Basically I surpassed the $1000/m point in September and that number is only rising. :)

I would have posted this sooner, but I've been taking a short break from WA (don't confuse that with taking a break on my businesses).

September 2015 profits - $1023.38

October 2015 profits - $1371.78

Here is a chart of my growth from September 2014 to October 2015:

As you can see, the growth is very exponential. I'm going to be very, very close to my initial goal set at Wealthy Affiliate for $4000 in no time!

On another positive note, one of my affiliate managers increased my commissions by 25%. That will make a big change!

EDIT:

I almost forgot to mention my outsourcing efforts. I'm working on scaling everything that has been working as well as building other blogs to be authorities. I have 4 writers that are creating content on a regular basis. Articles for me cost $10 per 1000 words which is pretty cheap for content. It took a while to find cheap-ish writers that didn't suck, but I think I have the dream team now!


It's pretty cool to think I started with only ~$100 of saved up birthday money in the bank and now I have all this cashflow. It took plenty of work, but it's starting to pay off (quite literally).

Thanks for reading,

-Doug


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StevenWood Premium
Wow! Amazing post to read, feeling a little tingly with possibility right now LoL :D
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TW2016 Premium
Wow....congrats on getting your dream team; where do you source writers mainly from? o-desk?
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roguestatus1 Premium
Also, Doug what do you go for when it comes to QSR and traffic? Thanks man.

Chris
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roguestatus1 Premium
Awesome article Doug, very inspiring and showing people its possible to attain your income goals online!

Chris
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PMakaris Premium
Hey Doug congrats on your success! Where'd you find your writers, if you don't mind me asking?
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dougbeney Premium
Upwork. I tried iWriter before that but only found crap writers there. Upwork seems to be the best option. I've got a team of 7 writers now that take care of all my writing:)
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PMakaris Premium
Awesome, thank you very much!
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Jim-Bo Premium
teach me teach me!
:)
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dougbeney Premium
lol. :) If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'd be happy to help.
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Jim-Bo Premium
take a look at my site and tell me what is right/wrong with it?

affiliatemarketingtipstoday.com

am I doing keywords/permalinks/slugs/tags and stuff like that okay?

i have no way of knowing, and the big boys never have time for little old me!

Jimbo

All Hail WA!
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dougbeney Premium
Very nice! You're avoiding a lot of the mistakes I went through. The word-count per article is good. (the articles I checked were over 1k words a piece; perfect!)

One thing I noticed is that certain articles could use some more images. For example, the 'What is the best social media marketing software' article had a lot of text but little screenshots.

Another thing is that some of the text is blocky. People have short attention spans, so pressing enter every 1-2 sentences breaks it up more. Nathaniell from WA has a great tutorial on formatting blog posts that helped me early on ( https://youtu.be/zdNygIxIdZ4 ).

Your widget area isn't as optimized as it should be. I would ditch those banner ads. In my experience banner ads don't convert too well. If you really want to, you can keep 1 on there. I wouldn't go far above that.

Another thing about your widgets is that they seem narrow. If you add another banner it should be wider to take advantage of that area. I looked at your html and it seems that images that are 300 pixels wide will work well.

I recommend building an email list as well. Even if you don't know what to do with it yet, just start collecting emails. MailChimp lets you do it for free. It also lets you make forms quickly. I think they even have a Wordpress plugin(for free of course).

The FEEDJIT widget is interesting. You can keep it if you really like it, but I don't think it will make any difference in terms of money you make. I'd get rid of it because it has links to the FEEDJIT site and will only siphon your traffic to them.

Lastly, a small change you can make is to capitalize the first letters of 'affiliate marketing tips today'.
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dougbeney Premium
Thailand, nice! I heard the beaches are awesome there.

I'd recommend getting rid of all the current banners. They're just too narrow and aren't that tempting to click (which is critical for ads).

You can either:
- Find and ad that is 300px wide (or greater; you can always size-down)
- Make your own ad

Making your professional personalized ad is actually pretty easy. It's what I do on my sites. You can use a free tool like Canva to do it. (Here's a really good tutorial: https://youtu.be/kyROcitFW0w )

You'd also select the 'custom dimensions' instead of their templates. I think 300x550 would be a good ad dimension for you.

