I recently resubbed and I've decided to drop a bit of inspiration for anyone who might be needing it.

I've been away from WA since last August or so, and some crazy things have happened since then.

What you're going to see/read shouldn't be taken as gloating or bragging, but simply as an example of what's possible (after time) when you follow the training that's been laid out for you here, and also what could happen if you don't.

Oh, something to keep in mind before we jump in: It doesn't really matter what you sell, it matters how you sell it.

When I first joined WA back in 2013, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing and zero idea of what was even possible. I thought making $500 /mo in residual income would be expecting too much, boy was I wrong.

Fast forward 3 years, and here's a screenshot showing my first month earning over $5K using a single site. Anyone who uses Amazon to monetize will probably recognize the graph.

This definitely did not happen over night, it took A LOT of hard work, research, and even failure to achieve. But, whatever the process was, it did eventually happen and that's the point.

Let's go back the beginning and talk about those failures, though, maybe my experiences in what not to do can save someone some wasted time.

I spent a good year and a half spinning my wheels going absolutely nowhere because I simply wasn't implementing WA's training well enough - I thought I could "do things my way" and get away with it, but that was definitely not the case. I started by picking niches where I saw a potential to maybe make some money, instead of something that I was super interested in... First mistake.

On top of thinking I could do things my way (with basically no knowledge of IM), I was working on multiple websites at once while trying to learn at the same time, and hoping to actually go somewhere with them... ha... After being around the industry for a few years now, I've noticed that I'm not the only one to get caught up in the "more sites, more money!!!" fallacy in the beginning. Some people can get away with starting like this, but those people are pretty rare.

In hindsight, everything I had done up to this point was basically wrong. I didn't take the advice which is given here, I only loosely implemented the training, and ultimately wasted lots of time/money in the process.

Hang on now, because this is where things start to get a little more interesting.

SO, I decided to wipe the slate clean and start over again using the very first niche idea I had, one which I was already involved in on a daily basis and really enjoyed - great idea. I also decided that I was only working on this single site while actually taking my time to not only learn everything, but actually implement it correctly as well.

I'm pretty sure that made all the difference, because the first month that site was live, it made a whopping $11, or like 1100% more than my other sites had made (they made nothing). The next month, it made an insane $22 and I was starting to get excited.

Month 3 it made roughly $150 and I almost didn't know what to do. This was when I started to think this whole IM thing might actually be possible.

Month 4 rolled by, and my earnings dropped. I didn't lose hope, though, because this IM thing might still be possible. It's a good thing I didn't, by month 7 my site pulled in $1401 in commissions purely through Amazon with my only traffic coming from search engines. My mind was blown.

2 months later, $2500, and just a few months after that is when it finally broke $5K, which has been the average for a few months now. Still relying purely on organic traffic.

Since then, I've started another site in different niche using the exact same method - the same stuff we're taught here - and it's slowly but surely turning into something profitable as well.

Now, this isn't enough to make anyone rich, not by a long shot. What it is, is proof enough (to me at least) that what is taught here works, but only if you take the time to make sure that everything is done the way it's actually taught.

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DanaBailey Premium
It may not be enough to make anyone rich, but for me it would be enough to leave my full-time job in the dust and focus solely on this. I just need a steady $3000 a month, and right now that's my ultimate goal. I'll worry about getting rich later, right now I'm worried about getting FREE!
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TamiG1 Premium
Thank you for sharing. I know I am making the same mistake with 4 websites but 1 is for my BF business, and 1 is a spiritual thing. The first one I set up wrong and am waiting for more training to correct it. The last on is my WA site I am learning with.
The problem is you pay for a year for a website you don't want to just abandon it. So then your attention is divided.
Am I the only one who did this?
I am grateful for the training at WA.
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clarerubel Premium
No. But, that's why I bought only one. I didn't want my attention divided as I'm learning.

To keep your attention on only one, do what I did in college. When I had six subjects of homework to confront, I pretended I had only one.

