Hi there, I’m Dave. At the time of writing i’m an ordinary 61 year old fella from North East England.
I’ve had a long career in Industry, but I was recently made redundant from the 9-5 in 2016. To cut a long story short, I now make money online by using affiliate marketing. I regularly update my Make Money Online Blog here about what I find that’s working. I’ll also regularly tell you about what to avoid (sadly, there’s also lots of very dodgy stuff out there, waiting to suck money from your wallet for little return).
Early ‘retirement’ and the beginnings of my journey
At the time we bought our new house in 2014, we obviously didn’t know that my job would disappear only a couple of years later! Everything came out of the blue.
I’d always thought that only happened to ‘older people’. Then I realised I was already 56, prime fodder for the scrap heap. I already was that ‘crusty’!
I’d worked in the same place for nearly 37 years and it paid a decent wage (but ultimately, I was still a wage slave, like most other people reading this I guess). Like a lot of others, the head honcho decided to ‘restructure‘ and my job wasn’t needed anymore, so I was out on my ear.
There were others who lost their jobs with me, well over 100 years experience gone in one go. Their loss!
I then found out how to do online stuff for myself.
I decided to take early retirement as I was then over 55. It was a bit of a wrench to leave, but afterwards I realised I was probably bored and needed something new anyway. Here I go!
I certainly didn’t miss the morning alarms, dragging myself to work every day. It was like a long holiday! Still is, but I couldn’t sit around doing absolutely nothing.
That ‘something new’ came along later and turned out to be affiliate marketing. I realised I could Make Money Online on the internet. Folks were already doing it, so why not me?
Attraction Marketing and Affiliate Marketing
Having spent all those years working for the large company (the one that now make hand sanitizers for the NHS – INEOS), I jumped at the chance to use my knowhow to help myself and my friends, through effective use of the World that I’d discovered.
Now, i’m not some kind of guru. Far from it. I don’t sell courses or try to get you to enroll in dodgy ponzi schemes or bitcoin trading accounts. I’m just an ordinary Joe who found out how to start a side-hustle. I’m the kind of guy who likes writing and helping people just like myself, and this blog is me doing it.
I don’t hide on my blog, i’ll happily post my photo online (see the top of this page) and tell you who I am. There’s not secrets here. Like I say, there’s nothing special about me.
Searching for effective tools was difficult
I began looking around to find specialist software tools and resources to help me more with it. Good stuff wasn’t so easy to find (I did find tons of rubbish), so I decided to shape things for myself by doing some training and ‘going back to school’.
I now have a nice side-hustle as a successful affiliate marketer and help others too, as well by using this ‘Affiliate Marketing’ method. I’m not good at selling anything, so don’t even try.
Showing others the ‘Affiliate Marketing‘ way
One of my missions I set out for myself after I was finished from work was to make money for myself, but also to help others too. I had built up a lot of knowledge in my 60-odd years. I need to pass it on. There’s room for everybody in this affiliate World.
I’ll also be giving you my personal help for free. Yes, totally FREE, because that’s the way I want it to be. I don’t want to be a guru and attract all the negative publicity they get. I don’t want haters and nasty messages. I don’t want to run my own self styled guru course. Not interested, i’ve had enough of those folks. Those guys make more from training than the things they’re supposedly teaching about. That’s wrong.
‘Fake it til you make it’ is not for me.
However, on my blog here i’ll regularly post reviews and also highlight scams and things you definitely need to steer clear of. These are typically to do with passive income/affiliate marketing stuff, but also I try to warn against bogus sites and people who will relieve you of your cash without providing much value, sometimes none at all in fact.
Please check out the reviews because they’ll sometimes include YouTube content which will grow your experience and knowledge (as well as mine, i’m still learning myself too).
What I do for ‘Fun’ the rest of the time
Meteorology – The summer of 1976 got me interested in the British climate and what it capable of. Phew what a scorcher!
