Author: Mike

Hi my name is Mike and I have participated successfully online as an Internet Marketer/Affiliate marketer for many years now. I created this site to help you avoid the costly mistakes I made in my pursuit of building an online income. Over the years I have tested numerous products and services that have claimed to be the program or system that will allow you to make money online, honestly, most programs fail the test. Which products or programs will help you make money online? My hope is you will find your answers here on my site. I hope you enjoy the information on my site and by all means please leave me your thoughts. If I can help in any way, don't hesitate to ask. I am always more than happy to pass on any knowledge that will help you find success online, cheers Mike.
Best Affiliate Marketing Training Course

Best Affiliate Marketing Training Course

It’s a pretty daunting task when you decide to turn to the internet as a way to make some passive income,  put yourself through university, supplement your retirement income or seek that lifestyle that you have always wanted.

When I first looked to the internet with a goal of making enough money to buy a new truck, I was faced with a multitude of income generating opportunities, some legitimate and many outright scams. The one money making technique that stood out to me as legit was Affiliate Marketing. I had looked at everything from drop shipping to Network Marketing,  but I always found myself back looking at Affiliate Marketing.

I liked the fact that the success rate and investment to income ratio was much better with Affiliate Marketing compared to Network Marketing. I also liked Affiliate Marketing over Drop Shipping because I wouldn’t have to deal with handling product delivery, returns and refunds.

When I finally hammered out that Affiliate Marketing was the right fit for me, the real work started. I quickly found out that making the decision to go with Affiliate Marketing was actually the easy part of getting my Start online. What I realized over the following months was that, finding the best Affiliate Marketing training course that would allow me to reach my goals was going to be a lot more difficult than I could have ever imagined.

Affiliate Marketing Training Platforms – Wolves In Sheep Clothing?

Here’s the problem, it’s not easy to find an Affiliate Marketing training course that will actually deliver positive results, they all claim they will, but my experiences show that they don’t!
Prior to my breakthrough online in 2009 I like many experienced broken promises by Affiliate Marketing training platforms claiming that their training courses would be the gateway to success. I do admit, many of the Affiliate Marketing training courses had elements that I did benefit from, but most that I tried, fell short of putting it all together to ensure my success.

The biggest issue I experienced besides lack of support was investing in tools and services that really weren’t needed to make money online. The only one making money from tools and services that were pitched as a “must have” were the Affiliate Marketing platforms themselves. I literally threw away thousands of dollars on tools and services that I realized over time were not necessary to make money as an Affiliate Marketer, I could have bought my truck outright with the tools and services I wasted money on.

Resist The Urge To Buy Affiliate Marketing Tools And Services

There were many obstacles I faced when I was new to Affiliate Marketing, but a few that stand out were platforms pushing paid traffic sources that cost me close to $2,000, when I hadn’t yet built the infrastructure to convert any paid traffic that I did get.

I was also told that I needed an autoresponder when my website was new and wasn’t generating any significant traffic yet. I could have saved at least 4 months of autoresponder fees if I new what I know now. I bought into one program that offered one on one support from a mentor which proved to be a joke, this experience cost me close to $1900.

I was a real go getter which these platforms used against me. I bought expensive memberships, over $100 a month, thinking that the more I paid the better my chances of success were which isn’t the case at all. Next I swung to the other end of the spectrum and went cheap, $27 one time fee to see how that would work for me, hey, I couldn’t lose. Well, I did! Low cost Affiliate Marketing training providers are low cost for a reason, they don’t offer the basics, they don’t offer quality support, this is why they are so cheap.

Over the years I have worked with many new Affiliate Marketers and the main thing that I stress to newcomers is, keep your costs down, keep it simple. Some listen to my advice and some don’t, the ones that succeed are usually the ones that don’t pile on the monthly fees. The Newbies that load themselves up with costs are usually the ones that fold from the financial pressure.

What Should You Be Looking At For Affiliate Marketing Training Course Costs

When you are looking at what you actually need to make money as an Affiliate Marketer I think you would be surprised to know that you need very little in the line of tools and services that you will need to fork out money for. Here is a list of tools and services that you will need when you first start out, this list will change a bit as you expand your affiliate business, but that’s a ways down the road.

WordPress Website builder – Get everything down to the autoresponder for as low as $29 a month in one package.

[icon type=”glyphicon glyphicon-ok” color=”#81d742″] Training

 Hosting

 Keyword tool

 Support

 Content creation tool

 Autoresponder (Free under 2,000 subscribers)

 Image providers (Free if you know where to look)

 Graphics Tool ( Free at Canva and Design Wizard)

 Button generator (Free at Da Button Factory)

There are many Affiliate Marketing training course options that will include all the above as perks in your membership, what you need to know is, most of this stuff you can source out for free, yet some outfits make this sound like these are costly perks they are throwing in with your membership. The problem arises when they want you to pay for these perks in the way of higher membership fees.

Support Is Key To Your Success

I can’t overstate how important quality support is to your success in Affiliate Marketing is. I know for me, if I didn’t have the support I did I can honestly say I wouldn’t be here writing this post. I am not talking Facebook groups that are so common these days with Affiliate Marketing training providers. You know why Facebook group support is so popular, it has no cost to the Affiliate Marketing training provider. For the most part, these Facebook support groups leave inexperienced people asking questions of each other with just one experienced staff member popping in now and again. This is not a great support mechanism.

Community support can be good if the training platform has a large membership, if they don’t, you will have a hard time once again of getting any experienced members to help you with your questions. The platform that I ended up using had a huge community of close to 2 million members with varying levels of experience and capabilities. This platform also offered incentives to members to help other members and had staff to help also, quite a unique and highly efficient support system.

My Parting Advice

It took me longer than I would have liked to break through and find success online, it also cost me a lot more than was necessary. If you keep what I mentioned in this post in the back of your head you will get your breakthrough a lot sooner and with less cost than I did. Here’s a recap that you can use to find the right Affiliate Marketing Training course for you.

 Cheaper onetime fee offers are cheap for a reason. The way that onetime fee courses are cheap is the lack of support offered. If you think of it this way, support is the most expensive component to offering the training.

Don’t saddle yourself with costly monthly fees for tools and services, you will crush under the financial pressure before you have given it your best effort.

Look at the actual training and techniques offered, not the tools!

Support is the number one thing you need to look at in any Affiliate Marketing training course. One on one training doesn’t exist. Think about it, if someone spends all their time with you that’s not a very profitable venture is it? This is why there is no such thing even when people say there is!

Understand that your effort, commitment and perseverance are the main ingredients to your success.

I hope this post helps you find the right Affiliate Marketing program that will lead to your success online. If you want to ask me any questions don’t hesitate to contact me directly or leave a comment below, have a great day Mike.

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliate Marketing vs Network Marketing – The Winner Is

Affiliate Marketing vs Network Marketing – The Winner Is

If you are on the fence and can’t decide what work from home business model is right for you, Affiliate marketing or Network marketing this post will identify the pro’s and con’s of both work from home opportunities so that you can make an informed decision that may result in you making some income from the comfort of your own home.

I am going to start this post off with describing what Network Marketing and Affiliate Marketing are,  from their I will give you the advantages and disadvantages of both work from home business opportunities. I will end with what discipline offers the best chance of you creating an income.

I hope you find this post of value. Please leave your questions or comments at the bottom of this post, your feedback helps me write even better posts moving forward, cheers Mike.

What Is Network Marketing?

Typical Network Marketing Structure

Network Marketing is a billion dollar industry encompassing a multitude of products and services. Network Marketing products that you may be familiar with are brands like Mary Kay, Amway, Melaleuca, Dream Life Rewards, Paycation Travel and MWR Life just to name a few of the thousands of Network Marketing offers at your beckoning call.

Network Marketing is also referred to as Multi Level Marketing or in some cases referral marketing.

When you participate in Network Marketing you are usually asked to pay a fee to belong to that organization or in many cases you are asked to purchase a product or service that is intended for you to resell. Products and services that you sell can be literally anything from cosmetics with Mary Kay or global travel with MWR Life . The focus in Network Marketing is to increase your income opportunities by recruiting other members into what is referred to as your “downline” so that you can benefit from their sales as well as your own.

There are many different membership options and commission structures that MLM opportunities offer their participants, it really depends on the individual Network Marketing opportunity. The main basis behind Multi Level Marketing is to generate Multiple Levels of recruits under you so that you may benefit from any success they may have, your success is directly related to your ability to recruit and your downlines ability to recruit new members.

This was a very brief description of what a Network Marketing opportunity may look like.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is a completely different work from home opportunity. In rare cases you may be asked to buy a product to promote it for income, but this isn’t the norm. In most cases as an Affiliate Marketer you are not required to buy or sell products, nor do you need to recruit people to increase your income potential.

Simply put, as an Affiliate Marketer you are a director of traffic. In Affiliate Marketing you enter into an agreement with an online merchant to promote their products or services for a pre determined commission, commissions range from 4%-75% of a retail sale. Physical products offer less Affiliate commission opportunities than do digital products. Commissions from digital products can reach as high as 75% payout if a sale is made from your traffic. Affiliate links or affiliate cookies are used by online retailers to identify what customers have been directed to their products by you.

