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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gs1954 Premium
jchrisa,i'm reading through all your blog entries on the wa site and am enjoying them immensely.i joined 2 weeks ago and i'm going through the lessons, but like you am not comfortable putting ads and affiliate links on my site too soon.i only reference wa at the bottom of every post(and i always feel-should i be doing this?)i would rather be building trust and respect than trying to make money too soon.i probably will keep on with this idea for 6 months at least, then maybe add some links.i would be quite happy to only cover my wa costs in the first year
cheers
greg
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JChrisA Premium
Hi, Greg!

Thank you so much for the kind words.

Mentioning WA at the end of every article is fine, but my first question is are you direct linking that mention to WA with your affiliate link? If so, then you do run some risk of damaging your rankings. This is because Google and others are easily able to identify typical "monetized" affiliate links and they take that into consideration.

There are 2 methods of getting around this: 1. using pretty links to disguise your WA and other affiliate links...here is some great training by Marion Black, if you need it: I make just about all my site exiting links into pretty links, because you can track the clicks on each one, and also it makes your ugly affiliate links into whatever you want the link to say when your audience mouses over it and considers whether to click on it.

2. As Kyle teaches, if you create your own sales pages for your affiliations and then when you mention them at the end of your articles, you are actually linking to your sales page and only the sales page itself links to WA. This will help your efforts to rank as high as possible with the search engines.

Both are great methods and I use both of them in combination.

As for building trust, I have tried it both ways...aggressively on my WA promotion site, but avoiding it completely on the niche site (I did make an exception for Black Friday).

I am currently overhauling the menu setup for one site and then later for the other...then, I will be selectively monetizing both after about a year of work.

Hope that helps. :)
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gs1954 Premium
yes,the link is straight to wa site.if you have a sales page for say 5 affiliations,won't that mean google sees 5 pages with links and be annoyed?also,if people click on your post,which goes to a sales page,this means they have to click twice to get to the required website.this could annoy them.
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JChrisA Premium
Yes, the more affiliations you have the more affiliate links you are going to have...there is nothing you can do about that, but there would be a big difference between 5 pages and every page out of potentially, eventually, hundreds of posts.

Also the whole idea of the sales page should be to "sell" them on WA (in this example), so by the time they click to actually go to WA they are ready to seriously consider signing up.

If they go to WA straight from your post about whatever, do you seriously think they will just immediately click and sign up? Or, do you think, more likely, they are at an earlier stage of "investigation" in the decision making process, having probably just found out about WA for the first time?

If you answered the first, then you are correct in not delaying them any further from signing up by an extra click...if you answer the latter, then why wouldn't both you and they benefit from providing some of that extra info to help their investigation in the form of a sales page, which is precisely for that purpose?...only you can decide for you which is the case...I'm just saying, that's all.

Best wishes. :)
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gs1954 Premium
thanks for the reply.5 pages out of 100's 'hits the nail on the head'.i had not thought of it that way.now i see the benefits.also linking pages inside your website is meant to be good,so it's a win/win.
Thank you so much,i can now move forward.
cheers
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you, Gregory...and don't forget the pretty links, they really can make the difference when it comes to getting more clicks. :)
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gs1954 Premium
yes,thanks,i'll look at it shortly.marion black has quite a few training videos,i was looking at them yesterday.hadn't got to the pretty links one yet.i'll get there.time for another post!
cheers
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halinphilly Premium
A man with a plan! No that's some insight you've shared, Chris. I hope people really read between the lines and heed your advice. I think the "two year plan" is much more realistic. I'm not saying one couldn't be successful in less time, however, when you set a specific schedule and patiently cultivate your site as you are doing, I think your odds of succeeding and sustaining a steady income are much higher.

Of course, you couldn't prove it by me. I'm still in the first year of building out my site, too.
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JChrisA Premium
Thanks...your words are true...plus, most people never factor in the time spent element...if you are working, paying bills, have family responsibilities, etc...and, can only spend spare time on building your business; then how is it you expect to do, in the same amount of time, what others do who can devote every waking hour, 7 days a week?

Others think they can follow Kyle's examples cookie cutter style and BAMO...$10,000 in 30 days! And, they think that's a reasonable expectation!?!?!

