So here’s the thing – I realize that there are many online survey sites and “get paid to” apps out there that are completely legit and pay you money. I’ve used the ones that pay you to walk, shop, listen to music, review products and even search the internet. I’ve used many of these and even gotten paid!
However the money you make is incredibly low. It’s so low, that most of the time it’s not even close to a minimum wage job.
After I realized just how much time I was spending trying to do it, and how little I was actually getting in return, I finally threw in the towel.
What was the point?
I realized that if I took every minute I spent trying to get paid with surveys and apps, and invested it into figuring out an actual way to make some money – I would be much better off in the long run.
And guess what? I was right! I actually found a program that was right for me, and was finally able to invest my time into something that led to a real return on my investment.
Let me introduce myself, I’m Wendy! This is how I’ve been earning real money online since 2013…
What I do does NOT involve taking a bunch of online surveys, or using all those “get paid to” apps.
And I’m definitely not bugging my family and friends to buy high priced MLM products on Facebook!
Because let’s face it, everybody hates that.
Also, just so we’re clear – I’m not talking about a way to “get rich quick” or any nonsense like that. What I do involves HARD WORK! But it’s definitely possible to make it happen with the right mindset and training
If you want to check out the training I went through that taught me how to make real money online, you can actually check it out for $0 (and no credit card)
If you’re not ready yet, that’s OK. There’s no pressure. You can just keep reading, because I’ll fill you in on all the details before you jump in!
I discovered something called affiliate marketing…
Affiliate marketing is a way of making money online – it’s basically when you partner with companies to promote their products or services, and get paid a commission to do so.
Amazon has one of the largest (if not THE largest) affiliate program in the world, but affiliate marketing is not limited to just the Amazon program. TONS of companies use affiliate programs to help promote and advertise their products.
After all, the affiliate is essentially providing free advertising for the company. They only have to pay their affiliates when they actually make sales.
The above graphic may help explain a little more about how the process works. If you want to actually make money doing this, you need to spend some time learning how to do it right.
To effectively make money with affiliate marketing, you need to do these 3 steps FIRST:
Find an interest
Build a website
So I’ll explain these 3 steps in more detail in a bit, but first let me talk about the training platform I used to start out with affiliate marketing…
Before I explain these 3 steps, let me introduce Wealthy Affiliate…
Wealthy Affiliate is one of the most trusted and solid affiliate marketing training program in the industry. It’s like an entire educational platform and online community in one.
Basically, they’ll teach you how to start up and run your OWN website, one which you will be able to monetize. The website you create will be entirely up to you – whatever you’re interested in could be fair game (this is explained in more detail further within the review)
If you’re currently thinking “um, well I can literally think of nothing to start a website about… this is NOT the program for me…” let me just tell you I was THE SAME WAY!
But after you learn a little bit more about this, especially after you sign up and start the training, things should get a bit clearer as to what you might want to do.
The easiest (and most profitable) strategy for beginners to make money with a website is called affiliate marketing, so that is what the main training will teach you to do.
They’re actually one of the most trusted and solid affiliate marketing platforms in the industry, and I always recommend them to others asking how they could get started making money online.
Give this training a test drive for $0 (no credit card)
Ok, now I’ll get back to explaining those steps…
Step 1: Find an interest
This is what is referred to as a niche, and it will be the focus of your website. A niche is a narrowed down segment of a market which targets a specific group of people. These people are looking for specific information, help or products and that is where you come in.
Here are just a FEW examples I came up with…
You can create a website within any niche you want. I know it can be overwhelming for some people (I had a really difficult time with this step when I started) but the most important thing is to start somewhere. This is great if you have a passion or hobby, because you most likely already know a lot about the topic and it will be very easy for you to get started.
If you are someone who can’t think of something, here’s a little secret: if you make yourself start with a niche, even if you aren’t 100% sure it’s a good fit for you, it will be a lot easier to think of a better niche once you get more involved with the training and have an in-depth understanding of how it works. This is what happened to me! Everywhere you go you can come up with another niche idea…now I have so many niche ideas and not enough time.
I’ve thrown together a list of a few potential niche ideas, but really the possibilities are endless.
Step 2: Build a website
Once you have a niche selected, you can build your website. This is super easy with the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
This is the next step of the process, and one which some people might be really scared of. But Wealthy Affiliate actually makes the whole building a website thing SUPER easy, even if you know nothing about creating websites.
They’ve integrated a website builder – Siterubix – into their platform and the entire process is streamlined very well. You can create a WordPress website within just a few minutes. All you have to do is fill out a few fields – website URL, name, and select a theme and then hit “build!”
If you create a starter membership, you can build 2 free websites within the platform to try it out.