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Affiliate Marketing

More Affiliate Marketing Benefits

When you create an Affiliate Marketing business you are in control, you own your business and can promote any product or service for income. When you participate in a Network Marketing opportunity you are not in control of your business, even though you can consider yourself an independent business your success of your business is directly linked to the success of the MLM you have associated yourself with.

As Affiliate Marketer you are in control of what products and services you promote. Your business is completely fluid allowing you to change promotions on any given day to emerging products or services that have market appeal.

With a 9-5 job in many cases, it doesn’t matter how hard you work, you get paid according to the job. In Affiliate Marketing your effort is directly related to your affiliate income, work harder usually amounts to getting paid more affiliate commissions. Once you have your affiliate business up and rolling your income will flow in even when you sleep!

As an Affiliate Marketer you can work from literally any location that has the internet. Your costs to participate in Affiliate Marketing are very limited compared to your income generated. There is no need to recruit people to increase your income. There are many ways to make affiliate income such as….

  • sponsored online merchants ads on your site
  • Google Adsense income from your website
  • Income generated from affiliate sales
  • Brand endorsement agreements

What You Will Need To Participate In Affiliate Marketing

You need very little to participate in Affiliate Marketing. These are the items that you need to run an Affiliate Marketing business….

Website – People get freaked out when they here that they will need a website. Many of the affiliate Marketing training platforms teach you how to build a website in minutes. The website building platforms like WordPress have improved drastically over the years, now offering a paint by numbers approach to building a website. Most website building platforms offer a free version.

Hosting for your website – Hosting is pretty inexpensive, $4.99 a year for hosting. This is where your website is hosted, in other words, where search engines such as Google find your site so that they can index it on their search engine.

Initial Affiliate Marketing Training – This comes in an “earn as you learn” format that teaches you the techniques to market products online and build your affiliate business from the ground up. I mentioned earlier that getting to the point where your affiliate business generates income runs in the range of 2-4 months. Usually if you join an affiliate marketing training platform like Wealthy Affiliate offer everything you need to Start and run an affiliate marketing business for roughly $29 a month, this includes absolutely everything mentioned above and more.

No Investment to start – Wealthy Affiliate offers a free membership that allows you to start building an affiliate business with no payments or commitments.

No Experience required – As I mentioned earlier, Affiliate Marketing is a earn as you learn type of venture. You need no marketing or computer experience to start generating income as an affiliate marketer. As your knowledge grows, so does your income potential. Once you have the Affiliate Marketing basics down, it really is a rinse and repeat type of process moving forward.

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Network Marketing

The Hidden Costs Of Network Marketing

There are two hidden costs that people entering Network Marketing don’t see.

Network Marketing companies are notorious for not equipping their participants with the appropriate tools and training that will allow these participates to drive the traffic to their products. The training and help that you can find for your Network Marketing opportunity can be very expensive. Training providers such as Elite Marketing Pro can be very costly, running in the thousands of dollars for training designed to help you promote your MLM products. The reason there are training platforms designed to help people in Network Marketing opportunities is because there is a need.

Other than promoting to family and friends you need to know how to get your MLM products in front of as many eyes as possible to grow your business and attract leads. The only way you are going to do this is adopt social media marketing techniques and search engine marketing, all of which you can get with a good affiliate marketing training platform.

Without the investment in training for your MLM promotions you are stuck pitching your MLM products to your family and friends to grow your downline with the hope of increasing your overall income. Pitching your products to friends and family usually backfires on MLM participants, ending in the alienation of friends and family. When your social network Starts to shrivel, so does your chance of making any income with your Network Marketing offer.

The few that do find success with Network Marketing ( the 1%) are usually people who have some Affiliate Marketing training which allows them to break rank and promote to the masses online, rather than ruin relationships with Family and friends.

The Winner Is

After reading this post the winner should be quite obvious. If you have affiliate marketing training you can do either affiliate marketing or promote a Network Marketing offer with success not relying on family and friends to grow your downline and your business.

Affiliate marketing offers a lot of opportunity to anyone looking to make passive income , supplement retirement income or create a new lifestyle altogether. Affiliate marketing has a proven track record,  legitimate evidence of people making great incomes can easily be found if you look. Here are a few affiliates that I have personally talked to about there success…

 

You can also reach out to these people in person, they belong to the Affiliate Marketing platform that I have mentioned in this post. You can get a free starter membership with Wealthy Affiliate and ask any members about their success they have had with Affiliate Marketing, members are very open on how they have found success or even on how they may be struggling to make income. It’s important to really educate yourself with any make money from home opportunity, there’s always the good, but more importantly, there’s always the bad stuff you need to prepare yourself for.

I have been Affiliate Marketing for over 10 years now. Affiliate Marketing has been very good for my family and I, giving us a lifestyle we could only of dreamed of. I highly recommend you at least give it a good look. Hope this post helps you decide on the direction you want to take in life, have a great day Mike.

Start A Blog Make Money : This Is How You Do It

Start A Blog Make Money : This Is How You Do It

The title for this post sounds a lot like it could have been created by a caveman, ugh, start a blog make money, ugh. I actually chose this title to re-enforce the need to keep it simple when starting a blog to make money. You don’t need to be a scholar or have any special skill set, nor do you need to be an expert on your blogs topic. What you do need is the ability to follow instructions, demonstrate determination and perseverance.

Creating a popular blog that has the potential to make some significant income, really boils down to effort, a little time management, dedication and commitment, but very little technical skill is required. Knowledge of your blogs topic will increase as will your authority as your blog develops over time, very few bloggers start out as experts in their niche. As you research topics for your blog, your experience and authority in your niche will grow.

In this post I will touch on everything you will need to do if you want to start a money making blog. You will also get some incite into how I created multiple money making blogs over the years, leveraging free tools, services and simple low cost step by step training.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them at the bottom of this post and I will get right back to you, I value your feedback. Lets get started!

This Is All You Need To Start A Money Making Blog

Contrary to what some blogging or Affiliate marketing platforms will lead you to believe, you need very little to build a money making blog. For years now I have paid $29 to run multiple blogs and make thousands in blog related income. Here are the items and services I use to make money with my blogs….

That’s literally all you need to make money with a blog, I have done it for years, anyone who tells you that you need to buy expensive tools or services, obviously has a vested interest in selling these tools and services. I am a big believer in keeping it simple while keeping your costs as low as possible. The largest contributor to failure of new blogs is financial and lack of commitment. If you want to blog for profit it won’t be without some cost, but that cost should be as minimal as possible and doesn’t need to start right out of the gates.

Over the years I have worked with numerous  bloggers that were interested in creating a blog capable of generating income, many of which have gone on to realize their dreams of running a blog that generates revenue. To but to be quite honest, about half have failed because they lost sight of what was really important. The common factors between the new bloggers that found success and the bloggers that failed were consistent in Both cases. Here are the common disciplines that the new bloggers who found success adhered to ….

 Created a written set of goals for their blogs development and stuck to it

 Worked on their blog everyday for at least 2 hours while in the early building stage

 Created new content on a set schedule

 Put the effort into really understanding who their blogs audience was, and what their audience was looking to learn

 Created content that was engaging and SEO friendly that had a chance of ranking high

 Early in the development of their blog they focused on low competition keywords with less focus on high traffic keywords to help establish their blog and get any available traffic

 Utilized a training platform that had step by step training on developing an authoritative blog

 Looked for every opportunity to engage with their website visitors by welcoming visitors feedback, good or bad!

 Joined social platforms like Quora and Medium to demonstrate their knowledge and promote their websites

 Put the time and effort into researching topics they wanted to discuss on their site

 Understood that they didn’t need to be an expert to write an informative blog post on a topic. All they were required to do was, thoroughly research their topic so that they could create content that was accurate and informative.

 Never put emphasis on selling. The focus was always placed on educating their audience

 Maintained authenticity and genuine caring for their blogs visitors

 Worked on building a brand by building credibility through honesty and demonstrating integrity.

 Used the right metrics to choose a niche that offered profitability

The above disciplines were consistent with the new bloggers that created blogs that thrived and eventually ended up making money with their blogs. As you can see there isn’t any reference to buying any services or tools, it’s all about effort, discipline and dedication that are the key ingredients to building a blog that makes money.

It All Starts With A Professional Grade Website Building Platform

Many will say find a topic and build a website. I feel choosing a website building platform should be the first thing you consider. Below are the characteristics and reason you need to put the focus on finding the right website building platform.

Search engine optimization: The reason you want to put a lot of emphasis into finding the right website building platform is, website building platforms have different functions and capabilities. If your intent is to create a money making blog then your needs are considerably different from someone who is creating a blog for their own personal enjoyment. In my opinion WordPress I the best website building platform for people looking to generate income from a blog as it grows over the years.

WordPress offers functionality, capability, portability and expandability for your blog as its development grows. The SEO (search engine optimization) features are also significantly enhanced using a website created using WordPress.

