Coming out - My Secret Life as an Affiliate Marketer

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After reading a couple of posts yesterday (or was it this morning?) I find it quite intriguing that many of those who commented have not told anyone about their "secret life" as an affiliate marketer.

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It seems we are either worried about the response, or can't be bothered to explain it and are content to stay in the closet so to speak.

I started to tell close friends about my new career path back in March, after I had checked out WA for a few weeks just to be sure I wasn't being scammed. Once I had decided I was committed to this course of action, to become a successful online entrepreneur, so I could eventually give up my day job, I was excited.

In my experience most peoples eyes just glazed over and they tutted things like "oh yeah sounds interesting", but I could tell by their tone they actually weren't interested (I'm astute like that!).

So I stopped telling anyone.

I had discussed it with my other half, and explained it was a long term course of action, and that I would be spending about $400 AUS to commit for a year to really give it my all and see what happens.

He could feel my enthusiasm and being the supportive fella that he is, said "ïf anyone can do it, it's you". Plus secretly I think he started trawling vintage car websites in anticipation of spending our new-found wealth.

So I find it quite disheartening to read from members that their husbands/wives are either not

interested or worse downright negative about our choice to pursue an online career.

For any of you experiencing this I say good on you for persevering in the face of adversary.


We don't need to come out of the closet, we just need to prove them wrong, and do it in the most spectacular fashion.

Let's show the world (and those closest to us) that we can be wildly successful and live the life of our dreams.

Here's too many more success stories created here at WA.

I look forward to reading yours and sharing mine.

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This is very interesting, as I tend to tell people that are not family, just been telling the lass, who acts as our secretary at the Legion about it. Happy to shout to others, but keep it close to my chest when it comes to family. Except my eldest grandson, who does understand what I am trying to do.

Glad you have support from your grandson, family can be a tricky thing. I spend so much time on my laptop at home these days I couldn't not tell the other half lol.

After dinner each night I say "well I'm off to work" and retire to the office (our spare room) for hours on end.

I am actually very proud to be an affiliate marketer, given the way the world is and economy, its actually the one industry that guarantees work, especially in the hosting and business education arena, which we are in

Without WA, there would be no websites, sure there are other hosts out there who provide WP hosting... but none with the additional benefits or great support available here

Here in Australia, our largest Telco, Telstra are putting off another 8,000 people. I will be glad when I am not reliant on a boss for my income and am making it myself.

You just never know when you are next on the chopping block!

I also am proud to be an affiliate marketer :)

Telco... Wow I though they went butt ages ago, like years ago, because in past life for a while I used their discounted phone service over here in the UK and did quite well with it, but bottom line was there was no significant commission to be had and so i moved away from it

But, as you say, its much better when you control you income, as opposed to having it in someone elses hands

I think the main problem Heidi, is when you decide to share or divulge your WA intentions to your nearest and dearest you irreversibly put yourself in a vulnerable position and you add pressure to yourself until you can prove your ability and success to them.
Ok, on the front of it, they may be supportive and imo the only way you can expect to maintain that support is to package or liken WA to a further education course, which of course,is perfectly acceptable due to the work involved
Best wishes
P.s. I chose not to add the extra pressure, mainly because I already have enough bubbling away in other life aspects

Thats a very valid point, but when you look around at other ways to earn income and how people do it, Affiliate Marketing is excellent and a bit like MLM. we all do it every day with the affiliations we choose, Football team, Household products, car

We just don't cal them affiliations!

Totally agree Dave and WA is doing a great job of packaging affiliate marketing in a better and more glamorous way. You could dress me up in a nice designer shirt and a sharp suit, and even though I think that I look good, unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to carry it off as well as someone like David Beckham or George clooney!!
Best wishes

Get where your coming from which is why the Direct Response Marketing industry is the most exciting in the world because we can attract WHO we WANT to work with within the affiliate marketing world

I think it may even be the largest growth market online

I think that's why I am not getting any pushback from home, I keep saying how much I am learning and that it will take time for me to understand how it all works. Therefore there is no immediate expectation of making money, I need to understand and put it into practice first.

Funny how everyone seems to think any form of internet business makes money the second you launch your website, but wouldn't expect it from any other business.

Well said

I'm still in the closet too! I can't share on linked in or even on my personal FB page even because I'm connected to so many colleagues and it isn't a good look. Yet. So for now it's still a secret :)

Be proud and come out!!!

Have you eve thought that one of your colleagues might be thinking about doing what you do and doesn't know how to start?

S/he could even be your golden key to new opportunities : )

I am a little careful about what my work colleagues can see, or I think they can see. Hopefully none of them are WA members, cause I keep talking about giving up my day job lol.

I am proud to be an affiliate marketer, but I agree it will be much easier to talk about when we are all successful millionaires.

Come out Mia- It's dark in there. Shine a light and tell everyone and be proud of what you are doing. The naysayers will be around but who cares. We know here at WA it s the best

ROFL, yep I'm scared of the dark, come out :)

Been there done that - now single and still determined.
Best way to prove it is to be successful.
PS Buy that man a vintage car.

Sometimes we are better off without the negative in our lives, it can be awfully draining having to deal with it on a daily basis.

Ahh, maybe one day he will get his vintage car :)

Agree with you 100%,! Its satisfying to show people that you can and are doing well! Besides, there are to many negative minded people who, do not take charge of their own dreams. All the more reason to stay focused and succeed.

Yes indeed, staying the course will see us succeed, and achieve our dreams.

Yes it is very sad that people in our lives are not that supportive. It’s not that mine are not supportive but the subject doesn’t really interest them other than my niece who is a blogger.
I just accept that if I were a dentist they would be bored if I talked about that too much too. If they went on and on about their jobs I too may be bored.
Our enthusiasm is not always shared by others.
With Grace and Gratitude

Absolutely Karen, I can see while my other half is very supportive, he really isn't interested in SEO, google rankings and external links lol, even when I tell him so enthusiastically.

I feel we are the lucky ones, even though I do get the "have you made any money yet" questions he is at least understanding that it takes a while.

You ought to affiliate link your post Heidi!

Absolutely, great reply Mike

And I just might do that Mike, my new MMO site is ticking along and I have linked back to one of mine and one another members blog already.

It's a great tool that affiliate link :) Now just need some people to click on one and sign up.

Great advice from Mike, Nice!

Awesome post Heidi,
Your secret bits of acts will overturn your neighbours' amazement one fine day.

To your SUCCESS.

And to your success phakacha, may we all achieve the levels of success we aim for.

What a great observation! Great post!

Thanks for the comment Sachi, most aprpeciated

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