I GAVE UP on blogging (the value of EXPERIENCE)

Last Update: May 24, 2019

Just a quick thought that I would like to share with you, especially those that are struggling to get started and not seeing the results you think you should see by now.

Online business has natural ups and downs. There will be times when business is booming, but there will be times when business is in the toilet.

As of now, my affiliate income, specifically with WA, is down... in the proverbial toilet.

Since May 18, 2019, have had over 120 free memberships but only 2 premium upgrades (all organic).

For you math whizzes out there, that is a conversion rate of about 1.6%.

In a word... ABYSMAL.

I remember something similar happening in November 2017. Back then, I was fighting just to get a handful of free membership referrals per week! At one time in 60 days, the blog generated over 105 free memberships... and not a single one upgraded to premium.

Have you ever fought and clawed for something SOO FREAKIN' HARD just to get zero results?

When that happened to me, in Nov and Dec 2017, I came within 1 inch of just throwing in the towel. I ALMOST GAVE UP ON OLINE BUSINESS COMPLETELY.

I think I even stopped posting for two weeks in my own little "pity party protest" (that only hurt myself, lol)

At this point, the BenjisDad brand was about 7 months old and I was generating income from past sales, but I wanted to keep adding to my pile. But being inexperienced I could not see the forest for the trees. I was just looking at the 'NOW.'

One thing I did when I felt discouraged, was I leaned on the community here at WA. Anytime I had an extra few minutes I read 'success at Wealthy Affiliate'... the THOUSANDS of success stories here at WA. They are very easy to find, you just have to look. (Here is a favorite of mine that Nathaniell posts annually: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/nathaniell/blog/2018-another-year-of-success-growth-at-wealthy-affiliate )

Reading the success of others who were farther along than I was in their journey, helped give me a boost to just keep pushing. Many people complain that I always tell them, 'just keep pushing' the reason for that is not to be the 'rah-rah' guy, not delivering any 'actionable' advice, but just a wise and spirited push from an experienced marketer.

Mindset is everything. If you are resolved not to quit until you figure it out, then no amount of discouragement will stop you from achieving your goals.

Anyways.. back to the story...

The worst-kept secret is that I did not give up. As a result, things got interesting when January and February 2018 hit.

Business... started... BOOMING....

My main blog was picking up steam in traffic AND sales.

So, what I realized happened is in Nov and Dec, nearly everyone experiences dips in traffic and conversions because it is the holidays and most people are worried with other things than rather than starting an online business.

So fast forward to present... 120 referrals, very few premium upgrades..... what could be the cause?

Holidays? Maybe...

End of the Month? Maybe...

Just how business is? MOST LIKELY...

There are so many factors that come into play to make a sale. Early on when your sales are 'hit and miss', it can seem like an eternity and nothing is working. But allow some time to pass as you keep building. Looking back, you WILL realize that it was likely one or two factors that could have caused the dip.

So what do I want you to learn from this entire thing... For me, I am not even the least bit worried about the dip, and nor should You in regards to your business.

As long as I keep doing things I have control over (such as creating and posting more content), then I KNOW IT WILL BOUNCE BACK.

It ALWAYS does.

In Nov 2017, I did not have that experience. And I panicked and almost gave up on something that in the ensuing months and years changed EVERYTHING. My life and my family's lives have been completely transformed, simply because "I kept pushing"

So where are you in your journey? Are you going through a tough time? Feel you are working non-stop and getting zero results?

I can honestly tell you, I've been there.... It gets's better.

But Only If You Keep Pushing.

Comment below with your where you are in your journey. How long have you been chipping away

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TDomena Premium Featured Comment
I've been chipping away for 15 months and I can empathize deeply for those moments when things seem silent. It's pretty lackluster, or "abysmal" as you put it, but I'm super grateful for people like you who told me to keep going when I could hear crickets. Haha.

Now, things are looking a little more exciting, so I'm much more motivated than I was. I'm starting to see what you're saying about the trends and patterns, and it's also nice when you see the cause and effect (how your actions connect to the end result).

15 months is much better than the earlier months for me. It's definitely been a compound effect, and I'm excited about the continuation of that.
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BenjisDad Premium
so traffic and sales are picking pu on the blog?
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Surfdude123 Premium
Crickets..lol
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TDomena Premium
Yes. Things have been picking up. Now, I'm just experimenting with optimizing my posts and working on adding traffic channels. The learning curve in this business is real.
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derekmarshal Premium
for what it is worth (gold!) Jerry H has outstanding training on conversion rate optimisation.

