This post is the last in a series of blogs about autarchy (i.d. self-sufficiency) projects, which is part of The Autarkist’s focus on Epicurean economics this year. Previous blogs have focused on bartending, real estate, etc.
I took an interest in affiliate marketing because it really is an application of the principle of mutual benefit. Everyone gets value: if you post an honest review of a product you believe in, the customer learns and can make an educated purchase (and may even get a discount if you are able to offer a discount code), the supplier gets a sale, and you–as the middle-man–earn money from a referral. As part of this year’s focus on Epicurean economics, I decided to go through an affiliate marketing class with a pro, and signed up for the Passive Income Lifestyle course (review here) with Odi.
In order to apply what I was learning from Odi and on my own, I created a business inspired in Epicurean ideas: TheTwentiers.com. I attempted to hire a designer I met at a patreon event to create my logo, but he was too busy with other projects, so I myself created some of the imagery for the website using a pencil, paper and calque. While the quality of the imagery is basic, I loved the final results and want them to remain on my page as a lesson in self sufficiency.
For the official business logo, I hired someone via Fiverr, per Odi’s recommendation. It was very affordable. As a content creator or business owner, you may hire people from all over the world to create music, logos, imagery, to write or translate content for you, to market your business or program your website, and many other services. There’s an added layer of trust: Fiverr shows you the testimonies of previous clients, which allows you to determine the quality of the work being offered prior to hiring your freelancer.
This process led me to get familiar with several affiliate platforms by which we may earn income from our content. I also learned about other platforms on my own. For instance, Sponsored Tweets allows people with Twitter followers to make a bit of money tweeting ads. The more followers you have, the more likely you are to be hired and the more money you can make.
Due to my focus being on a very small niche–that of Epicurean philosophy–it will probably take some time before I’m able to make a significant income via affiliate marketing, but I do not regret taking the time to learn a professional, organized approach to it as a content creator. In the meantime, I appreciate your Patreon support.