So as many of you know I've been in this affiliate marketing business for many moons. To put that in perspective, I was online when you had to use a dial up modem and have an account with AOL to connect to the internet.

If you don't know what that is, then that shows how long I've been online. LOL And right from the very start I was trying to make money, along with surfing some questionable websites. Don't judge me. I was young.

Back In The Day

"In my day", you had to know HTML programming to create a website. You couldn't just click a couple of buttons like you do now with WA.

To have people find your website, you would need to post ads in online classifieds and message boards. SEO wasn't even a thing yet. Now you little young "whipper snappers" just need to write some content that is optimized and Google will eventually send you free traffic via people that are actually looking for what you have to offer.

Ya'll don't know how good you have it.

Doubting Thomas

Although I lived through the "dark ages" of the internet. And my blog WorkAtHomeNoScams.com eventually came about because of all the new advances in marketing and technology. It made me wonder, does what WA teaches still work if I started a new blog? After all, my blog WorkAtHomeNoScams.com has been plugging along for over a decade and been pretty successful. Here is SOME of my income:

But maybe I got lucky with this blog and started it when there was less competition. Could I do it again in this new environment where there are far more bloggers?

Challenge Accepted

So I decided to create a new blog: MoreRealReviews.com to prove to myself I could make money in another niche applying what WA teaches. I launched my blog in March 2017 and started pumping out new content. I like reviews so I stuck with that. I also outsourced the articles because I'm too busy juggling too much already.

Oh Snap!

To my surprise my little blog was able to produce over $500 over the course of a few months.

Most of that was from Amazon, which I ignored for years because of their crappy commissions. But it never dawned on me that the affiliate program is actually great because you get paid for whatever anyone buys on amazon using your affiliate link within that 24 hours. So even if people weren't buying what I recommended they were buying other things that made me money. And that was an ah ha moment for me. Either way the point is I made money with a brand new site.

Crap Happens...

Things were going pretty well for my new blog. But then like with any business I was derailed when I lost my writer. I found a new one, but I wanted to take a step back from the new site to see if I could be more strategic with my content. I broke against one of the most fundamental things WA teaches about focusing on one niche. I was trying a different model. And it worked, but I found it more difficult to stay consistent with content ideas. But I plan to revisit the blog in 2018.

So Yes, Wealthy Affiliate Still Works!

So ultimately what WA teaches still works. It worked back in 2007 when I first joined this place and it worked in 2017 when I started a new blog. It does take patience and consistency. I lost some steam with my consistency and my income has gone down with that blog because I'm not adding new content. However, it still makes me money passively even if it's a little. But I suspect when I start writing on that blog again, the site will pick up steam and revenue.

I'm happy I made the investment to be a premium member a long time ago. It has paid for itself many times over. Creating a new blog like I did would have been a big pain in the butt back in the day. But here on WA I was able to buy my domain and set up my blog within minutes. When I needed comments for my new blog, I could get them here at WA.

You take for granted that WA has literally everything you need in one place. And this new blog was a nice reminder of how fortunate we are to have this place. So I hope this gives you some inspiration.

If you're on the fence about investing in yourself, I would say don't be. If you're patient, hard-working, can follow directions and can be consistent, the investment will pay for itself many times over. The proof is in the pudding as you could see above with my new blog.

I'm happy that I went premium years ago. I quickly realized you're not paying a fee to make money when you go premium. You're making a financial investment in yourself and your future. The people that are able to understand this fundamental difference are the ones that succeed long term. Hopefully you aren't Stevie Wonder and you can see this now!

Until next time,

Eddy with a y

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johnwnewman Premium
Awesome Eddy! Thanks :-)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome John.
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viyee Premium
Great info and really enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing, Eddy!
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You're welcome Peony
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Bob-1 Premium
Thanks for the link over here Eddy. I enjoyed the read and yes, it did provide inspiration. Okay, I've got go! Back to creating my quality content.... seriously!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm happy to hear it Bob.
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CMD2012 Premium
Great article as always! Thanks for the encouragement.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Cristy
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macklc Premium
Thanks Eddy for writing this post. I needed to read this to kick my butt to get back to work on the training.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad to hear it Michael
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roamy Premium
Well done Eddy, I know you`re the person who I first read from about WA long time ago.Glad you`re still here, going strong and still motivated.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Roamy. I've been here for a decade and I don't plan to go anywhere. lol
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WindyCityUSA Premium
Awesome post, congratulations. Left you a PM.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks
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PaulMunns Premium
Great post Eddy (with a y). Very encouraging. Thank you.
Paul.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Paul.
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suzieq Premium
Thanks for this. It’s so encouraging for us newbies to read these success stories.
Blessings
Suzanne
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Suzanne
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Stella2 Premium
Thank you for sharing, Eddy!
It's always great to have an experienced member affirm the process and training at WA, and the online possibilities in general.
Thanks for taking the time! :-)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Stella!
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BrendaW1 Premium
It's great to know it really does work, thanks Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
Yes, it's been working for me since 2007. So yes, it still does.
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N33 Premium
Nice to see you are working a little bit, lol.
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EddySalomon Premium
lol. Just a tad.
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DMcCalister Premium
Eddy, this was well done - thanks so much for laying it all out for us. I needed to see this info. It helps keep me inspired. As a part time student and new blogger, site builder, along with my other commitments, I know I will get where I want to go.

