$2,158.76 In July from (Just) Ad Revenue - Yes It Works!

Last Update: August 02, 2019

Another post that's not to brag, but to share what's possible here at Wealthy Affiliate.

For the longest time I did not want ads on my website. I thought they would look tacky and I wanted a clean, uncluttered site. I also thought they'd be a distraction and hurt conversions.

None of those things turned out to be true, at least not in my experience. For the most part, it's been the opposite.

My best guess is that working with a good ad network gives your site credibility because you're now associated with recognizable brands. But that's just a theory. For whatever reason though, my conversion rates increased when I put ads on my site.

Of course, the other benefit to having ads on your site is that they generate revenue, and in July, my income from ads alone (not including affiliate and CPA income) was $2,158.76.


This is just crazy to me.

Update: Here's the July advanced reporting (screenshot) to answer some of the questions regarding number of sessions and RPM. Also for those who have asked, the ad network I use is Mediavine.

There's a honeymoon phase when you first join WA. You know it's going to take time and everyone's telling you it's going to take time... but for many I think (or maybe it was just me)... there's a secret hope you can do it faster.

And then of course you hit a wall. Some hit it at 3 months, others hit it earlier. Whenever it happens though, there's a sobering realization it's going to take longer than you first thought.

The honymoon phase is over and that's when you start wondering if it works. Or maybe you know it works, but you're not sure it'll work for you.

Is it worth it?

The point I wanted to make with this post is that, yes... it's absolutely worth it.

I haven't added up my total income for July yet but when I include other affiliate programs, CPA's and sponsored posts... it should be in the ballpark of $6.5K (give or take).

So what you're doing here is worth it.

It probably won't happen as fast as you'd like but regardless of how long it takes, that time is going to pass anyway.

Now, $6.5K is not the kind of income many of our superaffliates here are earning and I have a long way to go, but these are US Dollars we're talking about... in Canadian Dollars that's like what...?

$100K or something. 😃

I can't help thinking what it would feel like (knowing what I know now) if I had quit because of the doubt, frustrations and failures. And I know many of you are going through those emotions.

Don't underestimate the time and effort you are putting in now.

Probably 80% or more of my traffic comes from posts I wrote in 2018. Some of them in 2017. And I remember wondering when I was writing those posts if I was just wasting my time. Countless hours compiling keywords, researching, writing, editing...

Will this ever amount to anything?

But if I'm being honest, it's extremely unlikely I would have spent that time on anything else productive (if I wasn't researching and writing those posts).

A little more Netflix maybe?

Not only would I not have an online income today, I wouldn't know what I know now or have the ability to do what I do now.

If I had quit and wanted back in the game, I'd have all that work still ahead of me.

It's so crazy (and a little scary) to think how easily I could have squandered all of that time. How easily I could have made a different choice, a simple decision to quit because of what...?

Doubt?

Of course, if I had quit... I could have spent more time with my family, and that's definitely not squandered time...

But now I have A LOT more time with my family.

Tons of time.

Because of WA and so many who have helped me here, I spend every day with my family (instead of working out of town nearly 3 weeks a month like I was before WA).

So if you can't tell... I'm trying to give you a (not so subtle) PUSH here 😃

Because I know (like Kyle and Carson know, and so many others here at WA know) that all of your time and effort is absolutely worth it.

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Mylene1509 Premium
Congratulations for achieving such success !
It is so inspiring to read your post.
The honeymoon phase had just ended for me and I was doubting if this could work at all... you are the living proof that it does and that hard work is rewarded over time.
Thank you, so very much, for sharing this, it has a strong and powerful impact and encourages to keep going.
All the best!
M.
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Mylene, I'm glad you found it helpful.

I totally get that feeling of doubt. When I started I doubted it would work. Then I made money and realized it does work. But that only lasted a little while. There was some short term luck in there (sort of) which is a topic for another post... but long story short, I started over from scratch.

Then I doubted if I could do it again.

I did it again, and now my full-time income is online. But I have doubts if I can maintain it, lol

I've spent the last month or so learning and working on a new aspect of my business and I'm struggling with it the same way I struggled with this when I stared.

So... I'm having doubts I'll be able to do it, or at least get good enough at it that I can make it work. And just like when I started (and how you're kind of feeling now), I even have have doubts whether it'll work at all.

At every stage of the journey you're going to have doubts, it's just part of the process. I'm sure Steve Jobs had doubts about every new product Apple launched, and doubts about whether they could even build it to begin with. And then when they built one, he probably had doubts whether they could build it at scale...

Being an entrepreneur is defined by having doubts but doing the thing anyway. Having doubt is a good thing for an entrepreneur... it means you're being an entrepreneur and living in that world.

The alternative is certainty... and the only way to have certainty (or at least a reasonable amount of certainty) is to live in an employees world (which has it's benefits and serves a purpose as well).

