Greed In America – How To Retire Safe

Greed and Your Retirement

Taking a look at Greed in America I really started looking into how to retire safe. I was 37 years old when this subject really started to get my attention. Back surgery for me was imminent and I really had to start thinking about my future and if I could survive off of disability or SSI if the surgery was not successful. Overwhelmed with fear and anxiety I had to come to grips with the fact that I may not be returning to the trades which was how I supported my family. I had not yet saved enough money in my IRA and would be slammed with taxes if they money was taken out early. This all took place at a time in my life where corporate greed and abuses of power were at the center of attention.


People were taking to the streets in protest Occupying Wall Street.

Life savings were lost when the market crashed.

Auto manufacturers needed Government Bail outs to stay afloat.

Big Banks with abuse at the highest levels were taking Government Bail Outs.

These events along with others not listed had me deeply worried and concerned for my family and our financial future. My retirement was not safe at all and the worst part was, I had no idea what to do about it. That being said I am going to tell you the path I chose to start securing my future and give my family some sort of security. There is happiness to share during this dark time in my life. I am going to show you exactly what I did to take control of my finances and take the path to financial freedom.


Never Give Up

If you are Reading this post I will assume you are starting to think about your retirement and how to live comfortable when the time comes to retire. This process is going to take some hard work on your end but I will promise if you remain diligent and never give up you will be well on your way to financial security. The path I have chosen is Affiliate Marketing and it is honestly one of the best financial decisions I have made in my life up to this point. You can read more about me and my journey right here but I would like to get right into the 4 steps I took that changed my life and could also help you to change yours as well. I have invested many years now and countless hours to be able to give you this information and save you valuable time and money.


So What Is Affiliate marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is an arrangement where a online seller (retailer) Pays a commission to an External website for sales and traffic generated from the external websites sales, traffic, or referrals. I was a little nervous at first but I found a platform which gave me top of the line training along with 2 absolutely FREE websites to get me started. If you think this is a hard task you are wrong I can show you how to build 2 absolutely free websites which I write about right here on this site. The Information I am giving you is Free so take advantage of it. Here is information on how to get your 2 Free websites up and running in a matter of minutes.


Your Life Your Terms

I decided to take action and not let the uncertainty of social security and 401k type of plans determine how I an going to live my life during my retirement years as well as now. These methods simply cannot be trusted, there is way to much uncertainty, with the greed and corruption I have seen at the highest levels in both government and corporate America I just can not bank on it. Here are the 4 steps I took to take control and live life on my own terms.



. Step One

Pick a niche, if you are not sure what a niche is I will explain. Your niche is going to be what your website (your business) is going to be about. Your niche can be anything you are interested in and have some knowledge or you are passionate about. This could be anything the possibilities are endless. For example, lets say you are into Golf. This can be what your website is about. Now lets narrow it down because golf alone is a pretty wide niche, you can incorporate golf clubs, golf apparel, golf carts, booking Tee times and so on. How about Women’s shoes, this is another niche you can also narrow down and make multiple sources of income off of just 1 website. For example you can earn money from Clothing, jewelry, accessories, and so on. One of my niches is Legitimate ways to make money online. If you read about me then you know in the beginning I fell victim to a lot of scams and I vowed not only to expose these scam artists but also to find Honest and ethical ways to earn money from home online. With the Knowledge I have now I can tap into any niche I choose and conquer it.


.Step Two

Build A Website. I know this sounds tough but it’s nowhere near as complicated as you may think. Do you remember what I said earlier? I had no experience at all in affiliate marketing until I started thinking about my retirement and what I was going to do after back surgery. The training I found at Wealthy Affiliate was a major turning point In my life. I had my website up and running in just a few minutes for Free. Now all I had to do was follow the training, work hard, and be patient. Don’t get me wrong I was nervous and scared but my desire to create a lasting and profitable business kept me going. I Absolutely refuse to let social security or greedy Wall Street determine how I live out my retirement years.


. Step Three

Get Traffic (visitors) To Your Site. I know on your way home from work or anywhere else you travel on the roads most of us aren’t very fond of traffic, but in the online world we need traffic to generate sales. Don’t worry this isn’t as hard as you may think. Getting traffic is done naturally through the content you put on your website. The more helpful and honest your content is the more visitors will visit your website. Helpful and honest content is essential to your success online. Yes keywords help but what is the point of a good keyword  if you don’t have trust? All this and more are covered in complete detail in the online training that helped me to run a successful business online.


.Step Four

Get Paid. This is what it all comes down to, it’s time to start reaping the benefits of your hard work. Let’s review! You have chosen your niche, you have a website, you have traffic, and now you need to get paid. Although I saved this for last it is actually the easiest part of the process. You have already done all the hard work. Now you need to choose an affiliate program for your niche. This is so simple it’s not even funny. It really doesn’t matter what your selling because there is a Affiliate program for almost anything. I will use my golf niche as an example. I just typed in Golf Affiliate Marketing programs and found this, and YES it is that easy. The other three steps is where the hard work is done.

