I stumbled to this site as I was attempting to get even more information about a company that you seem to know by name all too well AmeriPlan. For me from the first contact from that company there was something in my head already telling me that this company was not for me, however it ALMOST seemed to me that they wanted you to do reseach on them since they claim to have a good review with the BBB. So with lack of my better judgement I put those feelings aside and put more of my time in doing some research on them. I went to the BBB site, and saw nothing but not so good all the way to simply terrible reviews there. At that point (which was approximately 2 weeks ago) I knew that that this company was just not a good fit for me. The emails kept coming, and to be honest I wrote them off, however did not advise them that I was not interested yet. Today I was planning to do just that simply respond to the emails and let them know, but before I completed that for some reason I decided to google their name review. I am the type of person that always beleives that everything happens for a reason, now so here I am on your page. I know this has been very long, but I wanted you to know how and where I came from. What you guys are doing here seems VERY interesting! I am not looking for some kind of get rich quick scheme that is simply not going to happen. When something sounds to good to be true it is, or illegal. I have 3 questions for you if you could answer if not well like I said earlier everything happens for a reason. Do you need to have GREAT writing skills? Social studies and Language was not my best subjects in school nor were they the worest just in the middle. I am not a gamer, I do not have hobbies such as fishing, golf, etc. How do people or did you figure out what was a good subject for a website? Lastly the handful of things that I am very interested about is completely overloaded in the “YouTube” community with so much of what I enjoy overloaded in the YouTube world do you think that a website would stand a chance against those guru’s of YouTube?

Writing product reviews are an excellent way to enhance your credibility as an affiliate marketer. This is especially easy with information products like e-books which are relatively inexpensive. After establishing some steady income it may even be worth buying higher-end products, provided you get in touch with the product creator to work out a strategic marketing plan that takes you to the next level.
Cost per click was more common in the early days of affiliate marketing but has diminished in use over time due to click fraud issues very similar to the click fraud issues modern search engines are facing today. Contextual advertising programs are not considered in the statistic pertaining to the diminished use of cost per click, as it is uncertain if contextual advertising can be considered affiliate marketing.
Mistake #2: Using the “They must not be my people” excuse to be spammy. I’m not a fan of this common tactic. Here’s how it works: people send a huge number of sales/promotional emails to their list with no warning and with no easy way to opt out. When people complain or unsubscribe, they put it on them (“Oh well, they aren’t my type of subscriber anyway…”), instead of taking responsibility for the spam (let’s call it what it is). What ever happened to “treat others the way you want to be treated”?
How much you get paid would depend on how many sales you made for the month and how much commission the merchant is currently paying. When you get to the point where you start making sales, then you would be paid on a monthly basis. Also, the more traffic you have coming to your site would also play a factor in how much money you would initially make.
Easy to start: The investment required to get into affiliate marketing is not much. Apart from the costs associated with buying a domain and hosting it, there is no other cost involved except for maybe a tool or two (such as benchmarking tools to test product performance, and the like) which would still not put a dent in your wallet. You can write the articles by yourself; if you think writing is not something up your alley, you can outsource the content to freelance writers.
I would suggest that you get started by opening up your FREE starter account here so that you can check out everything WA has to offer you and you get the chance to experience for yourself how awesome WA really is without risking any money. If you like it and you would like to continue on in your training I would highly recommend that you upgrade to the premium membership as it has the most value.

