Over the past six years, I’ve been using affiliate marketing as a way to not only survive but thrive in a down economy. I’ll spare you the glossy details of how lucrative affiliate marketing can be as I’m sure you know. I’d rather give you a background on my own story and how I got started.
The truth of the matter is I was broke. Dead broke. Here I am 18 years old with a huge amount of student loans to shoulder as my parents wouldn’t pay for college. On top of that, my credit card bills were staggering. And I mean staggering. I didn’t have a job and I wasn’t getting any funding from elsewhere so that meant I had to use my one and only credit card to buy fast food, books, and basically get through college.
But you don’t care about that. You care about how I was able to go from dead broke in college to being able to travel around the world and not HAVE to get a job immediately after graduation. Here’s how it happened: I literally only had $500 worth of credit left on my credit card. It was the do-or-die moment. I either had to make affiliate marketing work with this last $500 or it was the end of me financially.
At this point I had wasted a ton of money on Google Adwords trying to make rebills work, because that’s all I ever heard people were making money with. Obviously I didn’t have the basics down at that point and ended up racking up $10k in debt. So what did I do? I took my last $500 of credit and launched a Facebook campaign. With a little bit of luck and skill, I was finally able to turn that $500 into hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue using Facebook. I basically came to the edge and was able to turn it around, but what that made me do was realize what works and what doesn’t. You can’t make it in this industry without either testing a ton on your own accord or having inside information as to what works.
Truthfully, this blog started as a way for me to track my entrepreneurial journey. It was more of a way for me to organize my thoughts and do a sort of self-analysis every now and then. I just decided to make it all public. I’ve come a long way from my first start up business and had no idea that I would ever become this involved in the affiliate marketing industry. I still write this blog as a way for me to track my journey in a sense so if you’re looking for juicy tid bits on how to make money you probably won’t find a ton of that here (although occasionally yes), but if you’re curious about my journey or just need some inspiration, I welcome you to read (and comment) along.