5 Years Ago Today I Made My First Income Online

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Today, the 9th of May 2018 marks my 5 year anniversary from when I first made my first "dollar" online with affiliate marketing thanks to WA.

Actually, it was $0.84c and I've just remembered becasue I had published a blog post here on Wealthy Affiliate on this very same day in 2013.

What a journey this has been. Unbelievable.

I still remember the moment I opened up my Amazon Associates account and saw that I had made my first sale - it was an incredilbe feeling.

From then onwards, I kept building and learning and here I am today remembering that special occasion.

Times have changed since then and so has my business. I now own and run 3 niche websites and an ecommerce store that combined bring in enough income to be able to do this full time.

The money is ok, but the biggest benefit of this journey has been that I can say that I am my own boss - there is no greater feeling.

This is all thanks to Wealthy Affiliate.

I have been a member here for many years and do not plan on leaving anytime soon.

The only goal that has eluded me so far is attending the WA Super Affiliate Conference in Vegas - I am getting closer and closer each year and I'm hoping I will be able to cross this off my list soon! :)

Still can't believe it's been 5 years!

Lost for words here.

Thank you all listening. Hope this helps inspire you some way or the other.

Let me know if you have any questions and I will try my best to answer.

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Hi Chris. Thank you for sharing this with us. Im just starting my niche (almost 5 months) but hit a wall on the 5th month. Motivation went down. I know that I have to keep writing but something you see the big picture instead of concentrating on specific small goals that will make you website grow. This one is refreshing. Thank you! Al

Hey Al.

I know what you mean. Just keep at it. Motivation comes and goes, it's normal so don't worry too much about it.

Just stay consistent and when the motivation strikes, make sure to do as much work as possible to cover for when there's a lack of it.

Here's something else that may help you:

I'm always inspired when I read about members who have been here several years. for me, that's one of the things that gave Wealthy Affiliate credibility when I started the Free Membership.

I knew nothing about affiliate marketing; my research really was just reading people's profile to get a sense of where people were coming from. I figured, a small handful of people could be telling lies, but the number of people who had previous experience and had been a part of this platform for so years made me feel safe.

All the best to you, Chris as you continue to reach new goals.

Couldn't agree with you more!

Glad I could be of service Veronica.

Thank you for your kind words. I wish you all the best.

wow! such a nice feeling to remember those times.. reading some inspiring stories in here to help me keep going. i am smiling while reading this post and imagining this happened to me. :) and i have to agree, for sure, there's no greater feeling that you are your own boss! and that's my long term goal!

all the best!



Keep at it Roxanna.

All you need to do is to follow the training, that alone will get you to be your own boss in no time.

I'm glad this post helped motivate you a little it today.

Happy Anniversary!

This is something I needed to see. There are lots of people on here who act as cheerleaders but are fairly new themselves. It's great to see someone who is successful sharing their stories.

I have been keeping my eye out for stories like this that actually mention the amount they made in a week/month/year and how many sites or niches it took. I not necessarily skeptical, just curious...

Glad I could be of service and thank you very much for your kind words.

You'd find that the "most successful" ones are some of the least active members - they're all busy doing their thing and building their business.

+ it's different for everyone when it comes to how long it took or how many niches we tried - so I'm afraid you won't find the "real" answer.

Hey Chris,
What a Great Post this is! The sincere words leave NO doubt
about your feelings about the contribution that WA has made
on the path to financial freedom for you. This testimonial is
a tribute to your perseverance and dedication to accomplish
the intended goal. Thanks a million for your post.


Thank you for your kind words Ken.

Hey Chris,
You are welcome and just keep inspiring others.



Wow, thank you for posting this and it shows the rest of us what is possible when the hard work is put in. That first sale the start of the snowball and it sounds like your snowball of income has definitely grown to allow you to do this full time. I have no doubts that you'll reach your goal of attending the WA Conference in Las Vegas.

Hopefully soon :)

Thank you for your kind words.

Amazing Chris and thanks or sharing your story, it has been amazing to get to know you and work with you over the years. It is always exciting and very fulfilling to look back and self reflect as to the journey we have taken within the online world. Everyone's is different, which makes it even the more interesting.

I look forward to seeing what you achieve in the next 5 years and we definitely need to get you down to Vegas next year (or very soon!).

Onwards and upwards bro!

Hi Kyle. :)

Thank you for your encouraging words. Couldn't have done it without you.

See you in Vegas :)

This was a great way to start my day. I have been self employed most of my adult life. My first business was owning a semi. I worked 70-90 hours a week, I traveled 1.7 million miles over 15 years and made enough money to live my desired lifestyle when I was not on the road, but I really was dissatisfied with my chosen profession.

I started looking for information and training in the online space in 2009. I understand the investment of both time and money it takes to start and run a business, so I did not have any unrealistic expectations. I was prepared to put all of my extra time into learning and spend the money on training with a goal of being able to transition out of trucking within a year or two of starting.

I was scammed several times and gave up. In 2014 I found my current business, franchise brokerage and I love it, but I still wanted to learn how to build an online business.

I found WA 2 years ago and passed because I could not tell what was true or false anymore. Back in January I decided to look at it again and realized what WA really is. Simply put WA is a hosting company with all of the tools needed and training to start, build and run an online business. Not a business in a box opportunity that boasts riches quick or at all.

Unfortunately many people that end up here still think that because they can start for free it won't cost anything to build a business and when they don't have results in 3 months they give up and call it a scam that doesn't work.

Your story is inspiring and shows the reality of self employment. Work hard, never give up and eventually you will have something that can support you financially and allow you to spend more time doing some of the things you love.

Thank you for sharing.


What a good story to hear . It has really increased my interest in this business . May I become successfully in this business too . May may goals be achieved before the end of this year 2018 . What was you secret at first?

I never had a secrete, just a big enough WHY.

Know your WHY and write it down along with what you need to do to get there and follow your plan.

Thank you for your kind words Simon and well done on your journey as well.

Seems like you are in it to win and I can't wait to see you achieve great things here at WA!

Congrats to you Chris, for getting your first online income all those years ago, for creating and managing your sites, for sticking with WA for 5 years (I'm on nearly 3 and counting) and for living life on your own terms........all thanks to your experience here at WA.

A great inspiration to others, thanks for posting.


Awesome stuff Mark well done.

3 years is a long time as well so its clear you are here to make it happen.

I wish you all the best on your journey ark :)

Five years for me too but I cannot boast success yet. I have gotten a few calls on my DJ site and I still do from working on that website. But I am on to other things and it's a slow move but I keep moving. Stay tuned....... Scotty B
P s. Know tou through Fiverr and the wife with that Fantastic accent. I believe I have the right Chris Lee ?

Scotty! :)

Yep that would be me, "Fiverr Chris" haha.

Glad to see some familiar faces in WA! Glad you're still around.

yeah buddy likewise. Always good to see familiar faces..... Scotty B

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