(Success!) What Can You Do In 6 Months At Wealthy Affiliate?

Last Update: June 10, 2019

I've been at Wealthy Affiliate for about a year and a half. I've been a premium member for about 13 or so months.

Back in December 2018, I decided to build a website. I started it on a siterubix sub domain, and went at it, writing as many articles as I could. I think I was able to put up about 20 some articles in less than 14 days.

Come the end of December, and I decided to upgrade this site to a full-blown domain, and I have been building it out ever since.

I've been writing progress reports about this site for a while now, and it just so happens that it's the time to write another one.

Many often ask how much you can do within a certain amount to time, and so this will be my best attempt to show what someone can do in 6 months.

(NOTE: As always, success to each person comes in many different ways and for many different reasons. I've read of people who were making 2K by their 6th month, and others who didn't make anything until their 12th month.

So, just because my success is what it is, doesn't exactly mean that someone else would get the same exact results, especially since very few are going to be in the same niche as I am).

Everyone Wants To Know About Money...

In the first 3 to 4 months of growing out our business, we really didn't make anything. You sort of just work on the site in the hopes that it will make money.

In these last few months, though, we've finally seen some money start to trickle in. Enough to see that if we continue working hard at it, we'll be able to fulfill our money goals with the site!

The first money we made was through running Google Adsense on our site. We've just made a little over $200 dollars from that (and have finally hit the minimum threshold, so we can now get paid out!).The Adsense is easily making us more than what a monthly premium membership costs. So, while we're actually on the yearly membership, we easily made enough money within six months to pay for premium on Wealthy Affiliate.

But that isn't all we've made.

Besides for helping refer people to Wealthy Affiliate (and getting credits because of it), we also had the privilege of two of our referrals going premium!

Because one of the referrals upgraded to a yearly premium membership, those commissions aren't 'technically' mine until 30 days. So I probably shouldn't count them in this month's progress report, but... Oh well.

That brings the total of the money I've made in the last 6 months to the grand total of ~$380 dollars (more than that, but I like rounding).

In month 6 (if you count the yearly premium commission), I've made over $280 dollars. So things are definitely moving in the right direction.

How Many Articles Do I Have On My Site?

I had hoped to have over 200 articles on my site by now. But things changed and I got lazy, so it didn't happen.

But I was able to get over 100 articles onto my site by the end of our six months of existence. Many of the articles are only around 1000 articles, so it's not like I wrote a crazy amount of words during these last months.

And, as I have written before, I've had over 600 organic comments come into my site. Since I deal with a lot of scams, a lot of people like to comment that they've got scammed.

Many of the comments aren't really long, or add much 'meat' to my content. But, as my dad likes to say, Beggars can't be choosers, so I'm happy and grateful with whatever I get.

Traffic Goes Up And Down

My traffic is probably like car traffic (just without the honking). It can shoot up really fast, and I have over 1000 people to my site a day. Or it will dwindle down to like 400 people.

Currently, I'm in a low spot in my traffic. Just barely scraping by with 450-ish people coming to my site a day.

As I've said before, I'm just grateful with what I get, so where it is isn't too much of a problem for me. While i would love to be having 1000 people to my site a day like I have had in the past, I'm fine with where it is.

But, with the traffic I've been receiving, I have also been able to help refer quite a few people to Wealthy Affiliate.

My Starter Referral Count

Over the past months, I've been about to help refer dozens of referrals to Wealthy Affiliate.

Some of you may do the math above, and notice that out of 173 referrals, only two went premium.

I won't dispute whether I have a conversion rate of 1 out of 90 referrals, but what I will dispute is that I really don't care about statistics or conversion ratios (for the most part I don't care...).

You see, I see it a little differently than most. The way I see it is that I've helped 173 people find an alternative way to make money online, one that is legit, scam-free, and definitely recommended.

If they don't choose to go premium that's their choice. As long as they are aware of alternatives, then I'm happy to have them make their own choice in this matter.

(Also, on the whole conversion issue - I didn't go premium until the 3rd month at Wealthy Affiliate. So I'm not really fazed by any of my referrals who don't go premium by their 7th day.)

Where Does That Leave You?

In light of all that I have shared, where does that leave all of you?

Well, I'm going to be honest. I enjoy promoting Wealthy Affiliate, and so why not in this post?

In the past six months, I've been able to put up 100 articles, and make nearly $400 dollars. And that should grow in the near future.

On top of that, in the past month alone, I've been able to make enough to pay for a 6-month premium membership.

I'm not going to lie - as in anything in this world, there is always going to be some sort of 'risk' involved in anything. And it's the same with starting your own business.

I can't guarantee that you'll make as much as I have in six months. I can't even guarantee that you'll make anything.

However, the reason I knew I was going to get results was because I told myself I wasn't going to quit until I saw results. So I immediately upgraded to the yearly premium membership, because I was here for the long haul.

So, here is my challenge to you - those of you who are still unsure about Wealthy Affiliate:

Check out Dylan's post on his success within his first six months. And look at other people who have had success in 2019.

See what you can do in 6 months with your business. Upgrade to Wealthy Affiliate's premium membership (if you haven't done so already), and pay for the 6-month premium membership.

