Hi, my name is Tim McKinlay, and I run Affiliate UNguru.
On this page, I’m going to share my personal story with you, of how I went from newbie to successful affiliate marketer, and talk about why I started this site. I’ll also shed some light on how I came up the whole “UNguru” thing towards the end. 😉
Here’s the short version…
About me: I’m a 30 something guy from Australia who used to run a small construction business. After awhile, I got tired of it, so I started looking for ways to make money online. And as you can imagine, I lost money to a few scams in the process. But I kept searching and eventually learned how to do affiliate marketing. Now I earn a living this way. It’s pretty cool.
Why I started this site: I won’t sugar coat it, I did start this site to make money. But I’m also passionate about helping others avoid scams and learn about real, legitimate ways to earn money online. And I do that by providing the most honest, helpful content I possibly can.
Read on for the full story.
Where It All Began
My journey into the online business world began in 2015.
At this point, I had been in construction for over 10 years. I chose that career path because I had no idea what I wanted to do when I “grew up”, so I just kind of fell into it.
I was also studying business at university on the side. Which I knew was kind of a waste of time for me, because I never really wanted a “job”. I just wanted out of the construction game, and I figured that was my best option.
Anyways, the idea of making money online was something that really appealed to me. So during my spare time, I would go online and search for different ways to make money online. And sometimes I’d buy a training course or “system” in the hopes of starting an online business. Which is something I’d done on and off for quite a few years before this.
Despite constantly trying new programs, nothing seemed to work out. The sales video always sounded promising, but after buying, it wasn’t like they said, and I was back to square one.
It was a bit of a vicious cycle really. Trying one “shiny object” after another, and failing every time. Embarrassingly, I kept on believing the next “guru” that came along, who said that his system was better than all the others because of x, y and z.
I’d even tried MLM at one point, which in hindsight was a waste of time. Because the whole thing was really about recruiting people I knew into (what felt like) some sort of cult-like pyramid scheme. And in the end, I’d lost more money than I’d made.
So to circle back, there I was in 2015, working hard to pay the bills, studying on the side, and “dabbling” in different make money online programs. All the while, wondering what on earth I was going to end up doing with my life.
The Moment Everything Changed
I was more determined than ever to start a new chapter in my life. So I kept on researching and trying different programs, hoping to find something that worked for me.
This is the point where everything changed for me.
I had finally found a legitimate business model that actually worked, and a community based platform that showed me how to start a proper business online.
In case you’re wondering, affiliate marketing is a business model where you earn commissions promoting other people’s products online. It’s fairly simple and there aren’t many costs involved, so you can basically bootstrap your entire business.
Here’s a broad overview of how it works:
- Choose a niche
- Build a simple website
- Create content to attract visitors
- Earn commissions promoting affiliate products
Anyways, within 3 months of getting started with this process, I had earned my first affiliate commission of $1.17. And I did it with a simple niche site I created about zombie themed table lamps. Within 6 months, I’d made another $8 commission from the site you’re on right now.
So all up, after working my butt off for 6 months, I’d earned a whopping $9.17 (lol).
Crazy, I know.
But I’m a pretty determined guy. And even though it was a small amount, I was super excited that I was making any money online at all! So I kept on pushing forward, and it paid off.
My Efforts Finally Paid Off
Within two short years of learning and building my business, I finally got to the point of earning a full-time income with affiliate marketing.
And as of writing this in 2019, I’m earning six figures per year online. I’ve even been flown out to Las Vegas (twice) to attend the “super affiliate” conference:
The best part is, I no longer have to commute long hours every day, just to be stuck in a job I can’t stand. Oh, and I dropped out of uni, because, well… what’s the point?
Safe to say, my life has completely changed for the better.
With that being said… it’s not like I’m sitting on a beach somewhere, sipping cocktails, while my “super secret autopilot money machine” does all the work for me (lol).
That’s a fairy tale. Even though I can take time off whenever I want (which I sometimes do), I still work hard on my business almost every day. Because I still have a lot to learn and accomplish, and I love what I do. So I enjoy building my business and helping others do the same.
It’s a pretty sweet gig.
Why I Started This Site
I started Affiliate UNguru because I wanted to help others avoid scams and find real, legitimate ways to earn money online.
I was tired of all these so called “gurus” who “sell the dream” instead of providing real value to people who are looking to get a proper start online. So when I finally figured out how to build a real online business, I became passionate about sharing what I’d learned with people that are in the same situation I was.
And that’s how the whole “UNguru” thing came about.
I wanted to be the opposite of the gurus and (actually) try to help people. So I made it my mission to share honest, helpful content on this site, in the most “non-guru” way possible.
Now I’m not saying that every other internet marketer out there is some kind of guru scammer. Not at all. There are lots of ethical, legitimate experts out there that provide real value to people. It’s just that in my experience, they’re not as common.
And I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending I started this site out of the goodness of my heart or just because I’m a “nice guy”. I mean, I think I’m a decent fella, and I do like helping people, but I also make money on this site. And I do this by promoting tools and resources like this, that I believe will benefit those who visit this site.
I just want to be completely upfront with you about this.
Either way, the primary purpose of this site is to provide helpful content to people who are interested in earning money online. That is and always will be my core focus.
Anyways, that’s it from me.
Thank you for stopping by, I really hope you found this page helpful and that my site continues to serve you well as you strive to create an online business.
If you’d like to connect with me further, and see some of the comments I receive from people I work with on a daily basis, feel free to check out my Wealthy Affiliate profile page.