A $5,000 Sale Thanks to Wealthy Affiliate

Last Update: June 23, 2019

Seeing some real progress these days, due to all the training I've received through Wealthy Affiliate.

I started out like everyone else, building a site, figuring out how to monetize it, adding quality content. I started out with BakingNaturally.org, which got me comfortable with SEO and all the ins-and-outs of online business. I got accepted by Amazon, Rakuten, then by several vendors through Pepperjam. I expanded to Pinterest (really active for recipes, BTW) and Instagram. I still work on it regularly, but it hasn't yet been a real money-maker.

Because of my training and experience through BakingNaturally, I started thinking about other areas of my life where I could build a site that would be interesting AND make money. My partner and I travel quite a bit, spending months each year in Mexico. We also own quite a few weeks of timeshare, and we never use them all. So together, we formed an LLC, "Cowboy Concierge", where we offer travel tips and post listings for weeks we've booked in Mexico.

Since then, things have taken a huge upswing. I learned how to use MailChimp (again, through training here on WA), and have built a good following via email. We now gather emails from everyone who has ever stayed or rented through us in the past, and we send out new offerings every month or so. This past month, we snagged a two-week rental at one of our high-end weeks in Puerto Vallarta - a $5,000 rental with more than 50% profit.

We are able to turn that money around and book more high-season weeks, again offering them through MailChimp. I've seen activity on the site skyrocket, and rental inquiries come in regularly. I've created a page on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. Through Pepperjam, I'm now offering specials to local vacation hotspots like Xcaret in Riviera Maya, as well as travel gear, luggage and mobile wifi devices. I've compared my site to others trying to do the same thing and there is no comparison - thanks to the good training and experience, my site stands far above any of the others in quality, organization and effectiveness.

My advice - don't get stuck with your original idea if it's not making money. If you're a premium member, you have a lot of websites you can fire up at any time. Use your training and experience to start up something else. Talk to friends and see if they need you to help THEM sell something. It's all about paying attention and snagging those opportunities as they arise.

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Specialk3749 Premium
I just started here at WA back in May. I have started with a recipe site and am planning on sticking with mine for awhile, because cooking is what I love doing and I can make so much content with it. On the other hand, I am thinking about other things too, but I don't want to spread myself thin.

Why do you think your baking site is not making money? I am just wondering if there is something I need to be doing differently or if the niche just doesn't make much?

Thanks for letting me pick your brain! lol
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Hackerist Premium
If you just started your blog, it’s premature to ask why I’m not making money. Check the following top recipe blogs and get ideas from there:
https://thepioneerwoman.com/
https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/pomegranate-wild-rice-salad/
Tom
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Specialk3749 Premium
My question isn't why am I not making money, I realize I'm at the beginning but is there something more I need to do to make a recipe a site a success?
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donco6 Premium
I’m currently on a cruise. But quickly, I need more traffic to truly make money. I’ve thought about creating a user-generated content site, ala AllRecipes or like that. Or I could do a lot more equipment reviews to sell items more directly.
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Hackerist Premium
Your message was missing, my apologies. Yes, for recipes a Pinterest account is strongly recommended. That is one of the missing pieces there.
Tom
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KGads Premium
It is still a little hard picking a profitable niche because you don't really know until you get into it.
It takes time to build a good site, so you can't just put a site up and generate money.
Knowing if your niche is profitable is hard due to the time it takes to get ranked with Google and other things.
I personally think you need to pick what you love, research the industry and make sure you can make money than work hard for as long as it takes.
My problem in the past was that I would give up and change niches before it had a chance.
You can't build trust if you have only been around for 2 months.
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MazieD Premium
Hi Donco6,

I like your ideas, most of all your enthusiasm in the way you sell yourself. I am a newbie here, but maybe you can offer me some valuable advice in moving forward.

I am comfortable with the training and taking things step by step, but sometimes a little pep talk goes a far way.

More blessings on your business. Great Job!!!

MazieD
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donco6 Premium
Write write write. Get some business cards and talk up your site to everyone.
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GloriousDay Premium
Thank you for this! I am starting to think my original site, may not be the best for making money. I am going to continue with it, as at this point I have not tried to monetize, but instead, I am going to look into adding some other sites. Great post!
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NnurseBecca Premium
Your progress is outstanding, way to go! Great point on firing up a profitable site quickly once you've done it before with a good idea of another niche. I like the concept of snagging up an opportunity also, but I wouldn't want to sacrifice the site trust ...does this factor in or you mean a viral idea that wouldn't matter as much as retracing steps through the entrepreneur training to create a new site? I hope my question makes sense...
You have a nice night ok
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
I am kind of intrigued here. I used to be in the sales of Timeshare back in the good days before it all went wrong. I am talking early 90's. I used to make a fortune back then in my late 20's..
Would love to know more about what you do.
Share some more info please... It's got me curious.
Debs :)
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webcash2us Premium
Great post, I did the same thing and I have created four other sites, I'm still trying to gauge what I fit into the best.

While I didn't make a $5000. sale I have seen increased traffic on my one real estate tip site.

I offer no affiliate links on any pages or posts except in the side widget of the main page.

And all of my content is around 1600 to 2000 words.

Things are happening and I'm making them better everyday.

Thanks, this post assures me it was a good move on my part.

All the best
John
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Pepiccione Premium
Wow! This is an awesome idea and ver y encouraging! Thank you Don fo sharing this.
I love the travle niche by the way, but hey I had to start with something so I picked other loved one :)
Following you of course!

Best wishes
Pablo "Pabs"
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herinnelson Premium
Wow, Don! A great edge up on the industry! I do love Mexico and have been to Puerto Vallarta and Cancun. You have a great opportunity here for explosion! Love your creative planning!

Erin :)!
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TDomena Premium
I love how creative you were with your business model. Great job. Best wishes for continued success.
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N33 Premium
Very inspiring, Don, thank you for sharing and congratulations. I think you are right, at some point, it is helpful to step back and consider beginning a new website with a new idea. To be perseverant doesn't mean to be stubborn until the sour end.

Enjoy the summer,

N with a smile
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JagiR Premium
Great advice and I have just changed things up. How long do you think someone should hang on to a website, before deciding on something else.
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Palatia Premium
Love this. Congratulations! I believe...

Thank you for sharing your story! Paula
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Susana4 Premium
Amazing news!! happy for you,

wish you a Great weekend

cheers
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RichBrennan Premium
This is a great post about how we can diversify with Wealthy Affiliate if we think 'outside the box'.
Affiliate marketing is our core business, but learning how to build and online presence for, and effectively market, a conventional business is something we can do with the skills we learn here as you have proved.
Well done on your success and may you enjoy much more.
Thanks for sharing this with us :-)
Cheers
Rich
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Swangirl Premium
Your story is so inspiring (I saw some of your previous posts). I am so glad it is still growing. It looks like this could be a big business for you guys! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jessica
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donco6 Premium
As I was writing it, I got an IM via Facebook from someone who wants another week! It's getting a little crazy. :)
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Swangirl Premium
Pretty soon you will need staff! When my husband and I can finally get to Mexico I will look you up! (for a room, not to be staff) :)

Maybe you can have a WA member secret discount code.
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AlenkaV Premium
This is a fantastic success story! Thank you for sharing.
Wishing you even more profits in the future.
Best,
Alenka
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donco6 Premium
And you too.
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