Learning Affiliate Marketing

I joined Wealthy Affiliate and have been learning to sell online. I have tried selling online as an affiliate in the past. In fact, I joined wealthy affiliate once before and quit because I didn’t take action and didn’t see results in a month or two. Since then, their site has improved greatly. The help that you receive in your site creation is immense. I’m enjoying checking off the tasks in their affiliate bootcamp.

However, learning a new skill involves a lot of work, discipline and at times frustration. I would be lying if I didn’t say that right now, I’m pretty frustrated. Today, I learned that Google doesn’t like to see a website that is chock full of affiliate links. Oops! I put a link on every page! Argh. This is easily corrected and just part of the learning process. My biggest strength lies in creating content, so it is frustrating to have to take time away from that task to update links, but links are how affiliates earn money. Also, if the search engines are going to rank me lower for now having the links correct, that is a very important thing to know!

I am grateful that within wealthy affiliate people are sharing their real results. It does take some time to get up and running and get a site ranked in Google. It is frustrating to see that you have very little traffic at the beginning. It is frustrating to keep producing content without seeing results in terms of being paid.

However, the community is very lively and helpful. Within wealthy affiliate, you have the ability to give other people feedback on their websites and ask for comments on yours. Sharing your own knowledge helps you to reinforce the knowledge that you have learned from the wealthy affiliate bootcamp course.

While today was a day of frustration, I’m still excited about what is in store for me as I work through the Affiliate Bootcamp course. If I were left up to my own devices, I would just keep writing and ignore some of these little things that will help me get ranked and have my website actually found by people interested in internet marketing and learning how to sell online. It truly is a great way to learn and grow!

How to Increase Traffic to a Website with Free Methods

The most important thing that online marketers need to do is drive traffic to their affiliate links. This can be done with pay per click if you have a nice budget, but if you are starting from scratch on a shoestring budget, you will want to learn how to increase traffic to a website free.

There are two main free that are used to drive traffic to your website. They are social media and search engine optimization. When you master these techniques, they can provide a stream of traffic to a website that is filled with affiliate links that you chose.

Search Engine Optimization Traffic

This will be your most targeted method of online traffic. Once the search engines rank your website for keywords and you are listed on the first page in the search engine results, you will receive a steady stream of visitors who typed in the keywords that you chose to write the article about. These are ideal visitors because they are interested in your content.

Search engine traffic to a website is free, but that does not mean that it is easy to get. Simply creating a keyword rich site will not get you on the first page of google and the further down your article is in the postings, the less likely it is that you will receive traffic to your website. Most people will visit the websites of the first and second Google results.

It is essential that you do some research on your keywords to discover how many people are searching for the keywords that are relevant to your product, but also discover how much competition is out there. You may get excited to see that a search term has 300 searches per month, but then find out that there are 500 websites that are ranked. Your new website would probably be 501 and never get seen.

There are tips to boost your ranking in order to optimize the organic traffic from the search engines. You will want to master the technique of long tail keywords. Discover what specific keywords still get a lot of searches but don’t have a lot of competition. I joined Wealthy Affiliate to master this technique. They have a network of individuals to help you uncover the mistakes that you are making and learn from them.

Search engines have a few things that they look for when ranking a website. They look for quality content with certain keywords, but they also look for site comments to see that there is engagement from the audience on your website. Search engines also look for backlinks to your website to see that other people are referencing your website’s content.

When you are new and starting out, it can be frustrating to see that no one is visiting your website. Within the wealthy affiliate platform, you can give other people feedback on their website in exchange for site visits and comments on yours. This can help to kickstart the process of getting ranked in Google!

Social Media Traffic

Social Media traffic comes when you share one of your websites on a social media platform. You can usually count on about 10-20 of your family members or friends to like, comment or share it. However, they may get sick of sharing it if it isn’t something that really interests them.

To maximize social media traffic, you’ll want to engage with groups on facebook that are interested in your niche. If your niche is gardening, there are people out there who will want to know everything and anything about gardening. They won’t get sick of hearing about soil science, composting and growing the best tomatoes like your non-gardening friends will.

Connecting with groups that share your interests on social media gives you a platform to share your website links.  Make sure that you are returning the favor and liking and commenting on other people’s links. This will build trust and improve your relationships with the other members in the group.