Rather than plank in link here I'll let you find it for yourself. That way you will value it more.

I consider myself VERY good at CRO hold a 15% average for 2.5 years solid with amazon on my niche site. Still ton to learn from Jerry's training on CRO.

Have look. I bet you there is at least 3 things you can split test and try out to improve your conversion rate!.
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TDomena Premium
I'll take a look at it.
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Brenda63 Premium
I know some who have been here years and haven't made a dent in WA sales but perhaps made some with Amazon. I guess it depends on many factors as you discussed above and your other blog about PAAs. I've barely scratched the surface. Started 5 months ago. I don't expect instant rewards. I know it takes time to build a business. I will keep chipping away.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Interesting. I have been here three and a half years. 409 blog post on my site. A few Premium referrals but yea I am still at it but if my referrals quit I will not be renewing. Out of site out of mind is where I am getting at. Pretty ready to bail ship.
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caljones6750 Premium
409 posts on your site works out to around 4 posts a week. Seven days a week. That is quite a load. Especially when you factor in research time. Maybe you should focus on quality rather than quantity. Hey, Marine. I DID NOT read about you thinking about bailing, did I? Semper Fi.

Cedric
1st Battalion 7th Marines
1st Marine Div. H&S Company
Weapons Platoon
Viet-Nam Vet
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kxp Premium
I've been at this for over 10 years now. Not affiliate marketing, but online marketing in general. It took me about 5-7 years for my wife and I to build it into a full time income.

I have since left my ordinary cubicle job and now work on this full time. I'm using affiliate marketing to grow my income for diversification purposes.

It started out as nickels and dimes. It then too over completely!
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MrKent Premium
i think right now im about where you were at in 2017. currently about 2.5 years at WA with about 350 posts published yet barely any traffic, barely any earnings. just desperate for a breakthrough that never comes. only thing keeping me going is that if i give up i'll have nothing else going for me in my life, this is it. but im so tired now, i just want to take a break. im running out of steam
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Surfdude123 Premium
I hear ya. The whole psychology of making a sale can be exhausting.
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shazzaWA Premium
Good reminder. I give up for periods of time and it truly does hurt my business. But I don't give up completely more to the point. I have to push through the tough times as I have seen myself that you do reap the reward when you least expect it. Thanks for the post!
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TysonE1 Premium
Excellent piece of writing for myself and many others to enjoy. I think we all need to learn that at times things can very much out of our control. In moments like that, we focus on what we CAN do and CAN control, making the best of it.

Cheers
Tyson
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gartnerf Premium
Thanks for the post Chris. Yes, there are definitely cycles to sales and in some areas those cycles can be more pronounced than in others. Some may be due to holiday seasons while others may be tied to the state of the economy or market activities. If you believe in your hard work and are putting the effort, you can get make it through these cycles. You need to persevere and keep doing your best work.

Have you thought about diversifying into another web business? Sometimes, having two different marketing niches can help with those cycles (as long as they are not in the same areas subject to the same cycles). Of course, it depends on the time you have available to devote to each one. You certainly don't want to skimp on both sites, but you might find it helps with income generation. Just a thought...

Wishing you continued success on journey!
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doug48 Premium
One of my biggest issues is DISTRACTION. Im completely surrounded by it. I live with three other people, and as you can imagine, at times can be very trying. I dont own a laptop so i can just take a drive to a quiet park or beach. I make do. Im also finding, other websites can be very distracting. I think i will have to cancel the subscriptions, except of course, this one. Your post is a great motivator. Whenever i need motivation, i head over to the dashboard. Theres a lot of motivation there.
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Dario16 Premium
I can relate.Especially to the distraction part.
I dunno if it will help but i dont look that much for motivation.Let me put it like this motivation is like a "nitro" aka a boost not the fuel.I had the same problem living with 5-6 people in a flat at one point.and moving away was the best decision i could ever make.If you dont have that choice however just do what you already do.clear up some time,find a spot,a work on scaling up the free time,focus and needed resources in general. Wish you the best of luck friend
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Jewelia Premium
Thank you very much, Chris, for the encouragement and even more so for sharing your experience.

