My Very First Affiliate Sale

Last Update: February 18, 2016

I was so excited last night. I happened to log into Share A Sale because I wanted to check an affiliate link I had been using on one of my websites against my Share A Sale account. Suddenly I noticed that there was an amount in my balance. I haven't quite worked my way around the Share A Sale site yet so I wasn't sure whether that meant I had a commission or if they were trying to charge me for something, not that I could think of anything they would be charging me for. I didn't want to get too excited if I was wrong.

Lo and behold, after digging around a bit, I found that it was definitely a commission. Whoohoo! While I have made commissions on my referrals, they feel different to me because they joined directly through a personal relationship or friendship with me. This one is my first sale from a direct click on my website from someone I don't personally know. Which means that someone liked something I recommended. That alone generates such a wonderful feeling and gives me confidence to keep going. I've always hesitated to speak to people about products but affiliate marketing is a way to convey to someone what you like about that product, without feeling like you are angling for a sale, or without you worrying that they are thinking the same thing. It's a very non-invasive way to tell people of products that you use and like and allowing them to make their own decision about it, without any pressure.

So here I am, proud as punch, telling everyone here not to give up, especially those of you who are only able to find dribs and drabs of time to spare on building your business like myself. Hang in there and just keep plodding along. Now that I've received that first commission, it gives me proof that I have made the right decision to become a member of Wealthy Affiliate and work with the fantastic training on offer here. Thanks Kyle and Carson, for giving us the opportunity to learn from you and for keeping on top of the new trends with the internet.

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VanceHunter Premium
I see your first affiliate sale was well over a year ago, but still ... congratulations! .. by the way, I love that you write how you talk. I feel very comfortable with that approach to writing also, basically. I guess my writing is like part talking/part writing.

Anyways, I enjoy what you have to say. Your writing feels very honest, and not afraid to be vulnerable, and admit to weaknesses. Your writing makes for really good storytelling, which I love!

I've been a caregiver myself, working as a nurse assistant for 14 years. It's a lot of work, and it's tiring.

I'm delighted that despite all the setbacks, you just keep on plugging away with your online efforts.

By the way, I share some of your interests, like Reiki, naturopathy, Star Wars.
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Wow. Thank you Vance.

Such lovely, kind words. Yes it was some time ago that I wrote this but I'll take all the 'congratulations' I can get. It all helps in keeping a person motivated when time is limited. Which is why I only have written this one success post at the moment.

The Carer responsibilities just keep adding on and I have had barely any time to write or work on my business since this. But as you say, I still keep plugging away. I'm going to get there but I also know it will take me longer than the majority of people here. Commitment is key to this, and I am fully committed and persistent.

