Welcome to my Affiliate Marketing Dude review.
Affiliate Marketing Dude is an affiliate marketing training program created by Marcus Campbell. But how good is it really? Is it a possible scam or waste of time?
I’m sure we have both seen our fair share of “make money online” programs out there that simply do not work. I know I sure as heck have anyhow.
So doing a little extra research and finding out how good this program actually is was a good choice. And a very important one.
In this review I’ll be going over what exactly this program includes, what type of work you will have to do, how much money you can make, complaints, the cost and more.
As mentioned, this training program is the creation of Marcus Campbell. He has been involved in affiliate marketing for quite some time and obviously knows what he is doing. But of course just because someone is making good money for themselves doesn’t mean that their training program/system is worth getting involved with, which is why I had to dig a little deeper and review this program further.
To summarize the whole thing up, the focus of this training is on getting people to set up small websites that make money, and helping you do so. Not only is video tutorial training provided, but you also get access to tools, plug-ins that he uses, niche ideas, live training and more.
Affiliate Marketing In a Nutshell:
Now I don’t know how much you know, so just in case you don’t know what affiliate marketing is I want to cover it briefly.
Affiliate marketing is a legitimate business model and a great way to make money online, in particular for beginners. With affiliate marketing you have no need for your own products or anything like that. You simply promote products online for other people and earn commissions when you help make them sales.
I’ve actually been involved with affiliate marketing since 2015 and make a living doing it, which is why I’d say I’m pretty well qualified to review this course, since I know the tricks of the trade.
To be honest, my first impression of Affiliate Marketing Dude was pretty bad. When I first came across it the website seemed a bit run down to me and it looked like a poorly constructed program.
I mean… Just look at the forum here. It looks like something you’d see from a website back in the early 2000s… And it definitely is not very lively…
One thing that I’ve learned through my journey with affiliate marketing is that it is NOT all about the training. Being able to network with like-minded individuals and share ideas is a HUGE deal. And unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be very much interaction amongst members on this platform.
* It’s also worth mentioning that, besides the forum being completely dead for the most part, I didn’t see anyone enter the live chat.
Overall just not much activity.
Also, one thing that really stuck out to me was that there was a link to “Preorder Simple Sites 2017 Here”… ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Is there some sort of time traveling involved in this or is this link just really outdated? I’m writing this review in 2019 and this link was from prior to 2017…
This type of thing really proves my point when I say that my first impression was this place seemed a bit run down and outdated.
Maybe Marcus needs to hire some more employees to keep the platform up-to-date, who knows…
There is a good bit provided in this program. You get access to training, tools, get help setting things up, mentorship and more… But of course it depends on what you purchase. There are actually 3 different products (from what I’ve seen) and it will depend on what you buy, which I will go over more shortly.
The basics of it all revolve around 3 steps, although there is a lot more to it than just this. But these are the basics…
The 3 products that I came across are as follows. There might be more, maybe some smaller products, but I’m not completely sure.
And of course you also have to remember that you may have to pay for traffic, which can be incredibly expensive and, if you don’t know what you are doing, a great way to lose a lot of money really fast.
There as an alternative program out there, which is what I used to get started back in 2015, that is free to start out with and I will go over that in a bit as well.
First off, it is important to know that this WILL TAKE WORK. Don’t get the wrong impression when you hear Marcus saying that he will provide you with a website that is already set up with content if you buy into the $997 High Ticket Niches product. Even if you buy into this, you will be doing work, or else you will fail.
I believe he sets up your website (if you buy into this high ticket offer) with 4 pages of content. And I know from experience that this is absolutely nowhere near the amount of content you will need to start driving good traffic to your website, unless you are paying for traffic. Even if the content is 100% unique, it is just the very beginning of things.
YOU WILL BE WRITING! This is very important to know before getting started. If you are someone that absolutely hates writing (typing on a computer) then this probably is not for you.
As I mentioned earlier, this program is all about creating simple websites, what you could call a blog, writing content and promoting affiliate products around that content.
Example: If you decide to create a blog about dogs you could write a blog post about the best dog toys for small dogs and you could promote a bunch of different dog toys within that post. You see this sort of thing all the time online, even if you never noticed it.
There is no question there is plenty of potential with affiliate marketing, however there is also a lot of people that fail. Results vary a ton and that is because there are so many variables at play here. The amount of money you make depends on many things, such as the competition in your chosen niche and the types of products you are promoting.
As I mentioned, I’ve been affiliate marketing since 2015 and have a good deal of experience with this business model. I have had websites that have made me less than $100 a year and I have even had websites have made me as much as over $6000 a month. There can be a huge difference.
Lack of Support
From what I have seen there definitely seems to be a lack of support. I went over how inactive the forum was and the live chat. I’m sure you are able to get some support, but it does not seem very adequate.
And I pretty much guarantee you that you will run into trouble eventually. There are bound to be some things you get stuck on or have problems with.
This goes along with what I just said. The forum is “cold”. There is not much activity and, although you can definitely get some help, I don’t see much value here.
It it is very difficult to put a price tag on digital products like this, but in my opinion the $997 product seems to be just too much for me, but of course this is just my opinion. I mean… That is a lot of money, but then again you are getting access to the “core” Simple Sites Big Profits product as well.
It would be nice to know the success rates of people who buy into this $997 product. This is the one where Marcus picks a niche for you that he feels has great potential. You would expect success rates to be high (although I’m guessing not), but I understand that there is pretty much no way of actually finding this out.
Paying for a Niche? Not a Good Idea
Also, a word of warning. I was reading another review and the person brought up a really good point. You might not want to buy into the High Ticket Niches product where he picks a niche for you. It might sound tempting, but I foresee problems.
The main problem is that he will be picking a niche for you, which you may have absolutely no interest in. And, as I already said, you will have to create content. I have seen it happen many times before… Someone gets involved in a niche that they think is profitable but that they have no interest in and they get burn-out and end up quitting.
If you are going to be writing a bunch of content about something, you better darn well at least have some interest in it.
Overall I don’t see any real reason to recommend this program. There are so many different affiliate marketing training courses out there, and this does not seem to be one of the better ones. I’m sure there are some great things you can learn from it, and I’m sure some people have been successful from it, but the quality you are getting here just doesn’t seem to be up to par and isn’t going to give you your best chances of success.
A Better Alternative
Back in 2015 I got started with a training program called Wealthy Affiliate, which was one of the best decisions of my life.
This place teaches the same sort of thing, creating your own small websites and making money via affiliate marketing, but the difference is that Wealthy Affiliate provides a heck of a lot more and for a lower price… AND they have a free membership where you can get access to beginner training at absolutely no cost, which is a great way to get started.
Wealthy Affiliate has more training, a very active community where you can network with many other like-minded affiliate marketers and learn tons of great things, they have much better support and more. Overall is just a lot better in pretty much every way.
Interested? You can read my Wealthy Affiliate review here.
Thank you for reading! I hope you found this review helpful!
Please leave any comments or questions down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
They claim that you can start earning big commissions selling CBD products in just 90 days, with no inventory or special skills, but is there a catch to this? What is The 90 Day CBD Challenge exactly and what should you know about it before getting started? Is it a scam?
Well… One thing is for sure… You definitely should read my review here before getting started because there is some important information that is often left out. Of course they only tell you all the good stuff and leave out some of the downsides to this challenge.
The cost to join is free, which is nice. Supposedly the normal price is $1997, but at this time it is free. Who knows though, this might just be a marketing stunt. You see this kind of thing all the time.
You may also be wondering, well how can this training possibly be free? Don’t the people that put together have to make money?
The answer is Yes, and they do make money. do.
Don’t worry, I’ll go over all of this. In this quick review I’ll go over what exactly the challenge is, I’ll be showing you inside the program, how it works, how much money people can realistically make and more.
In a nutshell, The 90 Day CBD Challenge is 12 week training program where you can learn to start your own online business selling highly over-priced CBD oil products and earning big commissions. But there is more to it than just that. It could also be called a marketing funnel system to promote a CBD MLM company called HempWorx.
Basically it’s a training program that teaches you how to make money by partnerting with the company mentioned above.
Confusing I know… But I’ll break it all down for you so that you know exactly what is going on here before getting involved.
The creators of this training program are Chris Record and Peter Serenson, both of whom have been very successful in the online world and have started multimillion dollar businesses in the past. I’m personally more familiar with Chris, who is the cofounder of Tecademics and also the creator of Lifepreneur, because some of his programs have caught my attention in the past.
But anyways… Neither of these guys are going to put out a crappy program. So right from the start I was expecting this 90 Day CBD Challenge to be at least a pretty decent training course.
But before I get into what you actually get inside the course, I first want to talk a bit about CBD, and why this is becoming such a popular business opportunity.
If you do a few Google searches you will likely find a lot of reputable sources saying that the CBD market has quite a promising future. An article on RollingStone says the CBD market could hit $22 billion by 2022 and Forbes says the market could grow by 700% by 2020.
There is no doubt that it has a lot of potential. Sure, you may already be wishing that you got in sooner, but there is still a lot of future growth that will likely happen, so it is definitely not too late.
