Is the Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or Not? Bogus Training Platform???

Is the Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or Not

I am going to guess that you have found tons of positive stuff written about Wealthy Affiliate, but there is still something inside your head asking the question – is the Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or not?

There are tons of scams out there, from bogus training platforms all the way to get-rich-quick schemes and they all lead to the same thing… No Money, or even worse losing a ton of money!!

There are definitely signs that you can look out for, when it comes to spotting a scam and as we go through them and then show you exactly what Wealthy Affiliate is, you will soon notice that the two do not describe each other.  You will soon come to realise that Wealthy Affiliate is not a bogus training platform, the Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam.  It is the most supportive training platform that you could ever hope for, if you are willing to put the effort into achieving your goals of earning passive income online!!

Before we get into any more details, let me be completely honest with you.  I have been a fully paying member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2016.  I have not yet made my fortune, I have still got a long way to go before I can give up my day job, but that is in no way the fault of Wealthy Affiliate.  That is down to how much time I can dedicate to my online business with a full-time job and family commitments.

There are a few reasons why people are going around and stating that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam, but again that is because of their experience and not through a fault with the training platform that Kyle & Carson (the WA owners) have out together for you.

I am going to describe to you some hints and tips about how you can spot online scams, but also why it is your expectations and work ethic that will lead you to success or not.

I will also show you some awesome success stories from within Wealthy Affiliate and again that has come from the Wealthy Affiliate training plus the members hard work.

Let’s get started with how to spot these online scams.

What is a Scam Anyway?

What is a scam - police man catching a scammer

Unfortunately, there will also be someone who is willing to take advantage of you to get your money.  Even as we speak there are people suffering because of the Coronavirus pandemic and there are scammers knocking on people’s door to take advantage of them to benefit themselves.  It makes me sick.

But in those cases, it can be easier to just not open the door.  How do you protect yourself online?

Well, there are always signs to look out for with regards an online scam.  First off, there are a couple of things they are after.

Most people expect it to be scammers only after your credit card details and for the most part it could be that.

But there are also scams that are only after you are putting in your personal details or an email address.  Once your email address in a scammers list, they will sell to everyone.  You will start to get junk mail in your inbox for all kinds of things, and that is because the scammers have sold your email address on to make a profit.

My advice is you second guess yourself before entering your email address or credit card details for anything these days.

But when it comes to making money online, there are clear signs that it will be either a low-quality product, one that is not going to fulfil their promises or ones that is an outright scam and unfortunately, they are because we typically believe their lies.

Think about why you want to earn money online? Is it because:

  • You Hate Your Job?
  • You Want to Work from Home
  • Want to Earn Easy Money
  • Want to Earn Passive Income
  • People Make it Sound Easy

Or is it because:

  • You desperately need cash, like now!
  • You are in debt
  • You are struggling to pay the bills

That is why these scammers produce products that, according to their sales pitch, will fix all of those problems.  Many of them will have a video of a luxurious beach where they guarantee that you can earn passive income within hours or days so that you could be sitting on that beach not having any money problems at all… Sound familiar?scammers always show you a snazzy beach where you could be earning money whilst drink a cocktail.

The other one is they will show you “real people” that have benefitted from these schemes to do just that, but in reality, they are actors paid to record a video stating that.  They tend to spend as little as they can, so you can see that the actors are just reading from a script.

The stark reality is that these schemes are only there to line the owners pockets, you will not find success with them.  They don’t care whether you make money or not, as long as you are lining their pockets with money by buying into their crap.

Once you know what to look for, these scams are quite easy to spot.  Here are some tips to help spot a scam:

  1. If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is – It is the simplest rule.  If they are promising the world and yet they do not show you how it works, then it isn’t going to work the way it does.  I have reviewed plenty of products where the sales pitch says it is a magical program that does all the work, but nowhere does it show you or tell you how the thing works.  How are you going to be making money on autopilot?  The reason they do not show you is because you would work out it isn’t going to work.  There is no scheme online that can have you earning those kind of figures within hours, I am sorry to say they are telling you exactly what you want to hear, they are missing out the details that you need to know and then all of a sudden you have handed over $17 (now, that doesn’t sound like a lot of money) but you are going to get a system that does all this magical stuff.  It is only then after you hand over your $17 that you realise that to do what it says it does, you need to spend anywhere between $100-$1000 to actually make it work like it is supposed.  Even then, you realise it will not work overnight.
  2. Too Many Positive Reviews, Even Before the Thing Has Launched – you get to notice this when you review as many programs as we do. It is a technique called “Launch Jacking”.  The idea is the owner of a program will tell people about the launch of a product before it launches.  They can then write a review, so if you are researching a brand-new product you will still find a review.  They have even written the review before it has even launched.  The problem with their review is the fact that they have no knowledge of how the program works, so they basically just reword the sales pitch.  You can tell one of these reviews from a real one.  We haven’t even scored Wealthy Affiliate a perfect ten, and yet these reviews will give a perfect score and even offer you a load of bonuses. But when you read the review, you do not learn anything about the product.  These are not objective reviewers; they are out to earn money from promoting these so-called money-making schemes.  They offer you the bonuses, so you fall for the trap.  You end up out of pocket and the reviewer gets a commission out of it.  If you find a review where they are offering loads of bonuses, but you learn nothing about how the product works, then you will know what I am on about.
  3.  Understand Timescales to Earning Money Online – these will lead into why people might think that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam or doesn’t work, and that is because you have unrealistic expectations for how long it takes to make money online.  These scams will promise you the world in a very short period of time.  But this is clearly unachievable for someone just starting out.  An expert affiliate marketer might get a website up and running and earning money relatively quickly for affiliate marketing, but that might still be a couple of months.  These schemes make so much money because people believe that you can make money within an hour of signing up to these schemes.  That is impossible. With the right training you might make money within 3 months, but there is no guarantee and it depends on a number of factors (mainly, how much work you are willing to put in).

Those would be my top 3, but you need to do proper and thorough research before you sign up for anything online, Wealthy Affiliate included.

There will always be someone out there hoping to earn money from your misfortune.  But if you follow our advice, you will find ways to earn genuine money online.

But if you are ever thinking, I am not sure whether this is right or not… then you should go with your gut feelings.  They are there for a reason, to try and protect you.

Any program where they expect you to hand over your money before learning what it is all about is questionable.  Even some legit programs do that, and I do not agree with it.

You should experience something fully before deciding on whether it is right for you.

Let’s get into why People might think Wealthy Affiliate is a scam…

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Why People Think Wealthy Affiliate is a Scam?

I will admit, there is a small portion of people who are promoting Wealthy Affiliate that are not following the guidelines set by Wealthy Affiliate themselves.  They encourage people to sign up to this program and they may have set unrealistic timescales in people’s heads.  It is as easy as claiming that they are earning thousands and that you could too, but missing out the part about how long it took them to earn that money.  Jerry Huang is a super affiliate and did it within 12 months.  People automatically assume everyone can do that.  It doesn’t always work that way, but it could.  The difference would be the honesty and integrity of the person who is promoting WA.

But that doesn’t make Wealthy Affiliate a scam, it means the website owner who is promoting Wealthy Affiliate is harming the WA brand.

Like I said earlier, I have been a premium Wealthy Affiliate member for a few years now and I have learned so much from their training and it has benefitted me in many ways, as well as helping transform my wife’s wedding stationery business.  But the harsh reality is that there will always be someone that does not act as they should.

The other thing I notice about when people start blaming Wealthy Affiliate for them not making money comes down to a couple of factors.  One of them is their expectations vs. the reality of the situation and secondly, people not have that entrepreneurial mindset.

I am going to go through these points a little more to help you understand why people start blaming Wealthy Affiliate.  But more importantly, why they are not Wealthy Affiliate’s fault.

Expectations Vs. Reality

Expectations Vs. Reality

Let’s get it right out there, what is your expectation for how long it will take to make money online.  Based on known scams, it is within hours.  Based on Wealthy Affiliate’s training it could be within 3 months.

But people come out straight and go, WA has said it should be within 3 months so I should be earning within 3 months.

But it does not work like that.  Affiliate Marketing is a great thing, but it depends on a number of factors, including:

  • What Niche You Have Chosen – some are more competitive than others
  • How Much Time You Have – can you spend an hour a day or 8 hours a day?
  • How Much Effort You Put In – productivity counts for a lot
  • How many posts you can write and the frequency that you publish them
  • The quality of those posts
  • Are you doing Effective Keyword Reseach?

There are a number of factors that could mean that in your given niche, it might be more realistic to say you could be earning money in 6 months, or even 12 months.  But this is all given to you within the Wealthy Affiliate training.  They talk about how to choose the right niche, what factors to consider and that there is no set time limit you should set yourself to be earning money.

They are also very clear that this is a business model and that you are building a business, not a money making machine.

But people do not focus on that side, they came to WA because they wanted to earn money and they (might) be able to do that within 3 months and it’s been 3 months and it hasn’t happened yet…

You have to be harshly honest with yourself before signing up to Wealthy Affiliate or any affiliate marketing training program.  You need to tell yourself that this will not make money without you putting in a lot of time and a lot of effort.  It might make you money within 3 months, it might take a year or more.

There are a lot of factors that Wealthy Affiliate help you overcome, but you need to keep going back to the fact that reality is not always as expected.  The reason for failure will not be because of Wealthy Affiliate!  The number one reason why people fail is, they give up too soon.  That’s it.  My advice is do not give yourself a deadline, if you do that will end up being your downfall.

I had a WA member ask for my help, she couldn’t understand why her website was not making money.  It was not ranking in the search engines.  What was she doing wrong?

So, I went and checked out her website.  Her content was fine, but there was a huge problem.  Her last post was over 3 months ago.  She hadn’t published any new content within the last 3 months, and she wondered why she wasn’t making any money.  I gave her the response, that she needed to create more content.  Her content was good, she just needed to create more.  You need to create a lot of content and keep creating it!!

But that is not the response she wanted to hear.  She asked someone else who gave her the same response that I did, you need to write more content, but again that is not what she wanted to hear. So she quit WA.

But I bet she would be someone who started blaming Wealthy Affiliate for her not making money online. Yet, she went through the same training that I did, but it wasn’t quick enough for her and she couldn’t commit to it.

That is the harsh reality, if you want to earn money online you are going to have to earn it.  This is all in the WA training.  They help with training, they help with support, but ultimately you are going to need to be the one who puts the effort in.

I read a WA post from a member who had been working on their site for about 9 months, they hadn’t earned anything yet and was about to quit… but said, no I am going to give it another few weeks and the next day they received their first sale.

You cannot put a time limit on, otherwise you could miss out on your first sale, which leads to another and another…

That kind of leads into the next point…

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Employee Mindset, Not Entrepreneurial Mindset

Have you got the mindset of an employee… or an entrepreneur???entrepreneur mindset


It is the key defining factor that will lead to your success.

Let’s explain.  If you are an hourly paid employee of a company, you will work an hour and get paid for that hour.  Often, if you have to do overtime, you will also receive pay for that hour you have worked over your time.

That is how an employee thinks about pay vs. work.  Work an hour, get paid an hour.

An entrepreneur will work for free, in the early stages of setting up their business they will not be earning money.  They might even be spending money and still not earning money yet…

They work knowing that the income will come at some point further down the line.

Now, this is an alien concept to many – working for free?  But it is an important step in making money with affiliate marketing online.

