Welcome To My Learn to Earn Website
Hi there, I’m Dave.
At the time of writing (2018) i’m a 58 year old bloke. I’ve had a long career in Industry, but recently retired from the 9-5. I regularly update my Learn to Earn Blog here about what I get up to online.
I now live in the beautiful city of Durham, up in the North East of England. Durham is a University City (Durham University). The River Wear snakes through Durham on it’s way from it’s boggy source in the North Pennines out into the North Sea at Sunderland, where they used to ‘Mackem’. We spend a good deal of time walking the riverbank here and I also run the Durham Weather Website.
Relocating to Durham
I moved here to Durham in 2014 with my partner from a couple of local villages about 6 miles away. (Ferryhill and Langley Park for those who know the area. Good, honest ex-pit villages). It seemed a good idea since we met here and spent a good deal of time supping and socialising in the city anyway.
Early ‘retirement’ and the beginnings of dkohara.com
At the time we bought the house, we didn’t know that my job would be made redundant 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 was that ‘older person’!
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). That was me! The company decided to ‘restructure‘ and my role wasn’t needed anymore, so I was out on my ear. There were several others who went with me, well over 100 years experience gone. Their loss!
I found out how to earn online!
I decided to take early retirement as I was over 55. It was a bit of a wrench to leave, but afterwards I realised I was probably bored and needed something new anyway. I certainly didn’t miss the early mornings, dragging myself to work every day. It was like a long holiday! Still is.
That ‘something new’ turned out to be affiliate marketing. I realised I could Learn To Earn money on the internet.
Attraction Marketing and Affiliate Marketing
Having spent all those years working for the large chemical company, I jumped at the chance to use my website knowledge to help myself and my friends, through effective use of the affiliate marketing secret that I’d discovered. I looked around to find specialist tools to help.
Sure, there were lots of general fragmented tools, but none which really helped guys like me. So I decided to shape things for myself by training at Wealthy Affiliate and now make my living as a successful affiliate marketer and training mentor as well by using a Learn to Earn philosophy.
Teaching others the Wealthy Affiliate ‘Learn to Earn‘ system
One of my missions I set out for myself here is to show you how to Learn to Earn too (see below). I’ll also be giving you this advice Free. Yes, totally FREE.
On my blog i’ll regularly post product reviews. These are typically to do with passive income/affiliate marketing stuff. Please check these out because they’ll sometimes include associated YouTube content which will enhance your experience and knowledge (as well as mine).
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 DurhamWeather.co.uk
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.
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 earn money online
Back in 2016 after I left work, I decided that i’d spend some time working on my hobbies. I’d been interested in weather since I was a kid and had started a website for it. The website was a bit geeky and all I did really was keep a weather diary. I’d wanted to expand it though, but when I was working I didn’t really have the time.
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 port of call. I found my new weather station there and thanks to Amazon’s superb service, I had it in my hands in a couple of days.
Fast forward a couple of years and I was finding myself with time to expand my weather website. I also discovered around that time that Amazon had an affiliate programme. Basically, if I could promote products they sell on my website, they’d pay me. I began investigating how I could do this and eventually set up a shop on my little weather website.
Then ……… nothing happened.
I expected the Kevin Costner effect to 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 properly for me, so I started looking for training online that would help me. Eventually I found a great training site and got down to studying the secrets so I could get my website selling.
I started really working hard on the site and eventually the traffic came for me. The little weather site started to sell weather stations. I was being paid for something I loved. 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. 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 niche in the future. Here’s the last 12 months on my little weather site. My traffic went up more than 10X.
When you join the training (there’s more than 2 million people have already), you rely heavily on other more experienced members to guide you through it all. 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 the same.
I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy this. I really got off on showing complete newbies that they could do it too, all that was needed was the ability to learn and follow instructions. 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 a training mentor myself, helping people realise they could do it too.
The Power of Affiliate Marketing
What i’d accidentally discovered was the Power of affiliate marketing.
Around the Globe there are millions of people with hobbies like mine and passions that 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 products.
My little weather website made me realise there were lots of people with the same interest as me, who wanted to join in, buy a home weather station and start observing. I was providing a place online where people could read about the weather, learn about the best kit available and purchase it, backed by the trusted power of Amazon. Amazon would then pay me!
