What It Takes To Make It

This is a quick guide to understanding the essential elements of starting a successful work from home business.

I will very briefly cover the following elements in this guide:
Education requirements
Investment requirements
Essential elements of accounting

What Do I Need To Know?

I am assuming this question will get asked a lot because people just don’t understand the simplicity of starting your own work from home business utilizing affiliate marketing as a basis for revenue.

Affiliate marketing is sometimes referred to as referral marketing. Both forms of marketing use third parties to drive sales to the retailer. However they are different. The main difference between them is that affiliate marketing typically relies purely on financial motivations to drive sales while referral marketing relies on trust and personal relationships to drive sales. Since I firmly believe that trust and building an authoritative relationship is extremely important to succees I say that affiliate marketing will not succeed without adopting a combination of both affiliate and referral philosophies.

Now, just what does that all mean and what do I need to do?

I guess what I am eluding to is that although this business may seem simple, what we don’t understand can hold us back or even defeat us before we begin if we don’t have a network of support and training.

  1. I knew I would need some form of education; whether that be trial and error or formal instruction of some sort. This is where Wealthy Affiliate University shines in my eyes. An excellent source of training at a fraction of the cost of a college education. I guestimate it probably takes the average person about 6 months to go through all the material available on WA’s training program to become comfortable with the processes involved with creating an authoritative position in any given venue or niche. This certainly is less time than it would take to learn by trial and error and far more thorough. Learn more about WA training here.
  2. I will eventually need to invest something:
    There ain’t no free lunch.
    Obviously “Time Is Money” so aside from what I consider as “tuition” ( the training at WA is pretty cheap tuition, in my opinion) you need to set aside the time to become educated until you reach a point where you can begin to see a steady income.
  3. Good bookkeeping is essential to the success of any business so it goes without saying that you should have, or acquire, a basic understanding of accounting and money management. Having worked with Quickbooks for 20 years as well as performing installations and support for many customers I have become a true believer in the benefits of this product. I believe it is an essential part of any small business success.

Aside from these important ingredients, success is determined pretty much by how creative you can become in your program development and how much of a customer base you attain as you become an authority within your chosen niche. The rest will take care of itself and income will follow.  I can not emphasize enough that this is by no means a get-rich-quick scheme.

With that, I wish you the best of success and I will be here every step of the way to help you attain your dreams.

Why not get started now? Build a FREE Website.

Good Luck and I’ll see you on a beach someday.


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Wealthy Affiliate Training Review

Wealthy Affiliate Review

The Best Affiliate Training in the World

Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Website: www.WealthyAffiliate.com
Price: Starter Membership, $0 (Join Here)
Price: Premium Membership, $49/month OR $359/year (Join Here)
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Overall Rank: 5 Stars
Who it’s for: Newbie – Expert

Training – Tools – Support & Community

The Training is comprehensive, organized, and current within Wealthy Affiliate.  There is training for all levels of expertise, including training for even the most advanced marketer.   The training is offered in different formats:

  • Live Weekly Training ClassesWealthy Affiliate Classrooms
  • Question and Answer Periods
  • Organized Classrooms (on specific topics)
  • Interactive Discussions
  • Video Training, Tutorial Training
  • Task Based Courses
 Start out by learning the basics:
Follow step-by-step video based training on how to build an incredibly successful business by referring others to Wealthy Affiliate. There is no other community like Wealthy Affiliate in the world.  Weekly video training is conducted by one of WA’s top members and are archived so you can review them at any time.


  • You will learn all the ins and outs of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • The importance of using keyword search tools like Jaaxy.

    Keyword Competition – Only available with Jaaxy

    Knowing the competition that a keyword has in the search engines is the single most valuable piece of data that you can have. Without knowing how many websites are ranked for a keyword, you are rolling the dice. It’s why keyword tools in the past have never worked for you.

  • Statistics and website health and optimization  

And above all else — Support

WA is truly a Pay-It-Forward phenomenon. Never before have I seem such a huge community of like-minded people from all walks of life and 100 different countries all willing, no, wanting and eager to help each other succeed.
It is unbelievable. You really must join WA for no other reason than to just experience it.

Open forums are available by the hundreds where you may ask quest.ions and receive answers from around the world 24 hours a day from literally 100s of thousands of members and tutorials on every aspect of running a successful affiliate business.

