Why I Haven't "Monetized" This Website Yet

Last Update: July 03, 2016

Several members have noted that our tiny house website has no ads on it. This is not only NOT an accident, but something that will continue at least to the end of 2016.


Carla and I decided to make it commercial free to focus on creating the best credibility and highest potential audience growth.There are some links to our WA promotion site, but no banner ads.


Several times a year we sit down and look over our life plans to review, brainstorm and revise as necessary. The last time we did this, WA was a high priority topic. Having looked the online business landscape through WA eyes for about 6 months at the time, we decided on a 2 year commitment.


There are several reasons behind this decision:

1. Having a better feel for how long it takes, to put everything we want to accomplish with our websites into place, it just can't really be done in 1 year.

This includes building a powerful social media presence, having real depth of content, search engine credibility, building out several YouTube channels, an established podcast, a flourishing email newsletter and so on.


2. 2 years is longer than probably 90-95% of people would be willing to go before demanding significant results. To my mind, the vast majority of people who fail, even at a good thing, do so because they quit too soon.


We talk a lot about scams here at WA, but scams work (for the scammers) but not just because people are greedy over money, but just as importantly they are greedy over time.


It can be hard to spot a scam over money...what's reasonable...$500 a week...$1000 a week...$10000 a week...$10000 a day? Where do you draw the line and say it has to be a scam? Hard to know.


But, if a program says you will earn that $1000 the first day, or 10,000 the first week...well, you probably deserve to get taken, if you dive into that kind of "opportunity". But, people do it all the time...often out of a sense of desperation...financial or otherwise.


We decided that if we really wanted to do this, we needed to take a different approach and our tiny house niche was born...(a) be debt free, (b) own what you drive and (c) own where you live.


3. 2 years is our time table for building our new home. We are already on a cash only basis 24/7/365...we already own what we drive (have for years)...we have just about paid off our last debt...and by the end of the 2nd year, we will have enough to buy the land and build our house, not depending on a single cent from WA.


Now, compare that to the average person who needs WA to pay off, and they need it to pay off yesterday! How long are they going to give it? How long can they afford to give it? And, just how big must it pay off for them to "make it"?


Life's circumstances will likely swallow them up before they can succeed...or, maybe they will go chasing after something that promises the sky after 2, 3 or 6 months here at WA.


Well, I've rambled on enough, and you get the picture, by now. It is a matter of timing...the question is: is time your friend or your enemy? Does it not make sense that the less you need, the better your chances of successfully leaving your old life and old job behind?

Just some thoughts for your consideration.

I'm following you all the way to success!

JChrisA



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JudeP Premium
Wow, you definitely have given me something to think about. Your goals and plans are very focused and I have no doubt you will achieve what you've set out to do :)
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JChrisA Premium
We shall see just how much endurance ends up being in the scheme of things. :)
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SadieChan Premium
Great thought! Most people do not take this approach as they see time as money. One way you can do is to build am email list meanwhile, to get a database of name list of your potential customers.
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JChrisA Premium
Yes...I am currently working to start of Pinterest, and when that is in place and running on a schedule, then it will be email list management next on the agenda.
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theresroth Premium
This is an approach, that, if everybody took it, would change our whole economy and way of life. It would be a world of more equal opportunities for all...., because those with more buying power would no longer be controlling pricing, availability and just about everything else........

People would automatically have more time to move and breathe and plan their lives......
Such a simple thing, really.
Thanks for your great work, I find it important and beneficial......
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Ultimateless Premium
Great points Therese....you are always surprising me with your depth of knowledge!
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theresroth Premium
Thanks, Michael, I believe that Chris is really moving something here, and would like to know a lot more.......
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JChrisA Premium
Whether suddenly or gradually, welcomed or not welcomed, I believe that change is going to happen. from open-source operations to 3-D printing, tiny houses to debt free living...the old economy has fulfilled the dreams of a few at the expense of the many...one way or another, that change is coming. :)
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Ultimateless Premium
You have absolutely the right attitude! I have run successful businesses and been self employed my whole life. My last business was a successful printing business I ran for 16 years, I want to travel now and have a business that pays me to travel, so I know what kind of commitment is necessary.....I am here for the long haul and am not,expecting to make much or a decent income until the third year. Great post Chris! I have a lot to learn!
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you again for that info...people need to hear it from many different angles.
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howzat Premium
I like your philosophy. As an architect by trade I am a big advocate of living small. For too many years I have watched people take on huge mortgages just to have a house that will have "resale value" and suit as many potential future buyers, but not really suit the lifestyle of the people building it.... They then have to go out and work their butts off making many sacrifices especially in regards to their family to achieve this dream lifestyle. After a few years they will sell for a good profit if they are lucky and move on up to an even bigger house and start the process again, all the time believing they are doing well in life.... Good luck with achieving your goals. If you ever need any input from an architectural perspective I would be interested in discussing ways in which we could work together.
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you for the offer...we are still very much in the process of seeing where this will lead us. :)
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