I decided to get into affiliate blogging a long time ago. But it wasn’t until this year (2014) that I decided to actually start actively making money doing it. Here’s what I mean…
Helping Friends Make Money
Anytime my friends wanted to know how to make money from home, what products or software I recommended, what was the best running shoe or blender on the market, they’d ask me to share my ideas with them. I didn’t mind doing this at all because it’s what I love to do. I love to talk. I love to share. I love reading and researching things. So to do this came naturally to me. I just never thought about monetizing it because, well, I guess I didn’t really see anything genuine about monetizing the idea. One main reason is because a lot of information can be found for free on the Internet, so my thoughts of selling “free” information just didn’t seem quite right to me. But here’s the thing: although anyone can find free information online, finding the right information is just a small part of being successful. Knowing what to do with that information, knowing how to make things work and showing people how to put ideas into action is what I found myself doing over and over again.
Now, although I officially started my affiliate blogging business just a short while ago, I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now. When I find something I like, I tell people about it. I’ve written to companies before giving them unsolicited reviews of their employees and their services/products. People know they can ask me my honest opinion about things and I’ll tell them. And although I wouldn’t say that I’m a natural teacher in the sense of the word, I am able to help people understand things in an easy-to-learn fashion and help them not feel overwhelmed.
So I decided to start an affiliate blogging business as a way to create an additional income stream AND as a way to help others learn how to blog and navigate their way around the web. Yes, you can probably find the information on my site for free in places all over the web. As a matter-of-fact, I would encourage you to do that, especially if you have the time and researching skills. However, as a blog business owner, I’ve designed my site and my business as a helpful go-to resource. I show them how to market their site and their products. I explain to them how different systems and methods work. I pick apart different ideas and give readers the pros and cons of. I point you in the right direction(s) so that you can find what you need, even if it’s not something that I can offer you. My goal here on the web is to make an income too which is why I’m not interested in get-rich-quick junk or in selling you “money-making ideas” or anything like that, know what I mean? But even if you are still skeptical or think that’s this is just another roo-rah site about making money online, or selling you the latest health contraption, let me tell you a few things that make my blog and why my recommendations are different than any others you’ll find online:
- I share my honest opinion and assessment about tools, software and different products and services. I’ve tried a lot of different things and I’ve got a wealth of information to share with you. I have everything to lose by being dishonest and nothing to gain. I choose honesty.
- You get to see and hear from my personal experiences. People don’t often understand just how beneficial it can be to learn from someone else’s story. Before I started as an online entrepreneur, I worked in the accounting field in the real estate industry. In 1997, my husband and I started a family, and I decided to take my professional skills and experience home and find ways to create an income using them.
- I am an over-40 Christian, wife, mom and entrepreneur who’s been working online as a freelance writer for over 15 years and blogging for 8. That short description alone will give you a rough idea of the types of experiences I’m able to share with you where you can learn something.
- One of my first money-making experiences was as an eBayer. I worked part-time on eBay while my toddlers took naps during the day. I also became a reseller and listed items for other eBayers who just wanted to pay someone else to write the descriptions (loved that!) for their listings. For a 50% commission for doing what I loved, it was great!
- In the early years, I worked hard to generate income as a freelance writer that helped substantially in supplementing my spouse’s income. I perfected a system of pitching clients, writing introductory letters, negotiating contracts and learning how to “over-deliver” my work. That’s why and how I’m still so successful today.
- I have been able to create a 100% virtual writing business that I can take with me wherever I go. Whether it’s to the football field while my son is practicing or to church to catch up on my client deadlines while I’m waiting in the car for my family.
- Because my life is so busy and most times unpredictable, I needed to have a work-from-home business that is totally flexible for me and my family. Writing and affiliate marketing offers me that flexibility.
Over the years, I’ve always worked in home-based jobs that spawned from something that had to do with writing or marketing. I’ve worked as a desktop publisher creating programs, bulletins, etc., a magazine editor, a newsletter publisher, an email marketer and numerous other jobs. I’ve sold Kirby vacuum cleaners, protein shakes, Lady Love Cosmetics (before Mary Kay!), prepaid insurance and and even long distance phone services. This doesn’t include the infinite amount of freelance writing work that I’ve done for clients in so many different industries like business, non-profits, retail, entertainment and corporate. When my writing work was at a lull, I’d do other online jobs to fill in the gaps. That’s how I learned (and experienced) so many different things. But, I made sure that the work was always 100% online, or else I couldn’t do it because of my need to stay flexible with young kids. Even though they’re older now, I still need that flexibility because I’ve grown used to it.
All in all, this is and has always been a great journey. If you’re like me, you can certainly appreciate the need for flexibility. And if you’re also like me, you can understand too how important it is to not only create an income, but a real, solid, rewarding one where your income matches your efforts.
I’m going into my 17th year now as a freelancer. I have no regrets. Well, maybe just one. Getting more sleep! But that’s the woes of the creative type, I guess. At any rate, I wouldn’t trade my life for any other. I enjoy what I do. I get to help people and share my experiences.
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