10 Years Down & 10 Important Things I've Learned.

Last Update: June 09, 2017



(Warning: This is a rather long post where I give you some insights into my life, business, thought processes, and ideas. I started writing a short celebratory post and it turned into this long stream of consciousness where I evaluate and talk to myself quite a bit. I think there are a lot of good takeaways below and I hope my experiences running one website for 10 years will help you see the same level of success. -Steve)

My site I've Tried That turned 10 on May 21st, 2017.

I started it when I was just a junior in college. It's been over a decade now of working on just one single website. This wasn't my first website and it's certainly not my last, but it's the one that I have been able to use to develop a full-time business online.

It didn't start out a smashing success mind you. The first few posts were about baiting an online scammer into doing ridiculous things for my own entertainment. I followed up with some actual reviews and people started responding positively and thanking me for taking the time to help educate them.

I got an immense amount of satisfaction and pride knowing I was helping people make smart decisions. When I figured out a way to turn my reviews into a way to make money, I was completely hooked.

In 2008, I graduated from college. I went on one job interview, decided that hating myself, my job, and my life for the next 50 years wasn't for me, and dedicated myself full time to building my website. By 2009, with (my then-girlfriend, now-wife, any-day-now-mother-of-my-child) Amanda's help, I was making a full-time income and have been working at it ever since.

I've seen flourishing successes and I've seen bleak depressions and every peak and valley has helped shape my business into what it is today.

That's the basis of this post.

10 important things I've learned over the years.

And it starts at #1.

1. Locate gaps in your market.

This is the number one reason my site has been so successful. When I founded my site in 2007, the Internet Marketing industry was a lot more Wild Wild West. Pretty much every marketer was promoting garbage training that no longer worked in an effort to rip off beginners and profit off of their misfortune.

I could have easily gone that route as it was insanely lucrative at the time. Key words: at the time. But one, I have a conscience and couldn't bring myself to deceive others for a quick buck, and two, I wanted to build a respectable business that would actually last.

While everyone was busy zigging, I saw an opportunity to zag. Instead of ripping off others, I thought it'd be much more worthwhile to help them instead. Affiliate marketing was rather new at the time, but I saw the value and potential and realized it was a great opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience, to learn how to build a business online. I educated people instead of deceiving them. The industry was going one way so I went somewhere else in an effort to stand out.

What does this mean for your average affiliate site?

You should be looking at your competition. Google the top keywords you're targeting and look at what the big players in your industry are doing. Evaluate what they're doing right, but more importantly, look at what's being done wrong. Fill in those gaps with a focus on helping people and you will be well on your way to building a legitimate, long-lasting business.

2. Complacency is the silent killer.

I've faced a number of obstacles over the year, but nothing compares to overcoming complacency. I still struggle with this today and complacency has translated over to laziness. (This is also the reason why this blog post is 2 weeks late. A bit of brutal honesty there for you.)

I was able to double my income year-after-year for the first few years of running my business. While it still continues to grow, the rapid expansion died off a bit after I hit a more-than-comfortable yearly income. Ironically, this level of success is what will kill my business.

Somewhere along the way, I hit an income level where it became easy to stop trying to improve. The first few years I busted my ass to try and develop ideas to grow my business. Nine out of ten had failed, but the one that succeeded propelled my business forward.

These days I find myself not wanting to put forth 9 failing efforts just for that one potential chance at growing my business even further. It is, by far, the biggest challenge I face today and one that I am constantly working on rectifying, which leads me to...

3. Reevaluate your goals often.

The goals I initially set for myself were long achieved. I try and set new ones year after year to push my business forward. Some goals I hit, others get crossed off without seeing success.

I have found that it's important to always be looking ahead. If you continue to look around you, you'll get wrapped up in the present. Your business suffers because you fall into maintenance or auto-pilot. Menial tasks consume days. Emails, Facebook, Instagram take up more and more of your focus until your goals simply vanish.

