1st $1000 month - Wealthy Affiliate success!

Last Update: March 12, 2018

I didn't expect to meet this milestone last week but I got a couple of late sales on my TV subscriptions which took my earnings up to $1100 for the month of Jan.

It's taken me almost 1 year and 5 months to achieve this level of earnings but I set myself a target of 18 months so I'm pretty chuffed to have made it.

I want to share my journey, not to gloat but to show you how things can change along the way and also how I had to re-focus and change my strategy.

Income Streams

I started off with 3 income streams all related to my niche which is IPTV (TV delivered over the internet).

My income streams were:

  • Amazon, Shareasale for TV boxes
  • VPN subscriptions
  • IPTV subscriptions

It took me some time to realize that my income from TV boxes (Amazon, Shareasale), was not going to make it for me. This was partly due to taking advice on-board from successful Amazon Associates who said it would eventually take off.

The problem I have with Amazon is the price of the TV boxes that I am reviewing. These are generally below $100 and commission for these is very low.

Without re-focusing it became clear that I was never going to make huge commissions from Amazon but I could still use it to my advantage. I started using the reviews to promote my IPTV service as an alternative to free TV apps that can be used with these TV boxes.

This meant that organic traffic would still reach my site. Currently my traffic is 250 - 300 daily which is not huge but it's constant. I have slowed down with posts recently due to various factors but my 238 posts are still pulling in readers.

Email List

I also set about building my Email List and this has proved to be a shrewd move. I would encourage everyone to get an email list going. It was very slow at first but I found a way to increase sign ups. I'm now getting around 5 per day.

I have a sidebar CTA and also a popup which is great for advertising my TV offers. I only have the popup when people are about to EXIT my site. That's something that Sumo plugin is good for.

With Sumo you can also now integrate an email responder free of charge. I use MailChimp but there are others out there.

I utilized my IPTV signups too and added these to my Email List. I now have approx. 800 in my list and whenever I have a new offer these customers get notified.

The Importance of a good Affiliation

Commissions are what it's all about. Here at Wealthy Affiliate the commissions for affiliates are awesome, but if you are not doing Boot Camp and promoting WA it's not easy finding good commissions elsewhere.

It took me more than a year to realize that I could get better commissions elsewhere. I finally found a company that has a great product with 50% commissions, similar to WA. This is my new IPTV service and it gives me complete control over my customers and any offers that I want to promote.

I would encourage you to look around and don't settle for poor commission rates. I am now entirely focused on my IPTV platform and this now has my full attention. Going forward, I am hopeful that I can double my monthly earnings by 24 months. That is my next target.

I wish you all much success and if you can take something from this it will make me happy.

GLA

Craig.

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YumaBloggers Premium
Offer and opportunity go hand in hand. I never settle for what everyone else is doing, nor do I work with just one company. Every post has potential to open a new door or two and most of my post has at least two resources to them unless they are a dedicated review of the perfect party there is always something to compliment the sale.

IPTV is a subscription, isn't it? If so you have an evergreen product that will rebill creating residual monthly income. I love searching evergreen products because even if they offer a few dollars a month to the commission that monthly commission grows with every sale. I love upsell opportunities as well but that my friend is a whole new blog post waiting to happen.
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CraigUKTV Premium
You're spot on, it's almost evergreen but some customers will drop out once in a while. In the main, my customers tend to increase all the time.
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MozMary Premium
Big congrats! Thanks for sharing your success with us all! :)
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Mary :)
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Defiant6 Premium
I love hearing of your success stories! You are doing amazing and things are only going to improve for you!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Brian, hope you are well.
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mergie1 Premium
Well done Craig, and I think I will also have to start looking for bigger and better things away from Amazon.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks. Amazon is good for some but my niche is not well suited.
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AlbinoP77 Premium
Congrats Craig for sharing your Success..
It is inspiring me more to really work out also on my niche and promotion and more effort here in WA.
Cheers!
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CraigUKTV Premium
That's great Albino! Cheers.
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mybiz4u Premium
Awesome, C. Congrats and continued success and THNX for the tips.
M
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Michelle.
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PaulBoudreau Premium
A great story Craig.
Keep up the effort.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Paul
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John-Day Premium
Congrats Craig! I'm sure I could learn from you. I've only been at this since November 2017 and started my first niche blog at the beginning of December 2017. Anyway, I'm happy for you. It must be a good feeling to make $1100 in a month doing this.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Hey John, thanks for that. It's a good feeling for sure, but it took a massive effort in the first 12 months. It's not easy writing 4 posts per week and trying to do a full-time job at the same time. I'm hoping I can eventually go full-time with my online business soon!
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JSR1947 Premium
Congrats Craig! Keep up the good work.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Gustavo!
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JBond1 Premium
Awesome Craig, and inspiring! I would love to be earning a grand pm! : )
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Juliana! It was a good feeling but I'm already focused on doubling it in the next 6 months, I have a new plan ;-)
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JBond1 Premium
I like a man with a plan! : D
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Fingliza Premium
Well done Craig. Persistence and patience paid.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks :)
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GiuliaB Premium
Craig, my friend, long time no speak. But you couldn't have delivered to me better news than this one! As I always say about you, you deserve every penny, as I know you put in the hours and the hard work and dedication to your website. You are living proof with the amount of very good content you have produced over the last 18. Months, that the more we write, the higher the exposure and the earnings. Really well done to you, sir!

Giulia :)
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Giulia! Long time indeed! Yeah the first 12 months were a bit crazy as I tried to reach 200 posts. I fell short by single figures but it wasn't from the want of trying.