Now, there are thousands of proven successful business owners on Wealthy Affiliate.  They have built their own niche websites up, they are now earning money online, they all tell you how good Wealthy Affiliate is.

They will all tell you that they were not earning any money for that first month, maybe two or three.  They will also tell you that if they walked away after the first month.  They would not be where they are today.

There is the other side of the coin, there are super affiliates within WA.  They will tell you that they targeted the harder make money online niche and they typically didn’t earn anything for the first six months.

The difference between people who succeed at Wealthy Affiliate and those that are walking away is that the people succeeding were the ones that were willing to work for free in the early stages.

If I am honest, the main reason why people fail at affiliate marketing is because they walk away from it.  They turn around and tell you that affiliate marketing doesn’t work or even that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam.  But the honest truth is the fact that they walked away before it could become successful.

Getting trusted by the search engines and getting trusted by people to click on your affiliate links takes time.  Time doesn’t mean an hour of work.

You need to remain consistent and work hard.  As website owners we need to create content regularly, it needs to be in-depth and needs to serve a purpose.

WA talks you through this as helping people, rather than selling to people.  Helping people with their purchase decisions rather than pushing a sale has a proven success rate.

Once you start earning money, you are still going to have to work on it to increase your earnings to be able to employ writers for your business, so you can start to take the foot off the gas.  But if you want to be able to earn and travel or work from home and earn enough you are going to have to commit to at least a year of effort into your business and follow the training to the letter and not give up!!

Time Available

You also have to factor in the time available to you.  I have a full-time job, so creating content including the necessary research and then writing the content has to fit in and around my job.  The WA training does not differentiate how much time you have, but you need to factor this in.  If all you can spare each week is an hour, then your progress is going to take you longer than someone who can spare 40 hours a week.

But then again, if someone wastes a lot of that 40 hours a week, their progress will be a lot slower than the person who correctly spends their time on their business.

But these are all the failings of the individual and not Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate is far from a scam, it is our opinion that it is the best affiliate marketing training on the market.  But the training is only part of the picture.  The training works, it has proven success stories.  But the training cannot do the work for you.

If you write content for a week, then do nothing then you are going to see no results.  That is not the fault of affiliate marketing or the fault of the training, it is solely on you…

There is the other side where you hear of people who have started to earn money through affiliate marketing and then decide to travel the world.  But they do nothing with their website for 3 months, and then wonder why the money is dropping.

Affiliate Marketing needs to be treated as a business model, because it is a business model.  Once you do start to earn money, you need to still work hard to increase the sales, then you are probably going to hire a team to keep up with consistently providing helpful content.

If you want to become the boss of a business, then you need to become that entrepreneur who strives to achieve and will let nothing get in your way.  To do that, you are going to have to dedicate a lot of time to your business, you are going to have to invest in learning how to do this effectively, and you are going to have to do some of this without earning anything in the early stages.  But remain committed that it will earn you money (and it will, if you follow the WA training).

It will not be Wealthy Affiliate who fails you, it will be yourself.

What Does Wealthy Affiliate Offer You?

Wealthy Affiliate LogoIf you have not yet taken a look around Wealthy Affiliate, then we have put this video together that walks you through the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard.

Wealthy Affiliate started out as a keyword list provider back in 2005 but has since grown to be a one-stop shop for everything to do with affiliate marketing.  Kyle & Carson are the owners and they are accessible to the members.  Nowhere else will you find the owners of a platform dropping into the live chat to help people with their queries.

Kyle & Carson do not expect you to pay a dime to experience Wealthy Affiliate, their FREE starter membership is a full membership.  It does have some limitations, but that is because it is designed to give someone an experience of what they have to offer without fully committing to the platform.  Other platforms will expect you to pay and then ask for a refund if you are not happy.  Wealthy Affiliate give you a free membership where you can decide whether WA and affiliate marketing is right for you.

Affiliate Marketing is not for everyone, not everyone can embrace that entrepreneurial lifestyle and they appreciate that.  But instead of you paying a month and offering a refund if you are not happy, which is a pain in butt.  They offer a full membership that is free.  The trial features are actually features from the full premium membership.

Related Post: Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing Guide for Beginners

The main reason they have done this is, they want you to make the decision on whether to upgrade to premium or not.  This isn’t about someone telling you to pay for this make money online product, as they will be getting a commission from you doing this.  What they want you to do is sign up for the premium membership from an informed position.  You know what you are signing up for and how it can help you.

We have covered the 4 main features from Wealthy Affiliate below to give you an insight into what is on offer.

Even though there is a premium membership within Wealthy Affiliate, you will notice that you still get quite a lot for the free starter membership.  I would also stress that the monthly price of the premium membership has not increased since 2005.  Back then, all they offered was a monthly list of good target keywords to use.  The price is still the same, and yet they know offer comprehensive training, a website hosting platform, keyword research tools and a whole lot more.  Still for the same price…

Anyone who claims Wealthy Affiliate is a scam, needs to have their head examined.

Let’s break down the key features:

Training

Wealthy Affiliate’s training uses a number of different medium’s to teach you, show you how to get started.  It uses:

  • Text-based lessons
  • Video-based lessons
  • Task-based lessons

In each lesson, you will read about what you need to do and why you need to do it in that way.  There will also be videos that break down and show you what you need to do.

It then includes some specific tasks for you to complete.

If I take the example of building a website, why tell you what to do when I can show you from step one to the last step how to do it.  Then you can go and replicate it from what you have just done.  Then I can tick of the task as complete, then move onto the next task.

There are two main courses for a starter to begin with.  We will get into the other bits of training later.

There are a number of different training modules within Wealthy Affiliate.

Online Entrepreneur Certification

There are five levels of this course with ten lessons within each level.

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The Free Starter Membership gains access to the first ten lessons, called Getting Started. You even gain access to a free website to be able to follow along with the training.

If you feel Wealthy Affiliate is for you, then you can access the remaining four levels plus 9 more full websites with a premium membership.

Related Post – The Key Differences Between the Free Starter Membership & a Premium Membership with Wealthy Affiliate.

The five levels of the OEC training are:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website
  3. Making Money
  4. Mastering Social Engagement
  5. Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation

Each stage has ten lessons in, with supporting training, training videos and tasks for you to complete.  Once you have completed the tasks, you can move onto the next module.  That way, you can go at your own pace.  My advice is not to rush through this, completing the training within an hour will not speed up your chances of earning money any quicker.

Take the training seriously and complete each task as Kyle sets out.  It will mean you are on the right track throughout.

Affiliate Bootcamp

This is a course set out for those who want to promote Wealthy Affiliate to others.  We have completed the affiliate bootcamp course and it will definitely help those in the MMO sector.  But it does lead to a select few who are not following the training and hence putting a sense of doubt in people’s minds about WA.

But we are very clear that we fully endorse WA and would not be where we are today without them.

The free starter membership again provides access to the first ten lessons of this training, with the remaining 6 levels (60 lessons) accessible via a premium membership.

WA Affiliate Bootcamp - Getting StartedThat is 70 lessons that cover targeting the Make Money Online niche.  Now, that is a highly competitive niche and one that should really be left until you really have the knowledge to help you succeed.  Complete beginners might not have the required knowledge to succeed in the timelines they wish to, and then they would be thinking it is WA’s fault.  But again, it would not be.

My advice is if you are just getting started with affiliate marketing, stick with the Online Entrepreneur Certification course.  Once you have a successful niche website up and running and can hire writers, you could then move onto a project to promote Wealthy Affiliate.

Then there are the other training modules that are available.  Please note, most of these are for premium members.  But WA are not here to rip you off, the price is low for what you are getting access to.

The additional training comes in the form of:

  • Live Webinars from Jay (Magistudios)
  • Member Created Training
  • Member Blogs

There is a base feeling around Wealthy Affiliate, that you need to keep on learning.  They also appreciate that members will have some value to add.  They maybe experts at some things, but there will be people who have the knowledge in certain aspects and want to be able to share that with other members.   After being a premium member for three months or more, you can create your own training courses to share on Wealthy Affiliate.  It might be text based or Video based, and you will be rewarded with credits that you could cash out or use for other features.  I learn a lot from reading other members blogs, they might only be sharing their experience from something.  Or they might be sharing some success story.  Remember, there will be new members who have never been online before and they have just created a website, how awesome is that.  They might be getting their first website ranked in Google or even getting their first sale.

Whatever it is, there is a story behind how they achieved it and the common theme is hard work and striving to achieve their goals.

Training also comes in the form of 13 classrooms that cover a number of different aspects:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Authoring & Writing Content
  3. Social Engagement & Marketing
  4. Website Development & Programming
  5. Search Engine Optimisation
  6. Keyword, Niche & Market Research
  7. Email Marketing
  8. The Wealthy Affiliate Program
  9. WA Affiliate Program
  10. Everything WordPress
  11. Video Marketing
  12. Local Marketing
  13. Pay Per Click Marketing

You will find tons of useful articles or videos in each classroom depending on what you want to learn.

But the weekly Live Webinars by Jay are probably my favourite training within Wealthy Affiliate.  Jay is a super affiliate; he has his own local marketing company and is a very successful affiliate marketer.  He runs a weekly live webinar, where you can log on live and learn from the subject he is covering.

Please note, that these weekly webinars are for PREMIUM Members only, but are well worth the subscription cost alone.

WA Webinar - Content Research Strategies

He has a way of explaining stuff that makes it very easy to follow and adopt.  It is a premium feature.

I am not trying to tell you that Wealthy Affiliate is a free platform only.  There will be a fee if you want to unlock all of these features to benefit from their full training.  They are offering you a lot to help you set up a business, but that is the most important thing you need to understand.

Affiliate Marketing is a business model, and you will be setting up an online business.  To do that, you are going to need to invest in time, you are going to need to invest some money.  No business was built without them.

The free starter membership will give you a free website, it will give you some basic training.  If you are happy to go elsewhere and do a lot of research through Google, you could still go and make a business that makes you money.

But what Wealthy Affiliate is offering you is a paid premium membership that will give you full access to everything you will need to build an online business that will (given the right time and effort) profit you.

There are no hidden costs, there are only two memberships.  Free Starter Membership & Paid Premium Membership which is $49 a month.  The only additional cost that will present itself is the cost of a website, which is about $13-15 a year.

That is all upfront and apparent as you go through the training.  But when you consider their website hosting could be compared to services that are $250 a month, you are getting all of that included with your training.

I don’t know how anyone could consider Wealthy Affiliate to be a scam.  But I suppose it depends on how it has been introduced to you.

When I compare the training to other providers, they scrape the barrow and are charging a lot more than WA.  WA training alone is worth more than the $49 a month mark, and yet to date they have not increased the price.  This is because they are trying to help people.

You could even reduce the cost by paying for an annual subscription which is $359 a year.  Basically for less than the cost of a cup of coffee every day you will have everything you need to start your own online business.

Let’s move onto to the other features WA has to offer you.

Support

It takes a lot more than training to succeed, sometimes you just need an arm around the shoulder or help understanding a part of the training.  This is achieved in a number of ways.  The first one would depend on who introduced WA to you.

John & Gem - We will help youThat is us in the picture.  Gem runs a successful wedding business and I (John) am here to help anyone get online who needs help with affiliate marketing.

