Hey folks! Alex aka Canuck here!



Eight years ago I joined Wealthy Affiliate.
I joined out of desperation. I spend a lot of money on "scams" and when I came across WA I promised myself that would be the last "make money" training I'd ever join... and I am still here.

Over the years I have learned a ton on WA. I keep learning new things every time I log in. More importantly, I've made friends here. I've made online friends and I met real life friends. I met up with fellow WA members here in Montreal. About a month ago I visited New York and I met up with Vitaliy which was really cool. I've met Kyle and Carson in 2010 and a few other awesome people.

I've also visited over 20 countries, thanks to "online income" that I initially learned right here, at Wealthy Affiliate.

However, I'd like to share something different in this blog post.
I've had my ups and downs in my online marketing career. I've made $10,000+ in a single month and I've been to the bottom. I've seen great success and even greater failure.


Finally, I have learned the secret to success.

As surprising as it may seem, success only requires 2 major parts: consistency and hard work.

In 2013 I started analyzing my online marketing career and it always came down to these two things. Whenever I worked hard and was super consistent - things happened. Whenever I looked for shortcuts and was lazy - I failed. Sure, in some cases I made money before failing but it was NOT worth it. Would you prefer to invest your time and effort into building a long term business or rather invest the same effort and time to make some quick cash for few weeks? The choice must be obvious here.

I have never been as consistent as I was in 2015. And the results are there. Just for the kicks, I'd like to share some traffic stats from my Extra Paycheck blog:



I have generated about 58,000 unique visitors to my site during 7 years put together. In 2015 I am already at 56k and the year is not over yet. (and this is just my IM blog as example, I have other blogs that generate income in different niches)

Think about it once again. In 1 year I will generate more traffic to my blog than I did in the previous 7 years put together!

The secret? Consistency.

I do not blog as much as I should, but I started the Extra Paycheck Podcast in April and I consistently put out a new episode every single Monday.

I might not write many blog posts but every single blog post is of high quality. One of my latest blog posts was over 7,000 words long and it ended up being one of my most shared posts... quality (read: hard work) pays off.

So that's about it.
I felt like I should share something for this 8 years anniversary ;)

Be consistent. Work hard. Success will come.


- Alex

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ADwalkerhelp Premium
Yes, you are right consistency is key!!
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DeborahGo Premium
Thank you for sharing your experience Alex it is truly motivational and I will work hard with consistency.
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Gravee86 Premium
Thanks Alex, that was some great advice and i will be sure to keep the in mind at all times... Hard work pays off.
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Hoodster076 Premium
Good stuff Alex, I would love to learn as much as I can from you. I will probably be upgrading to Premium at the end of this month. Looking forward to chatting with you.
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Your results speak for themselves Alex. Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing...
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WhatUpDoc Premium
Alex. thank you for sharing your experience here. I haven't made any money yet, but the way this thing is shaping up, I have no doubts at all that this process will result in a worthwhile income.
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dvann Premium
Thanks man! You just made me believe in WA even more. Traveling is what I want to do too and now I see it's a reality. Take care.
Dave
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EDias Premium
Thanks Alex! That is really inspirational. I hope to reach your standarts some day.
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SBass7 Premium
Your post has been so helpful. Its very reassuring, and inspiring as to what a person can do with this platform.Thanks for sharing!
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Tykimikk Premium
Thank you for sharing this Alex :)
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Prettywoman Premium
I do believe in this as well. Consistentcy is key. I dont have much money. The little i do have i am investing in this. I do think just like anything hard work pays off. So i will keep praying and reading and taking courses.
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Godlove-N Premium
wow wow
this is so inspiring sir. i love your story, the advice and all the tips.

online business is really my hobby, i understand it is not a one day's job but i have made up my mind to be consistent and hard working towards my goals.

i love you story and i will personally follow you are my personal mentor all the way to the top.
thanks