Since then i’ve watched weather most days. The British obsession. I now run my own weather site at DurhamUkWeather.com
Astronomy – The Apollo Moon missions captured my imagination as a kid, so I bought a telescope and started lying on the sunbed in the garden. In Winter. Not a Trekkie though.
Sunderland AFC – My beloved football team. Been a long suffering fan since 1972, and it has been a LONG trip. It’s getting harder all the time, but my blood is still Red and White.
Genealogy – Tracing my family tree since being taught the skills by my old boss in the early 1990’s. Not as lucky as Danny Dyer, but solid roots in Ireland.
Photography – Since buying my first SLR (a Canon AV-1) in 1980 I’ve been a keen amateur photographer. Mostly landscapes and weather.
Gadgets and Tech – My other half tells me I have way too many gadgets. It’s true, of course. I’m an Apple fan boy and spend too much time on my iphone and other gadgets.
Classic Rock – I grew up in the 1970’s, with such hairy influencers as Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’ll never be influenced by disco, and if a guy who can’t play an instrument calls himself a musician, I’m Out! m/ m/
When I realised I could make money online for free
Back in 2016 after I left work, I decided that I needed to spend some time relaxing on some of my hobbies. I’d been interested in weather since I was a kid and had started a little website for it.
The website was a bit geeky and all I did really was keep a weather diary. I’d wanted to grow it though, but when I was working I didn’t really have the time, but I had some ideas.
My home weather station also broke down around the time we moved to Durham and I had to buy a new one. Naturally, Amazon was my first place to look.
I found my new replacement there and thanks to Amazon’s superb service, I had my new NetAtmo kit in my hands in a couple of days.
Fast forward a couple of years and I was still finding myself with plenty of time to work more on my weather website. I also discovered around that time that Amazon had an affiliate programme.
If I build it he will come ….. or maybe not.
Basically, if I could feature weather products they sell on my website, Amazon would pay me! I thought that was amazing, so I began investigating how I could do this and eventually set up a shop on my website. This was mainly to fund the site, nothing more. I didn’t expect to actually earn any money.
Then ……… nothing happened.
I thought the Kevin Costner effect might kick in, just like in Field of Dreams – ‘If you build it, they will come’.
…. But they didn’t.
I realised that I didn’t really know what I was doing to get things working even basically for me, so that’s really when I started looking for training online that would help.
I started really working hard on the site and eventually the traffic gradually came for me. The little weather site started to sell weather stations. I was being paid for something I loved. I had learned how to make money online. Living the Dream 😎
Here’s how it worked for me
✅ I found someone with a proven plan
✅ I did the things they told me to do
✅ I didn’ stop doing those things until I got results
✅ Then I kept doing them some more!
The last two points are THE KEY 🔑
How the Wealthy Affiliate ‘Learn to Earn’ training helped me
The training site i’d joined showed me how to do it all, from scratch. I found out where I was going wrong and how to put things right. I realised what i’d learned could be used to build any website in any other niche in the future, so I started getting a bit excited as I saw the possibilities.
Here’s the 12 months traffic on my little weather site after I went back to learning. My traffic went up more than 10X in that time, based on what i’d learned at Wealthy Affiliate.
When you join the training at Wealthy Affiliate (there’s more than 2 million people have already), you rely heavily on other more experienced members to guide you through it all. There’s other people just starting, but also very savvy people who know how things work, making good money.
They’re there to help, and as I became more experienced I gradually became one of them, helping out new people less experienced than myself to do exactly the same. We used to call it ‘Train the Trainer’ at work.
I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy this. I really got off on showing complete newbies (like I was just a few months prior) that they could do it too, all that was needed was the attitude to learn and follow instructions (some still can’t do this though).
There were also vastly more experienced people there who I could continue to learn from, and I still do to this day.
Accidentally, I’d become an affiliate marketing trainer myself, helping people realise they could do it too. They could also make money online, just like me.
