I am currently updating the real-life success stories, including 2018’s success stories.
I will have them in alphabetical order this time. So that I won’t accidentally duplicate any of the stories.
I have not edited any of the below posts in any way. Even left the typos in— and if you know me at all, you know that my OCD on these typos are driving me insane. LOL
All of these stories can be found on the Wealthy Affiliate website, and they are very real.
In the past, I would save this story for last, it is my favorite of all the success stories, for now. Till I make my own bigger, and better success story-which I will! I’m putting it first this time because I want to make sure that if you only read one story, I wanted it to be this story. When I contacted the author to see if it was alright that I include his and his wife story, he told me to keep checking back with them for more success stories, cause they were only getting started!!!
These stories are very real, & with hard work and dedication, I could be including your success story, here.
Good Day Fellow Wealthy Affiliate Friends!
Why am I sharing all this?
So, dream big!
“Thoughts become things!”
1st $1000 month – Wealthy Affiliate success!
I didn’t expect to meet this milestone last week but I got a couple of late sales on my TV subscriptions which took my earnings up to $1100 for the month of Jan.
It’s taken me almost 1 year and 5 months to achieve this level of earnings but I set myself a target of 18 months so I’m pretty chuffed to have made it.
I want to share my journey, not to gloat but to show you how things can change along the way and also how I had to re-focus and change my strategy.
I started off with 3 income streams all related to my niche which is IPTV (TV delivered over the internet).
My income streams were:
- Amazon, Shareasale for TV boxes
- VPN subscriptions
- IPTV subscriptions
It took me some time to realize that my income from TV boxes (Amazon, Shareasale), was not going to make it for me. This was partly due to taking advice on-board from successful Amazon Associates who said it would eventually take off.
The problem I have with Amazon is the price of the TV boxes that I am reviewing. These are generally below $100 and commission for these is very low.
Without re-focusing it became clear that I was never going to make huge commissions from Amazon but I could still use it to my advantage. I started using the reviews to promote my IPTV service as an alternative to free TV apps that can be used with these TV boxes.
This meant that organic traffic would still reach my site. Currently my traffic is 250 – 300 daily which is not huge but it’s constant. I have slowed down with posts recently due to various factors but my 238 posts are still pulling in readers.
I also set about building my Email List and this has proved to be a shrewd move. I would encourage everyone to get an email list going. It was very slow at first but I found a way to increase sign ups. I’m now getting around 5 per day.
I have a sidebar CTA and also a popup which is great for advertising my TV offers. I only have the popup when people are about to EXIT my site. That’s something that Sumo plugin is good for.
With Sumo you can also now integrate an email responder free of charge. I use MailChimp but there are others out there.
I utilized my IPTV signups too and added these to my Email List. I now have approx. 800 in my list and whenever I have a new offer these customers get notified.
The Importance of a good Affiliation
Commissions are what it’s all about. Here at Wealthy Affiliate the commissions for affiliates are awesome, but if you are not doing Boot Camp and promoting WA it’s not easy finding good commissions elsewhere.
It took me more than a year to realize that I could get better commissions elsewhere. I finally found a company that has a great product with 50% commissions, similar to WA. This is my new IPTV service and it gives me complete control over my customers and any offers that I want to promote.
I would encourage you to look around and don’t settle for poor commission rates. I am now entirely focused on my IPTV platform and this now has my full attention. Going forward, I am hopeful that I can double my monthly earnings by 24 months. That is my next target.
I wish you all much success and if you can take something from this it will make me happy.
3 Dollars Short of $8K – My First Progress Report
I don’t blog much here on WA, but I think I owe it to the WA community to update you all on my progress thus far.
I joined WA back in Sept 2016, and the 12th will mark 22 months of me being a member here. As someone that had zero experience in affiliate marketing, I can say that I have learned so much from WA.
I’ve put in the work, and the results are definitely starting to show. Which is why I felt it necessary to give you all an update on my progress, hoping to inspire those that have yet to reach that level of success I seem to have reached thus far.
Total Earnings Breakdown
2016 Earnings – $0
Like many of us here, not a lot is expected when getting started. Since this was my first experience with affiliate marketing, I wanted to learn as much as I could about what I was getting into.
Also, since I never considered myself someone who loved to write, I used this time to learn how to become a better writer that got people interested in what I had to say. So all I did was push out content since that is what google is looking for.
2017 Earnings – $329.84
I made my first sale of $4.50 in march, and like anyone who’s made their first sale as a member here, that was probably my happiest moment. Then and there I knew this was real and that I could do this.
In December I finally cracked the $100 month mark which seemed very difficult to do, especially the way things were going at the time. But I didn’t get discouraged and continued to figure out a way to make this thing work.
I eventually found an affiliate program that became the game changer for my current success today.
2018 Earnings (up to June) – $10,454.41
Since hitting my goal of $100 in a month, my next goal was to at least double that in January. Well I was able to a make a total of $451.62, which gave me the confidence to know that I was heading in the right direction.
So from Jan to April, my earnings came out to $998.16 over that four month span. Although I was happy to be at least earning something, it wasn’t the progress I was hoping for. But of course, that is hardly enough reason to get down about the progress I was making.
Then in May, an explosion of traffic and sales started to come through. I was able to make a total of $1458.99, and based on the traffic I was receiving, I knew I could have an even better June.
Well it seems the word “better” was an understatement. June turned out to be an OUTSTANDING month where sales were coming in daily.
So How Did May & June Happen?
You could say i got lucky, but by having a website and following this awesome training that WA provides, I am putting myself in the best position to receive such luck. Just like each and everyone one of us who are members to this wonderful program.
So how did this explosion happen?
I wrote an article back in april that ended up on the second page of google. Then all of a sudden on the 13th of May, I noticed more sales than usual were happening, and that I was getting some referral traffic from one of my affiliate programs.
Thinking nothing of it, I figured that the traffic was them just checking in on my site for whatever reason. Days passed by and still I was unable to figure out why I was getting such activity.
I then decided to do some research for a new article I wanted to write about for this merchant. So I visited their blog and lo and behold I noticed the article I wrote back in April was featured within their blog. Which explained this new traffic I was receiving.
But being someone that couldn’t believe this new wave of activity, I wondered how long this would keep up. I then typed the keyword into google and to my amazement, I found my article listed within this blog atop the google searches.
Basically, when people typed in the keyword, they entered my site through this blog. And since they have a higher authority, it only makes sense for google to put them at the top.
So although it may not be organic in the technical sense, visitors are still finding my site from typing in this particular keyword.
And the best part about all this other than the sales of course, is the director of growth contacted me thanking me for the content I wrote, and that if I needed any of their resources, to just let him know.
So I then asked him about being able to get more articles featured within their blog and he said sure. Although he wasn’t sure the reasoning for it since he said not much traffic goes through there. So I gave him a short breakdown of the traffic I was receiving from the blog.
It does amaze me a bit how little some of these companies know about SEO. Just goes to show you the level of training WA is sharing with all of us here.
Anyways, the director said he would speak to his team and let me know. A day later, he posted my newly written article on the blog, facebook, and twitter, and sure enough my traffic doubled.
So I definitely expect this traffic to continue, and to eventually eclipse the 8K I made in June. So far, yesterday I made a record amount of sales totaling $735. This includes a $75 bonus for making at least 10 sales in a month.
So What’s Next For Me?
VEGAS 2020! As you all know, if you can refer 300 people to WA, Kyle and Carson will fly you out to Vegas for FREE!
Now that my niche site is doing very well, it only makes sense to now promote the very product that has helped teach me how to be a successful affiliate marketer.
I’ve already created my the site where I plan on promoting WA. So now i’m just writing out content and getting things ready for 2019. I plan on reinvesting the money I’m making from my niche site into my MMO site.
So I need to learn more about email marketing and other strategies to help make sure my site is a success.
My Advice To Those Searching For Their Own Personal Success
Is just to follow the training and don’t be afraid to try new things and and make mistakes. I was able to learn so much when things weren’t going well, because it forced me to learn how to fix whatever issue I was having.
Also NEVER give up. You never know when you’re explosion will happen, and if you decide to give up, then for sure that explosion will never come.
I didn’t write this post to brag about the amount of money I am starting to make, but to serve as a reminder that this training does work, and that WA provide us with all the tools necessary to make sure we’re successful.
So I just wanted to make sure I thank Kyle, Carson, Jay, and everyone who wrote an article that I’ve read that helped me get to where I am today, and where I plan on being in the future. Thank you all!
3 Years At Wealthy Affiliate
Last Update: September 19, 2018
Hey, what’s going on everybody? I haven’t been posting as much lately because I felt like I was basically repeating myself with every post. I’ll work on posting more (I’m thinking more on the lines of reviewing succesful niche sites).
I’m working as hard as ever, though, and just realized I’ve been here for 3 year now. I was almost shocked when I noticed this and got me thinking about my time here so far.
If this is your first time reading a post by me, here’s the journey up to this point:
3 years ago I came across Wealthy Affiliate and didn’t sign up right away. I kind of put it on the back burner and never really researched affiliate marketing.
Then in August in 2015, I was working an insurance job (I was 25 then) and didn’t like it. I actually ended up leaving at lunch and never returned.
I jumped right into Wealthy Affiliate without even knowing what I was getting into but I was determined to make it work.
I didn’t tell anyone in my family for the first week (I literally just got up like I was going to work and just went to Vassar College’s library and went through the training and started building my site there).
Eventually I told everyone and they all tried to talk me out of it. You know what happened next? I didn’t make a single dollar in my first year. I didn’t quite understand which keywords to target and SEO as much as I do now.
My family was losing patience but I pushed on. I scraped my first site and started over. This time I had a year of experience and research. In 6 months I got this site to over 2k a month.
It all disappeared in a day after a Google update. I went from 2k a month to $200. I ended up selling the site for 2k and started over.
This time I did it right (before I had too many affiliate links per page and not enough words per post) and got this site to nearly 5k in 7 months.
I made an additional $500 from Canada and Europe sales.
It was pretty seasonal and I had a choice to make this previous spring – sell it or make under $1000 for the next few months and build a new site with basically no money.
I decided to sell it and got $40,000. It was the right decision and finally being ahead after 2 and half years felt GREAT. For this year I’ll have made between $50,000 to $60,000. Not bad.
Since May I’ve been working on a seasonal website that’s probably going to average $2000 to $3000 a month between November to April. I’ll be finishing this site up by November and then I’ll start a new project.
I already have a niche picked my next niche and this site I’ll be working on for a while (I’m guessing for the next 18 months as my sole focus). I’ll also put around 10k in it for content creation to speed things up. I may dabble in Youtube as well.
My goal is to have a 10k month in 2019 and to be over 150k in the year 2020 and 300k in 2021. It’s going to be tough but I think I can get it.
Here’s my advice to anyone just starting out or not getting results:
Measure things in terms of 3 months to 6 months. Affiliate marketing can be slow but it’s a great way to make money. If you’re not seeing improvements in rankings in 3 month to 6 month chunks, you need to switch things up.
Also, if you’re monetizing through Amazon you HAVE to pick a niche where the majority of products are OVER $100.
Here’s how the numbers worked out for my last site:
Of all the traffic I got to my site I was able to send 32% to Amazon. Of the 32% sent to Amazon between 7.5% to 8% bought something. The average of all sales was $3.
So If you get 60,000 people to a site and you optimize it correctly, 19,200 will go to Amazon. Of those people you’ll get around 1440 sales. At $3 a sale you get around $4,320. That’s very attainable and if you know what you’re doing, you can do that in a 12 to 18 months.