This worked for me.
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Hi, I was in the very same situation...tried to adjust things to my model. After absolutely no success my entire 50+ years - and spending money too - along comes 2018. I could see by what I'd experienced end of December - surfing the net - that there's something special ahead for 2018. I also - at beginning of 2018 - decided to bite the bullet and actually start doing the training. After all the sites I researched was people with tried and tested outcomes!!! Then I came across this site...al I need to say WOW!!!
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front9agency Premium
I see this post is from over a year ago, but it's great to read regardless. I'd love to read an update for 2017/2018.

If you could start making 5k/mo on 2 sites, you've got yourself a damn nice living.

I hope everything is still going as well as what you posted above...if not better!
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IClaeys30 Premium
Thank you for sharing your story...I’m a beginner and i have to take time to learn and understanding step by step how everything be done properly...it’s overwhelming information and ideas...i have to motivate myself and be patience in everything i do...

It give me an Inspiration to not give up of what I’m doing...

Good luck and more success to you!
Irene
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vomers Premium
Great information about your journey. I know it will help many here obtain success at Wealthy Affiliate. It is funny how most of us, myself included, will try and reinvent the wheel and never follow the exact proven step by step successful process.

I know am guilty of the same mistakes you have made, and honestly many more. Working on too many sites at once though is one of the biggest issue for me. Working on a single site and following the process sounds so simple yet it seems to be one of the hardest things for many of us to do. lol.

I know that I am finally ready to focus on a single site, follow the process, and then give it the time it needs to grow. Bthiel, you give me hope and inspiration that I just might be able to change my bad habits.

This should be an easy choice, but which plan would you chose?

A. Reinvent the wheel and do things your way building a tunnel through the mountain by yourself in the dark with a spoon.

B. Go the simple route that has a pave road, rest areas, friends, and a map that takes you over the mountain directly to the valley of success.

I am sure everyone would prefer plan B. Now be honest though how many of you, like me, have instead chosen plan A over and over and over?

I think that plan A is a like a disease, but Bthiel is proof that there is a cure and it is as simple as following Wealthy Affiliates' step by step process. Who knew it could be that simple.

I do not know about you but I am tried of choosing and being inflected by plan A. It is time I take my medicine, chose plan B, and just simply follow the route to success that Wealth Affiliate has paved.

I hope you chose plan B with me and together we can navigate the road to success.

Bthiel, Thank you for sharing your story.


Wishing you much success,

Jeff

Pilot in training Flying Pig Industries (FPI)

Where the impossible becomes reality.
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MsMoneyHoney Premium
yup. Guilty as charged... and caught with my spoon. lol...
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DocDoug Premium
Love your honesty here. Yes I am seeing the same problems pop up with people looking for what niche will make them money. Its exactly the same gig as students who would come to me and ask what university programs would get them a job. Wrong approach. I always told them, study what you absolutely love because you will be the best at that, you will be implementing what you love and no one can compete with that. You'll always have something to write about, something to learn, and your excitement will always come across in your posts. Thank you for your post.
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bthiel Premium
That's exactly it, Doc! I don't know how many friends of mine became Engineers in various specializations for the $$ but are now struggling to find work because almost everyone chased that same boat back then. I actually know a couple who went BACK to Uni after becoming graduate engineers just to spend another 4-5 years doing what they should have done right from the get-go.

Like I mentioned in the OP, I kind of did the same thing when I started out with IM; which is more than likely why I failed to generate any worthwhile revenue for almost 2 full years.
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NWTDennis Premium
I commented on this WA blog about 4 months ago and I still find you comments very encouraging.

Doing the Cert Training I selected a niche for which I had a passion. But a passion for something does not necessarily mean a ready and continuous stream of subject matter for which to write about.

I also focused on related direct product affiliations. Commission rates ranging up to 75% (ClickBank) seemed like the smart thing to do. I started to get some page one SERPS, but no sales.