No… It Won’t Get You High
Most people didn’t want anything to do with it originally. They associated it with getting high because it comes from the cannabis plant.
Makes sense, but CBD won’t get you high and this misconception early on has slowly been disolving and opening up an absolutely massive market.
CBD is what is called a cannabidoid, and is one of many inside the cannabis plant. THC is the cannabidoid that is responsible for the high effect that comes from smoking marijuana. It is completely different.
In a nutshell, CBD is a substance that is extracted from the cannabis plant, and usually is extracted from the hemp variety, not marijuana.
Tons of Benefits
There are several reasons why the market for CBD is so massive.
1) There are tons of health benefits that come with this cannabinoid. While there is much more research that needs to be done to really see what all it can do, it is commonly used for…
2) It’s completely new to the market. Sure, people have been smoking and ingesting this cannabinoid illegally for years, but now it’s heading mainstream and you can buy it completely legally.
Overall the CBD market is without a doubt a good opportunity, which is why you see so many businesses and, in this case, a marketing course capitalizing on this newfound opportunity.
So this 90 day challenge is completely free to join and will give you access to the training. Basically all you do is enter your email, name, create a password, and you have access to the members area.
However, there is sort of a “catch” that I will go over shortly. Because, although the training is free, if you want to follow along it will not be free.
You’ll understand what I mean in a second.
Once you our login you will see something that looks like this. Or maybe you will see an introduction video first. But anyways, once you get to the core of the members area, this is what you will see…
Over to the left-hand side of the screen you have all of the lessons outlined. Each week is focused on something different that is important to starting your CBD business.
Here is a closer look…
You have some training on setting up a website, marketing and branding, the legalities of this business, advertising, building an email list and so on.
From the looks of this it is a pretty well-rounded training course that goes over all the important aspects of starting a business of this kind.
HOWEVER, at this point you are still probably wondering how the heck you’re going to be making money with the CBD business that this challenge is training you on.
So basically you won’t be creating your own CBD business, but rather you will be partnering with an existing CBD business, called HempWorx (used to be named My Daily Choice), which it is a MLM company that sells CBD oil. You will be an affiliate for the company.
When you originally sign up for the challenge you may or may not have noticed that they mention this in small print below…
So what you will be doing is promoting HempWorx and their CBD oil products in order to make money. It is not like this training is going to be showing you how to build your very own CBD oil business.
Option 1: Continue with the free training for $20
The first option you have is to just continue as normal. Yes, the training is FREE, but being an affiliate for HempWorx is not. But this only costs $20 so it’s not a big deal.
If you do this you will get a new training video released to you every day throughout the entire 90 day program.
Now this may be frustrating to some. This is something that someone else brought up and I totally agree with it.
Many people out there getting involved with this aren’t going to have the patience of a 90 day, 1 video per day, course. I can see how this would be beneficial because then you are forced to take your time and not rush things.
But we want money fast… right?
So this brings me to the other option you have…
Option 2: Upgrade your account to the Executive level
If you want to unlock all of the training right away, which I can imagine many people do, then you can upgrade your account to the Executive Level inside HempWorx.
I’ll go over this in more detail next, but HempWorx has multiple levels, or ranks, within the company. The higher up you are the more ability you have to earn. In this case you can simply buy your way up the ranks to that of Executive.
If you want to go this route it is going to cost you a hefty price. It costs $599 plus you will still have the $20 fee to be an affiliate.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, HempWorx, which is the company you will have to partner with as an affiliate if you want to follow through with the training, is a MLM business.
What the heck does this mean?
This means that there is a hierarchal structure within the business and you can earn money from the efforts of those beneath you. A lot of people call these businesses pyramid schemes, although they are not. They do however have a pyramid-like compensation structure however.
Ways to Earn Within HempWorx
As in affiliate you will be able to earn money in 2 basic ways, by earning retail commissions from actually selling the CBD oil products, or… By recruiting in other affiliates beneath you and earning commissions based on their efforts.
Below you can see an example of a commission chart for what they call “jump start bonuses”. This is one of the many ways that you can get paid within the compensation plan. As you can see you will be able to earn down to 10 levels deep…
The affiliates that you personally recruit in make up your level I, the affiliates that they recruit in make up your level II, the affiliates that level II recruits in make up level III, and so on…
So basically it is a big pyramid-like structure where affiliates recruit in other affiliates and earn money based on the commissions that they make from recruiting in others and selling retail products.
There or a variety of other ways to earn as well, but they all contribute to this pyramid-like MLM structure.
Ranks are important. For example, in the chart above you can only earn level I commissions if you join as an Active Affilaite, but if you join as an Executive Affiliate, you will be able to earn down 4 levels right from the start.
There are a number of different ranks…
Pretty much the goal with all of this MLM stuff is to move up the ranks and make more money. The further you move up the ranks, the more of the compensation plan you unlock and get access to. And of course, moving up the ranks is all about building your “team”, which consists of other affiliates that have been recruited in beneath you, which is accomplished via recruitment.
Okay… So this point you may be pretty confused. I’m trying my best to explain, but I definitely understand how this would be one heck of a mess to try to understand.
In a nutshell, a tiny tiny nutshell, The 90 Day CBD Challenge is a marketing system for HempWorx. They say “hey join our free training and build your CBD business”, and while the training is free you are coaxed into joining HempWorx… And then further pushed into buying in at the Executive level.
After you go through the training you will have to ways in which you can earn. You will be able to either promote The 90 Day CBD Challenge and earn commissions when people buy into HempWorx through the training funnel, or you can simply promote HempWorx and their products without the use of The 90 Day CBD Challenge.
It’s your choice.
Of course this opportunity is presented as one of the greatest things to ever bless this earth, but it seems like every “make money online” opportunity is promoted in this sort of way.
And sure, you definitely “can” make money doing this, but “will” you? These are 2 different questions.
If you look at the official income disclosure for the MLM company HempWorx, this is what you see. WARNING… It is not too pretty…
As shown above, even those who are at the rank of Executive are still only earning a monthly average of around $90.52, which is pretty darn horrible. And the people at the lesser ranks are earning even less on average. There is a good post on Reddit explaining this all too.
So it costs $599 to join at the Executive rank, but you are only going to be earning an average of $90 a month???
Well… It’s a bit more complicated than that.
But The 90 Day Challenge Will Help
The challenge and training should help.
The chart above is for all HempWorx affiliates, most of them doing their own thing. Since you have the challenge training and all you definitely have at least somewhat of an advantage.
Now how much of an advantage? Who knows… Your guess is as good as mine.
I would not call The 90 Day CBD Challenge a scam. However, I can see how some people who joined the free training may feel a bit like they were taken advantage of after they find out they have to spend money. That said, you shouldn’t really be expecting to get involved in some sort of business like this without spending any money at all.
All in all I definitely do not consider this a scam. They provide good training and a good program overall, that you definitely can make money with.
Also, as I already went over in the beginning, both of the creators have at least decent reputations with programs like this.
Now this is a very tough question to answer.
Personally I don’t care for MLM’s at all. Not one bit. While they do have a lot of potential for making big money, their pyramid-like structures make it very difficult for those on the bottom to earn decent amounts and often creates a problem where very very few people at the very top are making the majority of the money, which is why they have such high turnover rates.
This fact is reflected in the income statement I showed above.
BUT… This isn’t just a MLM opportunity. You are also getting access to this training funnel which should make things a little bit easier for you. But again, there is definitely no guarantee that you are going to make much.
I’m not personally going to be promoting this program, but I also am not going to be telling you to avoid it at all costs. This one is up to you.
If you are looking for something that is a little more beginner friendly and not so complicated, I would suggest taking a look how I went from $0 to over $6,000 a month online. It has nothing to do with selling CBD oil or anything like that, but if you’re just looking for a good way to make money online I would highly recommend it.
Comments or questions? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂
Welcome to my review of Millionaire Middleman!
I’ve being getting some requests to look into this training program and have finally gotten around to it. Is this place a scam? Is this the real deal? Are you going to be able to make $10,000+ a month like some of the successful students that they have shown in testimonial videos?
When it comes to a high-priced program like this one, there is always some worry and suspicion. The high price tag makes it seem like a top-notch program, but at the same time you are wondering if it is just some massive scam.
In this quick review I am going to get my personal opinion of it and whether or not I think it is something worth buying into.
And by the way, I am not promoting this program trying to make money, so this review is as unbiased as possible, unlike many of the other ones you will see out there.
In a nutshell, Millionaire Middleman it is basically a training program (also provide you with some tools) that helps you make money online by creating an online ad agency and getting paid by businesses…. working as a middleman.
The focuses on running local Google ads for clients, doing it better than they were doing themselves. This program will show you how to set up your agency without doing any tech work, pick up clients that are willing to pay you good money, and outsource most of the work so that you are basically the head of the whole thing and keeping it running, but really not doing much to get your hands dirty.
The program is created by 2 people named Chance and Abdul, which I want to talk a little bit more about…
Who are Chance and Abdul?
Both Chance and Abdul our people who actually do what they teach. This is a great sign because you see a lot of crappy “make money online” programs where the creators don’t even know what the heck they are teaching. These guys make a living doing what they are teaching you and they know how it all works.
