When Will I Get Paid? Every New Member Asks

Last Update: December 19, 2019

We hear this question so often in today's "I WANT IT NOW" society.

We hear it from new members here at Wealthy Affiliate every day.

Since the first of June this year, I have welcomed every single new Premium member.

So hopefully anyone joining since then will see this post and get their answer.

Wealthy Affiliate is not a get rich quick scheme. No such thing exists. Any guru, expert, or fly-by-night millionaire promoting such, is a liar and a con man. Do not fall for such shenanigans!

Such snake oil salespersons only get rich off weak people looking for the easy way to riches.

WA does not give you the keys to the Federal Reserve Bank. You have to earn those keys by following the training, focusing on the SMART acronym for setting goals listed below, hard work, perseverance, and consistency.

Specific Goals

Measurable Goals

Attainable Goals

Realistic Goals

Time-based Goals

I find every single person at Wealthy Affiliate wants to see other members succeed and will bend over backward to help them. We are a team. All after the same championship. We have rookies, we have veterans, and we have you. Be patient and learn from people who have been doing this for 10+ years. Read their success stories, and their tutorials. They have nothing to hide and are willing to share their expertise.

I believe other members here will agree this timeline is very attainable for all who follow the training and put forth the effort.

Here is how your journey could look, a realistic journey.

MONTH 1: Accomplishments
•Website Set Up
•SEO Set-up
•Initial Framework of Content
•Indexed in Google, Bing, Yahoo
•You have 5-10 posts on your website
•Earning Potential: A few sales, just getting your business foundation started

MONTH 3: Accomplishments
•Content Starting to Get Ranked
•Experience Some Big Breakthroughs in Search
•Have Made Your First Sale or Two
•Traffic is Cumulatively Starting to Grow
•Search Engines are starting to give your site "authority"
•You have 30-60 posts on your website
•Earning Potential: $0-$500 per month

**Note: It took Kyle 3 months to make his first sale online. If he quit in the first month, we would not have Wealthy Affiliate. A one of a kind platform that teaches us how to make money online many different ways.

There is something to be said about being patient and not expecting "instant" success in business.

MONTH 6: Accomplishments
•Traffic is starting to flow, ideally 100 uniques per day
•Sales start to increase with consistency, several per week
•You are truly starting to gain some expertise and brand
•Bing/Yahoo start indexing your site at a higher rate
•Engagement on your site starts to increase
•You have 60-100 posts on your site
•Earning Potential: $500-$3,000 per month

•Traffic is really starting ramp up. You can expect 500+ uniques per day
•Google is granting your site with some serious authority
•Companies and other blogger start to reach out and connect with you
•Your are making WA sales and other affiliate sales daily
•The Vegas Super Affiliate Conference is in your sites
•You have 100-150 posts on your website
•Earning Potential: $3,000-$10,000 per month

•Your business is truly starting to thrive
•You are definitely a noticeable force in the search engine world. Google ranks your new content with 24 hours of it being posted.
•You are earning a full time income online
•Vegas is yours, you have most definitely made it
•You have 200-300 posts on your site
•Earning Potential: $10,000-$20,000 per moth

•Your are a brand/authority in the industry
•You have a full time+ business online, likely 6 figures plus annually
•Google, Bing & Yahoo love you
•You are taking earnings and spending it to drive your business through paid channels
•You likely have made several hires, including writers, design help, and a virtual assistant
•You made Vegas in the first 1-2 months of the year (with your sites on the 3,000 sales)
•You are in a position to double your business annually
•Earning Potential: $10,000-$50,000 per month

Any WA'fers who want to verify where they are on this list, please add to the comments and let's show our newer members that....................


Remember, you are building a business here.

You get OUT of your business what you put INTO it.

Ask any successful person what the fundamental reason why they are successful and others are not, and they will usually say one of two things. Hard Work or Focus.

Wealthy Affiliate is just the start of your brilliant journey into the online business world and through time, you are going to become an authority in your own niche/space. Not someone elses space.

Feel it !

Go for it !

Or work for the man 9-5.

Your choice.

Get onboard the WA Train for 2020.

And enjoy the ride with us.

Making a living, making a difference.


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JosonInc Premium
Not when but how do we crack the get paid pathway. Not the top 100 ways to get paid online but the top 5 ways to get paid online.
Merry Christmas you all!


From The High Desert Of SoCal that is buried in snow right this very minute! White Christmas come true!
vadcreative Premium
You have no idea how badly I needed this. The holidays have been crazy. My mom, who tries to be super supportive, just doesn't really understand the point of what I'm doing here and my motivation has dwindled. I just wrote my first post today after almost a month long hiatus and I know that's not the way to succeed. I'm trying to keep my head in the game. Thank you for your motivation and reality check which is what I needed!
ExpatMark Premium
Glad to help Virginia. A timeline for success is not addressed in the OEC training and I think this gives people a very good idea of what it takes. Hard work and focus are the keys.
Rich3arT Premium
Great Post Mark

I'm a newby and it is inspiring to reach those goals, all i need to do is get out of my head to just continue and stick.

I'm actually quite surprised that i enjoy so much the blogging part.. I thought i would scare me off but its actually not that bad, but fun, maybe i should blog about that lol.

Thanks for the encouragement

ExpatMark Premium
It took me two months to write my first blog and it was my About Me. I get more compliments on it to this day than anything written since. As Anthony Bourdain said, "write from the heart and your audience will find you".
Blogging at WA is great practice blogging. It will make your content on your website so much better.
NJhardaway Premium
Awesome post. It's good to know what to expect. I got into this to make money and to better my family. I was and am not under the impression this is a get rich opportunity. It takes dedication to build anything worth having. Thank you for share this, it's helpful to this newbie.
ChristineDu1 Premium
Great post! I joined WA in March. So far I haven't had affiliate sales, but I have earned some money on the WA platform which is great too, and I have so much more knowledge now about SEO, websites, content writing, and other things that are related than I had a year ago. It's a process. I keep on building my websites like I build my house, making a solid foundation. Once that foundation is set, everything will fall into place.