None of the following posts have been edited in any way. They are all gotten from Wealthy Affiliate.
I saved my favorite story for last, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page, you’ll definitely want to read it!
OMG Finally got my First Sale!
OOOOOHHHH MMMMMYYYYY GOOOOOODDDNNNEEESSS!!! OMG! OMG! OMG! I finally got my first sale! And I have soooo much more work to do on my website! It’s completely clumsy right now, LMBO!
So its been several months and I was on the brink of giving up not thinking I would have time to continue to work on my website between work and my four kids and household and well, just life in general. I actaully have to admit here that I haven’t done anything with my website for aboet, but three weeks now just being bogged down and overwhelmed with life in general!
Today I decided to check out my website and work on it a little and BAM!!!! MY FIRST SALE EVER!!!!
My commissions are only .99 cents but that’s ok! I found something that works for me!!!
Good Luck and don’t give up!
My first $1,000 Month. Cheers to a wonderful October.
Just checking in with another update. October has been an excellent month for me. I spent very little time generating new content and spent a lot of time reworking old content in advance of the holidays as well as to get consistency across my site for tracking.
A few things I did:
- I added new Amazon tracking codes to all pages with major traffic to identify what’s converting
- I added new content to several of my posts to improve their quality
- Chose some better reviewed products to replace other ones
- I removed old poorly formatted content and restructed it for mobile friendly reading
- I posted a few new posts, but nothing intended to drive major traffic
Anyway. The one thing that did happen this month is one of my posts really took off. A post I made in May all of a sudden started getting traffic. Google Rank Brain at work I suppose! It probably got randomized to the top and started seeing some success and kept climbing.
Anyway, here’s what you probably want to see, my results for October, fees of $1050 dollars.
And if we look at the year long progression I’ve seen nothing but growth on fees every month now:
But you might notice one big issue there in October. I had barely any traffic/click increases. So basically, my site is converting better than it was before. This is probably due to better product selection and better post formatting.
It’ll be a few months before I really see what happened behind the scenes. But I’ll be keeping an eye on it through Google Analytics and my newly minted Amazon specific tracking IDs.
Anyway, just wanted to share my continued progress so you can see that you can do this too!
If you’re curious about any other numbers here’s a quick rundown:
- I had 6,406 users visit my site in October
- About 11% of my users are recurring users
- I had 9,393 page views in October
- Bounce Rate of 87.27%
Given this I’ve committed myself to at least 1 new product review focused post every week for the rest of 2018 to try to drive up all of those traffic numbers.
If you have any questions please do let me know! Happy to try to answer!
Kind regards and Happy November to everyone here at WA.
I Received My First Check! (Amazon Niche Site Progress)
Does Amazon affiliate marketing work? How much money can you earn with Amazon Associates? Is it worth building an Amazon niche website in 2018?
I am sure you have all these questions as you begin your online journey.
Based on my personal experience, I can confirm:
- YES, Amazon affiliate marketing works!
- YES, it’s worth building an Amazon niche website in 2018 (and beyond)!
- When it comes to online business and Internet marketing income, the sky’s the limit!
In this post I will cover a bit about my website stats, what inspired me to get started and why am I so excited today 🙂
My Amazon Niche Website: A Bit of Background
You may be wondering:
“When was your website built, how many posts have you written and what are your stats?”
As some of you know I was inspired by Dylan’s post (@dylanrieger) and started my first Amazon niche website in November 2017.
I wasn’t publishing posts like crazy but I still saw improvements in rankings. Slowly but surely, I made my way to the first page in Google.
At the moment I have 37 posts, a few best of posts, a few individual reviews and the rest are how-to posts. I even hired writers to help me with content.
About 5 posts out of these 37 bring the largest chunk of traffic to my website.
Since I am now out of the “Sandbox” period, my traffic is pretty consistent:
I get approximately 150-200 visitors per day (50-60 clicks to Amazon on average).
My last update in June was on how I broke my first $100 in a SINGLE day.
But today, it’s even better:
I received my very FIRST check from Amazon!
That’s so exciting to actually hold that check with your hard-earned commissions!
Does Amazon Affiliate Marketing Work? (And How I Got Started).
I also have close to $200 made for the month of July sitting on my Amazon account and close $90 already earned as I write this post (which 9 days into August).
So, my progress may be a bit slow by some standards but it sure is upwards!
I think my sales aren’t crazy because I am in the industry of digital technology, where an average cost of the item is $500-600.
So it makes people to think very well before they make a purchase. But if they purchase the very products I promote, I get great commissions ($20-50 per product sold).
I just wish I could have more energy to write posts more regularly.
I outsource mostly how-to posts, reviews and best of posts I write on my own to maintain my voice. (Plus I enjoy doing it which is a bonus).
How I got started with affiliate marketing:
Believe it or not, even though I started my online journey in 2015, I started taking it seriously only a few months ago.
I even had to go through the Online Entrepreneur Training all over again to refresh my memory and make sure I got it all right this time.
Then, this happened:
I came across Dylan’s posts and his training that completely changed my perspective on Amazon affiliate marketing.
