My WA Affiliate Commission Report For August 2018

Last Update: September 04, 2018

Hello to my fellow Internet Marketers!

I'm back with my Wealthy Affiliate commission report for August of 2018. This is my third month doing a commission report, so if you want to see my previous commission reports you can check those out here:

August 2018 Stats

Here are some quick stats for August as compared to my previous month. It was another great month!


Clicks: 3,762 (+645)
Unique Clicks: 2,384 (+258)
New Sales: 50 (+7)
Recurring Sales: 89 (+12)
Yearly Resubscriptions: 4 (+3)
Total New Referrals (free account): 431 (+74)
Referral Upgrade Percentage: 11% (-1%)
Referral Credits: $158 (+$37)

Total Commissions: $3,648.50 (+$503)

Here's a screenshot of my stats:


After all was said and done, this is the lovely email I got to wake up to the other day. The reason there is a discrepancy in my stats and the commissions I actually received is due to pending yearly subscription commissions being released:


The General Upward Trend Continues

Last month my commission report showed a slightly downward trend, but things were back up this month. Websites hardly ever have a straight line up. There will be good months and bad months, but the key is to stay focused on the long-term and keep making the site better. As long as the general trend continues upward, I'll remain happy.

One of the things I REALLY like about the WA affiliate program are the recurring commissions. These recurring sales are really starting to add up, and have helped to push me above the $3,500 mark for the first time. I'm now consistently earning more than $100 per day from the WA affiliate program. This is what I would consider to be a full-time income.


Getting Closer To Vegas, Baby!

Nothing in life is a sure thing, and it's never smart to count your chickens before they hatch, but as long as things stay on the same course I should officially make Vegas in either September or October. I'm super stoked about this! As of today, I just have 36 more sales to go!!


This Didn't Come Overnight

I know this will not be motivating for some of you, but if I make Vegas this year, it'll be the first time I got there. It has taken me a LONG time to get to this point. To be fair, I haven't always promoted WA and I do have other affiliate partnerships on my site, so if I was more focused just on WA I maybe would have gotten here sooner, but this is the most that this site has made by far ever since I started it. Here is my site traffic since I started it back in 2014:


Think Long & Hard About The "Make Money Online" Niche

I started affiliate marketing back in 2009 and went full-time in 2011. Since that time, I have built up over a dozen affiliate sites and I have no plans to stop expanding anytime soon. The "make money online" (MMO) niche has been the most difficult niche for me to rank with. Maybe I just have had poor strategies, maybe I haven't focused on the right keywords, or maybe it's for some other unforeseen reason, but I always try to tell newbies to choose a niche other than MMO, at least for their first site. In my experience, MMO is very hard to rank a new site with, so when people don't see results for months or even after a year or more, it's really demotivating. I know others who have made money at this in a year or less, so I'm not saying it will necessarily take you years like it has taken me to succeed in this niche, but I do think all newbies should seriously explore other industries before jumping into MMO. It is highly competitive.

Why I Promote Wealthy Affiliate

Back when I first started my affiliate marketer training site, my intention was to create a free 7 day affiliate marketer training course where I would simply capture people's email addresses. At that point, I could upsell them on a paid course that I would create. However, I decided to scratch that idea. It was just too big of a project for me to handle and I couldn't keep even the free course updated enough to keep pace with the fast changing world of Internet Marketing.

So, I decided to just find the best affiliate marketer training program I could and promote that instead. I toyed around with a few other training programs before WA and saw very little success in terms of earning commissions or seeing success from my referrals.

After I found WA, I began promoting it and started doing pretty well in late 2016 into early 2017. At that point, I decided to perform a test with another training course, so I quit promoting WA and promoted that other service instead.

Well, that experiment didn't go well. The success rate for my referrals was WAY lower than it is here at WA. I am now fully committed 100% to WA. I simply don't know of a better place to get all the tools, training, and community that is needed to succeed. The fact I get to personally connect with all of my referrals is another huge plus as the other programs did not offer that. When I referred someone, I never knew who they were and could not contact them personally like I can here.

Promote What You Truly Believe In

As with just about every other product or service I promote on my sites, WA is a service I truly do believe in. With so many affiliate programs out there, you should never have to promote something that you don't really believe in. ClickBank, for example, is a huge affiliate platform but 75% of it is junk products. Affiliate Marketing has become much more ethical over the years, but please, only promote products and services that you would recommend to a friend or family memeber. It's a rule I've always lived by and one of the reasons I choose to promote WA. This is where I send my friends if they want to know how to get started with Affiliate Marketing.