I marketed items that were in the $150 to $500 range. So if you market products that are $20 to $50 you’ll only make around $1 a sale or less. With 60,000 people a month you might make less then $1000 because of this. To make $5,000 you’d have get traffic in the 300,000 a month range. Not impossible but not easy and will take probably 2 years at the very least.
If you pick a niche that has products in the $200 range 300,000 people a month might get you $20,000 a month! These niches exist and can be completely monetized through Amazon. I’m hoping the one I just picked can reach that.
If you’re interested in learning how I make sites, read my training here.
This is the best time of the year to use this strategy too. Research a niche now, start writing in November (targeting 2019 keywords) and you’ll see good results pretty quickly.
So that’s my story and advice. I’m so grateful to have found this place and grateful to have talked with the people inside this community. This is a hell of a lot better then an insurance job. I don’t have to ask when to eat, I wake up whenever I want and I’m making more money now then I did working twice as many hours!
Thanks for reading and I hope you success!
3rd $1000 month/Girdwood Ski Trip
4 Figure earner made possible by WA
It looks like yesterday when I started off on wealthy affiliate university.
Looking back when Kyle asked this question What Are Your “Money” Goals?Honestly I don’t remember what I said. All I wanted was money from the internet. Little did I know that the secret to making money online is to learn the skills.
At times I was so lazy to do the trainings inside WA because I wasn’t making money at all, for a fact I knew that WA has the best training. Tried different programs when I got stuck i would come back home (WA) and ask questions. The chat room would always refer me back to the trainings. lol
I got to a point where I admired other people success I had to humble myself and faithfully completed the trainings (I did my home work).
TODAY I celebrate because I am a 4 figure earner made possible by wealthy affiliate university. Cant wait to hit 5 figures from the internet .
Look at the snap from my account I am not doing this to brag I know there people making more than this or less, but I came is WA at zero level . I am happy I am grateful about WA . I boast about it.
1. My website is ranking on google first page on some keywords
2. I am getting signs via youtube
3. Social media marketing has increased sale to my business
4. I can now write reviews
All this I had no clue at all how to get them done before I became part of WA
If you don’t have to take my word for it Here is what they say
I am greatful , I am happy
4 figures done , The journey to 5 figures starts today
To your success
4.7K for the month of December and Setting My New Goals for 2019.
I’m super happy this month I earned myself some great commissions with one of my Websites. In fact the total is up to now £4.7k. Not bad at all if I may say so myself. My biggest month was in August that hit just over £6k. Every month I have earned some great commissions. This is not all in affiliate commissions by the way. This is more on the side of my local business.
This will be my last post now till I get back in 2019 so I think it’s come at the right time to share this with you all.
I have some bookings lined up for January and that will take me straight to £3.k with hardly any hard work. So feeling well happy. I do not want people to think I’m gloating I just think its great to share so people will know that good things can happen for every one here. Even for a non tech savvy ditsy like myself. I was a complete newbie back in 2016. I had no experience in online marketer nor building a website etc!.
I’m not really into sharing my earnings as they go into my own personal account and if I showed you it would mean involving some other companies details as well. I don’t think that is fair. However, I’m going to share my earnings in a PM to Kyle and Carson. As I would love to say thank you to them personally for changing my whole life and not just on the financial side neither. I simply could not have done it without Wealthy Affiliate that’s for sure.
I succeeded because I refused point-blank to give up. I took what I had from here and thought right outside of the box! never knowing I would land on something so brilliant. It’s was all my idea too for this business. So it makes me feel even more proud of myself.
I have to thank Kyle personally on this because it was his guidance and the go ahead to do this website that got me started out. I must of sat for weeks daring to pluck up any courage to ask if it was ok back then. Lol 🙂 I used to be shy. Not now!
Alas good things come to an end as all good things do!The site I have is now coming to an end as the company I built the site for, is closing down for ever. A massive complex is been built right on that space. I was actually going to venture into a bricks and mortar business. I had all the paper work solicitors etc in place but then I decided it just wasn’t for me.
I do not want to be tied down to a bricks and mortar business. They kept adding extras on too. So it was making me feel uncomfortable.I started this journey with W.A. because I wanted to travel. I also want to spend 6 months next year in Spain I hope. I do love Spain as most of you already know.
If I tie myself down to bricks and mortar business it will not make me happy at all. So I’m going to do what makes my kids and myself the happiest and go to Spain for 6 months 🙂 I will then work from Spain Living the dream of my Laptop lifestyle.
My fav pic from last year in Spain 🙂
I have a few things up my sleeve and I actually checked out a site of mine and how much it’s worth to day. I was quoted £13,950 for it. Wow I was so shocked. Its not that old.It’s has content on it though. Will I sell it nope. I worked enough on it. So I will just keep working on it and building it out. I know it will convert as it is already!
Setting My new goals for 2019.I have referrals but I want to take that right to my biggest level yet. Now, I will have so much more time on my hands too. As, one, of my Websites is ending. I do want to master Affiliate Marketing in a big way. I know I will do it. “How do I know I will do it?” I hear you ask. I’m not stupid to think I can master it overnight nor in a few weeks. I know it takes time.
Time I have more of now woohoo. 🙂
I know exactly what it takes to succeed. I should do by now I have been here long enough. I’m always learning something new on a daily basis and I’m always inside Wealthy Affiliate on a daily basis. Not so much the weekends they belong to me. I’m also doing something else. I have teamed up with one of my referrals too. I want to help them also as much as I possibly can.
I have my plans and I have my goals and I hope to be earning 10K a month or more even by the mid summer or earlier if I can. So it’s all busy days ahead and exciting times too. Loving what I do is even better as well. I know I can do this and I will never worry about it at all. I do not need to anymore.
I know I have got this. I am with the best platform that is on the internet to day. I have tried tons of them in the past believe me. Nothing is quite as special as Wealthy Affiliate. It really does work.
The simple reason I have mastered any of this at all is because Wealthy Affiliate works 1 million percent. Just looking deeper into the training and realizing that if it seems hard at times that will not worry me at all. I have got this and I can do this. It’s true every day gets better and better.
My option was to never give up.
Not now! Not ever!
I certainly aint getting any younger that’s for sure. I do love my Wealthy Affiliate lifestyle who wouldn’t.
It worked for me and it can work for you too. That’s if you really want it too. Have a fabulous weekend see you all in 2019. May you all have a wonderful New Years eve and a beautiful New Years Day. May all your dreams and wishes come true for all of you here.
See you all Next Year xoxo
$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.
12 months at WA. Worth it?
I bit off way more than I could chew!
- 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.
Do the numbers stack up?
- $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
The next twelve months…
$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!
257 Sales Overnight – Why You Shouldn’t Disregard Amazon
Last night I checked my amazon sales like I do every night. To my pleasant surprise I was blown away with what I saw. 257 Ordered items for the 25th May 2016. I had been waiting for the first day I cracked the 100 sales in a day (Besides the Christmas Period) since like forever.
So naturally when I logged in and saw 257 ordered items, I assumed something was wrong. A glitch or bug in amazon’s reports. So I dug deeper and looked at the ‘Earnings’ tab for that day. There it was, 211 items shipped on the same day with a payday of $678.79.
So How Did I Make 257 Sales In A Single Day?
Firstly I should mention I don’t normally make this many sales in a day, but there is a reason why I’m sharing this personal achievement with you.
Many people avoid working with Amazon because of the low 4% commission rate. But many people don’t realise that with more sales the commission rate goes up (except on set commission items) and this higher commission rate applies to all sales made (With the exceptions of the set % items). So for a long time now I have hit the 8% commission bracket consistently. But with this power boost of sales I’m going to hit 8.25% commissions for the first time ever! (Not counting Christmas silly season shopathon). (That’s my 2nd of 4 personal best achievements for the day).
The Real Reason Why I Think The Amazon Affiliate Program Is The BEST!
The number 1 reason I love being an affiliate for amazon is: You get paid for items people buy that you are not even recommending/advertising. To me, that’s amazing. I make so many unrelated sales each and every month it’s crazy.
Which brings me to how I made the 257 Sales overnight.
From un-related sales. Yup 188 sales from 2 buyers. 150 sales of a computer receiver or something (No idea what it is) and 38 sales of a tile. Both are completely unrelated to my niches, but do you think I’m disappointed in the $267.64 in commissions from just those 2 buyers. Heck No!….With more $$ to come in as only 99 of the 150 computer parts actually shipped.
*You will notice that the computer parts I only got 4% commission for. That’s because computer parts like this are a set 4% commission. But hey, I’m not complaining. This boost in sales also enabled me to break 2 more person bests.
So that’s 4 personal records in 1 day. This is why I think the amazon Affiliate Program is the best. Aim to beat personal records and you get them one by one. A recap: 1. Most ordered items in a day 257. 2. Broke into the 8.25% commission bracket. 3.Most amount earned in a day (Just over $1k if you include items not yet shipped but ordered on that day) and number 4. most amount I’ve earned in one single month and the month is not even finished yet.
Should You Affiliate With Amazon?
The Amazon affiliate program has other benefits as well such as : Trust, buyers trust amazon and have no hesitation from buying there. Free Shipping/Prime fast delivery times. Easy to use Affiliate program to pin point pages to direct link to, so many products/niches to explore the options are endless.
Amazon has been my main focus for the last few years and my results didn’t happen overnight. It took trial and error, hard work and commitment to achieve what I saw many other marketers achieve. Was it worth it? I don’t think I need to even answer that haha!
So if you are not using Amazon and you are promoting physical products, I highly recommend looking into it. https://affiliate-program.amazon.com.
Are You An Amazon Affiliate? If Not Why?
$425 worth of web updates yesterday.
LOVE WHAT YOU DO. DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
I love designing websites for clients–it is very gratifying work! The people are all so wonderful, too. I’ve developed such a great rapport with them over the years.
One of my sites brought in $425 yesterday for updates I did. The owners were so appreciative, that I received this email:
“Thank you for all you have done for us. Your hard work and loyalty was greatly appreciated. And we have been blessed with your friendship. Hope all is well with you.”
Thank you again.
Thank you so much for this nice email, my dear, sweet, Mary!
It meant the world to me! I love working with all of you! XOXO
Happy Easter! :)!
All the best to you all! I’ll be on stand-by if you need anything.
PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD.
Giving the best of yourself to those around you is worth so much more than money. Having the chance to prove your worth over and over again builds integrity and stamina.
MAKE WORK FUN!
I have some great clients, who are more than just business partners to me–they’re friends. I guess it’s because I’m drawn to really nice people and exert a friendly spirit around them. Yes, I earn a substantial amount on their updates and from their initial sales, but friendship outweighs everything! New clients are presenting themselves now–and just like here at Wealthy Affiliate, I am getting to know them just fine and building bonds for a lifetime!
2018 Year In Review: $40K Thank You WA! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year my WA friends!
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and ready to rock it here in 2019!
As I have been doing, I’ve been updating my progress here since I started and so I’d love to do a 2018 in review post here to summarize my year with final results, as this is my biggest year so far, totaling $40K in revenue:
I started here in Sep/16 and my first full calendar year, I didn’t do too well revenue-wise but this is how it goes when you’re building your online business.
Mid 2017 was when I really started writing a lot more on my blog, daily in fact, and continued to do so throughout 2018 with some slow down in the latter part of 2018.
If it wasn’t for that ramp up in 2017, there’s no way I would have made what I made in 2018.
If you’re new to this online business, know that you don’t get paid for the work you do today but you will get paid when you have established enough trust with your audience by providing and creating enough valuable content to them.
Content will always be king whether you write it or record it in a video form and the more you can create, the more visitors you will attract, the more money you make.
I still publish about 5 posts a week and have over 600 posts on my blog now and received almost 370K visitors in 2018.