Inspired, I built my first Amazon niche website and it has been my main focus since then.
For those who already have basic knowledge on how SEO and affiliate marketing works and wants to take it to the next level, I ENCOURAGE you to check out Dylan’s training “How To Create a 6 Figure Website”.
It’s one of the BEST resources here at Wealthy Affiliate!!!
(Amazon) Affiliate Marketing in 2018: My Advice
Here is the truth:
In order to succeed at ANYTHING in life, you need to have proper guidance, give it some time and obviously put in the work into your project.
I learned it the hard way.
I honestly can say, up until late 2017, I didn’t really take this whole blogging/website/affiliate marketing business seriously.
So, you’ll have to work with your mindset here.
Don’t let your friends, family, society dictate what to do in YOUR life.
Same goes for your training at WA. As starter members, we were given a chance to test-drive an entire platform for free and then when we upgrade, most of us, seem to not take the full advantage of being a Premium member.
DO. THAT. TRAINING!
There’s no secret sauce, really.
You have all you need at your fingertips:
- Tools and services
- Proper guidance/traning
- Community support (just don’t get stuck in the live chat)
Do the training, apply your knowledge in practice and be patient.
Take full advantage of Wealthy Affiliate’s Premiere Membership, and start your very own success story!! (10-28-18)
Amazon Bought Me A Volvo
Would you like a little bit of inspiration today?
I wanted to show you what YOU can achieve with hard work and dedication.
Here is a photo of a spare car I just bought (Volvo S40) the other day..
Entirely from Amazon Commissions!
There is no secret sauce to online marketing…
All you need to do is:
- Proper Niche Research
- Proper Keyword Research
- Lots of Content on and Off Your Site
- Positive Attitude
Now off you go and make some commissions!
Over $35,000 So Far This Year In A Tough Niche
I wanted to share a little something with you when it comes to content.
When the word content is spoken the first thing most people think of is “text” and I guess that’s only natural.
But there is other content available to use for marketing and the other content I’m talking about would be video content.
Now last year I started in a completely new niche, one I knew ZERO about, and to top ift off this niche is crazy competitive.
So when I started in this niche my plan was to use videos as my primary method of content marketing – not blog posts. I’m a video marketer so I had a good feeling about this. And I was right.
So here’s what I did:
1) I built a website, this site has 8 pages plus the blog. One of those pages is a video page, I’ll explain that in a second.
2) I did a total of 45 posts. My last blog post was May 2014
3) The total number of videos to date (as of this week) is 108 videos. – you can do the added math of how many videos I will have when ever you are reading this at 1 video per week.
I’m currently ranked on the first page of Google between spots 1 and 4 over 63 times (videos). These first page ranking of my videos is always increasing each month.
I’m also ranked on the first page of Google for my domain name and my YouTube channel over 66 times. I got these ranking when the keyword I used for searches did not result in the video itself getting ranked. (yet)
And when people use YouTube as their search engine within this niche many times my videos dominate the whole first page, in fact sometimes the first 10 search results will be all my videos.
The Process I Used
So to create video, oh and I have created a template for the video, this way I can simply replicate the process so all I have to do is voice the video and edit it.
I create a script and then I record the audio within the video template. (I use camtasia)
Now I edit the audio, taking out all the pauses and hum’s and such, basically I clean it up.
Now all my videos are just text videos with graphics added, basically I’m a doing a voice over style video.
Total time to have a finished video on average is 2 hours.
Once the video is done I upload it to my youtube channel. Now every video has been keyword researched so the title is the keyword phrase with a tagline added.
For the description I use the all the content from the script, this gives me a detailed description of over 1000 words.
And of course all the other incidental keywords within that script have the opportunity to get indexed. I also make sure that the URL for my website is the before all the text in the description area so that’s the first thing the spider crawls.
At the end of the description – I add the keyword title – as well as the link to the video itself (brands the video), plus links to my websites video page.
I have had people take my videos and re-upload them as their own, even though the videos have my brand within them. But when that happens I simple put in a copyright infringement notice to youtube and video is usually removed within hours.
I always create a custom thumbnail for the video, more branding but the custom thumbnail is also a BIG call to action to watch the video
I use annotations within the video. These are links within the video the go to my website, which is a online form for people to complete as well I have our 800 number in the video. These are the calls to actions. Most people fill out the online form.
Update: Annotations no longer available to use. You need to use Cards and End Screens to have clickable links in your videos. If you do have annotations in a published video they still work, but you can’t edit them.
I then add my tags making sure I include the keyword title phrase as my first tag, my domain name as my second tag and then I have 10 other keyword tags that I add.
Once the video is uploaded, I then go to my site and remember that video page? I then take the keyword phrase and create a link from my site to the video. So currently there is a list of 108 links, linking to various videos.
I then go to Google webmaster tools and then use the fetch tool and fetch that page.
Now once that’s done I now go to my Google + page that I created for this niche and I then share the video. So I create a short post and then link to the video.
And that’s it. I simply rinse and repeat this process each week with just videos.
