How I Learned To Make Money Online

How I Make Money Online using Amazon, Clickbank, Google Adsense and Wealthy Affiliate. From Being Made Redundant in 2016 to Earning Online in 2020.

Hi there, I’m Dave. At the time of writing i’m an ordinary 60 year old bloke. I’ve had a long career in Industry, but I was recently made redundant from the 9-5. I now make money online. I regularly update my Marketing 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).

Moving to Durham

I now live in the beautiful city of Durham, up in the North East of England. It’s a University City (Durham University), the 3rd oldest in the UK.

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’ (you may need to ask me about this)

We spend a good deal of time walking the riverbanks here, embracing the local beauty.

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.

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Working in Durham is easy. I’m always inspired

Early ‘retirement’ and the beginnings of my blog

At the time we bought the house, we obviously 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 already was that ‘older person’!

I’d worked in the same factory for nearly 37 years and it paid a decent wage (but ultimately, I was still a wage slave, like most other people). Like a lot of others, the bosses 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!

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I drew my pension at aged 56.

I found out how to make money 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’ came along later and turned out to be affiliate marketing. I realised I could Learn To Make Money Online on the internet.

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Grant Cardone release a book called 10X. I thought i’d go one better.

Attraction Marketing and Affiliate Marketing

Having spent all those years working for the large chemical company (the one that now make hand sanitizers for the NHS), I jumped at the chance to use my knowledge to help myself and my friends, through effective use of the secret that I’d discovered.

I began looking around to find specialist tools and training resources to help me with it. Good stuff wasn’t so easy to find, so I decided to shape things for myself by doing some training.

I now make my living as a successful affiliate marketer and training mentor as well by using this ‘Affiliate Marketing’ philosophy.

Teaching others the  ‘Affiliate Marketing‘ way

One of my missions I set out for myself after I was ejected from work was to show you how to make money online from Affiliate Marketing too (see below).

I’ll also be giving you this advice Free. Yes, totally FREE, because that’s the way I want it to be.

On my blog i’ll regularly post product reviews and also uncover scams. These are typically to do with passive income/affiliate marketing stuff, but also I try to warn against bogus marketers and people who will relieve you of your cash without providing sufficient value, sometimes none at all.

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 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 earn money online

Back in 2016 after I left work, I decided that i’d 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 expand 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 port of call.

I found my new weather station 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 finding myself with time to work more on my weather website. I also discovered around that time that Amazon had an affiliate programme.

Basically, if I could promote weather products they sell on my website, they’d 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.

Then ……… nothing happened.

I expected the Kevin Costner effect to kick in, just like in Field of Dreams –  ‘If you build it, he 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 that’s really when I started looking for training online that would help me.

Eventually I found a great training site and got down to studying the material so I could get my website selling for me.How I Make Money Online using Amazon, Clickbank, Google Adsense and Wealthy Affiliate. From Being Made Redundant in 2016 to Earning Online in 2020 - Review post in Wealthy Affiliate

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.

Here’s the last 12 months traffic on my little weather site. My traffic went up more than 10X in that time, based on what i’d learned at Wealthy Affiliate.

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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.

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 that they could do it too, all that was needed was the ability 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 a training mentor myself, helping people realise they could do it too. They could also make money online.

The Power of Affiliate Marketing

What i’d actually discovered was the Power of affiliate marketing and how to implement it correctly, without spamming and dropping links everywhere and annoying the hell out of people.

Around the Globe there are millions of people with 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 products online.

My little weather website 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 for themselves.

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!

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Amazon’s affiliate programme will pay you to sell their products

Affiliate Marketing is actually the Perfect Business.

Why? 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 stuff.

No, all you have to do is promote their products to people who are already looking for them. This suits them too as they have no staff to directly employ and finance.

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

How I Make Money Online using Amazon, Clickbank, Google Adsense and Wealthy Affiliate. From Being Made Redundant in 2016 to Earning Online in 2020 - Example Clickbank statsThis sounds too good to be true I know, but it’s completely genuine and is fact! It’s almost perfect Passive Income once you’ve set your system up. 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 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 you!

Broken down into it’s simplest form, this is the process that will earn you money online, if you 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 to do it by giving you access to the same training site I used, using the same Free Tools and linking you up with affiliate marketing experts.

An Intro to the website training

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The four stages of building your business online

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. This is the secret. You aren’t shoving it in people’s faces on Facebook, you are attracting people who are looking for solutions to their problems, or looking to have their needs fulfilled.

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.

It’s all about writing quality content, but that is easy if you’re building a site around your own knowledge and experience.

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 ones Google deems 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 to come. Many affiliates still get paid for pieces they wrote years ago, that still show in the search results and have built authority in that time.

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. You know your target audience and hopefully what people are looking for in your niche.

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. You 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.

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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 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!

Don’t doubt that it does. Here’s a bunch of links to some of the inspirational results people have had with the training. These people learned how to make money online. They are all members at Wealthy Affiliate. They use what they’ve learned to branch out into multiple money-making streams.

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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 In learning how to make money online. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel, the method is firmly established already.

You start getting emails like this

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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 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 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

Some people will not flourish in the affiliate environment. I realise everyone is different and some just don’t have the patience or drive to make it work. You need to be of the right mindset. Here’s who it isn’t suitable for:

❌ 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 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 GRQ people don’t realise is, if they have this strategy, the increased potential returns also have bigger risks, and quite often they lose the lot, and more.

