Barefoot Affiliate is about affiliate marketing. It is not a new concept, as internet connectivity becomes more readily available to more people, incomes in developing countries are rising. So the logic should follow that more companies will use affiliates to expand their reach into these countries to gather data and increase sales.
With more than $16.9 billion (yes Billion), in online transactions in the last year why wouldn’t they?
If you think there is great potential to earn an online income, you are right. The potential is also there for many people who have been restricted from earning in the mainstream job sector, because of a disability, lack of education or having a career cut short for whatever reason.
My own beginning into affiliate marketing came about after after a huge downturn in our construction industry, and, about 3 years of bad decisions.
Things had been good; I was earning a six-figure income, I had a lot of leave due and had taken a trip to South America.
Machu Picchu had been on my bucket list, ever since reading about it one rainy day when I was about 14. But time moves fast and in the ebb and flow of life, marriage, kids, work, divorce, work, it seemed like a wish never to be fulfilled, until one of my daughters said “Dad, just do it”.
When I returned home many of the contracts, we had tendered on had been cancelled. The mining industry the area depended on had slumped, and many of the industries that relied upon it, had closed shop and moved on.
After an enjoyable extended holiday, I was now unemployed. The work wanted pages were full of ads by people wanting any sort of work, at any price ( a race to the bottom). My contact list were as desperate as I was for work.
My generosity for giving at holiday’s or relatives birthday’s diminished to cards only. The only income I had, came from a few bee hives I kept as a hobby.
Eventually I took a job as a truck driver, although I had the license’s, I had never earned a living as a truck driver. Some people love it so much they live and breathe trucks. Unfortunately, I am not one them.
After nearly 3 years of a mostly nocturnal life of oncoming headlights, solitude broken by the occasional chatter on a two way, I arrived home one night, and of the next 3 days, I have only vague recollections of being in a very dark place.
I remember being on my lounge, I don’t remember having the T.V. on, I remember looking at rain through the window, but really I don’t remember much at all over those 3 days. On the third or fourth day work called to see why I hadn’t been in, I said “I was not in a good place, it is very dark”. I was sacked.
Being sacked, as anyone who has lost a job would know, also means you lose the two things we rely on but sometimes take for granted, Predictability and Stability.
At the time I should have collapsed into a gibbering mess, but I thought here is a challenge. Count the options, it was time to get serious.
I was getting back to near my normal self, and I decided to expand on my Bee Keeping hobby, they had been a good diversion from the daily (nightly) grind and also provided a small side income. So lets up the ante, and get real about this.
I packed my bee maintenance gear and suit and went to check on my hives. It wasn’t good, some hives were struggling with infestations of hive beetle. The humidity was high and their food stocks were not what they should have been. I had robbed ( harvested honey ), the hives about a month earlier.
After a few hours of cleaning hive beetle traps and setting new bait, clearing the ground around the hives and generally cleaning up. Then visiting some farmers to see if could put bee hives on their land. I was feeling good after a productive day.
Anyone who knows anything about Bees knows there is work involved. making hive boxes, the tedious task of making frames and putting on wax, pest control, transporting them from one site to another, harvesting, extracting frames, bottling the honey, storing extracted frames properly.
A couple of weeks later a cyclone tore through the area wiping out my hives, and wrecking the properties where they were situated.
Back between a rock and a hard place, I found work again in the construction industry, but with all the new rules and legislation my work load was very different to what I had been used to. Coherent, logical work flows delayed because of obscure permits required for the movement of anything. Plus the money was about the same as when I last worked in the industry.
More work same pay packet.
Surfing online one night I came across Wealthy Affiliate. I had a look at what they were offering and decided it was not one of the hundreds of scams infesting the online world.
I read their offer of Four Easy Steps to get you Launched Earning an income Online. The link here
Predictability and Stability.
I was determined not to let the events of the past few years overtake me again. Many of us just go with the flow and never make any real substantial effort to bring to life some of the things we dream about. But it was time for me to get serious about changing and getting off the mainstream economic roundabout.
We take predictability and stability for granted. Like, I had just come back from my adventure in South America and thought I would settle back into a normal routine. Instead, when I got back home, there was nothing here for me, life had moved on and I was floundering around thinking about my options.
Although initially I wasn’t too worried, I could do things on my own behalf until something came along.
There are many options for earning an income online, I had tried E- Bay and drop shipping in the past with limited success, but the internet had developed a lot more in the years since I had done that. Wealthy Affiliate seemed to offer a lot of value, no B/S it deserved a good serious look.
The offer of teaching you how to capitalize on any idea, interest, or passion that you have. With No experience and no product required. Just bring a love of something and wealthy affiliate will help you turn that idea into a lucrative business. Really?
Maybe there is a lesson here. If you have predictability and stability you don’t have freedom, or just a limited amount of freedom. If you have uncertainty, then you are stepping out of your comfort zone into something different, that could lead to unlimited freedom?
A look at Wealthy Affiliate
With Wealthy Affiliate absolutely everything about your learning experience is live and interactive. You can engage and communicate directly within the lessons and get help with any questions that you may have.
Live Chat, Live Classes, Live Interaction, and Live Expert Help are all big components of your educational experience at Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate offers 2 free websites which have what every other web host and website builder in the world does not have. Training, support, and tools that you absolutely need to achieve greatness.
Building a website to connect with your target audience, but how exactly do you do that? By getting ranked in Google, to earning revenue from your website, to advertising your site on Facebook, it’s all included when you build your website.
This is not the only value you get from wealthy affiliate. It is full of tips and visual learning and is inclusive of people no matter they live, with one or two exceptions.
People with limited education and IT skills who have become members of wealthy affiliate, and in a short time have done amazing things to get started on their path to financial freedom.
First you need to decide that you want to make a change. As I have pointed out, predictability and stability have gone from mainstream employment. With more than $6 billion in online transactions last year affiliate marketing is only going to get bigger.
An Overview of what Wealthy Affiliate Offers.
To start all you need is an Idea and a desire to make it work. But you don’t have to take my word for it. See for yourself by clicking here.
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