Happy New Year everyone! I celebrate with another step forward!

Yesterday, I got my first check from Amazon on over $1000! I'm so happy to see some physical evidence that everything I have worked for actually works. These are affiliate commisions. I'm not selling any products.

I was a bit concerned that the check would get lost in the mail or take forever to reach my address in Norway, but it took under a week.

Now I have to go to the bank and claim it, and start thinking on opening my one-man company again called 'Enkeltmannsforetak' so the Norwegian tax authority will be happy.

This check does not even reflect the amazing Christmas sales I wrote about in the last blog post, so there will be more Amazon checks coming along shortly. :)


When that is said, I hope Amazon will implement Paypal soon since the check method is a bit outdated in my opinion and difficult to handle. My primary bank doesn't even handle checks anymore so I have to open an account in another bank just for my affiliate checks.

Here is the proof. :) Have a nice day.

Andreas

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dawzieli Premium
Amazing!
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PasekaK Premium
Highly motivating incentive. Congratulations.
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Stanjazz Premium
That's great Andreas. I am thinking of opening an Amazon store myself. Well done, and congrats
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Congrats, just the proof i needed to see! Cant wait to for my first payday like that. Whoo..
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Wow congratulations :)
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accad Premium
Congratulations for your prize in being an affiliate.
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CraigG1 Premium
Way to go!
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JeffAnello Premium
So awesome to see proof that hard work does pay off!! Congrats !!
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Marlene2 Premium
\although the date is gone congratulations are in order
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MikeLaz71 Premium
Fantastic Andreas.! Congratulations and thanks for sharing,!
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TCC2017 Premium
Hate are you getting paid through Amazon? Are you selling products?
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LouiseKysm Premium
OMG, such motivational blog!
Thank you for sharing AndreasS!
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StPaul Premium
Thanks for letting us know...As a newbie i am getting motivated....
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hhawkins Premium
Wowser!!!
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SweetTLC Premium
Congrats Andreas!
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JULIAN-r-us Premium
Hi Andreas came across your profile from elsewhere and can almost feel your excitement and enthusiasm. Just what we newbies need. Congratulations and long may it last! Sid
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viyee Premium
Congratulations! Thank you for sharing!
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Temujin1 Premium
Congrats my friend!
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Congrats! That's Awesome. Thanks for sharing and encouraging us newbies.
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StevenEsser Premium
Nice success story and good to know there are more Norwegian WA'ers here... Not that I am Norwegian..but I live in Norway, that was my side of the story hehe. Means I can also get this type of checks.. and have to find a bank to get them credited.
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Sucess123 Premium
Yes, I'm looking forward to becoming a success just as well. Good for you. congratulations
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PierreAlex Premium
That's the kind of success story I want for myself and for others too!
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frinkable Premium
Awesome job!!! It is great that you are willing to let us help you celebrate your success. Well done!!!
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MAli1 Premium
Congrats Andreas,,
Well done..
Best wishes.
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Just a question, when I start making sales how will they know where to send a check?
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AndreasS Premium
Hi! Amazon has your address if you have updated it in your 'Account Settings'. Go to 'Change your contact information' on the right side under 'Payment and Tax Information'.

Also double check your 'Your Payment Method' that it is set to Check. I have set the 'Minimum payment threshold' to $2000 since it is quite costly to raise a check in Norway. In addition Amazon take $15 for processing checks....

I hope they turn to other solutions like PayPal soon.

