Travel, blogging and financial freedom. Nothing else. No fancy houses, cars, shoes, purses or anything tangible that doesn’t resonate with me. I guess you could say I’m low maintenance.
When I started my blog a few months ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew nothing about web page design since the 90’s when I was a teenager. Anyone remember Geocities? I had so much fun making my page on Geocities. It was actually a page solely dedicated to all the people I met from AOL instant messenger because I was just fascinated with the ability to be able to communicate with people on the internet, even if they were just 20 miles away! Unfortunately, once Yahoo bought the company, my page was terminated.
20 years later, one drunk evening, I found myself coming back to making another webpage. I wanted to blog and share my experiences and ideas with people who have the same passion as I do: writing. I tried to tell friends and family what I wanted to do but they just all doubted me big time and so now I don’t tell anyone my goals. So, really, no one I know, knows about this blog. It’s almost as if I’m living a secret life.
When I started my blog, the main intention was to get my ideas out there and share with everyone and I intend to keep it that way. I knew nothing about affiliate marketing when I started posting. The idea came up through Youtube videos because I was interested in learning about how WordPress works. All I saw were videos that had something like “Make $30,000 in one week with affiliate marketing” and tutorials for how to get started. It all seemed like a scam but I was curious because Amazon was listed.
I love shopping on Amazon because I have the Prime membership which allows free shipping, movies and all sorts of discounts on pretty much everything. So I looked into the affiliate marketing information and thought, wow this is pretty legit. I could market only the products that I actually like, use and recommend without having to be fake about anything.
A lightbulb moment hit and I thought maybe marketing products I recommend would help me with the funding to do lots of traveling so I can generate new ideas and experiences to share with my WordPress friends, and find other ways to give back to them for helping me out. I can also pay back my student loans, yay! The thought of this makes me feel good, but when and how it will all happen is up in the air and I’m ok with that.
I looked into all the companies who offer affiliate marketing and there’s quite a few. But honesty is the best policy. I don’t want to put anything on my page that does not resonate with who I am or what I believe in just to make money. That approach is what money hungry people do. I’m not about that life. Monetizing your site with inauthenticity is just plain wrong.
The only companies that I will allow on my page are Amazon, Swagbucks, Qapital and the WordAds from WordPress – the links to them are provided below. If I find any others later on, they may be added in the future. However, I love to keep things simple, so these companies may be the only ones I advocate.
So why these companies?
Amazon: I buy a lot of stuff from there: books, household items, etc. I also have a partial stock share and I’ve also worked in an Amazon Fulfillment Center for a month a few years ago. It was a rough job for me but many loved it so I have much respect for them. So buying products is a way of me contributing towards the employees in the fulfillment centers who work very hard and want overtime hours.
Whatever I make from Amazon goes directly towards my traveling.
Swagbucks: They don’t offer affiliate marketing, however they do reward you with referrals so that’s close enough. Whatever your referral makes, you also get 10%. I mostly make pennies at a time but sometimes I make dollars. However, that doesn’t matter because the main point is having fun. I also save money because I buy gift cards from there and I get discounts from a variety of local services. I usually have the videos running on my phone in the mornings when I have my coffee and play with my tarot cards.
Qapital: This is also a company who rewards for referrals. $5 for you and $5 for me when you sign up, make a goal and put some cash towards it. This is a recent one for me but it was founded in Sweden, the colors caught my attention, there are no fees and just recently offered checking accounts, so I had to check it out. I made a recent goal towards financial freedom and this is where all my Swagbucks will go towards.
WordAds: I have a premium membership with WordPress and so with this membership I’m eligible to earn by CPI (cost per impression), or viewing, when I allow ads to show. I’m not a big fan of ads but I figure this was a way for me to contribute towards WordPress in a way, as long as there is only one small ad on each page, nothing overwhelming, like I’ve seen before.
So we’ll see how things go with Amazon, Swagbucks, Qapital and WordAds. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted.
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment. Cheers!