2107 Wealthy Affiliate Review:
The good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly, according to yours truly, the Techgirl
Let me apologize up front, my Wealthy Affiliate review is a little long so I broke it up into two parts. Part one covers five basic topics:
- Wealthy Affiliates Claim To Fame
- The Learning Model
- The Free Starter Membership
- Level 1 Course Objectives
- The Quality Of The Training
I have worked in the technology industry for 25+ years so I get that there is no such thing as perfect, but let’s keep it real, there is a standard that most credible companies try to adhere to. Software releases get released with bugs and missing functionality all the time, no big deal. But the Internet has become cluttered with biz ops that are good at marketing but not delivering on their promises. I have grown impatient with marketing hype. I am easily annoyed when companies make promises they can’t keep and have no intention of keeping. So my review for Wealthy Affiliate is based on the fact that they promised me something and I expect them to deliver. Read on to find out how they did.
Wealthy Affiliate’s Unique Offer
Wealthy Affiliate markets itself as a training program and business platform. It claims that it can take you from zero to hero when it comes to building a thriving Affiliate Marketing business. It offers two levels, free and premium. The free kick-the-tires version only includes a Level 1 Certification Course and a Level 1 Affiliate Bootcamp course. While premium includes the 12 modules across the two programs. I am not sure why they call the Certifications “certifications” but they do.
Each module has about 31 items on a learning checklist, this includes online reading content, training videos, and assignments. Doing the assignment connects you to an engaged community and by applying what you are learning, you are building out your site.
The Build-It-As-You-Learn Model
From the beginning, you will start building out your first web site in level 1. If you are the type of person that loves to consume information but then does not want to follow through on the application side, you may find this challenging. The training is meant for do-ers not information seekers. That little caveat threw me for a loop because I thought I was just going to passively consume information. My normal method of operation for trials is to poke around the platform, evaluate the quality of the training, and then decide if I liked it or not.
The Free Starter Membership
Part of the comparison chart
The Free Starter Membership is like a tasty appetizer that precedes the main course. It has less features than the paid membership but gives you 7 days 24/7 support and two level one training courses. It also includes two Rubix websites to apply what you are learning.
Rubix is their branded name for a customized platform that hosts WordPress sites with some plugins already installed. You can’t add any plugins that are not there but you don’t have to activate everything that is there. Anyone who has dealt with WordPress plugins will understand what that means.
The Free Starter Membership spares the newbie from getting focusing on WordPress and instead, direects them to just get through the two free modules without distractions. However, you quickly realize the limits to the free membership versus the premium are designed to encourage you to upgrade. In fact, they offer you a 60% savings if you do … so I did.
Free Gets You Started
The free membership is a nice marketing strategy that allows you to see how Wealthy Affiliate really looks from the inside. Some people start free and opt not to upgrade. There is enough training and community engagement to allow free members to lay a solid foundation for their affiliate marketing business, for sure. However, if a person likes what they experience as a free member and they really want to play this affiliate game and win, they will want to go premium.
Level 1 Certification Course Benefits
I am impressed with how they deliver training. It’s a very step-by-step process. Read this, watch this video, go here do this, go engage with two people in the cyber community, ask for feedback on your page structure, etc.
The training has a checklist and it tracks your progress so that you can see where you are and what’s coming next. If you follow the breadcrumbs, you will actually be building out a site that is configured to be ranked within Google for your chosen niche.
I was thrown into a panic when I got an email from WA that my site had been indexed. I had just created a few days before and in my mind, I was not in any particular hurry to start working on the next article. Because my site was really not ready for eyeballs, I started to feel some pressure.
For this training to be fruitful, it’s important to be disciplined about completing each task in a timely manner. Even though takes about 90 days to get some real traction in Google, it only happens if you are consistently building your site. Getting indexed is the first step to getting your site pages ranked.
Gentle warning about following through
If you are used to taking classes, watching videos, reading articles, but tend to not apply what you learn this program could be a very good thing for you … or not. This training is designed for people who really want to build their online business.