After that I kinda slowed down a bit and focused on other areas. I had to open an online store so I added a sub-domain and installed WooCommerce to facilitate it. Since then, I have added a credit card merchant and I now take payments on my shop on a regular basis.

I need to get my posting head back on soon otherwise my organic traffic will start to drop off! There's never enough hours in the day. Good to hear from you Giulia, hope you are doing well :)
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Habitus Premium
Nicely done Craig. I hope things continue to move in a positive direction.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Jon!
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littlemama Premium
Congrats Craig! That's awesome you made it to $1000/month mark! You're obviously doing something right. :) Enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Grace :)
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JulietAA Premium
Congratulations!!!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks :)
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Jewelia Premium
Congratulations! That's a wonderful achievement, and very encouraging. I bookmarked your success story to share with newbies who demand to know whether "it" works. I do my best to be polite, but I always want to respond that it works, the real question is whether you work. :)

I am not earning any money yet, but I know exactly why - those are my actions, which delayed my revenue. I can't call them "mistakes" because I've learned a lot from what I've been doing with my sites, and I won't discard anything - I'll get it all to work eventually, it'll only take me longer.

I also bookmarked your post for myself because I really appreciate that not only you shared the goal you've reached, but you also shared your journey to get there and gave some good tips even though my niche is different. Thank you very much for this blog!

Wishing you more success in the future, and hope you'll double your earnings in the time frame you set for yourself.

~ Julia
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Julie, it's certainly been a learning curve. I changed a few things along the way as I learned how to do things. I would say the turning point was the change in commissions but I couldn't have handled it without the email list.

All of my previous posts were related to my old affiliation so I was effectively starting from scratch after 13 months. That's where the email list came in handy. I could contact my customers via that and I managed to move over most of them to my new TV service which had the higher commissions.

Thanks for the kind words and I wish you well.

- Craig.
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sheikave Premium
Congrats.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks!
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CraigW315 Premium
This is brilliant. I am happy to hear that you are doing so well!

I was thinking about a couple of people (you included) that I hadn't heard from in a while, and was wondering how everything was going. It's great to hear about your success.

Congratulations!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Craig. Yeah, I've not been popping in here much lately except to login via Site Manager. My time is limited now due to various constraints, it's a bit frustrating because I worry in case I miss some important snippet of information.
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CraigW315 Premium
I can understand that, but it seems like you're doing quite well regardless.
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CraigUKTV Premium
I think that's mainly down to the effort in the first year, laying the foundations so to speak. Need to get back to posting soon.
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GaryJr Premium
That's great. I'm happy for you and thanks for the good advice.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Cheers Gary!
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LouisaB Premium
Congrats to you!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks.
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TTedesco1 Premium
Congradulations and thanks sharing your journey...
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CraigUKTV Premium
You're welcome!
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RandyL1 Premium
Congrats, nicely done.

Randy
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks
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KatieMac Premium
Congratulations Craig that is good going, and many lessons learned on the way. wish you continued success
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Catherine, lessons learned indeed. We all have to go through it I suppose.
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KatieMac Premium
That we do, have a good week
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preciousns Premium
Congratulations Craig! So happy for you! Well done, sounds like you've out in a lot of hard work, and just goes to show that hard work, determination, and perseverance pays.

Look forward to hearing more like this.

All the best,
Steph
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Stephanie, yes the first year was manic! I think I wrote 192 posts, all 1000 words minimum. It's finally starting to pay off.

Best,
Craig.
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Congratulations Craig! Upwards and onwards!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Nick!
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enebeliuk Premium
Congratulations Craig. Focus and persistence does pay off in the end. Onwards and upwards!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Rose
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herinnelson Premium
Commissions..the name of the game! Great going, Craig! Keep up the good work as you raise the bar higher!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks H!
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure!
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Alan Hocking Premium
Kudos Craig I love success posts like this thanks for sharing! :)
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CraigUKTV Premium
Cheers Alan,

I remember when I was first starting out, it was these success stories that helped to push me along. I'm delighted I can now write posts like this to (hopefully) inspire others who are just starting.
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beachwood Premium
Excellent post Craig! Congratulations on your successes thus far and good luck in the future!

Chris
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Chris!
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pginise Premium
Congrats Craig! I couldn’t be happier for you. Keep em coming my friend.

Patrick
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Patrick, hope you are doing well.
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SylviaH1 Premium
Well done you've met your goal! Congratulations, I'm so glad for you!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks!
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RD40 Premium
Great Job Craig! Continue the hard work and motivating others to keep pushing through.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Ralph, hope you're doing well.
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ValerieJoy Premium
Thanks Craig for sharing your success and information. Congratulations to you on your achievements.
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CraigUKTV Premium
You're welcome Valerie! Cheers :)
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DBlanchard Premium
Good job Craig. Persistance Brother. You've just proven that it works when you don't quit! Keep on keeping on!!!!

Denis
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CraigUKTV Premium
Cheers Denis, huge effort but I'm excited about the future now. Not quitting is the best advice for anyone. I've been close once or twice but I pushed on.
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Melissa901 Premium
Thank you for that it is a true inspiration!
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CraigUKTV Premium
You're welcome
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luke61 Premium
Well done Craig, congrats!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Luke!
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SondraM Premium
Great!!! I probably need to heed your advise about focusing on things with higher Commissions.

Again, congrats on achieving that goal.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Sondra, finding the higher commissions is the best thing to happen to me.
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MKearns Premium
Way to get out there and rake it in Craig!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Mike, things are starting to look up!
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