Look at where your business is now. Look at where your life is now as well. And think about where you see everything going in the future. Move the finish line back a little bit and push yourself to get there faster.

4. It's OK to take time off.

This may sound contradictory to the last two points, but there will simply be days, or even weeks, where you cannot push yourself any more and that is more than OK. You can't constantly expect your engine to run full-throttle 24 hours a day or you will completely burn out and throw in the towel.

Schedule breaks and if you don't feel like working at the moment, don't. The important thing is to always come back though. Take time off but return when you're fresh. You may have to push yourself to get back into the groove of things but that time off could be the difference between completely burning out on a project and being able to look at it with a fresh set of well-rested eyes.

5. Hire (more) people.

I don't really write too many of my own articles these days. I did face severe burn out a few years back and was luckily rescued by an eager guest poster. At the time, I was writing 5 articles a week for just one of my websites, while trying to juggle developing a newsletter, responding to emails, assisting people here at WA, and coming up with new angles to take my business.

I simply started running out of time during the day and it became impossible to keep up with all of my tasks. It was about this time that I received an email for a guest posting spot and the proverbial light-bulb just clicked. It wasn't a revolutionary idea by any means, but I was hit with an obvious solution.

If I could train someone to research and write my articles, I could get a lot more done in a day. And then if I trained TWO people, I could double my work output without having to put any more time in. So with that, I doubled the amount of content I was putting out and at the same time, freeing up more of my daily schedule to focus on other aspects of my business.

The trade off here is that hiring other people to do your work will cost you money. Initially, I was spending $50 per article as anything less attracted less quality work. My per article rate has since increased and I spend a couple thousand per month on articles alone.

Some people are going to read this and see it as money lost. What you need to realize is that each one of these articles is an investment. Not all of them are going to take off naturally, but every article is another possible source of revenue. Most of my big earning articles are from years ago. Last time I calculated one of my top posts, it was at about a 75,000% return on investment over 3 years. Yes, that says seventy five thousand percent and that's from one article. My site has over 1,800 articles published.

Do you still see that as money lost?

6. Celebrate your victories.

At some point over the course of my career, I came to the realization that I am no longer working for money. I'm working for time. Time that I can use to get the most experiences out of my life and not have to turn in 9 hours a day at a job I hate just for the chance at taking a week off to go to the beach once per year. Hell no. That's not a life I ever wanted to live and so far I haven't.

With a regular job, you do get measurable forms of success though. A bonus here. A raise there. A promotion that shows you are moving in the right direction.

You don't have that with your own business. No one is going to take you aside and throw a party in your honor, but that doesn't mean you can't do that on your own.

For Amanda and I, we like to plan trips to celebrate our successes. We schedule time off to go relax, explore, rest, adventure, whatever. The bigger the milestone, the better the celebration. Sometimes it's as little as a nice steak dinner, other times it's a two-week trip to Hawaii. What's important isn't the size of the celebration, but that we take time to celebrate at all.

7. Get the small tasks out of the way.

I have a set list of tasks that I need to complete every single day. These tasks are fairly menial and can be accomplished over my morning's coffee. There have been days where I have stretched 20 minutes of easy work into a full 10 hours of just absolute nothingness.

As you read the above paragraph, there is likely some task or item that you know needs to be addressed this very moment. Just get it done. You will relieve unnecessary stress and feel a sense of accomplishment at the same time. Take that dopamine spike and translate it into starting something new.

I know it sounds like I am addressing you, the reader, above. That was written by me, for me, as I have a number of big projects I need to be working on at the moment, but instead I am stalling by opening up my inbox every few minutes, closing it to browse other websites, and then returning five minutes later to repeat the cycle.

Go get your work done, Steve.

8. Don't obsess over your stats.

I used to spend a lot of time wondering why my traffic dipped a little bit from one day to the next. I would get obsessed with trying to figure out why while telling myself that my dream was dead and my website was going to flat-line. "There's a low pressure system moving across the Midwest and that is the reason why less people are online, probably," I'd foolishly tell myself.

