Like any job, being a web developer has its ups and downs. I was a web developer for many years and worked at various web agencies.
There were parts of the job that I enjoyed and parts that I didn’t. I always liked my co-workers and I enjoyed coding. What I didn’t like was micro-managing, deadlines, useless meetings, difficult clients, and long commutes.
You may have different reasons or maybe similar reasons for why you don’t want to be a web developer anymore.
No matter what your reasons are, you’ll be glad to know that there is an alternative way to generate an income. I’ll explain how I escaped the rat race by creating simple websites.
Job Stress and Burn Out
I worked as a web developer for many web agencies over the span of a decade. I also did freelance web work for a number of years thinking that it was a way to “free” myself of a job.
However, freelancing was still trading hours for dollars. The only difference was that I was answering to the clients instead of a boss.
Frustrations of Being a Web Developer
The frustrations I dealt with aren’t necessarily the same as yours or what other developers deal with. However, I feel on some level you will be able to relate.
For the most part, the project managers would serve as a buffer between the client and the web team.
Yet, there were times when there was a difficult client that would want to speak to a web developer directly. It got to the point where the project managers began passing the more challenging clients on to me.
Meeting deadlines weren’t the problem. The problem was having a bottleneck in the process that would prevent us from meeting a deadline.
That meant long hours working late to get a project completed. It was so annoying because I had a 45-minute commute and I valued my off time.
Sitting All Day
I’m sure there are many people that long for a job which requires sitting all day. Sitting all day is unhealthy and it isn’t natural. We are meant to move around.
I gained a ton of weight due to poor eating habits and a lack of motivation to exercise.
The photo below is the building that I worked in a few years ago.
Although I liked my co-workers and even liked my job overall, I was burnt out with being a web developer.
Sitting for eight hours a day is unhealthy. Meeting deadlines and dealing with difficult clients wears on you. Doing this day after day, it is easy to want out of this career.
My previous web job ended when the company laid off the entire web team. It was a surprise to everyone and although it was a sad day, I took it as an opportunity to pursue my dream of starting an online business.
Time-Freedom and Lifestyle Freedom
I can’t count the number of times that I’ve sat in my cubicle, gazing outside, and daydreaming about being someplace else.
It wasn’t even anywhere exotic. I daydreamed about having my time back. Instead of sitting in a cubicle, I could be walking on the beach, going to a movie, or having long lunches with my family.
I knew that affiliate marketing could make that possible and more. Here are some awesome benefits of affiliate marketing:
- You don’t need your own product
- No shipping anything
- There is no customer service to worry about
- Work from anywhere with a WiFi connection
- No limitations on your earnings
- Affiliate programs are free to join
- Millions of products have affiliate programs
- Easy to learn
- Extremely low-cost to start
- Choose to be in any niche you like
- Fun to do and easy to maintain
How to Get Started as an Affiliate Marketer
As a web developer, you already have experience with getting your own domain name and self-hosted WordPress website. Below are other things you will need to get started.
Choosing a Niche
The first thing you will need is to figure out a niche. You can choose any niche that you want. You likely have several niches that you have a genuine interest in.
Here are some niche ideas to help you get started:
- Personal finance (saving money, getting out of debt)
- Pet care
- Diets (keto, paleo, etc.)
- Outdoors (camping, rock climbing, etc.)
There are TONS of niches to choose from. A good idea is to make a list and narrow down the list to what you feel you could create a lot of content around.
The bulk of your time will be spent creating content for your website. Essentially, you will have a blog and blogs require content.
Your content is what will attract targeted visitors to your website. Therefore, it is important to do keyword research and to use SEO (search engine optimization) to help your posts rank.
Join Affiliate Programs
You will need to find affiliate programs that are related to your website’s niche. For example, if you created a cooking website, you could join affiliate programs for VitaMix, Kitchen Aid, and more.
Affiliate programs are free to join. Some of them will have an approval process but most programs will approve you on the spot.
After you are approved, you will be provided with special tracking links called affiliate links. You use these affiliate links within your blog content.
When visitors click on your affiliate links, they are taken to the merchant’s website. If they buy from the merchant’s website, you will earn a commission.
You can find affiliate programs easily doing a web search. You can also join affiliate marketing networks such as ShareASale.com.
What to Keep in Mind About Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a marathon, not a sprint. Meaning, you will not make money quickly. It will take time to grow your website.
It takes time for your articles to rank in the search engines and for your website to get traffic.
Therefore, it is a good idea to do affiliate marketing part-time while you are still working a job full-time.
With hard work and consistent effort, there is no reason why your niche website can’t earn income through affiliate sales.
My Closing Thoughts On Not Being a Web Developer Anymore
I hope this post has opened you up to the possibility of affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is a billion-dollar industry and you can get your share.
Think of your niche website as virtual real estate. Over time, it will generate income and then you can repeat the process.
Soon, you can have a portfolio of niche affiliate websites all generating income.
Affiliate marketing has definitely changed my life and I really enjoy it. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what I have without step-by-step training and support.