I’ve watched several different videos with these guys and one thing that I’ve noticed is that they seem very normal, and very relaxed. They aren’t running their mouth talking about how you’re going to become a millionaire in the next week or anything like that.
They take a realistic approach and aren’t trying to sucker people into buying the program. This is the type of ethics I like to see.
Abdul is supposedly making somewhere around $2 million a year off of only around 20 clients and Chance is doing over $70,000 a month.
So what you will be doing is looking for clients that are spending money running ads for their business but aren’t doing a great job. That is where you step in and show them how you can make them more money, and where they hire you to take over the work.
Like I said… You are running an ad agency.
What exactly you will be doing I’m sure you have seen quite a bit but maybe just never really realized it. You know when you are searching for some sort of product or service online in your area and there are ads that appear at the top of Google search?
For example, I typed in “plumber Pittsburgh”, as if I am living in Pittsburgh and in need of a plumber, and as you can see there are several ads for different plumbing services…
This is what you are doing…. You are helping businesses run ads more effectively and efficiently. And if you do this, making them more money, they will gladly pay you.
But how do you go about finding such clients?
In the program much of the focus on finding clients is on using LinkedIn. They have all their tips and advice for getting in contact and closing a deal with high-paying clients.
One thing that I definitely noticed over the past several years is that there seems to be a trend in online agency creation. This isn’t the first online agency training program that I have come across.
Sam Ovens Consulting is another training program that I reviewed which is focused on creating your own digital consulting firm, which is actually pretty similar to this… But I’ll get into that.
Do I think there’s opportunity here?
Definitely… I think there is a time of opportunity making money from clients like this, and so many different ways to go about it. There are many brick-and-mortar businesses advertising their services, but not really doing that good. These are the opportunities that you can swoop in on.
I’m just going to address this question real fast because I know everyone is wondering.
The answer isn’t a good answer however. The results can vary a time, as you can imagine.
They tell you that you should give it at least 30 to 90 days to see results, but of course some people make money even within a week or less, while others take much much longer.
Just like any online business, I am sure there are a heck of a lot of people that fail to make any money, and give up, and then there are those that go on to see great success.
When you buy into a program like this getting good support is always a big deal.
Based on the limited amount of information that I have been able to find, the support seems pretty good. They have a helpful community that you can easily get help from in a timely manner.
It seems that they let a very limited number of people into this program, which is probably why their support is of such good quality… They simply don’t have tons and tons of people to be supporting.
The fact that they do just let anyone buy into this program is evident by the 1 on 1 call that you have to book with them if you want to get in.
Honestly, there is very limited information on this. There really not many reviews in this could very well be because there just aren’t tons of members out there.
I did come across some obvious fake reviews online trying to push people to buy into the program, but not many at all that seem to be actually real.
That said, there our quite a bit of video testimonials out there where Abdul has chatted with students that have been a success and they do seem to be legitimate and genuine.
Something I also want to mention is that Millionaire Middleman is partnered with The HOTH, which is a reputable SEO agency that has been around for years and has helped many small and large Fortune 500 companies grow their businesses online.
Why is this important? Well… It’s not really. However, I just wanted to point this out because I am very familiar with The HOTH and know that they would not jeopardize their reputation by partnering with some scammy system, which goes to show that Millionaire Middleman is the real deal.
I’ve reviewed a heck of a lot of scams online and this does not seem to be one of them by any means.
I know this review didn’t provide all that much insight into the training program and what exactly it provides you with, however I hope I gave you a good overview of how it all works and whether or not it is a scam.
If you have any comments or questions please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Welcome to my guide on how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon. You came to the right place if you are looking for a looking for the right way to go about this, because... well.... I'm an affiliate marketer myself who makes a living doing this stuff.
I first want to start off by saying that affiliate marketing is a great business to get involved with if you are looking to make money online. It...
... and of course it has all the benefits of making money and being your own boss... which include being able to work when you want from where ever you want. Overall it is a great choice for beginners.
Being an affiliate for Amazon is just one of the many choices out there, but it is a good way to get started because Amazon is an absolute ecommerce powerhouse. Everyone knows Amazon and no matter what you are looking to promote, you can find it here.
*I think they sell somewhere around 700 million products right now. Ridiculous I know.
The commissions they pay are far from the greatest you can find but I definitely won't be telling anyone to avoid becoming an affiliate with them. A lot of people start out here because of the simple fact that it is an easy choice.
But anyways... lets move on to the steps of becoming an affiliate marketer for this ecom giant. It's going to be fairly lengthy so feel free to use the quick navigation links below to jump to certain sections if you are impatient.
With the Amazon affiliate program, which is actually called Amazon Associates by the way, you can't just go sign up right away just because you feel like it.
If they let everyone sign up and just start promoting their products like madmen they would really hurt the image of their brand.
There are first a few things you are going to have to have in place beforehand or else they aren't going to accept you.
The very first thing that you want to decide before doing ANYTHING else is to figure out what type of products you want to promote.
I highly recommend you focus on a specific "niche", which is nothing more than a targeted market segment.
So your niche could be...
There are so many niches out there that I'm not going to get too in-depth with this list.
#1 - Choose Something You Actually Have Interest In
What do you have an interest in? Do you like dogs? Do you like some sport? Do you like video games? Do you like cooking? woodworking, paying piano, sewing, etc. etc.?
I think it is extremely important that you choose something that interests you. This will make it a lot easier because:
Don't chase the money. I know some niches can be very luring and you may see nothing but dollar signs, but from my experience it is definitely better to start out in something you like.
So take some time to think about what you really like.
#2 - Try to Keep It Pretty Narrow
You are also going to want to keep your niche pretty narrow. This will make it less overwhelming and you will be able to become more of an expert in the particular niche.
Now it's time to create a website now that you have chosen your niche.
I know... I know... this sounds complicated.
But don't worry, it's really not. This isn't 1997 anymore... creating a website is nothing to fear.
You can also promote Amazon products via a Youtube channel or through a mobile app, but creating your own website is the route I went and the route I know very well... which is why that is what I'm teaching. And it is definitely one of the better ways to go.
Websites are great. They are like your own little hub that you can do whatever you want with. You will be getting traffic to your site and then promote products from there.
Don't Want to Spend Money?
I completely understand. When getting started you don't want a lot of risk... and the good thing is that there are free blog sites out there that you can create a blog on for free.
I suggest using SiteRubix. This website builder will allow you to easily create a site get started in no time. It's literally a few clicks of the mouse to have the basics of your site up... couldn't be easier.
*Wait til the end. I'll go over the easiest way to get it all started with the tools you need.
Choose a website name that is related to your niche. For example: if your niche is dog toys you could go with the name 'dougsdogtoys' (if your name is Doug) or 'doggydelight' or whatever you can think of. Get creative with it.
Now you have your site up it is time to create some content. This has to be done before you can get approved by Amazon. They of course aren't going to like the looks of a bare-bones site.
What type of content do you create?
You are going to want to write about things that have to do with your niche.
Example: If you have a site about dog toys (going by my last example), you could write articles about...
However you aren't going to just want to write a bunch of random articles that come to mind.
Important: Use a keyword research tool
A keyword research tool is what you use to find good keywords to write about. I'm not going to get into detail, but basically what it does is helps you rank your articles higher in the search engines.
*Again, I'll be going over what I suggest using at the end.
Writing content on your site and getting traffic go hand-in-hand. When you write content, if you use a keyword research tool and use it right, you will be able to rank high in Google and get people to come to your site when they are searching for things.
As an example someone could be searching for the best outdoor dog toys and maybe come across an article you wrote called '9 Best Outdoor Dog Toys'. Then they might click on that and come to your site.
The reason this is an absolutely awesome way to get traffic to your site is because it:
Sure you can run paid ads, but that is a lot more risky for newbies and can really burn a hole in your wallet fast.
Now that you have your site up and running it is time to apply for the Amazon affiliate program.
After creating an Amazon account or logging into an existing one, you will have to fill out your profile and fill in some other information, such as...
It's a fairly straightforward process and nothing complicated really. You can get started on it here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/ but I'd wait until you finish reading this article so that you see how everything works and fits together.
Now it's time to start promoting some products! The part you have been waiting for all along!
It's all about getting traffic to your website… If you aren't getting much traffic then that means you need to put out more content and get ranked more in Google.
But why would you be doing all of this before getting approved?
What is the point of promoting Amazon products if you are not even part of the affiliate program yet?
Well… Believe it or not this is how the process works. You first have to make 3 qualifying sales in order to move forward with the application process. After making 3 sales they will then review your application and either accept it or reject it.
I believe it used to be just one sale back when I first applied in 2015, but they have since changed this.
There are a lot of ways you can go about incorporating affiliate links into your content and promoting products, but one way that I often suggest is what I call the "web" design.
You don't want there to be too many affiliate links all over the place. Google doesn't like this.
So what you do is create many different articles and point them to a small number of articles that are promoting something. So it's like a big web catching all sorts of traffic and funneling it into a select few pages where you do have a bunch of affiliate links.
You don't have to do this all the time but I think it helps because it keeps your site cleaner and less saturated with such links.