Dallas
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Gary. It takes time and patience but it does eventually pay off if you don't give up.
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DMcCalister Premium
I NEVER give up... quitters never win.

Dallas
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EddySalomon Premium
Good! Then you'll see long term success!
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KatieMac Premium
This is good to Know Eddy especially for all the newer members and the one's still pushing through
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed.
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NatNiches Premium
Awesome Eddy! I have one site still making commissions from Amazon every month, despite barely working on it for a year. I know I need to get back on it, because there is still potential there.

Like you say, it's finding the time too - I have considered hiring a write and have a few times, but I guess it's about finding the perfect writer for you, where you don't have to spend any time editing and so on.

Anyway, all inspiring stuff - thanks! Nat
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EddySalomon Premium
Well I would definitely recommend getting back on the site. Imagine how much money you would make if you added content regularly. Writers can be trained to get you 80% of where you want and the 20% editing you may have to do still makes your life easier. So you should seriously consider it. You may have to go through a few bad writers at first but eventually you'll find some good ones.
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laurenjean Premium
Nice one, Eddy!! What a great thing to do10 years on. Well done on the amazing income (on both your old site and new site). Always enjoy your posts.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Lauren. I appreciate it.
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Defiant6 Premium
Thank you so much for sharing that Eddy. Wealthy Affiliate does work, I have seen proof with my own eyes as it has happened to me. Nearly a year and a half ago, I made my very first revenue ever from Google AdSense. This year, I made my very first affiliate commission sales from Amazon. It doesn't add up to a whole lot, but it does show that everything here does work.

My biggest problem is staying consistent and keeping focus. I might have the focus for a little while, but then it drops off and I don't add content on a regular basis, but I'm working on some things to change that and I'm actually writing down a plan and goals this time to make myself stay consistent so that I can earn much more in the coming year and beyond. I'm also working on a new side hustle that I'm excited about to help earn some extra income quicker while I'm working on my websites to get them where they need to be to hopefully start earning some serious revenue.
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EricaCrystal Premium
Thanks for this comment. I'm feeling the same, and it's hard to stay focused and keep producing regular content. I'm glad it's not only me. Congrats on getting your sale! That's awesome.
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EddySalomon Premium
I hear you. Staying consistent can be difficult especially if you don't see money right away. I find it's also harder to do if you didn't pick the right niche. Either way you have to find a way to push through the pain because as you experienced it will pay off.
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Defiant6 Premium
Sometimes I do wonder if I picked the right niche, but it is a niche that I enjoy and I target a certain section of that overall niche and this past Friday as well as Monday shows that it is still a very profitable niche because of the amount of money that was made from it, but it is still hard to make revenue from it because of the competition.

I have noticed though that there doesn't seem to be very much sites targeted just specifically to a certain segment of that overall niche so I know I can use that to my advantage if I just put enough focus on it and work consistently. I definitely have enough product in that niche where I can write lots of content, I just have to force myself to do it on a consistent basis as I've finally seen this year what can happen sometimes when you least expect it.
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EddySalomon Premium
It sounds like you just need to be more consistent given what you laid out here. So keep it at it.
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Defiant6 Premium
You're right, action and consistency is the key and so I will keep at. Don't stop posting your blogs here that show us what is definitely possible when you take action and follow the training :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed.
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JeanR Premium
That's Awesome Eddy. Very Inspirational. Thanks
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome.
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SuzaMarie Premium
That's awesome, Eddy! It's inspiring to see your results.

Thanks for being you...inspiring, motivating and encouraging!

I get a lot out of reading your posts.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Suzanne. I'm glad to hear that.
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PeterK77 Premium
You, sir, are an absolute champion and an inspiration!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thank you.
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SondraM Premium
That is awesome!!! You have a very down to earth way of writing. So it makes me wonder, were nervous about outsourcing the writing to someone else in the beginning?
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks. Yes I was terrified. But I still edit the articles so they have my voice. I'm still not comfortable having the articles sounding like anything but me. So that's my limitation. But having someone do most of the lifting is still very helpful.
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SondraM Premium
That makes sense.

