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I love this photo so much. These two wearing book bags, holding hands,

remind me of first graders on their first day of school.



Recently, I wrote an article about problems the senior population may face due to age discrimination in the marketplace. Some flat out need to work. Others may want to add to their retirement account by working a few extra years. And many find retirement boring and they’re looking for something a little more stimulating than the Rockford Files. (Actually, that is a great series and much more satisfying than the endless kickboxing scenes, cars and buildings exploding, hip profanity, and sex scenes bordering on pornographic to be found on cable TV.)

I dated myself there, didn’t I? It takes a senior to know a senior.

I am speaking to you now about possibilities. You may have missed your 8th grade graduation, or you may be an exceptional 90-year old, but it’s never too late to go back to school, nor is it ever too late to learn new things. And it is never too late to begin a new career.

But why not make it easy on yourself. Choose an online business. In fact for a few very important reasons I will share below, choose affiliate marketing. (There are many more reasons than a few, which I will share in future articles.)

In this hour, with the labor market such as it is, i.e., tight, there are jobs for seniors. Restaurants, for example, are desperate to find live bodies to fill their shifts. They are willing to overlook senior moments and are ecstatic to find a person who is prompt and does what he says he will do.

But beware, the hours can be long, the work brutal, and the pay insignificant. Managers are forced to ask you to come in on your days off, because someone has simply walked off into the spaces beyond (including the managers) and failed to show up for their shift. The New Work Ethic, established by several spoiled, over privileged, ME! NOW! generations has been brewing in the witch’s cauldron since the 70s, and is now exploding in full-blown manifestation.

For former business owners, working for someone else for minimum wage may feel uncomfortable, the best scenario, or, the worst scenario, turn out very badly– with you planted in the middle of the scene I just described. Trust me on this: been there, done that.


So, Why Is Affiliate Marketing Best?


This Picture Illustrates My Absolute

Number One Reason To Do Affiliate Marketing.

“I don’t know how to act my age. I’ve never been this old before.” (unknown)

On the question of age, should it matter? It really does depend on the situation, doesn’t it? Do you want to play professional basketball? Age might matter. Do you want to win the gold medal for gymnastics? Age might matter.

Do you want to be CEO of a company and have the best qualifications to do it? Unfortunately, age might matter. In the public market, age does matter most of the time, although in many cases it should not. For the most part, ageism is alive and well.

However, depending on who’s doing the hiring and what the specific requirements are, age doesn’t seem to matter so much when you’re working online. And it matters not at all, if you’re running your own business.

Briefly, back to the idea of heading back to school: I could have happily stayed in school forever, and I would still go back if it was practical, but it isn’t. How about you? Does a brick and mortar college with a set in stone schedule fit into your immediate future?

You may have guessed, I love learning. I especially love learning, because it keeps my mind active. I am in the process every day of growing new brain cells. From much study, I discovered you can actually grow brain cells at a faster rate than lose them.

Am I good at computers? Not even. But I grew a lot of new brain cells and built this website. And it wasn’t boring.

Are you one of the people at the end of the distribution bell curve who want to learn more, accept new challenges? The folks on the other end have come to be known as couch potatoes. Of we older lovers of continuing education, statistics say we’re in the top 10%. A few of us may be in the 2% end of the bell curve tail. We are called fringe crazies. I would rather be crazy than bored. How about you?


Turn on the Brain, My Number Two Reason to Work Online


Magnifying Brain Power


Would You Love To Start an Online Business?


You could say I am passionate about working online, and about working my own business, both of which, I can do anywhere. Remember, “anywhere” is my favorite criteria. However, the question today is– Do you want to, or need to start a business? Do you have a business already and you want to build a website for it? Could you grow your present business by adding an internet arm? Affiliate marketing isn’t the only way to use online tools and technology. (Watch for upcoming posts on all types of online businesses.)

What are your passions?

Did anything I said strike a pleasant sounding chord in you? You have come to the right place. In future articles– a series of them– I plan to take apart the affiliate marketing business, to dissect it into its many intricasies. And then, I plan to evaluate other types of online business, for example, travel and photography.

