My “Something Different” Stress Management Technique

I want to talk about my “something different” Stress Management Technique. This is something that is helping me to manage my stress. It may do the same for you. 🙂

My “Something Different” Stress Management Technique

One important way to manage stress is to do a hobby that you are totally passionate about and that you can actually do for decent amounts of time each day. My “Something Different” Stress Management Technique is to do a hobby which I enjoy called Affiliate Marketing.

I have been doing affiliate marketing as my passionate hobby to help me with managing my stress. It is something different and is helping me. For me it is a process which I enjoy.

Hi there and welcome to my Online Affiliate Marketing Hobby Story. Affiliate Marketing has been a hobby and a passion of mine for a while now.

Over the years I have purchased numerous products to improve my skill sets as well as my affiliate marketing expertise. I have purchased products in the affiliate marketing world, in the self improvement world and in the business world as these are all closely connected.

I am pursuing affiliate marketing as affiliate marketing has a number of attractions for me. I have no boss and I do my affiliate marketing activities in my own time.

Anyway, there are many different strategies in affiliate marketing. There are also many people saying that their way is the best way to make money. In order to learn about their ways you have to spend money and time learning about them. Some are good and others not. I have gone down some “false roads” down through the years.

Why Affiliate Marketing is for me?

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I have spent time learning about WordPress and have used a number of different WordPress themes down through the years. I have also used a number of different WordPress plugins, so I have practical WordPress knowledge and expertise.

I have also learned about keyword research, done keyword research and wrote articles targeting those keywords to allow the search engines to include my content in search results so that those searchers find my content and take me up on my recommendations.

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I have sold products and services using this approach and know first hand that it works. There is nothing more exciting to get emails from an affiliate network that you are partnering with that says “you make a sale”. Those are great emails to get.

I am an Amazon Associate and Amazon transfer my earnings from them into my bank account on a regular basis. I am working on making those earnings higher and to happen more regularly.

I come from a computing background and so love the WordPress related activities associated with my online business.

Now I want to start to give back

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Over time I have learned about WordPress, WordPress themes, WordPress plugins and keyword research. I also learned and practiced some practical ways to do keyword research, written articles, learned and practiced practical SEO techniques. These along with other affiliate marketing activities help me improve my affiliate marketing abilities. And my affiliate marketing capabilities.

Now I want to offer you some understanding into these affiliate marketing activities as well as provide you with real practical ways that real affiliate marketers are doing these days.

A Little Story About My Affiliate Marketing Life

I joined an affiliate marketing platform a few years ago when I was doing other things. At that time I did not have the time to give it as much time as I would have liked, however I kept my subscription active and kept my interest in affiliate marketing active.

I also did some of the affiliate marketing training that they provide as well as creating a few WordPress based sites. This means that I am now extremely comfortable with creating WordPress based sites. You will too if you follow this training and practice doing the suggested exercises.

Part of that affiliate marketing platform is access to some great affiliate marketing training online and also to some great affiliate marketing tools.

Over the time of my membership I have seen this affiliate marketing platform increase their offerings thereby making premium membership of this affiliate marketing platform even more valuable and even more useful to aspiring affiliate marketers as well as experienced affiliate marketers.

Prior to joining that affiliate marketing platform I had over my life always had an interest in having my own business. So much so, back about 35 years ago I actually set up a mail order business before going to college.

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I learned a lot during those mail order days however I was not earning enough at the time so had to drop the mail order business. I did a 2 year full time computer programming course which I totally enjoyed from day 1. I loved that computer programming course.

So much so that in my first year in that course I was awarded the best student in the department of science and computer science award. Awesome or what?

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After completing that course I obtained a job as a trainee computer programmer and progressed fairly quickly in that career. I enjoyed that career path for over 25 years and loved it. That career path meant that I did not have much time for my other interests which I put on the back boiler.