Social media traffic is all about engagement. You may want to ask your readers to like, comment and subscribe or share your website. Sometimes people don’t automatically do that and reading it prompts them to do it.

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How to Advertise Online For Free With a Youtube Marketing Strategy

Once you have become an affiliate and decided that you want to make money online, you need to pick a strategy. If you aren’t into writing, you may love video. If that is you, a youtube marketing strategy may be a great fit for you. The goal of the youtube marketing strategy is to gain a following and share your affiliate links in the content area.

A great advantage that comes with youtube is that people are very visual. They enjoy seeing things demonstrated for them and feel more connected to the content that they are watching. Using a youtube marketing strategy, you can show people how clothes that you are promoting look on you. You can get them excited to try foods and places that you enjoy and if they use your affiliate link to access them, all the better.

A youtube marketing strategy is ideal for coaches who want to upsell their one on one coaching, so if you are trying to market your expertise, you can create videos that discuss something that you are capable of teaching others. Many people online are using youtube to share their knowledge about everything from guitar playing to gardening and internet marketing to daytrading.

How to Advertise On Youtube

Start out by creating a youtube channel. You’ll want to target a niche online. Decide who your ideal client is going to be and what would appeal to them. For example, in creating this website, I decided that my target market would be people who have disabilities that want to work from home and have a very limited budget. Do you see how specific I was with that? The work from home market is huge and you can earn a lot of money providing services and coaching to them. However, since I know about the challenges of working with epilepsy on a tight budget, I decided to target people who are like me.

Once you have created a youtube channel and decided on your target market, you’ll want to start doing some research about what to make your videos about. You may have lots to say, but phrasing it correctly is key! For this, you’ll want to learn a bit about doing keyword research. Utilizing keyword research in the titles and description of your video is a killer way to drive traffic to your videos. Sometimes there is less competition with videos than articles. Youtube implements a search engine as well, so when people are looking around youtube, they are searching for keywords and phrases.

Utilize Keywords In The Youtube Marketing Strategy

You’ll want to check out the competition for your keywords to see how many people are searching for the keyword and how much competition is out there for that keyword. When I created this article, I used the keywords, “how to advertise online for free.” By adding in the words for free, I narrowed down my audience to the people who are looking for budget conscious online advertising strategies. I narrowed my focus to the people who have more time than money. I targeted my audience in writing this article. My competition for those search terms was only about 51, but the searches per month were over 100. I knew that I could improve my rank by providing excellent content, backlinking and sharing the information on social media.

Youtube videos rise in popularity with comments, likes and subscribers. When you create your video, you want to make sure that you are providing solid information and are asking your viewers to like, comment and subscribe to your channel. Liking and commenting on videos engages your audience. They feel more connected to you. It also raises your rank in the youtube search engine. Youtube will recommend similar videos to viewers and that can increase your traffic as well.

Engage in Social Media For Even More Traffic

Since youtube is a social media site, people are sharing and commenting on the videos. As part of your youtube marketing strategy, you will want to share your video creation on another social media site, such as twitter, facebook, or pinterest to get it in front of an even larger audience.

Your youtube marketing strategy shouldn’t end with the creation of an excellent video and keyword research. Do yourself a favor and comment, like and subscribe to other people on youtube. This will show youtube that you are active on their site. Your comments on other people’s videos will encourage them to check out your site. Additionally, you may gain some new information and ideas for future videos from your competitors.

Finally, make sure you have your affiliate link that you are advertising in the description as you tell people to check it out! I’ve made that mistake before!

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Discover How to Sell Online Free Using Search Engine Optimization

There are many ways to market products and sell online. The fastest way is to pay for an advertisement on Google or Facebook and target your audience. However, if you are strapped for cash, you are not going to have the money to test out different keyword strategies. If you have more time than cash, you will want to learn how to sell online free using keyword research and search engine optimization. You can post advertisements for products on Backpage or Craigslist, but then you have to have the physical product and be willing to ship it to the consumer or deliver it to them. That can be time consuming. I’m going to talk a bit about a free form of affiliate marketing.

