I write about affiliate marketing occasionally as a way to earn money online, but this isn’t something I have much experience with. In fact, up to now my knowledge of the field has been based off second hand knowledge alone. Beginning this week I have started working through the tutorials and training at Wealthy Affiliate, at Nathaniell’s request, and I’m going to give you all an update once a week or so.
Wish me luck, because I’m venturing into new territory here.
Okay… Wealthy Affiliate is comprehensive. Seriously. The site is huge and really well put together. Like many sites, it has a free version and a premium membership. I’m trying out the premium for a couple of months to see what I think, but it looks like you have access to a lot even with the free membership.
One thing I like about the site is that it is very easy to follow. I can work out where to go and what to do intuitively based on the way things are laid out and there are lots of places to ask questions.
The other thing I like about the site is that it is busy, I mean really busy. There are a lot of people on the website actively asking and answering questions. I think I could go all day just reading the discussion boards and learn a lot, but I don’t plan to.
The image below shows some of the benefits of the free versus the paid version of Wealthy Affiliate.
So, a big part of the Wealthy Affiliate site is about training. For a newcomer like me, most of the discussions on the site don’t mean much, simply because I have a very limited background in using websites in this way.
However, the lessons on the site begin at the most basic level and get more complex over time. I am working through the introductory course at the moment, and I have just finished lesson three out of a total of ten.
So far, I am very impressed with how easy everything is to follow and there is an active chat board specifically for the lessons if I have any questions to ask.
The lessons themselves are interesting. They’re not too long, which is nice, and they are a combination of videos and text. Most of the videos are under ten minutes, and they are very straightforward.
I was a little nervous about going through lessons on Wealthy Affiliate, because I thought it would be just rote learning and I would forget it all immediately. I’m happy to report that isn’t the case at all, and part of the training is actually building a website, which looks exciting.
In terms of my own project, I’m up to choosing a niche. There is a lot of guidance on how to do this, and I even started my own little discussion to get some advice on a few ideas. Wealthy Affiliate even suggests a niche for you to play around with if you can’t figure out one on your own. However, the niche they suggest is how to make money online, and I write about that one enough already thank you.
So, once I figure out my niche, I move onto making my site.
Everything I’m doing right now on Wealthy Affiliate can be done simply with a free membership as far as I can tell, so if you want to, check it out yourself. Certainly, the site is easier to use and more comprehensive than I expected.
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