Website add-ons: WordPress has thousands of plugins that allow you to add features and functionality to your website with a click of a button. There are literally thousands of plugin developers working on new and updating current plugin capabilities.

Themes: WordPress offers thousands of themes that you can choose from. These themes offer a variety of styles and capabilities. It’s easy to find a theme that will best suit the look and capabilities that you want for your blog.

Ease of use: WordPress’s website building platform is extremely easy to use, you don’t need to be a computer programmer, actually you don’t need any prior experience to build a professional looking blog using the WordPress website building platform.

Control of your site: Unlike many website building platforms, WordPress offers you complete control over your site and it’s portability. With some notable website building platforms like Weebly and Wix, your website isn’t portable, your site is locked into these platforms due to the unique website building tools that they offer.

Use your own domain: Using your own domain name (website address) is critical for your blogs ranking ability with search engines. What this means is, when you create content or want your site to rank high in search engines such as Google,  you need to have your own domain. Some website building platforms host their customers websites under what are called sub domains, this makes it more difficult to rank high in search results.

Invest In Earn As You Learn Training

As much as I am a staunch believer in not spending money on what I would consider to be unnecessary blogging tools and services, I do believe firmly in new bloggers, especially when they are looking at making an income from your blog, acquiring the appropriate training.  Contrary to what many people think, you don’t just jump on your laptop and create a blog, especially when you want that blog to make money for you. Creating an income generating blog takes not only time, but also requires that you have a plan of what you want your site to look like years down the road. Using an effective blueprint for your sites development, will guarantee that your blog has the potential to earn revenue while at the same time offers your audience a nice user experience.

Here’s what I suggest you look for in a good training platform for bloggers that doesn’t break the bank!

  • Offers a WordPress website building platform
  • Secure hosting
  • Step by step training on how to build a well thought out blog with monetization opportunities
  • Large community with like minded goals
  • Access to a keyword tool and content creation platform
  • Training on how and where to find income opportunities for your website
  • Current training on the latest SEO and keyword research techniques
  • 24/7 support that comes in a variety of forms, live chat, administrative support as well as community support.
  • 24/7 support for website technical issues

A Few Parting Words

I can’t emphasize enough, keep it simple, work hard and keep your costs as low as possible. If you follow what I laid out for you in this post you will be a lot closer to realizing your dream of creating a blog that makes money. Building a money making blog isn’t an overnight success story. If you keep a set schedule and work diligently on your blogs development, you could potentially see income rolling in within 3-4 months. If you need anymore information or even help, I am here for you. I wish you all the luck in your endeavours, cheers Mike.

 

Is Affiliate Marketing Saturated? (For Some It Is)

Is Affiliate Marketing Saturated? (For Some It Is)

I get asked all the time by people looking to enter affiliate marketing if you can still make money with affiliate marketing or is it too saturated? I will say that there are areas where participating as an affiliate marketer would be difficult to make any significant income due to the fact that the niche they are looking to work in is over populated with affiliates. In saying that, there are many areas where an affiliate marketer could still make a lot of money, you just need to know where to look!

I am currently helping a few new affiliate marketers get their feet wet in the affiliate marketing game, from what I am seeing through some niche research I am helping them with, there are still many areas where affiliate marketing isn’t saturated that offers new and existing affiliates a good chance of generating a very lucrative income stream.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

In the event that you are just investigating whether affiliate marketing is something you want to get into, here is a brief description of what affiliate marketing is.

As an Affiliate marketing you would be, for lack of better words, a salesman for online merchants products. You don’t handle, ship or have any responsibility for these online merchants products or services, other than to direct internet traffic to these products or services. If a sales transaction occurs from the traffic you send online merchants you will receive an agreed upon  commission for your efforts.

Over the years I have made thousands of dollars in commissions directing traffic to online merchants products using proven affiliate marketing techniques.

 The Numbers Don’t Support Saturation Claims

There are literally hundreds of thousands of online merchants and more and more are clambering to get online every year. With the allure of skyrocketing online sales for merchants, comes opportunity for affiliate marketers.

Online retail sales continue to rise year over year. The US Commerce Department data supports what retailers already know, online merchants are flocking to the internet to increase their sales opportunities.

According to recent US Commerce Department data, online shoppers spent $517.36 billion through US online merchants in 2018, up 15.0% from 2017. The online shopping trend continues to increase at an incredible rate and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. More online sales, more online merchants translates to more affiliate commission opportunities for affiliates, doesn’t sound like affiliate marketing is saturated to me!

There are more and more people purchasing products online with merchants trying to capitalize on these sales opportunities by opening online storefronts. The problem for online merchants is still the same as it was years ago when I got my start online as an affiliate marketer, how to get their products in front of the  internet consumer. The majority of online retailers are realizing very quickly that the answer to getting exposure for their products and services lies in the hands of affiliate marketers.

Where The Real Opportunity For Affiliates Hides

Online merchants have a big challenge trying to get exposure for their products or services online, I guess if there is something that is saturated or competitive, it’s the first two pages of search engine results where all the internet traffic is. It’s hard for online merchants to get their products and services in front of internet users when you have online giants like Amazon that have thousands of affiliates promoting their marketplace products, taking up those valuable spots on the first two pages of search engine results. Maybe the question worth exploring should be, is participating as an Amazon affiliate becoming too saturated?

 Only 7% of all internet users search past the first two pages of search engine results. This demonstrates the importance of occupying a spot on the first two pages if you want exposure for your products or services.

Roughly 40% of all online sales in the US are made by Amazon alone. With Amazon’s dominance online and other retail giants vying for their piece of the online sales pie, using affiliate marketers is the only way that smaller online merchants have any chance of levelling the playing field that is dominated by online giants.

My experience has shown me that the real opportunity for affiliate marketing lies with smaller higher commission paying online retailers. Many that enter affiliate marketing have this preconceived notion that becoming an Amazon affiliate is the only way to make it in affiliate marketing. Even affiliate marketing training platforms lure newbies in by using Amazon as their main example for making money online. Amazon is such an identifiable brand that it’s hard not to use their marketplace as an example of the success that the online world offers.

Unfortunately, what falls through the cracks are some very good affiliate opportunities that offer more specialized products and services. These speciality retailers offer more income potential through a higher commission structure. Although Amazon offers a huge market for affiliates,  their commission structure is quite low, set at 4-10%. With some smaller online retailers, commissions can reach as high as 75% with much less affiliate competition.

Practicality And Profitabilty supports Using Affiliates

Affiliate market places like ShareAsale, Commission Junction, Market Health, Rakuten, Amazon Affiliate Program, Clickbank, ImpactRadius, Partnerstack, Refersion Makretplace, Awin and Avangate offer online retailers affiliate management services for online merchants.

Another option for online retailers is to contract out their affiliate needs to an affiliate management group. Many of these affiliate management groups hire affiliate managers that have come from the ranks of top affiliate marketers, some of which I have known through my years participating as an affiliate marketer. Using affiliate marketers is the preferred method to drive sales for online retailers because it is efficient and profitable. Affiliates don’t get paid unless a sale is made. For this reason alone,  it makes no sense why some are saying that affiliate marketing has seen its day?

What’s Really Happening With Affiliate Marketing?

Over the years I have witnessed many changes to how affiliate marketers have made money online. Gone are the days of throwing up simple capture pages or one page niche websites that ranked high in search engines and captured valuable traffic. In this era of the internet, search engines such as Google, are putting their emphasis on authoritative content, giving their users a better experience. This has virtually eliminated the effectiveness of cheap traffic generating tactics that over the years have routinely produced good results for affiliates.

I can tell you from my experiences, affiliate marketers who think they can throw up crappy sales funnels, cheesy one page sites,  or offer completely bias product reviews,  and still make a killing like they used to, are just fooling themselves. The reality is,  these affiliates are the people who are saying that affiliate marketing is saturated because their traffic generation techniques aren’t productive anymore.

 The Key To Success For Affiliates Is The Right Training

If you want to stick around and play in with the big boys, or get started off on the right foot in affiliate marketing, then you had better equip yourself with the most relevant and current affiliate marketing training. There are still affiliate marketing training platforms out there that equip new affiliate marketers with outdated affiliate marketing techniques, something you need to be aware of.

 What you need to look for in an affiliate marketing training platform is training that teaches you how to create engaging SEO friendly content, content that will rank high in search engines.

 Training that shows you how to write informative and product reviews

 Training that emphasis the importance of using social platforms to leverage content creation

 A training platform that can teach you how to create free giveaways such as ebooks for your website visitors that will help to build your email list

 Training that shows you how to build a blog that fosters visitor engagement, looks professional with a good flow and converts your traffic

 Training that shows you how to create a brand for your affiliate business

 Training that re-enforces the need to build trust, be ethical and demonstrate expertise

These are just a few core features you should be looking for in an affiliate marketing training platform that will prepare you for success in todays affiliate marketing environment.

A Few Final Thoughts

Over the years working as an affiliate marketer, I have seen my share of changes to how affiliate marketing is done. The latest trend is affiliate marketing service providers offering high priced tools and SEO services that are hypothetically designed to give you the leg up on your affiliate marketing competition, don’t be fooled into thinking you need all these gadgets and services.  The one method that has consistently produced affiliate commissions is the investment of time where the time is really needed, which is in producing quality content.

