How I Went From Working a 40-Hour Per Week Retail Job to Working for Myself Making a Steady Income Online


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From Job Layoff To Making Money Online

Hi. My name is Eartha and I’m a full-time affiliate marketer. That wasn’t always the case.

For years I worked in a cubicle spending eight hours a day building websites for different clients.

Although I was tired of cubicle life, I was also comfortable with earning a paycheck every two weeks. My dream was to start a business online with affiliate marketing.

However, receiving a paycheck every two weeks made me complacent. I lost focus and was lazy with my dream.

Then one day, the entire web team was called into the conference room. We were told that our positions were no longer needed. The entire web department was laid off.

It was devastating, to say the least. I had nothing to fall back on. I had to find a job fast so I took on a physically demanding retail job to make ends meet.

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From Zero To Making a Consistent Monthly Income From Affiliate Marketing

Rather than go back to cubicle life, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time internet marketer. I wanted to accomplish this with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is the promotion of another company’s products and/or services in exchange for a commission when a sale is made.

Affiliate marketing offers lifestyle freedom. Time-freedom. No more trading hours for dollars. There are so many benefits to being an affiliate marketer:

  • You don’t need your own product
  • No packaging or shipping anything
  • Unlimited earning potential
  • Extremely low-cost (and easy) to start
  • No pain-in-the-butt customer service
  • Work from anywhere with an internet connection
  • No recruiting anyone (Not an MLM)
  • Affiliate programs are free to join
  • Tons of affiliate products you can promote

My online business consists of creating niche websites. A niche website is simply a website that focuses on one specific topic.

I create content (writing articles – also known as blog posts) for my niche audience and recommend affiliate products related to the niche.

4 steps to building a niche website

What makes this business fun is that you get to choose any niche that you want. Are you passionate about cooking? Or skincare? Crafting? Fishing? It can be anything you enjoy!

There are products to promote in just about any niche that you can think of. You get to create content on a topic you enjoy, it helps your readers, and you get to earn income in the process. It’s a win-win!

Time Freedom & Lifestyle Freedom

One of the best parts of running an online business is that it has provided me with two things I desire most: time freedom and lifestyle freedom.

What does that mean? It means that I have the time to spend my days how I want. Whether it’s working for two hours in the morning and having the rest of my day free or if I want to work from my favorite spot near the beach, I have that option.

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Getting the Help That Skyrocketed My Online Business

Before I got started with my own affiliate marketing website, I wanted to find an affiliate marketing training course.

I didn’t want to spin my wheels trying to figure it all out on my own. I also didn’t want to invest in a course that was scammy and only out to take my money.

I did some research and found a reputable and legitimate training program called Wealthy Affiliate.

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My Wealthy Affiliate dashboard

It is a step-by-step training program that also offers web hosting for your affiliate marketing websites. You can register domain names and host your websites all inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform.

Unlike most training courses, you actually get access to the course owners (Kyle and Carson). You also have access to live weekly webinars hosted by Jay Neill (pictured below.)

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Jay Neill, Wealthy Affiliate Live Video Training Coach

The training and support inside of Wealthy Affiliate are what helped me to stick with my online business.

It truly is an amazing feeling to make money while you sleep, shop, or spend quality time with your family.

Here are some screenshots of affiliate commission payments I’ve received:

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Learn How to Rank Your Blog Posts

The key to making a consistent income online with affiliate marketing is targeted web traffic. The training inside of Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to generate free targeted traffic to your website.

Here are some screen captures of some of the top-ranking pages I’ve had:

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Get Access To Wealthy Affiliate For Free

You can become a free member of Wealthy Affiliate today. Most affiliate marketing training courses do not offer free trials.

They expect you to pay hundreds of dollars for a course you’re not even sure is right for you.

Wealthy Affiliate lets you sign up for free (no credit card required) and test out the entire platform.

You can evaluate the first 10 lessons and judge whether or not the training is what you’re looking for.

Here is what you get as a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate:

  • Web hosting
  • 10 websites
  • 24/7/365 website support
  • Affiliate training
  • One-on-one help
  • Training classrooms
  • Live help
  • Access to founders
  • Weekly live webinars

I signed up as a free member and became a premium member on my second day. That was over four years ago.

Now I use the platform to help others one-on-one to grow their own affiliate marketing website:


You really have nothing to lose. Time is going to pass anyway. Why not create an affiliate marketing business that can earn you income for years to come?

Ask yourself how much time you have already spent working for someone else with nothing to show for it.

Isn’t it worth it to build a business for yourself? Imagine what your life could be like a year from now?

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Yours in success,