In reality, there was nothing that need to be explained and if I hadn't been checking my stats every 15 minutes, I would have never even noticed the dip. I have given up entire days worth of work to look at stats. I tricked myself into thinking I was being productive, but I was secretly killing my business because I was doing nothing to move forward. Don't fall into this trap.

But on the other side of this, you should be meticulously tracking as much data about your website and your traffic as possible. The more information you have about your visitors interactions with your site the better. You won't be able to make proper adjustments to your marketing efforts if you don't know what it is that needs to be adjusted.

I run into this problem to this day. I'm often split-testing a number of different elements around my site that sometimes get abandoned due to my poor note taking. I'll have a blog post that was killing it for me that I tried to improve, failed, and then forgot to revert back. I've left a lot of money on the table by simply being careless with my tests.

9. Don't let yourself get distracted.

Specifically with a lot of noise happening within Wealthy Affiliate. Far too often, I see people publishing blog posts here three, four, five times a day, while their own site hasn't been updated in weeks or even months.

Don't confuse Wealthy Affiliate Rank with success. It's not a measure of success; it's a measure of activity within the platform. Your activity here is not going to grow your business. It will only serve as a distraction. Keep the focus on adding content to your own websites.

Wealthy Affiliate should serve as a tool to grow your business. This is not Facebook or Twitter. It's a business platform with social aspects and not the other way around. If the number of articles you've written here is greater than the number you've written for your own websites, it's time to reevaluate some things. I give this speech way too often both publicly and privately. I can only control what I do, but years of experience here tells me a lot of this will not be heard.

10. It gets easier.

It really does.

I can do a search in my inbox and pull out a 100+ messages of people telling me they aren't smart enough to figure out this technical computer stuff and they don't have the know-how that I have to succeed.

Do you think I was born with knowledge on Internet Marketing? Do you think I wrote my first line of code at 3 years old? My first WordPress article as homework in first grade? Absolutely not.

I took the time to learn and understand the things I didn't know. There isn't anything about this that's overly complicated. It takes time and patience to sit down and read and learn. If you joined expecting a quick buck with no effort, you are in the wrong place. Nothing like that exists online. You're better off playing the lottery as that's the only way you're going to make a lot without doing any work.

However, if you dedicate yourself to this business and put forth the effort to research a niche, develop a plan of action, create your website, and start populating it with content, you will absolutely succeed here. Stop looking at what everyone else is doing and set yourself apart from the crowd.

10 Years Down. 10 Years to Go.

I've always wanted to retire before I hit 40. I don't see myself working full-time after that. I am never really going to be able to walk away from developing business ideas though, but I would like to do so with a little less stress and pressure. I'd probably focus on my photography hobby a bit more. I'd love to explore the western parts of the US a bit more. There are so many national parks on my bucket list that I had to move them to their own list.

In order to hit that goal, I have to recite those ten points to myself often. Everything I listed above is applicable to everyone regardless of where they are with their business. New, experienced, earning nothing, earning millions, it all applies.

Lastly, as I write this, Amanda and I are anxiously awaiting our first child. Our little one is currently 6 days overdue and seems quite content in there, much to Amanda's dismay. Baby's arrival is going to add another layer of excitement and restlessness to our hectic lives.

I have to keep pushing myself forward to continue to better all of our lives.


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Boomerlife Premium
Thanks Steve
I noticed in the first few days how much time the social aspects of WA can swallow up your time real quick. I currently contract myself out softa like a fake business lol. It takes up as much of my day as most regular jobs and the return is just mildly more satisfying. I genuinely desire to build a site much like you have. Doesnt have to be the same type content, I simply want to help people with some area of their lives. As you have already learned through your life success is not measured in wealth but in the relationships we have and how genuine satisfaction cones from helping others. I think deep down we're all built like that if we'd open our eyes and get out of the way.
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Corya92 Premium
Thank you Steve for such a well written reminder post to keep us all on track. I was very intrigued by #5 hiring more people. I think doing this at your level makes total sense. I have already started thinking about how to manage this as I start and grow my business. I would be interested to hear more about this so that I am ready to utilize it when it is needed.