If you get rejected, which is not very uncommon, this is usually because your website just doesn't provide enough valuable content.
Amazon is looking for some unique content. They don't want a website that just re-states exactly what the product descriptions are for products listed on Amazon. They want you to provide additional value.
So give your own opinion on things. And it definitely do not copy and paste… Always re-word as best you can.
If you got rejected you can always improve your website and then re-apply later that is what you wish to do.
A one of the tips that I am giving here are pretty much things that are common sense. If you focus on providing real value and helping out people, and you put in the work, then you more than likely are going to see success from this.... Assuming that you have done your keyword research correctly and are promoting relevant products.
So obviously you are going to want some formal training when it comes to all of this. You don't want to go out and spend a bunch of time building out your website, creating content, only to find out that you have been doing it wrong.
And in addition to this you are also going to need tools, such as a platform to build your website on and a keyword research tool so that you can get ranked in Google.
My Suggestion: Wealthy Affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate is in affiliate marketing training platform that also provides all the tools necessary to get started, such as a website builder and keyword research tool as mentioned above.
Basically it is like an "all-inclusive" type of deal where you everything you need and don't have to go out elsewhere… Which makes it incredibly easy for beginners to get started.
And the awesome thing about it is that they have a free Starter Membership where you can get started without even entering your credit card information or anything.
... they provide it all.
And the reason I am recommending this place and like it so much is because this is actually where I started out back in 2015. And now I make a living doing this stuff and am very grateful for that.
You can create your free account at Wealthy Affiliate and get started here:
Or for more info:
At the very least you could create a free account and give it a "test drive" to see if you like it or not... and if not you can walk away no harm done.
Take care and I wish you the best of luck on your affiliate marketing journey. This can potentially be a lucrative opportunity but you must have patience and don't expect to "strike it rich" right from the start.
There is lots to learn.
Questions or comments? Leave them below and I'll get back to you soon 🙂
A big question that comes up from newbies at Wealthy Affiliate, or before joining, is how long does it take to make money? It’s a good question that everyone should be asking and it’s something that I can give some good insight on.
I’ve been a member since 2015 and not only have I been through the whole experience myself, but I have also seen hundreds of others go through it as well. It can be a struggle early on and if you have false expectations or don’t really know what you are getting into, you are more likely to end up quitting and then this would all be a waste of time.
So how long does it take to make money with Wealthy Affiliate you ask?
Well… in order to get to the best answer possible and really explain it all, lets first take about how WA works and some key factors that are going to effect the time it takes for you to start earning that money you have been dreaming about.
Wealthy Affiliate in a nutshell is an online business platform that provides training for beginners looking to make money online. The main focus here is on affiliate marketing through your own website that you drive traffic to via SEO (through Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc).
The awesome part of this entire business model is that it requires extremely little startup cost and has the potential to be very lucrative… the downside is that it TAKES TIME… and for those that are impatient and need cash now it may be a struggle.
Most people will tell you that it will take 3 months or so until you start seeing some money trickle in, but this really isn’t a good answer. You could potentially see money in less (although highly unlikely) but it also could take a while longer.
Unfortunately WA isn’t going to cut it in this situation.
I often see people join who are in financial situations where they need money immediately. If you are someone like this then I don’t want to give you false hope.
Yes you can earn money with WA and yes you can earn a lot… but you sure as heck aren’t going to be earning an immediate income, or anything quickly.
Some people earn money faster than others… just like some people are promoted to higher positions within companies and some progress faster while working toward a fitness goal. Some reasons for this include the following…
1. Time Spent – It’s a given that most of the time when you put more time and work into things you get faster and better results. Now of course this doesn’t always work out perfectly and you don’t want to work so hard that you burn out, but generally speaking those who put in more time are going to see faster results.
That said, I actually would suggest starting off on the rather slow side of things rather than jumping in head first and spending 5+ hours a day on this stuff, reason being that it will likely be overwhelming if you jump in too fast and you will likely make more mistakes that just end up as wasted time.
2. Action Taken – Something else you have to think about and consider is the action taken. You can spend a bunch of time working but if that time isn’t being spent properly on real action, there isn’t much point of it.
Don’t spend 10 hours trying to tweak some simple thing on your site that might only take 5 minutes to do. Early on I always see people getting caught up on the small unimportant things that are just not worth the effort.
The best advice I can give is to simply follow the core training at WA and to not veer off from that too much.
Your site doesn’t need to look like some professionally designed masterpiece early on. No one is going to be trafficking it anyhow, so what’s the point?
You will learn a lot as you follow along with the training and things that might have taken you a long time early on will only take you a minuscule amount once you know what you are doing.
3. Quality of Work – This is also a big deal that certainly plays a major factor in the timing of success.
Are you creating good quality content? I know this is hard to judge early on as a beginner, but just give it your best shot. I also remember when I started and thinking that my posts were never good enough… don’t worry… you will get there with time. It’s amazing how far you will come with practice and just putting in the work.
Also, you don’t want to make your content “too good”. What I mean by this is that you don’t want to spend ridiculous amounts of time trying to make each post perfect. Put out good quality content without being too nitpicky.
And DEFINITELY DO NOT duplicate content or use content spinners. Sure, you can publish lots of content very quickly this way but you are just going to be hurting yourself. Google will punish you for the duplicate content and content that has been spun always has problems in one way or another.
4. Keywords Targeted – It’s all about keywords… well… as lot of it has to do with this anyhow. If you are targeting good keywords and putting out good content then you are doing things right, at least as far as the quality of your work goes.
Early on I highly recommend that you target what are called “long tail keywords”. These are keywords that are a bit more lengthy and usually consist of 4+ words.
… and so on.
These are much more targeted and because of this there is less competition among them.
Early on your site will be small and have little to no authority, so your best chances of success are by using keywords like this.
5. Competition in Your Chosen Niche – Competition from others websites also plays a big role. If you choose a niche that has little to no competition, then you are going to be able to really see your business grow relatively quickly without being beat down by larger authority sites.
But unfortunately you aren’t going to be able to find a niche with no competition. There is always competition… but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it.
There is a ton of opportunity out there… it’s just obviously the more desirable to go into a niche or micro-niche that doesn’t have insane amounts of competition.
6. Google Doesn’t Like New Sites – It’s true…. well… maybe not completely true, but for the most part it is.
Anyone that has created a website looking to rank on Google knows well that they don’t care for new sites. Or I guess it would be better stated that they don’t trust new sites, which is why they don’t get ranked well.
It really doesn’t matter how good of content you are putting out and how good your niche is… a new site is a new site, and Google won’t treat it very well.
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of people will tell you that it is around the 3-month mark when you can expect to start seeing some money come in. While there is no hard proof of this, it does seem to be true to some extent and Google plays a major part in it.
It just seems that around that time is when the trust factor starts to really develop with Google.
When it comes to making money online it is going to cost you either time or money…. and time is money.
It doesn’t really matter what path you take… you could get instant traffic to your site by running paid ads.. but then you are going to have to spend money upfront and it is a lot more risky. I’ve blown through tons of money running ads and know this for myself.
Or… you can choose the path that Wealthy Affiliate sets in place for you… in which you can get free traffic from Google and other search engines… it’s a lot less risky but of course it takes time.
Sadly, there is no set in stone answer that I can give for the time frame of making money with Wealthy Affiliate.
My best answer… if I had to give you numbers to go by… would be somewhere between 3-6 months I guess… but even that is just a very general statement that you have to take with a grain of salt.
It’s no secret that a lot of people fail with any sort of online business. But the reason for failure may not be what you expect… at least not for this business model.
There is no doubt that giving up too early is by far one of the biggest reasons for failure. It certainly is not the only reason but it is a big one.
And it makes perfect sense if you think about it.
Lots of people join with unrealistic expectations. They think making money online is some fairy-tale where you can “plug-in” and start raking in the dough. There are a lot of scams out there that suggest this type of thing is true… which is why many believe in it.
After working on things for a month or so with no money to show for it… they think it must be a scam or something and give up.
YOU CAN’T GIVE UP TOO EARLY… YOU JUST CAN’T!
What if you’re the person who makes it close but quits just before hitting the diamond mine?
If you aren’t already a member of Wealthy Affiliate and are looking to join, you can join through my link here and I’ll help you out along the way.
It’s a free mentor service if you want to think of it like that. It doesn’t cost you any extra… I’ll just answer questions, give you advice and my opinion of things, help you decide what direction to take your online business, etc.
It’s something I do for anyone who signs up through me as a way to help.
Leave any comments or questions below! I’ll get back to you soon 🙂
Thinking about joining Wealthy Affiliate? Or maybe you’ve already joined and are wondering in what ways you will be able to make money with it? Wondering is it even possible to make money?
Of course the purpose of becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate is to make money in the first place, so this is definitely something you should probably know early on or before hand.
I’ve been a member since late 2015 so I know my way around pretty well. In this post I’ll be going over 8 different ways to earn with Wealthy Affiliate. That’s right…8!
It’s pretty obvious that affiliate marketing is going to be one of them, after all, the name of this place is Wealthy “Affiliate”… However, there are a handful of other ways as well, some of which you are probably aware of but others you may not think of.