I hope you will follow me into our futures where online business is concerned.

Depending where you’re at in the world of computers and internet, the idea of jumping online to build websites and start businesses may be daunting. Not to worry. It will be a soft landing.


cat asleep on pillow

Wealthy Affiliate


Several years ago, I found a special place, a complete online business platform, offering a university full of training on how to build a professional website, start, and run an online business. Go here if you want to see it now. There is a free week to look around, and they won’t be asking you for your credit card to look around or to try. Or read on and find another link at the bottom of the page.

Go Here                    Be sure to read the whole page.


A Unique Campus


Several features separate Wealthy Affiliate from the pack. From the beginning, the initial developers, who continue to be forefront and visible forces, promoted a what goes around comes around, pay it forward, help one another to succeed and by so doing create one’s own success.

Wealthy Affiliate has grown into a full-blown social network with hundreds of thousands of new friends from everywhere around the world. It doesn’t really matter, our age, or gender, or nationality. And isn’t that nice? It makes me happy to find new friends, some I can relate to based on similar age and background, and some who can teach me new things about their country and culture, so many stories, so interesting.

Since this is a post directed toward seniors, I will share that I call us professors. We are on a unique campus and we have a store of information and experience. Sure we can use a profile picture from years back, or our pet’s picture, and I am certainly not opposed to that, but our voice will eventually betray us. We can’t help sounding wise, right? Hence, a wise cat. (lol)

Home for the Shy (or Extrovert)


Are you shy? I was for a while, but the more I took advantage of the comradery and shared enthusiasm for building a profitable future, the more I opened up, the more I learned, and the more fun I had. That should read: the more fun I have.

Or are you an extrovert? You will fit it in well. There are plenty of others in Wealthy Affiliate just like you. Some of them are our best trainers. UTube stars.

It’s fun to reminisce with others in my age group or perhaps, from my area of the world. It is also stimulating to hear news and information about my subjects of interest. This could be art, music, and photography– or it could be crypto, blockchain, web3, AI, AR, and VR and everything else from the Reddit crowd.


Training Cum Laude


The training at Wealthy Affiliate is the best–in all ways to make money online. It’s like running your own business on a college campus. How do you choose your course load when there are so many available courses?

Free Bonus: And there is all that energy generated by enthusiastic learners, young and old– and, of course, a whole lot of experience demonstrated by the professors.

In the future, plan on reading reviews and comparisons on various online platforms and tools.

If you follow this link, I will meet you there on the Wealthy Affiliate campus. It’s free to look. No credit card. I’ll take you to lunch.

Follow this Link

 No Couch Potatoes Allowed.

Work online from anywhere. If you can dream it, you can do it.

I would love to hear your views on this post.

“I don’t let my age define me but the side-effects are getting harder to ignore.” – Unknown


 To review, here are six general benefits one can expect from working online, and to be specific, building a business on the Wealthy Affiliate platform:

1. Work from anywhere in the world. Think beach.

2. Learn new skills and stimulate your brain. Grow new brain cells.

3. Find your niche and/or passion or expand an existing business online.

4. Join a new kind of social network and benefit from a global pool of FRIENDS and experts.

5. Learn to build your own website and from a variety of online opportunities, create an online business.  

6. Find specific courses to meet your particular needs on a superior training platform. 

Thank you for reading my post. See you on the inside.



Have you considered Affiliate Marketing? Why is Affiliate Marketing Best? Although still controversial among some groups, a viewpoint that changes as fast as bitcoin acceptance, this business model is, perhaps, the easiest and most straight forward among the many (many) ways to make money online. The big companies have used affiliates for years.

Yes, there are scammers and yes, there are exaggerated claims. But we are getting smarter. And now it’s our turn to make money online.

In future series, I plan to describe various great choices in online opportunities. Stay tuned.

