Traffic is the one thing that we all need whether we are promoting an online opportunity or a shopify store.
So where do you get quality traffic?
There are many places, but one of the most consistent, well targeted and better traffic sources that I have used for the last few years is through solo ad providers.
Yes, I know, solo ads do have a dubious reputation and I have even harshly criticized solo ads in the past.
…IF you have good sources with good and fresh lists of people looking for your products you can find them with solo ads.
So why the change of heart about Solo Ads?
For yeas I was appalled by the deceitfulness of those working within the solo ad industry.
Back in the day, you would get bot traffic, traffic that was not targeted, traffic that came from 3rd world countries with very little disposable capital to spend and traffic that just wasn’t very good at all.
In this podcast, I discuss all of the above factors and also talk about a good place to go to find reputable solo ad providers…providers with results!
So starting with this post, I am going to make a wealthy affiliate review. As in a review of the wealthy affiliate program.
I have been “dabbling” online since 2009 and have generated quite a bit of income from different programs through the years.
The one program or opportunity that I have never been involved with is the Wealthy Affiliate program.
I’m really not sure. Partly, I think, is because I have always been able to generate a bit of income and was never really interested in affiliate marketing.
However, times change and I have decided to change with the times.
What is Affiliate Marketing
The first thing you may ask is what is affiliate marketing, the type of marketing that Wealthy Affiliate promotes.
The quick definition I found is: A marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals
Basically, what many do is set up a website promoting a particular niche such as weddings, baby mama, fishing, camping, etc.
With these sites a lot of folks will do a review of a product or series of products with links to purchase these products listed inside of the review or at the end of the review.
This is just one strategy, the review strategy, but it works.
As visitors click onto the “affiliate” link that you provide in your review, they will then be directed to the store or company that sells this product.
If your referral makes a purchase, you are then sent a commission for that referral’s purchase.
Why do a Wealthy Affiliate review?
As stated above, I’ve been marketing online since 2009, but Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005 and that makes them, after 14 years of success, very attractive to me.
Why do a review now?
That may be a better question, but to be honest I simply haven’t had an interest, until now, to get involved with an affiliate type of program.
Plus…I’m quite interested in the training that they have created through the years and I want to see what it is that they have.
One thing about any company or any marketer, after 14 years of being in business and finding success as WA has, they probably have a few tidbits of knowledge to share!
The Wealthy Affiliate Program
If you click onto the wealthy affiliate website and go to their pricing, there is a free membership, which is a good way to get people to “check it out.”
The membership comes with quite a bit of information and at the very least, I would think a person could figure out if they actually want to take the next step to becoming a paid member.
Also, as you can see from their own website, there is a “zero risk” guarantee with their program and many testimonials through the years to back up quite a bit of success for the students as well.
Wealthy Affiliate Review up to this Point
Obviously, I haven’t done too much yet, but stay posted as I will be writing additional information about the Wealthy Affiliate program here and on my YouTube channel, https://youtube.com/elitemarketingsystem
Is there really a 97% failure rate with online businesses and opportunities?
The truth is that no one really knows where this statistic comes from, although many throw it around as if it were common knowledge.
My guess is that this statistic is a distorted version of a U.S. Department of Labor statistic concerning business start-ups over a 5 year period.
Whether or not this is true, let’s assume for a moment that there is a 97% failure rate with online business start-ups; I actually believe there is a higher failure rate than that, what are the reasons and what can you do about it?
In this video/podcast episode I discuss the reasons that people fail…
…and how you can avoid the pitfalls yourself.
See it here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KlxIA5jzCFc
As most of you know, I’m a sucker for the big ticket or high tier program.
I like the fact that you can make a ton of money very quickly and that I do not have to warehouse any product, ship any product, or pretty much do anything other than click a few buttons on my laptop to make a sale or to complete the sale.
I started online over 9 years ago with a cash gifting program…that worked for me.
Now days, we “know better” than to get involved with a gifting program, BUT what about a big ticket program?
In this podcast, I talk about three big ticket programs that have been around for a while and are still crushing it!
“If you wan to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” – Woody Allen
It would seem that it is not enough that building a business can be tough. You have to learn a lot, develop skills, and do things that you never thought you’d be doing when you decided you wanted to go to work for yourself.
No matter what business you are involved with, no matter what niche, no matter whether or not it is online or a traditional brick and mortar things are going to go wrong!
The question is, what are you going to do about it?
Sometimes the answer to that question is nothing and sometimes that’s exactly what can be done.
What is more important is to know that bad things are going to happen, but keeping your mindset right needs to be your number one priority.
Positive Facebook Memes
Like most entrepreneurs, I try to keep my focus on my work and keep my mind in a positive state, but let’s face it, some days you just want to punch the wall and call it quits.
And those damn Facebook memes do not help one bit…at least not always, but it is important to keep the proper perspective and not blow things out of proportion.
The one day that you are counting on an employee to show up for a big meeting is the very day they will call in sick.
The perfect presentation that you have slaved over for a month is going to get lost or deleted by accident.
When you are on the way to present your million dollar idea to a group of investors, your car isn’t going to start.
I could name a million things that could happen at any given moment that you may have to deal with, things that you will feel like strangling someone, anyone over…in the moment.
Dealing with these “mishaps” though is a part of an entrepreneurs life and while I can’t guarantee you success with anything that you are currently undertaking, I can guarantee you that these mishaps will show up when you least likely expect them.
What to Do?
So what do you do when things go wrong?
First, realize that this is a temporary situation and don’t panic. A year from now you will laugh and it will be a great story to tell other dreamers thinking of taking up the entrepreneurial path.
Second, take obstacles head on when possible. Do not put things off. If the IRS is calling and wanting to audit your books, get with your CPA or accounting professional and develop a strategy.
If the car breaks down, do what you have to do to reschedule your meeting, fix the car and step back up to the plate.
Third, realize that there is no one golden moment that will keep you from achieving your ultimate goals.
Yes, you may lose a client or two over the years, but keep your nose to the grindstone and keep on keeping on. Work through the tough times.
Business can be tough, especially when nothing seems to be going right, but the one thing that you can take comfort in is that EVERYONE has to deal with mishaps and missteps along the way to success.
Focus on what it is that you want and why it is so important for you to accomplish that goal. You will find a way.