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The Wealthy Affiliate Scam

Introduction:

John T. Jones, Ph.D. My Over Nine Years at WA.

John T. Jones, Ph.D. My Over Nine Years at WA.

I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate University for over eight (8) years. The Wealthy Affiliate scam does not exist.

How Much Money Can I Make by Affiliate Marketing?

Members of Wealthy Affiliate are asked often if they are making any money, and if so, how much. Members seldom answer this question. The reason is that our personal finances are nobody’s business but our own. The question is rude.

Having said that, a premium membership in Wealthy Affiliate cost $47 a month. That is one heck of a lot of money if there’s not going to be in a return on investment. You can reduce this cost by paying annually to about half, but that’s still is about $300 a year.

There is also the possibility, if you use the Wealthy Affiliate affiliate program, that you will earn enough to pay for your annual tuition. That is how I have been paying for my tuition for the last nine (9) years. If you join the Wealthy Affiliate keyword software program, JAAXY, you can also earn money there as an affiliate. This program can also pay your tuition.

How Much Money Do I Make Every Month As an Affiliate Marketer?

With the exception of the two programs mentioned above, very little. My family has always preferred to market products rather than sponsor affiliate products. We make significant income by doing that.

I am not selling product now. I sold books and flagpoles for many years but in my old age, I don’t do much of that, just a little on Etsy to unload things that are cluttering up the house. I’m too old for the work of shipping products all over the place.

Because of my training at Wealthy Affiliate, I have been more efficient in starting my son and my granddaughters into very strong Internet businesses. That process continues as more of my 34 living grandchildren enter into business.

Is Affiliate Marketing Worth Learning?

It has certainly helped me in product marketing. In affiliate marketing you never have to mess with the product you just have to introduce it. You don’t have to do any kind of customer service or shipping or handling customer returns and such, all of which you must do in product marketing. Often the commissions are lower in affiliate marketing than in product marketing.

Most affiliate marketers are not successful.

That is a simple truth of the matter. But those who are properly trained, such as those members of Wealthy Affiliate, have a much better chance of earning money then those who do not have proper training.

Many of my friends at Wealthy Affiliate have been able to quit their day jobs and to earn very good living through affiliate marketing. My dear friend from Sweden, Veronica, has two small children that she likes to take to Sweden to see their grandparents and cousins. Her commissions from affiliate marketing allow her to do this and she does not have to leave the home to earn her daily bread.

Kyle and Carson, the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, work their way through college by affiliate marketing. So did my friend Ryan who earned over $500,000 while in college and has decided to stay in affiliate marketing, where with other Internet enterprises, he makes a very high income.

I could name more high income earners but that would be of no advantage to you.

If you are going to go into affiliate marketing, here are some suggestions:

1. Learn the ropes! Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to do just that because it is late premier training site for affiliate marketers on the Internet.

2. From the very start, establish a mailing list of followers. It is absolutely essential that you do this. It is hard to say anyone anything through one visit to your website. But if you can get their name on your mailing list, you can continue to contact them and make suggestions and give them help.

3. Your purpose is not to sell products. Your purpose is to help people solve their problems. To do this, you must have a very informative website which focuses on a market called a niche market, a small market of buyers in a larger market. Such a market might be toys for dogs or clubs for left-handed lady golfers.

Here are some things to think about as you go through the steps of becoming an affiliate marketer:

1. Finding a Niche Market

The main markets for a new niche marketer are:

A. Relationships such as finding a mate, resolving a divorce problem and dating.

B. Making Money which is a very competitive market and not the best for beginners.

C. Expensive Hobbies has many niche markets that can be profitable and this market must not be forgotten.

D. Health and Beauty

Note that these markets are very competitive. A market that is not competitive is usually not worth working. You will be in business and you will have to compete with other businesses.

Some Mistakes Made by New Affiliate Marketers

Here are some things that can stop you from succeeding as an affiliate marketer:

1. Not being business minded, not even realizing that you are in business, not having a business plan and not becoming a part of the business community. Go to SBA.gov for free business training and to set up your business plan.

2. Not gaining the education that you need to be an affiliate marketer, Universities cannot teach you affiliate marketing, they have all failed at this. You need to be taught by folks who are actually affiliate marketers. The field is full of scam artist called gurus. You must stay away from the gurus who promised you overnight profits if you will just join their program, a funnel they draw you into by offering you a free product, then a product the cost $67, then a product that cost you $269 and finally tutoring that can cost you thousands of dollars. Don’t let the gurus empty your pockets before you can even get started. What they sell is free on the Internet.

