Overwhelmed By The WA Training? Here's A Cheat Sheet!

Last Update: June 03, 2019

Before I dive in, I recommend that you bookmark this article now. I'll wait... This article is going to link to a lot of resources that will help you succeed and you'll want to take your time and read. The information below will help you at different times in your business so you'll want to come back to it often. So bookmark it now. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

Let's face it, WA is the best internet marketing community because of the tools, support and the vast amount of training. But it's almost a gift and curse. Because there is so much training produced here, it can be confusing, overwhelming or missed in some cases.

So the goal of this post is to simplify WA for any newbies or even existing members. This is pretty much a high level overview of what you need to do in this business. It's not a substitute for the training. But I think it will help put the training in better perspective and you'll get more out of it.

That said, I'll be honest. I don't follow everything the training suggests. I tend to follow the spirit of most of it and its main elements. And I think what I listed below does a good job of covering the most important aspect of this business. So I think if you ever find yourself getting overwhelmed or confused this will keep everything in perspective.

1. What is the goal of this business?

Ultimately the goal of your blog is to solve problems. You can write about whatever you want, but if you want to actually make money, then your content should revolve around solving problems. For instance, I write reviews because I know people who are searching for reviews are planning to sign up for something or buy it. But they want confirmation that they should do so. So they'll google "Company X reviews", "Company X complaints" or "Company X Scams". My job is to write an honest review where I tell them the good and bad about said company. In the process I will always give them alternatives which happens to be my affiliate links to a trusted company. People want options. So I might as well give it to them. It helps them and obviously helps me. We both win. Most of you are here because someone did this and you're happy they did.

So your goal is to write content that helps people. Don't waste it by babbling about things people aren't actually searching for. If you're not doing keyword research and writing your content around it. Then you're basically wasting time and no one will find your content. We'll discuss later how to write content and do keyword research properly.

2. What is your website going to be about? aka Niche Selection

Again, if your goal is to actually make money, you need to pick a niche that is conducive to making that happen. I don't hold the same belief that anything can be a good niche site. I know that flies in the face of what is taught here. But when researching a niche idea, I am looking for the following factors before proceeding:

  • Can I write content for years to come?

People are under this misconception that after you build your site and add a few pages you're done. No sir, your website is a car. And cars need gas weekly and regular maintence. In this case new posts are the gas for your website. So you need to pick a niche where you can write new content every week for years to come and not run out of ideas. This is why I love product reviews. But we'll get into content ideas later in this article. The main point here is you have to pick a niche that makes it easy for you to come up with content regulalry.

  • Are people looking for solutions?

You don't want to pick a niche just because it's your hobby and passion. You should also factor in if people are actively looking for this niche in google to solve a problem. Sure, I can start a site on my love for Star Trek. But I probably wouldn't make much money with this site because it's not solving an issue. Whereas if I start a website about growing a beard, that would attract people like myself that are actively looking for advice and products to help grow a beard. And that brings me to my next requirement.

  • Are people willing to spend money in your niche?

At the end of the day most of you are here to make money with your site. So you need to pick niches where people are actively looking for products and services that they are willing to pay for. Maybe you may want to start a website about helping under served youth. And that intention is great. But it's not going to make you any money because your audience isn't looking to spend money because they probably don't have it.

Going back to my beard site example, people that want to grow a beard are willing to pay money to buy products and accessories to help them with that. They're actively looking on Google for solutions and reviews on products that claim to give them a solution. It's a niche with buyer's intent. This is very important when selecting your niche. Is your audience willing and expecting to spend money for solutions? Are there products you can recommend and review? If you can't say yes with confidence, then this niche is unlikely to make you money even if it meets the other requirements I listed above.

Hopefully this helps you come up with your niche or re-evaluate ideas you may had that aren't conducive to this business. But if things still aren't clicking for you, I have included some other niche articles to help you think it through down below. Just take your time. There is no need to rush picking a niche. It won't speed up the money making aspect of this business. It will still take you time to see that. But it's better you take the time to pick a niche that is set up for long term success.

Here are some resources to help you pick a proper niche designed to make money.

3. How Do I Create A Good Website?

So hopefully now you know what your business is going to be about, you need to create a good website. Fortunately WA makes this process easy with their siterubix tool. But I see people making it more complicated than it needs to be. Folks get a new toy and they spend so much time playing with it, they delay working on what will actually drive traffic and income which is content.

