About J-KWest
Joined October 2016
Update: March 2020
It’s been a couple of years since I updated my profile, so here goes :-)

There are a couple of critical moments that brought me to Wealthy Affiliate… the first was in 2015 when I was packing for another 10-day shift (in what we Canadians fondly refer to as the “oil patch”).

My youngest daughter asked me, “Daddy, are you going home tomorrow?”

Home???

I was home, or at least I thought I was.

It hit me like a ton of bricks. To a 5-year-old who rarely saw me, I was a just visitor who stopped in to visit for few days every couple of weeks.

Talk about a transformational moment…

To her, my home was somewhere else, and in a way, she was right. I knew then and there something had to change. I mean… I always knew it, but that’s when I “really” knew it.

Me being away was all she knew though. My other daughter was old enough to remember when I did not work out of town. For her, it was a lot more difficult and I regret not being more aware of that.

And of course, my incredible wife was, for the most part, raising our girls on her own. Besides the everyday stuff, there were birthdays, holidays, swimming, dance and taekwondo lessons...

You may have had a similar experience. When you knew the path you were going down had to change.

I knew I wanted to do something online, but I had no idea where to begin. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about when I say everything seemed so “shady” online. I checked out a few things, but in the end, decided to just figure it out on my own (aka... without risking my money).

I built my first website that summer with no idea what I was doing or how this “online thing” would eventually change my life. But it did…

That first website went nowhere and I eventually shut it down, but my feet were finally wet and I was learning.

To make a long story short, I found Wealthy Affiliate a year-and-a-half later on Google while trying to find a way to make money with this new skill I had acquired.

Of course, I also found a ton more of the shady “make-money-online” schemes and I must admit… I was certain Wealthy Affiliate was just another one. In some ways, I remember it like it was yesterday… the hope and excitement but also thinking it was a scam.

What I can’t remember though, are the reasons I decided to upgrade. I’m sure having access to Kyle was a big part of it. It might have been the first-month deal but the more I think about it, maybe not... (if you’ve heard the “Alberta oil-patch” rumours of us throwing money (or patch-cash) at stupid things… they are mostly true).

Not that twenty bucks was a lot of money or that Wealthy Affiliate was a stupid thing to throw money at, but I didn’t really know what Wealthy Affiliate was at the time. I half-expected to see my 20 bucks disappear and a clown face pop up on the screen saying “Got You Sucker” :-D

It’s funny when I think about it now and I feel a little stupid that I thought that way, but it’s “making money on the internet”… how can you not be skeptical, right?

What’s even crazier though (and I don't think I’ve ever written about this before), is that I was mentally prepared to spend (or risk) 10K on a way to make money online.

That's where I was the day I sat down to seriously figure this out.

I had hit a serious wall. I hated what I was doing (and what it was doing to my family). I was burned out, depressed and I felt trapped. The program that caught my attention was called the Six-Figure Mentors (I’ve reviewed the Six-Figure Mentors since then and even with my 10K, I would have been another 10K to 20K short).

By comparison, it seemed pretty stupid not to give Wealthy Affiliate a shot.

Anyway… here I am, 2 ½ years later. [update 4 1/2 years later]

There were times I wasn’t even sure this was something I wanted to do, which also seems pretty stupid when I look back on it because I’m WAY happier doing what I do now. It’s not even in the same universe.

Of course, like just about everyone here I can’t count how many times I wondered in the beginning if this thing would even work.

And it’s been an absolutely crazy journey. Ups and downs, a few wins, and countless losses. There were tears along the way and people wondering when I was going to smarten up and quit!

At one point I got WAY off track for the better part of a year and spent a mountain of money on shiny objects, but I’m still here, and as crazy as it is, this is now my full-time gig. There's still a long way to go before I reach my goals… but I’m no longer living up north in camps being a Dad by phone.

My next goal is to move my family back home where we're from, and for the first time in many years, it’s a real discussion.

[Update: On June 1st, 2020 we finally realized this goal. My family and I are now happily living where we're from, and close to family. I'm not a fan of talking about money specifics (as I've mentioned in some other posts), but for perspective and insight into what an online business can do for you, the cost of our move was in the low five-figures and I was able to pay for it with cash (well, e-transfer... lol). I did not put it on a credit card so I won't be spending the next few years paying it back.]

If you’re new to Wealthy Affiliate and reading this, I also want to be clear that earning enough to no longer have a boss did NOT happen overnight.

In fact, to make sure I had a decent amount of savings "just in case" and I was saving money for our move home at the time, I was working on my online business while also doing roughly 10 Uber rides from the airport each week (yes… I said Uber).

The airport rides were great for me because I had to sit around for a couple of hours to get a ride anyway. Instead of sitting at home or in a coffee shop, I would use that time to work online.

Plus, my main site at the time was all about doing side-gigs and having multiple sources of income, so it was a way for me to practice what I preach :-)

At one point though, my online income grew enough that it no longer made sense to drive for Uber. A few hours online became far more valuable than a few hours driving... although I must admit, there are times I miss driving. I miss meeting new people and it was a unique era in my life I have great memories of.

My point is this though…

… for those just joining, please don’t think this a way to get-rich-quick. I know most of you don’t expect it to be, but I also think there’s a tiny part of us that secretly hopes it’s possible.

When I joined, I thought there was an outside chance I’d be able to quit my job within a few months if I just worked at it harder than anyone has ever worked at it.

Nope.

I made a few bucks in my 3rd month but not enough to retire. It was more like a coffee and a muffin at Starbucks.

I’m not saying you won’t retire within a few months, but I also haven’t met anyone who’s done it that fast.