I'm glad to hear we share similar interests too. Keep in touch.
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Heyday Premium
I can only echo all the positive comments that you’ve made towards Ange.
The only thing that I would like to add (as you say both yourself,ange and myself like to write as we speak) would be, have you heard of the dragon dictaphone app/program that allows you to reel off a 1700 word blog in 11 minutes! There’s was a blog about it yesterday (sorry I’ve forgotten already who wrote it) and it does cost in the region of $75 per year, but it does sound like a bi time saver
Best wishes
Heyday
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Thank you for your lovely words David.
I heard of this app/program a little while ago and will have a look. I'm not sure how I would go with this due to the fact that have to really think about what I'm writing. It doesn't flow quickly for me. I frequently have to go and read over what I am trying to write, especially with the constant interruptions, so I never remember where I am up to.
Cheers for your bringing it to my attention again
Warm wishes
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Heyday Premium
You’re welcome Ange, and you’re right, it may well not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it could be an idea for a niche website?!
Best wishes
Heyday
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Gerlinde Premium
Wow, well done! Congrats!
I am always hesitating to speak to people about products, too... so affiliate is indeed a great way to earn money!
Thanks for sharing with us, success stories are so important for all of us!
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Thank you Gerlinde
It certainly is. I never feel guilty about recommending a product through affiliate marketing because it takes pressure off the prospective client to feel they have to buy. That is something I have always felt uncomfortable about with party plan sales. You always, as a guest, feel obliged to have to buy something or hold a party.
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MelaniLukito Premium
Congrats! You right, WA is about opening unlimited opportunities.
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Thanks Melani.
It's a shame more people don't see the broad range of opportunities that working online can produce. But I guess if everyone could see the value of it in the same way we at WA do, it might become too saturated to be lucrative for everyone.
Ange
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You right again, Ange. Not everyone like writing, reading and learning about building a website.
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keyan Premium
Congrats. I wish you success.
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Hi Keyan
Thank you very much. I hope the same for you and that my post can help keep you pursuing your dreams here.
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Congrats! I wish you the best in affiliate marketing! I have been doing this for a month and although I haven't made any sales yet, when I see posts like this, it helps me stay active and going.
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Thank you Arie.
It makes me happy to see that this post is helping to keep other people motivated and have hope that they can do this too. I hope you will learn everything you can and give it your best shot, and I am sure you will see results. As they say, it won't happen overnight, but steady progress will most definitely get you to where you are going. Best of wishes for your success.
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jarciga Premium
Posts like these are what motivate me to never give up, cheers to more sales and business
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Hi Joseph
I'm glad my post has been one you felt was worth reading and that it has given you one more reason to stick with WA and learn all you can. Wishing you much success with your business endeavours.
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Alysanna Premium
Good for you. I wish you more success in affiliate marketing. Kudos ...
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Thank you Alice. I can only work in dribs and drabs on my business at the moment so it was a wonderful feeling. Best of success to you.
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congrats
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Thank you so much Vereniki, wishing you much success with your newfound interest in affiliate marketing.
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What a wonderful surprise for you! Keep up the good work!
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Hi Jennifer.
Thank you, it truly was a lovely surprise. I get so busy as a Carer I wish I could devote more time to this online business I am trying to build though. Thank you for your kind comment.
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Erinaa Premium
This is awesome to read! Keep up the great work!
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Thank you Erina
I apologise for not responding sooner. Got very stuck in my role as a Carer as I mentioned below.
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Congrats!
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Thank you Diane
Sorry it took so long to respond. I've been caught up in my Carer duties.
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Way to go Ange!
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Thank you Rob.
I left you a message on your profile.
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Congrats Ange. Good job
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Thank you Ronald.
I left you a message on your profile.
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PhilMorton Premium
Good on you Ange! Hey, you wouldn't happen to be an Aussie would you?
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Hi Phil.
Thank you, and you are correct, lol. I am an Aussie. What gave it away? I'm from the Gold Coast. Never been to Perth at this stage, but my sister lived there for a short while some years ago. I have a friend who is from Perth who now lives in Brisbane. I hope you are doing well with your own business. Stay in touch.
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PhilMorton Premium
G'day Ange!
Hahaha I thought so! What gave it away? It was the excellent grasp of the English language plus, "lo and behold," which you spelt correctly, as opposed to how most people spell it, "LOW and behold!" Then the addition of "plodding," and I was fairly certain!
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We Aussies certainly add our own flair to our posts that's for sure. Thanks for the compliment on my grasp of English. I sometimes worry about that!!
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CONGRATULATIONS. I JUST SIGNED UP. I HOPE TO GET SOME SALES.
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pparadise Premium
Great news and best wishes as you grow.

PParadise
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Hi Joanne.
Thank you and welcome to this wonderful community. As long as you commit yourself to your learning and give it some time, I'm sure you will succeed with your business. Best of luck
Ange
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COntratulation!!!
You have done.
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Thank you. Good luck with your own business and I hope we see a post for your first affiliate sale too.
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Great news and you see everyone can do it. Congrats on number one!

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Thank you Samuel.
I find time is often against me, but I do believe that success with this business is very possible with time and effort, mine is just a little slower than others.
Ange
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This is the best way to start your business by far.

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What a fantastic new, you just made my day. It is Sunday morning here in the Down Under and I have a nice family in the field archery day planned ahead and guess what I'm going to do when we come back home : Work on my website, I was going to do it ananyway but it is very refreshing to here news like this one
Thanks for sharing
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Hi Manuel,
Thank you. I'm glad it gives you inspiration and some extra motivation. Have fun with your archery.
Ange
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sali82 Premium
wow...that's amazing
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Hi Sal.
Thank you for your encouragement and support. I hope you are doing well with your journey here too. It takes commitment to your learning at WA to give you the tools to succeed. I still have a long way to go, but I'm definitely in for the long haul with this.
Ange
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NathanH1 Premium
This is very motivating. Thanks for posting this!! Keep on going. You are doing great.
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Thank you Nathan.
I'm glad that you found this motivating. I believe we are all capable of finding success here at WA as long as we put in the effort and are prepared to learn. I'm still learning, but I'll never give up on this. It is a wonderful opportunity, something I had been looking for but never knew where to start and how to go about it. Now I do and I feel this is the best decision I ever made coming to WA. Best Wishes to you.
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TheBuilder Premium
Hi dear. To keep you going, I've prepared a Dose of Encouragement specially for you and for all my other loved ones. Here it is: Hope you will appreciate it.
Have a nice day.
Best Regards
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Thank you Umsizi.
I went over and read your blog. So true what you write. We can all benefit from the interaction and encouragement we can find within this community alone, and help spread it out to the rest of the world. I'm going to try to do something everyday to try to give out such encouragement.
Ange
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TheBuilder Premium
That's very good honey. It needs some time management. So this is a great idea to write on, time management.
You are so sweet my Ange
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You go Girl! And thanks for the motivating blog !! Best Wishes!
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Thank you Melissa.
It's a lot of fun doing this if you don't take it too seriously. I couldn't possibly do that with my life. If I did, I'd never last. I do take my blogs seriously, just can't afford to get too worked up over the many delays I have as a carer. Slow and steady moving forwards and never giving up will be what shows me the results later. I hope you are going well with your adventure here so far. Wishing you the best of success,
Ange
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Great and congrats there will be many more stay on it.