Edit:
Whoops! Sorry about the broken youtube links in the previous comment. Fixed it.
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Jim-Bo Premium
editing now, adding pics for the post

:)

take a look now

Is the banner widget better? I removed all other banners

yes i am going to put my own canva image up soon, just goes nicely in the widgets area

But it is black in colour

let's see how it looks in a minute when I find it
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Jim-Bo Premium
wow, even more cool advice!

Thanks buddy
gotta bookmark all this somehow!
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dougbeney Premium
Anytime:)
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Jim-Bo Premium
my first target, 100 dollars a month
second target, 1000 dollars a month
third target, 10,000 dollars a month
fourth? 100,000 dollars a month
fifth? greedy 1,000,000 dollars a month

lol
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dougbeney Premium
haha, you'll probably break the fifth goal by the end of next week.
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Jim-Bo Premium
I wish to reach the first goal by xmas - to show my wife that I wasn't blagging her about WA and how it does work

once i get to that goal my business (in financial terms) is paying for itself

:)
that will shut the mrs up! stop her rolling her eyes - then I will tell her next target is 1000, she might roll her eyes again, but less likely to do so when she sees 100, and some of the results here by other people, you included...

:)
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LED63 Premium
Oh Please! Me Too! Me Too!
(Spock should just be able to beam them all in - what's wrong with him?)
Hey James - I checked out your site too, to see what you were doing wrong (hahaha evil laugh) and I agree with Ole Doug, that you've got a lot of text and it needs to be broken up. (Because I'm an expert and know all about these things - cough, choke) You come across really well - your writing is interesting and very engaging. Well done!
I love the way you put your comments all over the Paid Viewpoint post - it makes it so personal.
Seriously, I thought your site was pretty cool looking and it's excellent to check it out and then compare it with Doug's review. I hope you don't mind me using your site as an education! I see you've already made some of his suggested changes. Would you mind letting me know sometime if you notice an increase in traffic and conversions?
Cheers
Ellie
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Jim-Bo Premium
will do Ellie!
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dougbeney Premium
It all takes hard work! Good luck!
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Autoincome Premium
I really like the WA review and the Best Way to Make Money Online for Beginners. You have real good content, and the information flows very smoothly.
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DavePage Premium
Brilliant answer. Have you achieved this yet as it was 6 months ago?
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john1955 Premium
Good site. I like the reviews which is very helpful when you are searching and not knowing the good ,the bad, or the ugly
Thanks for letting me take a look
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EhabAmin Premium
Hello, Congratulations! yu inspired me a lot I hope to start earning money like you! How many articles you write per month? so happy for you and wish you more and more sucess
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dougbeney Premium
Sorry for the late response. It varies. I try to write one post every single day. At one point I was even writing 2 a day. (each article is normally 1000+ words in length.) Now I also outsource 2-3 posts a day in addition to the one post I write.

I recommend starting out with writing one post a day. It's what really helped me grow what I was doing. It might take a bit to get comfortable writing a post a day, but it is well worth it when you get there!
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LED63 Premium
Well done! You really, really rock!
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dougbeney Premium
Thank you!
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ankit1432 Premium
u inspired me a lot bro,,,from where u have hired a content writers
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dougbeney Premium
I tried out a few different places but the best place I found was Upwork. Everything is super secure and you don't pay a dime unless you are satisfied.
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Jaweda2k Premium
Amazing job Doug! Keep Working It!
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Mike-Writes Premium
Congratulations, great job!
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dougbeney Premium
Thanks!
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Faraz Ahmed Premium
Very very INspiring! Hats off to you.
Did you use paid ads at all or was it all organic traffic?
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dougbeney Premium
All organic:)
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loujc Premium
What an inspiration to keep going! I checked out your website and it is very impressive. You deserve your success.
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nathanpall99 Premium
Great job! You've made some awesome progress!
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ToneFleming Premium
Dude awesome work! You will be making more then the average persons full time job in no time. I wanna see a November blog already. Good luck to ya the rest of the month.
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dougbeney Premium
Thanks!
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myonlinebiz8 Premium
Totally awesome!!! Congratulations!! Great job!!!
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dougbeney Premium
Thanks Murklll!
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Congrats!
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dougbeney Premium
Thanks!
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texasprinces Premium
Congrats! Impressive! Which site do you make the most money
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texasprinces Premium
Your site looks awesome! Thank you for sharing! Way to go!!
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dougbeney Premium
No problem! Thanks for that!
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adreyna Premium
Congratulations, what a great job!
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dougbeney Premium
Thanks Adreyna!
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dibbs0529 Premium
Awesome job bro! How long have you been using it before any profit came in? Jw..Thanks!
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dougbeney Premium
My first profit I made was sort of "cheating". I basically put articles on Reddit once and a while. The ones that got 20+ upvotes usually made sales. It was cool, but not sustainable.