I don't give up easily. I know my own limitations and work towards improving my skills. So, when I don't do well enough at what we are taught here, it's not hard for me to keep pushing forward, because I know the issue and work on improving my own skills. In other words, when I get no referrals, not even Starter members, I understand and keep learning and practicing my writing skills.

I was very happy when all a sudden people started signing up using my links. Free members, but I could see my progress and was happy. But then, nobody upgraded to Premium... not 12% (the average WA tells us), not 5%, not even 1%. I was disappointed because now I didn't know what it was I was doing wrong and how to improve. Your post makes me feel better. Maybe, after all, it's not me... "just how the business is". I never envy anyone, and am always happy for other people's success even if my own didn't come yet, but... It was good to know that this happens not only to me just because I don't have my own experience on the size of the business waves yet (I know of course that it goes up and down, but didn't think that it could drop to almost 0% even for already successful marketers). This knowledge gives me the motivation to continue doing what I was doing lately (which includes continuous learning) rather than focus too much on what it is that I am doing wrong.

Thank you. Wishing you great success!

~ Julia
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skmorrow Premium
Great stuff, thanks for sharing your experience. I have been mostly dealing with downs, but the past month or so traffic has been picking up.

So many times I have wanted to throw in the towel, but for some reason, I haven't completely quit yet. I like to look back and see where I was a year ago, etc and look at how far I have come.

Currently, I am seeing about 40 organic sessions per day, some days it's 70 other days it's 30. On the low days, I think about pulling the plug, but then I remember 6, 8 months ago when 10 organic sessions were amazing.

Online business is not as "easy" as I thought it would be for sure. I am definitely looking long-term, but sometimes in the short-term, that is difficult.
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BenjisDad Premium
wht takes a while to build up tends to stick around longer
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TDomena Premium
That's great advice Chris. It reminds me of the quote "Rome wasn't built in a day".
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RobFore Premium
Yes, there are definitely cycles within the success cycle of building a business. Especially online as bloggers because this is a LOT of work upfront... without any assurance our work will pay off in the future. But, alas, if we do not quit and continue to produce... results WILL happen. Good stuff. Good share. It's honest and real.
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BenjisDad Premium
yeah.. that is what i firmly believe Rob
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Motly20 Premium
Wow just what I needed. I am 10 months here at WA with no results. It’s really tough to keep going. I have nearly thrown in the towel twice so far. Don’t know how much more I can keep pushing. I said I would give my self one year and if no results I would have to have a rethink. So let’s see what happens. Great post very inspirational. Thank you for sharing.
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BenjisDad Premium
how many posts do you have up?
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Benjamin89 Premium
This post in-particular is a good push for me. I myself am starting to get referrals frequently as of May. Though many don't even fill in there bio/pic.
I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that it's a challenge in itself just to get a starters to go premium. I remember seeing that 1 in 8 starters go premium ratio somewhere.
Not sure how accurate that figure is compared to your 120 starters with 2 premiums. I guess I'm close to this rate so far. I have received 27 referrals in total. 2 have gone premium. It's kinda a relief knowing that it could 50 starters just to get a premium. I thought I was doing something wrong. I like your website by the way!
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BenjisDad Premium
you are getting movement, that is EXCELLENT. eventually the numbers will work out in yuor favor.
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PPeveto Premium
Thank you Chris!

I love your posts my friend!
I have at this point 11 referrals most are premium but it took a helluva lot to attain them. I mean a helluva lot!

I help one, two to three of them a day, I have had some decide to basically quit and my job isn't convincing them to or not to.

My job is being a successful marketer, and as a successful marketer they either want to develop that mindset or they don't.

Me it didn't take long and I am so glad I don't quit. Because if I did, I would have quit when I lost my fiance' of two years, or had zero results from my YouTube channel, or when I lost about 80 followers on my Instagram page, or had no views or likes on my Facebook live etc..

We try, We implement what we learn and we keep replicating that. People that experience success in this business are the ones that don't let life's curve balls hit you where it hurts, yes they will be tossed, but you have develop that extra thick skin and shuck it off and move on, Like what you said Chris do what we have control of, creating content, checking audience, stats, Analytics, conversions, push, push, push...

