Welcome to my updated wall of text, for anyone who is bored:
I put WA away for the last couple of years while I worked a job in Cloud Automation. I love doing it, and it makes good money, but it isn't scalable income. I could leave my job and make more elsewhere, but I love my job, my coworkers, I love the short commute, I love the awesome lunch restaurants, etc. So instead of getting another job an hour away in the desolate suburbs, I'm looking for ways to make additional passive income, and thus I'm back here at Wealthy Affiliate. I just had a good idea for a new site about a topic that I'm passionate about, so I'm building that out, going back through the training.
Background: I am no stranger to the idea of Affiliate Marketing. I have gone through an embarrassing number of training courses over the years. Usually, they have you do keyword research first to find your profitable niche. So I spend many hours looking for these profitable keywords, and end up with the prospect of having to build a website around a painful and embarrassing illness of which I have zero knowledge! Ugh. I might write a few pages at most, and then let it slide. A few months or years later, I buy another course and try again. I was impressed that WA says you should first find a topic that interests you and are passionate about, and then write content for it, build a following, and then try to monetize.
A little about me: This makes me sound really old, but I have spent almost 30 years! (I started as a teenager) working in IT, supporting primarily Microsoft and VMWare server infrastructures, (and most recently, various clouds like AWS, GCP, and Azure), scripting and automation, and a fair amount of time building websites. Most were static HTML, but there were a few dynamic ones accessing a SQL backend with ASP, ASPdotNET, Perl CGI, and Sharepoint. Later on, I found WordPress, which made things so much easier!
I have a Bachelor of Science in Economics. I switched majors many times from Engineering to Computer Science, to Kinesiology, to Accounting to Business, and probably more I'm forgetting, and I eventually got to the point where I just had to focus and graduate with a degree in SOMETHING. Economics ended up being the quickest way to graduate because once you get beyond the intro courses, you can take them all at the same time. Other majors had a more serial path that would have added years of time and many thousands of dollars to my education bill.
For fun, I run long distances on trails (up to 100K so far) and I like to take monster cross-country road trips.