If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything at all, it is that we can make money from home. How to make money online is one of the biggest questions to date.
These days, working from home has become a huge trend. In the age of the “Great Resignation”, people are leaving their jobs and finding income in other facets of life.
Some people are starting new businesses, online and physical, some are expanding their education, and some are just getting back in touch with being parents. Our society is changing, and I think it could be for the better. We are getting back to being a community versus just co-existing.
What a refreshing change too, I love seeing families getting the quality time they need.
Learning how to make money online is a great way to work from home, and there are many ways to do it depending on what you desire to do.
If you want to work at your own pace, there is drop shipping, white labeling, selling your own products, affiliate marketing, and much more. Of course, you can work for others online from home as well, with the internet, the possibilities are endless.
I make money online with affiliate marketing. I have several affiliate programs that I am a member of. I pick and choose which products I want to promote/review, and I write a detailed review and post them with my affiliate links in place.
What I like most about affiliate marketing is the complete flexibility it offers. I am in charge of every single aspect of my
In this article, you will be reading about two of the companies I am a member of and affiliate for, Wealthy Affiliate and GeenAffiliates. I understand the confusion of wondering what one has to do with the other, but after reading my article you will make the connection quickly.
How I Discovered Affiliate Marketing And Wealthy Affiliate
After graduating from college with an associate’s degree in graphic design, I struggled to get and keep a job in the field. A bachelor’s degree is what seemed to be needed, and I was/am too far in debt to consider that.
So I continued with the profession that has paid the bills my whole adult life, cooking. The pay is decent and there always seems to be an opening for a good cook. However, getting older has convinced me that I am in need of a career change.
Then one day, it was like an alarm went off in my head, and a light clicked on at the same time. This alarm and light made me think, I got my degree online, why can’t I start my own online business of some sort. This would also put my degree to work versus letting it collect dust and be useless.
So I began researching online businesses that I felt comfortable doing myself. I had no start-up money, but I had the desire and drive to research what I could do with little to no money. One thing I learned to do well in college was research!
I came across so many scams that sounded so good. The old saying is true -“When something sounds too good to be true, it is.” So be wary of such trickery, it’s out there everywhere.
Then I came across an article for Wealthy Affiliate. As I read the article, I said to myself, “Self, this sounds really real,”
There were no promises of making $1000’s dollars in just days, but there was a promise to teach you everything you need to know about affiliate marketing, and how to create a potentially lucrative website.
Well, with me not knowing a stitch about affiliate marketing or how to create a website for it, this sounded like my best bet, and it came with a seven-day free trial.
Needless to say, this was my entry into the affiliate marketing world.
How Wealthy Affiliate Has Helped Me
As I said, I was pretty much clueless when it came to affiliate marketing. I knew one thing about it, you promoted other people’s products/services and earned a commission from the sales. That was where my knowledge stopped, clearly, I needed professional guidance. (follow the above link to start your path to success.)
I knew I came to the right place too. Wealthy Affiliate does not make any promises of making money overnight, they do however promise to teach you all there is to know about affiliate marketing and how to make money from it.
As with anything in life, you get out what you put in, and that is what WA tells you too.
My first task was to choose a niche, first I needed to know what a niche was in the first place. Just for the guys like me, your niche is the topic/company/product that you wish to promote.
Coming up with my niche was the most difficult task for me. I could have followed the Bootcamp training and promoted WA, but I wanted to promote a product that had the potential to help every person on the planet in some way.
I brainstormed for what seemed to be forever, considering I had seven free days and wanted to get as much as possible accomplished. Then it hit me, I needed to promote a product that was eco-friendly and that I truly stood behind. I needed a product that people were curious about, a product with popular online research.
Hemp came to mind when I thought of the most popular thing at the time, which was the CBD craze that had recently sprouted in the US. I began researching industrial hemp and what it could be used for aside from CBD.
My findings were very eye-opening, to say the least. I was astounded to find that industrial hemp had the potential to be used in well over 25,000 products. I instantly knew that this was the perfect niche for me. I had to narrow my spectrum a bit and hone in on an audience.
Then I had to learn how to build a blogging website for my reviews to be published for public access. I was very nervous about this as web design was not my strong point in college.
I actually found the process to be very easy with WA’s step-by-step training, they made it feel as simple as pouring a cup of coffee. In no time at all, I had this beautiful live website, full of rich unique content, created all by me. You can imagine how proud I was of myself.
Learning about keywords and how to find and use them effectively in my reviews was a crucial step in creating my blogs. Just graduating college I was accustomed to researching and writing, effective sales writing was not taught, however. Wealthy Affiliate had me covered on that part thank heavens. The main thing they focused on was being detailed, honest, and helpful in your reviews and you would see results in time.