Earning Money from WA and from Outside Sources
It’s important to know that there are two main ways that you will be able to make money… Earning money from the WA platform itself and earning money from outside sources. What I mean here is that you will be able to actually get paid from WA, as in money deposited into your PayPal account, as well as being able to get paid from various other places in a variety of other ways.
Don’t worry you will understand what I mean in a second…
So first I will be going over the ways to earn “with” Wealthy Affiliate not “on” Wealthy Affiliate, meaning the different ways you will be able to earn money after going through the training and building your online business. Then after this I will discuss the different ways you can actually earn money “on” the platform itself.
All of the ways to earn in this section come from building an online business foundation, which is what you learn at WA. You first must have your website in place and you must be getting traffic in order to monetize it in any of these ways. This is what you are taught to do, mainly via SEO and keyword research. In the next section you will see that there is a way to actually start earning a little bit of money without this requirement of first having your online business in place (aka website).
But anyways… Let’s get to it…
First up is earning with affiliate marketing through affiliate programs. Affiliate programs are promotional programs set up by companies in which they pay people commissions to promote their products and help make sales. How it works is simple: you promote a product via affiliate links and you get paid a commission when you help make a sale.
Example: If you were to create a blog about dog training you could join the PetSmart affiliate program and promote a variety of different dog toys, treats, etc. Or of course you could always join the Amazon affiliate program and promote products in just about any niche imaginable.
There are lots of different affiliate programs out there, some very high-paying and some not so much. As a rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to diversify your earnings. Don’t just promote one single product from one single affiliate program. Promote various products from various affiliate programs so that your eggs are not all in one basket.
One you have traffic coming into your website another great opportunity to monetize it is with ads. Usually people start out with the popular Google AdSense, but there also better higher-paying options like Mediavine and Monumetric available once you have enough traffic. Google AdSense is the popular want to start out with because it is easy to get approved for. You don’t need much traffic.
With Adsense all you will have to do is insert a code into your site and the ads will be displayed automatically. Other ad services install the codes for you but it is easy to do yourself, so don’t worry.
People often think of ads as a distraction. Affiliate marketing is usually where the big money is made, so they don’t want to distract people from clicking on affiliate links with random ads being displayed. However, as long as your site isn’t overly saturated with ads I would say that it is definitely beneficial for making as much money as possible.
Ads are good..
The fact of the matter is that not everyone who comes to your website is going to click on affiliate links and purchase the product you’re promoting. Maybe they go read an article you wrote and the end up becoming disinterested or something (it happens). Ads are a great way to monetize these people because they present them with different things that are of interest.
If you are a good writer and good at incorporating relevant affiliate products into your blogs then I don’t think ads are really going to take away from that. They will simply allow you to earn money from the people who were not going to click on your affiliate links in the first place.
Then of course there are CPA offers, a.k.a. Cost Per Action offers. These little guys might not earn you the big bucks, but can still be very lucrative opportunities. Small money adds up and CPA offers definitely should not be overlooked.
CPA offers pay you when you get people to do things like..
…and more. They are often easier to monetize because a lot of them are free for people to do, but they don’t pay as much as affiliate marketing opportunities.
Once you have traffic coming from the site you created with Wealthy Affiliate you should consider CPA offers. Sometimes they convert better than regular old affiliate offers.
This is much less focused on at WA but you can still find training on it. So if you are looking to sell your own products or maybe do some dropshipping, this can be done.
The websites you create on the WA platform are run by WordPress so you would have to install a plugin like Woocommerce, which there are tutorials on. This will allow you to sell products directly, process payments, etc.
Most people who join WA probably have no products to sell and are more interested in affiliate marketing, but I do get quite a few questions from people asking if they can sell their own products, which of course the answer to is Yes.
You can definitely make good money via ecommerce but the downside to it, compared to affiliate marketing, is that it is more complicated. With ecommcerce you have to deal with customers, processing payments, etc.
WA also has an affiliate program that you can make money with if you are interested in promoting WA to other people. Some people join this program right from the start but I would suggest going this route after you have already promoted other things… the reason being because if you promote it from the start you really don’t know what you are promoting. You will be promoting a way to make good money online without any proof that it works.
But anyways… their affiliate program can be very lucrative so I can see why so many people are attracted to it. You can earn recurring commissions since members pay for their memberships on a monthly or yearly basis (if they upgrade to Premium of course).
This affiliate program isn’t the only one out there with recurring payments but it is a darn good one. You only usually find these sorts of recurring payments with subscription services.
Earning “Cash Credits” & “Affiliate Credits”
Inside the WA platform you can also earn what are called Cash and Affiliate Credits. These don’t come from people joining WA for the first time or anything like that. They come from actions that members take inside the platform once they are already members.
These credits can be redeemed for real cash deposited to PayPal or can be used to do other things on the platform, like to pay for comments, buy domains, get feedback on your site, etc.
Wealthy Affiliate is basically creating an entire little micro-economy around this credit system. They aren’t just some stupid point system for fun. They do make things a little more fun but they also have some real value to them, obviously because they can be cashed out for real cash. Each credit you earn is worth $0.50, so 2 credits = $1.
The different ways to earn cash credits include #6 and #7…
Member created training is a big deal at WA and makes up much of the training provided on the platform. They have the core training created by Kyle (the owner of WA) and Jay (does live video training sessions weekly), but members can also create their own training. This is a great thing because there are many members on WA that are experts in their own way and can provide detailed training on anything they want that has to do with online marketing type stuff… which could be about anything from Pinterest Marketing to effective ad placement and traffic generation techniques.
Of course WA recognizes how important the member-created training is and because of this they reward you with cash credits when you create training.
You will be able to add video tutorials, screenshots, different steps of the training on different pages, etc. There is a lot you can do to make a very thorough and well laid out tutorial or whatever type of training you are looking to create.
The amount of cash credits you will earn depends on the amount of visits, likes, and engagement that your training gets. This gives incentive to actually create good training.
WA is also a domain registrar, as is the popular site GoDaddy. What this means is that you can buy domains (websites) directly through WA. This is nice and lots of people do it because it just makes things easier.
The cash credits come in when other people that you have referred to WA purchase domains. When a referral of yours buys or renews a domain at WA you earn 2 cash credits, or $1.
There really isn’t much you can do here to actually try to earn money this way. You just need to refer members in and many of them will end up purchasing domains through the platform. So obviously the WA affiliate program and this way of earning go hand in hand.
This is another way that you can earn credits but you will have to participate in the WA affiliate program and refer in new members as well.
When you refer in members they will be prompted to set up their account by adding a profile image and writing a description. When they do this you will earn $1 in Affiliate Credits, which is also 2 credits. Not everyone you refer in is going to take action and do this but you can also message them inside the platform and give them a nudge.
Not only can you make money when referrals set up their accounts like this, but it also helps them out as well. When they set up their profile they are more likely to interact and have interactions with others, which adds to the experience and increases chances of success.
In the future there are likely going to be other ways to earn as well within the credit system.
I already went over this but I think it’s important to touch upon it again just so that you really know what’s going on here.
Here are the different ways you can earn money inside WA (where you actually get paid from WA)…
And here are the many other ways you can earn from what WA provides you with, which is training that helps you build a website so that you can make money by…
So you might be wondering… what is the best way to earn? There are all these different paths to take, but what should you be focusing on?
Well… I’ve been a member for over 3 years and I’ll give you some info on how I’m earning as well as advice to new members. And by the way, I make a living doing this stuff.
My suggestion to new members is to focus mainly on affiliate marketing and ads. The good thing about this is that these are both the main focuses at WA. Affiliate marketing is number 1 and ads are number 2. Not only are they good ways to earn but they are also probably the easiest for beginners to get started with.
#1 – Stick to the Training – Try not to get side tracked and waste time on small things like website design annoyances and such. You will learn a lot as you go and you don’t want to spend 10 hours on something that only will take you 2 minutes once you have experience.
#2 – Choose a Niche You Actually Like – Don’t focus entirely on the money. Choose a niche that you like when starting a website. If you don’t you will likely get burnt out and quite. I learned this myself… more than once!
#3 – Be Patient! – You have to be patient… that is for darn sure. The methods of making money online that WA teaches take a while to get going. That is just the way it is unfortunately… but it can be well worth it.
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So it’s the end of November and I’m guessing that you probably have been seeing the promotion everywhere. Maybe you’ve seen it advertised online, maybe you have been bombarded with emails about it… But what the heck is going on here. Is this some sort of Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday scam?
After all, while Black Friday is well known for its incredible deals it is also well known for incredible scams. Is this just another one of them?
In the short post I want to go over what exactly is going on with this Black Friday special that Wealthy Affiliate is having and why it is being promoted so heavily. I’ll let you know what the upsides and downsides to it are and hopefully paying a more clear picture for you.
But first, what is Wealthy Affiliate? You probably already know this, but in case there’s anyone reading this that doesn’t, here’s a short summary of what this place is…
In short, Wealthy Affiliate is an online business training platform that is mostly focused on affiliate marketing. The reason I call it a “platform” is because they are just your typical training program that provides the training and leaves you having to go out and buy the tools necessary. Wealthy Affiliate takes sort of a “holistic” approach and provides the tools needed to implement the training and be successful.
