should Sign Up For Wealthy Affiliate?
The primary purpose of any review, including this review of Wealthy Affiliate, is to help you decide if you should or should not sign up or purchase something. For starters, since you can sign up for a free account at Wealthy Affiliate, I think that is a no-brainer way to go. Don’t take my word or anyone else’s word for it, go see for yourself! There is no credit card required or anything like that. It’s completely free to try.
However, Wealthy Affiliate isn’t for everyone, so let’s first cover who it is FOR and then I’ll cover more specifically who it is NOT for.
Wealthy Affiliate is a great place for those who are brand new to the industry. Sure, experienced marketers may also enjoy the benefits of a Wealthy Affiliate membership, but the service is really created for those who are complete newbies to the industry and need to learn how to build an online business from scratch.
There’s also the fact that Wealthy Affiliate is not and never claims to be a get-rich-quick strategy. You will learn how to build a real, legitimate online business and one that can earn you some serious cash, but just like any other business, it is going to take a lot of time, effort, patience, and support along the way. If you have realistic expectations, are willing to learn from those who have succeeded before you, and you’re willing to put at least 6 months into your business before you see any profits at all, than Wealthy Affiliate is a good place for you.
Wealthy Affiliate is also an excellent place for those who want to have everything they will need in one place. From market research tools to web building tools to domain registration, website hosting, website backups, site security, and much more, it’s all in one place. AND all of those tools come with complete step-by-step training videos as well as a support community that can help you if you’re having trouble. If you don’t want to pay 10 different companies for 10 different services you’ll need to run your business, sign up with Wealthy Affiliate to get it all in one place. Wealthy Affiliate literally provides absolutely everything you’ll need to succeed with your online business.
Who Should NOT Sign Up For Wealthy Affiliate?
While I suggest everyone signs up for the free membership at Wealthy Affiliate to at least see what it’s like, an online business is not for everyone. These are the types of people who should stay away from Wealthy Affiliate.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people who sign up for Wealthy Affiliate are those who are in dire need of financial help. They may have lost a job or may have suffered some other financial setback such as medical issues. The thing is, there’s no reason these people should stay away from Wealthy Affiliate, but many of them have this expectation that they can create a full time income in a matter of weeks or even a few months. That is NOT the case. Remember, it takes an average business 3 years to profit. Fortunately, it will not take that long with an online business, but it will take considerable time and effort. If you need an income source fast, Wealthy Affiliate is not the place to provide that. Instead, Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to build a real, sustainable online business over a period of time that will also last a long time.
Basically, anyone who is looking to make money fast should stay away from Wealthy Affiliate. There are plenty of “make money fast” e-books and courses out there, and they are all a scam (trust me). While Wealthy Affiliate is legit, they will absolutely never claim that they teach you how to make money fast. Building a legitimate online business takes time.
You also should not join Wealthy Affiliate if you don’t enjoy the community / social aspect of it. A huge part of Wealthy Affiliate is the ability to communicate with other members. It’s a “help and be helped” community. If you have no interest in setting up your profile, asking questions, supporting others, chatting in the live chat sessions, or doing any sort of participation, you will not get the full benefit of the service.
If you don’t like to write, do not sign up for Wealthy Affiliate. The business model that Wealthy Affiliate teaches revolves around producing lots of great content to attract website visitors from search engines. This means, as you build your business, you’ll be writing just about every day, just like I do on this very blog you’re reading. I’ve already written almost 4,000 words in this one post alone, and it’s not even close to being finished yet. Affiliate marketing takes work, and if you are unable or unwilling to write a TON of content, don’t even consider getting into this. Being a writer will end up being your main job.
Finally, if you’re only planning on “dipping your toes in the water” to see what affiliate marketing is all about, do not sign up for the premium membership. The free membership is more than enough for you to see what it’s all about. Premium membership should be reserved for those who are actually serious about building a real business for themselves. If you aren’t in this for the long-haul, there is no reason to waste your money.
Alternative Training Programs To Consider Besides Wealthy Affiliate
Before I get into some alternatives to Wealthy Affiliate, I need to give you one MAJOR warning. The “make money online” niche is full of scammers and people who don’t give a crap about you or taking your money. Be very, very careful with who you give your email, personal info, and credit card information to.
Now that I have that warning out of the way, here are some alternatives you should consider and compare against Wealthy Affiliate:
Solo Build It – As I stated earlier in this Wealthy Affiliate review, I initially learned how to start my own business with this service. Solo Build It is very similar to Wealthy Affiliate as far as the training is concerned, but Solo Build It does not have the same type of live and updated training as Wealthy Affiliate. I’ve found the training, tools, and resources at Solo Build It to have gotten a bit outdated and cumbersome. Is it still a quality product worth checking out? Absolutely! But I believe that everything Solo Build It does, Wealthy Affiliate does better, and they are about the same price.
