A word to new members
A few words to new members on Wealthy Affiliate. Why a dictionary? My first point is that the dictionary is the only place that you will find success coming before work. In real life you are going to have to work BEFORE you obtain success. WA is no exception. If anyone tries to tell you that they have a push button system to earn you money run away from them. The only people that are going to make money from that is the person trying to sell it to you!
I haven't been here very long, but I have noticed some things that keep popping up. I'd like to address these issues here. Let me try to do this as a list.
1) Do the training in the order it is presented. Do the tasks as they are presented as well (or you will fall seriously behind). Each lesson builds on the last lesson and I can assure you that everything is covered in your lessons. You will probably want to go premium as soon as possible. It's really a great bargain. Once you go premium you can't go back to a starter membership, so be sure that you can afford it. Annual is the cheapest way to do it if you can afford it. You don't need to buy anything else for a while. The only purchase that you WILL want to make at some point is your domain name. I recommend that you don't do this until you are sure of what your niche will be. Many people think they know, but a week or a month later they want to change it, and once you purchase the domain name it is yours.
2) If you have a question pose it in the discussion under that lesson or in live chat if you need a quicker answer. Do NOT spend hours in live chat, it is addicting like other social media platforms (I am guilty of doing this, but I won't anymore). Also, you can try to use the search bar at the top of the page to look for answers. I also highly recommend the weekly live training with Jay. Look for the live video classes link under the left sidebar to register or watch past trainings.
3) Don't try to monetize your site too soon. Many affiliate programs will want to see a working site with traffic before they approve you, and others, like Amazon, will drop you if you don't generate sales in X number of days. If you went to a website that only had a few posts and there were ads all over the place would you stay? I wouldn't and I probably wouldn't return to that site again.
4) Don't believe that content is king. Content is very very important, but GOOD traffic is king. How do you get good traffic? By writing great content and lots of it. It will take a while for Google to give your site much consideration. They want to see that you are serious about your site. Don't pay for traffic. That kind of traffic is garbage and may give your site a fleeting boost in traffic, but what you want to do is build steady repeat traffic. If Google finds that you used paid traffic you will be penalized in the rankings.
5) When you choose a niche it's not a fatal mistake if you change your mind. Try not to make too many changes, but be comfortable in your niche.You'll want to be able to write at least 2 posts per week each with at least 1,000 to 1,500 words. Make sure that you can write this many posts for a year. Choose a niche that you either really like or want to learn. That way you'll never feel like it is a chore to write. When writing your content write like you are talking to a good friend. You don't want to sound like an encyclopedia, but a real person. That will build trust with your readers.
6) Be prepared for it to take up to a year to monetize your site with any regularity. You will probably make a few small sales around 3-6 months, but for a steady income allow a year to eighteen months. You MUST keep adding good content during this time.
7) Don't fall victim to shiny object syndrome. You've seen it or done it before. Ooohhh, that sounds good, let me try that. If WA won't work for you that new thing won't either. Stick this out and become the success that you seek. Those who jump to the next shiny object will never know what they could have accomplished had they stayed.
I hope that this will help some new people. That's it for now. LET'S DO THIS!