I still stand grateful that you didn't give up because if you did I wouldn't have seen your post and video and i wouldn't be here today, in the top 200, recruiting referrals, posting daily, making videos, actually enjoying writing blogs, where as before all I could really write was poetry.

Some day Brother we will be shaking hands and laughing about the hard days and sharing a toast of fine Chablis.

Your grateful friend
Pete
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TDomena Premium
Pete,
I love your story of resilience. Perseverance is a great quality to build and it sounds like you've been working on that. Best wishes for knocking your airplane outta the park!
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BenjisDad Premium
Why wait? Let's make this chamblis happen asap! Lol.
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HannaC Premium
Thank you for an inspiring post!

I've been with WA for a year now, and I am still in the "building stage."
I haven't seen really good results yet, some referrals but no conversions yet.

I understand, my website is still young, but I know in my heart that "there's the light at the end of the tunnel."

Posts like these are my fuel... I know I can do it too! I do trust the process... You're right... just keep pushing!

All the best!
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BenjisDad Premium
how many posts do you have so far Hanna?
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June13 Premium
Thanks for sharing and humanising the journey. Yes, fully expect to experience ups and downs. Great to know that it's not just us newbies who encounter challenges and moments of feeling down! I have only been at this for a couple of weeks .... still going through the training, trying to write blogs for the first time in my life! Monetising seems to be a loooonnnnngggg way off. But at least I am learning and prorgessing each day.
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BenjisDad Premium
traffic = money... do what yuo need to get the traffic
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Crazyhaggis Premium
I don’t ever consider giving up, mostly because I’ve put so much work into this during the 14 months since I started this journey lol. Also, I still have many ideas for growing my website during the coming year.
For sure it is slow going but I’m learning to celebrate each small development. This month I’m seeing organic traffic figures have doubled in the last couple of months, although they are still tiny. Amazon sales are starting to trickle in more regularly this month too.
I’ll keep on keeping on until I make a success of it.
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TDomena Premium
That's a great attitude. I'm sure you'll meet your goals.
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BenjisDad Premium
the hockey stick curve is real, just wait and it will skyrocket for you
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J-KWest Premium
I feel your pain. In the last 11 days (126 referrals) I've only had 1 premium upgrade. I think it's in part to getting the new messaging system tweaked just right... but man, it's discouraging.

It's hard not to fantasize (just a little 😯) about what your income would be with those clicks going to a high ticket program with aggressive webinars, VSL's and 4-figure commissions.

It might not feel good in the morning but for that brief moment...

Anyway... thanks for sharing... it's always nice to know we're not alone out here 😊 Much appreciated!

Jay
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BenjisDad Premium
promote what yuo believe in Jay. If something is expensive, doesnt mean that it is a scam or not. I have high tickets i promote becuase i believe in them and they work!

plus it helps diversify your income.
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cld111 Premium
Thank you for this, Chris! I can relate all too well! lol. But I've quit before and it got me nowhere. And you (and Nathaniell below) are examples of why quitting is not a great idea.)

I will NEVER quit again. :)

I've been working on my current site for almost 8 months. It's coming along. Some referrals are starting to move to Premium.

I WILL get to Vegas. Even if it's not this year, I don't care when it is. I know it'll happen eventually. I'm just enjoying the ride for now.

- Christina
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BenjisDad Premium
great to hear Christina. Make it this year. that is your goal
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cld111 Premium
I would love that. I feel so far behind, but I don't know what's "normal" for making it to Vegas at this point in the year.

- Christina
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NicholaJames Premium
Hi Chris,

I appreciate your candor. Presently, I am building out my website with content so i am at the beginning of my journey. From time to time, I do get discouraged but I keep pressing on daily.

I know that I have to put in the time now and later I will reap the benefits of my hard work but I have to keep going in order for that to happen.

Thanks for sharing this so that we all know that we will have rough patches along our journeys but we have to just keep pushing.

Much success to you!

Kind regards,
Nichola
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BenjisDad Premium
the success stories will get yuo through.
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NicholaJames Premium
For sure! Thanks!
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lakbar12 Premium
Thanks for sharing this inspirational post. This is exactly what I needed to read today. While my family is watching movies. I'm pushing away.

Ever since I read your blog about keep blogging. I kept blogging, and haven't stopped. I've been doing this consistently for almost 5 1/2 months no conversions yet.