Here’s the breakdown of my income that I’ve been using to be consistent:
And if I used WA reporting to proof my numbers:
Jaaxy is very little as you can see. 🙂
This is from my Mediavine dashboard which I started only in May/18, these are the display ads on my site:
Averaging 4 digits a month just for ads! Totally truly passive after initial setup!
However, this ad network only allows sites who’s sessions are over 25,000 and even then, it’s not a guaranteed shoe-in.
Make sure you’re branding your business nicely and have at least 1 or 2 social media accounts that might help.
2018 In Summary:
- Achieved 4 digit income in Mar/18
- Achieved Vegas Super Affiliate Conference in Aug/18
- Over 600 blog posts
- 369K visitors
- $40K highest income year 2018
- $7.9K highest income month in Nov/18
- One website – Started Sep/16
I think you can call my income for 2018 a “full time” income since some people do make that much a year.
But if you have seen my 2019 goals, this is far from what I want to achieve.
I want to build a 6 figure income this year and that means more than doubling my 2018 income.
I really hope I can do this and give you guys a better “2019 Year In Review” post!
Advice To New Members:
When you come to WA, you’re not just going to “see” if you can make money online. You absolutely have the blueprint to follow in the training here to build an online business just like mine or BETTER.
There are many members here who do way better than me, make way more money than what I’ve reported above.
This is just to let you see what’s possible if you really dive into the training and really learn this business.
The training alone will not get you to success though.
YOU will be a BIG factor in the success of your online business.
YOU need to be able to:
- Follow closely to the training & DO the tasks
- Ask questions if you’re stuck
- Be able to also be resourceful & find your own answers
- Persistence in finding your answers
- Consistently work on your online business, at least 15 – 20 hours a week
- Create high quality valuable content
- Be willing to work without pay!
There’s no sugar coating anyting with this online business, it’s just pure “you reap what you sow” and you DON’T “reap” quickly or instantly.
The last point is very important and if you look at my history above (or read my posts on my profile), you will see I had to put in a lot of work in building my business in 2017 to reach the income I have in 2018.
Some people can achieve what I have in much shorter time but also many who haven’t reached their first dollar in 2 years time as well.
Therefore, when and how much you’ll make in your online business highly depend onyou and how badly you want an online business to be churning out money like the way mine does.
I hope seeing my 2018 results will motivate and inspire you to work even harder in 2019 to reach your goals!
If I’m your Premium Coach, REACH OUT FOR HELP!!
I’m always here for everyone but especially those who have me as their Premium Coach (see Help Center, I should be listed there beside the owners), do not sit there and be stuck.
Everyone also has WA’s incredibly helpful community so there’s no excuse not to get help here.
Reach out for help and get onto the path of success!!
Wishing You All The BEST 2019!
$2,549 in 1 day from 1 lead from 1 passive income stream
Just wanted to write this quick blog and share my new commission record from 1 sale, I actually wanted to wait until I completely crushed my previous one, but…
Since last post got so much engagement and clearly inspired others I feel I am almost obligated to share this with you guys:
Ok, there you go, it´s a new personal record! 🙂
I cannot thank Kyle, Carson and Jay enough, and this whole community for educating me during the years I have been a member here, without your help I would probably still be completely unaware of the online opportunity that is literally EVRYWHERE.
So thank you guys, from my heart.
This post is published not to brag but to show you (especially newbies) that affiliate marketing works and is GREAT.
Please tell me in the comment section if you get inspired!?
$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.
$12,000 For Christmas 2019 (+ Actionable Advice)
Two years ago I wrote a post titled 3 Steps to $2,000 Extra: Christmas 2017. The concept was simple: write content using these three formats:
- “Best of” lists
- Product reviews
- Keyword based content
Was it a fad? Did the success fade away after the hype? No.
Two years later, that income has grown to $12,000 for the holiday season.
How did I do it? How did I grow that income from $2k to $12k?
Same thing as always. I focus on writing content that gets found in Google.
This is exactly what Kyle teaches in the training. It’s what Jay talks about during his weekly webinars. Stick to the training! Particpate in chat and live webinars. Take action every day.
Many people will look at a $12,000 month and think “Wow, I wish that was me.” Well, it can be you. It took me 3 years to bring that site to that level of income. If you start now, you can have the same thing (or more) by 2022.
Roope had a great blog post about taking action, and I agree with him. The tools are here. People are seeing success. The opportunity to have a full time online business is literally right in front of you. You just have to take action to see results.
My #1 Piece Of Advice This Year
==> Set daily goals instead of yearly goals.
Lots of people will set goals like “I want to earn $10,000/month by the end of 2019. That’s a great goal, but how are you going to get there?
On your journey to $10k a month, or whatever you goal is, it can feel like every day is a failure because you’re not there yet. So set simple daily goals that will get you moving in the right direction.
Here are possible goals that are easy to achieve:
- 1 hour per day inside Wealthy Affiliate, no matter what
- Write and publish 1 article per week at any cost
- Write out your keyword list for the next 30 days on the first of the month
- Ask one question per week inside Classrooms
- Watch Jay’s webinar at least once per month
- Complete 1-2 lessons per week
You don’t have to do all of those! They’re just ideas to show you how to map out your day, week, and month in order to help you achieve your yearly goals. Remember, you can always tweak things along the way to ramp up efforts, or tone things back if you start getting burnout.
Your Homework For This Week!
To set the tone for the rest of the year, I highly recommend you write down a few daily tasks you’d like to accomplish each day. See what you have time for. Set goals according to where you are in the training and your online entrepreneur journey.
Write them down on a sticky note or notepad and keep them close to your work area.
These tiny daily routines will get you closer and closer to your goals for 2019.
What are your daily goals?
$14,000 in 3 months.
I remember the days a bit over 1 and a half years ago when I started my journey here at WA.
I remember the post that I made about my goals and my goal was to make $1500 per month at the 1 ½ year mark. Well I’ve more than surpassed it making $4000-5500 per month now.
I’ve learned a lot from other sources also and implemented their strategies and it has paid off.
But WA has given the absolute basics that you should have in pristine condition all the other things are just icing on the cake so to say.
My site is currently pulling around 25000-30000 visitors per month almost all the traffic is coming from review articles which also are the highest in terms of conversions.
I’m soon starting to get more into e-mail marketing because I’ve learned that it’s quite a powerful asset to have.
The point of this post is to show you that the things here teached work BUT it takes time and your own commitment.
All the best and keep writing away.
$40,000 In One Weekend
People have asked me for an update to my $0 to $10,000 post (for those who’ve not read it, it’s here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/domw/blog/0-to-10k…)
I didn’t want to just do a “One year later” type update, so I waited for something good to come along instead.
This is that post!
How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Black Friday
Last year I didn’t do a single Black Friday promotion. I was burned out with all the other affiliate offers I was getting and decided I wanted to set myself a part. I didn’t want my business to look like just another affiliate pimping all the BF offers out there.
Probably a mistake though, I could have cashed in.
Fast forward to this year, and I didn’t want to do a Black Friday offer again. Why? Well, partly through personal choice, partly through wanting to look “superior” to Black Friday, and partly because I didn’t really know what to do for it.
For those of you who don’t know, I sell my own products, services really, and so while many people here cleaned up as affiliates during Black Friday, I was on the other end, as the company doing the promotion, much like WA does.
However, over the course of November, several things changed my mind, and I decided to do a promotion:
- Sales had been slow for the first 2-3 weeks. I realized that people were getting ready for BF, even if I wasn’t. Some of them might even have been hoping I’d do a promo (I did get a few emails about this from customers and affiliates alike).
- I have been planning to launch an additional service to supplement my existing one, and I thought this would be a perfect time to test the demand for it.
- This would also force me to actually get that extra service completed rather than just putting it off every month.
- I’ve read a few books on launches recently and figured I’d put my new knowledge to good use.
I put together a simple offer:
Buy a done-for-you affiliate site from us over the weekend of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and get lifetime access to my new service for free.
It was a pretty good offer and would save people hundreds of dollars, but I still had a bit of fear. I hadn’t tested the demand for the additional service, so if people weren’t interested in it, the whole promotion would bomb.
When you own your own products, you have more irrational fears about messing up by discounting them, doing a promo that fails, or finding out that people don’t like them anymore.
When you put that irrational fear together with the fact that November had been slow (like 40% revenue compared to previous months), I was going into Black Friday a bit worried.
Would people be interested in my offer? Would they care that I was bringing out a new service? Would I be able to generate interest over the noise of all the other companies doing Black Friday promos?
Would I be able to write good enough sales copy with only three days to prepare? Etc etc. The list goes on.
Only one way to find out though right?
Implementing The Offer
So the first thing I did was write a blog post outlining the offer, what people would get out of it, and the rules for qualifying. I did this about three days before Black Friday.
In a way, it was kind of weird putting together a promotion for a service we hadn’t even rolled out yet. This whole thing was kind of like “Buy a site from us and get access to something we’ve not created yet”.
Pre-selling is actually very simple if you manage expectations. I said several times over the course of the promotion that the new service was coming out at the end of the year, so everybody would know they were buying for something not out yet (Hey they were getting a site as well though).
I then sent an email out to my list (about 4,000 subscribers) letting them know about the post and the offer.
I wanted to gauge the response, and also wanted people to start getting ready to buy. I actually still had a huge fear that nobody would buy, but I had done enough of this type of email to know that it works well, so I had to go through the motions and try to push doubt to the back of my mind.
At this point, you’re probably wondering how someone “successful” can still have doubts. It’s simple really. If you’re doing anything worth doing, you’re going to have a fear of failure. What you get better at is coping with that fear.
Building Up Hype
I sent one more email about 5 hours before midnight EST on Thanksgiving. I wasn’t sure if people would be reading emails during TG or not, but I got some pretty good metrics:
(There’s always someone who complains you emailed them after they signed up to your list and gave you permission to email them..)The purpose of this email was to tell people what time we were launching the promo, what time we were “opening the cart” as such. It was also just an easy excuse to remind people about it.
Again, I was also using these emails to gauge interest. So far, about a dozen or so people replied to my emails asking about the offer, but most of them were existing customers asking if they would qualify, or if they’d need to buy again to get the offer. That was a good sign, but not necessarily indicative of the overall sentiment.
Pressing The Next Send Button
When the time finally came to send the “We are live” email, once again I was pretty nervous. I felt like this was going to make or break my month, and now that I have something like $25,000 in monthly expenses (yes. really) there’s more pressure to make sure you get a good result.
At this point, we’d already made enough money in November to cover expenses, so there was no fear that my people wouldn’t get paid, I just didn’t want to have no money left over for myself!
I needn’t have worried, because I had put together a good offer, and people love it.
After I sent the email, I waited about 40 minutes before checking the results. I didn’t want to be going crazy waiting for the first sales to come in, so I left it long enough (I hoped) to see a few results.
After 40 minutes, I wanted to see that maybe 5 people had bought a site. This would be a good sign for the weekend.
We actually made 14 sales in that first 40 minutes (About $9k in revenue) and over the course of Black Friday weekend, we made a total of 55 sales, bringing us just under $40,000 in revenue. As you can see below, $20,000 of that was on the 25th alone.
It wasn’t all profit of course, delivering the service we sold has its own costs, but let’s just say I was able to enjoy shopping that weekend a little more.
So How Does This Concern You?
Obviously I’m sharing this story because I’m incredibly proud of the results, and I know how inspirational that previous post I made was, so I wanted to give people a follow-up.
More importantly, I also wanted to point out what kind of things are possible once you have some authority built. Let’s recollect what I did:
- I came up with an offer in a short period of time
- I wrote a quick post about the offer
- I shared it with my email list
- I launched the offer, and over the weekend sent a few reminder emails.
