A Tried and True Way to Cure HBA Syndrome.

Do you know someone who has a problem with HBA Syndrome?

Here is how to cure it without expensive treatments or shelling out a lot of money for something that doesn’t really work. HBAS can be cured, it does take effort and it takes a little time. But if you’re determined and have some ambition, HBAS is certainly something you don’t have to live with.

What is HBAS and what are the symptoms?

HBAS is very embarrassing, it’s definitely something people keep to themselves, you may have it, your neighbor may have it. Your children may even have it and you do not know.  Put bluntly, HBAS is the need to know how to earn an extra income online.

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HBAS stands for Hungry Bank Account Syndrome. It’s that gap at the end of the month in your budget. It’s wanting to take the better half out for a date and not having enough in the account to pay for a burger and fries, let alone the movie. It’s wanting a cut and style yet there’s not enough to buy cat food, let alone make yourself pretty.

You know, there are all kinds of ways to make money, some easier than others. Internet affiliate marketing is a great platform as it stretches your brain and your imagination, and doesn’t take a lot of physical effort. It takes some patience and hard work.  That’s how I cured my HBAS.

Before I did that, I took a detour on Network Marketing. Or multi level marketing… MLM. This genre has changed a lot in the last few years as social media and interaction with other people has become easier. I do have to say, Eric Worre is a great guy, he knows his stuff and he will teach you how to be a master network marketer. As Eric explains in his book Go Pro, (click on the link to buy it) there are five basic skills to learn to become a proficient network marketer.

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What are these five basic skills?

Numero Uno, of course, is contacting. All you need to do is learn how to approach people and make friends, and find a way to keep in contact. This is probably the most important of the five skills and if you master this skill you’ll have more prospects than you can shake a very large tree limb at.

Secondly, learn how to invite. During conversations, look for keys indicating your prospect is ready for a change, or could use the product you are promoting, and then invite them to learn more about the product or service. Approach the prospect more than once, as most people are invited a number of times before being shown an opportunity.

Thirdly, present the product or service and the compensation program. Study your product so you can answer any questions or objections, know the compensation plan and be able to present it.

Fourth, follow up, find out what the objections are, be able to overcome them and then sign the prospect up.

Fifth, train your new distributor. This is one that is fairly easy to accomplish and also fairly easy to forget. You sign them up and then you turn them loose to do exactly what it took you forever to learn. He/she may not be as persistent as you, in fact, chances are the first time he/she gets a no, you’ll lose your new distributor!

YOU need to train them. You need to walk them through the exact process you went through. Only take their hand, don’t let them stumble around in the darkness like you did.

What’s the most important aspect of Network Marketing?

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The MOST important aspect to Network Marketing is to make sure you are getting involved with a product that will sell. Some products, no matter how hard you try, really aren’t marketable. It’s great that someone decided to create the product and are too cash strapped to market it, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to market it, either.

Don’t get me wrong, there are people out there who are born marketers who will make a killing off some oddball and impossible to sell alternative medicine oil, but if you aren’t one of those people, you aren’t going anywhere in that market.

There are a TON of products out there that are good products, but the market is so saturated with that particular product that a lot of people have heard of the product and are now buying from their brother/cousin/ex-boyfriends mother, etc. Which means you’re late arriving in the market. So a lot of that effort is going to be wasted.

Then there are the products that were really hot at first then people realized the one you were about to hook up with is three times as expensive as the version you can buy at the local corner store. With some luck and a lot of effort, you may succeed, but Network Marketing isn’t easy so pick a newer company with a good product and a good compensation program.

What are some of the up and coming MLMs?

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Some of the up and coming MLM’s are:

Senegence for make-up.  This is the 18-hour lip product, as well as other long lasting make-up.

Stampin Up for crafting.  These people make all kinds of cool stuff like greeting cards, etc.

Color Street for nails.  These are the stick-on fancy nails that can be removed easily if one gets scratched.

Red Aspen for lashes.  These are the convenient reusable eyelashes that fit any fashionista’s budget.

That is just to name a few for women.

Man Cave Worldwide for men, they have barbecue and entertainment equipment.  (no, they don’t sell carburetor parts!)

And the ever present Amway.

Plus a TON of other stuff.

Hobby and crafting fairs are a viable alternative for collecting prospects for your MLM. Not only can you sell a little product but you can prospect right there without contacting your relatives.  If you have an artistic hobby such as woodworking, knitting, greeting cards, or have a hobby such as collecting dolls, toys or what have you, you can combine your MLM and those crafts.

Is there an easier way to cure HBAS?

Yes, there is an easier way to cure HBAS, but it takes a little time, and if you really want to find out how to earn an extra income online, read more about it, go here now:

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Creating a Self Sufficient Life: 10 Important Questions Answered!

Are you living from paycheck to the End Of The Month Gap?

What is self-sufficiency?

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Is it taking care of you and your family? Not using a credit card to buy groceries? How about overall financial well-being?

Self-sufficiency is you being able to pay all the bills, then getting to enjoy the extra money to pay off the credit cards or tuition debt. You get to have enough time and money left over to golf, ski, fish and do all the other stuff we all want to do.

Like take the family out for dinner, or buy Christmas presents. How many hobbies do you have that are just sitting there calling your name but you can’t afford it or you have to spend so much time at that job, you don’t have time for recreation. You know a lot of us have gone out on a limb, went to four years of college and studied all sorts of great careers!

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Did you take the College Route?

Then we got out, got involved in the industry of our choice and bang, we are still struggling just to make the payment on the college debt. The cost for a full year of college has gone up $7000 in the last 10 years. From $27,000 to $34,000! More people entering college, inflation, and college rates all three going up and voila, college is approaching the out of sight range for a lot of people. One of the two of us still has a $60,000 tuition debt, after 15 years in the chosen field!

I got to the point where I knew we were living on a dead end road that was going to get narrower and narrower until that little yellow sign would pop up in the distance saying our bumpy little road had run out.  And we’d be officially NOT self-sufficient.

Are you working a second job just to make ends meet?

There are SO many people having to take a second job to make ends meet. And that second job only makes your employer rich, not you. It’s unfathomable how many people who didn’t go to college are simply just not making it.

No longer can people expect to keep their nose clean, find a good factory job and work their life away, taking care of themselves and their family. A sort of self-sacrifice that 30 years ago, we could all make in order to raise a family.want a self sufficient life live it, self sufficient life live it

My mother was proud of the fact she only had an 8th-grade education. She held quite a few average paying jobs over her lifetime. There were plenty to be had.  My father held fewer and higher paying jobs, he was the breadwinner, but he only had a high school education.  They both worked, they took care of us. We ate like there was no tomorrow!  We did a lot of camping and fishing, we even owned a boat for a while.

Why the increased need for a college education today?

Nowadays, everyone needs to be “college ready” when they get out of high school. Spoiler alert!  Not everyone can or will go to college!   There are electricians and plumbers and auto mechanics needed. Oh, no, those kinds of jobs were for our parents, we can’t do that! They got their hands dirty!

But now college is ultra expensive. There is a LOT of incongruency going on there. Go ahead, feel free to vent at the bottom of the post about the economy and the need for something to give. How big IS that gap at the end of your month?want a self sufficient life live it, self sufficient life live it

ENOUGH with the negative, let’s move to the self-sufficient part of it!

Let’s take a look at how we can become self-sufficient again. There is a big computer-based society happening right now, been going on for a while, actually.  It includes social media, people doing stuff interactively with fellow computer users from around the world, and people actually purchasing items on the computer and having it sent to their homes. It’s called the INTERNET!want a self sufficient life live it, self sufficient life live it

It’s fun and exciting and has a million different aspects that are all fairly easy to learn about and tap into for the average person. There are chat rooms and social media, there are game rooms and all sorts of entertainment, there are untold different subjects that can be researched and get absorbed into. Maybe you have a hobby you are interested in that you just can’t get enough of. Knitting, golfing, skiing, classic cars, crafting, painting, losing weight, gaining weight, space exploration, fishing, or just chatting with people.

How many subjects are there?

There are literally millions of subjects you can research out and discover more about. And there is one subject, in particular, all these other subjects have in common.

You can make money on the internet with them. You can EARN AN INCOME! You can become more than just self-sufficient with them. And the more you immerse yourself in your particular niche, the better you become at making money.  The more you immerse yourself in your PASSION, the more money you can make!

Wait, I can have fun with my passion and make money with it?

What is it?

I’m talking about affiliate marketing. You learn how to create a website for your favorite subject, learn how to monetize it, and then the more you know about your subject, the more of an expert you become, the more income you make. And the more you learn about affiliate marketing, the easier it all becomes!

Can I do this without working at it?want a self sufficient life live it, self sufficient life live it

It depends on what you mean by “working at it”.  Do you work at getting the boat out and going fishing on the weekend?  If that is work, then this is probably going to be work, too.  If you enjoy going fishing, and you enjoy learning new things, then no, this isn’t work.  You’re going to throw out a little hook with some bait on it, then wait to see what nibbles!

Can you go to bed tonight and wake up rich tomorrow morning?  No, this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. In fact, the only get-rich-quick schemes on the internet are get-rich-quick SCAMS, but I left that subject for another post!

What you put in, determines what you’ll take out.

How do you get to be self-sufficient with this affiliate marketing business?  By making it YOUR business!  By getting in there and enjoying learning a new way to make money, on the internet.  And all that time you put in is fun and exciting because our minds love to explore new territory.

How will I learn to do this?

You’ll get some free training sitting right there at your computer!

