Lol, sorry about that 😀 I can totally relate to your question Darrin. This was a really big concern of mine as well. But it’s also one you don’t have to worry about. Your website is built on WordPress (which you do NOT pay for) and is not owned by Wealthy Affiliate in any way. Although you can host your website with Wealthy Affiliate, you don’t have to. You can build it there and move it to another host later… or you can build it somewhere else right from the start if you’d like. It’s a common misconception that Wealthy Affiliate is like a middleman between you and your business. This is not the case, no more than school is a middleman between you and your job.
The concept of affiliate marketing on the Internet was conceived of, put into practice and patented by William J. Tobin, the founder of PC Flowers & Gifts. Launched on the Prodigy Network in 1989, PC Flowers & Gifts remained on the service until 1996. By 1993, PC Flowers & Gifts generated sales in excess of $6 million per year on the Prodigy service. In 1998, PC Flowers and Gifts developed the business model of paying a commission on sales to the Prodigy Network.[8][9]
Hey Simon, thanks for stopping by and really appreciate the share and follow. The free membership is what got me in as well but it wasn’t long before I upgraded. That’s awesome that you’re starting to see some commissions. It does take time to get the ball rolling, but it sure is nice when it does 😀 I really appreciate your insight and kind comments.
I am not actually a complete newbie but haven’t made money online yet. I have in my arsenal so far, all it takes to do this business, a self hosted WP site, an auto responder, few great tools and products, premium plugins and themes, a twitter handle , a FB page, a g+ account and a u-tube channel, all branded in my with my logo. Just crossing my t’s and dotting my i’s before launching.
Digital marketing became more sophisticated in the 2000s and the 2010s, when[13][14] the proliferation of devices' capable of accessing digital media led to sudden growth.[15] Statistics produced in 2012 and 2013 showed that digital marketing was still growing.[16][17] With the development of social media in the 2000s, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, consumers became highly dependent on digital electronics in daily lives. Therefore, they expected a seamless user experience across different channels for searching product's information. The change of customer behavior improved the diversification of marketing technology.[18]
Some merchants run their own (in-house) affiliate programs using dedicated software, while others use third-party intermediaries to track traffic or sales that are referred from affiliates. There are two different types of affiliate management methods used by merchants: standalone software or hosted services, typically called affiliate networks. Payouts to affiliates or publishers can be made by the networks on behalf of the merchant, by the network, consolidated across all merchants where the publisher has a relationship with and earned commissions or directly by the merchant itself.
For some business owners, they’ll think of a website. Others may think of social media, or blogging. In reality, all of these avenues of advertising fall in the category internet marketing and each is like a puzzle piece in a much bigger marketing picture. Unfortunately, for new business owners trying to establish their web presence, there’s a lot of puzzle pieces to manage.

In addition to Getting Started, there are 12 more "classrooms". While each of these have unique training content, there is overlap between some of the courses and videos. For example, a lot of the material in classroom 4 (Everything WordPress), also applies to classroom 8 (Website Development). Here are the 13 Topics covered in this section of the training.

By using the Facebook tracking pixel or the Adwords pixel, you can help to define your audience and work to entice them to come back to your site. Let's say the didn't finish their purchase or they simply showed up and left after adding something to their shopping cart, or they filled out a lead form and disappeared, you can re-target those individuals.
In this course you’ll use the same steps that entrepreneurs and startups use to create and build their businesses. This model will guide you in setting up your own automated income stream from scratch, by promoting products created by others.  By the end of the course, you’ll have an affiliate website and a growing list that you can continue to monetize!
Hi, Jay. This is absolutely most thorough and complete review of Wealthy Affiliate I have ever seen. I love the part where you get down to where the rubber meets the road and reveal what happens when you get a commission from Wealthy Affiliate. I feel very vindicated for every comment, review and opinion that I have had about WA and that is that it takes WORK. To me, it’s a college level course for a fraction of the money. Well done, sir. Well done.
The trainer Diego Davila will help you learn Facebook & Instagram marketing  through various tips and techniques which you can later use to enhance your affiliate marketing efforts. The course will train you on how to use Facebook Pixel and Facebook retargeting effectively, making you reach out to thousands of customers in a targeted manner. You will also learn Facebook Video marketing, master Instagram advertising and find ways to increase your likes and followers. This is extremely beneficial if you are trying to find a way to use facebook and instagram for your affiliate marketing business. You may also be interested in checking out more Facebook Training.
Hi, Jamie! Very good list. I needed something like this for 2018 so that I know what to target in the future blogs I create. As for now, I’m comfortable using SiteGround affiliate network and it’s pretty good actually. Their hosting service is pretty much the best considered its price. I’ve tried others but SiteGround stands out. I’ll also try new affiliate networks, something from the list you have just provided. I think Amazon is too saturated at the moment, and I need a better network. 2018 will be interesting indeed.
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