The great thing about doing what we do online, is we can live in both of those worlds and transition from one to the other at our own pace.

Anyway... I've almost written another blog post here, lol.

Thanks again for you kind words and taking the time to share :-)

Jay
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Mylene1509 Premium
So grateful that you took the time to share your thoughts about doubts... and that it is totally normal to feel that way!

Just got a huge boost of motivation !

It is with certainty that both worlds can overlap one another but that one day, I trust that the online one will take over that 9 to 5 slavery.

Time to get back to writing :)

Thank you so much Jay,
All the best,

M.
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MarlaineB Premium
Haha... I hear you on the USD to CDN conversion excitement! Me too here.
Do you use a third party like Knightsbridge to get the best rates, or just convert through the bank? (My own affiliate earning cheques are getting a lot higher lately and my husband has been doing some homework on how to maximize the exchange.)
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Marlaine, no... I've just been taking what I get. I didn't even know I could use a third party to get better rates. That's interesting. I'll have to look into that, maybe it'll help with the hefty tax bill I'll be getting next year, lol.

Thanks for the suggestion, as well as taking your time to comment :-) It's much appreciated.

Jay
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MarlaineB Premium
Hi Jay,
My husband is an accountant and thankfully he handles that end of things for me - it totally interests him, haha. Up til now, I would just deposit it in my regular bank and then take whatever conversion they'd give. But the bank takes a fairly hefty cut of each conversion, and with some bigger cheques that are coming my way now, it doesn't make sense to continue that route... giving them way too much.

What we're going to start doing now is the following. I'll be opening a US bank account at my CDN bank (Scotiabank for us, as it's fee free if you keep a min of $2,000 in there I think), and depositing my Amazon cheques in there. Then we'll transfer amounts out of the US account to a third party like Knightsbridge FX, and they send it to our regular CDN account - they have a better rate than the local bank. Does that make sense?
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RichBrennan Premium
I can relate to so much of what you've written here.
I've never lost my belief in WA but I sometimes have doubted my own abilities and this has knocked me off course. In that way, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I needed to hear this and will certainly consider having ads on my site. Like you, I've resisted because I felt it would look untidy.
Eyes and mind now opened!
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers
Rich :-)
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J-KWest Premium
Hey Rich, I can absolutely relate to what you're saying as well. When I started I thought I'd be a pro at this in no time, lol. Wow... was I naive.

I've made so many mistakes and my assumptions have been wrong so many times that I don't even question them any more... if I'm trying something new, I just assume what I think is wrong, and that the opposite is likely true.

I've spent the last month or so learning and working on a new aspect of my business and nothing has really changed. I'm completely new at it and equally as bad, lol.

My assumptions have been just as wrong as they've always been.

But at least I've moved beyond doubting my abilities and instead, I just know with certainty they are lacking :-D No big deal, just another learning curve to conquer.

Thanks for taking your time to read and share, it's much appreciated :-)

Jay
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RichBrennan Premium
Are you doing this via Google AdSense, Jay?
Cheers
Rich :-)
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KateO Premium
thank you so much for this. Yes i understand the honeymoon phase and i too have come to realize it takes more time than one would think. I have wasted very precious time making excuses as to why i didn't get online today or the next. no ones fault but my own and in the back of my mind still questioning if it really works but i still have yet to just completely throw in the towel. for some reason i just keep going. So I will continue with your , not so subtle push :)....
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Kate, yeah... it's after the honeymoon phase when the real work begins. And I suppose like any marriage after the honeymoon... the work is a little unexpected (can't power this thing on love and good times alone, lol)

I can definitely relate to those thoughts of throwing in the towel, although there were pretty brief. As I mentioned in my post, I couldn't think of anything else productive I'd likely do if I had thrown in towel, so it only made sense to keep pushing forward.

Thanks for taking your time to read and share :-)

Jay
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shazzaWA Premium
I never have doubted WA ever! But I have wasted precious time. Thanks for this post, I probably needed to hear it.

And well done to your efforts. I have done very little with my site this year (only updated 1 post - haven't even written 1 !!!). Other things have just taken priority... or I have gotten lazy, probably the latter.

But one thing that blows my mind and the reason I need to give my website the respect it deserves is, I have been receiving my
payments here from WA - month in, month out - for work I did 2017/18. If that isn't evidence enough I don't know what is!

Again congratulations and thanks for the kick in the butt!
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Sharon, I agree. Once you start seeing an income (even if it's just a small one) and it comes in when you're not actively working on your site or business, it's impossible to ignore.

I've gone through periods as well when other things have taken priority and even now I still get lazy every once in awhile :-) As long as you're pushing the ball forward in some small but meaningful way, you're making progress.

It'll never be as much progress as you'd like (even if you're spending every waking hour it's still not as much progress as you'd like) but it's something. It's a journey, not an "event".

