Just What is Affiliate Marketing?

I know when I first started my blog and heard about affiliate marketing, I had never heard of it before. And until writing this article, I never knew the true meaning of it I just learned that it was something in which I can make money. Who doesn’t like to make money, especially if you can work from your home??? So, just what is affiliate marketing??

This is the definition of ‘affiliate marketing:

It is a marketing arrangement between, let’s say a blogger and a retailer that pays you a percentage of commission, getting traffic and sales generated from your website to theirs.

Can Anyone do Affiliate Marketing?

Yes, anyone can do it. Can learn to do it. As long as you have a laptop or PC, and are connected to the internet, you can do this.

In my short time doing this type of work, yes it is work, and you DO make money. It is not a get rich, quick program. There is no such thing of getting rich quick. Believe me, I know plenty of people who tried all sorts of programs that wound up being a scam and taking them for a lot of money!!! If you run across anything promising to make you rich quick, on the internet, beware because it is a scam. And that is all I will say about that.

Most of the folks I’ve has the pleasure of knowing in the affiliate marketing field are from all over the world.  And come from all walks of life. The most common are:

  • Unemployed or laid off
  • Receiving unemployment benefits that’s just not enough to make ends meet, or it has run out
  • Retired individuals (looking to supplement their income)
  • Or those wanting to retire, but cannot afford too
  • College/University Students
  • People looking for a second source of income
  • Vets or disabled vets
  • Disabled individuals (this is where I fit in)
  • School teachers
  • People who are really in debt
  • Minimum wage workers
  • Low salary employees
  • People who would love to quit their job
  • Unhappy with their career
  • Are ready to move on and learn a new career
  • Caregivers
  • Those that still pay a mortgage, or those that are close to losing their house
  • A single parent raising children on their own
  • Those that are looking to work from home
  • People wanting to own their own business and would rather be their own boss.

This is only a few of the people that can, (and do), benefit from affiliate marketing. As I stated previously if you have internet and a PC or laptop, you are good to go. AND, you get to work from home! I know people that do this type of work, while they’re at work. Those that have a lot of downtime within their jobs. Particularly those that work jobs such as desk security, standby/on-call maintenance workers. telephone operators, etc. Others go to the mall, a coffee shop, even the beach, and still work. How many of you can say you do this with your current job?

Can Money be Made, Doing This?

The answer to that is YES. I have seen retailers offer anywhere between 3% (very low end) up to 60%. Some of these commissions are what you call recurring commissions Example: If you set up a website about dating. You can team up with those online dating companies.  There are more out there than I thought.  When a member, goes to a dating site, by clicking on an ad from your website, and signs up to become a member, they usually pay a monthly fee every month and you’ll get a recurring commission every month as well. There are a lot of affiliate programs out there where you can earn recurring commissions like that. One really can not go wrong with affiliate marketing. There are so many affiliate programs out there,  I mean millions of them. In every category, you can think of.

How Often Would I have to Work at This?

A lot of people I know still work full-time jobs, so the hours they can dedicate are limited. But that’s the keyword here, dedicate. If you apply the dedication, you’re almost than half-way there. Now, I’ve been nothing but honest with you so far and I’ll continue to do so. You will have to work. And stay with it. Focus on whatever it is your hoping to achieve by doing this–money.  How much money is up to you.  What you put into your business determines how well you do.   Just like with anything else in life.

I’ve seen people start out by making $1.66 a day or even a week doing affiliate marketing. Did that stop them, oh heck no. If anything that fueled them to work harder. Now those very same people are making $3000+ a month. Some, even that much a week. Affiliate marketing can be very. lucrative.  But it won’t happen unless you apply yourself, and work hard.

It’s no different from wanting that promotion at a real job. You apply yourself, focus and work hard for it. Right?? But, sadly, that promotion isn’t always given to the person that works the hardest, and that is very discouraging. I know that feeling firsthand.

But affiliate marketing, you’re in business for yourself. You are your own boss. You are in charge of how far you go. Pick your own hours, but remember what I said, if you don’t apply yourself and work hard, you won’t get anything out of doing this.

Be successful, and getting to work from home, does it get any better than that? In fact, you can take your laptop anywhere you want, and work. Anywhere!!! I travel back and forth between Indiana and Florida. I take my laptop with me and I can work. If I stop at a hotel, I can work for a couple of hours. Or at least answer emails.

OK, let me get back to the above question, how often would I have to at this?  I look at it this way.  I were working a retail job, making minimum wage working in Indiana, $8.25 an hour, and I only put in 8 hours a week, I’d be grossing $66 dollars a week. Not a whole lot is it? The more you apply yourself with affiliate marketing, work hard, as many hours as you can, the more you will get out of this.  It is your business, wouldn’t you like to see it succeed?  Wouldn’t you like to succeed?

I have known people that started building their website, making it look really good. Add a few /articles/posts/pages, joined a few affiliate programs, and put their affiliate links on their pages, and then stopped doing anything else. They’ll get online, look at their site, close that window and head over to Facebook. And they are actually surprised when they’re not making any money. I’ve even asked them, “when was the last time you wrote anything for your blog?” And they’ll say “I dunno, a couple of weeks.” If you put nothing into your business, your business will go nowhere. No different from a 9 to 5 job. Are you starting to see the picture here?? Dedication, hard work, and persistence can bring you what you’re after, money.

