Get a real bargain with Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday 2016 deal


In my page on the benefits of affiliate marketing as best homes based income, and in my subsequent post on the competitive advantage affiliate marketing offers through Wealthy Affiliate learning platform, I have already outlined the features that this great learning community has to offer.

The most appealing and immediately striking feature of Wealthy Affiliate is the FREE OF CHARGE Starter membership.  With the Starter membership, you get access to a whirlpool of benefits, including:

#1 The Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started (Level 1) – You will be introduced access to 10 lessons which will guide you step by step through the building of your website based your passion, your niche, a subject that you really feel strong about, hence you will love to share your knowledge about it with others.  The lessons will encourage to work along, by completing tasks that are designed to enrich your website with content.  You will finally be guided through the marketing process of your online business, trying to attract traffic by ‘spreading the word’ about your website and individual blogs on social media, which in turn will attract potential customers.

#2 Two FREE websites – Starter members get access to the Worldpress website builder function, where they can build up to two website completely free of charge.

#3 Unlimited training – With access to 1000s of blogs from other members, here you can learn the ropes of online business and more insights on affiliate marketing, and you can come across business opportunities and creative tips on how to make your online business more profitable for you.

#4 Access to WA affiliate program – WA program pays some of the highest rates of commission, and you generate a revenue every time that a new member signs up to the Premium membership through individual referral links and banners that you can share on your websites and through your social media accounts.

So, why go Premium???

Premium membership gives you more, much more!! Just have a look at the below chart and be the judge of it:

Yes, admittedly if you want to become Premium member, you are asked to join a paying scheme, which works as follows:

Monthly = $49 per month ($1.56 per day) or
Yearly = $359 per year ($0.98 per day!)

It might sound like big bucks to pay $359 upfront, but by paying yearly you end up saving a whopping $229 other the monthly payments!


Now, I am a relative newbie, having joined Wealthy Affiliate only 8 months ago. As you will know from My Story, I have many failed attempts at finding legitimate and successful ways to make an income from home online.  When I landed at Wealthy Affiliate, I was totally clueless at where to start from, let alone taking my basic progress to the next level and turning a ‘for fun’ blogging activity into a profitable business.

Joining WA for free was what appealed to me the most about this platform – I had been components before, and was not prepared to loose any more money.  At the same time, joining for free gave me the opportunity to realise immediately that WA was no scam.  Lessons were invaluable and ‘hand on’.  The community was real, a giving  and caring one, and equally as knowledgeable as the lessons and tutorials you were offered by their gurus, the founders Kyle and Carson and the longer standing other members, now become successful entrepreneurs.

The decision to become a WA Premium member was only the natural step in my development.  And now that I have been on the Premium membership for so many months, I feel strong in the belief that the Starter pack is in fact more suited to people that already have a basic knowledge of website building and online marketing.  For newbies like me, the Premium pack has proved to be of much more value and assistance as it gives you access to more learning opportunities.


What has the Premium membership got to offer

Lets get to the Mitty gritty of the business.  If the Starter pack is already so generous in spite of being free of charge, why should you pay a monthly, or even a yearly fee?  Because the Premium membership offers you:

#1 Direct contact with Kyle and Carson with their personal mentoring.

#2 Up to 50 websites free of charge, by using the WA owned hosting platform Siterubix, still using WordPress website builder tools – this also gives you access to 24/7 technical support, should you get stuck in any way.

#3 Full access to all the 6 Levels of the Online Entrepreneur Certification – that is a total of 60 lessons, with assigned tasks which are aimed to encourage you to populate your website with vital content as well as to market your website and content in order to attract visitors’ traffic for potential monetisation.

#4 Unlimited access to keyword searches – There are many keyword search tools on the internet, but they all require a monthly payment.  WA includs this tool in the membership at no extra cost, and gather data from all the major search engines, such as Google, Bing and Yahoo, enabling you to pick up the most attractive and searched for terms that are relevant to your niche for an UNLIMITED number of times!

#5 Weekly interactive VIDEO Classes – broadcast live, Jay’s ‘webinars’ offers valuable insight on specific topics every week, with video lessons lasting between 60-90 minutes.  If you are unable to connect live, due to work commitments or different time zone, or if you want to watch the webinars again, these are readily available for a useful replay.