Thank You To All My Referrals!!

As always, if you are here because I referred you here, THANK YOU! You should have received a message from me offering free coaching services and I stand by that. You are helping me to earn a living, so it is my pleasure to help you succeed. Affiliate Marketing is so overwhelming at first, and one of the things I like best about WA is that I get to help people just as they are getting started. It's one of my passions in life. If I referred you and you haven't reached out yet, consider dropping me a line!

Thank You To Wealthy Affiliate!

I'd also like to thank Wealthy Affiliate specifically. Not just Kyle and Carson, but everyone behind the scenes that makes this place tick. Because of WA, I am able to work from home and earn a great living promoting something I truly believe in. It sure beats the crappy security, sales, and truck driving jobs I had before becoming a full-time internet marketer. This is one amazing ride and I hope we're just getting started.

To Anyone Struggling

I know reading these commission reports and success stories can be bittersweet. It's nice to know that it really is possible to make money online, but of course YOU want to be the one making money. Rest assured, if you're feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. Affiliate marketing is NOT easy and it does not come quickly, but it is so worth it. I now live in a nice expensive city in SoCal in a luxury apartment next to the Ocean all because of affiliate marketing. The lifestyle affiliate marketing can provide is real and I wouldn't want to make a living any other way.

You need to reach the point where everyone else would have quit, then you need to double down and work even harder. The fact is, most people here at WA will not make money online, but it isn't due to the lack of resources here. WA provides you with literally everything you need to succeed at this.

Here are a couple other blog posts I made that you might want to check out:

Wishing you all the best!

Mike

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neilc Premium
Nice work as always, Mike!

It's awesome to see your daily results because it shows us Bootcampers what's possible.

Like you, I only promote the resources I believe in that I KNOW will help folks - WA, SiteRubix, Jaaxy, and a few others I keep "hush hush" about lol.

I know we're taught NOT to leave money on the table but I'd rather earn $0 than make $$$ from peddling low-quality junk from the likes of Clickbank.

Besides, leaving money on the table makes me work even harder at getting WA out there ;)

Thanks for your insights and hope to catch up with you guys in Vegas 2019. Just 100 more sales to go lol.
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AffTraining Premium
You're right on so many fronts. And yeah, most successful affiliate marketers will not share their most successful affiliate partnerships / niches. Am I an exception? Nope! ;)
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neilc Premium
I'm happy to share a lot of stuff with folks, but I think for the sake of competition, some programs and reviews we publish need to be under wraps lol.
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JosonInc Premium
Congratulations ! Great post Mike! Thanks! Seeing more and more folks sharing this types of posts. They serve as a true life line for us newbies! Shows a bit more direction and purpose in addition to the lessons.

It is one thing to persevere. It is another thing to persevere with a focused direction. And many are sharing really good information on the HOW to do things. And this is knowing that as great as the WA lessons are in guiding us, the REAL LIFE experiences on what brings in great results are just as important.


Awesome share Mike! You're the man!


Joe
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks for the kind words, Joe! You're absolutely right and it's one of the reasons I am creating these commission reports. I remember when I was first starting and I kept thinking, "is anyone REALLY succeeding with this??" There were almost no success stories out there, and it made me second guess quite a bit.

Rest assured, for every affiliate marketer that shares a success story, there are 100 of them quietly sitting in the shadows, collecting their monthly commission checks. The vast majority of successful affiliate marketers never share their niche or affiliate partnerships, and it's understandable.

In the end, though, yes. It really IS possible to make money with affiliate marketing, and make very good money, too.

Best of luck to you Joe and thank you for the support!

Mike
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snaaaz Premium
That's Awesome... if Not MMO niche, what other sites you could suggest? I have one with MMO and other on health & fitness. but I'm hardly putting any efforts (and I shamefully admit this), I get occupied with something or the other - I am poor at organizing & multi-tasking esp. with a full-day job. :(
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AffTraining Premium
Health and fitness is pretty good, but that is also very competitive. I recommend either selling very high dollar physical products, or just about any type of non-physical product (hosting, anti-virus, industry software programs, insurance, loans, financial software, online will services, etc.). For example, I'm about to start promoting pet health insurance which I am expecting to be pretty profitable.

