My Quest to learn Affiliate Marketing

A quest sounds very noble, rather grand and even quite exciting. Sounds as though I am looking for the holy grail doesn’t it? But what is my quest to learn affiliate marketing about really and why?

How it all began!

My Quest to learn Affiliate Marketing

In a far off galaxy ………

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many aeons  ago ………….

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No, not really………

It began with my adult daughter telling me I should be an “influencer” because I had over 20,00 twitter followers.

An Influencer: a person able to influence potential buyers of a product or service by promoting or recommending the items on social media.

I was none the wiser. Her information? Lots of people do it and lots of companies hire influencers. 

Me: Where can I get information?

Response: Online. You just do some tweets and get paid if people buy whatever you are advertising!

Sounds easy, I can do that. But was it? No of course not!

The next step!

But as time went on and I researched, looked at different companies and joined one. I had to set up an account, then set up a page to attract customers. I had no idea what I was doing. Couldn’t  find anything to walk me through the process either. Everywhere I went on the internet pop ups from their app would appear for me to tweet. Yes, I tweeted those tweets for them in the hope of gaining something, even encouragement would have been nice. After a few weeks I stopped tweeting them.

After 3 months of nothing, I emailed them to inquire about next or further steps.  Was I surprised when I didn’t get any response? A bit but I tried again, still nothing. So I deleted my account and the app and that was it.

I was essentially advertising their wares and their customers wares for free. You live and learn.

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So that was a dead end!

But I am stubborn, I would find out more if possible. I would keep going regardless.

I might have reached a dead end but at least all I had wasted was  time and effort, not cash.

The Quest.

My Quest to learn Affiliate Marketing 2I had no intention of giving up just because one avenue was a dead end.

I intended to buckle up and get right

back on the horse.

This had become a quest for knowledge. There had to be honest companies, after all a lot of people were already doing this and working online.

I wanted to find the holy grail of my particular quest. A real company with a way of working to earn money and didn’t con people to earn that wage.

It couldn’t be that hard, could it?

The information was out there somewhere, I just had to find it.

I started finding references to affiliate marketing and compared it with being an “Influencer”. They didn`t seem that different to me, plus being an affiliate marketer seemed as though it was more of a job to do and earn from.

I had no idea what it entailed but how hard could it be? I had started watching loads of videos that touted the amazing lifestyle that came with working a couple of hours a week.

I spent months researching for information on affiliate marketing. I wanted to learn but everything I came across offered the world for payment but had no substance.
I was starting to get very disillusioned by it all.

Then I started reading blogs on the subject. Once I started I found loads of them about various companies. Some were touting a particular “system” of their own. Others did comparisons to show you what was out there. Many others were writing about ones that were scams. If you have been seriously looking for information you will have come across lot’s of these too I expect.

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Some of course touted everything except their own system as a scam.

Or they pushed for the one they got most commission on.

It can be very disillusioning. One saying this is fantastic and another saying don’t touch it, its a scam.

There were constant choices did I go in that direction or this, take that path or the other one. I kept reaching a crossroad. Several directions with no clear idea which way

I didn’t want to waste time on leads that went nowhere but on the other hand I could miss out on a prime opportunity by not exploring every avenue.

So I kept looking, checking out every path just in case.

The main thing was, that I didn’t give up.

Wealthy Affiliates?

So the search continued over the months. The same name kept coming up over and over again. I followed the trail, finding out everything I could about it and it led me to Wealthy AffiliatesRead an early review I did after 4 weeks HERE!

and another review 6 months further on HERE!

All I had seen about this company sounded good but by now I was sceptical of everything. So I had a quick look and left. Looked pretty good but was it?

You could join for free. That was good right? Cash I intended to find out as much information as I could before the demands for money started coming in because it always happened. Didn’t it?

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I congratulated myself on a good strategy.

I joined ……. started learning ……. and ………………

I was hooked.

I learnt so much in a short time, I decided I would give the half price for one month offer a try, to see what premium is like. No way was I going to pay more. Just that one month only! The premium might not have much more, the best might be in the free bit to hook you in, it was probably a lot of hype. (I thought).

I was wrong. The premium training was even better, so much to learn, it was amazing, brilliant, fantastic.
And…… too late….. I was completely hooked, totally caught by the fantastic training and amazing community.

The Real Deal

They really were and are, the real deal. Free starter membership

Just over 3 weeks down the line and I have a wordpress website and blog. I thought they would be complicated and had always avoided it but it turns out that with step by step training, even I can do it.

