Way back in the day when I was in high school, if you would have told me I'd be doing this, there's NO WAY I would have believed it. I absolutely hated writing, but I am enjoying this.

This morning I got my 1 year badge, and it's hard to believe that it's been a year already. I knew absolutely nothing about building websites or affiliate marketing before I stumbled upon WA. I have learned so much, and I think I even managed to help a few people.

Yes, like others, I thought about giving up many times.

I wish that I could say that I was making money with my websites. When I started out, I had my mind made up that I would give up after 1 year, if I wasn't making money consistently. However, I still believe I can do this, and I'm determined to make it happen.

My plan is to stay focused on ONE site, keep plugging away, and keep creating as much quality content as I can. I keep reminding myself that even slow progress is progress.

Thank you to Kyle, Carson, and everyone in this great community.

P.S. Stay tuned. My success story is yet to come. Maybe, it will be year 2.

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MelaniLukito Premium
Don't quit too fast. We won't know how close we are with the goals if we quit too fast.
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GaryJr Premium
You're absolutely right. Success could be right around the corner.
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fleurallen Premium
Great keep going Gary!
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GaryJr Premium
I will.
Thanks Fleur.
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work4nobody Premium
I am been here for 2 years and it has been a struggle. I am going to keep moving on. Good luck to you.
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GaryJr Premium
"Keep moving on". That's always good advice.
Thank you and good luck to you also.
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amyr2017 Premium
Hi Gary,
I can appreciate your concerns, as I am also in the same boat, wondering about what the future will hold if I stay -- and if I don't stay, but I know that I would always wonder where I would be if I didn't stay and allowed all that hard work to go for naught.
SO. I stay, and I work as hard as I can, and if there are days when I can't focus on this, so be it.
I have a mortgage and a son in college and I am a single parent, so things aren't easy -- and I work full time.
I find that we need all of our brain cells to do this in a timely way, and sometimes that is difficult to do after work.
BUT.
I say, stay with it -- you've come too far to give up now!
/a.
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GaryJr Premium
Fortunately, I work in an office on a Mac so when it's slow (which is pretty often), I can work on my site. Otherwise, I don't know how I would get anything done.

If I could write posts as fast as some people, I'd have no problem getting at least 1 done every day.

I'll stay with it as long as I can. You stay with it too, and thanks for commenting.
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Bryced19 Premium
It is a smart decision you've made to stay. Keep working and you will see results.
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GaryJr Premium
I will, thank you.
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Bryced19 Premium
You are welcome
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Chezbrown Premium
So pleased Gary that you did not make the decision to go, instead you decided you are enjoying this enough to stay and hopefully year 2 will be the year for both of us to make this successful. xxx
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GaryJr Premium
Thank you Cheryl.
WE WILL be successful.
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Chezbrown Premium
Definitely Gary we will make a Pact that we will become successful during our 2nd year. xxx
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StubearBlack Premium
Don't quit!
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GaryJr Premium
I won't.
Thank you.
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JulietAA Premium
Congratulations on your one year anniversary Gary,
Keep up the good work!
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GaryJr Premium
Thank you.
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mickeyb123 Premium
A year is actually too short of a time to make this decision; Are getting any traffic? Are you working on getting it? Do you still have living expenses or are you in danger of having money issues?

Stay with us, my friend!
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GaryJr Premium
You're right. I realize I need to give it more time, especially since I'm doing it part time and only getting about 2 posts a week. I'm trying to increase that.

I'm getting a little traffic but it seems a bit erratic (see attachment). Most of the spikes coincide with when I request comments. I'm just trying to get organic traffic. I can't afford to pay for it, nor do I know enough about it.

I have 3 teenage kids and a mortgage so money is always an issue. To be honest, I can't believe I'm still here. Maybe it's because I feel I'm in too deep. Maybe, it's because I really believe that this is going to work and some day I'll laugh when I ... "look back at this post from a bar on a beach in some warm weather country while drinking a cold one", like Dave said.

For some reason I'm just more determined than usual to succeed with this venture. I've even started looking for ANOTHER job so I can stay here.

Anyway, that was kind of long. Sorry. But, I do plan on staying.

Thanks Mickey.

P.S. Let me know if you have trouble viewing the attachment.
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mickeyb123 Premium
'Good Answer'
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phakacha8 Premium
Good post to reckon with. Keeping stayed will be the super story to be told.
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GaryJr Premium
It's gonna happen.
Thank you.
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accad Premium
My first site is now in its 9th month and it's only this time that it starts to gain clicks and Google Adsense reports a monthly earning. I have been wondering where will it lead me but I had been so slack in putting content due to writers' block.

When I saw that report I was cheered and the challenge is up again so I will strive to put content on my sites.
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GaryJr Premium
My second site, which is the only one I'm working on, is in it's eighth month. It's good to just keep churning out quality content.
Thanks.
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accad Premium
Right, let's do it.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
We can take 1,000 steps, but it may be in the 1,001 step where we find "success". All the best as you embark on your 2nd year, Gary.
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GaryJr Premium
That's what keeps me going.
Thank you.
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susanmacneil Premium
Congratulations!