I have gotten a few referrals but, it could be that I only have 129 posts on my site too. I don't know. I see my traffic go up and down. It's kind of scary. I mean my traffic will shoot through the roof and then fall almost through the cracks of the floor. It's not the holiday's so, I'm not sure what's going on there.

I try not to worry myself and stick to what I have been encouraged to do...Keep blogging...

Thanks, Chris for sharing this inspiration...I am off to keep blogging...Have an awesome day...
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BenjisDad Premium
it's coming Lakisha... as long as the content gets older, it will work.
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nathaniell Premium
I've definitely been there Chris. I actually emailed WA back in 2010 and asked what would happen to my websites if I canceled my account for a few months.

In the weekend I was waiting for a response, the business I had with my friend at the time really took a turn for the worse, so I suddenly had more time to dedicate to my sites, and then things with the websites started to take off after that.

I can't even imagine where I'd be today if I had taken that "break". Who knows?!
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TDomena Premium
Wow. It's funny how things work out. I'm so glad you stuck it out. Now we can learn from your experiences.
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jlclayton1 Premium
Well, I'm certainly glad you didn't quit--if I hadn't found your article on whether you could make money selling homemade soap online, I may never have found WA, lol!
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BenjisDad Premium
i almost feel like it's a rite of passage. Tha is why we do what we do.
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Jadatherapy Premium
Thank you for sharing this very encouraging post.

My mindset is to enjoy the journey because I know it works, without a shadow of doubt.

I am at the beginning of my journey here but from day one I just knew I was in the right place.

I can't tell you how I know i just know and no-one can tell me anything different.

I was like this when I went to university. I knew I was going to complete it and pass. I just knew it and I did.

I decided to do this and will not stop because I know success is coming.

Here's to making it happen

Have a great weekend

Jennifer
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cld111 Premium
This is the right attitude! And attitude is everything.

- Christina
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Jadatherapy Premium
Thank you Christina I really appreciate your words of encouragement.

Yes if you do not believe in ourselves and our abilities who is.

Have a great weekend

Jennifer
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BenjisDad Premium
that is great Jennifer
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Jadatherapy Premium
Thank you Chris

Have a great weekend

Jennifer
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MelWaller Premium
The good news is Chris, that any of those free members could still some day become premium members. The story isn't over.

We're learning, adapting, and growing in the process and continuing to build our businesses. It's all part of the journey and it's what makes us or will make us successful.

To Your Success!

Mel
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BenjisDad Premium
thanks Mel.
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AlenkaV Premium
Thank you for this inspiring post.
Yes, giving up is not an option.
My site is 8 months old, and it's not generating the number of visitors I was expecting at this stage. I'm a bit disappointed but, keeping my head down and working hard every day.
Hopefully, soon, some more Premiums will come my way.
Best,
Alenka
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TDomena Premium
It'll happen for you.
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cld111 Premium
Right there with you! But I will never stop, and I know you won't either. :)

- Christina
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AlenkaV Premium
Of course, we can not give up - there's champagne to be had in Vegas, and we're having it! ;)
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AlenkaV Premium
Thank you, Tiffany :)
Yes, it better hehehe
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BenjisDad Premium
that is awesome Alenka! in this niche, 8 months is tough. give it a solid year and study yuor progress over the year, you will see that you are making strides! The hockey stick curve is on its way.
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AlenkaV Premium
Thank you! :)
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TDomena Premium
I like the sounds of that! Hahaha.
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Jayday500 Premium
Good inspiring message Chris, I think you hit the nail on the head with this one. I am in the "low traffic no results faze" You have to remember these are the defining moments when you have to proclaim your self a successful businessman while your going though the struggle.
It's easy to build and grow when your making money and achieving but the test of your true character comes in the difficult times is staring you in the face.
thank you for the kind words to share. I look forward to reading your success story soon.
Jerald
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jlclayton1 Premium
"It's easy to build and grow when your making money and achieving but the test of your true character comes in the difficult times is staring you in the face."

So true!
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BenjisDad Premium
everyone starts at 0 Jerald. EVERYONE. We all built our way up.
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SaraElliott Premium
Thank you for taking the time to post this, it is EXACTLY what I needed to hear.

