Regrets? I've Had a Few!
So, don't panic, the title doesn't signify anything dramatic!
I was just reflecting on having been here at WA for 5 years, on the day that the platform is undergoing the biggest update in its 18-year history.
Not my usual type of post, it's just me rambling my thoughts out loud!
When I began my journey here, I had already been a professional freelance writer for 6 years, so I had some advance knowledge of SEO and copywriting.
I joined after watching one of Roope's videos, (thanks, Roope!) more for the challenge of seeing what I could achieve rather than the intention to make money.
So, imagine my surprise when I made an affiliate sale after only 3 months!
I don't think that such early success is as easy these days, and of course, I already knew how to write sales copy, anyway.
My first website was on the niche of unusual wedding anniversaries, and this was followed by a second site in dog health.
The dog site made more sales than my initial website, despite it only having 15 posts.
Again, this is unlikely to work these days.
In April 2019, I applied for Kyle's Super Affiliate Challenge, an intensive training course that no longer exists.
It was based on getting new referrals to the platform, with the ultimate goal of getting to Vegas!
But I quickly discovered that I hated writing for the MMO niche, and I abandoned the course.
In fact, I have never actually finished the Boot Camp training, nor do I promote WA and I have never had a premium referral!
So, I suppose you could say that is maybe one of my regrets, as I am pretty sure I could have done this successfully.
The biggest event during this period was my marriage to Tony in 2020, which took place at the height of the Covid lockdown, and we had a very unusual wedding as a result.
Definitely, no regrets there, although, as many of you may know, Tony now has cancer and our lives have changed dramatically.
Moving on to 2021, I now had another website on indoor plants, and my freelance writing business continued to grow.
The next momentous event was my first contact with Partha, and immediately from the very first PM, we discovered a shared sense of humor, which has built into a deep friendship.
We also entered into a business partnership in 2022, and have created (and abandoned!) several websites and other projects.
Another potential regret is that we are both continually planning new ideas and don't always follow the advice that we give you!
If we had just stuck to the first 2 websites we built, I can't begin to imagine how much income they would be generating now!
My working life has now very much diversified and now I focus more on social media management for clients, ad revenue rather than affiliate marketing and video creation as opposed to writing.
Here's to the next 5 years!
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