And the list goes on!  As mentioned in my previous WA review, I may be deemed bias for being a WA member. But, as I have read recently, there is no better and most sincere review that the one from somebody who has had first hand experience of the whole learning process. And I can guarantee, I would not have just spent €299 if I did not believe in the successful formula of Wealthy Affiliate.

My Black Friday year Premium payment


So, what are you waiting for?  Join Wealthy Affiliate, become a Premium member and, for this weekend only, pay the yearly discounted fee of $299!  This offer is now live and only lasts till Monday 28th November 2016 – a further discount of $289 over monthly payment.  CLICK HERE FOR AN OFFER TRULY NOT TO BE MISSED!!!



By all means, do let us know if you have taken that ‘leap of faith’ this weekend and you have gone Yearly Premium.  Or indeed do do share with us your experience as an established Premium member.  Leave a message below.  Thank you.


Is Amazon Associates program worth it?

 Name:       Amazon

Website: (or adding the extension of your country Amazon website, i.e., etc)

Price:        FREE

Owner:  Jeff Bezos, founder of which was the first enterprise from which other countries websites took off

Rank:       90 out of 100



I have for many years been regular customer of as I have always found it extremely competitive in prices and quality since my son was younger and Father Christmas had to treat him to his first electronic games, to the present days when I use the site for my regular food supplies, toys and accessories for my border terrier Indy.

When I then decided to start my online business in an effort to find ways to earn extra income from home, I realised that Amazon was offering an affiliate program (or associate program, as Amazon likes to call it), which everyone with a selling platform could access.  

I expect it made sense. Amazon could give back a little bit of what I have been giving Amazon in the last few years. And it was no harm joining, as the scheme is free of charge.  But what gave me confidence is pursuing this avenue was the realisation that to this day Amazon is possibly the most successful e-commerce worldwide, with a reputable brand that keeps attractings customers regularly in the same way as it still attracts me.

But, how to make money with amazon associate program?amazon-earnings



Making money with amazon associate program is pretty straightforward.  Amazon Associates works on the affiliate business model, where you promote products or services and you end up earning commissions every time that a sale is generated directly as a result of your promotion.  In other words, based on the old commerce principle of selling and buying, you are the middle man (or woman indeed), you are the ‘shopkeeper’ that agrees to sell a specific brand in your shop.

The difference is that the buyer of the product or services will not have their prices inflated by your commissions.  In the case of Amazon, for instance, whether you order an item using my website Living With A Border Terrier (which I actively use to promote Amazon products specifically catered for dogs) or directly from the Amazon website, you are not going to be charged any different.  However, Amazon will reduce their profit by offering me a small commission for promoting their merchandise.



Naturally, in order to promote Amazon you need to have an online platform, or website so to speak.  Many have specific selling website, or create A-Stores which are designed to sell Amazom items.  Your website however does not have to be created purposely and solely as a selling exercise.  You can have a blog, such as my Living With A Border Terrier one, and promote Amazon items at the same time, which will of course be relevant to the subject tackled in my blog – in my case, dogs and more specifically, any items sold by Amazon that are related to the breed of border terrier.

BEWARE!!  Social media platforms are good advertisers of products and services, and you could be tempted to copy an Amazon Associates link directly on them in the hope to find the exposure that will grant you a few orders.  Most social media however do not approve of ‘naked links’, and will close your account or penalise you, unless you promote your Amazon item as part of your website page or post. 



Once you have your own website and you have set up your first few pages promoting your niche (or interest, or passion), you can apply to one of the Amazon associate programs available.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Let me first of all clarify on this point.  Amazon was originally founded by Jeff Bezos as, based in the States.  As Amazon became more and more successful, other ‘branches’ were created locally to other countries.  The principle behind this strategy was to be able to retain competitive prices by allowing local suppliers to sell own products to the local consumer through Amazon marketplace, hence saving on delivery and on virtually inexistent export costs.

