Hi guys long time lurker, just wanted to share my personal real world experiences
with making money online while cruising. I am an affiliate marketer, which essentially means I earn referral commissions for selling other people's physical or digital products online. Currently I do this around 15 hours per week around my day job.
Most of my online income
is derived from Amazon's affiliate program (called Amazon Associates), which is around $800 USD per month at the moment, and will do 3x - 4x this in December. Doesn't sound like much, but any money that can be earned regardless of location is fantastic! This is a simple low financial input business that is scaling well. I create mini websites comparing particular products, or simply promoting the benefits of a type of product. People click through my links and I earn a commission.
Is it hard work?
Somewhat yes, it has taken almost 3 years to get here.
Is it worth it?
Yes, I can literally make money on the beach as long as I have an internet connection. Even so, I can take a few weeks off or do a long passage
and the passive income
doesn't really slow down.
Can anyone do it?
Yes but as long as you're persistent to go through the hard times. They say that 98% of affiliate marketers quit, I can see why.
Where can I learn?
Have a look around on Udemy, there's hundreds of 'make money online' courses that can teach you, you just need to find a teacher that resonates with you and has actually achieved what they're teaching.
In addition to Amazon, I have successful in promoting language learning
programs that I have used myself. These are great as the commissions are significantly higher than Amazon. I am also beginning to pick up commissions through promoting Australian online storefronts.
My easiest strategy so far is simply using AirBnB to rent out my place when I'm gone. When I go cruising or on vacation
for a couple of weeks, I can rent out my entire place for around $170 a night which more than covers the mortgage whilst I'm gone, or just my spare bedroom. I can also rent out the boat whilst it's parked in the marina offsetting the cost of ownership
. There's a link to my FREE eBook in my signature that can assist you in launching your place on AirBnB.
What I have learned is that there are actually 100's of ways to make money online. The key is to find one single
strategy that works for you, be passionate about the finish line and understand that the process, like a passage
, takes time and be prepared for delays.