My Journey in Affiliate Marketing
Hi I’m Robert.
I would first like to start off in saying this is not a review where I bash someone else’s program, because that is not what I or my website are about. I tell you what kind of affiliate markets do not work for me; but I try not to give any names in reference to that, unless I believe, in my opinion, they are programs you should avoid. I believe that there are plenty of programs that work well for different people, and that some that may not work as well for others. I wrote this to give a review on my opinion what I feel is a great system, especially for beginners, but it is my opinion and everyone is entitled and encouraged to make their own decision and do their due diligence( As I did with THIS PROGRAM).
In April of 2018, I was first introduced to the term “Affiliate Marketing.” I had no idea what it was, but the program I got involved with at that time told me I would be using tools their program showed me to promote their products and I would make a commission on those sales when someone bought them. That is true for the most part, however, it was not explained how this all worked and their training seemed to show me more about putting more money into their program that would lead me to a higher level of their training, and in turn earn me higher commissions, The sad thing was, I actually fell for it and invested more money in it than I expected, until June 2018 the FTC (Federal Trade Commissions) shut them down, froze all their assets, all their monies and any commissions anyone would receive. That also meant no refunds for all the folks (like myself) that had invested money into it.
So with that happening, you would think I would run for the high hills and never look back at affiliate marketing again – however I was determined to find out how this worked. I tried different programs and, I wouldn’t call then scams but they only ever wanted you to invest more money for the better program, and go to a separate entity to get an autoresponder email (like aweber, or GetRespnse, etc,,,) These are email platforms that help you set up templates that would first initially send out an email to people who went to your landing page (that they got to from clicking on your link ) *** If wondering about any terms mentioned here, check out my tab; https://thehelpfulaffiliate.com/stuck-with-terminolgy/*** After that initial email went out, you would set up for it to “auto respond” with a new email to these folks that inputted their email on your linked’ landing page.
Also, I had to go to a different site to set up my own personal website (something I had never done before) and figure out the correct format to set it up on my own; which I was clueless to and the site to set the website on did not have easy instructions to follow to set up one either. Another platform I was then told to go to was a site that would set up a sales funnel; and all these different places I had to go to I had to pay monthly fees on each, on top of the affiliate program, that was constantly trying to have me spend more and more money on their up sales (that seemed NEVER-ENDING)!
The Choice To Not Give Up
I won’t lie, I was getting pretty frustrated at this point because it seemed the same thing after another, and I for a moment was ready to call it quits. Then I remembered why I was going through all this in the first place, I wanted to have my own source of income so I could have freedom to help my family and help others to have a better lifestyle, with freedom and to enjoy life. I did take a break for a while though to ponder on what I needed to do and get my mind right.
I knew there had to be something out there that was not continuously trying to up sell their systems to me, and generally wanted to help people and wouldn’t charge them an arm and a leg to do it.
I fervently started researching what people were doing to create their success online. I noticed a trend, that people who were doing well, were those that had created a following. They were doing this by creating blogs, YouTube videos and creating a personal website dedicated to what they were passionate about and their websites had many, many posts on it and comments that they would respond to. I realized that creating a personal website seemed key to beginning to create that following.
Like many beginners out there, I felt lost as to how can I create an amazing website like these successful folks did when I had no clue as where to begin, and my experience with doing this in the past had completely bombed. Yet I was determined to find a way and I was not going to give up on my search; because you see, if you really want success, you must stay determined and climb fences and realize you’re going to get cut by the barbwire on the way sometimes.
So I continued on my search and checked out program after program, and even the ones that seemed priced reasonably still didn’t give the proper training for beginners (even though they say they did) and always had some hidden sales funnel to up sell you to their higher costing products. Ugh was there no place a beginner, to all of this, to go that could honestly show how to get started in a way that wasn’t so complicated! A place where you didn’t have to go “here” and “there” to do “this” or do “that” and you could stay with that one platform and they would explain in a way that would help beginners and experts alike?
Then ironically, this April 2019, a year later from when I first heard the term “Affiliate Marketing,” I came across a program that described the above and I thought, “is this real?” So I decided to check it out and I was blown away! This program not only had what I was looking for it had so much more! This program is called Wealthy Affiliate, and I finally found a platform that teaches a beginner, and those that are “seasoned” even, how to create a successful website and how to build an audience that will in time get you a huge following.