Andreas
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Congrats on your efforts and thank you for the inspiration
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hollame Premium
Congratulation Andreas, nice to meet you here. I have a serious issue that has been bothering me- which is; how do I become an amazon affiliate from a country that isn't accepted by amazon? This has been a big discouragement to me. Is there just a way out!!!!?
Please, I really wanna become an amazon affiliate cos without being accepted by amazon, I can't sell their products... Thanks
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marcand Premium
While Amazon certainly represents a great affiliate program, there are literally hundreds of affiliate programs out there that you can take advantage of. I'm certain that more than a few will work with you in your country. Don't focus on just one opportunity here, focus on all the opportunity that is available! :)
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ZackHill Premium
I just opened my first site today. Got a lot of work to do, but im looking forward to being able to post things such as this. Huge congrats to you man! I know you worked very hard for this.
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BMarimba Premium
Unbelievable, but very soon l will surpass that. Congratulations
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AndreasS Premium
You will! I've done it many times now.
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Dan-L Premium
Great news Andreas!!
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Oma07 Premium
Congratulations, that shows your hard work is paying off. The check looks so real to me that I could just grap it out of your hand. Keep up the amazing work. Thanks for sharing.
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Zailinah Premium
Congratulations on your progress! I know that feeling - bringing your check to the bank. I remembered I had about $150 but by the time I paid bank fees, charges etc., about $100 remained:( - but hey, no matter how small, it just shows that this online biz works!
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bzjuly Premium
So awesome! How long have you been with Wealthy Affiliate if I may ask..;) I can't wait to have a story to share like this one! Congrats and keep up the great work!
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Juliusrocks Premium
Hi bzjuly, if you click on his View Profile you will know the date he started at WA. I hope that helps :-)

Cheers!
Julius
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MsMoneyHoney Premium
Congratulations! Good job, and CONTINUED SUCCESS!
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linglin Premium
Congrats, good job.
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JeffBoivin Premium
:) Great job'Jeff
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jeffvelmonte Premium
Hi AndreasS
Way to go! :)
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wow... writing this down as one of my goals!! get a check from Amazon!
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Oma07 Premium
Me too.....:-)
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TDeYoung Premium
Wow. Thank you for sharing. It is certainly a goal of mine!
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ClareCCD Premium
Well done x
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Stephielw Premium
A big Congratulations Andreas! I hope to get there soon. Keep moving forward and best of wishes.
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aaronbacchus Premium
You are an inspiration, Andreas.
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natasak Premium
CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LindaSMcRae Premium
Congratulations Andreas! Great job! :)
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BrianClark73 Premium
Great work Andreas! I agree that getting a check in the mail is slower, but let's face it . . . commissions are commissions . . . income is income. It all works to put bread and butter on the table.

Thanks for sharing!
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DJ-Yogi Premium
Congrats Andreas! Celebration time! Strange with your bank. Is it true that in Scandinavia is nearly no cash money anymore?
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Kristine12 Premium
That is awesome to see! Thanks for sharing your success with us...it's proof online marketing through WA is not just a pipe dream!
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smmudie Premium
Well done, that's fantastic. So motivating to hear these things and just makes you want to keep working harder.
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Wow, great job.
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natasak Premium
Hi Andreas!! Congratulations!!
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SadieSnow Premium
Most Excellent
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boucherda Premium
Good effort - well done.
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MikeSouness1 Premium
Brilliant work, many congrats to you!
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chorsthemke9 Premium
How awesome! Hope it will be double next time :-)
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Firekeeper Premium
How great this is, congrats!
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mjdimarco Premium
Outstanding!
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aracam Premium
Very exciting. Congratulations Andreas!
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Thanks AndreasS for posting your picture!!
I am new and making research about internet marketing.
what is your advice for me.
I like skincare products, do you believe is good to start.
how many niches you have?
haw many did you start with?
You look a very honest and peaceful person, my son is your age.
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks for the kind words. Appreciate it. I feel like a very peaceful person myself. ;)

I think skincare products is absolutely a decent niche to go for. Maybe you can try to narrow it down even further. If you feel you know about the subject or are keen on learning more, go for it.

I have one niche site that goes ok. That's the one I got the check from. I have started up a few more pages as well, so right now I have three sites I focus on. Those are not even close to the first one.

I highly recommend that you only start with one page and one niche in the beginning. When you feel that the you get enough traffic and earn some revenue it is time to move on. Your goal is to make an authority site with lots of quality content so there is more than enough work for you to focus on one page alone.

