One Year Wealthy Affiliate Anniversary - 5000 Friends!

Last Update: December 28, 2019

What A Year this has been! I joined Wealthy Affiliate at the end of 2018. I fell into the world of Affiliate Marketing unwittingly. A few years ago a friend mentioned it to me that gave me a vague idea what it was about. It wasn't very long for me to discover I knew very little about it.

My first memory at Wealthy Affiliate was about getting a series of messages from Kyle, my sponsor Tim, and a bunch of people I didn't know. I thought to myself, what a welcoming place this was. But why from so many?

Strange Environment

It took a while to find my way around this strange, but exciting environment. My first stop was the training area. There was a choice to begin either with the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course OR The Affiliate Bootamp Course. Since the latter consisted of training to promote Wealthy Affiliate, I decided to start with the OEC. Most of the members who sent me greetings suggested that too.

Rather than explore this platform from end to end I decided to hunker down and go through the OEC lessons. Kyle did a great job of keeping them at a level I could understand. Enough to perform the exercises.

The first time I got stuck, I thought I coudn't move forward until I clicked all the complete boxes. When I asked my sponsor how to get around that, he advised me to ask a question first. And then, just move on to the next lesson and return to complete the missing task after I got some answers.

I was amazed that one could do that. Other places I had joined in the past, one would not be allowed to move onward until completing all the tasks assigned.

First Niche And Website

It took me several attempts to decide what my niche would be. My first choice was the field of music. Tim told me that was too broad and I needed to narrow it down. When I suggested digital keyboards he felt that was perfect. He suggested I include keyboard lessons in my blog posts too using video.

I was a member of LegalShield, a legal services company, as well as an Associate. Meaning I could market the services and earn a commission. LegalShield also had a Network Marketing Program that I was not active in.. Hence, I had several options.

Since LegalShield had a great Customer Relations Management program I challenged myself to build my network using Affiliate Marketing techniques, to take advantage of the residual income possible.

At first, I was skeptical about becoming a Premium Member because I was not looking for Affiliate Marketing in the first place. I felt that all I needed was the free membership to learn what I needed to know.

Premium Bonus

Tim advised me I had several important things to do in my first week. The first was to complete my Profile Page. He then offered me a bonus if I upgraded to Premium before my first week ended. A $19 entry into Premium for the following month. A huge discount from the regular price of $49. Of course the subscription would subsequently return to $49 a month.

He and Kyle alternately reminded me about time marching on and if I did nothing I would miss out on the $19 first months' subscription to Wealthy Affiliate Premium. I completed my Profile However, I decided to wait till the very end to check out the platform thoroughly before taking that step. I was still not convinced that WA was right for me.

Eventually on the 7th Day I upgraded taking advantage of the discounted first months' fee of $19. I rationalized that if I decided not to move on my loss would be ONLY $19! You see, I had joined other online marketing programs like AWOL and Leads System Pro, where up sells were the norm.

In fact, there was another place that offered a free one-hour telephone consultation to help me understand what their program was about and how I could maximize my time there. I thought that was amazing and scheduled that one-hour chat.

Big mistake, That turned out to be a major up sell. And if I didn't pay up for the "real" course, I would be wasting my time. I quit.

Difference

I instinctively felt that Wealthy Affiliate was indeed a different and more helpful place. I upgraded in the nick of time to get the $19 rate.

It was fun going through the training. In general, I had no difficulty in going through the lessons. I had selected my niche and started to create my first free website using SiteRubix.

I had previously built a website using WiX. To me a beautiful website meant one that has fancy pictures, and a lead capturing mechanism. That website was dedicated to promoting my solar electric systems business. One of the challenges was to have a form filling mechanism on the website to allow those who wanted a quote to enter relevant information needed for that purpose.

Google Docs came in very handy to create a form and link the data entered directly to my Google Excel like formatted form.

Solar was not going to be my first niche. LegalShield was. It was a challenge to pick my first paid Domain name. Once again, my sponsor Tim to the rescue. I sent him a few suggestions that he rejected. Finally, I got one he thought was worth pursuing.My One Stop Legal.

After buying my new Domain, I created the associated website using the lessons learned in the OEC. The next step was to transfer all the content in my SiteRubix website to my own personal one.

Super Affiliate Challenge

After I had completed 22 articles in my Legal website, I received an invitation from Kyle in March 2019, saying I had qualified to join the Super Affiaite Challenge. This was going to be an intensive course till the end of the year for those who wanted to promote Wealthy Affiliate.

After reviewing the commission structure, I thought that this would be a better starting point into the world of Affiliate Marketing instead of my Legal services one. So I joined! This meant putting my first niche site on hold. I felt it was better to focus on one website at a time. This advice was also given by Kyle, Jay and my sponsor, Tim. After my Wealthy Affiliate site started to earn a regula income, I could return to develop my Legal site.

Time for a new Domain Name! Rather longwinded but I chose, Affiliate Marketing For Leaders.

