For those of you that haven’t been following along, I am a freelance writer with practically no experience in affiliate marketing. I have successfully earned a full-time income from freelance writing for a number of years, but I have recently started training in affiliate marketing as a way of supplementing my income and perhaps eventually replacing it. I have just finished my fourth week of training in affiliate marketing through the website Wealthy Affiliate, doing between five and ten hours each week. It has been an interesting, and somewhat unexpected, journey.
Differences between affiliate marketing and freelancing
I got involved in freelance writing somewhat by fluke, and for me it was a relatively fast transition from earning almost no money to earning enough to survive off. For me, that wasn’t a particularly fun transition, because I didn’t have a job previously and I had little other money coming in. Because of this, there was a large amount of pressure to earn money fast, and I found it to be a field that was strongly unpredictable.
From what I understand, affiliate marketing tends to fluctuate also, but the timing is different. For example, the months leading up to Christmas can be busy months for affiliate marketing, but they are dead months for my freelancing, as I work with students, and there aren’t any to be found at that time.
While I could pick up freelance writing and run with it relatively easily, affiliate marketing has a more involved set up process. I don’t think this is a bad thing, because the two approaches work in different ways. With freelancing, I have to constantly attract new clients, starting new each time I get a different client. With affiliate marketing, you are setting up a base and building from that, then using the information you gain to build again if you choose to. I think that this makes the effort involved in setting up worthwhile, because you have something that is going to grow in effectiveness as you put time into it.
What I’ve been doing is working through lessons on the Wealthy Affiliate website that involves in-depth instruction, often by text and by video, followed by specific tasks to complete. I’ve been enjoying the lessons and following them strictly every week but this week. This week I’ve branched out on my own a little bit. My issue, and it isn’t a major one, is that the lessons are focusing on promoting my website and driving traffic to it. If I follow the lessons exactly, my website would only have a few pages on it when I attempt to drive people to see it.
Personally, I don’t like that and I’m a little embarrassed about showing off my website when I don’t think it is anywhere near worth showing. So, this week I have strongly been focusing on developing content. Writing content for a website is probably the one part of affiliate marketing that I actually have some experience in, because writing is where all of my experience is anyway. Writing regularly on here and on other similar projects has also helped me to gain experience. I’m happy with my progress this week, as I managed to get a lot more content on my website.
I believe that I will eventually make a profit from affiliate marketing, and the main reason that it is taking me so long to get set up is that I’m not putting a lot of time into. I’m still very impressed with the courses and information that is provided at Wealthy Affiliate, and I think that it is a resource that I will continue to use as my skills grow.