Thanks again for taking the time to read and share some of your story as well :-)

Jay
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shazzaWA Premium
Your welcome Jay and I like how you say to just keep going even if it is only a small amount of time.
Cheers Sharon
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JKuehn Premium
Thank you so much for this very encouraging post. I also started WA about a month ago and really doing my best in whatever time i have to research and load my site with content. Its good to see such posts every now and then to help keep the fire burning. Thanks alot. This really helps.
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Aestek Premium
I wish I would see posts like these more often. I looked at your profile and saw that you started in 2016. I only started last month so these types of posts are what I need for added encouragement.

It’s not bragging, it’s letting us know what’s possible, thank you for that!
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dpalla2019 Premium
Thank you very much for this post, it is really encouraging especially to some of us who are still in the woods. That level of success is phenomenal and since you have done it here, I'm encouraged that my goal that is much lower than that will one day be fully achieved here.
Thanks once more for the encouragement
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks David, really glad you found my post helpful :-) I appreciate your kind words.
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Jay,

Thank you for a very inspiring and encouraging blog post, I'm sure this will inspire many people! It's always great to hear how someone has turned their life around it is also interesting how some of those blog posts from 2017 and 2018 are bringing in traffic, it just shows that your time was not wasted.

Wishing you all the best and a very good weekend.

Roy
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Roy, I appreciate your kind words and glad you found it helpful. It's definitely those older posts that generate momentum. Of course, I still have some that have barely ever brought in a trickle... but it's like swinging for baseballs. Sometimes you hit it over the fence, other times it's a swing and miss.

Wishing you all the best as well :-)

Jay
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Roybretton Premium
Thank you for your reply, Jay, it is appreciated. I guess it's natural that some blog posts will perform better than others, however, at least when we are adding content to our websites, Google sees activity and the fact that we are trying, I believe.

Have a great day.

Roy
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3rdbaseman Premium
Thanks JK West.....So, I take it you're really happy with Mediavine for paid advertising? I'm going to check it out, but if you have a little time, can you fill me in on what you've done, and what course you recommend. My site is a little over a year old, and I've done all the countless hours and having feelings of doubt, you talked about, written well over 280,000 words in 90 or so posts....you know the drill! Had some success but still struggling with good google rankings still...I'm in health niche which is incredibly competitive! But, I've written quality stuff, because I've been told it's quality by all whose read it. There's something missing ...I just don't know What concerning getting more traffic? I'd appreciate your feedback....congrats on your success....and thanks,

Terry
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J-KWest Premium
Hey Terry, great questions. If you'd like to PM your site I'd be happy to have a look.
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Magsent Premium
wow what a fresh breath of air, I thank you so much for this post and taking the time to do so because I am like at that point of researching, writing, and editing and it seems you can never get it perfect but as you just go with it and put it out there and touch it up along the way, success will happen, maybe just not right away but it will slowly but SURELY. Thanks you so much again for the tips and info and update. I am so proud of you and your ability to overcome fear and leave your job to pursue something much more assuring that comes with being able to be with your wonderful family.
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Michael, I really appreciate your kind words. It means a lot and I'm glad you found my post helpful. Success won't be quick, you're right... but what kind of success is? I like to compare it to going to school for 4 or more years to get a job that pays 60K or even 100K. Even then... you're still stuck in a job, and one you might not like.

I remember at one point thinking I'd gladly put just as much effort and time into this and even if I only ever made what I'd make in a job... I'd still be way further ahead because I'd have freedom and independence.

As it turns out you can make a lot more doing than this you can in a job simply because the financial and logistical limitations that exist at a job don't exist online... but still, even for a livable wage I still consider this to be worth it.
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Magsent Premium
Yes, the freedom part is reassuring and a plus as well. I plan to do this fulltime sometime. Thank you so much again!
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NWTDennis Premium
Congratulations Jay. You are one of my favorite WA success stories. It's kind of cool that you are a six figure income earner (in Canada). :-) I'm sure that six figure (US) is right around the corner.

Is this income stream coming from your WA Affiliate site or a niche site?
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J-KWest Premium
Hey Dennis, thanks so much. The currency exchange isn't so great when you're starting out and the money is going out... but it's definitely a lot better when it's coming in :-)

This income is from my WA bootcamp site.
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TamaSA Premium
VERY inspiring Jay! Congratulations on all your success! I especially relate with the part wondering if I'm wasting my time, but to see you say posts you wrote in 2017/18 are giving you the most traffic is encouraging to say the least! That's Wonderful to HEAR!! Can I ask what good ad network with recognizable brands that you recommend?
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TamaSA Premium
Oops I see you already answered below. never mind!
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J-KWest Premium
Hey Tamara, great to hear from you. Hope all is well.

You are never wasting your time. At the very least I look at every post as a way to improve my skills and learn new things. Quite often I learn what doesn't work and that's just as valuable. It's that accumulation of effort and experience over time that will make you successful, even if it doesn't feel like it at the time.

