Made It To Vegas!

Last Update: September 25, 2018

I did it!!! I made it to Vegas!!




So... I actually made Vegas on Friday, but I haven't gotten around to post about it until today. Why did it take me so long to post about it? I'm glad you asked!

The reason I didn't post about it until now is because I had an amazingly awesome weekend simply having fun. On Friday morning, I picked up my friend from the airport and hung out all day at the beach. Saturday, we went to a concert which featured the Eagles, Zac Brown, & the Doobie Brothers. Then on Sunday, we went to a Def Leppard and Journey concert. Needless to say, working was the furthest thing on my mind over the weekend. I was too busy having a blast!

But you know what? The sales kept coming in anyway!

Here's how I found out I was going to make Vegas....

On Friday, after I picked my friend up from the airport, we went to a tiki bar in Pacific Beach, a really fun beach area in San Diego. I knew I was getting close to Vegas, but I thought it would be another day or two before I made it. I decided to check my stats real quick and boom, my little plane icon said Vegas!


I began celebrating as my friend looked at me like I was a mad man. I quickly tried to explain what just happened, and he congratulated me and we had a cheers, but I'm pretty sure he had absolutely no idea what I was really talking about. :D

Here's the exact place I was at when I found out I was going to Vegas. Not a bad day at work if I may say so myself!


We stayed near the beach all day until after sunset. The sunsets in San Diego are ridiculous. I'm able to enjoy living in this beautiful place 100% due to affiliate marketing. I feel incredibly fortunate and thank the universe every single day.


As the weekend went on, my friend and I drank good beer and lost our voices at these concerts, all while the sales continued to roll in. That, my friends, is the beauty of affiliate marketing. That is what passive income is all about. My INCOME is no longer restricted by my TIME. I make money whether I'm working or not.

Now, I don't want to give the wrong impression here. it takes a ton of work to get to this point. I've been at this since 2009, didn't go full-time until 2011, and I still usually work 30 to 40 hours per week on my business, even with outsourcing.

BUT, I now have multiple streams of income from several different affiliate partnerships across more than a dozen websites that continue to generate income whether I am actively working or not. I'm confident I could take a 6 month break right now to travel the globe and my business would continue to run just fine. The paychecks would keep coming, and I could pick right back up where I left off once I got back. Sometimes this still doesn't seem real. I even ENJOY doing what I do.

For those of you just getting started, believe me, I've been where you are and I know how it feels. It's like having a huge pile of bricks and someone tells you to build a skyscraper out of them. The task seems so overwhelming. Impossible, even. Just lay one brick at a time. Set realistic but achievable goals. Your first goal might just be to make a single dollar online. That was actually my first goal. I knew if I could make $1, I could make $2. And if I could make $2, why can't I multiply that over and over again?

Once you hit that first sale, make your goal $10, then $20, then $100. Celebrate those goals, turn your failures into lessons learned, and remember that once it finally does pay off, you will have built yourself a residual income. The wait is so worth it.

I knew absolutely nothing about building websites or how to make money online when I first started. I didn't even know what the term Affiliate Marketing was. I mean, I could perform a pretty mean Google search, but SEO? PPC? CPM? HTML? CSS? WordPress? Keyword Research? I didn't know what ANY of that was.

I know this is a saying that is so overused, but I don't know how else to put it. If I can do this, you can too.

So, anyway, I probably went a little overboard here and I don't want this post to come off as me bragging (I always worry about that). I just remember when I was first getting started, there were hardly any success stories and it made me feel like nobody really succeeded at this. Truth be told, most successful affiliate marketers do not go around telling people about their niches, successful strategies, etc. They sit in the background, stay quiet, and let the money flow in. Most affiliate marketers have no intention of giving away their juicy secrets. They're too busy keeping that money for themselves. And can you really blame them?

But rest assured, there are plenty of people making money with affiliate marketing, and good money, too. Getting a paid for trip to Vegas is just the cherry on top. It's a big cherry though, I'm way more excited about it than I should be! :D

I can't wait to meet those who have already made Vegas before me, and I hope many more of you make it before the year is done.