I recommend this program even to my clients. Yes, that means they won’t have to pay me as much for getting their business transitioned to an online model, but it’s the right thing to do. They will learn more and be more self-reliant. I also recommend this to the entrepreneur-minded in my family. Therefore, I also recommend this training to you.
The only caveat it, the training is thorough and it’s a lot of work building an online business. If you don’t have time to dedicate to something like this then wait until you do. If this sounds appealing to you, start with the Free Starter Membership. It won’t take long for you to decide if this is a good fit for you or not.
Robin H. The Techgirl
That’s it for part 1
If you know you want to sign up for the Free Starter Membership, you can do that now and I will see you on the inside. However, if you are like me and want to do a deeper dive before signing up for just “ONE MORE THING”, then continue reading. In part two I will review 10 key features. I will give you my honest opinion even if they are not flattering to WA.
Wealthy Affiliate Review Part Two: The Features
Wealthy Affiliate Review: Top 10 Features Rated
Here is my legend. It shows you if a feature applies to free and/or premium members and to what extent.
- (*) Free member get a taste the full feature *
- (**) Free members get the same feature as premium paid member **
- (+) Premium members get the feature, free members are SOL (+)
Training: Score 10/10: *
Two separate programs, Online Entrepreneur Certification levels 1 through 5 and Affiliate Bootcamp Phases 1 through 7. This is not the kind of training you rush through to learn a concept, apply the concept model. As I said you are literally buidling out your website, getting feedback, and getting your site indexed by Google as part of the first few modules. I want to spend a bit more time talking about the training because I have a Master’s in Education, Instructional Design, which makes me really take notice of when a company does things well.
WA has impressed the heck out of me. It’s not whiz bang, high-tech, that is impressive; it’s the step-by-step instructions, well-designed text and video and the action steps that get the learner to take action in a way that really matters. Also, worth noting is when one of the founders sends you a private message and gives you feed back on your site or answers your question. That’s pretty rare. *
Support: Score 10/10: 24/7 Live Chat *
You can literally ask a question and within minutes someone in the community is answering you. This is a global community and it seems like some members must not sleep very much. There is a deeply engrained pay-it-forward model and being helpful is almost contagious. Site support is great and highly responsive. I had an issue with a plugin and they resolved it within 10 minutes. That’s very unusual because you usually submit a ticket and then wait for someone to finally get back to you. Free member get 7 days to try this feature.*
Community Engagement: Score: 10/10: **
Real people to interact with – this is a real learning community with people who are seasoned veterans, newbies, and everything thing in between. Warning: after you get a bazillion emails, you will definitely have to decide what you want to be emailed about. I have an email address just for WA because – this community is highly engaged and they have a pay-it-forward model. It’s a little weird if you ask me, but I do appreciate it. Once thing is the over-abundance of emails. You will have to decide which items you want to be notified about. I almost turned the notifications off but then realized I could click the link in the email and go right to the items being referenced without even having to log back in. That’s a pretty sophisticated feature. I set up an email address just of WA. **
Site Navigation and Simplicity: Score 5/10: **
The reason you need those emails is because the site navigation sucks. There’s so much going on here when you first get inside it’s overwhelming. Especially since the community is so active, think of having your Facebook newsfeed without the picture of cute cats as the center of the site. You can see there are many people joining, commenting on stuff, asking questions, asking for feedback, and chit/chatting, etc. There is a start here video and I highly suggest a person come and focus on the Level 1 Certification Training and ease into the other aspects of the site over time.**
Personal Mentoring: Score: 4/10:*
They say the program includes personal mentoring … I think they have over-sold that feature. There are expert users who are very helpful and whomever you signed up under can also provide additional help. I do that for the people who join through me and I do offer chime in when someone has a technical question that I can answer. But calling that feature personal mentoring is a stretch.*
The Website Platform: Score 10/10:*
I am just so excited about this I apologize for being weird about tech. But they found a way to put some front-end features in places that makes WordPress easier to work with. Free Starter Members get 2 free sites. Premium Members get 25 free sites and 25 premium sites. I was spending $150/mo with another program for a very restricted version of WordPress which didn’t allow me to customize it the way that I needed to. So for the novice this platform is golden and for the pro-user, it’s platinum.*
Affiliate Program: Score 9/10: *
They pay 50% to premium members and 25% to free members. Yes, free members can come in and start earning money even before they have upgraded to a premium account. That’s a sweet deal.* I deducted a point because they do occasionally allow clients to get refunds even after they have gone past the 30-day period. I think that’s wonderful but they should document that so affiliates are aware that this does occasionally happen
Wordpress Templates and Plugins: Score 8/10: *
Site Templates: The templates are what allows each WordPress site to look and perform differently. The free site only comes with five templates and the point is to focus on learning to build the site to rank in Google. The Premium Members get 3,000 templates. That’s kind of crazy because I got tired just looking through. The WordPress template is what allows you to create a really nice looking site that suits your personal style and your niche. My guess is the five they offer for free are not that great but that’s because they are free. Even with all the templates, I have a subscription to a niche site that specializes in templates and plugins.
