Wealthy Affiliate - Does it Work? A Newbie's Success Story

Last Update: June 25, 2018

Honestly could this week get any better?
I think not!

This post is for everyone starting out or in that dreaded 3 - 12 month period when you expect things to happen but perhaps they just don't seem to be.

Are you asking the question "Wealthy Affiliate does it work"?

Read on my friends because I have great news for you (and me).

My Niche Site's First Sale

Site background: My niche site was created on 28th Feb, 2018. It has 45 posts, 6 pages.

Some of you might have seen my blog yesterday questioning whether an Amazon sale with no commission attached was actually a sale.

Well on looking back through my Amazon account this will be my second sale!

My first was achieved on 11th May and I made $1.26. It is sitting in my Amazon account.

I made money, real actual money! That's 10 weeks from site launch to first sale.

My Bootcamp Site's First Referral

Site background: My Bootcamp site was created on 15th June, 2018. It has 3 posts, 4 pages.

Oh yeah it happened! Last night I got my first referral to Wealthy Affiliate.

Imagine my shock and surprise after I made my coffee this morning and sat down to my WA catch-up as I do every morning, to find a Number 2 next to the $ sign at the top.

I didn't sleep well last night, long story short I am trying nicotine patches (yes it's a nasty habit) and forgot to take it off, gives me nightmares and very troubled sleep.

So I was a bit bleary eyed this morning, perhaps a little foggy in the head and as I'd never seen this before I assumed it was some sort of message from WA.

The sheer elation to click on the link and see that little graph saying 1 referral, it is a feeling I will never forget!

That's 10 days from site launch to first referral.

If I can do it, you can too

I have done nothing more than apply the training here at Wealthy Affiliate. I knew nothing of affiliate marketing before I found WA.

I am not more creative or smarter than your average bear.

Therefore there is no other conclusion we can come to other than YES Wealthy Affiliate does work, and it will work for everyone.

The only difference is as my learned colleague davehayes says - Applied Education is The Difference.

And just yesterday another brilliant blog from onmyownterms - The 80/20 Rule Applied to WA, 20% learning and 80% doing will make the difference.

So do not feel discouraged that you are putting in the hard yards and perhaps not seeing the rewards just yet. It won't happen by magic or by accident.

BUT if you apply the training and actually get stuck in and do the work, build out your site, create the content and follow each step diligently, you WILL see the fruits of your labour.

If you have any questions about my sites or how I have spent my first 4 months here at WA, my head is feeling a little less foggy now, and I'd love to help you out.


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LCEndahl Premium
Congratulations Heidi. Your post has stoked my desire! Last few days I've been stuck....but feeling not so stuck today.

Your news is exciting, bleary eyed, or not. May you continue your journey. Botth here and in quitting your bad habit

After smoking 26 years, I have now been smoke free for 17 years!! So know that this can be done. YOU CAN DO THIS!! If ever you need to reach out, for any reason, please do!

Here's to the very best in everything you do!
Laura
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HeidiY Premium
Thank you for your post, I missed it all those days ago when you wrote so I am very sorry about that.

I hope you are still feeling un-stuck, if not and I can help at all let me know.

Ahh yes we keep on with the patches and I've cut down a heap, but can't say I'm a non-smoker just yet.

Thank you for your support.
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Trujunco Premium
Heidi,

Thank you for this as it is encouraging to see you have a fuller picture of the process here aT WA.
I am going over to read the 80/20 rule applied to WA and I thank you for the link there.

Best wishes in your promotions and Sites...All very exciting to watch.

The weather is humid and cloudy where I live today but it is these early morning posts that set my day into gear.

Expect that I will visit you again and until then ...

Shine Brilliant, my friend!

Respectfully, David
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tkpowell928 Premium
That was very well said, Debbie. Because I just joined June 6 and I feel so frustrated at this point. I would probably be further along but I have been going over and over all the first steps in Lesson 1-10 trying to set my website up right. I wrote everything like it said but when I changed my theme, it keeps showing up blank. Not giving up but knowing I joined a good program is what is keeping my chin up. Be glad when I get there though. Thanks for the encouragement.
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HeidiY Premium
Better to work through the steps and understand them than just power on and not really get what you are doing.

If you haven't already send a ticket to Site Support and tell them whats going on they might be able to fix it for you. They are really good :)
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LaVetta1 Premium
Thanks, I'm a newbie too...I really needed to hear this, because I almost gave up on learning affiliate marketing because of fear of failure. I have tried and failed at some many other programs and lost so much money. For a minute I shut down and started thinking WA was going to be just another one of those programs. With me not making any money online..But for some reason I keep coming back to WA I think it's probably the community with encouraging post like yours.

Thanks Heidi you were speaking to me!!!
LaVetta
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HeidiY Premium
What a lovely thing to say LaVetta, it is very much appreciated.

Stick with it, apply the knowledge you learn here and give it a red hot go. Honestly if I can do it anyone can.