That’s all I did to get this $40,000 revenue, but of course, the hard work was done months and years previously, so let this be a testament to why you should keep building your authority and keep growing your asset.
You might think you are doing a lot of work for nothing right now, but in a few years, you’ll be doing a little work for a lot, and that’s when you get to feel very grateful that you found Wealthy Affiliate and you stuck with it.
A Very Humbling $12,803.26 Month – August Progress Report
I was really debating on if I should share my report for the month of August. Mainly because my goal is to provide you all with something of real value rather than the money I’ve made with my online business.
Not to say that you all don’t like seeing money success of other members. But I guess I thought what’s the point if it isn’t helping others learn how to also reach their money goals.
So eventually I decided to give the update because although the month of August was a successful one, it was very humbling at the same time. Let me explain…
My Very Humbling August Experience
My start to the month was going very well. Much better than the month of July which wasn’t too shabby. Check out my July Progress Report. I was able to make almost 13K for the month of August
Through the first 14 days, I was on pace to make at least 24K. Then August 15th came, and my main merchant went offline.
For those that aren’t familiar with the term It’s when a merchant is no longer providing funds to an affiliate network to pay affiliates. In this case, Sharesale is the affiliate network that the merchant uses for their affiliate program.
So when they go offline, affiliate links no longer work on your site, therefore you get no credit for any sales that are made.
So I got in contact with the Director and he said that they were planning on moving from Sharesale to another platform called Impact Radius. So until that move was completed, I would be making ZERO sales.
The director said I would be compensated for any sales made through my site, so that was somewhat good to hear. But until you see the money, it’s hard to really feel comfortable.
Not only that, but I was very concerned about my site being negatively affected for SEO since I had dead links on it.
So after a couple of more emails to the director asking for an update on the switch, eventually he introduced me to the new affiliate partners and platform was up and running on the 25th. Basically I was making no money from them for 10 whole days.
Now everything is up and running, and the article is still atop the searches.
Traffic has dropped significantly due to less people searching for the service, but I’m still making anywhere from $150 to $300 a day instead of the $500 to $700 I was making before the switch. Still a nice piece of change so can’t complain too much.
Also I’m guessing I’ll be compensated anywhere from 7 to 8K for the missed conversions. Still have to speak with the director about it and come to an agreement on the amount. He said it should be settled by the end of next week. So we’ll see how that goes.
But I did learn something from this experience.
Never Rely On Just One Source Of Income
Not like that was my goal to begin with, but I will admit that I did slack off a bit. So this experience has brought my focus back to where it needs to be, which is putting in that work.
It’s important to find ways to create multiple streams of income, because you never know when one will disappear.
Which is why I’m back on my grind working on my site that promotes WA and thinking of other projects to get into.
Because I know how good Kyle and Carson are about making payments to their affiliates. I’ve never heard of any complaints about payments being missed.
Of course you never know what the future holds for WA, but that’s with anything in life. But I trust what’s going on within this wonderful company.
This is what makes building a business so fun. There are always new experiences you go through good or bad.
And the best part is learning from these experiences that give you the motivation to build your business even better.
So for anyone that is a bit frustrated with their current progress, don’t get down, but look at it as a fun challenge.
It’s when going through the tough times you learn so much about yourself on how to become a better person overall.
Well I hope you guys enjoyed this update and hope you were able to learn a few things. Not sure if I will give an update for September since I plan on putting in that work for my second site, but we’ll see.
So I wanna hear from you all. How important is it to you to create multiple streams of income? Please share below.
Amazing Amazon Sales for Black Friday & Cyber Monday!
I haven’t focused on Amazon until this year (2016). I figured I’d join the club and see how an Amazon Associates affiliate site would work out. It took about 3 months to make the first sale, and then beyond that, I grew a bit, but was only earning about $100 per month.
What surprised me was how much those earnings grow during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
While I normally earn $100 – $200 per MONTH from Amazon, over the weekend those same links were earning $100 – $200 per DAY.
I don’t think those earnings will last, of course, but it brings up an interesting point:
If you can earn 10x on BF/CM weekend, imagine if I was earning $1000 per month. Imagine if I was earning $10,000 per month.
That’s a real incentive to build your site bigger and better for next year. I can’t wait to work on my website today because I’m finally seeing some very nice results.
I hope your holiday weekend was fantastic and you grabbed the Black Friday deal at Wealthy Affiliate so we can work on our sites together next year.
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!
Amazon: I Am Lovin’ It! (My Biggest Sale So Far)
You see that image above? Yep, that’s my reaction today LOL.
As some of you know, recently I created a niche-specific Amazon website.
It’s been about 6 months and since then I reached a few milestones, such as:
- Gaining zero position in Google (gaining that featured snippet at the very top)
- Reaching over 50 visitors/day (and consistently since that post)
After I saw traffic increase, I figured that I need improve my CTR to Amazon (getting more clicks to Amazon) and optimized my most popular 2-3 posts.
Optimizing my pages did help, and I started seeing from 15-20 clicks to Amazon per day (considering I have from 50 to 70 visitors per day).
Today, a new milestone:
My biggest Amazon sale so far!
13 clicks and 1 order for May 2, 2018.
And that 1 order came through my most popular post and the product purchased was some expensive tent (or is it an average price for a tent??).
Completely unrelated to my niche.
My niche products’ commission fee is at 4%. For outdoors category it’s 5.5%.
So, according to my math, this tent purchase should bring me around $30 and a bit.
Such sweet sweet news 🙂
Update May 4, 2018 – My math was right 🙂
I have no idea why I never started with Amazon website back in 2015 (!!???!!!).
Actually, no, I do have an idea. I wasn’t following the training, was inconsistent and had some life stuff going on.
Anyway, a piece of advice to newbies:
If you don’t have any serious reasons setting you back, DO THAT DAMN TRAINING! Lol.
Hmm…. I should probably add this to my old tutorial with tips for beginners.
And do consider building an Amazon niche site. When done properly, it seems that after 6 months, your business can really skyrocket.
I mean check out Dylan’s page – he’s my freakin’ role model and I am forever thankful to him for sharing his strategy and inspiring me to create a new website.
Unlike him, I wasn’t able to publish on a regular basis and behind on SWAG too but once I am back in Toronto, I am hoping to catch up on everything.
May 5, 2018 UPDATE:
October 14, 2018 UPDATE:
Dig your way to success!
December 2016 – $8968
A while ago I posted about earning $5K in a month through a single niche site, that site has continued earning and generated just shy of $9K throughout December 2016.
I’m not really doing anything different than what’s taught here. Well, I haven’t really started with social media, yet. No AdWords, no intentionally built backlinks, no guest posts on other blogs, nothing special has been done. Just simple white hat SEO bringing in organic search traffic.
Here’s a shot of my Google Analytics so you can see I’m not joking about having basically zero social media traffic (for all of 2016):
Throughout 2017 I’ll be hitting social media hard and jumping into YouTube as well. Should be interesting! Hoping to finally break 6-figures in online income by 2018!
I hope you’re reaching and exceeding your goals as well!
Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work? – $400 From One Post
Hi everyone, today I will share with you some amazing results.
While most people here know that Wealthy Affiliate works, some of you still have doubts. I hope my story will motivate you to keep working on your sites.
So, I have made over $400 only from one post. However, it’s not a post that I sent traffic and linked it from other articles. I just published and shared it on social media.
Until the day I wrote it, I had published 30-40 articles on my site and was looking for new content ideas. These days, I had a hard time to come up with new keywords and topics to write.
Anyway, I was reading some threads on a forum, and someone referred a legit site. I checked and decided to write for it. After some research with Jaaxy, I could not find any product keyword with enough traffic and low competition. Before start looking for something else, I went back to the forum thread for more information and read how these guys talked about that site.
I checked some of their phrases with Jaaxy and here we are. I finally found a good keyword to target.
The best part?
On the first page of Google for this specific keyword, there were only some really bad articles.
So, I wrote the article, mentioned that site (it has an affiliate program), and at the end of the post, I added a call to action to Wealthy Affiliate as I always do.
On the first position was an article with 300-400 words and no images at all. I wrote a lengthy article as we have learned here in WA.
Until that day, I had less than ten visitors per day. Well, a few hours after publishing it, my article was on the first page! Two weeks later was in the first place.
Traffic and Sales
I get 10 visitors per day on this post. No big deal. I was excited because it was my first article that made the first page of Google.
Some of the traffic, visit my review and other pages of the site but it’s not enough to make a difference. At least, this is what I thought until three months earlier.
Three months ago, Paypal sent me an email. $130 had been added to my account and I still get around $100 per month only from that site.
The owner of the site sent me an email. He asked me to send more traffic if possible. It converts really well. The problem is that I do not know if it could convert so good to other keywords too. I wrote a review but it does not get enough traffic.
Anyway, many of the people who used my affiliate links and created an account later have become repetitive buyers, so I expect to keep earning. I have no idea how much more I will earn in the future.
It was a surprise these results and I am going to use this experience to find even more opportunities. Forums can help us to figure out what our audience wants and find many content ideas.
Kyles has mentioned in some training that we can get ideas from Q&A sites. In my opinion, forums can work similarly.
Another way to find low competition opportunities is the Alphabet soup technique, but I guess you already know it.
That’s all for now guys. If you liked my story, please click the like button and leave me your comment. Thanks for reading.
Finally! I lost My Virginity!
Hi WA’rriors and WA’rrorettes,
Finally I did it! and it was darn amazing! and I now know what that awesome afterglow feels like after pounding and working away for what sames like ages..exhausted, tired and, yes a little sweaty!!
What a truly joyful fabulous feeling…..truly, there is nothing quite like it on earth
………..I checked my stats!
I crossed the $1000 in earning in a single month!
I had just lost my $1000/month virginity!..
What an amazing feeling!
It may have taken 2 years but hey, it is not how long you take to complete the race that counts, its is finishing the race!, getting there and achieving the goal that counts.
Must say after reaching that goal (and earning $350 in half a week). I am absolutely vibrant about what can be achieved this year and in coming years.
for example, and as an example of how a blog can grow over time
year 1 (2016) I earned something like $1800 in total
Year 2 (2017) over $5700 (just over triple)
Year 3…well.. I’m off to a flying start already and January is usually one of the slower months compared to 2017..(this January well, just over 4x the $260 of January 2017).
Whats more, I doubled my clicks from December 2017 to January 2018 (one month) and improved conversions slightly and earnings per 1000 visitors. I do attribute this reaching out to my sponsor and very experienced niche marketer Nathaniel (thanks buddy) in a email conversation and making just one of a few changes suggested.
And boy! I’d have never guessed or though I’d double my clicks in a single month by just having clickable affiliate links behind the photo of the products I was reviewing. Ever so simple, and yes, I do feel a little like a dufus for not having them in the first place.
Naturally and I think forward and keep up with and increase my content strategy to posting 25x per month I am very excited about what can be achieved with a site that relies solely on SEO for traffic (currently 18.5k sessions monthly and growing).
More exciting thing is I only work on my site for one hour per day, outsourcing the creation of content to freelacing writers, and there is still a couple of other tips that Nathaneil suggested that I have absolutely zero doubt will further improve my clicks and sales, thus improve my rather low EPM (Earnings Per Mille, (1000 visitors)).
Onwards and upwards and now gunning for first consistency and hitting $1000 at least every month and a very achievable $3000 for Q1 2018.
Nothing, quite beats the feeling of breaking your income record in two consecutive months…and losing your $1,000/month virginity.
P.S..If you though the opening and introduction was about something else, you really need to clean out your mind! haha!
Finally I make $1,300 plus on my First Project. Woohoo!
