What is the real value of Wealthy Affiliate?

First of all, what is Wealthy Affiliate?
• A training center where you can learn everything about Affiliate Marketing. They have hundreds of videos and web lessons.
• A web hosting provider where they host your websites and provide you with technical support, e.g. regular backup, site health statistics and technical problem solving if necessary?
• A community of like-minded people who want to build a successful affiliate marketing business.
• A business partner which you can promote their business and get a commission.
• A social platform where you can socialize and exchange ideas with other members.

I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for more than six years already. I have seen some people who are able to build a successful business and some who failed. It all depends on how good you are with what you wanted to do and also your dedication and drive. Not every one of us is able to build a business from scratch. I am sure you will be successful if you put in enough effort.
So what is the real value of Wealthy Affiliate? There are many other places where you can learn affiliate marketing or you can learn from books you borrowed in the library. Why choose Wealthy Affiliate and pay a membership fee?

The Wealthy Affiliate community is the real value of their platform. This community is very active 24/7. If you ask a question and someone will give you an answer, sometimes immediately if your question is simple. Where else can you get such support? It is easier to give you an idea what our members do daily in this list below.

  1. They discuss about which affiliate programs are profitable.
  2. How to solve problem on their website.
  3. How to rank higher on Google search.
  4. They socialize and tell others of what they did – holiday, child birth, birthday and hobbies, etc.
  5. How much money they made or how much they want to make.
  6. How they feel, how they succeed or struggle with their businesses.
  7. They request other people to visit their website and leave comments.
  8. Say hello to new members.
  9. Live chat with other members online.
  10. Attend weekly webinar.

These are just some of the more common things that are happening daily. There are some not so common ones; like fund raising or competition on who write more content in a month, etc.
There is so much support and messages that you might feel overwhelmed sometimes. If you are serious about making money doing affiliate marketing, I would suggest you join and try it out. Click here to join and have a free trial for 2 weeks.

How to write engaging contents

How to write engaging contents

One of the main reason behind a successful website is its contents.  How to write engaging contents that will resonate with the reader?  Anyone can write, but not everyone can write well.  Without good contents, you are not going to make sale even though you can get visitors to your website.

For example, a department store has a very good advertising program and it attracts a lot of visitors to their store.  It could not make any sale because the merchandise in the store are no good. Your contents is the merchandise, it should appeal to what people desired.  Content should be attractive or appetizing (now we are talking about food, it makes me hungry).

To write good contents is not very difficult, but you do need a plan.  Here is a few pointers:-

What does your customer wants?

To answer this question, you have to be in their position to see – put yourself in their shoes.  If you are the customer, what would you want?  What would you comes to this website for base on the title of the article?

What can they get reading your article?

Once you understand this basic requirement, then you can make a plan for the contents.

Formulate your article

I mean you have to plan what you are going to write.  Normally in the steps like this.

  • Introduction
  • What you are going to talk about, so the visitor would have an idea what to expect.
  • The good part, the main story of your article.
  • Ending or conclusion.
  • Call to action – what you are selling. Some like to put another call to action in the middle of the article. Like a gentle reminder. One in the beginning (in case if they just want to go ahead and get the good stuff, they don’t have the patience to wait to finish reading your eloquent article) and one at the end.

Review your article

Read your own article at least once or twice.  First time to correct and grammar and spelling mistakes.  Second to see if you can make it better. See if you are the customer, would you be happy with what you see.  Are there any mistakes and so forth?  Is the article “pervasive”?  You can also ask someone else to read the article, because we don’t normally see our own mistakes.  This is a common human behaviour – we don’t see mistakes in ourselves, which we can see easily with other people.

Other suggestions

If you want to write a good article, you have to be good at understanding human behaviours.  Understanding people is part of marketing – what they like and what they don’t like.  If you don’t understand your customer, it would be hard to sell your product to them.

You don’t have to take a degree course in understanding marketing.  You can get some knowledge by reading promotional materials or sale leaflets.  What kind of vocabulary do they use?  How do they present their products?

A good storyteller can captivate his audience because he knows what they want. We all like success stories and also failure stories.  Therefore, most stories have this failure – success -failure – success cycles with the hero in the book.  Who would want to read a very bland story with no ups-and-down?

You can also use the same tactic.  For example, if you are promoting affiliate marketing.  You can tell them your failure stories and then tell them how you succeed, repeat it one more times – you become a good storyteller.  Now you get their attention.

Be creative and show a bit of personality in your writing.  Once you can write good articles, your sale figure is going to get better and better.



What is the best affiliate program?

What is the best affiliate program?

When you are first starting up, choosing the best affiliate program is critical to your success.  Many failed because they choose the wrong affiliate program.  Some may say choosing your niche is most important.  It is not always the case.  If you choose the right niche but you choose the wrong affiliate program, you will not make money.