Best Wishes,
Sam&Iris;
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Thank you Sam and Iris.
I'm sorry it took me a while to reply. Had too much going on at home. It happens from time to time. I have to take a short break. Well not really a break, it's usually carer duties calling. But I definitely stay with it and keep coming back to my sites. I may be slow, but that doesn't mean I won't succeed. Best wishes for success on your own journey.
Ange
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Hello, How are you? I know what you mean just letting you know you are safe here. I would say build your business and enjoy the ride. Also contact if you are ever stuck.

Sam&Iris;
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tyrellch Premium
Congratulations. I can imagine the feeling of successfully attracting someone with your content enough for them to part with their money by choice. Well done
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Hi Tyrell.
Thank you. I like the way you put that, attracting someone enough to choose to part with their money because they liked what I wrote. As a person who has always had low self esteem, it meant so much more to me than the dollars earned. I felt that one time, what I had to say was important. I hope to feel that again often.
Ange
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tyrellch Premium
That is the stuff that makes us happy truthfully. Keep on doing your thing and more happiness will come your way.
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MAHlR Premium
Congrats Ange! You deserve it :)
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Thank you Mahir.
It means a lot to me to be told I deserve it. Not enough people say that to each other in this day and age. You deserve it too Mahir. Wishing you all the best.
Ange
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Congratulations!
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Hi Vance
Thank you for reading about my proud moment. I hope that you will find you what are looking for here at WA and wish you success with your journey.
Ange
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Congratulations. Keep up your good work!
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Hi Kym.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. I read that you have followed in your husband's footsteps into this realm. Wish you all the best with yours and your husband's success.
PS I'm an Aussie too.
Ange
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JosephSeely Premium
Congrats!
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Thank you Joseph.
I keep working on my sites and tweaking them so hopefully I will see more regular commissions coming soon.
Ange
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Biggsta Premium
Job well done. Keep up the hard work and motivation.
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Thank you very much Jaime. I have had to slow down recently and am feeling a little sluggish on WA due to time issues, but I still plod along. Nothing is going to stop me from achieving my dreams. Hope you do well too. Ange
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Biggsta Premium
That is a great attitude to have. Keep striving for bigger and better things and I can't wait to hear more about your success. You got this.
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That's brilliant news - congratulations!
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Thank you so much. It really was a lovely surprise. Wish I could spend more time on my sites to continue to increase earnings. Falling a bit behind right now. Wishing you success with yours. Ange
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Congrats!
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Thank you Valerie. I'm looking forward to the day when I can say I've earned commissions at least once a week, no matter how small. That's my short term goal for now. I hope you are doing well. Ange
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valere Premium
Hi Ange. I know what you mean. I am doing well thanks.
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Congrats!
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Thanks James. Wishing you much success with your journey here too. Ange
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FilichiaT Premium
Congratulations and keep up the hard work
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Thank you Filichia. I struggle for time to work on my sites but I am still continuing onwards and forwards as they say. I know the hard work will pay off. I haven't given myself any stressful timelines to contend with. It will happen when it does and I can sit back and know how far I have come. I am very dedicated to WA when I get any spare time.
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Congratulations.As you say finding bits and pieces of time but. Keeping going