I should also mention that with the premium membership ($49/month) you can host up to 25 domains that you own, plus another 25 of their free siterubix sites. It’s fully managed WordPress hosting, security is top-notch, they do daily backups and have excellent site support. The price of the membership is worth it for the web hosting alone, in my opinion.
Here’s an example…
This is an example of a website I created by using the training provided by Wealthy Affiliate, and monetize via affiliate marketing
Here’s an example of one of the first websites I created using the training at Wealthy Affiliate.
It’s within the clothing niche, but much more specifically aimed at helping taller women find clothing and shoes that fit. The content I put on this site is stuff like finding the best places to shop, reviewing clothing brands, types of clothing, and giving advice.
This is an example of a niche – a smaller segment of a larger market. Is it starting to make more sense?!
By the way, you can totally Google this site and check it out if you want to see it in more depth.
Being a taller than average girl and trying to find clothes is such a pain, which is why I decided to create a website and help other women in the same boat.
I think this is a good example that you can take the training and create ANY type of website you want – it does not need to be within any specific type of niche or any hot money making niche. It really can be ANYTHING you want – as long as you can find an audience and an affiliate program!
Simply start from your passions or what you know, and if you can help people and gain an audience, you can be successful.
Step 3: Attract visitors
Before you can make money, you’ll need people coming to your site. This is where you’ll learn how to attract interested visitors that actually care about what you have to say and would likely buy from you.
Search engine traffic (Google, Bing, Yahoo) can be the most engaged and buyer friendly if you know how to target them right. You’ll learn how to rank your website for different keywords that have lower competition so you can get on the first page of Google (and other search engines).
You likely search Google often for all sorts of information – including if you are looking to solve a problem or purchasing a product. Lots of people do research and read reviews before they buy stuff online.
Taking my tall girl’s fashion site example, say you’re tall (and have big feet) and you need to find shoes. People are literally searching in Google and other search engines for how/where to find shoes for big feet, cute shoes for large feet, and related terms.
Someone types in “shoes for women with big feet” (yes, people Google this!) and gets my website as #1 in Google. In this case, Google decided to feature my site as a search snippet. Which, I’m sure if you’ve searched Google at all, you’ve seen before.
Here’s another example: someone is searching Google for the difference between Gap and old Navy tall brands. They also get my site featured in a search snippet:
If you could create a page within your site to address a problem, topic, or any information people may be searching for and then rank on the 1st page for certain terms like this, interested people will find your site!
But your website isn’t just going to be targeting ONE keyword! As you create more content, you will rank for many search terms within the niche – 100’s or 1,000’s + – depending on how much you scale up your site.
The effect of ranking for lots of terms in Google can bring in a tremendous amount of traffic, and interested traffic at that!
Of course there are other methods to get traffic (like social media, PPC) but gaining a following through organic search is the least expensive and an extremely effect model for affiliate marketing.
After you have your niche, website, and established traffic, THEN you will be able to start making money..
… but how much money can you really make with affiliate marketing?
People usually don’t like the answer I give, which is that it depends. But that’s the honest truth. The same goes with ANY business, whether it’s online or brick and mortar. But what I can tell you is that there’s definite potential to make a lot of money.
You can make $100 extra per month or $20,000+ extra per month, or you can make nothing. It is entirely dependent on so many individual factors that I can’t justify spouting some random claim like “You can make $5,000 per month in 4 months” because simply, I just don’t know.
What I can do is share some success stories, both from myself and other members of the WA community who are actually seeing results from the training.
Here a few of my success posts within Wealthy Affiliate…
Here is an example of some of my DAILY income earnings…
And a few from others…
Let’s take a peak inside the Wealthy Affiliate training platform…
There’s a lot going on within the Wealthy Affiliate community and training program so let me just break it down a little bit as to what you will get with your membership.
Core training modules
You’re going to get some pretty great training that walks you through the basics of all you need to know to get started.
Lots of additional resources/training within the platform…
In addition to the core training, there’s TONS of additional training within the community. The cool thing about Wealthy Affiliate is members are allowed to add their own training, so there are actually some pretty great additional training modules within the site.
If you use the “search” bar feature, you can find tons of additional resources.
Search for what you need help with!
Weekly video training
There’s weekly live video classes led by one of Wealthy Affiliate’s longest standing member’s Jay (Magistudios within WA) – he is awesome and the video classes are actually fun.
But you don’t actually have to watch them live, you can go back and watch them anytime you want. In fact, there is a library of HUNDREDS of weekly training videos. It’s an incredibly valuable resource.
Here are some samples of the type of training videos that Jay hosts:
- 7 Brilliant Traffic Strategies you must know in 2018
- 7 SEO Strategies to Explode Your Rankings in 2018
- Step By Step – YouTube Live Streaming
- Hello CTA: Getting Visitors to Click
- Being an Amazon Affiliate
- Being an NON Amazon Affiliate
- Writing Awesome Lengthy Authoritative Content
This is a very brief sampling of just a few videos that have aired in the past couple of months. There are way more and you can see them once you’re on the inside of WA. 🙂
Websites, domains and hosting
Something that makes the membership at Wealthy Affiliate worth it is their excellent web hosting. They provide web hosting for up to 25 of your own domains, as well as 25 additional SiteRubix domains (their free ones).