3. Not carefully choosing a niche market through thorough keyword research. Remember that you will be seeking visitors to your website who are using a web browser to find an answer to a particular question. Your website must answer that question in a professional way and suggest possible solutions to the problem.

4. Not having enough patients to get into business. Any new business takes time to start up. Affiliate marketing is no different. It usually takes from six months to a year to start making a profit. The reason is that you must build up an audience that likes what you are saying on your website and wants to learn more. As I mentioned earlier, you need a mailing list. Because the cost of a mailing list manager is high, too many ignore this step. If you build a good list, the cost of maintaining that list will be small.

5. Not being able to compete. You need to keep up to date and to stay ahead of your competitors. You need a competitive edge which you must maintain.

6. Having a supplier dropping an affiliate program. Supplier may decide that there are less costly methods of marketing then having a group of affiliate marketers and may abandon its affiliates. To prevent this, you need to join a number of affiliate programs so that if one fails to fulfill your needs, you can fall back on another program.

7. A change in protocols by by a search engine such as Google, can put you out of business. Google never has liked affiliate marketers. For one reason is that Google is in competition with affiliate marketers. But that is not the main reason which is that affiliate marketers tend to have websites that are not relevant to what the searchers are looking for. The content is too often trivial and worthless. The job of a search engine is to guide a person looking for a solution to a problem on the Internet, to get an answer to that problem. Don’t blame Google if you get bounced. Grab yourself by the boot laces and pull yourself back up, providing good content.

8. Having a website that is not easy to navigate, that loads too slowly, that is too klutzy, does not use video or images.

Sources To Get You Going in Affiliate Marketing

Wealthy Affiliate

I said that I have been a Wealthy Affiliate for over eight years. I stay there because I like the community and I like to contribute to it. I also like to stay up to date in the business. If I have a question, I want to be able to get an answer in a short time, usually from another member on their chat function. But I can place a question in a box at the top of the site at any time and get a number of good answers.

Like the university, Wealthy Affiliate has formal courses in marketing on the Internet. Some of these courses are geared to absolutely knew affiliate marketers and they are free. Nothing is cheaper than free.

For more extensive training and interaction with the community, you must become a premium member. The differences in the two membership levels are shown below:

JAAXY

There is a free keyword tool on the Wealthy Affiliate site. JAAXY is a special tool designed for Internet marketers. There is a monthly fee that I always make more than that fee through their affiliate program.


GetResponse

Discuss the importance of having a mailing list, that if you don’t have a mailing list, you’re not really in business. Get response is a very reliable mailing list manager and you will be able to publish mailings and your newsletter according to your desires.

AWeber

Another efficient and desirable mailing list manager. There are free mailing list managers listed on the Internet. Just make sure you know what you are getting. To start you can use your email provider to group email addresses under a particular category and you can send out the emails from your own server as long as you don’t overdo it. You can always transfer your list later. You can also purchase software that will handle your email directly from your computer. I’ve tried that some success but that was a long time ago.

Conclusion:

Internet marketing is a business function and affiliate marketing is a business unto itself. It is not an easy road to profitability, certainly not a gift-rich-quick scheme, but it can provide a part-time income from home, or from wherever you are with your laptop, or a full-time income.

Wealthy Affiliate is a training center, not the Wealthy Affiliate scam. Some who take advantage of the training by performing the task as directed, will gain significant income. We all have different talents and abilities so some will be more successful than others. But you don’t have to be a genius to find a niche market, to choose a domain name, to build a website and to provide relevant significant useful information to that site.

Some folks go to Wealthy Affiliate for about 5 to 6 months. That is all it is necessary to gain the training. That is much cheaper than a college course that will not give you the training that you need. I suggest you join for a year to enjoy the lower costs had to make a full commitment to learning the business. After that, you can decide if you want to be like this old man who can’t seem to leave Wealthy Affiliate.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

Old Man In Idaho

(Note: The FTC requires me to tell you that some links in this site may result in me receiving a commission from a vendor. That hardly ever happens but I am grateful for any commissions that I may receive. John)

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Work from Home Jobs for the Disabled

One advantages of marketing on the Internet is that you can work at home in your underware.

One advantages of marketing on the Internet is that you can work at home in your underwear.

Work from Home Jobs for the Disabled

Disabled folks not only have to deal with their ailments, they also have to deal with financial problems. For the disabled person by himself or herself, the problems are multiplied. I have a number of friends who are in this exact situation.

A friend of mine, a horse trainer, was thrown from a horse which injured her spinal column. She lives by herself with her dog. Times are tough for her, but she still is trying to earn a living using her computer.

Another friend was a professional musician. He no longer can work a regular job. He still has to support his family. He does it using his computer.

