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.


Affiliate marketing is hot; here’s how to get your program going. Nearly every retailer in the Internet Retailers’ Top 500 has an affiliate marketing program. Now free affiliate networks, automation software, and pay-for-performance compensation models are making it easy for small businesses to take advantage of this marketing tool. In the popular An Hour a Day format, this guide features a detailed, real-world, task-based approach to developing, launching, and managing a successful affiliate marketing program.

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.