Then I learned about Amazon. All the products in my multi product niche are readily available there and usually at a lower price. Dramatically reduced commission schedule and a 24 hour cookie policy is offset by potential sales outside of my niche.

So I've reluctantly decided to make the switch. Still have some work to do to remove old links to discontinued product affiliations. I'd be happy with half your success. It would help finance my passion in retirement ... playing golf.
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Cecwa Premium
Awesome results and congratulations!

I'm so glad I read this as I chose a niche and bought a domain, but decided on a different direction a couple of days later so I bought another domain.

Initially I thought I would try to get both up and running as I had just spent $14 for each domain, but then I woke up and realized that one day in the future I could have a crack at the first website, but only after I had worked on the second, and only the second one while going through all my training.

To think I was about to overwhelm myself for the sake of not wanting to waste $14 on a site not being used. Who cares! I'll keep paying the $14 per year for the first site and one day when I'm ready and the second one is humming along, I will revisit my first niche idea, and by that stage I'll be so much more experienced so it will be quite a bit easier.

Thanks for the post and congrats again on your success!

Daniel
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DRattlesnake Premium
Great tips!! You're absolutely right.

I've done the same mistake. Now I'm in army, serving my duty and after 2 months I will be out and back in the web. I will also do what you've done already. But I will keep developing my first website, not build a new one for now.
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NWTDennis Premium
I have had a few life distractions that have caused me to slow the learning and implementing process way down. I've never thought about giving up (well maybe just a little).

I'm coping with the distractions better now and want to get back into it, but have some fears about the opportunity having passed me by. My niche site needs a lot of work and I've been thinking about jumping over to the Bootcamp training.

Your experience is helping me to rethink my plan Branton ... thanks for sharing.
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livingtoday Premium
thanks for the eye opener. I realize it takes awhile to start making any type of revenue and there certainly is a ton of stuff to learn, tweak, alter, and fix. So yes I am sticking with it and some day I will be able to say that I hit the $5,000 and even the $10,000 a month club.
Angela
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sharonwhyte Premium
That is so cool and well done to you. I started here on Nov 30th and I have been following the training to a t and slowly but surely getting more visitors to my site. I know it will increase and I know I just have to keep on doing what I am supposed to be... step by step... task by task.
Thanks for sharing this
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Defiant6 Premium
This is so inspirational and I keep coming back to it. I've earned revenue from my first website last year and I took my momentum off during the second half of last year. Not anymore after a job scare last month.

I'm back on track and working very hard with my first website. I have a second website as well, but that is on hold right now until I can get this one where I want it to and reach the goals I had originally set out for. I'm already starting to earn some money this year though it is not much and very slowly, but it is happening especially since my site health is back up.
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PMbaluka Premium
This is a great inspiration to me personally. I've been premium for barely 4 months now and it seems as if things are not working the way they should. Recently I received a mail that my amazon account is closing down soon if I don't make any sale within 90days. I'm glad I read this post because I have a reason of not giving up!
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CharlieBosi Premium
I am glad I read this post. I started hacking on my own and got very frustrated. I need to take stock here and start over with the boot camp and stop the hacking. I am just anxious to get this rolling because my income status (unemployed) at this point in time has me not focusing.
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Defiant6 Premium
Thank you for posting this! Very inspirational and shows us that if we follow the training exactly as it is laid out, success will come. I earned revenue for the very first time on my first website last year and although it wasn't a lot and it wasn't from affiliate sales, it did show me that what is taught here does work because my revenue came from Google AdSense.

I let things slip a bit in the 2nd half of last year, but I've learned my lesson and have started working consistently again and have a plan to stick to it this time as well. I'm also working to get my first affiliate sales this year and continue to grow the revenue I started last year.
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Googlmans Premium
Smashing!
I needed this today...thanks for sharing.

Hey, did you use the same type of setup as Jay did with his Football snack helmet site?

One product but with the option to buy the helmet for each team or something similar. Like portable speakers but review for each manufacturer type thing.
Just curious as I did an experiment with his method and I it did have some good front page SEO results although it was a product that wasn't really purchased online much.