Hello WA Family,
I’ve been busy and working on this project for couple of weeks with no sleepy nights with so much coffee to drink so that not to fall asleep and Yes! It Paid off now baby 🙂 LOL..
Actually, it was easy to work on this project and the only that cost me a little more money is on marketing. But, when they start subscribing and start buying the product then, it was easy money. Now, I have money on the side to paid off my debt.
Well, this is a great feeling and a big blessing and now I am heading toward one of my goals that I could pay off my CC within a year. My goals right now is to help others to make money online thru Affiliate Marketing. Their is so much to learn from here at WA and I owe my success it to the founder of this business and to all beautiful people and very helpful community.
Have a blessed week to everyone!
First $75+ Day In Affiliate Marketing!
How I Earned $9465.05 Thanks To WA Members
So February is was a tough month for my site and others. There seemed to be less traffic around the week of Valentine’s Day and it’s just a shorter month. But despite that I was able to earn $9465.05 with my affiliate site. Imagine what a full month would have looked like without the holiday! lol I pieced together a screenshot of my income from the various programs that earn me revenue on my site.
How Did I Do It?
There is no magical secret. I pretty much follow what the training lays out. But if you want more specifics then read my cheat sheet here.
WA Membership Has It’s Perks
So a lot of times I see members wondering if it’s worth investing in going premium. That’s been a resounding yes for me since 2007 when I first joined. Aside from the technology and training, the members are a huge benefit. Essentially you get to rub elbows with successful people you normally wouldn’t have access to.
So that said, the $2024.95 and $2128 I earned this month was a result of chatting with two other successful WA members. I make it a habit to look at others sites in my niche to get inspired and borrow ideas. I take it step further and ask questions if they happen to be WA members. I did that recently and it led to an additional $4000 this month and that number will grow every month just because of a few quick private messages.
Now keep in mind that my blog is established and trusted by Google. So it gets tons of traffic. But regardless watching what others were doing, asking a few questions and taking action has led to another source of revenue every month. So regardless of my traffic it would have added more money than I was currently making. It’s just compounded because I have a lot of traffic. You can increase your traffic as well by following Jay’s 10 Steps here.
Return The Favor
Another thing to note, is that I shared some information about things I was doing that I didn’t see these other members were doing to return the favor. Some of this information I shared will help them earn more money as well. I didn’t just take their advice without offering something in return. Too often I see people in the gimme mindset but don’t provide anything back. It’s very selfish and will make people less likely to help you.
I can’t tell you how many private messages I’ve ignored or cut short because the person was rude or all about themselves. Folks have literally contacted me without even saying a simple “hello or hi” and just jump into how I need to help them. WTF?
This community is all about helping each other not just taking. So be mindful of that when chatting with other members.
Are You Inspired?
Hopefully you are. I’ve been at this game for many moons. But I always find that hearing about other’s success inspires me especially if I’m feeling down. It reminds me if they can do it, so can I. So I need to keep pushing forward until I do. Rather than making excuses why this doesn’t work for me.
You have all the resources here to achieve your goals. I’ve already linked to some content above that you should refer to if you want to achieve similar results in the future. So be sure you review it before you ask, how can I do this too? lol
Shout out to the two members that provided me their simple tips. I would list the two members here but I don’t want to blow up their spots and have them flooded with messages. LOL Because they have their own businesses they need to run. But I’ve provided you the inspiration and some of the resources above to make this happen for you.
I hope this helps. Let’s see what happens next month!
Eddy with a y
How Much A Single Review Post Can Make? – Five Figure!
This is a friendly request by Kyle to me for a blog post. Till today I still struggle with my grammar but who care! As long my article go live and traffic is coming that the most important. It go better when it generate money in return.
I didn’t know how a single product review I written back in 2015 can bring in this amount of money. This money might not be a lot to those top earners with full time income online. But these are real money that I spend.
For 2017 this particular post make me $10k which I just calculate. Imagine I written it back in 2015 and leave it there. I realize it start to make money. I do some editing and improve in a way more engaging with the readers.
So it set as template review for me and my best friend aka my online business partner. Rizal also written a product we use for our business. It turn out Boom another passive income. Over $11k of affiliate income over a year. Great to have friend who trust me that this online stuff really work. We have project coming we going to launch!
I like to once again thanks my buddy aka my mentor who bring me to WA. Pribs!
As well Kyle and Carson!
I got a $650 Sale with $50 monthly recurring!
INFINITE WAYS TO SUCCEED
Yes, there are endless angles in which to produce a handsome income at Wealthy Affiliate. I have now combined my 2 jobs and interests into one place–here! Why not?!
If you read my profile, you’ll see I write books. I am creating a new website here to manage the sales.
I also have a WebCenter business where I design and manage sites for clients. I have been doing this for over 25 years. I now am re-designing each of my client’s sites in WordPress, and one-by-one I’ll move them all here for similar fees of around $650. (The original sales were double or triple that.) They are sites I’ve managed for years and years, and each one will have a recurring monthly charge of $50.
DUPLICATING SALES FOR HIGH PROFIT
So, you see, this is just one way to produce massive income when all is said and done. Selling sites is a great way to establish a business online. I fell into the perfect platform to do that and will be duplicating my past business sales to the present and on into the future!
I also have 5 other sites I’m working on here for–me! They are all works in progress–because, after all, web work continues on forever! Yes, I’ll keep chipping away at it for years to come, I’m sure.
I’d love to hear your ideas of other ways to produce a great income here. What are your experiences?!
You can get as creative as you want! I won’t complain!
I love December! 91 Items ordered in one day!
I love, love, love this month! I am having my best sales month by far!
Yesterday I had 91 items ordered!
I have made almost $1000 and it is only the 11th 🙂 I usually make this amount in one whole month. I can’t wait to see what what my earnings will be at at the end of December.
I know that things will slow way down next month, so I am trying to stay aware of that.
*update. I made a total of $2584.61 in December! 😀
I Received My First Check! (Amazon Niche Site Progress)
- YES, Amazon affiliate marketing works!
- YES, it’s worth building an Amazon niche website in 2018 (and beyond)!
- When it comes to online business and Internet marketing income, the sky’s the limit!
My Amazon Niche Website: A Bit of Background
Does Amazon Affiliate Marketing Work? (And How I Got Started).
(Amazon) Affiliate Marketing in 2018: My Advice
- Tools and services
- Proper guidance/traning
- Community support (just don’t get stuck in the live chat)
It Can Take Awhile To Make Money – But It Does Happen – My Income Climb
It’s Been 2 Years & 2 Months In WA. Finally Quit My Job. Yayyy!
It’s my pleasure to announce that I have been around here for 2 years and 2 months. Finally a day what I dream of has come true. YES, I quit my 9*5 job. I was working as an SEO Specialist for 1 and half year now. Yesterday I resigned and now became a full time blogger/marketing nerd.
Am not earning per day 100$ though but still now am making 3x of my monthly salary which is much enough to survive in India. All thanks to WA community members & of course to Kyle & Carson.
Hmm. Some of may thinking why it took so long. Ok Here is my story.
….When I was in my final semester I really worried of my career on what to choose. While browsing through Google I search for “how to make money online sitting at home”all the time. LOL, I know majority of them here also went through the same by typing similar keywords.
At last landed on doing online surveys, data entries, that ended up in failure. But I realized that there are so many people who makes 5 figures 6 figures or even 7 figures online. Therefore decided not to quit.
Again started searching online for genuine programs by putting several keywords again and again. From there I short-listed 5 programs which I find interesting to me. WA was one among them. Later I scanned whole 5 programs and decided to try WA.
Next, Money was bit problem for me to arrange since I was a student and my parents initially don’t want me to give a try saying it will be SCAM!. It takes one week for me to convince them and collected the money for premium membership. But unfortunately by that time BLACKDEAL offer got closed and again I have to rush for rest of the money.
Atlast in first week of Dec 2015 my life changing day has started. Became a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate Community. I immediately enrolled into their course and start learning. Also, I was really overjoyed with the messages and welcome messages by all members. I FELT AM IN RIGHT PLACE WITH RIGHT PEOPLE.
Started my first blog in second week of Dec 2015. Hmm ? Did I see success? LOL I realized no free money out there at that time. That was just a beginning of my frustrating days since as a blogger first thing what we have to find is our interest and based on that we have to start writing.
Due to my poor writing skills I was forced to join myself for writing classes and it takes me one month to be on track. Thereafter I published 4 to 6 articles in a month and you know something ?
I didn’t make anything say not even a single $ for the first 6 months. Hmm did I give up ? No way guys. I know my limitations. YES AM A SLOW LEARNER BUT I NEVER GIVE UP LIKE THAT.
Also, because of WA training I got my first job as junior SEO analyst and retired early as Senior SEO Specialist(Hope you know the reason why I stepped down).
I keep on crushing my blog by asking doubts, referring more tutorials here. If there are any tutorials missing then usually I ask questions or else I will explore Google for more.
Learned so many people’s ups and downs. Got some valuable friends and connections. Later I saw one of my keyword comes to the front page of Google
Now I have 2 native English writers who posting behalf for me. And I edit my blog by adding my own SEO sauce to those blogs/affiliate sites. Right now My blogs, affiliate sites and my online store are performing well with the tips & tricks what I learned from here. Earning a consistent income of $150 approx per month from Adsense alone.
Here is a screenshot of one of my affiliate site making 100$ per month.
I know its not that much but still guys I made it. I know still many of them finding difficult to make their first paycheck or consistent income.
Am dedicating my small success to everyone here and I wanna say “Just dream it and make it possible”. Its not easy to make a passive income online as you think. Either you have to work hard like me or else just think out of the box like Mark Zuckerberg did. Sorry to say I can’t be like him or not everyone either. What’s your opinion ?
This year goal which I set is to become a 6 figure earner. I know its not a pretty easy task but still as I said earlier “I NEVER GIVE UP”. In between still a slow learner LOL
I made over $2000 last month 😀
I’ve Been Quiet. Here’s Why.
Hey heyy, I’m back! (not that I ever really went anywhere though)
It’s just that for the past 10 days or so you might have noticed that I’ve been a little bit quiet on WA which is unusual for me since I’m generally always about on here.
Well the reason for that is because I’ve actually just got back from partying in the Bahamas!… I know, life’s hard right???
Sadly I had super poor internet connection whilst I was out there… It was a bit of a bummer since I love being online but at the same time it was nice to disconnect & chill for a little while.
Anyway so yeah, firstly I’d like to apologise to anybody who’s sent me a message & thought I was ignoring them (don’t worry I’m not, I’m about to go through them now)
And secondly I want to share some pics…
But before I do, I want to say that this trip probably wouldn’t have been possible for me if I didn’t have an internet business!
The freedom to just be able to drop things & go anywhere (even places without internet) is priceless… And that’s just one of the many advantages that comes from having an online business.
So for all you guys (and girls) just starting out building your businesses, wondering whether it will be worth it or when it will finally take off, keep at it!! Honestly it will be the best thing you will ever do & in 1, 3 or 5 years time you will look back & be so glad that you started when you did.
And I can also say that providing you keep at it then success WILL happen for you. There is no if’s & but’s about it, providing you work towards it & stay persistent, it WILL happen. People waste years looking for the “secret” but honestly that is all it takes… Work & persistence. So here’s to making 2018 an awesome year!
And here’s some pics of my trip…
So let’s make 2018 an awesome one because I feel like it’s the year of working hard & playing harder!! 😀
Joined the 10K Per Month Club. January Earnings $13,481.39
One of my last posts sharing income was in October of 2016. You can see that here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.co…
It was a post about how much your website/business can change in a year. At that time I’d went from an income of $300 to about $4,000 a month in a year.