You’ll be learning how to create the website. Then you’ll learn how to write good content, how to choose good keywords for your little niche, and how to monetize the whole operation. And you’ll get to learn how to structure your website in order to make an income. I left out a word there. I left out GOOD, a good income. When you get good at it, it’ll be a GREAT income, forget the “good”! And yes, it’ll take you a little effort to get the boat into the water, but think of the fish you’ll catch!

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You’ll have the hosting site to help you along.

Your hosting site will host that website, the best one you choose will allow more than one website. You’ll even have access to a program to help you choose those keywords you’ll be writing about, a keyword research tool. That means you’ll have website backup, and you’ll have website support 24/7/365 days a year.

Let’s get this straight. You don’t have to accost all your friends?

All you have to do is LEARN how to build an acceptable website. And then let it grow.

How long will this take me?want a self sufficient life live it, self sufficient life live it

Creating a website can take less than 30 seconds! To get it fine-tuned and making money can take as little as a month! I’m a little on the stubborn side and don’t like to follow the lessons so it took me a little longer! But I had fun while working on it because I love learning how to do new things, plus I knew EVENTUALLY I would get it right. And it was on my OWN TIME! No one else’s.

So the big question is, how can I earn an extra income?  I want a self-sufficient life!

Are you ready to start something new and fun? Are you ready to move toward self-sufficiency? Are you ready to start something that will take you to a full-time income on part-time hours? Are YOU ready to CLOSE THAT End Of The Month GAP?

What is my next step?

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Read about Wealthy Affiliate here. This website will give you absolutely everything you need except for two things.  The TIME. And the EFFORT.

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Are you ready to live a self sufficient life?

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How much money would it take for YOU to make ends meet? How much would you be COMFORTABLE making? And lastly, are you willing to make the effort?


Beginner’s guide to getting traffic on your website for free

Do you want to turn your website into a Super Highway of Traffic?

We’ve been working our way through the inroads of Affiliate Marketing, looking for our Destination to Mastery and we’ve come to the Fourth Bridge to Success.We are up to Number 4 of the 5 skills we need to learn to become an effective affiliate marketer.

  1. How to choose a niche market.

  2. How to write good content for your website.

  3. Choosing effective keywords for website SEO.

  4. Using social media to get free traffic to your website.

  5. Monetizing your website

I’m looking for a quick primer right now, will this post give me that?

This post will give you that quick primer as to how to get traffic on your website for free, through the use of social media.  Social media isn’t the be-all end-all method. It’s one method among many.  There are quite a few lessons to learn along this path and delving into the subject is easy if you have access to the training.

Social media is a good way to get your information out to the public.  Some sites, you’ll use to post a quick note directing traffic to your next blog on your website.  Others, you’ll use for interaction, creating a community and otherwise getting involved in your niche. This not only puts your name out there, but is also a great opportunity to learn more about your niche and get ideas for future posts.

How many social media sites do you use?

  • I have three individual social networks I use quite regularly. I have a Facebook page for my niche I am involved in, actually four different business pages, over and above my personal page, and regularly interact with the people in those communities.
  • I have a Pinterest account that I have several boards on and regularly add my posts to any and all boards the post fits with.
  • Lastly I have a Twitter account that I post new blogs to but is in more of a Share-Only mode.

Here is a training post by Kyle Wa concerning the use of social media.

Mastering Social Engagement

How does writing content come into the social media traffic attraction?

Because as you write content, of course you post it on your social media accounts.  This allows you to be in front of your audience every time you write a post.  The more posts, the more times your audience sees you.

One excellent lesson included in Kyle’s training post is the fact that writing content has to be ongoing. Your presence on social media needs to be constantly renewed in order to keep your content in front of your audience. You can’t go out on stage with one post and then two weeks later show up and expect them to remember you.

They are bombarded by a thousand other subjects and posts. Social media is about being visible and being visible frequently. A word of warning, which Kyle expresses, is to be careful with using social media to hang out and not run your business. You’re there to promote it and if you are spending hours a day on social media, it’s not a business, it’s a habit.

What about posting items “just to get visibility”?

Here is a great video by the King of Laidback, Bo Tipton, on getting traffic through Facebook. He does a great job of outlining a schedule and items to post, in order to keep your face out there.  He suggests making memes with famous quotes and posting them on social media regularly.  That gives you even MORE visibility to your audience.

GoGetters Facebook Traffic

Bo also has three more videos concerning Facebook that walks us through other aspects of that particular social media platform. All his videos and the full GoGetters training course is available on Wealthy Affiliate with the Premium Membership.

Where can I get more training on social media and traffic to my website?

Bo Tipton is just one of many Affiliate Marketers on Wealthy Affiliate who are professionals at affiliate marketing, and have taken the time to create their own training on various aspects of the business. This is the community we have access to.  Oops, I took a left turn there. These extra courses are all free to members of the community.

Another wonderful instructor and professional affiliate marketer and one of my mentors, is Veronica. She also has some great training, this is just a quick idea of how to get free traffic to your website!

5 Ways to Get Free Traffic to Your Website

I visited your links, isn’t all that information a little overwhelming?

This is a lot of information to absorb. And there is more where all of this came from. Unlike UDEMY.com, it’s available for free when you sign up for a Premium Membership at Wealthy Affiliate. Plus you can take all the time you want to study it!

You can study it on your own time schedule, it’s YOUR business!  When I first started out, I would do one lesson a day until I got my site up and running, then I would do as many as I had time for as I knew the jargon by then.  Once you get acclimated to the business, it becomes easier.

So good luck, I look forward to seeing you on Wealthy Affiliate!

For more information on Wealthy Affiliate and how YOU can start your own business on the internet, go to my post here!

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Choosing Effective Keywords for Website SEO, A Novice’s Guide.

How will SEO keep you on the Track Of Success?

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As we are chugging along the track to becoming the engineer of our own affiliate marketing conglomerate, there are 5 skills we need to learn to become an effective affiliate marketer.  The third skill deals with SEO and keywords.

  1. How to choose a niche market.

  2. How to write good content for your website.

  3. Choosing effective keywords for website SEO.

  4. Attracting followers through social media and other avenues

  5. Monetizing your website

What in the world is SEO and how can it help ME?

The next stop on our journey is going to be choosing effective keywords for website SEO.  SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.  Say that 7 times because you will be using that term extensively in your affiliate marketing career.  SEO is the basis for long term success and growth.  It will drive your business to whatever level you want, it is an art form.

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Overuse of keywords can be just as detrimental to your website health as not having any at all.  SEO drives the ranking of your website compared to all the other websites vying for position in the long list of Google, Yahoo, and Bing search offerings when you search on a particular term.  Earlier in the history of the internet, a keyword could be a single word, such as “income,” Nowadays, a keyword can be several words in a string, such as “average college student income”.

So how does SEO work with a single keyword?

When you pull up Google, and type in a term like “income,” you quickly get 632,000,000 results.  Consequently, if you use a good quality SEO search tool such as the Jaaxy SEO Tool, you find that “income” gets on average 51,000+ searches per month, and there are 239 competing websites who use that exact keyword term.

If you should happen to make it to the very top of the rankings, number one position can expect to get 8100 hits per month on that term alone.  In other words, out of 51,000 searches, the top spot will get 8100 (16%) of the hits with 239 websites competing for that position.

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That means the top 6-7 websites will get hits, the rest will get almost nothing, and at 10 websites per page, if you should even get lucky enough to rank among those 239 websites for that term, last place will put you squarely on page 24.  That’s some stiff competition.

How stiff is the competition for that one keyword?

Imagine a town of 51,000 residents with 239 coffee shops all on just three streets, competing for the same business with some being a Starbucks, others a Peabody, the top 10 are squarely at the center of town on main street, with drive up windows, and the very best one already gets 8,100 of those customers.  You’d better have a perfect product, have longevity, excellent advertising, specials every day, and know the mayor to succeed!

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What about a keyword phrase that’s more specific?

Let’s compare that with the keyword phrase, “average college student income”.

A Google search results in 78,000,000 hits, one eighth what the previous example got.  A quick look at our Jaaxy SEO tool and we find there are 104 searches per month, an expectation of 18 hits per month at the top of the list, and 40 other websites. As SEO tool rankings go, this leads to a perfect SEO score of 100, (we’ll cover that in more detail in another post).

If you are skilled enough with your content to rank with this keyword, you could very well start out on page 4 minimum, and only have three more pages to get to the first page.  That is much more attainable than climbing 24 pages and passing 239 other competitors to get to the top.  (Learn how to create good content here)

What does this tell me about keyword searches?

These two keyword searches illustrate a great example of what Kyle at Wealthy Affiliate calls the Low Hanging Fruit!  Create a post with good content around this phrase and you are well on your way to achieving a great ranking in Google and creating an income from affiliate marketing.  You will be picking the low hanging fruit.

How do I go about finding these fancy shmancy keywords?

First you want to stay within your niche, and you want to think of a couple of phrases that are natural to your niche.  Say your niche is “college student extra income.”  You can take several phrases from this niche, such as “college student income,” “extra student income,” and even shuffle the words a little and plug it into our Jaxxy SEO Tool to come up with a whole list of keywords you can use to write good content posts around.

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Did you have something else you wanted to say?

Yes, I want to jump on my soapbox here for a second.

The goal of writing your post is to write readable content with an idea in mind that will naturally flow with the keyword you choose.  In other words, do not choose a keyword and write a body of text that looks like blah blah, keyword, blah blah blah, keyword, blah blah.  That will get your post flagged in SEO alright, but flagged because it makes no sense.  And the search engine will kick it right into the trash bin.  So, now off my soapbox!