For me there was always something missing and that is the “free as a bird feeling” that is associated with mail order and also as it turns out with affiliate marketing. I have a collection of self improvement books and business related books as that nudge never truly left me. Thank goodness.

Now I have some time to actually do the affiliate marketing thing and I am grabbing this with both hands when time actually allows me to. I am loving it. Now I need to focus my affiliate marketing time on the really important tasks and not be too concerned about the unimportant tasks.

What’s Next?

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Well for me this is to build up affiliate marketing businesses which I am totally looking forward to. I know that I can do it, it is basically a matter of keeping myself focussed on the important things.

I have already pushed through various challenges in building up my online business. I know that I can push through whatever more challenges are required in building up my online business. It takes focussed time and focussed effort to build up an online business. If anyone else says otherwise be sure to ask them for the proof without you parting with money to view that proof. 🙂

My Mission With Affiliate Marketing

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I want to make you aware that there are a lot of benefits associated with affiliate marketing, this is the result of a lot of hard focussed work. Building up an online business using affiliate marketing as your vehicle is a great idea however you do need to be aware that it is not necessary the easiest or the fastest way to make money, especially in the beginning when you are learning about affiliate marketing. To learn about affiliate marketing you do need proper affiliate marketing education and proper affiliate marketing training in order to increase the odds of success for you.

It is important to understand that there is a lot of false information out there and a lot of people have got unbelievable expectations of what can be achieved in affiliate marketing in a short time period with little or no real work.

As far as I am concerned it is going to take focussed time and focussed effort in order to build an online business as an affiliate marketer. I am reminded of a famous saying “Rome was not built in a day”.

Looking for Affiliate Marketing Training?

When looking for affiliate marketing training, look for people who are currently successful doing this who are teaching their current proven successful approaches and who are not teaching outdated or ineffective appoaches. Look for proof of this recent success from independent well-known trustworthy sources.

If you are looking for affiliate marketing training I do suggest that you look at a number of companies in the teaching affiliate marketing space. Funny enough all the ones I started following recently also have active YouTube channels.

Most of them also have courses which may hit the sweat spot for you. Some of these courses are not cheap so you do need to do a lot of due diligence yourself to be sure that they actually fulfill your needs.

For the moment anyway I am reading their blogs and following them on YouTube. I have already subsribed to their email newsletters. Of course, if you decide to buy anything from those emails be sure to do your own due diligence as well.

I am finding that this approach is working for me. It may also work for you.

Here is my current list as in September 2021.

These are not affiliate links. I do not earn anything if you purchase at these websites.

I think if you are interested in affiliate marketing, you should get an overall view provided by different people who are currently doing affiliate marketing today before spending money on affiliate marketing training if you ever do. If you ever go ahead and spend money with them, be sure to do your own due diligence as well.

Here’s my current list in no particular order as in September 2021:

Income School

Their website and YouTube channel are full of useful information. Their videos are entertaining and full of good information. Their information is based on their real world recent experiences doing affiliate marketing. Their approaches that I am aware off make sense to me.

They change their recommendations and approaches over time in response to the changing world. They do testing and experimentation on their own websites. They regularly start off new websites from scratch.

For instance, they used to recommend three different types of post along with recommended word counts. Since about May 2021 they now recommend two different types of posts along with recommended word counts. These recommendations are based on them doing different experiments on their own websites and what they recently found out. They do that on an ongoing basis. They also recently changed their keywork research process which they call search analyis.



Brian Dean, the founder of Backlinko provides a lot of actionable information mainly about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). If you are doing affiliate marketing, you need to know and do good Search Engine Optimization (SEO). If you look around in his blog you will find a lot of affiliate marketing related resources.


Authority Hacker

Their website and YouTube channel are full of useful information. Their videos are entertaining and full of good information. Their information is based on their real world recent experiences in building authority websites.Their approaches that I am aware off make sense to me.

