Affiliate marketing was just getting started in 1998, and in 2002 I built my first website and have never looked back. Early in my career, I found out that this business is like any other. It takes work and commitment to make it work, especially if the plan is to do it long term.
What bugs me still is that today, just like 18 years ago, there are those who would have you believe that this business is so simple that anyone can set up a website, list a product, and sit back and wait for the money to roll in. It’s irresponsible to instruct newcomers in this way.
Beware of this sales approach, because it is a scam and will have you wasting your time and money. Instead, use your common sense and realize that if it was that easy, everyone would do it and make millions.
Over the years, my approach to affiliate marketing developed into what it is today. I thought I could make one of those websites and sell a product or two and retire young. Talk about naïve. That was before I knew this business and I became blinded by the prospect of a “get-rich-quick” concept.
Don’t get fooled into thinking you can start this business and expect to succeed without taking the time to learn and understand accepted business practices and procedures. You’ll be making a colossal mistake and you’ll cheat yourself out of the success you’re after.
Kyle and Carson, the founders of Wealthy Affiliate University, know what they’re doing, and they’re genuine people just like you and me. I’ve never seen a sign of greediness or dishonesty from either of them. If I did, I wouldn’t be with them today as one of their affiliates. In fact, they devote most of their time to helping others within our vast community improve their respective businesses.
Training to Help You Succeed
Every person who joins as a starter member gets to see for themselves how the community and training work, and the number of people willing to help with any situation–all free.
For beginners, the community becomes an asset because any question or comment doesn’t go unanswered and the willingness of everyone involved to share their experience and knowledge is the cornerstone of Kyle and Carson’s success. It’s this kind of help that inspires members to commit to their businesses and to follow the proven path to success they provide to all. Trust me when I say that the culture of this affiliate marketing powerhouse is one of sharing, friendliness, and success.
Improve at Your Own Pace
In a typical learning environment, as many of us know, pressure is always on to complete lessons and to take tests in a high-pressure setting. The high-pressure comes from a curriculum suited for a few, but not all students. The result is that many students miss out on some valuable learning because of the fast-paced nature of some types of training. It’s unfair and a waste of time. Not so here…
The learning is always there for you whenever you’re ready for your next lesson. Speaking of instruction, you’ll find thousands of videos, text lessons, and live webinars on every topic within the affiliate marketing space and growing every day. Aside from the initial training, there’s also another direction to take.
The Affiliate Bootcamp is a top level intensive training program designed to help you master all the aspects of this business with emphasis on promoting WA and to give you the tools for your success.
I know that nothing is perfect and has room for improvement at any level. That said, I give the training a solid 4.8 out of 5.0. Based on what I’ve already learned and will continue to learn, a perfect 5.0 is NOT out of the question. Near the end of this post, you’ll find my complete breakdown of key areas I feel are important in building an affiliate marketing business.
Reaching Milestones – One Step at a Time
Affiliate marketing success is all about reaching milestones, one step at a time. Your first milestone is beginning, or starting, which is often the hardest part of any worthwhile venture. I think that once you start, there will be no stopping you because everything you need to succeed is right at your fingertips. It’s there for you if you want it.
Your next step is to educate yourself about choosing a niche or specialty on which your business will focus. Consider a niche as a small part of a massive industry. One that you can focus on and become an authority.
For example, industries such as health or insurance have many smaller specialty areas. In the health business, health food, then healthy recipes might be a niche. In the insurance business, smaller niches might include auto, life, home-owners, or renter’s insurance, to name a few.
I’ve pointed out only a few examples, but I think you get the idea. In each niche, smaller areas within always make for an excellent start. As you learn more and sharpen your skills, you’ll search for keywords that will help get your website content noticed and ranked in the search engines. However, remember that your content should always respect your reader’s interests first and the search engines second.
If you’re new to affiliate marketing, you’ve come to the right place, if you care to take a peek at what’s in store for you. If you want to skip the reading here and jump right in, click here. The rest of this post will explain more about what you can expect by becoming a Starter Member.
Your First Website
One of the most important milestones to reach during your training is building your first website. How exciting it is when your first website is live on the Internet! The training at WA focuses on your web presence and building your brand.
Your ability to have your site rank highly in the search engines is just one skill you’ll learn here at WA. No other training I know of teaches you how to go about this, step by step.
Just having a site live on the Internet is not all that’s required. It’s time to learn how to build out your site with great content created by you and based on your niche along with the correct use of keywords.
Specific rules exist in keyword research and content creation that become second nature to you as you progress through your training.
As you learn and grow your business, expand your horizons to increase your success. WA’s free hosting and email provides world-class hosting and email, together with SSL encryption included with every domain purchased through WA.
Your site and domain enjoy all the protection you would expect, and for recent Premium members, up to 10 hosted websites come as part of your membership among all the other features.
I’ve mentioned several of the features and training that you’ll receive as a member of WA. But, I haven’t yet talked about site support. Any time an issue arises that affects your site’s performance or security, all it takes is to submit a support ticket for near immediate response.