Here's what you need to know when it comes to creating a quality site design: K.I.S.S. For those of you who don't know what that means, let me break it down. Keep It Simple Stupid! In other words, you don't need to have every bell and whistle. You don't need to fiddle with all your fonts, colors, headers, sidebar, and whatever else that is distracting you from actually getting into content. Pick a simple clean theme that makes your content the focal point. You don't need things with large images and sliders, etc. People are coming to your site to solve a problem. Why have them jump past large images and a whole bunch of unnecessary text or menus before they can get what they want? Keep it simple and don't get distracted by nonsense as I discuss here:

Themes I like that are clean, simple and easy to use:

How To Pick A Good Domain?

When it comes to picking a domain name, keep this simple too. Here are my criteria for picking a domain name:

  1. Must be a .com. Look, no one remembers anything but a.com. All the other ones folks ignore. In most people's mind a .com just seems more professional. If you can't get the .com version of your domain, brainstorm a new one.
  2. Don't use hyphens. Although most of your traffic will probably come from being ranked in google, I don't like domain names that can be easily forgotten or misspelled. If someone is unlikely to remember my domain name without having to write it down, I don't want it.
  3. This one is optional, but I like keyword rich domains such as WorkAtHomeNoScams.com which is my blog. I like keyword rich domains because when people link to your site, they'll usually just use your website address. If your website address uses a keyword phrase, that means when people are linking to you, the anchor text is a keyword because your domain includes it. It may not help a lot, but it does help some with rankings. Furthermore, in the search results google bolds words related to what you're searching. So if your site comes up in the results your website address may be bolded because of a keyword in it and that helps increase clicks and thus rankings.

Now with all that said, I see a lot of people looking for keywords that have a lot of traffic from their domains. You don't need to worry about that because most of your traffic is actually going to come from individual posts you write that target many different keywords. So don't spend so much time trying to find the perfect keyword with tons of low competition traffic for your domain name. It's better just to pick a keyword that reflects your overall site niche and makes it clear that you're an authority. I named my blog WorkAtHomeNoScams.com because I wanted people to immediately know what my blog would focus on.

The following tool I use to come up with domain names. Just type in any keyword you want to use as a domain name and it will provide you with all the available .com domain names. But don't buy your domain names there. You should only use it to generate your ideas and then buy your domain names here at Site Domains. Here's the tool to help you come up with a domain name that meets the requirements I listed above.

4. How Do I Write Content?

I would say writing content is probably the second biggest struggle for people after selecting a niche. In my years of helping people I've seen a lot of different situations. You have some people that are just terrified of writing. They think they need to be perfect, so they're crippled with fear and do everything else but write. They busy themselves by playing with themes and other things that won't really drive traffic or sales. Then you have people that will write content, but it won't follow any of the SEO best practices taught here. They'll write content that is only 200-300 words long. They may just copy and paste things from other sources. They may write a wall of text that is hard to read. They write content without doing keyword research or applying it in their actual content. They write content that has no clear calls to action.

I get it, writing content can be difficult for most people. But let's keep it simple. Remember what I said at the start of this article. Your job is to help people solve their problems. If you're writing content like you're trying to help a friend, it will come easier. All you're doing is applying a little of the technical and marketing best practices to your content. Don't over think those elements. Think of your goal first which is to help people that are actively searching for solutions and information.

Here are some resources that will help you write better and keep these principles in mind.

5. How Do I Get Visitors To My Site?

It all boils down to your content. Again, I tend to pick niches where I know people are actively searching google for various topics within my niche especially product and company reviews. I love reviews because there are always new companies or products coming out in certain niches. That means I don't have to think of new content ideas. A new company or product comes out in my niche, I just write a review on it because I know people will be going to google and searching about it. That just means easy traffic for me.

But it doesn't have to be reviews. There are best practices to help you write content that will drive traffic:

If you're not writing your content following most of what Jay laid out above, people won't find your content. And you won't make money. You have to write with purpose and keeping certain principles that Jay covers in mind. Otherwise you're wasting your time. If you have already written articles that fail to follow Jay's step then go back and edit them. Or just make sure you apply what Jay teaches going forward with new articles.

6. How Do I Make Money?

So I wasn't sure if I should include this section, but I feel there are some jewels I can drop that people may learn from. So the focus of WA is to make money with affiliate marketing. By now you should know what that is. But you're basically getting paid to refer people to other sites. The benefit of this is you don't have collect payments or deal with customer service. It's an easier way to make money online.

