Work this affiliate stuff out for free (or very little)

So after yesterdays rant, I thought I would continue in the same vein, it has really started to get to me the more I look at it that these millionaires charge so much money to teach our grandmothers to suck eggs! I mean for the love of god…..

So I have put together literally all you need to know about the first stage which is Clickbank, I say Clickbank because it is the one I have an account with and it is one of the oldest and it hasn’t been closed down by any government agency for being fraudulent, however for the sake of balance there is also.

Amazon Associates
Rakuten
Affiliate.com

The above are three of the biggest and all were found by a google search and cost nothing to discover, I would also venture that once you delved deeper they would also cost nothing to join and promote the hell out of whatever takes your fancy.

Menu on Clickbank

However, once you have signed up for Clickbank (I had already done this and I did not think to document it) you make it into your account area and after confirming your email address for what seems like the millionth time you are presented with a screen that has all the basic information you might require in it, and a menu running across the top.

This menu is extremely self explanatory and you should start to have a click around while here to get a feel of the site and how it works.

Once you have done this it is time to pick something that you want to promote so, if you click Marketplace you are taken to another page that has the different Niches listed along the left hand side and these contain the different sectors from which you can pick a product or service to promote, there is a something to be aware of here and that is the Gravity rating again this is a fairly simple concept as it basically is the higher the number the more people are promoting that product right now and making money from it, the internet it would seem does not favour the brave soul selling umbrellas in the height of summer and sun tan lotion in the deep dark of winter, so look for the highest Gravity and start with that.

You can see that in the screenshot above I have ringed the two options you are looking for, namely the Gravity (top left) and the promote button (top right in blue) this is pretty much much what you are looking for, other terms are outlined below.

  • Initial sale – This is the average dollar value to the affiliate that drives the sale, so what you are likely to receive per sale.
  • Avg %Sale – This is the average or a sale including initial and rebill
  • Avg %rebill – The average total dollar value for rebill only

Once you have slid you sliders to where you want to start looking then you can hit the red promote button and be taken to this screen.

Hoplink (Affiliate Link)

This is your link that you must embed in your advertising for the system to track the sales that came from you, there is an option here as before selecting to get your hoplink to add an optional keyword to your tracking that would also be unique to you, this is useful if you want to create multiple hoplinks for the same product and track different advertising methods to see which perform the best.

Then crack on and create your advert !

Here is one I actually did, really quickly with GIMP editor and some free images, as you can see it really is not that good but I will explain why that is not important in a later post, you see it works as well, if you click it, it will take you too a paid survey sign up landing page (not mine).

Now this is literally all there is to starting on your journey, are you now rich, hell no and most certainly not with an advert that looks like that, by the way the advert above is the recommended Facebook dimensions of 1200×628 if anybody is interested.

It has cost nothing, GIMP is free, the image was free and my time at the moment is free, because there is nothing else financially productive I could be doing right now.

I will go into the various advertising programs and so on and continue my quest into affiliate marketing in future posts but for now, know two things, we can make this journey on our own and spend the thousands that we would on courses on advertising and traffic generation, or maybe just our kids and having a good time, and if your ADs suck ass like mine above your click rate will be pants!!!!!!.

Till next time..

Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else – Inc. – Pocket

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/warren-buffett-says-this-1-simple-habit-separates-successful-people-from-everyone-else?utm_source=pocket-newtab

I am not normally a follower of Warren Buffet because his strategies are almost all long term but, I feel that the message in this is valuable for all.

Affiliate Marketing Guru – And Skint!

Only a quick update tonight, I have spent the last couple of days chasing down YouTube videos and reading blogs from some of the biggest names in affiliate marketing, and I have to say that I am far from impressed with what I see, there are some who say that affiliate marketing is dead and that it is almost impossible to make money from it these days, and there are some that say it isn’t, it is simply the effort that you put in that determines your outcome, and there are still more that quote affiliate businesses that make exceptional amounts of money 24hrs a day 7 days a week.

I, for the most part am a busy man, and when I am not busy I, like others am sleeping, my work takes up the vast majority of my time during the day and when I get home or finish for the day if I am working from home, I like to spend as much time as possible with my family, once the children are in bed I then return to the computer or go to the gym depending on which day it is, so if I am going to invest time in something, let alone money it has to be at least logical, and while I am happy to lose money while learning something it is important that there is the hint that the leap of faith is worthwhile.

