The big question: What are you selling?
My website works like this:
I make a commission off of some of the stuff I featured on One More Cup of Coffee. Some of the links you see are affiliate links which means I make money if you buy stuff through my website.
But my website is not limited to products and services I'm affiliated with. In fact, a lot of the tools you'll find here are free! Free stuff is great, As I mentioned in my story telling you what I've done from Day One up until Right Now, I started out just like you. I ran into a few scams, was tight with my money, and didn't really trust anyone.
I think it's important that you are able to find the free stuff you need to get started — I mean, I used mostly free stuff when I started as well. But some tools do require that you pay. And I figured, well, if I use it and like it enough to suggest you use it, I might as well make some money from it, right?
Who wouldn't? Am I crazy for thinking this? This is quite normal in just about every industry online. But when it comes to folks talking about “how to make money” stuff, I've seen countless blogs, YouTube, and other social media channels with people crying foul when anyone makes a profit, anywhere online.
I completely understand. The industry is rife with scam artists and complete n00bs that don't know what they are promoting. I don't know what's worse, a scam artists that knows they're scamming or a n00b that just doesn't care as long as they earn a buck.
However, I try to not be EITHER of these things. I try my best to give you accurate information, well researched opinions, and 100% honest reviews.
Consider these things before you write me off as just another shameless advertiser
1. Information is free. I write everything on my blog, without pay. You can read the info and leave without buying anything. I trust you can make the final decision if something I recommend is worth your money or not. In fact, I did a whole series of 15,000+ words teaching you about niche marketing for free, and even have a 5 day email course with videos and email access to me at no cost.
You can also attend a live event I run every few weeks, or join the Google+ community I run for weekly tips and internet findings. You can also access the niche research I post to my blog to get some ideas on what your first business will be about.
2. There are THOUSANDS of affiliate products out there. I've chosen the ones featured here because I use them, and they work. I could make a lot more money than I do right now by saying everything works, rather than most stuff doesn't work. It's a much harder sell to tell someone “X is a scam, try this instead” rather than “X really does work and you can make a bunch of easy money.”. Kind of like this scam blog.
3. You don't have to pay for anything you don't want to. I always list cheap or free options if they are available. But how can anyone deny that most of the time, the paid stuff works better. Companies have to pay for maintenance, support, development, etc.
4. I do NOT promote scams or anything based on commission alone. In fact, I expose scams. In fact, I spend $100's every month trying products to review them, and most of them were either low-quality or scams. Yes, I actually buy the products I review.
5. My blog is a mix of hobby and business. Some thing on my blog are for fun. Some are for business. I try to make the difference as clear as possible. I try to mix things up, talking about paid products/services and general info about how to make money online doing affiliate marketing.
About Wealthy Affiliate
If you've gone through my website from head to toe, you'll have figured out that Wealth Affiliate not only played a huge role in my online success, but also that it's a recurring theme in much of what I write. I use the website every day helping people build their own niche sites.
If you invest your time and/or money into one thing on the site, make it Wealthy Affiliate. Simply stated, there is no “free report”, “guru secret”, or “PDF Guide” that can match what WA offers because WA is always updating based on the industry.
It's up to date
People just like you are on live chat every day discussing their campaigns in REAL TIME every day, and you can exchange strategies in live chat. You can also talk to folks like me, that are already doing this full time, and get their honest advice on what you are doing right or wrong. It's like Facebook for affiliate marketers.
Where else can you get real time, 1-on-1 support from successful internet marketers, who can give you honest feedback for your own website and help you try to make money from your website? For about less than $1 a day? I know that sounds like sales pitch, but show me on the internet where you can get something similar. And now you see why in comparison to Wealthy Affiliate, everything else sucks.
The Point Is:
- They are focused on delivering up to date training and personal support for YOUR business
- Being a premium member requires a monthly fee
- I make some money if you sign up through my website
To The Critics
People criticize me as a ‘one trick pony'. They say that all I do is review products, trash them, then recommend my own stuff. I just review products how I see them. I give my opinion. If it's a terrible product, I recommend an alternative. And yes, surprisingly, I do have quite a few products I give the thumbs up, though I don't list them in my Top 10 list.
As someone that has worked full time online for 4 years now and run my own successful 6-figure-generating niche websites not in the “make money online' space, I believe that I know a thing or two about what works and what doesn't.
At the end of the day however, it's just my opinion. You can take it as you want. Sometimes I'm wrong. Sometimes.
To The Supporters
I know a lot of you appreciate the money and time I spend to write these reviews and create these tutorials. It wouldn't be fair to talk to the critics and not chat with you guys a bit. Thanks for all your support and positive comments. If you ever need any help or want to ask my questions about your website, please send me an email, leave me a comment, or PM me in WA.
I've been where you are right now. I started out knowing nothing about internet marketing. It took me 3 months to make my first $5 sale, and my income has never stopped growing since that day. Now I dedicate my time to helping Y-O-U achieve the same thing. If I can do it, you can do. Best of luck in your online business ventures!
In an effort to be completely transparent, I want to let you know that I have an affiliate relationship with some of the companies whose products or services I recommend.
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