I Met A Member From Wealthy Affiliate For Lunch Last Friday!
Before I tell you about my experience can I ask if you had the experience of meeting other members of Wealthy Affiliate in person? And I do not mean at the special meeting every year in Vegas. If you have I'd love to hear about it. Other members may like to hear about that too.
What Prompted This Meeting
Remember the fires I wrote about a few weeks ago. It was the Saddle Ridge Fires. And yes, that is where I live. A member who happened to live a few mile away read that and contacted me. And he thought it would be a good idea for us to meet and compare notes. I thought it would be a good idea too.
It took a while for our schedules to free up at the same time and we were able to meet in the afternoon last Friday. At Cocos, a place I often use to meet business associates. He ordered lunch. Since I had mine already, I ordered dessert and coffee. A slice of cherry pie, heated, with whipped cream on top!
I brought along my iPad just in case we wanted to check out our websites.
We talked about how we both discovered Wealthy Affiliate. Just like others here we went through the gauntlet of scam programs and lost money. This appears to be a prequisite before becoming a member! It was the sign up for free that helped soften the aura of skepticism about yet another MMO company.
My new friend joined in mid 2018 compared to me at the end of the same year. However, it wasn't until this summer that he took the business seriously. His motive for wanting to create a source of passive income was to prepare for retirement. Unlike me who has already retired, it would be a few years before he would face that prospect.
Despite our different situations we both had the same goal. To use Wealthy Affiliate to help us to not only create a stream of passive income, but to do what it takes to make sure it was a raging torrent of passive income!
He had a vision of spending time on a beach in one country with his laptop working the business. Then catching a plane to another beach, but in a different country! Rinse and repeat. That sounded like my cup of tea too! My wife and I love traveling. The last time we were on a beach it was in Greece in 2017. The picture above was taken from our Cabana.
My friends website looked really good. His niche was video home security systems. Even though he had only a handful of posts published he had got a sale. He expressed his frustration it wasn't more.
In contrast, I thought he had done exceedingly well considering his lack of posts. There was a problem he faced. Recently his website was acting very slow. Especially on mobile devices. Since I had my iPad there we opened his website. There were several videos he used to showcase how the security systems worked.
Much to his dismay we discovered a new problem. Apart from being slow to upload the site, his videos were not working. I asked him how he linked the videos. Instead of using the Share link he copied the URL at the top.
I surmised that could be one of the reasons for the slow website performance. After returning home he changed the video links using the Share link URL instead. Lo and behold, that solved the video problem. And it sped up the website upload too.
There was another reason I discovered why he was having speed problems especially on mobile devices. He used a lot of pictures sourced outside the Wealthy Affiliate library. And he didn't check the size of these pictures. I advised that he make sure the width of the pictures are about 940 pixels as that is what the pictures from the Weathy Affiliate library measured.
He spoke to me like a happy camper after he went home. We agreed that it would be a good idea to meet on a regular basis to help each other. His strength was in writing. And I seemed to know more about the technicalities of the online world.
Actually, my knowledge is very rudimentary. However, it would still be beneficial to meet occasionally to discuss how we are doing in person.
There are almost two million members in Wealthy Affiliate. The LA area is huge. I am surprised there aren't more members located here. Or are there?
If you live in the LA area and read this, please send me a PM. I would love to meet you.
I deliberately haven't disclosed the identity of the member I met because I haven't got his permission to do so. Since I did not want to delay writing this article I erred on then side of discretion.
I have stated this regularly in my posts that in order to be successful in Affiliate Marketing through organic means, we need to publish a boat load of quality content. I am only echoing what Kyle and other successful members here have already stated.
My last post was about catching up with my writing. I have begun creating several outlines as Kyle had taught in one of his lessons. By doing keyword research for multiple articles and writing out the outline of several at the same time, the writing process will speed up. Has anyone else tried this out?
My conclusion is simple. Most of us must have read the iconic book by Napoleon Hill, Think And Grow Rich. If you haven't I strongly recommend that you do.
I am going to coin a new phrase derived from that as applied to Affiliate Marketing:
Write And Grow Rich!