And by doing just that, this little site has generated just over $35,000 for this year (2015), I would guess by year end I will be just under $40,000. UPDATE, year end total earnings for 2015 was just over $50,000.
Total time from start to finish including the creation of the video 2 1/2 hours on average.
Here’s another update. As of April of 2016 I now only create a video once every 2 weeks. Because I have such a huge foundation of videos and authority creating a video every 2 weeks is more then enough now. And at the end of 2017, this site earned just over $75,000.
Here’s my point to all this….
When you think content, just don’t think text, there are other variations of content that work just as good if not better than text.
And I say that because I find my videos get ranked faster then regular content does.
I believe in you
My dream has come true, I am finally living my laptop life style.
It’s true I am finally living my Laptop Lifestyle.
I never in a million years thought I would be able to do this. I have finally got the Villa in Spain for a month September 9th is the day I depart. Until the first week in October. With an extension if I choose to take up on it. The Villa is situated up in the mountains as I prefer peace and quiet. Situated to where I used to live Many years ago. Alhaurin De La Torre.
I am so super excited. I love the real Spanish way of life and I love the Fiesta’s they have. Like the one Below. I could dive into that pot of Paella my favorite dish. :))
I am everything traditional for a Spanish holiday. I love the food and restaurants and family atmosphere. They are brilliant for families. Now I need to brush up on my Spanish it’s a little rusty. I was there last year for three weeks but wasn’t able to afford a villa of my own. This year I can. In fact I can afford more than that because I can stay longer if I like.
That is the view of a beautiful sunset. That looks like pure heaven for me. The below image is a sunset view from over the pool at the front of the villa. Peaceful and tranquil a great setting to work from I am sure you will all agree.
I am leaving with my two teens my husband has to stay home and take care of our dog and he couldn’t get the time off. We didn’t want to leave our dog in a kennel. We couldn’t do that to him. My husband is OK with that bless him. (He didn’t have much choice to be honest hehehe) I shan’t tell him that though.
The truth is my dream wouldn’t have happened without Wealthy Affiliate.
That is the serious truth. Never could I have afforded that and all my extras I have been able to afford like my own Mercedes Convertible. Now I am changing it in for a Great big Range Rover a beast of a car. I have done all of this because of Wealthy Affiliate. I will be working while I am away in Spain too.
What a way to work in beautiful Spain in a beautiful peaceful area with a clear mind. My dream of living the laptop lifestyle has finally come. With absolutely no distractions I don’t see why I won’t get to Vegas now its dropped to 100.
I have so many plans in my mind. A list of things I need to do and improve on. I have ideas for other websites I can build on. My mind is full of ideas and excitement. With Wealthy Affiliate the world really is your Oyster. There is only room now to push forward in my laptop Lifestyle.
I have finally made it to the one main thing I dreamed of was my Spanish Villa in the sun. Who, knows one day I will buy my own one. Why not; everything is possible for me now with Wealthy Affiliate.
I knew instantly this platform at Wealthy Affiliate was a keeper. That’s why I went premium almost immediately. I am sure glad I trusted my instincts, Never in a million years did I think I would do this well. Move over Vegas 2019 I might get there yet woo hoo. That is my next plan and one I will work hard on while in Spain. Highly achievable for us all.
So Just in case you think you can’t do this well let me tell you, Yes you Can! “If” I can any one can. I had a dream and a plan and it worked. I was lucky to have found this platform. So here are my BIG E hugs To Kyle and Carson and of course Jay our training Chief and to your families. Thank you. You have changed my life. Also, to Pribs you invited me here.
Another BIG E HUG to my Wealthy Affiliate Family. For all you’re amazing support and inspiration and tons of help even on my down moments. You have all been fabulous to me. I couldn’t have got this far without you all too.
( I shall keep you up to date with my antics in Spain.)
Of course my forever friends who we don’t get to see or meet. Who work so hard and tirelessly in the background for us all. Site-Support you are all one in a million and I have never had to wait longer than 60 seconds for a reply back from you. You are all stars. Absolutely brilliant all of you.
Thank you Wealthy Affiliate Thank you to you all.
BIG E HUGS xoxo
ShareASale & January Progress update
ShareASale is finally starting to put out on a regular basis. This is the first time I’ve seen commissions on all three snaps of their “today at a glance” page.
My site made just over $1,000 in January, down from December but the internet told me to expect that, because of the holiday. I’m still cool with it. February is on track to meet and let’s hope exceed $1,000.I have a feeling things are going to finally start accelerating upwards. I want this thing to make $3,000/month by the end of 2018. That’s a realistic goal.
I’m making myself write or ghost write five articles a month, so at the end of the year I’ll have 100 articles on the blog total.
Thank you to everyone who helps me with comment exchanges and ideas! love you all!
12 months at WA. Worth it?
I’ve been with WA for 12 months now, and it’s been quite the journey.
If nothing else, I’ve learned a lot about myself, as well as the level of commitment required to build a successful business online.
I’ve made a couple of fundamental and dumb mistakes along the way, so hopefully this post will be useful for others considering Wealthy Affiliate for building a full time business online.