Andreas
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Appreciate your reply !
That is what I thought, working in one niche. Like it were a real little store. But with many attractive things.
I like skin care products, and specifically like for a problem called melasma. I have read so much about it. And found great products to help to treat it. A great amount of people suffer of this issue in the world.
Your goals are very realistic, that is why what you are doing is very interesting to me.
Blessings in your journey !!
I will be following
Congratulations for your professional niche!!
Regards, Astrith
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Marcus1978 Premium
Well done! The first of many, I'm sure!
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Jay0903 Premium
Looking through these success stories before I go to bed haha congrats man that's awesome!!! Giving me more motivation!
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NORZ Premium
Wow! Nice! Congrats man. :)
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LynneHuy Premium
YAY! That rocks! Thanks for sharing :)
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congs
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ClareG Premium
Great work!! Here's to making 2016 epic!
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AnnZ Premium
Add my congratulations, too! I hope to be along side with all you WA members. Looking forward to 2016 with everyone.
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Defiant6 Premium
Congratulations! You are just more proof that everything taught here at WA does work! This is such a momentum booster for you and should be for everyone else here who has yet to see their first sale (myself included). The sky is the limit for you and I wish you more success in 2016!
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Pios2012 Premium
Congrats. More power to you.
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Congratulations! Proof that WA + Hard Work really does Pay Off.
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KazBaker Premium
Good man! What an inspiration to all! Can't for that to happen to me as well! =)
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adreyna Premium
Congratulations...very happy for you!
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Kit-Wealth Premium
Yeeeeeejj Andreas, you did it!!
Congratz and may it be the first of many more.
Thanks for sharing.
Shop well,
Kit
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NWTDennis Premium
Amazing ... congratulations. Is this from a niche site pretty much dedicated to sending visitors to Amazon?
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AndreasS Premium
Hi, Yes it's commissions from my niche site where people have clicked on my affiliate links on product reviews and bought stuff on Amazon.com.
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NWTDennis Premium
How often do you notice Amazon purchases for products other than or in addition to the products you have reviewed or are featuring?
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Gitsan Premium
Congratulations!
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roamy Premium
That`s brilliant congratulations
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moverstreet Premium
That's awesome man. Just the boost I need to start this new year off right!!
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WealthyUsman Premium
Man thats great news to know, keeps newbies like myself motivated haha, nice job mate!
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VanceT Premium
You didn't have to show the proof for me to believe. Great job Andreas!
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AlisaK Premium
Thanks for sharing this Andreas, it is just the motivation that many of us need!! Wonderful job!! Great success to you!! Alisa
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mergie1 Premium
Congrats. I hope to be there this time next year.
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holly68 Premium
Congratulations!
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olivingstone Premium
Fantastic!! Well done you. For the Europe, they pay it into my bank account. So pleased for you. Olive
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paddydyna Premium
Well done! And a happy new year!!
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KamsF Premium
Wow, that's fantastic news! How long have you been running your website Andreas?
I've got an issue with Amazon affiliates, I keep getting this message: "Before we can pay you, we must have your Payment Method Information and Tax Information. Note that only the primary account holder can enter this information. Any update to Tax Information after 15th in this month will be in effect, only from next month."
I've got no company yet and no tax information, so I don't know what to do about it. How did you manage to get paid without providing tax info?
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AndreasS Premium
My most successful niche site has been running for a bit over a year.

Yes, you have to go through the 'View/Provide Tax Information' part under 'Account Setting'. It is an interview you have to click through. Mine says 'Current Tax Status: Completed'. What does yours say?

Since I'm a Norwegian I also had to have an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) from the IRS (Internal Revenue Services). Norway and US have an agreement that I tax in Norway and not in the US, but without the ITIN number, they still can hold back half of the money.