One day though, you'll look back at all you accomplished and be amazed.

And then you'll look back and be proud of not only what you've built, but the person you've become.

In my case I often wonder what I would have done with that time if I wasn't working on my business... and I can't say with any degree of honesty that I would have used it to move my life forward in a meaningful way.

I don't believe for a second you are wasting your time and you shouldn't either :-)

The ad network I use is Mediavine and I highly recommend them. The only thing is you can't apply until you have a minimum of 25K sessions per month.

Thanks for reading and it's great to hear from you :-)

Jay
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AlmaGonzalez Premium
Great post! Thanks for sharing.

I love you mention the fact that by writing posts you've become more knowledgeable.

That's also my case.

Writing posts enables me to organize my mind better. And by constantly doing research I'm learning all the time, updating my knowledge of a field I'm truly passionate about.

For me, that in itself is worth the effort!

I'm currently focusing on creating content (just got started last month), but when it comes the time to monetize my site, I'd be happy to get similar levels of success as you. Well done!!! :D
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J-KWest Premium
That's awesome Alma, I agree... writing posts can be like journaling sometimes (which I do regularly), although I try not to publish too many indulgent posts on my site.

There's a certain telling of our own thoughts and stories but I try to do it in a way so the reader is the hero... not me. As writers and bloggers we're more like tour guides :-)

And like you also said, it's a great way for us to research and learn new things as well.

Thanks for the taking the time to read and share as well, it's much appreciated :-)

Jay
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MtnBkr Premium
Dude, awesome, no BS post! There are so many posts that are pure fluff with no true results that don't really inspire. You're keeping it real and giving us great evidence to not quit.

This quote is exactly what I struggle with:

"I can't help thinking what it would feel like (knowing what I know now) if I had quit because of the doubt, frustrations and failures. And I know many of you are going through those emotions."

Awesome man... thanks for keeping it real!
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Nathan :-) I'm glad you found it helpful. Really appreciate your kind words my friend.

The struggle is real but you're not alone. We all go through it. It's the struggle (along with the doubt, frustrations and failures) that make it worthwhile.
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emahray Premium
Thank you for this. It is great to know that if you keep at it, it will happen eventually. I am doing this alongside an existing business which is currently my main source of income but its long hours for not much money and I want that financial freedom.
Thanks for your encouragement.
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Emma, I can imagine doing this alongside another business would be difficult. The hours are one thing but being able to switch mindsets between two business would be hard. Almost like choosing loyalties and you have a vesting interest in both.

You definitely have an entrepreneurial spirit though and it's just a matter of time before you have your breakthrough.

Thanks for taking the time read and share :-)

Jay
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midhunvm Premium
This is one of the most valuable posts in WA.

This post contains several valuable golden nuggets,
some we can find by just reading the article and other
we find only by reading between the lines.

A post like this can only be written by a successful
affiliate marketer.

Actual thought process if applied will guarantee results
for anyone who put this into practice consistently.

Bookmark this immediately, whenever you are low on
motivation..thoughts of quitting creep into your mind..
fear, doubt..dominate you, read this.

You will be right back on track.

I have bookmarked this for reading it again and again..

Thank you so much, Jay :)
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J-KWest Premium
Hey Midhun, thank you so much for your kind words and glad you found it helpful. You absolutely have the right mindset to succeed and hoping you reach your goals soon :-)

Jay
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April1208 Premium
Oh Wow, great post, thank you.

You are describing me right now - the honeymoon period has officially ended for me and I am feeling a little out of my depth. I have avoided my laptop for the last 24 hours, which I have never done since I started WA and the first post I read when I come back is yours!

Thanks for sharing and thanks for the push too!

April :)
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks April, I get that way too. It's normal. You wouldn't think it's possible to get discouraged when you have a regular income online, but it happens. It's common for me to get frustrated by something every few weeks or so and spend a day (maybe even 2) binge watching something on Netflix before I smarten up and get back at it :-)

You need moments like that every once in awhile to keep moving forward. It's better to take them (although not too often) than it is to let the frustration build and burn yourself out.

Thanks again for reading and taking the time to share :-)

Jay
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Lazyblogger Premium
Very interesting and motivating. I haven't done anything in the month of July cause of family issues and my traffic and income did not budge.

You are so right Jay, it does pay off. Longevity is the key to building a successful business especially when you know that is the business you so desire to build.

Great post Jay, thanks!

David.
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J-KWest Premium
Hey David, you are absolutely right. One thing I didn't mention in this post is that the only things I published on my site in July were 2 small sponsored posts that were written by someone else and are not aimed at any particular keywords. And July was my biggest month for traffic so far, so you're right... longevity is key.

