My Past Caught Up To Me & Paid Me $1828.05!

Last Update: May 3, 2018

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No, I don't have a criminal past. lol When I refer to the past here, I'm talking about an article I wrote back in August 22, 2017 that has earned me $1828.05 this year SO FAR! The amount is probably greater if I set the date range back to 2017 and if one of the affiliate partners I listed in my screenshot below was capable of providing more historical data.

Either way you can see the screenshot below. It's showing a tracking id I used for one particular article. I actually use tracking ids for all my articles so I can see which ones are leading to my income. Most affiliate networks provide this so ask the one you work with how to set that up.

In either case the data you're seeing in the screenshot reflects just one of many articles!

How Did This Happen?

There isn't any secret sauce to spill. I basically follow what I laid out in my cheat sheet and the training that WA teaches. But the take away for you is that an article I wrote nearly a year ago, took time to really rank well. And now it's still earning me money nearly a year later.

This isn't new I have hundreds of articles that have been written since back in 2012 that still get traffic and make me money now!

What Does This Mean For You?

The effort you put in now may not pay off right away! I discuss this in my farmer article. It may takes months or even a year before Google trusts you and ranks your site. But if you continue to pump out quality content applying what WA teaches, then you will eventually get traffic and make money. This money won't be one time. It can be for years to come.

And keep in mind this doesn't doesn't happen for every article. You never know which articles Google will like and rank. This leads me to my next point.

Wait & See = Lost Money!

Let's say you decide I'm going to write one article and wait to see if it ranks and makes me money. The best case scenario Google ranks it and you're making money like I mentioned above. But during that time you were waiting, you could have written more articles that Google may have ranked and made more money. But you missed that boat because you wanted to wait around and see if this really works or not.

In other words you need delayed gratification. You can't have an employee mentality of I put in x hours and I need to see x dollars in x time. Unfortunately this business doesn't always work that way when you first start. And that's what most people fail to understand. So they give up not realizing their effort is a long term investment.

Be Patient

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your business. The folks that approach this like a long term investment will eventually see the return. It may not be on every article you write but some of them will hit. It's a numbers game. But you have to be patient to see the odds work in your favor.

Write Content That Is Properly Optimized!

Jay has a great video that breaks down the proper steps to optimize your content and to help you with proper keyword research. Too many of you are writing willy nilly or just writing what you think would be a good topic. And what you should be doing is writing based on proper keyword research and applying proper SEO best practices.

If you're not doing that with all your articles, you're wasting time. You won't get traffic or make money. Write with a purpose that is guided by the proper training provided here. Don't ignore it because you're fixated on what you want to write or do. It's a receipe for disaster.

What's Next?

Run with what you've learned here. I've linked to a few sources that will help you get right. If you liked this post, you'll probably enjoy my others here, so check them out! That's where you'll find my best advice. Read that stuff first because it will usually address a question or concern you have.

At the end of the day this business works. But it will only work for you if you give it the patience and delayed gratification required to see the results. You can't come here with an employee or get rich quick mentality. It won't cut it.

Assuming you're following the training, your work will eventually pay off and it will continue to do that many times over. My example above proves that. And remember it's just one article!

Your articles are like checks waiting to be cashed later. If you're focused on any other distractions then you're leaving money on the table. Let that marinate in your mind.

Until next time ya'll,

Eddy with a y

I'm off to write myself some checks. lol

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Recent Comments


Is it fair to assume that posts achieving a Page 1 SERP will always have more long term potential for sales growth?

In order to not get ahead of myself by fretting about sales, I try to focus on getting Page 1 SERPs. I sort of play a little game with myself. How many Page 1 SERPs can I get?

This helps me rinse and repeat the content creation tasks that potentially lead to a Page 1 SERP.

It's not safe to assume anything about potential sales from the SERP - writing to rank and writing to convert are two different animals, both of which you need to tame. I know many marketers who are excellent at generating traffic but can't convert that traffic to sales to save their souls. Other guys fight for traffic, but once they get it, convert in huge numbers. Never assume anything about online marketing. Test, test, test and let the data be your guide.

Ranking on the first page means nothing if you can't convert that traffic. I see many pages on the first page and then when I look at their page, they do a horrible job of monetizing the traffic. So the only thing being on the first page of the SERPS can guarantee is traffic. But the long term sales will depend on how you write your content to monetize it and what you're promoting. That's why you have to test to see what works and it does.

Agree with Mel!

LOL, looks like we were both responding at the same time! I aree with you too!

Indeed. Great minds think alike Mel.

There is so much emphasis on posting volume in the training and here in the community, including many success stories inferring that their posting volume was the key.

How might I learn more about conversion testing? Is there any training on this subject here at WA?

Just do a search above. But the best way I learned about conversions was to try to test different things on my site and see what worked and didn't work. I would do it on my posts that got the most traffic because that would give me quick results. But you can test simple things like your calls to action aka how you word your links to see if you see increases or not.

Hey Eddy, thanks for this post. We agree, though we are new, that patience is a must and to keep on writing content all the time.
Taking ownership of what we are doing as a business professional and not falling into an employee mentality. Love it, thanks! Colette and Philip

You're very welcome Philip. I'm glad to hear we're on the same page.

I’ve been even worse than trying to wait and see... I’ve been doing nothing! Subconsciously thinking that even though it works for so many people here on WA, it won’t work for me.

