Affiliate Marketing Vs Network Marketing: Which Is The Better Option?

Affiliate Marketing Vs Network Marketing

There are many people who aren’t sure as to what are the differences between Affiliate Marketing and Network Marketing. They then cannot really understand which is the better option for them.  It can be hard to get the right information, especially if you are speaking to someone who hasn’t had experience with them both. This usually leads to a very one-sided answer, that really doesn’t help.

There are pros and cons for both business models, and the truth is, you can make money with either of them.  But it really does depend on which is a better fit for you.

In this post, we will go through the main differences between the two…

What Are the Main Differences?

Affiliate Marketing is about earning commissions by promoting other people’s or companies products online.  It’s more suitable to those that prefer the flexibility of promoting anything you want, without having to do any face to face sales.  There is also no need to recruit anyone either.

With Network Marketing, you are promoting products from just one company.  You will need to sell to people face-to-face, and to be successful you will need to recruit a team of effective consultants under you, to do the same thing.

I personally prefer affiliate marketing.  We’ve tried both, but I’m not that inclined to do face to face sales, and I prefer the option to choose what I want to promote.  

But don’t let that worry you, I’m not here to sway you either way.  Some people love face-to-face sales, others don’t.  We’re all different.  I’m just going to share my thoughts on both business models, and hopefully it’ll help you decide which is best for you.

Let’s start with Affiliate Marketing…

What's Affiliate Marketing? & How Does It Work?

Affiliate Marketing is a fairly simple business model.  It is where you earn commissions by promoting products that are owned by a company or another person.  It’s a little bit like a refer a friend model.  

There are no levels like with Network Marketing, there’s no need to recruit people, and there is no downline.

You just decide on which product to promote, sign up to the relevant affiliate program (which is usually free), start promoting that product, and then when people buy something through your affiliate link, you earn a commission.

The idea is pretty simple, but the execution does require time and effort if you want to master affiliate marketing.  It’s definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme.

There are so many companies that work with affiliates, it would be impossible to list all of them.  So, let’s go with the most popular example.  And that is Amazon.

Amazon pays their affiliates up to 10% commissions whenever someone buys through your link, through a free program called Amazon Associates.

The advantage of joining Amazon is that they one of the largest marketplaces online, so have a wide selection of products, so can definitely cater for the majority of niches you might decide to start with.

Other examples of legitimate affiliate marketing companies include:

These are more commonly known as Affiliate Networks.  By joining them you can access to 10,000’s of individual products from companies around the world.  All in one place.

There are also may different ways to do affiliate marketing too.  This brings a lot of flexibility, no just in the terms of what you actually promote, but also how you go about promoting those products.

I personally like the method where you setup a simple website to do affiliate marketing.  That is because it doesn’t require any money to be spent on advertising.  You just setup a simple blog, write useful content that attracts free traffic from Google, and then promote relevant affiliate offers to your visitors.

It’s a simple process, and the one we’ve been using for a while.

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But like I said, there are many ways of doing it.  You could create a YouTube channel or use Paid Ads on Facebook.  The options are limitless, and the basic priniciple is exactly the same: Choose a niche, signup with an affiliate network (free) to get your affiliate links, and then start promoting those products to earn commissions.

I’m not going to sit there and tell you that this is quick and easy.  It is by far anything like that.  It requires time to build up an authority, it requires a lot of effort to research and write helpful content.  But in my experience, all that time and effort is totally worth it, i the long run.

Affiliate Marketing Pros

Here are some benefits about Affiliate Marketing…

  • Affiliate Marketing is a simple, legitimate, low cost, and potentially lucrative business model.  It is something that virtually anyone can be successful with, as long as they are willing to invest the time and effort required to see that success.
  • You’re not tied down to one product range, brand, or company.  You can promote virtually anything you like, from virtually any company online so long as they have an affiliate program (and most of them do).  This gives you freedom and flexibility and means you’re not putting all your eggs in one basket.
  • When you build an affiliate website, you’re building an asset. This is something that you one and one that is not tied to any individual company.  Websites regularly sell for 20 to 40 times their monthly revenue.  So even if your website is making $5K per month, you could sell it for a very tidy profit.

