A $5,000 Sale Thanks to Wealthy Affiliate
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.