- Cory
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IMTim Premium
Thank you Steve for taking time to share your top 10 insights in your first 10 years in WA! As a husband and a parent ... plus an internet marketer, I will understand if you don’t have time to write back :) Just smash the “Like” and we’ll call it even! Much success in your next 10 years! Cheers - Tim
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Zulyusri Premium
Hi...

Wonderful post... Got hit on the nose on quite a number of points you raised...

Thank you very much for the thoughts and tip and everything else in-between...

Congratulations on transitioning onto the next Phase of your lives...


All the Best and see you at the Top... 🚀
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supertimothy Premium
Thank you Steve. This was very interesting and refreshing. It is easy to see that you are truly a good person doing good things, and you always will.

I apreciate you for being so honest about your own life and challenges. Also for being so willing and giving to help others.

All the best to yoh and your family,
Timothy Green
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dchapman3 Premium
Great article and thanks for sharing your 10 years of experience. I will save this and review often. You're right it is easy to get caught up in all the motion within WA, but we are here to grow businesses. You need to remember that WA community is here to share, support, and give back as you did in this article.

thanks
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dchapman3 Premium
Great article and thanks for sharing your 10 years of experience. I will save this and review often. You're right it is easy to get caught up in all the motion within WA, but we are here to grow businesses. You need to remember that WA community is here to share, support, and give back as you did in this article.

thanks
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sdawson Premium
Love this article and baby is going to so change your and Amanda's life. - Shirley (I was one who accepted what you had to say and now I've been with WA for over 3 years. Still working on my ship to come in and to learn and implement the right things). Thanks Steve for getting me on board.
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JKStangl Premium
This is a fantastic post, thank you so much!

I love your honesty about the biggest resistance being yourself and your own success. Reminds me of a book 'The War of Art', written by an author that faces similar things.
I myself have wondered what that will look like for me when the time (soon!) arrives to 'come home' from employment (bondage). When I no longer have to wake up to an alarm clock to fight traffic on my way to work, to get to work on time, to work my nine hours, to fight traffic on my way back home, everything running on a schedule with little margin for error.
I'll work at having a structure/system in place for myself ahead of time so that I slip into that life without slipping out of a schedule and become complacent.
Because I like sleep... and it would be so tempting to sleep in... LOL

I also enjoy your view and mindset about employment; it's nice to hear a kindred spirit with similar values, and I wish I learned about an alternative before I entered the workforce.

I look forward to getting to know you better and learning all I can from you!
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buildyournow Premium
Steve, your articles are very inspiring and hopefully newbies and others in the online business will put some of your recommendations into action for their own ultimate success. I admit though that sometimes one does meet roadblocks along the way that discourages his online marketing interests. Quite frankly, creation of websites is a pretty alarming subject and it's not something so easily grasped for those who are not so computer or technically inclined; naturally it will take more time for them to develop.

On another note, please advise how does one make money from blogging and who pays.

Thanks so much and I wish you continue success in what ever endeavor you undertake.

To your continued success!
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buildyournow Premium
Steve, your articles are very inspiring and hopefully newbies and others in the online business will put some of your recommendations into action for their own ultimate success. I admit though that sometimes one does meet roadblocks along the way that discourages his online marketing interests. Quite frankly, creation of websites is a pretty alarming subject and it's not something so easily grasped for those who are not so computer or technically inclined; naturally it will take more time for them to develop.

On another note, please advise how does one make money from blogging and who pays.

Thanks so much and I wish you continue success in what ever endeavor you undertake.

