I began searching for information on how to earn an income online at home way back around 2006. I hated my job and wanted to start my own business. I wanted to set my own hours, be my own boss, earn more money – and most importantly, I just wanted to stay home. In 2007, I got the courage to quit my job and start working at home online.
I started with an Ebay business, but a few years in I realized it was becoming too much work. I was working six days a week and often well into the evenings. So I started searching again for how to earn an income online at home. That’s when I discovered affiliate marketing. I spent money on an affiliate marketing course and got scammed. The website I built was a complete failure.
Then, in 2015, I was really getting tired of working so many hours a week at Ebay, so I decided to give affiliate marketing another try. I’m glad I tried again, because this time I found a company called, Wealthy Affiliate. They aren’t a scam. They’re a legitimate company that teaches people, step-by-step, how to earn an income online at home with affiliate marketing.
Wealthy Affiliate offers a Free Starter Membership that includes 20 free classes, 24/7 support, one free website, 50+ training modules, and 2 training classrooms, plus the ability to earn commissions for referring people to Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to do affiliate marketing in four steps:
Step 1: Choose a niche/topic
Step 2: Create a website
Step 3: Drive traffic to your website
Step 4: Earn commissions/revenue
The topic I chose was animals. The website I created is all about the health, care and training of dogs and cats. I drove traffic to the website by creating quality content – specifically, by writing articles. I became an affiliate for several products and services having to do with pets and I promote those products and services within my articles. That’s how I earn money.
By the time I finished the free starter classes, I had my website, was an affiliate for several products and services, knew how to create quality content for my website, and was earning money.
Also included within the Free Starter Membership are the first 10 classes of a training course called, Affiliate Bootcamp. This is a course specifically designed to teach you how to create a website to promote Wealthy Affiliate. You’re on the website I built right now. You get 10 of the Affiliate Bootcamp classes within the Free Starter Membership. By the time I was done with those, I had created my second website (this one), and was starting to create content to promote Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate pays us a large commission for referring others to Wealthy Affiliate. I’m quite passionate about promoting it, because without Wealthy Affiliate, I’d likely be back at a 9-5 job and hating my life. I love the websites I’ve built. I love the work I do. Because of the training I received at Wealthy Affiliate, I actually like my job. And it turns out, the biggest portion of my income from affiliate marketing comes from the commissions I earn promoting Wealthy Affiliate. You can see what they pay us in my article HERE.
Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Membership
Once I completed the free starter program, I knew I wanted to do affiliate marketing full time. So I updated to the Premium Membership and continued on with the training. I’ve been a premium member ever since. You can read my full overview (video included) of everything the Premium Membership includes HERE.
The Premium Membership includes 100+ additional classes, unlimited support, weekly live training webinars, 1000+ training modules, up to 10 websites (including your own domains), 13 training classrooms, free access to Jaaxy (a keyword research tool that normally costs $49 per month), plus double commissions for referring people to Wealthy Affiliate – $19 for the first month, then $49 per month thereafter. Or you can save money by purchasing a full year’s membership for $495 (results in about two months free).
Make Part-Time Money Online
If you’re just looking to earn a part-time income online, you can complete the training with Wealthy Affiliate and plan to do the following:
- Create one website on a topic you’re interested in
- Become an affiliate for some products and services having to do with your topic
- Write one or two articles per week about your topic, and include affiliate links
- Post your content on at least one social media platform (I’d suggest Facebook or Pinterest)
- Use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies to get your content ranked in Google
Realistically, in order to quit your job and make a full time income online, you’ll need to create content at least three times per week, preferably five days per week at least until you build your website’s authority on your topic. You can continue with your one website, or you can also create a second website to promote Wealthy Affiliate. I personally work five days a week, and I split my time equally between my two websites. I also have two YouTube channels. Now keep in mind I’ve been doing this a while – I started my training at Wealthy Affiliate in August of 2015. I’m good at it now, and I’ve developed a great system for creating content, posting on social media, maximizing Search Engine Optimization, and now I’m a new YouTuber. And I’m happy to report that I’m working at a level to earn a full-time income at home in about 25 hours per week.
Affiliate Marketing Job Description
If you’re interested in seeing exactly what this job entails – at least the way I do it – you can read my article, Affiliate Marketing Job Description – What I Do Every Day as an Affiliate Marketer, or watch my video to see exactly what I do each day:
How to Earn an Income Online at Home
I hope this helped! If you want to learn how to work at home and make money online, affiliate marketing is certainly a way you can accomplish that, and actually enjoy it. I earn income online doing something I love, and I personally will never return to a 9-5 job. Earning money online at home has so many benefits – flexible, part-time hours, unlimited income, no boss or co-workers to deal with. My recommendation, if you want to learn how to make an income online, is to sign up for the Free Starter Membership with Wealthy Affiliate. Check it out – do 10 free classes – and see if you like it. There’s no risking in trying it. You can read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate HERE. Good luck in your quest to work earn money at home online! I hope you end up liking it as much as I do. Debra