Can you give me a better understanding of the information in that Jaaxy keyword search tool?

Let’s just take a closer look at what that information in the keyword search tool is telling us.  

The Jaaxy Introduction Video:

Referring to the picture below of the Jaaxy search, we see that Column One AVG (Average)as stated above is the average searches for that particular term in a month.  Initially one would expect a term with a LOT of searches to be a great term.  That only means it is too generic to try to rank with. A flood of searches means whomever is searching for that term is either early in their search or doesn’t have a good idea of what they are looking for yet.  How would you ever write a post for an audience as broad as 30,000 people, some that you have no idea what their subject is?  This value is best kept over 100 and under 300.

Column Two TRAFFIC is the expected traffic you would experience if you landed in the top spot. This is predicated on the number of searches and the number of websites using the particular keyword.

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The Jaaxy Keyword Search Tool dashboard.

Column Three QSR shows the number of competing websites using that particular keyword.  This is your competition, and should be kept under 100, the lower the better.

Column Four KQI is an indicator of how good the keyword should perform.  This is just a quick idea of how good the keyword is.

Column Five SEO is the score you want to pay attention to.  The closer to 100 you get the better.  The scale goes from 0-100, anything below 80 is going to give less than satisfactory results.

Now try it out for yourself!

Remember to look for keywords with 100-300 searches per month, with a Quoted Search Rating of 100 or below, and an SEO rating higher than 80.

Next Step, find ways to attract followers to your website


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My Picks For The 5 Best Rated Cordless Circular Saws

A list of the 5 best rated cordless circular saws.

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Prices are approximate, in fact, some of these prices changed as I was researching the items.  Make sure you check for lower priced sellers in Amazon, as some may have been out of stock while I was doing the legwork.

I can’t wait, I wanna know now what the best is. What is the Best?

The saws are positioned by price, lowest to highest, which actually has very little to do with the quality of the saw.  

As you can see we start out with the Craftsman with 19.2 Volts of power, three of the others have 18V and the DEWALT has 20V.  

All saws have 6-1/2 inch blades except for the Ridgid.  Which makes sense, Ridgid is a more heavy duty, industrial grade tool.  Ridgid doesn’t even offer the wimpy 6-1/2 inch blade.  That allows it the top of the line on cutting depth, almost 2-1/2 inches!

That also allows Ridgid the higher price position.  Craftsman still comes in as a good deal, quality wise, for the price.  Although the quality has arguably come down a bit in the last few years, they still get the best spot for the price.  

Bosch comes in as the lightest, and if you use the tool a lot, the lighter weight can be a big asset.  The craftsman weight is a big question mark as the Sears website said it was 12 lbs.

The Milwaukee bare tool is less expensive than the others, which is a plus if you have other tools that use the Red-Lithium XC batteries!  

All these tools have excellent reputations. Some fit the hand better, others last a little longer on the batteries, that’s why they all made it my list of best rated circular saws!

Here’s a little post on Dewalt battery life.

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt, 6-1/2 in, Circular Saw Model CT2040

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Click on the image to go shopping.

Price For Bare Saw: $92.00
Battery Voltage: 19.2 V
Rated RPMs: 4700 RPM
Blade Size: 6.5 in
Cutting Depth: 2”
Weight: Sears says 12 lbs w/o battery, seems a little heavy.
Battery/Charger Kit: Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Lithium-Ion Compact Battery & Charger Starter Kit
Battery/Charger Price: $82.00

Bosch CCS180B 18-Volt Li-Ion, 6-1/2 in Circular Saw

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Price For Bare Saw: $119.00
Battery Voltage: 18V
Rated RPMs: 3900
Blade Size: 6.5 in
Cutting Depth: 2 in
Weight: 6.6 lbs
Battery/Charger Kit: Bosch SKC181-101 
Battery/Charger Price: $80.00

Milwaukee M18 2630-20, 18V Li-Ion, 6-1/2 in, Circular Saw

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Price For Bare Saw: $82.00
Battery Voltage: 18V
Rated RPM: 3500 RPM
Blade Size: 6.5 in
Cutting Depth: Not Available
Weight: 8.5 lbs
Battery/Charger Kit: Milwaukee 48-59-1850 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion XC Starter Kit with (1) 5.0Ah Battery and Charger
Battery/Charger Price: $127.00

Dewalt DCS391B 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion, 6-1/2 in, Circular Saw

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Price For Bare Saw: $109.00
Battery Voltage: 20V
Rated RPMs: 5150 RPM
Blade Size: 6.5 in
Cutting Depth: 2 1/4
Weight: 7.1 lbs
Battery/Charger Kit: DEWALT 20V MAX Battery and Charger Kit with Bag, 5.0Ah (DCB205CK)
Battery/Charger Price: $100.00

Ridgid Genuine  OEM R8652B Gen5X Cordless 18V Li-Ion, 7-1/4 in, Circular Saw

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Price For Bare Saw: $110.00
Battery Voltage: 18V
Rated RPMs: N/A
Blade Size: 7 1/4 in
Cutting Depth: 2.44 In.
Weight: 10 lbs
Battery/Charger Kit: Ridgid Combo Kit # 130383031-BC-140154001
Battery/Charger Price: $160.00

A couple of things to remember, When you click on an image, you are shopping, not buying.  I may make a few pennies off the the final sale, but it in no way affects your price.  Secondly, if you get over there to the seller’s website and see another, more appealing model, BUY IT!!!

Leave me a comment below, let me know which one you chose and whether it lives up to it’s name!

If you would like to earn an income with a website similar to this one, learn all about it here, What Is Affiliate Marketing.



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Name: Udemy
Website: Udemy.com
Price: Starting at $9.99 per course for the introductory level, price for affiliate marketing courses runs from $24.99 full price and up to $199 per course.
Owners: Possible ownership by Erin Bali, Oktay Caglar and Gagan Biyani.  Current CEO is Kevin H. Johnson.
Overall Rank: 70 out of 100

UDEMY.com Affiliate Marketing Training, Product Overview

Udemy(you-duh-mee) is a non-accredited online education website catering to people who are looking for quick online courses they can pursue on their own time.  The online motto is “Learn Anything, On Your Own Schedule.”  Courses range from $9.99 for the advertised specials to well over $100 per course.  A course usually includes several lectures of 2-5 minutes apiece.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

There are over 80,000 different online courses available for many topics from arts and crafts to playing the ukelele and everything in between.

Courses include online lectures of several minutes each, approximately 75 courses on Affiliate Marketing alone.

The Bad:

These are not accredited courses, so no credits are available, courses are mainly for job improvement, and no guarantee that what you pay for is what you’ll get.

Each individual course is limited to that module, each module/course must be paid for, at the regular full price rate of $24.99 and up to $199.00.  These courses are not driven by collegiate course requirements, these courses are created by individuals for profit to the instructor and the company.  The courses are not recognized by any collegiate or university governing body as is specifically noted in the course description. There is no guarantee of acceptable course instruction.

The affiliate marketing courses require purchasing each individual course, with one instructor, no option to converse or query other successful marketers.

There is no set sequence of lessons to get the average novice through the training.

Who is the affiliate marketing for?

These courses are directed towards the novice as well as the professional affiliate marketer who would like job knowledge improvement without having to attend real-time instruction.

Affiliate Marketing Support

No online support was evident in the course descriptions, there is no community, forum, personal support, or owner support evident.  Although individual instructors may offer support.

Affiliate Marketing Price

Various courses were offfered for a discounted price of $9.99 per course, full prices were lined through, and ran from $24.99 up to $199.00.

My Final Opinion of Udemy.com’s Affiliate Marketing Courses

Spend your money on website hosting services who offer free training along with the website hosting and have a community following.  Other sections of training from Udemy.com may or may not be legitimate.

VERDICT: Semi-Legit

Why did Udemy receive the rank they did.  Udemy has plenty of courses for all subjects available, which is a plus.  They would probably be acceptable for the average business person looking for more knowledge on the particular subject one would be interested in.  That’s if the source and quality weren’t important to that person, and only one or two courses were needed.

Who wants to spend their money on something that has no apparent quality.  The legitimacy of the source of knowledge is just as important as the availablility, and that question of quality throws the positive aspect of the availability (80,000 courses) into question.  Quality and availability are two sides of the same coin.

If food is available but the quality is in question, you’ll need to be really hungry to sidle up to the trough.  Another aspect to this is, as with an accredited university, where the quality and availability is there, what price is acceptable?  You can TRY to charge a ton of dinero for an apple from Japan, but if there are no apples to be had, or the price is out of range, there goes your market.

There is a better alternative to this, at least when it comes to Affiliate Marketing training.

Wealthy Affiliate, the premier affiliate marketing host, does not charge for the training.  And that training is also not accredited but is written and presented by the experts in the field.  Not only are they experts, but they are there for you if you have questions, or just want to converse with someone who is proven in the field of affiliate marketing.

They are uber available for you through site profiles, private texts, and discussions right under the training courses.  Plus there is a live chat thread you can ask your questions in, and lastly, a search feature that allows you to search through all training courses by whatever phrase you type in and search for.

All this comprehensive and complete training is free and at your fingertips just by signing up for the Wealthy Affiliate Premium level.  Wealthy Affiliate only charges for hosting your websites, of which you can have up to 25 of your own domain and 25 using their domain, totalling 50 websites.

Does Udemy offer a comprehensive and complete approach to the training? No, which is also a negative.  They also do not host your website on your domain or their domain.