So, a year on… was it all worth it?
But not for the reasons you might think. You see, I originally joined Wealthy Affiliate to take advantage of their great hosting platform. I mean 50 websites for one low annual fee, including all the site security, support and help one could ever need, was an attractive proposition indeed.
Gains for our existing business…
The first website I built from scratch was for our existing accommodation business and, given that WordPress is such a flexible product, our website fully integrates with our booking engine so guests can book accommodation with us directly (which is much better than having to pay hefty fees to the likes of Expedia and Booking.com). My focus over the next year is going to be to build up the content on this site, to drive even more organic traffic to the site, which in turn relates to those much sought after direct bookings through our website.
In the first quarter of this year (Jan-Mar) only 9% of our total bookings came through our own website; compared to the second quarter which has seen an increase to 14% of bookings coming through the site. This represents a tangible saving of in excess of $1,000 in fees to online travel agencies (booking.com, expedia, AA traveler etc). My goal is to increase our direct bookings to 30% over the next 12 months and again, this is a direct saving to our business.
I have achieved this improvement by following the training at WA ~ proof that the certification training here works. I’m applying all my new-found knowledge about SEO and social marketing to our business. My twelve month goal is to achieve 30% of sales directly through our website (saving us about $7k), using the techniques learned at WA; we are well on the way to making this happen.
But what about affiliate marketing? … I hear you ask!
Before I share my results with you, let me share all the biggest thing I did wrong.
I bit off way more than I could chew!
You see, I’m the magpie of all magpies, and I love new shiny objects! Being easily distracted means that I now have about 10 domains and about 6 websites that I am trying to maintain. NOT GOOD.
It’s very hard to remain focused on one path for online success when you’re juggling that many balls. Now I have a couple of niche sites, our business site as well as a Make Money Online site for the WA Bootcamp training.
The worst part of trying to juggle so many sites is that I end up procrastinating about where to prioritize my time and as a result I haven’t created anywhere near enough content on any of the sites to really crank up my affiliate marketing business.
This is a terrible feeling. Every time I have a little win on one of my sites, I’m reminded that if ONLY I COULD FOCUS ON ONE SITE, my results would be much better than they are.
I’ve marked my own score card…
There’s a great post here at WA about what to expect from your website… to try to answer that all important question – how long does it take to make money at WA… https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/wa-affiliate-bootca…
Sure… across all my sites I’ve written more than 100 posts: BUT not on any one site. And that’s important. If I look at all of my sites, my progress is still sitting in that months 1-3 category:
Imagine if I’d put all that effort into a single site. This is where I could be!…
Spreading myself too thin has been the one thing that has impeded my progress with the affiliate side of my business.
If there’s one piece of advice you take from this post, please please don’t make the same mistake as me.
Instead, focus on one niche and ONE website!
Even though my approach has been less than ideal, I’ve still managed to complete the Certification training and am now working my way through the Bootcamp training (as and when time permits).
Believe it or not, despite my haphazard approach (with plenty of stops and starts along the way), I have seen a bit of affiliate income trickle in.
Here’s a wee graph showing my results to date;
- The green line is the total number of posts / pages I’ve written across three of my websites
- The red $ line with is the monthly affiliate income earned
- I have not included any freelance income earned, though it’s worth noting that I’ve picked up a couple of simple web content jobs as a direct result of one of my websites which was worth a couple of grand. Work I probably wouldn’t have secured otherwise.
I’m sure my results would look so much better if all 107 posts were on the one site… not split across three websites… but oh well, we all learn by our mistakes, right?
Do the numbers stack up?
I’ll let you be the judge. To sum up the last twelve months from a pure financial perspective:
- $1,000 additional OTA fees saved for accommodation business and on track to save $7k annually
- $ 388 affiliate earnings
- $2000 related freelance income
- $3388 actual value (savings & income) in last twelve months
I also took advantage of the black Friday sale, which means that I pay a much lower annual fee, a further saving worth having.
The next twelve months…
Well, I start my new job tomorrow, so that’s going to have an impact on the amount of time I can spend on WA related activities. So the plan is to focus mainly on my niche site as well as our accommodation website. I think it’s important to achieve success with my niche site first, before moving into the MMO niche.
So there you have it.
I hope you found this post interesting along with some insights and learning from my journey.
All the very best,
ps. please leave me a comment below and let me know what you think… would love to hear from you!!
First $75+ Day In Affiliate Marketing!
Today I made a single sale worth $200 and I got 40% of it. Not bad for my 3rd month here at WA! 🙂
$3000 Dollar Sale
Every once in a while you get a big sale and today was my biggest yet – it was for $3000. In the last 14 months I’ve made 12 sales that were $1000 or more.
I wouldn’t make every post about products that cost over $1000 but it’s worth it to sprinkle them in from time time. Maybe 1 out of every 10.
You won’t hit on them everyday but when you do it feels very good.
$223.50 Made While In ICU.
I’ll warn you now that this post my be long so, grab yourself a snack and a cold glass of ice water.