They are data driven and scientific driven. They recommend using a $99 a month keyword research tool in their approach. They don’t earn commissions from that recommendation. In their eyes, that happens to be the best tool for the job. Their idea is to be very smart about deciding what to do (or not do) based in part on figures that this tool provides.

They change their recommendations and approaches over time in response to the changing world. They do testing and experimentation on their own websites. They regularly start off new websites from scratch.


Diggity Marketing

Matt Diggity, the founder of Diggity Marketing provides a lot of actionable information mainly about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). His information is mainly based on tests he has done. He’s not into theory stuff.

Matt also usually blogs near the end of the month with a “News roundup of what is happening in the search engine world, in the google search world and in the SEO world in general”. That blog post usually contains useful timely information.


My Affiliate Marketing Training Conclusion

These are the people and organisations I feel comfortable sharing with you at the present time. I have learned not to be totally dependent on one source of affiliate marketing / search engine optimization information.

Some of them on occasion disagree with others in approach. So knowing that and maybe knowing when they have their opinion and maybe knowing why they have different opinions leads me to form my own opinion.

I hope that you find the above information useful in your affiliate marketing adventures. If you ever go ahead and spend money with any of them or with anyone else on the internet, be sure to do your own very detailed due diligence as well.

Here Are Some Recommendations

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful. Here are some recommendations that I hope you’ll also find helpful. Of course, I may earn commissions if you buy using my links.

Domain Registrations, Renewals and Transfers

I use Domain Cost Club for domain registrations, renewals and transfers. I been using them now for over six years. I find that they do the job and do it very cost effectively. You can read my review of them by clicking here.

WordPress Hosting

A good WordPress Hosting webhost is Bluehost. They have a good interface and they have 24/7 support. I wrote a short post outlining some of the packages Bluehost have available. Click here to read that post.

If you are more technical and already have practical cPanel Hosting expertise, you might find the cPanel Hosting solution I currently use hits the sweet spot for you. Just know this solution does not have 24/7 support.

I wrote a post explaining my definition of managed WordPress hosting which includes a pricing comparison at the bottom of that article. You can read that by clicking here.

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4 thoughts on “My “Something Different” Stress Management Technique”

  1. David thank you for sharing your affiliate marketing experience.  I agree with you wholeheartedly on building a business.  It needs work and consistency and unfortunately too many programs promise the world for little effort and this raises peoples expectations.  I am just starting this journey seriously myself.  I have watched affiliate marketing from the sidelines for many years and after a serious health scare decided that it was my time to give it a go. What advice would you give me as a newbie just starting out?  I have a niche that I am passionate about but that’s about it.

    • Hi Liz,

      Yes, it does take an amount of focussed effort and time to build a business. Too many people give the impression that it can be done quickly which is not true. As you have had a series health scare I would suggest that looking after your health is your overall concern and do not overstretch yourself in the coming days, weeks, months and years.

      As you are just starting out, I recommend that you read my start with Affiliate Marketing article. Having a niche that you are passionate about is great as that gives you something to talk about. This also allows you to make product recommendations based on your experience and expertise of your niche that you are passionate about. 


  2. Very well put! It does make sense to want to give back after learning so much and reaping the rewards. I love affiliate marketing, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s probably the best direction for someone to go in who wants to start a home-based business. I think with the emergence of automation and AI, there will be lots of people out there looking for different types of career and financial opportunities in the coming years. Your site is well-positioned to be able to help aspiring affiliate marketers get started on the right foot and avoid the many different scam artists out there that seek to take advantage of their needs for the wrong reasons. Best of luck to you and thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for confirming that as far as you are concerned, affiliate marketing is probably the best direction for someone who wants a home-based business. I agree. With automation, AI and “normal” shifts in job patterns, there are going to be loads of opportunities for people looking for different career options. Affiliate marketing is a great option for a number of these people and I hope that these people learn affiliate marketing from ethnical sources and do not get scammed in their search to improve their lives.

      All the best Mark,



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