I think everyone loves the idea of being financially free. I’ve been dreaming of it since I started my career as a software developer. After 35 years in the Information Technology field, I got laid off and now, I have finally learned how people are making money online. Instead of looking for another IT job, I was in the fortunate position of starting my own business.
I went searching. I wanted to find a way to make passive income from my home. I was leary, but knew there were people doing it, and very successfully. Well, I found a business that I could work from home
being a franchise broker. I could work from anywhere, it had potential for a 6-figure income, there were no geographical boundaries of where I could find clients, I could set my own hours, there was no physical inventory needed and the company provided all the training. Sounds great right? Well, the business opportunity was Franserve and I signed up to help people realize their dreams of business ownership. I work a lot like a realtor, but instead of finding a home for someone, I find them a business to invest in. The world of franchising is fascinating and I have enjoyed that journey, HOWEVER, I realized early on that it wasn’t going to give me residual income.
I started doing some more research and spent hours searching the web for that perfect opportunity that would truly provide financial freedom. I really wanted something that I could try for free, but most SAID they were free but then asked for my credit card!! If it’s free, why do you need my credit card? HurUmph!
Building a website was something I knew I had to do to make money online, but I had absolutely no expertise in that area. I know, you’re saying “but you were in IT for 35 years…you should know all that technical stuff”. Well that’s not the case, as I was very specialized in my skillset as a software developer. AND, I’m over 50, so a lot of the technical world that comes naturally with the youth these days, was foreign to me. Social Media, cell phone apps, building a website, starting a blog, search engine optimization, affiliate marketing….all those things I had heard about but didn’t have the foggiest idea of how to develop them.
After much surfing, I finally I came across an organization that was offering to teach me how to build a website on WordPress for free. I was a skeptic, but I created an account and password to login to the site and was surprised that nobody was asking for my credit card! I delve in a little deeper and hit the “Get Started” button and began some training lessons. I got though several lessons and was surprised how much I had learned in such a short time, and it wasn’t a day before I had a website up and running.
I was able to build 2 websites for free and had 7 days of free training. I still hadn’t given my credit card! So I marched on steadily with the training which, by the way, is extremely intuitive. You can learn a lot reading the training, but for every lesson, there is a video, showing you how to do it as though you are looking over the instructor’s shoulder. When something wasn’t exactly clear to me, I could ask a question through the community forum and always had an answer, usually within minutes.
Are you anxious to find out what organization this is? It’s WEALTHY AFFILIATE, and I’m here to tell you, I am ecstatic that I stumbled upon this opportunity because I am well on my way to making an income online.
Let me explain exactly how it works:
First, you find your niche. This is something you want to write about, something you enjoy, something you want to learn more about, something you are passionate about.
Let’s say, for example, you are interested in art, and specifically, acrylic painting:
You would come up with a name for your website, create the website, then start writing about acrylic painting or blogging about it. Your articles could be educational and talk about painting techniques. It could be a resource for how to find the best deals on painting supplies. It could be a website where people could buy original acrylic paintings. It could talk about how to get started as an artist. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you decide to make your niche, Wealthy Affiliate will help you create your website, host your website, and teach you how to write great content.
Next, how do you get people to come to your website? Wealthy Affiliate shows you how. They explain how google sees your site and how it determines whether you deserve to be on the first page when someone does a google search related to your niche. They teach you how to use keywords to help you get high rankings from google. They give you the inside scoop on what attracts people to your website and keeps them engaged.
OK, now you have people coming to your site….what next?
Now, you offer something on your site that a visitor may want to purchase. There are several options here. One, you can have a product or service that you provide that a visitor can purchase right off your website, but that’s not for everyone and that’s not the real beauty of this opportunity. The great advantage, is when you sell other people’s products or services….we call it monetizing your site. Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to become an affiliate of one or more affiliate networks. These networks provide merchants’ products for advertising on your site and pay you a commission if a visitor on your site buys that product or service. With this option, you don’t need to store product in your garage or go through the hassle of shipping items to your buyers. It is all handled by the merchant and the affiliate network. Sound confusing? It is at first, but Wealthy Affiliate shows you exactly what to do and how to do it.
So what is in the day-in-the-life of an Affiliate Marketer?
- Writing posts/blogs about your niche on your website
- Continue building your network by sharing your posts on Social Media sites
- Making/posting YouTube videos about your niche
- Responding to your website visitors’ comments
- Maintaining your website and your affiliate links
Is this a get-rich-quick scheme? NOOOOOOOO!
It takes time, dedication and persistence for a good 6 months before things will start to happen, although many people make sales within the first month. I started with Wealthy Affiliate in October and I didn’t see a sale until the following April! I was only dedicating about 10 hours a week to it, so I may have had a sale sooner if I had put in more hours. Just don’t give up. It WILL work. Take one day at a time and be patient, and before you know it, you will have a website generating more income every month!
Get started today, FOR FREE!