Cheers
Paul
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CraigW315 Premium
Great post. It encourages without creating false expectations. So many people ask "can you really make money?" but what they really mean is "can I make money by the end of the week?"

I'd much rather hear that it will take me 5 months of work than any phoney sales pitch. I can imagine I'll be head over heals when that first $1 comes in!
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you so much for sharing this! I picked a niche I love and have stuck to just one site, so it is nice to see that worked for you! I had some success this summer making close to 30 sales a month but then took time off to deal with other responsibilities and have not regained the momentum. I know I need to finish the training.

It is so nice to see a simple example of success that resulted from following the training!

I have a few questions. Did you pay for any traffic or promotion or is it all through organic searches? Did you use social media to promote?

Thanks,
Jessica
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bthiel Premium
If you got to 30 sales /month once already, you can get back there and exceed it, without a doubt!

Nope, no ppc or anything like that really, pretty much all organic. 88% of this site's traffic is organic, 0.78% is social, so not much SM interaction going on yet :)
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks for your answers. I had to taper off while finishing my last graduate course (and still working full time). I know I just need to keep at it. It has been discouragingly slow though.

Thanks for the inspiration
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Salina1 Premium
Great to read an honest timeline of one person's success. I am two months in and did choose a niche that I love writing about. I have had some doubts that maybe I should have chosen a better money maker instead. Your post gives me motivation to stick with it for awhile and see where it goes.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
This is an amazing testament Bthiel!!!

I too had to start from scratch, like from the very first lesson in course #1, after I had completed through course #2. I was going through every lesson and task, but I was having a difficult time with fully understanding keyword search, and it turns out my niche at the time, didn't have a lot of good keyword ranking. At the advice of a member, who had done thorough research for me, I changed my niche, which actually ties into my original niche, so it worked out perfectly!

I'll be coming to my 3rd month in a couple of days; just started course #3 about 2 weeks ago, but before preceding with registering for an affiliate program, I knew I had to develop a lot more content for my site. That, developing content, has been a major cause of delay for me, but again, the root of the issue was not in the writing, but in understanding keyword search and tying that into a post. I thought my site would be "up and running" by Thanksgiving; although it has been indexed by Google, it still needs some major work. My plan is to do whatever I can do, to have it looking professional, before the end of this year; I understand that I'll have to continue with making revisions. but I'd like to present a semi "finished" site.

Again, I appreciate you sharing a little of your story. I look forward to when I can share how I earned $5,430.77 in one month!!!
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Lbath5 Premium
First, I want to say congratulations for sticking with it and not giving up. Second, thank you very much for sharing your success and how you have achieved it.
Gives me inspiration and I can actually tell my husband, Yes it does work. I just have to keep learning and doing.
Best wishes for your continued success
Linda
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vanbot Premium
Thank you so very much for posting this Branton, it is very uplifting and motivational not bragging at all. I have been here at WA for nearly seven months and haven't made a dime yet, so reading your post was really good for me and I am grateful to you for writing it:-))Steph
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CraigUKTV Premium
Hi Branton,

Thanks for sharing, it's nice to see a success story and thanks for the tips in going forward. I have one question. How did you get organic traffic so early on, when your site was just starting out? I'm guessing it takes 7 or 8 months for site trust to be healthy. Then the rankings will presumably get better. Is this the case?
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bthiel Premium
Hey Craig,

I believe I got somewhat lucky with my initial traffic as I had the domain up & active on a site for quite a while before ever actually doing anything with it.

Older sites do seem to rank easier compared to a completely fresh site, but at what "age" that happens I honestly have no clue - that's a question for someone much more analytical than I :)
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Kyle Premium
Gotta love the look of those chats, this growth likes like it is on pace to continue to trend and your story is a testament as to how a business grows.

It starts with a seed and the work you put forth now, sees the residual results down the road and often times forever.

Onwards and upwards bro!
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