Affiliate Marketing .What Is It?

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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.

What is the best way to make money on the online internet? Click the link below to learn how.

I Always Considered Myself A Baby Boomer

I’m “almost” a baby boomer

I always considered myself a baby boomer until recently when I saw a definitive time for the baby boomers. So I guess I’m “almost” a baby boomer having been born in 1943 and the boomers didn’t start until 1946-64 (when WWII ended).

My health was typically good with having had all the childhood illnesses, except mumps. The mumps didn’t come until I had four children and we all got them at the same time. Well, I think one of the kiddos brought them home from school and then the rest of us came down with the mumps at the same time.

They didn’t have the mumps shot in those days. We didn’t have Google to keep us up-to-date with all the latest information about disease and immunization. Instead, I had to use common sense and wonder?  So the smallpox vaccination was discontinued when my second child was born around 1967.

It seems that more people were dying from the smallpox vaccine than not. So they discontinued it with the idea that if there is an epidemic that breaks out. they will resume vaccinations for it, but otherwise not.

I used to paint morning glory leaves with DDT. To kill it, and wow, did it kill those little nuisances.  To think I was using it in the garden where our food was contaminated by it makes me shriek with horror.   When they realized DDT was a poison it was not available anymore.  I didn’t think the FDA would allow us to use anything that might be harmful to our food.

The day DDT  was done away with was about the same time as the smallpox vaccine was stopped.   And then there was Fluoride that was questioned because it was causing mottling of some peoples’ teeth.  I was giving it to my two young boys.

By the time my second child was getting his back teeth growing in, I could see mottling of his teeth. That was three things that had been eliminated or discussed in our lives and now were being deemed potentially unsafe.

Questions, and  More Questions

I started questioning a lot of things? wondering just how safe other immunizations, vaccine, and chemicals that we used on the garden were.  Just how safe were they?  Were there more things I needed to be concerned with?

We often missed immunizations when my children were sick when we were supposed to go get their shots.  Then I became acquainted with other moms who had similar feelings as I had.  “Think for yourself” became my motto.

51 years later there are people admitting that some heavy metals often go into the immunizations.  People are even wondering if immunizations are causing ADD and ADHD and autism in our children.

Connecting the Dots Thru Childhood

I was a very rambunctious child and was probably like one of my granddaughters who just can’t sit still.  My mother would always ask if I had to go to the bathroom because I was wiggling so much.   And so by the time I was 12, I had twice fallen out of 2 different trees and had developed a problem of falling asleep at the table, in school class, immediately after lunch, or in church, or just anytime during the day.

As a child, we lived on an 80-acre farm In Idaho, where my dad milked about 30 head of cows.  So in spite of it being the wartime. just after the Great Depression, we had all the food we needed to eat, so I got good nutrition as a child.

The cows provided us the milk and beef. The chickens provided eggs and we even had raised some chickens to eat each year.  The pigs provided bacon, ham,  and roasts, and sheep gave us mutton and lamb steaks. We had all the cheese and butter we wanted, and our garden and other crops growing on that farm provided plenty of food to eat.  We sold eggs and milk for cash to buyour clothes to wear and other essentials. I had no idea that the depression was going on

We didn’t have a television, but we had all kinds of outbuildings to explore and haystacks and straw stacks to build forts in, and trees to climb and chicken coop attics to explore so my childhood was full of activity and I was full of curiosity.

There was an old shop with an accompanying garage and cooled egg house, where we kept the eggs until the truck arrived each week to pick up the eggs.  I learned responsibility by having to gather eggs, brush the eggs, and even wash the eggs if they needed it. There was never a dull moment.

Decision time

After spending 10 years on the farm, my parents were just not getting ahead financially, and so my father had to look for other employment where he could make a sufficient income to put us kids through college. 

My father was faced with similar decisions as we have to make today when we don’t make sufficient for our needs.

