So no, it isn’t easy in the least bit. In fact, from the people who talk about the TRUTH behind affiliate marketing, it CAN be a great way to make money, but only after you’ve spent months or even years putting content out there and already have a VERY solid viewer base. That’s great that you worked your way up so fast, but for your one blog that makes as much as you claim, there are countless others who wasted months or even years on blogs and get little to no return on it. So, your website neglects to cover the most difficult part of the topic. And that’s not pointing the finger at you – it seems like that is where 99% of the people discussing affiliate marketing fall short. They talk about the finish line rather than the path to GET to that finish line.
From Wealthy Affiliate you will not only learn to make money by selling your own stuff but will also learn to make money by selling the products of third parties like Amazon, eBay and so on and earn commission on each sale. So, if you sell the products of Amazon, eBay and so on, you don't have to worry about shipment because everything is handled by those companies. But, if you want to sell your own products, then about the shipment from your country, you have to ask the concerned department in your country. From WA you will also learn to make money without selling anything or recruiting anyone, just from the advertisement services like Google AdSense, Media.net and so on. So, there are many ways to earn money online which you will learn by following the WealthyAffiliate lessons.
Thank you for your in-depth review of Wealthy Affiliate. I agree 100% with your point that the lessons should be more task-oriented. Part of the problem is that the training is old, so they haven’t changed any of the basic lessons in years. This is one of the reasons why I like Income School, they have a blueprint that breaks down what you should be doing month by month which I believe makes it much easier to implement than Wealthy Affiliate.
After you find an affiliate network with merchants that match your niche, the next step is to make sure you can earn high commissions from your sales. Remember, average affiliate commissions (depending on vertical) range from 5-30%. When you scan the list of merchants, do some math on potential earnings and product prices so that you maximize your revenue.
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