When I came across this program I was literally ecstatic! Here is a platform, that is completely about helping others along the pathway of success, a complete step by step on starting a website, creating the right keywords to get you indexed in google and other major search engines using SEO (*search engine optimization *).
At Wealthy Affiliate you are shown how to start from the very beginning by choosing a niche. A niche is an area of interest you feel passionate about; like health, exercise, dieting, bird-watching, help others create success, etc. The important thing to remember is, don’t choose a niche because you think you will make a lot of money from it, if that’s not what your passionate about. Remember you will be talking about the subject and addressing your audience on it; so the more passionate and more you know about the topic, the more genuine you will sound and more likely to have a bigger following.
Once you have chosen your niche, you will then be shown how to set up a free website based around your niche, how to get traffic to your website and how to make money from it. and the best part…
This is all done in ONE Place!
You are not going to be left alone trying to figure it out on your own, given a bunch of affiliate links to paste into sites without knowing how to do it, and to figure out on your own how to get traffic by going to all these other expensive platforms; No it is explained to you step by step and all done on just the one site!
What’s so incredible, is how everything is taught in sequence order, so you are learning what to do, and how to do it all at the right time.
Before I go any further, there is one thing I want to make clear: Success always depends on the individual, I am not going to tell you that you’ll have instant success if you choose this program. However, what I will tell you is, if you’re willing to put the work in, realize that success NEVER happens overnight and take action on what you are taught, I believe this is the best platform to do that. Success all comes from what a person is willing to give of themselves to attain it.
Another point I want to make is the free starter membership is just that, a “free membership,” not a “free trial.” You are given a 7-day trial to utilize the full site to make a decision if you want to upgrade to Premium and if you do so within those 7 days, you receive a discount on your first month for just $19 and then $49 per/mo thereafter, or $359 annually (equaling to less than $30 a month). But that can be discussed after going over the Free Starter Program first, and see for yourself the value before you make any purchase – I’ll discuss the advantages of Premium shortly enough but it’s important for you to know: That’s IT, those are the ONLY TWO memberships(Starter (FREE) & Premium (MONTHLY), there is no annoying up sells to try to get you to spend more money!
What You Get With The Starter Membership
First I want to reiterate, the Starter membership is 100% FREE NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED!
- You can stay FREE forever if you so choose
- You try out Premium features for the first 7 days
- 2 Free Websites
- Easy Website Builder
- 2 Classrooms to learn from
- First 10 lessons of Online Entrepreneur Certification and Affiliate Bootcamp courses
- Keyword Research Tool – 30 searches/Mo.
This Free account has more training than any other free training program out there and you can take action and start applying what you learn in these first classes to start building your website, with all the suggestions given in these step by step training, and make potential earnings.
Here is an overview of what it looks like on your training page:
AS You can see the Online Entrepreneur course is highlighted and there are 5 courses, with 10 lessons each, (50 lessons in all) and you receive the first 10 lessons with the Starter Member ship along with the first 10 lessons of the Affiliate Bootcamp:
(7 Courses – 70 lessons in all)
Each lesson has a task for you to complete, to help you start taking action right away:
So as you can see there is a lot offered within the Starter membership, and it is perfectly normal to stay with this program for as long as you like until YOU feel comfortable to go Premium. That is what is so unique about this program, is you can feel comfortable navigating through it and not feel the pressure of HAVING to upgrade. On the top of the program’s page is a search bar:
Here you can ask any question about your site you have trouble with and you will likely find an answer. Below that, as you see, is an example for one of the blogs being posted by the many Wealthy Affiliate members and most likely there will be extremely useful information there that can contribute to you having success. This program is ALL about “paying it forward,” from everyone up to the Creators of Wealthy Affiliates (Kyle & Carson) themselves want to see you succeed. I have personally asked both Kyle and Carson questions and they answer back in a pretty reasonable time frame; I’ve never had assistance from the actual owners of ANY other program offer their assistance to me! This program is truly to help others succeed! That’s saying a lot with members now being over 1.4 million registered and 150K active.
I also want you to know I’m here to help you succeed as well. I’ll be here for you and if I can’t find an answer you’re stuck on. we’ll find the answer together! I want to see people succeed, it is one of my biggest passions. I do not want to see folks struggle: trying to make car payments, mortgage, school loans, bills, bills and more bills, It can be insufferable!