Viva Las Vegas!


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SondraM Premium
Mike,

Congrats on making it to Vegas. That weekend full of concerts sounded like it was a ton of fun.

As I watch a light snow outside, our first of the year, I find myself thinking that even if I don't make it to Vegas this year, I should try to plan a trip to a southern CA beach. I'd like to take in a few of those sunsets.

p.s Your post is motivational so thank you for sharing your story.
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks so much! We do indeed have beautiful beaches here in SoCal! :)
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TrishaDawn19 Premium
Congratulations!!! I had to take a break from building my website and getting income but I am back and ready to work it!!! I probably won't make it to Vegas this year but I am going to try my best to make it and if I don't then I will most defiantly make ti next year!!
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AffTraining Premium
Yeah, I've had to take breaks here and there so I totally get it. The important thing is you're back at it and ready to go again. Just do something... anything for your business each day, even if it's only 5 or 10 minutes, at least you're further along than before the day started. Best of luck to you!! :)
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Carson Premium
Hey Mike,

Congratulations on earning your spot at the Super Affiliate conference table! So happy that you have made it and I or Kyle will be reaching out to you via PM to discus the details of the trip in early 2019!

Your story is a great one and you really summed it up when you talked about laying one brick at a time. Building an online business takes time, and it's cumulative. Then, one morning you wake up and you have income coming in from numerous streams!

Your friend must have been quite excited for you and although he may not have really understood what the LV conference is all about, I'm sure he could see the sense of accomplishment in your face and was happy for you!

Now is a great time to really push with your online biz - you want to aim for doubling or tripling in the coming year. We'll be discussing ways to make this happen during the private conference in Vegas!

I'll be in touch :)

Carson
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks so much Carson. Can't wait to meet you in person! See you soon!! :)
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littlemama Premium
Lucky you 😝
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TheAdvisor Premium
What's up dude?! How was it waking up on Monday? Just as amazing as Friday right? I can only imagine... For now! Haha!

Congratulations on your success, I don't know about everyone else but posts like this one, motivates me and actually makes me look forward to my future!

May your blessings be multiplied and may all that you do reflect the abundance of all that you will continue to accomplish. The universe could be more in alignment with you and this is just the beginning...

Stay Rocking!
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AffTraining Premium
I feel so fortunate every single day. I mean, don't get me wrong, I have my good days and bad just like everyone else, but Affiliate Marketing really has brought me so much overall joy and satisfaction in my life.

I love your last sentence by the way. Here's to you getting your big slice of the abundance pie as well! :)
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Zarina Premium
Congrats Mike!! Now Vegas Conference will have 3 new faces (at least).

I shifted my focus to Amazon site to have a regular, decent stream of income, so it's unlikely that I make it to Vegas (still at a 100 lol) but hopefully will join you there one day!

And please do share your success stories, it's been 3 years for me (today actually) and I still very much enjoy reading them. In fact, I check my day with WA stories for some boost of inspiration lol.

Once again, congrats!!!

Edit: Decided to share that "3 years at WA" post lol:
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AffTraining Premium
Still plenty of time left! Hopefully I'll see you there, but if not, keep building! Thank you for the kind words! :)
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Zarina Premium
Yeah, I'm not giving up on it just yet haha. Maybe I will think of some clever way to bring massive traffic faster and gain referrals lol
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Defiant6 Premium
Thank you for sharing this with us especially those of us who still have yet to reach our financial goals. So happy to hear that you made it to Vegas and I have no doubt you'll have a great time meeting the WA team. You've shown what is possible when someone follows the training and puts it into action on a consistent basis.
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AffTraining Premium
Consistent effort over a long period of time. That's what it is! Get-rich-quick "guru's" love to sell you on overnight success, but this is a business just like any other and it simply takes time.
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GinaU1 Premium
Congrats to you! Hearing of your success is all very exciting and encouraging, and I appreciate you sharing your thoughtful post with us.

I know it's going to be a lot of work to be successful. What am I saying, I already know it's a lot of work because it's an everyday task for me, after working a long day at the office.