Harness The Power of Affiliate Marketing
What i’d actually discovered was the Power of affiliate marketing and how to implement it correctly to make it work, without spamming and dropping links everywhere and annoying the hell out of people. We see that every day on Facebook and it gets on our t**s, right?
Around the Globe there are millions of people with geeky hobbies just like mine and passions that they want to share with the World.
There are also hundreds of thousands of manufacturers and suppliers who are willing to pay commissions to people who will help promote their gear online.
My little weather website had made me realise there were lots of people with the same interest as me (however geeky and niche I thought I was), who wanted to join in, buy a home weather station and start observing weather for themselves.
I was providing a place online where people could read about the weather, learn about the best kit available and give them links to buy it, backed by the trusted power of Amazon. Amazon would then pay me!
Affiliate Marketing is actually the Perfect Business.
There’s no need worry about keeping stock, hiring premises, dealing with awkward suppliers, doing deliveries, filling your rooms with packaging, dealing with returns, answering complaints, doing payroll, insuring it all, paying business rates or any of the other things associated with running a conventional business.
The affiliate partner deals with all of that stuff.
No, all we have to do is promote the products to people who are already looking for them. This suits them too as they have no staff to directly employ and pay a wage to.
Affiliate Marketing means we can work absolutely anywhere
Once this system is running, we can be earning affiliate commissions while we’re:
- Asleep In bed, bashing out ZZZZZ’s
- On the beach in Budgie Smugglers
- Relaxing With Our Long Suffering Family
- In the Pub with our mates
This sounds too good to be true I know, but it’s completely genuine and is fact! It’s almost perfect Passive Income once it’s set up. We can earn money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online by just promoting other people’s products.
They can be physical products like Amazon sell on their site, or they can be digital products (these typically pay an even higher level of commission, sometimes as high as 75%!) from places like Clickbank and JVZoo. Once you start researching, you’ll uncover products like this to help you maximise things.
The sky really is the limit for us with Affiliate Marketing!
Broken down into it’s simplest form, this is the process that will earn money online, if we do it right. This is the process I followed for my weather website and one I’ll follow for all future sites I build.
I’ll show you how I ‘did it right’ by giving you access to the same training site I used, using the same free tools and linking you up with affiliate marketing experts.
A Video Intro to the Wealthy Affiliate website training
Here’s an intro video to the Wealthy Affiliate training portal (by Kyle the owner) to give you an idea of what’s inside and what you’ll get access to.
The 4 Steps to starting an online business
Step 1 – Choose an Interest/niche
So, what floats your boat? What is your passion?
You might think it’s obscure (I thought my interest in weather was), but you’ll probably find there are many people out there in the World who also have it, are willing to suck up any information, need products and who discuss it at every opportunity.
Our job as affiliates is to position ourselves as the go-to persons in that niche. Once we are, we’ll start attracting people. This is the secret. We aren’t shoving it in people’s faces on Facebook, we are simply attracting people who are looking for solutions to their problems, or looking to have their needs fulfilled. It’s called Attraction Marketing. People are making great money.
Step 2 – Build a free website
In the past, building a website was only for geeks. In the past, we’d either need to know how to write code, or else we’d spend a fortune on software that would allow us to do it (these tended to also have very steep learning curves too). Now, we can build a free website with one click.
These days it’s a lot easier, and we can have a basic website set up in less than 30 seconds once we press the Build It button.
Once we’ve got the website published on the Net (like this one), we can start writing content to flesh out the website. This then allows us to write about products and services we are an expert in, and promote them as an affiliate marketer.
It’s all about writing quality content, but that is a lot easier if you’re building a site around your own knowledge and experience.
If we can fulfil a need and solve people’s problems in their own chosen niche, we can be very, very successful with affiliate marketing.
Step 3 – Attract Visitors to the website
Put simply, all we have to do is attract people to the website that we’ve just built, and have them read the reviews and buy the products they already want.
We do this by writing high quality content that Google and the other Search Engines index and provide us with a steady stream of targeted traffic to the website.