It sad that too many disabled people do not receive the help they need from family, friends or from the church they belong to.

Actually, it is pathetic.

Many handicap people, some under very difficult conditions, go to work every day outside the home. Some have specially equipped vans for a wheelchair or specially equipped cars so they can drive, some even have a service dog to help them. So they have to get up in the morning, get dressed, find something to eat, and then travel to work. I’m sure that many are exhausted by the time they get to the workplace.

Some handicapped people must stay at home confined to bed or a wheelchair. Some have the use of their hands, but some do not. Not having the use of your hands is a severe complication. However, at this minute, I am dictating into my computer. The main reason that I dictate is because I have carpal tunnel. But others cannot manipulate a keyboard and they must give their computer voice commands to accomplish what they want to accomplish.

Work at home jobs using a computer can be a very good alternative for a handicapped person. Still, he or she needs the ability to write.

Writers can always be hired, but that is an added expense.

If an individual has the use of his or her hands, she can create products. My granddaughters have a business which hires a dozen or so people. But their employees must have the use of both hands.

However, a person with the use of only one hand who has artistic capability, can produce artwork which can be sold on the Internet or in local shops. Even some souls without hands sometimes do this.

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Even I have an ETSY Store

You can market your own products on the Internet in a free store such as Etsy.

Affiliate Marketing

You can also market other peoples products which you never have to handle. You simply promote products on your website and direct folks to click on a link that goes to the vendor’s site. The vendors ships the product and pays you a sales commission. That is called affiliate marketing.

I suggest two places to go for training in affiliate marketing, not ignoring the fact that you must have a computer to do this. One is Affilorama. They have a number of tutorials there to help you get going.

Another place that is free is ClickBank where they have excellent training for affiliate marketing. ClickBank will provide you with digital products to promote.

The premier place for affiliate marketing training is Wealthy Affiliate. They recently added a free lifetime membership which will give you two free websites and will give you the initial training you need to be an affiliate marketer. From the start, they offer two affiliate programs that can help you pay your way. If you later decide to take out a premier membership which costs $47 a month (cut in half if you pay annually) , you will be trained extensively in marketing.

Although I have always sold products on the Internet rather than doing affiliate marketing, I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2008 which has helped my grandchildren and my son to create very profitable businesses. But now I’m 84 years old and I no longer sell products, I am doing much more affiliate marketing.

How Some Have or Are Hitting the Jackpot

The owner of Afillorama was a college student in New Zealand. A friend of his had a banner on his website and he received $50 a month from that banner, so he made up his own website and learned he could earn money.

Then he made many websites and hired English majors to write content on them. His dad saw that he was earning money and he joined him. Later, he decided to help others become affiliate marketers.

Kyle, the co-owner of Wealthy Affiliate University, began affiliate marketing when he was a college student. He used what is called PPC or pay-per-click, to drive traffic to his websites.

In the first six months he got to the point where he was earning a full-time income. By the end of the year, he decided to go into the business full-time.

Carson, Kyle’s friend, both to live in Vancouver, Canada, was also a student and he was pursuing the same path as Kyle. That’s when they join together and created Wealthy Affiliate.

Steve joined WA a year after I did. He is independent and he and his wife travel around the world with Steve working from his computer wherever he is. Steve earns over $30,000 a year just by using the WA affiliate programs. That is only part of his income.

Dom lives in Taiwan and he very recently took his fiancee to Hawaii, met up with Steve and his wife, and got married. He also makes his living as an affiliate marketer. Both of these gentlemen are good friends of mine.

Another dear friend, is Veronica. She has a  site called ItsVicky.com along with many other sites. She likes to work at home because she can be with her children. She was born and raised in Sweden and so she likes to go there every time she can. She goes several times a year all paid by affiliate marketing which she learned at WA. Vicky has a number of interest but seems to specialize in babies and children and promotes products in that area.

Pot Pie Girl, Jennifer, lives down south had always has made a great income by affiliate marketing. She is a longtime member of Wealthy Affiliate. She is a pro golfer so she likes to play the game and affiliate marketing gives her the time.

Rich, who lives in London, was experienced in advertising before he joined WA. Needless to say, he has been very successful as an affiliate marketer.

Getting Started!

I guess I could go on here all day mentioning people who are making their living as affiliate marketers had have been trained by WA that however, will not help you very much. What will help you is going to WA, signing up for a free membership, go through the Affiliate Boot Camp, starting two free sites and start promoting.

If you like what you are doing and have the ability and time, then I suggest that you become a Premium Member and start a new website using your own domain rather than a free domain.

You will be able to start your website from day one.

