Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying this holiday season with fun, family and friends.
NOT A SCAM!
I wanted to create this post for a couple of reasons. First, I created this site to spread the word on all the chemicals in the foods we eat, on the diapers our babies wear and the cleaners we use in our homes. I’m a bit passionate about this for personal health reasons for myself and children/grandchildren. I’m also currently unemployed due to a large company buyout, so while I’m trying to find another job (which isn’t easy being a senior citizen) I thought I’d delve into the world of blogging.
I’ve come across A LOT of blogs online and wondered if you could actually get paid to write about something that inspires you, motivates you, challenges you or just plain irritates you (like chemicals in our food) and you want to share that with the World Wide Web community.
I did a lot of research on how to make money online like best jobs retired people and online jobs senior citizens, even online jobs for old people. My searches returned thousands of websites and articles with various ideas like telemarketing, virtual assistant, virtual travel agent, graphic designer, etc. I actually nearly got sucked into one for a virtual office manager from a large company headquartered in India where they were going to hire me immediately and send me a check to cover the cost of computer equipment and I just needed to deposit that check when it got to me and “promise” that I would buy the computer and software they asked me to buy. They even sent me an official looking employment offer letter signed by their HR Director, but when I did the research to verify the name she did indeed exist and was a real person and an HR Director (on LinkedIn), but for a completely different company in a different country. I replied back questioning them and they have yet to ever respond.
SCAMS are real and sometimes those scams come in pretty looking packages that make you believe they are real, up front and honest when in fact they are just out to take your money or involve you in something illegal and unfortunately I believe they target the young adults and senior citizens. Shame on them and if Karma is real then she needs to dish out some serious payback!
On to my new venture of Affiliate Marketing and again there are tons of YouTube videos and websites trying to lure you in with guarantees of fast money with no experience and if you pay them up front then they will teach you. That old saying kept popping into my brain “If it sounds to good to be true……..”, I passed those up, kept searching and found an online survey site that pays you to take surveys. Ok, I can do that and I signed up……..big let down. Surveys when they came in would take anywhere from 5-15 minutes and I would get a whopping $0.50 for my time in my survey “bank”. Can’t make a living on that one, but while I was on that site an ad came up for Affiliate Marketing with Wealthy Affiliates which I had never heard of before so I clicked on the link and started to read.
Wealthy Affiliates is a platform that is designed for affiliate marketers of all levels including the novice (that’s me). I can tell you the first and most important thing to me was that they offer a free starter account so you can basically test it out, create up to 2 free websites, go through the training materials and videos, talk to the online community via a discussion board or “live” chat. You get to do all of this for FREE and if you like it and think it’s the right path/direction for you then consider going premium which gets you a whole lot more. See the screen shot below for what you get with the starter and premium membership. I went with their premium membership after a week and I do not regret it one bit. I’m putting a lot of time and energy into my website/blog and I’m working toward my financial independence goals one day at a time. I know it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if I keep moving forward (I think that’s a Walt Disney quote) and stay focused on my future.
There are 4 main steps within Wealthy Affiliates to be successful.
Did I mention you can get started for FREE!
How long is the FREE Trial (starter)
The 7 day free trial period is designed to give you hands on within the Wealthy Affiliate community and all that it offers. This gives you a chance to get familiar with the WA platform and ask questions within the community. After this 7 day period you will still have access to the Wealthy Affiliate platform to build your online business for free. You will lose the direct access to community members to ask for help to questions.
Can I become a Premium Member After 7 Days?
A Special price of $19 has been set up for new referrals to give you full access for an extended month. This will give you more time to see the huge potential you have to earn a living online at Wealthy Affiliate.
Want “success” stories? Enter “success stories” in the search bar within Wealthy Affiliates to read “real” success stories
below are a few excerpts
“Eight years ago I joined Wealthy Affiliate. I joined out of desperation. I spend a lot of money on “scams” and when I came across WA I promised myself that would be the last “make money” training I’d ever join… and I am still here. Over the years I have learned a ton on WA. I keep learning new things every time I log in. I’ve also visited over 20 countries, thanks to “online income” that I initially learned right here, at Wealthy Affiliate. As surprising as it may seem, success only requires 2 major parts: consistency and hard work”.