I am using a Divi Template by Elegant Themes. Here’s why that is important, some WordPress platforms don’t work well but with a few simple themes and that is really problematic. You want the freedom to build your site the way you want to build your site. You can do that with their premium membership.
Plugins: Free Starter Members automatically get the All In One SEO Platform. In my opinion they should have offered Yoast which is more geared toward blogging. Yoast has a free plugin and it allows for on page SEO which is very important to affiliate marketing. Yoast helps you focus on writing good SEO-ready pages and posts. I deducted points because only paid members can add free plugins like Yoast. *
Site Content Writing Platform: Score 8/10: **
This is a nice feature that allow you to write without dealing with the WordPress platform and then you check your work before putting it into WordPress. This feature does a great job of finding spelling, grammar, and other kinds of writing deficiencies that would make your article less readable. This tool, gets your articles/posts SEO primed and then you can publish them directly to your WordPress site as a draft, post, or to continue editing to add your images and complete your work.
The downside of this is the tool is a little buggy and sometimes it seems to get confused about certain words and flags them as issues when they are not. You can choose to ignore those but it’s a little annoying. **
Keyword Research Tool: Score 9/10: +
This WA tool is based on an external tool called Jaaxy. Jaaxy is a keyword tool specifically developed for affiliate marketers and content marketers who want to rank high in Google. Of course, they train you on how to use the tool. I was paying $80/mo for a tool that had lots of bells and whistles but lacked essential keywords in their database – which made is useless. The WA free version is only available to Premium members and it allows you to save your keyword lists.
The WA ad is a little deceiving because it states free members get 30 free searches to try the tool but they are really sending you over web site. Jaaxy allows anyone to try to tool and get 30 free searches. Jaaxy, has a monthly fee starting at $19 and goes up to $49. I was paying $80/mo for a tool that I was not happy with, so I switched to Jaaxy and save $30/mo.
I deducted a point because WA makes it sound like they are giving free members something when that is a Jaaxy offer available to anyone.+
I would say WA ranks 8 out of 10 but if I do the math, the score turns out to be 7.3. I do recommend this training program but only for those who can dedicate about 5 hours per week building their business. If you don’t have 5 hours to spare, you probably really don’t have time to build a business right now. This company has is not going anywhere anytime soon; they have been around for over 10 years and 800,000 people have gone through their training.
If now is not the time, it’s safe to say you can come back later and find it’s still here and available.
Peace and Blessings,
Robin H. AKA Techgirl
Free Starter Program
Mini Startup Package
Yes, I want to try it out
- Option to upgrade later
- Two Level 1 training modules
- Two Rubix free WordPress websites.
- Rubix premium WordPress website
- 7 Days of 24/7 support
- Keyword Search Tool
- Live Weekly Training
The Premium Program
Complete Package and Business Platform
Yes, I am ready to go premium
- +$19 for first month – special offer
- 12 training modules
- 50 Rubix free WordPress sites
- 25 Rubix premium WordPress sites
- 364 days with 24/7 Support
- Keyword search tool
- Live weekly training
On Page SEO for a Blog
Blogging for profit includes SEO
On page SEO for a blog can be a pain in the A$$, especially if you don’t have a tool to automate the review. Yoast is a WordPress plugin that does a good job of tracking your SEO quality. It allows you to focus on each page/post and it tells you how you are doing with each item.