Invest your time in creating an engaging and informative blog. You an easily turn the traffic that your blog garners into affiliate commissions with the right training. Google’s focus on giving their users access to informative information makes the creation of an authoritative blog that allows for affiliate opportunities is a no brainer!

I hope you enjoyed this post and encourage you to leave me your questions and comments below, have a good one Mike.

 

My #1 Work From Home Business Opportunity

My #1 Work From Home Business Opportunity

Over the years I have reviewed numerous new platforms preaching that they have the latest and greatest opportunity for your work from home business aspirations. With all this new competition one work from home business building platform stands out.

Wealthy Affiliate, originally launched in 2005, has not only managed to keep its head above water, but has found a way to stay on top as the #1 premier work from home business building platform.

If you read this post to the end you will see why I put Wealthy Affiliate at the top of the heap when it comes to generating income from home. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them at the bottom of this page and I will get right back to you, have a great day Mike.

 What Is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a low cost work from home business building platform that offers tools and training that allows you to create an income through the promotion of products. You don’t hold or handle products using WA’s income generation techniques. You don’t sell or facilitate refunds using WA’s business model. Your job is to drive traffic to a product in exchange for commissions or a set fee. There is “zero risk”with unlimited income potential using WA’s platform.

If you already have a product like a network marketing product or service Wealthy Affiliate’s platform will work great for driving tons of potential customers to your network marketing products doorstep.

Although the promotion of WA has been demonstrated to be a good way for some to make a nice affiliate income in its own right, it’s not what the platform is all about. It does seem like everywhere you look on the internet you see someone pitching Wealthy Affiliate, all this shows is the effectiveness of WA’s product promotion techniques. Armed with the right training and tools that WA offers it’s easy for members to get maximum exposure in relevant areas of the internet for their products or services.

Where Wealthy Affiliate shows its real value is with the tools, traffic generation techniques and support it offers its members. WA is a place you go to when you need someone to hold your hand and show you how to drive traffic and generate income from Start to finish. WA does this by using a step by step business building format. Wealthy Affiliate offers everything you need under one roof. Trying to make money online comes with a cost, trying to calculate that cost in most cases can be a crap shoot. With WA, your cost to earn is your membership, there are no extra costs, your income potential is truly unlimited. Wealthy Affiliate offers the opportunity to earn while you learn, as your business grows so does your income. Below is an example of how simple the approach to making money online is using Wealthy Affiliates platform…

The above screen shot shows you the basic business building flow, what is missing is the extensive training and support that this work from home business building platform offers. You will learn the latest and most effective ways on  to use social media and forums to promote your product. You will learn all the latest techniques on marketing products using Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and such more, this is just one small segment of product promotion training using Wealthy Affiliates platform. WA focuses on low cost and free methods for generating traffic and marketing your products. This is in huge contrast to other business building platforms that focus on costly paid advertising techniques that can run you in the thousands by the time the dust settles with no guarantee of results.

My Experience With Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate is the platform that I used to generate my first paycheque online.  I have gone onto make a nice career online with the training I received in my early years at Wealthy Affiliate.

With WA’s help I originally started out promoting weight loss products and after a few years I moved into the fishing equipment niche, Board games were next and eventually ending up where I am now, in the internet marketing tools and services niche. WA gave me the training that now allows me to promote and earn income from any product online with confidence. Looking back on my early years with WA I will say there was one aspect of being a WA member that was instrumental to my success online, you get access to the tools and services included in your membership that you actually need to make money. To this day I only use a handful of tools and services to run my online business, which for the most part are sourced free.

 Wealthy Affiliate’s Community Is Their Best Asset!

What you will find once inside Wealthy Affiliate is that you are never alone when building your online business. With a community of roughly 2 million members and growing, there never seems to be a time where you can’t find a member willing to lend a hand. WA’s community is very active and fosters a “help your fellow member” type of vibe, Quite frankly I haven’t seen this type of engagement in any other platform that I have reviewed over the years. You can ask questions of the community and get multiple answers or feedback within seconds, unparalleled in the home business building niche.

It’s not A Fluke That Wealthy Affiliate Has Lasting Power

As I mentioned earlier, Wealthy Affiliate has managed to not only keep pace in the work from home business building industry, but has risen to the top by investing in new and emerging technology that gives its membership an advantage when working in an ever changing environment such as the internet offers.

What’s The Cost To build Your Work From Home Business With WA?

Year after year I watch as Wealthy Affiliate introduces new strategies, services and tools that makes earning income online relevant. In 2015 Wealthy Affiliate went from a premium membership model where you needed to pay to take advantage of what WA offered to a freemium membership.

WA’s  change to the freemium membership now offers people looking to join Wealthy Affiliate two options, a free starter membership and a premium membership. The free starter membership allows you to start building your work from home business for free with a few restrictions. The premium membership offered at Wealthy Affiliate offers everything you need to create a thriving online business from the comfort of your own home.

The premium membership gives you access to everything Wealthy Affiliate has to offer, which is quite extensive. Premium memberships are offered monthly or annually. I find the annual membership to be the best value, which works out to roughly $29 a month and gives you everything you need to run a business with unlimited earning potential.

 Visit WA for Proof Of Income Potential

I am not going to post a whole pile of income claims, to be quite honest income claims can be falsified. I will post a screenshot from a discussion in WA on some members success. If you want to know for yourself you could see for yourself through a free starter membership and see for yourself.

You can also ask any questions from members yourself through a free starter membership. Here’s a small sample that I snapped a screen shot of….

Like I said this is just a small sample of members sharing their success with other members. You can check these claims out by creating a free starter membership. Once inside you just scroll down on the main WA page and you will see “WA success”. You can simply click on anyones profile and ask them any questions you like. Wealthy Affiliate is very transparent and the people are genuine.

I hope this post showed you why I feel Wealthy Affiliate is a legitimate opportunity to make money from the comfort of your own home. Any questions or comments please leave them below, have a good one Mike.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Supplement Retirement Income by Blogging

How To Supplement Retirement Income by Blogging

Getting close to retirement and starting to add up those sources of retirement income? I can personally attest to doing the same as I near retirement.

If your like me and have a pension which I would consider just “OK” then its time to start looking for some way to supplement your retirement income. I am fortunate to have found blogging in 2010 and have built a nice recurring income from working in blogging over the years.

The Advantage Of Getting Older And Wiser

As we get older we tend to gain more of life’s experiences, which is actually an asset when it comes to making an income from blogging. I help people of all ages create income earning blogs, what I have found is, the people that have the most time here on earth usually have the easiest time finding topics to blog about because of their life’s experiences.

I am not saying that everyone that is closing in on retirement has a wealth of life experiences, nor is this a prerequisite to building a blog to supplement your retirement income, it’s not!

A Blog Can Be About Anything

Finding a niche (interest you want to blog about) for many can be a difficult process. The more life experience you have usually translates into more ideas for a blog. Take me for example, close to 60, I have done quite a few things in life which offered me a myriad of topics to blog about, all you need to do is figure out a way to create a blog that you can monetize.

You don’t need to be a world traveler, it could be a blog about raising a family, fishing, being a grandparent, dealing with current age related issues, it could be about finding ways to make supplemental income. Really, the list of topics for creating a blog about ones life’s experiences are endless.

I don’t Have Any Interests, I Guess Blogging Is Out!

Finding a niche to participate in for people that haven’t had a lot of exposure to different things in their lives doesn’t mean you can’t start an income generating blog. When I am faced with working with someone who doesn’t feel they have any hobbies or interests they can tap into, I have one simple question I ask them. What would you be interested in learning about? If you have something that has always interested you, but haven’t actually done or have any experience with, then this is your chance to learn and earn!

If you are one of those people who think you have no interest to blog about, I created that you may find helpful on finding a niche to work in. Have a look at this post on finding a niche.

Not An Expert On Your Topic, Don’t Worry!

When you look around the internet you see what looks to be a ton of authoritative blogs. People have a tendency to assume that people who created these authoritative blogs started out as experts on the topics they are discussing, for the most part this is not so!

I personally know bloggers, including myself, that found topics that they always wanted to explore and decided to turn their new experiences into a blog. I had a blog on weight loss when I first started out in blogging. I Learned so much about weight loss over the years while my weight loss blog grew in authority, all the while earning income.

After I had exhausted topics on weight loss that I could write about, I moved on to creating a blog on fishing. When I say I exhausted topics to discuss, I mean, I was literally reaching for topic material. My last weight loss post was on “weight loss for menopausal women” Not exactly in my wheelhouse, given that I am a guy who new very little about menopausal women except for my wife’s re-enactment of the exorcist from time to time, she’s going to kill me if she reads this, lol.

My last days in the weight loss niche is a good example of a person who doesn’t have any experience on a topic, yet can write a post that offers value to their readers. As long as you can research and pull all the information together to help educate and inform your readers you can blog about any subject.