Affiliate Marketing Cons

Here are some concerns about Affiliate Marketing…

  • Affiliate Marketing is more reliant on technology than Network Marketing.  It’s not that hard to wrap your hear around, and building a website these days is very much like creating a social media profile.  But there is still a learning curve at first when you first get started, and those who aren’t that used to using a computer.
  • Creating content for your business requires time and effort.  This includes blog posts, videos, social media posts, etc.  If you don’t have the budget to go down the paid ads route, know that you will be sitting there creating a lot of content if you want to see results.  Researching and creating content takes a lot of time, but it’s the only way of attracting people to your website.  So, if you hate the idea of creating content, and you don’t want to pay for advertising, then this might not be for you.
  • As an affiliate, you will typically be working from home, and on your own.  This means you can, at times, feel isolated.  It’s a lot of time sat in front of your computer.  You can do that work from anywhere, as long as you have wifi.  But for some people, this can mean a lack of social interaction, that you would usually get at a normal job, for example.

Who's Affiliate Marketing Best Suited For?

Affiliate Marketing is typically best suited to people who are wanting more freedom and flexibility in the way they run their business.  You don’t have to handhold the transaction like you would in Network Marketing, so you can work when you want and how you want.

It is also ideal for those who want to leverage the internet, and who don’t like the idea of recruiting people.

We chose affiliate marketing, as it is a way of helping people without being too salesy.  We can also work it in and around our other commitments. Gem runs a wedding business, and we have a son to care for too.  So it’s ideal.

There’s also the fact that if you want to create a sellable asset, and develop a business that isn’t reliant upon any one company in the process, then this is the better option…

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What's Network Marketing? & How Does It Work?

What's Network Marketing?

Network Marketing is similar to Affiliate Marketing, in the sense that you earn commissions from selling other peoples products.

But there are differences, the main one being that you don’t just earn commissions by selling products.  You can also earn commissions from recruiting people, who then go on to sell the companies products too.

That’s one of the reasons that Network Marketing is also referred to as MLM or Multi-Level Marketing.  This is because consultants can earn commissions on multiple levels.  This is referred to as building your downline.

So, if you hired Bill as a consultant who sells products, then you would also earn a commission for any sales Bill makes.  This is in addition to your own product sales.  You can also build up a bigger team, and earn more commissions (in theory).

It is a little more complicated than that, but that is the general premise of MLM.

Each company you sign up with each have their own specifics on what the commission level is like, for both product sales and recruitment commissions.  This will be set out in their compensation plan, and from my experience most MLM compensation plans are a little complicated to work out.  But they will definitely be broken down between the two side; product sales and recruitment.

Like I said, each company has a different way of doing this.  The Norwex compensation plan will be very different to the Tranont compensation plan, and so on.

In any case, the way MLM’s work in general is relatively simple.

The idea is to choose a company you want to work with, sign up and earn commissions when people buy through you directly, which is usually called direct sales. Then also earn commissions when you recruit new distributors or consultants, called residual commissions.

The more products you are able to sell, but typically the more people you can recruit, means the more money you can make.  It is important to know that success within Network Marketing is usually based on how well you do with regards the recruitment side.

MLM compensation plans are usually geared up more towards rewarding your more for recruiting new distributors over selling the products.  But this will also depend on how well your recruits do too.

Is MLM a Scam or A Pyramid Scheme?

There is a huge misconception around MLM.  The biggest problem is the MLM companies themselves don’t do enough to get themselves away from that misconception.

The simple answer is that MLM is not a scam… 

But the longer answer is… that it completely depends on the company itself, but it could be…

There’s a lot of confusion around this very topic.  Many people do wonder what the difference is between MLM, Affiliate Marketing and a Pyramid Scheme.