Affilorama – While I promoted Affilorama in the past, I no longer do for many of the same reasons I stopped promoting Solo Build It. It has simply become too outdated. Affilorama also lacks in some of the training. Instead, they focus on helping you get started quickly by designing a site for you and seeding it with content. Some of the optional training courses they sell are quite expensive and compares to an entire annual membership at Wealthy Affiliate, so that’s why I no longer promote them. Again, they are worth checking out, but I think Wealthy Affiliate is a much better buy.
Udemy.com – Udemy is an online training platform where “instructors” can create courses and sell them to “students”. There are some extremely high quality courses on Udemy created by high quality instructors who really have made a lot of money online, but there are a lot of very low quality courses as well. Most of the higher quality courses are quite expensive, sometimes exceeding $100. While the training might be good, the training on Wealthy Affiliate is excellent as well, plus you get all the tools, community, and support included as well. Once again, I believe Wealthy Affiliate is the better option.
Warrior Forum WSO’s – This is the only option on the list I will actually tell you to stay away from. Warrior Forum WSO’s are almost always a rip-off and no amount of them will adequately teach you how to truly build a real online business. This forum community is owned by Freelancer.com and they will allow just about anyone to sell just about anything. The majority of them are very cheap, but once you give them your email address, get ready to be spammed. They also almost always include “upsells” where the initial product may only cost a few bucks, but all the other products they sell you within the first product costs substantially more. I could write all day about why you should never purchase a Warrior Forum WSO, but if you want to learn more, you can read my article about Warrior Forum WSO’s here.
Free Training Across The Web – Believe it or not, most of the training I’ve received over the years are sources I’ve found for free all over the web. I’ve shared a LOT of that info with you on this very website through my nearly 500 blog posts (to date). However, you should also check out sources such as YouTube. It’s true, places such as YouTube are filled with scammers and spammers, but mixed within those are some gems. For example, you can look up keynote speeches on affiliate marketing from various conferences, such as Affiliate Summit speakers. Using free content from around the web is hard to sort out and make sense of, so it’s best to use a service like Wealthy Affiliate because you are able to learn the things you need to learn, in the order you need to learn them, without all the distractions. However, as you progress, you may need to learn something specific, at which point you can go to free sources across the web to learn as you need it.
For the most part, there really aren’t any other high quality affiliate marketer training programs available today. The first couple I listed are really the only other services I would even consider over Wealthy Affiliate, but in the end, Wealthy Affiliate is in a league of its own.
How To Receive Private Coaching From Me PERSONALLY Within’ Wealthy Affiliate
When I say that I love Wealthy Affiliate, I’m not just saying that because I’m an affiliate for them. I’m a very active premium member at Wealthy Affiliate and love interacting with people on a daily basis. If you join, you’ll see me posting on people’s profiles, answering questions, chatting in the live chat area, and I have private personal messaging conversations multiple times per day.
But here’s the kicker… If you sign up using my affiliate link for Wealthy Affiliate, I will be notified and I will send you a welcome message. From that point on, you can contact me absolutely any time and I will help coach you through the process. If you ever feel overwhelmed or have questions you can’t find the answers to, I’m just a quick message away. I’m not only happy to return the favor for you clicking on my affiliate link, but this business is my passion, and I absolutely love watching people’s businesses grow. So, if you are looking for one more reason to join Wealthy Affiliate, use any of my Wealthy Affiliate links before you sign up and you’ll get free coaching from me personally.
Some Final Thoughts
I hope you found this Wealthy Affiliate review to be helpful as I put a lot of time into this, but if I didn’t answer a question you have, feel free to comment below, and I will try to give you the best answer I can. The bottom line is, Wealthy Affiliate is the absolute best place I have ever seen to get the training and all the tools you’ll ever need in one place. Plus, if you sign up using my affiliate link, I will personally provide 1 on 1 coaching for you. At the very last, you should consider signing up for the free membership first and just see what you think. If you’re serious about growing an online business, my guess is you’ll be more than satisfied.
Deciding to get into affiliate marketing can be a great way to make money online in a subject that you’re interested in, or passionate about. That interest is vitally important to your success in being able to engage an audience, retain them, and eventually see that audience retention turn into clicks that you can get paid for as an affiliate marketer. Success in affiliate marketing can be a great amount of fun, but don’t mistake that as being the same thing as easy. One of the biggest affiliate marketing tips I give to new affiliate marketers is to write truly engaging content that readers will go crazy over.
