Hi, I’m Mike! A 31-year-old PE teacher by trade who’s learnt how to make passive income online.
My wife and I started a blog in 2017 with no idea that it was possible to make money online from it.
We were working in Qatar as International teachers and wanted to document some of our lessons and life in the Middle East.
We always wanted to have a lifestyle that could allow us to travel and spend more time with our family and friends, particularly when we have children of our own.
Eventually, I realised that other “bloggers” and online business owners were making a full-time income.
The exciting part for me was that some people seemed to make passive income that allowed them to live life on their own terms rather than trading their time for money like most jobs.
It became one big puzzle for me that I wanted to put together.
But I had no idea where to start.
Everyone I turned to claimed to be a “guru” and some people would say they could help us make $1,000’s within a month.
I had quite a few setbacks on the way...
Strike 1- I took advice from some people that turned out to be outright scammers.
That was a tough pill to swallow!
Strike 2- Then a friend called me to tell me about this great opportunity in selling health and wellness products. It turned out to be an MLM program and I really didn’t like the idea of recruiting or selling to my friends and family.
I just ended up more confused than ever!
But then I watched a random Facebook ad...
It was the first piece of the puzzle...
It talked about a business model called…
It stood out as a great model because:
I realised this was the perfect opportunity for someone in a full-time job that was serious about starting an online business.
You could build this business model over TIME.
Consistent actions would help it to grow rather than needing to dedicate 40+ hours a week to get any results.
So I looked online for some ways to learn more about this.
Guess what happened…
Strike 3- I found more scams!
More false promises from these online schemes
...and more unrealistic claims that were not met.
I felt like giving up. It just didn't seem like it was worth the effort of trying this out. But it's a good job I don't really understand baseball because...
Eventually, I found a platform called Wealthy Affiliate.
I was so sceptical at first as I’d been burnt from very similar things before.
But it seemed different straight away. For a start, it was completely FREE to try out and I didn’t need to put my credit card information in there.
I still was sceptical but figured I didn’t have anything to lose by trying it.
So I followed the step-by-step training.
I built a website and learnt a lot about how to create content that can be found by Google every month (SEO aka search engine optimisation).
Things started to make sense so I committed to sticking with this for a year.
It took a while to see anything happen and it felt like I was putting in a lot of time for no reward.
Until eventually this happened…
Wealthy Affiliate taught me how to get real visitors to my website every month.
And this translates into…
Is it life changing money overnight?
The thing that separates this to so many other “make money online” programs is that everyone is so upfront about the fact that you need to put in TIME and EFFORT to see results using proven long term strategies.
But once the flood gates open, you can see the growth is exponential.
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Affiliate Marketing is earning a commission from promoting other people’s products.
This may sound a bit vague so here are 2 real-life examples:
You probably know Uber is most well known as a peer-to-peer ridesharing app.
Have you noticed the “incentive program” on the App where you can invite friends? Well, it’s possible to earn around $5 per friend that you refer to the App.
That is Affiliate Marketing!
You “get paid” to recommend a product you like and you don’t own it!
You’ve probably booked a hotel on hotel.com, booking.com or Agoda before.
Did you know the same principle applies here?
If a friend uses your special link (called an affiliate link) to purchase accommodation on the website you can earn money!
You don’t own the hotel, but you can make an income from people booking through your link!
These are just 2 real-life examples. But almost every company has some sort of affiliate program these days. Which means there are unlimited opportunities for you to earn commissions.
And the best way to do this is by building your own website and getting visitors to your website.
Here is the great thing…
In the 2020’s it’s never been easier to build a website.
I have no idea how to code or do any super techie things (I am a PE teacher after all, and you know what they say. Those who can’t… teach. And those who can’t teach… teach PE!)
It’s pretty much as simple as creating a Facebook account today.
And the amazing thing is…
You can build 2 websites for FREE if you join Wealthy Affiliate now!
So you may be thinking… but I don’t want to promote Uber or Hotels.
Well, there’s more good news for you!
You can make money in any “niche” (topic to write about).
For example, let’s say that you love camping. You can build a website related to camping with tips and tricks for campers including the best camping equipment i.e. tents, furniture, cooking equipment, backpacks etc.
Now, you have the niche idea, the only thing to do is find some products to promote.
You can find individual deals with almost any company as already mentioned earlier, but one of the most common places to search and see if these exist is of course…
You can see there are whole sections for this type of camping equipment, which suggests there are so many products you could promote or become an affiliate for.
But how can you make money from Amazon?
By using their affiliate platform “Amazon Associates”...
This is where you can pick up your affiliate link to place on your website. If someone clicks on your link and buys some of this equipment you earn a commission.
An exciting thing about Amazon is that if someone clicks your link and decides to carry on with shopping on Amazon you will earn commission on everything else they purchase within the next 24 hours.
But what if the products you’d like to promote are not on Amazon?
You can find them on a range of other platforms such as:
And if you still can’t find what you are looking for then you can search for a company directly.
It’s becoming more and more common for individual businesses to offer an affiliate program (you can often find this at the bottom of their website)
There really is no end to where you can get affiliate links from.
But just getting these links doesn't make you money.
It's now up to you to provide helpful information for people to find.
And Google is one of the best ways to share this information as it provides FREE visitors to your website EVERY month.
Let's say you wrote an article about "14 Best Tents for Camping Holidays".
If you can write a good article that's helpful to the people searching for this information, then you can rank on the first page of Google like the websites have above.
This means there are a certain number of people that will find your website every month, without you having to advertise or promote it.
If you place affiliate links that solves peoples problems, you can earn commission every month by putting the work in once... and getting paid over and over again for it.
And that is how people make passive income from an online business.
You honestly don’t need to worry about this.
An interest or even something you want to learn more about works just as well.