As your knowledge grows and you investigate and write on topics in your niche, your expertise in your niche will grow hand in hand with your blogs development. You will become an expert in time, this is inevitable. I learn something new every time I write a blog post, whether it is on writing content that ranks high in search engines or free methods of generating traffic, there is always something that I gain from my research on a topic.

You Don’t Need Any Writing Experience To Blog

The majority of people who I have helped start profitable blogs didn’t have any type of formal writing training, including myself. If you think you need to be technically solid and really have a solid foundation in grammatically proper writing you couldn’t more wrong. See, that probably wasn’t proper English!

When I first started out I tried to be that perfect writer, took me all day to write a simple post because I thought it needed to pass an English professors critique. I can tell with all honesty that writing technically perfect content was a complete flop for me! I received very little, if any visitor engagement, no one was commenting on my subject material because it was so dry, it didn’t make any connection with my website visitors.

I have a buddy who is a “big fish” in affiliate marketing /blogging. The best advice the big fish gave me after critiquing one of my blog posts was, write like you are talking to your buddies, don’t try and be so perfect, you’re boring the crap out of me. He went on to tell me that most people use a lot of slang in their conversations, most people don’t speak perfect English, so why are you trying to write perfect English?

Once I wrapped my head around the concept of writing like I talk, I found that it was much easier to write blog posts,  my website visitors engagement went through the roof. Why? Because they found that I was relatable, not perfect, but relatable, and that’s what you want when you are blogging.

How Much Money Can you Make Blogging?

There are two questions that I get asked by people who are just starting out in blogging. First one is, how fast does it take to Start making money from my blog? Second question is, how much Money can I make from my blog? Both of these questions don’t have definitive answers.

How much you make in blogging boils down to how competitive your niche is,  how hard you work at it,  and what your expectations are going into blogging.

When I first started blogging my revenue expectations turned out to be quite low. My income expectations from blogging were to make a recurring truck payment of roughly $400 a month from my blog. Turns out I made this payment quite easily within the first 4 months of my blog being in operation. I knew quite a few people who started roughly at the same time as I did,  as they were fellow members with the blogging platform I used to get my start in blogging. A few members had beat me to the punch and earned income from their blogs a little sooner than I did, but some after a year in were still looking for their first taste of income from their blog. This didn’t make a lot of sense at the time but after a few  conversations on what each person was doing in relation to their blogs development, it became quite evident that work ethic and time allocated to blog development were key factors when it came to how much and how fast you generated income from your blog.

Do You Need computer experience to build a blog

If you read my about me page on this site you will see that I stated I didn’t even know how to send an email when I first got into Affiliate marketing/blogging, that isn’t an exaggeration, I was computer illiterate. I am not going to say there isn’t a learning curve, there is, but the blogging platform that I joined laid everything out in a step by step process. Probably the most important thing about getting into blogging if you have zero computer skills is having access to great support, which I did.

I was working a full time job and had a few hours after work and my days off to work on my blog and having timely support was critical. There were many times I could have thrown up my hands and probably would have quit if it weren’t for getting answers to my questions literally with in seconds or minutes. If I can tell you one thing, look for a blogging platform that puts an emphasis on offering lots of support mechanisms that you can tap into. Look for live chat support in conjunction with community and administrative support.

Building a blog these days has become quite an easy task with lots of built in short cuts that once would require many manual tasks just to complete one application. Performing Multiple tasks to achieve one application have now been replaced with a simple click of your mouse.

Can I Start My Blog Through Blogger, Wix or Weebly?

If you want to make money from your blog you won’t want to use free website building platforms like Blogger, Wix or Weebly.

The reason you don’t want to use these platforms are for a few simple reasons. Wix and Weebly for instance run websites on sub domains (website address), they don’t offer the ranking power that a WordPress website like this one for example offers, where you can have your own domain that has better ranking power. Ranking power is critical if you want your content to be seen by the masses online.

Another disadvantage of using the above mentioned website building platforms is, they offer unique website building software that isn’t transferable or compatible with other website building platforms for the most part. You want a website building platform that offers expandability and portability as your blog grows. Wix, Weebly and blogger are limited when it comes to plugins that can increase your blogs visitor engagement and experience while on your site.

The First Step Is The Biggest!

We can kick this blogging for retirement can around until you feel comfortable, but what gets people what they want in life is acting and not waiting to feel comfortable.

I made blogging for retirement income my reality because I dove right in,  suppressed my fears of failing which I must admit were pretty strong given my lack of computer skills. In the end I took those important first steps and looked for the right training that would help me create an income generating blog. I now own a few sites that generate income, including the one you are on right now.

It didn’t happen over night, so don’t wait until you are needing the money, it takes time to generate enough traffic that you can monetize your website. All I can say is,  it’s totally possible to make a nice supplemental income, not to mention a nice living from blogging,  so don’t be afraid, you have nothing to lose and a sweet retirement lifestyle to gain.

I hope this post helps to motivate you to create the retirement you deserve. Please leave me any comments or questions you may have. I offer free help to any person looking to create a money making blog, no experience required. Have a great day Mike.

 

 

Attraction Marketing Formula By Ferny Ceballos

Attraction Marketing Formula By Ferny Ceballos

I recently purchased the 177  page ebook and access to the 10 day training boot camp offered by Ferny Ceballos through an attraction marketing training platform called Elite Marketing Pro. Ferny Ceballos is actually the CEO of marketing for Elite Marketing Pro so you will find a lot of reference to joining Elite Marketing Pro or using the services of their in house coaches, called ignition coaches. Essentially Attraction Marketing Formula is a tool to eventually get you to join or at least get you to take a look at Elite Marketing Pro.

Putting aside the fact that this offer may just be the bait that the more expensive training platform Elite Marketing Pro uses to get you into their program, lets see if there is any real value in buying the Attraction Marketing Formula ebook and 10 day boot camp course.

I hope you find what you need in my Attraction Marketing Formula review. Please leave me your comments and questions at the bottom of this page. Your feedback will help me write better reviews in the future, have a good one Mike.

What Is Attraction Marketing Formula?

As I stated in my opening remarks, Attraction Marketing Formula is offered up in a 177 page downloadable ebook and access to a 10 day boot camp style course. The attraction marketing formula was designed to help you promote your MLM product by utilizing the power of the internet.  Traditional downline building techniques like parties, reaching out to family and friends are the main reason why only a small percentage (1%) of MLM participants find any real success.

What Will You Find Inside The 177 Page Guide?

The Attraction Marketing Formula pdf has 10 chapters two of which are the introduction and conclusion. Here are the chapter topics that you will find inside…

  1. Introduction
  2. How to use the Internet to Automate Lead Generation & grow your Downline
  3. Building a brand for your business and building trust
  4. Building your downline Pipeline
  5. Learn how to get something from your prospects even if they don’t buy
  6. How to do market research
  7. Cyber Realestate
  8. How to create your online business and start generating Leads
  9. How to use Email opt-in to build an email list and relationships
  10. Conclusion

A Little Insight Into The Various Chapters

Chapter 1 – This is an introduction to why you need attraction marketing for your success in MLM.

Chapter 2 –  is mostly made up from Ferny’s accounts of is training at MIT and USC where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering but still wasn’t full-filled. Ferny moves on to tell you about how he used his experiences to create a MLM business that generated 7 figures in one month. It isn’t until the end of page 22 that ferny Starts talking about something other than his own endeavours. You start to get a sniff when Ferny Starts to talk about the power of marketing your MLM on the internet.

You start to get into areas that have some benefit. One topic that I believe in to be true is, don’t try and sell a product, instead provide an answer to your audiences problem. Ferny highlights a quote about people that are looking for a drill are really not looking for a drill but want to make a hole, this is how he explains recruiting your downline. This is really good insight into attraction or affiliate marketing success. Don’t try and sell, try and educate and people will follow!

More  talk about becoming an expert in your field is the best way to get people to follow you. You will also get an insight into why attraction marketing is the new technique that you will want to use for your MLM promotion. Once again there is a lot of filler in this chapter, lots on how attraction marketing got its start.

Once again a lot of discussion about using google, Facebook and other social platforms but no real info on how you are to actually use these media platforms.

Chapter 3 – This chapter is on building your brand. This chapter expands a bit on building your brand by solving peoples problems, building relationships and offering value. Ferny makes reference to how DR Phil and Donald Trump created their brand. Lots of talk on building your brand through self promotion and helping people solve their problems.

Chapter 4 – This chapter speaks to building your pipeline which essentially is just learning how to multitask and don’t waste time on waiting for a reply from one prospect when you could be recruiting others. Ferny makes reference to making phone calls in relation to using automation to recruit and follow up on prospects in this chapter. Once again, nothing really concrete for you to use, just general info.

Chapter 5 – This chapter starts to show a little more promise, a little more meat and less feathers so to speak. Here you get an actual look at how a marketing strategy should look like and why. Ferny refers to this marketing strategy as the “magic slot machine”. In this chapter you will also learn a little about opt-in capture pages, paid advertising and how to use email to reach out to your prospects. This is the first chapter where you Start to see a reference made to joining Elite Marketing Pro.

