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April 16, 2024

Is Affiliate Marketing the Ideal Side Hustle for Seniors?

Is Affiliate Marketing the Ideal Side Hustle for Seniors?

Ongoing Passive Income

You know the feeling. You've worked hard all your life.

You deserve a comfortable retirement.

Especially one without money worries.

Not just the day to day ones, but with enough capital to afford that new car , to fit out your home with new appliances and to help your kids and grandkids to make a solid start in life.

Along with ongoing passive income that means you can finally travel the world the way you've always wanted to, without having to watch every penny. Heck, if you're going to travel, why not do it first-class?

But sadly, your retirement fund just isn't going to cut it.

And, as for your investment portfolio, what investment portfolio.

You need a side hustle.

I'm here to tell you that there's no better side hustle for seniors than affiliate marketing. 

What the Heck Is Affiliate Marketing?

Passive Income Is Making Money While Sleeping

The Affiliate Marketing Model

The affiliate marketing model has parallels with the old commission salesperson model in the pre-internet days. You earn a commission by promoting other people's or company's products. It works on a performance-based system where affiliates earn a profit when their promotional efforts result in a sale.

Automation is King

The entire process is automated and your only responsibility is to promote the products you are an affiliate for. Though ethically, of course, they should be high-quality products that will genuinely help your customers. You can make a judgement on this with examining genuine reviews from existing customers of the product.

While there are many different online business models, I believe that Affiliate Marketing is the easiest to get into and the quickest way to make a nice online income.

And once it's all set up, promoting products with global appeal, you can literally make money while you sleep. This is passive income and it should be every affiliate marketer's goal. Including yours!

It's particularly relevant for seniors.

This Makes it Easy

There are platforms such as Wealthy Affiliate (click the link to find out more) that minimise the learning curve and make the technology available to everyone, even if you're a computer dummy.

You will learn how to build a website around something that you're interested in and how to find relevant products that you can promote and sell for an affiliate commission.

All without risking a penny, without having to stock inventory and without having to provide customer support.

How good is that?

Website? I Gotta Have a Website?

Congratulations on Your Affiliate Marketing Website

Strangely, this is the part that freaks out many seniors looking to create an affiliate marketing business.

I say strangely, because these days, building a website is really easy and anyone can do it.

Check out Build a Website (opens in a new window) and scroll down to watch a quick video where I create a new website on the Wealthy Affiliate platform with a couple of clicks and a few seconds.

You can do that too.

You will have a website where you will promote one or more products (and don’t worry, just HOW you do this will be spelt out in the next couple of articles). If someone clicks on your Buy button and buys the product, you will automatically get paid the affiliate commission, typically by bank transfer.

This model is particularly appealing because it offers the opportunity to generate income without the need to create products, keep inventory or manage customer service. The essence of affiliate marketing lies in connecting potential buyers with products they might find useful and earning a portion of the revenue from sales generated through affiliate links.

For seniors looking to dive into affiliate marketing, understanding the flow of how it works is important and I'll cover this in the next blog post on the important topic of Affiliate Marketing for Seniors.

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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. I found this article about affiliate marketing as a side hustle for seniors to be incredibly encouraging and insightful. It addresses a real concern that many retirees face: the need for additional income to support a comfortable retirement. The article is engaging, providing a clear and easy-to-understand explanation of affiliate marketing, and it highlights why it’s particularly suitable for seniors.

    The best part about this article is its emphasis on the low barrier to entry for affiliate marketing. There’s no need for extensive technical skills or a deep understanding of technology to start earning passive income. The step-by-step guidance offered, along with platforms like Wealthy Affiliate that simplify the learning process, can help seniors who might be hesitant to dive into the digital world.

    The concept of passive income is especially appealing, allowing seniors to potentially earn money while they sleep, travel, or spend time with family. It’s a fantastic solution for those who wish to supplement their retirement funds without committing to a full-time job or significant investment.

    I appreciate that the article also underscores the ethical side of affiliate marketing, encouraging seniors to promote high-quality products that genuinely benefit customers. This ethical approach aligns with the values of many seniors who may not want to compromise their integrity in pursuit of extra income.

    Overall, the article presents a compelling case for why affiliate marketing could be the ideal side hustle for seniors. It’s informative, motivating, and filled with practical tips to get started. Whether you’re looking to travel the world, help your family, or simply enjoy a more comfortable retirement, this article provides a viable path to achieving those goals through affiliate marketing.

    1. Thank you so much for these comments, Matthias. They reinforce my feelings and beliefs around this subject. So many seniors are facing a retirement with an uncertain financial future and affiliate marketing can be a great solution for them.

      I was glad to see you emphasize the ethical side that should underpin every venture into affiliate marketing.

      The whole idea is to bring useful knowledge and products to the people searching for them and of course to be compensated for that effort with affiliate commissions. A clear win-win all round.

  2. The article on whether affiliate marketing is the ideal side hustle for seniors provides an engaging introduction to the concept, particularly highlighting its potential as a source of passive income. It’s compelling how affiliate marketing is framed as a viable option for seniors looking for a low-risk, manageable entry into online business, utilizing platforms like Wealthy Affiliate to simplify the process.

    From my perspective, affiliate marketing indeed offers several benefits for seniors, such as flexibility in working hours and the ability to work from home, which are important considerations for retirees. However, the success of such endeavors largely depends on one’s willingness to learn new skills and adapt to technology, which can be a hurdle for some seniors.

    Here are a couple of questions that could further enhance the discussion in the article:

    Could you provide some specific examples of seniors who have successfully ventured into affiliate marketing and what industries or products they focused on?
    How much time typically does it take for someone new to affiliate marketing to start seeing a significant income, and what factors influence this timeline?
    These questions could help potential senior affiliate marketers set realistic expectations and find relatable success stories.

    1. Thanks for those insights, Gary.

      I hadn’t really touched on the working from home angle, but yes, that’s an important angle for many seniors who, for valid reasons, do not want to be out in the work force, but do need additional retirement income.

      Your additional questions are valid ones that I will seek to highlight in future articles.

      Thanks again.

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