Ambassador Invitation

Kyle also promoted the wisdom of becoming an Ambassador by helping others who needed help and support. I had no idea what rank in WA meant. It was mind blowing to see how my rank advanced by leaps and bounds from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands and then to under 1000!

I learned all the different ways to help others. When my rank hit 200 and I saw my name on the ranking list, I felt truly honored to be there. A few months' later I had succeeded in reaching the ranks of the top 25 and became an Ambassador officially.

5000 In My Network

Once I started helping others and adding new people to my network, Others also added me to their network. There seemed to be a direct correlation to rank advance and network growth.

It is an honor to have connected with over 5000 other members at Wealthy Affiliate.

I have made so many wonderful friends along the way who have gone over and above to help me develop my affiliate marketing business.

Writing blog posts in Wealthy Affiliate was also a wonderful way to connect with other members. I find it hard to believe I have written 93 posts here already. Perhaps I should have focused more on writing articles for my website instead of at Wealthy Affiliate.

Indexed

As I completed and published my articles on my website It was exciting to hear from Kyle that my post was Indexed by Google. Also, when I checked, several were ranked on Page 1 of the search engines. Not as many as I had hoped, And this led me to my most important learning experience.

Lessons On Ranking And Traffic

This to me was the Holy Grail. In other programs I was involved in, I had to pay for special up sell packages at several hundred dollars to teach me how to do this. At Wealthy Affiliate it was just a part of the course. I didn't need to pay extra.

Around the time I entered the Super Affiliate Challenge I discovered what the Live Events was. Every Friday Jay Neil, the Wealthy Affiliate Live Coach gave webinars on topics that were in the training. He went throigh these topics in great depth. Jay's style was easy to follow, I found his webinars on Keywords, writing content, SEO, Google Search Console and Analytics among many others of immense value. These were recorded to reference at any time.

There exists a gold mine of information on every aspect of affiliate marketing in the Live Events archives. If I had to miss a session, it was reassuring to know I could go there to catch up. However, one of the main benefits of attenting the events live was we could ask questions. If our questions were relevant and worthwhile, Jay would answer them.

I highly recommend attending these webinars.

Affiliate Bootcamp

I have fallen so far behind in the Super Affiliate Challenge I decided to resume the lessons I had started in the Affiliate Bootcamp training. My goal is to complete this course. As well as to add more articles to the 47 I have already completed.

In a way I didn't mind my slow rate of writing. if I had rushed through, I would have perpetuated many mistakes I had made in my articles so far. For examplt, I didn't use proper SEO management like I had learned later. I am now better equipped to use SEO more effectively.

Future Plans

This is easy. To do more research. To write more articles, And to rank in the search engines.

By The Way, where did I learn the mantra of Research, Write and Rank from? It was from Jay in one of his most recent webinars.

He also taught how to use the best of 2019 to select effective Keywords and Articles for 2020.

As I write new articles, I am revisitng my old ones to make improvements. This will give me the opportunity to submit them for URL Inspection in Google Search Console to get Indexed again and to improve their chances of increasing rank in the Search Engines.

And that fellow members is what my future plans are going to revolve around. What about making money? That will be a by product of helping others through my articles.

I wish all of you much success in creating your own Affiliate Marketing Businesses. And that 2020 will be a stellar year for you.

Cheers!

Edwin

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berenadeta Premium
WOW!!
Amazing what you had attained in one year Edwin.
And 5000 in your network? What was the exact technique that you used?

I really enjoyed reading all that you shared because your story has given me some new learning.

Upon reflection after reading success stories as yours, I cannot help but be grateful to Kyle and Carson. We are all riding on their bold initiative, helping us make possible what would not have been possible if we did not join WA.

Thank you Edwin for sharing

Berenadeta
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LenkaSophie Premium
I also think what Edwin achieved in just one year is amazing. Big achiever!
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EdwinBernard Premium
Thank you so much Berenadeta for your fine wishes. Earlier this month I wrote a post here at WA that answered this question. I think you might have missed it. Here is the link: I hope you will find this interesting.

As always, I wish you much success in your affiliate marketing journey.

Cheers.

Edwin
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EdwinBernard Premium
Hi Lenka,

Now if I can only transition my achievements to creating a regular stream of income. I know that will happen, so patience is critical.

Cheers.

Edwin
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LenkaSophie Premium
I would say something similar about myself, Edwin, if only I could write such posts I write here on my website! But maybe it is what it takes.
I believe 2020 will be the year for all of us as we have good intentions and the best training here!
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EdwinBernard Premium
Amen to that Lenka!

Edwin
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berenadeta Premium
You are most welcome Edwin.

Sorry if I missed what you earlier wrote, and thank you for the link and your helpfulness

Wishing you a blessed 2020

Berenadeta
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WMarshall1 Premium
Thay was a great post. It is so impressive to hear of others journeys. How the got where they are and their plans for the future. You are such an inspiration.