I’ve used them a few times and each time the response was quick and painless. Not only is support quick to get back to you, they understand the urgency involved and they have the knowledge and skill to handle any issue that comes their way.
My Wealthy Affiliate University Overview and Rankings
Name: Wealthy Affiliate University
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Website URL: www.wealthyaffiliate.com
Training: 4.8 out of 5.0 – Ongoing video, live webinars once a week, text, and community help 24/7/365. The learning never stops at WA. Need a refresher? There’s a video for everything related to a successful Affiliate Marketing business, and you can refer back to them any time.
Support: 5.0 out of 5.0 – Website, domain, and email support anytime you need it. The best part is, no more waiting for help when you need it most! Most questions answered within a few minutes by professional IT specialists with the knowledge and ability to solve your problem.
Website Builder: 4.9 out of 5.0 – Removed is the complexity of building a professional website using SiteRubix, only at WA. Creating your masterpiece is a cinch and WA shows you how to make a site that people love and Google, too!
WordPress Hosting: 4.8 out of 5.0 – Hosting is included in your Premium membership for 10 websites! Not just hosting a single, empty site. Thousands of themes and plugins available at your fingertips. Full website security, backups, and SSL all included at no additional charge in the Premium plan!
Research Tools: 4.6 out of 5.0 – With your research skills as an essential tool for success, WA leaves no stone unturned. You’re taught what the pros know, and as more techniques become available, your weekly webinars dive deep into each one so you have a full understanding of trends and existing techniques. It’s a win for everyone!
Success Stories: 4.6 out of 5.0 – Who doesn’t love to hear about a beginner making it big after following all the training at WA? I have to admit that it isn’t a walk in the park, but the effort is worth the time and commitment you put into your business. If you try, you will succeed!
Price: Starter Member (FREE), Premium Membership ($49.00/month or $495.00/year)
Special Bonus for Annual Membership
Discount: $93 off (basically a 2 month discount from monthly subscription)
Bonuses: Free .com Domain ($14 value), 100 Community Credits, Bonus Live Class (AMA With Kyle, Succeeding in 2020)
Affiliate Milestones Rating: 4.8 out of 5.0
I base my review on my personal experience of 2 years at first, then the past 3 years for 5 years and counting. I wouldn’t put these kinds of ratings out there unless I knew they were correct. Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketer’s dream site. I can’t think of anywhere else on the Internet that provides the information that all affiliate marketers need to begin or continue their journey to independence and the freedom of living their life on their terms!
Beginning is the Hardest Part
I won’t bore you by telling you what you might already know. But, it’s true, starting out in something new sometimes makes folks feel a little apprehensive. That’s OK. Just remember that if you don’t start, you will never get to enjoy the benefits of affiliate marketing, and there are many.
That said, if you have any desire at all to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate and what it offers you, creating a new account is free, and designed for those who would rather kick the tires for a bit before jumping in with both feet.
It doesn’t cost a penny to start, only your time (well spent time, I might add). As a Starter Member, we introduce you to WA and all its features, although as a free member, some features won’t be available until you become a Premium member. My feeling is that once you see what you can learn, Premium is the way to go!
Aim for and Reach Each Milestone
Within Wealthy Affiliate, during your initial training, there are several steps you’ll take on your way to achieving certain milestones. The first milestone is learning how to choose a niche that you’re passionate about. Think of a niche as a small, specialized area of particular interest.
Choosing a niche in a broad industry requires that you understand how to break the industry down into smaller and smaller areas that eventually become your niche. For example, if your passion is in the health industry, you already know that hundreds of specialized areas exist in this very broad niche.
Attempting to establish your brand and gain organic traffic (from the search engines) to your website might be a steep upward climb that could take years to overcome. Instead, WA trains you how to narrow down your niche into a high traffic sub-topic that holds a lot of promise for success.
The next significant milestone to achieve comes after you’ve digested all the information you’ve been studying. This milestone involves learning how to get traffic to your site. While several options exist to bring traffic your way, it’s now time to think to create organic traffic from the search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
As your site’s search engine traffic grows more every day, you’ll no doubt see your income increase. The traffic milestone requires that you create informative and engaging content for your site that makes your readers want more of what you’re offering them.
Content creation is and always will be the cornerstone of the success of your website and your business. Sure, you can have all kinds of other types of content, but it’s all about helping your readers solve a particular problem. Great content makes for a great website, and an impressive site means that organic traffic and conversions will come your way.
No training would ever be complete without learning how to use social media to increase exposure to your site and your brand. WA’s training includes current and trending social media techniques designed to maximize your efficiency using social media.
Watch for More Posts about Milestones
My review today isn’t complete, and as it continues to grow, keep a close eye on more of what Wealthy Affiliate offers newcomers. I can’t stress enough about starting out with a proven system that won’t steer you wrong. WA is a vast community of exceptional people always ready and willing to help you! Remember, you can start for free here.