Below are some of the items reviewed for SEO quality. The list can change based on the purpose of the post; is it a cornerstone for your site or is is just a normal article. Depending on how you label it, you will receive feedback on your SEO score.
Because Google changes the rules from time to time, you will periodically see your rankings fall, but you don’t have to wait for that to happen. On the post page, in your WordPress back office, Yoast adds a red, orange, or green light to tell you the current state of your site. When new rules affect SEO scores, Yoast updates the plugin and you can assure your content stays optimized.
Yoast: Summary SEO Analysis Checklist
- Quality of the focus keyword you have identified
- Images need to be added and have attributes and alt attributes
- Need relevant internal link appear in this page
- Need relevant external link to appear on the page
- The keyword density needs to be considered based on post length
- The slug for this page contains key words
- The focus keyword appears may need to be in headers and sub headers based on post length
- This page should have be configured to allow search engines to find it – by setting follow and index attributes for page
- Cornerstone post should be about 900 words, others should be 300+
- The focus keyword should appear in first paragraph. Closer to beginning if possible
- The meta description needs to contain the focus keyword.
- The SEO title need keywords and should be appropriate length to read well in search listing
- The focus keyword should appear in URL if possible
- The length of the meta description needs to be appropriate length to read well in search listing
- You’ve never used this focus keyword before, very good.
Yoast: Readability Check list
Yoast – WordPress SEO Plugin
I just realized that the Yoast Plugin will show highlight the test that is is referencing when it gives indicates something needs improving. All you have to do is click the eye, and like magic, the text in the post is highlighted for you to review. I have to be honest, I have never been able to get my readability beyond just “OK”. After reviewing their suggestions, I had to make a judgement call and I decided to go from improvement instead of perfection. Yoast highlighted the instances of text where I started three sentences with “We can…” Apparently, it doesn’t think that makes sense. But in this case, I decided that it did. The beauty of a tool like this, is you are still in charge and ultimately you decide what areas you will focus on and what are better left untouched.
There is also a whole set of criteria that addresses readability. In the future, the search engines will be assess this more but for now, the look at user bounces. If users find your articles unreadable, they will leave quickly and this will count against you. Making sure your posts support a positive user experience is important.
Imagine trying to address all of these points without having a tool like Yoast. No thank you! Yoast is my preferred SEO WordPress Plugin. It helps you become a better writer and have a greater chance of ranking well in search engines. I learned about Yoast through a program called MLSP. for $150/mo, they provided WordPress sites with what they deemed to be the relevant plugins for their program; Yoast was one of them but the site would not even allow me to upgrade from the free version:-( That’s why I went on Google and started searching for alternative sites that would allow me to fully utilize the WordPress advantage. That’s how I ended up finding Wealthy Affiliate. I updated to Yoast Premium and I absolutely love it.
SEO for a blog; The things you don’t know will hurt your SE ranking
SEO for a blog can seem like the writer’s worse nightmare. Suddenly you are not writing from pure inspiration because Google doesn’t rank articles for inspiration. It ranks it for relevance and quality. For the Content Creator who is trying to an income stream this is good news. Let me explain why.
SEO for Content Writers is like a road map to ranking in search engines like Google. There are rules, guidelines, and metrics that you can use to assess the state of each article. Writing becomes a very strategic and intentional endeavor, it becomes a money-making activity. Hobby bloggers don’t need this kind of disciplined approach. I am assuming if you are reading this article, you want to make money blogging.
Make Money From Blogging
For the serious Content Creators who want to make money from blogging, SEO is not optional. When it comes to the world of SEO, there’s SEO-light and then there’s SEO and the choice of your blogging platform matters. Here is where WordPress beats out its competition; SEO for WordPress blogs is almost effortless because of SEO plugins like All In On SEO Pack and Yoast. These plugins are like the SEO all-stars because they do the heaving lifting for you.