Let’s get this cleared up now…

A Pyramid Scheme is  a system where recruiting is the only option you have to make money.  When someone joins the company they have to pay a fee, only to have to recruit others in the same business, who recruit more than people, and this goes on.

However, when this recruitment stops, the scheme will collapse and there will be no more money.  There are also no products to speak of in a pyramid scheme.  The only thing you are selling is the same opportunity that you just signed up for.

Pyramid schemes are illegal in the majority of countries.  They are unsustainable, and very unethical.  They eventually fall apart and the majority of people lose any money they have invested into them.  This is because you need a continuous supply of new recruits, but the money always flows to the top.  So, those at the bottom don’t tend to get anywhere anyway.

Affiliate Marketing is not a scam or a pyramid scheme.  This is a much simpler business model as there are no levels, you only earn money when people buy real products or sign up for a membership.

Network Marketing or MLM is not a Pyramid Scheme or a scam either.


Some MLM Companies Do Operate As A Pyramid Scheme… as they place too much emphasis on recruitment, and very little on the actual selling of their products. 

The majority of their compensation plans do have short explanations for their retail commissions, but then they have several pages based on their residual commissions or recruitment.

There’s a very fine line between a legitimate MLM and a Pyramid Scheme.

My advice is to ensure you do your research thoroughly, as to which company is the best fit for you.  Always look for companies that are selling high value products and services, and are more interested in selling their products, rather than being more focused on recruitment.

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Network Marketing Pros

Here are some benefits about Network Marketing…

  • Building up a large team of distributors, who you can earn money from, is a big selling point of MLM. This allows you to leverage the efforts of others to generate commissions.  There is also a point where you could earn a decent passive income as your team continues to grow, and perform.
  • If networking with other people, doing in-home presentation (house parties), and face-to-face selling is your thing, then MLM is probably the best option for you.  This is definitely more about building relationships and selling to people.
  • Most MLM companies provide self-development training, especially at their live events. Since developing a good mindset is definitely a part of being successful. Having said that, I do need to point out that there is, at times, a dark side to this.  Some of the events are little cult-like, which is something I’m not keen on.

Network Marketing Cons

Here are some concerns about Network Marketing…

  • Most MLM companies expect you to achieve a certain level of sales or points per month to qualify for commissions.  This often leads to distributors having to buy products each month that they don’t earn enough sales.  Even then, some will still expect you to buy products each month as well, classed as personal consumption.  Prices can soon mount up if you aren’t making any sales quickly enough.
  • Network Marketing is more focused on recruiting people into your “downline” than it is on actually selling products.  The company still gets sales either way, as their consultants usually end up having to buy products like we mentioned in the point above.  
  • Often the products within MLM are usually more expensive that non-MLM companies, so earning money from selling products alone is very difficult.  The real money is from recruiting.
  • As a network marketer, you are restricted to promoting products from one single MLM company.  This brings in a level of restriction, that I don’t personally like.  It also means that you are putting all of your eggs into one basket, that company fails or doesn’t resonate with your network, then you will fail as well.
  • Between 73% and 99% of people who join an MLM end up losing money.  Part of this is down to them not knowing what to expect, or the person who has recruited them has not been completely transparent with them.  But this is still a hard business model to get right, without the right support.

Who's Network Marketing Best Suited For?

MLM is best for people who the idea of networking with people, and building their business more of a team-based fashion.  Those who like attending events, giving presentations, recruiting people, developing their team, and those who want to work with a specific company.

The most successful Network Marketers are those who know how to develop and motivate people, and sell the dream of financial freedom.  When you get to the nitty-gritty, that’s what this is all about…

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Affiliate Marketing Vs Network Marketing (Key Differences)

Let’s go through some of the key differences between Affiliate Marketing & Network Marketing, with a side-by-side comparison chart:

Affiliate Marketing Vs Network Marketing

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Both Affiliate Marketing & Network Marketing allows you the opportunity to potentially earn good income over time. The amount of money you can earn will ultimately depend on how much effort you put in to your business, and how persistent you are.  But that could be said for anything.

