Investing vs Affiliate – What’s The Best Strategy?
Read On, I have a solution for both Investing and Affiliate Marketing!
I have been investing for several years now for my future. I’ve also been doing affiliate marketing. So what makes more sense? Does it make sense to invest in your future or work to build a future now? Affiliate networking can be very lucrative. If you follow proven strategies, you can literally make millions of dollars a year. However, if you invest your money wisely you can work to have a very successful and stable future.
So what makes more sense? This is a personal question, because some people will want the security of a future, where others are risk takers willing to put everything on the line for riches. I will proposes some options you should think about. As a disclaimer, I’m not a financial advisor, this is not financial advice. What works for some may not work for others. What’s covered in this article are just suggestions, testaments and some research I’ve done.
From My The Beginning
Everyone has probably heard this or something similar. In order to become successful, you need to:
- Go To School
- Study Hard
- Go To College
- Get A Good Job
- Save Your Money
- Invest Wisely
If you’re like me, you were told this at a very young age and repeated to over an over. For some people that have followed this strategy, have found themselves retiring and living out theirs lives financially stable. For others, this has failed them.
Let me tell you why those rules are a lie. It’s not the only way to become successful in life. Not everyone went to college. Not everyone got that good job and not everyone saved their money. I’m one of those.
In high school, I found myself not wanting to stay in school so I opted to quit and make my own future. I have failed at many things. With every fail I learned things and the fails became further apart until some successes happened. I have reinvented myself many times. in 1995 I found my calling, technology.
I built a $20 a year computer manufacturing company, turned it into a IT service company, turned that into a Digital Marketing, Website Development company.
I now have speculative investments that will either make me very wealthy in the next couple of years, or I will become wealthy in the next decade. Either way, I will have a successful retirement by 60 years old. You may be asking yourself, why is this important? and what does it have to do with me?
I chose a different path. I chose to forge my own way. I did good for my family and have way more free time than most. I don’t have to work any specific times, nor do I have to work for someone who doesn’t appreciate me. I help others to make their lives better and help their companies grow. For me to be successful I need to make others successful and I completely enjoy this.
I’ve had some scary moments. There were times I had no idea how we were even going to eat. I have 4 kids and they like to eat. Not only that they like to have a place to live. For over 30 years I have done just that. Provided everything that was needed to live and most of the time it was comfortable.
I’ve found that there were times I was working 90 hour weeks and sometimes I wouldn’t work for weeks. The past 10 years have been more stable. I found that when you aren’t working, work on getting work. As long as you keep moving forward. Educating yourself in down times is where I have found myself today.
My wife gets scared every time I go off and start a new career. I usually don’t tell her. It’s easier that way. I don’t give up easy and work hard to make things work and affiliate marketing is just another process I’ve become successful at.
To The Point, Investing First
Investing is a great way to make sure you have money for the future. People who say money isn’t everything are correct and wrong at the same time. Let me explain.
If you’re one that thinks you don’t need money to enjoy a sunset, you haven’t thought about the big picture. No matter how or where you see that sunset some way money has afforded you to enjoy it. If you go to the beach to see it or from the mountains or a lake. Wherever you are to enjoy that sunset, however you got to where you enjoy that sunset it can be associated with money. You drove to the lake or beach, you walked out of your house, you took a bus, your on vacation. Money and enjoyment go hand in hand.
Investing money is so important. If you have any extra money you should be investing in something. If you don’t have a lot of money to invest, it’s ok, invest it. Buy some stable stocks, buy gold, buy silver. How about this, invest in your children. One day your children may be in a position to help you.
Investing also gives you a cushion to fall back on if you find yourself in hard times. It could be the way to get yourself out of a hole. Retreat now and live to fight another day. If you invest wisely, and can keep your investment going, you can find yourself in a great position when you retire.
The Affiliate Marketing Way!
This is my path. I have money invested right now, but I don’t have a “retirement plan”, I don’t have a 401K, I have never had the massive stability that having a job can offer. Whey you have a job, you know exactly what you have to work with. Working for yourself there are ups and downs.
If you work for yourself you have the ability to take opportunities when they’re presented to you. You’re not tied down to one path. You can change what you’re doing and improve yourself.
Affiliate marketing is a very interesting choice. The nice part about it is you can afford to take time to get moving. You can keep your day job and learn all about affiliate marketing, pick your niche and slowly roll out your plan. You don’t need to own products to sell, you don’t spend money on inventory. It’s the cheapest business model I know of to get started in with potential for huge gains. There’s also literally 1000’s, perhaps 10’s of 1000’s of ways to make money doing affiliate marketing. All you need to do is apply to sell other people’s stuff for commissions.
Here Are The Steps To Get Started
1. Pick your niche – this is the most important part if you want to take affiliate marketing seriously. You need to pick something you have interest in and know the most about. Choose wisely. You also want to make sure that the niche you know most about and have the most passion for is lucrative.