Amazon is probably the easiest program to get into and start making money with. So you should try to start with that since the barrier to entry isn't as hard. With other affiliate companies like Google and affiliate networks it may be harder to get in. So you want to make sure you have been posting new content for a few months before applying to some of the bigger boys. When you apply to be an affiliate, they'll usually go look at your site to see if it's actually live and has content that will engage people to click on their affiliate links. If they visit your site and see you don't really have any quality posts that can drive traffic, you'll be rejected. No traffic means no money for them so why bother dealing with you.

When you do get accepted into an affiliate program, please don't just slap a whole bunch of banners on your site and call it a day. Remember, people will be coming to your site because you've written content that solves their problem. So they'll be in a mindset to read it. People tend to have banner blindness, but they will read text for the most part. So you want to make sure you have many text based calls to action in your articles. Calls to action basically mean telling people what to do. Don't assume they will because they won't. You want to have various text links that are bolded and easy to spot multiple times in your given article. You do this because people scan so you want to be sure that you more likely to catch their eye as they scan.

If you're only using banners or only including one link in your articles at the end, then you're leaving tons of money on the table. Just adding several more text based affiliate links throughout your article can increase your income dramatically. If you already have content that is ranking and getting traffic you should apply this immediately and watch your income grow.

Bonus Tip: Keep your affiliate programs relevant to your niche topic. Too often I see people trying to slap WA banners on their niche sites that have nothing to do with WA. If I go to a car dealership, I'm not buying groceries there just because you have a grocery store section in your car dealership. I've come there to buy a car. That's my mindset. So don't try to shove WA or unrelated affiliate programs on your site because it makes you a lot of money or you like it. It won't covert well, unless you approach it the way I've discussed in this article:

INSPIRATION:

When you apply what I've mentioned above, these are the type of results you may experience in time:

What's Next?

Hopefully this gives you a nice overview of what you should be doing to succeed in this business. Again, this shouldn't replace the training. It's really more of a compliment or cheat sheet of it.

Most of these principles is what I and other WA super affiliates follow. It's one the main reasons I'm usually one of the few people that win WA Super Affiliate Contest that results in a free all expense paid trip to Vegas every year.

So if you're wondering what the secret sauce is, that's pretty much what I use. That said, none of this stuff is a magic bullet. It will still take hard work, consistency and patience to see the fruits of all this. But it does work.

So if you're ever stuck or confused about what you should be doing to succeed then read this article again. If you find that you need help with any of these elements, then be sure to follow my tips: How To Get The Help Here At WA... Guaranteed!.

Well, this post has been long enough. Let me know if you found this helpful. If so be sure to share it with everyone else in the community. Shout out to some of the authors of the content I've referenced in this article.

Until next time,

Eddy "with a y"

(Yes, it's that serious! lol)

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Natz01 Premium
Hi Eddy

How I wish I'd read this a few months ago (even though you only wrote it in August 2017!). It would've saved me a whole lot of discouragement and frustration!

As it stands, I'm sitting with a website (maturewomanfitness.com) that I started at the end of January and have spent hours on creating content, but I realize that I totally lack direction with it, and if I'm confused, no doubt anyone who stumbles upon it will be too!

It started out as a fitness site for midlife women, but has evolved into a site about fitness of body, soul and spirit...I'm not sure of my menu - if it even makes sense...I don't think my blog posts should be posts, but rather pages...had no idea of how to monetize at the start, have no traffic (been using keywords) and have just had my Amazon account closed due to no sales...go figure? This means that I need to change all my Amazon affiliate links, very discouraging prospect.

At this point, I'm wondering if I should just abandon this site, and start anew with greater understanding. I don't like to give up though, and it breaks my heart after all the work I've already put in! (A few things it seems I have got right according to your post means that it's not all bad news). Your post clarifies things I wish I knew before, would've prevented many, many mistakes!!

I've briefly considered dropping the whole idea, including WA membership, but I love the community and training here and it would leave me worse off, so I shall probably suck it up, mope a little, and then continue, one way or another. Hopefully, I can find a way to salvage my site. Certainly, it would be (for me), the thrill of a lifetime if I could actually make a website which could earn even a modest income...a little bit like magic:),

Thanks again for this valuable post.
Natalie
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Natalie,

I totally feel your pain. It took me a while to figure out what I laid out above in this cheat sheet. So that's why I felt compelled to create it and share it. I was running into a lot of people that had the same issues you did. So I'm glad it helps clear things for you and give more direction.