I have been feeling pretty ambivalent about my personal blog & my participation in the SAC program - I have had ZERO motivation to create content, research, or even be here on the platform helping others or doing training. I have hit a big wall and I'm not sure why - but just this morning my spouse and I were discussing a friend who recently hit the jackpot in her journey as an Instagram influencer and how far she had come in less than 2 years. All because she KEPT PUSHING. She knew what she wanted and she kept at it until she got it.

I truly desire a different way of life and if I want that as badly as I say I do, I too need to keep pushing. Which is exactly what I am going to do.

Time to get off the pity pot and get back on the dream wagon!
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BenjisDad Premium
appreicate it Sara. I knwo the feeling.

You gotta bust through that zero motivation, it is what will get you where yuo want to be. if you have zero motivation, maybe youare in the wrong niche.

do something that you are passionate about, that way you wont feel like you are researching.
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sdawson Premium
Chris, this is a great encouraging post. I love to read success stories also when I'm down. They give me new hope and drive to keep on "truckin".
I'm in a down period right now myself. Creating content has been difficult and I'm not creating many blogs right now. I have ideas but keep procrastinating on finishing the posts I start. I have one that I've been dilly-dallying with for 3-4 weeks.
I just need to GET IT DONE!

Thanks for the boost!
-Shirley
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BenjisDad Premium
content is what gets the job done and the only thing you can control. so do that and everything else will fall into place.
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FKelso Premium
Hearing that from you, everyone should listen! I so admire how well you have done on here. You are a great example for me. I, too, keep wondering when something will change, but so far, just writing, writing.

I have been in WA just about 11 months. Have made a few small sales...that's all so far.
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BenjisDad Premium
that is better than nothing Fran. At least you are positioning yoursefl!
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DBlanchard Premium
To be frank there Chris, my story is very similar to yours from back in November 2017, but mine is in the present. Referrals are not even creating their profiles most of the time. I used to be excited to get that email "Invitation Accepted!" but now it just like "ah another one of those".

I know, I know, its a matter of persistence and to keep on pushing, but sometimes I too feel like throwing in the towel. The only thing keeping me going is stories like yours. I know I can get there one day so I "keep pushing" until it happens. 🙂
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BenjisDad Premium
yeah, that is good to hear Denis... it's tough man, but chipping away will eventually get the numbers to work in yoru favor.
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Sharriv Premium
Hey Chris, wow! To me to become a premium member for me was a no brainer. That much referals and so few premium. In my opinion these people are not serious about blogging. When I post an article it says that I have writen more than 96% than other WA users. I thought that this was not correct. I have been posting up about 2 to 3 a week, but still even I think that I can do better, just working and taking time for the familie leaves only about 2 yo 3 hourd a day which I try hard to do research and blog. I am also almost 3 months in a almost 30 blogs ahead, so fingers crossed that in about 4 to 5 months I can start seeing some commisions, if not I am just gonna keep working on it. Thanks again for the insperation, and I hope that all who reads this get to work.
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BenjisDad Premium
just create a better resource thatn is already out there.
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EdwinBernard Premium
Great advice BenjisDad!

I have yet to hit that first UP! So the good news is I have never had a DOWN. Yet! I am still climbing. But I am only 5 months into my WA journey. As you recommended, I am not worried.

Can I ask you a question? How many posts did you have in your WA promotional site after 7 months in WA?

From the 1st SAC month, I wrote 12. I am planning on writing 15 to 20 in the next SAC month. As you may know these are not calendar months but 40-45 days. So after a total of 90 days in the SAC the minimum number of posts I expect to have is 30.

My actual time in WA will be about six and a half months. I also have 33 posts in my niche website that I have slowed down effort to focus on the SAC.

Using your experience, what is the minimum number of quality posts one should have to see the first batch of free memberships?

Thanks for your insights.

Edwin
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BenjisDad Premium
maybe 2 or 3. not many.. not specifically targeting WA keywords helps cast a wider net then you help and gently nudge to WA

there isnt a good number... but i konw people like Grace and Kyle (not WA Kyle) had abotu 250 to 300 posts by the time they reached vegas.

But if you made more targeted posts you could see it faster.
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HuyNLe1989 Premium
I have been pushing at this for about 11 months now. I discovered WA nearly 2 years ago but recently just pushed it into gear. Things have gotten quite interesting lately and I am on my third month of $150+ in commissions so I am definitely happy with the progress so far. Just gotta keep on pushing.
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BenjisDad Premium
it only goes up from here... just keep pusihg
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SondraM Premium
I can relate all too well.