I will help anyone I can, I am often in the live chat or helping anyone who has asked a question.  In my book, there is no stupid question.  People might ask a question, even though they feel silly and yet they find that a hundred people turn around and say they were thinking the same thing.

My advice is if you are sitting there, not sure what to do, ask the question.  I will respond to any of my referrals who has a question, I will respond to anyone regardless of whether they are my referral or not.

That is the main ethos around WA.  You will get support from the live chat, the training, from Jay with his webinars.  There is also the added fact that you will also gain access to the owners, Kyle & Carson.

When you log in, you will have a help centre button.  There are times you need to get technical support with your website – they have a dedicated team that will be there to help you.  A general question can be done via the live chat or in the comments section of any lesson you are in.  But you will also see you have direct access to me from your dashboard.  Just drop me a question and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

You will be overwhelmed by the response; someone will get back to you within a few minutes with an answer or point you in the right direction to the best training that will help you.

Wealthy Affiliate is an international platform, so regardless of what time zone you live in, you will get a response.

Gem and I live in the UK, so I tend to help whilst the US is still sleeping, then when it gets to my evening time, The US is highly active on the platform.

My point is, you will receive a high level of support no matter what it is related to really quickly.

But again, I see reasons why people question WA when it comes to support and that is because they are asking the wrong questions or pointing the questions at the wrong people.

I will give you an example, Kyle is superhuman, in my opinion.  The amount of time he is active on the platform is ridiculous, but people are expecting him to respond to stuff within minutes.  But they have not considered the time zone.  He is good, but he cannot be active 24 hours a day.  People need to be realistic.  Personally, I would want any of my referrals to come to me before they go to Kyle.  I am a little more accessible than Kyle is.  There are over 2 million members on Wealthy Affiliate.  He makes himself accessible to all of them, but we need to be a little more responsible ourselves.

If you ever need help, go the right person first.  If you decided to join WA after reading our review, through our link, come to us with any of your questions.  If we can help, we will, or we will point you in the right direction and get you the help you need.

Websites

Wealthy Affiliate offers a website hosting service through its SiteRubix service.  A free starter membership offers you one free subdomain website.  that means you will have a website where it has SiteRubix + the domain name you want.

If you have considered a free wix website, then it would appear the same “wix+domain name”.  You will find that the wix website will have the wix branding everywhere on your website.  The free website from WA does not do that.

Wealthy Affiliate offers a premium member, 10 full domains, all with SSL certification and a host of other premium hosting features all within that $49 a month price tag.

These websites will be a WordPress website.

WordPress website

If you are not familiar with WordPress, know that it is the most popular CMS or content management system online and is preferred by the search engines.  Which hopefully makes it easier to get your website ranked and ultimately make money.

The Website Hosting at Wealthy Affiliate is a high-quality service.  To find equivalent website hosting, you would need to join the following providers:

  • Pagely (5 websites) – $199 a month
  • WPEngine (10 websites) – $115 a month
  • Kinsta (10 websites) – $200 a month

They do not provide a training platform like Wealthy Affiliate does, they are charging what they are (quite rightly too) and yet Wealthy Affiliate gives you 10 websites, plus training, plus support, plus other tools and it is charging $49 a month.

There are a raft of features that they also offer that are all designed to support you with regards the speed of your site, the security of your site and the ease of using the website.

Kyle wrote a fantastic blog about the features, click HERE
to read it.

Tools

Jaaxy is Wealthy Affiliate’s keyword and niche research tool.  To get your website ranking and in front of your target audience, there is a need to target the right keywords.

Jaaxy - WA Keyword Research Tool

The free starter membership gives you access to this to be able do 30 keyword research terms.  I must stress, the free starter membership is to see if affiliate marketing is right for you.  It could be possible to earn money with it, but you would need to do a lot of research elsewhere, it is up to you.

Jaaxy is a standalone product but is included within the premium membership.  But that integration allows you to do unlimited keyword research.  Jaaxy is a powerful tool, and there may be a time where you pay to unlock features that improve efficiency.  But the Jaaxy lite version I have access to as a premium WA member works fine for me.  It would work fine for you too.

If you want to learn more about Jaaxy’s features, then click to read our full review HERE.

This is not an upsell, it is a fully functioning keyword and niche research tool that is included within the premium membership of Wealthy Affiliate.

For $49 a month, you get all you need to get started.

Why Wealthy Affiliate is Not a Get Rich Quick Scheme!!

Wealthy Affiliate is not a get-rich-quick-scheme

Let’s get into another reason why people might not think Wealthy Affiliate works… if we go back to that employee thinking, people will work really hard on their website for a month.  Now they will have achieved a heck of a lot in that time.  They will have built up a fully functioning website, they will have completed some content and posted it on their website.  The search engines will have ranked some of that content through the help of following the steps included in the WA training.

So, they will have achieved a lot, but they will be sitting there, and it will not have made any money.  That is not the fault of yourself, WA or the search engines.  It will be back to the point of expectations vs reality.

I am not saying this to put you off, but I am giving you a realistic idea of how long it really takes to make money with affiliate marketing.

Wealthy Affiliate is not a get-rich-quick scheme.  They cover this a lot in the first few lessons.  You will not be earning huge amounts of money straight away.  That is because affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme.

Affiliate Marketing is Not a Get Rich Quick Scheme

But that doesn’t mean affiliate marketing doesn’t work, it has been proven to be a great and effective way of living the lifestyle you strive through helping others.

But I have yet to find a get-rich-quick scheme that does what it is supposed to do.

Think of it this way, you could spend the next year chasing either of these:

  1. Keep looking for a scheme that will earn you thousands by doing very little – but the end result is that you will never find one.  You will have wasted time, effort and money on stuff that never achieves any of your goals.  Ultimately you lose out…
  2. You sign up with Wealthy Affiliate, you work hard and follow their training to the letter.  You start earning a little by month 3, you then carry on working hard and by the end of the year you are hiring more writers to help you build up your income to become a truly financially free…

See the difference in thinking about it for a year.  If you are being realistic in setting daily, weekly and monthly goals you set yourself daily, weekly and monthly goalswill be surprised at what you can achieve.  But if you keep chasing the shiny magical object that will bring you immediate success (but does not exist), then you only really have yourself to blame for not achieving.

Even though Wealthy Affiliate is very clear from the onset about your goal settings, your expectations, there are still new members who sign up to WA and still think that they will earn thousands in a very quick time.

They will ask questions within the forum asking why it is not working.  Yet, when we go to help them it is because they have not given it enough time.  But this is not always what they want to hear.

This is not the fault of Wealthy Affiliate, this does not make Wealthy Affiliate a scam, it makes the member unrealistic.

Affiliate Marketing is not for anyone who is lazy, sounds harsh but it is true.  If something is worth working your butt off for, then it is worth it.  I strive to spend more time with my son, that is why I started affiliate marketing and why I strive to still put in the time and effort even when I do not particularly want to.

That does not mean that you will not find success, ultimately Wealthy Affiliate has and does bring success.

Does Wealthy Affiliate Bring Success?

what does success mean to you?

This brings me onto a really important point – what does success mean to you?

I know you are expecting me to show you loads of Wealthy Affiliate members who are making thousands a month and that immediately means they are successful.  There is an element of that, there are many successful members who are earning that kind of money and they will all tell you it is because of the WA training.

But in the early days, they were celebrating a different type of success.  If I talk about myself personally, before I signed up for Wealthy Affiliate, I had never built a website.  Didn’t even know how to do it.  So, launching my first website was a success story, for me.

Earning my first earnings was also another success story, even though it was only $3…

There are going to be so many success stories along your journey to earning your monetary goals.

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to ensure you never give up.  There will be an element of failure along the route and that it is more important to understand you will have them.  In a sense, you will learn a lot more from your failures than your successes.

It might be you pick the wrong niche but learn so much from the experience that you launch your next niche in half the time and get results a lot quicker than you might have done if you stuck with your first niche.

Here is a screen shot of some success stories that were live on Wealthy Affiliate today:

WA Success Stories 1

These are success stories that are ranking highly within WA.  3 of them are to with earnings, one is a brand-new website that has started receiving orders.  But sometimes you will it is just people celebrating the fact their website got noticed by Google.

The point is that you know that there will be goals you achieve along your journey that are steppingstones towards earning money.

It is easy to say your goal is earning money, I get that.  But how are you going to achieve that?  Well, creating helpful content is one of those steps.  So, naturally research is a step to help you know what to write about.

Completing research and creating content is a necessary goal towards making money.  Setting yourself goals will lead to these mini successes that have the desired effect of getting your website onto the first page of Google.  That leads to traffic, which will lead to earning money.

Then you might be one of those members who is saying they have quit their day job or are travelling the world whilst earning or even become one of Wealthy Affiliate’s Super Affiliates…

There are a few examples below of people who have earned a considerable amount.  They will all tell you they learned everything they needed to know from following Wealthy Affiliate’s training.

jerry-success-story-wa

wa - grace-success-storyWA - weird trick for successThere is no magic formula, only the training.  When you read the blog above, he will just tell you to work hard.

But with so many success stories, the odd few people who are calling Wealthy Affiliate a scam are because they gave up and not because of anything WA did.

Is Wealthy Affiliate for You?

Question - Is Wealthy Affiliate for You??I am hoping at this point you can see that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam, it is NOT a bogus training platform and is something that can help the right person.

So, I suppose the last question you need to ask yourself before deciding to join Wealthy Affiliate is whether Wealthy Affiliate is for you?

Wealthy Affiliate offers step-by-step training that if you follow it correctly, will lead to you writing your own success story within Wealthy Affiliate.

But the fact is, that whilst a horse can be led to water, only the horse can decide to drink…

What I mean is, that if you decide to sign up to Wealthy Affiliate and let’s say you decide to upgrade to premium, only you will be able to produce the success story.  You will have to commit time to learning from the training.  Taking that knowledge and putting in the time and effort to research and create the content you need to do to post on your website to get the search engines to trust you enough to rank it high enough for people to click on it.

The search engines are wanting to show their users the best content there is to provide them with the help they need.  You write awesome content that helps their users and they will naturally rank you higher.  But it all takes time for this to happen.

Wealthy Affiliate is for someone who is ready to commit to the next year of writing regular content. 

Wealthy Affiliate is not for someone who is going to write content for the next two weeks and then expect results.

Final Word

I don’t write any of this to put you off joining Wealthy Affiliate, in fact I am a huge fan of what Wealthy Affiliate offers.  Their training is the best I have found online, and the huge support levels make this ideal for a beginner looking to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test.  But I want to ensure that you know and understand what you are signing up for.

It is not a scam; it is not a bogus training platform.  It is the best place you could join to start your own online business.  But you need to be ready to commit to doing just that and not playing at it.  Starting a business is harder than a lot of people think.

If you do sign up with Wealthy Affiliate, then you need to commit to yourself that you are going to build that passive income or financially free future you want.  If you can commit to that, then you are definitely researching the right training provider.

If you think you are ready to build that future, you need to click on the button below and get started with the training.  You will get our full support along the way, if you click via the link below.

If you are still reading this, then you could be the right person to benefit from this awesome training.  If you join Wealthy Affiliate via the link below, you will get our personal help every step of the way.

free wealthy affiliate starter membership

But if you are not sure whether you can commit, then you are probably not going to find a better option…

The choice is up to you…

Thanks for reading our post.  If you have any questions or any experience, then please write them in the comments section below.  We would love to help you!!