Godlove
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DZeroX Premium
Thank you Alex for sharing this with us. You are right, consistency is the most important quality for a successful career or any other type of success. You can see it in sports and also in relationships with other people. It is not enough to be good at something, you have to be consistent as well. We all have our ups and downs but the most important thing is to get up and try again. In the end, there has to be a commitment to what we do if we want to be successful at it.
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AlexSol Premium
I think that being consistent will result in becoming much better at whatever we do ;)
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WestBay Premium
Hi Alex, great advice and I am with you all the way.
But we do not want to be busy fools...?
Stick with the WA training and see success.
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AlexSol Premium
Exactly ;)
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minitrio Premium
Great motivation, thanks a lot !
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OrenL Premium
Great story! It is uplifting to see this working for you. Time, consistency and patience.
Cheers!
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AlexSol Premium
The 3 secret ingredients ;)
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Paxina Premium
Thank you for this. So many of us come into this business with some kind of misplaced belief that it is easy and quick with some "system" that will automatically absorb all the hard work!!! The two weeks that I have been a member I realise that in order for us to see the results, we simply have to be consistent in putting in the time and hard work and success will surely follow!
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AlexSol Premium
Totally.
I am happy to see WA is breaking the lies of "quick and easy cash".
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I am new here and this was inspiring for me, keep doing good work and thanks for sharing. :)
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jofa Premium
Great learning. Thank you
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NDTG Premium
Thanks for the link to this great post Alex! Always eye opening learning from more experienced people. Wishing you even greater advancement and profits this year. Will Def keep up with your postings..

Very best,
-Tali
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AlexSol Premium
Thank you so much for reading Tali ;)
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hendralukman Premium
This is what I need to learn and hold on to. Being consistent. Working hard.
Still a long way to go though ...
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NorahJ Premium
I was wondering how often to put out a blog post to qualify as 'consistent' - thanks for this.
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Danielle2016 Premium
This was very inspiring. I am new at this and Thanks for sharing.!
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viyee Premium
Hi AlexSo, thank you very much for the sharing. Inspiring and motivate me. Great post!
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks for reading ;)
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chang1958 Premium
Its posts like this that motivate me even more. Having wasted money on scams not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of hours spent on the internet. I really feel like ive got the real thing with WA. Only been on a few days but feel part of a family helping one another to success
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AlexSol Premium
Awesome to hear this post inspired you ;)
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MelanieRudd Premium
Inspiring post! also, love the graph you made to show a graphical image of the changes of your success with WA
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AlexSol Premium
Thank You so much ;)
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carolwarnock Premium
Thanks for sharing this!
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AlexSol Premium
Sure ;)
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Jamilajoyz Premium
great post Alex. Thank you for sharing your inspiring 8 year journey with WA, it inspired me really.
Good luck and more success!
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AlexSol Premium
Same to you! :)
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gbsun Premium
Very impressive. The harder you work the more success you have.
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AlexSol Premium
That's the way it goes :D
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Very clear message Alex!..."success needs consistency" :)
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks for reading ;)
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LeviNjie Premium
Hi Alex, I have just read through your notes talking about your experience in WA as you celebrate your 8years anniversary. Congratulations. The summary of what I have learned here is to succeed, one needs to be devoted, committed, hard working and consistent. I hope to be like you one day.
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks for checking it out mate!
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Edser Premium
Top class mate, well done. Very inspiring and at the same time envious. Hats off to you for your hard work
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AlexSol Premium
Happy to hear you liked it!
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jastewart Premium
I'm very determined to make this work for me - and your success over 8 years, especially how it has just taken off, inspires me further. Thank you.
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AlexSol Premium
;)
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GameDNA Premium
Thank you for the story about your 8 yours and letting us see the graph. It really shows that hard work and consistency are key and I'll definitely keep that in mind moving forward. As well as Quality>quantity. I'm also following you to keep up with your blogs. :)
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AlexSol Premium
totally ;)
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Nazmi524 Premium
Very inspiring. Thank you Chanuk.
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AlexSol Premium
No problem ;)
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Veanna Premium
A great Story Alex, thanks so much for just doing this, and making it work. We know WA is just simply the best IM program out there, and you are just the simple and amazing proof. Keep us posted as to your ongoing success stories.
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks so much for reading!
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ThomasTay Premium
Hi Alex,
Knowing you are one of the season members of Wealthy Affiliate for more than 8 years and have a very successful online business. Wish to follow you from here to learn more.
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AlexSol Premium
;)
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Loudu Premium
Thanks for sharing this Alex
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks for reading ;)
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otisbrasil5 Premium
Thank You for Sharing. I think that is a formula for success in any part of life.
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AlexSol Premium
Exactly!
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Thanks for sharing; inspirational
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fmwaniki Premium
Thanks for sharing on what it takes to be successful online.I believe the more you work hard the higher chances of becoming successful.This has really inspired me a lot.
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Thomas2011 Premium
Alex, I am a fan of your Podcast before i even knew you were a member of WA. I really enjoy your interview's.
Thanks a bunch,
Thomas
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AlexSol Premium
Oh wow, thanks so much Thomas. Podcast has been fun ;)
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index164 Premium
Thanks for sharing your journey!! I found WA by listening to one of your Extra Paycheck Podcast.
-Sin
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AlexSol Premium
That's awesome to hear!
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JackTomon Premium
Alex, Great insight. Thanks. Jack
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mskauai Premium
Thx Alex; I really appreciate the honesty about failure as well -- makes it REAL -- I have a lot of respect for REAL People --