My first organic sale took somewhere between 3 and 6 months; can't remember. You have to remember that I messed up a lot in the beginning and didn't come to WA for a while. I've seen a case on Wealthy Affiliate where someone got to $600+ in 4 months. My niche is also not particularly a hot one. If I was to start another music production site, it would take ages to find what works.
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VinceP1 Premium
That is very interesting Doug. You look at Google Analytics and these various success stories start out with very low, to hardly any organic traffic for months, and then boom, it starts.

Others WA members who have had significant growth in sales and traffic seem to share one common trait, ( besides a good niche ) they kept posting quality content.

Afterall , the only way to rank , for even the low competition keywords, is to have them in your content and create content around them.

Congrats one again for maintaining the posting frequency in the beginning and being so disciplined.
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dougbeney Premium
I agree. For the longest time I thought my niche would never be profitable. I believe any niche can be very profitable. It's all about building traffic and finding out what works with the traffic.

Anyone who gives up on their website reminds me of this image:
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starita70 Premium
Great job with great goal very inspiring!
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dougbeney Premium
Thank you!
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IMc Premium
Nice going. That's one of those graphs all newbies should keep by their monitor as inspiration not to quit after a few months.

Is this income mainly from the Midi Lifestyle site? Not surprising if it is as that reads like an authority site and not just a regular Amazon review site.
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Missa3 Premium
I totally Agree. Build it well. Watch it grow and they will come.

~D
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dougbeney Premium
Yep. Midi Lifestyle keeps performing better and better. I forget to mention in the post that I now have a team of writers that are putting out a lot of content on my other sites. I'm hoping that the other blogs will start to grow rapidly as well:)
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Missa3 Premium
Awesome, work smarter not harder!
~D
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IMc Premium
Are you doing any link building for your sites or just focusing on adding well written content regularly?
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dougbeney Premium
Surprisingly no. I've done some guest posts here and there but I'm not sure how much they have helped. I'd recommend trying to get guest posts once and a while. It will help you get free traffic and a good link. I don't really trust any other sort of backlink strategy other than guest posting. Also, before you write a guest post, make sure the site is fairly authoritative. It's just not worth spending time to write on unknown sites.
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Missa3 Premium
NIce tip, Thanks
~D
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dougbeney Premium
No problem:)
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VinceP1 Premium
Doug, this is incredible !! The acceleration and upslope in your graph is mind blowing.

Your selection of keywords, and the niche you are in are combining for tremendous results.

I am very happy for you, and this should be inspiration for others as they plan their web sites, and also as evidence that "It works" !

All the best Doug.

Vince
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dougbeney Premium
Thanks for the kind words Vince!
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VinceP1 Premium
No problem , you should be extremely proud what you accomplished in a relatively short time. If I did not mention it before with one of your previous updates, I love the web site theme and the visual appeal. Excellent all around.

Your consistency with creating content paid off in spades while you were awaiting the traffic tidal wave.
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Missa3 Premium
AWESOME !!

Such an exciting success story and one to inspire others a great deal.

Thanks for sharing Doug

~Debra
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dougbeney Premium
No problem! Thanks for reading!
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