My WA Affiliate Commission Report For July 2018

Last Update: August 16, 2018

Hey guys!

Last month, I decided to create a commission report for my earnings here at WA. You can see my June 2018 earnings here. That commission report was pretty popular, so I thought I'd come back and share my states for July. The only site I promote WA on is Affiliate Marketer Training , so all of the stats I'm sharing here are from that site specifically.

It was another great month, and once again, I am so thankful for WA and the many of you who clicked my affiliate link to help me earn this income. I feel incredibly fortunate every single day, and I hope you're finding my WA recommendation to be on point.

My WA Affiliate Stats For July 2018

Here are my stats for July 2018. I also included the change from last month. Traffic was slightly down, but overall it was basically even. On the upside, recurring sales increased as retention rates remain high, and new referrals are up as well.

Clicks: 3,117 (-56)
Unique Clicks: 2,126 (-63)
New Sales: 43 (-4)
Recurring Sales: 77 (+9)
Resubscriptions: 1 (-3)
Total New Referrals (free account): 357 (+63)
Referral Upgrade Percentage: 12% (-4%)
Referral Credits: $120 (+$8)

TOTAL COMMISSION: $2,582.50 (+281.50)

Most Recent WA Payment!

I was also pleasantly surprised with a nice commission payment from WA to start this month. The payment is higher than my reports because I wasn't taking into account pending sales from yearly subscriptions (those commissions are held for 30 days). I will correct this starting with my report next month. So, what a nice surprise it was to see a payment exceeding $3k. Sometimes, this still doesn't even feel real, but here it is...

My Story & Advice About Diversification

When I first started making money from affiliate marketing back in 2011, I immediately took all of the revenue I earned and put it into a savings account. I then started a second site, and paid a freelance writer to write for the second site while I continued to build up my first one. In other words, I didn't keep any of the profits for myself (at first). I just put it back into the business.

Before I could feel comfortable quitting my full-time job (truck driver at the time), I wanted to DIVERSIFY! At the time, I was only earning commission from one source and a tiny little bit form Adsense, but not much. If for some reason I lost my one source of income, I'd be toast. So, I wanted to create a second income stream and diversify before I quite my job.

Likewise, I usually don't like any of my sites to just rely on one source of revenue. That's why I've continued to diversify AffiliateMarketerTraining.com.

My Failed Attempt At Diversifying This Year

My first attempt to diversify the site was to sell WPengine on top of Wealthy Affiliate. WPengine is a very high quality web hosting company that I personally use, so I was comfortable promoting it, plus it paid really well. I created about 50 pages of 'keyword focused content pages' over a 6 month period trying to promote WPengine, and you know what happened? I made nothing. I was hardly even getting any clicks. All those hours creating all that content and nothing was happening. Very frustrating.

Failure Turned Success?

I thought that maybe I was just promoting the wrong product to my audience, so I decided to contact an affiliate manager at Bluehost. He gave me some great pointers and wondered if I'd try promoting Bluehost instead of WPengine. Now, just in case you aren't aware, Bluehost and WPengine target completely different markets. Bluehost is more for the total newbie, while WPengine is for those who want a robust system for higher traffic sites or dedicated servers. For some reason, I originally thought promoting WPengine would work, even though I was targeting brand new affiliate marketers who have never created a website before.

Turns out, I was just promoting the wrong product. I began switching my promotions to Bluehost, and low and behold, the sales have started to trickle in, and Bluehost has provided me with some free tools and resources that have really helped with my efforts.

I'm not allowed to post my exact stats, but I can say that this month I earned an additional $500 from Bluehost. Nothing Earth shattering, but a fantastic start that I can build upon!

That means, my site earned roughly $3,600 total for the month of July. Unreal! That just so happens to be about what I was making as a truck driver being away from home 6+ weeks at a time and working 80hrs per week. It's so crazy to think about that.

Big Plans For August

I have some very ambitious goals for August. I am in the middle of a huge content strategy to continue pushing WA sales by targeting new keywords that I am not ranking for yet. I am also continuing to diversify my site by promoting Bluehost, and changing MANY older articles that promote WPengine to promote Bluehost instead. This, of course, while continuing to run all my other sites. The work never stops, but it sure beats truck driving!


Thank You!!!

I just want to show my gratitude once again to all of you who clicked on my affiliate link. Now that my income from WA is at such a crazy level, I'm planning on creating exclusive content and trainings here on the WA platform as another way to say thank you to this incredible community. I haven't come up with a full strategy on this yet, but stay tuned, because I plan on releasing some really awesome training modules only available to this awesome community.

