I am not running an e-commerce website or cold calling. I am not doing online paid surveys or Multi-Level Marketing either.
I have been using Affiliate Marketing!
Here is what my commissions last month looked like
Between Maxbounty and Amazon, I earned $6,890.98 last month.
If you don’t know what affiliate marketing is, you should check this article which explains how affiliate websites work and how they make money.
But if you are in a hurry, let me explain to you very quickly what affiliate marketing is.
Affiliate Marketing consists of referring people to a certain product. If the person buys the product based on your referral, you will earn a percentage of the sale.
It might still sound vague to you. So, let me give you one Real Life Example for you to fully understand the concept.
Tripadvisor uses affiliate marketing as its main way to make money.
You see, Tripadvisor does not work directly with the hotels. Instead, the website gives great information and offers reviews for potential customers.
Anytime, someone goes on Tripadvisor and uses one of its partners to make a purchase. Tripadvisor earns a percentage of that sale.
Now, imagine how much money this website must make on a daily basis!!!
Well, it is a lot! The company had revenues over 1 billion dollars in 2017.
Now, let me be clear, you will most likely not earn a billion dollar from affiliate marketing but it can be a very lucrative business.
How do I use affiliate marketing?
So now that you understand what affiliate marketing is, let me explain to you how I use it to make money.
Well, you are on the blog where the magic happens. Lol
I use my blog to generate affiliate commissions. I write reviews of different services and products like this one for Swagbucks. In each review, I give an in-depth description of the product and explain why I like it or not.
For any person that enrolls or buys the product/service I review using a link from my blog, I make a commission.
Do you see the potential!?
On top of my Clever Hustle blog, I also own a niche website in the music instrument niche. (To prevent added competition I will not reveal the exact niche of the website)
On that website, I have different articles talking about the instrument, tutorials explaining how to use it and different product comparisons.
Throughout my articles, I have few affiliate links redirecting to products on Amazon. Anytime somebody purchases something on Amazon after clicking my links, I make a commission.
That website is fairly new (been created less than 5 months ago), but it is already generating me $885 monthly with very little upkeep. With some more content added and some time to grow, it should make at least $2,000 on autopilot.
How did I create my blog?
So now you must be thinking, how you can start especially if you do not know how to create a blog.
Well, do not worry!
I did not know anything regarding building blogs, websites and affiliate marketing a few months ago when I first started.
There is a lot of information regarding how to get started with affiliate marketing online, however, it is hard to find some good free straight to the point training. Most of the paid training is either very expensive or just not good enough. Free training is also out there but most of the time, it is either too vague and not up to date.
When I first started, I have tried many different courses and wasted a few hundreds of dollars with little to no success at all. My first 2 months were pretty much a waste of my time and money.
But everything changed when I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate.
First and foremost, it was completely free to join so there was no big risk to sign up so I took my chances and created a profile.
Once I signed up and navigated through the platform, I was very pleased with the great training offered.
The training is segmented in lessons and is very well put together. I took me a couple days to go through the first level and to create my first blog. The video training makes it very easy to follow along and even a nontechie guy like me was able to move along with no issues.
I don’t consider myself as a web designer now but I can definitely create a blog online in less than an hour with no problems.
I have also learned how to optimize my blog to be able to get it ranked in Google and Bing which is key to get free traffic. You see, creating a website may be the one roadblock you think about before started affiliate marketing.
However, when you start and get your first blog live, you will soon understand that getting people to see your brand new blog is the biggest challenge ahead of you.
That’s where Wealthy Affiliate community comes into play.
You see, WA has a big active community of affiliates on all level. People are constantly sharing and helping each other.
It is super nice because you can get your questions answered very quickly but also stay up to date with the ever-changing internet.
For example, Google algorithm updates quite frequently which makes the way you optimize your blog different. By having people sharing all the time, you are able to react to changes more efficiently than waiting for new training material to be created to reflect new changes.
It is also easier to get started when you can find a mentor to help you avoid some costly mistakes you can make when you first start. Finding a mentor is very easy on WA, you can use me :)! (my username there is fafala77)
Now, I don’t want you to think that affiliate marketing is a get rich scheme.
You will need to put some work into creating your blog and then some more work to create content to publish on your site. However, once set up, you only need to work on your blog for a few hours per week to maintain it. In return, you will earn money passively for years to come.
If you want to make more money, you simply need to publish more content. There is no ceiling to how much you can earn as long as you know what you are doing.
How to get started today?
If you’re interested in affiliate marketing, my recommendation is to sign up with Wealthy Affiliate. It is completely FREE (no credit card required) to get started and the training provided is amazing and designed to teach anybody how to get your first blog up and running.
In Wealthy Affiliate you will learn:
To get started simply click on the button below, create a Free account with Wealthy Affiliate and I’ll be on the other side to guide you (my username is fafala77).
If you would like to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate, check out my WA review where I show why I think it is the best affiliate marketing training platform on the internet.
I am Frank the creator of this blog. My main goal with this blog is to share my journey and help others achieve financial freedom following the methods I share.
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