These four simple steps are the exact steps I took to create my online business and I have to say I have never looked back. I am so grateful and blessed to have found a way to create a online income and not have to be dependent on someone else’s idea of how I am going to get by when I retire or how I live my life now. I endured a lot of hard times and encountered a lot of scams to be able to bring you this information. I hope the information I have shared with you was helpful and informative. If you have decided you would like to change your life and take control of your future please continue to read my brief description of the training I am offering you for Free.


About The Author

My name is Jason Taft I began my career as a collision repair tech in 1986. I absolutely love working on cars and I still work at a friends auto body shop part time managing the floor as I can no longer physically keep up with the physical demand of working on the floor. In 2009 I was told that I was going to need back surgery in the near future. This got me thinking what I was going to do to support my family and what would happen to the little bit of money I had saved for retirement. I realized I could not count on anyone but myself to take control of my future. My 401k took a big hit when the market tanked and if I were to go on disability I would barely survive. In 2011 I began looking for ways to make money online only to spend thousand on scams. I learned a lot in 2011 and vowed to expose these scam artist and find a legit way to make money online. My research finally paid of when I was just about to give up. This is why I wrote this post and created this website. I hope that the information I provide is helpful and inspiring. I urge you to take a look at my Wealthy Affiliate review below. You can read my full review HERE.

Best Wishes



What Is Wealthy Affiliate ?

Wealthy Affiliate is a community of affiliate marketers who all share the same interest of Affiliate Marketing. Once inside You will have access to some of the best training I have seen online, along with an entire community of like minded affiliates. The community exists of online professionals and beginners looking to get started. The Co founders Kyle and Carson are daily active participants in the community. This means noy only do you have access to some of the best training online but you also have access to the owners as well as the community and myself.

There are only two types of memberships at Wealthy Affiliate Free and Premium with no up sells PERIOD As a free member you get 2 free websites that are yours forever. You never have to upgrade these are yours for life. You also get the first 10 lessons to get you up and rolling. Take a look at the chart below to compare the 2 types of membership.

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  • Jason
  • Team leader and owner at True Prosperity Online Scam Prevention Team. I have been involved in affiliate marketing for since 2014 and I love what I do. Especially Exposing Online Scams. I started my journey in 2011 and have fallen for my fair share of scams but that all changed in 2014 and now I Expose Scams to help others stay safe online....


  • Many people only start to think about retirement when it’s almost time to retire. Time goes by so fast, by the time you start your career in no time retirement is at your door. I think persons should start planning for retirement as soon as they start working In their early years. 

    Your post was very informative. Great business ideas for retirement. 

    • In my case if it were not for my back injury I probably still wouldn’t be taking my retirement seriously. I guess in our youth we get caught up in the grind of the day to day that we seem to not think about our retirement. Looking back I guess everything happens for a reason Brenda. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Best Wishes


  • Hi Jason,

    You did a marvelous job in this article. You have really opened my eyes to something that is really going to help me in my life. I have always had the dream of building a business online from my comfortable home in order to be able to quit my traditional job that is draining me. When I first started to read about your story and what happened to you in life because of health issues, I was worried but you have also giving me some hope that I could start a business from my own comfort home.

    Thanks a lot. Even though I have no knowledge on how to build a website and start this affiliate marketing business. I will follow the instructions you gave and join the FREE training program you recommended. I like the fact that they will allow me to start for FREE. I’m going to sign up now and follow the training they provide to see how it goes. 

    But my question is, I would like to see you inside when I join the community. So, how do I find you when I sign up the Wealthy Affiliate platform? Please let me know since I may need your help after signing up.

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us.


    • Hey Stephen, I am happy to see this article helping so many people already as it is meant to. Understand that you will have to work very hard to achieve success just like anything else in life. I know you can do this and when you join the Free membership you will have support like you’ve never seen before. I will be greeting you with a welcome message when you join along with my suggestions on Getting Started and like I promised you will have direct access to me as well as the Cofounders Kyle and Carson. I look forward to working with you and helping to create another success testimony. 

      Best Regards 


  • I am a firm believer that everyone should have back up income. A passive income is best . This way you can make money while you sleep  . Unfortunately sickness can wipe out anyone’s savings  quickly and as you mentioned we can’t tap into our retirement without being penalized with taxes. I am in the process of creating a passive income before I really need it.

    • Creating a passive income is the best way to give yourself and your family the added layer of security that we all need. It is a lot of hard work in the beginning but very well worth the time you are investing. I worked my tale off for a long time to get where I am today and I still do, because that’s just how I am Keep plugging away my friend.