It is also a worthy point to mention that both business models have the potential to generate passive income for you.  Which is money you make “passively” without trading your time, like you do with a normal job.

The only difference is the way you earn that “passive” income.

With Network Marketing, you earn passive income through building a team that can eventually sustain itself through your coaching and motivation.  That way you can earn passive profits from the work your team does.

With Affiliate Marketing, you can generate long-term passive income.  This is because you can create high-quality content that ranks within the search engines.  This gives you the ability to get traffic for years.  One blog post could go on getting you traffic and earning you income for years to come.

Those are the key differences between the two…

My Personal Thoughts on Both...

We tried Network Marketing, when we were in our twenties, and for us, it wasn’t right for us.  At first, it looked like a good opportunity, but the more we got into it, the more we disliked it.

I’m not going to go into the details of the company we tried, but it honestly felt more like a religious cult, than a chance to become an entrepreneur.  All we wanted to do is run our own business selling real products.  But they just solely focused on recruitment, and selling the dream of changing their life.

We also found it almost impossible to make money, and we couldn’t afford to keep spending to stay “qualified”.

The reason was, in order to be successful, we were told to contact everyone we knew and start conversations with random people, all with a hidden agenda of recruiting these people into our team.

Don’t get me wrong, there were certain aspects we enjoyed and we learned some good stuff that helps us now with our current businesses.

But I personally just wanted to sell products that people would find useful or actually wanted, without facing constant rejection.  And without attempting to convince people to join an “opportunity” we weren’t even making money with ourselves. 

How can you convince people to join, when they ask “how much are you making?”  It just didn’t feel right.

We gave it up, and went back to focusing on our day jobs.  But I still wanted to create a passive income, and spend more time with the family, so I did keep on looking for an opportunity.

Fast forward to 2016, and I started learning Affiliate Marketing

And we’re so glad we did.  Because for us, it was completely more suited to us.  Now we earn commissions selling products people are already buying online, we don’t have to recruit anyone, and we let our websites do the talking, meaning we don’t need to speak to our family or friends, or anyone for that matter to sell these products.

I have people coming to our sites and buying stuff through my links everyday, without ever having to speak to them.  I also feel really good about what we do, as we are helping people with their decisions and not hard selling things to people.  These people are already interested in the product, they just want some help deciding on whether it is the right product for them, and we help them with that as part of our website.

It’s paid off top, thanks to the training in our top recommended training we are earning a 4-Figure Monthly Passive Income Stream.

That’s our journey though, and that doesn’t mean it’s the right path for you.  There are those that love Network Marketing, and they also utilise internet marketing to help grow their business with it too.

It totally depends on picking the right network marketing business for you, and then how driven are you to making it work for you…

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What If Neither Business Model Interests You?

If you are sitting there thinking that neither Affiliate Marketing or Network Marketing/MLM sounds right for you, then don’t worry.  There are other options out there that might suit you better.

For example, you could sell a service on Upwork as a freelancer, start a dropshipping business, or you could sell physical products through the Amazon FBA program.

Any of these could work.

Selling a service on Upwork is a good place to start, as you can tap into an existing customer base.  See what others are offering, and then just provide a better service than the others.  Dropshipping is an affordable way of selling physical products, as you don’t require storage space for products.

Selling on Amazon is a higher cost business, but can be very lucrative if you choose the right products.

These are just a few examples of ways of making legitimate ways to make money online.  The point is, that you don’t have to just limit yourself to only one of them.  You can start with the one that suits you, then expand into others as you want.


Both Network Marketing (MLM) and Affiliate Marketing are legitimate business models, that allow the average person to create a good income stream and lifestyle.