Aloha,
Holly
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AlexSol Premium
Thank you Holly ;)
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komontee890 Premium
thanks Alex, for truthfulness, consistency, and not giving up. there's always good success for hard work in a good surrounding .
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Mooruth Premium
Nice to here success stories and especially when I'm new here as like you say there are plenty of scams out there. This seems to be a tight community... I think I'll be happy here. I second the notion consistency and hard work pays off. Nice one!
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AlexSol Premium
Totally awesome community!
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Rosdy Premium
awesome.. consistent is the key.. thanks for the motivation Alex. ..:)
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MilesW Premium
Really appreciate the encouragement!!
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Dinh Premium
Thanks for sharing your secrets!
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smokey1957 Premium
Thanks Alex..I needed to hear a success story with longevity and success.
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AlexSol Premium
Glad to hear you liked it ;)
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Battersea Premium
Thanks Alex. It really helps to hear other people's success and the tips on how to get there.
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks!
I guess the main goal here was to show that there are ups and downs in any business but we just gotta stick through them :)
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Strap Premium
Really motivating Alex - thanks
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks for reading :)
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LaurenceW Premium
Thanks Alex. Great to hear from someone who's been there and done that. Inspiring post.

Best ever wishes
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AlexSol Premium
Success to you ;)
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trumpetjazz Premium
Thanks so much Alex. I'll continue to follow your blogs and learn.
Michael...
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mbani Premium
Thanks for sharing this, Alex!
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jefftan Premium
Thanks for sharing. I just joined a day ago and will exploring the site.
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I was impressed by your story ...Oh really No pain No win ! I wish you more success
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betcha Premium
What an inspiration for us to keep on moving on! This sure is a keeper to remind us every now and then to to be consistent in writing our contents. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
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CherylK Premium
Wow! So inspiring. I was reading about your first $400 day and had to chuckle because I cannot tell you how many hours I spend reading and going through threads (like right now). I must admit that although I'm learning so much this way, it's really a form of procrastination due to fear of failure. I'm taking your consistency advice to heart from now on. Thanks for this post.
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businesspage Premium
Thx Alex for sharing your experience
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Papi Premium
Awesome:)
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trendygirl Premium
You are really an inspiration. Yes consistancy and hardwork pays
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LouieLuc Premium
Completely agree!
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AlexSol Premium
Thank You
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judym Premium
Congrats!! So happy for you and inspired by your success. I'm going to look for your podcast and listen in... looking forward to hearing it. Happy Anniversary and here's to your continued success! All the best, Judy
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Randi-Lynne7 Premium
Awesome :-)
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NWTDennis Premium
Thank you for sharing Alex. There's only one other WA member I know of who has this much tenure here and that would be Marcus (aka. Marcus WFHW) from the UK. His profile says his membership started in 2012, but I'm pretty sure it was earlier than that.