My preference is Yoast and here’s why; Yoast improves your writing and really forces you to be clear, structured, and conscious of the user experience. Yoast, addresses the SEO quality of a page or a post in a very procedural way. As a writer, it’s a bit challenging to have an application “grading” you. Okay, maybe that’s just my ego talking but the end result is quite amazing. Once I have earned enough green lights, meaning I have aced the criteria, you are given the status, good, okay, needs improvement on both SEO and readability. This is important because as Google evolves, it algorithm becomes more discerning about content quality.
Applying SEO Strategy Is Like Playing A Game
Consistent Compelling Content Creation
If you take this on with the mind of a Gamer, it’s like going up against the SEO master and then learning to slay the dragon that will keep your articles from doing well against your competition. Because there is so much content out there and a lot of it is … more or less average … you need an advantage. SEO is it.
WordPress is the ultimate blogging platform and I don’t say that lightly. I don’t even like WordPress, but I must admit; it is the industry standard. Because of plugins, WordPress can be customized to serve many online need such as e-commerce, membership sites, and blogging. With other blogging platforms, they are not going to be as customizable and they fall short when it comes to SEO. Most blogging platforms include SEO Title, Meta Description, and a Keyword lists. But having these three pieces of information doesn’t mean your article meets the search engines standards.
Another thing I learned is all WordPress hosting platforms are not equal and that can make a big difference. Watch out for sites that are not secure, run slow, are not mobile responsive, and offer little technical support. Premium hosting is secure, fast, mobile responsive, and includes timely technical support and, unfortunately, it usually costs a lot of money. A vanilla WordPress site is practically worthless if you are trying to blog for money and the $4.95/mo hosting sites aren’t much better.
The good news is there is a way to have a premium site, premium support, and premium training. I did a lot of research on Google and tested many options before arriving at my conclusion. Training and platform combined is the best option if you can find it. At the end of this article, I will tell about a free offer that has a very affordable premium package available, also. If you want to make money blogging, you have to approach blogging like a business.
She who goes the extra mile can make the extra million. She who wants to cut corners, will also cut her profits
SEO Tips For Blogs
Now that you know SEO for a blog is like having the magic words to open the door to being a profitable blog. Here are a few SEO tips for blogs that you need to consider regardless of the platform you use:
- Apply SEO to your site as a whole. Make sure you take the time to establish the SEO fields that cover your entire website. If your website is not niche specific, then that’s the first issue you need to resolve.
- Apply on page SEO for blog content rather it’s a page or a post. Each page or post needs to be optimized for the search engine if you want it to rank on sites like Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Google is the premium player, followed by YouTube and then Bing. SEO for YouTube is an entirely different beast that we will tackle in a different article.
- Apply no-index and no-follow to your privacy page, terms and conditions, and any other similar template page to keep the search engine from checking them. Search Engines frown on duplicated content and this could hurt your sites rankings.
Do you want the a checklist for doing on page SEO for a blog? Check out this article.
Becoming A Profitable Blogger
Blogging for profit has requires a plan
One last thing, if your goal is become a profitable Blogger, you will need to know more than basic SEO concepts. There a reason a few people succeed at this game while most don’t. A blog is not a path to fast money but it can be a path to long-term income.
Content Creation is where the real money is and it is not done haphazardly. If you take the time to learn the ins and outs of the blogging business model, you can win in this game. As a writer, that really gets me excited. You have your own reasons for considering this path but if you are serious, commit to a learning process. There are the some things a profitable blogger must handle as part of their content creation strategy:
- You have to pick the right niche; one you are passionate about and has income potential
- Each piece of content your write needs to have relevant keywords and be optimized for search engines
- Each piece needs to meet the criteria for quality and be congruent with your site’s niche
- Content has to be added regularly to be granted an authority status within the search engine; this increases your ranking power
- Each page and/or post needs to be purposeful with an appropriate call to action
Because the income potential is vast, there’s a lot of moving parts and trying to figure it out on your own is … in my humble opinion, crazy. I didn’t know there was a rhyme and reason behind successful blogs but by going through a formal training program, I know more than most bloggers. For instance, you don’t make money blogging by allowing random ads to be offered on your site. Every thing you do needs to be with purpose. If you don’t have this insider information, you may eventually figure it out, but probably not.