Another question you might have (and you’ll see it asked here by others over and over) is this…

“Does Wealthy Affiliate work?”

My new answer to that question is to ask another question…

“Does the gym work?”

Of course, Wealthy Affiliate works. But like a gym, you get out what you put in. If you buy a gym membership and stop in for a few random workouts 3 or 4 times a month… you’re probably not going to see results.

If you hit it hard for a month or two and quit you're probably not going to have a body like the guy or girl on Instagram you admire.

And no one can do the reps for you.

Wealthy Affiliate works like that.

This is a full-time income from home we’re talking about and that’s a really big deal.

The words “it’s worth it” don’t even come close to how crazy it feels to take a day off whenever you want. Take two or three off, a week or even a month if you want.

I haven't cared that it's "Monday tomorrow" in years.

You need to keep your foot on the gas of course. There's no standing still and If you're not moving forward with your online business, you will fall behind.

But it’s funny in retrospect. There was a time when I’d wake up hours before I had to be at my old "job" and think…

“Ugh, I have to write another blog post”.

Now I wake up and think (most days, not all) that “I GET TO write a blog post”.

I could be working up north on someone else’s schedule, away from my family in minus 30 (or colder) weather, twisted like a pretzel 80 feet in the air and hurting (because my body is not young anymore) but instead…

... I GET TO write a blog post.

People spend tens (even hundreds) of thousands of dollars to start a business or go to University. And it takes them years to reach a level of success that's even close to what they aim for.

If you’re a business owner or post-secondary graduate you know what I mean.

When I became an electrician, it was nearly 6000 hours of on-the-job training and 36 weeks of full-time school broken up over 4 years.

I don’t regret it for a second, but just to compare, it took me about 2 ½ years at Wealthy Affiliate to do this full-time.

Anyway… I didn’t expect my bio/profile to turn into an entire blog post (sorry)… but I’ll finish by saying this…

If you approach Wealthy Affiliate in the same way a business owner would approach their business or a University student would approach their studies… it’s absolutely crazy what you can accomplish here.

Thanks for reading :-)
Jay
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Yes, absolutely. wealthyaffiliate.com will get you to the login page, and if you haven't logged out it should bring you to your profile page.
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Hi,

You are very much appreciated for sharing. Congratulations amazing accomplishment.

Happy for you and thank you for sharing the ad network. I looked into them before but have not joined them because I thought they want me to remove other ads. I only have CJ banners not actual ads.

Take care and thank you again.

All the best for your continued success!

Ana
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Hi Ana, I'm not sure you can join if you're with another Ad network, but having your own banners shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks for you kind words as well, and wishing you success as well :-)
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Hi Jay,

Thanks so much. I have both my sites listed in my profile. I wasn’t sure to do it at the beginning for once it can create an issue with traffic.
I love to see your site and see how the ad placement shows.

My site as you can see on my profile is very clean looking. I have visited sites with overwhelming ads. I Normally do not stick around, but if you don’t mind Sharing yours it would be great.

Same approach here for me long term.


Thank you kindly,

Ana
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I truly love your bio post. What an amazing and inspiring story. I am new and am wondering what am I doing - I don’t have a clue about affiliate marketing. But, I’m gonna hang in there and keep learning. I’m going to start following you. Best wishes from central Florida.
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Thanks Doug, I promise it gets easier. I didn't have a clue about affiliate marketing when I started either and I promise, I wasn't a fast learner, lol. Just go at your own pace, I know for many (myself included) that's it can be difficult to find time when you're starting out. All the best to you as well, and following you back. Glad to be part of your network.
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I am so happy for you! Thank you for sharing your success! I have 50 posts on my website right now and a lot of them are not ranking yet in Google. Did your older posts start ranking better in time? I am figuring this all out as I go so thank you for your advice. :)
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Hi Alisha, 50 posts is great. That definitely shows your commitment.

As far ranking... yes, most of my high traffic posts just slowly climbed their way up the rankings over time. But there are different factors that contribute to that. Your keywords need to be evergreen and at least a little competitive (so there are a decent number of searches) but not so competitive that they're impossible to rank for.

And you also want to be creating relevant content that's not necessarily just targeting keywords, but act as cornerstone posts to establish your site an authority in your niche. And then use those cornerstone posts to link out to your keyword rich content, or as a source reference from your keyword rich content.

That's a long-term approach which I've found works best for me.

And we are all figuring it out as we go. Even as your site grows along with your traffic and income, there are new aspects and challenges you'll face. The important thing though is to not constantly jump from one thing to the next (as I learned the hard way), but to focus on one thing relentlessly until you become good at it.

It sounds like you're on the right track :-)
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JackieRogers Premium
This is such an awesome story, and resonates with me SO much. One reason I want to make affiliate marketing work is for my family. My husband too works crazy hours, and will have to go away for 4 months next winter. Our two kids are little and it will probably be confusing to them. If I'm able to bring in extra income, he can quit and do something that he enjoys.

Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for being honest about how long it takes. Thank you for the motivation.And congrats on your recent success!
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Hi Jackie, I can relate to your story as well. Especially when your kids are young, as you say, it's confusing for them. The other challenge is that they are only young once. When I look back at pictures (my profile pic for example which is a few years old), I realize my daughters at that age don't exist any more. I mean, of course they exist... but not like they did.

Each age until they're at least young adults is so unique and you can't get those years back. I had already missed so many, I refused to miss any more. Now the goal we're shooting for is to move back where we are from (the west coast) so my daughters and their grandparents don't miss out on any more of those years either.

Thanks for taking the time to share your story as well and wishing you much success :-)
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