So I did provide them with tax info. :) Amazon are very helpful if you have any questions.
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KamsF Premium
I see, I'll have to look into it then if I ever want to get paid:)
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Kav Premium
Congratulations!!!
Happy New Year to you and multiples of this to come.
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Traveller75 Premium
Congratulations, looks like you are on your way.
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maddieboo5 Premium
Congratulations! This is just the motivation I needed. It must feel so nice! I can't wait until I start receiving commission. Keep going, you are doing great!
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AlejandraB Premium
Congratulations Andreas, more to come for you
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you, Alejandra. :)
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VanessaN Premium
Congratulations Andreas! Here's hoping you cash much more of those.
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks! :)
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kiliwia62 Premium
Woot-woot!! Congratulations Andreas to your achievement.
This certainly a great and promising start into the new year.

Keep up the great work!!
Sylvia
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AndreasS Premium
Thaaaanks Sylvia! It's going to be a great year for all of us. :)
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Sui_generis Premium
That's exciting. Don't you love when it works out this way. I can't believe your bank doesn't handle checks though. Granted, they're pretty outdated but still. Congrats to you.
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AndreasS Premium
I love it! I use a very popular online bank here in Norway with no physical offices, so that's the problem. I can't visit them and raise the check.
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Maxiam59 Premium
that is great news all the best
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks. :)
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dkrebs Premium
What a great start to the New Year! Congratulations!
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you!
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cm2108 Premium
Congrats Andreas! Well done! It looks like 2016 started great for you! Happy New Year and keep up!

Gus
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AndreasS Premium
Happy New Year to you too, Gus! This was a great start of the new year. Can't wait to see what else it will bring.
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neilc Premium
Well Done on your commission payment. Hard work always pays off :)
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AndreasS Premium
It sure does. :) Thanks.
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TheAnswerGal Premium
I am so happy for you Andreas! Congratulations!!!

Linda
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you!
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Hollywood Premium
Woohoo! My dream! You give hope to me that I can do it too! So very happy for you!
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AndreasS Premium
Sure you can! If I manage to do it, so can you! :)
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JeffL61 Premium
Congrats, Andreas! It's seeing the success of other hard-working people in our WA community that motivates me beyond anything to keep plugging away with my online business.
I hope that this is only but the beginning for you Andreas and that you will earn many, MANY more checks of that amount and larger in the future for your business, sir!
Sincerely,
Jeff
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AndreasS Premium
Hi, Jeff! Thanks for the kind words. I get really inspired by this community and the kind people too. I wish every single one of you success and all the best in life.
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BrunoDF Premium
Congratulations!
Thank you for sharing!
Seeing real results is always highly motivational.
All the best!
Bruno
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AndreasS Premium
Hi, Bruno and thanks. :) It sure is. I will never stop working with this now.
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LindaSMcRae Premium
Congrats! Job well done! Keep up the good work! Linda
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AndreasS Premium
Hi, Linda! Thanks for your kind comment.
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Strap Premium
Good jod - keep it going
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks. :)
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BLUESKYONT Premium
Great for you Andreas, very inspiring for all of us.
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks for the kind words. :)
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Chris Lee Premium
I'm in Europe too and it takes forever for the cheque to get cashed :( I'm really hoping for a PayPal option too!

All the best to you. Keep up the good work!
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AndreasS Premium
I think Paypal would save them a lot of time and paperwork too. Maybe it is difficult to implement.
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Chris Lee Premium
I wouldn't think it's that hard. A lot of smaller sized companies have PayPal. Amazon is a big boy, I am pretty sure they can make it happen if they so wish.

Let's just hope they do LOL!
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Fred Chong Premium
Congrats Andrease and that's a good start for the new year!
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AndreasS Premium
Agree! A great start.
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Martstervt Premium
Great job Andrease and good encouragement to press on. How long has your site been up?

Marty
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks. I started this site about a year ago. It has 53 published posts and reviews.
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Martstervt Premium
Thank you Andrea, That is good to know.