Now it’s the end of January 2018 (I know it’s been a few months over a year) and I wanted to share my progress and how much your traffic and income can change if you work your ass off in for one year!
Starting in November 2017 I’ve been making over $10,000 a month and in January I had my highest month ever: $13,481.39
You can see the breakdown of my income here: https://fulltimejobfromhome.co…
There are affiliate links all over that page. If you’d like to promote a site just Google it and find it yourself.
If you’re in the “make money online” niche you should be able to find some new companies, sites, apps to promote or at least review.
Hopefully this inspires you to keep going. If you follow the training, work hard, and give it time to work you will make money and if you continue to work hard you can grow a huge monthly passive income!
Feel free to ask questions about sites on the page if you’d like to learn how I promote them!
Just sold two sites for $9,000!
That’s right, I just sold the only two sites of mine that were making money on Flippa.
It was a bittersweet day seeing all that hard work go but the money is surely going to help out a ton as my wife and I are expecting our second child here in August.
Anyway, just wanted to share this story for motivation for those of you are who are new or still haven’t made much money yet.
How I got to this point
I still remember the first day signing up for Wealthy Affiliate being super nervous that I was signing up for a scam.
However, the free trial obviously mitigates that. Once I was inside I almost immediately felt a sense of ease and knew I was in the right place.
I tend to pride myself on working fast, which is good and bad sometimes. So I thought that I would just pay monthly for a couple months then, “after I knew what I was doing” I would be able to stop paying for the monthly premiums.
This was my first mistake. While I wouldn’t expect most newcomers to sign up yearly right away it would have saved some money early on.
The thought of leaving WA after running through the training also led me to host my sites outside of WA, another mistake and waste of money.
The hosting here is solid and built for wordpress sites, there is no reason to do what I did but I guess I had to learn the hard way.
I quickly moved the sites over as soon as I saw the difference.
One Small Complaint
My only real complaint within WA is that in the training they tell you that you can make money with any niche.
Which is definitely true…
Some niches are just more competitive than others. I just wish they would spend a little more time talking about competition and potential sales.
I get that it might be a bit overwhelming for someone who is just starting out and wanting to quickly get a start up and running.
However, the first niche I chose ended up being a purely informational site and I was going to have to rely entirely on Adsense which was going to take a lot of traffic to get where I wanted to be.
So, four months in, I pretty much abandoned that site and built a product oriented site. I used Long Tail Pro to research the competition and never looked back.
That site started making consistent sales after the fourth month so I’m definitely glad I started with a fresh site.
I used the same process for a third site once that new site started making a couple hundred dollars a month but there was one thing I didn’t think of, the commission rate!
I got lucky with the second site where most of the products where in the 6-8% commission range.
This third site had so much potential, or so I thought. It had the same competition with way more search volume….but the products were in the 3-4% commission range.
Now I had to sell twice as much! Oh well, I didn’t let this get me down.
Key takeaways: make sure you look at the competition as well as the potential sales for a new niche!
My second site from the store above was average $350 a month when I sold it. The best month it had was in November for Black Friday and was around $1,400.
Of course this was seasonal, so sales came back to reality in January.
It was receiving 200-300 clicks a day from search that was pretty consistent from month to month.
I hadn’t done much to the site for a couple months so I wanted to try and sell it before the rankings started to dip.
Luckily I got an offer for $7,000 just 3 days in to the auction. I was hoping to get closer to a 24x multiple ($8,400) but for being my first site for sale I was anxious to lock in a sale.
The other site I sold I had only started in June and it was only showing 5 months of sales that averaged $125 once it started making money and it sold for $2,000.
However, since the site was created, that is only $56/month and a 35x multiple so I was pretty happy with that valuation even though it was for a lot less than the bigger site.
This site averaged 100-150 clicks a day from search and was steadily growing.
Why did I sell?
As some of you may know, I had the opportunity to go down to Mexico (I’m in Florida) for February and March to train for a new job opportunity.
When I was there I thought I was going to have time to keep up with the sites but between learning and getting to know everyone I was with, the time just wasn’t there.
Even after I came back I quickly realized that I just wouldn’t have the time to keep up with them and I wanted to try to sell them before rankings started to dip.
Plus, my wife and I wanted to get a bigger car for when the baby comes in a couple months!
Plans for the future
I will say that learning this skill set has been quite enjoyable over the last two years. Obviously, just as with any profession, there will be continuous education required to keep up with the industry and Google of course!
I am currently taking a break from building out my own niche sites but I don’t think I’m retired forever.
In the short term, I am going to move my father’s website for his restaurant to WA and onto WordPress so that we can manage it more easily.
When I do decide to get back into owning my own sites I will probably buy existing sites to try and grow.
It my experience it takes 4-6 months to start seeing traffic trickle in and then really a good 12 months before sales and traffic start taking off. I probably wouldn’t have the patience to wait on this again!
However, I would not recommend purchasing a site for those of you who are new to the platform. You need to go through all of the steps to really see what it takes.
You could lose a lot of money trying to purchase a site without knowing what you are doing.
Anyway, that’s all I have for who knows how long but if you are still doubting that you can make money by simply offering your opinion and getting others to read it, here some more proof.
Some weeks were more productive than others but I probably only averaged 2-3 articles per week.
The Wealthy Affiliate system is simple to follow yet does require you to put in the work. You will get out of it what you put into it.
Hope you have a productive week!
Made $489 Yesterday! Great Start to March!
Guys, when your online business is on fire, it’s on fire! 🙂
I’ve never had such a day before, but this is amazing how a day can unfold.
I have to admit $258 of it didn’t come from my site, but it’s from one of my Instagram accounts.
I’ve built a Disney account that has over 106K followers and I finally closed a sponsorship deal yesterday for 2 posts on it.
The rest did come from my website and I even made $45 from a product I HIGHLY did NOT recommend and they still bought it!!
Always get an affiliate link for the product you’re reviewing if you can even if it’s a negative review because people may not listen to you and still go for it. (LOL)
Love online business!!!
HAPPY MARCH GUYS!
Made $51,755 With An Affiliate Program
Made $6,458.72 in May!
Amazing month in May!
- $3,438.55 from my blogs
- $3,018.61 in eBook sales
Right now I have to focus on bringing long-term sales for the book. The $3000 I made from eBook sales was from launching it to a list of around 2500 email subscribers.
Month 7 – $4550
This is my last money post until I hit 10k, which I expect to happen this up coming fall.
I made a little over $4500 in commissions from Amazon and this came from 1269 sales and 39,000 unique clicks from Google.
Anyone that’s read my posts in the past knows I use a specific keyword strategy to achieve these results, which you can read about here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.co…
Don’t worry if you’re not getting the same results as me. This is the 7th month of my website but I’ve been here at Wealthy Affiliate for 2 and half years now.
It took a lot of experimenting, reading and failure to reach this point. The only advice I can give you is this:
1) Don’t give up
2) You have to try and write a few hours a day. We’re in the content business and you’ll need a good amount of content to make this work.
3) Focus on making money. Don’t just write “how to” articles that have no shot at making you money. Write plenty of reviews and lengthy best of posts – those two kinds of posts are actually easier to rank than “how to’s”. I personally would go 60% to 70% money posts and 30% to 40% how to’s.
If you’re not getting any traction and your past the 6 month mark make sure to read the post I linked to up top – it’s everything I’ve learned to get such fast results.
Month 8 Progress Report: Road to 4 Figures a Month!
Last Update: November 23, 2015
- Reached 200 Posts (not yet)
- and 28 Pages (not yet)
- Find 1 Profitable PPC Ad group (fail)
- $600/mo of passive income (success)
- Do whatever I want
- Go wherever I want
- 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
More Progress: December – revenue goal exceeded
$591 from Adsense
$111 from Shareasale
And about $150 from another vendor.
Total: $ 1225.36
Expenses: about $60 for ghostwriting, and whatever my monthly prorated WA fee is.
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.
My Past Caught Up To Me & Paid Me $1828.05!
No, I don’t have a criminal past. lol When I refer to the past here, I’m talking about an article I wrote back in August 22, 2017 that has earned me $1828.05 this year SO FAR! The amount is probably greater if I set the date range back to 2017 and if one of the affiliate partners I listed in my screenshot below was capable of providing more historical data.
Either way you can see the screenshot below. It’s showing a tracking id I used for one particular article. I actually use tracking ids for all my articles so I can see which ones are leading to my income. Most affiliate networks provide this so ask the one you work with how to set that up.
In either case the data you’re seeing in the screenshot reflects just one of many articles!
How Did This Happen?
There isn’t any secret sauce to spill. I basically follow what I laid out in my cheat sheetand the training that WA teaches. But the take away for you is that an article I wrote nearly a year ago, took time to really rank well. And now it’s still earning me money nearly a year later.
This isn’t new I have hundreds of articles that have been written since back in 2012 that still get traffic and make me money now!
What Does This Mean For You?
The effort you put in now may not pay off right away! I discuss this in my farmer article. It may takes months or even a year before Google trusts you and ranks your site. But if you continue to pump out quality content applying what WA teaches, then you will eventually get traffic and make money. This money won’t be one time. It can be for years to come.
And keep in mind this doesn’t doesn’t happen for every article. You never know which articles Google will like and rank. This leads me to my next point.
Wait & See = Lost Money!
Let’s say you decide I’m going to write one article and wait to see if it ranks and makes me money. The best case scenario Google ranks it and you’re making money like I mentioned above. But during that time you were waiting, you could have written more articles that Google may have ranked and made more money. But you missed that boat because you wanted to wait around and see if this really works or not.
In other words you need delayed gratification. You can’t have an employee mentality of I put in x hours and I need to see x dollars in x time. Unfortunately this business doesn’t always work that way when you first start. And that’s what most people fail to understand. So they give up not realizing their effort is a long term investment.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your business. The folks that approach this like a long term investment will eventually see the return. It may not be on every article you write but some of them will hit. It’s a numbers game. But you have to be patient to see the odds work in your favor.
Write Content That Is Properly Optimized!
Jay has a great video that breaks down the proper steps to optimize your contentand to help you with proper keyword research. Too many of you are writing willy nilly or just writing what you think would be a good topic. And what you should be doing is writing based on proper keyword research and applying proper SEO best practices.
If you’re not doing that with all your articles, you’re wasting time. You won’t get traffic or make money. Write with a purpose that is guided by the proper training provided here. Don’t ignore it because you’re fixated on what you want to write or do. It’s a receipe for disaster.
Run with what you’ve learned here. I’ve linked to a few sources that will help you get right. If you liked this post, you’ll probably enjoy my others here, so check them out! That’s where you’ll find my best advice. Read that stuff first because it will usually address a question or concern you have.
At the end of the day this business works. But it will only work for you if you give it the patience and delayed gratification required to see the results. You can’t come here with an employee or get rich quick mentality. It won’t cut it.
Assuming you’re following the training, your work will eventually pay off and it will continue to do that many times over. My example above proves that. And remember it’s just one article!
Your articles are like checks waiting to be cashed later. If you’re focused on any other distractions then you’re leaving money on the table. Let that marinate in your mind.
Until next time ya’ll,
Eddy with a y
I’m off to write myself some checks. lol
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
My first $1,100 dollar day!
I’m approaching my 3rd month being a member of wealthy affiliate and out of the blue I get a call from a lady that needs hardwood flooring installed at her house.
She left a message saying that she got my number from my website.
Let me start with a little explanation. When I started at Wealthy Affiliate I built a super quick website explaining that I am an experienced contractor that is new to the area and wanted to bring my business closer to my new home. Currently I have A contracting business that is flourishing in a town that is about a hour away. The commute has been killing me and efficiency is important to me so spending 12 hours a week in the car is definitely not the best use of my time.
