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So you’ve heard the term, now what is it, what is Affiliate Marketing and how does it work?

What's affiliate marketing and how does it work?
It’s just a great way of making an income online.

How did I come across the Affiliate Marketing business?

I was online a while back and happened to be inundated with a web ad that promised instant riches, no chance of failure, and ease of accomplishment making money on the internet. It was an ad for entry into the affiliate marketing industry by one of those expensive $2500 programs.

Being the commitment phobic I am, I decided I would research “affiliate marketing”, as that is a term I had not been subjected to before now.  Although starting a business online has been a possibility I’ve always wanted to pursue, for that price tag, this sounded like a scam.  Then I discovered a Wealthy Affiliate review that explained it all.  This is a brief rundown of what was revealed in my research.

Is this one of those internet Get-Rich-Quick schemes for instant riches?

What's affiliate marketing and how does it work?
Beware of the Get-Rich-Quick schemes, it doesn’t happen overnight.

First off, “instant riches” is a huge RED FLAG that denotes someone is about to lose money to a scam artist, usually the one taking the bait of the promise.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a miniscule percentage of the population who do make exorbitant amounts of money on the internet, but certainly not instantly, and you’d have a better chance playing the lottery.

Secondly, failure in any endeavor is always a possibility, there is never a guarantee of success, and it’s a good idea to be aware that the get-rich-quick scammers are getting rich quick off of anyone who’ll take the bait.

And thirdly, the affiliate marketing business is a legitimate business, just like any endeavor that requires some time and work to be successful at.

What does an Affiliate Marketer do?

Now, lest you say, this term is unfamiliar to me also, I’m too old to start something new, my bunions are aching, etc., etc., let me explain what an affiliate marketer does.  Simply put, an affiliate marketer is an individual or company who, through his/her own experience, finds a product they like, and introduces a customer to a seller for a product the affiliate marketer enjoys.

This Is Just Helping Someone Else!

What's affiliate marketing and how does it work?
People Helping People

This is just you telling Thelma across the street, that Charlie’s General Store has a great fidget spinner that Thelma might be able to use.  So Thelma goes to Charlie’s and buys one.  Charlie gets the sale, Thelma gets the new fidget spinner, and everyone is happy.

Except with affiliate marketing, it’s online, Thelma lives 800 miles away from you, and Charlie’s General Store is a website like Amazon, and Charlie gives you a little commission… you get paid!  Thelma doesn’t mind, that’s the best fidget spinner she’s ever had because YOU did the research for her.  She trusts you!

So what is Affiliate Marketing in a nutshell?

An affiliate marketer creates a website of their favorite subject, they find products or services related to that subject. They write reviews for those products or services and include an opportunity to visit an online retail store to purchase the product.

The customer reads the review and buys those products or services from the retailer. The retailer gets a profit from a sale they wouldn’t have otherwise gotten. The affiliate marketer receives a commission.

 Why is Affiliate Marketing one of the best online businesses?

It exercises your mind, you’re learning something new every day, once up and running, it allows you plenty of free time to exercise your body.  It isn’t physically demanding such as a lawn mowing business or a handyman service.  It’s the best way to create a business from a website!  And lastly, it allows you to….

Help Lots Of People!

In other words, with affiliate marketing, the person across the street could be anywhere on the planet, Charlie’s could be any one of 100s of 1000s of large and small companies with an affiliate program, the fidget spinner could be literally billions of products or services.  And Thelma could be 4 billion people using the internet today.

Do I need a degree in Marketing?

It does NOT take a college degree, It does NOT take an exorbitant amount of money, I DO enjoy interacting with the other affiliate marketers making money doing what I always knew was possible, I just hadn’t taken the time or the effort to start the journey.

I’ve now taken the time, made the effort, started the journey, and have come to the conclusion that I want to help other people who also want to know how to start a business from a website.

What if I really could create a business from a website online?

Through all this research, I discovered there are a number of companies who offer expensive training, some who offer training for a small price and a few who offer training for free.

I even found one that offers FREE training, and a chance to TESTDRIVE their program… for free! No credit card required to sign up.

What's affiliate marketing and how does it work?

Best of all, I found one who has successful, friendly, affiliate marketers who want to see ME succeed.  And some of those people are MY age, baby boomers who have accomplished this, who are working on accomplishing this, right alongside me.

The Best Affiliate Marketing Program Ever… WEALTHY AFFILIATE.

Wealthy Affiliate will HELP you figure out who you have a message for, and what your product category is (your niche).  They will help you figure out the best way to put your message out there, whether it be by blog, website, or a number of other methods.  They’ll teach you how to create a website in 30 seconds.  People helping people create a business from a website.

