The Barefoot Affiliate. Giving Up A life of Quiet Desperation.

Who is The Barefoot Affiliate
Beats Hi-Vis and steel capped boots.

The Barefootaffiliate, aka Michael Dubhthaigh

I am sure you Have Heard it all Before !

There is great potential to earn an online income, and the most efficient way to do this is by having a blog. 

This is True.

The potential is there for anyone. Some of the most successful have been restricted from earning in the mainstream job sector, because of a disability,  lack of education or having a career cut short. Many stay at home mum’s are killing it. 

Why Blogging. 

  • Incomes in developing countries are rising,  as internet connectivity becomes more readily available to more people, and their attention is hooked on electronic devices. 
  • The logic should follow, that more companies will use affiliates to expand their reach into these countries to gather data and increase sales.
  • This involves a lot of things, but high on the list is good content and search engine optimization. (SEO). Both need to be of a high standard to reach a wider audience.
  • It is not hard for a company, even very small ones to set up an affiliate program. 
  • With more than $16.9 billion (yes Billion),  in online transactions in the last year why wouldn’t they?

How much Money can you Make?

This is subjective. How long is a piece of string?

My logo says From Steel Caps to Flip Flops. It didn’t happen overnight for me. You might be different.

Some people can make the transition happen more quickly than others. From my experience it depends on circumstances, time being the most critical. Money is hardly ever the issue.  

You can blog on anything. What do you like?, Hi-Tech stuff, Gardening, Music, Drones, Health, Art, Languages, Music.. etc, It can be a blog advertising your services on another site or promoting your brick and motor business.

Whatever it is a properly formatted and updated blog will take your business to another level.

There are many beautiful places in the world, what if you were able to have an extended stay and earn enough to cover all your recurring expenses at home.  

The Problem though, across the world there are large disparities in incomes.

If you were to work in some country you really liked, you would ( most likely), barely earn enough to cover your weekly living expenses. Having a monetized blog would go a long way to making your stay more enjoyable.

Are Young people are at an Advantage ?

If you have no commitments and plan your trips, you have many overseas work opportunities to take advantage of. Writing about your adventures on your blog will increase engagement and $$$’s. Hundreds are already doing this.

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Teaching Overseas.

While the young may have more work opportunities, an older couple may be looking at business or retirement opportunities. You could be blogging on your experiences and helping others with your advise and expertise.

Most of go through Life in a State of Quiet Desperation. Just Meeting Living Expenses and Debt.

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”.

Who is The Barefoot Affiliate
Visiting South America
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Ancient Inca Sites

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.

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Stuffed again

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.

Working with construction companies is living the life of a Gypsy. Time to stop still, do something for me.

Why I did this Is no longer a mystery. We are programmed to have a job. If ( like me ), you have been a salaried or wage employee for a long period of then, it is like an addiction and hard to break free from it. 

A status thing. I have a job.

Working for yourself is deterred by any number of bureaucracies, who demand you have registrations, licences, numbers, and reporting schedules, checks for insurances’s and compliance, even telling you what hours your business can open and shut.

For many wanting to start a business and make a small fortune they have to start with a large one. A lot of it probably borrowed.

Breaking Free of Self Limiting Beliefs

What we seek most is smoothing. Smoothing of life’s ups and downs. Smoothing of finances.

Unless we change our belief system this isn’t going to happen.

We are encouraged to limit ourselves by government, friends and relatives. We take their opinions and adopt their limiting attitudes. 

Who is The Barefoot Affiliate

A Quick Story About My Bees.

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A couple of my Bee Hives

Things That Test You.

I had robbed ( harvested honey ), my hives about a month earlier and everything being good at the time. I left only a bare minimum for the bees, with good conditions, I thought they will pick their food stocks up in no time.

 A month later, I packed my bee tools and suit and went to check on my hives.  It wasn’t good, some hives were struggling with infestations of hive beetle. Humidity and hot weather were taking their toll.

After a few hours of cleaning hive beetle traps and setting new bait, clearing the ground around the hives and other maintenance. I went and visited some farmers to see if could put more bee hives on their land.

I was feeling good after a productive day.

Anyone who knows anything about Bees knows there is work involved.

  • They are busy, you need to keep with them. 
  • 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.

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Back To A Life Of Quiet Desperation.

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.

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cheaper promotions

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.

Many of us just go with the flow and never make any real effort to change our self limiting beliefs.