I'm also getting into selling LOCAL services to local businesses. There's no need to only go after existing affiliate programs. I'm in the middle of a project that will be promoting drunk driving attorneys to people who received a DUI. Think about it... A DUI case can cost someone $15,000+ in attorney fees on their very first offense. You think a local attorney would give me $1,000 of that if I send them business? Of course he or she would! And if not, there are probably 100 others who would gladly take their place. You can do this with dentists, accountants, tax preparers, medical professionals, dieticians, chiropractors, psychics... whatever! Most of these local, but high cost services, have no idea how to rank in Google, nor do they want to learn or spend time on that. Simply giving you a commission for leads is much easier for them.

There are so many ways to make money online. As long as you can learn how to rank a website in Google search results, you will be valuable and people will pay you.

Mike
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snaaaz Premium
I got your point, that's a great idea. In fact, a month ago, where I enrolled for Digital Marketing Course (India), the trainer was doing exactly this Like emergency ambulance, pet food, Cab booking, etc, He would create a landing or 1-2 page websites, Do a bit of SEO then Paid marketing (Adwords), any leads he was getting would be transferred to actual business who are providing these services in exchange of commission. Thanks for Your advice, would think of it. Am still in the process of making my 2 websites around affiliate marketing & Health & Fitness, Its taking ages I can't figure out why. :( I guess am short of ideas on what content to write.
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AffTraining Premium
This is a common problem and one I've run into many times myself. Go through the Keyword Research training here to learn how to find great keyword ideas. Also learn about on-page SEO so you know how to optimize your articles to rank highly for those Keywords in sites like Google.

I also recommend you download the Google Chrome plugin Keywords Everywhere. It's free, but when you do a Google Search, it will give you a ton of data on related keywords.

Using that tool, Jaxxy, and the training here at WA, create a list of at LEAST 100 article ideas based around those specific keywords, optimize your pages for those specific keywords, and just keep going down the list. That should help with your writers block. :)
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snaaaz Premium
Thanks for the valuable input. Today is half-day work for me and weekend tomorrow, so I will get as many of these article ideas ready. thanks again
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shazzaWA Premium
Well done on your success here Mike. I like where you say reaching the point where all others would quit - and to double down and work harder. That is pretty much where I am at.

The really good thing is I have so much belief in this system, I just love it and know there is nothing like it on the internet. So when I am promoting or blogging and sharing, I know it is legit, and I share from the heart.

I know anyone who signs up with me - that for me it isn't just about the money - but the fact this is a trustworthy platform, and if they just focus and work hard, there is so much possibility for them too.

I look forward to looking at other posts you have written. I am sure we will be reading about your invitation to Vegas very soon!

Congrats again,
Cheers, Sharon
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AffTraining Premium
Absolutely right Sharon. Most people that get into this just for the money never succeed. Of course, I think all of us are here to make money so it's not like making money is a bad goal. But, if you truly care about others and want to help them, it makes it that much easier.

Hope to see you in Vegas soon! :)
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MozMary Premium
Thanks Mike! Big congrats again this month!

One question I'm asking the superaffiliates as I find these posts is how long is the average stay, as the system tells us to count the sales I'm thinking we need to focus on keeping 'em in and wonder if that average stay is pumping up at all beyond what it used to be at 3 months?
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AffTraining Premium
I do think the average is over 3 months, but I'm not sure how to check that exactly. If there's a way to find this out I would love to know myself!
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MozMary Premium
Yeah, that's what really strikes me is the focus the system gets us to put on numbers entering but no focus on staying stats, focusing on that would be putting our energy there, would surely be a win win!
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littlemama Premium
Hi Mike, our results are so similar this month except my conversion rate is horrible so I needed 300 more referrals than you apparently!! LOL.

Dude, you're living my dream: live in a nice expensive city in SoCal in a luxury apartment next to the Ocean

How many sites do I need to get that?!

Anyway, I have a more pressing issue to discuss with you, please check your PM.

Also CONGRATULATIONS!! Excited to see you in Vegas!!

Thanks!!
Grace
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you Grace! You know, it's sort of just hit or miss. I've started websites before that have hundreds of pages and make me nothing even with 1,000+ visitors. My site SharkSider.com is a good example of that. I haven't worked on the site in years, but it receives about 3,000 visitors every day and even with Adsense hardly makes anything at all. I have other sites that receive far less traffic, but earn many times more than even some high traffic sites.