Next, I needed to find affiliate programs in my niche, once again, I was clueless as to where to start. WA not only taught me how to find these companies but also how to use the links they provide effectively in my reviews. You can litter your content with links and totally fudge things all up, proper placement and moderation are key.
I learned that having informative articles is just as important as selling articles, maybe even a little more important. Proving that you have knowledge of the subject is crucial. Not every outbound link will be an affiliate link, some will be to articles that
Personally, I only promote products I have used or intend on using, this definitely helps with writing quality content regarding said products. Anyone can say, hey buy this product here is a description and the price. But do they know anything about it, have they used it? How can you trust them if all you ever see from them is a sales pitch and never information or personal experiences?
At the end of the free seven-day trial, I felt that I needed more guidance, information, and definitely more quality time with the community at Wealthy Affiliate. So, I paid for the first month that was offered at the discounted price of $19.99 back then, and it’s still the same great low price today.
For the next month, I worked very hard on the training. I even went back and re-read some that I felt I went too fast on during my free trial. I soaked up the information like a sponge. My website also benefited greatly as I gained more knowledge, it showed in my writing skills and article layout as well.
With my discounted month ending soon, I could have reverted to a free member at this time, but I would lose access to my website unless I moved it to another hosting platform or had I left it on the free hosting platform. Honestly, all the other hosting sites cost more with a lot fewer benefits compared to WA.
Also, I got accustomed to saying hello to the community, and there are always some great tips and a sea of knowledge to tap into there. I bought a year membership, and then during the Black Friday sale that year I took advantage of one hell of a discount on my premium membership. This locked me in at that discounted price for life, also giving me two years paid in advance to learn and create.
It is quite possibly the best deal I found, and the best decision I had made since college. I have been a member now for 4 years and have not regretted one single minute of my decision to join WA. I have learned so much and made so many wonderful contacts, what’s to regret? I also have a very beautiful website as you can see.
I have never been pressured to promote WA, any promoting I do is purely personal driven. I have, however, been considering starting a website for promoting WA. This program helped me a lot, and helps more people like me every day.
What Does WA Offer With Joining
I can tell you all day what WA offers, but seeing for yourself is the best option. The chart below lists all of the benefits that come with the Starter plan and the Premium membership. WA is truly aimed at you succeeding, as a member, your success directly reflects their success.
WA has been around for 20 years, that alone speaks volumes to me. Kyle and Carson would not still be in business if their method was a failure for their members.
Everyone throws these charts at you to show you all the tech gains from joining, but no one ever tells you about the community that supports WA’s very existence.
When you join, you will meet others that have been members for many years and have a vast amount of knowledge. You will find these people to be very helpful in guiding you on the best path to success.
They are very strict on what is allowed in the community chat room, it keeps the riff-raff to a minimum for sure, and makes for a more respectful goal-oriented community.
The community was a huge part of my decision to stay with WA for as long as I have, and I plan to stay, it feels like home when I log in, and maybe it will for you too.
I hope to see you on the platform soon!
I could have chosen to promote anything, but I wanted my niche to be important as well as profitable. So, I chose hemp. A product that could, single-handedly, greatly help with saving the planet, if only it was grown and used vastly.
Hemp was senselessly banned during the drug wars in the 1930″s, as it was lumped in with marijuana, which was also senselessly banned. I found this to be quite upsetting as hemp was found in many products at the time of its banning. It was found in rope, clothing, fuel, paper, medicines, and much more.
There are over 25,000 products that can be made from hemp, CBD was the most popular product being made from hemp when I began my website.
I wanted to promote more than just CBD, however, and GreenAffiliates provided a handful of companies with an array of products. I joined GreenAffiliates as well as a few other affiliate programs to promote as many hemp products as I can find.
The best part of being an affiliate marketer is that you don’t need any experience, you can learn as you grow. With what I learned from WA and GreenAffiliates I have become a successful affiliate marketer.
What Is The Commission
With GreenAffiliates, you can earn up to 30% of each sale you generate, plus Green Affiliates integrates with all eCommerce and CMS platforms such as WordPress, WooCommerce, Shopify, Weebly, and more.
You can choose to be paid by PayPal or Bank Wire Transfer. Affiliates are paid on a monthly basis (the 15th of every month), as long as the total commission is greater than $200. When I signed up there was also a $100 sign-up bonus, making this an even sweeter deal. Also, you can grow a tree of affiliates below you and earn from their sales as well.
All you have to do is sign up and start promoting the companies on their lists. If you are unsure of what a link is or how to use it, have no fear, even if you choose to skip WA, GreenAffiliates also has a tutorial area with some very helpful tips and how-tos.
It is honestly just that easy. Also, it was one of the best decisions I have made in a few years.
I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with affiliate marketing, please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
As always, thank you for visiting my website and reading my article.
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