Inspiration to The Newbies
I am writing this post because, with out a shadow of a doubt, one common question that I see is “How much can I make with this program, Wealthy Affiliate?” and “Does it work?”.
Okay, maybe it is two common questions that I see.
I am NOT an Experienced Marketer
To clear any thoughts, I am in No Way an experienced Marketer. Truth is, I barely know what I am doing. I just follow the training. So, this is not one of those stories where I tell you I have this X amount of years of experience. I am a beginner. I have not been online more than 3 months. Just getting my feet wet!
How Long Have I been On The Internet
I have been at WA since 11/20/2017 and went premium on the 11/24/17. Before, WA I was on the internet for almost 30 days.
Those 30 days was spent with a 7 figure coach and mentor, learning to build the right mindset and things like that. So, I never even had the chance to make money or even promote. As, you see that program didn’t work out for me right now. I needed something else, something that I could invest in comfortably and follow along with the training. So, I jumped ship for now and went over here to WA
Anyways, I been with WA for almost 2 months now.
Your Concerns of if This Works
We all have bills to pay, we all have dreams and desires to pursue. We all want to get out of the rat race. Am I right? Of course!
Who would want to work 50 hard years of their life, when you can potentially work 5 hard years and be comfortable. Maybe even be successful.
I Encourage You To Keep Moving Forward
When new members first start out, I noticed that some won’t do anything. I, myself have invited many people to the program. So, many that I have lost count! I don’t even know how to tell how many invites I actually have.
I always try and encourage every new member I come across that has this same question on “how much money can you make, or does this really work” concern to just trust the process. Work as hard as you can and keep moving forward.
The secret is to never give up!
When I see the above questions, I generally respond & just show the new WA member some success post that I find within the WA community. I also try my best in reassuring the member, that “Yes, Of course this can work for you, just follow the training”. “You may not know everything now, but you’ll get ideas along the way”
Did I really know?
But, did I really know that it would work for me? Truth is, I personally did not know myself if it would work for me. Of course, I wanted it to. Of course I have all the determination in the world to want this to work. But, did I really know when or how it would work out?
… No, Truth is NO!…
I knew that it probably could work one day but, what time and how much I didn’t know.
No one knows the timing nor the amount you can make. Not even me!
What I did know was that it worked for some other members by their proof but, would it really work for me. I put my trust in the system. I put my trust in Kyle training’s, I put my trust in the WA members. And, just kept going!
Proof is in the Pudding
Well, last night while I was in the ICU with my daughter I was going through my emails and trying to get them under-control because, it seems like I receive 50 thousands emails a day.
I came across some email telling me that I had an order and it was approved. I was like “What in the World? I have not ordered anything”.
I Forgot About The Email
I ended up forgetting about the email because, I told myself “Well, they must have sent me an email in error”.
I tell my husband about the email and he asked me the same question. “Did you order something?” I said “No, I didn’t.” Then I tell him, “I need to go and check and see what that email is all about before I am charged for something that I did not order.”
I Went and Check the Email
I go and check the email and to my surprise I made a commission while in the ICU. Never in my life would I have thought this would happen.
I am always posting my journey and remaining positive in anything I do. Life could be worst. Appreciate what you have today. I want everyone to win!
This is actually a surprise that I still can not process….
Anyways…Sorry Got a Little Side Track…
This commission check that is now pending is still amazing to me. Yes of course it’s pending but, this is still proof that it works. WA Really Works!
I thought it was an error. I had to email support and they reassured me that it was not an error.
The total Commission is $223.50 made on 01/05/2017 47 days after I signed up with WA. I am not saying this will be the same time for you but I am saying this can be possible..
WA 1ST Commission Update!
I also recently learned that when I first wrote a WA blog post about “I made an $8.00 commission”, that was not all I made. I had a pending yearly commission as well…So, I am still in shock about that.
$8.00 plus $167.00 pending made on 12/31/17. Made after being a member for 41 days
So, does Wealthy Affiliate work? Yes, you bet your bottom dollars it does…
I do not write this post to brag, trust me I am not a bragging person. I write this post because, I know sometimes in life just seeing proof makes you work harder… You can clearly see that I am an ordinary person with No prior experience.
Trust The Process, Even if You Feel Like You Are Doing Things Wrong
The crazy part is the post that I made a commission off of while in ICU, was the very same post that I was going to delete. Why? because, in the training it said to stick to your niche and narrow it down. I wrote this post when I first started out and thought I was following the process right but, as I got further into the training I realized that I went way out of my niche.
So, I was battling with myself if I should keep the post or delete it.
I finally said, “No I will keep the post because, I worked hard on that post and hey it could help someone.” And, apparently it did. I also am glad that I did not erase the post.
I Get This Question A Lot
A lot of people ask me what niche did I go into? Well, truth is I could not narrow a niche down. Yes, of course I have many interest but, I am the type of person, If I know something that can benefit you. I will tell you everything.
So, I had the hardest time figuring out a niche that I can narrow down. Since, I had the hardest time I just went into the Make Money Online Niche.
Did I know how to make money online?