To your continued success!
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Hey Steve, I am glad that I took the time to read your article and thanks to MozMary as she recommended this blog to another new person. Congratulations on your first born! I noticed the blog you wrote about your new arrival. I have two grown daughters myself and they grow up fast. It is also interesting that my first blog was titled My First Hour, First Day and First Blog and your blog is 10 years down & 10 Important Things I've Learned. Those are all great lessons to remember. I am pretty new to the marketing biz and it seems like it is still the wild, wild west. Thanks for sharing.
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wendyg53 Premium
I loved all of this post, but especially the bits about procrastinating and getting caught up with social media, etc. That is my biggest problem. My other problem is attempting all this around a full time job. But, summer is coming, two months off from the job. Time to sit down and set some goals for the niche site I want to build. Thank you for this very honest post.
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JaemiO Premium
Thanks so much for these tips! Many of these I already try to follow, so this gives me validation that I'm working in the right direction. Others I have never thought about. Thank you for the insight.

Congrats on you 10 year anniversary! Cheers to another 10.

P.S. I am curious, in the event I ever get as successful as you. I have considered that my sites may get so big I need to hire help. How do you determine how much to pay your help?
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Environment can have detrimental consequences on a home-based online business.

I was living at the mercy of a property owner where my camper was, who firmly believed in full-time employment and nothing less. When I didn't act upon their demands to get out and get a full-time job, they began disconnecting the modem days and sometimes left it unplugged for several days at a time, in the effort to force me to secure a full-time job and give up the "foolishness." I got kicked off the property the first time, four months after joining WA and wound up in Toledo, Ohio. This started well but had the same problem there with my host's family, which turned volatile and I had to return to Florida.

After being kicked out two more times, in 2014 I was asked to leave for good. I lost most of my stuff, including the motor home and went without Internet service for nine months until I came where I live now. I have Internet service but this is a bad neighbourhood, much more expensive and dangerous. Rap and hip hop music is very popular around here and so are sub bass car stereo systems, which drive me up the walls.

I concur with this blog... ...realizing that until I can make a full-time income from what I have learnt here at WA, I have nothing to say, and furthermore, just like you have said above, this blog goes into more detail about it. There is no point blogging on WA until my blogging efforts on my campaigns give me something to talk about. I accept my lot "rarely seen" until then. If I had put the nearly 700 blogs that I had here on my website instead and spent less time here trying to be sociable, I'd probably be living in a nice home now where it is safe and quiet.

Your story continues to encourage me even after seven years here now and you provide astounding lessons. Being one of my top picks, I look to you as a role model as I do Kyle and Carson themselves.

Daniel
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Sat, June 10, 2017

Bookmarked!

This post is inspirational, motivational and extremely helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it for us and share it with us. I love it.

Congratulations on the 10 year anniversary of your site and an even bigger congratulations to you and Amanda on the soon-to-be arrival of your bundle of joy!


Sharon
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Labman Premium
Thanks for sharing this Steve. It is appreciated. We all have different journeys and yours has been a successful one. We all have our own trials and tribulations.

The partnership that you and Amanda share is something I have always envied. A good supportive atmosphere is a strong motivator. I'm putting that into place for myself and look forward to my own level of success.

Thanks again.
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KatieMac Premium
This is just what I needed to read today, have had a series of things go wrong and feel I am almost back to where I started however I want to keep going on with this till I hit my ultimate goal and along the way want to share this with my daughters who are busy mums, congratulations on your new addition to the family I hope it all goes well, this type of business always comes to mind a bit like having children, they are life changing and so could this be, many thanks oh happy anniversary to.
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MozMary Premium
very helpful, and refreshing, ...those 20 minutes turning into 10 hours of nothingness, very nicely put and if that can happen to YOU well isn't that encouraging for the rest of us!