I’m excited to now have a plan and I’m looking forward to seeing success in the four different strands of my game plan.

Thanks for your insightful post... I’m off to read your other links now.

I totally understand Phil. I think at one point we've all thought that this may not work for me even with the knowledge that everyone learned this business. None of us were born knowing how to do this. So it's an illogical lie we tell ourselves that some how we won't be able to succeed. It's just our natural fear of failing. But we've all learned to push pass this fear and fail forward. So you can do it too.

Great to see that one article working hard for you Eddy!

I have definitely lost money to the "wait and see" philosophy. So many times I've written an article and plant to add affiliate links later. Fast forward a couple months, and it's ranked, and I lost out on all those commissions.

Thanks for linking all those resources in your content Eddy. It's hard to keep track of all the good training and blogs here at WA.

Thanks Nathaniel.

I hear ya. I think if you've been in the business long enough we've all made mistakes that cost of tons of money. But fortunately that's why we're part of this community so we can be reminded and learn from each other.

And thanks again for the tip on Medivine. This month was my first full month payment and it was sweet. Are you still finding success with it?

Nice one, this is the case where it is always a nice feeling when you're past CONTENT and revenue catches up to you!

The life of an affiliate marketer. The thing that I've always been preaching is the fact that you can create a single article that pays dividends for years. I have had many articles that have paid $10,000's over the years, from ONE article.

Further evidence of this very concept, will be interesting to see how much this single piece of content pays you in the years to come.

Great post!

Thanks Kyle. I agree. The thing is you never know which one or ones will produce dividends for years. So you shouldn't just bank on one, you should give Google as many of them that can potentially turn into that.

Obviously you know this all too well. It should be further validation that people need to apply the training so their effort now will continue to pay off in the future.

Every article you write has the potential to be a check for years to come. So why just write 1 or 2 checks when you could be writing hundreds of them. It just doesn't make "cents" literally. lol

Very true, and this is where the law of numbers come into play. We all have to appreciate that not every single effort we put forth will turn into tangible fruits (money). But through time, MANY will.

I cringe any time I see someone too fixated on ranking under ONE particular keyword. The invest months into it, when at the end of the day they can only have so much control over where they rank.

Google, Bing and Yahoo will ultimately have the last say, which sometimes is great for you, sometimes not so good, sometimes somewhere in the middle.

Agreed Kyle. I don't fixate on being ranked for one keyword anymore for my articles. I've learned that even if you don't rank for the keyword you had in mind, Google will often rank your article for other terms you didn't even consider. I just keep plugging away. We don't control the search engines. But we can control how much content we can produce to give them. And usually writing more quality content that is following the principles taught here will lead to good things in time.

Hi Eddy, yay to the past and that nice sum of $$$!

I love reading posts like this.

Thanks for sharing, it's encouragement for us and the links you left I will read right away. I'm pretty sure I have what is needed, just taking so long to get traffic.


You're welcome Patsy. We all need inspiration. Yes getting traffic does take time. But it can happen if folks are following the right steps. Too often it's because people aren't writing applying the proper keyword research and SEO best practices.

I'm ranking well and most on page1 and position 1, I do have patience!

That's great Patsy. Hopefully you're ranking for keywords that are bringing the right audience to you that you can help and make money with.

I am, all my titles are long tailed keywords and I have it within the first or second paragraph then write freely. The Googlebot picks up more :)

Great job. Keep it up.


Hi Eddy with a y,
I so appreciate your post. I always use the keyword search, and have seen success just by doing that. It's marvelous. Wish I had one for conversations in the real world too. LOL

I'm going to tap on the link for the samples you've provided, but let me just thank you in advance. Thank you!


You're welcome Bev. I'm happy to hear that you are doing keyword research.

hey Eddy,
Like and thanks, your post make a lot of sense that turn into dollars(0: all kidding aside. Stepping up to the plate takes a lot of courage. You are so right if we stick to the training we can make it. I can I will it's been just over a year and I have been ranked in Google and very proud of it it makes me fell that what I am doing is important not just for my self but bring a bit of light to the table.
always a better way

You're welcome Linda. It's great to hear that you're having success.

The one great takeaway that I took in reading this article, Eddy, is that sometimes it takes a bit of patience for posts that you create on your website for them to reach fruition - that is of the $$$ type.

Thanks Eddy for this bit of inspiration in letting members know that attaining financial success in an online business can be accomplished - but only through hard work!

Indeed Jeff. You definitely get it.

Exactly right Eddy.
I followed/am following the training properly. I have only 10 posts so far, but one of them ranked on page one of Google, bing and Yahoo and so far has given me 11 sales. I will keep on writing as I know if I keep on then other posts will start to rank high and make me money too.
Thanks for your inspirational posts. Those and other people's too are a lot of help to me and keeps me motivated.
Take care,

Congrats on your success Michael. Keep that effort up. Don't let up. Not all articles will lead to ranking or money. But you improve your chances of that by giving Google more and more options to find you and reward you.

Thanks a lot Eddy, there's no way I'll be giving up. I'd say I'm pretty much addicted now and I enjoy every aspect. The training, research, writing. Learning all the time and that's definitely a good thing.
Take care

That's great to hear. You'll have long term success because of that attitude.

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