See what you can do within that time.

I was right where you were a little while ago. Yet I chose to take a risk, and see just what I could do within a short amount of time.

Take a risk for your business. Commit yourself to 6 months of building out your site and hard work. And see just where you go within that time-frame.

Can't wait to see your success blog post in the future!
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ZinziM Premium
Hey Andy thanks for your a motivating article, I like the fact you paint a reaistic and truthful picture of managing expectations and I like that. For me, I would like to know what to expect so that I do not go over myself(ahead of myself). I am the kind of a person who likes to see what's up ahead and I know sometimes it is not realistic, but I like it in that it prepares me for what's up ahead of me(I hate being caught by surprises). That is whay I joined you & your tribe. Yes, I am upgrating within my 7 days trial, so do not worry. I realise that people do and follow what you do, so articles such as these help avoid pitfalls. Thank you so much!
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Stella741 Premium
Wow! You inspired me so much I have just written a 1000 word post!

Don't worry I didn't copy you...It was forming in my mind over the past couple of days.

I really admire your stance; it doesn't matter if you made sales or not, when they come they will come in droves and you will definitely scale up.

I wish you all the success in the world.

God Bless,

Stella
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AndyCalvin Premium
Glad I could help Stella! If my post helped motivate you towards more writing, that is alright by me!
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Stella741 Premium
Lol!
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LKick Premium
This is good confirmation of success. I am just at 6 months and not nearly as far along as you were, but at least I am working. AdSense is my big money maker.... $1.29 so far. I think that is good as it tells me that it works!

I need to write more. I will write more. And I never give up. I can see from articles like yours that others are doing it. I can and am doing it also!

Thanks for your support.
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AndyCalvin Premium
Your welcome Linda! Best of luck to you in the future!
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Danieldrew Premium
Excellent post! I joined W.A back in Dec 2018. Had a little burst in Feb 2019 where I bought my domain and started messing about with pages.
I'm now 6 months in and only really putting that work in now, I let it take a backseat due to other things but now I feel I have been bitten by the W.A bug and I want to make the next 6 months really count...

Thanks for the inspiration of what can be achieved by putting that work in.

Today was my second post on my website, but I have two pages of keywords ready to write posts about (50 ideas)

Just out of interest what sort of frequency do you write your posts to get to 100? I want to aim for 1 per day or at least 1 every other day. But with my niche I think daily updates on what I have done for the day is the way forward.


Again thanks for the great post :)


Daniel
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AndyCalvin Premium
Hey Daniel,

I try to publish once a day, but it really depends on the circumstances and what's going on. Some days I don't post anything ,and some days I post 3 or so. So it really depends on a lot of things.

While I do try to aim for one a day, I'm not really the guy who is good at those things, which is why I some times just write up 3, and then wait a few days before posting.
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Danieldrew Premium
That sounds like a good idea. When in the zone get a few written up and then just post over a few days.
Will take that on board myself as it is a good way to keep posting regularly - without actually needing to write daily :)

Cant wait to share my progress (and success) reports like yourself
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JKulk1 Premium
Love your blog Andy. It gives hope to all of us. Personally I believe we need to love what we're doing and try our best. Some months that will mean doing nothing, others will be a lot. I have been hot and cold for a while now, but I'm determined to never give in. Jim
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AndyCalvin Premium
As one say I heard goes, Winners never quit, and quitters never win! Never give in, and you'll see your goals through!
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Cdp4jc Premium
Hey Andy,
Congrats on your success! You had a plan, soaked in the training and applied what you learned & you are reaping the rewards! Tonight I am going to write down my goals for the next 6 months and commit to writing more articles weekly due to your input and I know the rest will start to fall into place. Thank you for your post and keep writing!

Chris from Texas🤠
“Half the battle is just showing up!”
CDP
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks CDP. Glad I was able to motivate you to do more for you business! Best of luck to you!
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Do you have any advice on choosing a niche? That is where I am stuck. All of the possible niches that come to mind seem like they would be oversaturated. The first idea I would have would be a lucid dreaming website, but I have been to at least 20 of those and I know there are many, many more. I am reading as much as I possibly can about choosing a niche but any input will be helpful.
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AndyCalvin Premium
I would definitely recommend going with something that you enjoy talking about and/or knowing quite a bit about. That will make the starting out a whole lot easier.

I know Kyle usually has people try to finish the following sentence (or something similar): I want to help people learn about ______.

If Lucid-dreaming is what you want to do, then I would recommend going with. Look at those sites, and see if there is something they don't do, or something you could improve upon, and then add those things to your site.

Also, I don't know too much about Lucid-dreaming, but is there a way that you could focus on one or two specific aspects of lucid-dreaming, and create a website around those things?
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Dedo52 Premium
Hi Charles,
I just looked up a great niche in the lucid dreams arena for you.
Do I Lucid Dream, and there is a .com available. There are literally hundreds of topics to discuss etc from this one niche. So it's out there buddy. Go get it!
It's how you put the site together that matters (they call it positioning in marketing speak).
Hope this helps

Cordially
Dedo
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Thank you. That was very nice of you.