Many people choose to join the famous Amazon Affiliate Program, thinking since Amazon is so popular they would be able to make money.  But they found out that it is not so easy.  They might be able to make a few dollars each month, but it would be disappointing when they have put in so much effort for just a few bucks.

So, how do you choose the best affiliate program which could make lots of money.

Here are some of the issues that you need to consider.

  • Price of product – on a high price product, you should have a higher commission. Don’t recommend products which are too cheap.  Otherwise, you will only make a few dollars even though you have sold thousands of items. Also, don’t try to do products which are too expensive where no one can afford to buy them and you have no sale.
  • Google Adsense Affiliate program – if you don’t have thousands of visitors everyday, don’t even bother doing it.  You might only make few cents a day.  Google Adsense give you a few cents per click.
  • Commission level – how many percent as commission per product sold the merchant is giving you.  Amazon give only 4%-7%. When you sold something at $100, you will only get $4- $7 dollars – not very exciting isn’t it.
  • Lifetime commission – some products give lifetime commission. As long as the customer stay and use the product, you will get your commission every month. For example, membership, online casino, share trading account and subscriptions, etc. These affiliate programs are the best programs since it is accumulative and your income will increase gradually. As compare to Amazon, it is only a one time sale if the customer don’t buy through your website again. No one can stop the customer going through to Amazon directly.  Wealthy Affiliate has the same commission structure.
  • Is the merchant trustworthy – you have to do research to find out. There are some dodgy merchants who don’t pay you the commission, some charge a fee to start an affiliate account. Do they give you report for how much you sell each month?
  • Is the merchant too famous – where the brand name is too famous, customer will go directly to the store instead of looking up reviews.  You will be wasting your time trying to promote their products.

When choosing your niche you have to think of how much time you want to spend on the website.  Some niche are very time consuming, for example news, sports, latest trends and things that need updating all the time.  For these niches, your have to keep up with the latest development everyday and also update your website everyday.  Are you prepare to do that?  It will be a full-time job and not passive income.

There are plenty of niches that you don’t have to update everyday.  This website is one of them.

Choosing your niche and choosing an affiliate program is the key to success in affiliate marketing.

How to apply for affiliate programs

Most business has their own website. If you are looking to promote products for certain business. You can search online for their affiliate program.  For example, search “BRAND NAME + affiliate”.  Then you can apply on their website or send an email.

Before you apply for any affiliate program, make sure you have some content on your website.  If you have a brand new website with nothing on it, it is not going to look good on your part.  Hence, you will not be successful.  Therefore, have a few posts and pages of articles before you apply.

If you are successful in your affiliate application. You can ask them for some advertising materials or banners you can put on your website.  Some business only has affiliate links, then you have to design your own banners. Affiliate link is good on text, but it is more attractive to have a few different banners with nice picture and colors.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing

Many people asked me, “How do I start affiliate marketing?”

We all know that doing affiliate marketing involved the follow steps.

  • choose a good niche
  • buy a domain name
  • build our website
  • keep writing articles
  • earn income

The above are the basic steps in what affiliate marketing is all about.  Before you start earning money, you have to do the first 4 steps correctly and professionally.

Learn the knowledge of affiliate marketing

Learn the knowledge of affiliate marketing

Today,  I want to prepare you with a good mentality which will make you successful.  The main reason why so many people have failed in affiliate marketing is they started off with the wrong mentality. The wrong mentality is – they expect to make money immediately, or within the first couple of months. They give up quickly when they don’t see money coming in.

To give you an example.  If you start learning tennis, would you expect to become a good tennis player in two months’ time?  I don’t think so. (Unless you are born this talent.)

At the start, you should put away the idea that you will be making money.  Put away your money goal.

Instead, you should have the following goals. (They are just examples, and you should set up the goals which are meaningful to you.)

  1. I will spend six months or one year to learn affiliate marketing.
  2. I will publish a website and help people with the niche I choose.
  3. I will learn as much as possible on the niche.
  4. I will enjoy what I do.

When you have these correct goals, you will concentrate on learning and not the money.  You will learn without the distraction of your money goal and also will not get upset when you are not making money.  You will not be quitting prematurely without even trying.

The right mentality will give you a good foundation on your website.  The articles you write will focus on helping people, not focus on you want to make money from them.  Your visitors can see that you genuinely want to help them.  As a result, you will have more and more visitors to your website.

Here is a excellent video on how money is made by focusing on solve problems for others.

When you enjoy what you are doing and money will start coming in as a by-product.  Once you learn the skill, you will start to make money, because skill comes first before money.

Money is not your goal.  Your goals are you enjoy what you are doing and you want to help other people.

“My goal was never to just create a company. A lot of people misinterpret that as if I don’t care about revenue or profit or any of those things. But what not being just a company means to me is not being just that – building something that actually makes a really big change in the world.” –  Mark Zuckerberg