This is where the problem comes in, and to demonstrate I will re-cap something I have said before, the gurus all seem to be selling the same thing, and as long as you can work out that you need to pull your pants down before sitting down on the toilet, you could work it out yourself and in the meantime save literally thousands of dollars (which is what this all works in) .

The Formula

  1. Sign up for an affiliate program
  2. Get social media accounts
  3. Find something to sell
  4. Create adverts or self promote through videos
  5. Sell your products

Oh and I forgot the most important part of this, go on to do this sat on a beach in the Bahamas.

My point is this, if you have 1.2million followers on Instagram or YouTube or indeed on WordPress, you Don’t need to find affiliate programs because you will have every company in the world that sells something to do with whatever you have done to get that audience kissing your ass, and probably a few companies that have nothing to do with what you do.

So what if you don’t have a million followers ? well you Pay for adverts and this is another point that I don’t think could ever be classed as a eureka moment, I mean do we really need to spend $1299 to be told to find a paid advertising solution ? hell no and if you have got that much money knocking about it would be better spent on a holiday to get over how skint you are (broke) or better still giving it to the one place that can help you sell stuff, number 4 on their 5 step plan…… wait for it………. Facebook or Instagram or YouTube, disappointed ? yeah thought so.

The more cynical people amongst us will start to wonder which came first the affiliate marketer or the guru ?

I have had two affiliate links on this Blog since pretty much when it began, for two books that I have read and they have received zero clicks, not a single one, why because the internet is a numbers game and the people that control the numbers control the money, I have 120 followers and so of that maybe only 10 percent will check out what I write and probably only 10 percent of them will look around and now I have run out of 10 percents, you get my point?

Summary

I am not saying that affiliate marketing is dead, or that you can’t make money from it, I intend to keep looking at it and I have found plenty of places that you can make videos to upload to YouTube and quite a bit about YouTube and Facebook ads, Instagram is still a bit of a mystery to me but I will look at it, no, my point is this, back in the old days of the Gold Rush, many people came to prospect and most lived their whole life to find Gold, ultimately dying alone and hot under the desert sun without a penny to their name, and some turned up went out in the afternoon struck gold and went back to their families millionaires or more, but each and every one of them had to buy picks and shovels, this blog and the reason for this slightly down beat post is simply this, I think it is the right of everyone to live their life happy and free from pain, if that means that you only want enough money to get by or you want to be a billionaire then so be it, it is in the power of everybody here to achieve wealth and happiness just like they can achieve physical fitness, and I have no issue with paying for knowledge, after all if it is true knowledge then it is worth every penny, but life is too short to be dragged in and rinsed by people, which given half a chance they will.

The gurus you see are almost all millionaires, and the ones that claim they are while sat in a bedroom, with bad audio and grainy webcam are just laughable, but you can’t get rich ripping people off with their image because they have already done it, however the fact that they keep going means that there is enough new people coming onto the net to support us all.

Takeaway

Perhaps we should all sell picks and shovels ? disagree with me or are you making loads of money online ? I would love to be proved wrong please comment below.

Counting the cost of freedom

Without money you are limited to how much freedom you can experience unless you go and find yourself an island somewhere that is absent any form of governmental rule and are happy to live the most simple of lives, if this is the case then I truly take my hat off too you, for me and countless others I am afraid that freedom has a much more commercial look and feel.

This presents a problem, not least of which how to afford it, if you are over 18 I would say that there is a good chance you have finance and if you are over 21 I would say it is almost certain, and the further we go into debt the more we lose sight of true freedom and the ability to live our lives the way we want to.

How much is it going to cost?

This is a really easy calculation, how much do you owe? If you add together all your outstanding finance, including  all  hire purchase so mortgages and car payments that is your buyout price, and at the risk of labouring the point also workout how much money you would have if the only thing that changed was your debt was wiped off.

What am I paying for?

As with anything else in life you’ll want to know what you are buying, to achieve freedom is, for most of us going to be a long drawn out process that is not going to be without one pain, so why bother?