I think you are making the best possible decision! You have come so far!!! Don't leave now!

I hope year two brings you great rewards!

Susan
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VeronicasLuv Premium
May we all receive "great rewards", Susan!
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susanmacneil Premium
Yes!!! Good to connect with you.

I have not been very active within our WA community for the past 6 weeks. I have been busy with family and visitors.

School is back in session, so life will get back to normal!

May this be the start of great success for you!

Hugs❤️
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GaryJr Premium
I won't leave. I'm going to give it more time.
Thanks Susan.
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Hi, Gary, as Vincent Lombardi remarked: "Winners never quit , and quitters never win". Believe in yourself, you'll get there in the end.
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GaryJr Premium
That is so true.
Thanks Harry.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Ahhh...gotta love Vince!
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delroy2222 Premium
Good decision Gary.
Best wishes.

Delroy
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GaryJr Premium
I agree.
Thanks Delroy.
All the best to you too.
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delroy2222 Premium
You're welcome Gary and thank you. )
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wendyg53 Premium
Back in the day when Bill Gates took off with Microsoft and PC software, a.k.a Windows - they left Apple Computers in the dust. Apple was pretty close to going out of business, but Steve Jobs and company kept at it. It took years, but they kept at it...and finally produced the iPhone. :-)

Wendy
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GaryJr Premium
That's true and Oprah was told that she wasn't suitable for TV.
Successful people NEVER give up.

Thanks, Wendy.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
That's a powerful story! If you're gonna win, you're gonna win...no matter what!
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roamy Premium
I know the feeling, I thought I`d leave after a week, month... soon I`m getting my 3 year badge.
Keep working and I hope to read this post when you achieve your 3rd,4th,+++ badge.
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GaryJr Premium
Yep, I hope to be here for a long time.
Thank you.
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MKearns Premium
Rock it in year 2. On you go Gary!
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GaryJr Premium
Rock on, Michael!
Thanks.
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Compsol99 Premium
Great decision Gary! I too felt the same way after year one. When I decided to join as an annual premium member, I told myself that I would give it a year to see how things panned out. Well, I am still waiting for my websites to earn any consistent revenue, so hopefully that will change in year 2.
Best of luck in all your endeavors.
Regards,
Shawn
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GaryJr Premium
I hope to upgrade to yearly soon.
I'm sure success is right around the corner for you. Never give up.
Thanks for stopping by and best of luck to you as well.
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Pernilla Premium
Gary, that´s a great decision! I´m happy to hear that you´ll keep going. To build up a business is not made in one day. But when you least expect it, you will get your first revenue, I´m sure, so please go for it - when you enjoy it, it´s absolutely the right decision.

:-)
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GaryJr Premium
It's definitely harder than I expected, but I truly believe that if I keep at it, I will succeed.
Thanks, Pernilla.
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Loes Premium
Congrats, and success plugging your top #1 site! Cheers to year 2!
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GaryJr Premium
Expecting more in year 2.
Thank you very much, Loes.
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Gary.
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GaryJr Premium
You're welcome.
Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment, Roger.
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bigrog44 Premium
No problem, Gary.
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Droseh Premium
Great attitude..let's keep our goal in mind and not the time table.
Debbie
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GaryJr Premium
Yes, good point.
Thanks Debbie.
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LindaMo Premium
I am sure you will succeed, and I hope you believe in yourself. I wish you a lot of success and happiness! May all your dreams come true!
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GaryJr Premium
Thanks Linda.
Same to you.
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HarveyBrown Premium
Congratulations Gary a one year anniversary is worth celebrating. Here is to year two.
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GaryJr Premium
Thanks Harvey.
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DaveSw Premium
Indeed, affiliate marketing built on organic traffic requires a long range plan and the tenacity to stick to posting quality content on a regular basis...

There are ways to speed up the process, but they involve money up front and unless you really know what you are doing, may end up costing more than you make...

I think of content as an investment for the future, As many have said here in the thread, over time you will get more and more content that is ranking, pulling in traffic.

Make sure that the other angles are set as well is my advice. Look at the backend and things you are doing or not doing too. There are things you can do that at first blush may seem not so important, but they are...

For instance...Establishing a social network of accounts that support your website, refining the design of your website(s), internal and external links, creating and building a YT video channel that supports the website...

Putting together a lead magnet and effective opt-in page to grab leads and setting up email campaigns to develop those leads into buyers, having products to promote that people want, looking for the pain points in the niche, interacting with FB groups and pages, etc.

This is not an easy cake walk, this affiliate or any online marketing business, but for sure it can be lucrative and over time, provide you an income that is regular and substantial...

My advice: Same as everyone else...