Overnight Millionaire System Review – Legit Mindset Training or Scam?

Overnight Millionaire System Review – Legit Mindset Training or Scam

Welcome to our Overnight Millionaire Review!

Today we are going to be talking to you about a system called the Overnight Millionaire.  The guy behind it is Wesley Virgin.  He claims that he will teach you secret “mind-hacks” used by the rich and famous to create wealth and prosperity.

The name may be misleading, as this will not teach you how to become a millionaire overnight, but it is not a scam.

Your mindset is an important aspect if you truly want to build a business that will make you a millionaire, and the training is brought to you by someone who has gone from nothing to be a self-made millionaire.  Wesley Virgin is a successful multi-millionaire entrepreneur.

It is important to know that this system does not teach you a method on how to make money, it is exclusively about your mindset.

Let’s get into the detail of what the system is about, how it works and who Wesley is.  That way you will know what to expect.

Read moreOvernight Millionaire System Review – Legit Mindset Training or Scam?

How to Make Money from Home – 12 Ways to Make Money from Home

How to Make Money from Home - 12 Ways to Make Money from Home

Are you looking for ways to make money online from home?  It might surprise you to know that there are plenty of different ways for you to make money from home and more importantly you don’t have to worry about whether you have time to fit it around your other commitments.

Even if you are a stay at home mum with a family to look after or someone who has the dream of earning enough to only work from home, there is an option on our list for you to achieve whatever financial goals you have set yourself.

There are so many services or skills that businesses are looking for and you may have those skills to be able to earn money from them online.  You might not think you have them but trust me you are definitely going to find something for you from this list.  Or you can definitely learn to get those skills.

Once you focus on something you will be surprised at what you can achieve and ultimately earn from that.

The first step you need to take is deciding on what your goals are. What do you want to achieve and what are you willing to do to get them?

Read moreHow to Make Money from Home – 12 Ways to Make Money from Home

A Beginner’s Guide to Amazon Associates Affiliate Program

A Beginners Guide to Amazon Associates Affiliate Program

Everyone seems to know about Amazon, it is a great place for buyers and sellers… But it is also a great platform for affiliate marketers too…

There are people making thousands of passive income per month just from Amazon, and they are doing it by promoting other people’s products.  That is the beauty of Affiliate Marketing!

We have created this Amazon Associates Guide to help you learn the essential knowledge you will need to get started with Amazon’s affiliate program and start earning your own commissions online.

What is the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program?

an image of the amazon associates logo

Amazon is the largest marketplace online, and is one of the largest E-commerce platforms too.  It is an ideal avenue for people looking to buy or sell anything online.

This benefits anyone wanting to take advantage of affiliate marketing, as the Amazon Associates program allows you to promote any of the products that are sold through the platform and earn commissions from doing just that.

In simple terms, that is just how affiliate marketing works.  You make money online by selling other people’s products.

(Click here to see our step-by-step guide for affiliate marketing and why it is the best way to monetise your passion or hobby).

Who is Amazon Associates For?

It is free to sign up with the Amazon Associates program, although you do need to have a website to be able to join.

It is open worldwide, although there are a few exceptions where Amazon is not supported in some regions.

If you are interested in making money online, then you can leverage the Amazon Associates program, but like we said you are going to need a website.

If you don’t currently have a website right now, then you might want to check out our post on how to create a website for beginners

Know that it is really easy to get your own website these days, in fact the guide we just mentioned will show you how you can have your own website up and running in a matter of minutes without any need to know coding.

You shouldn’t feel like you cannot make money online these days.  With our guide on how to create a free website and a free Amazon Associates account you will be well on your way to making money online!!

Just follow our lead and you will have a website and a route to making money.

Why Choose Amazon’s Affiliate Program? Top 4 Benefits…

Let’s just go through a few reasons why Amazon offers the ideal affiliate program for those looking at making money from affiliate marketing:

People Trust & Buy from Amazon

I am sure most people will either know what Amazon is or have made a purchase from the Amazon marketplace.  It is a brand that people know and trust and these are backed up from these 3 statistics we found:

“80% of US Amazon Shoppers purchase something at least once a month” – Source

“40% of Amazon Prime members spend over $1,000 a year on Amazon” – Business Insider

“Most Amazon consumers rely on reviews when deciding which product to buy” – WordStream

If we consider the first two, this shows and proves that many people trust Amazon and are also spending more and more on the marketplace.

But the last one is the one that proves that Affiliate Marketing is going nowhere.  Affiliate Marketing is about reviewing and recommending products and a lot of consumers are relying on recommendations (reviews) to help make their purchasing decisions.

It makes sense, when you shop online you cannot see or feel the product, so you rely on what other people make of it first. 

That is the opportunity that presents itself from Affiliate Marketing.

Amazon Sells Everything

Often people ask what niche can I choose for my affiliate marketing business, well the answer is anything.  That is why we often suggest people choose a hobby and we can pretty much guarantee that Amazon will sell something related to that hobby or niche.

Their marketplace is huge and as an Amazon Associate, you can promote anything that they sell through their marketplace.

Regardless of your niche, there will be products available for you to promote and make money from.

Amazon is Great at Selling

If you have ever been on a product page at Amazon, you will see how good they are at selling to you.  Not just the product you were going to buy, but the other ways they get you to buy more.

I admit, I often get caught up in the frequently bought together section and end up buying related products.

They have refined their platform and sales pages to achieve maximum results.  Check out the below sales page and you will see what we mean:

a product page on amazon including relevant upsells

They are always looking at ways to improve their platform and keep their place at as the top E-commerce platform in the world.

It all makes for Amazon being great at selling, and this is only a good thing for Affiliates.

You Earn Commissions from all Purchases (24-Hr Cookies)

Another benefit of the Amazon Associate program is that you are not only rewarded for the products that you promote.

If your visitor goes through your affiliate link, then you will earn commissions on any products that they purchase within 24 hours.

It counts even if they do not buy the product that you are promoting too.

So, if you are promoting a coffee machine and they visit your website, follow your affiliate link and go to Amazon and buy that specific coffee machine you earn a commission.

If they go through your affiliate link, ignore the coffee machine but buy another coffee machine that is displayed on Amazon you earn the commission.

It even works if the visitor goes through your link, decides they aren’t ready to purchase a coffee machine but go and buy a high-end TV you will earn the commission.

As long as they make the purchases within 24 hours of clicking your link, you will earn commissions from anything and everything they buy.

The Amazon Associates’ Commission Structure

When you compare Amazon’s commission structure there are a couple of disadvantages with it.

It has a low commission rate and the cookies only last for 24 hours.

Whilst people will compare it to other programs that offer much higher commission rates and longer cookies, there are still plenty of affiliate marketers who are earning thousands a month from Amazon.

Here are the different commission rates:

a list of the different commission rates within Amazon's affiliate program

The commission levels do seem pretty low, however there are still many people who are making hundreds and thousands of dollars from Amazon.

I think there are 2 main reason why this is:

  1. People trust Amazon over other marketplaces. People are more willing to handover their money to Amazon because they trust Amazon.  This benefits Affiliates as people are less likely to just walk away and not buy stuff via your affiliate link.
  2. The sheer number of products Amazon sells. There are plenty of independent affiliate programs out there, so any niche is covered.  But because of Amazon having such a wide range and is less difficult for a new affiliate marketer to join, then it makes sense to start here.

But the main thing to know is that if you can drive enough traffic to Amazon via your affiliate links, you will make money.

How to Apply to the Amazon Associates Program

  1. Sign up with Amazon Associates here.
  2. Add your website URL and fill in your website details
  3. Enter your phone number to verify your identity

That completes the initial sign up.  There are a few more hoops to go through, but the video below will give you a more thorough guide:

After completing the initial sign up process, you can start to explore the Amazon Associates dashboard.  But know, that you will not receive any commissions, until you complete your tax information.  Here is another video to show you how, this video also is good if you are not from the US too:

There is also another factor you need to consider here too.  If you sign up for the Amazon.com associates account, then that allows you to earn commissions from sales in the US.

So, if you are getting traffic from other parts of the world, you need to sign up to the different countries version too.

For example, we live the UK.  If you sign up for the UK associate program, you can automatically sign up for the European programs too.

But as most of the traffic to our other site is from the US, we also needed to sign up to the US program. You would need to also potentially sign up with the Canadian store, etc.

You would need to consider where your traffic comes from.  There are different programs for all the different countries.

 

Not Eligible for Amazon Associates?

You also need to be prepared to not get accepted by Amazon associates.  They get a lot of applications to join their program and not everyone is eligible (unfortunately).

Below are some of the most common reasons why you may not be able to take a slice of this huge pie.

Application Rejected

If your application is rejected it is often down to one of these reasons:

#1 Not Enough Content

Traffic is the main ingredient to making sales from Affiliate Marketing, so if you have a brand-new website with very little content on it, then you are highly likely to get rejected from Amazon, let alone any other affiliate program.

This doesn’t mean it is the end of the road, but if you have been rejected because of a lack of content, then the answer is to create some more high-quality content.

WE recommend that you have at least some basic content and structure in place on your website before you apply.

Write some high-quality content related to your niche before you start writing product reviews that you want to add affiliate links to.  If you have some high-quality posts that are offering insight into your niche and they show you are building an authority website around that niche, then you are more likely to get accepted into the program.

Most people get rejected because they have a 2-day old website with no content on it, or very little content.  That is a recipe for disaster when it comes to being accepted.

If you have been rejected or do get rejected, it just means you need to go and create some more content and then you are able to reapply.

Luckily, it doesn’t mean that you can’t reapply, you just need to meet their need for more content.

If you think about the people who are going to click on your links, they are looking for a helpful and decent website.  So, show Amazon that is what you are offering, and you will be accepted.

#Too Many Ads

Another reason why you might get rejected is if your website is littered with too many advertisements.

Having too many ads will lose the focus of your website, it will make your website look like a page of spam.  Your audience doesn’t want to see that, and Amazon won’t either…

Unsupported Regions

There are also some regions that are not available to sign up to Amazon Associates.

For example, certain states in the US are actually banned from having an Amazon Associates account due to certain tax law issues.  It doesn’t actually list them on the Amazon FAQ page though.

But you might find out when you sign up if you happen to be in one of the affected states.  If you one of the affected people, know that there are other opportunities which we will get into, shortly…

For more information about Amazon Associates eligibility, then check out this post.

What are the Alternatives to Amazon?

It might not be the time for you to join Amazon, or have been rejected to try again later, but know there are also some good alternatives to Amazon out there too.

There are 2 main tupes of affiliate program – an affiliate network and a private affiliate program.

Affiliate networks are platforms that manage affiliate programs for companies.  It gives an affiliate market access to a large number of different affiliate programs all in one place.

For example, we Aweber for our email marketing campaigns.  They don’t manage their own affiliate program, they use CJ Affiliate by Conversant to manage their affiliate program for them.

On the other hand, a private affiliate programs are offered directly by the seller/company on their own website.

Amazon would be an example of a private affiliate program, as they manage it themselves.

Other Affiliate Networks

There are quite a number of well-known affiliate networks.  Depending on your niche, you will find the right network for you, or you might find that you end up with an account at each.  But the main thing to know is that when you sign up to any of the ones below, you will get access to a high number of products or services to promote.

