And taught me how to generate passive income online!
I'll show you everything and you'll see just how simple it is. I truly believe anyone can do what I do and earn money online.
Everything I'm going to show you is free. In fact, you can start your FREE training here.
If you're skeptical, that's normal. I was too! Continue reading below and see for yourself. But first, I'd like to introduce myself, if you don't mind. I'm sure you'd like to know who's the guy behind those lines of text, right? It'll be quick.
Hi, I'm Sim.
So, the basics. I'm a 27 y/o everyday normal guy. I'm from Montreal, Canada. Native French speaker. Proud father of an awesome beaglemation (it's a beagle and dalmatian mix) who takes up a lot of my energy. No kid, no wife. Living the great bachelor life for now oh yeah. My education pretty much comes down to a tiler certification and an unfinished bachelor of business. Not how I was picturing my life 10 years ago but hey, I'm not complaining.
Now that you know a little more about me, let's dive into how I came to do what I do (making money from website) and how you can copy/paste my formula and make a living online as well.
Going back a few years...
Back in 2012, I was a college dropout working as a waiter in a Montreal restaurant. At that time, I already had my fair share of experience with MLMs and other passive income schemes.
I knew working for someone else for the rest of my life wasn’t the only option but couldn’t figure out how exactly I wanted to achieve financial freedom or at least, working for myself without the struggles that come with owning a business.
I started looking for opportunities to earn money online and stumbled across different websites and personas claiming to be the answer to all my questions. Looking back, I can honestly say that the internet is full of shit.
I tried PTC, GPT, micro tasks, MLM but none of those was really the answer I was looking for. With MLM you feel like you’re harassing friends and family. With other things you just feel like it’s never going to be enough to live off of.
One night I came across a guy (sadly can’t remember who he was) that wrote an article about affiliate marketing. This thing looked sweet. You make money by recommending products you love to other people. No inventory, no employees and most importantly, no harassing anybody. I was sold right here and there.
Only problem's that I had (and still have) no education in computer science or programming or marketing or any of the stuff you think you need to be successful at this. So where to start?
Once again, I made my research, joined several programs and bought courses to help me get started. As I said, the internet is full of shit and lots of people are just trying to take advantage of others like me, who don't know better. I wasted about 500$ on courses and whatnot. Which, by the way, was a lot of money for me at that time.
Passive Income and how it saved me
Have you ever heard those MLM gurus, trying to scare you with all kinds of catastrophes that could keep you from going to work and supporting yourself and your family?
Well, it happened to me. At the beginning of summer 2016, I had a little too much to drink and went on the roof of a 3 story building to watch the stars with a girl. Let’s just say that coming down was a lot faster than going up.
Four months in a wheelchair with your arms and legs in cast is no fun, let me tell you that. With my jaw broken in 4. I couldn’t even eat; my sister had to blend me food that I was drinking through the hole I had in place of my teeth. Needless to say, I couldn't work. I had to learn back how to walk and all. It took me about a year to recover from that fall.
I know I know, not my proudest moment. What is done is done, I can only learn from it and move forward. Everybody makes mistakes, some are just more costly (or stupider) than other.
The reason I’m telling you this is, I wouldn’t have been able to take care of myself and my dog financially if it hadn’t been for the passive income stream I built over the years. I’ll assume the role of the MLM guru for one second and tell you that it’s true, it can happen, to anyone. We never know. If it wasn’t for Wealthy Affiliate, I would have lost everything I had.
The right time to start building something for yourself is right now. Nobody else is going to do it for you.
I'm not the sharpest tool in the box
By what I just told you, you could make the argument that I’m no Elon Musk. And yet, I’m one of those persons who work from home and take a few week/month break whenever it pleases them.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not the dumbest person alive neither. I’m just trying to tell you that making money with affiliate marketing isn’t rocket science.
All it takes is the will to create something sustainable for yourself and someone that’s willing to show you the ropes.
That’ why I like Wealthy Affiliate. It’s not only the training course that got me started, but it’s also the place where I now hangout and help others build their own online businesses.
If there one thing that sets this website apart from all the others, it’s the community. Well-minded and like-minded people gathered there with one common goal: making money.