 It’s completely FREE to become a member and begin to build your very first two websites while you gain valuable training and support to carry you to the next level. Create your free account here.
If you are like me it won’t be very long (took me 5 days) before you take advantage of the introductory $19 deal for the first month of Premium membership.  Click Here to learn more about this offer.
That is a 39% savings of the regular $49 monthly Premium membership. You can also jump directly to the annual premium membership at $359/yr and save even more.
It has been my experience that this is what most people do once it is clear to them just how great this opportunity is and how large a support group they really have access to.
If you have any questions feel free to leave comments below.
I look forward to working with you on your next project.
Ted Genders
 Webmaster & WA Affiliate Marketer

What is WOT and Other Web Browser Plugins

Have you ever used a WOT? Don’t know what it is?

WOT (Web of Trust) is a Safe Web Search and Secure Browsing add-on for browsers that became popular around 2006. Since then browsers have evolved to the point where a WOT browser extensions are not only no longer necessary and have, themselves, become untrustworthy.  On November 4th, 2016 PC Magazine published an article revealing that WOT is selling very detailed information about you to third parties.

PC World went on to explain: “Mozilla decided to pull the Web of Trust add-on from its catalog, and the company behind the extension quickly pulled its software off of other browser platforms as well”.

Are your Web Browser Plugins Safe?

Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox web browser, introduced a “plugin checker” page in 2009  that analyzed whether the plugins you had installed in your web browser were up to date. Now that tool has been updated to check plugins installed in other web browsers too, including Safari, Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer.
According to the Director of Firefox Development, Johnathan Nightingale, plugin safety is an issue across the web. “Outdated plugins are a major source of security and stability risk for web users,” he wrote in a company blog post.


Lookout World! I’m gonna “Get Rich Quick”

Dollars in my eyesI hear this all the time from friends who blindly get involved in some “Get Rich Quick” or MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) scheme.
I’ve even said “Lookout World! I’m gonna “Get Rich Quick” myself.
I admit that I have bought into more get-rich-quick schemes in my lifetime than I care to reveal to you.
I am ashamed of just how gullible I have been.

The names may change but the plans are the same.

All get-rich-quick schemes sound tempting. All you need to do is hand over $1000 investment and get 10 other friends to do the same and you’ll have it made.

Wouldn’t it be great if it was that easy.

Unfortunately most of us find out very quickly that we should have researched that opportunity a lot more before signing the check. We may also find out that we no longer have that many friends. LOL.

What is so bad about the MLM concept? After all, don’t all businesses incorporate multi levels of sales associates to market their products?  I mean … a sales manager won’t make any money for the company unless the salesmen under him make sales, right?  And then there is the district manager … he gets a cut too, right? So, how is that any different from a MLM company?  Ok. In the example above the “key” is in the word “product”. Legitimate companies focus on the sales of products.  What makes MLM ventures different is that they focus on the ML or Multi Level recruiting of people who rely solely on recruiting more people in order to receive a recruiting bonus which ends up becoming the primary focus of the company. Any income possibility from marketing a physical product that may exist takes a back seat to the “opportunity” to GET RICH by recruiting more people.

At this time

I would like to shine a light on a company  that offers a legitimate, obtainable opportunity to build your own work-from-home Internet Affiliate Marketing business.  I have thoroughly researched the  affiliate opportunity below and it receives 5 stars in my book. It is a functional CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system published on www wordpress com.


Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Website: wealthyaffiliate.com
Price: $0 =Starter Membership

I definitely recommend starting Wealthy Affiliate with the FREE membership and learning all about the program before committing further. That way you will be able to develop real skills and a real website with the training available to you as a free member and become convinced for yourself how truly amazing this organization can be.
Advancing to the Premium membership is easy, inexpensive ($47/mo) and includes all the training and support you will ever need to succeed, available 24/7, including NO EXTRA FEE web hosting for 50 websites (usually costing $20.00 a month each and up).
With WA (Wealthy Affiliate) NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE is necessary and you can advance at your own pace.
You can also pick any niche you choose but I recommend looking for some topic you have been personally passionate about in your lifetime. This will insure a greater success for you. It won’t take you long after joining to realize that the main philosophy of the founders (Kyle and Carson) is to challenge people to understand that the most important ingredient of success is helping other people succeed (Pay It Forward). The community within WA is like nothing I have ever known.

It is a learning adventure. Enjoy.

For a detailed review of the training and support available through WA before you commit you may want to read my post “Wealthy Affiliate Training Review”

I highly recommend that you avoid all those scams out there and take the smart approach and learn the proper way to build an on-line business with Wealthy Affiliate.  I will be there every step of the way to help you succeed.

Give it a try. Go ahead and make your own free website. Click Here. You will be surprised just how easy it is to present yourself to the world.

While you’re at it maybe it would be beneficial to expand your horizons by joining a unique neighborhood of network marketers looking to expand their businesses into other venues.

If so, then MLM Gateway is the answer.

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