Whether you’re successful or not, will depend a lot on how much time, effort and perseverance you put into your business.  You’ll also need to remain consistent as you build up your business, and get it to the point where you are earning an income from it.

With that being said, we’ve gone through the key differences between the two, and some pros/cons that you should consider, with both business models.  

That way you can choose the right one for you…

The bottom line is that it will come down to your own personal preference as to which direction you choose to go down. It will then depend on your effort as to how successful you are.

Hopefully, you’ve found this article useful, but if you have any questions, or maybe you want to share any experiences you have had with either business model, then please write to us in the comments section.  We’d love to hear from you. 😉

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In this guide we will detail the main differences between affiliate marketing and MLM, the pros and cons of both business models and a little bit more about our preferences.

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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.

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Affiliate Marketing is so appealing these days, especially as more and more people are searching online for ways to make money from home and naturally land on a page all about affiliate marketing, but why is affiliate marketing so appealing?

The simple fact is that Affiliate Marketing is Awesome, but there are many questions around it and a few reasons why people fail…

We aim to answer all of your questions, show you why affiliate marketing is so appealing and also, what the watch-outs are too before showing you how you can get started with your very own affiliate marketing business for free.

Let’s start by clarifying exactly what affiliate marketing is…

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Before I go into detail about what true affiliate marketing is, you need to know there are plenty of training platforms that areWhat is Affiliate Marketing? actually scams pretending to be affiliate marketing.  We have reviewed a number of them, and some have actually been closed down by the FTC because they couldn’t live up to all of their promises.  If you ever find something that states you can earn money on auto-pilot or with little effort, then that is exactly what I am on about.  That is why we wanted to clarify your understanding on what is affiliate marketing.

It is very likely you have already experienced affiliate marketing is some way, especially if you have every purchased a product off of Amazon.

Affiliate Marketing is a beneficial way of marketing products for both affiliates and companies themselves, as the act saves them a fortune on their marketing campaigns.  It is as simple as promoting products and receiving a commission if someone chooses to buy said product through your affiliate link.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

An Affiliate Marketer signs up with an affiliate program, for the example I will discuss Amazon Associates.  This gains you access to all of their products to promote via blog or on social media.

How Does Affiliate Marketing work?

You create a blog or website on any subject you want to cover and promote products or services on it.  If someone lands on your website and decides to follow your recommendation and goes to the Amazon website via your affiliate link, if they buy the product you receive a percentage of the sale price as a reward for introducing a buyer.

There are thousands of affiliate programs, and affiliate networks that house thousands of affiliate programs meaning that you can create a blog in any subject you can think of.

That kind of adds to the appeal.

Why Affiliate Marketing is so Appealing?

Affiliate Marketing is so appealing for a number of ways, let’s go through a few:

Start an Affiliate Marketing Website About Anything

The best thing about Affiliate Marketing is the fact that you can start an online business in any interest or passion you have.

Interested in golf, then you can use that.  Interested in getting fit and helping others to get fit, then you can use that.Start an Affiliate Marketing Business in any Subject You Enjoy

Literally, you can start a business today in anything you are really interested in and you could find an affiliate program that will fit perfectly with it.

Gem runs and maintains a wedding stationary business, and affiliate marketing runs well with that.

Why start a business about something you don’t enjoy or know anything about when you could get started with a business you know loads about and enjoy immersing yourself within that subject.

It’s a Work from Anywhere Job

Another appealing feature of Affiliate Marketing is the fact you can do it from anywhere, the only restriction is internet coverage.

Work from Anywhere

Affiliate Marketing tends to go really well with travel blogging because that is one of the main benefits of an online business using affiliate marketing, you can blog about your travels and help others get started on their own travelling plans.

This is because it is classed as a passive income stream, meaning you do not need to monitor the sales.  Create great content and move on, you do not need to there for someone to decide to buy something you are promoting.

You Do Not Need Your Own Products or Services

Another great thing about affiliate marketing is the fact you do not need your own products or services, because you are promoting other people’s products.

