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So I'm trying this experiment (yes this really is a big experiment for me) because I really am getting tired of the “success” stories of students promoting courses and getting rich. Damn that sounds like I'm hating, but really it makes it difficult to know whether a course can legit teach me how to make money online. I found some minor success from SEO Affiliate Domination and decided to try and push it to the limit and actually grow my knowledge outside of the foundation my buddy Greg Jeffries provided.
It took me a couple months to understand the fundamentals, just the friggin fundamentals of setting up my first blog. I'm done with the cheerleading that are disguised as reviews, especially after taking my foundational knowledge from SEO AD and following it up with becoming a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community. I've noticed a ton of hype from half-ass review sites in which beginner level affiliates get stuck promoting the only course they've ever taken! I'm not that at all, I even suggest you not start that way. But, you gotta start somewhere, but I'm pretty sure I can be that somewhere for those that have earned between $0-$1,000 on their journey thus far.
If you're seasoned at this affiliate marketing thing, I encourage you to reach out to me [email protected] in order to tell me your story. I'm always looking to sharpen my skills and strategy.
That said, I'm lucky to have met a few successful Affiliate Marketers recently, Austin is in flux and full of some of the tech industries brightest professionals. I feel confident that I'll succeed with Greg Jefferies in my corner. Why? Because I have seen his monthly report and he hits 5 figures consistently every month through his efforts. Seeing it with your own eyes and talking to them on a regular basis really puts the feasibility into perspective. I'm good, I know it's a matter of time for me. Not sure if I'm being confident or cocky, but I'm proud to offer a full view of what I'm doing and what I've learned. Maybe you'll want to go learn from the guy that taught me, maybe not. Nonetheless, a major problem exists, the blind lead the blind in terms of free or inexpensive options for beginner affiliate marketers. I'm trying hard not to bash Wealthy Affiliate, but I think I can offer my journey and guide newcomers more responsibly. I learned a skill through SEO AD and WA taught me mostly to write and be patient. I'm just saying there's a better route and I believe I've found it as I'm currently living it. Check out the community tab if you might be limited on budget but want to follow my approach. Just so you know, I will be recommending the exact courses and software that levels me up, I'll also give insight into tools and ideas that don't work as well for me. Essentially, you'll be able to watch my every move as I grow my earnings over time. Ground level from a similar beginners perspective. No hype, no millions (yet), no lambos, no BS.
For instance, I'm currently at $394.63 in my affiliate earnings total. That's it, open and honest. I haven't been doing this for very long but at least I was able to earn within my first 90 days. I can show and prove that much at this point. On top of that, I've posted over 100 posts on this blog and can give some insight into pros and cons of how I did it and what I'd do differently.
I'm glad to offer my route, I wonder if you'll find value in following someone just a step or two ahead rather than some rich guy that started years ago when the landscape was much different.
It Takes One To Know
I'm still a beginner. When I first came into affiliate marketing and experienced a ton of intimidation and confusion. I took SEO AD but it took me going through it twice before I could actually sit down and begin implementing. This was me trying to wrap my head around an actual strategy that works. I learned the basics of an SEO strategy that I use to this day. Luckily, I didn't stagnate after the course was over, I decided to continue building my knowledge while telling this story.
I came up with the idea for Blue Highlighted Text because I think there are a ton of people who just want unbiased guidance. I also believe that people will spend for courses when they have the money to do so. I've been there, the first course I ever took cost me $3,000 to learn the very basic ideas of drop shipping through Shopify (I know don't judge). I'd later get much more value from SEO Affiliate Domination for $500 than I could have imagined.
Bridge Between Starting and Success
Long story short, I ended up realizing that I wanted to create a bridge (Blue Highlighted Text) between low to no budget and being able to continue with an attitude of continual education. That's the key, the difference between this community and others. I don't have all the answers, I don't need them. I'm here to provide my stamp of approval on each and every angle of this journey and believe that an unbias approach will give you a great opportunity to save money and time while you find your own way to use what I teach and level up your own strategies and tactics.
It feels a little arrogant to more or less “call my shot” but I'll deal with that in hopes of offering a fresh idea. Maybe you are over the fact that no matter who's link you click >> Wealthy Affiliate or SEO Affiliate Domination. If you decide to spend your money on an online course someone is getting paid. Additionally, no program is 100% complete as a guarantee it will lead to your success. The benefit of trusting my path is that I don't have reason to hold anything back. I started undercapitalized and ignorant to how to build a WordPress site. The goal is to get you profitable, not sell you courses or memberships. You should be able to just by reading the posts that are on this blog free. If you want to really brainstorm and get my thoughts in real time consider joining our community for only $20/month. I'm here to give you a full view, I don't care which course you use because I'm mostly focused on building this as a case study for Project Newsense my non-profit focused on niche education.
Luckily, I made my first affiliate commission with Share-A-Sale which allows you to link to different products and earn a commission. I always thought it a little shady to promote a course and only pump it up without holding yourself accountable for the shitty aspects of the course too. All this to say that I'll chill out on the blue highlighted text and stay focused on providing an accurate and unedited account of my experience AFTER taking the courses I actually completed and software I actually use.
I do plan on earning an income from Affiliate Marketing, but I don't think beginners (or anyone) should be lied to.
If you're still reading this, let's get you started on a legit way to earn money online. Passive income, created through an actual business. No MLM, no pyramid scheme, no overdoing it with the blue highlighted text. I'm of the belief that if you build the right content and proper personal engagement, people will go out of their way to click your links.
If you're looking for what I use check out my recommended tools.
Then go here to as a starting point.