Thanks for the kind words and sharing David,

Jay
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EdwinBernard Premium
So glad you shared this experience. I just wrote a Blog Post here about how ones Why has to be big enough to sustain us when the initial excitement fades. There's no avoiding the hard, recurring work in building up our website.

Congrats on your ad revenue. May I ask how many views did it take to earn it?

I wish you continued success.

Edwin
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ownonlboss Premium
Mediavine requires 25.000 sessions (30.000 pageviews) per month to be able to apply for them.
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Edwin, When I get a moment I'll have to check out your post. You are right, your WHY is critical. Far more important than the how... and if not for my WHY I'm sure I wouldn't be writing posts like this one.

As far as number of views, I updated my post with a more detailed screenshot. Number of sessions in July to earn this was 105K and and pageviews (from GA, not the screenshot above) were 126K.

Thanks for reading and commenting, and wishing you continued success as well :-)

Jay
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Dougie-Smith Premium
I've really enjoyed reading your post here today. I've a long way to go myself with my business, but it's posts like this one that really do cement the reasons why I'm here. Fair to say I've wasted time with Procrastination over this past year but I still see and believe that this the right place to be.
Thanks for posting and also I'm now following you so I'll look forward to more.
Dougie :)
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Dougie, I agree... procrastination is a beast and a constant struggle. As long as you can keep pushing the ball forward in some way, over time it gains momentum :-)

Thanks for taking the time share,

Jay
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jeffschuman Premium
This is a great post Jay. What display ad networks do you primarily use?

Also are you aware of Jon Dykstra with Fatstacksblog? His blog is off the charts with ideas on making money with display ads. He has several blogs and his last income report showed him at around $47K after expenses.

Anyway you are inspiration to all of us here at WA!

Jeff
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Lazyblogger Premium
Heard about display ads but thought exactly what Jay mention, that it would divert from my article and increase my bounce rate.

Things are changing so drastically. Is the same as backlinks and using affiliate links on your posts? Happy I am still in the game and have no trouble making the necessary adjustments.

Will look into display ads, Jeff.

Thanks!

David
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J-KWest Premium
Hey Jeff, thanks. I use Mediavine. I haven't heard of Jon Dykstra but I'll definitely check out his blog (what a great name for a blog, lol)
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Very cool Jay, well done. I still haven't experimented with ads on my site to any great extent but I totally should and probably will some day. Either way, your success shows you what you can achieve with hard work and persistence. Keep up the good work and all the best to you going forward!

Tim
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Tim. You've been a huge inspiration to me over the last few years here, and I'm in awe of what you've accomplished. I'm doing my best to follow in your footsteps. If not for you and a handful of other WA members who've helped and inspired me along the way I'm certain I wouldn't be writing posts like this one, so a big thanks and I hope I get a chance to meet you Vegas one day :-D

Jay
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TimMcKinlay Premium
That's awesome Jay and I appreciate your words here. Definitely, look forward to meeting you in Vegas! :) Cheers
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Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Jay,

Outstanding testimony as to what can be achieved if you're just willing to put in the time to get if all off the ground and moving along.

Far too many people nowadays think that you can just put in a months worth of hard work and then POW you are a millionaire.

It's sad that the very thing we use to make money on stiffs the dreams from so many others trying to make their lives better.

WA has it all laid out in a very easy step by step system the key is to keep consistent (no matter how much self-doubt you have). It will eventually pay off if you just keep doing what the training teaches us.

Glad to see there is another member, form the platform here, that has joined the self-employed club it can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride at first. Then it settles down some and becomes more of scenic train ride along the tracks of success!!

Living Life Large, Calvin
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Calvin, I couldn't agree more. It really is just a matter of doing what the training teaches. But I (like so many others) know what it's like to look for that shiny object that'll make it happen faster.

I've come to realize that success online is more about the relentless pursuit for less, not more. Less distractions, less strategies (relentless focus on one strategy is far better than dabbling in many), smaller more realistic exceptions, of course fewer shiny objects and depending on current lifestyle... you may have to minimize that as well (I did).

Congrats on your success as well, I see you joined the self-employed club many years ago. I'm learning now that getting here was only the first challenge on this journey. Staying here is the next one :-)

Thanks again for taking the time to read and share as well :-)

Jay
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Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Jay,

Yes, a was just too stubborn to give up and that is the only reason I was able to succeed when I did!!!

Being self-employed changes the way you look at life and businesses. You will experience a shift in the way you look at things, like having a tendency to analyze things differently; more from an owner's perspective than an employee's view on how systems and business models work. And once that concept really sinks in, then it will get much easier (at least it did for me).

It took my mentor about half of a year of working with me before the shift in my thinking took place. But, when it does, things will not necessarily get easier. But for me, it seemed that the obstacles were no longer as big or distracting to get around or over. They're still there: they just don't seem as annoying or bothersome or problematic to solve.