No expensive warehouse, no need for a Point of Sale system.  This is often the reason why people do not think they can start their own business, because they have nothing to offer.

But, with affiliate marketing you have something that you can offer which isn’t a physical thing.  You can offer help and advice about a subject you know about, that is what you need to get started with affiliate marketing.

There are three great reasons as to why Affiliate Marketing is so appealing, but what stops Affiliate Marketers from succeeding?

What Stops Affiliate Marketers Succeeding?

There are a number of reasons why affiliate marketers do not succeed, we have picked out the top three that we feel is why they do not succeed:

Think it is a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

We mentioned earlier in the post that there are loads of programs claiming to be affiliate marketing and they all have Thinking Affiliate Marketing is a get-rich-quick schemesomething in common.  They make you believe that success can be achieve overnight.

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is anything but a get-rich-quick scheme.  In fact, there is no such program that can make you loads of money overnight.  It is was a thing, plenty of people would be reaping the benefits.

Affiliate Marketing is a great business to get started in, it can be any subject you love but if you think that in a month’s time you can sit back and watch the money come in that is not going to be a reality.

It is going to take a lot of hard work to realise your goals.  I will be honest with you, I didn’t earn anything for 6 months when I first started with affiliate marketing and it will be a long road to actually achieving a way of replacing my full-time job.

The more hours you put in, the more effort you put in the better, as realising your dreams will take hard work.

An honest affiliate marketer will tell you that you still need to put the hours in, even after you have established yourself in your chosen niche.

There are examples of where someone has got to the point where they are earning good money, they have even been able to leave their day job.  So, they decide my website is making good money now, I will go on a month-long holiday.  They do nothing with their website for a month, and then realise that their traffic levels drop a little because they haven’t worked on their website.

Hard work will pay off, but many do not give this any thought and the best way to describe it is they “play at it”.  They do not invest the time and effort to realise it and then they decide to give up…

They Give Up Too Soon

People give up before their hard work pays off.  This is normally because people think of it like an hourly-paid job.  I have done an hour of work, so I therefore deserve an hour’s worth of pay.

An online business does not work out like that.  Affiliate Marketing is a truly passive income, but it will not earn you moneyAffiliate Marketers fail because they give up too soon straightaway.  The harder you work in the early stages, the more likely you are going to enjoy the benefits down the road.

You could write an awesome quality post and it doesn’t make you money for 6 months, but then it starts earning you recurring income on a regular basis and could do so for years to come.

But many affiliate marketers give up after a couple of months and say affiliate marketing doesn’t work.  That is why the search engines does not really trust a new website until it is about 6 months old, because a website owner still engaged in their website after 6 months is the real deal and will keep on working and understands the long-term plan of an affiliate marketing business model.

A normal bricks and mortar business will typically not plan to turn a profit in year one, and yet online we seem to think we can be turning profit immediately.

Whilst the costs are nowhere near a typical business, the main investment you need to put in with an online business is your time and effort.

If you can commit to putting at least an hour a day into learning and acting within your business, you have what it takes but you need to keep at it until all your hard work pays off!

Lack of Quality Training & Support

You will find loads of contradicting strategies online, or you are being drawn in by affiliate marketing training that is outdated or clearly not affiliate marketing.

Quality Training & Support is Essential

But there are training programs out there that do help their members, and will give a easy to follow step-by-step plan to success.

The support is the key, I think anyone who cares enough will follow a structured guide, but it is the help aspect that people lack, and they feel like they are doing this all alone and that can be one of the hardest things to get over.

I am part of a community of affiliate marketers and we all engage together to help each other.  If we did not have that, I would have felt like I was swimming upstream.  In other words, it would have been extremely hard to keep going until the money started coming in.

We can help you get the help and support, with some awesome training to.  But I think it is one of the factors as to why many affiliate marketers are struggling, and that is wrong or outdated training with a real lack of support.