Search engine optimization leverages the power of the search engines to discover what people are looking for online. Once you know what they are looking for, you can connect them to products that will suit their needs. Matching people with products is what sales is all about.

For example, if you know that people are looking for information on gardening, you can start a gardening blog. With some keyword research, you would discover what people are googling to read about in the gardening niche. You would write a blog post or an article on it. You would then look for a product that may go along with the article that could be useful to a gardener and add a link to it at the bottom of the article. When someone clicks on the link and purchases the gardening tool, you receive a commission.

The key to having success at using search engine optimization to drive traffic to your content and affiliate links is that you need to know whether there is a good chance that you’ll be on the first page of google, so that someone will actually click on your blog or website and then be interested enough in your link. To do this, you are going to want to research the keywords. Jaaxy is a great keyword research tool that allows you a few searches before you have to start paying for them. Google Adwords also has a research tool that you can use. Wealthy affiliate has a research tool that can guide you to those coveted keywords that will draw people into your website.

For this blog post, I used the keywords, “how to sell online free.” The traffic was over 100 per month and the competition was under 100. As my website gets larger, I should be able to rank this page for “how to sell online free.” Don’t stop with only one keyword though. You will want to rank for many keywords and drive a lot of traffic to your website. Keep in mind that if 100 people visit your website during the month, only a handful of them will actually follow through and click on your affiliate link and then even fewer will buy from you. However, if you write an article a day that drives 50 people a month to your website, at the end of the month, you’ll consistently have 1,500 people going to your site. As you build it out more and share it more on social media, that number will grow and your chances of making sales everyday increases.

Initially, you should be looking for what are called long tail keywords. You want to be specific in order to reduce the competition and match what the people are looking for online.

Once you have your keywords, you are going to want to stuff them into your title and also into the blog post or article. Be careful! Overstuffing keywords in your article can be a red flag to Google and they won’t rank you. You will want to write naturally and the keywords should be interspersed throughout the article.

In addition to having keywords in your article, you are going to want to provide good information. You want the reader to gain information from your article and trust you as a good source of knowledge. You want to spark their interest in the affiliate product that you are connecting them to and to click on the link so they buy the product and you make a sale.

Finally, have end the article or blog post with action keywords, like “click here” or “buy this product.” Double click on this link to learn more. Directing the reader to take action helps them to take that next step of clicking on your affiliate link.

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Working With A Disability

One of the most frustrating things in life is to discover that you are not only trying to earn money, but living and working with a disability. I did alright in college and assumed that I would have no problem in the workforce. As someone with a neurological disability, I looked and acted like most people. I had strong intellectual abilities. What I didn’t know about was how competitive the marketplace would be when I entered the workforce. I didn’t think of my epilepsy as a disability because most of the time, I had the medication keeping the seizures at bay. Boy, was I in for a big surprise when I got fired from my first job, and then my second and third.  Yikes!

When you are diagnosed with a disability, it is very important to understand your strengths and weaknesses. It is also important to know how your performance compares with your peers and where you can improve. Working with a disability can be very difficult if you have a neurological condition. Employers may not know how to accommodate your disability especially if you don’t even know how to accommodate for your disability.

Often making accommodations for employees with disabilities is not profitable to employers. When they have a high amount of applicants for jobs, they will often chose the employee without a disability, which leaves those with a disability often unemployed. But there are many ways to earn money with a disability. You just need to get a bit more creative. You need to become more in tune with your talents and abilities. Once you identify what you are good at, you can start looking for work. Unfortunately for me, I thought I was good at things that I actually wasn’t! It wasn’t until I had a neuropsychological evaluation that I realized why I was struggling so much with my career.

One of the things that I excelled at in school was writing. Not only did I enjoy writing, but I crafted complete sentences with ease that made sense to other people. This apparently is a skill that not everyone possesses! However, I started with jobs that were entry level that also required a lot of phone work. Taking down information over the phone proved to be more challenging for me that I ever imagined. As it turns out, on my neuropsych evaluation, they discovered an auditory processing disorder. I was missing key information as I would process written information slower. My phone communication was poor.

I tried my hand at several telesales positions because they were jobs that I could flexibly do from home. There are a plethora of telesales positions that you can excel at if you have a disability and need the flexibility of working from home. All you have to do is check out the classified advertisements. Craigslist has a lot of them.

