Hi there, future online entrepreneur and welcome to my Website.
Are you looking for an honest way to make real money online? You have landed on the right page. I prepared this guide for YOU, to help you get started in the enormous and sometimes scary and intimidating online world.
My intention for this guide is that what I share here with you, will help you make a decision that will change your life forever.
Just read on and I will show you truthfully what you need to know to start your online business.
My name is Denis and my journey began back in 2010.
Back then, I was in the computer hardware repairs and virus removal business.
I had some local clientele and was doing some business part-time, but nothing to make a living from. That’s when I decided to advertise online with a website to try and get more business.
I struggled for a few years in the same business, hosting a “static webpage” on some hosting site paying way too much for what I was getting and finally realized that I was wasting my money on something that was not worth the money I was paying.
I started looking online for other ways to make money and got into some shabby deals which made me waste my time and money. I really wanted an honest way to make money online and one day in January 2016, while still searching for ways to make money online, I stumbled on affiliate marketing.
I didn’t know anything about affiliate marketing back then, but someone (I will talk about him later in this post) was very helpful and showed me the way to start something worthwhile online.
I had finally found my calling. I closed my hardware repair shop, ditched my web hosting company and never looked back.
Next, I will guide you through the steps to take to be your own boss and become an online affiliate marketer.
What is Affiliate Marketing
Here’s how it works:
The very basic of affiliate marketing is to promote other people’s product and get a commission from every sale you refer.
In other words, when you help someone or another company to make money, and you get a cut!
You DON’T have to sell anything if you don’t want to.
The easiest way to start with affiliate marketing is to recommend someone else’s product, send your target audience to the product with an affiliate link and everything after that is automated, and you get paid!
Wait! What? That’s it?
We use affiliate marketing throughout our daily lives without even realizing it.
When you do a search online for a product that you are looking for, the search engine (let’s say Google) will come back with a ton of results. The top results from your search have been analyzed by Google and they present you with the most useful results for your search.
So basically, the more helpful you are in your recommendation, the more people will see your website and of course you will make more sales.
But aren’t we are getting ahead of ourselves here?
If you are like me, you don’t like “the art of selling” and are not even good at it, well this business model will put you at ease, because your main goal here will be to help others, and while helping others you will be helping yourself.
The sale (or the affiliate sale) is just a by-product of you helping someone (your target audience) solve one of their problems or recommending some product that you have reviewed and placed on your website.
Let’s see how we can make this work.
OK, this all looks good but HOW do I do this?
There are many many ways to make money online. When first starting, people tend to catch the “shiny object syndrome”. That is when you jump from one marketing idea to the next because of how attractive it looks. Then they end up never be able to build a successful business.
I was a victim of this syndrome myself for the longest time, and I almost gave up. I am grateful today that I was persistent and continued my journey in affiliate marketing.
I want to make one thing clear right now: This is NOT a “get rich quick” thing. I am not promising you that you will make money within a certain amount of time.
However, the internet has an estimated 3.75 billion users as of January 2018, so “the market” is phenomenal!
You just need to tap into a very small percentage of this market to get your share. But you need to stick to it, especially when you start.
An online business takes time to build and you must put in the effort and persistence for it to be lucrative.
Forget about all the obscure products out there that promise you riches by doing little or no work. All they want is your credit card number so that they can scam you out of your hard-earned money.
Choose your interest (Your Niche)
The first thing we must establish is that you have to know WHAT you are going to sell or promote. This is called a Niche. In marketing terms, it’s “a distinct segment of a market”. Don’t get scared by the marketing jargon here. Your Niche should not scare you it should bring you excitement.
This Niche can be something that you are passionate about, something that you know the ins and outs. It can be almost anything you can think of, but don’t base your choice on earning potential only, think of how you could help people in that market.
You want a subject that you will be motivated to talk about and you should have a good knowledge of, or at least that you can easily research and learn about it.
Most people fail in general because they fail to have a proper plan. A solid “evergreen” plan will keep you going for months and months ahead. By evergreen I mean constantly being revised and evolving as you go ahead in your business.
You should really sit down and think about how you are going to help your target audience. They are your bread and butter. They will make you or break you, so you must treat them well.
Helping them in any way you can, will make you an “authority” in your Niche, and that is exactly where you want to be. You must think like them, be in their shoes. Really, it’s just like being two steps ahead of them and knowing what they are looking for before they do so that when they are looking for something, you have the answer.
This is also where you are going to decide your “brand”. The name of your website that will become the authority you want it to be!
Once you have chosen your niche, made yourself a solid plan and chosen your name, its time to get yourself out there. Your website is the foundation of your business. It’s where everything comes together, and where you ultimately attract your customers and make money.
I know that you are now thinking: “But I have no clue how to build a website, and I don’t know computer programming and coding”
Building a website nowadays is not what it used to. At the end of this post, I will show you a real, easy way to build a website in merely minutes. No technical knowledge required, and your website will be running in minutes. All of this even for FREE.
The research and creation of quality content
Research your niche and make yourself a detailed list of potential articles that you are going to talk about on your website. Go back to your plan and figure out exactly what you are going to write about and start writing.
There is a saying in affiliate marketing that goes like this: “Content is KING”. And this is very true. But not just any content. You need to post quality content on your website. Good quality content is what will help you in the next step of your online business journey.