As a member you get access to the step-by-step tutorial training, tools like the website builder and more, technical support and access to the community where you can network with thousands of other like-minded individuals, some of which are veterans and have been making money doing this for years.
So you know what Wealthy Affiliate is, but what is the deal with this Black Friday sale? Why is it being promoted by everyone as the greatest thing ever?
The Black Friday sale that Wealthy Affiliate is having doesn’t give you anything extra.
There is nothing that you are getting with the Black Friday special that other premium members of WA are not already getting. The Black Friday sale is all about a discount on the membership price… It’s all about saving money
and giving you something for less than you would normally have to pay
So you probably know that there are two memberships available at Wealthy Affiliate… They have the free Starter Membership in the paid Premium Membership. The free membership is a great way to get started, but if you are serious about making money online then upgrading to premium is pretty much a necessity.
That said, the Premium Membership can cost you a pretty penny. The normal price for this membership is…
You can save a good bit of money if you pay on a yearly basis, but that is still $359 a year. HOWEVER, with the Black Friday sale you can save even more and become an all-inclusive Premium Member for $299. In one of the nice things is that when this time rolls around next year, you can pay the same $299 for the following year, and every year after that. You always get to pay that discounted price and the money you save can really add up.
Before I answered this question, let’s first take a look at the different type of people who may be interested in this Black Friday special offer. As far as I see there are two different types of people that can take advantage of this…
#1 – Complete Newbies Who Have Never Done This or Have Just Started
So maybe you or a complete newbie. Maybe you just joined Wealthy Affiliate and are still a free Starter Member or maybe you haven’t even joined yet and are just thinking about it.
If this is you then you can potentially save a lot of money right off the bat, because this opportunity only comes around once a year. HOWEVER, you also have to be careful. Since you are new to this you don’t really fully know what you are getting involved with and the last thing you want to do is spend $300 on something that you later find out isn’t a good fit for you.
So if you are a newbie looking at this offer… Be careful. If this is something you see yourself doing for a long time in the future, then go for it, but if not then it may be a better idea to just become or stay a free Starter Member and test out the waters more to get a better feel for the system.
#2 – Premium Members Looking to Save More Money
And then you have the people that are already paying Premium Members but are looking to save a little extra money. You would think this would be every Premium Member that exists, because he wouldn’t want to save some extra money, but I only recommending taking advantage of this Black Friday offer to certain premium members.
Similar to what I just said, I would only recommend taking up this offer if you are a Premium Member that can picture yourself doing this for a while in the future. If you’re still hesitant that you want to build an online business with Wealthy Affiliate long-term then it may be a smarter choice to just stay with the monthly payments so that you won’t lose as much money if you quit.
However, if you are someone that is serious about this and foresee yourself working from home in the future, then why not take advantage of the discount offer? Even if you are already a paying Premium Member you can still take advantage of this offer and in the future you will only have to pay the discounted $299 price every year.
If you follow the training, but in the work, and eventually go on to make good money with this, potentially even making a living out of it, then is it worth it? I bet you would say Heck Yeah… But if you start the training and slowly fade away, losing focus and eventually giving up, is it worth it?
The answer just depends on the results that follow, which of course you will not know before-hand. That said, the potential that it gives you to make money online can definitely be worth the leap of faith and the initial investment.
Now if you have never been to my blog before then you probably don’t know who I am or my story. And I guess I should’ve introduced myself earlier… My name is Kyle and I’ve been making money online since 2015.
To make an incredibly long story incredibly short, I started looking for ways to make money online back in 2015 and wasted a lot of time before coming across Wealthy Affiliate, which I decided to give a try because it seemed promising. And now I’m here making a living online, consistently over $6000 a month and often times much more than that which you can read more about here if interested.
So was it worth it? For me it was most definitely and I attribute much of my online success to having found this training program in the first place.
So obviously this isn’t a scam. It is just a nice discount on the normal Premium Membership that is offered. And as you can see Wealthy Affiliate can definitely be worth the investment. I am just one of the many people I know that have been successful with the program and have been able to turn their online business into a sustainable money maker. You can definitely make money with Wealthy Affiliate. However, there are a lot of variables at play and there are definitely a lot of people that fail.
What you need to know before hand is that this definitely takes a lot of hard work and if you are not motivated and really focused, if you only “kinda sorta” want to make this work, then there’s a good chance you could fail as well.
The time and work… There is no substitute. There is no middle ground. It takes both time and real work. While we all want some a shortcut “push-button” system, one of the realities I have come to learn over the years is that systems like this don’t exist… They are called scams
But anyways… I hope this short post help to put everything into perspective a little better for you so that you now know what exactly this Black Friday special is and whether or not it is something you should take advantage of.
The advantages of the Black Friday special include…
The discounted price is great and all, but the last thing I want to leave you with here today is that this is not something you have to jump into. Only buy into the offer if you are serious about this and foresee yourself doing this for an extended period of time in the future.
Comments or questions? Please leave them down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
What is the Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday special and is it really all that "special"?
Maybe you got an email about the Black Friday special that Wealthy Affiliate is having from me or somebody else, maybe you saw an ad for it, whatever the case… I'll tell you all you need to know about it.
Just like pretty much every other business out there, Wealthy Affiliate is offering a massive discount for the black Friday holiday, if you want to call it a holiday. This makes the offer all the more enticing and passing it up can be regrettable. But before I get into the cost and what all you get with this special discount, I first want to share with you my story with Wealthy Affiliate…
As you see from the title, I am now making over $6000 per month thanks to Wealthy Affiliate. This all comes from working online implementing what Wealthy Affiliate has taught me and using the tools this place has provided me with.
So if you are wondering if you can really make money with Wealthy Affiliate, the answer is YES.
I started out back in 2015 with absolutely no experience and no one to help me. After stumbling across Wealthy Affiliate, I soon realized it was a game-changer.
To make a very long story very short, it took me a while but I now make a living working online and I am very grateful for having come across Wealthy Affiliate in the first place and for not having given up early on.
And when I say I make "over $6k" per month I am actually speaking on the conservative side. You can see from the example below that I sometimes make well over $6000 in a given month, but I just say $6000 because I have been consistently making over this amount for a while now.
Below you can see some of the many screenshots of the money I make online, going into my PayPal and bank account.
Starting off, we have money coming in from Panthera Interactive (an affiliate network)...
*I'm not going to get into what these companies are and what types of products I'm promoting to make this money. Just know that this money is made via affiliate marketing, which is when you promote products online and earn commissions when you help make sales (which is what is taught at WA).
$759.20 from a single source! And guess what… I made even more the previous month… Making $926.40...
And we can't forget about Google AdSense. I don't make all that much from this advertising service, but an extra couple hundred dollars a month isn't too shabby…
These are just some of the many examples I can give you from my many online streams of income, not counting others like Amazon Associates for example. Waking up to emails like that pictured below happens on a regular basis… And it is all the result of hard work and the help from Wealthy Affiliate.
Is Wealthy Affiliate really free? I know people say it is, but is it really?
Well… As you can see from the title of this review, it isn't really… But it kinda is.
I know, I know… This doesn't make sense, but throughout the short post you will understand what I am saying. In a nutshell, what I mean by this is that Yes, there is the free Starter membership inside Wealthy Affiliate, but this isn't going to do you much good all on its own. While it is technically possible to make money with this, you more than likely won't.
But anyways, I will go into detail on all of this so that you have a better idea of what you're getting into. I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for several years now, so I know what I'm talking about when it comes to this and I'm not going to sugarcoat it.
The first order of business is to talk about what exactly Wealthy Affiliate is. You might already be well aware of this, but those who aren't here you go:
Wealthy Affiliate can best be summed up as an online affiliate marketing training platform. However, this is not your typical affiliate marketing training program. I call it a "platform" because there is more than just training, similar to Solo Build It. Wealthy Affiliate also provides the necessary tools to make money with affiliate marketing, such as free websites and hosting (these are actually free).
Basically, Wealthy Affiliate is like an "all-in-one" type of deal. While there are lots of other online marketing tools you can go out and buy separately, Wealthy Affiliate provides all the necessities.
There is a good research you hopped on Google, Yahoo, or Bing to do some research on this after coming across Wealthy Affiliate being promoted as "my free recommendation", "100% free training", "get started for free", and so on.
I'm even guilty of this. When I first started out promoting WA I definitely wasn't the most honest person online and was just looking to make some quick money. However… Things have changed over the years and a lot of what I see in online marketing is pretty disgusting.
There are a lot of people out there promoting Wealthy Affiliate and not all of them do so in a very honest way. While it is technically true that you can "get started for free", many of the people promoting Wealthy Affiliate leave out a lot of important details… Details that most people wish they knew beforehand… Details that I will be sharing with you here.
WA has to memberships, their free Starter Membership and the Premium Membership that you have to pay for.
Just about everyone starts out with the free Starter Membership because it provides the beginning of the training at WA. There isn't really any point in paying for the Premium Membership early on, because you are going to have to go through the beginning training regardless.