Flatten the learning curve
There is quite a bit to learn on the subjects of SEO and creating a profitable blog. I never would have dreamed that I would actually be doing this. Blogging didn’t real make sense to me because I couldn’t figure out how people made money doing it. Now I understand there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Once a few very successful million dollar brands revealed their secrets in some training I took, that planted a seed. When I found Wealthy Affiliates, I was able to really connect the dots. Trying to figure this all out on your own is not the best way to go if you want to see success in one or two years. People, including family are always coming to me about tech-related issues. My dad still thinks I can program the sprinkler system … I can’t. But the truth is I am a lifelong learner and I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and dive in to anything that will help me take my business to the next level. SEO is a must for any serious Content Creator.
How To Learn Affiliate Marketing;
Get real training for real results
Many people are attracted to the idea of creating income from affiliate programs … but they cannot figure out how to learn affiliate marketing. There are many programs, courses, videos, and more than a few programs that suggest it’s the pathway to fast big money. While it’s not rocket science, it is a real skill and it involves online marketing skills that most programs gloss over or omit altogether. So let’s look deeper into the premise behind this question, “What is the best way to learn Affiliate Marketing?” The first thing is it presumes that Affiliate Marketing is a skill that can be learned and that is a true statement. No one is born knowing how to market.
There is more than one way to learn any skill and as I always say, there are many ways to pet the cat (we don’t skin cats because we are cat lovers :-). But if you are anything like me, you want fast, effective, and affordable to factor into the equation. Beyond that, a good program should include these five building blocks:
- Training that includes the tools, technologies, and systems to support your goals
- Training that lets you build a business that is congruent with your interests
- Training that is not just theory-based but shows you how to reach the right target audience
- Training that has an easy way for you to earn while you learn
- Training that includes good customer support and an engaged and helpful community made up of real people operating at different skill levels.
Let’s go deeper into each one:
1. Gives you the tools, technology, and training to build your own website
WordPress, an industry standard, is so customizable, it’s a pain in the a$$! Disclaimer: That’s my opinion and I’m a techy. But even I can’t deny it offers unquestionable benefits to both the newbie while still serving the needs of Fortune 500 companies; that’s why it’s the industry standard. However, smart Affiliate Marketers, we want the benefits without the headaches. The preferred training program teaches you everything you need to succeed and provides the platform to run your business on. The training is interesting and well-designed and offers interactive learning.
The ideal training program also includes the WordPress platform that is preconfigured for Affiliate Marketing. That means they have taken away the complexity and they are using the best hosting platform for reliability, speed, and security. Imagine building a beautiful, unique, mobile-responsive site that is specifically set up to be the hub for your Affiliate Marketing Business. Your website will become the Command Central. You will be learning the skills that will take you from novice to expert in a short amount of time.
2. Allows you find the niche that aligns with Your interests
There’s nothing as painful as learning to build a business that is based on something you don’t feel passionate about. What interests you? What is it that you have always wanted to take a deep dive into and understand it like an expert but never had a reason to. Do you have a mad-crazy skill that you are super proud of, or a hobby that gets you all juice up? There are MILLIONS of ways to connect your passion and interests to congruent Affiliate Programs. While Amazon is one of the most widely known, there are lots of others. Did you know affiliate program that offers luxury watches like Rolex? I sure didn’t.
Many large retail brands have Affiliate program. It’s easy to find the ones that fit your niche market
3. Teaches you how to attract targeted visitors to your site
Your goal before you try to make money with any website is to focus on getting actual people to that website. Without people, you have nobody to sell or advertise to. This is a critical aspect of your business. Within the first few lessons at Wealthy Affiliate you are going to learn all about the most current traffic techniques and how you can get an ABUNDANCE of relevant customers to your website by getting your site ranked high in all the search engines like Google, Bing & Yahoo. Premium members even learn how to market on platforms like YouTube, the second largest Search Engine, after Google.