Anyway ... I think it's cool that a member as successful as you still takes the time to share your story and give us newbies advice.

Thanks again.
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AlexSol Premium
Yeah Marcus has been here for a while, maybe even longer than me :)
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LouieLuc Premium
«Whenever I worked hard and was super consistent - things happened. Whenever I looked for shortcuts and was lazy - I failed.»

Awesome lesson you shared with us here.

I do not mean to lower other top WA members, but you, Alex, are one of the very few that are worth following and learning from.

Why? Because what you say and recommend on your blog, podcast and here is proven by your results and comes from your invaluable experience. (Instead of that "great" answer we usually get from so-called experts when we confront them with a question: "just because...".)

To Your Continued Success,
Louie
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks so much Louie, you made me blush :)

Unfortunately sometimes I also give general advice. I know for a fact that testing (as in A/B split testing) can teach us a lot of things but I can't elaborate much on that... so I end up saying "test because it's a good idea".

However, whenever something works well for me and I can point out why exactly, I love sharing all the details and examples :)

Hoping to do more of that kind of content :D

- Alex
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LouieLuc Premium
If I said it, it's because I meant it. :) No need to blush. :D

Yeap, anyone can say "just do it, it works", but the difference is that you know why and not "just because... I heard about it". Get my point?

Aso I know you follow our great friend Pat Flynn, he's the greatest, so you learned from the best. :)

Keep it up -- maybe someday in the future I'll have the honor to have you on my podcast show (when I start it like next year or so),
Louie
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AlexSol Premium
Pat is a total rock star :)

And yeah, I get your point. I use to have a lot of general advice on my blog but as I mentioned I am starting to be more specific. I prefer to post less often but I put in a lot more effort into my posts ;)
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LouieLuc Premium
Me too, the last post I published was aimed to be a short one just to serve as an auxiliary post to my Public Niche Site Project (www.buzznitrous.com/niche-site-project/ if you're interested) when I finished it, I had written 4,300+ words... and I was just explaining what a niche site is. :D

Keep rocking like Pat,
Louie
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DLansing Premium
Wow 8 years and you are still here sharing us your ups and down, and most important of all, the most important ingredient for success... None other than the humble consistency and hard work. I still have a long way to go, but I hope I'll be there someday.
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AlexSol Premium
Yeah man, 8 years already and I am not planning on leaving any time soon :)
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3dandelions Premium
Thank you for sharing!
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ElleG Premium
Thanks for sharing! This is a fantastic example :)
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sunnyj823 Premium
Helpful info, Thanks, SunnyJ
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SeanOnline Premium
Thanks Alex, such a timely reminder. It's all to easy to get suckered by those 'quick fixes'.
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GregKey Premium
Thanks for sharing this. It's always good to read a real success story.
Greg
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JayEn Premium
Congratulations!

I just joined a couple of days ago and it is great to read posts from those of you who have been around a long time.

I love the graph showing page views and visits. As a newbie all I can say is message received...Consistency is key for me to remember from day one.

