Affiliate Marketing .What Is It?

What is the best way to make money on the internet? 

As I searched the web I found more and more evidence that the best way to make money online is Affiliate Marketing .What is it?

In asking Siri “what is Affiliate marketing?” ,  I found that Affiliate Marketing is

“Performance-based marketing, in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliates own marketing efforts.”


As I researched, the more I learned the more I became convinced that there was a good opportunity to develop a good income from Affiliate Marketing.

For two full years, I studied tirelessly,  learning all I could about Affiliate Marketing.  I watched youtube videos and read articles about it, then I tried program after program, buying all the necessary tools I could afford to accomplish the goal.

Putting the cart before the horse

As an example, I signed up with Alibaba to buy items from China and have them dropshipped to the customer.

Here’s what I did:

  • I bought a Shopify account  Cost=$49/mo
  • Spent hours  looking for the products I wanted to sell
  •  I bought an autoresponder  =$19/mo
  • a Fiver account = Free,  Pay as you go
  • a domain name reserved and paid for = $19/ year
  • a web hoster = $2.50/ mo
  • A funnel training program =$299 + $49/mo,To be able to use the autoresonder with this you needed to pay $297/mo
  • Books $50
  • Bought another affiliate training program  = 4 payments $299.00 ea nonrefundable, I found out too late.  That ended up to be $1200
  • There were more, I forget them all.
  • I started to signe up with Amazon,

I was instructed to get all these accounts set up and I was far from ready to use them

I had the vision of Affiliate Marketing, but just not all the answers.  Eventually, I ran broke, and I discontinued all the tools and their costs.  The dream, the hope all dashed to pieces!

At this point I had learned all about

    1. email marketing,
    2. how to create funnels,
    3. how to make landing pages, and I’d made some good ones
    4. Found I needed an autoresponder ($$)
    5.  experienced search engine optimization (SEO) about 8 (eight) years before

I had been studying to learn about Affiliate Marketing for two years from all the latest, and so-called  “greatest affiliate marketing guru’s” on the web, but they always left out a piece of the puzzle.  Of course, for a bigger price they would show you how to do “that”.  They always seemed to be leaving out a major piece of the online marketing puzzle .

I counted the cost as part of my Education

However, once I started putting the dots together, I realized these “done-for-you” programs were so over my head, and without all the puzzle pieces, I realized that  I couldn’t make it without deep pockets. 

I considered the cost of all those tools and training as the price of my education in online Affiliate Marketing, but my pocketbook had run dry.

The gurus kept saying “don’t do search engine optimization”, but Wealthy Affiliate said “SEO” was “THE way to get organic FREE traffic” and I couldn’t afford to buy traffic.

Those other programs had taken all my available cash and still wanted more, so I had to look elsewhere for help.  Wealthy Affiliate appeared to have a FREE trial and kept showing up positively in reviews on YouTube and so I decided to give it a try. FREE worked for my budget.

Trying Wealthy Affiliate For FREE

When I first began my journey of a FREE trial with  Wealthy Affiliates, in February 2019, I thought it was going to be really easy.  After all, I already thought I knew most of the things to do.  Within three weeks Google had found me.

Wealthy Affiliate Has It’s Own Ranking

When I first noticed my ranking and it finally dawned on me that this ranking was “Wealthy Affiliate (WA) ranking” and NOT Google rank, I started recording my WA Rank on a daily basis.  When I began recording my ranking, it was at 288,000+.

As I moved through the first training module that ranking started to decline.  From my earlier SEO experience, I knew I wanted Google rank to get closer to -0-, so  I figured I was headed down the right road.

The only thing was, it appeared it was going to take more than a few days to start makng money.

      1.  I had to have a website full of content, (20-100 pages)
      2. My site needed to be indexed by Google,
      3. I needed traffic to my site

Moving in the Right Direction

It only took 5 more days for my Wealthy Affiliate rank to drop below 100,000.  I was so motivated to get up and check my stats every day that I couldn’t wait for morning to come so I could see how many people had followed me, and what my rank was.

Another motivation was the Wealthy Affiliate community.  Everyone was so accommodating.  It was wonderful to have words of encouragement and nice, complimentary things being said to me. That was rather unexpected.  No one on those other sites had even cared a ‘cat’s meow’ about me.

The fact is, it had been just the opposite on those guru sites: “You’re a quitter I’ll bet, aren’t you? ”    “Very few people actually succeed in this business.”  “Are you going to quit too?” etc. They didn’t say it in those exact words, but that was the gist of how it felt.   I really figure I know what it is like to be bullied now.

