My name is Derek Rees.
I’ve been making money online since 2012. In the last two years I’ve seen my fair share of scams. I was a fresh-eyed young lad with big dreams and an empty wallet. A wallet devoid of funds can blind a person to these blatant scams. It took me a long time to learn what I hope to teach you quickly. That is, there is no such thing as “get rich quick.” If you want to be successful online, it will require hard work on your part.
In the beginning hard work wasn’t part of my agenda. For the first year of my adventure in online success, I was far from successful. Fortunately, I still had a full time job working in a grocery store. My bills were getting paid, but trust me, there is nothing like working in a grocery store to motivate a person to pursue something better.
The first thing I did to make some extra scratch was writing content. I went through the “content mills” to get articles. These paid about a penny a word. This was fine for extra cash but it is incredibly difficult to pursue full time. I had no idea, when I started, that writing this content would come in handy for other monetary ventures online.
The clients that utilize Content Mills are often website operators. The key to a successful website is quality content. I began to notice that a lot of the articles I was writing were similar, this was because clients were utilizing keywords in their content. I pieced this together in the forum, and decided to try my hand at affiliate marketing by building my own website. After all, I knew I could write quality content.
My transition into affiliate marketing started halfway through 2013. I didn’t want to pay for a domain name with almost no clue as to how to monetize it. So I searched for a platform that would allow me a free website. In this search, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate. It was through this site that I learned everything I needed to know about affiliate marketing. That is why, you will find, I’m a huge advocate of their site. Back in 2013, I elected to proceed with the free starter membership. I built my free niche site, traffic was flowing, and then… some unexpected news.
My girlfriend received a job opportunity that required us to move to Laguna Beach. At this point, I was still working full-time at the grocery store and only working online at night. This job opportunity (of hers) was a big move, we were living in Oregon at the time, and I had to figure out what I was going to do in California. Rent in Laguna Beach was high compared to what I was use to. I decided to gamble on the success of my website. I figured I could write content to supplement what I had saved from the grocery store. This would allow me to work full-time at home for up to four months. Those first two months were scary, but by month three the traffic to my site was finally converting to steady income. My gamble paid off.
Here I am, still working at home. I now operate a lot of different niche websites. The most amazing part is that I earn substantially more than I ever would have in that grocery store. Operating websites is a lot of front-end work. The work you put into it in the beginning will take a while to pay off. Once you are successful, you will suddenly have a lot more free time. I hope to help all of you realize your potential for success online, if you are willing to work for it.
Again, I am Derek. It’s very nice to meet you and if you have any questions, leave me a comment below.