Now when my half price month is up I intend to sign up to the yearly Premium membership. I figure that by the time the year is up I will have several sites up and running and the yearly fee will be a very minor expense.

Want to have a look yourself? Just click this link.

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Searching for online work is a journey

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So…….. you have been searching for work online…….

You may have heard, like I did, that there are more and more jobs online. They increase as the real world ones disappear. Searching for online work is a journey you start out on and then it gets complicated.

You start out innocently, unaware of what`s out there. Yes there is work but much seems to be poorly paid. You can earn more as a writer but it takes time to build a up a good reputation

What did you find? There are an awful lot of so called ‘opportunities’ out there. How do you sort the wheat from the chaff? So many people have lost  money to those “opportunity’s”. By the time you have been looking for several months you can become very jaded and no longer recognise a genuine opportunity.

I did learn that if it said any of these: “You can be earning money within 24/48 hours. By the end of the week you will have earned thousands. Yes it seems to be expensive but you will earn that back in days.” Then you should  avoid them like the plague.

It`s not easy at all trying to find something legitimate.

Research

So you do research, click every link that`s relevant. Put in endless searches, read blogs that compare the different platforms. On Facebook every other post has now become an advert for that dream life. Click on one once and you get more of the same with slight variations touting the get rich quick scheme with the fabulous lifestyle.Sunny beach Searching for online work is a journey

Do they get bored sitting on a beach all day, every day. How do they manage to see their laptop screen with all that bright sun

You watch the endless free videos! They say… ‘You can earn mega money working online for 2 -3 hours a week’. Some say:

‘1-2 hours is all it takes’ and they sound very plausible.

You get to see the supposed earnings all laid out. Amazing.

There they are, on  a beach in Bali/Hawaii (those are favourites) or anywhere that looks idyllic. Sometimes you see several different ‘system’ videos and they all look alike, same beach, same people. Funny that, pretty sure they can’t be actors. Can they? Hmmm. Not real then if they are. More proof!

The other ones!


Or you see someone standing in front of a big house beside an expensive sports car……… Sound familiar? Yep, me too. Seen quite a few of those. The one where the guy is working away at a table in a big kitchen of what you are supposed to think is his house. 

When you see one of those, check out the background. Very bland, nothing personal anywhere. It looks immaculate. Gosh, it wouldn’t be a film set would it? Or a country house/room in a hotel hired for a  few hours?

They always paint a picture of a wonderful life in far flung places, with or without families. Sitting on a beach, blue sky, a few fluffy tiny white clouds drifting, a beautiful view that shows where they are, a cocktail standing on the table. Oh and don’t forget the laptop there in full view.

Doesn`t that look and sound divine? Something to aspire to? All yours for so little effort, the picture with the laptop, sitting under a palm tree or parasol, a fabulous lifestyle. Yours , apparently, for the minimal effort of a couple of hours a week to attain and keep the lifestyle going.

Is it Real?

I thought it looked good, half  believed it, really wanted to believe it. It just didn’t quite ring true somehow. Especially the part about the hours required, I was prepared to work hard to achieve success. The trouble was, nothing more was offered to help you without paying out a small fortune. No glimpse of what was on offer for you to evaluate first. Could this be because there wasn’t any substance to it? I really didn’t know except there were alarm bells ringing in my head saying no! 

Having spoken to others, I am so glad I didn’t override my intuition, otherwise I too would have been much poorer.

It was a lesson in human behaviour, my own and those offering their ‘system’.

Have you found anything interesting out there?

Have you wasted hours and lots of cash to follow the dream? Let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Finally found what I sought

If you want to have a look and see where I ended up check this out. 

Wealthy Affiliate! I gave it a try because  it was free  to join.I  figured  I would  look  about  and  see  what was  on  offer.

I was cautiously impressed, then decided to take up an offer of a month at half price, to see if it would live up to the first impression.
Learn and Earn online with Wealthy Affiliate.

It did. I was very impressed with the quality of the training, the web hosting and the community.

I was so impressed I signed up for a year at the end of that first month because I knew that it was what I wanted to do.

You don’t have to only do affiliate marketing, you learn about loads more stuff than that. Whatever method you fancy running a business in, you can learn how and do it from one of the 10 websites available for you to use.

It is hard work, there is a lot to learn but the more you know, the easier it gets.

It costs absolutely nothing to look and evaluate. No card required to sign up. 

You can even learn to build a wordpress website, like I did, with the free training. Now that was very exciting.

Interested but want to read more first?  Go HERE! and then go HERE!

 

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