The weird thing is that I have been experiencing the same thing with my brick and mortar retail shop also. The last two weeks have been the worst two weeks of sales since I opened it.

Granted, it has allowed for more time to work on the websites.

All businesses have ups and downs.

Thanks for the reminder to keep pushing.
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BenjisDad Premium
silver lining!
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Yasmin314 Premium
To answer your question, I started many years ago and like you I gave it up and got into other things, such as, getting a bachelor degree in Computer Science only to learn that it got me no where and with a student loan debt among other debts, so here I am give it my all for probably the third time but this time I am not stopping...
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BenjisDad Premium
yeah, i feel that Yasmin. I was able to use this business to pay off my school debt which was about 20k. disgusting just thinking abotu it.
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JTA1212 Premium
Thank you for your encouragement.

I have been on this journey for 3 months now. Just going keep pressing on. Have not made a dime! But didn’t expect to. Publishing new content. Aiming at 1 blog per week.

I expect the traffic to come and the money will flow. Things take time. I am in it for the long haul.

I have 5 blogs published. Once I reach 35 blogs, I will review where I am.

The business will grow. I am giving myself 2 years to generate a good income from my business. If things happen quicker than that, then that’s great.
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BenjisDad Premium
traffic = money!
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Rubberbandman Premium
When the going gets tough the tough keep going. I hear ya. Seems like I lost half of my traffic the last couple of months. Guess I just need more opportunities for people to find my content (write more blogs). Frustration can start to creep in if you let it. That's why I do the same as you read positive information so the negative vibes go away.. Excellent post and it's great hearing from fellow WA members that boost your morale.
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BenjisDad Premium
good to hear Ken, sorry about your traffic though, we dont shrink back.. keep growing.
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RuthlynB Premium
I am still pushing along, I have my MMO site up for 8 months and nothing, but lately, I have seen a rise in visitors and a couple of referrals just curious visitors. and sometimes I do feel like It is just a waste of time but in those times along comes a post like yours and I push on, so thank you for taking the time to write these encouraging post.
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TDomena Premium
Keep pushing and if you aren't getting optimal results, push harder.
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BenjisDad Premium
how many blog posts do you have up Ruthlyn>?
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AffMktgRt Premium
Chris,

Thanks for the great, inspirational and actionable post.

Thanks for sharing your own personal journey and struggles in order to motivate us to keep moving forward.

I also saw a brief reference to the not seeing the forest for the trees which subject matter iI have posted yesterday and how true it does sound when we take a step back and ponder on it.

Thank you for being my mentor and a great and generous member of the worldwide WA community.

Blessings!
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BenjisDad Premium
that is awesome Gabriel. Hows has it been going?
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AffMktgRt Premium
Chris,

Thanks for the follow-up.

I did complete timely the tasks related to Month 1 of 2019 - 2020 SAC both in updates and content to my WA dedicated website and have also set up related YouTube, LinkedIn group, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Many of my blog posts, YouTube videos, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn posts rank on page 1 in Google.

In addition, I have been also learning a lot about ClickFunnels which appears to be one of the most disruptive forces in the affiliate marketing space. I got to hear from many greats in the Two Commas Club and got familiar with many of their affiliate products.

I will continue updating my website and its content as per the Month 1 of 2019 - 2020 SAC taks and continue progress in overall personal development, training and knowledge.

Have a wonderful and blessed Memorial Day holiday!
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Mubs1 Premium
My niche website's traffic was cut by 50% in mid march. I haven't fully recovered but I still write 3-4 blog posts per week because I know 1 or 2 of those posts will rank and when they do, I will be back in the money :)
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TDomena Premium
You'll get back in the money Mubs. You have a great mindset and work ethic from what I've seen.
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BenjisDad Premium
that is a great attitude... that is how we bloggers function
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Mubs1 Premium
Seeing your success recently motivated me even more :)
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smelliedee Premium
Thanks for this bolt of motivation BenjisDad. I have been chipping away now for the past 10 months and it feels like it is all in vain. There are days when I feel like giving up also. I have even stopped writing on my niche site.

However, I will certainly keep pushing forward. I am now apart of the SuperAffiliate Challenge and I have made a new commitment to stick it out to the end comes what may.