4. Shows you how to earn revenue and lets your earn while you learn
Once you have defined a niche that has a viable audience, that means you are able to generate traffic to visit your site. Now comes the money part; create content that is relevant to your audience and sell them products/services that are congruent. One mamoth affiliate program is Amazon, how many things can you think of that might fit a certain niche market? You’d be surprised how many large brand store have affilaite programs and then there are the boutique type business that run their own affiliate programs. The best part is they are free to join, do not require you to buy anything or maintain a monthly autoship. All you have to do is get good at creating relevant content, attracting your niche audience, and making congruent offers. Of course, I have made it sound super simple but that’s basicaly how it works in nutshell.
Affiliate programs allow you to sell almost anything without having the expense of buying products to sell or creating products to sell. No inventory. No shipping. No product support. And you can be literally run your business from any place at any time. But there is a learning curve and there are marketin skills you must master before this model will pay off for you.
5. Fosters a learning community where there are real people and real support
Humans learn faster in groups. Even when they are at working through different levels of a common topic, there is something wired into us that lets us strive and thrive together. For many, the Internet has brought greater isolation from which actually slows down our personal development. Technology should not separate us but bring us together. You will be inspired by those who have already mastered certain skills and you will have an opportunity to be an inspiration to others to.
A strategy that works
Are You Looking For A Real Answer?
If yes, read on.
When a person is genuinely looking for how they can learn Affiliate Marketing, they are likely to have many starts and stops until they find the right vehicle. Master marketing is not a theory-based exercise, you have to jump in and quickly apply what you are learning before the skill becomes fruitful. The best way to learn Affiliate Marketing is not by watching a collection of YouTube videos on the subject. There are great tutorials on YouTube but tutorials don’t lead to mastery especially when applied to complex subjects like marketing.
There is the knowledge base and then there is the practical application that must come together seamlessly. I have invested thousands of dollars trying to wrap my mind around the subject and quite honestly, I came out those training more confused than when I started them.
At first, I thought it was me but then I looked around and saw many of my struggling entrepreneur friends facing the same challenges. This is the conclusion I came to; many self-proclaimed gurus learned their skills years ago when the Internet was in its infancy and spam was not spam and AOL was the new hot thing. They built up enough momentum and massive email lists that they were able to leverage for years. They formed joint ventures and started teaching their methods to the masses but many times, those methods no longer worked.
The best way to learn Affiliate Marketing
These days, there are some Marketers who realize two years on the Internet is like a decade and things change really fast. The best way to learn affiliate marketing then becomes more a question finding the best programs. Plugging into learning community that leverages the right technology platforms and keeps their training current is key. The driving forces like Google, YouTube, Facebook are constantly changing the rules of engagement and you have to be able to change with them.
I want to tell you, I think I have “Googled” up on a very attractive solution … drum roll, platform. The best way to learn Affiliate Marketing and really get it right at the ridiculously low price range of $0 to $49/mo is my best recommendation. WA is a formal training program for Affiliate Marketing, period. They are constantly updating their program and their platform is geared toward average people who know how to read, follow directions, watch a training video, point the mouse, click a button, and ask for help when they need it.
There’s absolutely no reason to try to untangle this complex subject on your own when WA have been doing it for over 10 years and getting it right. 800,000+ students over ten years is a pretty good track record.
It is my opinion that WA is the best way to learn Affiliate Marketing. But don’t take my word for it, sign up for free and create your first two niche affiliate marketing sites, make some money, and decide for yourself. By the way, when you sign up with me, you also get my personal support. This is a learning community where you are not expected to do it all on your own. Have you signed up for my SEO Marketing Guide for Affiliate Marketers yet? If not, that’s just one of many resources I offer to support those who want to learn to make money online. Request your copy by visiting the home page.
For additional information on the secret to successful Affiliate Marketing, check out the article, “Seo Marketing for Affiliate Marketer: The Secret Sauce”.
Branding For Affiliates: Stand Out From Crowd
Often Affiliate web sites are cloned sites or they look like something thrown together to make a fast sale. When a visitor lands on one of these pages, they start to make judgements about the legitimacy of the site. The antidote for this is branding. Branding for affiliates is similar to branding for any person who is setting themselves up as a trusted resource, expert, or seller. When we think of brands like Nike or Coca Cola, many images, songs, and sayings come to mind. But what does it mean for the Affiliate Marketer who is selling the exact same product other affiliates are selling? It’s a way to find your tribe, to stop competing and start attracting those buyers instead. Branding when done in a very authentic way sets you up for attraction marketing. People are drawn to you because they relate to you.