What Do You Need to Succeed?

Let’s just summarise so far, Affiliate Marketing is an awesome way of building an online business in a subject you really love and enjoy.  You can literally work from anywhere and enjoy the freedom that a work from home job can bring.

You also do not need any of your own products or services as you can promote other peoples and not have all the hassle that would normally bring.

But it does take long hours and hard work to become successful and people tend to give up too easily because they think it isn’t going to work – this is often because they do not get shown a proven method to follow and have a lack of support.

What I want to share with you is the fact I know how you might be feeling at this point; Do I take the plunge??

If you are just trying to piece together bits of information from Google and keep looking for those (fake) proven methods, you will look back in six months time and realise you haven’t achieved anything and you are no closer to having financial freedom.

Or you could read on, learn about how I now make money online and get all the help you need to succeed.

I was there at that point and thought there were no genuine ways of making money online until I read a review about a training platform called Wealthy Affiliate.

Things That You Need to Succeed?

I have broken down what you need to get started on the right track, and they are all things that Wealthy Affiliate will offer you in abundance.

Step-by-Step Training

Up-to-date training that all users can understand and follow.  I have found and reviewed many pieces of training around affiliate marketing, and typically they are outdated and that is why they are being offered for free.

The search engines are constantly changing, the way people navigate searches is changing and you need to keep up.

That is why we highly recommend the step-by-step training available at Wealthy Affiliate.  Kyle and Carson (the WA Co-Owners) do not try and confuse you or get you to do strategies until you are ready.

Online Entrepreneur Certification Course at WA

By the end of the first ten lessons, you will fully understand what Affiliate Marketing is, help to choose the right niche, how you are going to monetise your website and actually have your own free website up and running ready for your all-important content.

Learn from their experience and gain personal access to them to help you along your affiliate business.

Websites & Website Tools

The second thing you need for your affiliate marketing business is a website.  You will find many free ones online, but when you actually start to scale your online business you find the prices start to rise rapidly.  With Wealthy Affiliate, a free starter membership gains you 2 free websites with no limit on the number of users.

A premium membership adds a different level with up to 50 domains available to you, with no limit and free SSL certificates.

You will also experience some fantastic website engagement tools including a keyword research tool.

You can Learn More about the Different Membership Levels in our Wealthy Affiliate Review.

Expert Help & Support

I have already expressed the importance of the right support network.  You will find no better support that from the community at Wealthy Affiliate.Expert Help & Support at Wealthy Affiliate

If you ever feel like you are stuck, or just need a comforting word to keep you on the right track you will find it in abundance within Wealthy Affiliate.  You will find experience affiliate marketers and newbies alike all engaging in the training, asking and answering questions and encouraging everyone to achieve their goals.

Are You Ready to Get Started?

Affiliate Marketing is so appealing because of the fact it can be about anything in the world.  Whether you are interested in starting a business in a hobby you love, want to help people in a subject you consider yourself an expert in, or want to document your fitness plan to help other people learn from you it all leads to the same thing.

A profitable online business that you actually enjoy working on.  Gem and I chose helping people and I have a background in learning and development.  We love helping people, and we also understand what good training is and that is why we recommend Wealthy Affiliate.

If you think you are ready to work hard and build a business that will allow you to enjoy it and work when you want and not be dictated to by a work schedule then I highly suggest you click the button below and start a free starter membership with Wealthy Affiliate.

Get Started with a Free WA Starter Membership

It is totally free, with no credit card required.  You will have access to the first ten lessons of their Online Entrepreneur Certification Course and 2 free websites that are yours to keep.  There will be no pressure to upgrade until you are ready.  But trust me, even those ten lessons will transform what you know about affiliate marketing and you will truly understand the potential behind it.

If you still have any questions about Affiliate Marketing or Wealthy Affiliate, I would be happy to answer all your questions.  Just write your questions in the comments below and we will respond.

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