Chapter 6 – Discusses topics related to market research, establishing who your target market is and what they are interested in. This chapter make reference to using a keyword tool to define your audience and what they are looking for. I am a big proponent of using a keyword tool online.

As you get into this chapter there is more on using the info you get from a keyword tool and also they show you what you get from doing Google search that will help you do a PPC (pay per click) campaign.

Chapter 7 – Talks about creating your own website and picking the right domain name for your business. There’s more discussion on domain names and directing your email to your website. This chapter actually has some good info for a change, less fluff.

Chapter 8 – Well, it took eight chapters to get to something I feel offers some value and that is the intricacies of building a good capture page for your business is laid out for you. There is a pitch for you to join either the EMP VIP membership or the EMP annual membership.

Chapter 9 –  This chapter starts out talking about the importance of your email campaign and what to look for in a good autoresponder sequence, doesn’t actually show you how to do it, just tell you what it should include. The chapter goes on to speak about creating newsletters and using video to reach your prospects.

Chapter 10 –  Discusses a few traffic generation techniques and the wrap up for this ebook. This chapter is also used to pitch the ignition coach program which in my opinion is an avenue to steer you towards joining Elite Marketing Pro and higher priced packages and ad ons.

Is There Value In Paying $47 For Attraction Marketing Formula?

Yes, Ferny has put a value on the information in his Attraction Marketing Formula ebook offer. You ready for this, $10,000 if you were to source this info out on your own. Not sure if I can really digest that number given the fact that an annual membership in the Elite Marketing Pro program is roughly $400 and it “ACTUALLY” teaches attraction marketing.  What Ferny is saying by putting a value of $10,000 on the attraction marketing formula content is,  you could spend roughly 20 years in Elite marketing pro and get the same value. Not sure if Ferny really gave that one a lot of thought!

Straight to the point, there is very little for value in the Attraction Marketing Formula ebook. I found it more of a really good sales pitch offering Elite Marketing Pro services that can run you into the thousands of dollars in ad ons or up sells.

Support For What You Are Learning In This Ebook

There really isn’t any need for support or asking questions because there really isn’t that much for learning in this 177 page ebook. The content I found is based on experiences and examples of why you need to do certain things when you participate in attraction marketing, very little if anything in relation to learning or implementing disciplines is absent from this ebook.

How About The 10 Day Course?

I am not going to waste a lot of your time on this component of the $47 offer,  it is just more of the same in my opinion. A lot on the what and why you should do stuff but very little if anything on the how! What you will find in everyday is a video supported with some text. Lots of motivational jargon in these 10 days with pitches for you to join Elite Marketing Pro. This is also the bait to get you to buy the Attraction Marketing formula. I did a 10 day course on affiliate marketing which is in my opinion is the same as attraction marketing but less costly. This course was free and offered real training with little if any fluff, guess I was lucky. If your interested in comparing, you can check the course I did here for free!

Thank God I am finished this Review!

I hate when I do a product review and I am reviewing fluff with very little substance, it’s extremely hard and tiring waa,waa, waa!

You can get into this offer at a discounted price if you haven’t clicked on the offer before, somewhere in the range of $27. Personally I would say save your money. If you still won’t take my word for it at least buy it through my affiliate link and we can chat about it once you have checked it out. Click here to join under me!

Affiliate Marketing Mastery ( My 2019 Critique)

Affiliate Marketing Mastery ( My 2019 Critique)

Finding success as an Affiliate Marketer can be tough nut to crack. Finding the right affiliate marketing training can be even more of a challenge given the vast inventory of affiliate marketing training options. Courses like Affiliate Marketing Mastery by Stephan Pylarinos populate the affiliate marketing training landscape like Iguanas do on the Galapagos Islands, it’s hard to know what program will suit your budget, learning preferences, time restraints and still produce the results you expect out of your affiliate marketing training program.

I hope you find all the answers to your questions on Stephan’s course in my 2019 critique of Affiliate Marketing Mastery. If I missed anything you can ask me any questions or leave a comment on this review at the bottom of this page.

Topics I will cover, but not limited to, in this Affiliate Marketing Mastery critique are…

  • Who Is Stephan Pylarinos?
  • What Is Affiliate Marketing Mastery?
  • Is Affiliate Marketing Mastery a credible program?
  • What is covered in the Affiliate Marketing Mastery course?
  • What does the cost to value look like for this course?
  • Is Affiliate Marketing Mastery course content still relevant?
  • Is Affiliate Marketing mastery suited for beginners?

The Face Of Affiliate Marketing Mastery

Stephan Pylarinos is a pretty credible guy who has a few products such as K Money Mastery and Life mastery accelerator. Stephan also has a few product successful launches to his name. On his Affiliate Marketing Mastery site, Stephan highlights how he worked on a launch for one of Tony Robbins products and knocked it out of the park. There’s no denying that Stephan knows his stuff when it comes to affiliate marketing, he’s a pretty successful affiliate marketer. Will that success translate into providing a good training option for you, lets find out!

What Is Affiliate Marketing Mastery?

Affiliate Marketing Mastery opened it’s doors in 2016. The only way you can get into the program now is through your participation in one of Stephans webinars. Affiliate Marketing Mastery focuses on all aspects of affiliate marketing starting with building the right work ethic to making your first affiliate sale.

What Kind Of Training Does Affiliate Marketing Mastery Offer?

Affiliate Marketing Mastery offers some really good training that includes training in the following areas…

This is a youtube video that Stephan created explaining what affiliate marketing is. This is a great way to get people to join one of his free webinars that lead you to his Affiliate marketing Mastery course. This is a great live example of how Youtube can work for you in your affiliate promotions.

All these topics and more (70+) are delivered via video format. Video format training can be a good training vehicle for many but it can be a slower vehicle for training. I personally like a combination of text and video instructional training options. I find this the most efficient method of training. The jury is out on which is the easiest to update when it comes to keeping your training platform as current as possible. Current training is of the utmost importance given the ever-changing landscape that affiliate marketing experiences every time a social platform or search engine such as google make updates.

Is Affiliate Marketing Mastery A Credible offer?

I don’t think theres any denying that fact that Stephans Affiliate marketing course is credible. The program does offer much of what you would need to learn affiliate marketing the right way. The program focuses on using proven affiliate marketing disciplines that do work, I use these same techniques to run my “profitable” affiliate marketing business. Given the fact that this offer was launched in 2016 which is like dog years when looking at  the changes that social media platforms and search engines have made in that time I would say that most of the training appears to have kept pace with the fast moving environment of the internet.

Is Affiliate Marketing Mastery Well Suited For Beginners?

I would say by looking at the course content and method of delivery and flow of the course that this product is well suited for beginners. I would say that I only have two legitimate reservations with the Affiliate Marketing Mastery course, one of which is the cost and the effects that this would have on newcomers to affiliate marketing which I will get into as I cover the next topic and the other the support mechanism.

Support in any online training program is the most critical aspect to finding success with your chosen platform for learning. I will be honest I am not a fan of facebook groups as a support mechanism. Over the years I have tested many Facebook groups to see how they compare to forum or community based support options, none to date have lived up to my expectations. This was mostly due to the lack of membership. Activity is great but shear numbers make all the difference to how fast and thorough the answers you get will be.

When I first started my training in affiliate marketing I needed support that was there when I needed it. I worked full time and needed support when I was working on my affiliate marketing training program that was there when I was there, I didn’t have time to come back looking for answers, I needed answers on the spot.

The Facebook group in this case really isn’t that large but they are fairly active which is good. You do get some support from administration which you should expect from a course charging close to $2,000. I would give this support model a “B” rating, there are better models of support out there that offer live chat options for example where you can get timely answers to your questions. There are also support options where members are given incentives to help other members which really speeds up the response time to questions.

Facebook group support is the cheapest support option that any company can provide, other than no support at all. For the price, I would have liked to have seen a few more support options available such as live chat for people who are on a strict time line and need responsive support.

The Question You’ve Been Waiting For, Is There Value In This Offer?

To be quite honest I don’t think there is any affiliate marketing training option that is worth close to $2,000 bucks in my opinion. I think that the creator of Affiliate Marketing Mastery is a credible guy. I think he is a talented affiliate marketer. I think his course is well put together, but the price is too high in my opinion for what you get, there I said it!

Look at what you don’t get!

To practice what Affiliate Marketing Mastery teaches you will need the following tools ad services that aren’t supplied…

Keyword tool: A keyword tool is necessary to write the content that is required in the Affiliate Marketing Mastery training. You shouldn’t write any content unless you first go through the process of doing some keyword research. A few keyword tool providers to look at…

Website Hosting: You will need to get hosting for your website that you will be building as part of your training in Affiliate Marketing Mastery. The cost for hosting varies. Usually hosting providers give you a deal the first year but sock it to you in the second year. A few hosting platforms that you might want to consider are…

  • Bluehost
  • GoDaddy
  • HostGator
  • SiteGround
  • Wealthy Affiliate

Autoresponder: You will need the use of an autoresponder service if you are going to take advantage of the email marketing component of this course.