When you work with a disability, it is important to understand how your disability is impacting your work and your performance. Some people have migranes that wipe them out for hours or days at a time. They can typically function normally on other days, but may need a more flexible schedule. Some disabilities require work station adjustments. These can be very costly to an employer, so be mindful that and make the modifications that you can on your own.  For example, raising the height of the screen can help people who have neck and back strain. Simply improving your posture can improve your ability to think. For individuals in wheelchairs, it is appropriate to ask that your workspace be wheelchair accesible.

Sometimes, it is worthwhile for people with disabilities to learn to earn an income from their home, so when the symptoms of their disability flair up and prevent a normal 9-5 day, they still are capable of earning money. This is where freelance work, affiliate marketing and online jobs are so very helpful. As I mentioned earlier, I tried a few online jobs where I called people. It wasn’t for me, but I do know some people who have excelled at it.

I have discovered that writing and affiliate marketing are my best combination for earning income online. It matches my creative spirit and provides me with the opportunity to earn money. I have written and published books on Amazon and learned Search Engine Optimization. A great way for people who are working with a disability to get started with affiliate marketing is to join wealthy affiliate and go through their step by step course. Writing about a topic you love and sharing your website with other people can earn you a nice income! Wealthy Affiliate has a starter membership that is free and allows you to upgrade if you decide affiliate marketing is right for you!

Freelance work is also plentiful online if you know where to look. Fiverr and upwork are two freelance sites that I have used to hire people for online jobs and to get some freelance writing jobs.

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Work From Home Jobs for People with a Disability

Many people who have a disability actually don’t want to be on social security disability. Most people have a strong desire to provide for their families even when they are disabled. As someone with an epilepsy diagnosis, I know this firsthand. It can be difficult to accomodate a disability in the work workplace. Working from home is ideal because you don’t have to worry about your health issues flairing up and disrupting the workplace. For me, I enjoy working from home and do a temporary job so that I can interact with people, but don’t have the stress of working on days when my health takes a downturn.

For people who face a disability, work from home jobs offer more flexibility. You are able to make your own accomodations in order to complete the tasks and you have flexibility with your time. With the invention of the internet, there is an abundance of work from home jobs for people with a disability. All you have to do is get a little bit creative in your job search and you will discover that there is almost something for everyone!

First and foremost, you will want to look at your talents, skills and what you enjoy doing. I tried out a number of work from home jobs before I found one that fit my personality, lifestyle and preferences. You don’t want to make the mistake that I did at first and select something based on a recommendation from someone who has analyzed your neuropsychological evaluation. They recommended that I go into medical billing because it was repetitive and routine and didn’t require me to engage my weak auditory processing skills. That was a big mistake. I disliked all things doctors and just couldn’t get excited about medical billing. However, for some people it is the ideal work from home job. It pays well and is stead work.

Next, you’ll want to figure out a schedule that is realistic for you and your lifestyle. Are you a morning person? Do you work best in the afternoons and evenings? Some work from home jobs do require early morning hours, but are completely doable. For example, there is a need for people who know English to teach English online to kids in China. If you love to be up at the crack of dawn and have an engaging personality with kids, you could make a living as an English as a Second Language teacher.

Ideas for work from home jobs for people with disabilities:

  • Online tutoring
  • Affiliate Marketer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Create a Blog to Make Money
  • Job coach
  • Accountant
  • Telesales representative
  • Telemarketer
  • English Language Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Music teacher for private lessons
  • Massage therapist
  • Medical biller

I’ve tried my hand at a few of these jobs and discovered that affiliate marketer was my favorite. While I had some success with life insurance telesales, at the end of the day, I hated talking on the phone. If you love chatting with people and can become a phone pro, telesales may be the right position for you. There are still lots of companies that use telemarketers to set appointments for sales too. However, I love reading and writing. I love the aspect of creating content. The great thing about affiliate marketing is the longer you do it, the more content you have online and the more money you end up making.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to create a passive income stream as well. Your content lives on the internet and will continually sell to people who are reading it. This gives you more flexibility with your time. You can still be earning an income on those days when you just aren’t feeling up to interacting with people.