It's like you become much more focused on what you need to do to remain self-employed and what your business needs from you to establish itself so it can keep you where you want to be financially.

It's like the big light bulb above your head finally goes off and everything becomes much clearer!!

If you feel things are slipping from your grasp give me a shout I can help, I have walked a couple of entreupeners through the threshold of self-employment over the years!! :-D

Living Life Large, Calvin
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Calvin 👍 Appreciate it
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TherapyJet Premium
Well done, it's great that your hard work , patience and determination has paid off.
I really like your post - nicely written and so true. I just made my first £0.62p from ads a few days ago. I've got a long way to go but for me it was the sign I'd been waiting for that yes - this does work.
I also didn't want to put ads on for the same reasons, but sometimes you've got to give these things a try.
Your post came at the right time for me...a nudge in the right direction. (I'm struggling to write my next post in 40 degree heat, but it WILL get finished today!)
Thanks again and congrats.
Best wishes to you and your family
Jane
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J-KWest Premium
Congrats on your first ad revenue. It's always exciting earning new income online and more is to come :-) Not sure I could handle that 40 degree heat though.

Thanks Jane for reading and sharing. It's much appreciated and best wishes to you and family as well,

Jay
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TherapyJet Premium
My pleasure Jay
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JaneMahlehle Premium
First of all, A big fat Congratulations on your achievement! I am always happy to read success stories because it shows that whatever we are learning here definitely works!

I have not yet reached the income levels I'm looking for but the fact that I'm earning some income gives me so much hope and confidence in Wealthy Affiliate.
I wish you continued success in your business. And please keep sharing :)
Jane
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Jane, glad you found it helpful :-) Congrats on earning some income as well (I'm not sure we ever reach the level we're looking for because there's always a new level... but I know what you mean).

Thanks for taking the time to read and share,
Jay
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JaneMahlehle Premium
My pleasure Jay
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LizeB Premium
This is SO inspiring. I have been here for a little more than a month now, and I am putting a lot of time into this.

I realize it will take time, but you are right, most of us want it to go faster. Especially when you tell people about WA and they give you this skeptical 'don't-quit-your-day-job' kind of look.

But I don't care, I have learned that opinions doesn't matter, results and consistency does.

Anyway, just wanted to say thank your for this post, and even though doubts may come, I am going to ignore the brick wall and keep going.

All the best,
Lize
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Lize, glad you found it helpful. You have a great attitude already and more important than anything else perhaps, that's what will lead you to the success you're after.

Having doubts is normal and I like the way put it... just ignore the brick wall and keep going :-)

One of the things that kept pushed me through the doubt was that I simply didn't see any other better alternative. What else was I going to do?

What I mean is, I've spent many years in 3 different careers (sales, management, and most recently industrial electrician... which I went back to school for because sales and management had burned me out).

I was done with all 3 of those careers so what else was I going to do with my time if not WA? It didn't matter if I had doubts, and like I mentioned in the post... I'd probably squander the time away on Netflix or something anyway. Not on purpose but it's easy to fall into habits and waste a little more time here and a little more time there.

Better to just keep doing what I was doing...

As far as telling people about WA... you've got me beat. Aside from a couple people I know who were interested in WA around the time I joined, I didn't tell anyone. I only recently (like 2 weeks ago) shared my site with my brother because he asked, lol.

Now that I do it full-time it's hard to keep it a secret but I just tell friends and family I do online marketing. If they ask further I say I drive traffic to various companies who pay me for sales or generating leads.

It's always a weird conversation because they think it's an MLM or something and that I'm about to sell them an opportunity :-D

Instead of asking more questions they tell me how happy they are doing what they're doing, and how great it is... the preemptive "don't talk to me about any opportunity, I'm all good here".

Anyway, it's sounds like you know what you want. Don't let those skeptical looks discourage you :-)

Thanks for reading and taking the time to share,

Jay
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ownonlboss Premium
Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!


I've landed in a big gap and am still just crawling out of that.

I do wonder though:

Is it the amazing keywords that rank well with little competition for those old posts?

Or is it because you optimized the posts with more words, images, video and backlinks than the competition (serps)?

Just out of curiosity.


Steven
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Steven, I'd say it's a little bit of both. Of course when I wrote those posts I made sure they were good keywords. I also do extensive SERP research to see if a keyword is even worth going after.

I don't go out of my way to do backlink building. I've been offered guest post opportunities but none of my highest ranking (and traffic) posts have any backlinks that I'm aware of. At least nothing I've done for them and I haven't ran a backlink report on my site in probably a year or more.

Of course I do optimize my posts for engagement whether that means more images, embedding a video, or writing a longer than average post. But the important takeaway is optimized for "engagement"... meaning my goal is not to write more words or embed a video to satisfy Google's algorithm, it's to make sure my readers have the best possible experience.