I love that you have a coach and I look forward to the day I can coach someone along. I habe been missing that one aspect but that is ok the community is so outstanding answering questions

All the best in 2020!
Wanda
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EdwinBernard Premium
Hi Wanda, I wasn't looking for a business. In fact I was on a website that reviewed investment companies. It so happened that Tim frequented that website too and saw my comments. He responded and connected with me that way.

He told me that these investment companies were a hit and miss affair and that all they wanted to do was take your money. Tim then asked me if I would be interested in checking out an online business where I would be in total control, but training would be necessary.

Naturally I was skeptical. When he offered to send me information to check it out I gave him my Email address. He also said he would send me a link for a free subscription to check this company out. Then he said the magic words. No Credit Card Required. He made a big deal about that saying if a company truly wanted to help people they should allow them to check it out for free first.

You can guess I joined and upgraded to Premium. And Tim has been my mentor ever since. Whenever I have a question that I cannot get an answer on the Forums, I ask him. One thing is critical to get the most out of a mentor.

Do not ask them questions that can be obtained by other means. The best way to use their time is to bounce ideas you have with them to get their feedback. I this way they will know you are serious about finding solutions yourself first and only ask them when you run out of options.

You are doing the right thing because with so many members wiling to help we all have an amazing amount of mentors in WA.

I wish you all the best in your affiliate marketing journey.

Cheers.

Edwin
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WMarshall1 Premium
You are so right! I love your story. Thank you for taking the time to write that message. I really appreciate your insight.
I already know this is the vehicle for me.
Here's to 2020 be the greatest yet!!
Wanda
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RozCohn1 Premium
My question is money. Did you earn money? That's what this is all about in the end. I have just begun and want to ensure I'm going to get the bang for my time once I start putting in my 1-2 hours a day. Would appreciate your honesty. Happy and Prosperous 2020!!!!
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EdwinBernard Premium
Hi Roz,

That is a good question. I have earned money. My goal was to earn something within my first year. And earn a significant amount at the end of my second year. Clearly I am not earning as much as I would like. But I didn't expect to. And that is important. Your expectations must match how much you put into this business.

There are folks who have written many more articles than I have in less time. And they are obviously earning more than me.

A lot depends on the niche you choose. The more competitive it is the harder you have to work in terms of SEO etc. I selected the Make Money Online niche which is very competitive. Google will not recognize my site as an Authority site until I have at least 100 high quality posts in it. I only have 47 so a long ways to go. When they consider you such, you will rank higher and have more traffic.

The conversions will depend on how well you serve your visitors. They need to feel you care enough about them to provide them with valuable information. So having a lot of traffic alone will not cut it. There are people who have very modest traffic and make sales because of their niche and the quality of service they provide..

There are enough people here who are very successful. Most of them will tell you it took them at least one year to start earning something and two to really feel successful. If you cannot wait two years then maybe there are other options.

The skills you learn here like creating websites. SEO management, writing content, are all marketable skills. Hence you could offer these services to local businesses and earn money sooner. The fee for building a website for business starts at $2000.

I hope I have answered your question satisfactorily.

If you want to know who are the big money earners here ask me and I will tell you by Private Message. Then you can ask them for advice.

All the best to you.

Edwin
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RozCohn1 Premium
Thank you so much, Edwin, for your honest reply. I'm a professional actress and would like a passive business to help me out. My goal is at least $12K more a year. Kyle has told me it is certainly doable with the modest amount of time I have to put into this. Here's to a fabulous 2020 with abundance on every level!!!
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EdwinBernard Premium
Kyle is right. All the best to you.

Edwin
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corinnemoore Premium
Hi Edwin,
Thanks for your story.
The point about moving on in a lesson even if you have not completed all the tasks - has re-inspired me. I hit a roadblock in one of the lessons, and have found every excuse not to complete the task.
But now, I will bypass the task and come back to it a little later.
Thanks for this inspiration
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EdwinBernard Premium
Glad I was of assistance Corinne! May I ask what are your plans for 2020? Thanks for your supportive comments.

Edwin
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corinnemoore Premium
Hi Edwin,
My plans for 2020 are in the making. :-)
I need to finish the training by the end of January
An hopefully start generating revenue between 3-6 months.
This is part-time for me at this juncture - so I want to stretch but still be realistic.
Thanks for asking.
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EdwinBernard Premium
Sounds good Corinne. There are two areas that need SEO action.

The first is how you write your article and keyword selection.

The second are the actions in your WordPress Dashboard and editing page. Things like meta title, description, image tagging etc.

If you're not sure what to do find the related webinars in Live Events to see how Jay teaches these techniques. He keeps it all simple and easy to learn and do.

You've got the right ideas. Just make sure you execute well.

Cheers.

Edwin
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Nerina1 Premium
I now never read such a long detailed post. When I joined WA, all I wanted, was a connection with the world outside South Africa, to build an online income.

WA do offer so much more, this post of Edwin, inspired me to to become a "guru" with WA..

Great to know it is all possible.
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EdwinBernard Premium
Thanks so much for your kind comments Nerina. What are your plans for 2020 if I may ask?

Edwin
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