For me, the scene above looks a little chilly. But it does make my favorite point. Online work, which includes affiliate marketing, can be done from anywhere, i.e., if you own a laptop and are working for yourself. Of course, there are exceptions.

I could have as easily shown you a picture of someone working outside of the four office walls, just like this young lady, working at the beach, or sitting cross-legged on top of her bed, wearing pajamas, laptop on lap.

I am at this moment reclining on my bed writing to you from one of my preferred positions. LOL


Timeout– Walk the Dog– Take a Break– Move


Would you enjoy the freedom I am expressing here? Now you can have a dog and not feel guilty leaving him home alone all day. 

Ask yourself: Can I focus on my job if left on my own? This is the key.

Because make no mistake, Affiliate Marketing, or any form of online work, will be demanding work. Work is work and it is a real job. But it is so satisfying. We become our own boss. We set the standards. We write the business plan, the goals, and the budget.

However, since we have no one to whom we answer except ourselves, it takes extra motivation. Like any other work, online jobs require repeated attention, focus, and drill-down.

Do you have a family depending on you? It may be prudent for you to keep your current job until you can afford to jump onto the freedom train. Work part-time if you want.

Many choose this career path. It is still your own business. You’re still the boss. The beauty of affiliate marketing is that one can start small and build big.

This statement may seem counter-intuitive, but the part-time path requires extra attention and planning. It is easier to go off target because of the other voices calling your name. The same rules apply whether part-time or full-time. It is something to stay aware of.

In all cases, learn and practice. Establish habits. You set an alarm for your full-time job. Set one for your part-time job.

Are You a Self-Starter? Can You Stay on Point?

Watch out for the Rabbit Holes


I have two main problems, and you may, or not, relate. I do fall down rabbit holes, far too easily. Call me Curious George. More often than I would ever care to admit, I chase the rabbit all the way down the hole. And I do sometimes get lost in a maze of information, misinformation, and practiced salesmanship– In other words, sometimes, I shop– on the internet.

Like young love, there is no cure for the curious, but recognizing the tendency helps. It’s a matter of self-control and organization. When I catch myself falling down the hole, I speak to me out loud. I don’t always listen.

I would love to hear from you if you suffer this ailment. See comments below. Let me know if you share this problem.

Secondly, I tend to be disorganized. Secretarial skills are not on my resume. I lose stuff. I forget the stuff I didn’t know I lost. This can really be a handicap, worse than taking a trip down the rabbit hole. 


Or Maybe You Are a Linear Thinker


If you suffer from neither of the two bad traits I described above, then you might be a linear thinker (not saying this is a bad trait), the accountant type, one foot in front of the other type. Do the math type. (Actually, I love math– and Crypto Theory) Can you keep your ledger columns straight? I can’t. 

Chances are if you are this type of thinker, computer technology, in general, comes easier to you. You’re a programmer or an engineer, these skills will serve you very well– if you can also see the big picture and dream big, you will climb the learning curve faster than any of the rest of us.


But Dream Big We Do


Though we all approach it differently, Internet marketing is the perfect job for all of us who want to reach the next income level, quickly, and do it online. In fact, I don’t believe these goals, for the average guy, are even possible the old brick and mortar way. Entry costs are simply too high. 

Online businesses and especially affiliate marketing have leveled the playing field.

Could you and your family use more money? Well couldn’t we all, some more than others. What do you want or need? I know the nicest guys who made this happen inside of a year selling affiliate marketing and affiliate products. More details on this in a forthcoming post.

How about it, are you ready to explore new streams of income? Do you have an idea for an online business and would like to find a place where there are answers on how to do it? 

Would you like to build your own website? It doesn’t have to be about the money. Would you just like a platform from which to show what you know, shout out your views?


The Positives Far Outweigh the Negatives, Check


check off smiley face


The positives of working online, as in being your own boss, so outweigh the negatives. Some of you will relate to this:

At this point in my life, I am a terrible employee candidate. Though they may say they do, bosses rarely appreciate advice from underlings. How about it? Has that happened to you?

I would not know how to not give advice. I like being a problem solver.