  1. Awin
  2. ShareASale
  3. CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formally known as Commission Junction)
  4. Rakuten Marketing
  5. Pepperjam
  6. ClickBank (Digital Products)

Take the time to check them out and find which platform is more suitable to yourself and your niche.

Private Affiliate Programs

The alternative to signing up to an affiliate network is to research and look for private affiliate programs in your niche.  You will normally find that they have a higher commission rate, because they are not having to pay a network to manage their affiliate program.

The simplest way to find program affiliate programs is to use Google.

Just search “Your KEYWORD + Affiliate Program”, you will then find results for available affiliate programs.

In-Text Advertising Networks

Another alternative is to us In-text advertising networks.  These are tools that help connect marketers to merchants to create a win-win situation for both the marketer and the merchant.

There are platforms like Viglink, where you can join for free and get access to over 30,000 affiliate program opportunities in one platform.

There are also places like Skimlinks and Infolinks that offer a similar service.

You will find that you can sign up with many different affiliate networks and affiliate programs, all for FREE.  Affiliates are considered an asset, because they benefit from marketers like you to promote their products.

You will need to pass certain criteria to be accepted, but the main ingredient is a good website that is offering helpful content.

Once you are accepted, there will often be some training and guidance provided to help you get the most out of their program.

Conclusion

Amazon’s affiliate program benefits a huge number of affiliate marketers.  Many are making a 6 or 7 figure just from Amazon alone.

Then you can factor in the other affiliate opportunities to and you can start to realise the real potential behind affiliate marketing.

If you are serious about making money online, then you cannot waste this opportunity.

It isn’t going to be an easy route, it is going to take hard work but that could be said of achieving anything in life, right?

But if you take this seriously and put the effort you, the rewards are definitely worth it.

Imagine, you could be in a position to quit your job if you want to, make passive income whilst you sleep and maybe travel the world… All of these is possible by leveraging Amazon Associates.

Affiliate Marketing is our top recommended business model and has put so many people in the position we just spoke about.  If you are serious about making this work and want a step-by-step guide that will help you build a solid foundation for your affiliate marketing business, then you need to check out this AWESOME GUIDE!!

Hopefully you have found our guide useful, if you have any questions or want some help then all you need to do is write them in the comments below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2020

a laptop is displayed, promoting a step by step guide to affiliate marketing for beginners

I can still remember the moment and excitement of when I had made my first affiliate commission, or rather the moment I realized when I woke up one morning to the email…

I jumped up and couldn’t wait to tell the wife that I had made my first sale from Amazon after working tirelessly for months to achieve it.

It was only a $3 Amazon commission…

An image describing our first amazon affiliate commission

But until your realize how much it means to your to achieve your first dollar online, then your will not know how important and exciting that moment was.

To those of your who have made your first dollar, your will know exactly what I mean. The feeling of excitement and elation is beyond description and it doesn’t matter that it was only $3, it proved that affiliate marketing did work!!

You will start to tell yourself, “This Works!”

You will start to gain confidence in your own ability and your motivation will only increase!

Many people have gone on from this point and gone on to the point where they are earning a full-time income (a 4-figure passive income every month) from Affiliate Marketing. We will show your some results later in the post.

Don’t worry if your haven’t made any money online yet, regardless of whether you have not started with affiliate marketing or you are still struggling to break through.

Because in this post, we are going to give to your a step-by-step guide to succeed in Affiliate Marketing for Beginners.

This information is going to be totally relevant as we go into 2020 and beyond.

Our promise is that your will be walking away from this guide with your own fully functional website which is ready to make money after reading this post in full.

However, that is only guaranteed if your follow the guide closely and TAKE ACTION from what we have said in the guide!

Agreed?

For the sake of people who have not heard of Affiliate Marketing, or those who think they know what Affiliate Marketing is but have been led astray elsewhere, let’s get into explaining the basics of Affiliate Marketing.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Before I got started in Affiliate Marketing, I didn’t even know it existed. I was looking online for ways to make money online and came across a blog talking about ways to make money online and they started talking about Affiliate Marketing. At first, I didn’t even know what it meant. But when your get into what Affiliate Marketing is, your realize that everyone has been involved in it one way or another without even realizing it.

For example, many of us of used an Uber. When your refer your friends to try Uber or become an Uber Driver, Uber rewards your with a coupon code to use on your next trip, right?

That is affiliate marketing in action. It is basically referring people or recommending a product or service to people and getting a reward. Sometimes it’s a coupon, other times it is a commission.

Let’s look into another example…

Let’s say your are looking to purchase a new tablet. But your aren’t sure of which one to go for. Do your buy an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy?

What is the first thing that your will do?

That’s easy, your would go to Google and type in something like Best Tablet or “iPad vs. Galaxy Samsung tablet”.

You will find blog posts written to help your with your decision. If your have eventually purchased your tablet online, then an affiliate marketer will be making money because of your buying that tablet.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Basically, Affiliate Marketing is the process of promoting other people’s products or services and earning a commission from the sale.

a flow chart showing how affiliate marketing worksIn the case of the tablet example, when your did your online research the post that your landed on was probably written by an Affiliate Marketer. Or maybe your landed on a YouTube video and they were doing a comparison of the different tablets and they had an affiliate link within their video description.

Either way, when your click on their link and go and purchase your tablet online, that affiliate marketer is credited by the seller and they will pay them a commission.

Which means, a percentage of the money your paid for the tablet will go to an Affiliate.

SO, if we searched for the “best tablets of 2019…” gives us the post below:

a screenshot from the top result for the search term 'best tablet of 2019'

This has been written (really well) and offers a great insight into the best tablets for your. It also includes Affiliate Links.

This post can be making money for this Affiliate Marketer 24/7 365 because they will be people reading this post from all over the world. Anytime someone clicks on it and decides to buy a tablet, they will be earning money regardless of whether they are awake or not.

That is how Affiliate Marketing works and that is how powerful it is too!

So, the real questions at this point is…

Do your want to do something once and get paid over and over again?

Why Affiliate Marketing?

There are plenty of reasons why we feel Affiliate Marketing is the best way for a beginner to earn money online. We are going to discuss the top 4 reasons why your should consider Affiliate Marketing.

Potential for a Full-Time Passive Income Stream

Think about a normal job, your work 9 hours and get paid for 9 hours. You don’t get paid more if your perform better… Put simply, your will never achieve financial freedom in that traditional system and that mindset.

That is why Affiliate Marketing is the ideal system. It has the potential for your to do something once (write a blog post) and get paid over and over again. Your website/business can be working for your even whilst your sleep or travel. This is about creating a passive income stream.

This is about having the right mindset and knowing that the more effort your put in, the better the results will have. You are showing a fantastic mindset just by reading this guide. Take action and your can change your life and start to pursue your dreams.

Fully Flexible Working Schedule

In the early days your are probably going to need to keep on with your full or part-time job. But once your business is on the right path, your can kind sack your BOSS and plan your own working schedule.

The good thing about an online business that your don’t have a boss to listen to. You don’t need to work set hours. You can work from wherever your want to.

You can literally work anywhere… as long as your have WIFI of course.

The local coffee shop, your sofa, even whilst traveling the world. Wherever your feel most comfortable, that is where your will get the best benefit.

No Need to Sell

I bet your have heard of the business model called MLM or Multi-Level Marketing. It can also be referred to as Network Marketing. Maybe your have tried it or are doing it right now.

Either way, we all know that not everyone is born to be a salesperson. The problem with most MLM’s are the products are too expensive, do not always have a benefit and there is always a pressure to make a quota.a salesperson getting a sale That is when your start to push these products onto your friends and family and ruin those relationships.

The beauty of Affiliate Marketing is that none of that will happen. For starters, your will not be having to deal with anyone face to face as your website will be doing the selling for your.

People only need to find a friendly and helpful website, not your personally.

There are plenty of people who are introverted and find it hard to meet new people, let alone sell to them. But many introverts have found affiliate marketing the perfect way for them to make money online by helping people from behind their keyboard.

No Prior Experience Needed

I am serious, there is no need to know coding or how to build a website. You don’t need to learn any sales techniques. All your need to bring to the table is your time and effort.

Before I learned about Affiliate Marketing, I didn’t know how to build a website. I didn’t think my writing was any good, let alone how to deal with affiliate programs or even what they were.

But here I am helping new people get online and that is because I had the best training on the planet. All I had to bring was my determination to make this work and it is… I’ll show your the results later.

Who is Affiliate Marketing For?

At first I was going to write Affiliate Marketing is for everyone… However, there is a catch to that statement.

To make this work your need to start thinking about the long game!

Affiliate Marketing is not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme. You will not wake up in a week and find yourself earning a 4-figure monthly salary from Affiliate Marketing.

The main difference between Affiliate Marketing and a traditional job is whether your are thinking about the long term or the short term.

Let me explain. In a normal job, your work for your next paycheck. If your knew your weren’t going to get paid, your wouldn’t do the work, right?

The opposite can be true too, if your stop working your will not get paid.

With Affiliate Marketing, your are working for your passive income streams. When your start to earn from your passive income streams, your work only if your choose to, not because your have to!

If your can get that into your head, your will do extremely well. You need to work hard and then your will see the results, but not just around the corner.

Back to who is affiliate marketing for, your do not need to have any prior experience to get started with affiliate marketing. That is because we have an awesome community to help your every step of the way.

But your need to have the will and determination to succeed online, then we will welcome your with open arms.

How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing for Beginners in 2020 (and beyond)?

You might be surprised by how many ways there are to make money from Affiliate Marketing. There are tons of ways! For example, your can sell your affiliate products via Email, Solo Ads, Pay Per Click (PPC), Social Media, Sales Funnels, etc.

But the one we are going to focus on is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or Content Marketing.

Don’t worry if it sounds really complicated, it isn’t and the huge benefit is that it is a free way of attracting visitors. Follow our steps and your will be in really good hands!

The first step to make money is to sign up with an Affiliate Program. The most common ones are:

These are called affiliate networks and it is where your can find thousands or millions of products for your to be able to promote as an affiliate

(You have probably already heard of Amazon and they have one of the biggest affiliate networks in the world. Check out my Amazon Associates guide to learn more about how to get started with Amazon)

Signing up to become an affiliate is FREE. SO, if your ever come across one that requires your to pay a fee then it is probably best to stay away from it.

Once your are in the affiliate program, your will be given a special link called an affiliate link. This is the link that will track who was the affiliate that referred the sale.

To make money from affiliate marketing, all your need to do is get people to make a purchase via your affiliate link…

It sounds really easy but getting people to purchase through your affiliate link is sadly not that simple. We will cover exactly how your can do it in the next section.

Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing Guide for Beginners

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We will be giving your a brief overview of how to get started with Affiliate Marketing. So, don’t worry if your feel lost or don’t understand certain parts. You can always check out this community for further help and guidance!)

Step 1: Choose Your Niche

The first step is to choose your niche. A niche is a specific market your want to go in, and it can also describe the target audience who will be interested in the things your are going to promote.

Narrowing down your niche will help your determine the topic of your website and the affiliate products your are going to be promoting.

A good starting point is to think about a passion, an interest or a hobby your have. This should mean your already have some knowledge and experience in that subject area. It also means your will be interested in learning more about that subject to help others.

Don’t worry if your are thinking, “But I am not an Expert” your don’t need to be. Believe it or not, your don’t need to be an expert to make money.

Some experts out there, don’t really know how to leverage their knowledge to make money.