  • Finding a niche you like is key. I have one that I’m passionate about and so enjoy getting up every morning and working on my site. It’s not a chore. My site is still young so I don’t have an income yet, but I love sharing information and helping people. WA has definitely been a great community to be a part of. I’m not doing it on my own. There are people supporting me every step of the way.

    • I agree Nicole, it is awesome waking up and doing something you love. Hang in there and keep working hard, I know you will create a passive income if you keep working hard and stay diligent. The community at WA is great support as well, they were and still are a huge part of my success in affiliate marketing.

      Best Wishes


  • Jason this was such an inspiring article. I am already a wealthy Affiliate member, but I can never get enough reading about it, especially when I hear about people like yourself that changed your life with this system at the exact right time before your back surgery. There are so many scams out there, and one of the biggest scams is the life sucking usual 9-5z I’m so glad WA is helping people take charge of their lives.

    • Very well said Sydney, it is always great to hear success testimonies. Mine is just one of many created through the Wealthy Affiliate platform. I look forward to chatting with you inside WA and I will follow you as well.



  • Wow Jason, what a story. I am sorry to hear about your back issues, but I am fascinated by the fact that you actually took action and started to do something about it. Good for you. A lot of people would simply have played the victim card. I have looked at affiliate marketing and it is quite a big deal now a days. What with so many brick and mortar stores closing, people are turning to the internet to make their shopping choices. I say, good for you. This is an encouraging article, thank you

    • Thank you for visiting True Prosperity Online. I am not one to play the victim card and I definitely was not going to be able to live any kind of decent lifestyle on a disability check, so I turned to the Internet. You are correct If ever there was a better time to start a business online it would be now. So many brick and mortar stores are closing now a days it’s mind blowing. I really believe this is because so many people are just shopping online.which is bad for store owners but Great for online businesses. I am glad you found this post to be encouraging. Let me know if I can help you out when your ready to give this a try.



  • Hi Jason.

    I know about those scams. After researching (and joining) several of those “get rich overnight” scams I have found there is a pattern to them and now I can avoid them.

    You are right, retirement and illness can absolutely undermine our financial plans and there is not a lot we can do about it.

    Personally, I feel that affiliate marketing is the biggest growth area there is. I read your article and looked up the number of “things for sale” on Amazon. I was staggered and had to redo the research to check the numbers.

    Amazon has over 12 million products for sale and most of them can be sold through affiliate marketing. These numbers are obscenely enormous. I think I am going into affiliate marketing, since there has got to be a niche there for me somewhere.

    Sorry about the excitement, I am just so overwhelmed with these numbers.

    Thanks for the article Jason, you have helped me make an important decision.

    • That is awesome, Please let me know if you need any help at all. I am an Amazon affiliate as well, I pull income from 4 different sources just on this 1 website alone. I am an experienced affiliate marketer and I am more than willing to help you get started. I really mean it, if you need help I’m here. You can check out some of the other posts I have on this website for free and help you to get Started.



  • You’re so right! 

    My parents didn’t think about retirement until it was late and things were so bad when they had to retire. That is one of the reasons I’ll try what you suggest! I’ll probably look into the accessories niche. It seems easy and I do know a couple of things about this. 

    Just a question: Can I develop this into a real business? I mean, can i do it full-time?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hey Jenny, I’m sorry that happened to your parents, it’s not easy having to see people you love have to struggle after working their whole life I wish you and your family the best.

      In response to your question. Yes you can develop this into a real business and you can do this full time in fact you can read my suggestion on how to get started. The accessories niche is an awesome place to get started there are a ton of affiliate programs in this niche. I can give you one that I am going to be working with next week and they pay a 15% commission. You can take a look at Gadget Flow Here and let me know what you think.

      Best Wishes


  • I’ve always been the type to not want to rely on the government to take care of me as I got older. Which is probably why I was never one to contribute to 401ks and IRAs. So hearing you talk about that as well kind lets me know that I have the right frame of mind. So the next question I continue to ask myself is, what’s the next step in controlling my financial future? Reading about this affiliate marketing, it definitely provides an options to look into. So thanks for this info and I plan on doing more reading in regards to everything you mentioned. Especially when it comes to building a website.

    • Thank you Ralph,

      I do want to mention that starting some kind of savings is still a very wise choice. This post is intended to help people grow that savings and not have to rely totally on SSI or a 401K to completely fund their retirement. Getting involved in affiliate marketing and having a website of your own will greatly improve you chances of creating a better lifestyle when the time actually does come for you to retire. Not only later on in life but it can also give you that extra money you need now. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need any help at all getting your website built and your business rolling. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and leave a comment.

      Best Wishes


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