In my blog post “About Dwilli” I invited everyone to walk with me on my personal journey to discovery. I mentioned that I believe Affiliate Marketing might be the way to go, a solution to unemployment. My exact words were, “I believe (don’t know for sure yet), that we have a chance to earn a living on our own terms through Affiliate Marketing.”
Rituals of Being Unemployed
I’d like to share how and why I came to think Affiliate Marketing would help anyone passionate about making positive changes in their lives and in the lives of others. Remember I found myself unemployed, scared and unprepared. Well, while I was out there pounding the pavement looking for employment, filling out a lot of applications and leaving tons of resumes with potential employers, several months had passed. Still, no job. I kind of got used to being at home, but being home is only good when you are doing it on purpose (like being on vacation and getting paid for it).
Being unemployed for days, then weeks, and then months was taking its toll. Several months now, I would get up early and get out of the house by 8 a.m. I looking for employment. This became a ritual, I was up and out of the house by 8 a.m. every morning pounding that pavement and back home by noon, except Sundays, that was my day off (no pun intended). The funny thing about getting home by noon every day was, I would take off my interview clothes and shoes, put on something more comfortable and relaxing, and then I would grab my laptop and start searching online for jobs. Just because I was home it didn’t mean stop looking for work (I’m still jobless). So this too became a ritual, searching for employment online from my laptop.
The interesting thing about looking for work online as I would constantly come across advertisements that spoke of earning money from my home. Online opportunities that would indicate that I could make money online in my pajamas. Really, sign me up (pun intended), I put no seriousness into those types of advertisements at all. Employment for me meant a brick and mortar position, what did I know about working from home online, absolutely nothing. Still, time was passing and my daily rituals were still going on every day except on Sundays. I am feeling my self-worth diminishing as each day of unemployment passes. I never saw myself to be unemployed (I’m educated). I don’t want to say it out loud but, at this point, I was getting desperate.
The more I felt desperate the more I wanted to find work that I could do from home. The truth be told, I was afraid the desperation I felt would come through in interviews and would show on my face. To say the least, confidence was not my friend, I was afraid that more rejections would be in the horizon and or I would find myself taking the next job that would hire me (just for the sake of getting employment). Take it from me that kind of mindset will bring you everything you don’t want. So, you don’t want to think that way. Which is what I had decided to do, change how I was thinking (still jobless) but I wanted to open myself up to more opportunities.
As I continued with my rituals, I was still coming across more of those advertisements that had that similar theme but minus the “pajamas.” Remember I said that I wanted to open myself up to more opportunities, well I began to take a closer look at some of those online opportunities. I wasn’t in pajamas, but I definitely had on clothing comfortable enough to fall asleep in. So, of course, I clicked on a few of those advertisements. Many advertised that you could earn a passive income online, some indicated I could make money from home and others offered the opportunity to run your own business with the combination of all the other online opportunities (say that 3 times).
Now I am I looking into this so-called income online opportunity. Many of them sounded too good to be true (scam worthy). Others, as I read deeper into their advertised descriptions, they had more of a selling tone to them (I’m not a salesperson). Only a few of the online opportunities I clicked on interested me and 5 out of the 6 that did, had to do with Affiliate Marketing.
Why was I drawn to Affiliate Marketing Opportunities?
The first reason I was drawn to Affiliate Marketing opportunities is that they had no set hours (I could set my own time when to work). The second reason, they were commission based opportunities, based on promoting not selling (remember I’m not a salesperson). What’s the difference? Well, selling anything is not for me, because I don’t want to have to insist or persuade anyone to do anything. I believe that’s what salespeople do, insist and persuade. Promoting, I believe is like reviewing a product or service and then sharing your personal experience about it to others. The third reason, the money-making opportunity of course, and an even deeper aspect than the money is the fact that my worth can easily be defined based on my own efforts (never being unemployed again is a good reason too). The most important reason of them all is that I can share my personal experiences on a platform that could maybe help others positively. Being able to offer inspiration and hope through sharing allows us to openly assess our worth and capitalize on the possibilities.
Unemployment does not define who we are, therefore our worth should not be defined by unemployment benefits or being unemployed.
Here we are and I am still unemployed. However, my mindset has changed and if I had not changed my mindset from hopeless to hopeful I am certain we would not be here together. Through my online efforts, Affiliate Marketing has piqued my interest specifically with Wealthy Affiliate, even more than that, I want to become an Affiliate Marketer. However, there is a dilemma, I have no experience, I would definitely be a beginner and I don’t have the money to take courses. I don’t know any of the online jargon, I don’t know anything about websites other than the basics, looking up and searching for products and services online and paying bills online.
The search now is for the Affiliate Marketing program that is going to be right for me. From the 5 Affiliate Marketing programs that I read about, I was drawn strongly to Wealthy Affiliate program. Several reasons, the first right off the bat when you search for Wealthy Affiliate in Google, under the website title it states “We cater to all levels of experience.” That is an important decision-making aspect (remember I have no experience). Another important aspect revealed itself once I clicked to open Wealthy Affiliate’s website, bold right at eye level “Try Wealthy Affiliate Free, No Risk, and No Credit Card Required”(remember I have no money, no job). After seeing that, of course, I dove right in and explored their website even further. I clicked on the “education” tab and it was like music to my ears (music didn’t really play), but the words and message appeared “For newbies and advanced marketers alike, our focus with all of our training is teaching you how to create a successful, long-term business within the online space” (Newbie, that would be me), Wealthy Affiliate was calling my name.
Well, I have no idea at this point if Wealthy Affiliate is right for me or for you, but I do have a proposal for you. In my next post, I will share with you the plan I would like us to follow together. The plan that I believe will help us determine if Wealthy Affiliate’s training program is the best training for Affiliate Marketing beginners like myself and maybe you too. If you haven’t guessed already, this website and this blog is the very early part of Wealthy Affiliate’s training program (trust me, there was no way I could have gotten this far) without their training. I am still very much green, a newbie and a beginner. I can’t wait to catch you up. I had to get through this part of the training to be able to use their platform to share with you. Now that I have the platform, we can go through the rest of the training together.
The Jury is still out on the verdict for Wealthy Affiliate and there is still a bit of way before I reach the level of “successful long-term business within the online space” (Will Wealthy Affiliate deliver?). So far, so good.
The next post, the plan and the summary of how I got to this point (step by step: website & blog).
Walk with me through this venture of discovery. Ask me questions below, so I can ask questions and get answers. Let me know your opinions and comments in the box below. Thanks for visiting and reading my story.
I’m sure your story can be just as relatable with a healthy level of commitment.
On our mark, get ready, get set, and GO!
All the best,