Work from Anywhere with Wealthy Affiliate
I retired in 2013, after 20 years as a CFO for a medium-sized school district. Up at 5 a.m. every day to make sure the buses are running, food service is ok, custodians are stocked, maintenance has their work orders, and all of finance is running . . . I left it all behind to travel and do what I want.
But I also wanted to make a little cash on the side . . . and that was tricky. I considered many options, taking contracts to do what I’d been doing (no thanks). Part time job? No, messes up the travel. I started looking into online sales and felt potential there, but the problem was, I had no idea how to start!
One evening, I was browsing around the internet and came across a post on some money-making scheme. I remember you had to buy some product from China, then sell it through your website. The investment was about $2000, as I recall. And it seemed so reasonable, I almost fell for it.
But, being a naturally skeptical person, I kept digging. I forget the actual keyword I searched for (rats!), but I came across Wealthy Affiliate. And as I read, I became more excited, thinking, "Oh yeah, THIS is what I'm looking for!"
So I signed up for the free course. As is my wont, I dove into it quickly, running through all the courses within a few days, and at the end, I had my first website, Baking Naturally. It was thrilling to see it out there on the web! I got it indexed in Google, and started adding content. I started out with reviews of various gluten-free cake mixes (as Jaaxy showed me that was trending at the time). I bought tons of mixes at the store and spent days preparing, baking and reviewing these products. I applied for Amazon, got rejected, applied for Pepperjam, got accepted, and started monetizing my site. I added Adwords too.
The clicks started coming, and I kept adding. More recipes and more refinements. I found myself moving away from the gluten-free angle and toward more all-natural recipes. My niche is "no mixes, nothing artificial." And that's where I've really blossomed.
I add about 10 recipes in a good season - and that's not a lot. But I research heavily in Jaaxy to find out what people are looking for, and then I prepare the recpes myself. I videotape elements. I cross-post from friendly sites. And I've built a following. When you do that, people find you.
Now, I can travel, and update my site from wherever I am! I'm in Georgia right now, visiting a friend, and I can adjust my ad placements to include the latest offerings from my affiliates. Most of the time, that's all I need to do! The rest of the day is free to explore and enjoy. Next month, I'm spending six weeks in Berlin, leading a tour group and running my site from there. I pick up interesting recipes from the German restaurants in town. They are thrilled when I ask them to share!
Armed with all this experience, a few years ago, I started a second site, Cowboy Concierge, which is my real money-maker. I have one post on Google Page One, First Position, that earns me $300 every time someone responds to it. In 2019, my site made about $16,000 - and with the small amount of time I'm putting into it, that's perfect.
You can make more, I know. If you need more, you can work a LOT harder than I do and make much more. But this was my goal and I'm happy with it. I mean - I travel several months out of a year, doing very little on my site, and I still make $16,000! How much could you make working full-time on it? I'll tell you - a lot more!
Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal. I still watch all the training (thank you, Magistudios!) I read all the posts from you guys - giving me insight into new developments and trends. And while I'm jetting off to some new locale, it all percolates. When I get to my destination, out comes the laptop, and with afew clicks, I've updated my sites and maximized them for performance.I Iwork from home. And my home can be anywhere with internet access. Mexico? No problem. Germany? Oh hell, blazing fast! Georgia? Yup. I reached my goal - and you can too.