How do I make money here anyway? The Answer!
Someone asked this question today in chat (and I see it asked every single day in chat) and I responded with "How far along are you on the training? It's about building a website, maximizing its presence on the internet through SEO and excellent content, and using affiliate marketing to leverage the incredible content you have written."
Now, at time of writing, they had not responded yet, but I re-read my answer and copied it so I could use it here.
There is truly amazing training here at Wealthy Affiliate, but unless people are prepared to do the hard WORK, nothing will come of it.
(To clarify, this is my husband doing the "hard work"). *edit. He is actually washing this cutting board in his suit, and no, he is not a "suit", we were getting ready for a night out.
The resources here are endless! Not to mention the biggest resource that we have which is the entire world at our fingertips. I spent the better part of yesterday researching a problem online, and went through countless pages of code to do what I wanted to do, but I did it, and am a smarter cookie because of it.
Sarah, you mentioned making money...when does that part happen?
For some of you it will happen within weeks (or even days) of signing up, and going through the process. Maybe you have a friend who is as keen as you and they signed up as an affiliate, or maybe you jumped right in to sign up for affiliate programs and stayed up all night for a week to blog and review and write, write, write.
For some of you it will be a more gradual process, perhaps you want your website to look "Just so" (I wouldn't worry, Google doesn't see pretty, it sees quality content). You are ensuring that you have lots of quality writing on your blog, driving traffic to it that wants to come back, sharing it with your existing networks and a little beyond, and paying careful attention to what is working and what isn't when it comes to Google. For you, maybe you will be 3-6 months before you are seeing something happen.
And then there are those who have a long term plan. 1 year plan. The point is, you have a goal, right? You wrote about those goals when you first joined up. I remember it was one of the first things I did here, and it has guided me throughout this whole process. I have a goal, I have the processes in place to complete this goal, and Wealthy Affiliate is teaching me, step-by-step, how to achieve it.
Lastly, Sarah, what is IT?
I cannot say when or if you will actually succeed here with your new website, with your learning and teaching endeavours. What I CAN say, is that you have the tools, but you need to be prepared to use them. Luck will have nothing to do with it, IMHO. Work hard, have goals, and keep pushing forward. You will achieve success. How that will materialize, what the definition of that success will be, is up to you.
I look forward to continuing this journey with you all. To all our success!