Mike here a founder of SetAffiliateBusiness.com.
I have been interested in Internet marketing since 2014. But it wasn’t until late 2017 that finally found one specific educational platform, called Wealthy Affiliate, that teaches what it takes to make money online.
In 2018 I founded this website and decided to share my experience with others. I want people to understand that it is not easy to make money online. In other words, there is no magic formula.
You are aware that there are many scams out there, misleading digital platforms claiming that you can make $100 a day in a short period of time.
Well, these claims are nonsense.
That’s why you find a lot of reviews of specific products, where you can learn how these scammers work, and what are the red flags so you won’t fall into these scammy products.
Also, I would like to explain that it takes effort and time to make a sustainable income online. Assuming that you are consistent and follow some rules.
In my internet marketing experience, I did fail several times, due to several reasons. But I learned how to move on. Also, I gained a lot of experience, especially when it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how to rank well on Google with a new website.
Since the summer of 2022, I also worked as an SEO analyst for a SaaS company.
To not bother you with all the details, the purpose of this blog is to show you what works, what does not, and what action you can take in order to start making money online.
It is a generic term, so to be specific I can show you how to make money online with affiliate marketing.
Little Bit About Me
I am Mike – a regular guy coming from middle Europe. A country that has borders with Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria.
Can you guess the country? 🙂
Anyways, I have tried quite a lot of jobs from construction working in different countries, in McDonald’s as a cook, through selling sponge bobs in Universal Studios, to a mechanical engineer in Germany and France – for Airbus.
I love traveling. I had a good job where I used to have 30 days of paid vacation. That allowed me to visit the USA twice.
Well, not just visit. In 2009 I and my friends did a round trip in the RV. In 5 weeks we did the “loop”, visiting more than 20 states. It was an awesome trip.
In 2011, we made a 2nd trip to the US, but his time was only West Coast.
And by regular car – actually, I fell in love with Ford Flex.
Great car for long trips, comfortable and very spacious.
Other than the US, I did trips to South East Asia as well. I visited Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and of course Bangkok- Thailand.
And because of my work in France, I did several trips to Spain (Barcelona, Valencia, Costa Brava), more than 10 times to Andorra, and also
- France (Paris Lyon, Marseilles, Nice, Carcassonne, Bordeaux, etc),
- UK London,
- Ireland Dublin, Belfast
In the summer I love to go to Italy, which includes Sicily as well where I love the countryside. And Food of course :).
It was all great .. but only for 30 days a year or so.
I used to have a great time, but even though the work was OK I always wanted to do something where I have a better influence.
Also, I met a lot of great people.
In the aviation industry, you meet people from all over the world.
But you meet them and then leave them.
It used to happen more and more regularly, that I had to change places due to different projects.
So there was some inner voice telling me that this is not the right way to earn money and that I must change my attitude and find other ways how to generate income.
The corporate world simply has not been my cup of tea. Slowly but surely I came to decide that real freedom lies in the status of being independent.
And yes I do love traveling but I want to go where I want and when I want and not because of some kind of project that I have to be part of.
So after reading some books, watching YouTube videos, searching the internet, and checking some online courses I came to the decision that Internet Marketing seems to be something I am looking for.
The main idea behind this internet marketing thing is the vast amount of people connected to the internet.
So when you build your business online – you never close and you don’t have to be in the office all the time. In fact, you don’t even need an office.
How Did I start with offline/Online business?
I started using the internet for a business in 2014.
I was asked to sell a service for one local company offering an outdoor activity. The targeted groups were to be people from Europe.
I have “invested” in google ads and later in the 1st half of 2015, I started to run Ads on Facebook as well.
I spent several thousand Euros on Ads on Google, and FB Ads – learning how to sell using free YouTube tutorials, and following marketers.
It took more than $2,000 out of my pocket on FB Ads and more than twice on Google Ads.
I was shooting blindly for 2 years or so till the first group made a purchase.
I was so happy. It did not cover the money I invested though.
Fortunately, they liked our service and they come back 4 months later.
I got almost break even.
But did not earn a cent as a profit. I was forced to find a 9-5 job, again just to make living and pay the bills.
Also, this specific business was not something that I have 100% influence on.
Besides, you have only certain hours when you operate, and people have to travel to your place … So I knew it may not last for very long.
Not to mention that you are in partnership and it can happen that the partner will want to go another way.
Therefore I was constantly looking for some kind of online education or platform where I would be guided by experienced guys.
Because these days find so many scams out there offering thousands of bucks in a day. And it does not work like that.
Don’t get me wrong, some courses are fine some are worse.
What I also do not like is, for example, they teach you the stuff in the right way, but you have to pay something like $50 months (plus TAX) and you get only basic knowledge.
If you are willing to go deeper into the training there are upsells involved which cost in many cases much more than the initial fee of 50 bucks.
I wanted to find some free online affiliate marketing courses.
Eventually, I did find such a Platform and I am more than happy that the training I follow.
I am constantly learning and one of the learning parts is also to apply the knowledge and also to teach others, fewer experienced members.
Have you been struggling?
TV, radio, magazines, especially the internet with social media – there is just so much noise out there, where one can be lost and nothing solid comes out of that.
This can go on and on for your entire life.
I fell into that trap as well and realized that in many cases I just wasted my time.
There is a good chance that some people do realize the same thing and thus, they come to the point where they feel like bringing some value to others.
You can build on that you can learn something and with the help of either this site or another, you can become more valuable to your loved ones and of course to society as well.
The Purpose of this Website?
As you know by now, I was struggling to make my 1st dollar online as well.
And I have checked tons of digital courses, online training, and whatnot… only to learn that there are so many scams and misleading products.
I dare to say that 90% of all the courses I have stumbled upon were (have been) misleading.
Extremely misleading and I decided to create this website where everyone can read unbiased reviews of such digital products.
I also want to people know that it takes time and effort to make a consistent income online.
There is no such thing as get-rich-quickly.
If you take nothing from this short article please remember:
Do research first, check and double-check the specific products and only then use your credit card.
Stay Away From Scams! Do Your Due Diligence and Do Your Own Research.
…But Most importantly
It is actually possible to build a website and start creating content for free.
There is a lot of information out there available for you that once you add it all up, you can drive free traffic and make revenue within 4 or 6 months (depending on a niche).
I know how important is to find valuable information out there, that is for free.
So my main goal is to provide my audience with such information regarding:
- Keyword Research
- Organic Traffic
- Basic SEO
- Affiliate Marketing
- and more
I hope you find a lot of useful information on this website.
Feel free to contact me, I will make sure you provide you with feedback within 24 hours.
All the best,