Aside from that though, there's nothing special I've done that I'm aware of other than going the extra mile to try and provide the best content I can. I don't always hit the mark and when I go back and read some of my old posts, many make me cringe, lol. I can't imagine what I was thinking when I hit the publish button, but there were times when I was working long hours for 6 or more days a week. Work on my site during those times was basically some keep the lights on type maintenance and try to add a post every week or two... and those posts weren't that great.

The good thing though is if you have old posts like that and you see they're raking "okay" but not necessarily great... you can beef them up or even rewrite them completely and be much further ahead than if you were just targeting that keyword for the first time.

Not sure if any of that helps or answers you question though :-)

Jay
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TDomena Premium
Jay,
I was still pondering your last post. It raised the bar for me and made me do so much research. I asked myself so many important solution-focused questions as a result of your previous post, and then you drop another bomb. I absolutely love this post! It's so encouraging. Thanks for sharing all of your recent milestones. I hope you keep going up 10% or more every month!
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Tiffany, lol... didn't mean to drop any bombs. There's always another bar to reach for, but you're not far behind. Numbers don't tell the entire story because it's NOT 10x harder to get 1000 referrals than it is to get 100 for example. You've already put in so much of the hard work and now that you have traction you'll find that momentum will help to propel you even further.

Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to comment :-)

Jay
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TDomena Premium
I was speaking of motivation bombs. Hahaha. It's encouraging to see there's something to reach for in my opinion. I agree numbers don't tell the entire story, but they can be alot of fun to look at.

I think the first 100 referrals are probably the hardest, and I agree that I'll probably continue gaining traction and momentum. Your milestones are encouraging to me though.
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lakbar12 Premium
Very inspiring post. Yes doubt does set in sometimes, wondering if it will work but, I keep pushing through and one day I'll look back and be glad I did. I am very happy for you and your family. Looks like everything is looking brighter...

I never knew you could make so much with ad revenue. I thought the ads were hideous on my site but, after this inspiring post I might try to implement more and see what happens. Congratulations on your success...
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Lakisha, I know what you mean. For the most part I've been happy with the way they look on my site but I know it's subjective. I manually place my in-content ads so they don't interrupt the flow or break up and compete with any opt-in copy.

At the end of the day though, even though I care (maybe a little too much) about how my site looks... it's purpose is to make money and I'm terrible at saying no to extra revenue, lol.

As far as doubt, I don't think we can ever get rid of it. We can be certain about our resolve and ability, but not the results. As Steve Jobs said, you can't connect the dots going forward. There will always be some uncertainty and being able to push through that is critical (and not easy).

Thanks for sharing and for you kind words :-)

Jay
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lakbar12 Premium
Jay, I am so glad to hear your response.

lol...I agree having a nice looking site is great but, they are meant to make money with, so, I do understand why you would you have hard to saying no on extra revenue. I would too..lol

You have encouraged me more than you can imagine. By the way, you're right I do agree with Steve Jobs saying. I will always keep that in mind. Thank you, so much for all the inspiration...
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Tarms77 Premium
Your post couldn't have come at a better time for me. I have been pondering whether or not to add ads to my website, I too thought it would make it look to cluttered and not give the impression that I wanted my site to leave on my readers. However, in saying that and reading your post, I may need to consider re-thinking my strategy.

Thanks again and congratulations on your success!!

Tracy
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Tracy, I agree some sites go overboard with their ads and of course, aesthetics are subjective... but I think if you do them right they can actually bring a little life to a site.

You can always try them and if you don't like them, pull them down.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment as well, it's always appreciated :-)

Jay
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cm4562 Premium
Thank you for sharing this post... It was insightful and inspiring for sure. There will prob be days that I will want to hang it up - this is normal thoughts and feelings.
However, I will push thru whatever the issue is and move on because I am going to make this work!
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Colleen, I agree, it's normal to have those days. I've had them too. But as I mentioned in my post, it came down to what I'd do with the extra time I had if I were to quit. Aside from a little more time with my family, I couldn't honestly come up with anything else productive that would get me where I wanted to be in life.

Thanks for your kind words and I'm glad you found it inspiring :-)

Jay
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derekmarshal Premium
Now that is certainly a gig worth hustling for! :-P

Well done mate!.

2 Grand in ad revenue and not a single sale to be made to get that is just fantastic - completely passive!.

Just incredible!.

The power of building sites be it affiliate marketing, ad revenue or a mix of the two.
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J-KWest Premium
Hey Derek, you're absolutely right... it's definitely a gig worth hustling for :-D

I was hoping to average just $20 day when I first put ads on my site but 2K... as you say, without having to make sale, is a welcome surprise.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment :-)

Jay
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hallamar Premium
thjat was a great copy man. i did to read more like this to encourage me to hang on in there. sure, its not easy but nothing i have ever tackled in my years on this earth have ever been. if i can go to vietnam, returned with ten toes and fingers and a right mind, i can conquer anything. notes like yours can help. so keep on nudging!!!!!!
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Harold, yes I'm 100% certain Vietnam would have been far more challenging than doing this. Glad you returned :-)

Real life challenges are a good comparison though. I've sat down at my computer more than once thinking things like, "if Elon Musk can build Tesla and Space X and against all odds challenge the entire oil and gas industry, the entire automotive industry, and the entire space industry"... certainly I can get a site ranked on Google, lol.

