Dreamers dream and doers do, and never the twain shall meet, or do they?
Money makes money, right? Yes, but that only works if you have some to begin with.
But Today You Really Can Make Money Online Without Money Because Technology Has Made It So.
When I first moved to Florida in 1995 I remember hooking up my Apple 2C computer to a phone modem, and watched, fascinated as photos and images gradually appeared, line by line on the screen.
Loading a web page (AOL) took forever, but the audio announcement (you’ve got mail) was novel to me as nobody that I knew actually had a private email account at that time and although most of my messages were really just suggestions from AOL itself, it didn’t take away from the realisation that something incredible was happening in the field of human communications.
I had absolutely no idea how it all worked, shrouded in mystery as it was and produced in my imagination by lab coated genius’s somewhere who were heralding the birth of the world wide web.
It was ways too slow for me to consider the internet as a tool for increased productivity. I used my computer as a standalone for its calculating capabilities in spreadsheets and with a couple of databases.
None of us back then could have envisaged what was to come in the next 23 years, but within that time, computer science has evolved to the extent that we are now almost a cashless society. The US Postal service is a shadow of its former self because we don’t write letters or even send cheques anymore and the only thing they seem to deliver to my mailbox these days are local ads!
In 2018, and as technology races on, there are more opportunities than ever before, for ordinary people to take advantage of the Internet of things, grab it by the horns, and bend it to your will.
For the first time in human history there is an internet super highway right there, literally at your fingertips, beckoning you to take a journey, And, you won’t need to leave your house.
Understanding How The Money Is Made On The Internet
Most of us tend to think simplistically when conjuring up a picture in our head of a person out there somewhere with a website and making a living working from their laptop computer. Perhaps they have an online store, here it is, pay for it with a credit card, and UPS will deliver it to your door lickedy split. That’s categorized as E-Commerce, an exchange of monies for goods or services rendered.
We’ve been doing that for centuries, it’s just that now, instead of physical samples, we have digital images in our virtual shop, and our suppliers are taking the load off by delivering the actual product directly to our customers. No inventory, no premises no rent, no commute. What’s not to like about that?
But, it’s still an old way of doing things in the sense that you would be still buying and selling things, dealing with customers, and involving yourself in returns, not to mention the bookkeeping chores just as you would have done with a real brick and mortar store. Your local competition won’t be Macy’s and the mall anymore, more likely it’ll be Amazon so your offerings had better be something that they don’t have. Different sorts of challenges.
Modern marketing is slowly morphing into direct marketing, and where once there were a slew of intermediaries, company reps, wholesalers, and retailers stocking product on behalf of a supplier, vendors today are increasingly doing it for themselves and selling directly to the end user.
But they have help from modern entrepreneurs who are the replacements for parts of the old supply chain.
Collectively, They Are Known As Affiliate Marketers
As a group they are as diverse as it is possible to be and their knowledge of a particular individual subject matter, (their niche) allows them to make recommendations on new products and services. For example, a consumer out there may be considering a purchase of a specific product, maybe a household appliance, but they have not decided on a particular brand of microwave or coffee maker. In steps the affiliate marketer.
Prospective customer Googles “best coffee makers” and up pops an affiliate marketing website comparing apples to apples, Pros, Cons and maybe best choice. They place a link within their copy, allowing visitors to connect directly with the vendor and if a customer finally buys that coffee maker, then the affiliate is rewarded with a commission.
That very basically is affiliate marketing. It’s the way things are going and as more and more suppliers offer affiliate programs, the more demand there is for new affiliates to join the ranks and you won’t be needing much in the way of money to get started.
In fact all you will really need is an idea and a website.
Back in 1995 the very notion that an average Joe could set up and run a money producing website would have been somewhat laughable. Obviously the technology was not quite in place back then and America was only starting to bring broadband to households, but the number one obstacle would have been that with no IT experience there would have been no possibility for you to be able to build your own website by yourself in the first place, and for those precious few who knew the necessary gobbledygook, it would have taken them weeks to build even a small site.
We Have Come A Long Way Baby
You only have to turn on the TV to see all the companies currently offering to build you a good-looking website for free. Literally there are tens of thousands of website making templates to choose from, some entirely free and others for a modest cost. You do not need to know how to code anymore!
Actually setting up a great looking site is possibly the easiest aspect of affiliate marketing.
Although there’s other stuff to learn before you can begin to make money online it’s all conducted now in everyday English, everything. It’s for everyone, and if you follow my advice you can start for free, website, hosting, and all … Free.
Let’s face it, like anything else in life, starting something new, from scratch as it were, requires your energy, your discipline and most of all it requires your precious time.
Never invest in any scheme or program promising to set you up with an online business, in an exchange for money, without having the opportunity to evaluate it first, in real time.
For all sorts of reasons you may not be able to continue to pursue affiliate marketing, or maybe you discover that it’s not what you want to do after all. That’s unlikely, but to have paid for the privilege is something you could have avoided.
Properly setting up and operating an affiliate marketing business will require some training and there are specific tasks that you will have to do, including the selection of a niche for your business, and there is free help out there for that too.
The number one place to go for help in establishing a website business of this type would be Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate is based in Canada, and its founders Carson Lim and Kyle Loudoun started the business back in 2005. Originally it existed as basically a keyword finder but the company has grown over the years into the premiere affiliate learning and hosting platform that it is today. It’s developed into the largest affiliate marketing association on the planet, it has a roster of approaching one million professional marketers of all stripes, and most of the luminaries of affiliate marketing worldwide are members here.
Pretty much all of them started their businesses and built their first sites and had them hosted free of charge on Wealthy Affiliates siterubix platform, before moving on to a premium membership.
With a premium membership Wealthy Affiliate will host up to 50 websites (Fifty), and should you have any it’s really easy to transfer your current domains over.
But that’s not where you would start. Start with the free program, and if nothing else you will have learned the right way to set up a site, how to write effective copy and receive a general schooling in the rules and regulations of the industry.
There is nothing else quite like Wealthy Affiliate for getting you up to speed quickly and they won’t overload you with science and jargon in the process. You learn at your own pace and in an orderly manner via online classrooms and video presentations.
Here Is A Screenshot Of The Free Affiliate Training.
You may feel, or not, that you would like to also participate in advanced training and thereby become a premium member. My annual paid membership costs me $29.00 a month and it’s been worth its weight in gold!
I have an online review of Wealthy Affiliate, you can check it out here and even sign up from that page if you are so inclined.
It may just set you on a new course!
If you found this article interesting, I encourage you to leave a comment below, and if you have any questions on starting an affiliate marketing business you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org