No…absolutely not. I had no clue…nada…no knowledge what so ever. I just knew that in any job you do, most likely you had to start someone where. No one is born an internet marketer knowing how to make money online. I surely wasn’t…So, I went for it…
And now, I can say I have proof that money can be made online, especially following the Wealthy Affiliate process. Amazingly, even with the MMO niche with no prior experience. Of course, always go with your own passion but, if you can not find your passion, hop on over to affiliate boot-camp and lets make it happen.
Take time and think things through when it comes to choosing your niche but, if it is taking longer than a couple of weeks. I do not recommend to keep pondering. Just go for something.
I hope this post as inspired any and all newbies that are in doubt. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
….And, one more thing don’t forget to Hit The Green Like Button.
As, always have an awesome day!
$5k per mo is possible – Follow the training and you’ll get results
I recently resubbed and I’ve decided to drop a bit of inspiration for anyone who might be needing it.
I’ve been away from WA since last August or so, and some crazy things have happened since then.
What you’re going to see/read shouldn’t be taken as gloating or bragging, but simply as an example of what’s possible (after time) when you follow the training that’s been laid out for you here, and also what could happen if you don’t.
Oh, something to keep in mind before we jump in: It doesn’t really matter what you sell, it matters how you sell it.
When I first joined WA back in 2013, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing and zero idea of what was even possible. I thought making $500 /mo in residual income would be expecting too much, boy was I wrong.
Fast forward 3 years, and here’s a screenshot showing my first month earning over $5K using a single site. Anyone who uses Amazon to monetize will probably recognize the graph.
This definitely did not happen over night, it took A LOT of hard work, research, and even failure to achieve. But, whatever the process was, it did eventually happen and that’s the point.Let’s go back the beginning and talk about those failures, though, maybe my experiences in what not to do can save someone some wasted time.
I spent a good year and a half spinning my wheels going absolutely nowhere because I simply wasn’t implementing WA’s training well enough – I thought I could “do things my way” and get away with it, but that was definitely not the case. I started by picking niches where I saw a potential to maybe make some money, instead of something that I was super interested in… First mistake.
On top of thinking I could do things my way (with basically no knowledge of IM), I was working on multiple websites at once while trying to learn at the same time, and hoping to actually go somewhere with them… ha… After being around the industry for a few years now, I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one to get caught up in the “more sites, more money!!!” fallacy in the beginning. Some people can get away with starting like this, but those people are pretty rare.
In hindsight, everything I had done up to this point was basically wrong. I didn’t take the advice which is given here, I only loosely implemented the training, and ultimately wasted lots of time/money in the process.
Hang on now, because this is where things start to get a little more interesting.
SO, I decided to wipe the slate clean and start over again using the very first niche idea I had, one which I was already involved in on a daily basis and really enjoyed – great idea. I also decided that I was only working on this single site while actually taking my time to not only learn everything, but actually implement it correctly as well.
I’m pretty sure that made all the difference, because the first month that site was live, it made a whopping $11, or like 1100% more than my other sites had made (they made nothing). The next month, it made an insane $22 and I was starting to get excited.
Month 3 it made roughly $150 and I almost didn’t know what to do. This was when I started to think this whole IM thing might actually be possible.
Month 4 rolled by, and my earnings dropped. I didn’t lose hope, though, because this IM thing might still be possible. It’s a good thing I didn’t, by month 7 my site pulled in $1401 in commissions purely through Amazon with my only traffic coming from search engines. My mind was blown.
2 months later, $2500, and just a few months after that is when it finally broke $5K, which has been the average for a few months now. Still relying purely on organic traffic.
Since then, I’ve started another site in different niche using the exact same method – the same stuff we’re taught here – and it’s slowly but surely turning into something profitable as well.
Now, this isn’t enough to make anyone rich, not by a long shot. What it is, is proof enough (to me at least) that what is taught here works, but only if you take the time to make sure that everything is done the way it’s actually taught.
It Can Take Awhile To Make Money – But It Does Happen – My Income Climb
I just wanted to share my income climb. It has been a slow but steady process of getting better at writing, figuring out what works and not giving up. I have been at WA for almost 2 years and I don’t think I will ever leave! I love it here 🙂
I remember when I first started, I searched for proof that people actually made money on here, and the more time I spent here, the more proof I saw. Many people where making money as WA affiliates, but there were others making money in different niches as well.
I make most of my money as an Amazon affiliate. I didn’t start out that way, and my income growth was verrrrry slow. Once I changed my links to Amazon, my sales started to go up and up and up. I still promote other programs, but the majority of the money I make comes from Amazon.
This is my income growth for Amazon from the year 2015:
This is my income for the year 2016 so far:
I am hoping that it just keeps GROWING! I want to make $6000 in one month!!!
Anyways, just wanted to show how possible it is to make decent money at this. And that it does take some time.
All the best,
Success – $2,000 goal hit.
These posts are a bit awkward for me. I usually try to avoid how much money I make, but since I haven’t posted here for a long time, I decided to reveal where I am at, so you know I am still here and maybe get some inspiration.