I guess $400 a month was hardly sufficient to exist on for a family of five children. Times haven’t changed much since then, except we’ve got quite a few more luxuries we live with now.  And our income is more like $4000 a month now that is needed just to survive.

It was about this time that the symptoms of Narcolepsy began to surface in me.  I couldn’t stay awake, sometimes even when doing things I was excited about.  One Christmas I couldn’t even stay awake to open my packages after a good night’s sleep.

Discovery of Narcolepsy

Everyone considered I was extremely rude to fall asleep.  It wasn’t until I got to college that we found out I had Narcolepsy and Catalepsy.  When I had an EEG, my brain waves just went straight through most of the test (a sign of the brain sleeping.)  Then there would be three abrupt upside down v’s and then straight lines of sleep again. Over and over again this happened. The doctor called the upside down V’s “Catalepsy”.

My doctor put me on Dexidrine for Narcolepsy and medication that Epilepsy patients took for Catelepsy.  But he assured me I did not have Epilepsy.

I was the youngest in my class in school but I still managed to pull B’s and some A’s And so I graduated high school when I was 17 and entered college before I turned 18.

Learning My Limitations

Other than not being able to stay awake in many of my classes I loved college and still pulled A’s and B’s. I remember taking a history class that started at 7 o’clock in the morning and I could never get to class on time because I couldn’t get going in the morning..

My father always said “set your alarm and then put your feet on the floor as soon as the alarm goes off, “ I did it every day, But I was always coming into that class late.  In fact I flunked that class because I was late, even though I had a B average. I learned something about myself that year and that I should never take a 7 AM class.

After I took an EEG brainwave test and discovered that I had narcolepsy, (probably from falling out of the tree and landing on my head from a 10 feet fall ) the nurse said “Wow, you must have been sleeping half your life away”.  That was a true statement – I definitely had been sleeping most of my life away.

The first thing the doctor asked was if I had had a fall sometime in my life.  I told him about falling from the tree and knocking myself out because I fell on my head.  He said “Well, that is probably the reason  you have  Narcolepsy.”

A Nutritional Deficiency?

It never occurred to me that it might be a nutritional deficiency that caused my Narcolepsy. So that doctor prescribed some narcotic medication, Dexedrine, or Ritalin. After taking those meds for about 10 years on and off, my memory was leaving me and I had miscarried three times. I didn’t know which was worse, the cause/problem or the medicine for the problem.

In the meantime, I abandoned the meds for narcolepsy, tried to deal with it naturally, and manage it through nutrition.  As my memory became worse and worse I simply wasn’t going to risk taking it.

We didn’t have a TV,  cell phones, a computer, Google, or Siri to ask for answers to tough questions.  Much water has gone “under the bridge”, so to speak, and I sought ways to inform others about my struggles.

After building two previous websites I began to realize that working online is the way to reach many people.

If you want more info on Narcolepsy and my discoveries, you can learn more about my struggle with it on my “About Me” page on this website.

I have lived through many decades of a changing world.  As “almost a baby boomer,”  I know that lots of boomers are retiring now and need extra income.  They also need answers to questions that you may have answers to.

Today we have opportunities to develop our own home-based business.    Many boomers and others are solving that issue, with online marketing.  Among other things, they learn how to create SEO websites with WordPress plus they learn how to do Affiliate Marketing.

 My desire to help others through my experiences is being realized through Wealthy Affiliates.  If you have a desire to help people you might want to check out the opportunity that I have found in affiliate internet marketing online, and what it is all about.

The differences between internet world wide web today and the world without even color television in the early baby boomer days are so totally different.  The computer and internet world has definitely made the world seem smaller and more connected

    • No retirement monies?
    • Not enough retirement income?
    • Want to spend more time with your family?
    • Wish you could earn money while you sleep?

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For me, my realization that I can write and be of service to others is being realized every day through Wealthy Affiliate University.  Come and join me and learn internet marketing like you have never learned before,