Freedom to live your life as you see fit and to provide a future for your children that allows them to live life to the fullest, in fact it would not be to dramatic to say that you are working for a legacy your chance to provide a brighter future for generations, as your children have lived so then will theirs and as your values and ethics are picked up and integrated I to your children’s minds so will they be in the minds of their children.

You are paying to no longer shudder slightly when the post comes, especially at brown envelopes, and you are paying you are paying to not have the dreaded financial exodus from your bank account at the start and end of every month.

How to start ?

Look the truth is I don’t know, but I have spent quite a lot of time looking at various things that Won’t work, so from the last time I spoke about this I have still been looking at various ways, and I throw open a challenge to anybody who can prove me wrong, if anybody has used a get rich while you sleep scheme, or make money 24/7 or any of the other attention grabbing headlines, then let me know, if you can prove that you are now a millionaire then I will stop what I am doing and do only what you are doing immediately, I suspect I will be waiting a while though.

Something that got me thinking was a post on Instagram of all places, I forget who the guy was now but his point resonated with me as it is something that I have been thinking for some considerable time.

When you seek advice from people, be very wary who that person is, the scope for mis-representation on the internet is vast, nearly all instagram posts are photoshopped, and people wrap real money around bundles of paper to wave at the camera while they are stood outside a rented mansion with a rented Super car to sell you the latest viral money making scheme that they used to become millionaires, problem being that they aren’t millionaires, not even close in fact some of these people are flat broke and using con tricks to sell you old rope as if it was the finest spun silk ribbon, I as most of you know am from the UK, and it is more difficult here to get access to peoples financial information, however after watching one such pitch from a guy on YouTube selling some viral marketing scheme using YouTube ads I decided to do a little digging, and to my surprise the results turned out to be less than impressive, one of the claims during the pitch is that he and his business partner had spent literally millions of dollars on Facebook Ads, and strangely one look at his declared financials showed that his company was worth £69k, now that isn’t a bad amount of money, but hang on if he has spent literally Millions on Facebook advertising, where is the rest of the money ? either he is selling a product that he only makes half a penny profit on or he may be stretching the truth, there is (as an example) another fairly famous YouTuber that has the same background in all his videos of a Lamborghini parked in a garage, problem is it never seems to be any different, could this be CGI do we think?

Look I am not bashing these people directly, they have their journey in life and they are moving along it at their own pace trying to scratch a living from the millions of people that type “make money online” into google every damn day, my point and the point made in the instagram post was this, why should you listen to these people? they have not made any money, they have managed to get you to watch their video and they will get a couple of cents for this and that is it, is that what you want? it is not what I want and it is not what I want for anybody who has read this far down, you need to look for people that have done it, and if it is money you are after STOP LOOKING AT YOUTUBE AND INSTAGRAM FIRST, I could bang on at you over and over again about how to day trade, how to start an Instagram account that will make you money while you sleep, and how I cleared all my debt and now live a life of luxury, but guess what it would all be Bullshit, and how can you tell? because nobody outside of you guys has ever heard of me that’s how, but if you were to Google Rich Piana, Jordan Belfort, Warren Buffet or Jeff Bezos there will be wealth of information about them and just how much they achieved.

The thing with all of them is that they produce nothing, the same rhetoric each time, create a list blah, blah advertise on YouTube blah,blah, but build a list to do what, sell their ebook ? advertise on YouTube for what their course on how to advertise on YouTube ?, they have no value no substance and ultimately will not make real money think of the business and people that are worth money.

  • Amazon – $134.5 Billion
  • Elon Musk – $19.2 Billion
  • Microsoft – $717 Billion
  • Jordan Belfort – $100 Million

The best Advice you will ever get

I don’t want to get by, I don’t want to just make enough so that I struggle all year to be able to afford a holiday for a week then come back to bills and the prospect of struggling again for another year to go on another holiday, I want to live my life and I want my children and Mrs to live theirs and that means working my arse off now 8 days a week if required, my hero’s aren’t “Dailyincomedave” from surrey or “$1000 a day guaranteed using my system” from broke “millionairemike” from Alabama, they are people who have excelled in their field so much that the world knows their name, either through controversy, or sheer success these people have what it takes to live their lives, and the fact that the houses, cars, boats, planes and islands are part of that is a by-product it is not the goal, so start thinking really thinking about freedom and what it costs, and what that word means to you, and then go and get it and don’t stop till you have.