We do it ourselves every day – search Google for things we need to know, or want to buy. The results are provided as a relevant list, with the ones Google deems most relevant at the top. Our job is to get our own websites up there for people to see when they search for niche products they want to buy. The training shows exactly how to do this.
Once Google has indexed the web pages and they have affiliate offers included, our work that we’ve only done once can earn for us for many years to come!
Many affiliates are still getting paid for things they wrote years ago, that still show in the search results and have built more authority in that time.
Passive Income at it’s finest.
Step 4 – Earn Revenue from our own website
Once we are getting visitors to our site, we can pick and choose which products to promote and present to our visitors. We already know our target audience and hopefully what people are looking for in our niche. It’s simply a matter of introducing them to our promoted items.
There are literally millions of products out there that can be promoted. There are thousands and thousands of affiliate programs that are completely free to join, paying commissions of up to 75%, ready to be tapped into. We just need to know how to find them and exploit what they offer.
The potential is huge. Here’s a little graph showing how the figures have shot up, the affiliate products market now being worth $5.9bn and still increasing.
So how can you get a slice of this too?
Well, the good news is that i’m going to show you exactly how you can do that too, free of charge, even if you’re a complete newbie (and we all are to start with aren’t we?).
I’ve mentioned that i’ve had success myself, starting with my little weather website, but others had success before me. People who started this years ago are now reaping huge rewards.
This is where I got my inspiration and realised there were these guys out there doing great things already, all I had to do was follow their example.
The Wealthy Affiliate training works!
There are lots of other stories of success there at Wealthy Affiliate. This is because the methods taught will actually work for anybody, no matter what the experience.
They will work for anybody as long as you’re prepared to put in the work, because make no mistake, work is needed. This isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. However, if we follow the plan we will succeed in learning how to make money online. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel, the affiliate marketing method is firmly established already.
I started getting emails like this
I’ve done a complete review of the Wealthy Affiliate package here so you can get a better idea of all that’s on offer.
If you join, you’ll have access to me as your sponsor (and 2 million others) inside to make sure you succeed with your projects.
I’ll mentor you and hold your hand throughout your journey and be your first point of contact on the platform. You’ll make many friends there too, from all over the World.
Affiliate Marketing isn’t for everyone however
Some people will not flourish in the affiliate marketing environment. I realise everyone is different and some just don’t have the patience or drive to make it work for them. We need to be of the right mindset. Here’s who it isn’t suitable for:
❌ People who aren’t interested in affiliate marketing (duh)
❌ People who are ok being in exactly the same position next year
❌ People who want to waste time trying to build a £10k business without spending a penny
❌ It isn’t for those people who are looking for a Get-Rich-Quick solution to their problems, or those who need money fast.
What the Get Rich Quick people don’t realise is, if they have this strategy, the increased potential returns also have the bigger risks, and quite often they lose the lot, and more.
If you are looking to make £5,000 before the weekend then this website and affiliate marketing aren’t for you.
You should go elsewhere, because what i’m telling here is for people who want to properly build an online business, not a fly-by-night operation.
It takes hard work and it takes time. Building a business is a process, not an event.
Building a business takes dedication and hard graft, but the rewards can and will be huge when you do it right.
This is what I discovered and what I want to show you and help you with.
So, if like me, you are not just looking for a Free Lunch, Something for Nothing and aren’t afraid to have some of your own ‘Skin in The Game’, join me in affiliate marketing for an exciting adventure. I can’t promise you’ll be rich, but it’s something you will never regret and is actually very enjoyable.
It can also give us a second income in these turbulent times we now live in. We’ve all recently been in lockdown, some have lost their jobs completely. Why not try to future proof your earnings a little bit and learn how to make money online yourself with a side-hustle?
I can’t be sure if these opportunities are right for you in person, but if not, you may know someone in your network who is looking to create more opportunities for themselves?
Just show them this page and get them to read it. If you want to explore this further with me, click below to get a totally free starter account and join me inside.
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