2. Find out the potential for your nice – Search out what niches are actually most popular. If your niche falls into a popular category, it will be profitable and marketable. Here’s a good blog to read for 2019. 15 Profitable Niches For 2019
3. Find products related to you niche to sell – You need to find products, physical or digital to sell. Research the products to make sure they’re in high demand.
4. Find places to sell the products with affiliate offers – There are tons of places that have affiliate programs. Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart for physical products. Even Dick’s, Chewy and other niche specific places have them. If you need to find more google a place you know that may have one. I typed in Men’s Warehouse Affiliate Offers and found a place where even they have a managed affiliate program.
5. Get approved to become an affiliate – Most new affiliates have a hard time doing this. There are tons of hoops to jump through. You would think that anyone would want a free sales force that only gets paid if they sell. That’s not the case. There are many reasons why they will not sign everyone up as an affiliate. From fear of spamming to lowering sales averages.
6. Decide the best way to sell your products – How many ways are there to sell offers? Well, here are some things I use. Direct Marketing, Email Marketing, Blogging, Sales Pages, Funnels, Social Media and PPC. You have to pick the strategies that work best for you.
This is a very basic outline of what it takes to become successful affiliate marketer. There are training classes that teach you the ins and outs of selling other people’s stuff for money.
The Investing And Affiliate Way
At the beginning I told you I have a solution for investing and Affiliate Marketing. Here it is.
One thing I have told you about affiliate marketing is that you should choose your niche wisely. Make it something you know a lot about, have a passion for and it’s lucrative. I also told you that I forge my own way. I love to learn about many different things. I also love to teach. The niche I chose is make money period. It’s not really a niche, but I’m a natural born salesman. I will sell anything if I can make a buck. I do have some core things that I have invested in and I sell.
Precious metals have always been the way I invest. I buy gold and silver. These are the things I keep for a rainy day. I also invest in cryptocurrency. I know that subject turns a lot of people off, but please before you shake your head, read and learn what it really is. It’s here to stay and will make the next generation of wealth.
I want you to understand the process of a new venture into the unknown. I want to help you open your eyes to new possibilities. When something new comes out, and this has happened in every new investment opportunity, there are 3 stages of investors.
1. The People With Vision – These are the ones that look at something, learn about it and decide that this has potential and one day will be big.
2. The Investors – These are people that know when something is going to be big and start putting big money in it.
3. Everyone Else – These are the people that either keep the profits coming in or are the ones that get left holding the bag. These are the people that have missed the boat but have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
In 2017, Bitcoin went from between $930 and $978 to almost $20,000 by the end of the year. The evil genius of the manipulation has been revealed now. Let me explain.
Bitcoin has been steady going up since it was created. I know you think there was a huge crash, it could be considered a crash but the reality is, the formula I described is the real chain of events and the “everyone else” got left holding the bag. 2 terms in trading to know, Extension and Retracement. On a chart, an extension is when price goes up, and retracement is when it pulls back. This is all that Bitcoin has done, except in a huge way.
Remember, Bitcoin in 2017 was trading at $930 to $978 at the begging, and went to $20,000. It has not dipped below the $978 marker. That means Bitcoin has been moving in an upward motion since the beginning of 2017. As a matter of fact, Bitcoin has been moving in an upward pattern since it was created. There wasn’t just one spike like in 2017. There have been many spikes. Almost every year.
What’s The Future Of Cryptocurrency? I think there’s a ton of speculation in cryptocurrency. I think it’s a very sound investment. You may laugh at that. Here’s why you should listen to what I have to say.
Tokens are created on Blockchain. Blockchain is the future. It’s still in its infancy. Programers are still learning about it. Yes there are people that are very fluent in blockchain coding, not like in standard coding. Blockchain will revolutionize everything. It’s highly secure and stable. I will pick one example of a coin that is revolutionising one of the things we find in everyday life.
Basic Attention Token (BAT). BAT integrated with Brave Browser. The Brave browser does a bunch of things. It’s faster and more secure. It’s built on Chromium so it’s similar to Google Chrome. You can also earn BAT with it. BAT is selling for around 30 Cents a coin right now.
That’s all good, but here’s something that is real awesome about the Brave Browser. It stops tracking cookies from getting your data. So those annoying ads are not following you around. It treats you like a customer and not a product. I switched about a month ago. Love it.
Now to the meat and potatoes. I have an affiliate and investment potential for you. Both in one package. It’s called Karatbars.
Karatbars is a gold exchange that’s built on blockchain technology. Based in Stutguard, Germany they will sell you gold and shio it to your house, and they have an affiliate program. They also have a token called Karatgold Coin (KBC). KBC is worth around 5 cents a coin right now on the exchanges,