Back in November 2016, I’d recently retired from my business in the transport industry, and was at a bit of a loose end. Not being the type of bloke to spend my days playing bowls or going fishing every day, (not that there’s anything wrong with that, if it’s what suits you) I decided to look into online marketing. I’ve been a writer of sorts for many years, although I’d never really taken it seriously. It was, along with music, my main creative outlet. Stories, articles, poems – I’ve been published once or twice, but never really set the world on fire. Let’s face it – I’m no Hemingway.
Anyway, I researched ways to make money online, signed up for a few schemes, and got ripped off more than once! It seemed that everywhere I looked, someone was trying to separate me from my hard-earned money. Mostly promising huge returns for little effort (but at a cost, of course) while delivering very little genuine advice or guidance.
Eventually, I decided to try Affiliate Marketing, also sometimes referred to as Blog Marketing.
So you’d like to become a Blogger, and you’re wondering …
How Can I Earn Money From My Blog?
Maybe you already have a blogging website, or perhaps you have, like I did not long ago, made the decision to investigate blogging as an alternative income stream.
Perhaps you’re just wondering if the Blogger’s Life is for you. Let’s face it, we all love to share our knowledge and experience with others. Why shouldn’t we jump at the chance to earn a little money from our life knowledge and interests? Or better still, turn our interests and/or hobbies into a thriving online business? Seem too good to be true?
Do You Want to Learn How to Make Honest Money Online?
This post was written in Dec 2016, and updated in 2017, and 2019.
Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created way back in 2005 to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers. In this Wealthy Affiliate Review, I’ll explain what WA is, how it works, and just …
Why Wealthy Affiliate might not be right for you.
Yes, you read that correctly. Affiliate marketing is not for everyone. (I’ll cover this further on, or you can jump straight to the relevant section by clicking here.) I’ll also explain just why WA is my choice of training and support platform for online business success. But first …
What is Affiliate Marketing?
For the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement.
The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read. When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”. Read more
Wondering Just What is Involved in Establishing a Business Online?
Making money online is much the same as making money anywhere. It matters little whether you have a dress shop in a mall, an online clothing store, or a fashion blog. You have to be prepared to put in the effort, and establish your business gradually.
If you open a coffee shop, for example, you’ll get some passing trade right away, and your business (assuming you’re doing things correctly) will grow over time.
The difference with internet marketing is that you’ll have ZERO passing trade to start with, and probably very little for quite a while. Not understanding this fact is one of the main reasons many internet-based businesses fail. Actually, fail is probably incorrect. The truth is, many people go into online trading with unrealistic expectations and simply give up when these expectations are not met. (Often, just as they were close to success)