Thanks for your kind words Harold,
Jay
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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Jay and congratulations on this effort and income.
I have continued from day to add 1 post each day to my site and I know over time the fruit will ripen and will continue to grow and develop a site filled with helpful information and of course ads
This is inspirational thank you and all the best as the $'s continue to grow
Vicki
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Vicki, thanks for your kind words and for reading. One post per day is definitely a great goal (and I'm in awe of you being able to maintain that). Depending on your niche, your keywords and your competition though... try to make sure you're not sacrificing quality for quantity (not saying you are of course :-)

I really appreciate you taking time to comment,

Jay
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mercadier Premium
It is so good to hear success stories like that!
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J-KWest Premium
Hi John, thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you found it helpful :-)

Jay
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FKelso Premium
You've given us good motivational information. I hope your success continues to build.
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Fran, thanks for your kind words and glad you found it helpful :-)

Jay
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LauraFuller Premium
A great post. I am ready to take my business to a new level. I PM you to get a better understanding of this process.

Thank you so much.

Laura
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Laura,

Thanks for reading and commenting :-) I'm hoping to get to my PM's a little later today so I'll touch base then and hopefully be able to provide some insight.

Jay
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keishalina9 Premium
*** Beautiful blog post! ... so well expressed and with heart! ... that's great progress and outcomes ...

Congratulations, too!

Celebrate it all and with some bubblie if you like!

. ... 🥂🍾 ! .... and sure some cake, too => 🍰 !

All the best to you going forward & upward to Big Success, Mega-Success! .... cheerio ... :) ***
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J-KWest Premium
HI Keisha,

Thanks so much for your kind words. Mmmm... cake :-D

All the best to you as well,

Jay
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keishalina9 Premium
... wonderful! ... more cake? => 🍰🍰 ... enjoy as much as you'd like! ... it's virtual = zero calories ... lol ... ... 😊 ....
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Karin13 Premium
Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!!!

Best wishes,
Karin 😁
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J-KWest Premium
... And thank you for reading and commenting :-)

Best wishes to you as well Karin,

Jay
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Karin13 Premium
You're welcome, Jay! Keep up the outstanding work!

Best wishes,
Karin
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DavePage Premium
Massively motivating post!! Thank you
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J-KWest Premium
Hey Dave, thanks for your kind words and glad you found it helpful :-)

Jay
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BSFvictor Premium
What ad network you have placed on your website?
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Vinh, I use Mediavine.
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littlemama Premium
CONGRATULATIONS JAY!!! Vegas 2020 is in the bag for you! Amazing isn't it to see what happens when you put in the amount of work that it takes!
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J-KWest Premium
Thanks Grace. Don't kid yourself... I have you to thank for a lot of this :-) Whether it's the direct help you've given me or the inspiration from your amazing work ethic and what you've accomplished... you've played a big part in getting me back on track and to where I am now.

As far as Vegas, I hope to see you there... but I'm still not counting my eggs before they hatch, lol. If I can maintain this pace it should be no problem but you know how this business is.

I'm a little spooked by the reports of others (including yourself) who have seen a significant drop in traffic. That hasn't been my experience and I'm thankful, but I also have no idea why or what I've done differently. You always have that feeling as if Google just hasn't gotten around to slapping you yet.

I love Google traffic and I think it's where most (if not all of someone's time) should be focused on for the first year or two... but there is definitely a time to diversify.

Thanks again for everything Grace,
Jay
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littlemama Premium
It's all part of this business Jay, and the downs of the business forces us to LEARN NEW THINGS. That's exactly what I'm doing now, learning new things that I hope will get that traffic back.

It forces me to get uncomfortable and do uncomfortable things, which is good.

Yeah, I have no idea if I'll make it to Vegas this year. Lol But I'm definitely not giving up and I hope the new things I learn will get me there still.

I'm just so happy to actually see someone who has taken my advice and see them SUCCEED!

This makes me happier than anything money can buy!
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DarrenNicola Premium
That is impressive, thanks for sharing it shows what can be done.
Darren :)
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J-KWest Premium
It can definitely be done... the question now is can it be maintained, lol. Around every corner and over every hill, there's always a new challenge, lol.

Thanks for reading and commenting :-)

Jay
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TBillings Premium
Thats the kid of motivation I needed. Thanks for giving me a little glimmer of hope.
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Tanya, glad it was helpful. Thanks for reading and commenting :-)

Jay
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