The main focus you need is to learn the “marketing” aspect. As long as your know how to market a product and put it in front of the right target audience effectively, your can make money even if your are not an expert.

As your authority and knowledge grows, so will your level of expertise.

Step 2: It’s All in the Planning

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For Affiliate Marketing there are two things your are going to need to be good at planning. One of them is your time and the other is your strategy.

Most of us will tell your that we started off doing affiliate marketing part-time. So, your are going to need to be good at time management between your time spent at your current job, family commitments and your new business.

Ideally, your will want to spend at least 2 to 4 hours per day on your new business.

It might seem impossible, but when your factor in how much your want this and the amount of time your have probably spent (wasted) on social media, your could easily find 2 hours a day for your new venture.

As for the strategy, our recommendation is content marketing. This means creating content consistently. You are going to need to plan how many blog posts your are going to write each week, what are they going to be about, etc.

Once your get started, your will find your have a much better understanding of what to prepare and how to plan your week

Step 3: Build a Website

Now, we are getting to the really exciting stuff!!

That is because your are going to have your very own website set up and ready to start making your money.

Building a website is not that complicated these days, thanks to the technology we have your don’t even need to know a single line of code.

Many of us affiliate marketers do not know anything about website coding or programming (myself included)

Nowadays, with the help of tools like SiteRubix, your can build yourself a website within minutes. It just takes a couple of clicks and your will have your very own website.design a website

Step 4: Affiliate Products Research

Now we are at a point where we can start researching for affiliate products we can promote on your new website. But your need to consider the relevance of those products and not just the profitability.

You can’t just promote anything and everything on your blog. Relevancy is the key to converting sales.

The more relevant the product is to your target audience, the higher the chance they will buy it from your.

I have found the best way to research for products relevant to your niche is through Amazon. You can check out the best seller list to get ideas. See what is getting good reviews in your chosen category screen and also see what is selling well too.

amazon best sellers screenYou will notice they have a number of tabs your can use for research:

  • Best Sellers
  • New Releases
  • Movers & Shakers
  • Most Wished For
  • Gift Ideas

Just by going through these, your can get a good idea of what people are interested in learning more about within your niche.

Step 5: Drive Targeted Traffic (Visitors)

Once your have got your affiliate product and post in place, your need to drive traffic to your landing page or product review page because that is where your have your affiliate links.

There are lots of ways to generate traffic, we aren’t going to list them all, but we can categorise them into 2 main ways:

  • Free Traffic
  • Paid Traffic

Simply put, the free traffic is the visitors that will come to your website from Google search or Social Media.

The paid traffic is where visitors come to your website through your paid advertisements.

Step 6: Make Sales

Notice how this is the last step – Making Money.

As long as your have done all the hard work of putting a highly relevant product in front of a highly relevant audience with all the trimmings that go with that process, your will make money!

All in all, The Affiliate Marketing process can be broken down into these 4 main stages:

4 Steps of Affiliate Marketing

How Much Money Can I Make with Affiliate Marketing?

One of the most common questions we will get asked is, “How much money can I make with Affiliate Marketing?”

The real answer is, as much as your can imagine.

There are successful Affiliate Marketers like Pat Flynn who is earning more than $2 million dollars.

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That might seem like light years away, so what we did was grab some income reports from some members within our community.

Success Stories Because of the Community We Recommend…

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wealthy affiliate success story 4$0 to $10k in 3 Years

Now, we know that is going to lead to your second question: how long will it take me to earn that kind of money?

Let us try to give you a realistic expectation. From experience, your can start making your first few sales within 3 to 4 months. You could be earning a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars within 1 to 2 years’ time.

Are your willing to spend 1 to 2 years of your life to build your own PASSIVE INCOME so that your don’t have to work a normal job for the rest of your life?

It should be a no-brainer, right?

But the problem is your are going to need to put in the time and effort and make some sacrifices in that 1 to 2 years to achieve it!

We are not able to give your a guarantee or a promise that it will work to those timelines. It is just a rough gauge, as every situation will be slightly different.

You might be thinking, if anyone can build their own passive income online in just a few years’ time, and never have to work again why there are so many people still struggling financially?

I am glad your asked, that is why we created the next section.

Top Tips to Double or Triple Your Success Rate in Affiliate Marketing!

Most people fail because they do not follow the advice below and they walk away too soon and thinking it isn’t working, when in reality they didn’t give it enough time.

Treat it Like a Business

You are only going to be able to achieve results with affiliate marketing if your treat this like a business. Because, it is a business model!

What we mean by treating it like a business is dedicated time every day to achieving something, anything and really putting some focus on your business.

You cannot expect to work part-time and earn a full-time income. That is not how this works.

But that is the biggest problem, people play with it. They work really hard for a couple of days and think they should see results from it, but that is where your mentality is back with the normal day job.

They will think that they will only put in the effort when they see some results. However, the reality is it is the other way around. Only when your are willing to put in the effort, then your can see results!

You need to set yourself daily, weekly and monthly targets and then strive to achieve them. You might not achieve them all, but at least your will be on the right track.

Remain Consistent

This will be common amongst anything we do in life. You cannot expect to attend the gym for one session and expect to have lost weight or gained muscle mass. That is impossible. You would need to set yourself a strict regime of training to achieve whatever your target is.

Affiliate Marketing is no different, your will need to have a well-planned schedule that your can follow and that allows your to put in consistent work.

But this doesn’t just mean working on your website, this also means investing in yourself with education too. You are going to have to find the balance of working on your business and learning what it will take to become better at elements to do with your business.

It can be hard to find the balance, there are many who work tirelessly on their website but never spend time to improve their skills. They might be doing something wrong, but they will never know and could be doing something wrong over and over again. And also wondering why it isn’t converting into sales.

But the same could be said for someone who is constantly learning new skills and methods, but if they never put them into action – what is the point?

The balance is key to your building a solid foundation and then growing it into a financial free future.

You Need Patience

Affiliate Marketing will not make your rich overnight, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. This means your are going to have to be patient.

You have probably found plenty of adverts for systems that promise your that your can earn thousands within a couple of days, following this simple system.

We can tell your that almost all of them are scams, and if they are not technically a scam, they will not do exactly what they tell your it will do.

I have seen systems where they claim your can earn thousands overnight. When your do the research, your find that they want your to pay a huge fee and then they tell your about Affiliate Marketing. They provide only basic training and no help and have just robbed your have a couple of hundred dollars for your trouble.

My point is be extremely careful out there.

In Affiliate Marketing, your will not see any significant results in the first few months. But this is about building for the long-term game. If your are persistent and stay patient along the process, your will be able to get the results your so deserve.

The amount your can imagine can and will be achieved, if your stay patient and determined…

Find a Mentor

To be successful in affiliate marketing, our final tip is to find a mentor from whom your can model.find a mentor

But how can your find a mentor without paying an expensive fee?

Don’t worry, we have got your back. Like we have mentioned a few times in this guide, there is a community where we like to hang out. There are a lot of successful affiliate marketers in many different markets ready to help your out.

This community is a great resource, and we have a number of different mentors from whom we are following and learning from.

All your need to do is Create a FREE account here and your will be able to mastermind with other like-minded affiliate marketers very soon

Conclusion

Affiliate Marketing is by far the best option to make money online. Affiliate Marketing is going nowhere and with ecommerce growing at such a pace, it is going to be around for a very long time. Retail ecommerce sales are only going one way and that is upwards.

Are You Ready To…?

  • Do Something Once and Get Paid over and over again
  • Make Money Whilst You Sleep
  • Work Anytime & Anywhere your Want
  • Have More Time to Be with Your Family
  • Plus Many Other Benefits…

We have tried to cover as much as we can within this post and we hope your have found it useful? If your have any questions, we encourage your to write them in the comments section below and we will get back to your as soon as we can.

We hope your are really considering Affiliate Marketing and your can start building for your future with what your have learned.

All the Best

John & Gem

Want a Laptop Lifestyle? Make Money Online with These 4 Simple Steps…

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Most people are looking for a way to have the laptop lifestyle and make money online via the internet.  But what exactly is the laptop lifestyle, and how do you get it?  Is it as easy as those gurus make it sound online? How long does it take? Is it really possible to make money from your laptop?

The answer is you can definitely make money from your laptop!!

We will be going through everything you need to know and, more importantly how you can actually achieve a laptop lifestyle where you can work wherever you like, as long as you have Wi-Fi, of course.

What Do I Mean by a Laptop Lifestyle?

The biggest problem you have when you start searching for ways to make money online is the amount of people who tell Laptop Lifestyle - Work from Anywhereyou:

  • It is easy to make money online
  • You don’t actually have to do anything, it is done for you
  • You can earn money from a beach whilst the system does the work for you

I am not one of those people, you are going to have to put in a lot of effort and put in the time to be able to have a laptop lifestyle.

To me, a laptop lifestyle means that you can earn money from anywhere.  You are not tied down to one place or a job where you have to clock in every day and do something that you do not enjoy.

If you are willing to put the effort in, you can start to have what is called a “passive income” and that is what a laptop lifestyle is all about.  It is such a fantastic feeling when you wake up in the morning, load up your emails and find that you earned money overnight.

You can pop to a coffee shop and do a little work.  You can lie on a beach, do a little work and see that you are able to earn money.

But the emphasis on any way to make money online is that you need to be able to put the time and effort in to be able to enjoy the benefit of working anywhere in the world and earn money even though you might not be active at that point a sale is made.

Passive income and a laptop lifestyle come hand in hand, and as long as you have done the groundwork and built up your online business you can be a fantastic point where your business will be making money at any point, regardless of whether you are in front of the laptop or not.

In fact, I know a few people who are travelling the world whilst using the same method we are going to be talking about and are making money whilst exploring the world.

Done right, the laptop lifestyle will lead to you earning a passive income and being able to give up your day job and doing something based on something that you love and by helping other people.

Put in the hard work now, build the foundations and then later on you can find that you are not having to work so hard to make money – but you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Why Affiliate Marketing is the Answer

Online, you will find there are plenty of different ways for you to make money online.  Some will be scams; some will notWhy Affiliate Marketing is the Answer end up being able to actually lead to a laptop lifestyle and then there are some that are a fantastic idea.

It still amazes me that a few years ago, when I was looking for an opportunity online that I had never heard of affiliate marketing before than point.

Yet, it is now our top recommended business opportunity online because it is one of the simplest premises in the world.  You can get started with little investment and it also means you get to choose a subject that you already love.

MLM requires to invest heavily at the start and has such a low success rate.  Binary options requires a level of playing the stock markets and other guru-type programs end up costing you thousands with nothing to show for it at the end.

But with Affiliate Marketing and the right training, you will be learning how to utilise free traffic methods to promote products and services in a niche that you know something about.  You will help people learn about that niche and that will lead to you being able to make money online.

Affiliate Marketing doesn’t require any special skills other than the ability to learn and then to put what you learn into action.

Yes, it requires hard work, but nothing is given in this life for free.  Anyone who states that you are able to earn money by doing nothing is not your friend.

Affiliate Marketing can lead to a point where you are earning money on autopilot, but not without putting in the groundwork.  Not without laying down the foundation.  It also requires upkeep too.