The freedom of owning your own business, working from home, being your own boss, can be an awesome feeling. As great as that feeling may be, it is nothing compared to financial freedom! I love saying that, financial freedom. What would that mean for you????

To me, it means, that my husband can retire early. We can afford full coverage health insurance. Pay off our home up north. We can travel. Bought a home, which is paid for, IN FULL, in Florida. We wrote a bucket list, and although we have a lot to check of still, we have been able to check quite a bit off.

But, I Don’t Know How to Build a Website!

I didn’t either. Like I mentioned in the opening of this article, I had never even heard of affiliate marketing. I had spent 18 months searching for jobs that I could from home. I love being on my computer. Being disabled meant I had the time on my hands, but it also meant I had to find something I can do online, that gave me an income. That’s how I know firsthand about how many scams are out there. I know of one person that dished out $9000.00 and has very little if anything to show for it. I did not want to become one of these people. Which is why I searched for 18 months.

I even searched on Indeed, but nothing offered the freedom that I have now.  I had to work in one state or city.  No traveling allowed. I couldn’t work from a laptop it had to be a desktop PC.  You had to have a landline phone, no cell phones,  I couldn’t use WiFi, had to have a landline for the internet.  Too many restrictions, for me.

Anyone Can Learn and do This.

I was online, and I honestly don’t remember what I was doing, but I came across a page that was offering a free starter membership. I instantly did research on it, Wealthy Affiliate. Then I went back and I read what they offered exactly.  What that they were offering for free exactly. They offered me training. Real LIVE training. Training with videos.  And if I got stuck, there is a Live Chat I could post my question in and those in chat would answer my question, almost instantly.  I had a mentor. They taught me to build a website—took maybe 1 minute if that!. You don’t need to know any HTML coding.

With a free starter membership, you will learn so much. How to build your website, which is going to be the foundation of your business. They teach you to understand how you can make money online, with your website. You will learn how to set up your website to be ready for search engines. Which is what will bring traffic to your website. Then you will learn how to write content for your website. Real, interesting, engaging content. Content is key for your website. And you don’t have to even know how to write, you will learn!! The videos explain to you, step by step–might I add, how to add custom menus to your website. The videos will teach you about keywords. Keywords are what a person types into a search engine. And it is what helps you to write your content.

I know this sound like a lot, but you can go at your own pace. One mom I know gets to work about 2 to 3 hours a night. And a half day on Saturday, but she’s learning how to own her own business, from her own home, while her children are in bed sleeping. She’s there for them if they should wake up for any reason.  This can be done!

So What are You Waiting For?

Start your free membership today. It is for 7 days, and you’ll learn and complete the first 10 lessons. Enough to have you build your own website, drive traffic to your website, and how you can make money from it.

No credit or debit cars is needed.  No cash is needed for your starter membership.  You give them an email address, login and begin your training. If you don’t like affiliate marketing. Or find this just isn’t for you, that’s fine. You paid nothing, yet you will walk away with some understanding of affiliate marketing. And that you can be successful with your website. And you have a website, that you built!!!! So, what are you waiting for?? You have absolutely nothing to lose. Click on the banner below, and just read what’s on the landing page. Read it and then decide for yourself.

Take a few days before deciding, no rush. One last thing, and then you can check out the site. You will not find a better training program with as qualified people teaching you, then you will at Wealthy Affiliate. I would not still be there if it wasn’t. Go ahead, click on the banner below.

 

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10 comments

  1. OMG it’s literally exactly what I’ve been looking for. I want to retire in February, but I know what I get for social security is not going to be enough money, and I just can’t continue at this job I have, so something like this would be perfect.

    I was so excited when I came across your website for us baby boomers! Yay! I am going to look into your recommendations, and with the Wealthy Affiliate program offering a free membership, I feel like what do I have to lose, right? It sounds like they provide everything. I can’t wait to check it out.

    Thanks so much.

    Babsie

    1. Hi Babsie, you are so right!! What is there to lose. I hope you’ll consider Wealthy Affiliate cause it is a great platform. The instructors are amazing! The videos are first class. Not to mention the people there are so friendly and always willing to help! You should definitely give it a look see.

      Good luck with your retirement in February!
      Laura

  2. Hi Laura. If your other article isn’t convince me this one certainly did. I’ll need all the help I can get to be successful at this, but it’s something I’ve been looking into for a while now. Thank you for your informative article. Jim

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      You are so right. And the members…they’re so uplifting and positive. I can’t leave there in a bad mood!! I love it.

      Thank you for stopping by and the best to you and your success,
      Laura

  3. This is such a detailed article on affiliate marketing!
    You’ve gathered plenty of useful information in here.
    More people should be aware of the benefits and how to start.
    You’ve done a great job in spreading the word!

  4. Hi, Laura, I found your post so interesting, and like you I came across a page and started a membership at the WA, and trust me I have never regretted it, this platform has so much to offer, obviously you need to work hard to be able to have financial results, but it is I think a great opportunity for everyone who wants to work from home.

    Great article I have enjoyed to read it, thank you.
    Jacqueline

    1. Hi, and you are absolutely right. Never regretted it myself! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it.

      Thanks for stopping by Jacqueline,
      Laura

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