I have just finished my third week of training to learn how to effectively earn money online through by making an affiliate marketing website. This is something I had actually been meaning to learn for quite some time now, but never got around to it. Affiliate marketing is an effective way to make money online, and I know a number of people who make considerable money through affiliate marketing. However, as I am learning, there is a considerable amount of set up and background work that you need to go through before you actually make a profit.
So, is it worth it?
Thus far, I have probably put about twenty or so hours into training and developing my website and no, I haven’t made a profit. This doesn’t actually mean much though. I have just begun to place content on my site, and I have no actual affiliate products on the site yet. In reality, it isn’t so different than going to school or taking a course. You cannot reasonably expect to be making a profit from your degree while you are still taking it.
While I’m not making a profit for my effort, I do think the training is worth the time. At the end of the day, I’m learning a wide range of skills and approaches. All of these are directly relevant to affiliate marketing (else I wouldn’t be learning them in the first place), but they are also relevant to other forms of online business, including freelancing, or even for developing websites for physical businesses. I think that I will come out of this with skills that will help me regardless of whether my site actually makes a profit.
The learning process
I learn mostly through doing, rather than reading or listening, so the training I am going through at Wealthy Affiliate works perfectly for me. I am not just reading instructions on what I should or should not be doing, but am actually creating a website step-by-step. This is kind of fun, but challenging sometimes.
Because I have some experience with working online already, some of the things that I am learning are redundant, and I end up being tempted to skip steps or to go my own way. When I started this process I promised myself that I would follow all of the instructions in the different lessons at Wealthy Affiliate.
There were two reasons for this. First, I wanted to be sure I learned as much as possible from the experience. Second, going through the training isn’t just for me. I wanted to be able to share my experience with people who were thinking about trying the training, or who want to learn more about affiliate marketing.
I have been doing stepwise lessons about developing an affiliate marketing website from the level of a beginner and I can actually show you my website this week. There isn’t much to see yet, because most of the work has been background, but you can see the site here. If you get the chance, have a look at Wealthy Affiliate University, where I am doing my training. The site has a paid and a free option, and there is a whole lot you can do with the free option. In fact, just about all of the lessons that I have been taking are available for free users.
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