Another great reason affiliate marketing is an ideal work from home job for people with disabilities is that you can get started free. There are free blogging platforms that you can use, social media sites are free. Wealthy Affiliate has a free online course to get you started. It allows you to interact with other affiliate marketers and learn the latest tips and tricks for internet marketing.

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How to Make Money Online With Amazon Affiliates

Amazon is the largest and quite possibly the most trusted site online. That is why Amazon is a great place to shop for products to promote as an affiliate marketer. 

First and foremost, you’ll want to sign up to become an Amazon Affiliate. Check out this video below to learn how to become an Amazon Affiliate.

Once you are an Amazon Affiliate, you can start promoting products with your affiliate links! To get people to click on your affiliate links, you will want to produce engaging content and drive traffic to the links. The best way to do that is through a website or social media. You’ll want to target people who are interested in the products or looking for the products that you want to promote. This is most easily and effectively accomplished by search engine optimization.

One of the best things that you can do when learning how to make money as an amazon associate is to get some marketing training. One of the best online marketing platforms to learn how to start affiliate marketing is Wealthy Affiliate

Amazon is already a search engine with product reviews on it. Therefore, if people are looking for a review of a certain product, they can go directly to Amazon and bypass your link. In order to be an effective Amazon Affiliate and make sales, you’ll want to create an interest in a product. To do that, you’ll want to have a niche site and inform your readers about how the product can solve their problems. 

You’ll want to gather information about a specific product and write about how to use it. Then you can simply attach your affiliate link and encourage your audience to check it out. 

Getting traffic to your website can be very easy, when you have the correct tools. I have been using Wealthy Affiliate‘s keyword research tools to discover keywords that will be relatively easy to rank for in Google. Once you confirm that people are regularly searching for a long keyword, you can create a website addressing that topic. If there isn’t a lot of competition for the keyword, you better believe that there will be traffic to your website. 

Your website should be interesting and engaging. Create a call to action. Instruct your readers to click on the links to the products. Once they click on your affiliate link, they are cookied to you. That means that if they purchase from Amazon, you will earn a commission! 

While the process of earning affiliate commissions through Amazon is simple, sometimes steps to get traffic are overlooked. Getting ranked in Google is essential, but affiliates often skip steps in the process and they miss out on traffic to their website. Many new affiliates get discouraged and quit before they make any sales. 

If you are serious about learning how to make money with Amazon Affiliates program, you should learn search engine optimization and online marketing with Wealthy Affiliate’s free affiliate marketing course. You’ll be able to ask questions from seasoned marketers, utilize the industry’s best keyword research tool, and get feedback on your content. There is premium content that you can upgrade to as well, but it is free to get started. One of the best reasons to join is that there is a step-by-step guide complete with check lists to keep you focused, learning and taking steps toward success! 

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How to Start Affiliate Marketing Free

There are many ways to make money online as an affiliate. Some of them will cost you time and others will cost you money. I’m going to focus on the free methods here that will require some effort, but won’t require a huge output of cash. Affiliate marketing is a huge industry that is open to anyone who wants to earn a living online.

What do you need to start affiliate marketing free? 

You will need a computer, an internet connection, the ability to write and research. That is it! You don’t need to have your own website or product. Affiliate marketing is based on making a commission off an existing product. 

How to start affiliate marketing 

First, you will want to figure out an interest that you have that you can write about. It can be anything. There are products with affiliate programs for every niche out there. If you love gardening, you can become an affiliate for a gardening subscription site, promote gardening books on Amazon, and advertise gardening tools. 

Once you pick a niche, you will need to do is find a product that you want to promote. There are thousands of products online. You can find digital products to promote through clickbank or commission junction. If you want to stick with products that you currently purchase, head on over to Amazon and become an affiliate. Visit your favorite sites, scroll down to the bottom and see if there is a link that says, “Become an affiliate.” You’ll be amazed at how many affiliate opportunities are available to you.

Pick a platform to put your affiliate links on. You will be creating content and encouraging visitors to go to your affiliate link. The free method of affiliate marketing usually starts with a free website or social media channel like youtube. There are some downsides to having a free site, but if you are strapped for cash, you can still make money off of free sites. Blogspot is a great blogging platform where you can review products. Siterubix allows you to create free websites. If you are up for making videos, youtube allows you to post content free of charge. 