How does this affiliate marketing thing work exactly?
It’s quite simple actually and I’ll cover the basics here. Obviously, I can’t cover everything there is to know in one page. If you’re interested and want to see first-hand one of the biggest affiliate marketing websites in the world, I’d suggest you create a free account here and see for yourself.
The idea is the following:
How do you make money you ask? Well, you “affiliate” yourself with a company, they provide you with an affiliate link and you use this link to refer people to their website/products. When people buy through your affiliate links, the company knows this sell comes from you and pays you a commission.
It’s way more common than you may think. You know all those websites linking to Amazon? Like Top 10, Best XYZ, etc. They all use affiliate links. Reality is, you probably already made someone a commission without even knowing it.
Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how you can make money from anything you want through affiliate marketing. Find one topic you wouldn’t mind spending some time learning more about and build a website around it. You research popular terms or questions people are looking answers to and write about it.
The goal is basically to be as helpful as possible and recommend products that will truly help your audience with the problems they are facing.
From there, you make a commission on every sale. No inventory, no employees, no harassing. Just you, a computer and the will to help others and to make money in the process.
The very first $$$ I made online
The million dollar question: Is it possible to make money online? Yes it is. I’m not personally making millions per month, but I work from the comfort of my home and stress free.
Here’s a screenshot of the first dollars I made online. I’m very proud of these. Not because of the amount I made but because for me it was proof that this thing worked.
From the moment you make your first dollar, all you have to do is scale. You know you’re doing something right so you just keep going, keep learning and keep growing your business.
Looking back, those first dollars are what drove me. The proof I needed to completely commit and go in head-on.
My best advice for the new people that join Wealthy Affiliate is this one: focus on making those very first dollars. Don’t think about what you could buy if you made 100 000$ online. Instead, focus on making your first affiliate sale happen and I promise you, the rest will come in time.
The cost of running a website
Everything in life comes at a price, I won’t lie. For me, the cost of running ScamsKitchen.com and all the tools I use for marketing purposes, comes down to about 150$ per month. Which, some could argue, is a lot.
But I started my first website for a whooping 0$. Completely free. In fact, you can too. If you decide today, right now, that you want to learn more, you can create a free account over at Wealthy Affiliate and they will provide you with all the tools and training you need to get your website up and running.
The catch? You only get the first 10 lessons for free. The good news? You can try it out for yourself, find out if it’s something you’d enjoy and if you understand how potentially life-changing this opportunity can be.
And if you don’t like it? You simply don’t upgrade. They don’t even take your credit card information so you don’t need to worry about getting charged 2 weeks from now or whatever. All your tools will still be free and you can keep your website online for free for as long as you want.
Honestly, in the 7 years I’ve been doing this, it’s the only website I found that gives you that much free stuff.
That being said, after you’ve been doing this for a while like I have, you’ll hear about other tools, new themes, new hosting companies, new this new that. Wealthy Affiliate gives a lot, but doesn’t have everything you might want.
So how much does running a website truly cost? The short answer is this:
It’s all about being smart. You don’t want to invest 1000$ per month when you’re not even doing 1$. But you shouldn’t stay on free tools as your business starts making good money.
Stats of a website I stopped working on 2 years ago!
I love showing this to my friends when they ask me if I need to keep working on my websites 40h a week like a “normal” job to keep the money flowing.
It’s better if you do, that’s for sure. The more your work on your websites, the faster you’ll see results. But once you get the ball rolling and your website gets enough traction, there’s no reason to fear losing all your work by taking a break.
Let’s look at the stats on this website on the right. I worked on it on-and-off for about a year and then stopped working on it for more than 2 years! Yes, traffic has declined and that means I make less and less money from it as time passes. But, it’s not dead yet, I made money from it for the past 2 years and it’s still making me money!
I’m not saying that’s what you should do. Ideally you want to keep working on and updating your site so that traffic and conversion increase instead of decrease. But if you can’t keep working on it for whatever reason, passive income‘s always welcome no?