"Go the distance, stick to your guns, but DO evaluate all aspects of what you are doing, take care of the little things, and laugh later when you look back at this post from a bar on a beach in some warm weather country while drinking a cold one..." *

* Or whatever other thing that you may be dreaming of achieving...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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GaryJr Premium
I've heard good things about creating videos and I've reached the bootcamp lessons on videos. I just haven't forced myself to do it yet.

I dream of quitting my full time job and working from some exotic location.

Thanks Dave.
Cheers!
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DaveSw Premium
You can do it! Both the video and the exotic thingy...This is a case of practicing the art of delaying gratification...

Working hard now will allow you to do more later, things you really want to accomplish/achieve...I truly believe this, and it is based on a book I read long ago as a young lad in Germany...

I am trying so hard to remember the name of that book...I think it was called "The Road Less Traveled" by M Scott Peck...This was published (and I read it) in 1978 (I was 22)!

An excellent read and advice...Even in 2017...

Holy cow, I am getting old...

Of course I would not recommend completely cutting out recreational or fun activities from your life, but maybe add them as "bonuses" to you as you complete an interim goal...

The "big one" (reward) can be held back for reaching that ultimate goal...FYI, I have adjusted my end game as life has moved on, otherwise you get complacent and lazy - no fun. : )
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GaryJr Premium
You've made some excellent points.
Thank you very much.
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AlejandraB Premium
I'm sure your success story will be a great one, keep at it!
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GaryJr Premium
Someday.
Thanks Alejandra.
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AnthonyMLM Premium
Its a slow process very much so continue and moving forward
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GaryJr Premium
It sure is, but I'll keeping going.
Thanks Anthony.
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Phil-58 Premium
Hi there
Best wishes with whatever you decide
I think Kyle says it all down below
success may be just around the corner...
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GaryJr Premium
I sure would hate to be one of those people who quits just before they would have had success.
Thanks Phil.
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JeffL61 Premium
As Grace, ("littlemama") already has indicated in her excellent commments, and something that I found out myself Gary, it takes quite a long time, depending on your particular niche, for you to begin to earn steady income in your online business.

Indeed as is preached quite often here at Wealthy Affiliate, getting involved with a legit opportunity to create an online business is simply not a get-rich-quick scheme unlike what some fraud programs would have people to believe.

Those are the programs to avoid, and sadly people looking to make $$ asap, are the ones who get suckered into forking over money to join those scam ventures.

Keep building out your business, Gary. By the way you wrote your article, it appears that you have more than one site that is live. Are you able to keep up with both? I found out, (the hard way) that I simply could not do justice to two websites when they were both live in my online business. Frustrated with my progress, I instead chose to just focus on the one site that promotes Wealthy Affiliate as a legit online training program for people wishing to start up their own online businesses.

You truly need to keep adding relevant content at minimum 3 - 4 times per week to each website. Over time the search engines will come to trust that the content on your site is one that could truly help people interested in the products that you are promoting. And with that trust, you will see your website climb quite high in the rankings. And, I don't just mean for a handful of keywords either!

Steve R. who owns the "I've Tried It" website and is annually a Super Affiliate here at WA, (attending the Las Vegas conference) published what I now believes is the most educational blog article ever posted on the dashboard about what it takes to build an online business while also remaining hyper focused. When Steve stated, (point #5 in his outstanding article) that his site has over 1,800 published content articles on it I was blown away.

And here, I considered my WA promoting site which has 255 posted articles to be something. I don't come anywhere close to what Steve has accomplished with his business, admittedly one that he has had on the Internet for 10 years.

Here is Steve's article for motivation, Gary: .

I wish you all the best, Gary. Just keep moving forward and through hard work put in by you on your website, steady streams of money will eventually come into your business!

Jeff
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GaryJr Premium
I chose my own niche for my first website, which made me a few bucks early on but then nothing at all for a while. Then, I started my WA website in January and my focus has been on it. There's no way I can handle 2 sites since I work full time.

I'm going to keep my focus squarely on my WA site. I usually do 2 posts a week but trying to get up to 3 or 4.

I follow Steve and have tagged some of his posts, but I haven't seen the one you mentioned so thanks for the link.

Thanks for the comments and advice, Jeff.

All the best to you as well,
Gary
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Kyle Premium
Remained focus and if you have been pushing out content through the year, you will likely be sitting on some breakthrough rankings.

A year is a great period of time to attain authority and once you achieve this, you can scale your rankings and traffic with much more speed. :)
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GaryJr Premium
Doing my best to stay focused and trying to step up my game to get more posts done each week.

Thanks for everything you do, Kyle.

By the way, how's your finger?
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, I very much agree. Slow progress is still progress.
Best of luck to you!.:)
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GaryJr Premium
And to you as well.
Thanks Vera.
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littlemama Premium
Depending on the niche, it could take more than a year to build a consistent income. Keep writing frequently and continuously is the key to getting more traffic and thus sales. Best of luck to you on your second year! :)
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GaryJr Premium
Thanks Grace.
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littlemama Premium
You're so welcome. :)
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