Congrats and best wishes for the days ahead especially to the one who is going to be putting in the real hard work over the next few days!
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IveTriedThat Premium
I don't think my experience is particularly uncommon and I'd love to figure out why that is.
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whitsunday Premium
Happy tenth birthday to I've Tried That. I have been reading your blogs on and off for easily 5 years. In fact I've Tried That is where my first memory of a mention of Wealthy Affiliate came from.
I'm really pleased you are still around for us and still giving good insights about managing a website.
The best take out for me here is;
point #1 Look for gaps in the market. I've chosen a very competitive niche, duh, and am scouting to find a gap to slot into. Somedays I win, some days I don't.
I am determined to get this to a sustainable level.

Warm congratulations on the new addition to your family.
Regards, Janelle.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Janelle and thank you for the support over the years!
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BantingRose Premium
Hi Steve,
Thanks for the info. Visited your website (instead of working!) Definitely going to hit your blog later.
There's an old wives tale that going for a drive over country roads may help?? Maybe put the bag in the car before you go.
Good luck, enjoy the sleep now,
Rose
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IveTriedThat Premium
Seeing as there is still no baby, I'll make this suggestion today. Thanks Rose!
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BrendanB1 Premium
Congratulations Steve, what an achievement and inspiration for someone like myself who is just at the start of my journey.

I fully understand where you come from about outsourcing parts of the process to free up your own time. I am just going through that same process with my offline business as I have hit the limit of how many customers I can see if I am doing all the work myself. Where as if I outsource certain tasks it free's me to see more customers and to grow the business.

Thank you for your 10 tips, this is something that I will have to read a few times to let it them sink in properly.

Have a wonderful weekend.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Cheers Brendan! I wrote this largely for myself, but also hoping others would be able to takeaway resources for their own business. Glad I could help :)
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littlemama Premium
Hi Steve, I've been a follower of yours since early on when I first found your profile. Everything you write here is great learning for all of us, especially myself. I need the motivation and need to know that I can do the same.

It feels it may take us longer these days to see the successes that's reached by past members.. No, this is not an excuse... Lol... but I'm just saying it's hard sometimes when I work everyday on writing and don't see the results. There are days where I'm wondering if I will finally see something working for me.

I've been publishing 4 times a week since early this year but don't see much difference in my traffic since this change, just little increased. All my posts are 1,200 - over 2,000 words. I write 5 times a week so I can get ahead of myself as there are family vacations I need to attend to. It's been over 9 months my site, but I know there's much more work to do still. It just feels so hard sometimes and I understand why people quit.

Posts like yours always keep me going so thank you! It's definitely bookmarked and will revisit when I need it.

I have two young girls, so I feel your excitement! Can't wait to see your little bundle of joy in front of your laptop/computer. ;)

Congratulations to you both!
Grace
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IveTriedThat Premium
Age is definitely an important factor in Google's ranking algorithm. That's probably why it feels like it's taking longer to see success compared to some of the older WA members.

I had been publishing articles on one of my sites fairly regularly and was seeing around 10 visitors a week for a long time. I abandoned the site for about 9 months after feeling discouraged. I went back and checked on it randomly and it was seeing 100+ unique visitors per day. I still kick myself thinking where the site would be if I hadn't gone silent for 9 months.
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ELaNere1 Premium
Thank you, Steve, for this post. I hope I can write something similar about my success with IM.

I'm one who has told myself I'm not good enough when it comes to online marketing, but I somehow keep trying. I see my biggest problem as not setting goals correctly & when I do set them, not following through when the road gets bumpy.

Thank you also for introducing me to WA. Now I must follow your 10 steps & stick with it.

Congratulations on the soon to be arrival of the baby.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Eve! There's always a solution to your problems and there's always a way forward. You might have to turn around a few times to take a new route, but you can always find a way.
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JeffL61 Premium
Congrats Steve to the profound success that you have enjoyed. Your 10 important items that you mentioned should be required reading for 99.7% of members here who simply have not achieved the monetary achievements with their online businesses as you have.

Furthermore, I hope that everything goes well for both you and Amanda on the upcoming birth of your first child.