Another Wealthy Affiliate member even proved this doesn’t matter and started a very obscure niche to start making money within one month.
What was the niche they chose?
Football Snack Helmets!
I can even show you the case study if you’d like to see it inside Wealthy Affiliate.
There's no limit on how many products you can promote.
And there's no limit on how many websites you can build over time.
The sky really is the limit with affiliate marketing!
Towards the end of 2018, I read a book called F.U. Money.
The author, Dan Lok, is straight-talking, brash and even a bit crude at times.
But he did make a lot of sense.
What the book did for me is made me realise I am the only one who is in control of my future. I needed to hear this message at that stage of my life as I was just cruising along waiting for life to happen to me.
The end of the book said that if you do not take action within the next 24 hours, then it’s almost guaranteed that you will never take ANY action towards F.U. Money.
The next day I found Wealthy Affiliate.
This is the place where I started as a complete newbie to the online marketing world.
Was it fate? Maybe
Luck? Who can say?
The thing is, I believe the same thing.
If you do not take at least some sort of small action within the next 24 hours, then chances are you will still be in the exact same situation this time next year
... and the year after that.
The only person who controls your future is YOU.
The rest of this page is dedicated to making sure your questions are answered.
First of all let's cover what is included inside Wealthy Affiliate...
This training will hold your hand and walk you through step-by-step from:
All of this will be covered in the training with video & text tutorials. Then there are step-by-step actions for you to take.
Apart from the training, you'll also need the actual tools and this Website Builder is a beast. You genuinely can make a website in a few minutes as you can see in the video above.
And this is my secret of how I'm able to build websites easily without knowing a single line of code.
If you don't know yet, every website needs a domain. It's kind of like the address of your house. It's how people can find you.
With this marketplace inside Wealthy Affiliate, you don't have to go to external places like GoDaddy to buy your domain. You can do everything seamlessly in Wealthy Affiliate.
Web hosting is basically your house. It's where your website data are stored.
This is also included in the membership, meaning that ALL the technical stuff is provided to you directly inside this platform. It includes site security protection and anti-spam features. It's far superior to the standard hosting platforms you will find elsewhere.
This one's a biggie!
A keyword research tool is something you need to help you get your unlimited traffic (visitors) for FREE to your website.
This tool is what will help you decide what to write about and create a plan moving forwards.
Other companies are charging hundreds of dollars per month or per year for it. But again, you're getting it for FREE in Wealthy Affiliate.
As its name suggests, it helps you find affiliate products easily so that you can promote and make money fast.
This saves a lot of your time by going to different websites to look for affiliate programs. This is a brand spanking new feature that didn't exist when I joined... Wealthy Affiliate is constantly improving!
Yes, this is really LIVE. Wealthy Affiliate's live training coach, Jay, will hop on LIVE every week to teach you a variety of topics ranging from branding, to Facebook, to Google, to YouTube, to website design, etc. He even hosts Hot Seats once in a while to help you review your website and tell you how to improve.
This is another form of training you can expect from this community.
If you have something valuable to share, Wealthy Affiliate allows you to share your knowledge with the community and get paid (yes you can get paid to share training!! No marketing or launches needed!)
On the other hand, all members can benefit from other members' training (there are some amazing training lessons in here that I can direct you towards).
If you run into any technical issues, you can easily get help within minutes because WA has this 24/7 technical support team on standby.
You not only can make friends, but you can also mastermind with like-minded people from all over the world.
Also, WA has a Live Chat area where you can chat anytime of the day with other members or get immediate help.
Congratulations for making it this far down!
It means that you're interested in creating an online business that has the potential to help you live life on your own terms instead of trading your time for money.
On top of what you will receive from Wealthy Affiliate, I'm also going to include some additional bonuses for FREE.
These are key resources that can help you speed up the process and avoid a lot of mistakes that I made when I started out...
If you've tried WordPress, WordPress has a TON of themes and plugins. I understand it's confusing for beginners.
So, I've created this guide to help you based on my experience.
This guide will be extremely helpful to help you kickstart your website!
Total Value: US$723
I'm going to make this really clear straight away...
Wealthy Affiliate does not give refunds.
With that being said remember you can try the program out for free. And if you expect to see monetary results from the program within the first month I haven't done my job right or you haven't read all off this page!
The point being, you get to a have a full look of what you will be paying for before you upgrade and to get the bonuses mentioned you can pay $19 for your first month. You can cancel your membership at any time.
To get your first month for $19 and the bonuses above you have one week from now.
You can get started for free and even build 2 websites without spending a penny (or even giving your credit card details).
After that if you want to upgrade to premium to access all of the features that you see above it will cost $19 for your first month if you upgrade in your first week.
To continue as a premium member it costs either $49 a month or $359 for a year (that works out to be less than $1 a day).
If you are serious about making a profitable website you will need to pay for a domain name (that is standard for any website) which will be around $10-$15 for a year i.e. I pay for $13.49 each year for maketimeonline.com
The one thing I would personally say is that you will need an autoresponder (email collecting and delivering service) at some point.
But you certainly can use MailChimp or MailerLite for free and this is not a necessity to make money from your website.
Again if you read all of this page you will see there are lots of real people making some very real money through Wealthy Affiliate's training, tools and support.
But remember building a sustainable online business does take time and effort.
It will not happen overnight or even within 1 month if you are brand new to online marketing!
Only the people that follow the training and take ACTION on it will make money from this course.
You can read, watch and learn all you want but unless you take action on your own website nothing will happen.
In fact, Wealthy Affiliate has a strong emphasis on you creating a website within a niche about something that you are passionate about.
I know, I know!
I was also asking these questions myself when I started.
How can you believe these random people?
Once you're inside Wealthy Affiliate you can personally message anyone. You'll be amazed at how much people share and help each other out.
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