So my super quick website explained my circumstance and my desire to specialize my skill only installing hardwood flooring close to home.
Then it happened I got the call, went out on the estimate and I sold the job. The job sold for $1100 dollars and will take about a day to complete.
Not to shabby for A website that only has 3 pages “about us, home, and how it works.”
Wealthy Affiliate gave me the idea of niche marketing and that’s basically what I did. Contracting usually deals with many different types of jobs which requires a great deal of planning. If I can specialize in the services my company offers I will be able to triple my current income this year.
SO if you have services you would like to offer look around w.a. and local marketing wabinars provided by magistudios they are excellent resources.
Take a good look at what you maybe able to offer your area. Chances are you could cash in.
Thank you Wealthy Affiliate community.
MY WA Success Story
When I got started here, I stayed with little hope but stayed anyway, what did I have to do, what did I have to lose. I had time so I thought why not spend it here.
But last month for the first time in my life, I enjoyed vacation not paid from my salary.You read that right, all the money I used for my vacation came from my online income. Now I`m talking of over $ 3000.Little nobody me paying for and enjoying vacation paid for by my online earnings.Even I find it hard to believe.
I started WA with only 1 thought at most, that was “don`t give up nomatter how hopeless”.That thought has kept me going.
For anyone still struggling to make money, do not give up, keep working,your efforts will be rewarded if you keep working.
New commission record $2,000+ in 1 day
Hi there, just wanted to make a quick blog post (was a while ago in here) to provide you with a screenshot of my new commission record ($2,000+) in one day!
The commission was made on the first day of August, so this month started of good you can say 😉
Worth to mention is that the screenshot that I will provide is from ONE (1) lead… I also made more commissions that day, but smaller ones, and from other affiliate programs… Combined it was well over $2,000 but the point here is to show you “THE ONE” see below:
Below is a close up (if the above is to small)
This is not to brag but to show you what is possible… I mean what job makes you this kind of money in 1 day?
Also, I made the money while I was literally sleeping… From work that took me a few hours… That I did many months ago…
That is affiliate marketing in a nutshell.
This is also my biggest commission ever from only 1 sale! But stay tuned for more, as I am pretty sure that I will break this record pretty soon 😉
I need to shoutout to Kyle, Carson, Jay and the whole WA community, without your fantastic platform, the training, your great support this would not be possible and I would probably still be stuck at a 9-5 on the sawmill I was on, or at some other 9-5… Not that it´s anything wrong with that… But it´s not what I wanted in life.
Thank you guys, from my heart.
Hope you liked this short blog post?
I would love to hear your comments below!
Newbies Pay Attention! $5,195.20 Affiliate Check for June: Thanks WA!
When I was new to Wealthy Affiliate, like most newbies, I didn’t understand the entire process of building a simple niche site or an authoritative blog.
Like most new internet marketers, I focused on the money as well. We’ve all heard it here at WA not to do this – but it’s tough to do so.
Especially if you’ve got a family, monthly obligations, limited time, or you are conditioned to a monthly paycheck, etc.
Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It?
Many times we also want to know if Wealthy Affiliate is a good investment in our time and money.
I know I did when I first started out.
Is the education worth it? Is the time we spend researching keywords and targeting blog posts going to make the big money in the long run?
We’ll, I’m proof that it does. Like so many other successful WA members, I’m here to tell you what Wealthy Affiliate teaches works.
June’s Looking to be Shy of 8K
My goal this year is to be consistently at 10K/month. Last month I hit $6,454 for May and this month’s looking great thanks to my latest commission.
Check it out…
There’s a 45-day wait on this commission with the 30 day money back guarantee provided by the affiliate. So these commissions originated in April were paid out in June.
This is the PayPal Statement…
What Wealthy Affiliate Teaches Works!
I know that’s why you’re here, because what WA teaches works great.
So here’s the thing to do…
Take the education seriously and do every class and every task to the best of your ability.
Learn the entire process!
Learn the strong foundation that WA teaches of content marketing first to build your foundation.
Later you can add email marketing and eCommerce, etc. if you like.
After going through the entire WA program (Entrepreneurial or Bootcamp) you should understand how to target keywords, rank content, help your niche out which will result in commissions.
The only thing to do from there is…
Scale Your Business!
Once you know the gist of how to run your online business, the next step is to mass produce it.
I could only produce 6 – 12 posts per month when I was working full time at my online business the first 9 months of taking WA classes.
With writers and a team, I can easily produce 20 – 30 quality posts per month working 10 hours per week.
The more I build my site, the more authority it has, the faster the content ranks, the more traffic it brings and that equals…
I hope you get the picture. Learn the process, nail it down, repeat.
Once your site starts making money, don’t go spend it, re-invest in your site/online business.
Maybe that’s a professional theme, writers, ppc campaigns, etc., but continue to build and scale that business to the point where you’re happy with it.
I hope this helps those that are new or those that have some experience but aren’t seeing the results the’d like to see yet.
Don’t give up!
I think the biggest thing I’ve seen year after year is that too many new marketers give up too soon.
Many times they’re so close to success but they give up due to one reason or another.
Don’t make the same mistake! It’s totally worth it in the long run!
Hang in there, never look back and your will, will be done!
Officially a Six Figure Business – 2018 Year End Report
Happy New Years everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and fun beginning to the new year. Just wanted to give you all a quick update on my earnings for both December and the entire 2018 year.
Keep in mind, this is not a post to brag about my accomplishments, but only to serve as motivation for those that still have doubts about affiliate marketing and the training WA provides all of us.
So my goal coming into December was to hit the six figure club, and I needed $14,185.49 to get there.
To be honest I didn’t think I was going to get there due to December typically being a slow month with holidays rolling around.
But with my niche being in health and fitness, my hope was things will pick up after Christmas. And boy did they!
The Last 7 Days Of The Year
I was able to achieve Record Breaking Earnings the last seven days. The first 24 days I made $7,194.30 which is definitely nothing to complain about.
But from the 25th to the 31st, I made a total of $17,175. Each day I was earning more than the previous day, and traffic shot up dramatically.
I was able to blow right past the 14K needed to hit six figures. In total, I made $24,369.30 for the month of December, and $110,184.01 for the year, and it still doesn’t feel real to me.
If you’ve read my Novembers Report (view report), then you know that my goal for 2019 is to hit 200K. And if I can hit 100k like I did in 2018, then there’s no reason to think that I couldn’t at the very least double that in 2019.
It’s all thanks to WA and this wonderful community!
I Can Remember Joining WA Like It Was Yesterday
That was back in September of 2016. I can remember in the training Kyle asking, “what would you be happy earning.” I wrote down $1000 dollars a month.
Never could I imagine that I would be making much more than that 2 years later. Not that I didn’t have the confidence it would happen, but sometimes it’s never realized until you actually do it.
Now I know there’s no limit to what I can achieve when it comes to my financial future.
I have big plans for the future, and I’m only just getting started. I’m just really grateful that WA is helping make that future a reality.
Final Thoughts – If I Can Do It, So Can You!
When getting started, it’s easy to think that reaching your financial goals is only a dream.
But man great things in this world started with just a dream. If you have the desire and determination, unless you quit, I see no reason why you can’t reach your goals.
I’m no different than any of you. I had very little money when I started Wealthy Affiliate, but I knew it would work cause it made too much sense.
So to rap this thing up…good luck to everyone, and I wish you a very prosperous 2019!
Go Get Them Goals!!!!
OMG Finally got my First Sale!
One year today and as a present $1,250 dollars.
Seems like yesterday I did not know a post from a page, or what a plugin was.
A week ago I was asked to build a website for the children’s department of a church.
Today, after church, they gave me the check for the completion. $1,250 for what now seems like so little work. I believe it was a combination of enjoyment and know how.
WA taught me most everything I know about making websites. Lot’s of little pieces that made a puzzle complete!
What an amazing reward for a few days work!\
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
Sales today adding up to $230! Yowza, I’ll take it!
Last Update: May 07, 2018
BUILDING DIFFERENT STREAMS WITHIN ONE WEBSITE.
Because of the endless opportunities related to the Wealthy Affiliate platform, I have been able to maintain a nice income branching in different directions through my business here!
I received another $50 monthly hosting payment today for a client’s site I designed and manage here!
I also have links on my WA Promotion website leading to three other business opportunities I’m involved with that draws more substantial leads and income to each one, plus to WA—all working together nicely. (However, don’t ask me what they are, as we are not supposed to promote here.)
From those links, I received an additional $180 today, as well! $230 in one day is not bad! I’ll take it—all generated through my WA Promotion site!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KEYWORDS, CONTENT AND TRAFFIC.
I can actually have links to any other business sources I’m connected to and get people to click on them at my WA site.
Leading traffic to where it needs to be is key!
HOW DO I DO THAT?
It’s simple! I just included a “My Top Recommendations” link in the top menu bar and listed sign-up pages of all my businesses, including Wealthy Affiliate and Jaaxy. I also created banners down the side bar under all the side links–a double whammy!
Besides the earnings, I have gained 6 new WA referrals in the past month, and 4 new Jaxxy referrals.
HOW CAN YOU GET THE COMMISSIONS YOU WANT?
- It is very doable. It’s all in the way you present what you’re offering. Make every keyword count! Use Jaaxy to find the best ones–really spend some time on it!
- Explode your traffic with Social Media posts, pins, and tweets.
- Implement videos to your site and connect them to YouTube (as per Jay’s LIVE Webinar last night–“Ranking YouTube Videos.” (Replay available!)
- Use SiteComments to increase the comments on your site. The more comments, the better ranking!
- Add an opt in email subscription page to build your list–with a FREE GIVEAWAY. I wrote an eBook.
There are numerous other ideas within the training to implement, too!
TO SUM IT UP.
Put some deep thought into how you want to draw conversion traffic. Get creative and collaborate different businesses and ideas. It’s all just a matter of time till your bank account is getting “hit” daily!
…and this is only one of my websites! I will now work on the other 5.
Please LIKE and SHARE if you feel inclined to do so! xoxo
PS—It’s now Sunday and I just received another $70 today in my PayPal account, and expect another $120 by tomorrow night!
September Income: $4,116.62
Wow, it’s been over a year since I’ve wrote a blog post here at WA, so let me first apologize for that.
In the middle of 2016 I started to share my monthly income reports on my website, but didn’t even think about sharing in the WA community.
So today I’d like to share a link to all of my Income Reports and my Septembers Income Report of $4,116.62.
I hope this helps all of you stay motivated and keep at it. Just four months ago my site was making around $1,000 a month, and had been stuck there for about 6 months. It’s crazy my income has increased over $3,000 in the last 4 months, but it just shows how much some hard work can pay off!
Here’s the link to Septembers Income Report. http://fulltimejobfromhome.com/ftjfh-blog-income-r…
Here’s the link to all of my Income reports http://fulltimejobfromhome.com/category/blogging/i…
*The Income reports have affiliate links all over them. If you’d like to learn more about a site just do a Google search instead of using my link. This is in no way a promotion of other sites to WA members.
For members in the “make money online” niche you might be able to get some ideas of sites to promote, and hopefully it serves as inspiration for everyone else.
If you have any questions, just ask below!
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!!
Should I Take Advantage Of The Black Friday Deal? My 1 Year Results
Hey WA members. Last year I took advantage of the Black Friday yearly sale for $299 so I thought I’d share some results and inspire you how much can change in just one year with one small investment.
Last year around this time I was receiving around 500 visitors a day, which I was extremely proud about. But just take a look at the screenshot below and see the difference one year can make:
In just one year my website has went from 500 visitors a day to over 3,000 on most days!