Anyway, this is getting long but, again, congrats. Enjoy Vegas; you deserve to be there.

P.S. My dream is to live in San Diego full-time and hang out at Petco Park during baseball season. IMO, that is the best park in the U.S.

Gina
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AffTraining Premium
I live within' walking distance of Petco! I've probably been to 20 games this year and that's where the concerts were! Petco Park is a magical place, we just need a good baseball team to play in it haha!

Thank you so much for your kind words! :)
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GinaU1 Premium
I agree, Petco is a magical place...totally fell in love with it and can't wait to get back.

I get it on the bad teams -- I live in Houston and have been an Astros fan since they were the laughing stock of the MLB. Finally, we are enjoying some success; The Padres will get there.

Enjoy your weekend!
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RHarding1 Premium
You know what Mike, it is definitely not bragging and definitely IS inspirational. Many thanks for sharing your success because, take it from me, it does help to let the many thousands of us right at the beginning know it is possible and possible in a big way.

I think what does need to be understood is that it does not just happen, it requires hard and consistent work but hey, the rewards far outweigh that.

Well done Mike and please please keep inspiring us.

Cheers

Richard
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you Richard. I'm so glad this was inspirational for you! :)
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
Gosh that is brilliant and I am so happy for you. Yes please do brag and brag away. It gives me inspiration. Its great how you have never given up and not only that you started this while working full time.

Congratulations and it also looks like you have had a superb weekend. The photos of the sunset and beach look fabulous. I am also lucky as I am working from Spain at the moment and it is so beautiful and hot here too. Better than dreary London.

Anyways you enjoy yourself and thank you for sharing. Have a Brilliant time.

Debs :)
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AffTraining Premium
Such kind words Debs thank you so much!! Enjoy the weather! :)
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Debs66 Premium
Your so welcome and thank you I certainly am enjoying this lovely weather. Hopefully I will get to meet you there too. :))
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Mike, fantastic news and you have reached Las Vegas in a very short time! I think your blog post will encourage many people including myself!

It sounds like you had a great weekend, but I don't think your friend fully understood what had happened, in general, if I talk to friends about Internet marketing, I know they don't understand!

Maybe by the time you arrive in Las Vegas, you will have doubled your sales again!

Enjoy your day and I wish you even more success.

Roy
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AffTraining Premium
Yeah I've tried to explain what affiliate marketing is, but people don't seem to grasp it. When people ask what I do I just tell them I'm in sales. :D
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Roybretton Premium
I understand Mike, I normally just say that I sell a few products online alongside my off-line business.

Thank you for commenting, I do appreciate it.
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MichalB Premium
Congratulations Mike!!!

You are right, to me it still looks like a huge task to take.
But I am keep telling to myself, it can`t be harder than finishing 1st year at the university even with Math and some Mechanics, right ? :)


Anyways, It is awesome that you share your story with us Mike.
Thanks a Lot.

Mike
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AffTraining Premium
You're most welcome, Mike! I totally get where you're coming from, but just remember, you're building a BUSINESS! Building any business is going to take a ton of work, but building an affiliate marketing business doesn't require a huge amount of capital, loans from banks, or your life savings. It just takes your time. I wrote a whole blog post about that here: Stick with it, man! I'm telling you, it's well worth the initial effort to start earning a residual income!
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MichalB Premium
I did read the blog..

It really makes me think in different way about my ... website.
Till now I have treated it like a website..
Now It is time to change my attitude.

it is my business, and my responsibility.

highly appreciate that Mike.

I will see you in Vegas 2020.
Mike
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AffTraining Premium
Absolutely!! You're building a BUSINESS!! Can't wait to see you in Vegas!! :)
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apache1 Premium
Congrats Mike and well deserved.

I just saw this post after speaking to another member asking how long it may take to make some money.

I just reshared your post that I am sure will help many other out as well.

Enjoy (which I am sure you will) and just continued to be an inspiration to many here.