As a free Starter Member you get the following…
Sounds pretty good right? Yeah… That's because it is pretty good. With this membership get access to the first course of the Online Entrepreneur Certification as well as phase 1 of Affiliate Boot camp, you get to free websites and hosting, use of the website builder, and limited access to Jaaxy which is the keyword research tool.
However… Can you actually make money with all that you are provided in the free Starter Membership? This is the big question that needs to be answered.
If the answer is yes, then claims that Wealthy Affiliate is free would be the honest truth with nothing left out. However, if you can't make money with this free membership is then calling WA free is a bit misleading… Because only part of it is free and the part that is going to make you money you have to pay for.
So will you be able to make money with the free membership? Unfortunately based on what I have seen over the years and based on my own experience, it would be highly unlikely that you make any money while you are a free Starter Member. If you want to make money with affiliate marketing then it you more than likely are going to have to upgrade to the Premium Membership which will unlock a lot more training, support, and use of the tools.
Some of the more notable reasons why you will likely not make any money as a free member include the following…
*NOTE: As a free Starter Member you will get access to some Premium features for the first seven days. But after that your account will be downgraded so that you get the bare minimum.
One of the reasons you will likely not make any money as a free member is that, as a free member, you will only get access to .SiteRubix websites at WA. The two free websites that you get are these .SiteRubix sites. This is nice and all, because it allows you to get started for free without purchasing your own domain, but this will greatly hinder your ability to make money.
What are .SiteRubix websites exactly? They are what you call "subdomains". They are not independent personally and domains. They are basically domains that are part of a main domain. So .SiteRubix is the main domain, and your site would be the subdomain.
For example, your website would appear as yourwebsite.siterubix.com, with your domain in front of the main domain.
Why is this a problem besides looking weird? Well… There is talk in the online marketing world that subdomains do not rank as well as main domains, but I don't really know how true this is.
The main problem with subdomains is that you will not be able to get accepted to many different affiliate programs and you also might be able to make money with advertising services such as Google AdSense. The reason for this is that affiliate programs and Google AdSense will want you to have your own domain. When you have a subdomain you don't actually own it and you are not in full control of it. This is at least what I understand to be the reason for many places requiring urine domain.
Another major reason why you will likely not make any money with the free training is because the training is very limited. You will enjoy access to the entire level 1 of the training, which is awesome, but this will give you much more than a foundation.
The entire Online Entrepreneur Certification course is 5 levels, each consisting of 10 lessons. You get access to the first 10 lessons, but the other 40 lessons you do not. Only getting access to 1/5 of the training is obviously going to greatly hinder your chances of success.
And this is just with the core training… The Online Entrepreneur Certification training. You also will be limited on the Affiliate Bootcamp training and you will not get access to the weekly live training and more.
The training gives you all the basics, such as understanding the process of making money, choosing a niche, building your website, studying up that website creating some content, getting the menus set up, and basics of keyword research… But you don't learn how to best incorporate affiliate links, write effective content that converts, how to really connect with your audience, increasing conversions, and a lot of other intermediate and advanced stuff.
You just learned the basics.
Below you can see the 10 different lessons included in level 1 of the training…
If you are completely new to this and would go through the entire first level of the training and then decide that you can take it from there… And not upgrade… You will likely veer off the path and make a wrong turn at some point, which will just lead to a lot of wasted time.
This beginners training is great and all, but this isn't even close to all that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer. In fact, beginner stuff like this can pretty easily be found elsewhere online for free… Very easily actually.
As a free member you will also have limited use of the tools available at WA.
For example you will only be able to get to use the keyword research tool, Jaaxy, with limited access. You will only be able to perform 30 keyword searches with it which is a nice little trial, but doesn't provide you with much ability to really do research and find some good targeted keywords.
Now if you are completely new to this all then you may not know exactly what keyword research is, or how important it is, but you should know that it is extremely important. Keyword research is how you target specific keywords and rank high in the search engines. Without it will be spinning your wheels posting in the same place. You can write the best content in the world, but if you aren't targeting good keywords then it is probably going to better to have not written it at all.
So a good keyword research tool is absolutely necessary when it comes to this business model.. And 30 free searches just isn't going to be enough moving forward, although it does give you a good feel for things and a good start without any risk.
You will also not be able to purchase your own domain and host it there, which as I discussed above is pretty important.
Another limiting factor is how I see free member you will not be able to receive the abundance of community support that Premium Members have available to them.
Getting support from like-minded members that are going through the same thing you are going through, or have already been through what you are going through, is something that should not be overlooked. When I first got started I received a good deal of help from the community and I don't know if I would have made it without them.
As a free Starter Member you will not have the ability to send people private messages. This rate they are really cuts back on your chances of getting the support you need.
In addition to that, you only be able to get access to the beginner level of the training course and because of this you will only be able to participate in the discussions that follow those beginner lessons. At the end of each lesson there is a discussion area, or common area, in which people often ask questions and get help. Of course you will not be able to do this for any of the more advanced training because you do not have access to that.
*You will also not have the tech support that you will likely need somewhere down the road… When you encounter some technical problem with your website, which you are bound to sooner or later.
The best way to think of the free membership is as a test drive. While it is unlikely that anyone will make money as a free member, it is still better than nothing. Wealthy Affiliate is not obligated to give away a free membership.
This free membership allows you to test out the system risk-free. You have absolutely no money invested when you join and you can get through the beginning stages to see if it is something you think you would like and want to move forward with. If it just isn't for you, then no harm done… You can quit without having lost any money. And if it is something you want to continue with… Then you can become a Premium Member to move forward.
The only thing is going to cost you is time. Of course you have to sacrifice a little bit of time to test it out, and you could say that time is money, but at least it is free when it comes to money directly.
With the free membership you will be able to really get to know the process and how everything works. As I discussed above already, with the training that you are provided with you will be guided through the steps of choosing a niche, building a website, creating some first content, doing some keyword research and so on. Although this training is very basic and for beginners, you will at least learn the basics of things to get a good idea of this business and will thus have a better idea of whether or not this is something you want to continue with.
So now I want to talk about the "not free" part of it… The Premium Membership and what all you get with it. Becoming a Premium Member it definitely has its advantages. There isn't any guarantee that you will be successful and start making good money as an affiliate marketer after becoming a Premium Member, but it gives you such an advantage over the Starter Members that it isn't even close.
There are many benefits when you are premium. All of the problems with the Starter Membership I discussed above, that will greatly hinder your chances of making money, are no longer problems as a Premium Member. You will be able to use your own domain, you will get full access to all the training, you will have more tools at your disposal, and you will get all the support you need.
Obviously, you get access to all of the core training… All of the Online Entrepreneur Certification training. This includes the other 4 levels shown below…
In addition to that you also get access to the live weekly trend classes that go on every Friday. These are on various aspects of online marketing and you can always get some helpful tips. It is also nice they can ask questions in real time on these live webinars which can be a big help.
But it doesn't end there.
You will also get access to all 12 of the training classrooms that cover everything from website development & programming, to social engagement and marketing, to email marketing, video marketing, PPC and more. This classrooms are filled with training… Much of which has been created by members of the community, many of them which you could call "experts".
As a Premium Member you will get much more access to Jaaxy, the keyword research tool I talked about.
As you already know, this is incredibly important. If you do not have a keyword research told and you are trying to make money online as you are taught at Wealthy Affiliate, you simply will not succeed… There's no way around this. Keyword research tools allow you to analyze keywords and find ones that are good… So that you can rank high in the search engines and drive free traffic to your website… Which of course you will need to make money.
There is still the ability to upgrade to a higher membership inside Jaaxy, but this is not necessary. You absolutely have enough of what you need to make money with the access to get to Jaaxy as a Premium Member.
There are multiple ways that you will be able to receive support.
You will have 24/7 tech support at your side through what they call SiteSupport. I have used this support tens of times over the past years and have never had a problem. As I stated earlier… YOU WILL run into tech problems somewhere down the road and you will likely need tech support when these problems arrive.
You will also be able to send private messages to people directly, which is how I communicate with a lot of people at WA. And if there is a specific question you want to ask the community, and possibly get many answers, you can do that as well.
Something that I didn't mention earlier, which you don't get access to as a free member, is the live chat. This is something that can be incredibly helpful for beginners because you can hop on the chat and receive help within a matter of seconds. It doesn't really matter what time of the day you hop on there, the live chat is usually pretty lively and you can usually expect to get help very fast.
And of course since you have access to all the training, you will also be able to participate in the discussions below each training lesson.
So as you can see… Wealthy Affiliate is only partly free and the free part will likely not make you any money.
If I, with my years of experience in this business, decided to join again as a free Starter Member then I absolutely could make money with what is provided… The free .SiteRubix websites, limited use of the keyword research tool, and the limited training… But that is only because I already have a lot of experience under my belt. I am already part of affiliate programs so I would not have to apply to new ones and a personally owned domain would not be entirely necessary; although the keyword research tool would still be limited, I would already know what I am doing to make the most out of my 30 free searches; and of course I would already have a lot of experience in know a lot more having already went through training.