Tell me about this free training!

What's affiliate marketing and how does it work?

They offer a free starting level where you get access to free training, two free websites, and access to an extremely knowledgeable and friendly community.  They offer a very inexpensive (less than $50 a month at this writing) Premium level where you get MORE training than you can shake a stick at, and 25 websites!  With 25 websites you could start a website for every one of your aunts and uncles, maybe a cousin or two!

With the fundamentals of affiliate marketing you will learn:

  • Choosing your audience
  • Focusing on your niche audience’s needs
  • Choosing a domain name
  • Creating a website
  • How and Why to blog
  • Understanding and applying Search Engine Optimization (SEO) principles
  • Problem solving and much more

For more on free training, see FREE TRAINING

I sometimes have trouble with the online instruction, what if I need some extra assistance?

They offer assistance at every step of the way as well as a community of thousands of successful affiliates, from people who started a day before you on this journey, to people who have been successful for many years at it.

So I can get some of that free training with the Free Starter Level?

With the Free Starter level you can run through the initial first level of training, 10 classes, create your own website, check out the Wealthy Affiliate program, meet some people, get some opinions from them and make an informed decision about becoming an affiliate marketer.  All without spending a red cent.  How do I know?  That’s how THIS commitment phobic got started!

When you get that Free Starter site up and make some extra income, then you’ll want to keep right on going and sign up for the Premium level.  That’s like getting to test drive that new car for a whole week!

Tell me more about The Premium Level.

The next, last, and ONLY other level available is the Premium Level I wrote of earlier.  $49 a month ($359 if you sign up for Yearly membership) gets you 25 free websites from their domain,  and hosting for another 25 websites with domains YOU own.

It gets you MORE free training, and believe me, there is a LOT of training to be had here.  It gets you access to 800,000 other subscribers.  Plus, you get free webinars from Jay every Friday evening.  AND a direct line to the owners of the company, Kyle and Carson!!!

Best of all, there is no $2500 price tag, or $2000 upgrade or any of the scam stuff.

Come to think of it, my neighbor in real life tried the other guys’ program, literally a $4000 investment.  They’re still struggling to get it off the ground! Maybe they need the $2000 upgrade!  Or better yet, they needed WEALTHY AFFILIATE in the first place!

NOW, when you decide affiliate marketing is something you want to do, then WEALTHY AFFILIATE is the place to be.  As stated earlier, with the Premium level, you’ll get 25 websites, the community of fellow marketers, much more training, and a whole host of other perks.  Here are all the perks a Wealthy Affiliate member enjoys:

I personally signed up in June of 2017, I am still charging through all the training as I write this, this is where I recognized normal everyday ordinary people like you and I ARE making money on the internet.

What's affiliate marketing and how does it work?

Is Affiliate Marketing right for you?

To help you decide of affiliate marketing is right for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I making the kind of income I’m comfortable making?
  • Do I feel I am working at the top of my potential?
  • Do I take all the vacations I want to take with my family?
  • Do I enjoy the the career I’m in enough that I can do this until I retire?

If you answered no to one or more of these questions, you’re ready to improve your lifestyle by starting on the path to creating the kind of income you DO want.

Through my review of Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll learn how affiliate marketing will take you where you need to be.  Wealthy Affiliate is where 800,000 other successful entrepreneurs are.  It’s certainly not a get rich quick scheme, it’s a tried and true method of creating a successful online business.

It takes some time, and effort, but it’s not difficult.  And it’s fun and enjoyable! You can sit on the couch with your feet up, but you’ll want to give up watching The Hallmark Channel if you expect to succeed at this.

You CAN, however, sit on the couch with your computer and make an income.  You DO NOT NEED any form of payment for the free level, unless you live in a handful of countries that the free level is not available in.

You’ll know you are ready when your gut and your mind are BOTH screaming at you that THIS IS IT!  LET’S GO DO THIS!

So what is holding you back?

The only thing holding you back is your courage!  If you want more information, read my other posts under the menu heading Extra Income, or just take that big step, get your feet wet and try it for free.

Try out the starter membership, it’s $0.  You can come back here to my site and yell at me if you don’t like it (seriously).  And did I mention it was free?

When you join, I WILL MAKE SURE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU within the first hour. Please make me a promise!  That you will set-up your account.  It is a very simple process and you will be happy you joined Wealthy Affiliate.

Go here now to sign up for your free Wealthy Affiliate trial, no credit card needed!

If you have any comments or questions about any of this content, drop me a note below and I will be more than happy to discuss.

To your online success,


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