Since your site has been around for a while, Google probably trust it. So you have the advantage in that respect. Maybe what you want to do going forward is applying what you have learned here to ongoing posts. Maybe it's going back to posts that you're already ranking for and making the improvements I've suggested. The site may be salvageable. So give it some thought. Read what I've listed here again and see where you can apply it to the things you've already done on your site or may going forward based on your new content.

You can still start another site as well if you want since it will be from scratch and can be done right from the get go. But I don't like abandoning sites that google already knows about and trusts. Because it takes months to get a site to that point. So there is some equity there.


I hope this makes sense.
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delroy2222 Premium
Hi Natalie

Your website looks great.
Congratulations. )
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Natz01 Premium
Eddy,

I do thank you for your wise counsel! I am going to continue with my current site and start another one when I'm happy with this one.

I've managed to sort out the menu issues that I was concerned about - now my blog posts are not only found under the Blog menu, but I created categories and put those under sub-menus on my main menu, so it's easier to navigate to them now!

My second issue with Amazon - I reapplied, they accepted me, and now I'm busy going through all my Amazon links and changing them to the new affiliate link. At least I did not have to get rid of all my Amazon content with links to Amazon!

Getting there slowly but surely! This site of mine is going to help people someday!!
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Natz01 Premium
Thank you! I've spent quite a bit of time making it look "pretty"- now I want it to be functional and eventually to bring in a little income:)
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delroy2222 Premium
You're welcome Natalie. )
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Natalie. I'm glad to hear you're back on track.
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THay0209 Premium
Hi Eddy "with a y." Lol. I really enjoyed this post. It was very insightful and I know that I will be referring back to it. I am in the beginning stages, as I joined in July of this year. Would you suggest going through the various training levels while creating content/working on the business or train first and then start the creation process? I really want to get going, but I don't want to start off on the wrong foot or stay in the same phase. Again, great post. It came right on time! Thanks so much for sharing :).

Terese
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi, I'm glad you did.
So you should be going through the training and following the action steps in the lessons. You shouldn't really be creating content until you've gone through the training that explains this in detail so you do it right.

Sometimes I just recommend people just read through the training first. Then double back and take action on it. I hope this helps.
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THay0209 Premium
Great, this helps. Thanks so much for your reply!

Terese
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome.
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DKMade Premium
I have been making my way through the ranks since the big ranking change and I came across Fast Eddy...with a "Y", I say fast as I can see you have put your time in patiently, stepped back, looked at it with common sense, rationalized it and then reacted to make the necessary changes to make it streamlined and profitable.
I have been using the KISS method all my life thanks to my old man. I can tell you have a few other key sayings you live by, Big Pun maybe, "If it doesn't make dollars, it doesn't make sense." I also notice that I have not seen you a lot in chat rooms or commenting on posts, the total opposite of me right now as I am learning everything and still picking apart who can I best learn from and why.I'm not far from the top now.
That was a great post, simple to understand (KISS) and I actually found a lot more clarity in some topics over the training, so for that, I thank you, sir. Keep them coming...what am I saying, you have more than enough content to fill a Bathroom Readers vol 3. Keep it going strong and stay blessed my friend.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Jair. No, I don't spend a lot of time in chat or blog a lot. If I blog, it's something of value like so many of my blogs here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog

I spend most of my time running my business and helping my referrals and other members.
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DKMade Premium
Thus......Fast Eddy...with a Y lol I will be watching you closely, you are a man I can learn from. Have a great night and a better weekend.
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EddySalomon Premium
You too.
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woodyMdEsign Premium
Ever since I commented on this very page not so long ago I've been following the comments others made. I think it really would be a good idea to have that cheat sheet somewhere along the other lessons in course 1.
People don't always understand things when they are presented in a particular order and having something that clarifies a point briefly can be very usefu.
Martina
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EddySalomon Premium
Let Kyle and Carson know. lol
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woodyMdEsign Premium
Guess I will.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Ahhh...I love "authorized" cheat sheets, lol. This is like an open book test...I love it!

I just added this to my favorites to read for later, but I did look over your section about selecting a domain name. I already have one site, but I started the Bootcamp recently and got stuck with coming up with a domain name. The question came to mind about whether or not I needed to have a keyword in the name of my title, that really had me stuck. Now I understand that although it's not mandatory, having a "keyword rich" domain can prove to be very beneficial.

Thanks, Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL, You're very welcome Veronica. I'm glad it resonated with you.
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