Yes, I know this is a learn to sew website, but I need to confess that I am an affiliate marketer. In this post I will tell you not only ‘what’ an affiliate marketer is, but more importantly, the ‘why’ I am an affiliate marketer and how you can become one too, as I am assuming that is why you are reading this post.
When I first came online, it was to make a legitimate online income from home, with little or no setup costs. Although this is possible, it was not too practical for a long term online business to succeed.
It is possible to start online for free, but building a business with no cash injection, is a slow process. It is now a few years down the road and it is now time for me to monetize my websites.
Yes; I am an affiliate marketer and I also enjoy helping people. The only thing that has changed for you is I will be referring you to the products I already use, not just the ones I would like you to buy, to make me money because at the end of the day it is all about you learning how to sew.
What is an Affiliate Marketer?
Why I am an Affiliate Marketer?
It has been a long time coming, but as I learned at Wealthy Affiliate, my online learning university, it is all about helping people, plus… Content is King! But, at the end of the day we all need to make an income.
It is now a few years since I started growing my content-rich website. I have decided that because AliExpress is where I buy ALL my sewing bric-a-brac online, that it made sense I would join their Affiliate program.
Also, I will be reviewing sewing machines and online sewing courses to make sure they are suitable for referring you too, as I realized I just will not have the time to do everything myself, so I need to affiliate some of my resources.
It is common sense that to make money online people need to trust you, and those of you who have been with me from the beginning, I thank you from the bottom of my heart… wow, thank you for hanging in there while I have gone through a few personal transitions.
AliExpress International Purchases?
AliExpress has been my go-to website for just about all my sewing requirements… accept fabric, which I tend to buy locally. Although, of late I have found a few fabric websites that I will be buying from to test out for a new range of colors; which I will be sharing with you along the way.
There is Nothing Like a Good ‘Honest’ Review
We ALL love a good honest review! Well I know for sure, I do, and especially when buying online. This is the only way I know to gauge the product before I push that “BUY NOW” button that has been tempting you for some time now.
As there is no way of knowing the quality of an item until it arrives, or that it will arrive at all, I only buy from those who have reviews or feedback, rating the product, unless of course, it is cheap enough that I am prepared to risk it.
In all the years I have been buying from AliExpress, I have found no exception to this rule, so ALWAYS check the reviews of ‘more than one’ item to compare for both delivery time and ‘quality’ of the items received.
Personal feedback is a PLUS when buying online. I have regretted the times I have not done so, forgetting the benefit for future buyers to base their decision on.
I like Keeping You Up to Date
By keeping you up to date, it keeps me up to date. When working from home, sometimes I lose sight of the latest updates on almost everything, so this is a two-way street for me as it sure keeps me up to date with things… even some I wish I had never come across.
I must say, some things I have stumbled across in my search for online products’, has certainly opened my eyes. In saying that, be careful what you search for in Google… enough said!
It’s Cheaper to Import
Shop Local they say… and being a crafts’ person I also encourage you to do the same. BUT, there is that exception to the rule…
Here in New Zealand, and for me being 90mins away from my local sewing shop, it is often cheaper and more convenient to buy Internationally, with the “FREE SHIPPING” option.
So sad that shipping from China is cheaper to my Rural Address than it is using Local Shipping Companies, to get it to my letterbox.
Hard to believe when I make an order through AliExpress and patiently ‘stalk’ my letterbox until said item arrives… I am a lover of keeping a products’ footprint small.
Considering though, that I am a 1.5hours drive to my local fabric store, online is also way more convenient. I also feel that it is a sign of the times and if I would like people to purchase from my website then, I need to genuinely support others.
Unfortunately, it is a shame that I feel the need to buy my haberdashery from an International source to keep my ‘handcrafted’ items at an affordable cost; believe me, I wish it was different.
One Final Word…
I have written this blog to keep you up to date and let you know that I now have affiliate products and links that will start appearing on this website, but I will make sure they are from very reputable businesses to keep you and your money safe while you are shopping online.
I state that ALL my reviews and posts are honest and are put together to help you grow in your quest to learn how to sew, first and foremost. If you have any questions please ask in the comments below.