Practice the Preaching ep16

I haven’t done one of these for a while, I’m not sure why but as one is long overdue I thought I would sit down and justify why I say what I say and do what I do.

Physical Goals

I have made significant progress with my physical goals and am marching on to where I need to start from, that may sound a little odd but hear me out, I have alluded in the past to having trained fairly seriously as a bodybuilder for some considerable amount of time, 4 years to be precise and then for whatever reason I let it all go and ended up the way I was just under a year ago, my goal back then was to be a competitive bodybuilder and it is something that I never even came close too as I gave up just around the time I should have been considering cutting up and entering my first show, so skin willing I have set a goal of completing a competition in a years time (by skin willing I mean that I am concerned I will be left with a lot of excess skin from the weight loss) so as my diet is working for my current goal it will be interesting to see how it has to change in order to achieve a different outcome, I am also going to tighten up my regime a little more as it has started to wander a bit of late.

Financial

When I started this blog it wasn’t just so much about just blogging my personal journey, although some of the response I have had to events in my life so far have been really nice and I am happy to keep updating day to day life, it was to start a resource that could be trusted and help people that really needed it with honest useful information as a sort of mitigant to the cynicism, bad advice and in a lot of cases bare faced con artists that continue to make a good life for themselves off the backs of others.

I have looked at many different ways of making money online and I have to tell you that nearly all have ended in the same tired global MLM schemes that will do nothing but push your money up to the top of the pyramid, and anybody at all that wants to challenge me with a get rich scheme and thinks I am talking rubbish please let me know as I will follow the plan to the letter in the hope that I am proved wrong, so I have settled on a few ideas one of which is trading online, this is a business model that has made people very very rich, but it needs to be treated with respect because it has made even more people very very poor,

I intend to learn from the best I can find how to do this and will document my findings along the way, hopefully we will all make some money.

But seriously my advice so far, find a way to benefit people and you will be rewarded, provide value to the lives of others and they will keep coming back, that is why I run adverts, so far I have made nothing but if this ever takes off I will do OK and still not have to charge anybody a cent for the privilege.

Other than that I just intend to keep on expanding the site and keep up with my new Instagram (rather predictably thetraineesuperhuman64 ) and hopefully build something useful.

I will Make you a Millionaire

Not overnight (unless you pay me)

Sound Familiar ? Thought so, how many webinars have you been through that are available for a Limited Time Only ? All free of course, all just trying to give you access to a system that will make you millions in revenue each year with very little effort once the initial hard work is done, and Boy oh Boy! you will have to work hard, really hard in fact so hard that the program is not suitable for everybody and most of the people watching the video right now will struggle.

Two very important Points about me.

  1. I am a humanist, I didn’t even know I was one really till I started this blog, you see not only have I been where you are now, I am where you are, both with my physical fitness/appearance and financially, I will not go into what I do for a job but suffice to say it pays just enough for me to know what it must be like to have money without actually having it (Mega Lolz), so as I have wandered further into the world of affiliates and online business Guru’s, Million and Billionaires I have become disheartened, cynical and to be honest a little angry.
  2. I was a sucker, plain and simple and I have looked at this before, some years ago now (25 but who is counting) I looked at several online get rich schemes and had my fingers burnt every time, to qualify this further I will recount one of the times below.

One of the biggest growth industries on the internet

Online casinos were becoming a “thing” as more and more people were prepared to trust their hard-earned to a website, and I along with a lot of others were ready and poised to take advantage of this most lucrative leisure activity, this, however was the time before Drag’n Drop websites and anybody who had even a basic knowledge of Microsoft Frontpage, and an easy relationship with the truth had the jump on all of us, I invested with such a company, the total investment at the time was £100 and I won’t go to much into it but that was a lot of money to me then, and got my page to promote, it was a black page with six Casino Banners on it all with my very own tracking code, the program even came with an easy to follow step by step guide to success that if followed would mean that fortunes would come my way with no effort, one of the pearls of wisdom was FFA pages or ‘Free For All’ and so I diligently used my software to post to these every hour like the manual said, little knowing that links on these things expired in about ten seconds, needless to say I made nothing from Casino Traffic, but I did make some money through the referral program, £50 to be precise, which was really odd as I was not doing anything to promote the referral program as I was chasing the Millions from gamblers, it is not difficult to see what occurred here is it? the guy took the £100 and waited a few weeks and paid back £50, and this, no doubt would have been covered by signing me up to each casino as an affiliate through his link.