Marty
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mattmike7 Premium
Great job, keep up the good work. Deanna
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you, Deanna! I will. I love to work with affiliate marketing.
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KatieMac Premium
That is fantastic well done keep up the great work
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you. :)
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starita70 Premium
Great job!!! Keep up the good work!
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you, Starita. :)
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GPM56 Premium
Congratulations, Andreas -- your success is very inspirational! Best wishes for the future.
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks. My goal with this post was exactly that - to be inspirational. :)
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clue Premium
You're doing good man! Keep going.
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks. :) I will.
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NemiraB Premium
Happy for you, all the best:)
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AndreasS Premium
Wish you all the best as well. :)
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Mouflon Premium
Congrats, Keep going!
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you. :)
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PIOFJR Premium
Great news Andreas. Congrats.
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks :)
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Congrats, good work.
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you! :)
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gmegs Premium
I love it Andreas!
... good going!
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AndreasS Premium
Great to hear. :) Love it too.
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Marith Premium
Well done Andreas :-) I have had my share of problems with the Norwegian tax-office in the past, so you better keep them happy :-)
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks, Marith! Yes I'm not really sure when I need to start up the Enkeltmannsforetak yet.... I tried to read a bit about it today. Brønnøysundregisteret says that I have to earn over 50.000 NOK a year to start a company and that money you earn on a hobby don't count... I think I need to call them so I do it right...
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Marith Premium
Yes, call them, better to be safe than sorry. I left Norway long ago, so don't know the rules anymore
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XinZhang Premium
Congratulations!
Xin
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks, Xin! :)
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deezvf Premium
Very encouraging! Thanks for sharing :)
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AndreasS Premium
I hope it motivates. :)
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Rosdy Premium
wow.. great job man...
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks. :)
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kennick2015 Premium
Great result Andreas! Keep up whatever you're doing. It's working!
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you, Ken. :) I will.
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VenaS Premium
Congratulations! A nice chunk of change to start off the New Year. Best wishes to you, my friend for great success.
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you. Wish you a lot of success and a happy new year back. :)
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Gingerbeer Premium
Congratulations!
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you. :)
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affiliateph Premium
Woohoo! Congrats Andreas! Keep those checks coming!
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks. :) I'm awaiting an even larger one next month.
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Congratulations, well done you be over the moon.
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AndreasS Premium
Hope so. :) I really wonder where I will be in a couple of years.
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mechidor Premium
Congratulations!
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks!
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apache1 Premium
Awesome great work now you know this works there is nothing stopping you now. Well done
Take care be well
Andre
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you, Andre. It is very satisfying to see that I WA was right - it really works. :)
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apache1 Premium
Your welcome keep on smiling
Take care
Andre
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dlibreros Premium
Way to go! What an incredible way to start the year. Keep up the great work.
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks! I'm very satisfied. Totally agree that this year started out great.
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peter65 Premium
Congratulations, am jealous lol. All the best, God bless you.
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks, Peter. Don't be jealous. :) I hope you get motivated as well.
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NEH Premium
Very nice! Congratulations!
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks for the kind words. :)
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Jean1986 Premium
Congratulations!
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AndreasS Premium
Thank you Jean. :)
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BelieveItYes Premium
yay awesome! can't wait to achieve the same, considering I made my very first (tiny) sale yesterday ^^
Congrats!
Cheers
Sarah
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PierreC Premium
Congrats Sarah!
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AndreasS Premium
Congrats. :) That's great! Now you see that it works, and it's all a matter of continuing working.
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PierreC Premium
Man that is great!
Makes me happy to see you succeed.

Keep up the good work and push yourself :) Always keep in mind that this is scalable, this is just your start. If you made it work, you can take it to the next level!

What is your niche?
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AndreasS Premium
Thanks Pierre. I love that it works and it's only a matter of scale it up. Much better than an ordinary job which is only possible to scale up to a certain point - what your boss are willing to pay you. :)

My main site is a fitness gadget site.
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JIllingworth Premium
Wow that is impressive! Well done - you have motivated me to give this a go. Best wishes Jean
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