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Successful Affiliate Marketing: Finding Your Edge

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer: Making Money On Autopilot

Affiliate marketing for newbies – how do you get started and why is it ‘the future’ for making money? One answer to that is unlimited potential. The next thought everyone has is, hmmm….how to get into affiliate marketing for free….how can I do this if I’m broke? Fortunately, the answer is, you can!

As we know, there are many legit work-at-home jobs these days, positions like virtual assistant, tutoring, and the list goes on. Jobs that require specific skills and a resume to back it up. If you are going to be a transcriptionist, you better be able to type at least 60 wpm!

Regular online gigs are fine to pay the bills, but you will be on, more or less, a fixed income with those jobs. There’s a limit to how much you can make.

Ultimately, we all have to accept the fact that there is no ‘instant’ or ‘easy’ road to online riches. That’s both a myth and a lie! Almost anything that is legit requires either prior experience and expertise to land a job, OR, you have to be willing to learn something NEW and get training. As in affiliate marketing, for example.

No need to let that be a deterrent! I’ve seen individuals making incredible amounts of money as affiliate marketers. Some of the most successful ones make millions of dollars a month, so we know it can be done. Most of us would be thrilled to bring in at least 10K a month!

So we can ALL do this!  You would be starting an affiliate marketing BUSINESS, and it needs to be treated as such. That’s where a group called ‘Wealthy Affiliate’ comes in to save the day. In order to begin this journey, you will need the right help!

We’re all aware of the term ‘affiliate marketing‘, but what do we really know about it? Well, first off, it’s important to note that virtually all of the world’s commerce will be conducted online in the future, and much of it already is. Almost every major company in the world that sells products and services in brick and mortar stores, also sells their goods online, from tiny start-ups to major conglomerates. We can all get into the action and profit from it!


We can earn money by selling products for these companies, and thereby receive a commission for each sale. So, this sums up affiliate marketing, but what is the reality of actually making this work for you?


For myself personally, before stumbling across Wealthy Affiliate, I had tried to approach affiliate marketing from several different angles, do-it-yourself, (total disaster), to paid programs, all of which, unfortunately, led me to a dead end. There are many gurus out there selling their ‘systems’, many are sneaky, with a lot of upsells, and what I’ve found is, that most want to charge you a LOT of money, and pressure you to buy more of their services….all BEFORE you’ve made a single nickel. I simply could not shell out thousands to get started!

Once I finally found and joined WA for free, after one month or so I realized what an incredible amount of ‘structure’ they had in place, to help a person get started, in building your website, and creating content. They literally walk you through every single step.

So I decided to go for the full premium membership, which cost 19$ for the first month, and there were absolutely no upsells. When you realize you are not being ‘hustled’ to keep buying ‘more’, you start to relax, and can really get to work. I built my first site within a week.

Whenever I got stuck, I could either get answers almost immediately from the chat room, the community, or tech support. I could also contact other members directly for help. This makes a huge difference when you are trying to learn something new, and your head is about to explode with too much information.                Tons of help = No reason to ever give up!

What I’ve come to understand through Wealthy Affiliate is, you can get sales without paying for advertising. They teach you how to drive traffic for FREE and it may take a little longer, but it is absolutely effective. This is a big deal for those of us who don’t have the extra funds to spend on advertising, which can be expensive.It might be fine if you have a budget to begin with, but I’m willing to bet MOST PEOPLE DO NOT. Most people are just scraping by and want to find something free, or low cost, to start with. Find out here what’s included with the free membership.

And then you want to know, for real, what will I get if I pay 49$ for a monthly membership? When you’re broke, even 49$ can be a lot of money. Am I going to get crumbs for that or the whole smorgasbord?



Take Your Time To Learn, There’s No Pressure

I have found that there is absolutely no pressure at WA to upgrade, so you can enjoy the free membership as long as you like. My experience is that Wealthy Affiliate attracts people who enjoy helping others, there is a culture of ‘service to others’, rather than pressure and greed. That’s totally what I was looking for.

Wealthy Affiliates is a well-organized support group that teaches you every angle of affiliate marketing. Through live webinars, and training modules, they walk you through every step, of building your website, and how to create content the search engines will love. They teach you how to drive traffic, and, literally everything you need to do, to become a successful affiliate marketer.

(Believe me, the day your first commissions come trickling in, you’re literally like…)

How Do You Actually Get Started?

It almost sounds too easy, just sell stuff and collect commissions! HOW it works is, in fact, simple. Sales=Commissions. So, as previously mentioned, you need to bring lots of traffic to your website. And how do you do that? Driving traffic to one’s site on the internet is the #1 ‘problem’ you must solve in order to succeed. So let’s elaborate on that in a minute.


Think about the different websites you’ve visited, and how they look. Do they look nice? When you start reading, are you drawn into the subject matter you’re reading about? Does it make you want to stay? Does it compel you to stay, like a great novel, where you MUST see what comes next?

These are the most important first elements of becoming a successful affiliate marketer, putting together a good looking page on YOUR website, and creating great, well-written content that people want to engage in. Affiliate marketing 101. Wealthy Affiliates helps you to find your ‘niche’, to get started.