Get traffic (customers) to your website
This is a crucial and VERY IMPORTANT part of the whole process. Without traffic, you can have the fanciest, prettiest website on the planet, if you don’t have traffic, you don’t have an online business.
Once you have built your website for a while and created quality content, you need to get people to come and see it and ultimately click on one of your affiliate links and buy the product that you are recommending.
This will only happen when your website starts to appear on the first pages of the search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. It’s what we call in affiliate marketing jargon “ranking”.
To get your website to “rank” on the first page of the search engines, you will need some guidance at first. Affiliate marketers all do something called SEO – which is an acronym for “Search Engine Optimization”. With SEO you should be able to rank well on search engines and create traffic to your website. But SEO is a whole topic by itself and we will not get into those details for now.
I will, however, show you how you can get this kind of help later in this post.
Sell your product and make money
Once your website starts to get traffic, and you become an authority within your niche, people will want your opinion and eventually will trust you and will not hesitate to buy the products or services you recommend. This is where you start making real honest money.
You know what is the greatest thing about this method? Once you have created your content and the traffic is flowing to your website, it will be working for your 24/7, and people will be visiting and purchasing from it at any time and from anywhere on the planet. No brick and mortar business can do that.
Briefly, these pictures tell the whole story:
If you are still reading, by now you must be saying:
“OK, but how am I going to do all of this??? I am not a writer or a computer programmer”
Back in January of 2016, I was asking myself the same question.
If you understood the basics of what I showed you so far, you too CAN learn to do this. It’s a lot easier than you would think.
You will need training of course, but once you have gone through the whole process that I gave you a summary of in details, you will also become an expert in your niche.
The method I used back in 2016, and still use today, and the one I personally recommend is
This is the best and most advanced training platform on the Internet to learn how to make money online using affiliate marketing.
First and foremost, you can become a member right now for FREE – No Credit cards required at signup. No obligation. No risk involved.
Wealthy Affiliate specializes in training people on how to build an online business using affiliate marketing.
When you become a member, you have access right away after signing up for the first part of a step-by-step 5 modules Online entrepreneur certification course.
When I found out about Wealthy Affiliate through another member, he was very helpful and guided me every step of the way and I started with the free membership that same day. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had finally found my online business home. I quickly created my profile and jumped right in heads first. I’m still amazed today of all of the different aspects that are available
The first 10 lessons which are part of the Online Entrepreneur Certification, that you will get for free as a starter member, will get you to choose your niche, build your website and creating quality content. This is done with a checklist of things to do and videos to help your learning. Here is an overview of the free courses:
If you are not decided on a Niche yet, you also have access to the first 10 lessons of Bootcamp, which is “make money online” Niche, which guides you through all of the steps into building a website promoting Wealthy Affiliate. Here is an overview of the free courses:
Web hosting (premium membership) at a very affordable price (less than $15 /year) for a .com/ .net/ .org etc.
But they will also give you, for FREE, 2 websites, that are yours to keep as long as you want.
These are NOT free trials. They are actually working websites, hosted on SiteRubix at Wealthy Affiliate and its all part of the FREE Starter membership.
Even if you don’t join the premium membership and continue as a free member (You can stay a free member for as long as you want), you can earn affiliate earnings while promoting Wealthy affiliate on your free website with your free membership.
Your first 7 days as a free member will get you full access to all of the “Premium members” features.
Here is a breakdown of the differences between a starter membership and a premium membership.
Wealthy Affiliate is an unsurpassed support community
There are over 100,000 active members here and the community aspect of Wealthy Affiliate is unlike no other place on the web.
Members here are very friendly and very helpful. You ask a question and get an answer within minutes by any member of the community that has the answer.
People are always willing to help out and discuss the many facets of affiliate marketing with each other and the communication tools are always busy with thousands of different threads of multiple subjects.
Premium membership is optional but provides access to everything WA has to offer.
Live Chat (There are always members “live” and ready to answer your question right away or within a few seconds)
You can send a blog post or ask a question within your own profile that is sent to your followers for them to respond usually within minutes.
Private messaging to any member or directly to the actual owners of Wealthy Affiliate.
Site support for technical issues is available 24/7
Weekly live training, which is available for replay later.
Entirely beginner friendly.
They take you step by step and help you build your website from the ground up, making sure you have a solid base to start with.
Why do I recommend Wealthy Affiliate?
The owners, Kyle and Carson have created Wealthy Affiliate back in 2005 and have been doing it since then. They are honest, caring, and are very active within the community helping and guiding members as often as it’s humanly possible. They are in for the long run and they stand out from the rest when it comes to training platform.
The training and the community are unsurpassed anywhere else on the internet. They are continually improving every aspect, and there is always an update every so often that improves the quality of member’s experience.
Here’s an active and very successful member’s review and detailed explanation from 2015. It’s still very much accurate for 2018 except the fact that there are constantly some awesome improvements to the platform.
There are thousands of members that have been making very well for themselves since joining
I know by now you must have another thousand questions.
Please feel free to ask any questions you have in the comment section below or join me on Wealthy Affiliate, look me up and send me a private message
My member name is DBlanchard.
See you inside.