Amazon currently trades in most European countries, as well as in India, Japan, China, Brazil and Canada.  It is also about to lauch their website in Australia.  For each of these countries, Amazon has a separate website with the country extension, i.e. for Italy. for Canada, for Germany, and so on.  Each website, and each country, will have their own associate program.  When you apply to join an Amazon affiliate program, initially you may want to join the program of your own country, but this does not preclude you from joining the programs of other countries too.  Remember, your website will be visible worldwide, and no matter where you live, you are bound to come across viewers from other countries who will be interested in purchasing through your website, if you promote the product providing your own personalised and trustworthy review and if you capture your audience at their point of buying.

Once you have applied to one of the Amazon affiliate programs, Amazon will review your website to ensure it is a feasible advertising platform for their products, and they will approve your application.  From this moment, whenever you access your associate account, you will be able to copy and paste links of Amazon product directly on your website.  The link will have an ID code that is unique to you, and which enable Amazon to trace back to your website whenever a buyer purchases a product clicking on the Amazon link from your website.

And the game is on!!



Like most affiliate programs, Amazon is second to none of supporting you in your ‘job’ of advertising their products with tools.  On your affiliate program you will find links to any individual product sold on Amazon website.  Hence you are not restricted in promoting specific categories over others.

Not only that.  Amazon has banners and widgets that you can add anywhere on your website.  It also has an extensive training program where you are guided hand in hand through the process of building your own A-store, or in personalise any of the promoting tools offered to you, to cater and meet the needs of the niche that your website is centred on.

Personally, being a novice at all of this, I found most useful the user-friendly approach of any of their technical aspects.  I also have to mention that, especially at the beginning, I contacted their customer services by email, and got a detailed and easy to understand response within a few hours.  That, to me, is a selling point in an affiliate program, which makes it worth applying for.



Joining any of the Amazon Associates programs will cost you nothing – yes, Amazon Associate programs are FREE OF CHARGE!!!  

The only restriction to this perk is that, if you do not make a sale within 180 days, your account is closed.  But this does not preclude you being able to apply again, using the same website or any new ones.


Millions of items are dispatched from Amazon warehouses every day
Millions of items are dispatched from Amazon warehouses every day

On the positive side, although Amazon imposes a time limit of 180 days within which to make a sale, it is almost guaranteed that you will make a sale – and no matter how big or small the sale is, this will stop the countdown to account closing time.  And the guarantee comes from the excellent reputation Amazon holds for many decades now, and worldwide.

As a lazy shopper myself, but as an Amazon shopaholic, I can guarantee that slashed down prices like Amazon offers, no other online retailer does.  And the benefit of having your shopping delivered to your front door in addition, is another factor that contribute to Amazon having one of the biggest customer base worldwide.

It is Amazon reputation, combined with smashing and unique reviews on your website, that will guarantee you multiple sales within the 3 month time limit, to enable Amazon to keep your account open.

Not only that, but the viewer clicking on your unique Amazon link on your website will guarantee you a commission even if they end up purchasing any other product on Amazon website than the one you recommended – so long as the sale is completed within 24 hours from accessing the Amazon website through your link.  And this gives your possibility of a sale additional flexibility and better chances.

The negative of Amazon associate program is that the commission rate is not one of the highest.  Where other affiliate programs offer in the region of 15-20%, with some stretching to a generous 25% (such as Wealthy Affiliate), Amazon varies between a ridiculous 1% on home entertainment to 3% for most other products including home and improvement, to finally reaching a meager 10% for jewellery.

With Amazon, it is just the case of quantity of sales over quality, if you want to convert your advertising efforts into potential real earner.



In spite of the low commission rate, and in spite of the time limit of 3 months to make a sale in order not to have your account shut down, I do believe Amazon Associate programs are worth the effort.  And that, again, is in virtue of the fact that thanks to Amazon established and reputable position as one of the best online retailers worldwide, you will make successful sales.

Now, because of the positive experience I have as an Amazon associate on my other website Living With A Border Terrier, I feel confident in recommending this program whether you are a novice to affiliate marketing or whether you are affirmed blogger of your niche.  So, what are you waiting for?  Sign up with Amazon Associates and start making money!!!


Name:       Amazon

Website: (or adding the extension of your country Amazon website, i.e., etc)

Price:        FREE

Rank:       90 out of 100


Do share with me your experience with Amazon, or any suggestion to become a better and more successful affiliate.  Leave your comment below.  And thanks for reading!!!