Of course, the reason we are going to do this in the first place is to make money. But think about what really interests you, that you know you could write about, with conviction. Like, for example, fitness. That would be a niche. And guess what, even if you feel you ‘can’t write’, you’ll actually find out that you can, in the process of creating a post about something you believe in.

CREATING YOUR VERY OWN WEBSITE: Discovering Yourself Through Writing!

There’s something seriously fun, and exhilarating about making a personal website, with your creative stamp upon it, promoting something you care about, and making it shine through your articles and photos. You want to make it represent ‘you’, and what you stand for.

And nowadays, anyone can make a website, I don’t care if you’re ‘all thumbs’ when it comes to technical stuff, or not very computer savvy, making your own website is easier than you think. Wealthy Affiliate teaches you literally everything a person needs, to build their own unique site, and walks you through every single step, from ‘conception’ to birth (commissions!)

Find What You Are Passionate About: Sell What You Believe In!

When you become motivated and committed to doing something, it often brings out sides of yourself you didn’t think you had, like the ability to write. I guarantee you, you will unleash your inner writer when you are excited about sharing something you love. (Also, there are cheap options for having an article written FOR you, through services like Fiverr, or Upwork. You can commission someone to write a unique article for you.)

So pick something to promote that you personally can get behind, ethically, emotionally, that’s my recommendation, so you’ll never have to have ‘second thoughts’ about your choices. And there are literally millions of products and services to sell, so your options are pretty much limitless!

How Do You Become An Affiliate Of A Product?

First off, you simply google ‘affiliate products’ or ‘affiliates’ and tons of choices will show up. Or you can search for a particular product for affiliate sales. You go to those pages to sign up, to become an affiliate. Many of them are associated through Amazon, JVZoo, or Clickbank, and you will be required to create an account with them first. All of this is free, by the way.

If you want to fast track the process of making money affiliate marketing, you’ll want to align yourself with a support system such as Wealthy Affiliate. WA is a platform that enables you to begin correctly, step by step, and not waste time trying to figure things out solo. When you have an expert support group you can chat with 24/7, it makes a world of difference. When you get stuck (and you will), get answers right away! Support at Wealthy Affiliates literally gets back to you within one hour, every single time.


You are starting your business of becoming an affiliate marketer, and you want to start out on the right footing!  First, you build your website, add content, create graphics and links to the products you are selling. (You will also be using social media for free, to bring people to your site. You don’t need to buy ads!)

So then comes the cool part. You’ve fine-tuned every detail of your article, including keywords. You start creating multiple articles. And once published, your website starts to rank higher and higher. Before you know it, you will find your site on the 1st page of a search. This is the free method of bringing visitors to you! Wealthy Affiliate covers how to maximize your ranking, down to the very last detail.

The reason you truly need something like WA is, that you are getting top-notch comprehensive training.  There’s so much information, so much knowledge to assimilate, and the community at WA will help you with each and every phase. Any question you have, it will be answered quickly. No waiting for days to ‘get help’.  In other words, you will be completely supported from A to Z. They are also WordPress experts and can help with issues regarding that.

  You really need to pick the ‘right door’ to walk through at this point………..

If you look around the web, there is nothing else like Wealthy Affiliate. For example, Clickbank University. Oh my gosh. They charge 47$ a month, but that is mostly just for the ‘privilege’ of listening to their webinars. Everything else comes at an additional cost, and they only teach about paid advertising to drive traffic, not how to generate free traffic!

The list below is Clickbank University, but it’s similar to many affiliate training systems!

      • A huge $594 upsell after the initial payment, that is necessary to make the system work
      • You are only taught how to drive paid traffic to your sales pages
      • Not all of the content is actually helpful
      • The tools section is mostly a list of paid products that CB is affiliated with, that they try to upsell
      • To make this work, it’s going to cost much more than $47 per month, and you are not told this before joining.

Wealthy Affiliate is the place to find out if getting into this is what you really want to do! Because you can join free, (and remain a free member), you have all the time you need to get started. Most people will at some point become a premium member simply because it offers a more complete package of guidance, tools, and education, all for one low monthly cost. Don’t take my word for it,  have a look around the site and if you’ve always wanted to get started in affiliate marketing and didn’t know how, this is the most relaxed, non-pressured venue you will ever find.

In conclusion, the reason I see affiliate marketing as being ‘the future’, is because the future is already HERE! and it will only keep growing by leaps and bounds. Now is the time to get yourself positioned for creating that passive income stream you’ve always wanted. It is the biggest opportunity for making money online that I am aware of, as you can leverage it by creating hundreds, or even thousands of posts, each of which promotes a product, all through ONE website. That means there is limitless potential for profit! Pretty exciting stuff…..please see for yourself!

Here is additional info on what WA offers, a thorough ‘checklist’ of tools, and services provided, for WA members for both the free and paid membership.

I’d love to answer any questions you may have, or hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment if you’d like! (We never publish your email address).


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