What does Wealthy Affiliate charge for this Premium level?  $49 a month.  How many courses can your gray matter soak up in a month?  Mine soaked up 64, and I was working full time.  I was hungry!  64 courses at Udemy, will cost you $640 at the introductory price level of the site, ($9.99 per course) which is only for the few intial loss-leader courses.  That, right there, is 2 years of Premium membership over at WA.  How many courses can that gray matter soak up in 2 years?

Most of Udemy’s courses average from $24.99 up to $199 for the course.  Which, compared to the alternative, is another negative.

For my time, my money, the available support, and overall experience, Wealthy Affiliate is the standard to judge all others by.

Go here to explore a better option, Wealthy Affiliate! 

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How to write good content for a website, 5 tips to posting like a PRO.

Writing Good Content.earn an extra income, how to write good content for a website.

During your journey to becoming the premier affiliate marketing expert on your little square megapixel of the internet, there are 5 basic skills you need to learn to become an effective affiliate marketer.

  1. How to choose a niche market.

  2. Writing good content for a website

  3. Choosing keywords and learning the ins and outs of SEO.

  4. Attracting followers through social media and other avenues

  5. Monetizing your website

Five Parts to Good Content.

In order to be a good affiliate marketer, the second skill of the 5 basic skills needed, is writing good content.  Let’s break it down into four parts.  Your content will need to exhibit correct grammar and punctuation, as well as spelled correctly, with an engaging style.

Written communication is how you connect with your audience.  If you go in to purchase a car, and the salesperson is unkempt, has disheveled hair, no tie, ripped up jeans, you’re going to be distracted by their appearance, and less likely to focus on the task at hand, buying a car.

Likewise, the first impression your audience receives from you is how well the article is written.  They don’t want to be stumbling through your article because of bad content, they want to hear the message.

Punctuation is Paramount!how to write good content for your website

For instance, punctuation is always important.  Consider the age-old example of the use of punctuation when it’s time for dinner, “Let’s eat Grandma!”, is much different from, “Let’s eat, Grandma!”  The comma infers a short pause between “eat” and “Grandma”, changing the meaning of the sentence from salivating over Grandma’s remains, to speaking WITH Grandma.  Big difference!

Grammar is Grandiose!how to write good content for your website

Grammar is also very important, and we aren’t speaking of being able to analyze and diagram a sentence.

Perfection in grammar isn’t necessarily the requirement, but well-written gets you across the finish line.   We’re talking about taking the written words and using them to communicate effectively, with as little mistakes as possible.

A mistake causes confusion with your message, as well as distracting your reader from the message you are attempting to convey to them.

Consider the following sentence.  “I don’t have no income from the internet.”  And if that is your level of grammar, then your statement will probably come true.

The error in the sentence is called a double negative.  The sentence could read, “I don’t have any income from the internet.” or “I have no income from the internet.”  Notably, there is more than one way to state the issue correctly, so finding the right way is a matter of opinion.

Eliminating the top 15 most common mistakes of grammar will take care of 98% of the errors in writing, of which, the double negative is one of those 15.

In English, there is a great book to help you through the process of polishing up your grammar, by the name of The Little, Brown Handbook, By H. Ramsey Fowler (Author), Jane E. Aaron (Author).  Books in other languages exist that will help with the grammar of your native language.

Spelling is Special!how to write good content for your website

Thirdly, spelling is an important aspect of the written word.  Fortunately, the dictionary is there to assist.  It can be accessed online or in hard copy and is an age-old tool of the writer’s craft.  Everyone goes through grade school learning how to spell.

We all sat through it, wondering why in the world we needed to spell something as obscure as obscurity…  O-b-s-c-u-r-i-t-y.  And now you too know how to spell it.

Another great aspect of being good at spelling is being able to figure out the correct spelling of a word without having seen the word in all of your reading experience.

Engagement is Ingenious!

Lastly and just as importantly, your writing needs to be engaging.  Your writing is the first last and only chance for you to get your point across.  It needs to be engaging, to the point, and descriptive, without running on.

Probably, early in your career as an affiliate marketer, writing too much isn’t going to be the problem.  Writing content of 500 words is marginal, 750 is barely acceptable, and anything over 1000 words per post is a great article.

“A great personal writing goal to set for yourself is a minimum of 1000 words per post, so KEEP writing.”

Quality is King!how to write good content for your website

The more quality content, the better!  Write as though you are speaking with an individual, let your personality come out in your posts.

Once you’ve written a few hundred words, go back and read it yourself, if it sounds like something out of a textbook, would you want to read through the whole article?

And once your article is complete, use the spell checker, grammar checker, and punctuation checker.  THEN proofread it again.  Even the best writers make mistakes!

Step Number Three, learn about choosing keywords and learning the ins and outs of SEO

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The website keyword and rank checker for the Expert-In-Training.

Are you having trouble finding keywords and rankings for your website?

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This is an important part of an affiliate marketing program. It’s actually an important part of any internet business, but especially for affiliate marketers. When you have the wrong keywords or are using keywords with unacceptable rankings, it can mean the difference between a successful business or just another half-baked failure of an internet income attempt.

Arguably, more than 50% of the failed attempts at affiliate marketing isn’t because of the inability or education level of the owner, it’s because of keyword selection deficiencies. Keywords equal traffic, and without traffic, the affiliate marketer is dead in the water before the starting gate is opened.

What should a keyword search tool offer?

The keyword research tool selected must have several features that allow easy search and ranking checks. The keyword selected has to be relevant to the content and should also be high ranking in the search engines, with low competition.

The website keyword and rank checker

It is important for the rank checker to reveal ranking across The Big Three search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Both features should be included in one package. As affiliate marketing is an internet business, the website keyword and rank checker should not require downloading, and reside on the web.

Other features should be the ability to monitor rankings of keywords related to the marketing website on an ongoing basis, as well as a feature to save selected keywords to different lists depending on subject matter.

Fortunately, there is a website keyword and rank checker that contains all of these parameters and resides online. There is also a free trial period. Free is only good as a trial. When you’re looking for a full up free package, you’re not serious about being successful in affiliate marketing. Great software comes at a price, but breaking the bank to spite your bank account, isn’t good practice either.

An answer to the question.

The website keyword and rank checker I personally use is the Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool. A great product at a great price. With a free trial. It also resides online, has the ability to save not only searched keywords but also ranking checks.

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Three Versions

With the Free Starter Version you get:

  • 30 searches with 25 search results per search.
  • 30 site-rank analysis checks.
  • An affiliate program finder for your keyword searches.
  • And much more.

With that, you’ll have a strong idea of the capability of this package, and know this is the website keyword and rank checker for you.

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With the Pro Version you get:

  • 30 searches per month with unlimited search history.
  • 2,000 rank checks per month.
  • Manual QSR and Domain name searches.
  • And a TON more.

This is the basic level you need if you plan on being “in the business,” and need something that works, at an affordable price, for getting your rocket ship off the ground. When you are looking to start a small business this shows you’re ready to be a professional at affiliate marketing.

The Enterprise Version gives you:

  • Unlimited searches with 35 results per search.
  • Unlimited keyword lists.
  • 10,000 site rank analyses.
  • “Alphabet Soup” searches of 50 letters per search.
  • Everything that’s included in the Free Starter and Pro Versions, plus even more.
  • The QSR and Domain name searches are automatic, they show up with your initial search.

This level is for the people who want to be the leaders in the internet marketing business. You’ll want this level after you get your business up and running and paying for itself, and you’re ready to take your affiliate or internet marketing business to the top-level. This level isn’t for the faint of heart because the growth in your business could be explosive.

What does all of this get you?

It gets you a tool you can try out for free, and save your work for later. It gets you a tool with a basic Pro level you can use to get your business up and running and on a solid foundation with the most important part of affiliate marketing, which is SEO traffic.

AND it gives you a level that, when you are serious about this business you have the best tool available to continue growth through your career on the internet.

Try it out here.

Are you ready to sign up for The Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool, THE website keyword and rank checker tool you need?

How did this tool work for you? Did it accomplish what you were looking for? Let us know below so we can pass that info on to your fellow affiliate marketers.


Choosing a Niche, How to Get the Right Niche the First Time.

How to choose a niche to market to.

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Monetize your niche.

During this grand process of becoming the premier affiliate marketing guru on your block, there are 5 basic skills you need to learn to become an effective affiliate marketer.

  1. How to choose a niche for your website.

  2. How to write good content for your website.

  3. Choosing keywords and learning the ins and outs of SEO.

  4. Attracting followers through social media and other avenues

  5. Monetizing your website

Today we will cover choosing a niche, as this is what will drive your choices in the next four phases. A niche is your segment of the market.  So you want to earn a little extra money on the internet.  There are literally millions of niches you can choose from, and all of them can earn you money.

What exactly is a niche, you say?  This is your little square kilometer/mile of real estate in the vast expanse of business commerce in the world of online marketing.

If you envision walking through a shopping mall, you will see a range of stores from little mom-and-pop shops selling baseball caps in the back corners to huge three-floor anchor department stores selling items as diverse as bedding and business suits.Choosing a niche, how to choose a niche market

And, of course, just like the mall example, if you start out trying to sell everything imaginable, not only will your audience be billions of internet users, your competition will be millions of other websites. You’ll fall flat of your face in about the time it takes to order your first bed sheet.

You’re not going to become Amazon overnight.  So start small, learn how to choose a great niche you will enjoy working with while you’re learning how to create your website.

Your niche is going to be something you are interested in.  You’re going to take your interest or expertise and develop a website around that interest.

It should be something you are passionate about.

