Date: August 20, 2017
Hi. My name is Eartha. I have been working in a cubicle / office environment most of my adult life as a web designer / developer.
I worked at my previous web job for 3 years when the owner decided to sell the company. The new owners told us that our jobs were safe.
However, after a year, the entire web department was asked to meet in the conference room. One of the directors then proceeded to tell us that we were all let go.
We were all devastated! Tears were shed. We wondered what would be next. It was a VERY rough period of my life.
However, that lay off was one of the BEST things to happen to me!
I'm no stranger to making money online. In fact, I had been dabbling in affiliate marketing off and on for years.
My big mistake was becoming comfortable in my jobs and never taking the time to grow my online income into full-time income. Don't make this mistake!
If you are not familiar with affiliate marketing, here is a definition:
Affiliate marketing is simply promoting a company's products or services in exchange for a percentage of the sale (commission) when someone makes a purchase using your affiliate link.
That's it! I knew I could create a website around a topic I knew well and promote an affiliate product from it. So that is exactly what I did. I created a website around a health shake that I use and love.
I still earn recurring income from those sales and make new sales as well. Here is a screenshot of my most recent weekly earnings:
Imagine earning extra income from only one website. Now imagine if you had two websites, or three, or four all earning income! Do you see how lucrative your online business could be?
One thing is certain. Getting started with your own online business is A LOT easier today than it was back when I started. In fact, you can get started with one-click.
I had to do TONS of research online. I had to do a lot of trial and error. Even today, I continue to learn new techniques that help improve my websites.
The steps I outline below can be done with very little start-up costs and no technical experience! The only thing you'll need is your computer, an internet connection, and a website.
When I started, I chose a health product that I used and enjoyed. That made it easy for me to write about how it helped me.
You can choose any topic you like. Chances are, there are affiliate products that you can promote that revolve around your topic.
The niche (topic) you choose is one that you already have an interest in. Therefore, you are able to write helpful content to attract other visitors who also share an interest in your niche.
The content you write not only attracts new visitors, it creates loyal visitors. These visitors will in turn be more apt to buy any of the products and/or services you promote.
This is one way affiliate commissions are made. It starts by providing great information, genuinely helping people, and you are rewarded by making sales.
Don't worry if you don't consider yourself a writer. No experience is necessary to create a helpful website!Start Learning Affiliate Marketing for Free!
There are TONS of affiliate programs online in which you can join for free. There are bound to be affiliate products related to your niche.
You earn income by linking your affiliate links within your content. When visitors click on your affiliate links and make a purchase, you earn a commission!
Without web traffic, your website cannot do its job of earning extra income.
Obtaining traffic is a stumbling block for many people (even myself!). It is important to invest in your education.
Learning to get web traffic on your own is very time consuming and it can feel overwhelming if you are new to SEO (search engine optimization) and internet marketing.
Many beginners attempt to learn on their own and become so overwhelmed that they never take action and follow-through.
Don't make this mistake! Invest in your education so that you have the knowledge in one place, plus the support you need to get your online business up and running.Start Learning Affiliate Marketing for Free!
I'm a firm believer in investing in yourself by acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to effectively reach your goals.
An online business does not mean success will happen faster or easier. There is still a learning curve and learning in the wrong places will leave you stuck and unmotivated.
Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing training course and online community that teaches members how to make money online using step-by-step training.
It was created by super affiliates, Kyle and Carson over 10 years ago and has helped thousands of members to create successful online businesses.
Wealthy Affiliate has helped me relaunch my online business the right way. The lessons I've learned there have given me the knowledge and confidence to stick with it and when I'm stuck with anything, I can ask more experienced affiliate marketers for help.
I can even reach out to both Kyle and Carson by email and get a response to anything I need help with. That is probably one of the biggest perks of being a premium Wealthy Affiliate member.
Check out an email I received from Kyle below:
Best of all, becoming a member is absolutely free. Here is what's included:
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To Your Success!