Now that you have some experience at this and have already succeeded with WA, if you do decide to start another site, my advice is to focus on non-physical products. Web hosting, training courses (check out Udemy), health insurance, financial software, or even create your own product or service to promote. I've found that physical products sell pretty well but the commissions are so low it doesn't really make it worth it.

You can also focus on local SEO which is huge now. Think about how much an attorney would make just on one DUI or divorce case. You start sending them referrals and I guarantee they'll pay you for that. Same with doctors, dentists, tutoring centers, real estate agents, you name it. Those aren't typical affiliate programs, but as long as you're giving them business, they'll give you a cut.

So much opportunity out there!!
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littlemama Premium
Thanks so much Mike for your feedback!!

I think I’m on the right track then with my next site, I’d love to get your input on, if you don’t mind.

But the local SEO, I was just telling 2 realtor family members they could do this for their businesses but yeah why don’t I just build one that I can get tons of realtors to pay to be on.

OMG, I just got the greatest idea!! Like this freaking second! I just stepped up that realtor idea.

And yeah I could do this for plastic surgeons!!

This is so powerful what we learn here! Did you end up going through the training here since you already knew how to do this, I was wondering?

SoCal here I come!!
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AffTraining Premium
Plastic surgeons, nurses, doctors, security guards, housing appraisers, construction workers... I mean the list is endless! Glad I could be of help to ya! :)
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Zarina Premium
I was waiting for your post, Mike! Thank you so much for sharing your progress (and your initial struggles with MMO niche site).

It puts things into perspective. Seems like there's at least 3 new faces for Vegas!! I am so excited for you :D

P.S. Speaking of MMO sites - that's part of the reason, I was heavily focused on my Amazon site... to start making decent income from there and not get discouraged in case my WA site takes a while to get picked up by the big G.
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AffTraining Premium
Sounds like a good plan. Diversifying is never a bad thing!
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MinaKim Premium
A very motivating post. Thanks for sharing.
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AffTraining Premium
You're most welcome and I'm glad it's motivating for you!!
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MichalB Premium
Mike, This is Awesome!

Congratulations.
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you!! :)
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JKulk1 Premium
Well done Mike. Keep up the good work. Jim
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks, Jim!
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marycmiller Premium
I have been following your posts for a while, it is nice to read about people succeeding and yes I look forward to it being me, but it is not my time yet. I have a lot of learning and work to do before I can expect to get there. But to keep up with success marketers reminds me that it is possible. Thanks Can't wait to hear about the Vega adventures. Have fun.
Mary
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AffTraining Premium
With the attitude you have, your time isn't far off. Most people just get discouraged and quit. I just followed you so please reach out anytime!
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marycmiller Premium
Thanks.
Mary
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StPaul Premium
Thanks a lot for sharing your report it motivates me a lot. I read your story it's very inspiring... Thanks a lot!
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AffTraining Premium
So glad this provided you with a shot of motivation! :)
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JasonHeard Premium
Great tips and post, Mike. Great share!
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks Jason!!
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AffMktgRt Premium
Congrats, well deserved,

Blessings!
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you so much!
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JerryHuang Premium
Congrats man! I left just 1 more to go. The last few is the hardest to wait haha. See you in Vegas soon :)
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AffMktgRt Premium
Jerry, no worries you will be in Vegas too. The only thing left for you to worry is checking on the drinking age regs...Just sayin'

Blessings!
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JerryHuang Premium
Haha thanks!
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AffTraining Premium
Dude, you are KILLING it!!! Absolutely amazing month you had. Not sure if you're aware but there was a pretty large Google Algorithm change on August 1st. It appears Google likes what you're doing. Well done my friend and I can't wait to meet you in person in Vegas!! :)
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JerryHuang Premium
My traffic suffered in July but it skyrocket in August. That's why I had an amazing month.

Anyway, I'm SOOOOO HAPPY!!! Just made it to Vegas. Gonna blog about it soon :)
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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Mike- You are going to Vegas!!!! You can do this!!!!
I always think and work like a professional and I believe anyone who is serious about building an online future needs to do the same
Wishing you all you work for and good luck my friend
Vicki
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you for always lending your support Vicki! :)
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FlorenceKi Premium
Wow... you really inspire me. Yes, I too will be fully focused on WA starting this year. Hope I can make it to Vegas within these few months. It might be tough but definitely possible with tons of hard work and advice from gurus here.
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AffTraining Premium
Hope to see you there!! :)
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