After thinking about it some more I might head in the direction of a nice about building your own home gym. Out of lucid dreaming and home gym stuff, I have about equal experience, but now I am feeling more confident about the home gym thing.

Either way, I have to put a lot of time into the website itself in order to put everything I know into it. So I guess I will start moving in the fitness Direction. Sorry I didn't go with your domain name idea. It was a good idea but I had already changed my mind and decided to go into fitness.

Do you have any tips on choosing the best domain name?

And do you think I could be able to make money with a site Rubik's subdomain?
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Dedo52 Premium
Hi Andy,
What a great post, you've really helped a bring to peoples awareness the reality of building a real, sustainable business online.
I started with WA April of 2018 but didn't start building my site until Jan' this year. I've only been able to put in a few hours per day so far but really enjoy the learning process.

As Kyle stated in the SAC, it's good to prepare for making money online initially but to focus on the overall strategy of "the site" and keep in mind the macro and micro aspects of the business,
(And that is unique to every individual).

Thanks again for sharing your progress

Cordially
Dedo
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AndyCalvin Premium
Your welcome Dedo!
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SaraPoyner Premium
This is a really great honest update. Like you say, there will be those that will have earnt more, and those that will not have earnt anything by 6 months. What is evident is that you have put a lot of work to get to where you are. Congratulations, I'm sure the rest will pay off, and a larger percentage will upgrade. I love your attitude thought, that upgrading is their choice, you have done your job getting them here, We all have free will and choice!. I am sure you will see an even greater success, and I look forward to reading your future updates!
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks Sara! I'm glad to have helped show you what I was able to do in 6 months.

Best of luck to your online endeavors!
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thank you, at 1 month in it is all about, training, listening and writing content! I have a plan to do 100 posts in 6 months too! You post has motivated me even more. Now back to work : )
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AndyCalvin Premium
Keep doing what you're doing, and I'm sure you'll get there too! Feel free to PM or ask around if you get stuck on anything here at WA :D
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nathaniell Premium
You'll find that a lot of those people who don't upgrade now, come back 1-2 years later to upgrade. A lot of people need to test for themselves, go through a few scams, and then they remember WA being legit.

Keep getting starters, and your Premiums will catch up :) Great work man!
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks Nathaniel! Good to know my referring won't be all in vain :D
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midhunvm Premium
100% agree with Nathaniell.

I was a starter member from 2013 to 2017(close to 5years)

Then on Jan 2018, I grabbed the $19 offer.
Later on Nov 2018, I upgraded to yearly :)
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks for sharing that, Midhun. I'll make sure to remember that, especially for those who don't upgrade within the first year (or five for that matter)!

Best of luck to your future success!
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midhunvm Premium
You are welcome, Andy

I can assure you that more
premium upgrades will happen
in the coming months.

The only thing you have to do
is to keep doing what you are doing
and potentially scale it.

Best of luck, Andy
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Traveller75 Premium
Congrats, steady as she goes looks as though your off to a great start. here's to your success.

Wayne
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks Wayne! Can't wait to see where I go in the future!
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Wdcope Premium
Thanks for sharing your post. I agree that it's important to look at positive aspects. So many programs out there, but they never tell you the real story until you sign up. Then the $1,000 upsell comes, or they explain they actually got that income by advertising more than they brought in initially. Few doing real organic growth.
Wish continued success next 6 months!
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks William, and very true in what you said. Definitely happy about where I am, and with which program I going through!

Best of luck to you too as well!
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JesusGirl144 Premium
So Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing this!
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AndyCalvin Premium
Your welcome Randi! Glad I was able to share it!
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jackytse Premium
HI,AndyCalvin,Thanks for sharing and congrats!
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AndyCalvin Premium
Your welcome!
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MelWaller Premium
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

I promised myself nothing less than a 2 year commitment and I'm sure I'll continue on beyond that no matter what. I love WA!

To Our Success!

Mel
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AndyCalvin Premium
Hey Mel,

Right on! It's going to take sometime to make your business happen, and you definitely need to be in here for the long haul.

Best of luck to your endeavors!
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MelWaller Premium
Thanks Andy!

Mel
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Nadia27 Premium
This is a great achievement, congrats!
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks Nana! Definitely happy about where I am right now!
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Brenda63 Premium
Thanks, Andy. Great pep talk for this newbie only at 5 months. I barely started but Im getting there. I realize that with Google’s new change, there are more work to be done to gain organic traffic that will be long term. Short term is best to focus marketing efforts on social media. Seems to be a better way to get traffic. I need that challenge.
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AndyCalvin Premium
Great! Glad I was able to help out. Depending on what niche your in, Google's update may make it harder. Social media is definitely something I also need to work on too (something I didn't talk about in the post).

Best of luck to you!
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Joes946 Premium
Wow! Fantastic progress. Great job and congratulations.
Joe
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks Joe. It's taken 6 months, but it's where I'm at!
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RAFStuart Premium
Well done.
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AndyCalvin Premium
Thanks Edwin!
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RAFStuart Premium
You are welcome.
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