It was painful to watch my profile fall in rank by thousands hehehe…
The last month I managed to finally hit one of my $$$ goals that I created a bit over a year back. My first goal was $100 a month (which I was extremely happy for). That I managed to hit somewhere around May 2015.
Next goal was $2K. I did not believe I would hit it even in 2016, but all of a sudden, numbers just kept going up and up (which means there were moments were everything was linear… scary times).
Yes, Amazon is the one that helped me to reach the goal.
Then like $500 is added from other revenue places. So all in all, around $2,100 from one site.
May seem small money for some of you affiliates, but for me, especially in my country, it’s extremely good.
How Did I Achieve it?
Just stick to basics, dude. I made the mistake before of searching for different shortcuts or methods for boosting my posts, but in the end, it won’t really matter as much as creating a lot of original articles. Just follow the instructions here on this website, then suck it up and keep writing.
It’s actually really simple in theory, but for me it was the most difficult thing to master. Keeping my focus on writing is extremely hard with all the distractions on the internet 😛
While writing I sometimes want to go check my mail, go to Youtube, check out Twitch, go eat and watch TV series, go see Reddit, check out adsense, play videogames…
I am young, so I have no work discipline >.<
Then I remember I need to keep writing, and after an hour, distraction cycle repeats. I still struggle with it, but I learn to keep myself steady on task. BTW, meditation helps here. But man oh man it’s difficult when there is so much distraction.
But if you manage to beat that, the main passive income problem is solved. Just keep writing, just keep hustling. One of those days you will hit it.
10k per month, here I come!!
Made $51,755 With An Affiliate Program
Hey Everyone at Wealthy Affiliate. I wanted to share my success story with anyone that might need some inspiration at Wealthy Affiliate. Before you read this I just want to drive home the point that you need to work and be proactive with your online marketing. There is no magic button; but WA is a great tool to help get you started making money.
I run one of the top web hosting review sites on the net; http://tbwhs.com
I have created a user review community of webmasters that provide their feedback on different web hosting companies that they use. Over the years I have gotten over 900+ reviews left by webmasters on various host (over 500 comments on my blog too).
First, you need to sign up with an affiliate program that has great communication. I always test them out by emailing their affiliate manager. I am testing them to see how responsive they are. Once, I have found a good one I use their service. Make sure it’s top notch quality and then write them up a review.
Then, I start looking for all the other “big names” and write them up an honest review. Some I have previous experience with so I already know what the feedback is on them. Then, I do some outreach by contacting various webmasters and asking them to leave their feedback, ask them to share on social media, and personally thank everyone for their time. I have built some very strong relationships over the years this way.
It takes a lot of hand work, and their were months and months of 12-16 hour work days with little to no return. Finally, at the 1 year period I started to see a steady stream of sales come in. I update my blog and write about WordPress, web design, etc. I add up a new post at least once a week.
Whenever I do outreach with webmasters after they have left a review I send a follow up and tell them they can earn $125 by signing up their clients with my affiliate link. They sign up through my affiliate program as a tier 2 and since I am a power affiliate I want them to succeed, because I benefit from it too.
Hope you make lots of money in 2016!
I made over $2000 last month 😀
November was a really good month:)
I ended up making $2158.67.
Part of that of course was due to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but my earnings were fairly consistent throughout the month. It’ll be interesting to see what happens during the Christmas season.
Just thought I’d leave an update.
Month 8 Progress Report: Road to 4 Figures a Month!
Good day folks!
It’s time for my Month 8 progress inside Wealthy Affiliate. 🙂
I actually just came back from visiting my parents in hometown. It is good to relax and have fun without an internet connection for a while.
I only posted 2 piece of content during my 10 days visit. And this is done at my friend’s house borrowing his Wi-fi.
Before going back to hometown, I have drafted the content. So it would be just publishing them + social sharing + fetch as google inside Google Webmaster Tool.
*Quickly Recap Previous Goals from month 6:
- Reached 200 Posts (not yet)
- and 28 Pages (not yet)
- Find 1 Profitable PPC Ad group (fail)
- $600/mo of passive income (success)
As you can see that some goals are not completed. This is because me doing other things such as learning about Email Marketing, Creating Exit Pop-up and Speeding my site loading time.
The result? I’ve gotten 156 subscribers within 6 weeks.
The idea is to capture the traffic leaving my site. This can be good if you offer free stuff in exchange with their email address. Later on, provide them reasons as to why they should buy a product/service from you. 🙂
The Monetary Achievement
I don’t know about you. But I always love to see people sharing their earning income from the work they have put into. No matter how small or big the results, it proves that this opportunity works!
and here’s mine:
The commissions keep growing although I was away for 10 days! I enjoyed myself with my parents and friends.
This is why Internet Marketing/Online Business gives the freedom you needed. Since my eyes were wide opened, I never stop dreaming myself earning full-time income and work less than 3 hours a day.
And the rest of my time would allow me:
- Do whatever I want
- Go wherever I want
The Right Mindset
Great things always come with great responsibility as they say.