Personal help building your online business
Having someone that knows the ropes tag along right from the beginning is a guaranteed way to jump-start your learning. This is my personal promise to you. By following my recommendation and joining Wealthy Affiliate, you get my personal support and help. Your personal coach if you prefer.
Just keep in mind I’m only human. I try my best to help as many persons I can every single day and I do that through the Wealthy Affiliate platform. Through WA, I can answer all questions that come my way pretty efficiently. I’m also providing my followers with my Discord and Skype as sometimes online messaging isn’t the most efficient way to communicate.
If you ever have any question, need moral support or just want to chat, I’m here for that.
Meet successful entrepreneurs and learn from them
The platform boasts more than 1.4 million members. You can be sure that among those you’ll find your fair share of really successful affiliate marketers. How much would you be willing to pay to get personal access to people making millions of dollars online, year after year?
Mentorships usually are quite expensive. They can cost thousands of dollars per session, no kidding. This same kind of expensive mentorship comes with your free membership! Imagine a Facebook-like website but only for people looking to earn money online. You get the idea.
I recently made a list of the 20 persons I enjoy following the most and will share it with you as soon as you get started.
Wealthy Affiliate makes it easy for members to interact/connect with each others. Not only are you surrounding yourself with like-minded people but you’re getting your hands on the best information you can find.
I just really want to stress the fact that I love helping newcomers getting started. I’m involved in the community and with my referrals to the site. I will be available to help you.
You can find hundreds of posts like these all over. You'll see new ones popping in and will be surrounded by those same successful people.
*How to claim your free membership!*
You can sign up for a free membership here. There is no obligation to upgrade and you can stay on the free membership for as long as you want, forever even.
What your free membership includes:
Personally, I think the free membership is an awesome option for you if you are still skeptical and want to discover more for yourself before making a decision.
It takes less than 5 minutes to get everything set-up (create account, set-up profile and all) and they don’t even take your credit card information. Wealthy Affiliate isn’t one of those “pay first and see what you get after”. I think the owners simply believe so much in their product/service that they allow people in, free of charge and they know many of them are going to upgrade their membership once they see the quality AND quantity of information and support.
Premium membership information
Even though I believe Wealthy Affiliate provides their members with an incredible amount of quality content and tools for free, I still think joining as a Premium Member is worth it.
First of, the training. With the free membership you get access to the first 10 modules. That’ll get you through understanding what you’re doing all the way up to having your website up and running, with the basics covered. That’s your foundation if you prefer. The Premium membership gives you access to literally everything else. In other words, if you’re really serious about building your online business, premium is where it’s at.
Being a Premium member also increases you referral commissions. Let’s say you join, find the content incredible and tell your friend about it. They see the potential and join through you. Because you recommended them, you touch a 50% commission on their membership. So if we do the math, you refer 2 persons to the website and your membership is completely free. All the others you refer after that is just free money from recommending an awesome training.
Other Premium benefits:
I want to be as transparent and keep it as real as possible with you. By joining Wealthy Affiliate as a premium member through my link, you are making me a commission. As I explained above, referring people to the site gives you 50% of their memberships value in affiliate commissions. All of that at no extra cost to you, of course.
If you think about it for a second, what’s best for me? Having you around as a premium member for a month or for a year, two years, ten years? Your success is my success. As long as you keep paying your membership, I keep making a commission. I have absolutely no reason and no intention to watch you fail. It’s in my best interest to help you as much as I can and get you to succeed. Makes sense?
With that being said, I can’t do the work for you. You have to put in the hours yourself. The best I can do is to be there whenever you need me, share everything I know with you and give you the same tools I use to build my websites. Seems fair?
So here’s the deal. When you upgrade to premium, I’ll provide you with:
Just know that I’m most of time connected on Wealthy Affiliate. I can’t stress enough how asking questions is important. There’s no dumb ones. Send me a PM, write on my profile, on my blog posts, write me on Skype or Discord. Do not hesitate. If for some reason I’m really not available, I’ll simply let you know and get back to you as soon as I can. Believe me, I love when people ask me questions and get involved.
Can’t wait to see you on the other side and what website you’re going to build:)
By the way, that’s my latest profile picture. Make sure to keep an eye out for me!
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