I am not saying this route is easy, but it is simple.  If you are ready to learn how to build your own passive income business online, and earn the right to live a laptop lifestyle then we can help you get started with the 4 steps below

Our 4 Simple Steps to a Laptop Lifestyle

We can help you start on your route to a laptop lifestyle, but we need a few commitments from you… You will need to sign up to the below commitments:

  • You are Willing to Learn
  • You are Willing to Take Action
  • You are Willing to Not Give Up!

Affiliate Marketing takes patience above all things, and the main reason why people fail in affiliate marketing is the fact that they give up.  Earning money from Affiliate Marketing could happen within a month, a few months or a year.  This all depends on how much time you are able to put into it.  It took me 6 months, but as I had a full-time job and a family to work around with my online business it was actually quite a good achievement considering the niche I chose.  But the main thing you need to understand is the main factors with success is time and effort.  We will show you a proven step-by-step guide to building an affiliate marketing business, but you are the one that is going to need to take action from it.

Before we get into the 4 steps, we want to ensure you fully understand how affiliate marketing works.  That way you know!

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Ever heard of Amazon?  I would be extremely surprised if you haven’t.  The world’s largest marketplace has an affiliate program.  This is the example we are going to use to show you how you are going to make money online.  There are thousands of affiliate programs, but Amazon is by far the best starting point for an affiliate marketer just starting out.

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We are also going to use coffee machines, as our subject or niche too.

Affiliate Marketing is where you are able to promote products or services related to a niche of your choice and earn a commission from any sales that are made via your affiliate link.

Sounds weird, right?  Let’s use the examples to make it simpler to understand.

I am a potential customer who is looking for the best coffee machine for my needs.  That means I need to do a bit of research into what is the best coffee machine for me.  So, I go to Google and type in a search or keyword.  The image below shows the results that came up, below the ads:

a screenshot of a google search for best coffee machine to help explain the premise

I land on a blog called expertreviews and they have written a blog post about the best coffee machines for use at home.

They have also written some great hints and tips to help narrow down which is the best coffee machine, whether I want a manual espresso machine, a bean to cup machine, a pod machine or a filter coffee machine.

Probably a few things I hadn’t really given much thought to regards the right machine for me.

But what this blog also includes is affiliate links to Amazon:

an example of a blogger promoting an affiliate offer

If I was ready to buy the above manual espresso coffee machine, then all I needed to do was click buy now and this would take me to the exact Amazon page I needed to be able to complete the transaction.

Think of the benefits for this website having affiliate links.  They don’t need to handle payments, as Amazon is doing that.

  • They don’t need to worry about being online when the reader is on the page.
  • All they needed to do was provide the really insightful post in the first place.

But here is the added benefit – That website will receive a commission every time someone lands on this page and follows one of their affiliate links to Amazon.

Amazon’s commission rate is lower than others, but as it is a trusted platform people will buy from them without a second thought increasing your conversions.

That coffee machine I was looking at was £549 in the black Friday sale.  If I did buy that, the expert reviews website owner would earn 4%.  Which is £21.96.

I know you might not think that is a lot, but there is no limit on how many people could click that link and that is just one product.

10 customers, it becomes £219.60.  100 customers, it becomes £2,196.00.

Plus, like we said as you expand you can include other affiliate programs with much higher commission rates, your income can increase a lot.

But to earn money through affiliate marketing, you have to start somewhere.  This is where these 4 steps come in.

Choose a Niche (Your Hobby)

What is your affiliate marketing business going to be based on.  This is your first big decision, but it might not be as difficultexample of a hobby - lady knitting

as you might think.  This is because we are going to suggest you pick something that you already know something about.  You already enjoy talking about this subject and you will enjoy helping other people and engaging with other people about.  That is why we suggest you start with choosing one of your hobbies.

If we go back to why people fail, it is because they give up too early.  But that also comes down to them picking a niche based on them thinking it is a profitable niche.

Let me tell you, that any niche can be profitable.  But the key difference between choosing something you love compared to a subject you don’t know – you get bored of the one you don’t know; you don’t know what to write about and your content dries up – guess what?

No content, no sales!

That is why we say, pick a hobby and then narrow it down to a niche.  If you want the best chance to succeed, you need to target a narrow section of the market and not start too broad.

That is because of the amount of competition out there, if you just chose dogs as a niche, then that is way too broad and you are not identifying and targeting a specific target audience.

Now, if we went with dogs but targeted the healthy dog nutrition niche.  That is a specific target audience, with products and services you can also target too.

So, if I was looking for healthy dog food then hitting your website all about dog nutrition would tell me you know what youA picture of two dogs - niche idea

are talking about, as you are providing me insightful information about how to keep my dog healthy and the best food to be feeding my dog and I am more inclined to follow your affiliate links and buy stuff that earns you money.

If you start with a hobby, you are onto a great start as you will have some knowledge that you can share with others and are more interested in learning more to expand your knowledge and in turn, helping others too.

Does that make sense?  I hope it does and if you want help narrowing down your niche, drop a note in the comments section and I will be more than happy to help you.

This can be used for any subject, but just make sure you narrow it down as best you can.

Key Points:

  • Narrow down your subject to a niche
  • Identify a target audience
  • Identify their needs
  • How can you help that target audience in reference to your niche?

Build a Website

You need a foundation to your affiliate marketing business and that is a website.  If you are truly in this for the long haul where you are going to be earning big money through affiliate marketing, you need a website. build a website - website imageThere are some that state you don’t need a website; you can promote through social media.  However, people are starting to not trust social media as much as they used to, and some social media platforms do not really like affiliate links.  So, you might start promoting on social media, but find that you cannot post your links. Hence, you cannot make money.

The other argument is that if you send people blindly to affiliate links, it is proven not to always work.  This is because you have missed the important link – the helping part.

Consider, if I already knew what to buy, I would go straight to the retailer and buy it.  The reason affiliate marketing is successful, is because people want to research and learn more before making a purchasing decision.  That is the fundamental part of online shopping.  They want help, not blind affiliate links.

By having a website, you can create a web where you are taking people from social media to your website where they can learn and then buy through your affiliate links when they are ready.  That is where the customer purchase lifecycle comes in, as you can create content for different steps of the lifecycle and capture customers that you can take through all the steps until they are ready to make a purchase.

That is why you need a website.  It is yours and you can build a brand around it that will earn you money for years to come.

Building a website these days is relatively easy, but our top recommendation for Affiliate Marketing is WordPress.  It is really easy to get your head around and is preferred by the search engines which is a huge bonus when it comes to the next stage of getting traffic.

If you feel like you are ready to build a website, then we recommend the SiteRubix hosting.

SiteRubix is brought to you by the guys behind Wealthy Affiliate.  Wealthy Affiliate is a complete training program for affiliate marketers.  It is the platform we started with a few years ago, and we have not looked back.  We will be going into more detail later, but their WordPress hosting is second to none.  If you want to build a free website with SiteRubix, and get access to free training from Wealthy Affiliate – Then use the free tool below to see if your chosen website name is available.

Gain an Audience (Traffic)

Now, if you have been following the steps you will have your very own WordPress website online and gained access to free An image of an audience - gain an audience for your website

training within Wealthy Affiliate where you will be learning how affiliate marketing works and how to gain an audience…

If you want to earn money, you need to work on this step first.  Making money does not come until you start getting traffic through to your website.

Wealthy Affiliate and our recommendation is you target free methods of gaining traffic.  The main one we will be talking you through is called Search Engine Optimisation or SEO.

It sounds complicated, but it basically means creating content and posting it on your website, and then telling the search engines about it so they rank it in their search results.

That blog post earlier from expert reviews would have done the same.

By creating helpful content that helps the readers, and then using a free SEO plugin on your website (already provided by Wealthy Affiliate) you can then get your blog post up to the top of the search results too against your target keyword.

It all sounds overly complicated, but in essence it isn’t.  I am writing this blog post now, I will then publish to my website (already done by the time you are reading it) and then I will follow the few steps given to me by the guys at Wealthy Affiliate that tells the search engines “Hey, I have written a blog post that I think is helpful… can you rank it in your search engines please?”

It then appears for people to find.  You will follow the exact same steps.

You will learn about keyword research, creating content, SEO and engaging the audience to gain traffic.

As your website is new, it will take a bit of time for the search engines to take notice.  But as long as you are creating helpful content that has identified a target audience and has helped answer their questions, then you are onto a winning formula.

When you first start noticing people are visiting your website, it is a fantastic feeling.  Once you start seeing that traffic, it is time to step it up and start adding affiliate links

Earn Money!

Notice how we have left this to the last step.  You need to understand that this is not a get-rich-quick scheme.  That thean image of coins - earn money focus needs to be on helping people and not making money.

Helping People Makes you Money, focusing on the Money Doesn’t!

If you had a website on day one that was filled with affiliate links and not much helpful content, do you think Google would take notice?

I know I wouldn’t as a reader.  That is how clever the search engines have become; they read your content and see how helpful it is.  The methods that worked ten years ago, will not work today.

Search Engines want to find the best answers to questions and put them at the top of the search results.  If you provide a better answer then an established brand, then you can easily get to the top of the search results.  But the key thing is that Quality is really important.

Your content needs to help, be detailed and have a point.  As soon as you start selling, then you are not helping and that will result in lower rankings.

I know you can do this, but your focus needs to be on helping!!

How Long Will It Take to Make Money?

OK, this is the question that always comes up.  There are loads of factors including:

  • Which niche you choose
  • How much time can you invest each week?
  • How much effort you put in – both learning and doing
  • How much do you want that laptop lifestyle?

I go back to my point earlier, the main reason why affiliate marketers fail is because they walk away too soon.

No one can really tell you how long it will take.  There are members of Wealthy Affiliate who earned money within a month or two.  There are others that didn’t earn anything for a year but are then earning a 4-figure salary every month from affiliate marketing.

The main thing you need to consider is that as long as you follow the training we recommend, put in the time and effort that you can and don’t give up – you will earn money from affiliate marketing!

The only reason you won’t, is because you walk away before you do.

To put it into context, I had a full-time job and a family to work around.  I was only able to work after my son and wife had gone to bed.  I would grab an hour each evening.  One night I would go through a lesson in Wealthy Affiliate and the next night I would put into action what I had learned the night before.  I would write a blog post the next evening, and then get back to learning.  It took me 6 months to earn my first commission.  But I see so many people walk away before that point, and I feel so sorry for them because they feel like they have failed.  But they didn’t, they gave up.  There is a huge difference.

On the other end of the scale, Wealthy Affiliate has super affiliates who are earning huge sums every month.  But they will tell you the same thing that I am telling you.  You need to put the effort in, if you want to achieve what they have.

Jerry worked in a restaurant every day all day, but he worked every spare second he could to escape that existence – he is now a Super Affiliate, and he is well on his way of becoming super successful with his training courses, etc.  A special young man.  But he will tell you to “Hustle”.  I am sure he needs to trademark the hashtag, hustle.  But he will always tell you that you need to work hard to be able to play hard.

If you want this, are you going to go and get it?

Where Can I Get Help?

The important thing to know is that you do not need to feel like you are on your own.  You will not be doing this on yourWhere to Get Help to Get Started - a girl helping a boy up from falling own, in the slightest.  I remember when I first got started and joined Wealthy Affiliate.  I thought I might feel like I was on my own.  Nope, that was simply not the case.  I joined a fantastic network of people that has grown to over 1.4 million members.  The network is always active with people online ready to help beginners start their journey.  You also get access to the platform owners, Kyle & Carson.  Kyle was the one who helped me narrow down my first niche, and you will always see them active in the community.