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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 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. It’s something you will never regret and is actually very enjoyable.

It can also give you a second income in these turbulent times we now live in. We’re all 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?

I can’t be sure if these opportunities are for you, but if not, do you know someone in your network who is looking to create more opportunities?

Just show them this page and get them to click below to get a totally free starter account.

Here is what most people do next

Open a Free Account button

 

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14 thoughts on “How I Learned To Make Money Online”

  1. Great company with great opportunties.
    I made my choice a few weeks ago and the only thing i’m regreting is that i found out about it so late. I will definitely recommend it to everyone that has a desire to learn more about the world of marketing and want to learn how to build a financial stability!

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    • Hi Velislav,

      The platform at Wealthy Affiliate is just full of really genuine people with all the same aims. You can ask anyone anything and within 10-15 minutes you’ll have an answer to that question!

      It’s an unbelievable way to spend your time and i’d recommend it to anyone and everyone. Blow Facebook out of the water and get some positivity back, particularly at the moment when everyone is under pressure from the Coronavirus!

      Dave

      Reply
  2. Hi Dave,

    Great post. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on affiliate marketing. My dream is to be able to make some money online as well and you are right about all of the rubbish people online promising you that you will make 5K in 5 minutes. I have been searching about affiliate marketing and I’m glad to come across Wealthy Affiliate. I will be following your footsteps. Thank you for sharing your wisdom to others.

    Cheers,
    Jen

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    • Thanks Jen.

      Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the best place to learn and get support. There are people there who are hugely more knowledgable than me and I intend to learn everything I can from them so I can then help others.

      We’re all in this together at the moment and if we can help each other be less reliant on conventional 9-5 work in offices then so much the better. It doesn’t have to be a complete replacement for a conventional job, but a 2nd source of income is a great idea in these uncertain times.

      The future is online!

      Dave

      Reply
  3. What an awesome and detailed post Dave. Thank you for explaining it in such a detailed. This can serve as a bible post for people looking for the information 🙂

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    • Thanks Prav,

      My main concern is to make sure the right information is available to people who are looking for it.

      Wealthy Affiliate taught me I could make an income online. By following the training I then made this pay off.

      If people want to make money online, try the free training here.

      Dave

      Reply
  4. Hi Dave

    Excellent post and also great to read about your personal journey to get where you are today. WA is definitely a great place and with a lot of friendly and helpful people like yourself.

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    • That’s what I find is the best thing about WA. It’s friendly and helpful as you say, and that goes a long, long way to make you feel at home and comfortable. When you compare it to Facebook, it’s positively Nirvana!

      Dave

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  5. Your website it very informative and helpful, I am still working on my first website with Wealthy Affiliate and still feel confused and not really getting the hang of it yet but I will persevere! I will be following you and may very well reach out to you for some mentoring in the near future. Thanks and good luck with all you ventures!

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  6. Thanks Linda. You’re more than welcome to reach out. One of the pre-requisites of joining is that I’m a helper. It’s fun to help and teach others to be successful. The training encourages this and it’s how we all learn from each other.

    There are some very successful people at WA and the opportunity is there to work with them and pick their brains about the affiliate marketing business. If you have the ability to learn, then you also have the ability to earn too.

    Anyone who isn’t sure, just join for free and see what you think.

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  7. Excellent story about your journey to online business!  Sadly, so many jobs are becoming redundant lately when we have so much technology.  Soon, grocery store clerks might be in that category with self-checkouts.  Plus so many people losing their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is definitely the time to try something new.  Thanks for giving an in-depth explanation of your recommended program, Wealthy Affiliate!  

    Affiliate marketing does sound almost too good to be true, but it honestly is legitimate and requires a lot of work at first.  

    Reply
    • Thank you for your comment. I just sat down to write about what happened to me and what I did next. Finding out about affiliate marketing was a great idea. I was skeptical that it would work at first, but decided the only way to evaluate the potential of it was to learn as much about it as I could, then put into action what i’d learnt. The support and teaching from Wealthy Affiliate people was brilliant for me, because I could see that there were seasoned people who’d made it work for them. All I had to do was follow their suggestions and they told me it would work for me too. After some months hard work I found out they were right!

      As affiliate marketers we shouldn’t take advantage of the Covid-19 situation, but surely people can see that conventional jobs are now unstable and at risk and that they need to look for second options for making money. 

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  8. Hello dave, thank you for sharing a brief history of yourself and your experience it has been a source of inspiration to me and i am sure that many others will benefit from it. i am looking to get into affiliate marketing too. i am getting all the help that i can get so that i do not miss it. thank you very much

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    • Thank you, i’m really just trying to show people that if a 60 year old ordinary bloke from the North East of England can succeed with affiliate marketing, anyone can. I’m nothing special, no different from anyone else, but I decided to knuckle down to educate myself about what could be achieved, then acted on it. 

      You are very wise in choosing to educate yourself too about affiliate marketing. Done properly, it’s very powerful and the number of products you can promote is almost endless, resulting in an almost infinite number of ways of earning money. Sure, there’s some crap out there, but once you’ve discovered what I have you can avoid all of the other rubbish because the Wealthy Affiliate training works 100%. Especially so if you become a Premium Member

      Dave 

      Reply

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