Costs may vary on the above services and tools, it really depends on what packages and functions you want your services and tools to provide. You should expect that your additional monthly costs would be in the $75-$100 range, depending on what packages you decide on. This adds considerably to your overall cost for this training offer.

My Final Thoughts

I like the training option that Stephan Pylarinos has dished up with Affiliate Marketing Mastery, its first class in many ways. I like the fact that the program isn’t fraught with up selling offers. The program is a pure training offer that doesn’t look to get into your pockets at every turn. The training offered is relevant to affiliate marketing in this day and age.

On the other end of the spectrum I have some reservations. I struggle with the price point that Stephan has put on Affiliate Marketing Mastery. I have work with a lot of new people to affiliate marketing over the years and I feel that putting yourself under financial pressure with the high training cost with tools and services extra is in my opinion a death blow for many new affiliate marketers.

Months go by quite quickly when you are first building your affiliate business. Before you know it you are a year into the building of your business where the costs can really get high if you haven’t started to make any significant income yet. From my experience you should count on a year before your affiliate business gets any traction. It takes time to build a presence online and generate traffic to your affiliate offers.

The training that is offered in this program is good, but can you withstand the financial pressure? Could you handle at least another $1,000 added to the cost of the course for your tools and services. There are some really good affiliate marketing training platforms that offer everything under the same roof for a fraction of the cost, something you should at least look at before you saddle yourself with higher training costs. The program I used to get my affiliate marketing training offered an annual membership ($29 month that gave me everything) I needed under one roof, current training, great forum support, live chat, keyword tool, everything except an autoresponder which you can find for free (up to 2500 subscribers) if you are just starting out.

 

 

 

 

 

CB Passive Income 4.0 Review – Scam Or Legit?

CB Passive Income 4.0 Review – Scam Or Legit?

Cost: $47/month or $497 one-time

Founder: Patric Chan

Established: 2013

Website: www.CBpassiveincome.com

Have you ever imagined having a turn key system that would make you money automatically? Something that has been used in the internet marketing scene for 5 years now?

Patric Chen is a best-selling author of Wake up Millionaire and several other books, Chen has spoken to audiences in 12 countries as an internet marketing authority since 2005. He seems like a genuine guy, but what about his product CB Passive Income 4.0? Does it pass the income sniff test? Enjoy my CB Passive Income review and see if it is a scam or legit income generating offer. I welcome any questions, comments or experiences with the CB Passive Income program.

Patric Chen claims to provide CB Passive Income 4.0 as an income generating system, Patric also claims his program will make you money on “autopilot”, a term that sends shivers done my spine and screams run!

In this CB passive income 4.0 review, I’m going to show you what this autopilot system is all about. I’ll highlight some of the tools and resources you’ll receive by signing up as a member, as well as taking a quick look at the training you’ll have access to.

I will also look at the support mechanisms that are in place to help you get the most out of this product.

What Is Patric Chen’s CB Passive Income?

If we think about it in the most simplistic terms possible, Patric has created a bunch of squeeze pages for users to clone, and push traffic to your offer. Your traffic is then funneled through to another page where visitors emails are capture through the offering of free products. In theory this sounds quite plausible, but we will see if theory or realism prevail a little later in this CB Passive Income 4.o review.

Patric and his team then use these captured email subscriptions to push profitable products through to their new email subscribers, and any commissions made are instantly yours. Sounds fairly simple!

Patric has allowed members to clone web pages that he claims to be “exclusive” to members only, that includes all product promotions, and email marketing.

Patric utilizes Clickbank, and pushes all promotions from Clickbank as he firmly believes this is the best way to go. After all, Clickbank offers on average 40 – 50% commission paid from sales related to digital products online.

Your first step after signing up would be to create a Click Bank affiliate account which is free to do, I actually have one and have sold quite a few Click Bank products over the years. Once you have a click Bank affiliate id you then enter your Clickbank information into the CB Passive Income dashboard.

You then get to choose which page of Patrics that you would like to clone. From there you would jump into the training on how to properly promote and generate traffic through to the cloned web page.

As traffic starts flowing, Patric and his team with capture those email addresses and start sending promotional emails. Any commissions made are yours for life!

**You’ll notice that there are different versions of CB Passive Income, and Patric is currently releasing his 5.0 model. All versions are somewhat similar as the previous, they just update a few things each time. **

Who Is CB Passive Income For?

Because Patric claims to give ideal training, and promises an almost complete autopilot system, I might add,  I have never come across a complete auto pilot system after years of reviewing programs that claim income on autopilot, but you never know this may be the first. The program was created for intermediate to experienced marketers.

What Tools And Resources Are Available After Signing Up?

It’s a fairly straight forward process to get your membership with CB Passive Income 4.0. You’ll get your choice of a clone capture page, all ready to go with unique links, and all other tools, including domain costs and hosting fees, so far sounds like a decent deal.

Patric will constantly keep your web page updated, and show you the valuable products they are promoting to your subscribers. From this, the idea is that once you generate traffic, you should start to see a steady stream of income.

Patric creates the content, and does all the research for new products, creates the new marketing campaigns and promotes these offers for you through your cloned site.

Your given Patric’s training that is delivered through video and PDF manuals which is designed to help you generate traffic.

All tools and services such as autoresponders, hosting, domain names are all included. You shouldn’t have to invest anything more than the membership fee for CB Passive Income.

Your only job is to generate traffic.

What Is The Training Like?

As I mentioned above, Patric’s training is step-by-step and shows you numerous ways to generate traffic to his cloned web page.

The training focuses on generating traffic using techniques like:

  • Guest posting;
  • Blog comments;
  • Article directories;
  • Social Media;
  • Paid Ads;
  • YouTube;
  • SEO

All the training is shared between videos and PDF manuals and is designed to be very easy to follow. All the training techniques mentioned are valid affiliate marketing techniques.

What Kind Of Support Do You Get With CB Passive Income 4.0?

I do like that Patric hosts monthly Q&A training calls live. These calls are meant to help members ask questions and look for direction when they are having difficulties.

Other than his monthly calls, support is very generic through email and support tickets. I feel that this is one important area that this offer could improve. Anyone trying to learn how to make money online can attest that support is the key to finding any type of success online. This offer would benefit from having its own in house forum or even Facebook group.

If I Wanted To Join, How Much Would It Cost?

Once you hop through the usual up sell down sell gig  you’ll eventually get a discounted rate from what would have been “originally” offered.

At the moment, Patric offers 2 types of memberships. The first is $47 a month, down from originally $67 a month with no setup fees associated.

You can also pay a one-time payment of $497, which used to be yearly, but has recently switched to a lifetime membership and one-time payment. With this option you get the bonus of having the Inbox Pro feature, which enables you to automatically add your leads to your own autoresponder.

What I Liked About The Program!

I do like that Patric offers a 100% guaranteed 30-day money back offer, this actually comes with any Click Bank product. This makes it easy for those who may want to give this product a try without losing their shirt in the process. Just remember, if you do want a refund, make sure you get it in well before the 30 day cutoff.

I did like the idea of a monthly live Q&A session with Patric himself. You could also get Patric’s Q&A session prerecorded if you missing it. This is a great opportunity to ask personal questions about the struggles you’re having if you are live and Patric is able to help right then and there. It makes his program seem a lot less scam like when you’re talking one-on-one with him. It also takes a lot of time from his schedule to do so, and shows some commitment to the product on his part.

What CB Passive Income Could Do Better…

On the surface CB Passive income sound very legitimate, but there are a few things that make my spidey senses tingle. There is so much emphasis put on the content that Patric builds for you which makes an experienced marketer like myself start to ask some questions. If everyone has access to the same content which is getting posted on search engines such as Google, then at some point that content would become duplicate content. Duplicate content is an absolute  no, no in Googles eyes, and they routinely penalize these clone sites with basement rankings where no one would ever see these sites and their offers. When you look at this one aspect it makes me question the actual success of an offer like CB Passive Income.

Support – This is where this program really loses me, I can tell you from experience that support is critical to your success and I don’t see an investment in support when it comes to the CB Passive Income 4.0 offer. You need an in house support mechanism, not an out sourced support system. Having access to Patric is nice, but only once a month isn’t going to cut it. If you miss the once a month opportunity, you miss out on the help you need! Yes, you can get access to a taped version, but that might not answer your questions.

Lastly, If you ask any affiliate marketer out there what the hardest part of internet marketing is, they will respond 90% of the time with ” traffic generation” which is the part you are left to handle on your own. It’s great that Patric is able to do everything else for you, but he leaves the hardest part up to you. It is pitched as fairly simple to get people to your site, which isn’t the case at all.

Systems that focus on cold emailing have extremely low conversion rates. Unfortunately, this is exactly what Patric is doing and teaching his team. If you choose to join Patric and his team, don’t expect a lot of income in my opinion. if any at all. Click Bank, the market place that Patric uses is notorious for giving refunds, great if you’re the buyer, shitty if you are the affiliate! As an affiliate you will find what looks like a good month in sales is quickly clawed back through refunds.