It can be about dogs, or cats, or quality pet food.  It can be about baseball, or football, or vintage sports memorabilia.  Take out a piece of paper and write down the top ten aspects of your life that you care about most.

Maybe it’s your kids, maybe it’s your elderly parents.  Maybe it’s your fossil collection or your passion for knitting baby booties.  Any one of these can be a great niche.Choosing a niche, how to choose a niche market

One of the examples in the Wealthy Affiliate training is a person who sells NFL football snack helmets.  The helmet holds the chips and the dip, and can have the logo of any team in the National Football League!

Another successful affiliate marketer started out marketing an over-the-counter colic cure for babies because her own daughter had trouble with colic.  She was passionate about taking care of her family.  Whichever niche you choose, it should start out as small as possible.

So an example of your top ten list could be this:

There are endless possibilities.

The next step is to keep your niche small enough to be able to be the big fish in a small pond.  You will be writing about your niche, which means you will also be doing some research on the subject.

Say you look down the list and choose dogs as your starting point.  That in itself can be broken down into many niches, do you want to cover nutrition, training, puppy care, home health remedies and when to see a veterinarian or a long list of other aspects of dog ownership.Choosing a niche, how to choose a niche market

The process of choosing a niche is basically taking a broad subject, dogs, and boiling it down into a small enough niche to avoid having too big of an audience to appeal to.

For example, breaking down the subject of dogs, to how to feed your dog a high quality, low filler dog food, as opposed to an inexpensive generic dog food. Your niche can then be served by marketing a few examples of good quality foods.

You’re going to be taking your niche and showing your audience everything they need to know about that subject through posting essays and combining appropriate pictures and videos of the subject.

You’re going to be showing them how to solve a problem.

Such as the colic cure, or how to enjoy their own passion, hence the snack helmets.  You will be searching advertisers such as Amazon, CJ Affiliate, Pet Smart, and any number of smaller suppliers, hundreds of thousands of choices.

You’ll find the products you want to include in your posts, you’ll be writing reviews of products, and comparing them with other products in order to allow your audience to choose which product is best for them.Choosing a niche, how to choose a niche market

Your audience may want to choose the higher quality product or the lower priced product, and you’ll be giving them the opportunity to choose for themselves, by offering both.

They get educated on the products, you get whichever choice they make.   All of this will come from your passion and interest, your niche.

So if you aren’t particularly fond of pizza, then pizza might not be a good choice for a niche.  Unless, of course, your niche is cooking and you have an idea of how to improve a pizza!

Now, let me take you to a GREAT list of niches that may help you with your choice.  Hidden in the hallowed pages of the Wealthy Affiliate website, there is an excellent tidbit of information tucked away.  One of the 800,000+ subscribers to Wealthy Affiliate has compiled a list of 1001 niche ideas.  

Loes is an excellent affiliate marketer in her own right because she creates training on exactly the subjects she struggled with and stood in HER way to becoming the premier affiliate marketer on her block.

She is one of the experts in the field!  Read here the list of niches she’s come up with.  You’re more than welcome to skim over her list to give yourself ideas of what you would like to use as your niche, your little square of real estate in the internet affiliate marketing world.

Next Step, find out how to write good content for your website


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Proactive living with belief, a new concept.

Are you at the point where you’ve given up?

Two extremes.

Over the last couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to interact with a couple of younger members of society. That opportunity brought a whole new concept to belief.  That concept being, proactive living with His help.  Without naming names, let me describe the two people. (And remember, I’m not a preacher and I am definitely not a counselor, this is only my opinion!)

The one extreme.

The first grew up with mom, dad, grandmother, and grandfather doting over him, he was the first grandchild, and the family wasn’t overwhelmed with money but had enough.  Well loved young man. He lived in somewhat of a college town and could have gone to college if he wanted.

He drove the little circle track race cars that will go 65-90 miles an hour when he was in junior high and high school, became very successful at it, was the star of the racetrack for most of the time he raced. He also wrestled in high school, busy kid, holds records for the school unbroken after a number of years.  He grew up in a “you’re going to be the best” situation.

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Got out of high school, his grandfather passed away, all of a sudden he’s on a ship with no rudder.  He doesn’t have anything he’s passionate about.  He got into drugs, was suicidal for a while, and has been literally and constantly in and out of rehab facilities since. He’s in his mid-20s.

The other extreme.

The other kid grew up in a broken family, he has 5 other brothers and sisters from different sets of parents, he’s also from a middle-class family, he is well-loved from about 3 different directions.  He came from a “you’re ok, no big deal” life.  This kid did okay in school, not exceptional, and was suicidal for a while until he joined the army to become a ranger.  Which he succeeded in doing. He came out with a huge boost in ego.

He got into the positive self-help motivational genre, started a website business, and has progressed to being able to spend $30,000 for 6-day seminars with the likes of Bob Proctor and that crowd. Those people are impressed with him, they send him people who need his web services to which he charges $65,000 per client. Very successful kid. He is in his mid-20s.

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What a contrast. One was given everything, had an expectation of being the best, and then had that expectation suddenly taken completely away. The other had to work for whatever he has gotten. Had no great expectation from family members. Both were on suicide watches at one time in their lives. I met both in the last two days, both mentioned they are where they are because of their belief.

One was being reactive. The other was being proactive.

I read a book called, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen Covey, a few years back. Yet another one of those life-changing books, if you are looking for a better path to travel in your life.

God will give you everything you need, but some of us have a hard time understanding that.  Does that necessarily prevent us from finding our own way with His direction?  No, He speaks to each and every one of us in the terms we can understand, and fortunately, if you don’t understand His written word, He’s not going to throw you out with the trash.

“Rarely does a good idea interrupt you.” Jim Rohn.

He will keep speaking to you and eventually you will realize He’s speaking to you in ways you can understand Him, exclusive ways to allow you to hear Him. I’m pretty much living proof of that. Because I’ve been told during my non-believer years that I didn’t read the bible enough, and I didn’t go to church enough, and all the while He was communicating with me, guiding me, taking me where I needed to go.

One of those ways I made it through that jungle myself, was studying self-help books, that’s what He wants all of us to do, become a better person through our own efforts. As in, He helps those who help themselves.

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So this book was one of those books that made quite a bit of difference in my life. Out of those Seven Habits, the first habit is to be proactive. Don’t wait for life to happen to you, go take the bull by the horns and go do it. If you are sitting there on the couch or trudging through a daily routine, you’re missing the boat.

He helps those who help themselves.

Do not let anyone tell you to sit there and wait because “He will take care of it all.” That’s not how it works, you need to get up, dust yourself off and go for life. Do you REALLY think he wants all of us to just sit there, not participating in our own lives, waiting for Him to drop the Golden Egg onto the couch beside us?

How can He take the wheel if the car isn’t even moving?  Might as well die now because you aren’t trying to learn what he has to teach you!

Running yourself through the exercises of life is how He wants you to learn. Whatever it is in life, you may fail, or you may succeed, but to refrain from doing anything is the choice to not take a part in your own life. That’s why we have free will. Being proactive allows you to learn what works and what doesn’t. Being reactive and taking whatever you’re handed doesn’t allow you to learn what works or doesn’t because you don’t know how you arrived at that point.

You aren’t being a part of your own life, you’re accepting what chance gives you, not what He’s chosen for you or what you’ve decided you want. And we all know chance will take us down the road to ruin and vice in a second, no questions asked! So the trick in today’s world is to be proactive, and be aware of what He wants you to learn.

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Learn to be aware of where His path for you lies. And if you are only being reactive, you can be led down the path that is a dead end. And you won’t know how you got there, and you won’t know how to get out. Being proactive is what He wants of you. Make a decision, use your free will, that’s why He gave it to you.

I had the opportunity to speak with the first young man, he told me his counselors told him so much as to follow the Lord blindly wherever He takes him because he’s messed up his own life and proven he can’t take care of himself. How will he learn to take care of himself if he doesn’t try again?

What a bunch of baloney, where is God’s message in that?  “You messed up, you’re not worthy of being allowed to try again, so sit there, and I will send you food and water until you die of old age?”  That’s how he got into the predicament he was in.  If you don’t show God you are willing and able to work on yourself, how is he going to show you the path forward?

He wasn’t paying attention to what God was telling him.  He didn’t take the opportunity to learn how to handle life. He wasn’t proactive in the least bit. That’s how life’s random chance took him down the road of addiction in the first place. He needs to be proactive so HE knows he is in control of cleaning himself up and taking his life where HE wants to go, where God wants him to go.  And God will help him!

So off my high horse!  Hope you enjoyed my rant! Like I said, remember I’m not a preacher and I am definitely not a counselor, this is only one man’s opinion!

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Learn the concept, being proactive in your life. Give GOD something to work with.  

Are you in a Journey Of Belief?  Here is more on the subject.  My Journey Of Belief.

Two people who are believers in the concept of helping yourself and God will help you are Rachel Hollis and Jen Sincero.

Rachel’s bestsellers are “Girl, Wash Your Face” and “Girl Stop Apologizing.”

Jen’s books are the “You Are A Badass” series.  Get copies, READ THEM!

What in your life was better because of being proactive?  What will be better in the future if you start to be proactive now?

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Do you want to help yourself? How to Earn an Income From Home Online.

Has that End of the Month Gap gotten you down?

You need to know how to earn an income from home online!

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Does that substantial amount of cash you bring in every month run out about the 20th?

That gap between those ends just keeps GROWING for everyone!

Do you want to know how to earn an income from home ONLINE?  Then you’ve come to the right place.  You do not need a degree in business or computers.  This opportunity will allow you to learn how to create a website, get that website up and running, and make an income online.  