WA uses WordPress, as do many domain hosting companies, so you do not need to know any computer language to prepare your website. You will be given every detail in the boot camp.

To start, you will write a privacy page and the details of the page will be given to you. You will also write an about page where you will tell people about yourself.

You will easily import pictures into your documents from your computer. You will be given the links and be told how to promote wealthy affiliate.

You will be shown how to join the JAAXY keyword tool affiliate program. Your sales commissions from WA and from JAAXY will be paid through PayPal so you will need to set up a free account over there you will need an email address to do this.

You’ll be shown how to find a niche market which is a small part of a larger market. You can join the Amazon Associates program and then you can promote any Amazon product that you want to.

For example, say that your niche market is toddler’s. You can go to Amazon and find products and even brands. You can get the links to these products and place them on your website.

Another place to get links is CJ.com.

You will want to promote products that you know about so that you can recommend them or advise people not to buy them. To do this you have to be able to write because your website will not be recognized by the search engines unless you are providing a sufficient amount of quality information to your niche market.

For example, you could write an article about problems with breast-feeding. You could reference government links, Web M.D. links and Wikipedia. The search engines like you to link to these kinds of sites. (Notice that none of these sites will be in competition with you.)

In your article, you could recommend some good books on breast-feeding and link them to the Amazon site. You could also describe clothing for the mother that allows breast feeding and salves for sore nipples, etc.

You will want to set yourself up as an expert.

You do this by writing and advising. You might want to start an email list so that you can communicate further with your niche members.

The more desirable your site is, the higher the search engines will rank you. You want rankings on the first page of the search results for the keywords you are using in your articles.

You probably have the idea by now.

The following chart shows the different memberships at Wealthy Affiliate:

Conclusion:

Finding work from home jobs for the disabled can be complicated for some individuals, but there are ways to make a living using the Internet. You  can even avoid the worries about computer technology. You can do what others are doing.

Using affiliate marketing to earn a living is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work. Each blog (website) must be updated often, at the start at least two or three times a week (later, once a week). You need to learn how use a keyword tool. I use JAXXY but you will have a good free tool at WA. It can take up to a year to generate sufficient income but you should be going in about three to six months or so. After all, it is a business.

Three of my granddaughters have product businesses, two making products and one importing materials and then making them. It is a lot of work and you need to learn a lot about business. Put if you have product and get into an Internet store like ETSY, you can earn money almost instantly.

No matter which way you go, I would have a business plan. You can

Small Business Association. Start a business plan here now.

Small Business Association. Start a business plan here now.

create one at SBA.gov.

A Business Meeting

Right now, I have two of my granddaughters in my home visiting. They live in different states but they  each have a business which sells their products on the Internet. This morning has been one big business meeting between the two. They are very smart business women and it is fun to listen to them help each other in their businesses.

That too is one thing about WA. You will never be alone!

John

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

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Nobody Is Buying The Stuff I Promote! Why?

Market 1Why That Guy Didn’t Buy!

He may be buying the products, just not from you. This assumes you have adequate traffic to your site but your site is not effective in converting prospective buyers to customers. Here are some reasons:

1. They don’t know you from Adam.

You need to establish yourself first as an expert in the area that you are promoting.

2. You’re presenting your stuff to the wrong market.

You need to narrow down your target to people who want what you have to buy, need what you have to buy, have money jingling in their pockets.

3. You do not give your reader enough information.

If you’re in a grocery store, you can pick up a frying pan and look at its construction carefully and decide if you want it or not. In Internet marketing, you must be the eyes and hands of the reader. You must give him the details of the product that he needs.

4. You do not use expert photographs of the product and you fail to to link to the pictures.

You need images from different angles so that the potential buyer can see exactly what he is getting.

5. The product simply does not meet the needs of your reader.

You somehow convinced him that the product was not for him. It looks too flimsy. It is the wrong color. It is ugly. It probably won’t work. It is your job as a promoter to overcome these objections before hand.

6. You give your reader no way to contact you with questions.

I have an Etsy store. It is set up so customers can ask me questions and they do. They cannot contact you, the questions are not answered. You will not get the sale.

7. You do not give your customer a choice between product.

You do not rate your products against other products. Your customer leaves the store.

8. You have forgotten that people are selfish.

You forgot to appeal to that selfishness, that self-aggrandizement, how much better they will feel or look, etc.

9. You forgot that people have emotions that drive them to action.

You didn’t tell them to hurry or they might miss out. You didn’t tell them the product is new and one-of-a-kind and will give them an advantage over others.

10. You didn’t ask for the sale.

You must do that!

Tell us what you know and have learned about this subject. This is just a start.

John

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

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