Look, scammers promise people the moon, and why not? If you aren't going to deliver, you might as well not deliver on a big promise rather than a little one...problem is, folks continue to look for another program that will deliver on that pie-in-the-sky promise, going from scam to scam.

As long as they keep those kind of expectations, then scams are what they will gravitate toward and scams is all they will find...people think the problem is that there are scammers out there, when the real problem is that there are a lot of suckers out there...don't mean to offend, I've been taken in by them, too.

But, now it is time to get real and apply the lessons I claim to have learned! :)
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janmar Premium
You have given your mission a lot of thought. Good luck to you on your continued adventure.
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startouched Premium
Well said!! Your article is very down to earth and sounds like you have a great plan. Best of luck to you and hope to see you around in the community here!!
-Kathy
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you for the kind words, Kathy! If I can be of any assistance, just let me know.
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Colorman Premium
Great post. Btw any successful blogger will tell you it takes roughly around 2 years to finally begin to see the fruits of your labour.
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JChrisA Premium
Excellent point...thank you! :)
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AlexEvans Premium
That's a blueprint for success Chris, thank you and all the best.
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JChrisA Premium
A tiny house blueprint in my case. :)
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KatieMac Premium
I can understand your reasoning behind it and I felt that I need not to be dependent on having a quick income to keep it all going as it would take at least a year to get things in place especially as I have absolutely no experience..wish you all the best with your project
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JChrisA Premium
I can't really say I started with much experience either...and no social media following of any kind whatsoever! lol :)
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KatieMac Premium
amazing how much we learn
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MPollock Premium
Great points, thanks for sharing.
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you...all the best to you as well!
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lynnsam61 Premium
Two years sounds very reasonable to me. You and Carla seem to be of the same mind in your conservative approach which is wonderful. Too many couples don't see eye to eye.
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JChrisA Premium
It is critical to success to be on the same page on the major things...but, of course, individuals on all the rest! lol
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lynnsam61 Premium
Absolutely!
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stevecox Premium
Super advice !
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JChrisA Premium
Thanks!
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stevecox Premium
Your website is VERY helpful to those of us interested in minimalist living and downsizing. Steve
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you, again, Steve...always a pleasure to hear from you...we have tried to gear to everyday people, like ourselves.
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stevecox Premium
It is working my friend, keep it up!
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Oma07 Premium
I like your thought plan.
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you.
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GlenPalo Premium
You have made excellent points about planning and goals. From my experience, too many fail to plan or set goals with their business. Consequently, they are always chasing the next shiny object.
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JChrisA Premium
So true.
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speedicut Premium
Your plan is well thought out Chris...and I think 2 years is a very realistic goal. I decided when I went premium to commit to a year but I'm sure I'll extend that.
And I totally agree with getting rid of debt. I only owe 10K on my house and I'll be debt free.
David
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RogerHumbke Premium
I did the same on March 7, 2016 and went yearly. It has now been 4 months and I am yet to earn money, but I sure have learned more than I thought possible and I am loving it.
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JChrisA Premium
Just don't make the mistake of thinking you are alone. We can sometimes forget that most of us chose our niches based on what makes us happy and is important to us, not on what is the hottest thing going...if that was the way it was supposed to be, then Kyle and Carson would have built that into the lessons and you would be able to click an button in Jaaxy that would just tell us where all the Amazon sales are...then we would all choose that!

Then, we could all be at each other's throats after the loot!

Fortunately for us, Kyle and Carson are a way too smart for that...and we should be, too! :)
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JChrisA Premium
Excellent, David...as you get closer keep the shovel handy...or you will gt buried in re-finance offers in the mail! lol Burn them for fuel and lower your heating costs this winter! :)
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speedicut Premium
I've been getting those ever since I first got my mortgage! :D
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JChrisA Premium
With junk mail, the national mail service would have collapsed years ago! :)
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speedicut Premium
I'm Stateside so it's USPS.
They bring my packages from Amazon on Sundays lol.
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LisaFranks Premium
So true, no-one should expect any income for quite some time. Even when you do, it would be wise to re-invest in your business in ways that would help it grow. Very wise decision you have made.
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JChrisA Premium
I could list a number of very competent members...high ranking ones...who having invested a year more or less, need to be encouraged to assess, make a few course corrections, but push ahead to make year 2 "their year".
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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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