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An online business doesn’t require a lot of tools.

I look around and see a lot of my friends who are having trouble in this economy, who have the capability to excel, but don’t have the income they need. This is why affiliate marketing culd help you maintain financial independence and well-being. If you want to know how to earn an income from home online and help yourself, you’ve come to the right place!

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Beware of get-rich-quick schemes.

Now right off the bat, I researched internet marketing, affiliate marketing, how to make money on the net, and even internet extra income. And found a lot of get-rich-quick scams (notice I said scams, not schemes), a lot of companies who host affiliate marketers, a lot of good reviews, bad reviews, and definitions that were so far off the mark of what “affiliate marketing” is that I questioned whether I’d lost my own mind or the definer (is that a word?) was from another planet or just off their rocker.

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Anyone can start their own online business.

And here I am doing real live, down to earth, affiliate marketing. From home.  I know I’m not going to get rich quick, and this isn’t exactly a cake walk, I AM putting some effort into it, but I put more physical effort into mowing the lawn (which by the way I enjoy doing) than doing affiliate marketing. This is how you’ll STAY self-sufficient.

We can try this out for FREE!  We ALL want to be and stay independent, okay, sure we’ll hire a housekeeper one of these days, and we’ll contract someone out to mow the lawn, but only when we’re ready, and not because we have to. And just like it has for me, affiliate marketing will allow YOU to make the decisions you want to make, not the ones you have to make due to necessity or not having any other choice.  This is without a doubt, the easiest way to start a business online.  It doesn’t take a lot of money to learn how to earn an income from home online.  It DOES, however, take work.  There is no such thing as a get rich quick option.

You’ve read a few of my posts on affiliate marketing, and a few people wanted to know more about what it is. Affiliate marketing is the process by which people research products and services, using the affiliate marketer’s posts, blogs, and web pages, and in the process are offered access to those products or services. There are three basic players in this process. The customer, the supplier, and the publisher.

Who will be my customer?

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The customers are your neighbors as well as people around the world.

These are the people who need a product or service. There are approximately 4 billion consumers on the internet and all of them are potential customers. These 4 billion people are looking for literally billions of products from millions of websites. They are looking for the best product to fit their needs.

Whether it be a car, or a box of soap, the future of online purchasing is here now, and us baby boomers have only just begun to tap this resource. And yes, you can go to the Ford, Chevrolet, or [INSERT FAVORITE AUTOMAKER HERE] whatever car manufacturer’s website and buy a car on the internet.

Where will I get my products?

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The supplier can be any company with an affiliate program.

These are the companies who have the products customers need. Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, are a few that immediately come to mind, but there are literally millions of companies offering every product or service the mind can conceive of.  

Amazon alone offers 389 million products in the U.S. alone. And Amazon is just one of the biggest, there are also a million little mom-and-pop shops (say that really fast three times) who sell flowers, and candy, and popcorn, etc, ad infinitum.

And they all offer products to consumers. They may have a little advertising gig going, which may bring in some customers, but if they are smart, they’ll have a program to allow bloggers or advertisers to assist them in bringing in customers.

You mean I am the publisher?

These are the affiliate marketers, the people who write the reviews and the blogs. The people who direct those 3.5 billion people to the millions of products and service providers. These are the people who give information to the customer on which gadget to buy from Amazon, or who sends the buyer to Best Buy for a better price. They own their own website, a little independent business enterprise that they run themselves and review the products that mean the most to them.

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You don’t have to be a computer genius!

The successful ones write like they’re talking to their neighbor, they write reviews for the things they KNOW about.  They don’t publish a review on an expensive perfume sold in a foreign country two oceans over.  They write a review for what they are familiar with, a book, a favorite way they’ve found to lose weight. And they direct traffic to the places the consumer can purchase the item.

They direct (last estimate) 40% of Amazon’s customers to Amazon, for Amazon. Amazon pays them for that service. Walmart pays them for that service, Home Depot, Best Buy, etc., ad infinitum, pays them for that service.  These people take care of themselves because if you treat it like a business, it’ll treat you like a business owner! Many companies do not have the resources to reach all of their potential customers, and there is where affiliate marketing comes in.

How does this work, in a nutshell?

The customer goes to the internet to find out what the best microwave for their use is. They find a website that reveals dimensions on several microwaves, they find prices easily, but where do they go to find a review for that microwave. An affiliate marketer who is connected to Amazon’s affiliate program happens to have a review. The customer likes the review, so in the review on the affiliate marketers website, there is a link right there to Amazon’s microwave.

Amazon gets a sale that Amazon probably would not have gotten. The customer gets a microwave that fits the customer’s needs. The Affiliate Marketer gets a commission for writing and publishing a review.

Can I control my own destiny with this?  

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Do you really want to become a Wal-Mart greeter?

You don’t have to get up, put on a happy face, put on your blue vest and greet customers at Walmart. You can sit there in your old holey (not holy) pajamas and hone your website to a sharp edge. You write about the things you love, whatever your little niche may be. The problem isn’t choosing a niche big enough, the problem is choosing one SMALL enough so YOU are the big fish in the pond.

Because there are literally billions of customers out there.  At this age, you don’t need someone to tell you that the Men’s Bathroom had an overflow and you need to go clean it up. Your job is to choose which gym you’d like to join, or which golf course you’re playing this afternoon.

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Retirement should be about relaxing.

Your job is to take your time, write a quick review of the new blender you bought, look at your PayPal account and realize you just made enough from your website to pay the house payment… for NEXT month. You can do this!

You mean I can be and stay independent?

Here is a list of the advertisers you will see on the pages of my website, hence my LOVE of affiliate marketing. I list these, not for trying to sell you something, but to show you some advertisers I signed up with early in this process for me:

  •      Amazon
  •      Google Adsense
  •      CJ Affiliate, (Formerly Commission Junction)
  •      Sellhealth Supplements for Men and Women
  •     The Platinum Years motivational program for baby boomers
  •      Smarthome smartphone accessories
  •      Wealthy Affiliate, affiliate marketers hosting and training.

Notice these are NOT links to other websites, these are examples of the advertisers I use on this website. Now, one last question…

Up at the top of this website, is a pulldown menu.  One of these options is PROSPERITY.  When you are ready for more information, go there and read ALL of the posts under that heading.  You’ll be glad you did.

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What have you got to lose? That END of the MONTH GAP!

You can write your own paycheck.

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The Best Baby Boomer Extra Income Opportunity.

Are you stumped for ways to make a little extra income?

Baby boomers have heard the story that every oak tree starts out as an acorn.  Let me add a caveat that not every acorn ends up being an oak tree!  And if the acorn doesn’t make it as an oak tree, it doesn’t have a choice of being a daisy.

Ideas in some ways are like oak trees.  You have to plant the acorn and it has to have the right amount of water, sunlight, and fertilizer, in the proper amount needed by the acorn.  It has to be nurtured to become an oak tree, and of course here comes an oak borer or oak weevil, (Is there such a thing?) and you get the picture!  Ideas seldom become reality.  But all good things in life started out as an idea!

What happens if I find out I’m short on retirement savings?

Financial well being is also something that takes planting and nurturing, and a few of us baby boomers have planted early, nurtured correctly and have a nice oak tree to live on when we retire.  But some of us forgot to plant, others planted and had a drought, some of us planted, carried water over great distances only to have an oak weevil eat all the leaves off.

But, however dire the future seems, all is not lost until the Grim Reaper knocks on our door.  And that he does to everyone, eventually, whether you have that oak tree in full leaf or not.  So unless you see him walking up the sidewalk, you’re not out for the count!

Some of us have skills we can use later in life, if you owned a business, you could be a business consultant.  Some of us are still fairly physically fit, we could start a little lawn business or handyman business.   We could solicit our friends and relatives for odd jobs, or babysitting our grandkids.

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Start a mowing business

For those of us who don’t want to commit to a physically demanding job, or don’t have the business saavy other folks do, there are still options other than WalMart Greeter!  Maybe it’s not going to grow into an OAK TREE, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plant some seeds.

What if you could plant some seeds now that could grow into a garden?

What if that garden might not be an oak tree but could certainly become big enough to relieve some of the financial pressure a LOT of us baby boomers feel on a daily basis.

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Grow produce for farmer’s markets

What if you do have enough income to eat and keep a roof over your head, but taking the grandkids to lunch isn’t going to happen.  Maybe you could plant a few seeds now, have a little fun nurturing them, feel good about learning something new, and come out in 3-6 months with a little extra income?

Without shelling out a wheelbarrow full of money to buy little packets of seed!  You could plant one, water it, walk away, tomorrow plant another, pretty soon you have your garden and then voila, you have fruit and vegetables.  That could work for me.  There may be a solution for this dilemma you’ve found yourself in!

I kept my nose to the grindstone and life threw me some curves.

Now, we baby boomers were brought up with the understanding that if you worked hard, you kept your nose to the grindstone, all would be taken care of.  One thing we weren’t taught was something the later generations grew up with… How to make money on the internet.  Our generation pioneered the creation of the internet.  This allowed the next generations to thrive in the environments we pioneered for them.  But just like any technological development , most people weren’t able or willing to follow, or didn’t have access to resources.  They stayed on the sidelines and didn’t venture out much into the brave new worlds that were opening up..

Nowadays, unfathomable amounts of money, goods, and services are exchanged in this new medium and we, the baby boomers, don’t even realize it.  Furthermore, we’re not a part of it so we aren’t partaking of this exchange of money, goods, and services.  Baby boomers can still have a part of this, we just need to learn a new way of doing business.