Although you can live a convenient lifestyle, it doesn’t mean getting the reward is easy. There are of course certain behaviors you have to change.
It is impossible to earn Millions without learning from those who have achieved it. My best advice would always be Find those who have succeeded, and stick around them!
Also don’t forget to set a CLEAR target. What you truly want in this venture. Would $500 a month be enough? Or $5,000? Maybe $50,000?
YES you can make it if you keep asking your yourself “how”.
Always ask how can I reach $_____ by next month.
Ask how can I get my first sale
Ask how will this stuff can last forever and not die out
Ask how this life would be when you reach your goals.
When you answer those “hows”, no barrier will hold your success. Trust ME! And believe in yourself.
My Next Goals
- Finding a Ghost Writer
- Making 10 Internet Marketing related Videos
- Complete the unfinished tasks from previous report
- Reach 4-Figures a month in passive income
What’s your Goal in the next 2 months? Let me know below. I would love to hear from you!
3rd $1000 month/Girdwood Ski Trip
Had a great weekend up on the mountain in Girdwood, Alaska. The weather was great and I was able to enjoy some time with my friends and family skiiing. This all took place while my campaigns were running. I love making money and not having to be sitting in front of the computer to do it.
This March is now my 3rd $1000 month. I still can’t believe it but it is possible. I am so, so happy and really look forward to increasing my business and spending more time with the family. I mean what better way to celebrate than to be at a beautiful mountain and enjoying the 40F degree weather while making money.
Please everyone understand it is possible. I wanted to post a few pics from my ski trip and hopefully inspire a few people to keep on writing, posting, blogging whatever you have going on and remember that we are trying to help people.
Please enjoy my few pictures
Saved the best for last!!!!!!
Last Update: May 16, 2018, by Howard
Good Day Fellow Wealthy Affiliate Friends!
It has been a great week for Pam and I so far! For those that don’t know us, we are full time RVers who have been on the road since 2008. What does that mean you ask? Well, we live in an RV 24/7, 365, and travel the United States to locations we want to go to and run our business from our RV home!
For a while we work camped. That meant we exchanged work hours in an RV park for our site. It was a way to pay for it with pre-tax dollars. In 2011 I decided to return to running my own business again, from the road, and thought that if I could start a website where I could sell things.
That’s when I found Wealthy Affiliate after much searching and investigation. But, I really did not go full steam ahead until 2014 when I decided to launch an RV inspection company, also run from my RV home.
I had my full time RV living website up and running and added the inspection business to it. It has worked well as I have page one rankings in so many related keywords of the RVing niche.
But, today, after an inspection in Nacogdoches TX on Monday, Pam, Lindsey and I decided to head south to the beach on Galveston Island.
This is the RV we examined. It took eight hours, and fluid analysis too (oil and coolant samples taken from motorized components and sent to a lab for analysis).
Isn’t it pretty? Looks good from the picture, right? Well, such was not the case! There were lots of major and minor issues with this RV.
Any way, today, we are here at the beach trying to relax, yet here I am sitting on my computer catching up in WA and deciding to share our story in hopes it might inspire others to greatness.
Here is our RV today:
The beach is just behind us, about a five-minute walk. We took a stroll along the beach yesterday, about two miles down and then back. We wanted to check out the area and find a place to have Happy Hour and snacks today. Here’s what we found:
This is Pleaure Pier on Galveston Island.
Maybe some snacks at Bubba Gump’s in a bit. Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere! LOL
The beaches here are not bad. Destin, FL is better but I do like the flat hard sand that you can walk comfortably on for miles, even drive on and bike on.
Why am I sharing all this?
Well, certainly not to brag about our wonderful lifestyle of freedom and economic success, but to inspire others to the fact that if you work hard enough, and the dream is big enough, you can achieve anything in life you desire!
You see, part of our success is because of what I learned here at Wealthy Affiliate! My website is hosted here, was created here, and is successful in achieving my business goals because of all I learned here!
I have been able to create a lifestyle that I dreamed of back in the late 1980’s. It did not turn out as I had planned, it turned out even better.
So, dream big!
If you don’t already have one, create a dream board by your work area where you can have pictures of all the things you want to do and have. When times get tough, that is what you can look at daydream about. It will inspire you to keep working!
“Thoughts become things!”
Here’s the picture I had on mine back in 1986 when I was making phone calls to get people to join me in Amway.
I envisioned us there and doing exactly what these folks are!
Here’s the first RV I owned. Is it better than the one I dreamed about? It sure was!
We switched over to this in 2015 due to the other was just too big to get to the places we really wanted to go to. Plus, for a full time RVer on the go running, and running a business like we do, a motorized unit works better for us.
So what is the next one? Perhaps this!
Do you think this is on my dream board? Well, my electronic one anyway. Not much room in the RV to have cork boards hanging around.
What do you really want from your Wealthy Affiliate endeavors? Share them here! And not money goals.
Tell us what you would do with the money that will come from your online business. It will help you to keep the dream alive and the reason to work all the extra hours while dealing with your day-to-day issues and things that brought you here in the first place.