I’ll be honest, I did not do a great job of tracking income a year ago, but I was able to find an excel sheet that said I made $350ish in October 2015.
In October of 2016 I made $3,911!
Invest, Work Hard, and See Results!
As you can see a lot can change in a year.If you put in the work and apply what you learn at Wealthy Affiliate you will see results!
Of course, it’s not a requirement to take advantage of the Black Friday Deal, but you might as well save the money!
The normal monthly membership works out to $564 a year. That’s $265 in savings that you can use to improve your website!
If you really want to commit to creating your own online business and save some money, make sure to take advantage of the Black Friday Deal!
Sold a Domain Name for $2,000.00 USD!
This is a follow up to my earlier blog that was wondering if anyone at WA had been contacted by Domain Agents a couple of weeks ago…
I was approached by them about a domain that I own out of the blue and was a bit skeptical so reached out and did some diligence on them and felt they were legit and entered negations with them.
They initially offered me $200.00 USD for the name but I turned it down as I had a project in mind for the name and it was valued at $560.00 USD at Estibot so that didn’t make sense to me.
After a bit of back and forth we got to the $2,000.00 figure and for that kind of money I decided I could create a new name.
The transaction went through Escrow.com and the cheque arrived yesterday from them from Fedex.
It hasn’t cleared the bank (US cheques are a slow moving thing in Canada) but I have every reason to believe it’s completely on the up and up at this point.
Pretty exciting to create something that’s really intellectual property, have it validated by the marketplace and to sell it for a profit.
I’ve got to give Jaaxy a hat tip because that’s my go to brainstorming place to create domain names, it really helps me a lot.
At the end of the day that’s really what we are all doing here at WA and that’s exciting!! We work, think, strategize and create and through that help people and create value for ourselves and for others.
Sounds like the perfect business to me!
Anyway, I wanted to share the good news and if Domain Agents come knocking at your email address I wish you the best of success with your transaction!!
Sold My Movie Blog for $3000 on Flippa!
I know what you’re probably thinking – it’s not too much, but let me explain why I am so happy that I managed to do it.
First of all, the website didn’t make me any big money – it made 8$ in total in an year, mostly from Amazon commissions and Adsense.
In the movies niche, the commissions are really tiny, especially when coming from Amazon and there are plenty of other free ways to watch a movie a part of buying it on a DVD or Blu-Ray.
Recently, I started to get some steady traffic – 18 000 visitors in March that I drove to the site mainly using SEO.
In fact, almost every post that I wrote, landed immediately on Google page 1.
I tried to write witty, lenghty, and informative content that was also visually appealing.
I also did some guest posting for several big movie websites which also brought some amount of traffic to my website.
The truth is I didn’t think about money when I was busy working on it. I did it entirely from pure pleasure, knowing that in this niche, free of freebees, it would be a challenge to make a satisfaying online income.
You know what – I didn’t care.
I didn’t because I was following my passion and I was hugely entertained.
I was having fun writing awesome SEO-friendly content using the techniques that I learned here at WA and my satisfaction was coming from the many subscribers that I had and from the exceptional feedback that I was receiving from my visitors and social media followers.
Fun is fun but after a year I realized that it is time for me to make some money online.
A few weeks ago I strarted a new website in a promising new niche that started to entirely consume my time.
I didn’t have the time to update my movie website so frequently any more and I decided that I simply won’t let it rot in oblivion.
Finally, I wanted some kind of an award to mark the end of a journey through which I learned a great deal about online marketing.
That is how I decided to list it for sale on Flippa.
I reluctantly did it because I knew that a website should make some money in order to qualify for a decent offer. Now I know that this is completely wrong.
The initial business evaluation that I received from a Flippa broker was in the range of $200-$500. I found that ridicilous.
I knew that my website was having a decent amount of traffic and tens of posts were on Google page 1.
Not to mention that it was (and still is) visually stunning.
I listed it several times without luck until a few days ago I finished the negotiation process and I closed a deal for $3000.
I think that for a website which doesn’t make money, it is a fair amount.
So I sold it to a large online media corporation that was happy to acquire my website and my brand.
I am also satisfied because I know that I’ve accomplished a lot via my website and it won’t just die in vain.
Plus, I received $3k that I plan to fully invest in an online business. Maybe I will purchase an established website that makes money and I will further develop it.
So the bottom line for me is that even though I didn’t make big money from my movie website, I am still a winner because not only I made the unbelievable $3k from it which will come as a great investment but I’ve also learned that when you follow your passion and you put in the hard work, the end result is always satisfactory, one way or another.
So my advice would be not to frantically think only about the financial part, especially at the beginning of your online journey.
Also, I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone at WA for the great help, including of course Kyle and Carson.
Have fun and the rest will follow, I am the living proof!
Sold my first blog for $28,000 after 13 months
My site was 13 months old and reflects about 6 months of work due to a period where I totally ignored it because of my other obligations. 13 months ago I had no idea how to sell a blog.
An established competitor in my niche reached out to buy it, and after much deliberation, I decided to sell my blog.
After factoring in my prior income from the blog, I’ve been paid almost $600 for each article (there were just under 60 total).
If you’d have told me that was my “salary” when writing, it would have been less of a chore!!
I never thought this hobby would be profiable so quickly, nor would I have imagined someone wanting to buy my precious blog so soon. It was flattering to have someone established see that my “real estate” in the niche was valuable.
My mentor tells me to be patient for round 2, take the time to build up authority, and give my content a chance to mature. He’s right – this is the process. Even if I do flip my next blog, I’m going to give it more time to increase in alue.
My buyer will benefit from the content that I’ve written over the last 6 months that isn’t yet ranked. It’s been interesting to see the changes that they’ve made to the blog even at this juncture.
At this moment, I can put this $ to good use, and I’m considering using some of it to buy another site that’s already established, build it up, and have that “head start” with google.
I was sloppy with this blog in many ways. I didn’t do social media, I didn’t do guest posts. But I rocked the heck out of getting traffic and keyword ranking. So, I know I can bring these skills to a new project.
Thank you for the outpouring of support for this venture. I may do a WA training on my “methods”, as many of you have requested. However, I really did just follow the training on here!!
Success – $700 Milestone Reached!
I just want to throw a quick thanks out to Jay, Kyle, Carson, and anyone else who has helped in making my IM business grow this past 1.5 years.
This past month I brought in 700.00 and truly do believe the sky is the limit. It’s been a long road and it will continue to be, but I feel I have a good foundation to make this my full time gig. After much trial and error (lots of errors), I have my focus niche and a method to make it grow.
I won’t be posting another success story unless I hit the 1k mark, which would rock.
So what now?
This weekend I make my first attempt at local marketing. I’ve got a few appointments scheduled this weekend and I hope to land one client. If not, I won’t stress it and will keep refining my process until i get something going. I’ll also continue to slowly grow my focus niche.
Jay, once again I can’t thank you enough for all you provide here at WA and the guidance you’ve personally given. When I cross the 1k barrier, I’ll pop up and buy you a round this time… =)
Happy 2013 Everyone!
Success – $2,000 goal hit.
How Did I Achieve it?
Thanks to WA our companies are taking off!
Last Update: February 21, 2018
So… I joined WA a while back and started two great niche sites. Life got in the way and I let them both go. My husband and I started a contracting company (we renovate homes), which gave birth to a second company acquiring and managing properties.
This time of year is usually pretty slow for us. In the past we’ve only done a few small jobs, for no more than $1,500 bucks. When we finally decided to build our websites to support our companies, I thought I would come back to WA and kill 3 birds with one stone. I would be able to host both sites in the same place for one low cost, compared to purchasing separate websites, plus I would be able to start my niche sites again. So far, I’ve started the groundwork for both company sites. I still have more to do on them, but it’s enough to show an online presence. I’m just getting started on the niche site.
But enough of all the small talk… the success!! As I’ve stated, this time of year is generally SLOOOWWWW for our business. Even for property management a lot of people are late on rent around the holidays in the neighborhoods where we rent. Through the help of our contracting website we locked in a contract that’s worth $9,000!! That’s normal for the summer months, but has been RARE for us this time of year. We also have another job worth $12,000 lined up. We had another client that found us through the website, but that job fell through, and another that we’re still attempting to close the deal with. We don’t always win them all, but either way that’s $21,000 and counting during months where it’s more difficult to get the fish to bite. Compare that to the month of December and January where all we made was $1,500 bucks combined. We’ve usually had to rely on savings. It doesn’t look like that will be the case going forward. I’m just really excited to see what the Spring and Summer will bring.
Additionally, we’ve been contacted by a prospective partner on the property acquisitions side of business. If that goes as plan all I can say is cha-ching!
I never realized how much a difference a website can make. And I owe it all to Wealthy Affiliate. Because I SURE was struggling to get a professional looking and effective site together without it.
Thank you Wealthy Affiliate for creating such a wonderful school / tool!!!
Website Sold: $40,000
A month ago I was curious what my site was worth. If I put it up for sale I thought I would get around $25,000 but to my surprise it got evaluated at $40,000. Empire Flippers waived the $300 listing fee and the site sold very quickly.
$40,000 was just too much to pass up on at the moment so I took it.
This gives me breathing room and a good amount of money to invest in future websites. I already have my next major niche selected and I have 1 smaller, seasonal niche I’ll be working on too.
I’m going to use the money I made from my last site to outsource lengthy FAQ section for each guide. I’m shooting for 4,000 to 5,000 FAQ sections, which will cost around $100 each.
This will bring the guides to between 8,000 and 10,000 words and for most keywords will be the most comprensive guides on the internet. I’m shooting for the first spot for each keyword now.
I’m also shooting for a 2:1 non affilaite/affilaite content ration. I’ll be outsouring these articles.
If you were following me before you probably read I was having issues with some best of posts. Most of them (not all, though), eneded up getting in the page 1 to page 3 range.
I think Google is looking for websites that diversify keywords and don’t just target one type. Or atleast are cracking down on new websites that only focus on “best ofs” and nothing else.
So definitely write your best of posts but mix in other content as well.
As always I’ll keep everyone updated on the progress of the news sites and I’ll let you know of anything else I find or notice.
Who says content marketing is slow: $125 commission immediately on one purchase on new site
I had told you guys about my post that got ranked on page 1 inside two hours on a new site a couple of months back, just with the basic training here at Wealthy Affiliate
It was a review of an event already underway, so I was way late, they usually have a launch and big campaign advertising these things weeks ahead to their email lists but I had a new site and no list and I thought I’d go through the motions anyway to build up content not expecting much, certainly not expecting to outrank the organizers inside two hours on page 1 with my new site – however I’d seen someone else here at WA do it before – but there was no stampede visible in analytics and when the host emailed us to go claim our commissions I didn’t even look! Until tonight!
– I just found out that even at the end of that event I got 3 optins and at least one person immediately bought the gold package at almost $250 leaving me with 50% commissions of $125!
This is the second time I’ve advertised an event late, towards the end actually and got people buying gold packages, the other time was on facebook. I always think maybe it’s too late, should I even bother, duh! And then it surprised me they don’t go for the lower priced packages, it’s usualy the higher priced ones. Another surprise is the people buying are not exactly who I thought my website audience were!
However, it shows the amazing potential of this game, erm, biz. Of course this is one sale and as such ‘pocket money’ but the sort of pocket money that can cover your hosting and membership pretty quickly as we work consistently on our sites over time and scale up to an income.
We are playing a long game building up sites, it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme but a real business if you want to see a real income. That said, on a bright and cheerful note anything really can happen! 🙂
ps I’m using a free theme and free everything at the moment. And google tends to reward my original content – I don’t copy, and I do know my niche, both these things Kyle emphasizes in the training.
Update: the commission payment just came in tonight May 18th 🙂