Can you start affiliate marketing with no money?

The week in general:

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well and have had a happy week. My week has been …well… crappy to say the least.

 I’m not someone who gets sick very often. I used to as a child. But back then I had really bad tonsils and the belief back then was not to remove them until the child reaches the teenage years.

 But I spent weeks at a time in bed, missed a lot of school and frankly, couldn’t wait till I reached the magic age of 13 and could say goodbye to those tonsils.

Since then I have had very few sick days. So this week was a shock! I spent three days in bed with a nasty flu. Couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t lift my head from the pillow. Couldn’t even tolerate a small glass of my favourite wine. Now that’s serious!

However all is well again now and I’m back on deck. Energy level is still pretty low but I’m definitely on the mend.

It’s been a really weird week weather wise. Hot, sunny, rainy, windy -you name it. At the moment it’s very windy.

A lady who lives not far from me lives in a large caravan which she loves. All paid for-can go where she likes-easy to care for etc.

As I said it’s been very windy. She had her caravan parked under a line of huge pine trees and started to get a bit scared when she noticed the ground under one of the trees was moving as the tree swayed in the wind.

Closer investigation had her escalating straight into panic mode. The tree was being slowly but steadily ripped out of the ground by the wind. She called some neighbours who actually decided to pull the tree down with a tractor as it was obvious it was about to go. They wanted some control over where it landed. It could easily have come down on her van.

Anyway, long story short the tree was downed (safely) and the van was saved. She’s currently deciding on an alternative site away from large trees!

The animal family:

Really nasty unpredictable weather +me sick = dogs miss out on their exercise.

They’ve been so good about it, especially Connor who really needs her regular runs. They’ve been lining up for bedrest too, although the soulful eyes and deep sighs are a dead giveaway about how they really feel about it.

But today was the day. Packed all three dogs into the car and headed for the river. They were sooo happy to just run and run. Well actually Connor did all the running while Riley and Cadi wandered around sniffing all the beautiful new smells. The river is currently in flood so the smells were a bit overwhelming at times. The dogs didn’t think so!

But there was a price to pay sadly. When we got home I grabbed a towel to start drying off Connor. She was the only one who got wet but as it’s normal for her to get soaked whenever there’s a puddle in sight, I was not at all surprised that she could not resist the mighty Murray in flood!

Wet, muddy, smelly I expected. But the prickles. She was absolutely covered in them. I spent over an hour combing them out with her suffering in silence- but not willingly! She didn’t exactly glare at me- it was more the accusing stare of a helpless victim who just wants it all to stop!

My book:

A bit of an update about the book:

“The Other Side of the Ocean” continues to sell.

If you are interested in buying a copy the publishers are Booktrails Agency.  You can contact them at https://www.booktrail-agency.com/

I also have a number of copies for sale if you’d like to purchase one from me. I am selling them for $30 a copy which includes postage. Just drop me a message in the comments for further details.

The trip to the markets got postponed again because of me being sick. So we’ll try again next month. Maybe the weather will be more predictable then too.

My business:

As per the title of this post-can you start affiliate marketing with no money?

Well…yes… if you’re prepared to wait a long time to see any results.

To start with no capital investment at all you would need to apply directly to producers for affiliate links then start by sending those links off to your family and friends.

So yes, in theory you can start affiliate marketing with no money, but it seems to me it would be a long frustrating journey with little reward and the chance of getting offside with family.

The advice I received from Internet Profits was to focus on building a list of subscribers to my emails, then presenting offers to them. The advantage of this method is that the only people who become subscribers are the people who are genuinely exploring the idea of affiliate marketing.

I was taught to use no more than two ways of building my subscriber list. One paid (I used Facebook Lead Ads) and one with no financial cost (my blog.) I hesitate to call it a “free” method because it’s not free really-it costs me in time instead of money.

Apart from advertising you can spend as little or as much as you like to learn the business and have a mentor travelling along with you. There are many affiliate marketing courses-I’m very happy with Internet Profits. They are readily available, encouraging, and supportive but not hyper salesy. I like that.

a) I have been promoting their free book The Iceberg Effect which is a great introduction to affiliate marketing and explains how to get started. You can have a look at it here and order your copy if you wish.

b) I am also promoting a coaching course called The Quick Start Challenge. I completed this course (it goes for 6 days) and it gave me a clear idea of how to run my business. You can order it here or just check it out.

c) Another one you might like to look at is Borrow My Business. Again it is a helpful insight into running an affiliate marketing business. It’s a short webinar- will only cost you a bit of your time. Check it out here.

Wrapping up the week:

Well November is on the way out and Christmas is waiting in the wings. Have you finished Christmas shopping yet? I’ve nearly finished the gifts, just got to think about what food to get.  

I would love to see some of your comments and questions. If there is anything you’d like to ask or comment on, please feel free to add your bit. It all makes for interesting online discussion and provokes some thinking. Always a worthwhile exercise.

As always, take care

Bev

2 thoughts on “Can you start affiliate marketing with no money?

    1. Hi Yvonne The only part of your comment I can see is the letter Y. Thank you for responding. I hope all is well with you and your family. I get Kerry’s posts sometimes she sounds very busy. Please say hello for me to all my fantastic Dover friends. What a beautiful community in a beautiful part of the world. Take care.

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