Once you have a niche and a platform to promote your product, you are going to want to drive traffic to your affiliate link. Your goal will be to get visitors. Not all of them will purchase the product, but the more people you can get to visit your site, the more likely you will make a sale. If you are on social media, friends and family will initially be interested, but you want to extend your reach to people who are interested in the product and looking for that solution. This is where your research comes into play. You will learn a bit of search engine optimization.

Get Traffic to Your Site to Make Sales

Search engine optimization will help you discover how many people are looking for a keyword. Usually if they are typing in a keyword such as “Restore gut supplement reviews” they are trying to decide if they want to buy the restore product. If your review comes up and is honestly in favor of using the restore product, there is a good chance they will click on your affiliate link and purchase the product. Your goal as an affiliate marketer will be to be one of the first few web pages that show up in Google after they type in the keyword.

Search engine marketing will be a big part of your job as an affiliate marketer and it is great to pick up the free affiliate marketing course online from wealthy affiliate. Wealthy affiliate will teach you how to start affiliate marketing for free. You will have seven days of access to the premium content where you will be able to ask questions and research to your hearts content. This will enable you to see if becoming an affiliate marketer is right for you. 

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Working With Epilepsy – Safe Work from Home Jobs

Challenges of Working with Epilepsy

One of the most difficult parts of having epilepsy is that there are many job limitations in the workforce. Most people who have epilepsy have limited employment options due to the diagnosis. For example, they can’t join the military and any job that requires driving is going to be off limits when their license is suspended. There are jobs that are more dangerous for someone with epilepsy as well. For example, anything in the food services industry has to be considered carefully. If you are working around something hot and have a seizure, you will likely hurt yourself and ruin the food you are handling.

The good news for people with epilepsy is that there are a lot of safe work from home jobs available. Working with epilepsy is possible! The internet has magically connected us to almost the entire world. We don’t have to worry about how we are going to get to and from work anymore if we are connected through our home computer.

Many government agencies and companies are offering work from home options now. However, they often do require that you come in a few times a week or a month. As long as you plan ahead, you can arrange for transportation there.

Safe Work From Home Jobs

Anything that can be done on a computer can be done for profit. If you are an accountant, you can start your own accounting practice out of your own home. You will need to learn how to market your skills in order to get clients, which can be accomplished through networking or online advertising.

Telesales is something that can be very profitable if you are comfortable talking on the phone. I personally have experienced some degree of success in life insurance telesales. However, I hated talking on the phone and the rejection often got to me. Some of my coworkers were making a few hundred dollars a day with their ability to sell on the phone.

Craigslist.com is a great resource when looking for a work from home position. Even if you don’t see any advertisements for work from home positions in your city, you can go to other major cities and apply to job listings. It is work from home. They don’t actually care where you live!

Freelance jobs are in abundance online if you are willing to look for them. Upwork.com has a database of freelance job postings for writers, editors, and researchers. The great thing about freelance jobs are that you can choose which ones you want to do. However, it is temporary work and you will constantly be looking for jobs, so make sure that you build that into your day when calculating how much you want to work and earn.

Another great thing that you can do is to start selling online with affiliate marketing. This has become one of my favorite things to do because I enjoy writing and I can do it whenever I have time and energy. I can write early in the morning or late in the evening. I don’t feel rejected by people telling me they aren’t interested in my product like I do over the phone.

Affiliate marketing can be done through all kinds of content creation, not just writing. If you love to make videos, you can build a following on YouTube and make videos. If you are a social media fan, pinterest has lots of opportunities to share what you love and if you are smart about it, make some money off of it!

Affiliate marketing is a safe work from home job for someone who has epilepsy. You can work around your own schedule and build it into a business within 3-6 months. You can learn how to start affiliate marketing for free at wealthy affiliate. They have a wonderful step by step program to get you started learning and building an online business. You can choose to promote their product, or learn how to apply the keyword research and search optimization skills to other interests that you want to explore and share with other people.

Wealthy affiliate will teach you how to generate traffic to your site and encourage people to make purchases online. Once you start generating traffic,