I look forward to seeing your success posts too.
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marmar463 Premium
Congratulations on your referral that is awesome news. Yes, I have done a promoting WA site but have to put more content to it. My about me page was indexed by Google so I am hoping for the best about the site itself. And for my other site, I am working on putting more content to that one as well. So no sales yet but working hard at putting more information on both sites. I will keep on keeping on just like you said and staying on working hard to make this work.
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HeidiY Premium
I'm pretty sure the referral was a fluke, with only a few posts and pages I might have just got lucky with that one! But then again maybe hard work encourages a little luck every now and then to keep us motivated.

I am looking forward to reading your success post real soon marmar.
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marmar463 Premium
It was all hard work that finally paid off and I have my promotional website but nothing as of yet still working on that one and the first website so I am working steadily on my sites. I hope and pray that one day soon I will have something to report too.
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Priya15 Premium
Congratulations Heidi! It is always good to read success stories and your post is timely for me as I am in that dreaded period right now (3 months +) .. I am working away but not a penny has been earned! I do not have any doubts of my success or about WA , but I am impatient as to when it will happen!
Priya
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HeidiY Premium
I was impatient to Priya, well actually I still am impatient! We just need to keep working it and be impatient at the same time until it comes to fruition.

Best of luck to you.
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Serdinya Premium
Thank you so much for that confidence booster Heidi. I'm only in week 6 now but building my website slowly. I did actually get a click through on Google AdSense last week and earned a whole 29 pence (i'm in the UK).

Here's looking forward to the big money. You've given me hope that it's not too far away if I keep working hard.

Thank You

Sue
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HeidiY Premium
That's wonderful Serdinya, it's not the amount that matters it proves the system works, rinse and repeat as they say.

Thanks for sharing your comment.
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MyGoodLife Premium
So awesome. It is true that anything worth doing takes work. I know that from working my little Etsy shop, and now i intend to work as hard on this as I did on that shop. It takes hard, hard work and persistence, patience and dedication, and you did the work and you got a reward, that so so great. Congratulations.
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HeidiY Premium
Thank you, hopefully others can see if you are persistent and put in the effort, the rewards will come.

Best wishes for your site, I'm sure it will be a roaring success.
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YumaBloggers Premium
Great success story and very nice timeline to those important first for the two blogs. BTW I quit smoking after 15+ years using Chantix and did it without cravings, and have not looked back in 8 years despite my Father in law dying just 17 days after I quit and my dad dying 2 and a half month's later while in my care. If I can go through that much grief and do it you can too. Here's to beating the smoking habit in style.
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HeidiY Premium
I tried Champix (might be Aussie version) a few years back and it did nothing for me, they said keep taking it till you just don't want to smoke, after 3 months I stopped cause at no point did I not feel like one LOL.

Ah well the patches are helping me cut back dramatically, so that's a good start.

I'm sorry to hear about your family, that must have been tough.

Thanks for your encouragement.
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DavidFrady Premium
Great job! Keep pressing on! Take care
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HeidiY Premium
Thanks David, yes this is merely the start, lots more work to be done.

Onwards & upwards as Bo is fond of saying.

Thanks for stopping by and for your support.
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DavidFrady Premium
Absolutely! You’re welcome. Bo is right. Bo is also my nickname. Lol!
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Borneoman Premium
Wow. Congrats!
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HeidiY Premium
Thank you for the congrats, as I said if I can do it anyone can. Best wishes to you for your success.
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HannaC Premium
This is a great inspirational article.. Thanks!
I know and believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel:)
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HeidiY Premium
Indeed there is Hanna, and it isn't an oncoming train!

Best wishes to you, I believe in the system and I believe in you. Give it all you got and the rewards will come.
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AriellaH Premium
Congrats! Hopefully soon I can tell my happy tale of getting my first referral too.
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HeidiY Premium
I look forward to reading it Ariella, we love happy tales here at WA.
Thanks for the congrats, most appreciated.
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Monikap Premium
Very exciting for you...
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HeidiY Premium
Thank you, I hope to share in everyone's excitement as they taste success here at WA.
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Marlasmith Premium
Congratulations to you. That is a great success and something to be really proud of.
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HeidiY Premium
Baby steps but they are at least going in the right direction Marla, and $1.26 is still $1.26.

Thank you for your comment.
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SachiKashi Premium
Happy Dance! Congratulations!
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HeidiY Premium
I was happy dancing all around the stables this morning feeding the horses LOL, I'm pretty sure they thought I'd gone completely mad.

Thank you.
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Mlindstrom51 Premium
Congratulations on your way! Very excited for you and encouraged to hear your positive thoughts! Hope to hear from you soon with more information on success. Thanks for sharing
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HeidiY Premium
Thanks for stopping by, most appreciated.
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LTMLifestyle Premium
Absolutely brilliant and very inspiring. Weldone
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HeidiY Premium
Thank you, I have felt inspired by so many other stories of success over the past 4 months and I am quite proud to be able to give a little back.
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MKearns Premium
You bet it works!
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HeidiY Premium
I never doubted WA would work, I suppose I doubted whether " I " had what it takes to make it work.

I have now come to the conclusion that ANYBODY & EVERYBODY can make it work.

Thanks for your comment Mike.
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