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I had read or heard this quote somewhere. “A nurse had asked a dying patient if they had any regrets in their life”. I thought about it for a minute and my answer would have been, ” Yeah I just accepted the status quo and never tried to live on my own terms”.

The Future is Online.

This is generally accepted as being a no brainer

There are many options for earning an income online, I had tried E- Bay in the past with limited success, but the internet has developed a lot more in the years since I had done that. 

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. The link here

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.

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Click on to play the video

Live Chat, Live Classes, Live Interaction, and Live Expert Help are all big components of my educational experience at Wealthy Affiliate.

It is a very active community that will help you be the best you can possibly be. Everyone deserves to feel good.

Wealthy Affiliate offers 2 free websites and more if you go Premium, which have what every other web host and website builder in the world does not have.   

People with limited education and IT skills  who have become members of wealthy affiliate, have done amazing things in a short period of time.

I am not saying you will become a millionaire, but if you have some income coming in (passively), then you are doing a bit better than most others who are continually on a budget.

First I had to decide that I wanted to make a change. But, with more than $6 billion in online transactions last year, blogging  is only going to get bigger.

For what you get, it is as cheap as chips, But, You don’t have to take my word for it.   See for yourself by clicking here.


These Days,

I share experiences good and bad, and work at upgrading my self conscious and redesigning my environment.

TEFLEN and TEASOL accredited.   I do content writing, copy writing, and social articles. Feel free to Contact me.

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18 thoughts on “The Barefoot Affiliate. Giving Up A life of Quiet Desperation.”

  1. Wow what a great article you have here on your website, I really enjoyed reading this and hearing about all the challenges you had to overcome and how you were able to pick yourself back up. Wealthy Affiliate is a great site and after reading this I will not be surprised by how many people decide to sign. This article explains everything perfectly as well and has the links incorporated as well to help those visiting find the right places to look. Best of luck to you, I can’t wait to see the future posts here on your website.

  2. Dear Michael,
    You have an awesome website and a very profitable content. I wish I could design my website as professional looks the way you design your website. Promoting Wealthy Affiliate is a very good topic because I myself is learning a lot the way the training in the modules is presented by Kyle. Good luck and I wish you success in your wealthy affiliate promotions.

  3. What a good article. Gee, maybe I should join Wealthy Affiliate. Just kidding. I am, after all, HERE. I liked the article and info. Looks like you followed the training. Nicely separated paragraphs, etc. I am totally new. In training, so, have very little to comment. But best wishes

  4. I actually dropped out of college to focus on creating a full-time income from home. I work full-time, and even once my site is earning an income I’m happy with, I probably won’t quit my day job, but to my parents an education is super important.

    Wanna know the funny part? I was going to college for creative writing because I want to be an author! Now, while blogging isn’t exactly a horror novel I wanna write, it made me realize that having success with anything takes risks. I think it’s safe to say we’ve both taken risks and I can see that things are starting to pay off for you, I only hope I’ll begin to see the same success as you have.

    • Hi Aria,
      I don’t understand your dilemma, And I guess no man ever will, it is just something we learn to live with.:-)
      I wish you all the best in your journey Aria. Love your site and I left a comment which maybe gives a little insight from a mans point of view.

  5. Hello Micheal,
    Great article and thank you for your inspiring story on how you got into an online business. Of course, there is nothing better than having your own online business, something you like to do, obviously will be a good source of income if you keep working on it and putting more time. I called it a secure asset for us and our kids in the future.

  6. Life got you through a lot of challenges, Welthy Affiliate will get you in the right path. Great article, professional. Keep up the good work.

  7. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about the affiliate marketing and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
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  8. Hi Michael……..What a fantastic article going through your personal struggles which I can identify with, by the way! And, you finally finding Wealthy Affiliate and what it’s done for you is truly a success story. You’ve got my attention, and when I can tie my better-half done long enough, we’ll be back to dig deeper into your recommendation. I read your article some time back and sorry for being so late in commenting. Thanks.

    • Thank you for your comment Terry. Wealthy Affiliate has been good for me. Certainly the best online community I have ever been involved with.
      It is an awesome opportunity for anyone, to take up the challenge and be the best they can.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I believe that could resonate with a lot of your readers.

    Sometimes coming from necessity is what brings us to do something new. Personally it was thinking about our retirement that got me started with affiliate marketing.

    Wealthy Affiliate was the best decision I ever made. After trying different products and feeling let down I came across someone’s review. They are wonderful. And it works!!



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