So I am just going to say this before going into the value of being premium, that if you decide to upgrade to this, it is for the individual who is willing to put the work in, even if that’s only 10 hours a week; it’s being able to dedicate those entire ten hours that week to working your business (Yes this is YOUR business). You have to commit to your success and to being consistent in writing blogs, posts, watching training videos and this is done at the Starter level, you step it up a WHOLE NEW LEVEL in Premium.
With that being said, making the decision to go Premium is a big step to increasing your chances of success faster; remember though you have to take actions and follow the step’s given. At the Premium level you have access to all levels of training, 13 classrooms, live training, and Private Messaging with the TOP affiliates on here, including Kyle and Carson. You won’t find that on other affiliate programs; especially being able to private message the founders of the program with a problem you’ve come across, but here you can.
All these folks, in return, give you excellent advice and make it a point to really try to assist you. There is so much to go over, that I am going to refer you to Kyle’s post on this because who better than one of the founders to let you know all the perks going Premium (you can view by clicking this picture or the link below it)
I want to put it out there, that this program has an opportunity to earn credits worth actual money, that you can use towards the cost of the monthly Premium fee. Starting out in the free program will allow you to explore all these amazing opportunities put in place to help people. I get $49 a month can be difficult for some people, as everyone’s situation is different and paying $359 annually straight out is not an option. This credit program can actually help or potentially pay for your membership. These credits are earned by offering meaningful insight to other members website. So when you go and check the program for free you can find out that information by typing it right in the top of the page search bar, “How Site Comments Version 2.0 Can Help You Pay for Premium!” or You can view my video:
This is Grace (known as Littlemama and GraceWorkAnywhereNow) She had at first a slow start, but when starting any
business it takes time and effort to build a successful one and not give up when the going get’s tough. In just over two years time being with Wealthy Affiliate, Grace’s website and blogs have earned her $40K, Please understand these are not typical earnings and it does not mean that you will earn this same amount or within this period and time. This is from her hard work and taking action and staying proactive with her business.
2018 In Summary:
- Achieved 4 digit income in Mar/18
- Achieved Vegas Super Affiliate Conference in Aug/18
- Over 600 blog posts
- 369K visitors
- $40K highest income year 2018
- $7.9K highest income month in Nov/18
- One website – Started Sep/16
I think you can call my income for 2018 a “full time” income since some people do make that much a year.
2018 Year In Review: $40K Thank You WA! Happy New Year!
This is Ralph known as RD40, his success story is definitely not typical, but Ralph is an amazing goal setter and he worked his tail off to get to a six-figure income within 2 1/2 years. Again there is no guarantee that you will make this much and have this type of outcome within this same time frame.
The Last 7 Days Of The Year
I was able to achieve Record Breaking Earnings the last seven days. The first 24 days I made $7,194.30 which is definitely nothing to complain about.
But from the 25th to the 31st, I made a total of $17,175. Each day I was earning more than the previous day, and traffic shot up dramatically.
You can read their whole stories and how they accomplished this by either clicking their pictures or the link on the bottom of their stats.
There are so many more stories of success that could fill pages and pages, but the point is that you can create your success, and having the right kind of system that shows you a step by step method to achieve it (as long as you put action and effort into it) is absolutely capable. Ultimately the decision is yours because only you can determine what you want for your success. In my opinion I believe that is what Wealthy Affiliate does.
Getting started and a Bonus
Remember the starter program is completely free (no credit card required) So feel free to check it out and look over the program and evaluate it for yourself, you have nothing to lose. After joining I will be contacting you very shortly after, with details and how to get started. A suggestion to you, if you decide to join, set up your account, it is very simple, and the steps to do so are right within the website and easy to follow. Plus by doing so it helps with your ranking, which will all be explained in the training.
How to claim your bonus:
When you become a FREE member, you will be receiving a bonus if you do decide to go Premium within the first 7 days (including a 59% discount on the first month). You will be getting a personal greeting from me and how to get around WA from Kyle (one of the creators). You will also be receiving information on how to claim your bonus and I assure you it will be great stuff. You’re going to be blown away with the amount of knowledge you will gain about affiliate marketing on the WA platform!
Once you check out the site, Please leave any comments below, questions or anything you want to discuss. I am here to work with you.
To Your Success!
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