How does this work?

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Just like our Walmart Greeter who doesn’t have any merchandise for sale, we don’t have to invest heavily into stock to sell.  All we have to do is introduce our customer to the right store or the right department of the store.

It goes like this: “Here, take this cart, enter into this huge area that contains almost anything and everything you might need!”  That’s all we have to do, is introduce them to what they need or want.  In order to do that, we’ll need a few items.

We’ll need a niche, a website and a product.   A niche is our potential customer base, the website is our store, and the product is of course what we will market.

Shown here is an example of the top rated bathroom scale sold by Amazon.

The niche should be a favorite hobby or interest, something you know more about than the normal Joe or Edna on the street.  Something you are passionate about.  And it’s easy to pick too big of a niche, such as weight loss, or automobiles.

You want to whittle that niche down to a small enough audience that you can make it to the top of your chosen customer base.  Weight loss for baby boomers!  Or weight loss after having a baby.  The smaller the crowd the better chance you have of becoming an expert.

Website builder training is available from a number of webhosts, some of the better ones are Wealthy Affiliate, followed by Clickbank.  You can start out with WordPress which is great for blogging.  If you really want to get your feet wet you can attempt a website selling your own merchandise using something like Shopify or WooCommerce.

Finally, you need a product.  Probably starting out with one or a few products is best, as you want to be able to concentrate all of your skills and abilities on one product at first.  If your niche happens to be weight loss for baby boomers, maybe you want to market a scale with large numbers.  Or maybe a weight loss program that distributes natural foods.  A few of the better sites are CJ Affiliates and Amazon for products.

Whatever your niche is,  whatever type of website and product, if you are having trouble with motivation, try starting out by reading a good self help, motivational book.  

It’s time to get motivated, get interested and check this new business opportunity out!  

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When It Rains, It Pours.

Are you looking for a direction along the Path to Prosperity?  Pray for rain!

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Where does that expression come from?

That expression is not only the slogan of a product we’ve all used most of our lives, Morton Salt, but also the subject of a hit country western song by Luke Combs. In everyday speech, it’s usually invoked when something isn’t going right for someone, signifying a streak of bad luck for them.

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The Morton Salt slogan let’s us know their version of sodium chloride will keep flowing out of the container even though the precipitation would normally cause damp salt to stick together. While listening to Luke Combs version of the issue, it becomes apparent that it’s a streak of GOOD luck for Luke! And that is what this post is all about.

When good things happen, just wait, look for other good things to happen. With Luke, his presumed fiance kicks him out, initiating a whole string of other good things happening to him, winning some money from a lottery ticket, winning a trip on the radio, and not having to see his ex-future mother-in-law again.

Man, when it rains it pours.

Apparently, a downpour in his part of the country is a good thing! Which, come to think of it, is a good thing in my part of the country also!

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I look back and have come to realize that in the last few months, It’s been showering in my part of the country as well. Mid-July of this year I was online watching YouTube videos when a get-rich-quick scheme popped up, and I was introduced to affiliate marketing, which is, by the way, not a get-rich-quick scheme at all. After researching that term, I decided affiliate marketing really was a valid source of income if one does due diligence.

That’s when the clouds started gathering. I spent a couple of weeks researching affiliate marketing and finally decided for myself what the best way to get involved in it was. I got involved in a reputable website hosting and training company, Wealthy Affiliate.

That’s when the raindrops started falling!

I had found something I was passionate about. I started waking up early in the morning with this affiliate marketing thing on my mind, I went through the process of choosing a niche I was interested in.  I started spending my evenings working on my website.

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I found myself looking at everything through my newfound affiliate marketer’s glasses on. And the rain turned into a downpour. Because in the early part of August, the organization I’ve been employed with for the last 8 years decided it was time for me to retire 3 years before I was ready to retire.

I had been the go-to guy when management was leaning on different individuals, I’d come in, explain that you get more honey with flowers instead of vinegar or something of the sort, although I was a little adamant when it came to protecting my fellow workers.  I was known as the pit bull when it came to protecting the workers.  And management had enough!

And the rain turned into a deluge. Then my affiliate marketing plan started picking up steam.  And the push for me to retire early became even stronger. As soon as I decided to take the opportunity to retire, the weight I had been carrying around for 6 of the last 8 years was suddenly lifted and I knew where my direction was. I knew to let the rain pour was going to lead me to the next chapter of my life.

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All of a sudden that deluge flooding was deep enough I was walking a foot off the ground. I was floating through the day enjoying the rain, anxious to get back to my computer to work on my newfound love every night. As the days went by, the rain would come down a little harder and I knew my path had been set and the feeling of ecstasy and excitement for my future was strong.

That rain was pouring and I loved it.

I realized I’d been having a long dry spell and the situation I found myself in, was bringing some much-needed fresh rain. I knew change comes whether you like it or not, and change is neither bad nor good, what you do about it is what’s bad or good, and being proactive about it will allow you to be ahead of the change. Finally, I had a direction in my life that made me anxious to follow, and sure the speed bumps were there, the potholes were there, but if you’re in control of your situation, you can steer around them.

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As the rain was pouring down, I held the idea of my newfound interest in my sites. I began to realize the dreams I had in long past years was all of a sudden shining in my mind. As the rain was pouring down, ideas kept pouring into my head along with the rain, ideas of videos on my website, ideas of different niches, and keywords. And then in October, the rain poured even harder as THIS time the people in charge called me into a meeting, only to inform me that I needed to get along better with people.  Nothing else, no apologies for the false accusations, nothing.

And that rain came down in buckets. Then is when I threw one of those buckets of rainwater!  Thanks to the belief I had been given in my newfound passion, I had one just waiting there ready to throw. I informed the powers that be that I was retiring. I could tell as they caught their breath, they didn’t expect that splash in the face. And the rain suddenly turned into a light mist. the path to prosperity

God gave me a little tap on the shoulder.

This is when, all of a sudden, God decided I needed some reassurance.  As I was leaving the meeting, none other than my best friend, you know, the one with the extremely religious attitude, pulled up behind me at a stop light.  Wait, he was in his delivery truck alright, but I didn’t know this was part of his route.

I’d never in 6 years seen him on his route.  I pulled into a parking lot as he had no idea I was in front of him.  He followed me in, that was his next delivery.  He was probably mumbling under his breath that someone had taken his delivery spot when I got out of my van, ran back, gave him a handshake and shoulder bump, got in my van and drove off.

I knew without a shadow of a doubt God had pointed me in the right direction. I knew, no matter what the future brought, this rain was for me. I was committed to taking this newfound passion to the level I needed, and to coin another phrase, come hell or high water, this would be the next level in my life. When it rains it pours and sometimes that rain is the best thing going.

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Sometimes along the path to prosperity, we need a little rain!

When the crops are dry and the ground is parched and there isn’t much hope for a reprieve, those rain clouds may carry unexpected options! So number one, keep your eyes open, keep your umbrella close and ready, because that rain may be for you and if you aren’t ready, it could start pouring, as rain does, you may miss your chance to take the flood and turn it into a positive experience. Remember, when it rains, it pours!

Now, if you are at a point in your life where you need a little downpour, maybe this is it. Maybe you need to take a free week with Wealthy Affiliate, and go through the free training, see if affiliate marketing is for you! If you find out it isn’t for you, great, you haven’t lost a red cent!

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If you find it’s for you, continue with it!  And if you find it REALLY IS for you, but you’re having a hard time figuring out how to accomplish it, you have a whole community of people who would LOVE to help you do what YOU want to do. Experts in the field who are easy to approach and are more than willing to show you how to do whatever you need! Now is the time, take the leap, hold your breath, and go for it!

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What if you were forced into early retirement now?

Are you looking for job opportunities for senior citizens?

Do you work for an employer?  Are you dependent on someone else for a paycheck?  Are you looking for home based business opportunities for seniors to insure a future income?  What if you had income opportunities online?

Let me tell you the story of someone very close to me. He found himself in just this situation recently. He is a Heating and Air Conditioning tech for a local school district and loves the effect he has on his “customers”. They are uncomfortable, he shows up, adjusts the temperature up or down and voila, happy customers!

This particular individual is also one of the union stewards for the district union and once again, a fellow worker feels pressured or uncomfortable over a situation and our friend shows up, and tada, understanding arrives, support is there, and someone on their side is ready to fight for them.

A few days ago a supervisor got a little overzealous, made some accusations, and all of a sudden, our friend was being unjustly investigated for an “alleged” situation. We’re still waiting for the outcome, and I’m sure there will be a sigh of relief when a resolution is reached, but this is just an example of how, when you’re working for someone else, your financial well-being and retirement can be threatened in a heartbeat.

The example is about one reason for forced early retirement. Another close friend just had massive open-heart surgery. And yet another friend had a gall bladder removed which ended up infecting his liver and pancreas. All of my friends will survive, But this is a great time to think of what would happen if we lost our income before retirement.

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself over 55, laid off, and limited unemployment in front of you? Our friend’s wife assured him they would survive and started naming off ways to cut expenses. But what older people find out quickly is that the job market is severely limited for older workers. In many companies, insurance rates for the employer rise as the average age of the employees rise, Paid time off is higher due to recurring health issues, Older bodies aren’t as lithe and supple as younger ones so range of motion could limit physical work. The elderly mind doesn’t always remember or respond as quickly as a younger mind.  And the older worker may have more experience, but that means the potential for higher starting wage.