I plan on bookmarking this article, Steve for future enlightenment. I would suggest that many others do the same!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Jeff! I write to share my experiences in hopes of helping others.
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Claudioj Premium
Hello Mr.Steve, thank you for explaining all your evolution, and above all I congratulate you for the arrival of a son, greetings to Amanda. You're going to have to work harder for the arrival of a new family. You can enjoy it and dedicate time to all your children. Thank you, my friend, I learned a lot from you today. Always look forward do not look back.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you for the kind words Claudio! The new baby is definitely lighting a fire within as I want to provide the best possible life for all of us. I'll be here working harder than ever. I can worry about sleeping next year.
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Matstabler Premium
Thank you so much for this!

I am five months in to my AM journey and needed to hear(or read) a lot of that. I too have obsessed over stats, wondering when my first affiliate income would appear, and wondering what to write as my next article.

What I really need to do is find my place in the market I`ve chosen, and it should then fall into place.

Many congratulations on your successes, and thanks so much for the encouragement and advice in this post.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you for the kind words Mathew. Keep at it. I didn't see instant success when I first started but I knew what I wanted to achieve and knew deep down that Internet Marketing would help get me to where I needed to be. I stuck it out and worked my ass off and here I am, 10 years later, still going strong.
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learn2bgreat Premium
Steve,
This is, as of June 9, 2017, the best blog post I've read here at Wealthy Affiliate. Period! You've listed 10 great tips/insights but #9 resonates with me, because I see it. There is a benefit to ranking high on WA, but not for most here who are desperately trying to build their websites in order to make a living online.
Thanks!
Darren
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IveTriedThat Premium
You should read all of my blog posts because they are equally as phenomenal :)
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MikaelM Premium
Great to read about your experiences. Love your honest approach on your website, and is a great example for anyone here how it can be done with integrity and without tricking people.

Great points about not obsessing about traffic stats all the time and the WA rank.

Hope the baby will soon arrive:-) all the best

Mikael
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IveTriedThat Premium
I hope the baby gets here soon too Mikael. Any day now!
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StubearBlack Premium
Ah, #9, the one that irritates me to no end. I'm glad you addressed it in a nice way, because I was going to say something on someones blog awhile back but then I thought: "Well this is going to come out extremely harsh so I just won't post it at all." Lol. It was one of those silly blogs that just really didn't even need to exist. At all.

It honestly grates my nerves when I see people obsessively posting here and thinking that it's somehow helping their business. Grates. my. nerves. I don't know why. It's really none of my business, but it's like, so, do you want to be popular? Or do you want to make money and help others?

That said, love the blog, and if I offended anyone, I apologize but get to work! :P
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IveTriedThat Premium
That section was written and rewritten a few times. I did not write it with any one person in mind so if anyone takes offense to anything written there, they should evaluate what they really wish to achieve while here.
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StubearBlack Premium
For sure man. Just to let you know, your blogs along with Dom's and a bunch of others had really inspired me back when I was struggling. I'm nowhere close to where I would like to be, but have made so much progress and sometimes we do need to take a step back and realize that. Keep pushing and I will do the same!
-Stu
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TanjaRita Premium
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your journey! I would love to be where you are in 10 years.

But it's not looking good. I have been working on my daily for just over 2 years but it's not making much money unfortunately. Could be the niche I guess.

But I am still not ready to give up. I have thought of starting another site, but I am not sure how I will fit that in.

Right now I can't afford to outsource article writing. So instead I have opened up my site to guest posters. At the start I was getting some crappy submissions, which I accepted and made a few edits too, but now I am getting some better ones.

There is still so much for me to learn. And I like learning. So that is probably what has kept me going this far.
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IveTriedThat Premium
I've never been a fan of guest posts really. 99% of the time it's just people trying to submit a hastily and poor written article that has absolutely no relevance to my site or audience. They all tend to follow the same format and it's clearly just an attempt at a backlink. Guest posts should be mutually beneficial, but the quality is hardly ever there.
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TanjaRita Premium
Yes, I am starting to notice that.
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