The one thing you will take away from their training is that helping people is the core attribute to success – They live to this mentality, by helping people.

You will not find a better platform to get started.  I used to describe it as a training platform, but that hardly does it justice.  It offers all the training, tools and support you will need to become a successful affiliate marketer.  You will have access to support at any point from their easy to use dashboard.

But here is something else you will get if you decide to join Wealthy Affiliate and start your journey towards achieving a laptop lifestyle… You will get my personal guidance through starting your affiliate marketing business.  Any questions, you will be able to access me directly through Wealthy Affiliate.  If I don’t know the answer, I will know someone who will, and I will help you get started!!

Wealthy Affiliate is a pay-it-forward platform which means everyone is here to help you.

The only decision you have to make is, are you ready to get started?

Are You Ready to Get Started?

That, I will leave up to you.  Affiliate Marketing is by far the best option for someone looking to make money online, it is beginner friendly with training like Wealthy Affiliate’s.

Want help choosing a niche, or anything to do with WordPress or anything at all you will get help and support within Wealthy Affiliate.

I will just leave you with this, if you truly want a way to earn money online, leave the day job behind and live a laptop lifestyle like in all those flashy videos online then affiliate marketing can help you achieve that.  But don’t lose sight of the fact that it requires hard work to achieve that lifestyle.

You will need to work hard around your current job to achieve this, but guess what?

Any website you land on that says you can earn money overnight is lying to you.  They are a scam and only after your money.

Affiliate Marketing is a genuine route to earning money online.  It is a proven.   We are making money from affiliate marketing online.  But it all starts with working hard to get to that point.

If you are still reading this, then I know you are someone who can make this work for you!!

All you need to do is click the button below and get started with a free Wealthy Affiliate Starter Membership and see where that takes you…

free starter membership for wealthy affiliate

If you want to research a little more into Wealthy Affiliate, I totally understand and here is a link to our Wealthy Affiliate review – But if you click the button above you will begin your affiliate marketing journey now and get our support thrown in!

Thanks for checking out our post.  If you are currently living a laptop lifestyle, have any experience with Wealthy Affiliate and want to share or have any questions at all – then please write them in the comments below and we will get back to you as soon as we can 😉

How to Start an Online Business Today – Best Black Friday Deal

Start an Online Business Online with a Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday Membership Deal

Whenever you start thinking about Black Friday, you immediately start thinking about what bargains you can get.  Whether it be a great deal on a Smart TV, or something for the partner and kids ready for Christmas.  That is what comes first to mind. 
But I bet you never thought it might be the best time to build a future where you will have Financial Freedom earning a Passive Income Online…

What we are talking about is an online business opportunity where you will get everything you need to build an online business for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each day.

Just Think About That for a Minute…

Why wouldn’t you want to build an online business where you are the boss, you have no one to answer to but yourself.  Work when you want to, Do something for you and reap the benefits of your own hard work.

Many people search for how to start a business, but they usually explore the Bricks & Mortar route.  But consider the costs associated with that kind of business:

  • Rent
  • Service Charges
  • Electricity, etc
  • Staffing Costs

Bricks & Mortar businesses can cost thousands before you can really get started and that is a scary thought.

Let’s Get Back to The Online Business Option

Now, we are not proposing any scary MLM business or anything that is profoundly difficult.  You will be building an online business where you help people and make money from that one principle.

This is a business that we have been doing for a couple of years and are finding it highly successful if you have the right training and support.

The Black Friday deal will also allow you to get everything you need to start this online business and it will cost you less than a coffee each day.  It will cost you only 82 cents a day to get this amazing offer.  But you will only have a limited time to take up this offer and we are not sure if they will be offering the same deal again…

The Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday Banner, with a 49% Discount

But What Do You Get for 82 Cents a Day?

Affiliate Marketing is the Business Opportunity that we are suggesting.  It is a fantastic way of making money where you are going to promote products, such as those from Amazon and earn a commission for every sale you make through your affiliate link.

What that 82 cents a day gets you is instant access to the most comprehensive affiliate marketing and online business training platform there is online.

You will get access to a full suite of training that will take you through every step from launching your own free website, to learning how to master affiliate marketing and getting your website to the top of the search engines.

You get access to the weekly live training that takes you through important and more advanced techniques to grow your sales and your commissions.

Get Access to Research Tools & Engagement Tools.

Get Access to a Personal Mentor, that would be us and we will always be there to help you on your journey.

Their exact methods and training plan have taken hundreds of thousands of people through every step needed to build an online business.  There are also some that have become Super Affiliates because of the training.

If you take into account the cost of many of these tools separately, you could be talking hundreds of dollars a month to run an online business but with this BLACK FRIDAY deal you are looking at paying 82 cents a day or $299 a year.

The website hosting alone is worth over $250 a month and they include it within your membership.

But the Offer Doesn’t Stop There…

This Black Friday Deal will save you a Huge 49% on the usual price and it might be the last time it remains at this price, but by signing up within the Black Friday time you will be “grandfathered” into that price so regardless of any future price increases, you will only ever pay $299 a year going forward.

Wealthy Affiliate offers the most fantastic platform for prospective online business owners and they are always working on making it even better.

Here are the improvements they have made this year alone, and there are also going to be some fantastic bonuses if you decide this is the right time for you to start an online business…

2019 Wealthy Affiliate Improvements:

  • New Email Platform – New & Improved Email Platform for Your Websites
  • Video Training 2.0 – Improved Video Training UX & Speed for WA Training
  • Kraken Image Optimisation – Industry-Leading Optimisation for all Websites
  • Affiliate Programs Platform – Search & Find the Most Lucrative Programs
  • SiteComments 2.0 & Accreditation – The Ability to Earn Through Commenting at WA
  • Super Affiliate Challenge 2.0 – A 12-Month Step-by-Step Training to Affiliate Success

You will get instant access to all of these improvements and be on the road to becoming a successful online business owner.

If you are still not sure what you would be doing to make money, then let us go through the stages you will be taken through to get started.

WA Black Friday Banner with 49% Discount

What Will You Be Doing?

WE said earlier, you would be building an online business with a view to harnessing affiliate marketing to make money.

The training will take you through the important steps to getting started like:

  • Choosing a Niche – picking an interest that you enjoy and can help people with, as your starting point
  • Building a Website – This is going to be the foundation to your online business.
  • Getting Visitors to Your Website – You will learn how to get your content in front of people to view your affiliate offers
  • Earn Money – Teaching you how to improve your conversions and ultimately make this a profitable business

But the training, tools and support don’t stop there.  You will also learn how to scale up your business, or you could explore the Super Affiliate Challenge.  But ultimately, this is the best place to be to start an online business.

Why is Black Friday A Great Deal for YOU?

The beauty of the Black Friday deal is that you have 4 days where you can sign up and get the fantastic Black Friday price.  But that also means that you can take Wealthy Affiliate for a test run by signing up for the FREE STARTER Membership.  It is a full membership, but what it gives you is a test run of all the premium features that are available within the Premium Membership.  If you love what you see, and we know you will then when November 29th comes around you can sign up for the Annual Premium Membership for only $299 and get that price every year!!!

It is a well-known fat that those who commit and go for the annual membership are serious about making this work, improving their lives and ultimately, they have a much higher success rate.

Ok, You Are Still Not Sure…

Let’s give you a more in-depth look at what Wealthy Affiliate Offers you.  These are the benefits of the Premium Membership:

  • Extensive Beginner Friendly Training, Step-by-Step Training, Courses & Live Webinars (with the ability to rewatch them anytime).  Tasks are set to keep you on track and focused.
  • You will be joining an engaging and positive community of over 1.4 million members
  • Access to a Personal Mentor, Super Affiliates and the Owners (Kyle & Carson) for help at any time
  • Excellent Premium Website Hosting, Fast & Secure with Free SSL Certificates included within the Premium Membership
  • A strict spam-free environment
  • No Upsells, ever – Everything is included within the Premium Membership
  • No advertisements or selling within Wealthy Affiliate
  • The Support is fantastic, with issues resolved within minutes (but we don’t get many)

Want Bonuses?

Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate has also recently announced the bonuses that we can expect for joining the Black Friday Annual Membership.  Let’s go through what the bonuses will be:

Bonus #1: The Path to Affiliate Stardom in 2020 – Kyle Goes AMA (Ask Me Anything)

Bonus #2: Building an Incredible Internet Business in 2020, The White Paper

Bonus #3: Creating a Thriving Authority Website in 2020 (5 Weeks of Live Training)

Bonus #4: Early 2020 Beta Access to New Platforms (Yearly Members Only)

We have been a member for 3 years now, taking part in the Black Friday event and the bonuses alone are worth the price of the membership.

If you want to start an online business and want the best training, support and tools out there… Then you need to be taking part in this fantastic offer.  At the very least, you need to check out the free starter membership.

Time is Running Out on this Offer

Wealthy Affiliate is our top recommended program for all of the reasons we have listed above.  If you want to take control of your future and destiny and build your own online business, then you are going to be in the right place with a Wealthy Affiliate Membership.

But there is another bonus that you will get by taking this opportunity and that is that I will be your Personal Mentor throughout this journey.  I will be here to help you, offer assistance, guidance and reassurance as you learn and help yourself grow.

You don’t have to wait until November 29th to get started, jump in and take action.  If you keep putting this decision off, you will never have the online business you crave where you are your own boss.  But time is running out to get this fantastic platform for this amazing price.  ACT NOW!!  By the 5th December, this offer will not be around and possibly not again at the same prices…

My only advice is to not to waste this opportunity, it only comes once a year.  By clicking the button below, you will be locked into this price if you take it up.

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If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.  Just write them in the comments below.

FlexOffers Review – Is This Affiliate Network for You?

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Are you looking for an affiliate network and want to know whether FlexOffers is the right choice for you? FlexOffers has been around since 2008 and looks like a great platform for affiliate marketers.

Although there are a couple of things to factor in, especially if you are relatively new or lacking some traffic.  But in our review, you will learn everything you need to know before you decide on whether to sign up or not.

Read moreFlexOffers Review – Is This Affiliate Network for You?

10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

When you start thinking about it, it isn’t that difficult to make money with affiliate marketing.  But you need to know the following tips if you want to make some serious money with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing can be a fantastic way of making money online or from home, but it can be a hard slog if you aren’t on the right strategy.  That is why we want to help.  Did you know that 99% of Affiliate Marketers fail?  That is why we want to help you become part of the 1% that succeed.

If you are still unsure on what exactly affiliate marketing is and how it works, then check out this guide and it will fill in all the blanks…

Read more10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

What is the 30 Day Success Formula? – Cash Gifting MLM Scam Revealed?

What is the 30-Day Success Formula_ – Cash Gifting MLM Scam Revealed_

We were asked, what is the 30-day success formula all about… We have explored this cash gifting MLM and it was interesting what we could find out about it.

If you have been wondering if this can really help you make money, then we will definitely give you the answers you seek.  Although, they may not be the answers you wanted.

Let me be clear, we are not associated with the 30-Day Success Formula, nor would we want to be.  We just want to give you an honest appraisal of this money-making opportunity, what is it all about and why it is not worth your time!

Read moreWhat is the 30 Day Success Formula? – Cash Gifting MLM Scam Revealed?