But if I could go back in time to when I just started, I can pretty much guarantee that I would never have been successful had I not upgraded to Premium. The free Starter Membership gives you a lot of great free stuff and allows you to test out the system, but it does not provide you with that extra push to keep you on track and hope you get to where you need to be.
So next time you see someone claiming that Wealthy Affiliate is "my 100% free training" or something along those lines, don't fall for that crap. These people are just trying to make money a little more easily and unfortunately in the world of online marketing somewhat deceptive tactics like this have become commonplace.
Anyways… I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it cleared the air on a few things, allowing you to walk away with a better understanding of what exactly you are getting as a free member and what you can expect. If you like that, share, if not you don't have to.
Also, leave any questions or comments down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Solo Build It (Solo Build It!) is said to be an "all-in-one" platform for building a profitable online business, but is this place really worth getting involved with? Can you really become a "solopreneur" by following the step-by-step training and simply doing as you are instructed?
What is Solo Build It exactly and is it a scam?
All these questions are important and should definitely be answered before getting involved in a training program like this, which could cost a fair amount money and take up a lot of your time. In this in-depth review I'll be providing you with all of the information you need to know, good and bad, so that you can make a more informed decision for yourself of whether or not this is right for you.
This review is in-depth and lengthy, so feel free to use the quick navigation menu below to jump around 🙂
Solo Build It, or SBI as I will be referring to it, used to go by the name Site Build It in was founded way back in 1997 by Ken Evoy. It wasn't until 2017 that the name changed to SBI.
SBI is an online marketing training platform that provides step-by-step training for teaching people how to build their own online business, and ultimately make money with it. In addition to the training it also provides the tools needed to make all of this happen.
Membership is available at a monthly or yearly price, being $29 per month or $299 per year, which may seem like a lot but really isn't considering what all you are provided with.
Overall I think that SBI is a good program, definitely not a scam, but there are other options out there as well as I will go over in this review.
As I said, SBI is in online marketing training platform that provides you with the training and tools for creating a profitable online business, which is why it is referred to as an "all-in-one" platform.
One point that they really try to make clear in promotional material is that SBI does not just teach you how to build a website, but rather build a business that you can monetize. This is likely the reason that SBI changed from "Site Build It" to "Solo Build It", or at least that is what many people think.
Building a website is a necessary part of the process, which you do learn, but is still just one part of the process, just one piece of the puzzle.
There are a lot of different approaches you can take to make money online when it comes to building out your own website… But what is the focus of SBI?
I'll go over this and a lot more detail below, but the focus is on building a website around quality content, with the hopes of ranking in search engines such as Google and Yahoo, thus attracting free traffic to your website which you will then be able to monetize by advertising, promoting products, etc.
The focus of the training is all around CTPM, which stands for content, traffic, presell, and monetize.
When you join SBI the first thing you will do is get started with the Action Guide, which is a 10 day course that takes you from nothing, to being able to make money with your website. However, don't think that you will actually be making money in 10 days… This can be extremely misleading and just because your website has the potential to make money does not mean it is actually going to be making money.
I'll get more into this in a bit, but anyways… Here is what you will be doing the first 10 days, which you can complete your own pace…
What you may not know is that I make a living doing what SBI is teaching people to do… Getting websites ranked in the search engines and monetizing them via different methods. After all, you did come across my website here after searching around the Internet (via Google, Yahoo, etc.) did you not?
So I can tell you with complete certainty that it would be incredibly unlikely, it very very very unlikely, that anyone is going to make any money in the first 10 days… And if they do it would be luck.
Lets talk about this "all-in-one" stuff for a bit. It seems like a lot of different programs out there claim to be "all-in-one" but then often leave you needing more… So that you have to go out and buy some other service here or some other product there to make things happen.
When it comes to SBI, they really are an all-in-one platform. I mean sure, there are always additional products/services that you can go out and purchase, but they provide you with everything that is necessary to building a business of this sort.
Of course the core of it all is the step-by-step training, which will take you through the whole process and show you exactly what to do and when to do it. Below I've broken down what you get into the four different focuses of this program, the CTPM...
So as you can see... this is "all-in-one". As I mentioned a little bit ago, I make a living doing this kind of stuff online, so I know what all you need to be successful with this type of business and this platform provides all of that.
You have the training which is going to guide you through the process, you have the tools to help you build out a website, you have the tools to be able to find keywords that you can target so that you can attract free traffic through the search engines, you have social media told along with an autoresponder, etc.
If anything, I would say that SBI actually provides more than is absolutely necessary.
I know this all can be confusing so I'll try to explain it as in-depth, yet as simply as possible what all is going on here:
What you will be taught to do at SBI is create a website that will get ranked in the search engines and receive free traffic (visitors) whom you will then be able to monetize by advertising, promoting products, etc.
You will be brainstorming and planning everything out before you really start to take action, but the main elements of this business model can be summed up in 4 steps...
Of course the goal with all of this is to create a profitable online business, but is this something that is realistically possible?
Well as you already should know, yes it is possible… Because this is how I make a living and I know many other people that do the same, not necessarily making a living but at least making some decent money with it.
So yes it is realistically possible, but failure is also realistically possible. There are many advantages to creating an online business rather than a traditional brick-and-mortar business, but failure rates are still pretty darn high and there is no doubt that a lot of people end up failing.
I'm throwing this info into this review because I think it is important that everyone knows they certainly aren't guaranteed success.
Almost forgot... I wanted to explain a bit more on why you will NOT be making money in 10 days, as the training might make you think.
The reason mostly comes down to this methods focus on ranking in the search engines. You need traffic in order to make money and the focus here is getting traffic from Google, Yahoo, etc. The problem is that none of the search engines rank new websites very well at all. So when you first start out the new website you can be doing everything right, but still not getting any traffic, or extremely little… This is just the way it is.
You have to gain the trust of the search engines before they will start raining you while in before you will start getting decent traffic. This can take months, and certainly CANNOT be done in 10 days.
When I first started looking for ways to make money online back in 2015 there's a good chance I was in a similar situation to what you are in now.
I know how important it can be to have good support. Maybe you don't know this, but if you don't you will become aware. Unless you are a genius, you will get stuck at some points in the training and probably have a few technical problems along the way. Support is a must in without any support there is no doubt the failure rates would be much higher.
Luckily, SBI does provide support. The 2 main ways you can get support are as follows:
1) First off, they have a 24/7 support team on standby. These people will be able to help you with most things, but it is important to know that this is not some team of "gurus".
2) There are also private forums in which you can use to communicate with other SBI members. This is something that really can come in handy because you can talk to others who are going through the same process as you, or maybe have already went through it and have been successful.
In addition to this, there is also the Private Tips & Techniques Headquarters section which includes updates on what is going on, new developments, deleted content, changes, etc. within the program.
For those of you who don't know, Wealthy Affiliate is another online business training platform that is very similar to SBI, and… I am very familiar with it because this is the program I used to get started you money online back in 2015.
Overall, both programs are good. They both provide the training and tools necessary when it comes to this sort of online business.
However, I would say that Wealthy Affiliate excels due to its much more lively/active community and it having more training overall.
The community aspect is a big deal. When you are able to communicate with other people who are doing what you are trying to do, you can learn a lot in this can really help increase your chances of success.
I also like at Wealthy Affiliate provides weekly live training webinars in addition step-by-step training that is already laid out for members.
That said, one of the upsides to SBI is that they provide more tools. For example, they provide an autoresponder tool so that you can send out automated emails to subscribers, whereas Wealthy Affiliate does not. I wanted both provide all the very essential tools that are absolutely necessary for this type of business.
I would recommend Wealthy Affiliate overall, mainly because this is the program I use to get started with the end is pretty much responsible for my success, but both are good.
You can read my full Wealthy Affiliate review here for more information.
I know a lot of people reading this are probably beginners looking to make their first penny online. But is this a smart path for beginners to take?
In my opinion is one of the best ways for beginners to get started in the world of online marketing. It provides a very affordable and a low risk way to legitimately make sustainable money online. Most of the focus is on free traffic, so you don't have to worry about advertising costs and all of that. With both programs discussed above it is an all-in-one type of deal.
Not only is this method affordable, but the focus also is mainly on promoting products and advertising as a way of monetizing your website, which means that you do not have to worry about creating a product, dealing with customers, etc.
Affiliate marketing, which is when you promote products and earn commissions when you help make sales, is probably the most popular way for people to first start making money online and for good reason... It is one of the easier ways to go about doing so.
Solo Build It is one of the few good online marketing training programs in a cyber world full of scams. The program is built around a legitimate improvement way to make money online, provides the training and tools necessary to be able to make money this way, and is affordable in price.
Overall SBI is definitely one of the better programs out there.
But should you join?
Because on the other hand we have Wealthy Affiliate which is another online marketing training program that teaches the same method the making money online. It is also affordable and provides all the training and tolls necessary.
Both programs are good, but my recommendation would have to be Wealthy Affiliate. This is what I know works from years of experience, being a member there since 2015 when it all that started.
Read my Wealthy Affiliate review for more info:
Please leave any comments or questions down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂 you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. If you are a member, or were a member of SBI, then I would appreciate your thoughts on it all as well. I'm sure they can benefit other readers of my blog here.