Thanks and best wishes for your continued success!
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gren Premium
Thank you for sharing. I'll remember two things: consistency and hard work.
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HeyItsMeLori Premium
Thank you. It's great to hear from veteran WA-ers. It is an encouragement to us all. :)
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JewelCarol Premium
Awesome, Alex, thanks so much for sharing yr success stores. I don't know about you, so I am following you now. ;))
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AlexSol Premium
Happy to hear you liked the post ;)
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sepolnije Premium
Hi Alex, Glad you share this with us!
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AlexSol Premium
My pleasure ;)
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Wonderful! I love hearing WA success stories, congratulations.
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AlexSol Premium
I am not sure if this qualifies as a success story but I am happy to hear you liked it ;)
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ClareO83 Premium
Thanks for sharing this super motivating post! I'll be keeping these two components in my mind as I plan my blogging week ahead :)

Clare
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AlexSol Premium
Awesome stuff, Clare!
Planning in advance is a great idea ;)
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Jess518 Premium
Congrats! Thank you for inspiring and encouraging us to continue working harder - I believe I will be here one day too :)
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Darwyn Premium
Very inspirational post Alex. Congratulations on your 8th year here at WA. Wishing you continued success my friend.
Cheers
Darwyn
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks Darwyn!
Wishing you lots of success ;)
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ChrisGooden Premium
This is exactly the kind of post we need here to stop us feeling lost and to keep up our enthusiasm.

Thanks for the share.
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks ;)

And yeah, we all feel lost at some point, regardless of how long we've been at it ;)
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Loes Premium
Love it! Your message and your blog! I am going to follow you, and hope to write this post too in about 7 years from now!
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KayWinkler Premium
That's exactly what I was thinking as well Loes ;o)
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Loes Premium
We will grow old here together Kay:)
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KayWinkler Premium
Yeah, that's a good plan! ;o)
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AlexSol Premium
That would be awesome. Loes!
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Yuko Premium
Loved reading your blog Alex. Great to know a veteran like you still sticks around and shares your thoughts with us.
A blog with over 7,000 words? omg...I don't think I would ever reach that level of quality, but I will keep working!
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AlexSol Premium
I didn't think I would ever reach that either and by all means, I only have one single blog post that long.

But practicing helps a ton :)
Best of success to you, Yuko!
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TonyHamilton Premium
Awesome Alex,

I sure wish that I would have know about Wealthy Affiliate 6 years ago when I first started earning an income online. Well I guess better late than never, I am here now and loving it. Thank you Alex for sharing your 8 year journey for those of us just getting here.

Tony
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AlexSol Premium
Great point, Tony! It's never late to start.
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SuzQ Premium
Good blog. Thanks for providing us perspective and motivation to continue to work hard! It means more coming from your sharing your experience.
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nathaniell Premium
Amen to that brother. Every single shortcut I've taken has come around to me full force (in a bad way!). Great to see you getting results with your blog this year, and on track to set a record for yourself. The interviews are great!

I always love to have a reminder that consistency counts, since it can be hard to focus on "consistency" when it seem like just another day, and then slacking off can become consistent :|
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AlexSol Premium
Bro, you nailed it!
Slacking off is so tempting in what we do... it's unfortunate but it's part of the game. We all realize it although we might not always act on it.

I still slack off from time to time and waste way too much time doing unproductive things but overall I am getting better at staying focused and actually getting work done. 8 years in training, lol ;)
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nathaniell Premium
TBH sometimes I still stress that having a 'traditional job' is safer long term, but then I see guys like you, Jay, and others that have been at it for longer and still growing. It's very encouraging. Keep up the good work. I look at your content as a great example of what *quality* looks like.
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks so much man, that comment coming from a WA rock star like you really means a lot to me :)
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DouglasNolan Premium
Awesome words Alex. Thanks for sharing. It inspires me!
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suzyq97439 Premium
It's always great to get a little encouragement. Blessings, Sue
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peter65 Premium
Congratulations and thanks for your encouraging words. All the best, God bless you.
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jeanned Premium
Great blog, VERY helpful and encouraging!
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JamesWatson1 Premium
Thank you for sharing this! So if I am following you right, it would be better to only do one blog post per week of great quality, than try and do three or four if there not as good?
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Ken-Pringle Premium
That is correct James.
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JamesWatson1 Premium
Thanks
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Ken-Pringle Premium
My pleasure James.
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AlexSol Premium
Writing better quality content would always be better, in my experience and my honest opinion.
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JamesWatson1 Premium
Thanks!
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RandiM Premium
Thanks, Alex! SO needed this word of encouragement today. Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing!
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KayWinkler Premium
Awesome blog. Thanks for sharing! Motivation pure...
Kay
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Awesome Alex, yes hard work and consistency do pay off big time.
I like your graph, it certainly shows what can be done.
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roamy Premium
Enjoyed reading this,seriously inspiring.
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dickw Premium
I enjoyed your post Alex. Straight and truthful, and inspiring.....Dick
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E-Z Premium
Thanks for inspiring us Alex, I saved this blog as a favorite!
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Martintoal1 Premium
Thanks for sharing
Very inspiring
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Frann12 Premium
Good to hear from you Alex. Thank you for another friendly reminder. I needed posts like this to give me the spark to continue on especially coming from a WA vet!
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AlexSol Premium
Oh wow, first time I am called a "vet" but I guess it really does apply in this case ;)
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gmegs Premium
I love it Alex! - so proud of you and you deserve what comes your way.
... I'm going to bookmark this page as inspiration for others as well.