It’s great to see that we have something in common (Having the same name) You don’t need to be in the selling business or have any prior experience with sales in order to be successful at WA. You’ll need to come up with your own ideas as to what you want to sell based on your hobbies and interests. Wealthy Affiliate shows you how to take your hobbies and turn them into an online business with their proven and trusted step by step training.
Affiliate marketing is also called "performance marketing", in reference to how sales employees are typically being compensated. Such employees are typically paid a commission for each sale they close, and sometimes are paid performance incentives for exceeding objectives.[20] Affiliates are not employed by the advertiser whose products or services they promote, but the compensation models applied to affiliate marketing are very similar to the ones used for people in the advertisers' internal sales department.
Hi Scott. Well I must say, you certainly have made this sound very attractive. For the past year I have just been trying to figure out how all this works. ( I’m 49 ) I am not Tech Savvy!! Did not actually get my very first computer till a year & 1/2 ago( Don’t know what took so long 🙁 ). The Internet world, ( so I have heard it called ) is a scarry place :(, and if you want to become involved in it like I do, it’s hard to know where to start, who to beleive, who to listen to, very scarry. But I truly have to say that after reading your review of WA, I do feel alot more comfortable about finley finding someplace to start. I will be joing your program later this morning, after the birds wake up 🙂 (it’s only 5am right now). I would like to Thank You for the time you have put in to this review of WA, and giving me the sense of finally being able to say, I can trust this guy Scott. You have a nice day, and I do look forward to talking with you more down the road.
When Mathew J Maniyamkott doesn't write about startups and entrepreneurs, you can find him curled in his bed reading Rohinton Mistry or a Rushdie, although he finds the latter incredibly tough to read. He used to write for a national daily on Startups, Entrepreneurship & Technology. You can find him ramble, rant, and rave about his weight loss struggles & strategies at Fitversity.in.
Wealthy Affiliate is also very strict on spam, which in the end is a GOOD thing, but I have to be careful sometimes about promoting my sites or referencing them. Sometimes I do have valuable information on my site that I think could help people during live chat sessions or Q&A’s, but I don’t share because I don’t want it to look like I’m spamming. They do allow people to promote their sites in certain areas, but in order to keep the community from filling up with self-promotion spam, there are times when it is best not to share certain information from outside sources, especially my own sites.
Building trust with your audience is paramount in affiliate marketing, and the quickest way to lose trust is to recommend products either you haven’t used before or that aren’t a good fit for your audience. Also make sure you never tell anyone to directly buy a product, you are simply recommending the product. The more helpful you are and the more you make quality recommendations, the more likely your web visitors will come back for your expertise. 
Often times Affiliate Marketing is Over-Hyped: You’ll see a lot of testimonials promising spectacular results with affiliate marketing, such as “person X made $60,000 in just 30 days as a brand new affiliate” & there’s many similar messaging like this that unfortunately give affiliate marketing the wrong perception, that its some sort of get rich quick scheme, which it is far from. This kind of insanely fast results most likely came from a successful Facebook ad or other successful paid aid. Sometimes due to multitude of factors an ad can just take off and generate high revenues for short period & then burn out. The difficulty is being able to sustain those kind of numbers consistently. FB for one doesn’t like most affilaite offers to be promoted, so eventually your FB ad account will get banned or your ad will burn through its audience and stop working. I know this because I’ve been there done that. Those massive pay days are fun but the real challenge is can you sustain it?
Can you run a successful business by only using the free membership option at Wealthy Affiliate? Well, you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, I recommend you sign up for the free Wealthy Affiliate membership as a way to try things out. Honestly, the free membership is set up to be a bit of a teaser to get you to sign up for premium eventually, but most of us expect that going in. What’s nice about it is you can judge for yourself, based on the free membership, whether it is worth it for you to sign up for premium. Ultimately, only you can decide if Wealthy Affiliate is high quality or not. You will get more than enough of an idea by signing up for their free membership option. On average, about 1 in every eight people upgrade to a premium membership.
As far as how many articles you would need to get some good rankings this would depend on if you do in depth keyword research before you write the articles. From my own personal experience, I had around 30 articles before I started to see a good amount of traffic to my websites and started making sales. This would vary depending on how good of research you do and how well you follow the training.
Udemy.com – Udemy is an online training platform where “instructors” can create courses and sell them to “students”. There are some extremely high quality courses on Udemy created by high quality instructors who really have made a lot of money online, but there are a lot of very low quality courses as well. Most of the higher quality courses are quite expensive, sometimes exceeding $100. While the training might be good, the training on Wealthy Affiliate is excellent as well, plus you get all the tools, community, and support included as well. Once again, I believe Wealthy Affiliate is the better option.
It is unfortunate to hear you weren’t able to make money online. Unfortunately I do not what kind of effort you put in and how you approached your own business so I can’t comment on the reasons why. I for a fact made more money online in my very first year than I made working a full time office job here in Canada. As you mentioned, creating a successful online business does take a LOT of work and time as well. If it was easy we’d all be rich. Building a business is a long term process and should be seen as such.
The most valuable benefits of Wealthy Affiliate University (in my opinion) are the step-by-step approach to building a business and the support from Kyle, Carson and many expert members. Most other online programs are lacking the support and the clear action plan. I have tested dozens of different programs over the past 7 years and nothing comes close to the quality of WA.
Honestly, I wouldn’t try marketing WA itself until you’ve had success elsewhere. How can you give solid advice on why people should join WA if you haven’t had success with it yet? Also, some of the best affiliates in the world have gone through WA training, so you’re competing with them as well. You can definitely compete with anyone, so don’t let that scare you away. But get your legs with a micro-niche site first. Hopefully you can find a niche that’s not too competitive.
Do you have zero interest in an expensive mountain bike the company you are an affiliate of sells? Well, you probably don’t want to feature it on your blog, as it is extremely difficult to persuade readers (or anyone for that matter) that they should buy something you wouldn’t be caught spending a single penny on. When you are passionate about a product or–at the very least–interested in learning more about it, this will come through to your readers, engage them and better coax them to buy
If you have spent any considerable amount of time researching Wealthy Affiliate you might have realized there are virtually no bad reviews about WA online. Whenever you think of customer’s rant and feedback you realize that unhappy customers are a lot more tempted to leave a bad review online than the satisfied once. This is true for restaurants, dentists, car dealerships and of course online training programs. Well over 100,000 people have joined Wealthy Affiliate since 2005 and as you can see the vast majority is completely happy with Wealthy Affiliate and everything it has to offer. This is why it’s almost impossible to find any bad press about WA online.
All of this is taken care of for you by the company. You will be setting up a website that will be driving traffic to well known companies and you’ll get paid a commission when someone makes a purchase using your special affiliate id link that you will get when you join their affiliate program. All of this is explained in full detail when you join.

I really like this article and I want to join but I have a question . If I don’t see value after the 7-days-free-trial , and I decide to leave what happens with my website ? Will it be closed ? You said we can keep the website but who pays for the hosting and domain ? Do I have to pay for the domain first even if I just want to try the 7-days-trial? I am sorry if the question is dumb , but I really want to get sure first , since there are so many affiliate programs with hidden expenses =(
It’s a constant learning process Shahbaz. And, you can work on the courses at your own convenience. Some people take 3 months to complete and some takes a year. It’s really up to you. Well the course teaches you how to make money, and some people took a week to earn their first dollar, some people took 3 to 4 months (I did), some took 6 to 12 months and some don’t make any money.
With that said, I want to fully disclose that I am indeed an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate. If you click on any of my affiliate links, like this one, I get credit in the event you sign up for a paid membership option. If you do want to sign up for Wealthy Affiliate, clicking on my affiliate link is actually beneficial for you, too. If you sign up after clicking my link, I get notified and we are able to have private 1-on-1 conversations within’ the Wealthy Affiliate community. This is a huge added benefit and all you have to do is use my affiliate link before signing up for your free account.
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