The self-employed path may seem more, or less, difficult for you, based on your personality type, right-brained or left-brained, tech savvy or computer illiterate. But later, I will leave you with one link for a business marketing training platform, which teaches everything you would ever need to learn on how to build your own website and how to create your own online business, tech savvy, or not.

Take comfort from the fact that a left-handed, right-minded, Pices dreamer, non-techy (older person) has designed this website and written this post (with the help of Wealthy Affiliate and the Wealthy Affiliate community).


This Young Man Is Finding His Niche

Let’s cut to the chase. There are so many ways to make money online these days, it’s confusing. I am speaking to some of you, perhaps many, who have already put in time searching for online opportunities, vetting companies who want to take your paycheck. Maybe they did take your paycheck and you’re ready to be done. No, no! Don’t quit.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by TMItoo much information? Is your head about to explode? Most of us recognize there is an opportunity to be found working on the internet. Yet by the time we sift through (fill in the blank) to the 100th power of possibly useful information, it’s past lunchtime and summer has arrived.

Oh well, get’r done. You ask yourself: will it ever pay off?

Can you move past today’s barrage of cloud material and begin to focus on what actually needs to be doing this day, this hour, and this minute? There is always a way to narrow it down. And that will depend on your way of doing that narrowing down thing, i.e., organizing.


Niche or Passion: Same Thing


Do you know your passion? This is not as easy as it might sound. And there are those left-brained individuals for whom passion is irrelevant and who just want to get on with it and build a money-making business. Go for it.

Is that you? If you already know this, then you’re ahead of the game. (As you continue to read my posts, you will discover I love cliches. Not to be divisive, I use them as a device.)

I think wishing to get on with it might describe the young man in the above picture. He is looking for that particular niche of which he knows something about and in which he can make the most money. Passion be damned.

There is an overload of information out there and everything costs something, not the least of which is time. I am thankful to have found a space where I can learn at my own pace, feel validated, ask questions, share knowledge, and receive knowledge. 

Wealthy Affiliate: An Affiliate Marketing Community


Earlier, I spoke about a teaching platform, and I will talk briefly about that now. As this series moves forward, I will get to many more of the specifics.

Wealthy Affiliate is a unique place. Over 15 years ago when internet marketing was in its early stages, belonging to the Amazons and the Ebay’s, two guys, a programmer, and a marketer, formed a small company offering a keyword research service. Their long-term goal was to develop a training platform teaching all things about how to do Affiliate Marketing, of which keywords are key. 

Now this platform has blossomed into one of the largest, most efficient, online universities teaching affiliate marketing, and now, teaching every other form of internet marketing as well. In addition, Wealthy Affiliate hosts Word Press websites at the fastest possible speed. And it teaches us how to build them from scratch, step by step, quickly and in a manner anyone can understand.

Wealthy Affiliate holds a completely different philosophy, which is: By helping others to achieve their goals, we will achieve our own goals. Sound familiar? To some yes, but to many it doesn’t make sense at all– until they try it. It can be considered an ethic of reciprocity, of giving and receiving. 

Community is the keyword here. Members from all over the globe gather in this learning atmosphere, build websites, market their products, and help each other over and through their stumbling blocks.

Thank you for taking your time to read this post. I plan to continue this series with many more details about affiliate marketing and Wealthy Affiliate.

How Can I Learn More in the Meantime?


Push the link below. Accept the free training week. All Wealthy Affiliate will ask for is your name and email address. They do not require a credit card. You will be able to look around, meet nice people, and take advantage of many of the courses for seven days. 


Be sure to read all the information on the opening page.

  1.  Work through the courses available during the free starter week. You can’t help but learn how to do things by doing them. Don’t cheat. What would be the point?
  2. Watch all the expert training courses available during the free starter week, live and on replay. Then watch many training courses designed by senior members.
  3. Ask lots of questions. There are people there who know a lot and who actually take their time to help people.
  4. Encourage someone who feels overwhelmed by information overload.

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     Experiencia docet. Experience teaches.