I had learned that Affiliate Marketing was the way to make money on the internet.  I know that to be a fact.

YOU Can Achieve Success Too 

All you have to do is learn the secrets and do what the others  are doing successfully on Wealthy Affiliate, and you can achieve success too .

Learning all there is to learn about Affiliate Marketing takes time and you need to sit back and be ready for the long haul.  It’s not easy but it’ll be worth it.

We used to teach our young children a song called, “Do As I’m Doing, Follow, Follow Me.”  That surely has proven to be a correct principle at Wealthy Affiliate.  If you follow the leaders, they will teach you HOW to build YOUR business.

Interacting with The Community

Whenever you have a question all you  have to do is ask for help and within minutes someone in the Wealthy Affiliate community will often respond to your query.

None of this waiting for hours for the “help” person to respond to your question, as I had experienced from previous ventures.  And on weekends someone is always available from the Wealthy Affiliate community to respond to you almost instantly.

People post their experiences in what we call “WA Blogs”.  They also post tutorials showing simple to complex training on subjects we all will need to understand.

If you have a question all you need to do is put your issue in the “Need Help” section at the top of the blog page.  Many times you will find that several people have already answered your question before you even ask it.

There is even a CHAT room where members can answer questions and get paid a nominal amount from Wealthy Affiliates for doing so.

“I have found that once I post a blog on Wealthy Affiliate, within a few moments sometimes I will receive a comment.  One morning I got up to 22 comments, after  posting at 2 am.”                   …Lmb

This is a worldwide company so people are here round the clock.  And some even stay up till all hours of the morning writing.

If no one else knows the answer, Kyle and Carson can be contacted and will answer your question personnally.  That is amazing for the heads of a company as big as Wealthy Affiliate to personally answer your question.

Mamy  banners like the ones in this article are available for members to use.

Earning Accomplishment Badges and Certificates

When a person joins Wealthy Affiliates they immediately get a badge under their profile bio indicating they are a FREE member.  Badges are earned for various accomplishments.

The badges show the following:
      1. The year you joined
      2. When your account set up contains your profile and your picture,
      3. First website is launched.
      4. Premium badge when you go Premium
      5. Google badge when your first page has been ranked with  Google,
      6. Certification badge shows which level of training you have completed,
      7. Dedication badge showing once you have been with Wealthy Affiliate for 6 months and your highest level of achievement every 12 months,
      8. Ambassador Badge, 
      9. Wealthy Affiliate Rank Badge below 200

In addition to a person’s badges, on a member’s profile page you can see all the Blogs they have posted on Wealthy Affiliate, and you can even see their own Websites on the far right lower corner of their profile page (if they have entered them under “Follow Me On”.)

How to Create a Website With WordPress

Wealthy Affiliate uses Word Press to build your websites. The training on Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to set up your first website (and future ones) using Word Press.

While Word Press has it’s own training,  Kyle and Carson have included it in their awesome Training, which gives us the needed information to create a successful SEO based website.

It is recommended that you take Kyle’s training because he keeps it simple enough for us newbies to understand.  In the later training modules much of the more advanced things are also discussed.

In addition to Kyle’s training, when you are ready to learn the harder things, someone in the community will often show you how to do the harder stuff too.

There are many professional web masters who join Wealthy Affiliate and offer their help and support as well.

More Training Every Friday with  Jay

Each Friday, Jay offers training thru a webinar that is generally recorded for future reference.  This has been extremely helpful in solving some of my problems.  Jay delves into creative, in-depth ways to further optimize our websites.  He provides a wealth of information and you won’t want to miss any of his training webinars.

HERE is a Friday training that Wealthy Affiliate offered on Affiliate Marketing.

You have to be a premium member to attend, and Jay’s training is worth it!

For additional info on Affiliate Marketing, request my FREE eBook  when I get it finished.  Click on the envelope at the end of this article and you will be notified when it is completed.

In Review 

Affiliate Marketing has proven to be about the best way to make money for people who want to earn an income from home or abroad.  It will take time, but with the right training and support, anyone can do it.  

Wealthy Affiliates provides a home for many people searching for help with their online journey in Affiliate Marketing.  It provides training in building your business, a great community, web hosting and website building opportunities all for only $49/month or even less if you pay annually, or on Black Friday it is often 1/2 off THE ANNUAL FEE..

You can try it FREE for 7 days to see if you like it before deciding to upgrade.  This is the only upgrade you will be presented with at Wealthy Affiliate.

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