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September 8, 2023

Affiliate Marketing Articles

Affiliate Marketing Articles

Success in Affiliate Marketing

I retired after a successful career in IT, spanning some 48 years.

For personal family reasons that are still too painful to go into here, I took my savings and invested them into a bricks and mortar business.

What a disaster.

It was a classic case of working in the business instead of on the business.

After two years of 12 hour days and hardly any time off, it finally went belly up and I lost everything.

In fact, I had no option but to file for bankruptcy.

This lasts for three years.

At the end of that time, I had zero assets but was also clear of debt to the banks and tax office. I lived in shared accommodation and didn't own a car. (Mind, travelling everywhere by pushbike really upped my fitness level).

It was the opportunity for a fresh start.

Cutting to the Chase

Poorer but much, much wiser, I realized that my future had to lie with online business.

I now live in Paradise, a short stroll to the river and ten minutes away from one of the best beaches in Australia, if not the world.

I drive a current model electric car.

And it's all because of Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate Marketing Articles

I've written several articles covering various aspects of affiliate marketing for beginners and seniors (two groups that frequently overlap, of course) and you can click on any that interest you below.

Underneath the article list, I tell you more about my upcoming Affiliate Marketing FAST training course, where I reveal everything I've learned about starting with this business model and then succeeding beyond your wildest dreams.

The training course is broken down into logical module that lead you through the whole journey, with video lessons and downloadable text.

But first, here are the articles I promised:

Affiliate Marketing FAST Training Course

The Affiliate Marketing FAST training course will cover everything you need to know in order to build a successful affiliate marketing business, including

  • Selecting a Niche
  • Registering a Domain Name
  • Engaging a Web Host
  • Building an Engaging and Conversion Focused Website
  • Being Accepted by Affiliate Vendors
  • Creating Lead Magnets
  • Building Your List
  • Getting Visitors to Engage with Your Business

All laid out in easy to follow videos where you can watch over my shoulder as I show you how to do everything.

Plus downloadable documents that you can read at your leisure over and over again.

I'm still in the process of completing the training course but you can register your no-obligation interest here: IM FAST Training: Register Your Interest.

Wealthy Affiliate

If you don't want to wait, consider doing the same thing as I did to get myself going.

Wealthy Affiliate is the perfect training platform for beginners. It has a huge number of video-based lessons that lead you through your affiliate marketing journey one logical step at a time. It also hosts your website for you and provides generous help from other members. I'm very active on this platform and if you join through my link (yes, naturally I'm an affiliate for them) at Wealthy Affiliate, I will be your mentor every step of the way. You can even join up as a starter member for free, to sample everything on offer.


I'll probably writing more affiliate marketing articles for this website and will keep you updated.

As always, you are welcome to leave questions or comments below.

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Phil Lancaster

Phil is a septuagenarian who has now funded his retirement through internet marketing.

"It's both enjoyable and lucrative," says Phil. "and can literally be run from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Like many others out there, I initially poured money into the bright, shiny pebbles. The one off, brilliant opportunities that promised an overnight income with the push of a button. The only thing they did, besides suck up funds like a vacuum cleaner, money that I couldn't afford, was take up so much time that I ended up depressed as well as poorer. It wasn't until I learned how to build a genuine business (I now have 30 of them) in both affiliate marketing and e-commerce, using the platform and tools that I tell you about on this website, that I turned it all around. I now make a substantial and sustainable retirement income and I want to teach you how to do the same."

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  1. Wow! I have to say that I'm totally knocked out by this series of articles.

    I'm a single mother of two great kids and I've built a website around detoxing, based on personal experience.

    But it doesn't bring in enough to support the sort of lifestyle I want for me and my kids, particularly as they approach their teenage years. They deserve whatever I can create for them.

    You've opened my eyes to what I could do with affiliate marketing.

    Even with just some preliminary research, I've discovered so many products that fit in with my lifestyle and that I'd be happy to promote.

    And, of course, happy to receive an affiliate commission for doing so.

    I'm going to read and re-read all of your articles. Thank you so much for all this free training!

    I've also registered my interest in your new AM FAST training course. I'm assuming it won't be free, but hopefully I'll be able to afford it by the time it's published.

    In the meantime, thank you again and again.

    Best Wishes,

    1. You are most welcome, Emma and don’t hesitate to ask me any questions that you may have.

      You’re right, the AM FAST training course won’t be free, but I’m planning to make it both affordable and good value.

      And in the meantime, there’ll be plenty more free stuff.

      You sound like a lovely person and I wish you and your family all the best.


  2. I’m intrigued by your transition from a traditional business to affiliate marketing, especially considering your successful career in IT. It seems like quite a shift. 

    Could you share some insights into what drew you to affiliate marketing as the path to rebuild your life after your previous business venture didn’t work out? What were the key factors that convinced you that affiliate marketing was the right choice for you, particularly as someone who had spent decades in a different industry?

    1. Thanks so much for your comments, as they made me reflect on my choices.

      I guess one of the factors was that there were so many products from vendors with affiliate programs that I was happy to promote, from health and fitness to coffee and photography. And, of course if all else fails, there’s always Amazon 😁.

      I even discovered a vendor with excellent products in the skin care niche (which I incorporated into my anti-aging site) that paid more in affiliate commission than they received in product revenue! Naturally, they are one of my favorites.

      And the second factor is that it’s (relatively) easy. As a member of both Wealthy Affiliate and the Thrive Suite, I can create and host a new website with a couple of hours work. Then a landing page promoting a relevant product and a couple of blog posts linking to it and I have a new income stream.

      It sure beats knocking yourself out in the bricks and mortar world.

  3. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with starting a brick-and-mortar business, and losing it all, only to find success in affiliate marketing. I have started a website and doing affiliate marketing, in the hope to supplement my retirement income. So it is very reassuring to see that you have managed to develop your affiliate marketing business to such an extent, that you can now live off your income from it. 

    Do you have an indication as to how long it might take to start making a living from a new website? Or would that really depend on the niche? Thank you for any pointers for a beginner. 

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and yes, it has been a very rewarding journey.

      How long depends on so many factors.

      Is it a good niche with money making potential?

      Have you created an attractive, conversion optimized website?

      Are you getting traffic to it?

      Do you have a lead magnet and are you using it to build your list?

      Have you created landing pages for your affiliate products?

      Do you publish lots of blog posts pointing to your landing pages?

      If you’ve done all the above. have you considered PPC advertising?

      There’s no shortcuts. Do the above, be persistent and it WILL happen.

  4. Hi, my name is Evelyn (Evie) and I'm a retired school teacher

    I've published an autobiography chapter by chapter on Amazon, but it's apparently too erotic for Amazon to allow me to advertise it and so sales have been slow.

    Enough for me to keep going but not enough to count as any sort of income.

    I'd never heard of affiliate marketing until your site came up on a Google search but it sounds very promising.

    But I have no idea of where to start or what products I could consider promoting.

    Can you give me any advice?

    1. It starts with selecting a niche, that is, what area of business you want to build your website around. What are your interests? What is something that would would be able to provide useful information about in the long term?

      Let me know and we’ll take it from there.

      The next step is to find vendors with relevant products that you can promote and get paid an affiliate commission when one of your referrals buys the product.

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