Free members will be able to build up to 2 free websites.
They’ve made the entire website building process incredibly simple that you literally don’t have to have any prior knowledge of website building to do this – you just fill in a few fields and boom – your website is built!
You can actually purchase your domain names right within WA if you want to (although definitely NOT required) but it makes it easier for a lot of beginners. The price is also pretty good, and often times cheaper than external registrars especially considering they include free email and privacy protection in the price.
Buying a domain name is the only “upsell” within the system, and they average around $15 per year. The hosting for each domain is included in your $49/month membership price. You can build a domain on their free websites and pay nothing if you want to.
You can also transfer domains you already own to WA very easily.
If you’ve ever had experience with buying a domain, getting it hosted, getting WordPress uploaded via your CPanel – it can sometimes be a headache for beginners. I know I had a hard time with this when I first started, but Wealthy Affiliate seriously makes it so easy now by just clicking a few buttons. It’s crazy how they’ve streamlined this process!
They have very good website support within their hosting platform. Every time I’ve ever had an issue, I’ve contacted their site support and have gotten a response within 30 minutes. They’re very helpful and have always resolved any problems I have had.
Heck, one time I actually broke my website theme and was FREAKING out… they had this fixed for me within about 20 minutes!
Jaaxy Keyword Tool INCLUDED (used to be a separate $19 a month!)
How much traffic does a keyword get and how competitive is it? This is super important information to know when you’re trying to get traffic to your site via search engines.
They’ve actually now incorporated their external keyword tool – Jaaxy – right into the Wealthy Affiliate platform. You see, they used to have something called the “WA Keyword Tool” that wasn’t nearly as good, and you had to pay $19 per month to access Jaaxy if you wanted a better tool.
Now you can get Jaaxy for free with your premium membership, and if you’re a starter member you can access Jaaxy for 30 free searches.
…and so much more!
How much does it cost? Let’s talk price…
So, the nice thing about Wealthy Affiliate is anyone has the ability to join for 100% free to try it out. You can even sign up without using your credit card, or entering any type of payment information
This assures that you are able to test it out with NO risk to you.
The free membership is a great way to explore the Wealthy Affiliate platform and see what they have to offer. You get access to the first level of training, 30 free searches with their keyword tool, and can build up to 2 free websites.
You even get 7 day access to their live chat, and write access within the community. That means you can ask questions and get help for your first week!
Premium membership – $49/month or $359/year
After you try it out and you decide you want to upgrade, their premium membership has 3 different billing options:
Monthly – $19 for your first month, then $49/month
Pay for 6 months – $39/month ($234)
Pay for 12 months – $29/month ($359)
The more months you can pay for, the better deal you get. But when you consider everything that’s included – which is basically EVERYTHING you need to get your affiliate marketing business off the ground running – it’s a relatively low investment.
And remember, you still get to try this out FREE before you commit to buying anything…
Wealthy Affiliate premium includes…
- Core training platform
- Weekly video classes (and access to the 100’s of past video class sessions)
- Additional member added training
- Website hosting for up to 50 websites (fully managed WordPress hosting!)
- Excellent website support
- Jaaxy keyword tool (used to be $19/month)
- 13 interactive classrooms to ask specific questions and get help
- 24/7 live chat
- private messaging
- personal support from me (if you join from my link)
- … and A LOT more!
Get started learning how to earn money through affiliate marketing TODAY…
The truth is, there is nothing else like Wealthy Affiliate out there. They started back in 2005 as just a basic keyword tool, but it has evolved into a thriving, interactive community over the past 14 years. In terms of internet programs, 14 years is an eternity. It gives you a pretty good idea that these guys know a thing or two about online business.
They even let you join for free just so you’ll have an “in” on what exactly goes down within the community before you put your money down. They provide you with 2 free websites, free starter training and tons of additional training resources and blogs. You’ll have the ability to ask any questions you wish plus you can get your hands on the 24/7 live chat access for your first 7 days (note: after the first 7 days, your membership isn’t deactivated, just limited).
The sooner you start, the sooner you can see success. I wish I had started sooner – but so glad I decided to give it a go!
Remember, if you join here I can help support you along the way. Having been involved in online marketing for several years I do know a thing or two!
Make sure you join here to get MY personal support. I have many years of experience! I’ll get in touch with you shortly after you join to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.
I’ve also done a little walk through of Wealthy Affiliate inside the FREE version of membership, to give a little extra guidance in the meantime!