The genesis of this affiliate marketing blog goes back to the year 2012.

I had gotten tired of living the wretched life of a part-time teacher in my small country of Togo in the middle of the West African coast.

The word BLOG written with coloured and fanciful characters to signify affiliate marekting blog

What brought me to blogging?

But I had a dream. Not only for myself and my family (both nuclear and extended) but also for other Africans.

I was used to working online sourcing products for buyers on the B2B site called Alibab.com. I had success getting sellers and buyers and putting them into contact with each other but the greedy nature of human nature robbed me of my gains. My “bosses” would tell me stories about the business till I got tired and went on to another.

So, going on Google to do research to look for a supplier ready to supply me goods on Cash against Documents was as easy as a, b, c.

Research done. But instead of such a supplier, Google served me details about affiliate marketing blogging.

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I only checked the first result out of curiosity. I had never heard of the words “blogging” and “affiliate”. Of course, I knew about marketing. Maybe it was that word which made me read the piece.

The first blogging training I followed

It was by a company called Web Colleagues. For $59, they offered to train people to master blogging in affiliate marketing.

I sighed and looked into the wall.

I had the money but there was no way I could pay by credit card or even Paypal. These were simply not available in my country. What I had access to is bank money transfer. But the company didn’t have that as a payment method. Besides, I once sent a payment that way to a company in Britain and the bank charges kept me grinding my teeth for months.

Going through my mind’s map, my sight fell on a friend who was a lecturer in an Australian University. I had proposed a business to him before and he had refused it. Now I was afraid to tell him about this but tell him I must.

Surprisingly he accepted to help me pay. More surprisingly, he decided that I shouldn’t send him money by Western Union before he paid for me. He would do it out of his pocket. And he did.

I received the course and started the training. It was interesting. And all along I started to create my affiliate marketing blog.

The training marketing promised that if I continued posting content on the blog, in the course of 5 months, I would have enough traffic to start making money.

Five months passed and the traffic I had was just a handful. Disappointed, I abandoned the blog.

The second blogging training I followed

But once bitten, they say, is twice shy. Back to Google I went and searched again.

A review about Wealthy Affiliate came up. The blood pounded in my veins as I read it.

I applied immediately for the 7-day free trial. What I saw as training was so thorough that I signed up for the premium membership before the 7 days expired.

Then I began to create this very blog you’re reading. It also has a checkered history.

After working on it from August 2015, my progress in getting traffic was so small that I neglected it momentarily.

The problem was that I needed keyword tools, email marketing tools and other things to work methodically but my American Express credit card was not accepted in many places abroad for payment.  I again cursed living in Africa.

But about a year later, a bank began advertising the sale of Visa credit cards. I rushed there and bought one immediately.

I began to see progress.

My blogging journey hits a stumbling block

Problems come severally, they say.

The moment for repayment of my web hosting, domain name hosting and Wealthy Affiliate membership came. This was the time my bank had whatever problem with the visa card. So, although I had money I couldn’t renew all those things.

Soon, I lost the hosting and my blog disappeared from the internet. Then my Wealthy Affiliate membership also went and I cursed the whole world.

Friends overseas didn’t accept to cooperate for the payment. I didn’t want to trouble the friend in Australia who had paid for me before. It took him a lot of time to pay for the Web Colleagues training. He said that his lecturing don’t give him time. Besides, the university was far from the town’s post office.

A friend contacted his sister in the United States and she accepted to pay. She did so only for the domain name renewal and declined for the rest because she had problems with her bank.

Then I remembered somebody in the US and he accepted to pay even before I sent him the money by Western Union.

My site came back on the internet, and I resumed my affiliate marketing training. To my dismay I had lost all the little traffic I had on my blog. And it was said that once you lose your traffic under such circumstances, getting it back is a herculean task. And that is what I have been going through.

I’m accepted into the Wealthy Affiliate 2019/2020 Super Affiliate Challenge

Fortunately in April Wealthy Affiliate accepted me to do the Super Affiliate Challenge. Now, I feel confident the real success is coming.

I said in my getting started page post that I wasn’t a 5-, 6- or 7-figure earner but that I would be. That was 4 years ago. The task has been an uphill one. But my sites are still set on my goal.

Look out for that post one day.

Meanwhile, I will like to know what your feelings are on the question of affiliate marketing blogs. So, go down to the comments box and let us know what you think.

Akoli

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