For those of you struggling, I know sometimes it can be hard to read about other people's success while you're working your butt off and seeing no results. It sucks, and believe me my path to becoming a full-time affilaite marketer hasn't been smooth waters the entire way. Please make sure you keep things in perspective by knowing how long it's taken me to build up this site. I also wrote a blog post on how long it REALLY takes to make money online that you might want to read. Just stick with it!

This turned into a longer post than I intended on, but I hope you found it helpful! Onward and upward! :)

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Anarhlia Premium
Hey, thats awesome. I came across your site when i was looking for the top ranking sites referring to WA. Im building a new site and hoping to get it to numbers like yours being a WA affiliate. I wanted to ask if you have 1 blog post that most of you referrals come from or is it multiple posts? thanks for your time!
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AffTraining Premium
My referrals do come from many posts, but the majority come through my Wealthy Affiliate Review page.
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Serdinya Premium
What a great post and well done you for changing a loser into a winner.
I'm starting to think more and more that the way to success here is to be doing the Bootcamp training and promoting WA rather than trying to make a success from affiliate merchants.

I'm only just under 3 months in so i'm guessing it will be a long time before I see results either way but i'm just coming to the end of the entrepreneur certification training and Bootcamp will be next so I guess i'll find out.

Anyway, well done to you and thank you for sharing. It's a great inspiration to us newbies.

Sue
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AffTraining Premium
Hi Sue,

I actually recommend most people go after a totally separate niche from "make money online", at least for their first website. I didn't make my affiliate marketing site until I already had a half dozen other sites making money. It's also taken YEARS for my site to get to this point. The make money online industry is very difficult to rank for and there is just so much competition. WA does offer a great affiliate program, no doubt about that, but there are so many ways to make money from thousands upon thousands of affiliate programs out there, many of which are in easier niches without as much competition. So, if you're in a niche outside of the make money online industry, I actually think you should stick with that!
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YaameenPatel Premium
Hi Mike,

Reading posts like this motivates me (even though I haven't even created my first website and am still looking for a mentor!!!) but thank you for the inspiring content and I hope your business continues to thrive! Also just a quick fyi, on your website, on the first page the word 'audience' is spelt wrong in the 'build an audience' section, just thought you might wanna know :)
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AffTraining Premium
Oh geez, how embarrassing! I'm pretty sure that has been like that since about February. Thanks so much for letting me know I just got it fixed! I just followed you. Please feel free to reach out any time if I can be of help!
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mcleanmnc Premium
This is a very inspiring post. I hope I can someday be as successful as you. Keep up the good work and good luck. I just started like 5 days ago. I have learned more on here then I have by myself over the past 2 yrs. I love hearing stories like this. It helps to keep going and gives me hope. Thank you.
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AffTraining Premium
You're most welcome! Just focus on the long-haul. Everyone wants to make money fast, but those with patience end up winning at this crazy game we call affiliate marketing!
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mlda65 Premium
I'm with you MC. I have learned more here in the last 3 days then i have fighting and struggling on my own for the last 2 years.
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mlda65 Premium
see my reply to you on Aff Training post. it ended up there for some reason.
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AlenkaV Premium
Congratulations on your fantastic success! I am in the early stages of my MMO journey and not making any money at the moment. However, I love reading about experiences like yours - it puts it all into perspective, and it's a proof the training here works.
Best of luck for August and looking forward to the new training blogs.
Alenka
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you for your kind words Alenka! I know how hard it is at first, but stick with it. You go this!!!
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Mariion Premium
I like reading about successes from the community. And you are just honest, not like the big guru's. I have to admit I fell for them because I needed money so badly. Now I am on here it is really fun to work and be patient and learn.
Thank you for your review!
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AffTraining Premium
If it makes you feel any better, I've spent far more money than I care to admit on those "guru's". This is even AFTER I was already making money online! Some of them really are excellent marketers and they do really well selling their garbage products. If only they'd put their efforts into something ethical instead of taking advantage of people who are in financial distress, simply trying to improve their lives.

Rest assured, you're at the right place now. Please reach out to me if I can ever be of help, ok? :)
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Mariion Premium
It does not make me feel better, though I get your point, it makes me ever so angry when I hear another one has fallen. But never mind now, here is the right place and I love the training, I learn so much and people around here are so great.
I will reach out, thank you.
But you have to post more pictures from "THE DOG", okay?!
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neilc Premium
Awesome results!

Thanks for the inspiration too, because my new Bootcamp site is over 10 months old with almost 240 posts, but I'm seeing very little traction and getting only 1 or 2 free WA referrals per week lol.