I'm glad that you figured out a way to keep your voice through the editing.

I hope that you will break all of your old records in December.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks.
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AllenWill Premium
Good stuff Eddy!
Part of the reason I returned to WA is receiving a unexpected affiliate payment in my checking account. This was from a blog I had neglected and a posts that are several years old.

What if I had kept at it...hmmm.
Thanks for your inspiration man!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're not the first member that has had this happen. One of my other referrals experienced the same thing and she was inspired. I tell people all the time it can take time to see your first dollars. Things you do now may not pay off until months down the line so you have to keep pushing forward. I'm glad you're seeing that now.
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AllenWill Premium
Yep! :)
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Eddy, thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration!
I have the patience and know I will be a success :D
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Patsy. I'm glad you're inspired now.
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mybiz4u Premium
Awesome post, Eddy with a 'Y'.
Continued success for you!
M
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Michelle.
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mybiz4u Premium
You're welcome, E.
M
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StefanC Premium
Thanks Eddy with a y! You are such a giant inspiration to us all!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Stefan.
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Lodge Premium
Thanks Eddy for showing some of the income numbers you have seen. It is encouraging to me and it means a lot!
Curtis
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome.
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DianneC1 Premium
Can't wait to see payouts like that
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EddySalomon Premium
Keep at it and you will.
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JeffL61 Premium
Eddy, out of any person who I have come to know personally I've learned to trust your knowledge concerning running an online business.

Any person who is even thinking about creating an online business could not find a better training program compared to what is offered here at Wealthy Affiliate. I don't even know which program would be in second place, nor do I care!

Congratulations on all of the success you have been able to achieve with your online business ventures!

And, thank you for all the help you have provided me since I joined WA with my online business!

Jeff

P.S. I also took advantage of the Black Friday sale by renewing my yearly membership for another year, Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed Jeff. Thanks for being such a great student that is willing to listen and apply my advice.
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HarveyBrown Premium
Great blog Eddy, thanks.
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it Harvey
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sb4269 Premium
Go for it Eddy, you are on it!
Sam
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Rich908 Premium
You Rock Eddy
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EddySalomon Premium
lol, aww thanks.
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amexrn Premium
Hi Eddy, thanks a lot, very inspiring.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Arline! I'm glad it inspires you.
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Grover6304 Premium
Great post and terrific performance. How did you identify folks to outsource your content?
Steve
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks. You can find them on content mills, upwork.com or craigslist. You just have to make sure you train them. I have a very specific outline and I have training videos. So I can usually train anyone to write how I want and keep my cost low.
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Grover6304 Premium
Thanks for the suggestions and help
Steve
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Steve.
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MKearns Premium
Interesting information Eddy. It also explains why some of the ambassadors consistently rank so high. It appears that going through the hoops to monetize the Vegas trip and generating revenue are factored in now with the new algorithm. Great going Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm not sure what you mean. Helping people here at WA is still a major factor to be an ambassador. There are people that are ambassadors that don't promote WA so that isn't a requirement. Either way the point of this post is to show people that WA still works even when I created a new site that doesn't involve promoting WA. So that's the takeaway not about the ambassadorship.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Real talk Eddy. There isn't a better deal online than what WA offers. The tools and services ALONE are worth 5x the monthly fee and Kyle & Carson continue to add new features without ever raising the price.

$299 is a small price to pay to gain access to everything WA offers, and I will happily pay it year after year.
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EddySalomon Premium
Your words speak volume Steve since you've been a successful affiliate following what WA teaches for years now. So thanks for chiming in.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Do you remember what WA looked like back in 2009? Hard to believe this is the same website and the same price still. The improvements these guys have made... They need to dig up some old screenshots of what WA used to be lol
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EddySalomon Premium
Dude, that's why I was saying these whipper snappers don't know how good they have it. It amazes me all the new things Kyle and Carson have added to this community. It's like night and day from when we joined. And I'm always impressed that the price hasn't gone up the way it should have considering all that is offered. We're all very blessed members to have WA.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Eddy, glad to see another success post from you!! Thanks for your inspiration and motivation! :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi Grace,
You're very welcome. I'm always here to motivate and inspire folks. lol
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littlemama Premium
And oh... I have renewed by yearly membership at the $299 again this year! :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Great job re-investing in yourself Grace!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Me too, Twin!!! No more disappearing acts, lol.
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littlemama Premium
Well, WA paid for it this time. ;)
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littlemama Premium
That's great to hear Twin! That's awesome. :)
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brandonacox Premium
Great stuff, Eddy! You're a legend.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Brandon. I don't know the legend part unless it's a legend of being a pain in the butt to my family. lol
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