Things are different now though right?

No, except the amount of money invested has grown exponentially and the ability of the protagonists to display a picture of wealth has increased ten fold, now, I do not “call people out” there are enough people doing this all over the internet and frankly I have no time for it, my “About” section sets out my intentions very clearly, I intend to investigate the Gurus and self-help masters of the internet and advertise the living S**t! out of everything I can in the mean time, my best case scenario would be a viral blog with a million ad impressions a week and providing help and guidance to every one for free while paying for me to live me particular dream.

We all want to make money, at least those who typed financial keywords in to find the blog or who are running a similar blog, and from what I have seen over the last two days of research the vast majority of these ‘systems’ are nothing more than a global MLM with the main product being to participate in a global MLM, and that is just swell, if you are at the top, the rest I found are simply people pushing tired half-baked ideas to an audience that are trying desperately to change their standing in life and that of their families, and so are open to listening to even the craziest of tired ideas, one I found was basically an online phone book of local businesses (I am sure the internet has already catered for this) with the main strategy being that a person would advertise the service with a phone number that forwards the call to the original business with a message that oddly does not read, “hi we hi-jacked a customer enquiry for you and in the process of being re-directed probably scared them off”, this course was free, but on the off chance you struggled with the vague concept, continued questions of the value and repeated reference to the Bahamas (why are they always working from a beach in the Bahamas ?) then you could pay an undisclosed sum for private mentoring.

Simple Potential

The potential to make millions is simple mathematics and is not in any way easy to discount, there are 4.39 billion active users on the internet, if you managed to get just one dollar from .5% of them just once you would have 21,950,000 and that is you done my friend, now that isn’t going to happen but you are many decimal points down before it begins to be something that is not worth doing, after I have no doubt at all that if somebody gave you a riddle to solve and you were guaranteed a million for solving it you and me would be working on that day and night, let alone 21 million! and anybody who says they have a way of solving the riddle you would reward handsomely, and that is exactly what this is, it is a riddle and once the riddle is solved and you find the formula you will make the money, there is no surer thing, but so far all I have seen is people prepared to charge me simply to recite the riddle nothing more.

So we should just give up?

Hell no! never in a million years, as I have said before you and me and everybody else chasing this are fighting for our lives back from a system designed to keep us down and struggling for money, society is set up that way very carefully and meticulously peaking our desire just beyond our reach and then offering us a lifeline in the form of finance, and as soon as you have that you are caught because you find that bit harder to get ahead as your monthly wage gets eaten up by the spending of the rich and powerful on a paupers budget, no moral high ground here I am exactly the same.

OK So what now ?

Fight harder then ever before, stop watching the endless videos on how to make three hundred billion before you go to bed tonight, and realise (as I did) that every cyclical webinar that is for a limited time only is 30 minutes to an hour that you could have been spending creating something of value or working out the best way to start an advertising campaign, or simply getting some sleep so you can better function at work in order to get the money together to start buying your freedom from the government machine.

As always I would love to hear comments or spark a debate below, but most of all know that I am not jumping ship there is freedom to be found in the world wide web, and I want us all to find it, believe me there is more than enough to go round!

Main Photo by Josh Sorenson from Pexels

Practice the Preaching ep8

First a Confession

I have let my not being well slow me down over the last week as far as my progress is concerned, Sure I managed to get a post out https://thetraineesuperhuman.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/fragility-of-dreams/ that was really well received (and I thank you all for that) but my training wandered a little and my concentration was not what it should have been, I believe the ailment is referred to (at least locally) as Man-flu I am not sure if this is a global epidemic or not but it did slow my roll so as to speak.

However that is behind me now and I am once again back on the clock, this morning went well at 4:30am and I completed a 5k walk and 20 minutes stretching all before breakfast.

