The elephant in the room with all this 'make money online stuff' is that depending on which reports you believe...
98% of people make less than $1000 per month from their online business, with most making nada!
With that being said how can I hand on heart advise you to try your hand at affiliate marketing?
Because it offers POTENTIALLY very worthwhile rewards for very little risk...
You try it out the right way.
So do more than 2% of Wealthy Affiliate members earn more than $1000 per month?
I wish I could answer this, but I can't, and won't guess.
But I will say why I think WA is better than the other courses that promise to get you started online.
The free membership option is fantastic for risk free, zero cost experimentation.
The community spirit seems to inspire and drag people through when they hit the roadblocks that befall most new endeavors.
And the core method is in my opinion is the easiest system for a beginner to visualize and implement.
Let me explain.
The core method that Wealthy Affiliate teaches is how to use tools to identify what information people are searching for online (keywords). Specifically information that is not currently well catered for already...
In other words these tools tell you exactly the subject matter (keywords) for your content (can be text, video, pdf, audio - text is the obvious one).
Your job is to simply create that content in any way you like (text, video, pdf, audio) according to the WA training.
Text and video are the main content delivery methods that people and search engines both love.
So if I told you what you had to write about, how many words to write, gave you tips on style and ways to make it engaging, can you begin to picture what needs to be done?
You will already have done similar work at school.
It need not be more complicated than that.
Most affiliate training pushes folks to build email lists (excellent advice but difficult for beginners), or create their own products (again good advice) but is way to advanced for most people.
Wealthy affiliate simply shows you how to find the keywords, and how best to present it on your website so people enjoy it and search engines want to list it (gets you free visitors).
So your journey will probably be something like...
Join WA... WTF! - Overwhelm.
Follow the step by step training - Still a steep learning curve... but is that a light I see ahead...
End of the free training period (do this at your own pace) - You'll have a website ready to add content to and a notional confidence that you know what's required. You'll take action fulled by HOPE.
This is the worst part where most people fail. Hope is a very combustible fuel that soon runs out.... unfortunately it often runs out before results start to build our confidence and replenish our hope.
Why do the results take so long?
But the deal is you have to put in the work before you see the results. Pretty much a rule for learning anything you care to consider...
I guess that's why folks that spend years learning to be doctors and lawyers earn the big bucks (eventually).
There are ways to accelerate this...
1. Get really good at keyword research.
2. Create awesome content... so good people want to share it.
3. Learn how to promote your content better.
The good news is you only have to learn 1 of the above to have success. Average content and great promotion works fine...
As does great keyword research and average content.
When you manage to line all three up... hang onto your hat!
My free bonus is designed to help people with points 1 & 3. Not to ignore content, but in my opinion it isn't the content that let's people down it's because not enough people see it (pick keywords you can win, and don't wait for people to find it).
So in my opinion the reason Wealthy Affiliate works is because it's a simple proven marketing system, that people can quickly visualize, understand AND IMPLEMENT.
Combine it with great training and a supportive community and you have the tools to bridge the lag between taking action and seeing results.