But there is a solution. There is a way we can be self-employed. We can move into the future with a way to make money on the internet. We don’t need to manufacture something, all we need to do is direct a customer to a website the customer might not have been aware of in the first place. It’s called affiliate marketing. There are literally hundreds of thousands of affiliate marketing programs, and literally billions of products available to promote in those programs.

Now, can YOU learn how to create a website?

Can you learn how to create a marketing post? The answer is YES! All you need is a good web host. Once again, there are thousands of web hosts and training programs. My advice is to find one that doesn’t charge you an arm and a leg. One with lots of training, one with other affiliate marketers who are successful themselves and MORE than happy to help you.  All you have to do is ask.

How about one with two free websites and 25 websites if you join the premium program, which is less than $50 a month. 50 websites if you include the ones you own the domain name with. There is one in particular that fits the bill. Wealthy Affiliate. You can get two free websites with training on how to set up your website. They teach you how to choose a niche. What is a niche? Your little corner of the market. Your favorite sport, your favorite hobby, even your lifestyle. Whatever you love to do, or own.

And you don’t need millions of customers, you only need enough to support the income you want. Keywords help those customers find you. If you like to fish, maybe your niche is fishing for trout. You might want to use a keyword such as “trout fishing in Colorado”. Throw a couple of your good trout pictures on your post, and you have a good website. Then you sign up for Cabela’s affiliate program, all of a sudden, you’re marketing Eagle Claw fishing rods and you’re an AFFILIATE MARKETER!

How would you feel if you had financial security?

And YOU were in control of it. Would you go ahead NOW and retire? What if you were in control of when you wanted to work, if you didn’t feel well that morning, roll over and take a few more winks. What if your friends want to go golfing at 11:00AM. Go for it! Each day you get to choose what you want to work on and when. Have a couple of websites and double your income. Or do a post on fishing the Grand Canyon and promote a guide company. The possibilities are endless. And it’s all available to you now.  This is a great way to have extra income after retirement.

Sure it’ll take a little work to get it done, but how will you feel when you make your first dollar, or pound, or lira. If you can make one, you can make two, you can make a THOUSAND. The good thing is, once you learn how to do it, you’re off and running, no one can take it from you. No one can file a trumped-up allegation and take it. Once you get it off the ground, you keep learning! And it isn’t physical. It’s not too taxing on the brain! And the more you learn, the more you are in control of your destiny.

Now, go here if you want to take a little tour of Wealthy Affiliate. Not quite sure you can log in to Wealthy Affiliate, read more. Wealthy Affiliate offers some free training, a couple of free websites and several other benefits, so click on over and check it out. It’s FREE, what do you have to lose?  Need more information, read how to help yourself.  Then, if you like what you’re doing, sign up for the Premium account. Then you get LOADS of training, support from thousands of individuals, 25 free websites of Wealthy Affiliate’s domain, hosting for 25 of YOUR user owned domain websites. And a community…

Learn how to build your own website NOW and become your own boss with this free to join website. Don’t wait!

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Is Affiliate Marketing a Scam? 5 Facts about Affiliate Marketing.

Are you afraid of being taken for a fool or worse yet being scammed out of money?

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What exactly is affiliate marketing, and is it a scam?

So you’ve heard enough about affiliate marketing to be interested in checking it out.

Let’s do a little exploring together.  To determine if affiliate marketing is a scam, one must first define the term affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is a means by which a company can get new customers by allowing a middleman, an affiliate marketer, to explain for themselves what the product represents to them.

Basically, anyone who owns a billboard, or any other form of advertising media, who promotes another company’s product, is an affiliate marketer.

The company gets honest advertising, spending less time than what the company would spend on an actual ad campaign, and possibly a reduced rate for the advertising.

The customer gets an opportunity to learn from a source that quite possibly has used the product, or at the minimum has done in-depth research on the product.

This gives the customer an honest recommendation on the quality and specifications of the product, and is offered a place to acquire the product. The affiliate marketer, the middleman, gets a small commission for writing a review, and recommending a place to purchase the product.

This is good for the customer because they don’t have to pay for this service.  Plus they can compare several different brands of a product to determine which would best fit their needs.

What kind of products do affiliate marketers promote?

The product can be absolutely anything you can think of, there are literally billions of products out there. It can also be a service, such as personal trainer, handyman, electrician, beautician, the list goes on and on.

The product can be coffee makers and coffee, outdoor gear, tents, boots, hats. food slicers, It can be baby clothes and adult clothes, dog food and cat food… You get the picture. Like I said, BILLIONS of products and services.

Which companies can I sign up with?.

These are companies large and small, like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and hundreds of thousands of other companies. Vitamin companies, book companies, clothing companies, companies that cater weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, and Quinceaneras.

It can be your local hardware store or your international sporting goods store. Companies that have affiliate marketing programs range from Amazon, to Walmart, to Best Buy.

How do you tell if these companies have affiliate marketing programs? Go to their websites! Go to the Amazon website and look in the footer menu, second menu from the bottom, second column over, right there it says, “Become An Affiliate”. You get the idea! Hundreds of thousands of companies.

Who are my customers?

Who are these elusive buyers who do a little research when they need that coffee pot?   These are the people who want a good product for their specific needs and don’t know if the big expensive one is too much for their needs, or maybe the smaller one will fit better under the cabinet.

These are the people who are conscientious about what they are buying, these are the people who leave a comment letting the company (see above) that sold them the product that it is indeed a good product, just like the affiliate marketer said.

Because they want other people to know that A) this is a good product, and B) the affiliate marketer that wrote the review is an honest person. You understand the concept!

And who is this mysterious affiliate marketer?

This is the lady who wrote the review, this is the man who used the coffee pot and decided he would like to let other people know whether it was a good product or not. They are the people who spent the time to let other people know this product has this quirk or that flaw.

This is the person that compared the different tents together in order for the customer to know they need a six-man tent, instead of two three-man tents. It’s the person who let those 3.5 billion customers know where to get that tent they’ve been looking. You see the benefits!

Now we now what affiliate marketing is. We also know that 3.5 billion customers use affiliate marketers to find the right products or services, We know that large and small companies, including mega-retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy, have affiliate programs.

We know there are billions of products to buy online. Amazon alone has 397 MILLION products.

Is Affiliate Marketing a scam?  It is a legitimate business model for making money on the internet.

Getting INTO affiliate marketing can be treacherous, just like MLMs or stock investing or any other way to earn great money part-time.  The self-employment industry is FULL of people who want to scam you!

Fortunately for affiliate marketing, you can start training for no money to a small investment.

Some companies offer great free training for $49 a month memberships, which includes hosting your websites.  Other companies will charge you $100 for one course, and not even offer you access to the instructor.

There are also companies who start you out with a $1000 investment and by the time you’ve exhausted all your efforts and cash, they are into your pocketbook for $8000, with not even a WEBSITE.

Selling expensive programs in order to get into affiliate marketing is rife with scams. Because to become an affiliate marketer, you DO NOT have to have a lot of cash.

You do have to be very wary as you wade through the scams.  Do your homework.  If they are asking for a large investment fee, be wary.

DO I have to put any TIME and EFFORT into affiliate marketing?

Yes, you do have to put some time and effort into it, as with any business startup. But a large investment is not necessary!   There are companies out there who will charge you $2500 or more to become an affiliate marketer. There are companies who promise you will get rich before your next meal.

There are companies who will give you a minuscule amount of free training, then they’ll ask you for a few hundred dollars more, then they’ll ask you for thousands of dollars after that.  Just for training.

These are the companies who are SCAMS. There is NO GUARANTEE that spending exorbitant amounts of money will make you successful.

And if you want to get-rich-quick, you need to keep buying those lottery tickets. You’ll have a better chance of succeeding.

==> Read my post about affiliate marketing in 2019 here<==

Affiliate marketing takes three things.

  • Time: Anything worth doing takes a little time to get it going.  The beginner affiliate marketer should be able to commit a minimum of 5 hours a week and ideally 20 hours per week.
  • Training:  No one hits the ground running, this does not take a college education but training is a must.  “Earn while you learn” is the best method, you can’t sit there reading the lessons without performing the tasks.
  • Patience: It will not happen overnight, with persistence, success can begin in as little as a month.  It’s not a get-rich-overnite scheme.

There are great affiliate hosting companies out there who have great training programs, a great community to ask questions of if you get stuck, and great access to website hosting assistance.

Who offers free training?

The good companies do not charge you an arm and a leg for training. They do offer some good training at no charge.

Enough free training that you’ll actually be able to tell if affiliate marketing is for you, one even gives you hosting for two websites. So you can dive in, create a website or two, really get the feel of how much work it takes.

What’s the best company with free training?

The best one I’ve found is Wealthy Affiliate.

Then for a reasonable monthly fee you get the top-level of training, access to hosting of lots of websites. And no other upgrades, ever.

One premium level for everyone. YOU have to put in the time needed. YOU have to study the lessons. YOU have to have the patience to allow your hard work to pay off.

They offer:

  1. Free membership
  2. Free beginner training
  3. 2 websites hosted with their domain
  4. Access to their affiliate community

PLUS the Premium Membership offers:

  • Keyword tool
  • SEO Training
  • Affiliate Marketing Training
  • Training on how to choose your business niche
  • Building a website.
  • Website hosting
  • 30 Second website builder

AND there are two levels of membership, not 20! The Free Membership and the Premium Membership.

The Premium Membership gives you access to 50 websites, 5 courses of Affiliate Certification and 7 Courses of Affiliate Bootcamp Training.  Plus access to thousands of other affiliate marketers who KNOW how to make money in this business and are there for you!

Get on the Train Of Success NOW! Go here to read my review of Wealthy Affiliate!

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