Affiliate marketing is a fantastic way of jumping in, to start a business online with very little financial outlay. All you need is a “Bootcamp”, as it were, to gain some knowhow. In other words, the best way to gain the knowledge you need is to do a course that will get you started from scratch.
Affiliate marketing is a business that you can run from home. Once it’s up and running it will run itself and provide a passive stream of income. In this business, you talk about and advise people on goods and services provided by a third party. There is no need to have a product of your own or handle anybody else’s. Research for advice on helping people is what you do.
How I felt when I first started
The most effective bootcamp
The best Bootcamp in the world, and the one most attended, is the Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp, which is done online. It’s been going for 15 years. It involves text, video, and live coaching. There are 70 lessons in all; the first ten are free along with the coaching. There is no time limit on completing those first ten lessons, but free access to live coaching is only for the first seven days.
To continue there is a monthly fee of $49, with the first month greatly discounted if you upgrade within those first seven days. The great thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that there are so many experienced members on hand, that help is never far away. Then there is the ultra-friendly community you can converse with. You can create blogs for these people who in turn will provide plenty of feedback.
This business isn’t for everyone
The first thing you will realize is that there is so much to learn and that there is a lot of work involved, so you’ll need energy and sticking power.
A lot of what you learn needs to be revised regularly. Forgetting the key points can be very time costly.
Brilliant writing skills aren’t necessary, but you do need to develop the ability to connect with people, which is where interacting with the Wealthy Affiliate community becomes so important.
By writing inhouse blogs you quickly learn what does and does not engage people. There is even a ranking system that rewards you for success in that part of your development, a ranking system that Google Search engines take into account when ranking your website.
There’s a lot to learn, it’s hard work, but it’s also exciting.
Your instructor Kyle
Your instructor, Kyle, is one of the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, who assures us that over the last 15 years he has actively worked with almost 2 million people, a substantial number of these going on to create 6 even 7 figure incomes.
Piles – $$$ – of money aside, even a moderate amount of money coming in each month would give most people a substantial boost.
They say that those who can’t do, teach.
I don’t entirely agree, it’s more often that gifted people find it very hard to teach others. Teaching is a “do” or skill of its own. I should know I have been an Eglish language teacher since 1997.
Kyle is one of those rare individuals who has the gift and the ability to pass it on. All you need to do is provide the required effort.
Affiliate marketing comes under the category of helping people: the more you help people, the greater your success and financial reward will be.
In this article, I will be giving you an idea of what to expect in lessons 1 to 5. I will cover lessons 6 to 10 in my next “Bootcamp” article.
Affiliate Bootcamp Lesson 1: Getting started
In this first lesson, Kyle introduces himself and gives you a tour around Wealthy Affiliate, especially the highly, technologically advanced support system, operated by a specialist team of people.
There is also an important discussion centered around goal setting.
Basically lesson one is a sort of induction.
Lesson 2: Choosing your direction
Here you will learn about branding, and who your target audience will be.
This is where you begin to think about a niche.
A good niche to get into is one where you find a large group of people who all have a common interest and are more than willing to spend money on that interest, fishing, skiing, cooking, or DIY are a few examples.
There are around 4 BILLION people currently, who go online regularly: how many of these could you reach. All of these people could benefit from the services of someone from Wealthy Affiliate.
Lesson 3: Building a website
This is a fairly simple process with Wealthy Affiliate: especially when you have a video showing you exactly what to do.
The first step is to think of a website name that matches your brand or niche. Then you check to see if it is available as a domain name. For example for “Italian Cusine,” you would be checking to see if italiancusine.com was available.
Let’s just check, shall we?
As you can see, as of this minute, italiancusine.com, is not available, however, italiancusine.org, and italiancusine.net, are available, and for a lot less than you would pay on another platform.
Time to build
So by this stage, you will have a domain and a website name. Next, you need to choose your website design theme – there are thousands to choose from.
Once you have your domain, and I suggest you purchase a domain for around $15 (I found out why at a later date), you hand it over to Wealthy Affiliate’s website builder, along with the theme and the website’s name, and after 30 seconds it’s done.
Da dah! You have your brand new website which you can begin to customize.
Lessons 4 & 5: A Website Look Around & Activating Plugins
Lesson 4 is exactly as it sounds. Via video, Kyle will take you into a typical WordPress “backroom”, and showing how it functions. WordPress is the framework from within your website will function.
In lesson 5 Kyle will explain the purpose and function of plugins, which are additional pieces of software that allow your website to do specialized tasks.
The editing and image optimizing plugins come with your website already installed. There is a third plugin provided which takes some setting up, however. Kyle will walk you through this process.
Finally, there are sample pages, which come with every theme, which need to be discarded since they will only hamper your website’s performance later on.
There is a heck of a lot that has gone into the workings of Wealthy Affiliate that are not at all obvious to the casual observer. I was on another platform for a while (named after a color) and I can tell you that Wealthy Affiliate is far in advance. The other crew took three days to build my website, for example.
Building a website used to be and in many cases still is an arduous process, but not at Wealthy Affiliate.
In my next article, I will be starting at lesson 6, which you can see in the graphic, which involves preparing your website for search engines.
What have been your thoughts and experiences?
What is your understanding of affiliate marketing?
Are you looking for something to write about?
Want to write something big?
This would be great practice!
What’s your cunning plan?
Have you had any experience with building a website?
I would be most interested to hear about your adventures. Drop me a line in the comment section below. Ask me anything you want.
Where do you see your self in 5 years’ time?
For a more general review of Wealthy Affiliate: WA: Your protection against scams
Thank you for reading dear reader.
Garry.Affiliate Bootcamp lesson review part 2: Lessons 6 to 10
For a short guided tour of my own: What is free membership like at Wealthy Affiliate