“$3000 Dollar Sale”
“First $1000 Month In Affiliate Marketing”
“Joined the 10K Per Month Club. January Earnings $13,481.39″
“It’s Been 2 Years & 2 Months In WA. Finally Quit My Job”
“How I Earned $9465.05 Thanks To WA Members”
Do you know of a company where you can send a question to the owners and they actually respond? Kyle and Carson do!!
SAY “YES” TO YOUR FUTURE NOW!
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I signed up for the free account and started the training course which goes literally step by step. I personally needed this because I was completely clueless on how to start and I never have to worry about getting help, because there are members online 24-7 that make themselves available to help and to answer questions. The co-founder Kyle does these training videos and I have found them measurably useful. He thoroughly explains affiliate marketing which by definition means “A marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals“. He walks you through creating your first website which is super easy to create, but it does take time to customize it to your personal wants, needs and style. He introduces you to Jaaxy which is a keyword research tool (I put a link below if you want to check it out). Again, being a novice when I joined I didn’t know there was such a tool out there, but I can tell you that it is a great tool to see what keywords/phrases people are searching for and gives you the number of times that keyword or phrase is queried each month, what the traffic is and what the competition is. This is an awesome tool that I use several times per day!
If you are looking for a get rich quick venture, then this program is not for you. You will get what you put into it, plain and simple. In between job searches I could just be sitting on the couch surfing television channels or watching videos and basically wasting my time. You could still sit on your comfy sofa, but why not build yourself an online presence in a niche that you are passionate about and learn how to make money in the process.
I’ve only been with Wealthy Affiliates for less than a month, but I’m having a great time writing and sharing information that I think is important and partnering with company’s like Amazon as an affiliate by placing ads on my pages and posts. By using the Jaaxy tool I started out with a big fat ZERO in traffic to about 400 and through affiliate links have made roughly $25 in commissions. That’s paying for 1/2 of my membership fee! I get that to some that’s not good at all, but remember I’ve only been doing this for less than a month and if I continue using the knowledge, training and community within Wealthy Affiliates I’ll do better and better, because I’m not doing this alone. Every single person I’ve reached out to including Kyle with questions, comments or struggles I’ve experienced and even doubts were there for me to help, coach and direct me to related training videos.
I will be updating this post as my progress continues, so please subscribe so you can get my updates and follow along with me. In the meantime, assess what you want in life and if it’s working for someone else then so be it, but if you want to be your own boss and work towards financial independence then I really encourage you to take that first step by signing up for the Wealthy Affiliates free account. I will personally be there for any help you need to get started and if I don’t have the answer to your question, then I’ll find it for you.
Update: 11/26/18 – I made my first “real” sale! I made $38 in commissions. To me this is a “win win” because in 1 month I have now made roughly $63. I could have been sitting on my couch with my remote control making nothing……just say’n.
BECOME A PART OF THE WEALTHY AFFILIATE COMMUNITY TODAY FOR FREE!!!!
If you do nothing to change your life today, you will look back a year or more from now and regret it. I kick myself everyday on where I could have been today, but I was a procrastinator and figured I’d get to doing what I want some day and now I’m nearing 60 and have wasted so much time, time that could have been spent with my family and children. I can never get that time back!
Take your hobby or passion and learn how to make money doing it. This program has the step by step videos, 24/7 community and technical support…….we all help each other! Learn how to create a website, how to optimize for SEO rankings, learn how to target keywords to generate traffic. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE – TRY IT FOR FREE!
Don’t be like me and have regrets, just do it and I’ll be on the other side to personally help you in any way I can!
Start your future of 9 – 5 independence now!
Stay safe this holiday season and I welcome any and all questions, comments and suggestions.