Andre
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks so much Andre! :)
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apache1 Premium
No probs Mike enjoy the rest of your week
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AlexEvans Premium
Congratulations, Mike, what an awesome weekend of concerts as well, great way to celebrate, San Diego must be one of the concert capitals of the world.

I think the take-home is that it can be done, enjoy Vegas.
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AffTraining Premium
Actually, San Diego doesn't get too many good concerts. Usually the good bands go up to LA and make us drive, but we were blessed with a good weekend of music here. It was a blast and I'm just getting my voice back haha.

Thanks for the kind words Alex! :)
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NemiraB Premium
Congrats:) Thanks for sharing:)
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you!! :)
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Emma06 Premium
Well done!
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you! :)
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YumaBloggers Premium
Congrats on your Vegas Vacation, may it go better than it did for Chevy Chase lol. No joke though, what you did is no easy feat and now that you know how to get there I am betting you make it back every year. That's the power of Wealthy Affiliate is it liberates and as you grow you continue growing until all things are possible. You say you live in San Diego, I live in Yuma AZ about 2 1/2 hours East of you. Be nice to meet up in Vegas.
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AffTraining Premium
Haha, Vegas Vacation is one of my favorite movies I love it! :D

Ahhh yes, Yuma, AZ! I spent quite a bit of time at the Loves Truck Stop in Yuma back when I was still a truck driver (picked up a lot of produce there). Yuma is an awesome place, but I do not miss that particular truck stop!

Hope to meet you in Vegas someday!
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YumaBloggers Premium
Loves is definitely a place that you can lose love for. This one seems to have staffing issues and that can be rough for long-haul drivers looking for fast and friendly service. I come from a family of Drivers on my mom's side and use to do detailing on OTR trucks so we may have even met already. Small world if we did a great world if we meet again.
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AffTraining Premium
Staffing issues and the place always seemed to be slam full with tough spots to back into. Last time I was there was 2011 so maybe things changed, but boy that place was rough haha.
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marycmiller Premium
Hey Mike that is great news and what a fun way to learn of Vegas. Congratulations and you will have to tell all to the community when you are back home. Enjoy
Mary
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AffTraining Premium
Absolutely, I'll have a full report on Vegas once I get back. Thanks Mary! :)
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HuyNLe1989 Premium
Congrats!!!
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you! :)
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littlemama Premium
Freaking AWESOME Mike!! Can't wait to meet you! :)

12 sites to live in San Diego huh? I have some work to do.
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AffTraining Premium
Haha, it's an expensive place to live unfortunately. We call it the "Fair Weather Tax" since we basically pay for the nice year round weather.

Can't wait to meet you as well, we're going to have a blast! :)
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littlemama Premium
YES it's going to be a freaking awesome party, I can't wait to see everyone!!
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jlclayton1 Premium
Congratulations! Have a wonderful time, and I'll be hoping to meet you there in 2020!

Janelle
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AffTraining Premium
See you then, Janelle!
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Vickic3 Premium
WEhooooooooooo !!!!!!! go, Mike
This is amazing awesome fantastic and totally cool news and you so deserve this. You have worked and built a large online presence and I am honoured to read this post and Congratulate you here at WA where it all goes on :)
I have set a lofty Goal for 2020 and I am working hard every day hoping my fruit will ripen
All the very best Mike and keep on being Awesome
Vicki
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AffTraining Premium
Hope to see you in 2020 Vicki! :)
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StPaul Premium
All the very best GOD bless!
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JerryHuang Premium
Congrats Mike! Can’t wait to meet you :)
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AffTraining Premium
Seriously, me too. Seems like we're going to have a great group this year. See you soon!! :)
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JerryHuang Premium
Yea man! It's also the first time I'll be traveling overseas with my girlfriend. Really excited!!
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littlemama Premium
You've never been to the US and Vegas will be your first stop? Uh oh. Lol
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JerryHuang Premium
I've been to US and been to Vegas. Just that haven't been overseas with my girlfriend hehe.
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littlemama Premium
Oh I see, you two will have a blast! :)
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littlemama Premium
I just want to add that I hope we newbies get to sit together. :)
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JerryHuang Premium
Haha
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