Affiliate Marketing is actually the Perfect Business.
You don’t need worry about stock, premises, suppliers, delivery, packaging, returns, complaints procedures, payroll, insurance, rates or any of the other things associated with running a conventional business.
Your affiliate partner deals with all of that.
All you have to do is promote their products to people who are already looking for them.
You can work absolutely anywhere
Once you get this system running, you can be earning affiliate commissions while you’re:
- Asleep In bed, bashing out ZZZZZ’s
- On the beach in your Budgie Smugglers
- Relaxing With Your Long Suffering Family
- In the Pub with your mates
This sounds too good to be true, but it’s completely genuine. It’s almost perfect Passive Income. You 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, or they can be digital products (these typically pay an even higher level of commission, typically 75%) from places like Clickbank and JVZoo.
The sky really is the limit!
Broken down into it’s simplest form, this is the process that will earn you money online, if you do it right. I’ll show you how to do it by giving you access to the same site I used, using the same Free Tools and linking you up with affiliate marketing experts.
Step 1 – Choose an Interest
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 who share it, willing to suck up any information, products and discuss it at every opportunity. Your job is to position yourself as the go-to expert in that niche. Once you are, you’ll start attracting people to you.
Step 2 – Build a Website
Building a website was only for geeks. In the past, you’d either need to know how to write code, or else spend a fortune on software that would allow you to do it (these tended to also have very steep learning curves).
These days it’s easier, and you can have a website set up in less than 30 seconds once you press the Build It button.
Once you’ve got your website published on the Net (like this one), you can start writing content to flesh out your website. This then allows you to write about products and services you are an expert in, and promote them as an affiliate.
If you can fulfil a need and solve people’s problems in your chosen niche, you can be very successful with affiliate marketing.
Step 3 – Attract Visitors
Put simply, all you have to do is attract people to your website that you’ve just built and have them read your reviews and buy the products you’re promoting.
You do this by writing high quality content that Google and the Search Engines index and provide you with a steady stream of targeted traffic to your website.
You do it yourself every day – search Google for things you need to know. The results are provided as a relevant list, with the most relevant at the top. Your job is to get your own site there.
Once Google has indexed your pages and they have affiliate offers included, your work can earn for you for many years. Many affiliates still get paid for pieces they wrote years ago.
Passive Income at it’s finest.
Step 4 – Earn Revenue
Once you are getting visitors to your site, you can pick and choose which products to promote and present to those visitors.
There are literally millions of products you can promote. 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.
The potential is huge. Here’s a little graph showing how the figures have shot up, the 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, free of charge, even if you’re a complete newbie (and we all are to start with).
I’ve mentioned that i’ve had success myself, starting with my little weather website, but others had success before me. This is where I got my inspiration and realised there were guys out there doing great things already, all I had to do was follow their example.
The Wealthy Affiliate training works!
Don’t doubt that it does. Here’s a bunch of links to some of the inspirational results people have had with the training.
- My first $30,000 month – Well almost $29,330.68 To be Exact
- My First Commission Payment! $609 Into My Bank Account
- Another Wonderful Check From Amazon
- Woohoo, I’m An Active Affiliate
- Going Nicheless (My plan for 2019!)
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 your 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 you follow the plan you will succeed.
I’ve done a complete review of the Wealthy Affiliate package here
If you are prepared to put in the work, join Wealthy Affiliate here and you’ll have access to me (and 2 million others) inside to make sure you succeed. I’ll mentor you and hold your hand throughout your journey and be your first point of contact.
Affiliate Marketing isn’t for Everyone
❌ People who aren’t interested in affiliate marketing
❌ 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’s true that this process isn’t for everyone. I realise this. It isn’t for those people who are looking for a Get-Rich-Quick solution to their problems.
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. It takes hard work and it takes time.
Building a business takes time, dedication and hard graft, but the rewards can and will be huge when you do it right. This is what I want to show you and help you with.
So, if you are not just looking for a Free Lunch, Something for Nothing and aren’t afraid to have some ‘Skin in The Game’, join me for an exciting adventure.