Best wishes
Patricia
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Thanks Patricia. I definitely do have to work on my sites in small lots of time for much of my work with WA. Being a carer can be very disruptive to my thought patterns, let alone my writing. Often have to start and re-start blogs or training many times just to get one thing done. But I know it will all come together in the long run, albeit slowly. Ange
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NatNiches Premium
Congratulations - nothing better to boost motivation than a sale!!
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Thanks Nat. It's certainly a great motivator and reminder that although the path may take longer than some other avenues that may or may not earn money for people, putting the time and effort into WA is well worth it.
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The first sale is always the best. Congrats and keep it up
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Thanks Josh. It means a lot coming from someone doing well here at WA. I've left you a comment on your profile. Ange
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Awesome! Congrats. Must be exciting. I can't wait to experience my first sale.
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Thank you Travis. Its all about realising that all good things come in time. I am putting the time in now and I have no doubts that it will pay off at some stage. It's really all relevant to how much work you put into your websites here. I'm on go-slow for most of the time due to being a carer, so my progress is slower than many other people here. Sending thoughts of success your way for your first sale. Ange
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Awesome! Congratulations!
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Thank you Luis. It was a fantastic feeling to know that while I made a sale, it was even more important to me to think that I may have made a difference to someone else's life by my recommendation to purchase that particular product. Keep working at it. Ange
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That must be a wonderful feeling! Well-done, keep it up, Ange. ;))
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Thank you Jewel. I'm still powering along. I'm trying to redo all of my blogs at the moment to see if I can improve reader experience and hopefully lead to a greater number of conversions. Hope you are doing well too. Ange
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Good for you! I'm sure is only the beginning of many many more...
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Thanks Wilberto. I hope it helps you in knowing that if you put the work in to your online business here, eventually it will pay off. It may be slow and in dribs and drabs to begin with, but success will come in time. Ange
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Congrats on the first!!!
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Thank you Gary. I appreciate you reading this and hope that it encourages you to keep going with your training. I know you are quite new and everything might seem a little daunting, but truly stick with it and make a commitment to it like the proper business we have here and you will get there too. There is help only a question away, anytime you need it. Ange
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Congratulations!
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Hi. Thanks very much Alma. Hope you are doing well with yours too.
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Congratulations Ange !!
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Hulabelle Premium
So nice to hear that from you, Ange. It gives us a feeling of elation when we are able to make a sale. Hope one of these days, I make my first one here in WA. Keep up the good work!
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Thank you Belle. I'm learning so much here and each time I learn something new, I fine tune what I have done and then continue this into the next phase. I takes time and some re-structuring sometimes, but you will get there. Ange
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Great! Congratulations Ange :D
--Fran
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Thanks Fran. I'm so glad I found WA and have been learning what it takes to build an affiliate marketing business. Ange
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Great job Ange - keep up the great work!!! I hope to join you soon as well!!
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Thanks Neal. It was a surprise that's for sure. But that's the best part about it, at least I know this works. Now I'll just have to learn how to multiply that. Wishing you success with your journey too. Ange
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Congratulations!!!!!
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Thank you Abdullah.
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That's awesome Ange, congratulations!
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Thanks Alyssa. It just felt so good. A little bit of encouragement towards keeping my motivation up and continuing to progress. I didn't even realise I was getting any traffic, I just assumed I hadn't been because I hadn't got as far into the training where Google Analytics comes into play.
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BarbJaeb Premium
nice!
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Thank you very much.
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Great job!!
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Thanks Jennifer. It really was a big surprise and such a fantastic feeling. Ange
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Mac01 Premium
Well done!
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Thanks Mac. I really appreciate the comments here, it gives such a great confidence boost. Ange
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DJ-Yogi Premium
The beginning of the next online business empire:-)
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Thank Dirk. I like that idea very much. Ange
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Congratulations Ange!It must be a wonderful feeling!
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Thanks Halide. It truly was. I'm still feeling really excited at the possibilities here at WA. Ange
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Kyle Premium
People will continue to trust you and like stuff that you "recommend" to them. That is the beautiful thing about building a business based on helping others. Help leads to trust, trust leads to the ability to make recommendations of products/services that people actually listen to. ;)

I look forward to hearing about future successes!
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Thanks Kyle. I've always had low self esteem and this was such a boost to my confidence. Thanks for making this training available to us. Ange
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That is wonderful the first of many more no doubt well done
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Thanks Katie. Looking forward to the next one, just so it isn't a one and only, hehe.
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Congratulations! Keep up the good work
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Thank you. It makes it easier to have faith when you see even the smallest result doesn't it?
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It definitely does! Takes time but once you get your first sale, the rest will follow :)
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Congratulations!
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Thank you very much.
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Congrats Ange - it really works :)
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Thank you. I'm so glad we have WA.
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Well done :)
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Thanks so much
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Congratulations Ange! Your sustainable living site is gorgeous!
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Thanks Jessica. For both comments. My sustainable living site is a work in progress, I'm learning as I go with that one so it is severely lacking in content right now. But I'll get there.
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I had a similar experience yesterday. I have a commission in CJ of $20. What a surprise. Great motivation to keep going isn't it?
Christine.
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That's great Christine. Congratulations on your surprise too. I'm loving this feeling.
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It's always nice to get that validation from a total stranger.
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Thanks Hal. That made the excitement even more meaningful.
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cnngratulations
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Thanks Peter
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cheers
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So cool. Congrats. Geoff
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Thanks very much Geoff
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Congratulations!
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Thank you Xin
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