Good job my friend !!!!
Joanne
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AlexSol Premium
Thank You, Joanne :)
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AlejandraB Premium
Excellent article, congratulations and thanks for sharing your success!
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MFluga Premium
Excellent advice and a reminder to everyone that there is nothing free! Congrats and thank you for your thoughts.
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tonlip1 Premium
Congratulations alex. It was actually your extra paycheck blog that drove me to join wa so thank you for that. Just goes to show there are no shortcuts and that creating consistent content is the key to scaling your business.
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AlexSol Premium
Great to hear that ;)
And yeah, consistency is a game changer!
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Komla22 Premium
Great achievement!
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Robg1 Premium
Great work well done!
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Alex
What an achievement , congratulations . Thank you for sharing your experience . Really sound advice you have offered .
Alexander
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dragolith Premium
Truly inspiring, thank you for sharing!
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vin8 Premium
Thanks Alex, good post for your eight years here.
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Alisa1 Premium
That's so super encouraging - well done!
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APrimeaux Premium
Thanks Alex, awesome and re-assuring.. i have been seeing a lot of posts about scams.. its nice to know i am in a good place.
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NatNiches Premium
awesome thanks!
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betcha Premium
Absolutely, Alex. This is one thing I have to remind myself of. Working hard is not a problem. But I have to be more consistent with what I am building. Thanks for sharing and congratulations for your success!
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Chris Lee Premium
That's awesome Alex. You've come a long way and you deserve your success.

WA is proud of you brother!

Keep at it.

Chris
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AlexSol Premium
I am pretty sure the same applies to you, Chris ;)
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robbys Premium
yes much needed encouragement, always great to hear the very positive success stories.:)
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AffFranE82 Premium
Hello Alex! Thank you very much for your encouragement.
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BushiAntz Premium
You know what's funny I just realised that I was only 10 years old when you joined WA. Jesus christ I am young :P
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AlexSol Premium
The earlier you start the better ;)
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BushiAntz Premium
That's true :D Still though so happy to have this opportunity.
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paulgoodwin Premium
Hi Alex - love your post

I am nearly my first week into this and I am blogging every day but the blogs are all Related to my niche which is very small so would you rev omens that I blog about other things also my blogs are small may be take a look at my site and see what you think
http://audiophilecables.siterubix.com/


Tank you - Paul
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pnz Premium
Thank you Alex! In every venture I have been in the key is always consistency. I am finally getting that important idea.
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AlexSol Premium
Haha! Totally ;)
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Stephanie33 Premium
I LOVE this post. I know, at a visceral level, that this is truth. It actually resonates. Thanks for being clear and simple.
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AlexSol Premium
Glad to hear you liked it ;)
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affiliateph Premium
Thank you so much for this Alex and I wish you even more success!
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AlexSol Premium
Same to you ;)
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