The Small Business Advantage Is The Affiliate Advantage, Also
The Generic Marketer easily gets lost in the crowd. Not Balsie, he stands out.
Online, we can lose that sense of human connectedness. Large brands and traditional Internet Marketers are love automation. The less human interaction, the better. In fact, this was one of the hallmarks of affiliate marketing. But people have grown weary and leery of look-a-like sites, unresponsive email customer service, and not being able to reach a human when there are questions. The Affiliate Marketer is the owner of a small business. It is likely to have no employees and very little overhead but you are competing is an ocean of other affiliates and branding yourself and providing high-quality content is the one advantage you should leverage as you build your business.
We can hide behind user names and profile pictures of avatars, cats, or tiny toon characters. We can edit our words and sound overly-polished and all put-together. We can take ourselves out of the mix and never let people get a real sense of who we are and what we stand for. I almost did that myself. I was afraid to bring my spiritual, quirky, off-brand humor into my business. I turned my business into a job and then I felt uninspired.
The business that you are building needs to do more than give you an income. Your business needs to be deeply satisfying because it’s hard work to grow a business. There are long work days, challenges, and setback to deal with and if you business is impersonal, you will find yourself losing your motivation to do what you need to do to build it. But if the business you are building is YOUR business, the obstacles will not defeat you, they will make you stronger.
What Do You Stand For?
I am an advocate for human potential and I believe that it is our divine right to thrive. My business is part of my epic mission to help others get their gifts out into the world through online businesses.
Take a moment and reflect on who you are as a person; what matters most to you, what causes and passions speak to your heart. Find ways to sprinkle those unique qualities into your content. By the way, it’s nearly impossible to do that with a generic or replicated site. To brand yourself, you need your own site that you can build out to reflect you and your business. In the program I promote, everyone is creating their own unique online presence, and I think it’s j awesome to be a part of a program designed to teach you how to brand yourself as the authority in your niche.
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SEO For Affiliate Marketing: The Secret Weapon for Affiliate Marketers
Before we dive into SEO for Affiliate marketing, let’s clarify the acronym SEO; it stands for Search Engine Optimization. Search Engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. are the obvious big brands but YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google. The truth is if you are marketing on Twitter then you need to be found by those people on Twitter. You accomplish this by using the appropriate profile image, description, content messages, and hashtags. Each social media platform has a way of letting advertisers engage with their target audience. Therefore, the general concept behind SEO is making sure your content is found when people are looking for it. Each Search Engine and social media platform has rules you must follow to succeed.
SEO for Affiliate Marketing applies SEO strategies to selling affiliate products and services. Successful businesses use SEO Marketing but most Affiliate Marketers don’t employ these kinds of strategies. That’s because Affiliate Marketing is “marketed” as a way to make money with $0 investment and no skills. In my opinion, that kind of marketing is unethical. It encourage false expectations and makes the profession seem sleazy.
Affiliate Marketing is a legitimate business model and SEO is a tool that is absolutely critical for success. SEO for Affiliate Marketing allows Affiliates to distinguish themselves and carve out a profitable niche. One of the core skills required is doing keyword research to assure your content is relevant. You must strive for congruence between the content, the product, and the buyer’s interest. When you know how to apply SEO to your content, you will have an advantage over the competition.
Affiliate Marketing: Branding, an advanced technique
Branding for Affiliate Marketers is the last piece of the puzzle and it is truly an advanced technique. It is a skill for the serious Affiliate Marketer and it makes you stand out apart from the novice. Branding allows you, as an Affiliate Marketer, to create a tribe and to build an email list. The well-paid online marketers say, “if you don’t have a list, you don’t have a business”. Getting someone to opt-in to an email list is easier for a branded site than for a generic one. Online buyers are skeptical; you have to work to earn their trust. Branding is part of the process that allow you to earn trust and establish yourself as an authority in your niche. You can learn more about branding here.
You can learn more about SEO and other skills required to be a successful Affiliate Marketer by joining the Wealthy Affiliate Training Program.