It's discouraging when you put in so much work over so much time and earn very little from your efforts.

But hopefully, things should start picking up. I just don't know when lol.
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AffTraining Premium
Want to know a secret? The site I promote WA on didn't start making any real money for about 3 years. Trust me, I know how hard it is. Some of it is just luck. I've built sites in niches before that start making money within' about 6 months, and I've had sites that took years.

If you'd like a site review, feel free to message me and I'll take a peek to see if I can offer you any pointers. Otherwise, stick with it. I've seen so many people quit right before success was inevitable. You've put too much time and effort to quit now!
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Miren Premium
Thank you so much for sharing, Mike! Congrats on your success! I remember reading your June's report so I was waiting for this month's report.
Also, I read you're close to making it to Vegas, I'm sure you'll soon write that awesome post =)
Reading other people's success stories is inspiring but also hard at the same time, especially when I'm working and seeing little to no results. I keep overthinking and asking myself if this will ever pay off.
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AffTraining Premium
81 left till Vegas as I write this! :)

I get exactly what you're talking about. I've been where you are! When I first started, I'd see all these success stories and heck, I just wanted to earn a FRACTION of what they were making. Even just a few hundred bucks per month would have been great. I never, ever, ever expected things to get like this, and I certainly never expected to ever become one of those success stories I was reading about.

Things do take forever to get going, but once things start to snowball, it seems to grow incredibly quickly. Try to enjoy the process (easier said than done, I know), and realize that your time will come!
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JackieSmith Premium
Great, inspiring post Mike. Yes, it can be a bit discouraging, working hard and seeing no results, however, because of members like you who have documented where they came from and how hard they had to work to get to where they are now, it's encouraging to know that it will happen for us if we keep on pushing ahead.

Thanks for keeping it real. I look forward to your training.

Wishing you continued success.
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AffTraining Premium
Really appreciate the support! You guys are so amazing I love this community! :)
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StPaul Premium
Thanks a lot for the great inspiration. Thanks for sharing! Wishing you great success. I am happy to hear you are going to share your knowledge and help us.

One question - May I ask, Since you said you are changing the WPengine post to promote Bluehost. Is that you will change the title of the post or just the content... Because I heard we should not change the title of the post it will affect the SEO... Please advice!
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AffTraining Premium
Good question! I will not be changing the titles of the posts. Most of the titles going after "long tail" keywords and are something along the lines of....

- Best WordPress hosting for new affiliate marketers
- Best web host for beginners
- What is the best WordPress web host

So, I don't really need to change the titles, I just have to change the content around the areas I promote Bluehost instead of WPengine.

Hopefully this answered your question!
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StPaul Premium
Thanks a lot and I am your fan. I read your bio on your site (Few weeks before) very inspiring! Really happy for you!
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Vickic3 Premium
Thanks, Mike- I remain focused and I write content every day so I feel as if I am doing ok for a relative newcomer to the online scene.you are inspiring- thanks
Vicki
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AffTraining Premium
Keep going Vicki and don't give up! Thank you for the kind words!
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MarionBlack Premium
Congratulations, Mike. This is very encouraging for people who are still struggling.
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AffTraining Premium
The struggle is real, I know! Keep pushing and keep learning!
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome Mike!! So inspired by your story!
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you!! :)
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Tiimm Premium
Get It Boy!!!
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AffTraining Premium
Haha, never quit!!
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jlclayton1 Premium
It's not hard to read about other people's success, in fact it motivates me. I appreciate you sharing your success stories and look forward to your August update!

Janelle
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks so much Janelle! I'll keep posting updates!
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RD40 Premium
Awesome job Mike! I too know what you mean when you say it doesn't feel real. Keep up the good work and keep on grinding!

Ralph
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AffTraining Premium
It's just so surreal to me. I don't think it will ever feel real, haha! Thanks a lot Ralph!
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christinebso Premium
Great results! Congrats Mike!
Thanks for sharing your achievement.
Looking forward to your training :)

Christine
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks Christine!! :)
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EandS2018 Premium
This is wonderful congrats, and thanks for the education !
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you!
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TeamIceCream Premium
Hi Mike
WOW! Congratulations! Awesome results! ;-)
And THANK YOU for sharing - it is very helpful and inspiring!
May your August be super special too! ;-)
Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)
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AffTraining Premium
Thank you Sharlee, I'm hoping so too fingers crossed! :)
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DonnieK2 Premium
Thanks for sharing and giving the +/- numbers for us to reference you changes to! I'm impressed here, working to get there!
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AffTraining Premium
Thanks Donnie and I can't wait to read YOUR income reports!
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