My Final Thoughts…

Although Patric really looks like the real deal, and somewhat successful in his ventures, I am hesitant to put my endorsement on the CB Passive Income system.

I don’t think Patric is trying to scam anyone by any means, I just don’t feel for the reasons I stated in this review that his system will produce the results you are looking for, especially when you are in charge of the traffic generation component.

The system plays on the concept of taking the “hard” work out of it, and creating a system that even the newest affiliate marketer can get behind and be successful with. I just don’t believe this system has the ability to do that when you are in charge of traffic generation.

Having a web page that potentially hundreds of others may have isn’t a new concept, there are many programs with this trait, I can tell you they don’t have a high success rate.

I hope this CB Passive Income 4.0 review answered a few of your questions and gave you the information to make an informed decision. If you have any comments or experiences with this offer please leave your comments and questions below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Figure Day Review

5 Figure Day Review

 

Cost: 7-day trial then $97 monthly

Founder: Brain Winters

Established: 2012

Website: www.5figureday.com

Generating traffic for a website and affiliate products is always the toughest thing about running an affiliate marketing business or campaign. Brian Winters and his 5 Figure Day hopes to solve that problem for you by offering a done for you system. Brian’s system comes with a pretty hefty monthly fee of $97 a month which does concern me a bit, given the fact that you can run an affiliate business website, hosting, keyword tool all included for less than $50 all in, and promote any product that pays you, not the reverse.

In my 5 figure day review I will break the offer down and see if there really is value in paying Brian $97 a month for the right to promote the 5 Figure Day program.

Email marketing has been an effective way to drive traffic to affiliate offers for a long time now, this is a proven marketing technique which the 5 Figure Day program hangs its hat on as its main traffic generation technique.

The 5 Figure Day offer states that it can help you drive 500% more traffic by utilizing their system that revolves around email campaigns which we will be taking a hard look at in my 5 Figure Day review.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them at the bottom of this page. Enjoy the review and have a great day Mike.

What Is The Premise Behind 5 Figure Day?

5 Figure Day claims to provide potential income/visitors up to 500% faster than other websites. They run on a traffic forwarding technology that operates behind the scenes and helps you build a large email list, claiming to be much faster than ordinary methods.

To keep it simple the 5 figure Day System is basically a system that teaches you how to build a fast-tracked email list, and from there they set you up with a squeeze page, landing page and email content to send through to your email list. The idea is to draw attention to the 5 Figure Day system, and draw others into becoming paying members for the same system. Every month you get a new pre loaded website, really just a landing page and squeeze page, to use for your marketing campaign. If people pass on the free membership which the 5 Figure Day program does offer and opts for the $97 membership,  you will be eligible for a 50% commission ($45) for every month that the member is active.

In many cases products or programs that you get sucked into promoting drop the ball on converting after you have gone through all the hard work and paid out quite a few bucks to get people to their door step. Over the years I have promoted a variety of products just to find out that I wasted a lot of my time directing a lot of traffic to a product where the merchant lacked the ability to convert my traffic. Not sure how the 5 Figure Day offer converts, Brian says it converts great, but I am always a little reluctant to take anyone at their word when it comes to promotions on the internet, trust me, everyone says their product or system converts!

How Does The 5 Figure Day Offer Work??

For your $97 membership fee you get monthly websites that are pre loaded and come with hosting. On top of this you are given an option for an autoresponder of your choice, Aweber or Getaresponse to integrate with your email campaign.

All the information and training offered to you is on a few web pages.

You are given a few training videos, resources, links and templates to start an email list. 5 Figure Day utilizes a digital marketplace called Click Bank. You will be required to have a click bank account if you choose to stay on as a monthly member, Click Bank accounts are free. One thing as an affiliate I don’t like about Click Bank is their refund rates, they are very high, so what looks like a good month usually gets clawed back through refunds.

Your given links to a main website with your own unique affiliate link, as well as 3 different “reloaded” websites. Every month your given new websites.

From there you’re presented with the “Bootcamp” called the ‘Instant Traffic Bootcamp’. The boot camp teaches you how to effectively promote and push your 5 Figure Day product.

The Training and Resources…

The videos offered at the beginning of the web page are fairly simple and mediocre at best in my opinion. A lot of the information you have access to can be found for free on the internet. Brain goes into a lot of detail about himself and the 5 Figure System. I feel the training videos contain a fair amount of what I would consider filler.

The instant traffic boot camp has 4 main sections, showing you how to effectively promote the product.

Email Swipes: These are pre-made inserts for emails, used for your autoresponders.

Banner Ads: your given upwards of 20 pre-made banner ads to use in your paid and free ad campaigns.

  • Text Ads: These are Ads that Brian suggested you use in all other campaigns that don’t use an email component. They are geared more towards social media and classified ads.
  • Instant Traffic – The secret to paid vs free advertisement: This section outlines the positive effects that paid advertisement has on your success. Brain begins to pitch the benefits investing money and time to help ensure success.

The last section of Brian’s sales page outlines topics such as:

  • Brains proven ad swap strategy;
  • Superfast traffic with ‘solo ads’;
  • Cheap, autopilot traffic with ‘banner ads’;
  • Free traffic with ‘ad swaps’;
  • Cheap and free video traffic;
  • Free traffic from article submission, and starting your own blog;
  • Cheap Traffic using Fiver.com;
  • Free traffic from internet marketing forums;
  • Cheap, autopilot traffic with Facebook ads;
  • Free traffic from Facebook pages and groups;
  • Free Twitter traffic;
  • Cheap traffic with WarriorForum.com classifieds;
  • 5FigureDay traffic, leads and commissions.

All of these titles are followed by quick paragraphs explaining the various topics and how they will benefit you in your long term success. Unfortunately there are no videos or good educational explanations on how to actually implement these various techniques and disciplines. I don’t feel Brian goes into enough detail for someone new to actually learn.

In addition, if you did want to promote and be an affiliate for 5 Figure Day, you have to pay the $97 in order to receive any kind of commission. If you stay with the free version, and decide to promote, you only get to build your email list. Any commissions earned go to the person that recruited you or Brian himself.

The second biggest thing that frustrated me was Brian actually points out a lot of legit methods for making money online, but doesn’t go into enough detail for someone to actually understand and utilize these methods. Which in turn, makes me feel he’s more focused on pushing his own product rather than teaching people to legitimately make money online.

What I  5 Figure Day Does Well!

  • Brian does offer Legitimate money making techniques like email marketing and using banner ads for example;
  • 60 day money back guarantee is one of the better refund policies on the market for. product like this
  • Does offer a 7-day trial

What I Feel 5 Figure Day Could Do Better…

  • Price is high considering Brian also pitches using paid traffic methods which you really need to consider as an added cost. Paid advertising can really get out of control cost wise quickly, if you don’t know what you are doing!
  • Quality of training was disappointing in relation to the cost of the program. No high quality video training, just a few paragraphs here and there, some of which you could source out for free on the internet.
  • Lots of up selling in this program which is concerning, you really need to know your total costs when you embark on an internet marketing campaign. At $97 a month you should get everything you need plus. I use a program that hosts all my websites, hosting, keyword tool, and lots of training on every topic you can think of in text and video format.

  • This program is geared to selling the 5-Day Figure offer which puts all your eggs into one basket, so your basically paying for the right to promote Brian’s product which goes against everything affiliate marketing stands for. I don’t advise paying to promote anyones product, online merchants should be paying you!
  • Your future income is tied to the success of the 5 figure Day program and if the program goes down so does your hope of making your money back.
  • You actually own very little with this program, you don’t own your website, all you own are a few tools, all of which Brian will be making a commission off of as an affiliate. You see where I am going here, why not be an affiliate yourself for products like hosting and autoresponders like Brian is,  and make a nice income yourself. You will always be in control of your own destiny instead of being tied to the fate of someone else.
  • Conflicting messages – At the start of the program its all about doing things “FREE” but as you move towards the end of the training its really all about paying for stuff.
  • When you add up what you get for your $97 a month it really doesn’t make for a good investment in my opinion, I could see if the training was really good and new training was added every day, but it isn’t. Any affiliate program that is any good will give you free banners and promotional videos to use in your campaigns to promote their products. Affiliate programs will also give you email swipes to send out to your email list for free as well. So really what are you paying for? From what I can see a pre loaded sales page, that’s really it!

My Final Verdict Of My 5 Figure Day System.

As I mentioned above, Brian’s program is based on using legitimate marketing techniques. The program is legit for sure. I guess where my review is critical of the 5 Figure Day program is the cost in comparison to the value you get. Some of the training you can find free on various websites and the items like banners and email swipes are free anytime you promote a program or product if that online merchant has their act together.

I am a firm believer in being in control of your own destiny and I don’t feel its a wise business decision to tie yourself to one product like the 5 Figure Day offer. Learning how to promote any product online in my opinion is the way to go. Keep all your options open and costs as low as you can. For this reason I wouldn’t recommend the 5 figure Day program, good concept, good marketing techniques promoted, legitimate owner, just to costly and limited to selling the 5 Figure Day program.