As my illness left me and I started to get back into the other side of this journey (money) I got the ball rolling by signing up for Clickbank and having a look round there as well as doing some research on paid for advertising, additionally I started to have more of detailed look around at what other people are doing with affiliate marketing, and most of what I found actually annoyed me, some of the really big names (you will already be aware of them if you are also chasing this particular beast) appear over and over again selling just one thing, their course on how to be an affiliate! then I noticed during a simple 1 hour surfing session that there are a lot of people that sell one particular persons course on an affiliate basis, no doubt this will make some people some money, probably quite a lot but it all seems a little cynical does it not? I heard a comment once and for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the person that made it or I would credit them here (just know that it is not an original line) “you have to wonder which came first the Millionaire or the Guru ?”.

Anyhow I will get more into this in a later post, but as always keep breaking new ground every day, even an inch further than you were yesterday is an inch and means you start today from a better position.

Learning to Learn

One of the first hurdles I had and my first revelation was that I needed information, lots of information, but it needed to be good qualified information that had Value, I am not alone in searching for ways to make money, build a better body or find happiness only to be inundated with a sea of information that is completely contradictory.

The revelation was that I needed to Learn Faster and so I went in search of how to do this, I found someone who looked promising,
https://jimkwik.com/#free-brain-training

I started following him on podcasts as well, these are free and accessible to everybody, in fact if you input your email address at the above link you will receive three free videos from the courses he uses to teach companies and executives his methods.

This is a cornerstone of the Superhuman training, the ability to learn quickly is invaluable, in fact I would go so far as to say that without it any further endeavours are going to be really restricted in the results you get back.

With the ability to learn a new skill within weeks not years pass exams first time and not have to rely so much on professionals for advice because I can read and understand the plethora of free information the internet has to offer, life goals are that much closer, so where do I begin?

Unlock the power of books

Any given subject any given genre, self-help to technical manuals, books are the fountain of knowledge but without the ability to read them and absorb the information they are useless, I hadn’t read a book cover to cover for years and reading was laborious and I lacked concentration and focus, I decided to tackle this by,

  1. Identify what I thought I needed to learn to progress my goals.
  2. Start to practice reading.
  3. Learn how to focus so I can absorb the information.

First thing I would suggest is like I did pick up a book and start to read a little every day, I started with 15 minutes, and built it up, I am now reading for 30 mins a day, it is important that this is reading time not glancing time, so I prepare by making sure that any foreseeable distractions are dealt with, Turning Off the Mobile Phone and settling down to read and absorb, I also find that earphones with no music playing helps.

A valuable lesson from Jim Kwik is to forget what you already know about a certain subject because we tend to skim over information we already know, I cannot count the amount of times where just reading a passage word for word has revealed a missing piece of information and completed a lesson I had been trying learn, I will start a list of books I have read and update it as I finish each one to show that I am indeed reading as much as I say.

Concentrate on one thing at a time

Possibly one of my biggest failings was fooling myself that I was multi-tasking, I was thinking about business when I was studying, training while I was working and how to fix my life while working out.

I forced myself to stop and focus on one thing a time and while doing that push it to the maximum and really stretch my mind and body, so if it is a morning where I am doing yoga I get up and for the next hour that is all I am doing I do not think about anything else, same as reading I sit down to read with a purpose and do not do anything else, If I am studying a subject that is the only input I will accept, and when I spend time with my family I do that to the exclusion of outside influence, there is no bigger tragedy than your child seeing the back of your phone more than you face.

Using the method above I can condense learning into a smaller more productive time frame because I am not trying to concentrate on something else at the expense of my main focus at that time, as a guide I will keep a diary over the next week and try and explain how I organise my day to fully utilise the time we have.

Enjoy what you are doing

Leisure activities are easy and the time passes quickly, we also tend to remember things we did while playing / enjoying ourselves more than things we find a chore, when the clock runs slowly and you labour over the subject matter you may as well forget what you are doing and chill out for a bit, I try and find fascination in everything I do, I build myself up with excitement at the prospect of learning something new or seeing my children learn something or indeed hitting another milestone at the gym.

Remember why you are doing this

I make sure to never lose sight of the end goal, I struggle like everybody to make it through sometimes and to put the time aside, but whenever that happens I stop and think about life without the worry of money, without being out of breath when running around with my children and living instead of living for the weekend, my advice Picture your goals and remember that anything you learned today however small is a step closer to them, always move forward.