You need to do something to keep people coming back to your website and motivate them to learn more about your affiliate, and one of the best ways to do this is by producing new content that keeps them interested. Read More
With affiliate marketing, the key to success is to drive people to your website, get interested in whatever marketing strategy you’re using—whether that’s blog posts, videos or other content—and then have that audience retention spill over into clicks for your affiliate. All of that seems simple enough, but there’s one huge hurdle that every affiliate marketer has to overcome, and it’s both the advantage and challenge the Internet presents to all affiliate marketers. Anyone can put something up on the Internet, and as a result, there’s an almost limitless amount of content to find, which means tracking things down can be difficult. Search engine marketing or SEO is the cornerstone to most affiliate marketing businesses. Read More
Affiliate marketing has strategically evolved over the years, with a major part of that change being search engine optimization. As our online presence continues to grow, search engine optimization continues to grow with it. As we have previously discussed in our blog posts, search engine optimization can be potentially useful as one of your affiliate marketing strategies. Allow us to take a look at the future of search engine optimization. Read More
Today’s internet users have an inherent desire to be constantly connected to their wants and needs. Routinely on the internet or mobile devices, the use of social media has rapidly grown over the past decade. As an affiliate marketer, the use of social media should absolutely be considered when formulating your online marketing strategies. In this article, I’ll be discussing how to implement social media into your online marketing strategy and why it’s so important for you to do it. Each social platform is unique and has a unique audience and maximizing your user outreach across multiple platforms will increase the likelihood of your success.
How To Implement Social Media With Facebook Marketing
If you utilize and execute the correct strategies, affiliate marketing on Facebook can be profitable. Facebook provides the largest overall audience online, offering enormous potential for those who chose to advertise on in. With over a billion people using it across the globe, the clientele potential for your affiliate marketing website is practically endless.
As an affiliate marketer, you will be concerned about “likes” and “shares” while operating on Facebook. The two are fairly self-explanatory. Receiving a “like” on a post means that a user approved of your post. Sharing your post means a user shared your post for their friends to see. This system is unique to every user – meaning, if a user shares your post to their friends, then THEIR friends can like or share it. It is this ripple effect that you seek while promoting your affiliate marketing goals on Facebook.
As this process occurs, you make connections with users interested in your websites. They may “follow” your page on their own, or they may visit your affiliate marketing websites more frequently. Both bode very well for your affiliate marketing strategy. The ultimate goal of generating traffic on Facebook is to direct users to your affiliate marketing website.
When trying to build a genuine following on your Facebook page, you should provide entertaining, worthwhile content. You do not want to be too “pushy” with your marketing website; instead, you should peak users’ interest and make them WANT to visit your website. While one-time hits on your website are nice, users that frequently drive traffic to your website are even better!
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How To Implement Social Media With Twitter
The user base of Twitter is second only to Facebook, with over 300 million estimated monthly visitors. As you may know, Twitter allows users to send short messages (140 character “tweets,” to be exact) as a straightforward way to share information. Twitter is great for learning about users’ likes, interests, and online activity. If you are looking to educate the market about your brand and have a greater understanding of the customers in your industry, Twitter could prove beneficial for you.
Your Twitter should not be a barrage of sales pitches. Your goal is to engage and connect with users so that they are enticed to visit your affiliate marketing website. The sales pitch really should not occur on Twitter. Building networks of users on Twitter will allow you to promote relevant content that is perceived as worthwhile. The interactions you have with your users should prompt them to visit your affiliate site, where they can then be sold.
VIDEO: How To Use Twitter For Affiliate Marketing
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How To Implement Social Media With With Instagram
Users are big fans of visual content, and love sharing their pictures and videos with their friends. Visual content can be a tremendous advantage, and as a social media platform, Instagram is the primary way to do so. Every 24 hours, over 70 million photos and videos are posted to Instagram! As one of the fastest growing social media platforms, it should be used in conjunction with your Facebook and Twitter posts – although tempting due to its ease, it should not be used exclusively as your social media marketing platform.
Your profile should promote your BRAND. Your brand builds credibility and spreads your reputation, in turn building your following of users. You want to avoid spam and the hard-sell. Your goal is to sell ideas and appeal to the emotional side of users. An image that is brandable will hopefully drive traffic back to your affiliate marketing website.
VIDEO: How To Use Instagram For Affiliate Marketing
Snapchat Affiliate Marketing
Speaking of visual content, it’s worth mentioning Snapchat, who recently reached the 100 million user mark. Building a platform of followers can prove to be a little more difficult with Snapchat, as it is mostly used by people under 35. However, the perk to Snapchat is that photos and videos can only be viewed once, unless they are placed on your Story, where they expire after 24 hours. This allows you to “tease” products and make exclusive offers that are good for one-day only. Snapchat will allow you to connect with your users on a more personal level, which can prove to be a very effective affiliate marketing strategy.
VIDEO: How To Use Snapchat For Affiliate Marketing
Social Media Can Fit Into Your Online Marketing Strategy
As the internet evolves, successful affiliate marketers will adjust their strategies accordingly. With social media playing a more important role in online users’ lives, affiliate marketers should not miss out on the potential that the platforms have to offer. Affilorama.com is a great resource that offers a slew of helpful information in regards to using social media to increase your affiliate marketing brand. We recommend checking out their website to gain a more in-depth explanation of the benefits of implementing social media into your online marketing strategies.
Affiliate marketers seek to grow their user platform. Successful social media marketing will utilize multiple social media platforms that cross-reference each other, build your following, and ultimately grow your email list. Although it will take time to build an engaged audience, carving out your niche will provide a wealth of knowledge regarding demographics and buying patterns.
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