So once again thank you for the motivation and for sharing your experience.

Wishing you all the best and continued success.
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TDomena Premium
I guess you are right behind me. I'm only 5 months ahead. Keep pushing. Have you seen my 15 month video case study? Maybe there's some thoughts in there that could help you out.
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smelliedee Premium
Thanks, I will check out your video I saw it but was unable to open the video I will try again tonight.
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TDomena Premium
Keep going. It gets more and more exciting as you stick with it. Hopefully the training illustrates that for you.
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BenjisDad Premium
private message me yoru site Doreen, ill take a look.
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smelliedee Premium
Okay I will
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EddySalomon Premium
Well said Chris.
I know when I first started I didn't understand things like seasonality, Google's sandbox, etc.

All of these things can play into why you may not be seeing results when you want during a given time. And I think having a community like this is very helpful because you can talk to other affiliates to see what they have experienced to give you some encouragement and guidance.

Ironically a few super affiliates hit me this week about slow sales and traffic. And I reminded them it's the memorial day week and weekend. People are on summer vacation mode. So you'll definitely see a dip in either traffic or sales conversions if you're in the make money niche.

Whereas if you're in another niche that compliments this holiday time, your revenue and traffic may shoot up. I think its natural that people want to have a knee jerk reaction when things aren't going their way. But its short sighted and can lead you to losing a whole new life. So I'm happy we have this community where we can depend on each other for that push.

Because I remember what it was like when this didn't exist. It was very tough and lonely. I only made it because I was stubborn and wanted to prove to the naysayers that I could make money online. But now my motivation is all about my family. So giving up isn't an option because that means I'm giving up on them.
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TDomena Premium
That's why I love having more established members here because it's important to be pulled back into reality, and told about trends like Memorial Day and so on. Thanks for being a great resource to many of us here. I remember my first months here, and I'm pretty sure I would've given up if it hadn't been for your posts and encouragement. Thanks for that.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Tiffany. So many people have missed out on so much because they gave up too quickly with this business. It saddens me.
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BenjisDad Premium
well thought out Eddy. What we know because of our experience helps us. Those without it need to trust the process.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed Chris!
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TDomena Premium
The rumors about what to expect from online are so confusing! When I came here, my expectations were completely off. If it wasn't for reality checks from honest people like you, I would've been taking it personal when I didn't make a full-time income by now. Hahahaha.
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EddySalomon Premium
Yeah that's the crappy thing about the internet. So much hype and misinformation. It makes people come here with unrealistic expectations that I'm happy to squash immediately. Some don't listen and chase after shiny new objects only to come back and realize I was right.
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DesireeA Premium
Thanks! I needed that. I haven't been at it long but giving up naw....Just figuring it all out.
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BenjisDad Premium
its worth it.
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midhunvm Premium
This post is so valuable that I
bookmarked it for future reference.

Thank you, Chris

Quick question, even though new
premium sign ups have decreased,
have your recurring premiums remained
stable?
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BenjisDad Premium
awesome, a lot of peole do not even know abotu bookmarks!
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AlanJE Premium
Thanks for sharing your experience Chris, Alan
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BenjisDad Premium
anytime Alan
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LouiseBT Premium
Hi Chris
This blog has landed at the perfect time for me - thank you VERY much!
Like you, I have read the success stories in the community, at first they really encouraged me, now that get on my nerves (just a bit) because I am still not reaping the rewards of my labour.
Giving up is not an option though, this is my future and I have many, many plans :-) Just got to find out what I am doing wrong and correct it.
Thank you for your (always valuable) share.
Blessings
Louise
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TDomena Premium
Stay stubborn about your business! You'll make it.
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BenjisDad Premium
dont give up.
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Reymott Premium
I’m at the hit and miss stage but I know that one day soon I’ll get more hits than misses. Thanks for this very motivating post.

Rey
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TDomena Premium
You'll definitely get there. I'm sure you'll find your way.
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BenjisDad Premium
you are on your way Rey
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BobRoman Premium
Thanks a lot for sharing your motivational story!
Wish you great success!
Bob
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BenjisDad Premium
thanks bob!
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cliffstarks Premium
Great share Chris! I am just chipping away!
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BenjisDad Premium
yes you are and doing well with it too cliff!
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